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  • Here I am at work. Wish I wasn't! It was so hard to come tonight - it is unbelievably beautiful outside, just perfect. This morning when I got home went outside and sat on the rock on the hillside, looking down at the wildflowers and trees sloping down to the water. I wished that I could have stayed there all day, maybe slept there! And when I got up, I made a cup of tea and sat on the balcony. I would love to be there right now, sipping a G&T and watching the sunset.

    I read a passage in a book that I think describes me. This is from Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. The author is describing his mother.

    "She lived by the easy laws of the hedgerow, loved the world and made no plans, had a quick holy eye for natural wonders and couldn't have kept a neat house for her life."
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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    • That sounds like someone I could get along with The scene sounds really beautiful - it is such a crash back down to reality when you have to go into work on a day like that! Hope it is a good night and that there is more beautiful weather waiting for you tomorrow!
      Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
      Primal low: 186 lbs
      Current weight: 221.4 lbs
      Goal weight: 140 lbs

      "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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      • Thank you, Coll! Alas, this afternoon is not so beautiful as yesterday. The ephemeral wonders of nature! I am not complaining, though, it is pleasant and quiet, overcast and cool.

        Slept well and had a rather large lunch of chicken soup followed by a pork chop and mashed sweet potato. All leftovers, no cooking involved. Finished two books that I am reading for a group project. A group of internet book friends that I have 'known' for 18 years (!) have decided to complete a "Century" - we will read a book published in every year since 1900. We aren't just filling in with books we have already read, although we are allowing rereads. After all, Catcher in the Rye will be a very different reading experience in one's sixth decade that it was at age 16.

        Although the scale hasn't moved, I am feeling fat. Yes. Don't know why. I don't like the feeling. For one thing, it is so CW and for another I don't know why I feel different. Have felt this way for about a week. I always suspect carbs are the problem, and I will look into this further. Have not eaten any 'bad' carbs at all, no grains or sugars. No potatoes or rice for that matter.

        I may have to largely curtail my swimming for the summer. This is a very painful realization. The pool is just overrun with all the summer people. I have traced my upset tummy of a week ago to high bacteria levels. And the last time I swam (Thursday) there were unpleasant things on the bottom of the pool. NOT training dummies. I think I should only swim when the pool opens at 5:30 AM to 7 AM, when the filters and chlorine have worked their magic overnight, and it is only adult lap swimmers. After that, I need to think twice. This makes me very unhappy but I don't want to be sick and of course it is kind of gross, even for a Grokette like me who poo-poos overt delicacy in such matters.
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • This: 51 Paleo Snacks Anyone Can Love | Greatist

          Ah, the joy of seeing a recipe and realizing that not only do I have all of the ingredients, a key one is already prepared. Having mashed cauliflower around is a really good idea. I made 'hummus' from the above recipe list. Really, really good. Although I am ashamed to say I prepared it and ate and wasn't even hungry. Also, it was best slightly warm. Totally changes the flavor profile.

          Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! And RIP to my own beloved pater. I miss you, Dad. You still live in my heart.
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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          • One cool thing about having three cats is that one of them is always doing something interesting. And normally one is always near me if not actually right next to me. It is really fun and such good company. Very good dynamic so far.

            Cleaned out the refrigerator and unfortunately had to throw away some lemons and some herbs. The downside of fresh food. But still the best way to eat!
            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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            • Slept very well...beautiful, beautiful morning. After feeding the cats, I am now out of cat food. This must be corrected immediately. Also, I am pretty much out of my own people food. If I was a real hunter gatherer, I would be very busy right now and not typing on a computer. Off to forage at the grocery store!
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • A confession.

                I purchased and consumed a can of corned beef. The kind I ate during my childhood on white bread with mustard. This time around there was no bread, but there was mustard. Do you know, it tasted exactly as I remember! Not sure what actually goes into that can, beef-wise, but it surely was good. Of course it contains sugar and salt. I fried it in butter. Am thinking it would make a really nice eggs-benedict sort of dish, with Brazilian tapioca bread and a poached egg on top with some type of sauce. Hmmmmm.
                Last edited by Siobhan; 06-17-2013, 10:17 AM.
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • I see nothing wrong with an indulgence like corned beef- the beef part is likely leftovers but how often do you get the opportunity to eat the leftover parts of the cow. Not perfectly paleo but really- who's counting? This one isn't the worst non paleo thing you could have eaten! It sounds like you really enjoyed it too! Would have been worse if you barely liked it.
                  SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                  Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                  Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                  Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                  Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                  Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                  • ^ I agree
                    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                    2. Eat to heal
                    3. Move to live
                    4. Embrace today
                    5. Live with intention
                    6. Respect my body
                    7. Cultivate joy
                    8. Find my passion
                    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                    • Haha! I loved it! I'm gonna keep a can or two on the shelf for emergencies. Like when I run out of bacon.

