1. I finished the back of G'Day yesterday. I told you it was a fast knit! I am quite charmed by this pattern by Nora Gaughan.
Because this yarn has a halo, photos of it look a bit washed out. The colors are actually a touch more vibrant in real life. My knitting time is set to take quite a nose dive soon, so who knows when, even though it's a fast knit, I will finish this thing. Work has picked up exponentially, so I also have to keep in mind taking care of my forearms, wrists and elbows.
2. While I was blithely knitting along and/or when I was at the gym yesterday, someone had somehow stolen my credit card number and was buying things. Chase VISA did not fool around, though, and within a very short time, they called me to ask if those charges were mine. It was really only one charge, because the subsequent charges, for tiny amounts, were denied and the card was put on hold. The online charge was for $420, though. It must have been the teeny charges ($2.95 at a child care center and $1.00 at a drugstore) that were the red flags. Then again, without the actual physical card in hand, I don't know how those charges could be made. ... Hm... the mysteries and annoyances of modern living. But thank goodness for alert fraud detection divisions.
3. I defrosted a gigantic turkey over the weekend and roasted it yesterday, because it had been in my freezer for a while and I didn't want to see it go to waste due to freezer burn. But then once I roasted it, David and I looked at the monster in our roasting pan with some degree of mirth. That is one hell of a lot of meat for two people to eat. I offloaded some to my mother, and cut up and froze more of the cooked meat, and made turkey stock with the carcass. Perhaps I will not buy any more gigantic organic turkeys at local farms, and will keep it to smaller birds instead. Except at Thanksgiving, that is. It was very delicious, though.
4. I'm making a concerted effort to eat up all the vegetables and berries that I froze from last year's garden, before this year's gardening season begins. I've still got TONS of them (or so it seems). While not quite as desirable as fresh and raw, I'm going to start using many more of the frozen veggies in my green drinks. I'm so glad I discovered unblanched freezing last year. The unblanched frozen veggies are much better to handle, taste much closer to fresh, and look one hell of a lot better. All except zucchini and summer squash. They are rubbery and unpleasant either way. In the future, I will only freeze SHREDDED (unblanched) zucchini, which I have done successfully in the past. That is really good for baked goods such as zucchini bread, muffins, and cake, but I almost never bake anymore. However, I can envision it being good in many other things like meatloaf, quiche, chili, omelets and spaghetti sauce, too.
5. On the reintroduction phase following the elimination diet/cleanse, I have learned that dairy foods are a big no-no for me. I MISS MY HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURTTTTTTTTTT *whine*!!!!
Peanuts and soy, too. The peanuts I had a suspicion about, but this confirms the suspicion. I had absolutely no idea about the soy previously, but it is bad. WAHHHHH to both.
Red meat, pork, white potatoes, green peppers are no problem in terms of allergies or intolerances (yay!). Eggs and tomatoes also have a green light.
Wheat is problematic, as I already knew, but I can tolerate some. I'll try to restrict it to once or twice a week, and whole grain as often as possible.
And here is the next thing I had absolutely no idea about before: Alcohol. I have a pretty serious intolerance to alcohol that I was heretofore unaware of. Crap. Not that I'm a big drinker, but this explains a lot.
We often eat or drink so many things at once that we don't know what is actually causing us problems, or even that/if foods are causing us problems. Many of us just think we feel crappy, or we're bloated for no explainable reason, or we get headaches for no explainable reason. The beauty of the elimination diet, and methodically adding in one thing at a time, is that you can almost immediately identify what the exact things are that are problems for you.
I am so glad I've done (and continue to do) this. It helps to be aware, and I feel so much better.
6. Happy Valentine's Day to all my loves.