2021

For New Year’s Eve Michael and I bought an oven. 🙂

Ours has been going for almost a year, but hasn’t “died” entirely. Thankfully we can sort of use it for certain things. The stove still works. Thank goodness we got an AirFryer for Christmas! Anyways. A home warranty was part of our house sale so we had a repairman come out, tell us it’s broken and they don’t make the part anymore…Long story short. It took over a month of waiting for the warranty company to approve us some $$ to buy a new one. We found a great one on sale on NYE so that was our big finale of 2020. LOL

Dinner was good. Michael smoked cornish game hens on the Traeger (again, no oven…)

I made green beans and cornbread stuffing on the side. It was delicious.

New Year’s Day: First hike of the year!

2020: What can you say? We survived. We were very fortunate in that we did not lose our house. We did not get Covid. We did not lose anyone close to us to Covid. While Michael lost his job, he did get two others (thankfully) and we were both able to work from home since March. I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky and I am truly thankful for that.

I am also thankful that all three of my animals are doing ok. Stevie was touch and go, but he’s great now. Maya is 16 and declining, but she’s ok RIGHT NOW. I am SO grateful I was able to be home 100% during this time because had I not been, I would not have been able to see that Stevie was super sick and I fear I would have come home from work to something awful. 🙁 But being home all the time gave me the opportunity to know immediately something wasn’t right.

Our trip to Hawaii for my birthday in January was obviously the highlight of the year. And one of the last times we saw family, traveled, etc. Hawaii was so amazing and it’s really one of the main things that got me through this year. Thinking about Hawaii and the beaches and all the fun stuff we did.

I did a lot of stuff in 2020. I painted our bedroom, Logan’s bedroom. I built a garden. Bella and I walked 420 miles (averaging 8.1 miles a week) according to my Garmin. 😀 Bella and I explored all over our neighborhood and it was really the highlight of a dark year.

I ran 166 miles. I biked 325 miles. I MISSED SWIMMING SO MUCH during the lockdown. But in October I got to start up again and swim for a month and a half before it shut down again.

I gained about 10 pounds. YAY. Whatever, I am working on it. More on that later.

I have been doing A LOT of work on myself emotionally/mentally this year. I found some pretty amazing podcasts to keep my company on my long walks and they’ve given me some insight and things to think about. (The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema and Food Psych).

Goals for 2021: Simple goals.

Drink more water. (Like, be very conscious of it because I am terrible at drinking water!)

Read 90 Books.

Do yoga more often.

Go on family walks.

That’s about it. What about you?

Happy 2019!

We rang in 2019 at home with a good night’s sleep and got to sleep in! Logan slept in til like 8am!!! Wow! It was nice. My cold from before Christmas turned into a sinus infection but thankfully over the weekend I got antibiotics and they were finally kicking in. Man, I’ve been injured and sick for basically the month of December. I’ve barely worked out. It sucked!

But New Year’s Day we had breakfast and then braved the cold and went to Tryon Creek State Park for a “hike.”

It was cold indeed–34 degrees! We bundled in layers and hats and mittens. It was cold but honestly it wasn’t that miserable. It felt okay out in the woods. And it seemed like everyone else had the same idea. The parking lots were full and people were parking on the road.

We took the trail in from the road through the parking lot to the activity center and the trails. Since we had Bella with us, we didn’t go inside. We just “hiked” on the trails. Logan did a great job! He usually has about 1-1.5 miles in him tops. Which was fine. We spent about 40 minutes walking in the woods exploring the frosty ferns and fallen trees. He did 1.16 miles total.

His favorite part was standing on the stump. And jumping off, of course. Tryon Creek is a super cool park and if you are in the area you should definitely check it out. There are so many different trails and they all connect, so you can make it as long or as short as you want. It’s very family friendly.

Afterward we headed home. Logan had lunch and then went down for a nap. I went to the gym for a short weight lifting session–the first one I’ve done in about 2.5 weeks. It felt good to try. It felt even better to sit in the sauna for 15 minutes afterwards!!

New Year’s Day dinner was black eyed pea stew!

I adapted this recipe from Budget Bytes:

I say “adapted” because New Year’s Day I opened the pantry and realized I was running low on a lot of staples! I did not have vegetable broth. Instead I used 2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups beef broth and 2 cups water. It worked and actually made it very rich and flavorful. I also didn’t have celery–which was no big deal because I mean really…does celery every really add to a recipe??

I used kale instead of collard greens. I used the precut bag of kale, and cut off the stems. I also added diced ham. I prefer to add a meat of some kind to black eye pea stew and the ham was a nice touch.

I added a little bit of shaved parmesan cheese to the top and we had some crusty sourdough bread (store bought, I didn’t have time to make my own–next time!) on the side.

The stew turned out delicious! It was a little bit different than last year’s version! Not sure which one I like better. Happy new year!