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Travels, a Disturbing Trend with Pillows, and a Kid Who Can’t Differentiate Foods…

FOOD

Okay, so I went out of town for a few days, and had some great food!  I also had lunch with a friend before I went, some simple eats and drinks, and a happy hour with D!  I also went to an International Food & Wine Fest, and while the vegan eats were plentiful, the ones I had were awesome!

smoothie time!

smoothie time!

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baked potato taco!

baked potato taco!

kung pao tofu

kung pao tofu

tofu and veggie curry

tofu and veggie curry

fried mushrooms out at happy hour with D on Wednesday!

fried mushrooms out at happy hour with D on Wednesday!

tofu lettuce wraps - part of the awesome lunch I split with SC at PF Chang's....

tofu lettuce wraps – part of the awesome lunch I split with SC at PF Chang’s….

Tom Kha soup

Tom Kha soup

red curry

red curry

tomato brushetta up in Charlottesville at my hotel...really a cold gazpacho on french bread slices.  REALLY tasty...

tomato brushetta up in Charlottesville at my hotel…really a cold gazpacho on french bread slices. REALLY tasty…

tofu lettuce wraps today

tofu lettuce wraps today

hummus, olive tapenade, and pita

hummus, olive tapenade, and pita

FITNESS

I really have been all about the runs lately.  Maybe it’s the traveling or the crazy life hours, but all I’ve really wanted to do is run.

Yesterday was one of those days where I figured I should run…but didn’t really want to.  Belly ache and tired from traveling, I laced up anyway and took off.  SO glad I did…by the time I got home I felt great.  That’s what I love about running…you lace up and head out on a rough day only committing to a nice walk….and end up having a great run.

LIFE

The past few days have been awesome.  Work was great, but so were other things.  Hopefully I’ll have more to write about that in the coming weeks, but I will say that the couple of days I spent out of town were wonderful.

Otherwise, I had my morning java on the back deck, got my morning pictures from D, had a great time in Charlottesville (seriously, they have a thing called Friday’s After Five where the whole community comes out to eat, drink, and listen to music!), snuggled with the fluff-balls, and hit up a food and wine fest with D.

java!

java!

happy hour with D on Wednesday.  I think he was trying to lick my face....

happy hour with D on Wednesday. I think he was trying to lick my face….

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more back deck java!

more back deck java!

an annoying trend I've noticed in hotels where they pile up mini-pillows....

an annoying trend I’ve noticed in hotels where they pile up mini-pillows….

went to see Tomorrowland and got my trade-able Disney Pin!

went to see Tomorrowland and got my trade-able Disney Pin!

this view never gets old.  It's my mornings, and I love it.

this view never gets old. It’s my mornings, and I love it.

Fun stuff from Charlottesville….

I didn't stop, but this sounded fantastic

I didn’t stop, but this sounded fantastic

they have a community chalkboard.  Everyone should have a community chalkboard.

they have a community chalkboard. Everyone should have a community chalkboard.

Wine and chocolate.  Cool.

Wine and chocolate. Cool.

Fridays' After Five!

Fridays’ After Five!

more Charlottesville fun

more Charlottesville fun

Food and Wine (and beer and champagne) fest fun!

me and D walking in....

me and D walking in….

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second selfie!

second selfie!

final selfie!!

final selfie!!

they had a Scotch tasting.  I didn't partake because I don't like it, but thought it was cool anyway.

they had a Scotch tasting. I didn’t partake because I don’t like it, but thought it was cool anyway.

I want to have this Irish fairy...

I want to have this Irish fairy…

Oh, and one silly story about R.  She’s 11 – going to be 12 at the end of summer.  She wanted to feed herself breakfast and went to make waffles in the toaster.  She proceeds to come up to my room to inform D and me there’s only one waffle left and it’s sitting in the toaster oven. Okay, someone else ate the waffles, so I go downstairs.

And find a veggie burger patty in my toaster oven.  Seriously.  My kid doesn’t know the difference between waffles and veggie burgers.  I’m clearly not raising a kid who can fend for herself….

Other pics!

another morning pic!

another morning pic!

me and Bumble snuggled up this morning

me and Bumble snuggled up this morning

Ginny invading our territory, and Bumble not completely freaking out (she did not long after)....

Ginny invading our territory, and Bumble not completely freaking out (she did not long after)….

Really, who wouldn’t love the week I’ve had??

My Kid is Part Penguin

FOOD

Okay, two weeks of eats.  I seriously can’t believe it’s been two weeks!  Needless to say…tons of good meals!

this dish was called am fog from this yummy place called Clementine's in Harrisonburg.  It represented the farm these mushrooms were grown on the mountain across the way.  On a risotto with asparagus, and I was in heaven!

this dish was called am fog from this yummy place called Clementine’s in Harrisonburg. It represented the farm these mushrooms were grown on the mountain across the way. On a risotto with asparagus, and I was in heaven!

vegan breakfast wrap from Yorgo's Bageldashery in Norfolk.  One of my very fav places.

vegan breakfast wrap from Yorgo’s Bageldashery in Norfolk. One of my very fav places.

