Day 202–Little Boxes, on the Hillside…

Bonus points for anyone who can identify that song!

Our apartment is literally a barren wasteland of cardboard and plastic, and its only going to get worse as we donate more stuff and I take more things off the walls (like my pot rack…goodbye security deposit. We hardly knew ye) to return 1723 to its initial blank slate.  It’s starting to freak me out that we only have two weeks left…I’m excited, but stressed.  I also probably won’t sleep much the next two weeks (stress induced insomnia…yay…) so I apologize in advance to anyone in my presence when I snap.

Church went extremely well, at least in my opinion.  I’m going to miss those kids…Sugar Grove will always have a special place in my heart.  It was also fun to run the show for a day since Josh, Jason, and Leah were all on the way to Lubbock for their mission trip.  Pray for them as they travel and endure west Texas weather!

Breakfast–Cherry vanilla nutrigrain bar on the way to church.  Since I didn’t sleep well, I wasn’t hungry, but I know its important to eat.

Lunch–Cafe Express with Abby.  I had a bacon burger on wheat with lettuce and onion and sweet potato fries.  Little bit expensive, but it was near Borders and since they’re going out of business we raided the shelves.  I got a couple of books I’m looking forward to reading!

Snack–One Dove mini ice cream bar.  Again, great snack.

Dinner–After clearing out the pantry I realized we have an inordinate amount of pancake batter, so we had pancakes and bacon.  I made a homemade peach-vanilla syrup that needed to boil down juuuust a bit longer but tasted delicious nonetheless.  Good meal.

So thats it.  Tomorrow we pay rent for the last time, I fax in our last bit of paperwork, and then I literally start tearing our apartment apart. Yippee.

Day 201–Bootleg Birthday

Happy 21st birthday Leah Bouteller!  Now don’t get all crazy…

Today the packing started in earnest, with our apartment becoming less cluttered (things packed and thrown away) and somehow more cluttered (boxes as far as the eye can see).  It’s been nice to donate, give away, and toss some items that we had for no apparent reason and to get a little bit more organized, even if I know organization is almost an impossible endeavor for the next few months.  Gonna get crazy over the next 5 days…

Breakfast–Kashi Go Lean Crisp.  Quickly becoming a personal favorite because its easy, tastes good, and its healthy.  All the protein and fiber means I don’t have to eat a lot to be full, which is a bonus.

Lunch–Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches.  Trying to clean out some food.

Dinner–Escalantes.  I had beef fajitas, chips and salsa, and water that tasted like death.  First two glasses were fine, then the refill just wrecked everyone’s appetites.  Not cool Escalantes…not cool.

Dessert–Birthday cake. Duh.

Sorry for the shorter post…I’m wiped and I’m teaching in the morning, so I need my holy sleep.  Peace out, and here’s to the next hundred days of health.

Day 200–Calm Before the Storm

This weekend is really the last breather we have in Houston.  Luckily, we get to spend a majority of it with the people we care about the most here!  Today was game day at the St. Germains, as I somehow got my butt handed to me in both Civilization and Settlers of Catan.  I’m pretty sure I would have lost any game we played…my brain is a bit fuzzy from allergies and stress.  It’s amazing how much stress can filter anything we do into a kind of murky funk…unpleasant.  Tomorrow is Leah’s birthday soiree, and then I get to teach class at Sugar Grove Sunday for one of the last times.  Altogether, not a bad time.

Breakfast–Omelette with three eggs, onions, poblanos, and ground turkey.  It was GREAT…a fantastic way to start the morning.

Snack–Apple Larabar.  Cherry wins, hands down.

Lunch–Abby was kind enough to bring home Chick-Fila when she surprised me by getting done early!  I had twelve nuggets and a large fruit cup, with some water that had been in my new stainless steel water bottle a biiiiit too long.  In the Nalgene, not a problem.  In the Miir?  That’s some funky water.

