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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Working Mom Blues, Chanting Charts and Power Cookies







A single red rose sits in a cloudy glass vase on my desk as I wade through assorted papers. The papers know my name and they keep chanting it repeatedly in belligerent attempts for me to attend to them. "No!" I tell them. I must blog to keep my sanity. I smell the delicate rose, who is the only friendly object among all the hostile natives. I am aware that they are conspiring against her, but I promise her immunity if she will just live through my shift. The papers, well, sometimes you gotta rough em' up a bit to keep em' in line. Quite possibly a mile of cardiac rhythm strips look like a snake coiled up in the strike position. They seem to be the most threatening of the bunch. I threaten to spill my coffee on them. They hiss menacingly and hold their stance.
As you may gather, my paperwork is at a hostile stand off with me at this time. I am holding my own, but only because I have the perimeter of the desk secured. My only back up is the rose, who I might add, quite frankly doesn't have the ba... um fortitude to back me up. She does smell good though, and I suppose she is keeping my spirits up some.
Today is kind of day 11 of my sugar fast. I did take the weekend off for my Woohoo Chick Extravaganza. Mist shared a fun "Power Protein Cookie" Recipe with me, which I have modified. It is keeping up my strength along with some strong coffee as I continue my paperwork standoff. Here's the modified recipe :

Hope For The Best (Modified Mist's) Power Protein Cookies
1 cup natural unsweetened peanut butter
1 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granola (home made is best!)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup raisins
1 dump flax
1 dump cracked wheat
whatever else you want (knock yourself out)!

mix together and form into balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and press into flat cookie like structures. Refrigerate. A great, fast "to go" snack whether you are hiking up and down mountains all day (or in hand to hand combat with cardiac rhythm strips).

Speaking of hiking up mountains, these photos are from my boys hunting trip the other day. My son, "Art Dog" is standing in a fresh place elk have bedded down in, hence the grin. Despite their many close calls, in the end, the elk eluded them.

6 comments:

baili said...

Hello , you write so beautiful ,I think that rose does the same for you what baili does for me, Baili is my only friend which keeps my soul alive when my body fights against the storm of work.Pictures on ur blog are really so amazing and your little angles are very lovely too.
I'll try the recipe.Thanx for droping by take care

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What great pictures!!! Hope your sugar fast continues to go well!

"Indescribable" said...

WOW on many levels!
Snow pictures!
Sugar Fast!
Recipe Sharing
and
Friendly Rose!

You are an amazing women!

Heather said...

I love how your recipe says "1 dump flax." Only you, outdoor mom! :)

Miss ya.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Wonderful photos. I'm sure your sons had a great time. I admire you for staying on your sugar fast too. Sorry the paperwork is attacking. It does that, doesn't it?
Blessings,
Marcia

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi. Thanks for the wonderful photographs - I really enjoyed them.

And well done on your sugar fast.

Hope you got the better of your paperwork!

Best wishes,
Bearfriend xx