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14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s no coincidence that I’m blogging today, the day of live. I’ve missed you all terribly, and living vicariously through Google Reader just ain’t cutting it, so here I am.

Even though Generalized Anxiety Disorder is kicking my butt right now, there is good news to report! In the last 3 months, I’ve been able to focus on school, finishing my first semester with a 4.0, which I’ve never been able to accomplish before. Also, even though I definitely have been no saint, I’ve been able to lose more weight, bringing me to a 68 pound loss so far. I still have quite the weight to lose, so why am I so excited?

I am no longer MORBIDLY obese.

Go me!

In honour of VDay, I wanted to mention 10 of the many reasons why my heart belongs to this guy (isn’t he a stunner?)

1. E is the funniest person I’ve ever met, whether he means to be or not. Most of the time, he def means it!

2. No matter what’s going on, he always puts me first. Even when it’s fully his turn to be selfish, he never is.

3. He’s a snazzy dresser – gotta love a man with style!

4. Even though the thought of my beloved almond butter makes his tummy turn, he still lets me throw it in our cart.

5. The way we fit together perfectly when we’re snuggling on the couch.

6. E’s passion for old houses, especially ours; he’s truly making it a home. Case in point – our newly finished bedroom:

7. His affinity for zoos, aquariums and museums that, coincedentally, is perfectly matched to my own.

8. E seems to love my cooking. All of it. Even when it’s the complete opposite of good.

9. He tells me that I’m beautiful every day, and seems to know when I need to hear it the most

10. After 47 days, he wanted to marry me. After 3 1/2 years, he did. I love that he loved me enough, even then, to risk it all and take that leap.

Since love isn’t just about the one who makes your heart go pitter-patter, here are 5 things I love about this gal:

1. I am a good friend, and am so grateful to have such amazing people to call my friends.

2. I’m funny, especially when I’m trying not to be.

3. I don’t beat myself up nearly as much as I used to.

4. I’m a work in progress, and I love learning new things about myself every day.

5. I’m honest. Sometimes a little too much so, but I always speak the truth.

What do you love about yourself?

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


halloween downtime

3 Nov

Hi guys!

Happy belated Halloween – was it a smash?
E and I had planned to go to Athens, but between the rain, refinishing the bedroom and E putting in an 8 hour day at the office, it just didn’t happen. Instead, we had a veggie turkey dinner, complete with homemade cranberry sauce and triple-chip pumpkin raisin muffins, followed by drinks and appys and a visit to the pumpkin house. Not exactly how we planned it, but fun nonetheless.

E and I mad a late-night run to Target last night when we realized that both of our cameras’ batteries were dead, and the only charger we could find wasn’t working. Bought a new charger, tested it out and thankfully, it works like a dream! Today’s plans? A touch of community nudity and hanging out on the Avenue.

Confused yet?
I’ll explain everything in the next post – happy tuesday!

remember me?

29 Oct

Hello lovelies – you have no idea how much I’ve missed you!
Thank you to everyone for all of your support and kind words after the mini-tri; it’s meant everything to me!
Tons has happened since my last post –

I tried my first macaron – amazing!

Also found my BFF from back home – say hi, Tim!

It’s still a little awkward for us to meet up 900 miles from home, so we don’t see each other much.

E and I had a garden, after all. We ended up with a mass of herbs, some jalapenos, and a few tomatoes. We also had raspberries, but we let the bees keep most of them.

We got to get a guard ‘dog’ to keep our veggies safe. Meet Porter.


The big 2-6 and the big sangria.

Final game of the Stanley Cup at Pittsburgh’s finest

giving in to my deepest, darkest secret – being a housewife!

Trying out some goodies…

and some not-so-goodies….excuse the awkwardness that apparently is my hand…

plus, who could forget hanging out with E’s dream gal and a few of her co-workers?

A lot’s changed, guys – some for better, some…not so much.

Finally got my permanent residency, which means that I’m now employed and in school. I’ve enrolled in a local community college to up my GPA to get into the program of my choice in a year or so at the university level, which may or may not be dietetics. I’ve also figured out the bus system, which means that my car’s still staring at me from outside the house, wondering why I can’t man up and drive already. Me too, car, me too…

I went home in September for the first time in over a year. It was awesome to see my peeps, but I’m bummed that I couldn’t see everyone. Unfortunately, I came back home less than a month later – my best friend lost her dad. It was one of the most tragic losses I’ve ever experienced, and being there was a really tough thing to do. I also learned that one of my cousins is in the last stages of cancer. Not a happy month over here, but I’m hoping that from now on, every time I go home, it’ll be for a happy occasion.

