Day 68–Fire!

Part of my summer duties last year dealt with the Sugar Land Fire Marshal’s office. They come and inspect various parts of the building to check on being up to code: fire extinguishers and outlets and emergency lighting and blah blah blah. Last year was kind of nuts…broken outlets, wiring running through drop ceilings, expired extinguishers (and extinguishers stashed back in cabinets out of mind and sight) so there were tons of repairs. This year, I was expecting a bit more of the same, because of the ten rooms we have downstairs, 7 of them had “infractions” according to last year. 

Ignored them all. All of them.

This year was all about cutting the power to the building to check emergency backups. Turns out, no one really knows how to cut power to the building. Not completely at least. I know all about getting the power back on, but killing it? Not a clue. So after some finagling and eventually throwing every breaker we could find, we got 95% of the building off. Still couldn’t get some of the lights and exit signs to go off…which is weird.  What are they wired to? Where is that breaker box? Hidden in the department head office? Strange days. But we’re going to pass, so that’s a good thing. I did my yearly duty of making sure things don’t burn down. Go me.

As for eating well…lets just say calories aren’t burning there like I’d want. Some of it is straight willpower, or lack thereof. Some of it I think is plateauing without heavy workouts. Some of it is Houston being HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT and exercising trying to kill you. It’s all combining to a lack of progress, but it’s a marathon not a sprint.

Breakfast–Multi-V Cherry Goodness. It’s good there’s fiber in this and it’s relatively low calorie, because…

Lunch–Freddy’s with Papa Fraser. Had a burger and fries. And custard. Because it’s Freddy’s.

Dinner–Fat Bao! Avocado chips and Fat Fries. And my parents are here, so great company! 

Food win, weight loss fail, try again tomorrow.

Have a good one.


Day 49–Jinx

So…how ’bout them Rangers? It’s officially reached comical levels when the Rangers play the Astros at the BPIA. Homers, misplayed balls, pitchers getting out of impossible jams…I almost feel bad for them. Almost. But then I look at the standings and I feel better about myself. (But seriously…I think the same person in charge of praying for rain seems to be against the Astros. Or Houston in general.)

In other jinxing news, Declan has strep. Unfortunately, I called it a couple of days ago…kinda wish I was wrong on this one. But antibiotics and some cuddles with Kappy will get him back up and running soon! Obviously, all of the adults could use some prayers–Kappy, Abby, and I have all spent a lot of time with the patient, so we’re at risk. And Abby is at high risk being all preggers and whatnot. So hopefully we get through this unscathed!

Breakfast–Multi V Goodness. I’m running low on supplies of that…which is a shame, because its so much fiber and belly-filling goodness.

Lunch–I ended up working through lunch, so I had one of those handy GoPicnic! packs. Plantain chips, an edamame seed blend, ginger fruit and nut mix, and an apricot fruit snack. Hooray!

Dinner–Bowls of awesomeness. Roasted butternut squash, chorizo, rice, and avocado, topped with quick pickled onions and mango salsa. I had two. Because I can.

That’s about it. Pray for my boy, pray for us, and as always,

Have a good one.


Day 48–Fever

The best laid plans of mice and men…and then you have kids. Yesterday was supposed to be my first Monday working all summer, and then shortly after I arrived Declan’s school called and said he had a fever. I assumed it was teething, although he was really knocked down yesterday. The bad news is obviously that my boy felt bad…its always tough watching someone you care about when they’re sick, but its worse when its a kid who can’t tell you what’s wrong. The silver lining was definitely that he wanted all the cuddles. And I mean ALL the cuddles. So while I missed a day of work and am probably behind, I spent my afternoon holding Declan watching cartoons. 

It could be worse.

Breakfast–Multi-V Cherry Goodness. Trying to get back in the swing of eating more fiber and spending my calories wisely.

Lunch–Griffin and Joel got wings. I, on the other hand, got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at home with the walking wounded. I mean, the company was hard to beat, but as discussed previously: WINGS.

Dinner–Chick Fil A. Grilled chicken sandwich and a large superfood side.

Dessert–Cherry Garcia FroYo. Surprisingly good stuff, and saves 70 calories a serving over the ice cream version with little to no drop off in taste. So I had a full cup, because why not?

Back at work today, fever’s broken and Dex is home playing with Kappy. All is right…but I will miss the cuddles.

Have a good one.

Day 44–Abilene

We spent some time going over it, and I think this last weekend was one of maybe three times in the last six years I’ve been to Abilene for something that wasn’t a funeral or class. That’s an incredibly long time for such an incredibly important place in my life, and it honestly tarnishes my memories a bit. Just as I will always equate Fayetteville, Arkansas with death, Abilene was quickly falling down a path with no redemption in sight…and then Memorial Day happened.

It was such a great trip!

Getting to see family, watching Declan interact with Evie, eating Abilene food (too much of it, but whatcha gonna do?), even running into friends by crazy random happenstance…it had it all. I definitely wasn’t eating healthy–it rained a bunch, and the “hotspots” in Abilene (no pun intended and shoutout to Los Arcos…I miss you) are all BBQ and Mexican food–but it was good for the soul, and being completely healthy means mind and body. I got to spend some time with my remaining grandparents, hung out with Tyler Barnett one night (dude’s going to India…how awesome is that?), and the pace of life in Abilene is magical. No traffic, no hectic schedules, no craziness. I’m happy to include it in the list of places I call home.

As for food, here’s what yesterday looked like, which I think is technically day 43 (BT):

Breakfast–Three egg omelet with sautéed peppers and onions.

Lunch–FAT BAO. I missed it. Went to lunch with Jason Notoras and Joel and was able to just have some guy time, which has been sorely lacking in the office since some people decided to bail on me. And of course, Fat Fries are delicious.

Dinner–Sausage, roasted onions, and roasted kabocha squash. It’s trumpeted as sweeter than butternut, and maybe I got a starchy one, but it didn’t live up to the billing. Really good and super filling though.

Hopefully I can get back in the groove, and hopefully Houston won’t float away. Pray for those affected by flooding.

Have a good one.