Sunday, August 30, 2009

Home at last....

and back to eating from my own kitchen. I have been a little under the weather, so dear hubby has been boiling corn like a mad man. He has perfected the technique, and is so proud of himself! When it is in season, you need to get your fill of the good stuff! As for me? I am just glad to have food on the table at prescribed times with appropriate caloric values! In short, I am learning to not be sooooooooooo fussy!

We made the drive home in eight hours. We didn't stop for lunch, because, really? What is the point. Chances of "contamination" are just too great, and trust me, the garage in Ashern, Manitoba isn't a high point in gastronomic circles!

The next jaunt will be to BC in a week or so, which leaves me all sorts of time to plan menus for the week. Unfortunately, I have no interest whatsoever in doing so. I am excited because we are planning to shop our way home through the States! The whole trip will be about nine days, which requires a bit more planning. Time to prepare. Picture Rocky with not so good hair, and that is me. Da da da dum da dum dee dumm......Da da da dum da dum dee dumm

First order of business is to lighten my luggage. I am really working on keeping my eye simple in all things. So far, I have trimmed my toiletries down to a minimum, and found that when you put the products in small bottles? What a difference that makes. I can even fit my hair brush into my cosmetics bag now. Who'd would have thought?

Second order of business will be to chose a capsule wardrobe for the trip. I will need outfits for all sorts of occasions...comfortable travel, shopping, dinners out and I believe one formal "do". I will have to be presentable for a great deal of the time, so sneaking into hotels under the cover of darkness wearing my much loved used and abused Indian cotton won't do this time! We are stopping to see friends along the way as well, so I do need to be respectable on the journey!

Third order of business, is to figure out what to take along for snackage and quick meals. I have found a gluten free cracker bread that travels well (in Tupperware, of course!) and gives me a bit of crunch with my scrambled eggs and salads. A vehicle for butter, and a good crunch is all you really need. I am tempted to reach across and taste Rick's bread at times, but how quickly that idea leaves my head! I still want bread, but know how disastrous one little bite would be. AND the cruel thing is, that a crumb is as bad as a loaf.No more "one little bite" for me! Your system gets more and more sensitive as time goes on, so the need to be vigilant will never pass. Ah well. So worth the effort!

Today I have to tidy the house in preparation for maid day tomorrow. Now, not that I have a maid, but years ago, I figured out that if I did have one? I would tidy up before she came to make her job easier, and to reduce my embarassment at my slovenly side that creeps out when I am not looking..... Why, I thought, shouldn't I do that for myself? So now, the day before I clean, I make sure all my ducks are ina row, and I can speed through the house like lightning. Old, menopausal, slow lightning, but lightning none the less!

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