Monday, January 4, 2010


Missing:: Cheese. Today begins my fourth cheese free day. (In case you missed it, Jay and I are spending January without cheese.) It's been surprisingly difficult. I never realized how much cheese I actually ate and how often I added it, in some form, to what I was eating. Hopefully, when I go back to eating cheese, I'll be more aware of my habits. And don't worry cheese, I'll be back. I can't quit you.

Smelling:: The intoxicating scent of Strawberry Shortcake dolls. A large percentage of the girl's birthday gifts included this sweet smelling vixen. Delicious.

Inspired by:: A Collection A Day, 2010. A different collection everyday, just as the name suggests. The inner pack rat in me loves this sort of thing.

Watching:: Al Franken: God Spoke. I used to listen to Franken's Air America show all the time but I admit I haven't paid him much attention lately. This movie made me remember why I enjoyed him in the first place. He just seems to be a really likable guy. Next up on the Netflix Queue: From Hell. As much as I hate horror films, I'm fascinated by Jack the Ripper tales. Hopefully I won't lose any sleep after watching this one.

Reading:: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I usually hate historical fiction, so to be honest, I'm not loving it. But it's on the list, so I'm reading it. (As always, you can keep up with what I'm reading over on Goodreads, if you're into that sort of thing.)

Anxious:: To get back on schedule. The boy doesn't go back to school until tomorrow so we are still living in those nether regions between the holidays and real life. As fun and relaxing as it was, I'm ready to get back on track now.


Penny said...

I think giving up cheese, for me, would be almost as hard as when I quit smoking. We typically put some form of cheese on most things, and I think that could amount for my 6 lb weight gain over the holidays! Good luck!

Mari said...

Our kids went back to school today, so we *think* we'll get more done.... ha!
I am curious to see what you think of From Hell, I also have that fascination with Jack the Ripper. I haven't ever seen the movie. Read a really interesting Patricia Cornwell book a few years ago where she used modern forensic science to try and solve the Ripper mystery. Her theory was interesting. The crime scene photos were truly horrific. I wonder what happens to someone to make them capable of doing that to another human being.

Hotch Potchery said...

I did a post a LONG time ago about trying to read the 100 pieces of literature...I had read maybe 13 of them voluntarily. That project FAILED for me, so good luck to you.

Like my sister, I love the cheese, so I wish you good luck on your cheese-free January!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Mine went back to school today -- hurray! They've been under my skin (and each other's). I could never live without cheese. Never. Just thinking about it makes me crave some right now.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Did i miss the post about why you are giving up cheese? I did that for a 18 mos.and it was so very difficult. I am no longer cheese free. (yipee) I applaud your will!!

JEM said...

Cheese is hard to give up. There is literature online about cheese addiction in the body. I'll have to email you.

Daphne said...

From Hell wasn't too scary (I didn't think). And hey, Johnny Depp. I haven't given up the cheese (and soy and dairy and wheat and corn and peanuts) yet -- that will probably be February or late January.

I'm sorry you aren't enjoying the book -- I don't usually like either historical fiction nor letters, but I thought that book was so charming. It really gets good at the end (I thought).

Karen said...

If you don't like historical fiction you might not like Outlander after all.

I'm trying to make vegan dinner a few nights a week and cheese is a serious obstacle. I find myself making a lot of asian noodley things where cheese is not an issue.

Not Your Aunt B said...

Mmm...cheese. So good. So hard to give up. When both of my girls were diagnosed as having an allergy to dairy (not intolerance), I was crushed and then panicked- what will I feed them? We survived cheese free. You can too! It will taste so much better after not having any for a bit.

IGEMOM said...

K, I missed it. Why did you give up cheese? P.S....reading "The Road"...which is to be a movie, soon, I believe. Unbelieveably depressing. And, unbelieveable how depressing things can be so addictive. Hmm.

Lia said...

I'm at school now. Professional development day. I am not ready to get back on track. I want to be at home in my pjs, drinking hot tea with cream and sugar all day, listening to the Avett Brothers, and making something.

R.H. Ducky said...

i'm pretty sure i could never give up cheese. ever.

i'm currently having panic attacks about going vegetarian for a month...and i haven't even started that yet.

something about from hell got on my nerves. it's been awhile since i watched it though so i can't remember exactly what it was. i don't recall it being very scary.

i put 4 historical books on my day zero list, and i already regret the hell out of that. BUT i want to shout a thank you to Mari for reminding me about the Patricia Cornwell book.

Dani said...

I have liked my holiday schedule so much. So, so much. I'm down with Lia's plan.

I like the smell of those Strawberry Shortcake dolls as well. I'm instantly 7 years old when I catch a whiff.

Jenny said...

Prior to reading this post, I was completely ignorant to the existence of the list of 100. That was just plain mean of you to introduce that list to me. ;) I've printed it and will hang/file it/stack it in a safe place somewhere....where I will inevitably slowly, methodically work on checking them off in time.
Oh, and I completely love Strawberry Shortcake's "perfume" too. I can still smell it in my memory - from 1980something.

Tammie said...

penny: its not been easy.

mari: ooh, ill have to add that book to my list.

hotch: thanks for the well wishes! and im off to a decent start but we'll see where it goes.

jolly: when the month is over im going to buy the fanciest, smelliest cheese i can afford.

peggy: no real reason. we just think we eat too much of it and need to cut back a bit.

JEM: i would love that info if you can find it.

daphne: i was about to message you about the book. i will be on facebook shortly.

karen: i dont dislike all of it, i read The Other Boleyn Girl and liked that. plus, the Outlander is on the list so im going to at least try to get through it.

igemom: we just need to cut back a little. i havent read the road but i know the basic idea and have heard its gut wrenching.

lia: that does sound like a plan. are you on Facebook?

dani: i find myself sniffing them.

jenny: im trying to work through the list in a year. it will definitely be a challenge.

ducky: i could probably do vegetarian for a month as long as i planned it ahead of time. but cheese? its hard. and not fun. i love sandwiches and they just arent the same without some cheese!

also, have you read that book? it sounds fascinating!

Nowheymama said...

Cheese is the hardest thing to give up on a dairy-free diet, I think. Nothing tastes like it.

Crystal said...

I haven't started the potato book yet, but and anxious to do so. I just finished Tethered. It was very good, but I had a hard time with some of the parts in it. If you like mystery books, check it out.

Giving up the cheese? Oh you. Your a stronger woman than I.

R.H. Ducky said...

a sandwich without cheese would be pretty brutal. *hugs* may the force be with you.

and no, i haven't read that one. i really like patricia cornwell though (well, i like her scarpetta series).

Maria Rose said...

Can you have vegan cheese? I highly recommend SHEESE!

Daphne said...

Also, I recommend substituting avocado for cheese. It also makes just about any meal worth eating. Well, ALMOST any meal. Avocado pizza is probably not advisable.