The irony- there’s been no snow. I am incredibly relieved. As of 5:00 tonight, I have 2 assignments and one class left and then my Master’s degree will officially be finished. I turned in my Robotics course work tonight, and am looking forward to a little bit of work for my work (haha… teaching) and then a lot of relaxing tomorrow night. I’m so excited. It’ll be my first little taste of free time since 2 months ago when I decided that I would double up on my course work to finish faster. What was I thinking?!!!!!

Anyway, I have been celebrating tonight by doing some online window shopping. I hate our rug in the living room, so I’m looking at rugs online. So far, this is my favorite. I think it would go well with our new furniture, and I love the green in it. rug

I have also been celebrating losing 15 lbs!!!! That’s a major milestone for me, because it’s the first time I’ve successfully lost more than 10 lbs without doing something very unhealthy. Instead, I have done quite the opposite. I have done nothing but eat healthy. I have quit eating crap (for the most part) and started eating, and even craving veggies. I want my spinach, and if I don’t have my morning spinach smoothie, I feel like something’s missing all day long. I’ve not worked out but once (that’s my goal to start on next month) but have just made changes in my diet.  I ordered the book Skinny Bitch and it came in this past week. Despite the past that I was incredibly stressed out and had far too much on my plate, I couldn’t wait to open it because I’ve heard good things about it. My official opinion- I could do without the attitude, but the information in it was great. I have been making some changes, and slowly had been cutting out many of the foods that the book is so down on, but it honestly hadn’t occurred to me that maybe I could/should become vegan. One quote in particular stood out to me:

Cows’ milk, by design, grows a 90-pound calf into a 2,000-pound cow over the course of 2 years. It allows calves to double their birth weight in forty-seven days and leaves their four stomachs feeling full. Sounds even more fattening than human milk, right? It is. It should be. Cows are bigger than humans.

I’ve been cutting back, drastically, on cheese and milk, but hadn’t really realized how much so, and I had never thought about it too seriously. And I’m still not committed to it, but I’m definitely cutting it back even more than I had been. The past couple of times I have eaten cereal, I have used my almond milk instead of using cow’s milk.  I expected to hate it, but it was actually better. Then, I went to the Kroger on my way home from work Thursday afternoon, and they had my almond milk on sale for a whole dollar off. SCORE! I bought 6 boxes! I love a good deal.

Tomorrow, I plan to get back to posting my meals. I just plain haven’t had time lately. I even have several pictures that I had taken that are still in my camera and haven’t made it onto my computer yet. Le sigh.