Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Good Things for Thursday (and a giveaway!)

I know it’s usually “Three-mile Thursday” around here (and yes, I still went for a run this morning), but today it’s “Good Things Thursday!”  Who doesn’t like good things?!?!

1 – Yesterday, I treated myself to a non-office coffee.  I’ve stated my distaste for the hot mud work coffee, so this is a treat.

coffee

That's a happy thumbs-up stick Tiff, not an angry, obscene-gesture-making stick Tiff.

Today I got more non-office coffee since I worked out at home instead of the gym, thus giving my access to both my shower and my coffee maker.  Simple pleasures…

2 – I came home to a whole lot of awesome yesterday.  Leia was pretty pumped about the greatness.  Food Should Taste Good was kind enough to send me 5 bags of goodies to review.  Wowzers – that’s a lot of chips!

chip

Can I Has A Chip? Nom Nom Nom

Food Should Taste Good allowed me to choose which of the flavors I wanted to review, and trust me, it was no easy choice.  Their flavor lineup includes Multigrain, Sweet Potato, Olive, Jalapeño, The Works!, Chocolate, Lime, Blue Corn, Cheddar, Toasted Sesame, and White Cheddar.

After work, I savagely tore into opened, White Cheddar and Jalapeno.  The White Cheddar flavor was very tasty.  The chips are very crunchy, like regular corn chips, but there’s an added grainy texture, which I happen to like.  No greasy chip fingers here; they are like cracker/chip hybrids.  White Cheddar is not loaded with flavor, like Doritos or Cheetos, but your mouth and fingers do not turn florescent orange.  Score!  There’s just enough cheddar flavor to be satisfying.

chip

Naked Chip - No Dip Needed

I think I prefer the jalapeno chips.  They are still very crunchy and grainy, but the extra kick is really nice.  It’s the tip-of-your-tongue hot, not wasabi all-up-in-your-buggers hot.  Neither chip will satisfy a salty craving, just FYI.

chip

Nutrition Info Available on Company Site

Lucky for me, I happened to have an amazing pairing on-hand at home.  Now, I’m not saying you need beer, a dip, or anything else in order to enjoy these chips.  However, I recommend having water handy if you have a low tolerance for spicy.  They’re not that hot, but there’s my warning.

beer n' chip

Read Below + Hear Me On This One!

Pairing a chip with a beer might sound… different, but let’s face it, pairing this flavor with a great craft brew like Victory Hop Devil (which scored 99/100 on Rate Beer and A+ by “The Bros” at Beer Advocate) is definitely a good thing!  Neither bitter beer nor spicy chip overpowered the other, and while the malt balanced the spice, the light hint grapefruit makes the pairing like a cabana party in my mouth.

  • Note, I only had a few drinks of Kev’s beer – one of those babies clocks in at 215 calories per 12 oz.  Yikes!

3 – The last good thing for Thursday is a giveaway!  Hooray!  Food Should Taste Good is giving away 5 more bags of their goodies to one lucky reader.

You want to win this; the company representative told me their “our all natural tortilla chips are made from real, simple ingredients. All of our chip varieties are free of cholesterol, preservatives and trans fat, and do not use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).  They are also certified Kosher and Gluten Free, lower in sodium, and are a good source of dietary fiber.”

All you have to do is follow me on Twitter, and leave a comment telling me two things: (1) that you follow me on Twitter and (2) the flavor interests you the most.  Do this by Monday, and you could be the winner!

Good luck!

June 29, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s WIAW time!  Blog parties are fun, and if you agree, hop over to Jenn’s site to check out other WIAW entries.

If you all read Monday’s post, you’ll know I’ve boarded the healthy train this week.  Yup, the train is right on track.  I’ve been working out despite my inexplicable lethargy, and I’ve been eating relatively well.

gun show

Welcome to the Gun Show

Breakfast consists of my regular three-part breakfasts.  I have a pre-gym brown rice cake and a post-gym hardboiled egg.  I’ve really taken a liking to these eggs!  Sometimes, if I wake up hungry, I throw a little peeb (peanut butter) on the rice cake.  It hits the spot.  Once I arrive at work, I have a parfait full of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt, homemade granola (not very sweet or tasty, but filling), and ½ cup of berries.

parfait

The snozberries taste like snozberries!

