I'm back at work after a 4 day weekend. Ugh. I love not working. I wish I didn't have to work. In hindsight I probably should have gone a different career path. I don't hate my job, but I'm not in love with my career. My friend asked me "why the discontent? You have a choice". . . and then went on to say I can work to save money to buy a house or quit my job and be poor. Not going to lie, I think the whole conversation rubbed me the wrong way. I think it's quite normal to not *love* your job. I think it's quite normal to wish your job didn't consume 40 or more hours a week. I think that's human nature. When I asked her if she was 100% happy I didn't get an answer.
This weekend was quite busy. My husband was out of town Fri-Sun and I really enjoyed the time home alone. On Saturday my mom and I got pedicures. I ended up getting gel polish on my fingernails for the first time. My mom paid, so it was a nice treat.
I'm shocked that three days later and I don't have a single chip. However, being back at work, with a lot of typing. . . makes me wonder how long they will hold up.
I have been practicing with decorating sugar cookies. When I was younger I played around with cake decorating. I think I never really know *how* to decorate a cookie. Then a coworker brought in these amazing cookies his wife made and I felt like "hey, I can do that!". So I started trying. I have a *lot* to learn and my brain is overflowing with everything I've read and watched online.
This weekend I tried a double decker cookie for Vday. I couldn't do them during the week to bring to work before Vday. They were too time consuming. I read that you should bake your cookies a day before so the grease can escape the cookie. I baked them on Sat. I decorated them on Sunday. I put them together on Monday. My estimate is 6+ hours of decorating. Here was my inspiration cookie. Mine are cute, but not nearly as well done as though. I'm still really thrilled that I managed to pull them off this well.
You'd think that baking cookies doesn't go well with a healthy eating lifestyle. In some ways that is true. I do eat some dough. And I do bake the leftover scraps and eat those too. But . . . I tend to be a very "snacky" person when I'm home. Maybe cause my house is so small that I spend a ton of time in and around the kitchen. It's very easy to snack. But when I'm decorating cookies I can't snack. Sure I can take a break, but I don't take many cause I have my icing at just the right consistency. So that's 6 or more hours of decorating and not really snacking. Works for me! lol. I also have very little desire to eat the finished cookies too soon. I worked hard and I want to stare at them. Ha ha! I do eat one eventually but unlike a cookie like chocolate chip. . these sit around so I an admire them. Also decorating can't be rushed. .. it's very slow and steady . . . I find it almost relaxing and therapeutic.
However I've had 3 inquiries about ordering cookies since I started posting my cookies on facebook. I'm shocked cause I don't think I'm that good. I just gave up photography. There were many reasons I did so. I'm not ready to take on another business. I don't want to have *have* to decorate cookies. I might plan on making a cookie this weekend, but I can bail and do something else if I want to. I like that. So I think I'm going to turn everyone down at this point. Also it's too much pressure. I'm already picky about how they look and all I did was bring these to work with me.
In early Jan I told my husband I wanted to lose 10 lbs by Valentine's day. I should have thought a bit more about that. I'm very active. I eat fairly well. It's hard to lose 10 lbs in a month unless you have a lot to lose or are just starting on your journey. When you first start to lose weight, you can lose 5 lbs in that first week. I don't have that on my side. I didn't really pay attention to my start date or weight. I also think I went up 1-2 pounds after I started, for unknown reasons. However, I was at 198 this weekend. I'm calling that a 5 lbs loss. (I was around 203.6 and hovering there in early Jan). I think that's pretty good. I was 198.6 this morning. Normal fluctuation. But it's a long slow road at 1 lb a week. That can be discouraging, but I want see where I can get by the end of April when I go to KY for Rolex. . .or really by the day before Easter when I run my half in KY. I want to stay on track till then. That doesn't mean I won't eat a cupcake or cookie. I'm trying to find a balance. Not be all hard core. :)