First of all, two of my friends have gotten some really bad news. Please keep them in your thoughts. I know they’ll appreciate it.
Next, this was truly the weekend of movies for me. I saw Harry Potter on Friday night with my hubby (he wanted to see it with me before he heads out of town again); then on Saturday afternoon I went to see the Simpsons movie (laughed my ass off–unfortunately, not literally); on Saturday night I went to see Harry Potter on IMAX (loved the battle scene in 3-D); and yesterday Joe and I went to see the Transformers movie (definitely not my style, but okay, I suppose). I shall continue my movie binge when Joe leaves again on Wednesday–there are a couple at the dollar movie that I want to go see, as well as some still at the regular movies.
After the HP movie Saturday night, we went to a new restaurant (well, new to us, anyway) right by the theatre. I forget the name, but it’s a lot like Chipotle only with more variety. S. and I shared a really tasty black bean & rice burrito with mango salsa on top. The mango salsa had these really huge chunks of mango. I like. I need to get Joe over there so he can decide he likes it better than Chipotle. Nothing against Chipotle, but this place is a little more vegetarian-friendly. And then we went to Borders, where we spent a lazy hour or so. I ended up leaving with a beginner’s aromatherapy kit, a cute skull & crossbones 3-ring binder and pencil case (which I am using for a make-up bag, since the zipper broke of my last make-up bag).
I’m caught up at work–finally–from my beginning of the month rush. It’s always a relief when (and if) I get to that point. Some months it seems like it doesn’t matter how hard I work, the work I have to do just rolls in faster than I can get it accomplished. But there are other months where I get to a definite point where I know I’m caught up. Doesn’t mean I don’t stay busy, just that I’m not a day behind.
Well since the show’s all over now, and I don’t have anything coming up, I’m focusing on working again to start losing weight again. I have gained some back, but not even close to everything I lost. My goal is to go to the gym at least 3 times this week. I’ve been cutting back on the cheese and focusing more on other proteins. Last night I even had tofu, and it didn’t taste too awful. The texture is what I have the hardest time with. This was at Genghis Grill, and it was the only non-animal source of protein they had. So I got some, along with plenty of veggies and fruit, and brown rice. It was okay, just a little soft. I had added honey-soy sauce with my bowl, so there was plenty of flavour. On the comment card, though, I remarked that it would be nice if they had more vegetarian-friendly protein sources, like tempeh or seitan. Of course, unless they get a lot more comments like that from other people, I know nothing will change. And it was good, even with the squishy tofu.
The smell. You might be wondering about the smell. Well, fortunately (or unfortunately–depends upon your perspective), it finally got good and hot here. So the smell peaked I think on Friday. By Saturday it was slightly better. When S. came to the house where we were all meeting to carpool to the movie on Saturday night, Joe let her in. I couldn’t believe it, and immediately suggested that we go sit on the front stoop until Izzybella got there. It was slightly better yesterday. Still rank, though. Joe actually managed to fall asleep in the living room last night; just the thought of that made me want to gag. He came to bed about 5 minutes before my alarm was due to go off, so I lazily stayed in bed an extra 20 minutes. I mean, he is leaving on Wednesday for another 2 and a half weeks!Disgusting. Joe will have the back door open while he’s home today to let it air out. I’m hopeful that by the time he leaves on Wednesday, perhaps it will be tolerable enough that I can start cooking and cleaning again. We’ll see. If not, I’m fully prepared to spend every evening this week at the movie theatre or the book store.
Book store! That’s what I did on Saturday morning. I went to Barnes and Noble and read for hours. I started off with Being a Vegetarian for Dummies, and then bought the last Charlie Bone book (I’ll talk about those in another post). Breakfast was a whole-grain bagel and cream cheese in the cafe, along with a De’Peach Mode Jones soda (okay, not the healthiest choice, but it tasted great!). And then I went back into the store and read some more. I tried reading Peeps by Scott Westerfeld. He’s a superb writer, and I can tell it’s a superb book, but it squicked me out too badly. If you like vampires and don’t have a rodent or insect phobia, I can strongly recommend it. I made it halfway through the book before I realized that I was going to vomit if I read any more of it. And I finished up with a book by Mary Stolarz that was so-so-ish. Not as good as her colours books but not bad.
Here’s a little more photo fun:
This is L-squared wearing Norbert’s teeny sombrero.
This is Humphrey. He’s quite bad-tempered. He’s a snob, too. See how he’s got his nose stuck up in the air? I don’t know if you can see it very well, but his tail is kind of lifted up, too. When he gets mad, he poops on the computer of whoever he’s mad at. Usually me.
This is Norbert without his sombrero, per Gypsy’s request.