                      Made this for lunch: Green Kitchen Stories Mint & Mango Marinated Zucchini Spaghetti. When I was making it, I was thinking it wasn't going to be that good. I was wrong. I ended up practically inhaling it. I used my new zoodles shredder/slicer thing. Also had a guac-stuffed burger.

                      It was a warm sunny day until about an hour ago when the heavens literally opened and a thunderstorm of epic proportions bombarded us. Now the sun is out again!
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • I love reading your journal. It goes a level deeper without really trying and ends up being so entertaining and relatable. Also your fathers day comment touched me so much- you really have a natural strong way with words. Have you ever tried doing some "serious" writing?
                        If you have a few minutes- please take a look at my story, in my journal
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread87400.html
                        I do warn you, I am a copious writer.

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                        • We had a sudden downpour, too, but being Texas, it blew away very quickly, and left us with blue skies. Littlest and I went into the garden and planted greens.

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                          • Storm looming all afternoon and nothing materialized so far Cats are such wonderful company! I used to have two that would greet me as I came home in the mornings after my 12 hour night shift. The one would hop into the car and ride up the driveway on my lap with his paws on the steering wheel. The other would jog along in front of the car with her tail in the air as if she was escorting me in - that cute little kink at the end of the tail used to tickle me pink I was SO sad to say goodbye to them when I moved to the USA ... traumatic as the people that I gave them to let them get out and the one disappeared and he needed meds etc So glad you have their company and that they are getting on ... such great entertainment!
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • I'm so glad you enjoy my journal, campanella! I've published a few poems but not anything else. I've had a weird idea that I could put something together out of my journal, a sort of memoir, although I have no idea who would be interested in publishing or reading it. I think it would work better as fiction if I could come up with some kind of plot.

                              I count myself very lucky that I had a wonderful father, although he died very young. He was kind and gentle and quiet and strong and capable. I know that many people don't have good fathers, and in some ways I think that is even more tragic than not having a good mother. Fathers are so important for your self esteem, especially for girls.

                              There is a firefly right outside the screen door, the cats are going nuts! They are so entertaining. I don't know what I would do without them, really I don't! I wonder what they think of me? Am I the big pink hairless cat that opens cans? It is too bad you had to leave your kitties behind, Coll. It is such a commitment having these boys. If I were to move any distance, it would be really hard to take them, although I would. Can you imagine me driving to California with three cats in the car? But I have no plans to move, I like it here.

                              Started a new choir tonight. The director is great, really nice, a great communicator, and the music is wonderful. So easy compared to the Brahms! We are singing some folk songs, Ukranian, Russian, a couple other Eastern European ones. Beautiful, so moving yet so simple. I am going to really enjoy it.

                              Shouldn't really have eaten when I came home because I wasn't really hungry, but I had some of the zucchini mint mango stuff, some melon, and a small bit of goat cheese. I didn't mention the melon. It's a canary melon. I had never seen one, but it jumped in my cart. Delicious thing! I've devoured a lot of it already, along with a pluot and some blueberries. Guess you could say I am on a bit of a fruit binge today.
                              Last edited by Siobhan; 06-17-2013, 07:22 PM.
                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                              • Slept for only a short time - maybe 4 hours - but I had a meditation/reading group early this morning so all is well. I haven't been able to go for awhile because of work, so it was nice to go again.

                                Finally made flight reservations to visit my mom. I finally manned up and just made some arrangements. Of course it is all coming together well. I don't know why I stress myself so badly about these things. It will be fun and I have to realize she is no spring chicken. I will be there on her birthday and it will mean a lot to her.

                                Lots of meat today. Started off with an egg fried with corned beef. Then I spiced up some ground pork and baked that up into patties. (So there, Jimmy Dean) Then I cooked a little meatloaf with avocado inside. Of course I did not eat all of this stuff, most of it is for later. And I had some canary melon. Is that ever good!

                                Work tonight, so all this food is for sustenance at the hospital.

                                Oboe is making it very hard to type! He is a first-class computer cat.
                                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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