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tgif – Feeling Better Than Yesterday

“THANK GOD IT IS FRIDAY” if that is not the truth……..and I am feeling better than last night. At least I do not feel so sick to my stomach from the horrible headache……my head still hurts but not as bad as yesterday……I think all the pulling on my hair while my hairdresser was blowing it out made me feel so horrible… But as of right now it is tolerable. I am still up in the air, on whether I like my hair or not……it is in shock,,,,,,I guess I will like it better in a few days… is shorter than I am use too….I have to get use to it. It is definitely a change.

It is quiet today……I have a meeting with one of my co-workers daughter today…..I am going to be her support team. I am excited and nervous….I am excited to be of help and nervous…..what if she does not like me…..that is always scary and nerve racking. But I am looking forward to meeting her.

Tonite I have decided to make salmon for dinner……and then I think we are going to go to the movies……I think Dan wanted to see “The Promiseland….it will be movie #96……and we still have till the end of January to hit our goal of 100 movies in a year……Dam that is alot of movies to see……I am going to miss this pass.

We have a busy weekend…….Tomorrow, Dan and I are going to dinner …….I am looking forward to going out and having a nice time. Sunday we are going to North Salem, NY to celebrate Jenny’s birthday….I think we are going to 121……we were originally going to Nagoya…..but that was changed and postponed until Sunday,,,,,,a little disappointed….was really looking forward to Sushi……Oh Welll!!!!!!
And in between all this eating and festivities,,,,,,,,have to go to a wake !!!! Our neighbor passed away- she fell in her driveway…hit her head and went into a comma……She was absolutely the nicest….strongest, sassy woman I know…..always so pleasant and always on the go……Dan and I are not sure of her age….we thought she was around 90….but maybe not….if anything late 80’s…….she always was an inspiration……always bounced back……RIP. I am going to miss her smiling face.


I cannot believe it is Friday….where did the week go. Busy day, alot to do and try to get done. I feel some acoomplishment….I worked out (inceased the amount of sit-ups to 375), did 20 minutes on the glider, made breakfast, cleaned up, vaccumed and straighten up the whole house……all by 8:30 this morning ……..I am on a roll, but already exhausted. Picked up a cake to bring to office for Danny K., it is his Birthday!!!!!! Happy Birthday Danny!, he is such a nice man…..he is like me and has to watch his sugar and loves chocolate……..he is my office buddy,he always make me laugh.

Trying to visit my sister Kathleen in the hospital…….waiting for Dan to get free with the office issues and meetings so we can go after work…….and get back in time for our dinner reservations at Varka in Ramsey…….( I hate depending on Dan to drive me places……I miss being able to drive and go places on my own…..Dan is really good about taking me where I want, but he has a job and responsibilites and it is not easy. I hate it and always feel like a tremendous burden….it truly sucks, I miss my independence). Made dinner plans for next Saturday
I am looking forward to dinner at Varka’s with David and Maria………Grilled Octupus!!!! OMG it is so good,,,,,,,,cannot wait….my mouth is already watering. After dinner, I am going to try to squeeze in food shopping……prepare meals for tomorrow, and exercise off dinner. I want to do another 150 and I will have done a total of 500. Now I just hope I can keep increasing the amount and I will see the results….I want to be lean and mean…..with a kick ass bod for the summer… excuses I am determined.

Grilled Salmon

Since its a holiday weekend and everyone is dusting off the grill I thought I would share with you one of my summer time grill favorites!

1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
lemon pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
4. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Mojito Fruit Salad Recipe

If you like mint and you like Mojito’s try this!
1 cup cubed seeded watermelon
1 cup seedless grapes
1 cup cubed cantaloupe
1 cup hulled and quartered strawberries
1 cup peeled and quartered kiwi
1 cup fresh blueberries
3 sprigs fresh mint
2 teaspoons white sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1. Mix the watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and kiwi in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid; top with the blueberries.
2. Stir the mint, sugar, and lime juice together in a bowl, crushing the mint with the back of a spoon while mixing to extract flavors; pour over the fruit mixture. Seal the bowl with lid and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
3. Just before serving, gently flip the sealed bowl several times to coat the fruit with the dressing.

Easter Sunday

I am sure glad the Easter Bunny did not come to my house last night…. He would have been in for a big surprise.   Apparently I had a very bad sugar low and seizure.   I would not drink the glucose shots for Dan and I was falling all over the  place.   This morning I woke with  a terrible head and stomach ache and my legs are so sore to stand up.       Dan said I kept saying my legs were missing during the seizure……..All I know is, god they hurt, and  I am glad I do not have to let on to anyone in the family how bad I feel…….I know Dan knows because he was there, but how I really feel after this low, worse than I have ever felt.  So when he said lets go for a walk, I wanted to just die, but I did not  want to mess up his day, (god only knows I did the nite before), so I put my sneakers on  and went for an 1.5 hour   walk with him.  I made it  – even though it was killing me inside, I would not let him know…..and I am glad, I at least overcame and accomplished something.

