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Made my second batch of yogurt in the crockpot, and it was wonderfully thick and tasty, and still sits well on my lactose-intolerant tummy as long as I don’t eat it on an empty stomach. It’s nice to think I’m finally getting a regular source of natural calcium instead of relying entirely on supplements.

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I’m still losing about a pound a day on my diet, and I’m not starving. I ran the supplement I’ve been taking by my sister-in-law, who has a biology degree with a speciality in molecular genetics (the med is supposed to slow, or even reverse the aging and disease process at the DNA level) and she thought it all sounded quite reasonable. I was so relieved. I knew I felt better, but I recognized that it could be the placebo effect since someone I trusted has suggested it for me. Anyway, I’m going to keep taking it, and I will blog about it once I feel like I can explain it properly.

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I entered a writing contest this week. I’m nervous, but this one just felt right, and I haven’t entered a contest in forever. Fingers crossed! I’d like to get this particular book finished by the end of August, shooting for a November release, but I may be being too optimistic.

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Obviously I’m watching too much reality TV. But I have to watch Real Housewives of Orange County – it’s the original, and I feel like I know these people personally. And with Ladies of London coming on right after that, well, I couldn’t resist. And I would never have considered watching Marriage Boot Camp, but Gretchen and Slade were on it, and they are from RHOC, so I truly had no choice. Then I found myself crying duriing Marriage Boot Camp and it wasn’t even the series finale or the reunion show. And that one’s a bust anyway, since they are there to decide the future of their relationships and the station is already showing previews of one couple’s (reality show) wedding. *sigh*

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Band camp is in full swing, and since John is section leader that means he’ll be hosting gatherings of the other bass drummers over here throughout the season. Thankfully, none of them have severe dog allergies or phobias about large dogs. I haven’t yet quizzed them about food allergies or intolerances, but if I need to hunt down vegan gluten-free organic snacks I’ll do so happily. It’s easier than keeping two big dogs pinned in the bedroom.

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There are two brand-new blogs you all need to check so when they are huge mega-bloggers you can say, “Oh, yeah, I’ve been following her from the very start – I even have comments from her!” They are both energetic and talented women, so there’s just no telling what they’ll post yet. You may already know Catherine from Pinterest – she’s a pretty big deal there. But now she’s showcasing her own style at Concrete and Lace. Then there’s Christina, who tempts me to start projects because she makes them look so easy at Christina’s Clever Notions.

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A big thank you to my wonderful son, Aaron, who took time out of his busy day in Austin to fix my email issues. First I just couldn’t send emails from my phone. Which was annoying. But then I couldn’t download or send emails from my desktop, which made me very grumpy. It gradually spread throughout the devices in the house, with my iPad being the last to turn on me. I went into panic mode, and even though Aaron worked quickly I had 342 emails in my Inbox by the time the desktop came up and I could both receive and send. And I’m one of those people who wants my Inbox empty except for things I absolutely need to take care of within the next 48 hours. Otherwise there’s a folder for them. I gotta lot of folders. Some people I know, not to mention any names (Lisa Tapp) are just fine with hundreds of emails in their inbox, but it makes me feel like my life is out of control. OCD much? Like I don’t have bigger fish to fry than the emails in my inbox – LOL!

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There’s a fabulous little family-run, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Louisville. It’s called Come Back Inn, and it’s between Germantown and Irish Hill. It serves the best Italian food in town, and every time we go there I get the same thing – the Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta.

chicken gorgonzola pasta

The last time we went I made a list of the ingredients listed on the menu, intending to try to make it myself. That, of course, was many months ago. We’ve been living exceptionally frugally lately (Ramen noodles, store-brand peanut butter, and anything in the 10 for $10 sale ads or the meat, produce, or bread clearance bins. But my mom and step-dad gave us a big gift card for Kroger, and I went a little crazy. I even bought things at regular price. Yep, I was out of control! Seriously, only the pistachios and gorgonzola cheese are things I wouldn’t have bought normally, so this is not an expensive meal, especially when you consider it serves six easily. And I am considering it one of my Supper:Interrupted meals, because it’s easy to work breaks into the prep time if you’re using leftover chicken.

