Day 26–I’m Bad At This

Apparently getting back into the groove of eating better is easier than getting back into the groove of posting every day. I’ve been pretty good at the former and terrible at the latter. The good news is that today is finals, so I’ve had some time to knock stuff off the to-do list…so here we go.

We had a really good message yesterday at Crossbridge. The general idea was that talking about change is important…making that change is more important. Talking about being a Christian is fine, but if you don’t back it up with action, who cares? To that end, they had some files from Compassion International on hand, so that if we were pushed to action, we had the ability right then to act upon it.

Abby and I did not sponsor a child. We talked about it, and decided that our time/effort/funds should be used elsewhere. Not a knock on Compassion, just not something we felt God pushing us to do. The good news is that there are a bajillion other places to make a difference in this world, like Feed My Starving Children or Covenant House here in Houston, where we will be putting our money where our mouth is. As I’ve said before:

Do something. Anything. Make a difference.

Breakfast–Um…I think I had a Larabar? That was the good breakfast. The bad breakfast was five donut holes in youth group. The Larabar had 200 calories, the donut holes had 260. Guess which one was a better choice?

Lunch–Lupe! Shrimp fajitas. So so good.

Dinner–Rudy’s BBQ. I had a half turkey/half brisket baked potato. And then chocolate pudding because why not? Rudy’s sauce (or sause as they say) is magical.

Still made it under my calorie goal, but not by much. Yesterday was a bit of a splurge day all around. This week will be better, because that suit needs to fit on Saturday!

Have a good one.


Day 25–Happy Birthday Mom!

I didn’t post last night because I was helping Fraser pack up his house until like midnight and I didn’t have the brain power left to compose a coherent blog. Moving with kids is apparently quite different than moving without them. Shocker, I know. It was still good to hang out and listen to some awesome early 2000’s music…not a shabby way to spend a Friday.

School is essentially over now, with the exception of finals this week. Thus we begin shutting down this year and beginning preparations for the next one. This will be the first time I do it (relatively) on my own, so that should be interesting, to say the least. But we’ve got an incredible team and I know we’ll get it all done!

And as the title says–Happy Birthday to my mom. I love you!

Breakfast–In celebration of school ending, I popped a couple of bite-sized macaroons on the way out the door to REI. I needed to get some new shorts because the ones I bought like two weeks ago don’t fit. I’m down to 256.8 lbs, which means I’m almost down 10 pounds in three and a half weeks. Score.

Lunch–Mexican rice bowl. A small amount of chorizo, a lot of sautéed veggies, and some rice, topped with pineapple mango habanero salsa from Whole Foods. Really good stuff.

Snack–SPLURGE ALERT–Since it’s Saturday and I hadn’t really splurged yet this week, I had a red velvet Nothing Bundt Cake bundtlet. It. Was. Awesome.

Dinner–Breakfast casserole. A bit of chorizo, a bit of maple blueberry pan sausage, some sautéed onion, eggs and biscuits. We once again had a flood warning tonight, so we went with the comfort food option for the evening.

Church tomorrow, and then finals/grades/graduation next week. Then summer!

Have a good one.

Day 23–Skipper

No idea why I didn’t post yesterday. Thought about it last night and then didn’t realize I’d forgotten until this evening. Yesterday was even a good day too…had some fun at school, met the ladies that run Mystic Dessert Bar, ate really well. Just never got around to it. Oh well.

Today was the last day of Elementary. No more carpool, no more morning announcements, no more lunch duty, but also no more sweet kids and great parents. I’ll enjoy having some free time, but I’ll definitely miss being around them every week. It’s always weird for me when Elementary ends, because I still have class tomorrow, Finals next week, and summer work to do. So they’re all excited about the “end of school” and I can’t relate to that at all anymore. Today was also strange weather, my dad was in town for a meeting but we didn’t have a chance to see him, Declan is transitioning into an older class at school, and this morning there was a brief period of time where I think I was in charge. But we all survived…so hooray!

I also didn’t eat exceptionally well. Whoops.

