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Monday, March 30, 2015

Greedy for Sleep

Good night to you.

1. Walked Sug around block.
2. Boot camp in park. Pats combined steps and boxing.
3. Read & rested some.
4. Made a really good snack. Half cup plain Greek yogurt with dried apricots and sliced almonds that I had pan-toasted in a bit of butter with a few shakes of cinnamon.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Day at the Races

H. on pressing work deadlines--I've been pretty much flying solo w Punch. Palm Sunday Mass [not proud of her behavior]; drop Sugar at groomer for Easter bouffant; horse lesson. Then Punchy's quick change in car into her flouncy skating skirt and white tights for friend's skating bday party at Clary Anderson Arena. Three hours later, another quick change into shorts and shirt and shin guards, soccer cleats. 

But that's not all. Cartwheels at every juncture [on field after soccer practice, in hallway at home]. Run over to play with pal Rowan after 5. Warm bath with lavender bubbles. And she's still fighting sleep.

If we could bottle Punchy's energy, we would be very, very rich. As for me, I took a nap when she went to play with Rowan next-door. Good night.

Grooming Maggie with Miss Krista today.
The view outside the stable at Garret Mountain.

1. Mass.
2. Day 8 no sugar! No cupcake at birthday party, no treat at Cakeaholic, this adorable new bake shop near the dog groomer in South End of Montclair. Punch got a brownie and said it was as good as the ones we make from scratch. It sure smelled good. The homey notes of chocolate baked with butter...
3. Had real foods on hand. Popcorn, banana PB smoothie, baby Swiss with crackers, green jasmine tea with splash of organic cream. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Busy day, and tomorrow will be busier. Nice Saturday moments, though: Tea party with wedding china with Punch; her friend River's eighth birthday party [gymnastics! plus make-your-own sundaes/cones for the kids]; "Cinderella" at the movies with H. and Punch [thumbs up]; and last-minute catchup with the Mernins....

Must sleep soon to conserve energy for tomorrow.

Good night.

  1. Met friend for quick morning chat at Java Love.
  2. Saw another group of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Bought a box [$4] to donate to their chosen charity instead of to my chosen belly. Since I was a troop co-leader for 5 years, I like to stop and support the girls.
  3. Support group.
  4. Saturday afternoon movie! Preceded by a short "Frozen" sequel.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Move Over, Sugar--Tomatoes Coming in

Heirloom and other tomatoes for tart.

The finished product.

Boot camp toast to dear Patsy & Andy--he's moving to Boulder, Colorado tomorrow for a new job--Pats & kids move out May 1. My heart is in my sneakers bc Pats is dear friend and fitness idol and the whole family is a gift. They've lived next-door for 17 years and I've been going to Patsy's boot camp for 6+ years, ever since she launched it.

Day 6 no sugar. Made tomato tart instead of some sweet treat. Also went to boot camp and walked home from grocery store, Lilly Pulitzer tote slung over my shoulder.

Good night.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 5 No Sugar

Got a little tricky. Wanted to eat leftover chocolate cake in freezer. Didn't. Had snacks like deli ham, Greek yogurt with walnuts and raisins, and berries with a little cream.

Good night to you. I plan to work well tomorrow.

1. Walked Sug around block twice.
2. Made coleslaw with light mayo.
3. Ate fruits! Blackberries, strawberries, banana. I hope those good choices show up on my skin.
4. Called my girlhood friend Nancy. Long overdue.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Power of Hair

Got my gray covered by wonderful Rachel at Vamp today. Had more than an inch of faded roots.

Never underestimate the power of hair. This is the second time Rachel added some highlights to brighten up my face--really like them. And she colors my eyebrows, too, with a mascara wand dipped in the dye. This is invaluable.

Finale: Her blowout. She wields a dryer and a round brush to make some strategically placed twirly Irish-dancer curls [like the ones Moey had when she used to dance as a girl].

I was prepared for the afternoon rain with an umbrella and a mist of Bumble and bumble Classic Hairspray in the hot pink can [thanks, Rachel]. H. drove me to the salon but I walked the 20 min. home to meet Punchy at the school bus stop. 

Feel refreshed and renewed. Punch and I did face masks tonight. Figgy is in Florida on spring break, visiting MJ and T. :) xo

Good night to you.

1. Day 4 no sugar. Enjoyed sweet green grapes and Greek yogurt with walnuts.
2. Read my friend Nan's insights on the diet detox she did. Helpful.
3. Logged 14,591 steps on fitbit today. That counts boot camp in the park, walking Sug around the block and walking back from salon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day 3 No Sugar

Worked productively, enjoyed balanced meals like a strawberry banana smoothie and piece of buttered rye toast. 

Faced some fear about not baking desserts. a passion since I was a young girl. I have collected dozens of the best dessert cookbooks! But then my eyes settled on my silver tart pans and I realized I can make impressive quiches or savory tarts, or even pile pretty berries into my mother's good crystal bowl. I have lots of the best healthy food cookbooks, too.

When I took Punchy and pal out for pizza, I got a slice loaded with veggies and a big salad with dressing on the side. I was even able to chase them around the St. James playground a few times after that.

Alice, you're the monster! she loves to say. Please! You chase us! 

Then I stretch my arms out and make goofy sounds and jangle my car keys and they scoot around, dissolving into laughter. 

I'm like a show pony she trots out to amuse small people.

Good night to you.