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As you can imagine, there’s a lot to do to get ready for a thousand mile move. You have to notify your old apartment that you’re leaving (check), find a new apartment (check), rent a moving van (check), notify your doctors that you’re moving (partial check), notify the vet, change your address with the post office and all of the other places that send you mail/that you have accounts with, etc… etc… etc… 

Also, you have to pack, clean out your fridge, clean your apartment top to bottom, reserve hotel rooms for the trip, and take care of the dozens of other things that pop up along the way. Like selling a car. 

Also there’s all the regular stuff. You still have to pay bills attend social functions (although hopefully people will cut us a little slack on this one). Between now and move-day I’ve got a Pampered Chef party (I’m hosting, so I can’t very well skip out on this), a two-day long continuing legal education course, a 90th birthday party, an after work cocktail hour with my co-workers, and of course taking the time to see all of the people we will be leaving behind.

It’s certainly stressful, I’ll tell you that. My mild anti-anxiety medicine doesn’t always cut it nowadays. Some Xanax might be just the thing.

I think the stress is getting to my husband, too. He elbowed me in the face last night in his sleep. At least I hope he was sleeping… 

I’m on my knees, begging you to sign this. Please. Our kids deserve this.

I’m on my knees, begging you to sign this. Please. Our kids deserve this..

Vietnamese Shaking Beef

Let me just say… yum! Check out the original recipe here.

I did several things differently.

First, I didn’t use oyster sauce in the marinade because I didn’t have any. But I’d probably use it if I had it.

Second, I was out of tomatoes, but I’d probably use them if I had them!

Third, I used white onions instead of red.

Fourth, I added some beets in with the vinaigrette.

Fifth, I added cilantro and green onions to the salad.

Finally, I served it with some sriracha-laced quinoa. It was absolutely delicious. Yum, yum, yum.

You must try this! TODAY.

Eating Out (Lunch) for under 10 points+

Eating out sucks for your diet. It’s so hard to make hard choices, and so easy to slip into something unhealthy. Here are a few suggestions for what to pick when you’re just going to grab something quick for lunch.


Subway (all choices with 9-grain wheat bread):

Choose a Turkey sub with mustard (7 pp), light mayo (9 pp), American cheese (8 pp) or cheddar cheese (9 pp). Add apple slices (0 pp) or baked lays (3 pp).

Subway club w/ mustard (8 pp), with American cheese (9 pp), or  light mayo OR cheddar cheese (10 pp)

Veggie De-lite with mustard (6 pp), with light mayo or cheddar (8 pp), with american cheese (7 pp), or with light mayo AND cheddar (10 pp).


Chick Fil-A

Chargrilled chicken sandwich (7 pp)

Chick Fil-a chargrilled chicken club (10 pp)

Chargrilled chicken wrap (no dressing) (10 pp)

Choose these with a fruit cup (0 pp), or a side salad (2 pp) with fat free honey mustard dressing (2 pp)



Grilled chicken sandwich (10)

Half sized chicken caesar salad (includes dressing) 10 pp

Choose with apple slices (0)



Don’t bother.


Smoothie King (all smoothies 20 oz and SKINNY)

Angel food (7 pp), blackberry dream (6 pp),  or peach slice (3 pp), with added protein (will increase p p value, but you’ll want it to stay full!)


Slim and trim chocolate (5 pp)


The Shredder–Vanilla, with added fiber (7 pp)