Breakfast–Chick Fil A chicken minis to celebrate the aforementioned “end of school.” I also got a lemonade because I’m an idiot with short term memory issues, apparently.

Lunch–I drank the rest of my Multi-V juice, and it actually tided me over almost until dinner. So good work Cherry Goodness!

Snack–Since I’d already doubled my recommended sugar intake by 4 today, my snack was a couple of pieces of watermelon. Still sugary, but it’s fruit so it’s okay?

Dinner–Hot dogs for the wifey. I had three dogs and sautéed onions and peppers. This pushed me over my calorie limit, but it also filled me up where I didn’t eat junk all night.

Last day of Secondary tomorrow before finals, and homemade ice cream for our gala auction winners. Hooray for ice cream!

Have a good one.

Day 21–Pool Party

Texas weather report for today: It. Was. HOT.

I’m extremely glad I only have to do one more day of carpool. The hell fires of Texas Summer’s have held off until now, so I only have to sweat through one more afternoon. The good thing about the heat is that, for once, I have a reason to be outside after school. This means I’m motivated to find good things to do while outside. And so, we introduced Declan to the kiddie pool.

I wish I could bottle the sounds of joy he made and sell them. I’d be a billionaire. We stayed out there for about an hour, and he kicked, danced, sat, splashed, drove his toy car, blew bubbles…everything. He did everything. And it was glorious to watch him be so happy. Of course, I got in there with him (because why not?) and then he started climbing all over me and we wrestled and splashed each other and laughed and played and man I love that little boy. Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!

Breakfast–A container of Cherry Orchard Yoplait. I could have sworn I ate something else, but I don’t remember and didn’t log it. I did, however, eat a container of blackberries throughout the day, so maybe that’s what I’m thinking of.

Lunch–Popeye’s, because fried chicken is just too darn good. Spicy tenders and fries…surprisingly, as I’ve said before, a lot of protein without a huge calorie hit.

Dinner–Two breakfast sandwiches. Toasted bread, eggs over hard, and oven roasted bacon. 

Continuing the saga of Kuzco tomorrow in class, and we get to yell at the 7th graders. 

And the interview went well! I hope I didn’t scare her off.

Have a good one.

Day 20–New Groove

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who commented, texted, found me in person, or privately prayed for me. Yesterday was a much, much better day, and I know it wasn’t solely through the power of positive thinking. I appreciate the help and support.

I think watching The Emperor’s New Groove makes any day better. Last year I was flabbergasted to find out that some, if not most, of my 8th graders had never seen that movie. As it currently stands as the funniest Disney movie, this was an injustice that could not persist. Therefore its my new tradition to show ENG during Dead Week after we study for the day. It definitely had the desired effect: the kids that haven’t seen it were enraptured, and even those who are “too cool” for Disney movies (newsflash: NOT A THING. You are never too cool for Disney) eventually found themselves sucked in. It’s brilliant! Brilliant I tell you!

I definitely know what it feels like to have one’s groove thrown off (#BewareTheGroove), but its interesting to consciously work on getting it back on track. Making good choices, not only for my physical health but mental health, is a time consuming but rewarding task. And yes, its only been one day. But one is better than nothing!

We also planted more stuff in our backyard. A mosquito repellant and some herbs around the lemon tree. So I’ll provide updates as they come.

Breakfast–Two Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles. Underrated product right there, even if its not the healthiest of choices. Although, oddly, two Eggos usually have fewer calories than two slices of bread, obviously depending on the Eggo and the bread.

Lunch–SOLIZ!! The ultimate Casa de tacos. Three chorizo and potato burritos and some guac. Its not La Popular…but its pretty darn close.

Dinner–After the planting of the herbs, I used some of the fresh basil and lemon basil in a quick pasta dish. Whole wheat spaghetti, some caramelized onion, butter beans, the aforementioned herbs, and garlic. Good stuff.

I get to be the interviewer in a job interview today. What has this world come to?

Have a good one.

