Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hobbit-ish Potpurri: Winter Doldrums

Happy Valentine's Day Humble Readers...

Well, it's happened again.  Nary a word from me since Sunday night... what's going on here?  I have a dozen blog posts rattling around in my head, but they just don't seem to want to exit through the ends of my fingers. 

The snow in the Shire is slowly melting.  We've had snow on the ground since before Halloween, so I'm not at all sad to see it go.  That's not to say that the weather has been nice, far from it.  Yes we've had sunny skies, but we have constantly been rocked by wind all week.  I love the effects of a Chinook wind, but I'm not a fan of the wind itself. 

I broke down and watched the season finale of Downton Abbey the other day.  I'm not going to give anything away, I promise, but I do have to say I'm pissed.  Seriously, the whole evening after I watched it I was MAD.  It's going to be a long wait until next January for season 4.

Weight-loss update: I'm plateaued again.  I'm down 24.5 pounds, which is awesome.  But I'm stuck again.  I'm a little bit concerned because I inevitably gain weight when we go to K-town.  Mostly because of all the wine we consume when my mom, sister and I are together.

I'm happy with how my super-fake King Cakes turned out for Mardi Gras.  I'm not much of a baker, so the real deal was rather out of reach for me to attempt, but I wanted to have a special "zert" as Ginny called it.  So, this is what I made...

Pretty simple really.  Crescent rolls (in a tube), filled with a bit of nu.tella, then topped with a simple glaze and sprinkles in the colors of Mardi Gras... purple, gold, and green. 

So, it's Valentine's Day.  A pretty important day in the hobbit hole.  Today is the 7th anniversary of when my Beloved and I were matched on eHarm.ony.  I always try to do something special for dinner, and when it's in the budget we do try to go out at some point around V-day.  This year's special dinner is New York strip steaks, double-stuffed twice-baked taters, oven roasted asparagus, sautéed mushrooms and onions, and cheesecake for dessert.  Things are well in process at this point, and I'm planning on leaving some time between when Ginny gets up from her nap and when my Beloved comes home to have Ginny make a card for her daddy. 

I'm hoping to squeeze some time in tomorrow for Pippin's 9 month post.  I'm already a few days late, and I want to get it out there.  How is it that he's been on the outside for as long as he was on the inside already???  When Ginny was this age, Pippin was conceived.  Wow.


  1. Great job on the weight loss. I have plateaued a bit myself over the past two weeks - but that is due to the 3 work events in 3 weeks plus eating bad food on the weekends plus a goodbye lunch for a co-worker. I will be back on track in a couple of days.

    Happy 9 months to Pippin!

  2. Plateau's are the worst. You're doing awesome! If this cycle is a bust, which I kind of think it is, I'll be jumping on the get fit bandwagon. Before we go in for our last chance at a second child I want to throw everything positive at it :)

    I love your fake king cakes. That's awesome!

    And I didn't know you were an eHarmony couple too. Babe and I are another success story. Happy match day!

    I can't believe Pip is 9 months old! It seems like he was just being born!

    Good to hear from you, but we all know life gets in the way sometimes. Thinking of you!

  3. Ugh. I can't believe we have to wait a year! I'm anxious for the finale but when I saw the previews it seemed as though they were rushing two of the more exciting story lines. Mary's already pregnant? is she going to have the baby in the last episode too? Why didn't they string that along a little more? (but not as long as the Bates thing) What on earth is going to befall DA next season to make the season interesting if not Mary's pregnancy and Edith probably doomed relationship with her editor? (Oh, and OF COURSE he has a crazy wife in an institution somewhere that prevents him from getting married. Poor Edith)

    *rant over*


  4. I'm not looking forward to waiting a year to see what happens in DA! I mean, really!!! I can't imagine what's going to happen in season 4. The last part of season 3 made me mad too!! Ughhhh.

    Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everything went well with your special dinner!


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