Fun Monday


Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by Rayne.  Here is her challenge:
Almost everyone I know keeps things that others would consider junk.  Twist ties, used wrapping paper, etc.  What thing or things do you hang on to, and why?
We had done one similar challenge before but I decided to add something that I am keeping forever.  It is not junk, and they are not the cutest things around,  they are shoes that I bought in 1996 and I love them to death.  I wear them like once a year, but I still keep them.

head over to Rayne and see what junk stuff people are holding on to.  Have a happy Monday


Ever since I went back to work from my four months maternity leave, I have been wanting to quit and stay at home with Henry, but this was going to be a tough decision mostly because I am the one who carries the Health insurance for the family, since Sila is self-employed.  So I went back, I had health insurance premium debts to pay (for the time I was on leave), finished paying that and it was really time to make a decision.  I had found an affordable health insurance through the military for us and was going to quit.  Then one of my workmates suggested to me to request part time status.  I had tried that before with Rehema and it did not work.  So, I put in a request for part time and it was accepted and now I stay at home with Henry on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It sure does make my week go so much faster.  I praise God for this opportunity and I feel like I do have the best of both worlds.

Date & Honey loaf – WWWEW

It is actually Craisins & Honey loaf,  I have no dates in my pantry, and the bread tasted so good, you do not need any kind of spread on it. I got this easy, simple recipe from this book called “Greatest Ever Baking” and the recipes are delicious.
This makes one loaf, but I double the recipe.
1 tbsp butter for greasing the loaf pan
13/4 white bread flour (I use all purpose flour)
1/2 cup brown bread flour (I use whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope active dry yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
3 tbsp sunflower oil (I use canola oil)
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates (I use dried craisins)
2 tbsp sesame seeds

Grease a loaf pan with the butter
Strain? both types of flour into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the salt and dry yeast. Pour in the lukewarm water, sunflower oil, and honey. Bring together to form a dough.
Place the dough on a lightly floured counter and knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Knead the dates (craisins) and sesame seeds. Shape the dough and place in the pan.
Cover and stand in a warm place for a further 30 minutes, or until springy to touch
Bake in a preheated oven, 425 degrees F/220 degrees C. When the loaf is cooked, it should sound hollow when tapped.
Let it cool completely.
Serve cut into thick slices 🙂

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
Today I am participating in Tackle it Tuesday because I have a lot of stuff to get done, today is my first day at home (more about that in another blog post).  I will strike through as I get done 🙂

1. Go to the gym
2. Do 2 loads of laundry
3. Bake bread for the week (will share the recipe tomorrow)
4. Go to the post office (did not complete this because I wanted to go after I got the crib, and it was kinda tricky driving with a crib in the car, will do it tomorrow morning)
5. Return an item to the store (wrong gender)
6. Get a crib for Henry
7. Heng out with Henry

I totally forgot that I had agreed to attend a meeting at the office via the phone and so they called me, so I had to sit for one hour to attend the meeting.  I was feeding Henry his veggies as I listened and he was wondering where the person talking was and kept on staring at the phone.  I feel good about what I accomplished today.

Hope you are having a good Tuesday!

Love is in the air…

This week’s Fun Monday is hosted by Woodlandmama.  Here is her challenge:

Write the beginning of an unusual love story (not a real one). I only want the first paragraph. You can add an illustration or a picture to spice it up if you are really daring.

The Daddy’s spokesman asked the contigent: “What have you come to do here?”
The Man’s spokesman answered: “we have come to get the girl.”
Daddy’s spokesman: “Who is the girl you have come to get?”
Man’s spokesman: “That girl” (pointing at this particular girl)
Daddy’s spokesman to the girl: “Do you know this man?”
Girl: “Yes”
Daddy’s spokesman: “What have you come with?”

Visit Woodlandmama to read the other love stories…I bet there is a lot of love in the air.
Psst…my story happens to be true 🙂

Getting with the program

Getting with the program…I decided to get with the program and designed a simple running program for myself. Now that I know I can run the 5K, I want to start working on my speed. My next 5K is mid October, but I have a 2 mile run on 4th October, which is a timed run and part of my life (money) depends on passing this run, plus the 42 sit ups and the 13 real push ups.

Mondays – 5k at regular speed (10 minutes per mile)

Wednesdays – Long run – 4 miles at less than regular speed (11-12 minutes per mile)

Fridays – Speed workouts, warm up, 2 minutes at 9 minutes a mile, 1 minute at jogging speed x9 (total 27 minutes), cool down

The other three days are for cross training.

Feel free to give me suggestions if you have any, my goal really is to run 9 minutes mile by the next 5K. For the 2 mile run, for my age, I have to do it in 21 minutes 42 seconds, which gives me plenty of time (the young guys always make fun of us that they can walk and still make it in that time), but I really really would love to run it in 18 minutes or less.