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Randomly on a Friday!!

ShamrockFirst of all, HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY!!

Secondly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother MICHAEL!!

Thirdly, HAPPY 12TH QUIT-IVERSARY to ANN, CLAIRE, my sis KAREN, and ME!!

Now then…

Remember on Christmas Eve when I did a little sewing (like you do?)?


I finally finished the last panel on Wednesday, possibly definitely while procrastinating about another task. Whatever. I'm so happy to have that project done, and I love how it turned out!


The -10 lb milestone was indeed achieved this week! One of the things I've found helpful is the new Weight Watchers website and app and, in particular, the recipes I've found there. There hasn't been a dud among them! I'd run across a few "soup for one" and "soup in a jar" recipes that I'd wanted to try, and finally did that this week. This one is a mash-up of a couple because of what I had…

Chicken e Pasta e Fagiole Soup for One

2 tsp. reduced sodium chicken base
2 oz. cooked chicken breast
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup shredded carrots (uncooked)
1/4 cup cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 oz. fresh fettuccine, chopped

Layer ingredients in a pint-size mason jar. Close jar & refrigerate until ready to use.

Fill jar with boiling water (about 2 cups). Stir well, until soup base is dissolved. Close jar and let sit for 3-5 minutes.


That's a quick, make-ahead, 4 SP lunch! Actually the one you're looking at is more like 7 SP because I accidentally quadrupled the amount of pasta!! Ooops. It was hearty!

Look at THIS:


Spring is volatile in NE Wisconsin. According to Intellicast, the record high for the last half of the month is 81F on March 27th (2007), and the low is -5 on March 24th (1974). The average is about mid-40s and we've been well below that, but thankfully there's been some sunshine (not today… gigantic flakes of snow fell on me this morning).

Last but not least (definitely the cutest)…


After I finished sewing the curtain and going out for lunch, then finally buckling down to do the task I'd been avoiding, I spent an hour or so watching these two on Wednesday evening. Instant mood lifter!! That arm around Gin… killing me!! The emotional growth and awareness that Jun's been displaying… also killing me!! I can tell that he's starting to think about things — cause, effect, consequence — and modifying his behavior (trying, at least!).

One of the sweetest moments was just before I got ready to leave. Ali was changing Gin on the bed, Jun was there too, and Ali was talking to me about Gin's little rash. Jun rolls over, puts his hand on Gin's chest, and sweetly asks, "Does that hurt you, Gin? Does that hurt?"

And now killing you, too! Haha! Have a great weekend!

7 thoughts on “Randomly on a Friday!!

  1. You ARE killing me! That has got to be the sweetest picture ever.
    Your curtain looks fabulous – love it! And love the extra daylight now too (though I confess to missing having dinner by candlelight…I still light them sometimes, but no need, really).
    Congrats on both losses – fabulous. The soup recipe looks good…I will give it a try…never thought about making my own “instant” soup, but it’s got to be better for you than the packaged kind. And, I like to have soup for lunch at work.

  2. Those curtains… oh my! They are stunning Vicki!! And, Jun… awwww! I might have a tear or two from his awesomeness! They are so amazing!

  3. I love your random posts as you always pack so many good things into them! Congratulations on quitting, -10, and a gorgeous completed curtain project. That is the best kind of procrastination! I never thought about making soup for one, but now that here are usually just two of us, I’m going to put this recipe to use. You’ve gotten my weekend off to a good start with the complete adorableness of Jun and Gin – thank you!

  4. Junah looks SO grown up in that photo! You tell him to STOP THAT! Congrats on the curtain and the 10 lb milestone and thanks for the soup idea, I like it.

  5. To watch the two of them grow up (together) is just so amazing (and they’re killing me!). Hurray! to your 10 lbs and, how can it be 12 years!?? Congrats to you all around. I love the way the curtain turned out. The longer days (and long evenings) are making me so happy every day!

  6. hope you’re feeling better … for sure time with those two littles helped. The things we can learn from toddlers (aren’t we lucky to have them close by!) yay for those curtains (the window looks awesome) and the WW and Happy Saturday!

  7. Love the curtains and the soup is making me hungry. But the best is Jun and Gin. Thanks for sharing.

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