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We both got up bright and early to make it to the 8:4am Service at the National Cathedral. We managed to take our Breakfast of 1tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

During the service we noticed a woman hobbling into the service from the side entrance. She had a cane that she walked with and I also noticed,  she didn’t stand with the rest of us and had a bit of shake as she sat during the service.  I wasn’t sure what she had, but I knew there was a medical condition causing her to shake like that.

After I came back from taking the Eucarist I had to pass by her and I noticed she was crying. I asked her if she was O.K. and if there was anything I can do for her? She thanked me and told me she was alright.

But after the service, she seemed like she was in more pain and was crying more. So another person decided to get some help for her, while me and my girlfriend sat with her while they got her in a wheelchair to take her to the hospital. I found out while we were waiting with her that she has M.S. and that her name is Rachel. She also told me it was hell getting older and I asked her how old she was? She told me she was in her 40′s…. and I thought to myself, she’s not much older than I’m going to turn next month.

After everyone came and wisked her away I thought, could a vegan diet and drinking the Barley Max and Juicing help Rachel???? I guess I’ll never know the answer to that.

I found a Robeks Fruit Smoothie place to get a fresh Vegetable Juice after the service because I didn’t make anything before we left the house. And I remembered the Robeks has fresh juices on the menu. So I ordered an 12oz Carrot, Celery, Spinach Juice and was so happy to be able to get that out at a food place.

Then 30 minutes before lunch we took 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water and headed to Shamshuri Persian Restaurant. My girlfriend’s had Persian Food before and I knew she wasn’t going to eat a Beef Kabob, so I ordered the Salmon and Lima Bean Rice. We both split the meal, which was more than enough for the both of us. While we were waiting for the food though, I did order a Regular Tea and snacked on the White Flat Bread with Butter.

To help walk off some of the bad food we ate… we headed over to the Leesburg Outlet Mall to do some more shopping!!!

Unfortunately, the afternoon got away from us and we didn’t take our Mid Afternoon Juice or Barley Max. We did stop off at the Panera Bread near the Airport and had our final meal together of Half Greek Salad and Half Veggie Sandwich on Tomato Basil Bread. We said our goodbyes and Mike & I headed home for the Sunday Night T.V. Schedule of; Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters.

During the show, Mie and I polished off the rest of the Vanilla Lemon Whoopie Pie Cakes.

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National Cathedral

Rear Balcony

National Cathedral

Me & Mike

National Cathedral

Main Entrance

I got my Christmas wish this year…. attend midnight mass(10pm) at the Washington, D.C. National Cathedral.

What a beautiful experience that was…. I’m ashamed to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to church and this Christmas Eve Mass was wonderful to experience. I sang, I prayed, and I enjoyed the beautiful Sermun.

Afterwards… getting through the parking garage mess, we made it home after midnight. And I have to tell you, that was enough.

Before we left for the mass… around 8:30pm we munched on some Garden Green Salad, Whole Wheat Bread and Hummas for dinner. And that was filling enough to put me right ot bed.

Today, is Christmas… I’d like to catch the new movie, “It’s Complicated”. Should be fun…..

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Christmas Eve Lunch

Mike's Barley & Carrot Soup/Stew

Christmas Eve Lunch

Grilled Sweet Potatoes & Onions

Christmas Eve Lunch

Green Garden Salad

It’s tradition in my family to open one present on Christmas Eve… then go to Midnight Mass. This year I went to the Tyson’s Mall in Virginia with Mike so that he could by my gift… and I just opened it.!!!! Donna Karen’s Cashmere Mist Perfume.

So now, we’re getting ready to head out for Midnight Mass (10pm) at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. tonight. You have to have a ticket to get into the mass and I didn’t schedule ahead of time, so hopefully we’ll be able to get tickets tonight.?!?!

Both a little stuffed from lunch… we ate around 3pm because we had muffins and croissants this morning.

Lunch was a great Green Garden SaladGrilled Sweet Potatoes with Onions and left over Soup Mike’s Barley & Carrot Soup.

Green Garden Salad:
Baby Green Lettuce
Spinach
Orange Bell Pepper
Green Onions
Celery
Carrots
Tomato
Asparagus

Grilled Sweet Potatoes & Onions:
Sweet Potatoes
Onions
Olive Oil

Mike’s Barley & Carrot Soup:
Barley
Potato
Garlic
White Beans
Carrots
Lentils
Cabbage
Onions

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It’s not Christmas as I remember as a child…. I’m in a foreign city (Potomac, MD) with no family and friends. The stockings aren’t hung from the fireplace… and no presents under the non existant Christmas Tree. Mike is Jewish, so he doesn’t celebrate Christmas.:( And so now, I guess I don’t either. But I still plan on going to Midnight(10pm) mass at the National Cathedral in D.C. and then going to morning mass as well.

I also wanted to drive to New York City for the day and maybe hit Serendipity, walk around the Plaza, or eat at the restaurant in the Crysler Building or even catch a midday show?!?!?! But I think Mike has really put the brakes on that idea.

Boy he’s sounding alot like the Christmas Grinch!!!!!

My back is still not 100%… I have more mobility than Sunday, but there’s still pain. So I’m taking it Very Slow!!!!

I did head out this morning for a Tall Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte w/Soy and then I stopped off at the French Bakery for a Carrot & Zucchini Muffin, Bran Muff, and a Butter Croissant. I thought I’d start the day off with some sweets for a sour Mike. I ate the Carrot & Zucchini Muffin… it was delicious. Yum!!!! Yum!!!! Yum!!!!

P.S…. I did weigh myself Yesterday Morning and gained back 2lbs… I guess those treats and not working out have made their impact.!!!!:(

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