Lunch is another veggie bowl.  Woohoo!  I’ll be posting the recipe tomorrow, so stay tuned.  Hint, it involves red quinoa that I ordered from Amazon… and veggies… duh.

I pair the veggie bowl with five almonds.  Why?  I sometimes feel like munching, and that’s just enough to satisfy my greedy taste buds.

Snack includes veggies (carrots or celery, usually) with one 90-calorie serving of 2% Daisy cottage cheese.  I love that stuff, but I don’t understand how something so seemingly natural has such a long shelf life.  Maybe I shouldn’t question a good thing – just roll with it Tiff…

snack

Recycled Pic - I brought more carrots, but same idea...

Dinner is the same for three nights this week.  I’m having half a humongous chicken breast with barely boiled asparagus (0.3 lbs of it to be exact), and a leftover slice of eggplant.  I just learned the eggplant is great on the countertop grill – no oil needed!

dinner

Plain Jane Kind of Meal – No Offense Jane

Oh, and I also had popcorn after dinner Monday and a couple servings of ice cream (light organic strawberry) after dinner Tuesday.

Kevin’s dinner three nights this week has been a little more interesting, so I’ll post it too.  I made him a tuna-noodle casserole with peas and celery.  The store did not have any natural or whole-wheat egg noodles (grocery store = fail), so he got the regular kind.  Luckily, I’m the only one who actually enjoys wheat pasta/bread/etc.

dinner kev

30% is missing - I was too late for a good pic

Instead of two cans of condensed cream of celery soup, I made the creamy sauce for the casserole with cashews, unsweetened almond milk, and a few herbs.  This was my first cashew sauce experiment, and it was a winner!  The sauce was sort of bland, and it dried out a wee bit in the oven.  However, the dish still tasted good, and the tuna was not overpowered by soup flavor.

Bad Things = cooking two separate meals leads double kitchen clean-up

Good Things = leftovers for both of us for three nights – Wahoooo!

What are your thoughts on leftovers?  Do you make extra so you get leftovers, or do you avoid them when possible?

June 28, 2011

Savory Summer Muffins

Top o’ the muffin to ya!  When I went out for lunch Saturday, the restaurant had a pretty awesome appetizer called a tomato pie.  The entire table loved them, and although I only tried a bite, I knew I had to remake them… or at least something similar.

The restaurant’s tomato pie looked as if it was made in a popover tin.  It had tomato in the middle of a flaky yet semi-doughy pie crust.  As we all know, a flaky crust comes from one thing- lard, so I knew I’d need to make a healthier edition.

I instead made savory summer muffins, which use whole wheat flour and yellow cornmeal.  I have a bunch of leftover cornmeal from that amazing tamale pie, so I’m happy I found another use for it!

Savory Muffins

Savory Summer Muffins ~ Makes 4 Muffins

FILLING

  • 2 tsp butter or butter substitute
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion 1/2 medium tomato (thinly diced)

DRY

  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (approx 1 TBS reserved)
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme (or a little more if you like this stuff)

WET

  • 1 egg and one egg white (reserve the extra yolk) ~ I don’t think a flax egg would work well, but I have no idea.
  • 1/4 cup  milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tsp honey (probably unnecessary)

TOPPING

  • 1 egg yolk (leftover)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used about 1/8 of shaved parmesan)

tomato muffin

Directions

  1. See toppings.  Melt butter in a pan, and when melted, cook onion until soft.  Turn off burner, and add tomato pieces.  Let cool in the warm pan.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl.  Whisk wet ingredients separately in another bowl. Stir to combine wet and dry ingredients, but do not over-stir.
  3. Place a dallop of dough mixture into the bottom of four greased places in a muffin tin. Try to make the dough come up the sides a bit to make a dip in the middle.  The dough doesn’t want to do this, so don’t force it.  Sprinkle most of your reserved flour in the middle of your muffin.
  4. Plop equal amounts of tomato and onion mix in each muffin, without extra juices from pan.  Sprinkle your remaining wee bit of flour on filling.  Top muffins with remaining dough mixture.  Whisk topping, and drizzle over each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees  F for approximately 19-22 minutes.
yum

In other news, I enjoyed roast Brussels sprouts and eggplant Sunday night with a glass of cheap simple red wine and little chunk of Parmesan cheese.  Roast Brussels are nature’s candy!  Kevin’s plate also included a large grilled chicken breast.

