Tuesday, October 16, 2007

No Time for Talking

As one of the Ukrainian engineers I work with has said when he is a little stressed, "No Time for Talking".

Since I went back to full-time work 2 weeks ago, I have had so little time for the wonderful world of the Internets. Not just blogging, but random searches and surfing as well. Usually I'd probably spend about an hour or so a day surfing and blog reading and writing. But lately... I've had time for nadda. It's so sad. I don't have time today either, but I miss this process of writing and getting my thoughts out there.

I got very used to having my laptop as a sort of window to the world while I was recovering. I was enjoying writing posts and keeping up with the blogs I read and even finding new ones. But alas.... sitting on my butt on the couch has been replaced by a too long commute, meetings, meetings, work, work, lunching (that's still fun), chit chatting with co-workers, office politics and drama, and cube moves. And when I get home its dinner, maybe TV, and then off to bed where I never can get enough sleep so the weekends I pretty much just sleep. No wonder I haven't posted in a week. I wonder how I will ever complete NaBloPoMo. I guess I'll have to get REALLY creative and disciplined with my time which is a good thing, because after 6 weeks of not really following a schedule, I SUCK at it now.

So I have nothing too interesting to update on so feel free to stop reading now, as I have a feeling I'm going to get even more whiny. I HATE being whiny. Always with the whine and the negative... I'd like that to stop (but maybe later because I feel full of whine today).
  • I've been working a lot and stress has returned to my life in the form of grinding my teeth at night to the point where I can only eat soft foods because my jaw has revolted against me. YAY!
  • I have gained all of the weight I lost from being in the hospital, plus some, so even my lounging clothes I was wearing during my recovery.... don't fit. And I was so excited that my back fat.. yes that roll on the back with the stretch marks, was gone when I got home from the hospital but now it's back. Although my tummy is much more flat thanks to the baby head and it's slightly smaller friend being removed. (for those of you just tuning it... I had some non-cancerous tumors removed, one which was described as the size of a baby's head). All of the weight has landed on my hips, butt, thighs and GASP my back. My body REALLY wants to be a pear. Just looking at my mom proves it.
  • I am still tired all of the time, but I have also re-introduced walking into my schedule so hopefully that will help with both the energy and the tight fitting clothes. My work also just installed a gym and showers in the building, and I signed the little waiver so I'm hoping to do a little cardio before I leave each night.... we'll see how that goes.
  • on a more fun note.... My work has an annual pie contest around thanksgiving time and I've already started working on my entries. I recently made a peanut butter cup cream cheese pie, and got some excellent feedback from Py, J and their daughter Maya. A little more tweaking and I think I may finally say I can successfully bake a cheese cake... I mean a cream cheese pie. (the pie contest judges frown on cheesecakes being entered, so hopefully since I put mine in a pie tin with a full chocolate cookie crust, they won't bat an eye at it). My second entry will be something fruity.... although the chocolatey entries always win. I need more tasters who will give honest feedback.... volunteers?
Although it looks like a puddle of chocolate (what's wrong with that?), under the dark chocolate ganache, is a smooth and rich peanut butter cheese cake filling with chunks of peanut butter cup candies, on a crust of chocolate graham cracker crumbs and chopped peanuts.
Take 2 will have more candy chunks, a more stable crust, milk chocolate ganache and more garnish and flourish on top.
Thanks for the picture J!


Beenzzz said...

Hey Cherry,
I think the chocolate dessert looks heavenly. Can you mail that to me.

Also, I named you as a Rockin' Girl Blogger! Congratulations, you rock!

MrsGrumpy said...

Oh, I have been missing reading you...and those were not so very whiney...and you've been missed so much you can whine away as much as you like and I'll be glad to read it.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you're feeling better. I've been wondering. The pie looks delish and just reading the description has put pounds on me!

I can't decide if I have what it takes to do NaBloPoMo. I admire your resolve to try it.

ML said...

I want to be a taster...for ALLLLL your deserts. That peanut butter cup cream cheese pie looks heavenly!

Kim said...

YUUUUMMMMM, Can you please send pies to LA! I know I can not taste it, but I think you will win!
I hear ya with the stress! I grind my teeth too! Which leads to.....Jaw aches and headaches and the dentist does'nt care for it much either!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

The pie was tres yummy, but really for people with a sweeter tooth than I have. SOOO Yummy and rich. I'd prefer the fruit pie, I think. With ice cream. Please.

Karen MEG said...

That pie looks scrumptious. Glad to see you're back!

pykorry said...

That was one yummy pie Cherry!

Autumn's Mom said...

K, you I loves your deserts! mmmmm

Whine on with your bad self. I feel it too. Stupid back fat!

Gina said...

Oh, how I love ganache.

And, whine away, that is what a blog is for!

Love Bears All Things said...

I'd love to be a taster!
Mama Bear