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Angry noises….


Today is not a happy day, my friends. Not happy at all.

Every year, I make cranberries for Thanksgiving dinner. For the past two years now, they’ve been too soupy. I very very carefully measured everything out today to make sure I wasn’t adding too much liquid. I even measured out the cranberries. But alas, I ended up with cranberry soup. I just hope it sets up tonight. Cross your fingers for me.

While I was waiting for the cranberries to cool, I decided to go for a quick 2.5 mile jog. WORST. RUN. EVER. I’m serious. I haven’t had a run go that badly since I first started running this summer. I ran for the first mile-ish, and then was having so much trouble breathing that I had to walk almost all of the remaining 1.5 miles. I couldn’t even run for 1/4-mile stretches. It was miserable. Just rotten. I’m going to potentially blame the sports bra I was wearing. It was new, and seemed to be extra compression-y, which maybe restricted my breathing too much. I’m hoping that’s it, anyway, because if these issues come up again tomorrow, I’m going to be out there running all through Thanksgiving dinner. Grumble grumble.

But since I don’t want to leave on such Negative Nancy Notes, here are two positives:

1. There is pumpkin ale in my (very near) future.

2. 101 Dalmations is on ABC Family right now (the live-action film, not the animated Disney classic), and Hugh Laurie plays one of the villains. Love it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

OMG. Positive note #3: The other villain is Mr. Weasley (Mark Williams)! HA!



Every Good Friday for as long as I can remember, the Sullivans have maintained one tradition (adopted from the Spaldings): Salmon Loaf. I promise you its name does it no justice. Salmon loaf is salmon mixed with vegetables and shredded cheese baked inside crescent roll dough. ¬†Ab.So.Lute.Ly delicious. Paul is not the biggest fan of this particular meal, but manages to get himself through it once a year (hey, Lent is a time to carry one’s crosses, after all). This year, we stayed in the ‘burbs for Easter and I was on my own with the traditional meal.

Well, it didn’t happen. I was on a week-long guilt trip after making several dishes that Paul really didn’t enjoy, and so I decided that I couldn’t continue making him unhappy with dinner. And so we started a new tradition. Today we decided to break fast with breakfast. For dinner. We whipped up some maple pecan waffles (thanks, William-Sonoma!) and veggie sausages.

I was not at all disappointed with dinner (brinner?), but I do miss the once-a-year salmon loaf. Until next year, my loafy friend.

Saturday: Weigh-in Day


Okay, so there were no posts this past week. Sorry about that. It was a bit of a hectic week. And hectic usually means “bad eating” and/or “poor choices.”

I did weigh myself last Saturday while I was visiting my family for the weekend. According to my parents’ scale (which is old and usually not correct), I was down 1 pound. Aaaaaand then we made Christmas cookies. And because I have absolutely no willpower, I regained that pound this week. I’m okay with it. It’s the holiday season, it’s okay to indulge a little bit, as long as it ends after the holidays. Paul and I have already decided to join a gym after the New Year (we’re only waiting so we can take advantage of the special pricing they’re likely to have).

Feeling rather lack-luster today. It’s housework day. It’s 11:40 and I’m still in my PJs. We’re planning on a movie night tonight since our previous plans fell through (feel better soon, Erica!). Gotta think of something to make for dinner…. I hear the slow cooker calling my name.

Weekly Meal Plan and Other Updates


Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Mine was full of delicious food…and over-indulgences. Whoops. I think it’s what I really needed, though–a good kick in the pants (aka feeling completely awful about what I’ve eaten) to get me back on track. So, that being said, here’s the weekly meal plan:

Sunday: Leftover Chicken and Dressing Casserole (WW recipe; 5 Points)

Monday: Deep Dish Taco Pizza (WW recipe; 5 Points); Salad

Tuesday: Leftover pizza (5 Points); Salad

Wednesday: Leftover pizza (5 Points); Salad

Thursday: Baked eggs with spinach and tomato sauce (WW recipe; 5 Points) [Thursdays are the nights that Paul has bowling, so I get to make things he doesn’t like. I’m excited about this recipe. I love eggs, and breakfast for dinner. :)]

Friday: I’m leaving town on Friday to visit my family for the weekend. There’s no telling what they’ll have planned for dinner. I’ll have to do my best to stay on track during the day and leave myself as many Points as possible for dinner that night.


We had a lovely time at home with my family this weekend. It was nice to have everyone together for Thanksgiving. It was the first time in years that my brother has had the day off. I’m very grateful for that. Paul and I went out shopping bright (okay, dark) and early Friday morning. I got myself a new camera (yay!), and then we promptly turned around and went back home to sleep. We went out later in the day and got a little bit of our Christmas shopping done, but not much. Saturday, we went out to Kohl’s and got an incredible deal on a new comforter (originally $390, on sale for $140). Our duvet cover that we bought with wedding gift cards a year ago died recently. The dryer melted/ate it, even though I followed the washing instructions, and even though I’ve washed it several times before. I’m upset about it, but at the same time I’m so happy not to have to deal with that stupid duvet cover ever again. It was really pretty though. I’m having mixed feelings….

We saw Love and Other Drugs Saturday night. The movie was very good, but there was too much female nudity and too liberal a use of the f-bomb for my taste. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story.

I’m feeling overwhelmed by the concept of going back to work tomorrow. I’d better get a start on laundry and such. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

SSS: Valentine’s Day


My SSS this week comes to you courtesy of Mill Rose Restaurant. Not going to post any pictures, but I’m simply going to say that Paul and I went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day on Friday. I had a delicious Chicken Basil with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes (they tasted like butter…it was amazing) and green beans, paired with 7 Heavenly Chards wine. And for dessert, we split a warm Kahlua Chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla gelato. So tasty.

Hope your Valentine’s Day was as delicious (and as lovely) as mine!