Jon was out of town last week and came home bearing gifts. The best kind. Food!

He had been able to go shopping vs. eating in restaurants/entertaining each night and found some stuff he’d never seen.

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I looked up where they’re sold and found they’re not available in TN (but are available online for a small fortune) – so this won’t become a regular thing – but they were fun to try.

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I don’t know about “Nasty Hot!” … and wonder about the use of “nasty” in food marketing, in general … but they were good.

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These?

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I spit my bite into the sink. Tastes the way rotten tomatoes smell.

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I couldn’t do these, either:

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Tastes like seaweed, obv, which I have no problem with. It got all foamy or expandy or something in my mouth. Texture thing.

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He ate them. But he also regularly eats cans of sardines for breakfast, so …

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(I have the sweetest husband ever.)
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We’ve been doing some life reorganizing lately since we both sort of hit a wall of exhaustion and frustration. We’d settled into a routine that sucked since I started working and since his travel picked back up following the cancer hoopla. Exercise has been rushed, meal planning has been forced – everything became a chore. Drudgery.

We have about 3 hours at home each night (on weeks he doesn’t travel) (since neither of us forsake sleep – I always sleep at least 8 hours, no exceptions) – and we have weekends together – but we haven’t been prioritizing our time well. Good health/self-care is a major priority around here, obv – and it started taking a backseat and I started getting freaked out.

So – we’re making changes. Didn’t take long to decide that something had to give – but I’m not really prone to sitting around bitching without taking concrete steps toward change.

First up? Hired someone to clean our house each week (including ironing – which is fabulous for Jon – because have I mentioned that he is former Navy/has a completely crazy + time-consumingly high standard? I’m actually surprised he’s letting someone else do it.)

Also? Hired someone to do all of our lawn care.

All of that just started last week. Seemed a little ridiculous at first since we have a small house and fairly small yard – but this is exactly why we chose this place – so we can afford to live the life we want to live.

Also? A job landed in my lap one day out of the blue. 10 minutes from home (meaning I will now have almost 2 more hours of free time each day). People I know/like/have worked with in the past. Fantastic (rare) opportunity that is great for me both professionally and personally. I’m finishing up the last of my 6 wk notice this week.

Lots of changes. Good ones. Ones that promote a much better/healthier/happier life for us. More to come.
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We’ve had a good weekend.

I wanted nachos for dinner Friday night, but was willing to do the same ingredients in lettuce wraps (minus corn/tortilla chips) because of Jon’s paleo(ish) kick. He compromised and bought these since he can eat potatoes and can eat avocado oil (but can’t eat corn or other offensive oils):

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So … we still ate junk. Just approved/slightly better (?) junk.

Seems strange, but it was actually pretty decent. I HATE the way greasy chips make my mouth feel, though – and really wasn’t surprised to find that these did the same as the regular aisle version – so I think I’d rather stick with tortilla chips. Or lettuce.

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Lunch on Saturday = Italian sausage, kale, pepper, onion, garlic. I ate about half of this once I learned this portion was 650 calories.

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Jon marinated a whole chicken (jerk seasoning) and grilled it Saturday night + grilled eggplant. I used to think I hated eggplant – but I LOVE it. Had no idea until this summer.

(We split this. Not my portion.)

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Jon’s dinner tonight?

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We picked up our meat for the week, which included this 3 lbs of beef. I can’t eat beef – and ate shredded wheat for dinner because of the stomach drama – so we’ll see how long it takes him to finish this off. I predict 4 days.

All of the other meals? Pretty typical stuff. One variation = I’m eating eggs for breakfast again.

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Not sure how long it will last since I wind up marginally sick each time – but we’ll see.

We went to the gym Saturday morning as is typical now that I’m back on a gym kick since it’s a million degrees outside. Jon ran this morning + we had plans to walk, but I wasn’t feeling it. I canceled plans with friends, too.

Will be SO GLAD to be rid of the damn gallbladder.
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Jon’s quarterly trip to the oncologist is coming up this week. He already had the lung scan + blood draw.

9 months. Time flies.
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My motivation to recap the rest of the trip has been dwindling – but one of Jon’s co-workers emailed these pictures today and rekindled my interest.

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Jon’s mouth is full of food in each one – but he so politely posed.

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I’m sure I’ll get around to it before we take our next trip. (Soon!)

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