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Monday, December 5, 2022

Outtakes, Invisalign, and Salmon

I'm trying to get back into regular blogging.  I guess with the kids not being around it feels like nothing exciting is going on here - which is probably a good thing because I do like things calm and quiet. But calm and quiet doesn't necessarily make for entertaining blog reading.

Last weekend, before the kids headed back to school, we headed to Old Salem to attempt to get a decent picture for the Christmas card.  We took my brother along and he used my DSLR to take some pictures.  It was windy and very sunny which meant there were a lot of pictures that looked like this:

And these are just a few of the outtakes!  The shadows, the blowing hair, the weird facial expressions! I am laughing so hard at these right now.  But, believe it or not, we got a couple of decent ones for the card.  

Look at my cute mug!  I absolutely love Peppermint Mocha and found some Starbucks K-Cups that are peppermint mocha flavored.  They are very good and actually taste very similar to a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks - but much less expensive and contain way less calories and fat.  That's a win-win in my book!

I got Invisalign  last week.  As you can see in the photo above, my top teeth no longer touch on my bottom teeth and it is making biting into things extremely difficult.  I struggle to eat sandwiches, burgers, or anything with more than one soft layer of something to bite into. It has gotten exceedingly worse in the last few years so I decided to bit the bullet (ha!) and do something about it.  

The first week of wearing them hasn't been the worst but it is going to be a learning curve for sure.  I have a bad habit of forgetting to put them back in after I eat. I'm supposed to wear them 20-22 hours per day and that's doable...unless I forget to put them back in.  And then there's the hassle of having to brush my teeth before I put them back in.  And the added bonus that I'm paranoid about getting cavities  so now I'm brushing after every meal/snack/drink and  flossing after every meal and snack so that's fun (and time consuming).  I'm hoping it's all worth it in the end.

This is a picture of my new favorite lunch meal:  

I coat a frozen salmon filet with Tajin on both sides and toss it in the air fryer on 400 for 10 minutes (or until the salmon reaches 145 degrees in the thickest part) and then throw that salmon on top of some rice (or if I'm being really healthy cauliflower rice) and some steamed veggies.  And than I drizzle it with sriracha sauce and Kewpie mayo and it's delicious!

So, tell please share with me your healthy but delicious lunch ideas. I'm always on the lookout for something flavorful and filling so do share.


Gigi said...

If we were having a vote, I would totally vote for that first picture for the Christmas card. Imagine opening a VERY FESTIVE card and seeing that picture. I would die laughing.

Losing the blogging mojo after the kids depart is a real thing. Why do you think mine is so erratic? But the moments are there - we just need to be looking for them (the mis-directed packages...I almost missed that one).

Anonymous said...

Those outtakes are hilarious! You totally should use one a your holiday card- everyone could use a laugh. My favourite lunch is a massive salad. It’s pretty quick to make- I used mixed greens and add some cucumber, peppers, green onions etc. I add a hard boiled egg, 1/2 avocado and some feta, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds & walnuts (I keep everything together in the fridge) and a little olive oil & balsamic. So yummy- and I get my entire days veggies in one sitting.

Billie Jo said...

OMG! I adore you, my friend! I love the outtakes! And I am sure you got a good one for your card. Keep blogging! I love reading about ordinary days. And you look beautiful!

Colleen said...

That lunch looks delish! Fingers crossed that I get an airfryer for Christmas!

Madeline said...

Oh I love the outtakes! I too like hearing about your ordinary days and I hope your Invasline works well for you!!

Mari said...

The outtakes are so good! I think we all know how hard it is to get family pictures. :)
I love peppermint mocha and will have to look for those k-cups.
I hope the invasaline works!

Anonymous said...

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Busy Bee Suz said...

So funny about the outtakes. Glad you managed to get a few good ones; it's not so easy with FOUR faces and wind.
Congratulation on the Peppermint Mocha finds.

I think you mean you wear the Invisalign 22 hours a day, right? My biggest issue with wearing them was NOT being able to chew gum!! You will gett through it, and you'll be happy you did it.

Suburban Correspondent said...

Someone should just put all the outtakes on their Christmas card and make everyone else feel better, that's what I think!

And I started Invisalign in February - there is a steep learning curve and I do feel as if I live at the bathroom sink now! The only time I hate it is when I'm camping - the last thing I want to do is spend all that extra time in a campground bathroom.