...after the hubby had his cholesterol tested and he scored way TOO HIGH. He's had problems for several years but kept it under control (more or less) with diet. This is the first time he's had it checked since we arrived in Argentina and I'm not surprised considering the amount of chorizos and pasta he's put away in the past eight months. Well, no more (or very little) of either of those for him now!
The thing he's saddest about giving up: chocolate. And who can blame him? That stash I photographed will last a lot longer with only me eating it ☺ I'm trying to be sympathetic but...IT'S MINE, IT'S ALL MINE! (insert maniacal laughter)
The doctor wanted to put him on medication right away but the hubby requested six weeks to see if we can start to bring it down with diet and exercise. He's been doing really good with the exercise, walking into town and back almost every single morning of the week.
Already on the menu tonight was homemade chicken soup with pasta. He didn't get many ravioli in his bowl. Next time I'll just do chicken and vegetable soup.
He has to eliminate chocolate, butter, pasta, fatty meat, fried foods, mayonnaise and all milk products (except skimmed) from his diet plus cut way, WAY back on the sugar and bread. It's a sad day in the House of Hoyt as he contemplates such drastic changes. Pobrecito!
On a happier note, the daughter handed in her research paper this morning! Woot! Her presentation is Thursday so she's still preparing for that but she survived her first all-nighter in college. Hopefully her ONLY all-nighter ☺ Thanks for praying for her!
Tomorrow I'll be checking out a rental place in town as part of my on-going Spanish assignment to plan a wedding. Sometime this week I also have to check at the Registro Civil about what we need, paper-wise, to get married. Hope we don't need our D.N.I.s! The hubby checked last week (we've been going every month to see if they're back yet) and the man told him it would probably be the end of the year, or even next year, before we get our national I.D. cards.
I cleaned off the desk today and caught up on filing. What a relief! Just in time so I can mess it all up again because it's the end of the month and what happens at the end of the month? the monthly expense report of course. Which you know is just my favoritest activity ever. NOT. But as I use to tell my kids when we homeschooled, "It doesn't have to be fun, it just has to be done." Never thought those words would come back to haunt me like this.
My main purpose in cleaning off the desk though, it so I'll have room to work on some sewing projects. I have a baby quilt that needs to be finished, a curtain valance to make, a number of other projects underway... Most are things I'll do on the sewing machine but I have a few handsewing projects that go along nice when we're traveling. I have a goal of finishing some UFOs that have been hovering over me for a very long time. I've been seeing some adorable projects out there, cute little clothes and accessaries that wouldn't be hard to do once you're organized. In other words, I am feeling rather INSPIRED. We'll see what comes out of it. I missed the whole Spring To Finish that Jacquie hosted; it's just been that kind of month.
But May is coming, and I'm declaring May as MY MONTH! So bring 'er on! I can't wait to see what we can get accomplished. Plus all the celebrating...a few anniversaries, some birthdays, and who knows what else (since we're living in Argentina where having holidays is a major past-time). I feel a little sad to be missing graduation open houses. Plus one very special wedding but even though we can't be there in person, our thoughts and prayers will be with the happy couple.
Referring back to the multitudinous holidays of Argentina, I guess this Friday is a BIG one. As in even the grocery stores close (that's my gauge of how big a holiday is here, because the grocery stores hardly ever close). It's the first day of May, a.k.a. International Labor Day. From what we hear, it's the biggest holiday after New Year's in Argentina. We, along with our co-workers, will be taking a group of young people to a special event at the Palabra de Vida facility in Santa Rosa....lots of sports and food on the agenda. Let the games begin!