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Juggling stuff around

27 Jul

Finally, I got a little bit of time to spare to write something up. Things have been quite hectic here that both K and I had to shuffle our activities around. It’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle (eat clean, exercise regularly, getting enough 7-8 hour sleep everyday) when you have to take care an ill person. My brother’s condition is still the same although he isn’t coughing as much as before, but he’s still pretty weak. He went to a specialist yesterday and had to wait until the whole blood tests and the x ray come out to really know what exactly he’s having. We’ll see. On another note, we also have to kind of prepare his meal a little differently from our regular meals.

This was from Saturday, I think? He had thick congee instead of regular rice as the staple food. Also had to cut stuff pretty small so he can consume the food easier

Not to mention we had to keep monitoring his body temperatures and wrote it down. It’s been fluctuating around 98.6°F – 100.4°F (37°C – 38°C). Normal body temperature should be 96.8° F (36° C).

Had to record the temperature in Celcius rather than Farenheit so parents in Asia could understand it more.

We even bought these low sugar non carbonated Gatorade drinks for him for the electrolyte source.

my aunt suggested us to give him these so he can hydrate and got extra minerals at the same time

Good thing is he doesn’t have any nausea anymore and can actually eat regular meal.

I had been shuffling my workout hour from morning to evening, depending on the situation.

Despite all these ruckus, I still managed to try making “Averie’s Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip”. I didn’t have hemp seeds nor cashews or other kinds of nuts so I used roasted flaxseeds instead.

fit everything in my cheap B&D blender...

not bad..I think I didn't put enough nooch so the color is a bit reddish from the bell pepper...still yummy tho!

The result? It surely has that cheesy taste and a bit of spicy. I didn’t put too much chili powder. It’s quite aromatic probably due to the roasted flaxseeds.

steamed egg plants with Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip

And I also finally made Kale chips using some of the “Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip”

super crunchy and yet light! LOVE IT!!!

I made this Asian root soup (not sure what you call that “root” in English, it looks like a big yucca to me) on Saturday.

It was very easy to cook this root. Just peel off the skin, cut them about ½” thick, boiled in high heat and reduce to medium, half covered for about 40 minutes to an hour. I added a bit of dried scallops and a bit of salt to enhance the taste. The root itself has its own sweet taste, so the dried scallops could be omitted if you’re vegetarian/vegan.

Originally it was for my brother but my aunt mentioned it might not be good for him to have this as yet. I ended up having this for almost every single meal…Trust me, the soup is still there in the fridge and I’ve been having this for the past 3-4 days!! ARgh! Speaking of which, Ameena and Lynn are also writing about a fear of wasting food! I’m totally agree with them! I really hate to throw away food, unless it’s SPOILED. *SIGH* That means I have to endure another days finishing this soup.

Yesterday, I was having a mad morning rush. After finished with my morning workout, I had to get the congee to him so he could have a little meal in early morning, plus recording his body temperature.  I ate my bowl of oats super duper quick – like under a minute? I felt quite frustrated and even vented out a bit while walked out from the door. I admit it wasn’t a nice scene to watch, good thing nobody was around. I was even shouted out loud that “I can’t do this anymore! This is too crazy! I have my life too!”

I don’t usually shout out my frustration and anger that way, but when the time I was having too much pressure and stressed out, I could lose it. It’s bad, I know. I should be calmer.
After reading Averie’s post regarding full moon, I was thinking it might have some affect on me? But it was happening yesterday morning though…hmm…..But I also had a bit of hard time sleeping last night, which hasn’t happened to me for quite a while ever since I started exercise regularly.

I didn’t workout in the morning today. Went to bed a bit late after skyping with my mom, talked to her about stuff. She knew that K and I and even my aunt been busy taking care of my brother and she even thanking me for those. She even mentioned how my brother told her and my dad he felt really bad for troubling us because of his illness. I felt a bit of guilt inside hearing all of these. To be super honest, I WASN’T that THRILLED doing all of these. Those statements made me feel embarrassed on how I reacted to the situation. I know I’m still ended up doing whatever my aunts told me to do: cooked some good food for him, cleaned up after him, taking his body temperature, bought Chinese herbs and cook it, washed all of his clothing, bed sheets, blankets etc. And I even cleaned up his room! I WOULD NEVER DO this on regular basis. It angered me enough that he’s a super messy person and yet living under my roof. Don’t know what happened, originally I was only going to clean the upstairs rooms and vacuumed, but ended up starting with his room first. Oh well…I guess deep down inside I do want him to get better – so I can have my life back.. Heh! But seriously I couldn’t manage doing all of these if K is not around. I’m greatly thankful for his support in this tough time.

Anyway, I still could enjoy sometime with my girlfriends on Sunday. We went out for lunch at this Korean restaurant.


It was only 4 of us, ALL GIRLS. NO kids, no husbands, no boyfriends. Such a joy! We haven’t done this small gathering for quite a while as everyone is busy with her own thing. I like small gathering like this. I am a person who prefer a small group rather than a big one. Sadly I couldn’t join them for the mall though…had to go back home and taking care the ill brother. Such an “unintended mummy duty” haha!

Last but not least, here are bunch of food pictures in no particular order.

I got this brown rice crackers from korean supermarket. Not bad!

very light and crunchy..just a hint of sweetness..

actual brown rice - a bit soggy..put too much water. heck still finished it

My childhood favorite....a slice of toast with a bit of buttery spread and chocolate sprinkle!!

not quite a big fan of red meat, but once a while I do eat some beef steak

nothing beats plain yogurt with fresh strawberries!

how about plain yogurt with fresh orange? :p

sweet and sour salmon - my aunt even likes it!

red bean bread from Chinese bakery

ran out of almond milk - cooked oats in water...kinda blah but the pb and banana made it up

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6 Comments

Posted by on July 27, 2010 in food

 

6 responses to “Juggling stuff around

  1. Aletheia

    July 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    OH MY GOSH! Is that egg custard bread I see?!?!

    Your eats remind me so much of my childhood days. Good times. I LOVE those brown rice cakes!! They’re perfectly crispy, with just a SLIGHT hint of sweetness!! 🙂

    I hate wasting food too. But that’s also because I’m Asian. Hahaha. 🙂

    xoxo Aletheia

     
    • Jos

      July 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

      Actually this is my first time trying the brown rice crackers..haha. It’s surprisingly light and crispy. And yeah, I hate wasting food as well…and I’m also Asian. haha…

       
  2. Ameena

    July 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I have to say that I appeciate your honesty. I too would be so frustrated having to take care of someone on a continuous basis, and I too would feel guilty for saying so.

    That being said, I am so sorry your brother is so sick! He is lucky to have you to take care of him though, and it sounds like you are doing a really great job.

    I hope things get better soon!!

     
  3. jqlee

    July 28, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Hope he is feeling better. And ya, we hate doing all those things but we do it anyways. Initially it is annoying and stuff (and silly to admit) but once it’s said and done, you feel great about helping and providing care. At least I do. I might not want to do it but later on, it’s a good feeling too knowing that you helped make them feel better. And I know my sister would do the same for me. I bet your brother would too!

     
  4. squigglefloey

    July 28, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Oh gosh 😦 Hope your brother is doing better. Sounds like it’s pretty bad..how old is he?
    And he must be very grateful to have such a caring sister such as yourself. Sometimes in these situations family are the only people we can rely on to take care of us

    Take care of urself!

     

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