Wednesday, May 31, 2006

so let's see. today, i went to work. then i went to the beach, where i dozed for about an hour. then i did 90 minutes of exercising with the colonel. it was an especially hard workout, or certainly seemed so. maybe it's 'cause my legs were already sore and we did lots of squats and stuff. class was funny. we had two photographers snapping pics. and seeing as how there were so many (15-20) of us, lots of people stopped by to watch and take pictures. i felt like i was in a zoo.

after class, i took a breather as i still had a half-hour left of paid parking. i was reading through women's health, trying to decide on something for dinner. then i saw a recipe for quinoa! i had heard of it before, but just tasted it monday when the lovely lady kathy at work gave me a sample of hers. it's really good for you, and the recipe looked good, so i took it as a sign.

then i went to whole foods to get the quinoa, lime, sweet potato, and beans. also, salad fixins for the torts - this time around, they get watercress and dandelion greens as a salad base.

then i went to balu's client's house since he's out of town and ran faucets and watered plants.

then i stopped by to feed the strays and a possum, apparently. the cats don't seem to be too scared of him, so whatever. i think someone else is feeding them, too - i saw some food stuff in dish i use for their water. they live at an enterprise car rental place / under the shed at a little motel. poor things.

when i came home, it was 10:30. i called kamille, then set about making dinner. tried to clean up while i was waiting for things to soften up. discovered that the compost, even though it's under the sink and behind a cupboard door, had attracted an entire swarm of fruit flies.

anyway, dinner turned out good. really good. the lime was key, amazingly. i think next time i'll make it with raisins, and more quinoa (i think that sweet potato must've been especially large).

now i'm cooking for myself. i guess i am growin' up a little. sunday i made myself eggs, toast, and coffee. usually it's just cereal or something with my dunkin donuts coffee. then i cleaned the house. then i went, "hey, wait a minute. i'm acting suspiciously like an adult here." whoops.

i always get these great magazines that have workout plans and recipes. i've decided that, once a week, i'm going to do one of each. i also want to get to sunday morning pi-yo at the gym.

but for now, i think i'll just sleep.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

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The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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