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Week in Review: In Five Parts, with Digressions

We went from highs close to 70 on Monday to a snow storm and high around 30 on Thursday.


I’ve been very thankful for the wool coat I got in college that comes almost to my ankles. Somehow Mad Bad Mommy Bommy managed to get it into my wsuitcase to fly home with me after Christmas. The lady’s talented. (Former Girl Scout.)

Speaking of which…all the Girl Scouts are out right now selling their cookies. Can gluten-free thin mints be a thing, please? Oh, and those caramel-coconut-chocolate ones. And the peanut butter…I’ll stop now.

I did a lot of work this week, but also got some relaxing time in too. Here’s my Week in Review. This one totally bounces all over the map with lots of digressions–so I split it into five parts to make it a little easier to read.


Work (the exciting stuff)

During the first part of the week, I worked on a significant revision of an essay for my thesis. (The essay I talked about in this post.) It’s angry and sarcastic and polemic, very much the opposite of my “usual” style. I like it.

I graded a lot. Not as much as some weeks, but…a lot.

Rhetorical analysis. It’s exciting stuff, man.


Food & fitness lately

In fitness news, I tried the Monday afternoon strength and core class. I don’t know. It’s tough. (And more importantly, I sometimes think the instructor doesn’t do a super-amazing job instructing participants on good form. Pet peeve of mine.) But anyway…also got in my usual two tough spin workouts.

And I went to swing dance this week on Wednesday night, too, which was fun but unusually dead. There was almost no one left after about 9:30. Either they all went to party, or they all went to study. Or both.

In foodie news, I tried some new breakfasts this week, including some Polyglot Jot roasted potatoes alongside these Sweet & Strong Denver egg cups (sans ham.)

They both turned out awesome. I’m not a big fan of dill, but it worked really well with these potatoes.

Inspired by Fit Foodie Finds’ annual Oatmeal Week, I tried some carrot cake overnight oats.Here’s the thing about me and overnight oats. I like them in the sense that they have a really thick texture, different than stove top oats. And that you do all the measuring and mixing the night before. But I just don’t like cold oatmeal.

So I make my overnight oats and…microwave it? Is that weird?

Oo! And (FODMAPers take note!) I found a new kind of lactose-free yogurt.

I hadn’t had Yoplait in a long time. So tangy!


On the H-Cat

I posted a couple of times to the blog this week. One was the second in a series of posts about the early, weight-gain stage of recovery from a restrictive eating disorder, with this particular post focusing on the need for someone recovering from one of these disorders to replace “healthy” diet foods with real food–including many foods that are demonized by our culture. I’ve revised it lightly since first posting to clarify what I meant.

I also posted a bit of a rant about combining elimination diets–something I’ve encountered since entering the low-FODMAP world. To paraphrase the post, I think combining elimination diets is S-T-U-P-I-D stupid.

In the words of OutKast: I’m just bein’ honest widja.


Funny story

Thursday night I went to a poetry reading sponsored by the English department. There was a potluck beforehand for graduate students in creative writing, at which I sat with someone I didn’t know. We were all chatting, and at one point I asked the guy what year he was at CSU. He was like, “Oh, I’m older. Graduated a while ago.”

I didn’t think anything of it. But of course, he was our special guest of honor: the visiting poet giving the reading.

Oops. I’m suave.


Planning future dates

The highlight of my week was going to spend the weekend with my Fuzzy Face. He just moved into a new apartment in a nearby community, on the edge of town right by the mountains. So beautiful!

We hung out, ate good food, worked on my homework/his taxes, and explored around downtown Longmont, the town he now calls home.

We were planning possible dates. There’s a dinner theater (date!), several bookstores and a library (date!), a ceramics shop (date!), mountains to explore (date!), and an all gluten-free cafe. Heck, yeah!Saturday night, we also watched the last episode in Season 3 of Next Generation. Trekkies will know that episode…gaaaawwwww! Such suspense.

Okay, some suspense. I remember it somehow gets resolved from when I watched Star Trek as a little kid…but how? No memory.


Do you like cold oats? Or do you have to have ’em hot like me? (Like my oats, I mean, not like…never mind.)

Any hot dates you’ve been meaning to go on for a while with your sweetie (or friend, parent, sibling, etc.) but haven’t gotten around to?

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  1. Cora says:

    Overnight oats – similar feels. I actually really don’t like them when they are made with mostly yogurt, or chia seeds. Too gummy. In this case I would prefer them warmed up, like you. But in general I like mine more like a muesli with extra milk, and then I like them cold. Picky, picky, eh!?
    I’m excited your sweetie has moved close by (ish?)!! Sounds like the little town has many places for you both to explore as dates. Dan and I checked off a bucket list date last week when we finally went to an Opera. I’d like to check off some real beautiful hiking though. Maybe this summer. Congrats on the essay/thesis writing!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oo the opera sounds awesome! It’s always nice to have something to look forward to doing, as well.

