Goodbye, Irene!

After my success at Weight Watchers on Saturday, Gail, Alice and I went to the Gateway Diner for breakfast.  It was our first visit there since the Girls got back from Florida.  It’s nice to be back in our routine, if only for a short time.

I got my usual, 2 eggs scrambled, with sliced tomatoes and dry rye toast.

Very tasty as usual. 

After breakfast I stopped to pick up a few things that I thought would be helpful if we were house bound due to Irene.  Some saltines and grape jelly, we already had peanut butter at home. What more did we need??

Since it was already raining and there was no hope of doing work at the storage unit, Ralph suggested that he go pick up lunch before the storm hit.  His idea-Chinese food.  I figured, what the heck, I did well at WW and with all this hurricane stress, I needed something to cheer me up.  😉   I made a suggestion to him.  I had never been able to eat with chopsticks so I asked him to ask for some for me.  I might as well do something constructive while I’m waiting for the hurricane!

Ralph headed off to the China House to pick up my favorite…Veggie Delite with brown rice and Chopsticks!!

This is a shot of me using my chopsticks…I’m so proud! 😉

Yes, it worked and I did eat the entire bowl WITH the chopsticks.  I couldn’t finish the whole order, though, saved some in case I needed a mid-hurricane snack.

Ok, Veggie Delite, not such a bad choice and it’s Saturday after all, I can splurge a little.  In truth, I did ask Ralph to bring home some kind of sweet treat.  Forgetting that the Ritz Bakery is in the same shopping center as the China House.  The Ritz is a wonderful bakery that we’ve loved for years, but try to avoid for obvious reasons!

This is what came into my life…

Ok, so I was stressed: there was a hurricane coming, I was bored, I did well at WW, I needed a snack.  So I had a snack.  There is special dispensation in the Weight Watchers contract under hurricane related stress.  Pastry is OK.  Read the fine print…it’s there! 😉

So we finished off our Chinese food.  We read for a good long while with NO TV which was very nice. I couldn’t listen to any more hurricane coverage.  I would have turned on the TV because there was supposed to be a Phillies double-header, but I’m sure it didn’t happen, at least I Hope not!!

Later on, I made a pot of coffee, we drank our coffee and ate our pastries…yes, ALL of our pastries.  My theory with something like that has always been…I’m going to eat them anyway, the sooner I eat them, the sooner my body will start burning them off.  I think it’s a simple and functional plan.  Works for me anyway!!

It rained but certainly not as hard as the storms a few weeks ago.  The wind blew but not as bad as it could have.  We have a tree limb down in our back yard, fortunately it didn’t hit the house.  It’s lying there right next to the other one that fell during the winter.  We like a “woodsy” feel around here.  We’ll get rid of them eventually!

So all in all Irene was not such a bad old girl.  Our area seems to have come through without excessive damage.  I got on my exercise bike first thing this morning for 45 minutes so my Veggie Delite and pastries will hopefully not do too much damage.  I believe the sun is trying to come out although it is still a bit windy. 

What a week…earthquake, tornado warnings, hurricane, pastries…I just try to sit tight and get through it all one step by step.  Thanks for sticking with me, Cookies!!  I’m so happy to have you all along for the ride!

Happy Sunday!!

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9 responses to “Goodbye, Irene!

  1. I can get behind that plan! If I have something reeeeeaaaaally bad in the house, I just eat it all until it’s done. That way it’s not there to tempt me. Ha! Hope everything goes ok with the hurricane…

    • Stephanie, I’ve said that for a long time. I’m not sure it it really works, but there is some sense to it! I was on the bike first thing this morning and since I’m enjoying my book, I may get back on to do some more reading and pedaling!! Have a great day!

  2. Glad it all worked out and there wasn’t too much damage! I’m gonna use the ww hurricane stipulation! I wish I would have known! Lol

  3. valerie andruss

    Happy Sunday!! Excellent news vis a vis Irene!

    I was also stress eating pastries yesterday. And for most of the week we had house guests, including a14 year old boy. Can you say calorie-dense eating? S/b an interesting weigh-in this week.

    Going to go check in on the shore cousins now…

  4. Glad you made it through Irene and YAY for using chopsticks. Kudos! Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

  5. I feel terrible for saying this but I can’t listen to another minute of hurricane coverage either. It’s just too much.

    I am incapable of using chopsticks – and I’m too impatient – so I admire you!

    • Ameena, I was right with you on the hurricane coverage. Ralph and I got so sick of it, we just went into the bedroom, did Not turn on the TV and read! It was great . Now on the topic of chopsticks…I’m no expert yet, but I figured I’d give it a try. It made me eat more slowly and I filled up faster!! What do you know…that does work!

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