Monday, December 19, 2011

'Twas the week before Christmas...

I simply cannot believe that Christmas is in 6 days. 6 DAYS!!!

Yikes! I know I say this every year, but seriously--where has the time gone?! It feels like just yesterday I was swearing about the 100 degree heat wave and now we are getting ready for the winter cold and snow.

Sean and I are pretty much ready for Christmas. Gifts are bought (some are still in transit--hoping UPS pulls through!), stockings are hung, tree is lit, and plans are (almost) solidified.

I still work a full week of work, but having the Monday after Christmas off will be a nice treat.

Our plans this year include egg nog (for him), wine (for me), family, food, friends, and lots of festive holiday cheer.

What am I most looking forward to? Snuggling on the couch in my jammies watching Christmas movies. Sometimes, it's the little things. :-)

What are you looking forward to this holiday?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

As promised, I am trying to blog more often, and I couldn't not share this easy peasy recipe I used for cookies. Now I have something tasty to bring to tomorrow's office Holiday Party, and I barely broke a sweat in the kitchen. Plus, the recipe calls for only 3 ingredients, so I spent about $5 total on the whole batch.



Easy Cake Mix Cookies

(makes approx. 30)

1. 1 box white cake mix (I used Pillsbury because it was 79 cents on sale!)
2. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
3. 2 whole large eggs
4. Ungreased cookie sheet

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix cake batter, eggs, and oil in a large bowl. (I added a splash of water to the mix because it was a little too gooey and needed to be softened up a bit)

3. Using your fingers, shape into generous globs and place an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes (you should watch them closely to make sure they don't burn).
They are finished when they are lightly browned around the edges.
5. Cool for at least 10 minutes.
6. Give to boyfriend to taste test.

7. Eat and Enjoy!

(*Note: My cookies look a little more brown in color than the typical recipe calls for because I made brownie batter in the same bowl and decided to just mix the extra residue into my cookie mix...lazy, but delicious! A win--win)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Epic Blogger Fail

So, I've definitely been slackin' in the whole "good blogger" department. But, such is life.

If anyone is still out there reading my sporadic and rather random posts, I commend you!

So, as for my life--I am recovering from my surgery and am doing well. I was out of work for 2 weeks but have been back for a few weeks now and am in the swing of things. Thanksgiving was relaxing and it was nice to see some family that I hadn't seen in months.

The boy and I have moved in together, and it is going wonderfully. In fact, it's creepy how perfect things have been so far. In fact, today is his birthday!

Last weekend the man and I went and got a real, LIVE Christmas tree. This is a big deal for me because my family used to go cut down our own tree when my brother and I were little, but we stopped doing it when we were in middle school. I absolutely love the smell of the fresh needles every time I walk in the door. S and I had a great time decorating and we love lighting it up every night while we cozy up on the couch.

Ah, how I love this time of year.

Isn't it gorgeous?!

Anyway, as for my recovery, things are just so-so. I feel like I'm at a standstill. My weight, although it fluctuated a bit after surgery, has been stable for awhile now. And I am totally comfortable eating (and drinking) in most social situations without guilt or worry.

But, I feel like I haven't made a 100% full recovery--is there such a thing? I know part of it is me letting other things take priority--my job, my family, my boyfriend--and I know it is up to me to do the hard work. But I guess I've just gotten to this point where I'm comfortable, and I need to push myself just a little bit harder.

For example, I have to admit to myself that I could stand to gain a few pounds more. And I know I should be going to therapy regularly, and I haven't been for the last few months. I don't really know why I stopped. I have plenty of excuses in my head, but when it comes down to it, my eating disorder recovery is IMPORTANT and I don't know why I've gotten so apathetic about it.

So, I definitely have some goals for the coming weeks and months--and what better time to set new goals than right around New Year's, right?

I am going to try to take even the smallest steps toward getting back in the game as far as my recovery goes. Whether that means pushing myself to try some new foods at the office Christmas party, or even just calling my therapist to set up an appointment...I really think it will make a big difference.

On an unrelated note, I also am going to make a more concerted effort to blog regularly (we'll see how that goes), and some career changes are possibly in my future (more on that in a different post).

How is everyone else doing? Getting ready for the holidays?

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