Day 19–Depressed

I think I suffer from depression. I don’t know if it’s related to stress, different diet, to electronics use, to barometric pressure, to unfulfilled wanderlust…it could be any of a hundred different things. A lot of people at school have asked me over the last week or so if I’m okay after seeing me at my desk or in the halls, and honestly? I don’t know. I mentally feel foggy, I physically feel fine, and I guess I emotionally feel numb. So if you’ve had an interaction with me in the last week or two and came away from it offended or feeling like my mind wasn’t really in it, I apologize for the offense and you’re probably right. 

Not your typical Mother’s Day post eh? I will readily admit I messed up Mother’s Day. I think, or at least I hope, Abby had a great time with Declan. They laughed, they played, they spent a LOT of time together, which is what she misses out on the most over the week at work. I, on the other hand, made a mess of things by not being able to keep my mouth shut and because my attitude has been terrible. It’s one thing for me to be miserable, but another thing entirely when I start adversely affecting others. So again, to Abby and to everyone else, I’m sorry.

I’m working on it.
Breakfast–A cup of juice before church and a couple of slices of banana bread at church.

Lunch–Bombay Pizza. We found the one restaurant on Mother’s Day with no crowd. As in, we were the only ones in the place for 3/4ths of our meal. I had a small Slumdog pizza–thin crust, pepperoni, chicken, ham, chorizo, sausage, red onion, and jalapeños. I also ate some of Declan’s sweet potato fries, because…well, they’re sweet potato fries.

Dinner–Here would be where the wheels fell off. I ended up having two PB&J sandwiches because it was a horrible evening.

So if you see Abby this week, please help make up for my mistakes by being extra nice to her. And if you see me this week and I seem off, say a little silent prayer for me. 

Have a good one.

Day 18–Boys of Summer

I have this lemon tree that I bought on a whim last summer sitting in our backyard. In theory, it will give me wonderful citrus that I’ll use in all my dishes and make lemonade and lemon bars and everyone will happy. In practice, it’s had a rough life so far. I bought it shortly before the Memorial Day floods last year, so it drowned, and then it suffered through the relative drought that followed. Basically, I soaked it in water, then let it dry out for a very long time. Against all odds though, it’s still alive, and still producing flowers, but no fruit.

In an effort to change that, while Declan and I were running around in the backyard, I decided to plant it near our back fence to get more nutrients and more sun. Unbeknownst to me, our lawn is apparently bulletproof. At one point I was using the shovel like an axe to try to hack through the turf, and having zero success. Thankfully my brilliant wife was home and she suggested soaking the lawn to try to loosen it up a bit. This ended up serving two purposes: One, I finally got the turf up, the clay/dirt moved, and the tree planted, and Two, Declan got to play with the hose.

I think it’s a rite of passage to play in the hose during summer. It must be done. So when I was watering, Declan kept creeping closer and closer to me, until finally he walked straight into the path of the water, where he proceeded to clap and yell and splash and giggle and have an amazing time. The pictures are unreal…it’s an image of pure joy. After I was done with the hose, he picked it up and carried it around the backyard so he could play with it more. By the end, the tree was planted and he was very cold, very wet, very tired, and very happy. A good day indeed.

Breakfast–I’ve been trying to up my fiber intake, so I drank two cups of Bolthouse Farms Multi-V Cherry Goodness. There’s a lot of sugar, but more than 100% of the RDA for fiber. Thankfully, as I said above, I moved around a lot today so the sugar didn’t matter too much.

Lunch–Chick Fil A, spicy chicken sandwich and superfood side. We went to REI to exchange some stuff, and while there we had a bit of a diaper incident with no spares. My fault for not checking the stock before we left. It threw off my lunch plans a bit, so Chick Fil A was the default.

Dinner–A bit of a hodgepodge here. I had the rest of the bottle of juice from above, and half an apple with some peanut butter. ‘Twas very very good. We also (finally) watched the Sherlock Christmas special. It was super weird, kind of slow, but I appreciated the idea, the easter eggs, and the setup for the next season. And more Moriarty is always a good thing.

Mother’s Day tomorrow. Thankfully I have a close association with four of the best: My own mother, my sister, my mother-in-law, and of course, Abby. Watching her play with Declan is almost a Mother’s Day present for me…it makes my heart happy.

Have a good one.