Happy Groundhog’s Day

I’m so thankful that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today because it was a freezing cold winter day and it was hard to bear, so I am ready for the early spring weather.  Do you ever feel like you are living much like the movie Groundhog’s Day?

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I often feel like my days are consumed with the same old stuff!  Wake up, eat, get ready for work, drive the long drive to work, teach, tutor, drive home, cook, eat, sleep, repeat.  Thank goodness for the weekend to break up the monotonous work days.

Actually breakfast was slightly out of the ordinary—grits topped with a fried egg.

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Today’s lunch involved comfort in a bowl—lentil, sweet potato, bacon soup minus the crumbled bacon or yogurt dollop.  I had a banana for some sweetness and since I missed it in the form of my usual breakfast oatmeal or pb and banana sammie.

After work and tutoring I headed home to snack on some pita chips and hummus with the husband.  And then began on dinner—smothered green beans and baked pork chops.

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Smothered Green Beans

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 chopped onion

1 lb. fresh green beans (stems removed)

1 can diced tomatoes with celery, green pepper, and onion

Salt, pepper, garlic powder (to taste)

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion and sauté over medium low until tender.

2. Add green beans, canned tomatoes, and seasonings.

3. Add 1/2 can water to pot.  Stir well.

4. Simmer on low for 30 minutes stirring occasionally until beans are tender.

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The pork chops were seasoned with salt, pepper, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and baked at 350* for 40 minutes.

Exercise has been MIA since Saturday.  (Sidenote:  I guess no one is interested in playing Mr. Tim’s Scolf game since no one commented.  By the way, if you search Scolf on Facebook, there is a page dedicated to it.)  Monday and today were late days at work for tutoring and yesterday the weather was stormy and I just wanted to get home and not end up in flooded waters stuck somewhere.  Tomorrow it shall resume; work out clothes will be brought to work.  After all, they are already packed in my gym bag.

How do you overcome that Groundhog’s Day feeling?  Do you do extra-curricular activities during the middle of the week or take it easy and stick with basic everyday activities?

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