1. It is birthday month! Matt turned 11 last Monday & Dan turns 15 tomorrow (Jan 19th). They chose the same meal: curried chicken thighs, rice, and greek salad. Dan wants Greek roasted potatoes too. Matt had a missile-shaped chocolate cake. Dan is having a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Carrot cake is one of the things I miss on my gluten-free, milk free diet. It has been 11 carrot cake free years!
2. I got this DVD from the library called Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. She is on a show I've never seen called the Biggest Loser (as in, lose weight). Her exercise DVD killed me - really killed me. It is all jumping jacks & high impact moves. I could barely walk the next day. Sarah said, "don't worry, mom, it gets better. Just keep doing it every day." It is very nice for me that Sarah can do the DVD & I can't. I'll stick with my low-impact moves - my knees prefer low-impact moves.
3. And speaking of knees ... Ron woke up one day with his knee so swollen he couldn't walk. He got into a physiotherapist right away (because he works with the hockey team & was wearing his hockey jacket). They have no idea WHY, but he is receiving intense help, including T.E.N.S. & acupuncture. He can walk now. It is a very odd injury & they think it might be related to his back. Ron & his back! It causes him all kinds of problems.
4. It has been very very cold here. I'm sure most of you reading can relate. We've resorted to multiple layers of clothes, climbing under the covers in my bed & reading "Farmer Boy". I always like reading "The Long Winter" at this time of year ... remember? the year the trains couldn't get through & they had very little food to eat & it kept storming and they had to stay inside because people were getting lost in the storm if they went outside. And Almonzo went on a very dangerous mission and bought seed wheat from this guy many miles away so that the townspeople wouldn't starve to death. Man, I love that book.