Friday, January 28, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Its my mom’s birthday - we call her Marmee. We named her that when our first baby was born because she’s too extraordinary for a generic grandparent name. So we named her after the matriarch of “Little Women” (since she's been a city librarian & an elementary librarian before full-time grandparenthood). Today is Marmee’s birthday & here’s a few reasons of why she’s so extraordinary!
1. She never called me by my name.
She always called me Lizzy Lou (My middle name is Elizabeth).
2. She taught me that thank you notes always come a week after receiving.
I am not sure she consulted Peggy Post on this but she taught the act of appreciating those who were thinking of us, handing over stationary & encouraging the flow of thoughtful words! Secretly, she was training a writer...
3. She never let me date a senior when I was a freshman.
I didn’t get it at the time. But I also didn’t really throw a fit about it.
Now, I get it!
4. She never judged me for my homebody ways.
I had a hard time at sleep overs. She kept letting me try.
It never was successful. She understood & comforted me. Never made me feel bad about it & helped me to know it was ok.
And then when I was ready (junior high), she let me go.
5. She let me sleep with my brand new shoes.
I cant believe she didn’t call for some psychiatric evaluation after having her elementary child ask, “Can I sleep with my new shoes?” just so I could sniff that new leather!
My mom didn’t have a lot growing up, so I think she appreciated my LOVE of a “thing.” Cuz that love only grew and...
It’s a bummer that our mutual size was but a quick blink in the 5th grade and then I surpassed her by 2 1/2 sizes....
6. She taught me harmony.
When we would sing happy birthday to a family member, she took the high harmony and would lean her head in like we were a barber shop quartet.
7. She’s a teeny toothpick.
She let me show off my strength by letting me pick her up and carry her around the house. Or did she just enjoy playing Cleopatra?
8. She thinks I’m funny.
She encourages me, she always laughs when no one else does. Its probably not funny, ya ok, its not. But for a moment she laughs like I am Gilda Radner!
9. She does crafts.
My mom is very artistic, but she’s not “crafty”. She knits & sews and is artsy, but... gluing this to that with instructions isn’t her forte but she still does it each year. Why? Because I print out the instructions & give them to her when she spends time with the girls. And she does them & they turn out cute!!! The turkey place cards & the turkey T-shirts were super cute!! But I will start to cut her some slack from here on out...
10. I appreciate that every year that I complained about my birthday being on New Year’s Day, she offered (every year) for me to change my birthday to whenever I would like to celebrate it.
I never took her up on it, but the offer was always there....
Thank you, Mom, for successfully frightening away every boy I ever dated, using walks as talk time & saving the milkshakes for the major talks! (smile) Thank you for being there for each girls birth & that transitional 1st week, always waking up with me during feedings & handling some of the messiest jobs. Thank you for giving each girl their first bath (because I thought they were too fragile). Thank you for doing the twice a year major change of closet season changes with me (all day affairs) but most of all, thank you most of all for being our biggest cheerleader!!
Happy Birthday & may this be a wonderful 65th year!
Love you, Lizzy Lou
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
1. The girls & I are going egg, dairy & GF for 3 weeks because we all took food tests & we all tested intolerant for eggs & dairy, on the border for gluten (Ellie a little more on the GF than the rest of us but understanding that gluten butts heads with autoimmune & inflammation, decided to eliminate for all of us). Charlotte will be off the drugs in a year & 1/2 & I would like to retrain her body & help her immune system know what's right & wrong & it can't do that if the gut is inflamed.
1. Thai Chicken
2. Spaghetti Al Limone
4. Turkey Meatloaf
5. Chicken & Artichoke Cacciatore
3. Whilst I am sure my family will thank me someday in a major speech they will give in their life (hopefully one that includes a microphone & a camera is rolling so I can watch it over & over), right now I get lots of grumbles. Lots of grumbles. Almost at every meal. Almost. Maybe I need to make more sweets :)
Its hard to find some straight forward information about the protein molecules in gluten (wheat, rye, spelt) in simplistic terms or pictures (yes, give me a picture book) and why it fights with so many people. There's a reason that nutritionists talk about going GF for autoimmune diseases, I just need to find that info...
Here’s what I have found.
From Health & Recovery: If you look at the gluten molecule from a biochemistry standpoint what you see is that the gluten molecule is very similar to the cartilage in joints. So, if someone has an auto-immune problem they could be making it worse by eating gluten. The body is attacking the gluten but then attacking itself too. The biochemistry pathways for anti-inflammation are used when the diet is high in alkaline producing foods such as fruits, vegetables and omega 3′s (fish oils) and the pathways for inflammation are used by the body when the diet is high in processed foods and grains, especially gluten.
Hmmm.... Wow. Where's that picture book again? :) ha ha! Will continue the research & if you have any info to pass along, I would greatly appreciate it!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
We are looking for foods rich in Omega 3 oils, anti-oxidant rich fruits & veggies (think colors blue & red along with pineapple!), utilizing spices with anti-inflammatory qualities like tumeric, ginger, garlic & curry, and healthy fats such as avacados, nuts & olive oil.
This week we are going to try a chicken casserole dish that looks like you could prep it in the AM & pop in the oven at night! It comes from the book: The Anti-Inflammation Diet & Recipe Book by N.D. Jessica K. Black Dr. Black is a local, practicing medicine in the Portland, OR area.