Last night, I changed it up a bit.  I’m not going to share that dinner just yet since I’ll be eating the same thing tomorrow.  Yup, tomorrow you are in store for another WIAW.  Sooner or later I need to do a What I Drank Weekend Edition, but I’ll hold onto that thought.

If you try my muffin recipe, let me know what you think of it in the comments.  I’m eager to know!  Oh, and if you make your rendition of it, let me know that too.  This was my first attempt at savory muffins (or any baking recipe I made up myself), so I’m sure some tweaking is in order.

Have you made a savory treat that’s usually sweet?  Or how about the other way around?

June 27, 2011

Gravy Train to Healthy Train

Diet schmiet, who needs it?  Apparently I do, and after this weekend, it’s time to buckle-down on some better habits.  If you thought I lead a healthy example of good nutrition and regular workouts, you are wrong (and you’re probably not an avid reader of this blog).  I’m used to a few splurges on the weekend, but this weekend with the in-laws takes the cake.  Cake?  Did someone say cake???  Ha – that’s been me lately, so after I recap my weekend via pictures, you’ll see why I’ll be back on the calorie-counting train for a while.

I already blogged about Thursday’s splurge, and after that meal, I had plans to be more mindful of nutrition on my weekend trip.  Well… this was Friday’s dinner…

bbq

Not Many Healthy Options on That Menu...

It was good Southern food.  The okra wasn’t as good as my mommy’s, but it was still tasty.  Those little things to the left are hush puppies.  I love those little buggars!  The beer was not impressive, but at $1 per draft, I couldn’t turn it down.

I tried to run on Saturday.  To my dismay, Kevin’s parents’ live in an area that is not safe for runners (no shoulder or sidewalk but lots of turns and hills), so I drove up to a local school’s track.  I was pumped to do some speed training, but this is what I found.

no run

No Run 4 You

My motivation took a nose dive, and I gave up.  Run = Fail

We had more Southern cookin’ for lunch and dinner Saturday.  No exercise and lots of food makes Tiff an uncomfy girl.  Lunch included a hearty chicken salad sandwich and blueberry n’ peach cobbler.  I know cupcakes are in vogue right now, but they don’t even touch the greatness of pies and cobblers!  They’re two of my (many) weaknesses.

Dinner was… interesting…

We went to an Italian restaurant.  Never have I seen fried pickles and jalapeno poppers on an Italian restaurant’s menu.

Menu

Italiamerican Food?

The food was edible.  Don’t let the cheese fool you; the sauce and noodles were not so yummy.  In fact, I was kicking myself for not ordering a side salad and baked sweet potato for my meal.  You guys know how much I love sweet potatoes!

ziti

Cheese = Good ~ Ziti n' Sauce = Meh

Sooooo… Sunday I spent allllll day in the kitchen.  Don’t worry, recipes are soon to come.  It’s time to get back on the healthy train!  I could use your support and bikini-body tips, so if you’ve got any, send them my way!  Luckily, I got a great workout in first thing this morning.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

June 24, 2011

I’m Not At Work

Yup.  I’m not at work today.  That is big news because I’m so friggin happy about it.  It’s okay… I’ll move on to other news now so that I’m not rubbing it in, but I just had to share that tidbit of info.  See, that’s why the blog post is late today.  I got up at 6 instead of 5 to workout, and then I had a dermatologist appointment.
*Notice the Slick Segway to New Topic*
Speaking of dermatologist, my Eat for Good Skin diet only sort of worked.  I think my skin’s tone has become more even, but it’s still breaking out like crazy.  Bummer.  I am now on a new, slightly scary prescription for my acne.  It is supposed to make my potassium levels skyrocket, so I have to lay off the bananas, potatoes, and other goodies.  In addition, it’s mainly used for those with high blood pressure.  Great.  I already have low but healthy but blood pressure, so I’m going to be walking around like a zombie until this clears up a bit.  Wonderful.
Moving on…
I started my weekend with a glass of wine, an ounce of parm cheese, and three kalamata olives.  I tried to take this picture…
wine

Unwind in 3... 2... 1...

but then this happened.  Thanks Cleo for making the picture much more interesting.

cleo

I'd reach for it too if I lived off dry kibble!

