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Monday, January 31, 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
Guys, I am having the weirdest dreams since I had Covid.
And they all involve babies.
When I had a Covid fever one night, I dreamed about 5 cold babies and 5 hot babies and I was trying to care for them. I was scrambling to put hats on the cold ones and give ice packs to the hot ones. Nobody was there to help me and I was very stressed at trying to help all those precious wee ones.
A few days later I dreamed that I was back in the house I grew up in, taking care of a baby that didn't want to nurse. The baby wasn't even mine, so of course it didn't want to nurse from my dry wells, but I was very aware that the baby would die soon if I couldn't provide food.
Last night I dreamed that there was a toddler and a baby riding bikes, and the baby was holding a tire (like from a car) and kept dropping it, falling off his bike, right in the middle of traffic. I was trying to drive behind him to make sure nobody hit him. I can still see his little body in footie pajamas, flopping on the ground. The toddler kept looking back, getting upset every time the baby fell off.
Well these dreams have got me all shook up,
Hey Joseph, won't you tell me what it means?
Sorry, slipped into my favorite musical for a second. I'm back now. What does it mean to dream about babies in distress? Help me solve this mystery so I can go back to dreamless sleeps!
I haven't brought Xander (10) to his piano lesson in a while, for some reason Phil usually does it, but I thought the little duet he and his teacher played on Saturday was nice:
Wanna know our meal plan this week? I enjoy seeing others, so here goes:
Breakfast: same smoothie recipe as last week
Lunch: Crockpot Chili
Sunday - Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and corn
Monday- Perfectly marinated grilled chicken on salad
Tuesday - Shepherd's Pie (adding leftovers from Sunday in the dish)
Wednesday - Cheese ravioli (kids) and cheese and veggie omelets (adults)
Thursday - Sheet Pan Sausage (kielbasa) and Veggies with brown rice
Friday - Pizza for kids and Paleo Salmon Cakes with salad
Saturday - Date Night
Sunday Dessert - Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies (delish!)
Thursday, January 20, 2022
~ Watching ~
We are currently going through a period of Not Watching much TV in casa Martin, you know trying to read more books, have prayer time, organize the house, go to bed earlier, etc. But before that began, I finished a series and watched a movie that I wanted to recommend.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
I wasn't going to write a Part Two until somebody else tested positive...but there are some things I want to remember about these days...so here goes.
Martin COVID cases - holding steady at 2 (Colleen and Brendan)
We're not that sick. Very thankful for that.
The kids are all jealous that Brendan got it right away and have been trying to catch it. It's funny to hear them saying "Come cough on me! I want Covid!" when we have been avoiding it and germs for so long.
My senses of taste and smell are coming back. It's very weird not being able to taste. I assumed that if it happened to me, I would just eat the most disgusting yet healthy things I could think of, but your brain doesn't let your mouth trick it. I still wanted to eat chips and chocolate and all those things even though I couldn't taste it. And I would taste things like "Can I taste this or am I just remembering the taste and what even is *taste*?" I'm able to taste everything at like 60% so I still can't decipher between the flavors of my seltzer, but I'll take it.
One of my sisters brought us over dinner last night! Olive Garden's Gnocchi and Chicken soup with salad and breadsticks. Perfection:
Not Covid related, but it did happen during the pandemic so it counts.
We have a new addition to the Martin family.
Another niece! Introducing the beautiful Petra:
Trey Kennedy's Covid Variant video made me laugh so hard:
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Friday, January 7, 2022
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Why do I feel pressure for my first post of 2022 to be something worth writing about?
I don't know Colleen, you've never let that stop you before.
True, true. So here's much ado about nothing!
We're eating healthier this year. So far. It's only been 1 day because we wanted to begin in January, but you can't start a diet on a weekend, everybody knows that. Without going into too much detail (I will certainly go into tons of detail if we discover a great healthy living plan and reach our goal weights) I read Dr. Gott's No Flour No Sugar Diet and ordered the Bright Line Eating book, after having read a lot about it online, and have devised a plan from these. Dr. Gott has a very simple and realistic approach to losing weight and getting healthy while the Bright Line Diet is more complicated and rigid, and I don't agree with not exercising or having to always weigh your food. However, I would like to read the science behind it all and see if it changes my mind. These are definitely more "lifestyle" changes than short-term diets and that makes me hopeful as long as we can stick to the plan. Having a supportive and equally chubby husband definitely makes it easier!
The other New Year Resolution I made was to take back control over the laundry. Once we moved the washer and dryer upstairs where the kids' bedrooms are, and they became teenagers, I relied on them to do the laundry as their daily chore. Some kids are better at it than others (who will literally step over huge piles of dirty laundry to get to their bedroom) and in the end, it is just one of those chores that needs an adult to claim it. I am that adult. I used to hate going up there to do laundry because it was messy and chaotic, but now that I've taken it back, the area is staying clean and controlled and I'm happy to not let it get out of hand again. Phil has joined me in this resolution by putting away the little guys' laundry more frequently and matching all the weird socks each week.