  • 2 1/2 leftover chicken quarters, pulled into bite-size pieces (or the equivalent in whatever’s in your fridge)
  • 1 box rotini (or whatever pasta you like -I like rotini because it catches the pistachios)
  • 6 oz pkg crumbled gorgonzola
  • 1 pkg sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  1. Pull everything out and get it ready (i.e. shell pistachios, pull apart chicken, or slice mushrooms if needed).
  2. Put cold water in pasta pot and bring it to a boil while you REST.
  3. Add rotini and a pinch of salt to boiling water.
  4. While waiting for pasta to reach the al dente stage melt butter and olive oil in medium saucepan.
  5. Once butter is melted, add garlic. Immediately add mushrooms, and stir occasionally until soft.
  6. When pasta is ready, drain. Transfer mushrooms and butter sauce into pasta pan and add chicken and pistachios.
  7. REST while chicken warms.
  8. When chicken has warmed, add gorgonzola until melted, adding half-and-half gradually to thin.
  9. Add pasta back to pot.
  10. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. Add more half-and-half if needed (you may not need the whole pint).

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I started a new diet yesterday. Well, not really a new diet – it’s more than that. It’s about being intentional and aware in relation to my own health. It’s about identifying behavior patterns and stressors that are negatively impacting my health and getting rid of them – replacing them by using tools I’ve learned in the past several months to increase my health and happiness. Looking and feeling better with just be one of the many benefits. But I’ll share more about that later.

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What prompted me to finally take charge of my own health and well-being after all these years of surgeries, specialists, procedures, therapies, and medications? Well, my chiropractor is leaving. He’s moving to New York, so I’m not going to have him here to inspire me – I’ll have to do it myself. And I’m choosing to follow the path that he set for me at the beginning of our treatment. He’s referred me to the chiropractor he has used himself while he lived here, and promised to be available by phone should I need him. But we essentially sat down together and planned out the next few months of my life health-wise, and I’m dragging my husband along with me. He’s not as enthusiastic about it as I am, but I suspect he will be once he sees our results. Again, I’ll keep you posted.

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I had the most fabulous Monday this week! My step-mom, Edie, came in to spend the day with me while my dad was at a conference downtown. Not only did we have a great time, but she cleared out the planting beds in front of my yard! I was SO thankful. Weeds and vines had grown over my knock-out roses, stella d’oro daylilies, iris, hostas, and nandinas until it looked like those kudzu-covered roadsides in Alabama. She even pruned out the dead sections of my roses. It makes me smile every time I look at the front of the house :D

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I made my own yogurt last weekend. It is super-duper easy, and tastes delicious. My husband, Mr. Food Safety, won’t touch it after reading how it’s made, but I consider it my best frugal find this year :)

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CIGNA, my disability insurance provider, is still keeping my representative “unavailable” for long stretches of time, neglecting to return calls or emails, not meeting their own deadlines without a valid reason, and generally being apathetic, unprofessional, and flip about my situation. The only difference is they are now doing behaving this way toward my lawyer, not me. Not sure if this is progress or not, but it reminds me a lot of an old John Grisham novel called The Rainmaker in which his main character sues an insurance company that had a policy of denying all claims, no matter how valid. In the book it was a health insurance company and a young man died because the company refused to cover his bone marrow transplant. I’m planning on hanging around a long time, and on doing everything possible to ensure this company doesn’t put anyone else through what my family and I have suffered.

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Today will be the end of John’s first week of band camp, and there was drama (as always), sunburn (in spite of my demands that he wear sunscreen), hat hair, ultimate frisbee, and an exhausted fifteen-year-old every night. I love that he loves it.

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If I don’t seem to be responding to emails please don’t think I’m ignoring you. My desktop won’t let me get to my emails. My phone will let me read emails, but not save them. And since I’ve just finished a huge craft project and am hip-deep in sorting through my cedar chest I just can’t muster the energy for one more battle. Maybe this weekend.

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