Apologies in advance for this “all over the map” post.

As many of you know, I’ve been bitten by a nasty cold/flu bug.  (my second “stay home from work” illness in 2 months – I’ve had more sick days since December than I’ve had in the last 2 years combined – what is going on?????)  Nasty germs!!!!

We had planned to take the ferry over to Victoria to spend the weekend with my parents – tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday.   

After coughing the night away, we decided at 6:00am this morning that I wouldn’t do any of us any favors by going away, so have decided to postpone the visit until next weekend.  I’m really sad about it because a) I love going to visit my parents b) it’s a gorgeous sunny day and the ferry crossing would have been lovely c) I want to make sure my Mom is spoiled on her birthday and d) a change of scenery would have been good for both Dennis and I.    However, it’s only a week, and that means my Mom’s birthday will be “extendo birthday” this year and will stretch out over a week! 

I’m not good at slothing around home for more than a day at a time, and I’ve been doing nothing but moving from couch to bed and back since Thursday afternoon.  I decided that given it was so nice out, the fresh air would be good for me, and I wanted to get dressed and go and buy us some fruit and vegetables for the week ahead.   OK Dennis, you were right, probably was a bit ambitious.  I came home from my mini errand and had to nap.  But, I had to give it a go and know I need to rest for a while longer before I’m back to myself.  Good news though, I seem to be coughing a bit less this afternoon so with luck, I’ve turned the corner and will be back to myself in no time.

It has been a year since Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics, and I was watching a recap of some of the events on TV this afternoon.  Made me pop in the USB with our photos from our Olympic experience last year.  I had a little NSV when I saw the photos.  My face is MUCH thinner this February than it was last year at this time.  Woo Hoo.   Here are a couple of pictures from last year, (I haven’t put the REALLY puffy faced ones in, but trust me, they exist). Dennis and I pretending we are a bobsleigh team (and I had about 30 more pounds of push then) and us at one of the medal ceremonies. 

I’m the first to admit, I did a 180, I was very strongly on the “anti-Olympic” team before the games got here – and truth be told, I’m STILL not convinced it was the wisest way to spend public money – but I admit, I DID get swept up in the Olympic energy that was here last year.  It DID bring the city together, the enthusiasm was infectious and there was a feel-good environment in the area that I hadn’t felt for many, many years. 

But that was then, this is now.  My off and on appetite is REALLY off today, I didn’t eat anything until well into the afternoon. 

I DID have an almond milk latte this morning though. 

When I got back from the store, I had some carrots and mushrooms with ranch dip, some “fake” lobster (don’t groan, I LOVE pollack disguised as lobster or crab), a wee piece of bison pepperoni and some grapes.    Strange combination, but somehow it all hit the spot.

Later in the afternoon, we had an almond milk hot chocolate with a grape juice sweetened cookie that I bought this morning from a little greek bakery right beside the produce market. 

For dinner, I made us home-made individual pizzas.  Dennis had his favorite bbq chicken with mozzarella, and I had roasted vegetable (eggplant, onion, peppers, zucchini), spinach and fresh basil with low-fat goat cheese. 

I also made us a salad on mixed greens with warm butternut squash, strawberries, some sunflower seeds and fat-free balsamic. 

Now, time to shut down the computer and get some rest.  Oh wait, that’s pretty much all I HAVE been doing.  sigh.  I’m SURE tomorrow will be more energetic.  Until then, have a good rest of the weekend.