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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Comfort and Joy.......

...in my new robe.....

It was time. I'm getting to the point in my Lapband journey when I can no longer pretend that my underwear fit. As much as I'd rather spend money on shoes and boots and pants and jackets and sweaters, I can no longer deny the fact that my gutchies were drooping. The sad thing is that I've got a pretty amazing big girl underwear collection--lots of fun colors and prints and great fabrics. No wonder--I've been amassing those plus size unmentionables for quite a few years! So, replenishing my pantie wardrobe is a bit of a job and it's no cheap feat. It must be done in stages. So, yesterday, having a little bit of free time after I dropped Toni off at her Pilates class, I decided to venture over to Marshall's to pick up a gift for the confirmation dinner we had to go to last evening and to check out their underwear. After finding the perfect gift, I headed back to the lingerie section---trying to block out the sweaters and pants and jackets and suits and shoes. I kept my eyes firmly fixed on the underwear racks at the back of the store. And, wouldn't you know it...that's when I saw it--the robe that I've been looking for all of my life. Red. With a hood and a zipper. Knee length. Not too bulky. Pockets. Oh so perfect.

Yes, I got a few pair of underwear. They are fine. Not up to par. But, I have time. As for my new robe....well, it's given new meaning to my weekend. Last night--as soon as we got home from the confirmation dinner---I ran up the stairs and put on my robe. I lit a few of my favorite this-time-of-the-year candles (pumpkin spice), made a cup of William's Sonoma decadently delish hot chocolate (I add a little cayenne to give it some zip..), plopped myself up with lots of pillows and flipped through magazines. It just seemed like the thing to do in my new robe. And, this morning....as I sit here in my new robe blogging....I am dreaming of making potato soup. It's just that kind of robe....it makes me want to cuddle and cocoon and celebrate being a complete homebody.

There's a new word that's floating about out there....bliss. I'm pretty sure I'm feeling it right now.....all because of my new robe. My Lapband has given me so many gifts....many of them unexpected. This is one of them. Because of my Lapband, I lost weight and my big girl undies got too big...which led me to my robe. My blissful robe.....the reason why I'm online before the sun comes up on a Sunday morning when I could be sleeping in....to find the perfect potato soup recipe.......
Ahh....this calls for a chai latte (minus the energy shot).....

Anyone have a good potato soup recipe?

6 comments:

Jody V said...

Good for you Judi!! You are keeping me motivated. Now, I will heard toward Bliss!! Sorry, no good potato soup recipes here.

Jody

Kathy said...

What a lucky find! Sounds like a great robe. I do have a great potato soup recipe. I will email it to you. My family has loved it for years. I know what you mean about the Lapband giving you unexpected gifts. I also think the cayenne pepper in the hot chocolate sounds terrific.

Kathy said...

Can't find your email address:

Marie Callendar's Potato-Cheese Soup


6 tbls butter
1 c chopped onions
1/2 c chopped celery
3 peeled & sliced russet potatoes (large ones)
1/4 c flour
2 1/2 c chicken stock
2 c milk
1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp white pepper
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Saute celery, onions and potatoes in butter on medium heat for 10 minutes
Stir in flour and stir until moistened. (about 10 seconds)
Gradually add milk and chicken stock to mixture
Cook - stirring constantly until soup comes to a boil
Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 25 minutes
Stir occasionally
Remove from heat and cool 10-15 minutes
Stir in salt and pepper and shredded cheese until cheese melts and serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings. If you follow the recipe to the letter you'll be hard
pressed to tell the difference from the real thing

Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

Go to Harry and David's. They have these packet's thing-ese that you just add milk.
Great "Homemade" soup.

Hey, anything worth having can surely be bought.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hey, I thought baggy underpants was the style. At least it is at local High Schools!!!!

Glad you found the "perfect" robe. Can never have too many robes or comfy P.J.'s Love them. And Marshalls and TJ Maxx ~ the absolute BEST!!!!!

Blessings,

Sher

Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

I didn't know your father went to Central. what year? Mine graduated with Angela's father (Emiedo). '43.