It is very quite here, Dan is  watching basketball, and I am going to make dinner – a salad.  That was what he wanted. Dan  is truly a great guy, I just wish he did not have to suffer thru this with me.  I made my calls to my family, to wish everyone a good day……I miss them, but I just am not into talking with people and pretending that everything is great when it is really, really, bad.  And no relief insight.

After dinner, I plan on   just sitting in front of the TV after I work out…..and just veg.  I need to get a good night sleep without any problems, I have a big day  tomorrow – Dan and I have to pick up his parents in Toms River, drive them to Wayne – their friends funeral, and then drive them   back to Toms  River and then finally come home.  God help me  not have any problems.

The Small Things That Matter

Had a nice relaxing evening so far……made dinner for Dan and my sister Erika came over to just hang out with us (chicken with  rice and salad)    We then all watched the movie  on cable “The Hangover”  it is a great movie, Dan and I saw it before, Erika never did……it was fun,  had us laughing from the beginnning to end…..Bradley Cooper is just eye candy… yummy for the eyes…….It was a real nice evening….I had a sugar low (caught before my sister got to the house) but it was a pleasure after last night…..I accomplished  watching the whole movie without a problem and remembering what I saw is a good thing….now I hope to get thru the night into the morning….. busy day ahead.  Got all the winter clothes out of the drawers and closets ….yes, I am on a role, now to pack them away and put summer out.  Good night I hope!

Healthy meals can still taste good!

Whith the warm weather this week its good to get grill going. I need to eat alot of fish in my diet so here is a GREAT  recipe for grilled Salmon.


For Salmon:
4 skinless salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Coarse salt and ground pepper
For citrus sauce:
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Make citrus sauce: In a small skillet over high heat, boil 1/2 cup fresh orange juice and 1/4 cup fresh lime juice until reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 12 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; whisk in 1 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Set aside citrus sauce (makes about 3/4 cup).
  3. Prepare salmon: Heat grill to medium-high. Rub 4 skinless salmon fillets (6 ounces each) with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander; season with coarse salt and ground pepper.
  4. Lightly oil grates; place salmon, skinned side up, on grill. Cover grill; cook 5 minutes. Turn fillets; cover, and cook until opaque throughout and flaky, about 4 minutes more. Serve salmon drizzled with citrus sauce. Dan and  I personally like to eat it over a fresh green salad.


Hope you enjoy it!

Happy July 4th!

Another beautiful day……got up early to get ready for the big pool day. Dan and I were bringing the Margarita’s, big gatorade cooler of them, Dan made them from Scratch….so good and very strong….wiped out most of the people sitting by us…people were passed out by 12:30…Lots of sun, fun and friends….a great group of people. Marcos and Kathleen came up later in the afternoon and hung by the pool…..she looks great, a very happy pregnant mommy and proud daddy to be. After finally getting over feeling big, she enjoyed going in the pool….also because it was so hot. We left the pool and got a bite to eat..came home and we are ready for bed. It was a great day, despite feeling like crap, I managed to have a good time, it was nice to have friends, family and Dan around….and the margaritas helped me forget the pain. I have a funny (I know for a fact) feeling I will pay for it….but what the hell – You only live once.

Great Start To Long Holiday Weekend

Great start to a long holiday weekend…..Sunny, pleasant temperature…beautiful. Looking forward to the weekend…..Have lots to do today…Woke feeling the ususal, pain level is a 9….did’nt get much sleep….was tossing all night, just could not get comfortable.
But I am home and I am not going to let it bother me (easier to deal with not feeling good in the comfort of your own surroundings). On that note, pushed myself to work out, (I am always happy when I do, at least I feel like I accomplished something)…..showered, got dressed and ready to go….only time will tell what happens next…..Hopefully, only good. Keep you posted

Long Day

Well, no answers still, My doctor did call Dan and said he was waiting to hear from the technician for the reading of films…..being it is a special test taken and he specializes in reading test…(probably won’t get results back till Monday – what’s two more days of waiting). Feeling pretty crappy but had no time to rest or even feel bad….Had a very busy day – between Home Inspection and showing homes to a customer and getting back late….I am exhausted.(the both of us are)
Went to dinner for sushi, at favorite place Nagoya – then stopped by some friends to check on the progress of them renovating the home we sold them….it is coming along and will look beautiful when finished. It was really nice…..just sat by their pool and talked, laughed and Dan jumped into the pool with clothes on….stayed till dark…..was just really nice..they are great friends and truly deserve good them alot. Both of us are extrememly exhausted. I hope to get a good nite sleep – another busy day tomorrow……Gotta go, my bed and pillow are calling my name.