There is some light at the end of the tunnel!! At least it feels like that today. This has been the best day of the process so far—and especially since I stopped taking any medication. We were able to sleep in until about 7:00am, our little boys actually woke us up. My oldest son was worried because my wife was still in bed with me and he expected her to be gone running so we could make her breakfast in bed for her birthday. I assured him she would be leaving soon enough and we would be able to have our fun getting her birthday ready.
What a slow morning, we took our time getting
going, sang happy birthday to my wife and then frantically made her her
"favorite" breakfast while she ran. I do have to say that I
think—and others will agree—that my wife is crazy. It was 13 degrees this
morning and she had 6 miles to run; although last week I think it was 3 degrees
and she ran 8!... YIKES. We had a blast coloring birthday cards for her
and getting her steel cut oats and green lemonade—along with the cards and her
birthday present up on our bed so she could still have breakfast "in
We barely got everything ready when my wife
opened the garage so we hurried up into our bedroom so we could wait for her to
find us and then yell surprise. My 4 year old had no interest in yelling
surprise but wanted to roar like a lion instead—it was great and a big success
which I knew because my wife had a huge smile on her face.
Breakfast for me was the same as for my wife—oats
and our favorite green drink: celery, cucumber, ginger, kale and distilled
water. Since we have introduced stevia into our dessert diet we thought
it appropriate to try it on our oats—still not a huge fan of stevia, but I
liked it enough that I may try it again. At least it gives a little
sweetness to our lives if nothing else.
The morning went quick, tried to clean up a bit
with our boys and then off to a local arcade so we could have a great time
playing arcades for a nickel or two each. I feel like I need to be clear
here that it was my wife's idea to go to the arcade—I really wanted to take her
and the boys sledding, but she is not a huge fan of the extreme cold unless it
involves running, so she won and after lunch we were off (I do have to be fair
that since we have two boys she wanted to try to do something they—along with
her—would all enjoy). Lunch was great—we had quinoa with green onions,
carrots and peas seasoned with the typical lemon, basil, sea salt and olive
oil; which was all put over a huge bed of spring mix salad—mmm mmm mmm it was
The arcade was really fun, but it was funny we
pulled into the arcade which is in a slightly rougher area of town (the hood as
my wife joked—although I'm pretty sure it is not really the hood). With
her comment in mind my eye was drawn to a girl carrying a young baby across the
parking lot—as I watched I thought "this area can't be too bad... that
girl is carrying a baby." As I parked I looked up and noticed the
"girl" was somebody I knew—my wife said it first... "Hey, I
think that's Carol your ex-girlfriend." As she said that I knew for
sure—it was Carol there with what must have been her fairly new baby.
My wife and I have always been up front with
each other and so as we were dating and first married we talked about our past
relationships so it was no surprise my wife recognized my ex-girlfriend and she
seemed fine with it. I was not the one who was fine with it though—at
least for a brief moment I felt a little bit of anxiety creep up on me.
Now it must have been a 5 years or more since I last saw Carol and I thought it
silly that I began to feel nervous. But as quickly as the nerves set in
they were gone and we were off with our boys to have a blast.
I did run into Carol inside who said hi when she
saw me—we exchanged chit-chat, simple pleasantries and then wished each other
well. That was it—no additional nervousness, no trying to out do each
other with what we were up to, just a nice hello and good-bye which is the way
I think it should be. While I have a story I could tell with all the
girls I dated—Carol included—we both have gone on to live our separate ways and
both seem to be very happy doing it. I felt like I had to point out to my
wife on our way home that she was the one who wanted to go to the arcade—which
was a whole lot of fun by the way. I think she gave me a sly look, we
held hands and kept on driving home—It does help me realize how much I love my
wife—she is great.
Dinner was great—for my wife's birthday dinner
she chose (based on the necessity of our diet of course) chicken cooked in
green onions, olive oil, basil and of course sea salt—along with assorted
vegetables which tonight meant kale, carrots and of course the green
onions. All this was served with or over quinoa, depending on how you
liked it. We had my in-laws over so my mother-in-law could watch our kids
after dinner while we went to see Les Miserables.
In my opinion one of THE BEST MOVIES of all
time. I love the play and have had the chance to see it in production,
but the movie helped to clear some of the story up in my head—not having seen
the play for 15 years may have something to do with it as well. I was a
little worried because it seems you either love the movie or hate it, but
in this case both my wife and I LOVE IT and were reminded how big of babies we
are (it brought us both to tears). I do love the line "to love
another person is to see the face of God."
WOW! good good good!
Some of you may be wondering what we did about
having a cake for my wife's birthday... well don't worry about that my wife had
that covered. While I was frantically making her birthday dinner she
found a recipe for a cake and frosting that works with the candida diet.
The caked included almond flour, carrot tailings (from juicing), walnut,
coconut oil and 2 eggs mixed with baking soda and baking powder. She even
found a frosting recipe that works with it: coconut milk, cashews, lemon juice
and lemon zest and of stevia to help with sweetness (stevia was also in the
cake). Good Good Good
The only thing about les miserables is that it
is a fairly long movie—it is late and time for bed! Good night (since
this is the up of the roller coaster we'll see if tomorrow changes, but it
really has been the best day yet!