After that, I had Italian on the brain.  Should I have cooked healthy Italian?  Yes.  Did I?  No.  This was dinner.

pizza

Unhealthy and Delicious

I’d love to tell you Kevin and I split that, but that would be a lie.  I’d also like to say I ate half and saved the rest for later, but that too would be a lie.  So let’s just not talk about pizza any more.
On a positive note, last night’s pizza led to a killer green monster smoothie today and an awesome workout.  I picked up very heavy things and put them down quite a few times.

Thanks, Gina, for posting this commercial.  I love it.

The meat-head in the video above reminds me of something I wanted to mention.  I received a lovely compliment today at the gym.  Another morning regular was there, and he’s a total meat-head.  We occasionally say hello, but we don’t talk much.  Today he told me that it looked like I had recently put on a good bit of muscle, particularly in my legs.  I would generally be offended if a man said this to me because it would be really creepy, but given the source, it really made me happy.

We talked a wee bit about protein supplementation and my fav move for ultimate quad definition.  His comment pumped me up, and I totally rocked my bench step-ups.  I went until total failure on my left side, which felt odd.  When I tried to step up one last time, my leg said, “Sorry Tiff, but we’re done here,” and I was okay with that.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I’m off to see the in-laws.  Hopefully I’ll get a run in tomorrow… if I can feel my legs!

Do you talk to other regulars in the gym or on the trails?  What do you think about gym compliments/remarks – creepy or cool?

June 23, 2011

Ding Ding Ding Da-Da Ding Ding

Ding Ding Ding DaDa Ding Ding… Under Pressure… Ding Ding Ding DaDa Ding Ding – Sorry, I was channeling David Bowie this morning.  This post is about being under pressure.  No, nothing big is really weighing me down, and no monkeys are riding around on my back.  However, there are a few of life’s pressures worth mentioning (three to be exact).

1 – Do you ever put pressure on yourself to push yourself to the limit, even when it may not be the best idea?  My three-mile Thursday run today got me thinking again.  I have been pressuring myself lately to do a half marathon.  I want to do it.  I do.  But that’s a lot of running.  I know the cons outweigh the pros on this one.  I don’t think my knees or my patience could handle all that training.  Training would also lead to weight gain since I’d be eating to fuel my running.  So why am I even considering this?  Pride issues?  Probably – but I still want to do it.

2 – Do you feel pressure to be more polite than confident?  I do, and I think I’m not the only one.  In a way, that’s a good thing – otherwise we’d all be a bunch of jerks.  However, try and tell me you haven’t’ done or at least heard this before…

  • You look great in that dress!
  • Thanks.  I hate the way it tightens around my ____ (insert perceived flaw here).

 The other day I told Kevin that he has great dimples.  You know what he said?  “Yeah.”  Imagine that coupled with a sly, dimple-showing smirk.  I had to laugh.  That was a good response, but I’m not used to hearing responses like that.  I usually compliment my girl friends, but the feedback is generally negative.  How is he so confident?  More importantly, how can we all be more like that???

curlers

I’m confident enough to leavethe gym like this…

3 – Do pretty pictures in store flyers pressure you into buying things you don’t need?  Nope, this pressure is definitely not weighing me down, but I’m still totally serious.  I saw party supplies on sale in my local Target flyer.  I want to have a party.  My parties are usually epic fails, but Kevin’s good at throwing parties.  Why do you think I was attracted to him in college?!?!  Just kidding!  We got a kegerator back in January or February, and we’ve only had one party and one keg with it.  Instead of getting beer for a party, I think we need a party to justify getting beer!

empty

Yup... Just Checking... Still Outta' Beer

On a side note, I had a nice workout yesterday.  I did 30 minutes on the arc trainer (not my fav) and an arm workout.  Today I completed a 3.27-mile run and some abdominal work.

Have a great Thursday!  It’s my Friday – no work for me tomorrow.  Woohoo!  Don’t worry, I’ll still get up early and hit the gym, but you already figured that, didn’t you?

June 22, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

Yesterday’s workout was bad.  There.  I said it.  It’s over.  After a short run and an ab workout, I called it quits.  Today will certainly be better.  I’ll show that elliptical who’s boss!