Dinner–Unfortunately, for the first time in our illustrious Houston experience, we tried Tornado Burger.  I say unfortunately because it was FANTASTIC.  It saddens me we hadn’t tried this sooner.  I had a spicy beef with fries…and it was absolutely sublime.  The spicy burgers have jalapenos, garlic, and onion ground up into the patty, and they have a delightful slow burn.  The fries are seasoned with something that makes them incredibly addictive and wonderful.  Good times.

Dessert–Peanut butter cookie with ice cream.  Not healthy…but its a celebration? I figured we celebrated Abby’s birthday yesterday and Leah’s tomorrow, so the middle was ripe for the pickings.

Mexican food and packing tomorrow…yeehah.

Oh, and two hundred days? Heck yeah.  Thanks for your support guys!

Day 198–Freebird!!

Working out consistently…and with serious weights for the first time since probably 7th grade…has yielded some unexpected benefits and some unexpected pitfalls.  On the plus side, I feel great, look decent (modesty), and its a good way to release stress and kill time.  On the negative side, I’m sore like I’ve been beaten or played waterball, and I’ve gained weight from the “muscles” so on the scale it looks like I’ve been force-feeding myself sticks of butter.  You win some, you lose some.

Breakfast–Kashi Go Lean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble.  Good protein shot before the workout, and it tastes pretty good too.

Exercise–Arms day. All the traditional arms stuff, topped off with some incline work.  I would like to be in halfway decent climbing shape when we arrive in Denver…I have a date with an old friend before things get too, well, snowy.  I did fifteen minutes, alternating inclines ranging from 0% to 8%.  Good workout…rough on the calves.

Lunch–Freebirds! Went to some people’s favorite burrito locale with Richard, Ian, Curran, Jackie, Anthony, and Christian.  It was a great time…its cool when students become friends.  Teaching Bible shouldn’t ever be just an academic exercise because Christianity isn’t purely a movement of the mind; there has to be love and heart for it to truly take effect. I’m glad I was able to impact some people, and now I hope they can go and do the same.

Dinner–Salad with ponzu-chile dressing, deli turkey, and some barbecue chips.  Not gonna lie…Freebirds wrecked my appetite.  Thems big burritos.

Dessert–Cashew cookie Larabar.  The cashew isn’t as good as apple or cherry, but I now own five more of them, so I’ll live.  Or dip them in chocolate next time.

Tomorrow, cookout!  And I’m making ice cream to show off/enhance the evening. Because I can.

Day 197–Puppies

Something incredibly rare happened today: I got up early.  Anyone who has known me for any amount of time should be very aware of the fact I am NOT a morning person.  It’s not that I can’t or won’t function before 10, it’s just that I generally choose not to. Never quite saw the point, productivity aside.  So when I found myself conscious and functional at 5:45 (!?) this morning, I figured I should take advantage of the extra hours and get some stuff done.  Finished Defensive Driving, had lunch with Abby, and then promptly came home and took a completely unnecessary nap, which is why I’m still awake at 11:30 PM even though I’d like to be in bed.  Whoops.

Breakfast–Steel cut oats with peanut butter.  It was a perfect distraction from DD because the stupid oats boil over in the pot about every minute or so, which is conveniently when I need to click “continue” on the pages.  Helps break up the monotony.

Lunch–Chipotle near Reliant.  I had a chicken bowl with fajita veggies, rice, black beans, lettuce, corn, and (not enough) hot salsa. Good meal with wonderful company.

Snack–Larabar!  Usually, in my experience, buying in bulk doesn’t save a whole lot, so I was shocked to find 18 Larabars for only 15 dollars.  Generally they’re at least $1.25 a pop, so this was a steal.  I had a cherry one as my snack and was pleasantly sated.

