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Instant Pot

For the last 8 plus months, I have been living on a very limited diet of mostly soft foods - cottage cheese, yogurt, tuna - which are low calorie and high protein. They are also processed up the wazoo, but I've come to the hard realization that I still need to have the food I eat be very tender, otherwise the pain is pretty awful. To that end, I bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker when it was on sale by Amazon.

Today I made the best pintos with ham hocks evah for lunch and an acorn squash for dinner in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. Tomorrow morning, pumpkin spice steel cut oats. I can tell this is going to be the tool I need to feed Pissy Baby. I can turn out healthy meals quickly that nourish both body and soul and are a change of pace from my usual.

As long as I continue to journal Every. Single. Damn. Bite I eat, I should be able to continue losing weight and do it without the soul numbing oneness that has been my lot.


I wish I'd remembered I'd had this journal 8 months ago when I went to Juarez for vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Ah, well, better late than never.

Since then My BMI has dropped from 55 to 35 in the last 8 months. I'd like to get it in the mid "overweight" range, i.e. about 170 lbs., but as for now I've lost about 65% of my excess weight. Yes, I'm feeling lots better (if cold much of the time).

My BIL asked when I was planning on going back to eating normally. This took me aback. Short term, I'm planning on having a desserts day (and only desserts as there is so little room in my tum) on the upcoming holidays). At some time in the future I will need to add calories to stabilize my weight.

But truthfully, I know I must maintain what must seem like a very abnormal diet to many, high in low fat protein and all foods in small amounts -- no more than 3 to 4 oz. a meal -- to keep Pissy Baby from stretching and maintain a good restriction.

I miss eating sometimes. Occasionally one needs a Jethro bowl of Cocoa Krispies.


Dimo arrived in today's mail and he is particularly fetching, posed on a fluffy matt wearing naught but his hat and a come hither smile. With verrrra little left to the imagination. He will find a home in my chambre.

And I can't stop giggling!

Accept it as a compliment & move on

Still giggling over Phil calling me his booth bunny last weekend! Hey,I'll take it!

Pacific Rim

The giant mecha in this movie are called Jaegers!  Not that it's a movie I want to see, but ... giant mecha JAEGERS might make me think twice about it.

Shuttle Endeavor

9/20/12; 7:20 a.m.  Saw the space shuttle Endeavor fly over.  Amazing.

Writer's Block: Love Me Tender

Are you lonesome tonight?
What is your favorite Elvis Presley song?

Sewing Room

Almost a year ago I was in in Ikea's buying shelving units for my new apartment.  Today I once again returned to Ikea and bought some cheap, ugly metal shelves & installed them behind & above my sewing desk, basically making the mother of all hutches.  The top shelf is too high for use, but will be a good place to hide  little used crafting materials in decorative boxes.  The other two shelves will be dedicated to notions, boxes of thread, corset fixin's, etc.  Since it's way top heavy, I need to get some shims to put under the front of the L-shaped legs so the weight leans into the wall.  Together with the desk in front of it, it should be fairly secure.  There's hardly any wall space for art, but Lordy, I have storage.

I'm so happy in my little apartment.

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

Love Actually
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Writer's Block: It’s about to get hairy

Do you like beards, goatees or mustaches? Why or why not?
Kissing a man without a moustache is like eating an egg without salt.