You know what time it is – time for another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW).  Woohoo!  Check out the blog hop Jennifer set up at Peas and Crayons to see the other good Wednesday eats.

The day began with a pre-gym rice cake, and then I followed up with a post-workout hardboiled egg.  Yum!  Two hours later, I had the last part of my three-part breakfast- oats, berries, flax and almonds.

breakfast

Berry Oats

I usually have fruit with 1/2 cup of oats, but after a stranger in the break room told me I was eating enough for two last week (yeah… total jerk… hope I never meet him), I backed it down to 1/3 cup this week.  I added in a 50-calorie mix of raw almonds and ground flax to make up the difference.

berry

I found a smooshie one!

For lunch all week, I have had a mini TJs whole wheat wrap with about 1/2 a large chicken breast, some spinach, and a little bit of red pepper.  I also had a side salad with grape tomatoes and goddess dressing.  Yum!  That’s a pretty low-calorie lunch, and because it left me starving at by dinner time on Monday, I supplemented with an apple the rest of the week.

lunch

That's a wrap people.

Snack is a delicious portion of Daisy 2% Cottage Cheese and 7 baby carrots.  I hadn’t had Daisy brand before, but I’m now a fan- not a Facebook fan, just a fan.

snack

Cottage cheese is so filling!

I planned to have a great cob salad Tuesday and Wednesday night in order to celebrate the start of summer.  As many of you pointed out yesterday, summer produce is worth a bit of excitement.

veg

Practice Safe Salad - Cucumber Knows What's Up

The salad consists of lettuce, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, steamed corn, 2 slices of preservative-free turkey bacon, and a pack of Wholly Guacamole.  Holy Moly, Wholly Guac is good!  I look forward to eating it again tonight.

salad

First Cob Salad of the Season

I’ll probably also have a bit of popcorn and almonds for dessert.  What’s a day without a treat?  Also, for those who were wondering, I think my good skin diet has helped give my skin a little more of a glow, but I’m still breaking out like crazy.  Oh well – I’ll keep it up a bit longer and see how it goes.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?  My fro-yo lunch Sunday might take the cake so far.

What do you do or say when a stranger comments on your eating habits? I smiled, but was fuming inside!  haha

June 21, 2011

Breaking a Sweat for Summer

Happy First Day of Summer!  With all the boating, grilling, traveling I do, I’ve felt like it’s been summer for months, and the insanely hot weather hasn’t helped.  Regardless of my personal feelings, it’s finally official.

I plan to squeeze in all the summer fun I can.  As you know, Kevin and I drove to my family reunion last weekend, and we’ll travel to see his family this weekend.  We also have more boating, some camping, and a beach trip planned.  The next couple of months will be exhausting, but I think I’m up for the challenge – so long as I chill out with a cold one (or two) every once in a while.

Tiki

Tiki Bar = Oasis of Fun

I’m still keeping up with my June workout, and my runs have been stellar this month.  I’m a gym rat, not a runner, so I’m happy with the modest progress I’ve made.  Yesterday I spent some time on the elliptical.  The kitties and I snuggled in bed too long, so I got to the gym a little later than anticipated.  I think that’s a pretty good excuse though, right?

After a warm-up and a strength-training session, I did 35 minutes of cardio.  I used an elliptical with the moving arms because that kind burns more calories.  This machine happened to have a cross ramp, but if yours doesn’t have one, don’t worry about it.  The cross ramp’s not all that and a bag of chips.  (Is it rude to mention chips during a post about sweating off calories?)  Here’s the workout:

Time Resistance Cross Ramp RPE
0-3

3

3

3

3-5

6

3

5

5-7

7

3

6

7-8

9

3

7

8-10

7

3

6

10-11

10

3

7

11-13

7

3

6

13-14

10

3

7

14-16

7

3

6

16-17

6

5

5

17-18

7

5

6

18-19

8

5

7

19-20

9

5

7

20-22

7

5

6

22-23

6

5

5

23-24

7

5

6

24-25

8

5

7

25-26

9

5

7

26-27

10

5

8

27-30

7

5

6

30-33

5

5

4

33-35

3

5

2

I’d like to also note that I kept my RPMs between 155-165 (except during the cool-down part) and went with this scale for the Rate of Perceived Exertion.  The RPE of 7 could easily be bumped up to an 8 if you want a more challenging sweat session.  This isn’t a hardcore workout, but it moves your body and increases your heart rate.  Mission accomplished.

