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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

slept in, it was nice.. it rained this morning so we stayed in bed longer 'cause we could

I'm thinking that I'm gonna' drop some of my shifts at the gym so I can get better sleep. I was thinking that it was helping me with my training 'cause I was getting in a lot of the pushups, etc. in-between things there early in the day... but I was also not getting enough sleep over time. The lack of sleep has affected my training and the rest of my life, so I don't think it's worth it. I've tried various ways of making it work, but nothing really has. We'll see if cutting back on my shifts is enough to make it work, otherwise I might have to quit completely. Too bad, 'cause I like that job, like the people and all...

lunch: lotsa bananas
dinner: hodge-podge of stuff at Thanksgiving living food potluck, probably too many ingredients to list, heh, oh well, it's once a year

Here are some pictures (click 'em to enlarge):
This is the turkey I carved, heh:

Here is a picture of the potluck. My turkey's in there and there are two stainless steel bowls of our salad with sprouts and tangerines and chopped winged beans at either end of the table:

pushups, jump lunges, jump squats, etc. - forgot to keep track, oops... guess I was still in 'day off' mode..

I finally got back to the barefoot running training yesterday though. Nice.
I'm gonna' have to build back up again, but I didn't fall all the way back to my starting distance so that's good. I felt like I could run again today, but I'm making sure not to overdo it, so am holding off 'till tomorrow. It's easy to squeeze in the distance I'm doing now 'cause it doesn't take up that much time. LOL I think it's gonna' be better in the long run this way though 'cause I want to do it complete bare footed.

I found out that a store on-island actually carries the Vibram Five Fingers shoes that people sometimes wear when they say they are barefoot running, which is confusing to me 'cause they've got shoes on... hafta' ask people which type of barefoot running they're doing now to clarify... ANYway... I've been thinking of getting some so I can wear 'em at the gym and run on the treadmill there as close to barefoot as I'd be allowed there. So I grabbed my toesie socks (that I got at the local Claire's store 'cause that's the only place I can get toe socks here - they're rainbowy, which is fine, I like rainbow stuff for rainbow reasons). I digress...

K, so I went in with my toe socks in hand to try on and look at the different styles to see which one I liked, and would buy some of the toe socks used in the Vibrams if they had 'em. They didn't have the toe socks, and only had the Classic in a size that would work with toe socks. They didn't work with my toe socks though, or at least it seemed that way. I tried 'em with the socks first and couldn't get my toes in the toe areas, but then when I took the socks off I had trouble getting my toes in the toe areas as well. LOL Had to educate my toes and self in how to get them on 'cause my middle and what would be ring finger of a toe both won't stay straight and stiff at the ends when trying to pull the things on, heh. They were all limp and noodley, and wouldn't stuff into there that way. They'll stay stiff if I press with them though, so had to do a little pulling upwards against those toes when pulling the shoes on in order to get the toes in there.

So I discovered that I don't like the Classic, which I had actually suspected, 'cause they have to be tight against the achilles tendon in order to stay on and I don't like that. They didn't have my size in the KSO or Sprint, only what was probably one size too small for my feet without socks. :( He said he'd call me when they get my size in, but they don't come in regularly or predictably, so he has no idea when they'll have 'em. He didn't have the socks either. I'm thinking that I probably could have gotten the Classic on with my toe socks after I'd educated my toes and self on how to get the toes on my toes, but I didn't bother 'cause I don't like the Classic anyway. Good to know. I'm not sure if I'd like the Sprint either 'cause it has something in back there too, a tab in order to pull them on I suppose. It was uncomfortable on the ones I tried, but then that could have been 'cause they were too small too... Sigh..

ANYway... I decided that I'll just hafta' wait to see about the shoes and was glad I'd already started back on my bare barefoot training again.

3am temp: 97.75 degrees Fahrenheit, day 25 of my cycle, amber day, no kid icons
Finally got enough regular sleep in order to take my temperature, which is probably why it's only an 'amber' day instead of a 'green' day today: haven't taken my temperature in a while now

The Rest:
It was a nice day. Darrel and I slept in today and layed around in bed 'cause it was raining and we had time. Nice. Then we got up, got ourselves ready, I experimented with an idea I had for an orange turkey, and went to the farm, harvested some stuff for the potluck and arranged it all and went to the potluck.

It was nice to see everyone again. Some people we met we hadn't seen for years. Some of them had been off-island for quite some time and all. Several of them remembered us from when we were farming in the early 90's and selling our salad mix back then. LOL If we hadn't told them they might have thought we were doing it the whole time. We'll be doing it that long in the future now that we've got a long term place though so it's not unreasonable to think.

I am thankful for so many things in my life right now, as well as my life itself, it's hard to choose anything in particular...
I am thankful for the time I was able to spend laying around in bed not in a rush or anything this morning.
I am thankful for the time I get to spend with Darrel, my love.
I am thankful for all my wonderful friends and family.
I am thankful for the farm and our long term situation.
And many, many more things...

I am also thankful that our papaya trees are about to pass me in height. See!

Not much longer 'till they start flowering, then fruiting, then yum-my! :)

Hope your Thanksgiving is and was terrific too! Aloha! :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Raw Food Thanksgivings of recent past...

Someone asked me on Facebook about what my Thanksgiving menu looks like these days and I looked up the pics and posts about my past Thanksgivings to answer...

