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I'm sitting here, staring at the keyboard, wondering what to write about.

Should I talk about all the walks I've been taking? Martin has gone with me for every one of them, at home, and at work I have a colleague that goes with me. The work ones are usually only 15-20 minutes and then when I get home, I try to go right out immediately and do another 15-45 minutes. I walk as fast as I can but I get shin splints so easily that sometimes I can't go as fast as I'd like.

It's getting chillier these days, though the sun has still been shining most of the time. When it's shining, we head up the hill into the fields to take advantage of as much vitamin D into our heads as we can. It's a long dark time here when the light goes.

I'm doing very well on WW, for those of you keeping score at home. Which, what? I'M the only one who should be keeping score at home! I'm pleased with my progress, and motivated to continue. It's only been 3 weeks, though. One of my colleagues at work goes to the same meetings I do (she's actually the one who recommended this particular place/coach). I was worried she would think it was weird when I showed up, but she was thrilled. She's a skinny little thing because she's been doing WW for just over a year now, but wants to keep on top of it, and not start slipping back up. So, it's nice to have someone to talk to and ask questions of, since I haven't told many people at work that I'm even going to WW or why (though that is not only reason, obviously).

But! I actually had a friend ask me this past weekend if I had lost weight and I was so surprised because at my weight, I can't believe someone would be able to notice such a small difference. I was very pleased to be able to say YES! It was at girl's night dinner with yet more work colleagues/friends. It's the second time this group has gotten together, though we were missing one, and because we all work together at the same company, the conversations devolved into a long vent session about work, which...while definitely amusing and interesting and unifying, was also a kind of trap I hope we don't fall into every time we get together.

The woman who hosted had a lovely old home and had decorated it beautifully with touches of turquoise and green and brown everywhere. She had a fantastic menu as well, and I was drooling over the appetizer and the dessert. SO GOOD. The dessert was a chilled raspberry soup with a dark chocolate truffle in it and a vanilla cookie stick. And this was the appetizer:

Feta & Melon Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
(makes 4 portions)

1 Galia melon
2 avocados
200g feta
2 TB olive oil
Sea salt (flingsalt)
Black pepper
1 pomegranate
1 dl chopped, fresh basil

1. Peel and chop melon and avocado in cubes, put in a bowl.
2. Crumble feta over, add olive oil and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Remove seeds from pomegranate. Dice basil.
4. Plate the salad in small piles, strew seeds and basil over top.

She also served little oven-toasted bread slices with sautéed chanterelle mushrooms on top, with the salad, but to be honest, all I cared about was the salad. Everyone else had seconds on the toast. I would have eaten a whole bowl of the salad if there was any left. It was DELICIOUS.

We're in our second week of Anders being gone and I'm so over it. I hate these 2-week trips he has to go on. Though it's nice to have the bed to myself, haha! He has a work event the evening he gets back and I have a dinner out with Debbie & Camilla, so it's not like we'll be extra romantic when he gets home. :D He'll probably be asleep by the time I get back from dinner.

Things I need to do
1. Buy a pumpkin for Halloween
2. Get Martin motivated about college research
3. Practice drive more with both kids
4. Get the new Internetbank set up so I can pay bills (alternately: wait for Anders to get home)
5. Finish updating the AWC admin site
6. Clean the Tank of Death & Despair

I started re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird yesterday. We read a book ABOUT Harper Lee for book group at the beginning of October, and right before, Martin and I watched the movie. But it's been years since I've read it, though it's always been on my Top Ten List of Favorite Books. I've probably read it at least half-a-dozen times but it does not get old. It's just so, so good. It makes me sad all over again that she chose never to write another book* after its success. What a shame!

There! A whole post! Sometimes it really is all about just sitting down and starting. Which I should know, since it's already been proven to me in the past 3 weeks that it really is all about just taking that step and starting. *sigh* Drrrr.

*I'm not counting Go Set a Watchman since from what I understand from reading about it, and the opinions of several friends who have read it, is that it is basically a first draft of Mockingbird and not really a finished book in itself. Though they both said they liked it and thought it was worth reading. We'll see. I have such mixed feelings about it, and I definitely DON'T want to tarnish my love for Mockingbird.
mood: content
music: Dexy's Midnight Runners—Come On Eileen

From Megsie

I would have to leave the melon out of that salad, but if you did that, then YES. It does sound delish!

I started reading To Kill a Mockingbird to Sarah two summers ago, and then school began and I stopped reading. This is a reoccurring theme in my life. I cannot read while teaching. Too many other things to read. I love it as well. I bought Go Set A Watchman, but When I read the first line I noticed that I needed to read To Kill a Mockingbird again before I read it. I have heard it has challenged people and that the themes are still true today...but I think that is true about To Kill a Mockingbird too, so your friends may be right.

I must go read about composition pedagogy now. I have a paper due at 10.

Yay for the weight-loss by the way! I am eating potato chips right now. That was NOT on your list the other day.

Re: From Megsie

So, let's see, that is the following that are not on the list:

crème fraiche
potato chips


Re: From Megsie

I'm curious, did Sarah continue reading Mockingbird without you??


The salad does sound delicious and ditto the dessert! So glad that you are making progress - I know you are really motivated and that's what it takes - but much better with a friend involved also. As for the work group - if the venting continues- make a motion to limit the time allowed for such -like 10 minutes! Love, Lizardmom

Good idea!

It's nice to do WW with a friend! I've done WW Online in the past, and while it's given me insight in my eating pattern and actual food intake (as in, I learned that sometimes I had a totally wrong idea about what was healthy and what wasn't!) and the online food diary is handy, it felt like something was lacking. I guess the support you get from joining an actual rl group, and/or the fact there was no one to say share recipes or struggles with. I hope that you will continue to do so well on WW - and how lovely that your collegue is so enthusiastic about you two both going to the same group. That recipe sounds nice btw!

Good luck on that tank of Death&Despair *g*

haha! I keep thinking, maybe if I just wait one more day to clean it, the two fish that are left will finally die... but NO. *sigh*

We have two fish and a nasty recurring algae. Any tips?

Nope. Same thing here. Why do you think I call it the Tank of Death & Despair? :D

All that walking! Awesome! :) Luckily you don't have to do it alone.

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