By the way, dinner last night could not have been more perfect, despite its simplicity.  I ate half a huge chicken breast, half a can of green beans, a little potato, and about half a TBS of Smart Balance Light Omega 3s buttery spread.  I don’t think this spread is the “smartest” on the market, but I always seem to have a coupon for it!

chicken

So Simple - So Yummy!

What summer activities excite you the most?

I am the most excited about eating ice cream and catching some rays.

June 20, 2011

Southern Hospitality and Southern Food

I survived another family reunion.  Even Kevin made it back alive.  Haha!  Actually, I really enjoy seeing the family, so surviving that was easy.  You just have to make it through all the artery-clogging food!  No heart attack here… yet…

Instead of writing out a long, detailed post, I have created a semi-wordless weekend recap. Enjoy!

run

Very Hilly Saturday Morning 4.5-mile Run

breakfast

Post-Run Breakfast

breakfast

White Bread n' Dirty Eggs (Cooked in Bacon Grease)

cart

Golfin' Buddies

lunch

Ruby Tuesday's Salad for Lunch

melon

Afternoon Snack - Not Everything I Ate Causes Hypertension

dinner

In My Lilly Dress Before Family Dinner

worst

Worst Fried Green Tomatoes Ever (Not Pictured: salad, steak, bread basket, and ice cream - wow)

Sunday

Sunday Breakfast - I Love Gravy!!!

Now you guys know why the rest of my eats this week will *hopefully* be super healthy…

What was the best thing you did/ate/drank this weekend?

June 17, 2011

The Early Bird Gets to Leave Early

Before we begin, I need to get something off my chest…

Dear Trip Advisor,

I love your site, and I love trips.  However, I do not love your tempting emails.  Quit alerting me to great deals on flights to London, Dublin, Buenos Aires, and other glorious destinations.  You helped sucker me into a trip to Austria in March, which was lovely, but I have no more vacation time.  Quit torturing me with your tempting offers; I can’t take it anymore!

Thanks,
Tiff

Flashback

Flashback to Austria Trip

Now that I have successfully un-subscribed to Trip Advisor’s emails, I can get into today’s real post.  It’s about love.  No, it’s not quite a Hallmark card, but let’s just say it’s not about beer either.  Come on, it’s Love Sweat and Beers – not Blood Sweat and Tears.  That wouldn’t make for fun reading, would it?  Well… unless it was written by Jack Bauer. 

Too much Netflix?

I think Jack could beat up a honey badger.

Weekend travel is my excuse for today’s missed workout.  I came to work early so that I can leave early this afternoon.  Yes, I got to work at 7 a.m. after my hour-long commute.  No, I did not get my butt out of bed at 4 to squeeze in a workout.

It’s time for my yearly family reunion.  It’s a very small and simple gathering, but I still get excited about it.  I like showing off the hubby, seeing my grandpa, and spending time with my parents.  Ooohhh… I also like my great aunt’s caramel cake.  I like the joy she gets from seeing my great uncle devour it.  Did that make sense?  She makes it for all of us, but she knows he really gets excited about it, which in turn makes her happy, which in double-turn makes me happy.  (Double-turn?  Really Tiff???)

flashback

Another Flashback: Christmas 2009

I will try to make a mini post at some point this weekend.  Of course, if you follow me on Twitter @LoveSweatBeers, you’ll be the first to know if I do!

Now, I’d like talk about my Thursday night.  See, I love my family, and of course I love my husband, but I am an only child.  I love being an only child.  I am fairly social and love spending time with others.

However…

Every once in a while, I still need that alone time.  Loner?  Homebody?  Probably.  Call it what you must, but I have coined it Only Child Syndrome.  I get irritable and frustrated when I don’t have home alone time.   

Soooo I sort of kicked Kev out of the house last night.  He went out for drinks with friends, and I had time with pajamas, kitties, and The Little Mermaid.  I even had cereal for dinner.  Life is good.

If you thought I was kidding…
 
Anyone else need alone time?  Anyone else still love Disney movies?
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