Meal plan for February 3rd-9th
Ok, in the interest of not jinxing things, you did NOT read this next sentence.
I’m not sure what exactly is the cause of the disappearance. A few things happened on Tuesday, so I can’t pinpoint the exact cause. Maybe it was a combination of things?
1) It rained. It hasn’t rained in a really long time (they’re calling for a drought this summer. In Seattle), so maybe the rats thought it best to stay in their nasty little hovels?
2) No new poison was put out, but maybe they finally consumed enough of it?
3) I started turning on the heat lamp at night because it was getting chilly. Personally, if I were a rat, I’d want to be in the coop with the warm heat lamp, but perhaps the red light is freaking them out?
4) I kinda beat the shit out of one of them and broke my rake in the process. I’m thinking this might be the top reason they’re staying away, but who knows.
Tuesday night, we were late getting home, so I went out after Jack was asleep the bring the food in the house. There was only one in there, and Troy had done such a great job with sealing all the holes, that the rat couldn’t figure out how to get out of the coop. I decided to take a stand right then and there. I would not let this piece of crap just cower in the corner; I was going to force him to disclose his secret entrance. I was Jack Bauer, and this rat was the terrorist trying to shoot President Palmer…on the day of the California Primary. Or, I was the cougar, and that rat was Kim Bauer. Either way, it was going to tell it’s secrets.
From the outside of the coop, I assaulted him with a rake. When he’d run in a corner, I’d run over there and slam the rake as hard as I could in to the hardware cloth. Then he’d run somewhere else, and I’d run to that side of the coop and basically just beat the rake until he finally showed me how he was getting in (and holy crap it was in a really hard to believe spot up in the rafters above the front door).
Then, he was on the outside of the coop, but I wouldn’t give in. I started slamming my rake pole, (because at this point the rake head had broken off) all around him trying to hit him without trying to hit him, because I thought if I actually made contact with his fat and creepy body, I was likely to hurl.
He finally climbed down the side of the coop (being chased by the rake all the way down) and ran off with me throwing rocks yelling “tell your friends fucker”.
And I think he did.
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I broke my sugar fast on Monday, and purchased a decaff vanilla latte that morning. I instantly started feeling sick, and at one point, almost passed out in the hallway talking to a coworker. That night, our neighbors came over and brought a Jell-o No Bake Cheesecake for dessert. I asked for a really small piece, took three bites, and almost hurled. I declared myself officially off of sugar for the rest of my life.
I felt dizzy and sick for the next day as well, despite staying far away from sugar. Wednesday morning I woke up feeling WEIRD. I went in to work, and as I got off the elevator for my floor, my boss walked by, took one look at me and said “you need to go home”. I said I felt like I could rally, but was it weird that my skin felt like it doesn’t belong on my body? I was promptly sent home, and told no one wanted to see my face until Friday at the earliest, Monday would be preferred.
My fabulous aunt and uncle kept Jack overnight so that I could rest, and they dropped him off at my in-laws the next day (my in-laws have Jack every Thursday). I spent the time alone, slugging it up on the couch, making an admirable dent in my Hulu queue, and also getting about 9 episodes in to “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix. And I did a few loads of laundry. And thanks to the great folks at Target and their wonderful generic Unisom, I passed out around 10 pm on Wednesday, and didn’t wake up again until 8 am Thursday. The drool puddle on my pillow was epic.
I still feel kinda off, but am much better than I was on Wednesday and Thursday. My joints and muscles are achy, the back of my head feels like someone hit it with a metal pipe, and my skin feels like something Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs would wear, but hey, you win some, you lose some, right? I never had a fever, my appetite was fine, and I had the tiniest little cough you could imagine. I’m thinking rickets or scurvy.
Meal plan time! Reminder, I only plan dinners. My breakfast of choice has changed, and I’m now obsessed with homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit (or fruit I froze in the summer), and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top. It’s delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers. We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.
Monday:: Chicken gyros, salad, and fruit.
