Saturday, August 6, 2011

My near heart attack

Shortly after we started dating in 1999
I'm so glad that you all enjoyed Jerry's post! I think the comments boosted his ego a little, however ;)  Jarmaine asked how Jerry and I met. I was a junior in high school, and I was writing a story for the school newspaper about stereotypes of other schools in our county. I drove to some of the other schools to interview students. I told the secretary in the office "I just need a random selection of students--maybe an athlete, a class clown, top of the class, etc."  Well, apparently, she took that literally, because Jerry was the class clown at his school (it was his senior year). She selected him as one of the students for me to interview, and I really liked him :)  But we didn't get together then.

It wasn't until about 8 months later, when I was kind of seeing a guy from Jerry's school, that I saw Jerry again. I was at this other guy's house for a get-together, and Jerry was there (apparently the two of them were friends and I didn't know it). We exchanged phone numbers and went out the next day. And we've been together ever since--over 12 years now.

So, on to my near heart-attack...

I was pulling weeds from our landscaping yesterday, because we need to put down some new mulch. I hate doing this, because I'm terrified of spiders, so I was a little on-edge and jumpy. See this plant? (no fucking clue what it's called, I don't "do" gardening or plants or flowers or any of that!)
Take a close look. See anything unusual?  Yeah, I didn't either. So I'm pulling out random weeds around it, and as my hand was right next to it, suddenly a raccoon LEAPED out from the depths of Hell underneath the plant and attacked my hand! Okay, I lied. It wasn't a raccoon, but it was MY CAT who LOOKS like a raccoon. I had no idea that she was even outside, and there was no movement from the stupid plant until she made her move. Here, I'll zoom for you...
Now do you see?  So when she jumped on my hand, I seriously screamed loud enough that the people in Africa must have heard me. Then it took a second to register that it was Estelle, and not some wild animal. She dove back into the plant and did it again (now that I was expecting it, it was kind of funny). I even told Eli to pull out a weed and Estelle attacked him, too. He thought it was hilarious.

She does kind of look like a scary wild animal, though, right?
Calorie counting is still going good. I've not gotten on the scale yet--I'm going to wait until August 19th, and then hopefully weigh just once a month on the 19th after that. I kind of like being scale-free, because I don't worry so much about sodium, or eating heavier foods (which affect the next day's weigh in). As long as I keep my blinders on, I should see good progress after a month.

Food log...

Breakfast- Cinnamon Raisin Granola with milk and coffee (275)
Lunch- waffle with Barney Butter and coconut butter; grapes (298)
Dinner- homemade breakfast pizza; grapes (419)
Snacks- carrots w/ peanut butter; Cinnamon Raisin Granola with milk (483)

The Barney Butter + coconut butter combo on my waffle for lunch was INCREDIBLE. And the breakfast pizza was amazing!
I'll post how I made it, but you could obviously change up the veggies and meat to your liking.

Breakfast Pizza
1/2 recipe of whole wheat pizza crust (see that recipe below)
1 pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and squeezed dry
3/4 cup of 2% cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. chopped green bell pepper
6 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled (I used the Hormel Black Label bacon that is 70 cals for 4 slices)
onion powder, salt, and black pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 tsp of each)

Spray a pie plate with cooking spray and sprinkle a little flour around the bottom. Spread the dough out along the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pie plate (adding flour if necessary to keep it from sticking). Spread the broccoli out on the crust, and top that with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Sprinkle the bacon and peppers on top of that. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the whole thing, and then top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until eggs are just set (it took 35 minutes for me). Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving for Breakfast Pizza:
Breakfast Pizza nutrition

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup hot water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. yeast (one packet)

Combine in a bowl until a ball forms and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 15-20 minutes. [To make pizza (not the breakfast pizza shown above), spread out dough on a pizza pan and bake at 475 for about 5-8 minutes. Then top with your toppings, and bake again until cheese is bubbly and toppings are done.]

Have you ever been scared half to death like I was with Estelle? I've had lots of moments like those, but the moment with Estelle yesterday was definitely the loudest I've ever screamed.


  1. That is one behemoth of a plant, the cat is hilarious. Cats usually are though, glad it wasn't a vicious wild animal. ;)

  2. That pizza looks awesome!

  3. The plant is a hosta. They double in size each year, so try not to plant anything around it. Eventually you will have to split it if it gets too big. I've got about 50 of those things surrounding my yard and a lot of splitting that needs done next year. (Pain in the butt!)

    The heart attack portion of the post cracked me up! I would have had the heebie jeebies for an hour after that!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love trying new recipes and hope to try this one soon! :)

  4. You obviously know what the plant is now so I won't repeat

    I am sooo scared of spiders and I go through the same when doing yard work of any kind. I would have screamed too...not gonna lie.

    My heart attack moment involves the shower and a huge centipede that I don't want to talk about....the memories are bad....hahahahaha

    Whole Wheat pizza crust recipe...thanks!!!

  5. Thank you for sharing that recipe! Sounds delicious! :)

  6. Aw the story of you and Jerry meeting is really cute! I finally started dating my fiance after reconnecting with him through my then boyfriend. Obviously not immediately, but you know later on when things didn't work with the guy I was with at the time.

    Oh and Jerry looks just as fun & outgoing now as he did back in 1999!

  7. the cat thing cracked me up. my cat (kitten the one that passed away the day before we got married) used to try to scare me all of the time. it was a game for her. she would trip me when i took the trash out to the curb. she was just a mean cat (seriously ask my husband-he would confirm).

    Jaime (lessoff)

  8. Jerry wasn't kidding about you being a great cook!
    I am the worst gardener too because I am TERRIFIED of worms.
    Way to go on keeping the calories in check!

  9. Thank you for answering my question about how you and Jerry met!!! I think it's awesome that you interact with the people reading your blog and will take the time to respond to every single question! Keep up the good work Katie! Btw, your cat is really cute, but I can see how she could be mistaken for a wild animal!

  10. I just LOVE your blogs. You always make me laugh. The pizza looks and sounds yummy, gotta try that. I LOVE pizza!
    When I think about it, I'm surprised Estelle didn't have a cigarette in her hand (like on Friends) when she jumped out at you from underneath the Hosta. What a funny cat!

  11. My husband and I met in 1999 too, and got married in December of that year. It's been just over 12 years since we met. :)

    I loved your husband's post though I was traveling and could only read posts not comment for two days, bleagh...

  12. Once while teaching in NC, I felt a tickle on my chest. I looked down to see a cockroach!

    I didn't scream but BOLTED from the room, tore into the teachers' rest room, stripped frantically and shook out all my clothes to find the offending cockroach, leaving my surprised class completely unattended. (Did I mention I am afraid of all insects including carpenter ants?)

    You look skinny in your high school photo Katie. So my next question is....when did you increase in size? I don't remember seeing that on your spark page. I thought I was chubby in high school but in college I actually became chubby. :0

  13. Love the story of how you met!! (my husband and I met in '99 too. Must have been a good year!) I laughed out loud at the attack cat! Love the photo with the paw! Have a great Sunday.

  14. BREAKFAST PIZZA! holy yum, I have to make this ASAP! I would have piddled all over myself if I thought a raccoon attacked me! I really would have passed out!


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