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Posted Jan 12 2011 2:27pm

Yesterday afternoon’s vibe around the office cooler was that of an impending day off.  Like when you were a kid in school and just the thought of school being cancelled was enough to make you giddy.  Living in New England it is rare for my company to close, but today was the exception.  Wahoo!

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We ended up with about 5 inches overnight.  No fluffy flakes here, it was the wet break your back heavy snow.  Just as Hubby and I got started with the shoveling a group of boys asked if we wanted help.  Now of course we knew that it would not be free labor, but we also knew that the mound of snow piled in front of our driveway from the multiple plow truck runs down our street meant we would be out there forever chipping away at the icy mound.  Hubby said sure and they got to work and was done lickety split!  This is the first time we’ve accepted the help in the 14 years we’ve lived here.  A $30 well spent if you ask me. 

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With the shoveling done, I was able to go in and workout.  Yeah! 

DailyMile:   No running today, but I was able to do Week 1 Day 2 of Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack.   I noticed that the workout did not seem as long as the first day which is one for the plus column. 

While reading some blogs this morning with free hours off work I ran across two others taking on this JM 6 week 6 pack challenge.  I loved reading their thoughts, check them out here and here . Like Samantha I  have to admit that I could really do without the burpees though.  For some reason that exercise always takes my breath away.  It’s fun but exhausting! 

Food For Thought:  Apple Drop Biscuits   (from Clean Eating Magazine)

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup oat or millet flour  (I used Kamut flour)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp raw organic honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt or nonfat Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 cup apples, unpeeled, shredded with a grater
  • Olive oil cooking spray

SWEETENED OAT TOPPING

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp organic evaporated cane juice or Sucanat

I made these the other night with chicken and steamed vegetables and found them a great compliment.  The Hubby loved them.  Because the batch makes 24 there are plenty of leftovers for a quick snack or addition to breakfast.  I found that a little raw almond butter was a great partner.

Today’s unexpected day off was a blessing.  Like found money in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn in a while, the day off is giving me extra time at home that I would not normally have to do the things I like to do, to be just a little lazy, or maybe a combination of both.  Life is good. 

I’m Listening:  What would you do if you had an extra 8 hours of free time?

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Closing Thought: Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.  -Carl Sandburg

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