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15 February 2011 @ 06:26 pm
We had a successful Valentine's Day yesterday, for the most part. HSH forgot about having the kids get cards for me (he usually forgets), and neither child did it on their own. So when I got the, "Where's my candy basket?" demand, I tweaked both of them about it. Lauren went to her room and made me a card, and Christopher made one this morning. But I think it's fair to remind them not to take other people for granted. HSH should remember the other side of it, but the kids should also show some love even when it's not an assigned school project. Christopher told us that his school had candygrams (news to him AND us), but that he didn't get any. So I asked him whether he had sent any. ;)

On the amazing front, I've been sugar-free for a little over a week, and yesterday I sampled a single Dove heart and left it at that. I cannot remember the last time I got through Valentine's Day without a wall-to-wall sugar binge, unless it was while I was still single. :0

HSH made hot-and-sour soup for dinner. It was a new recipe (from a book of low-calorie Asian foods). We both love hot-and-sour soup, and the kids tolerated it. I think the tofu should be pan-seared first, next time, and some carrot strips would add color. What's the dark, crinkly thing that comes in the restaurant version? Kale? Seaweed? Ours didn't have that, but the seasoning sure tasted authentic. \o/

Other stuff:
  • On Friday, Christopher announced "My adopted meal worm died." I'm... sorry?

  • The one pair of "real" jeans that fits me is falling apart. I bought a new pair a week ago, which didn't look great (they never do). I haven't worn them yet. Instead, I'm trying to lose enough weight to squeeze into my next-smaller pair. Hence the sugar-free state above. Getting there... *fingers crossed*

  • I need more writing prompts for my Flood Fics, but meanwhile I've been tied up with LAS stories because neither prompt has been easy. I hate that-- it makes me feel stymied and talentless. :(

  • Christopher narrowly escaped a written test on ballroom dancing in P.E. This is typical-- his school's P.E. program seems designed to avoid actual exercise. I'm told it continues at the high school level for the program he's in. It drives him nuts, and I don't blame him. :0
  • Sacramento's false Spring has ended, and it's Winter again. Not surprising, but still... too bad!

  • Both kids will be out of town this coming weekend. I'm hoping to have a dinner/movie date (late Valentine's celebration), visit a winery or go antiquing, and (ahahahaha!) buy a new couch. That would be the same couch we've tried to replace at least 3 times already. We cannot find a comfortable & classy model in colors that we want-- it's all earth tones now, and we both hate those. *hopes for a miracle*

  • Hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day, and thanks for helping to make mine so much better! I needed it. :)

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    she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on February 16th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
    I looove hot and sour soup. Although I usually do half hot and sour and half egg drop.

    There is nothing more tragic than the death of a good pair of jeans, save an actual living creature's.

    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Starry Nighthalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
    I used to love egg-drop soup, but I always choose hot-and-sour now instead. The once a year I have it. :0

    I hate the death of jeans! Finding a pair that doesn't look terrible on me is so darn hard that the thought of doing it again... it's like trying to replace that damn couch!
    cindytsuki_no_bara on February 16th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
    a written test on ballroom dancing? o.O how completely bizarre. and not just because christopher is apparently getting ballroom dancing in gym.... (when people bitch and moan about how america's kids are getting fatter and fatter, does no one look at the state of school gym programs? and how there isn't a lot of actual exercise? hmph.)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Ice-T Smackdownhalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
    does no one look at the state of school gym programs? and how there isn't a lot of actual exercise? hmph.

    I know! In my day, winter meant basketball, volleyball, scooter soccer (\o/), gym hockey, and bowling (a maximum 2-week segment for that one).

    At Lauren's school, when it rains they watch videos because there are about 100 kids in her P.E. class. And at Christopher's school, he's lucky if they walk. Except for run day, when I'm sure most of the nonfit kids regularly "fail to improve."

    I just find it staggering. He's in an advanced learning program, where apparently the stereotype of "Brainiacs aren't athletic" still persists in the minds of the administrators. But you know, almost every kid can walk, and almost all of them can learn basic sports too. Sheesh.

    And to think he was looking forward to having daily P.E.! Now he just wants those missing recesses back...
    Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 16th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
    God, I wish winter had meant videos for me at school. We had hockey and hockey and hockey and cross country running. With no showers. sometimes we even had hockey. I hated gym at school.

    I did anything I could to get out of it
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
    My Portland years (the years of scooter soccer and major variety), there was no shower. This was at a grade 1-8 elementary school. We had sinks and paper towels, and you changed in the toilet stalls.

    But the P.E. was fantastic, except for Spring which was All About Softball and which is a terrible sport for me.

    Was your hockey outside or in? Ours was always indoors, thank goodness. It rains a lot in Portland.

    Your gym experience sounds dull and unappealing, and I can see why you'd want to avoid it!
    Princess Robot Bubblegum!: fit- surfer krisha sowinskiastrothsknot on February 17th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
    Out. It rains a lot in Scotland too.
    Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 16th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
    get your current settee recovered
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
    We have thought about that, though it's probably 24 years old and a little "loose" in parts of the frame.

    But both it and the cushions are darn comfortable.

    If we don't find something this weekend, I think I'm ready to give up and go for that option instead. My parents have been recovering the same sofa/loveseat since around the time I was born. :0
    Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 17th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
    my auntie's had her entire suite recovered and repadded every ten years, it's forty years years old, but she's never seen another with that shape (it's round)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
    My parents' is obviously of higher quality than the one we have, BUT... tighten a few screws and such, and who knows?

    A round sofa... I'm having visions of "I Dream Of Jeannie" or something!