Tuesday:: I have to work late, so we’re just having breakfast dinner – pancakes and bacon that I made this morning and then froze, and then some scrambled eggs.
Wednesday:: Married Single Moms dinner with Troy’s cousin.
Thursday:: My in-laws feed us!
Friday:: We’re deviating this week and having dinner at our neighbor’s.
Saturday:: Popcorn for dinner.
Sunday:: Dinner at my parent’s. My dad makes the main dish, and the rest of us bring sides, and dessert.
This week I spent $26 at the grocery store, $3.50 at the farm for raw milk, and I have no freaking idea at Costco, because we’re headed there this afternoon before my parent’s.
I’m not a huge football fan, but since we are from Seattle, I’m going to say “Go Hawks” and call it a day.
your body may be going into ketosis from no sugar. That is what happens when people are put on ketogenic diets to control seizures. in order to go without sugar, you need to increase your fat (and decrease your carbs) or it will throw your whole body off. your body actually needs SOME type of natural sugar to function well. even if it’s fruit or beets or something like that.
I definitely ate natural sugar during the 1 week, so I’m not sure about that. I had fruit, dried fruit, and (unsweetened) applesauce.
Cute little Ninja Video! 🙂
Pissed my pants laughing at the rat story… I have come to adopt your hated for those shitheads… next time get ’em with a shovel!
Also, I tried the recipe you shared for French Onion soup…delish! Just a note for those with small living spaces, you/your house/your pets will smell like onions for days. Totes worth it.
Love that sweet faced boy :):) He is an angel face, yes he can wear lavender. Hug that kid for me.
Sugar…what a darn curse. I have tried so many times to kick the sugar habit. I cut corners where I can. Blessings to you and yours. xoxo,Susie
You can have the flu, but not have a fever..
Awesome job with the rat! I once killed a mouse with a houseshoe, so I can totally identify the all-consuming fury that happens when you see one of those sonsabitches!
I haven’t really made a meal plan yet. We’re having lasagna from the freezer tonight because I’m lazy. We have stuff for Poor Man Soup (my boys came up with the name, it’s homemade tomato soup, a splash of beef broth, whatever meat I have on hand, and cut up potatoes and carrots) and I have a crap load of diced tomatoes because our local grocery store had a sale and I bought two crap loads. I also have chicken breasts and mozzarella, so I’m thinking chicken parmesan will make an appearance at some point. They’re calling for a “significant winter storm” on Tuesday; ice and sleet then 4-8 inches of snow. I will be out of food if there’s no school. Sigh.
We aren’t watching the Super Bowl. I didn’t even know it was today until a friend told me on Thursday, and we don’t have TV anyway (unless you count Amazon Prime) plus we had an “insignificant winter storm” dump an inch of ice and two inches of snow Friday and yesterday, so I don’t want to leave the house to watch a sport I despise. In other news, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 12 :-D. You can see where my heart is.
Sounds like you had the flu but it’s weird you didn’t run a fever. I hope you get back to feeling 100% this week, it sucks so much being sick!
PS Your nephew is adorable, lavender scarf and all!
Love the ninja video and great job on showing the rat who’s boss!
Sucks about the getting sick. I woke up yesterday with a weird stomach, but went in for a Gracie Self-Defense seminar that we were suppose to be teaching anyway. Thankfully no students showed up because after running to the bathroom twice in twenty minutes and then just sitting against the wall, the rest of the group told me to go home. I thought it was the Mt. Dew and M&M’s I had while doing groceries with the family (always a bad idea to bring them along as we end up getting junk). I spent the rest of the night on the couch drinking tea and bone broth. So far this morning I am feeling ok.
Hope you feel better!
Oh, we have a 6 lb beef roast that I plan to cook up in the pressure cooker and use for tacos, BBQ beef, and whatever else I can think of. The hubby wants burgers, so we will make those with ground lamb. I bought some veggie slaw last week and the kiddo has been enjoying that sauteed with her eggs for breakfast, so bought more of that. The rest of the veggies are the same old boring steamed broccoli/carrot/cauliflower mix. Boring but still tasty.