So, what have I been eating? Everything! Between the stresses of a so-called new life, traveling, family issues and more, I’ve done the opposite of “eat less, do more”. Thankfully, I haven’t gained a pound (weird, right?), but I can definitely feel the difference. I’m grouchy, lethargic, and feel downright pudgy! I just plain feel unhealthy, no matter what I eat. It’s been a wake-up call, my ah-ha moment. I always thought when I was really obese that I might’ve been fat, but that I was healthy. Well, guys, I wasn’t healthy at 294 lbs. last December, and I’m not healthy at 245 lbs. now. Am I a size 18 instead of a size 24? Yeah. Is that healthy? For me, not so much. Sometimes, life is just about what feels good, and being this big just doesn’t feel right. I’ve started to journal again, and just make better choices. I’m also starting to get back in the gym, slowly but surely, and it’s making a big difference. I just plain feel better – about myself, e, the world. It’s funny, a year ago, I would’ve been thrilled to feel this good, and now, it’s not good enough. I couldn’t miss something I didn’t have, but now that I’ve had a taste of this kind of life, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

What’s been your ah-ha! moment in life?

recap – friday

12 May

I apologize for the last few days’ absence – somehow, my lungs, throat and sinuses teamed up and planned a siege against me. Yup, that’s right, once again I am Sickey McGee. I had to miss out on boot camp on Saturday, and I haven’t been able to work out since Thursday. Hopefully, the villagers and I will reach a truce very soon!

Looking back on Friday, I probably should’ve realized that I’d be sick very shortly; I couldn’t stop eating! Sure, it was very here and there, but it was still more than normally. We were up pretty early, since we had to head to Charleston for a 9 a.m. meeting with US Citizenship and Immigration Services for fingerprints and such as part of the process to get my permanent residency. Expecting to be stuck in horrendous traffic, we left the house at 7:30 with some Banana-Nut Baked Oatmeal in hand, and set off.

Traffic wasn’t too bad, and we made it with 20 minutes or so to spare – a very good thing, because we drove by the building, and almost missed it! Biometrics was over and done within 15 minutes, and was definitely the shortest step in the entire process. With nothing planned for the day, we headed in the mall to zone out and relax, we were both a little out of it. We saw an old friend, and couldn’t help but stop for a snapshot.

We said our goodbyes, and headed to Starbucks. I tried the Wild Sweet Orange tea with a little honey, and it definitely hit the spot, along with 1/4 of E’s croissant.

We also stopped by a candy shop, where I picked up a little something special.

I’m really glad I chose the smallest size (probably 1/3 of a cup’s worth), because I would’ve gone overboard with more room. I got a yogurt pretzel, a chocolate pretzel, a chocolate pecan, a few dark chocolate almonds, a nonpareil, some raspberry, blueberry and blackberry gummies and a chocolate raspberry jelly bar. We were getting pretty bored at the mall, so we decided to go grab lunch. On the way there, I had a little snack of a blueberry gummy and a chocolate pecan.

This is probably the point when I should’ve realized something was up – I never eat on the way to eating! We went to our all-time favourite, Bluegrass Kitchen, and were just happy that there wasn’t too long of a wait. My second clue that something was up should’ve been that E and I ordered a bunch of items and split them – everyone knows that I’m not good with sharing, even with my main man. We each started off with a soup – spicy vegan red bean for me and corn chowder for E, of which I had a couple of bites. I also had one of the whole grain crackers that came with my soup.

I also had a bite or three of the amazing mac and cheese that E ordered a cup of. Every time we’ve gone to BGK, we’ve tried to get this dish, and they’re always sold out. Needless to say, it was every bit as delicious as we thought. With farfalle, peas, cottage and monterey jack cheeses, I’ve got to try making this at home.

We shared our mains, and chose
the Bluegrass Veggie Burger house-made with special blend of organic grains and veggies, perched on a Charleston Bakery brioche roll and topped with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion.
the Beefsteak Portobello Burger braised marinated mushroom with tomato, smoked gouda, pesto mayo and organic greens on a ciabatta roll.