  2. Crap, you just reminded me I need to do my taxes. Hmm, maybe next week. You more than made up for it by quoting Outkast though. Also I laughed at your funny story. It sounds like something I would do too. Ha!

    Cold oatmeal does not sound even a tiny bit appealing to me. I don’t even like the idea of it being too thick. Of course, too thin is no good either. It needs that perfect just in the middle texture which is why I tend to make it fresh on the stove every day.

    Mmmm potatoes.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up!!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh, sorry. Yeah I need to do my taxes too. πŸ˜›

  3. Evangeline says:

    This post made me chuckle, which is something I needed to do today. Thank you. I like my oats hot…like you πŸ˜‰ I’ve actually been stuck on a hot oatmeal kick for while know. Oats, bananas, almond butter, and cinnamon. It’s so comforting. Happy Monday, Joyce!

    1. Joyce says:

      Yum!–that sounds like an amazing combo! Happy Monday to you too. πŸ™‚

  4. Quill says:

    Something I’ve noticed about your blog – you first referred to a certain person as “Sweetie” or “Sweetheart,” now you’re going with “Fuzzface” (maybe you should tell the story of how, thanks to you, he wound up as such, as either you or he told me at his birthday party) but I don’t think you’ve ever said his name in this blog. Nice that you get to see him fairy often, which wouldn’t have been the case for many of the jobs he looked at. As for good dates, there are any number of good things, but one thing I found to be great fun was miniature golf. I did that with my then-girlfriend a few months ago, it had been her idea, she’d been suggesting it ever since we started dating. I wasn’t too excited about the idea, as I’ve never found it to be particularly exciting, and I totally and completely suck at it. Eventually I went along with it, and indeed I did totally suck at it, as did she – but that was what made it so fun. The worse we did, the funnier it was, and when you’re with someone you feel that way around making utter fools of yourselves and laughing about it is the most fun you could ever have.

    1. Joyce says:

      Yeah–my boyfriend has asked that I not share his name on the blog. Your story about your mini-golf date is really cute!

  5. I can’t even handle the thought of cold oatmeal. Yuck! Mine has to be hot and just the right texture/consistency or I can’t eat it.

    Our favorite dates are usually movies… always movies and drinks and/or dinner. Sometimes we’ll do a day date and just wander around looking for antique stores and things like that.

    1. Joyce says:

      Lol. There seems to be a trend on the people not being into cold oats.

  6. My first thought upon looking at your post: I want those oats! They look amazing. Reading on: oh, overnight oats? Not my preference. I wonder if they could be heated up – and then noticed you said the same thing :D. So to answer your question: always hot oats for me. In fact, I’m about to have some in a few minutes.
    The date ideas you and your boy had while wandering around town make us sound even more similar. Book stores, libraries, cute cafΓ©s, hikes – a guy enjoying these kind of things would be my dream.
    Regarding your funny encounter: when you look at it differently it’s actually pretty awesome. Not only did you get to know the poet a little better but complimented him assuming he was a lot younger.

    1. Joyce says:

      I hope you enjoyed your oats! Thanks for the encouraging words. If I had known he was the visiting poet, I probably would have been all awkward and weird. πŸ˜‰

  7. Sarah says:

    Gluten Free Thin Mints…. yes please!!!
    That and I’m right there with you on the cold oatmeal, in a way the temperature almost ruins the texture for me.

    1. Joyce says:

      Man, I miss those things!

  8. So glad you enjoyed the potatoes! πŸ˜€ I don’t LOVE cold oats but if I don’t have a lot of time, I like to have overnight oats which I can throw together the night before. I’d definitely prefer them hot!

    1. Joyce says:

      I’m glad someone stood up for cold oats! They seem to be getting a bad rap among this crowd. The potatoes are awesome. πŸ˜‰

  9. Alyssa says:

    I like hot or cold oats, but I always lean towards hot I feel like!
    I want to take myself on a date to get a smoothie or coffee! Or go with my mama πŸ™‚

    1. Joyce says:

      The best thing about self dates is that you can do whatever you want. πŸ™‚

  10. Kaylee says:

    LOVE those carrot cake type oats especially with those raisins thrown into the mix. Super underrated IMO. If it’s overnight oats with yogurt and such then cold but all else hot. But I think if I had to deal with that cold weather, I would much rather have them warm too!

    I’ve got a date with my aunt & the Top Chef finale, my mama & some yoga, and myself and all the cleaning!!!

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