I figure they should be all in one place for any of y'all that are looking for that too, so I added some targets in my old journals to get directly to those posts and have compiled this list for you of them for easier reference. I also created a new blogging label for "holiday food" for those of you who search for things that way. Here are the Thanksgivings so far:

Thanksgiving 2002 - posts about it actually start a couple of days before (on Tues.), so you might want to scroll up for that too...
Thanksgiving 2003
Thanksgiving 2004 - oops, missing for now (if I find it, I'll add it to the logs & come back to this post and edit it to link to it...
Thanksgiving 2005
Thanksgiving 2006
Thanksgiving 2007 - Um.. I think that one's not gonna' be found or recalled. I don't think I took pics that year. Went to a raw potluck again, but don't remember what I brought. It was sorta' a rough time around then...
Thanksgiving 2008

Okay so that's all of 'em I have so far... well, at least the ones since 2002, that is. I don't remember what I did the other time I was raw years before & I doubt I took pictures back then of it all either.

I'm not sure what we're doing this year. Darrel's raw now too, so that's cool, although it'd be basically the same as other years if we go to a raw potluck again. I'm planning on getting some eggfruit at the farmers market today if I can find any that will ripen for next week though. We usually don't know what we're doing 'till the last minute for Thanksgiving...

I'll take pictures and let y'all know what we end up doing though.

Aloha & Enjoy your holiday! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

11-14-09 Happy to be alive! :) Food/produce video too...

almost caught up now! Yay! :)

breakfast: the rest of the melon we got Wed. (see video)
brunch: equivalent of 12 or 13 bananas (was more, but eating around bad spots and all)
lunch: about the same as lunch in bananas again...

the rest is TBD... probably have the last 2 bags of garbanzo sprouts as snack w/son when watching SGU with him, then salad and/or tat tsai with avocado and lemon juice dressing or dip

We took a video of the food we got this week and put it on my Facebook account. I'm embedding it here (below) too for y'all. :)

5 sets so far of:
   15 reps. each of pushups
   10 reps. each of jump lunges
   10 reps. each of jump squat foot clap thingies
2 sets of:
   30 reps. each on Leg Magic
   10 reps. each of knee-up with a little shoulder lift
4 sets of:
   1 rep. of assisted chin-ups

I plan to do 5 more sets of the first group (pushups, etc.) and one more chin-up throughout the day. I'm done with the middle group as far as my goal for today is concerned. I may also do some handstands against the wall, holding them for at least 30 seconds to count... later.

I'm hoping to get back to the barefoot running (or running at all, actually) tomorrow. That's been on hold for a bit, so I've fallen behind on my progress there. My callouses are falling off too. :( Now I have to build up the toughness on the skin on the bottom of my feet again... that means I won't be running as long or far for a while again. Oh well. Jumping back on that horse can require a bit of backtracking to get going again... better to be going at all though, eh?

didn't take my temp. today, sorry..., day 13 of my cycle, red day, girl kid icon

The Rest:
Well, my hubby hurt his back (has sciatica) a while back and I needed to take care of the farm more than before. He's doing the farming full-time and I'm only part-time in general 'cause I also work at the gym and other things. ANYway... so I needed to do minimal stuff to keep things going 'till he could again and it threw off my sleeping and exercise schedules, thus the break in progress for barefoot running. After he was able to take over again it was voggy and I'm sensitive to it, so just did things I could do in the air-conditioning in my room and at the gym (the air-conditioning really helps me deal with the vog somehow). Unfortunately you can't run on the treadmills at the gym barefoot, so I didn't do running. I kept up with my pushups, etc. throughout the day though... until... we had a deadline for turning in a grant application for the farm and were cramming what time we could to get it done... and I fell behind on my sleep, which affects my exercising abilities gradually, such that I fell a bit behind on the other exercises too. I was still getting in at least 100 pushups, 50 jump lunges & jump squats each day - sometimes the other things too, and sometimes more... until... the callous on one of my toes started to come off and was only painful when I did the jump lunges, so I had to quit them for several days 'till it had resolved... That's all over now though and I've started catching up on my sleep and building my exercise back up over the last couple of days. I'm eager to get back to it all, felt off without it...

I've been posting more on Facebook & the social networking sites than here, sorry. It's shorter and easier to just write something quick and all... You're welcome to read things over there too. :)

There have been quite a few storms here lately and I've been feeling like doing crafts and such. Not only is colder, rainy weather good for snuggling up and catching up on sleep, it's also good for spinning yarn, knitting, and such. :) Did I mention that I finally planted the naturally colored cotton seeds I've had for ages? They're still good too 'cause they've sprouted! Yay! I've got two shades of green, a couple of browns (look basically same color as each other), and a couple of rust-browns (that look similar too - one is called Ma'o and is touted as 'Hawaiian cotton'... seems just like the one from the US South from the 1800's to me though). I have a couple of kinds of white cotton seeds too, but haven't planted them yet... sorta' misplaced them temporarily, heh.

I bought myself some toe socks for my birthday and am enjoying them now. I think I just might be able to deal with the Five Fingers shoes after all... and the toe socks I got with monkeys on them would look so cute in 'em too... I could run on the treadmill at the gym in the Five Finger shoes I bet... would be a good alternative on voggy days... hmmm....

K, I'm gonna' post the video we made of the food we got this week for those of you who ask about what I'm eating these days and then go. Before I do, I just want to say how glad I am that I was born, happy I am to be and feel alive, and eager I am to keep living and enjoying this wonderful journey of life! I always make a point of thinking about these things on my birthday as my tradition. I'm glad you were born too!