Two blogs in a row! Nothing new to say, but a new day is a good excuse to try to have a great day.
I finished all of my Christmas shopping a while back. I haven’t wrapped a single thing though. The Christmas tree is finally set up and the lights are on it. I haven’t gotten around to ornaments yet, but I think I will be in the mood for that later today. I am going to enlist the kids to help.
Hubby hadn’t done much of his shopping yet, so he and I went out today and did that. It was a pretty painless process. The children didn’t want to shop, so they all stayed home. We stopped for lunch and I ate a small piece of salmon and some broccoli and snow peas. I am feeling ambivalent about the weight watcher thing this week. I had lost up to 13 pounds, but then gained back 4 of them. So, I am not as happy about my weight as I was a bit ago. I am not at all giving up, but I am not in as happy a place about it.
Last night, I cooked the pork tenderloin. It was two pieces in one package. We ate all of one piece and almost none of the other. I didn’t make the corn on the cob. I hate shucking it, and my child who does like shucking was on a play date, so I saved it for tonight. She has already shucked it, so I will wash it and boil it in a little while. We are also going to eat the second piece of tenderloin tonight. Oh, last night, in place of the corn, I cooked a disassembled kind of borscht. Not a real borscht at all. I had three beets in the fridge. They ended up coarsely chopped and sort of sautéed in my iron skillet. Hmm. Let me back up. I seared the pork in the iron skillet with a good bit of flavoring rubbed into it. Then I put the pork in a rectangle casserole and cooked it at 350 for 20 minutes. I added a little water to the skillet to scrape up the flavored bits left behind. Then added the chopped beets to cook for a bit. I also cooked chopped onion and chopped mushroom with the beet. I let them cook together until the beets were just firm. I thought the flavor was good. And I liked the texture. Plus, it was all a fabulous pink color. The kids weren’t wild about it, but they did try it. Hubby ate a decent sized serving and didn’t complain. I also cooked some cauliflower. I just steamed it with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. So, tonight, we’ll have the corn on the cob and the pork. And I will hopefully do the chopping work so we can add a green salad. I often get overwhelmed in the face of chopping a whole head of lettuce, a whole cucumber, and two tomatoes.
I want a fruit salad too. But the children don’t like it and it seems like a lot of work for just one person. I’ll probably just eat a couple of apples, kiwifruits, and bananas. I may have an orange too. I have been successfully eating at least 4 pieces of fruit every day for weeks. I am usually only eating 2 or 3 servings of vegetables though. I know veggies are better for me and don’t have the sweetness drawback, but they just aren’t as yummy. Or as convenient. Only some of the veggies can be eaten raw and in hand. I do eat them that way as often as I can though. It is so much easier than chopping and cooking and seasoning.
I haven’t forgotten the acorn squash. I am planning to make bbq chicken in the crockpot tomorrow. I think I want the squash as a side dish for that. I may make some potatoes too.
I watched Frost/Nixon last night. I liked it quite a bit. It was not an action type movie at all though. I couldn’t begin to make it sound like a good movie to anyone. It was historical and talky and linear. There was no mystery, no climax, no real character development. Everyone just was who they were. There was a little melodrama with Frost having a hard time getting funding and with Nixon not wanting to admit his failures, but overall, it was slow-paced and long and uneventful. I guess that is a testament to the excellent writing. The dialogue was tight and the characters were well-defined. I dunno. If you like truth based historical stuff, this is a great film. Luckily, I love that kind of thing. Reminds a bit of J. Edgar. I saw that last month and it was a little bit the same. Just my cup of tea.
I haven’t talked to my mother in several days. Maybe a week? My sister and my mother are no longer speaking. My mother is not allowed contact with my sister’s children. Ever since this came about, back in September, my mother has only called me to talk about that. Every time she phones, she cries about the situation with my sister. She wants me to try to convince my sister to lighten up and let her back in. But, I can’t do that. I have already told her that I am not going to cut her off. I have already told her that I would not deny her access to my children. But, that is not enough. She wants my sister and her kids too. I can understand that. But she isn’t going to change that situation, no matter what she does. I feel like she should call me to talk to me about my life and her life outside of my sister. I feel like she should ask about my kids and their school stuff. I feel like she should show that she cares for us and is glad that we care for her. It would be nice. It would be easier. I can not repair the relationship she has with my sister’s family. I don’t want her to keep asking me to do that. The more she cries about my sister and her children, the less I want to talk to her. I wish she could call without it needing to be a traumatic event every time. I already have a lot of stress about my sister and my nephew as it is. And, honestly, my nephew’s well-being takes precedence over anyone else’s. I can not split myself between his needs and my mother’s. Her stress and sadness are just not as critical as his. He is still a child and needs to heal and grow up and not have this whole thing make his adult life miserable. Her adult life is nearing its end. His has not even begun.
Ugh. Can’t say more about this now. Have not the words, nor the coherency. Will try to get more into this later.