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Sugar Free Day 4 – Revenge

Sugar has gone out of it’s way to emphasize that it is the devil.  I woke up with a pounding headache this morning, which sometimes happens (sinus headaches uhhhhh), but the pounding was in a different location than the sinus ones.  And my neck hurt.  And light hurt.

I lay there and slowly tried to figure out if I should panic about a possible migraine, or whether I had contracted West Nile and was going to spend the next two weeks in the hospital isolation unit.

Then I remembered, this is day 4 of being sugar free.  The day when most people on “cleanses” or diet changes experience the greatest kickback from their bodies.

I’m suffering from sugar withdrawal.  Boo on you sugar, boo on you.

Excedrin is a healing gift from God, because I’m almost functional after being awake for 4 hours and medicated for 3.

Beware of sugar!

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Sugar Free Day 1 y Mas

This will be my second serious attempt at being sugar-free.  I was last year for about six weeks, and then Halloween happened.  Candy Corn is my crack.  And chocolate.  And caramel.  And ice cream.  And pretty much anything sweet.

I’m trying this in a “oh look, I’m not trying super hard” kind of way because I want to have this be a lifestyle thing, not a crazy goal that I achieve once and then talk about the rest of my life.  I have to re-set my tastebuds for my health’s sake.

Today of sugar free has gone ok, except for I’m either hungry or my stomach is upset, it’s hard to tell right now which it is.  Going to have to wait and see what the answer is there.

I fasted last Monday, in an attempt to focus my prayers about some specific things.  I’m considering making that a weekly practice, I need clarity and answers to some big questions in my life.  I’m meditating on Matthew 7:7 right now.

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

It’s in a passage where Christ is telling us to trust Him (initial typo said Jim) for provision and that He wants good things for us.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11)

This is one of the most comforting passages for me when I’m having anxiety about where my life is.  When I was single, it gave me peace about my dating (non) situation.  When I was burned out on my job, it gave me peace about that.  When I was unemployed for forever, it gave peace. My earthly Father is awesome, and to think that my heavenly Father wanted more for me than he does overwhelms me.

After this reassurance, Christ closes with

“Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them- this is the Law and the Prophets.”

So pass on the kindness you want from others.  Pass on the wealth you want to acquire.  Share the love you want.  Share the acceptance you want.  Share the understanding you want.  Share the listening ear you want.  This is the summary of all of the Law and all of the Prophets.

4.61 pounds of Yarn En Route

So there was a terrible accident on the yarn website (elann if you must know), and this happened :

Shameful Yarn 1

“Christmas” yarn

As well as this:

Rest of Order

Kind of “Christmas”

This brings the recent yarn expenditures well over $200, and probably closing in on $300.  The best local yarn shoppe ever had a moving sale as they moved to an expanded space, and between what I got for myself and what I got for my mother-in-law’s Christmas present, my total was already a little high.

While working on R’s present, it occurred to me that I needed to start figuring out the rest of the Christmas knitting.  So that end, I ordered almost five pounds of yarn.

Except the first two items on the invoice are for me, for Maine summers, when we go up.  They’ll probably end up in use in the early spring here, but Dallas just barely out of winter is very similar to Maine at the height of summer.

The Baby Lace Merino, however, is for Christmas presents!  It will make some lovely lacy socks for my grandmas.  Or gloves.  My deep love of yarn, fabric, beads, butter and sugar all stems from the POSSIBILITIES!  Anything is POSSIBLE!

All I have to say about the Soleil shell stuff is they were practically giving the yarn away.

Finally, the Peruvian Baby Cashmere is the bulk of Christmas.  There are 15 balls of the stuff coming, which I’m hoping to turn into three pairs of the softest and warmest socks imaginable for my Dad, father-in-law and Granddaddy.

Ravelry is my crack.

English Luxury Clotted Cream

One of my favorite grocery stores is on the right hand side on my drive home every day.  The result of this happy accident is that almost every day (not exaggerating) I pop in and buy some ingredients for dinner.

I have yet to become one of those meal-planning people.  Right now I use my Friday afternoons to drive to the Local Yocal to buy some of the grassfed/pastured meat that they raise and sell and then spend the next week figuring out the best way to use it.  The challenge makes it fun, dinner as performance art.

The other side effect of the stopping every night, however, is that I end up with things like this:

English Luxury Clotted Cream

I’m not quite sure what to do with this, the back suggests using with scones.  Scones are not a favorite of mine, but I do have a lovely buckwheat cake that might play well with it.

I am trying to curb my impulse buys, but who can turn down packaging like that?  It’s English AND Luxury, wrapped in something out of a Wodehouse novel.

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