Day 25: Friday, January 25, 2013
Today was likely the coldest day of the year so far. I got sent home early from work because of icy roads, so I had a chance to get in some R&R, including baking some multi-grain bread with flax, sesame, and poppy seeds. It turned out pretty good. Next time, I’m going to try soaking the oats before adding them to the dough though, to see if it will help make the bread more moist. When Bryan got home from work, we had a “date night in” of homemade pizza (light on the cheese; heavy on the vegetables) and watched a movie, before heading to bed early.
Day 26: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Woke early and sent Bryan off to ski with our Jr. High group from church. Never did fall back asleep. Finally rolled out of bed around 9AM and had a cup of coffee and some leftover pizza from last night’s “date night in” (I’m a sucker for cold pizza for breakfast…don’t judge.) Went to a workout with my friend Leigh at GOGA Studios–it was an interesting concept, working out on a vibrating platform, so your muscles have to work extra hard to stay balanced. I especially enjoyed the vibrating massage and sauna! It took a little longer than planned, so I ran straight to my next appointment without eating lunch (bad idea).
Today was the day we got our cow! No, we’re not becoming farmers; several families in our church went in on a cow and had it butchered. It’s a semi-hefty chunk of cash up front, but then I don’t have to buy beef for a whole year (we still have about 8 packs from last year, so we’ll try to use those up first). Last year, the friend who ordered the cow separated it all out himself; this year, several of us decided to pitch in and help with the heavy lifting (literally…grand total of about 1,460 pounds between 9 families!). Not sure if I’m more sore from GOGA or beef sorting, but it was a good day’s work…took about two hours to get it all separated out.
Had a quick (albeit late) lunch, then closed my eyes for about 15 minutes before the nephews arrived so my sister and her husband could have a date night. We had a good time, filled with Wii and Stratego and homemade hamburgers.
Day 27: Sunday, January 27, 2013
After yesterday’s extremely long and exhausting day for both of us, we declared today’s day of rest to actually include rest, so we went out to lunch using a gift card from Christmas at lunch. It was a nice break from cooking. Trying to eat no dairy at a restaurant is more challenging than I thought. Fortunately, the chef was happy to cook the green beans in olive oil instead of butter and to put the cream sauce on the side; besides, the grilled chicken was very flavorful without the sauce, so I’m not sure why I would want to add the extra calories anyway. Bryan had steak and shrimp with green beans and rice, and we both had salads too (we skipped the bread basket and dessert, and both of us brought half of our lunches home for another meal). I thought about going on a walk, but after all the workouts we did yesterday, I opted to take a brief nap before evening service. Then Bryan made curry for dinner! And we were in bed by about 10:30!
Day 28: Monday, January 28, 2013
Tired today, which is weird since we went to bed earlier than normal last night. Drinking lots of water. Breakfast was sourdough toast with peanut butter and marmalade and a cup of hot green tea. Good 30 minute workout at lunch, followed by a meal of meatloaf, potato wedges, green beans, and a pear. A good day of work, but ready for another early bed time. We’ve been getting to bed earlier on these more active days, and it makes it easier to get up the next day, so I want to keep this pattern going while I can. Bible reading has not been quite as good this past week, so I’m excited to jump back into John and Exodus this week. I think if I can discipline myself to get to bed on time, I would be able to concentrate most effectively on the Word first thing in the morning–with a cup of coffee in hand. After a supper of curried lentils and a mixed greens salad with strawberries, leftover grilled chicken, slivered almonds, and avocados, three of my friends came over for our bi-weekly Bible Study and Fellowship. It was good to rehearse the works of the Lord over the past two weeks, and to pray together for His strength through the next two weeks and beyond. I was once again overwhelmed with my unloveliness and Christ’s great and unconditional love.