Since we don't have any dishes yet and there really isn't any food here hollyqueen and I decided to go down the block a bit for dinner. Cafe Flora wasn't to hollyqueen's taste so we ate at La Côte. Oh that was wonderful. Something new to try and it turned out to be tasty. Yay!
So many places to try... I'll have to keep walking up and down the hill to keep my girlish figure.
I was reading an article in Spiegel about a movie being made about Clemens Wilmenrod who was Germany’s first television chef. What I found remarkable was not that his show appeared a good decade before Julia Child. No, it was that the vague culinary nightmare of my dreams, Toast Hawaii, actually existed and was created by Clemens. I hadn’t repressed the memory of Toast Hawaii far enough and it kept popping up in my nightmares. Rumtopf on the other hand sounds quite tasty and I might have to make some later this year.
Survived the week of doctors, but it’s not over. Let’s be honest it will never be over. What I have has no cure and the best I can hope for is to control my disease and prolong the inevitable complications. I’m not trying to be depressing or negative. I have to face the facts and realize that I have a choice. I can make the changes and control my blood glucose level or I can let it slowly tear me apart and destroy my body. I choose the former.
Dr. Enzmann, my endocrinologist, was great. He was clear with his explanations, firm but not condescending with his recommendations and open to my input. So together we came up with a plan for treatment and the changes I need to make in my life. Those changes being diet and exercise. No big surprise there.
We also went over my lab results. My cholesterol is a bit high at 227 mg/dl (<200 is the goal). My LDL can not be calculated and the HDL was too low. The triglycerides was far too high, at 662 mg/dl I’m getting close to a risky amount for developing pancreatitis. I’ve had that twice before and really don’t wish to experience it again. So he perscribed medication to bring my cholesterol levels under control. However, controlling my blood glucose levels will help with the tryglycerides.
My A1C is 10.3% which is not unexpected. I’ve never experienced low blood sugar and my level during the labs was 310 mg/dl. Since I was fasting my levels should have been around 100 mg/dl. Dr. Enzmann perscribed Metformin to begin getting my sugar levels under control. If I can get my triglyceride level down we discussed switching to Byetta.
The last big issue is blood pressure. At Dr. Lu’s office on Monday it was 160/100 and then 150/90. Tuesday night I checked at Bartell’s and it was 143/88. This morning it was 160/110, 140/90 and 120/88. So Dr. Lu thinks I have “White Coat Syndrome” and wants me to pick up a blood pressure meter and check myself every day. He was going to increase my blood pressure medication, but when I reminded him I had just started taking it three days ago he decided to stay the course for a few more weeks.
Getting more exercise is easy. I like walking and we have trails here at the office so I can do it at lunch. It’s the diet that’s hard. So many things I enjoy are bad for me. I’ll have to make big changes in what we buy and cook. Good thing I actually like veggies. ;)
Last Thursday hollyqueen and I went to Hess Bakery & Delicatessen to satisfy my need for German meat and cheese. I could have spent a lot more time and money going through all the tasty stuff in the deli case. In the end I came home with a ½ lb of Rauchfleisch, a ½ lb of double smoked Schinken and a large bag of Jagerwurst. Death to pigs (and cows)!
Jagerwurst is a dried spiced sausage similar to pepperoni. Being dried it would travel well and great as part of a hiking lunch. Rauchfleisch is smoked beef and it was very tasty. So tasty it didn’t last the weekend. Schinken is ham and it is very smoky. The smoke flavor is so strong I can’t eat much of this by itself but I’m going to experiment with some cheese to make sandwiches.
Now it’s time for lunch… Gutes Essen, gute Laune!
First, I talked to Mom last night. She was doing well. They didn't find anything but she'll be going back for more testing next week.
Second, ragnorokt's gift arrived. Fruit cake at last! I know a lot of people have a negative opinion of fruit cake but that's because they've only been exposed to the brick full of garbage that's sold in stores. A well made fruit cake is a thing of joy and wonder.
Finally, my PowerBook crashed and now the recovery tools on the install DVD will not detect the hard drive. I lost everything. Music, movies, photos, documents, coding projects... "But hollyking, you're tech savvy. You know you should back everything up." I was! It crashed in the middle of a back up. GAH!
