Since I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday, I’ve decided to call it “Thanksgiving Day Off” instead. And as totally random proof of my genius, around 5.00 PM today I found myself wondering why the mail had not yet been delivered. D’oh.
I am now going to be extremely egocentric and recount my fascinating day off! :p
I woke up before 6.00 AM, just like I always do. Just like I always do, I sleepwalked into the bathroom… and then I decided that there was no way that I was getting up then. Uh-uh. So I hopped back into bed and forced myself to go back to sleep… and I didn’t wake up again until 9.00! It was, in a word, delicious.
Breakfast was delicious, too! As I’ve mentioned in the past, I usually just have cold cereal / granola, because I am always rushing and I really don’t feel like waking up even earlier than I already do just so I can have the time to make breakfast… so, especially for someone who loves breakfast fare, it’s always a treat to have the opportunity to actually make breakfast. I decided on whole wheat pumpkin pancakes.
Success! I made these in the microwave, just like I always make pancakes, but this was the best yet. And I think I’m starting to sound a little too egotistical here, so I’ll stop raving about that! The very complex recipe involved 1/4 cup Aunt Jemima whole wheat pancake mix, 1/3 cup pumpkin, an egg white, 1/2 packet Truvia, a dash of nutmeg, and several dashes of cinnamon. I remembered that Elise once added protein powder to pancakes, and she complained that they wouldn’t stop puffing up… which would actually suit my purposes quite well, so I added 1/4 scoop of that too. I mixed it all up with some water (I didn’t measure… 1/2 cup, maybe?), and divided the batter among four sprayed microwave-safe plates. I microwaved them for about five minutes, stopping to shift the plates around because my crazy microwave doesn’t seem to distribute heat evenly… and the pancakes are different sizes. That didn’t affect the taste, though.
With sugar-free syrup. Pretty.
As a side note, I always hated that once I opened a can of pumpkin, I had to use the entire thing before it went bad… pumpkin overdose, anyone? Yet another example of my genius: I froze the rest of the can in individual portion baggies. Why does it take me such a long time to reach the most obvious of conclusions?!
Then I was a sweetheart and did the supermarket shopping for my mom… total sacrifice, I know. 😉 And then I braved my closet. I didn’t do a real, full-blown cleaning… that’s just way too frightening. Instead, I did some artful re-arranging. This consisted of taking a bunch of shirts that should have been in drawers and not on hangers and moving them into drawers, thus making room on the rod for the shirts that should have been on hangers but were instead draped over the treadmill. But since I had to empty out what was already in another drawer to fit these things in, I moved the original contents of the drawer to the bureau upstairs in the guest room. And I moved a bunch of other things to the closet up there. Have I mentioned that I have way too many clothes?!
Good old Hugh Jass… with romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, Lightlife Smart Dog, roasted turnip — not a rutabaga! — and honey dijon vinaigrette. I liked the turnip just fine, but I think I prefer rutabagas. It’s weird how they both smell kind of bitter, like horseradish, when they’re raw, but they’re sweet once roasted! Can you eat raw turnips?!
This must be Hugh Jass’ cousin — it’s a blueberry muffin that I pulled out of my freezer. I label these when I put them in the freezer so that I can identify them … apparently I am blind, or dumb, or both, because I thought this was a cranberry muffin when I took it out. Then later I wondered when cranberries became purple. Double d’oh! Okay, blueberry works too.
But speaking of huge, here’s Hugh Jass’ other cousin … that .60 lb Honeycrisp apple I mentioned yesterday. The picture doesn’t do it justice, trust me.
Last night, I bought this apple butter spread:
I had absolutely no idea what to do with it, but I wanted to try it… and apparently the bananas I bought didn’t get the memo not to ripen so quickly, so I spread some of this on half a banana.
I’m not sure how much I liked them together, but I did like the apple butter. I just wound up licking most of it off and eating the banana separately. 😉
Sorry about the horrible lighting — I’ll figure it all out one day, really! This is zucchini and yellow squash julienned into “spaghetti” strands, and my addiction… Sonny & Joe’s sauteed eggplant simmered in water and mixed with a diced mini “meat” loaf. It looks like sludge… but it doesn’t taste like it. (Not that I’ve ever eaten sludge, but I just assume it wouldn’t be very palatable!) And as a bonus, I got to microwave the “skeleton” that was left of the squashes after peeling them! Have I ever mentioned that I love squash?! (That was a rhetorical question. ;p)
Somewhere along the line today, I also vegged out and watched Made of Honor. Or, um, sort of vegged out. I was going so stir-crazy from being sedentary that I watched the first half of it with my butt planted on my recumbent bike. I don’t count that as a workout at all, actually, so I think I can safely say I survived a day without real exercise. I feel like a fat lazy lump, yes, but it didn’t kill me. Woohoo?
It was really, really lovely to not have to go in to work today. And the best part of this is that I don’t have to go to work tomorrow, either! My sister asked me if I want to go to Target with her… my response was pretty much Are you crazy?! I don’t go shopping between Thanksgiving and New Years, as a general rule. Do you put up with the Black Friday madness?
I suppose I will have to spend some time working on my paper tomorrow… it’s due on Monday. Along with a couple of presentations. Joy of joys! At least the gym is going to be open again so that I can attempt to salvage what little sanity I may have left. 😉
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether or not you celebrate it! Happy Friday!