Wednesday, February 14, 2007

snowed in, day two

In case you can't tell, I'm totally fascinated by the images at It's day two of being snowed in, Valentine's Day. My husband and I are both snowed in, but it's been a pretty low-key day, not the hand-holding, all-day-love-festival that single people probably would imagine we might have. We've been married for almost 13 years. Give us a break. But it has been nice and relaxing.

I woke up so sure I would have to go to work (the University never closes two days in a row) that I got into the shower and told my husband he could watch the school closings if he wanted to. We knew already that his school was closed. Since I had spent yesterday feeling like a bum, I wanted to shower and wear real clothes all day no matter what happened. Since we didn't have school, I made cinnamon-raisin waffles by doctoring up the buckwheat mix we normally use. It was nice to relax and have a couple of cups of coffee and play a few games of Yahtzee.

I've been doing work on my dissertation for most of the day, though we took a break to walk to the butcher shop and get stuff for the coming week. We had to walk in the street because a lot of people still haven't shoveled and it looks like about seven or eight inches of snow, more in places where it drifted. It's a beautiful sunny day, even though it's cold and we have all this deep snow everywhere. The butcher joked with us because we kept picking up additional things off the shelves as he was counting up our order. So I guess I lied in my comment on Lori's blog yesterday, because I did feel an urge to stock up.

Do you want to know what I made my husband for a romantic Valentine's Day lunch? This is weird. I had a craving for sloppy joes, so we got a pound of ground round and a can of Manwich. What a strange thing to crave, but it was really, really good. And oddly enough, according to my slider, the sauce is a 0 point food for a 1/4-cup serving. The meat was so lean that there wasn't any fat to drain off when I cooked it, and we added a diced onion. I like it in a bowl like chili. I figured out that it was about 4 points for the amount that I had, about 1/4 pound of meat with the sauce and veggies.

Tonight we're doing Chicken Parmigana, a lowfat version. The sauce has been cooking in the crockpot all day. We'll also be trying a dessert recipe my Weight Watchers leader brought in, though we're cutting the recipe down from the original twelve servings. If it's any good, we could easily make a 12-serving recipe feed two people... doesn't WW know it's clientele better than that?

I'm really, really not wanting to think about what it means that my Valentine's Day post is all about food. But really, with the cold and snow, it's a comfort-food day. Lowfat comfort food, but comfort food nonetheless.

I did get the most wonderful Valentine's Day present... I weighed myself on my home scale and it read 159.5. Of course, this is under ideal conditions -- first thing in the morning, no food, no clothes -- but I'm hopeful that my next real weigh-in will be a good one.

Hope that you all have a nice day out in Blogland. Stay warm!


  1. i think weighing yourself in the morning, sans clothes and food IS the ideal time - at least that's what i've been doing for years... i don't go to weekly meetings so that is how i do my weigh-ins each week at home...

    congrats on seeing 159.5 too! :o)

  2. I think your day was very appropriate for Valentines - it doesn't have to be all hand-holding and eye-gazing the whole day. And yes, I'm one of the single people who usually thinks couples are doing that kind of thing, but it's good to be reminded that real life can be even better than what I picture in my head.

    Not to worry about the post being mostly about food, because I didn't think it was. You did some good things, satisfying comfort food things, that were just part of a snow day with Jesse. It sounded solid and loving, not food-obsessed.


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