Saturday Random: no more low-carb, 36 questions, and some zen

Another Saturday Random! The week just flies by, doesn’t it?


Picture of the week:

 Dylan drawing on the large graffiti chalkboard at the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He didn’t want to leave this section!Basquiat AGO


Why can’t they create a hair colouring product that will just colour your grey hairs? You know, so you have instant highlights without messing with the colour of the rest of your hair?


I’ve been really tired for the past two weeks, and I was blaming it on Daylight Savings Time. But guess what? It wasn’t!

It appears it was my low-carb diet. I’ve been low-carb for a couple of months now. I looked it up, and for some people (not the majority), low-carb can produce heavy-duty fatigue.

That was exactly what I’d been feeling. Fatigue and brain fog. On Wednesday night, I had to sign out of my weekly writers chat on Google Hangouts early, I was so tired. I was in bed by eleven, which is early for me.

So I started adding carbs back into my diet on Thursday. And while the fatigue hasn’t instantaneously disappeared, I’m definitely not feeling that high level of exhaustion. Plus the brain fog has disappeared.

Not to mention, it’s been nice getting reacquainted with rice and potatoes. The only carbs I’m going to continue to eliminate are the sugary ones.


Ward and I went out last night for dinner so we could continue with the 36 questions that lead to love, which we decided to do last month to help strengthen our relationship.

We decided on a restaurant called the Spice Route, because Ward had noticed it on his way to the dentist one day and thought it looked interesting. The Yelp reviews were mixed, so we decided we’d just go and be okay with whatever happened.

And, as usually happens when you’ve decided you’re okay with having bleh food or bad service, we had fabulous, attentive service and the entrées we ordered were lovely. The same thing happened when we went out for dinner last month, too (I know, we only do this once a month—but hey, that’s better than not at all, right?).

So I’ve decided I should try to cultivate this attitude of being okay with what is.

As for the questions, we’re into Set III, the questions which feel a little odd because they really are meant to be asked by someone you don’t know that well. But it’s been fun and interesting so far—and it gives us something to talk about that’s not, you know, kids, bills, and work and home stuff.

12 thoughts on “Saturday Random: no more low-carb, 36 questions, and some zen

  1. Care


    I let my gray hairs be highlights! ha. My stylist said she would rather not dye my hair because they are coming in so random… Whatever. But it does help me remember when I last dyed my hair cuz I can honestly say it was years ago!

    Love the date night recaps. :) I love these random life posts, too because so much to comment on. I would LOVE to find a graffiti art show that allows play.

  2. rhapsodyinbooks

    I think most nutrutionists acknowledge there are “good” carbs and “bad” carbs. While of course the bad carbs are way more fun, the good ones can really make a difference for me too!

  3. Kay

    Hmmm…..gray hairs. Well, I gave up doing any coloring a few years ago. My hair is really short and it seemed a waste to color and then highlight when I got my hair cut so often. Plus it is thinning. Sigh. I’m OK with it. It would be nice if the they could just do the grays though. And have you noticed how gray hair is unruly and tiresome. Mine sticks out on one side at the temple and I have to sort of glue it down.

    Glad you are feeling better and your date nights sound fun. So what did you have to eat?

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve had similar results with low carb diets. I have a sugar disorder and I seem to need to carbs to keep myself on track. I’ve bookmarked the 36 questions for the sames reasons you list. I think it’d be fun to have something to talk about with my husband that isn’t the usual stuff. Have a great week!

  5. Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

    I would LOVE hair color that just colored the grey! Why hasn’t someone invented that yet? And while they’re at it, invent something so the grey hairs aren’t so unruly! I would definitely invest in that company!

    Glad to hear that you’re feeling better and got rid of the brain fog. I tried the low carb diet but missed bread too much. Thinking about eliminating sugar, but not fully committed yet.

    Love that you and the hubby have date nights once a month! That’s more than we’re able to do, so you’ve given me something to aspire to! Will check out the 36 questions, as they sound interesting.

    Have a great week!

    Terri @ Alexia’s Books and Such…

  6. Sarah's Book Shelves

    Interesting about the low-carbs/fatigue relationship! I usually eat low carb and try to keep the carbs I do eat to whole grains and eat them earlier in the day. I don’t cook carbs for dinner…but, I will eat them if I go out to dinner, which is usually once a week. I’ve been doing this for over 5 years now, so I don’t think I’m one of the ones affected by the fatigue, but it’s still interesting to know that can happen.

  7. Vasilly

    I’m glad you figured out what was causing your fatigue. That had to be challenging trying to get things done especially editing, and feeling so tired with brain fog. It’s funny how you mentioned hair coloring and I just finished coloring my mom’s hair! I don’t use hair dye because I almost always get horrible results. When I was younger, that never happened. The last time I dyed my hair, it turned out purple instead of red. Gah! :-)

  8. Ti

    I am always tired because of my low iron issue but there doesn’t seem to be any way to fix it permanently. All of my years eating gluten did its damage and now I cannot seem to absorb iron at all. So I am always tired but I do have varying degrees of tired. Today, somewhere in the middle.

    The hair color thing. There is this one dye made by Loreal that promises to do just that Mousse Absolue but I haven’t tried it. When my hairdresser does it, it doesn’t last nearly as long as my $6 box of Garnier which I can split into two treatments. Mine comes out super dark at first but after a couple of washes, it seems like the hair that didn’t need color loses the extra color and the previous grays look like highlights.

  9. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)

    I’ve never tried really low carb, but I’ve always been a bit skeptical that it would work for me. I like good healthy carbs for energy!

    I let gray hair be my highlights for many years until all the hairs got so pale that my face looked washed out. My stylist uses a color that’s lighter than my natural shade so it’s still darker in the back where I have some of my brunette showing through.


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