Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cold? Hungry? Overweight? I have the answers...

The week got off to a less-than-stellar start. We came home Monday to a chilly, nay, freezing house. After trying to light the pilot a couple of times, I figured out what went wrong with the furnace, but was powerless to do anything about except call the plumber. An emergency call. Late at night. Is this adding up for you? Does $250 for a visit of under an hour sound about right? Yup, sure does. And the part, the thermocouple? Oh yeah, that's a $6.00 part.

Anyway.

So I started my swanky new (lateral move) job on Monday in my pretty new office with huge windows. And it's really cold. So I did what any normal person would do - started to crochet a shawl, mostly on the subway to and from work. As regular readers may have noticed, I have lots of yarn, so this also provided an opportunity to destash a bit. I frogged a dress I was making (with three strands of super bulky wool - speaking of adding up, that is a formula best used on the young and bulimic) to make this Half Moon Shawl from the Lion Brand site. While corporate, it's not, it is very cozy and oddly flattering.

Anyone hungry for some nice Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins? They're made from whole wheat flour, wheat germ, fresh fruit and not much sugar, but the half stick of butter keeps it from tasting healthy, lemme tell ya. I got the recipe from the latest issue of Everyday Food, which happens to be a magazine I adore. Say what you will about Martha Stewart, her publications rarely let me down.
And what would the weekend be without a fresh loaf of seeded rye? Crappy, I say! So here is the latest weekly loaf.

Now, a recent step on the scale revealed a relatively minor increase in the ol' lard department, but my clothes have been feeling much more snug than I like, so I've officially rejoined WeightWatchers (the online version) with the goal of losing.......a few pounds. Okay, 25. Not a few, really. Quite a lot, in fact. So you may be subject to some whining over the next few months. But for the record, the muffins above are a mere 3 WW points each. Not too bad.

Do you think my excessive baking, buttermaking and cheesemaking have anything to do with my lardass? Nah, me neither.

Until next time....

6 comments:

Christina said...

The title of your post made me giggle. The half moom shawl is gorgeous!

Those muffins look delicous. I'm dieting too, officially started on Friday. I joined a biggest loser challenge, so I'll be whining along with you. I'm addicted to carbs, so I'm going to semi-low carb it for awhile and try to make friends with my elliptical. We don't like each other much, but we have a common goal. :)

Gramma Carol said...

The shawl is gorgeous. I'm beginning to get addicted to making them and every one I see I want to make.
Good luck with the dieting. I made it my New Years resolution to lose weight. Need to lose over 100 but am trying 10 at a time. My clothes are getting looser. this was a splurge weekend though and just got a high looking at your delicious baking. Whine when you need to! We've all been or are there.

Danielle said...

Wait... you have your own office now? Away from certain other people? Hot damn! Do tell...

SylvChezPlum said...

That half-moon shawl is gorgeous, it's been high on my list for a while and yours adds to the motivation !

Sandra said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your post, not just the title, the whole compilation! :thumbsup:

Shawls R Callin Us! looking forward to your next post!

Happy Hooking!
Sandra

varun said...

nice range!!Shawls and Scarves