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I can’t remember exactly when or why Lancelot and I started doing the Lego Mini-figures together, but we have for as long as I can remember. We haven’t picked any up for awhile but last weekend at Target I grabbed two packages on impulse in the check out aisle. (it worked!) I don’t recall ever getting the exact same figure at the same time, but we did. And it had the ability to be either male or female, so we did one of each. Now we’ll really fly together forever.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am an iced coffee junkie, and I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to create the Perfect Iced Coffee. (caps for emphasis and utterly important, I assure you) I’ve done all kinds of variations, everything from mixing in Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup to using hot cocoa powder and doing cold brew coffee or whole milk – seriously, you name it. But I think I might have finally figured it out, thanks to doing the Noom thing.

I’ve realized that regular dairy milk has more calories that I’m comfortable allotting in my daily budget, so I’ve primarily switched to unsweetened coconut milk. I will occasionally use unsweetened almond milk in smoothies, but I can’t drink that stuff straight. Yuck.

Anyway, the coconut milk has the right texture, just a little coconut flavor, and way fewer calories. So I’ve been using the following procedure…

  • Brew a 12C pot of coffee; lately it’s been a light roast Toasted Coconut flavor from Target
  • All that to cool and then pour into a pitcher with 1/2C Splenda
  • Chill in the fridge until ready

I do this at least once a week, sometimes twice. When I’m ready to make my drink it goes something like this…

  • 1 1/2C unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2C cold coffee
  • 2Tbsp half & half
  • Pour over ice in a large insulated cup

That’s it. Super simple, very yummy, and a whole 90 calories for a little more than 3C of coffee nirvana. Ain’t gonna get that at the coffee shop, especially for the price. It’s waaaaaaaay cheaper to make at home.

One last picture for today. This is a shawl that I made last year but haven’t worn yet. I really am trying to wear my pretty stuff because who the hell knows when the opportunity is going to legit present itself. Anyway, I can’t remember the pattern or if I was even using a pattern, but the colors are just so amazing. And since the weather here today is so utterly cold that the power utilities are doing mandatory, scheduled, rolling blackouts it seems appropriate to wear something bright. Fake it ’til you make it darling.

Cheating never felt so good

That’s four repeats of my new best friend. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Koi Pond hand painted. I am in love with this shawl.

Lancelot is officially out of his apartment. It was the tiniest bit emotional, but totally good. There’s still some work to be done at the house but we’re making progress.

I suppose I should say something about all of the violence going on right now. I don’t condone violence of any kind. I’m not a religious person but I live by my own set of rules that seem in keeping with being a decent human. And I would like to ask, can we please all try to be kind to each other? Please?

some progress, yay!

I finished reading the first (of 11) books last night and started the next. Not quite the kind of school progress I’d have liked to have made, but I’ll take it. I’m hoping tonight I can get well into that second book. This weekend I shall write. I’ll be doing the usual thing of heading to L’s and I know there should be time Saturday for some writing.

I also made some knitting progress yesterday. Well, finishing anyway.

That’s a thoroughly shit picture of a very lovely shawl. Of course I can’t for the life of me remember the name and the pattern printout is at home. The yarn is Knit Picks Galerie in the Psychedelic colorway. It’s so much prettier than it looks here. And yes, that is Lancelot in the background, supervising. I wove the ends in last night so I can wear it tomorrow. We’re in for a wicked storm so I want to be extra warm.

I realized that I need to get creative with my time if I’m going to accomplish everything, so I brought the Sweet Louise shawl with me to work on during my lunch breaks at work. I typically talk to L during that time but there’s nothing saying I can’t put him on speaker and knit while we talk. The pattern requires no thought at all, just tracking where I’m at with the rows and I use a free app on my phone for that.

At any rate, I’m working on that whole efficiency thing, pretty much everywhere. I’ll let you know how it goes.