Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Monday Arrived a Day Late

11:16 p.m.
Toss and turn, fail to fall asleep.

12:16 a.m.
Worry about whether I should eliminate canola oil and any and all margarine and shortening from our diets, and if making a spread from raw butter, olive oil and flax seed oil would be better. We don’t use much shortening, but we do use margarine sometimes.

12:37 a.m.
Wonder where the hell to find raw butter. Is the Challenge brand of butter raw?

1:07 a.m.
Wrestle with the deeply-ingrained idea that saturated fat is evil. Turns out, it may not be!

1:12 a.m.
Think of contacting a professor in work department who has some research on polyunsaturated fats.

1:17 a.m.
Feel shitty that the cookbook I worked on advocates canola oil. Feel a bit like an asshole. Think of implications of working in the nutrition field for the first time.

1:20 a.m.
Wonder how A. will react to this dietary change. He may like it. It is incorporating more butter, after all!

1:25 a.m.
Realize I don’t have to feel as guilty about making shortbread cookies with all that butter. Wonder if they would be good with whole-wheat flour.

1:35 a.m.
Finally drift off to a fitful sleep full of nightmares, dammit

2:48 a.m.
Get up and go to the bathroom

3:38 a.m.
Wake up, certain that my alarm is going to go off in the next five minutes. Wait.

3:45 a.m.
Realize that it is not 6:30 a.m. Look at watch and swear out loud when I see what time it really is

5:07 a.m.
Buster whines at me a while, then jumps up on the bed

6:30 a.m.
The alarm finally goes off. I had been asleep for over an hour.

6:30 a.m. – 7:10 a.m.
Am grumpy

7:20 a.m.
Much more alert after a warm shower. Notice, for the first time, that there are two piles of doggie puke in the bedroom

7:23 a.m.
Finish scrubbing up puke, blotting up cleaner

7:24 a.m.
Have a gagging spell

7:30 a.m.
Eat Overnight Oatmeal. The memory of doggie puke and the sticky consistency of the oatmeal result in another gagging spell.

7:33 a.m.
Give up. Toss the rest of the oatmeal in the trash.

8:something a.m.
Remember the snow blower isn’t working properly, so A. and I pile into the truck, uncertain if the car will get out of the drive or back to the house later tonight. THANK YOU 30+ MPH WINDS. Love those snow drifts you’ve sent us!

9:07 a.m.
Accompany co-worker into storage area to look for missing brochures.

9:08 a.m.
Notice something has spilled all over an open box of printed materials.

9:08 a.m.
Realize I tipped my coffee cup right over the materials.

9:09 a.m.
Swear profusely

9:15 a.m.
Prepare files to re-print the coffee-stained materials.

How the hell has your Tuesday been?


  1. My Tuesday has been a lot better than yours, from the sound of it. I went to the endocrinologist. I'll probably post about it tomorrow.

    I love how obsessed you are with nutrition. THAT'S what keeps you awake at night, because you are great.

  2. This whole post made me smile and then laugh out loud. I guess kind of at your expense, sorry... But isn't the best thing about such truly CRAPPY days that you know it will be good post material later?

  3. Jess - I hope you didn't get stressful news. I'll be thinking of you!

    DH - I am glad this day was not in vain. Laugh away, my dear!

  4. TWO piles of dog puke?!?

    Today was definitely not worth getting out of bed. Nothing bad happened, but nothing worth my while happened either.

  5. Wait--what's wrong with Canola oil?

    Only, no, don't tell me. I don't want to be up at 4 a.m. with worry fever. And I can tell I will be.

    What's that on my counter right now?

    Canola oil!


    I don't even want to google it.

  6. Melospiza - don't worry. Yet.

    As is always the case in nutrition, there are a bazillion studies (some great, some very, very poorly organized and executed) singing the praises of canola and others demonizing it. If I get to the point where I feel like I am ready to omit it from my diet, I'll post about the reasoning. WITH REFERENCES.

    It is great to have you popping in and commenting!

  7. I hate when THEY tell us to stop eating something because it's BAD! So, we do. We spend lots of money on alternatives to the BAD and then a few years later, the BAD is actually GOOD. Oops, sorry about that.


    I'm sorry you had a craptastic Tuesday. Here's to a much better Wendesday.

  8. Oh, how I wish I had waited until tomorrow morning to read this. Canola oil... saturated fat... butter... gah! Is there a right answer? Guess who will be up all night worrying?

    Hope your Wednesday is better.

  9. So much lost sleep over oil.

    Also, my sympathies because pet puke sucks ass, especially in the morning. It just puts a mood on the day.

  10. dang. that tuesday sucks ass. mine involved Parents From Hell (not even my own!) but also helping choose the democratic nominee, so that helped make it not suck entirely.

    we're in the midst of an ice storm, here. no snow drifts, but after just 1 hour of precipitation i had to chip a solid coat of ice off my car to get inside. not cool.

  11. Oh man! I hope you got some restful sleep last night. Why must dogs do disgusting things in the middle of the night? I mean, it's much easier to deal with doggie puke at say 3pm, than first thing in the morning.

    Also, canola oil? Really? We'd been trying to use more of the vegetable oils. Crap.

  12. DUDE! The saturated fat! You know how I am about that! I DO NOT BELIEVE IT'S EVIL!

    I love your posts about nutrition. Your job must be so interesting.


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