Dinner–Pizza at the St. Germains.  Abby and I have both noticed something: when you eat (relatively) well like we do, any deviation from that (like greasy Papa John’s) leads to GI discomfort.  Sorry for sharing too much, but its true.  Our bodies immediately freak out and give us all sorts of warning signs that yell “what IS this??”  We had fun playing games though…lots of figurative puppy casualties.

Tomorrow I’m rocking lunch with some friends and then I actually get to cook Abby dinner for the first time in what feels like forever! (Oh, and its arms day again…just in time for the soreness to go away…)

Day 196–Blowout

Twenty runs! That, my friends, is a smackdown.  That’s also why I forgot to blog last night–I was reveling in the annihilation the Rangers placed upon the Twins.  For any Twins fans who read this, my sincerest apologies. At least you aren’t the Mariners. And, Chris Davis still failed to play like a Major Leaguer, with two errors and an 0-fer night. Thanks for playing…come back soon Adrian.

Yesterday was Day 3 of 4 for my brief stint as a bachelor, and it wasn’t half bad. Abby had class all day Saturday, all day Sunday, all day yesterday, and most of the day today.  Thankfully, we get to end it all by hanging out with the Toys and St. Germains, so its worth the boredom, AND it gives me a chance to take defensive driving.  Online DD is so much better than the old stuff at comedy clubs and restaurants, and as an added bonus the new CG videos they use are ridiculous.  I laughed out loud at the ludicrous scenarios more than once, potentially startling London and making me question my sanity. Worth it.

Breakfast–Kashi Go Lean Crisp! Not bad…not as teeth-shatteringly hard as the crunch! variety, but still health cereal.  I like donuts better.

Exercise–Yesterday was legs/core, which works out great in my head but our workout facility doesn’t have much for my walkers.  I did some body weight squats, some actual squats with weights, time on the bike, and then some crunches/planks.  I’m pretty sore today, but its the good sore because its a different area of my body than the old sore…if that makes sense. Feels like I worked out or something.

Lunch–Taco salad.  Ground turkey, hot taco seasoning, lettuce, jalapeno chips, and a dash of lime juice.  Wunderbar.

Dinner–Leftover taco meat with sauteed onions and eggs for a protein boost after the workout day.

Dessert–Literal chocolate covered cherries, not the chocolate coated cordials that have (what seems like) 50 tablespoons of sugar.  I melted down some chocolate chips, tempered it to glossy, then dropped in about 10 Bing cherries.  You have to watch out for the pits, of course, but they were really REALLY good.  I heart cherries.

So there you go. Any suggestions for leg exercises I can do with free weights?

Day 195–Three Weeks

Not that I’m excited or anything, but three weeks from right now we will be going to be in our apartment for the last time.  Its been a good home, but I’m ready for the new adventure.  One of the unfortunate things about leaving is having to say goodbye (temporarily of course) to all of our friends, and to that end we had dinner with the Millers tonight.  It was a lot of fun, except somehow I was taught another new card game that of course I lost.  Getting tired of that…

Breakfast–Nutrigrain bars on the way to church, one blackberry and one cherry, both delicious.  Church went well…except I taught a stinker of a class because it was a really tough passage.  It’s days like today that are vivid reminders that the Bible was NOT written in chapter and verse form.

Lunch–This is called cleaning out the kitchen.  I had two slices of bacon (the last two) on some whole wheat hot dog buns (the last two) with cajun turkey and balsamic glazed onions.  It was actually really good and very filling.

Dinner–At the Millers we had chicken breast with sauteed onions, zucchini, yellow squash, orange, red, and yellow bell peppers, and rice.  Good meal with great company!

Dessert–Amy made a FANTASTIC chocolate layer cake from scratch with a strawberry/raspberry filling and chocolate ganache icing.  I’m sure it was low-cal…

So there we go.  Yesterday I had a mammoth arm workout so I’m freakishly sore today, and then tomorrow I’ll bust my legs and core and try to work out some of the stiffness in my upper body.  The joys of being out of shape…