My hope is that I've just toasted the drive so I can get a replacement and get it up and running cheaply. Does anyone in the Seattle area have TORX screwdrivers? In particular the T8 and T9 size? This comes at a bad time because I don't have any spare cash to pay for tools or a new drive and I was backing up the system in preparation of selling it.
While I did pick up some stuff I didn't spend anything at the market. Instead we had lunch at King Ludwig's restaurant. Then we ambled over to Kris Kringl and picked up some decoration for the season. Nice and wintery. Willi knows how to separate me from my money with his tasty sausages, Kinder eggs and other German treats. hollyqueen found some paprika sausage which is a treat from her childhood. We also picked up a new cookbook, German Cooking by Marianna Olszewska Heberle. The book claims to be the complete guide to preparing classic and modern german cuisine, adapted for the American kitchen. We'll see. We also found a couple more Charming Tails figurines for hollyqueen. So cute!
I was expecting traffic and crowds, but I was pleasantly surprised by a light amount of traffic. In fact the only trouble was on the way home over Snoqualmie Pass as it had started to snow. While the roads were just wet I was stuck between idiots who freaked out and went way too slow and maniacs who kept tailgating to try and pass. Grrr... Once we were over the pass the snow stopped and then it was back to the maniacs but I just let them pass and enjoyed the drive.
Now I'm going to crack open a bottle of cider and try and convince hollyqueen to cook me some Knackwurst.
Today I enjoyed: Visiting with friends. Eating some tasty turkey. Playing games. Finding a new fun game that I'll have to get for myself and generally had a pretty dang good day. I even made up for the really stupid move that cost me about 4 hours of play time in Final Fantasy XII yesterday.
That is all...
I'm sitting here digesting after a very tasty and fun Dim Sum lunch that was organized by the lovely intrepid_reason. We also had ayeshadream, Fen (?), cheesentoast and the very shiny hollyqueen. I Found ayeshadream very interesting and I would like to talk to her a bit more about costuming and history.
After a bit of cleaning and a nap tonight hollyqueen and I will be heading out to kaligrrrl's birthday diner at Bucco di Beppo. I've never eaten there and from all I've heard I think I'm in for a treat.
Last night I tried a couple of new recipes for dinner. It turned out pretty well but I think a few adjustments would be an improvement. On the menu last night was:
First was a couple of chicken breasts coated with a mix of brown sugar and garlic. Sprinkled with sesame seeds then baked at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes. The sweetness next to the garlic was pretty tasty. The problem was the flavor didn’t really penetrate the chicken. One possible fix would be to get a mallet to pound the chicken flat to increase the ratio of topping to chicken per bite.
Next I took a red bell pepper and stuffed it with a mix of mozzarella chese, bread crumbs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, basil, basalmic vinegar, garlic and a bit of olive oil. I baked this in the oven at 375 for about 30 minutes. I liked this better but I think using a bit more cheese and vinegar would have made it better. As it was the basil pretty much overpowered all the other ingredients.
Both of these ideas came from a cook book called Quick and Easy Diabetic Meals for One or Two. I think I’ll have to try and cook more things from this cookbook. No more being a one trick pony in the kitchen for me. ;)
The movie was good and disturbing for the parallels I see between it and our current political environment.
After the movie loree and I were hungry again so we went to Betty's Cafe. (I think. I can't exactly remember and I can't find it on google.) That was some good food and the omelette was as big as my head, and I ordered the small one! I would hate to see the big one.
It might have been eating late, watching the movie or discussing When Worlds Collide (1951) with datavore but I had some weird dreams last night. I was watching the sun when it was rocked with explosions. Instead of being burned to a crisp with the rest of the planet I watched the sun shrink to less than half of its normal size. The reports on the radio said the changes to the sun were caused by an approaching star. The new star was caught in the gravity of our solar system and we ended up living in a binary star system. There was surprising little damage to the earth (or my eyes) from watching this whole scene. Weird.
Well I've finished one day. So far things are working out like I wanted. I've already been given some tasks to do on the next version of the software. Everyone has treated me well and like I'm going to be around a while. Yay!
After dinner it's off to watch some cheesy movie about Ranier blowing us all to heck if jw1776 has some extra room.