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Cindy Maddera


I have many things to be thankful for this week. First of all, let me say that you should always include a week of pre-vacation and post (recovery) vacation to go along with the week of actual vacation. At least that's what I've determined from this week. My motivation to be present at work has been nil. This is bad because I have to present in lab meeting today. There have been times where I've been sitting at my desk working on my presentation and I've had to literally slap myself back on track. I'm ready to be on vacation, but really I'm ready for this trip in particular. Since I spent last weekend on the road, I came home too tired to worry about groceries. I decided that I would find a way to eat the stuff that remained in my fridge and pantry. This idea caused a tiny bit of panic at first because I had recently scrubbed my fridge and tossed things. There were somethings I didn't toss because I just wasn't sure what to do with them. This included one jar of pickled cauliflower veggie medley, one jar of a fork fulls worth of sauerkraut, one jar containing three pickle slices, two jars of olives (black and green) and one jar of capers. Why do I have so much pickled stuff in my fridge? Any one? Yeah...I don't know either. Lucky for me I still had one good tomato and one good cucumber, a bag of carrots, lettuce from the garden and a can of chickpeas. I've done well and I've only resorted to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich once (really because I was being lazy). I'm thankful for the food challenge this week.

I have no idea what my internet situation will be like on vacation. I do know that I can not include header pictures with my blog entries when done on the iPad. If I blog, I blog. We'll see. But don't count on it. I'm taking a vacation. Like for real. I promise there will be stories and pictures to fill days and days worth of entries when I return. Something I'm also thankful for.

Happy Thankful Friday!