I think I'm just going to wrap up April now. There isn't much that I can do or change in the next few days that would be of any consequence (or interest).
After I started feeling better from the misery that was the stomach flu, it still took me another 4 days to finally feel back to 100% (or at least close). It took a batch of fried chicken livers squirted with fresh lemon juice to get me going again. Even though I wasn't puking up blood or anything, I'm sure my precious bodily fluids experienced a loss of iron and B vitamins that needed to be replaced. Chicken livers= magic. Anyway, once the livers kicked in, I had a big ol' test to study for. Unfortunately, I didn't do so great on the test since I didn't have as much time to study as I usually do. I have to do really well on the last test and final in that class.
Which meant I didn't get in much exercise. Week 3 of April yielded about 120 fitness minutes, and so far week 4 has yielded 60. For me to even get to 75% of my 1000 minutes goal, I'd still have to get 300 minutes in 3 or 4 days. If I make it, swell. If I don't... well, just another bust of a month. Quite frankly, I am not going to hold my breath. That's a lot of minutes and I don't know if I have that kind of time available. School will be starting back up after spring break on Monday and it's pretty much the final push to the end of the semester. I'll be done in 3 weeks. Until summer school.
Also my eating has been not too stellar still. I feel like I'm definitely battling a food addiction. I should probably be seeing a counselor or something to help with that. But, with school winding down, it's a little too late to get any help from my previous counselor since her services are only available while it's in session. I know I turn to food when I'm stressed, tired, and bored. Even if I had healthy things to eat, I'd eat more than I need to. Like today... I was super bored all day and found myself in the kitchen more than once just for something to do. I didn't always eat something when I went in there, but I was drawn there when I needed a brief change of scenery. I'm not too sure what to do about this right now. Not worry about it for the next 3 weeks? Get right on it and risk stressing myself further with fighting this AND getting my last weeks of school work and studying done? What would I do to “get right on it” anyway? How would I fight it? Oooohhhh, so many things for me to wonder...
My spring break turned out to be far busier than I wanted. I knew I'd be busy for Holy Week. My church had a Good Friday service that was super fun and nice. It was called “Soup & Service”, so it was a potluck dinner and a brief sermon. I made a big pot of matzo ball soup, but my matzos turned out WAY too dense. :-( I followed the recipe exactly for “fluffy” matzo balls and still they were chewy and definitely not fluffy. Sad day. Everyone still enjoyed it, though. I'll stick to the mix from now on instead of doing it from scratch. For Easter Sunday, we had a big breakfast prior to the service. I was in charge of all things sausage. I grilled up 160 sausage links and made up a batch of sausage country gravy. On Saturday, I went to one of the pastor's houses to help his wife with the rest of breakfast. We baked up about 100 biscuits (to go with that yummy gravy), sliced up several pounds of fruit for salad, and cracked open and beat- by hand- about 25 dozen eggs for scrambled eggs. And breakfast was super delicious! We had a burrito bar, a yogurt parfait bar, breakfast potatoes, chorizo, bacon, ham, sausage, croissants, and so much more! We had to have a table inside of just sweets- pan dulce, bundt cakes, donuts... oh my! The service was nice and the food was amazing. It was a great weekend!
Monday I spent some time cleaning my kitchen thoroughly. It only took me FOUR HOURS! Yikes! Then, for Tuesday, I made some posole for the ladies at bible study. We start at 7, so some of us haven't eaten yet. One of the ladies is growing radishes and she said it made her crave posole. So, I made some. It was delicious and we had a great time eating before getting down to the study. I can't really remember Wednesday. Anyhoo, Thursday I went to San Diego. What was supposed to be a fun day complete with hike and beach, and good food, and Trader Joe's ended up being an errand day. With good food and Trader Joe's in a hurry. I went to SDSU, which is my #1 choice of grad school, and met with a grad counselor. I mostly wanted to make sure I was doing the right things right now. So far all the classes I'm taking will transfer over, so that's good. I need to be doing some volunteer work in the field of nutrition, though. I'm not sure where I can do that down here, since I live in a … ahem, deprived area with few opportunities. Also, I need to get A's in pretty much every other class I take from here on out to make sure I can get into the dietetics program (which is actually separate from the grad program, but done in conjunction). If I can't meet the GPA requirement for the dietetics program, then I can't be in that program, and then I can't take the test to become a registered dietitian. I can get my degree, but I wouldn't have that R.D. after my name. And, yes, it is important to me to be registered. So... that's some pressure and stress that kinda got added on.
Well, I think that's it for me for now. I have a lot on my plate at the moment. Including my computer that's starting to die a slow death on me, thanks to it being a dinosaur and running out of memory. Another big yikes!
I haven't really been taking photos lately, but here are a few:
Wonderful ladies serving up the breakfast!
Kyle was being extra lovey to me Easter morning.