Definitely two of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had, veggie or not! I also ate the half dill pickle spear, and 3 or 4 of the chips with about a Tbsp. of salsa.

After lunch, . we headed to the YWCA Secondhand store to see if we could find any treasures. We didn’t buy anything, but we both fell in love with this little guy, who held bananas in a previous life.

We decided that we both needed to walk around and take in some fresh air, so we headed to Capitol Market, where they have absolutely everything.

fresh stevia!

every varietal of herb you could possibly want

salad burnet, a green that tastes just like cucumbers

some amazing pineapple mint, which is sweet and minty, perfect for fruit!

I ate a chocolate pretzel while browsing

The Wine & Cheese Shop’s wall o’ beers

a vanilla truffle bar that I shared with E

our favorite browsing stall, which only sells local products, from foodie gifts

to pottery

to flavoured honeys

and jams, jellies and butters

even pepperoni rolls!
nothing says West Virginia like one of these babies.

plus all things ramps, a local delicacy

We stopped and shared a seltzer water and picked up some hard red winter wheat so I can finally make wheatberries! I accidentally deleted the pictures of those, sorry! We decided to pick up some herbs and plants for our soon-to-be garden, and headed back outside. While we were browsing, we spotted these guys, which totally reminded me of space aliens and their tentacles.

loved the colors and the smell of these guys in the air!

Part of our bounty: sweet basil, spicy basil, compact basil, opal basil, pineapple mint, spearmint, mexican oregano, cilantro, curly leaf parsley, stevia, mortgage lifter tomatoes and black prince tomatoes. We also bought japanese long eggplant, crookneck squash, peter pan (patty pan) squash, yellow and red striped heirloom tomatoes, tumbling tom and sunsugar yellow tomatoes and black beauty bell peppers and gypsy bell peppers, all as plants.

We ended up at Outback for a E’s dad’s birthday celebration with the fam. I started off with a big glass of lemon water and a slice of bread (1/8 of the loaf) with a little butter.

For my main, I had Chicken on the Barbie with the bbq sauce on the side, a sweet potato with some cinnamon and some steamed veg and 2 more big glasses of lemon ice water. The sweet potato wasn’t planned, but it was delicious!

Despite the after-dinner rainstorm, E and I headed to our friend Bill’s wrestling match. It was my first time watching wrestling, and I was pretty excited! While waiting for the show to begin, I had a raspberry and a blackberry gummy and another dark chocolate almond.

Thankfully, that was the last thing I ate for the night – I don’t know if it was the weather or the way I was feeling, but I could’ve eaten all night that day! I’m glad I was able to just sit there and enjoy the ‘show’. Bill was awesome and definitely in his element – I’m really glad we were able to come out and support him.


4 May
Started off the day with a egg sandwich – 3 egg whites with a little Tabasco and a slice of Colby Jack on a Thomas light multi grain English muffin. It was perfect, and kept me satisfied during an unusually grueling Weighted Workout class.

After the gym, E and I were starvin’ marvins, and decided to grab a bite to eat. We realized that we hadn’t had Chinese food in MONTHS, and that it was time for a splurge. I started off with a half bowl of won ton soup, my favorite.

I went to go check out the sushi, but they’d run out – oh no! I grabbed a trio of cherry tomatoes, a tablespoon of surimi salad and half of an egg white.

Some broccoli, garlic shrimp, a potato slice, Teriyaki and Bourbon chickens, and finally, sushi!

More super-yummy sushi, and a couple of shumais.

Finally, some Chinese donuts, which were worth every calorie.

I didn’t want my fortune cookie, but I did want my fortune.
The universe speaks once again!

We headed out on an adventure to find this ‘secret’ greenhouse E’s co-worker was raving about – it was magical!

We ended up bringing home a couple of these guys, which easily weigh 25 pounds a piece.

We kept driving, and met up with the first set of in-laws for dinner at Bennigan’s – I had the Turkey O’Toole without the cheese, mustard sauce on the side and half of the rice pilaf.

We headed over to the high school, and met up the second set of in-laws to watch E’s little sister walk into prom – she was absolutely stunning!

We also got to spend some quality time with these guys!