Last Friday I made mushroom ragout with polenta and tofu.  This ragout dish is one of my favorites – takes about 2 1/2 hours, but is so worth it.

ragout ingredients.  Mushroom, carrots, bell peppers, celery.  So simple.

ragout ingredients. Mushroom, carrots, bell peppers, celery. So simple.

cook until juices run clear, add about 1 1/2 cups broth, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

cook until juices run clear, add about 1 1/2 cups broth, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

also made stuffed mushroom caps.  Vegan cream cheese, garlic, spices, and breadcrumbs.

also made stuffed mushroom caps. Vegan cream cheese, garlic, spices, and breadcrumbs.

pan cooking some seasoned tofu cutlets.

pan cooking some seasoned tofu cutlets.

not a great pic by any means, but it was still very good.

not a great pic by any means, but it was still very good.

so good, I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day!

so good, I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day!

my mother's day breakfast!  D is so cute...he doesn't know how to feed me (he tries, he really does), so he woke up early and drove out to Yorgo's for to buy breakfast!  And that's love right there, because we live a good 20-25 minutes away :)

my mother’s day breakfast! D is so cute…he doesn’t know how to feed me (he tries, he really does), so he woke up early and drove out to Yorgo’s for to buy breakfast! And that’s love right there, because we live a good 20-25 minutes away :)

Typical daily drinks.  Green juices and smoothies!

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Monday I decided to make Indian food.  Started the naan dough before work, and even got to use up some of my homemade soy yogurt.

using the mortar and pestle that D got for me at the Luray caverns last year.

using the mortar and pestle that D got for me at the Luray caverns last year.

homemade yogurt!  I let it incubate a long time because I love my yogurt tangy.  Perfect for curries.

homemade yogurt! I let it incubate a long time because I love my yogurt tangy. Perfect for curries.

homemade garlic naan.  Made 15 pieces.  I ate one, and there were none left after dinner.

homemade garlic naan. Made 15 pieces. I ate one, and there were none left after dinner.

dinner!  Herbed basmati rice, adzuki beans, potato curry, and cauliflower.

dinner! Herbed basmati rice, adzuki beans, potato curry, and cauliflower.

Makes this bowl of oatmeal seem boring….

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Tonight was dinner on the grill.  Eggplant, red onion, and bell pepper rings tossed in olive oil and then grilled – and then tossed again in hot sauce, tamari, and rice vinegar.  Served on a lavash with lettuce leaves, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar.  Oh, and a side of grilled asparagus.  SO GOOD.

before the grill....

before the grill….

after (they shrink so much!).

after (they shrink so much!).

tonight's eats

tonight’s eats

Other miscellaneous foods from the past two weeks….

another grill night - veggie burgers and mixed veggies (potatoes and broccoli I think).

another grill night – veggie burgers and mixed veggies (potatoes and broccoli I think).

you know I need at least one tofu green curry....

you know I need at least one tofu green curry….this was my Mother’s Day dinner (after drying off from Ana)

another great breakfast from Yorgo's!  I love having meetings down there in the morning.  Tofu, vegan cheese, and tempeh bacon on an everything bagel.

another great breakfast from Yorgo’s! I love having meetings down there in the morning. Tofu “egg”, vegan cheese, and tempeh bacon on an everything bagel.

linguine with tons of fresh garlic, olive oil, and mixed veggies.

linguine with tons of fresh garlic, olive oil, and mixed veggies.

don't judge.  Realized I was out of hot dog buns after the Tofurky kielbasa was cooking.  So I cut it and stacked in on a hamburger bun!

don’t judge. Realized I was out of hot dog buns after the Tofurky kielbasa was cooking. So I cut it and stacked in on a hamburger bun!

tofu teriyaki

tofu teriyaki

edamame

edamame

 

FITNESS

Quite literally, the only workouts the past two weeks have been runs.  It’s all I’ve had time for.  Luckily, I’m pretty much okay with that!

LIFE

You know, I think time is a tricky thing.  It goes by so quickly when you’re not paying attention!  Two weeks is a long time between posts, and I’m sorry.  Between D working nights, me getting a ridiculous sinus/ear infection (completely lost my hearing in my left ear for almost 2 days – freaked me right the heck out), a last minute work trip, and regular life….it’s remarkable how fast the time flies.

Mother’s day was nice – though we should have checked the weather for that whole “tropical storm” thing.  Alas, we went to the theme park anyway, managed to get one roller coaster down – before the sky opened up and the storms hit!  Seriously though, it was still a great time.

me and D when the kids went for round 2 on the Griffon

me and D when the kids went for round 2 on the Griffon

all of us drenched.  Cracks me up how unamused A is, and that R's nose is flaring so much.  They're clearly annoyed at the rain.

all of us drenched. Cracks me up how unamused A is, and that R’s nose is flaring so much. They’re clearly annoyed at the rain and even more annoyed that we stopped for a selfie.

Miscellaneous pics…

hello mountains!!  One of the things I love about Virginia.  We have it all - beaches, mountains, forests, cities, swamps (okay, I don't like swamps, but we have them), and everything in between.

hello mountains!! One of the things I love about Virginia. We have it all – beaches, mountains, forests, cities, swamps (okay, I don’t like swamps, but we have them), and everything in between.

rub da belly!!!

rub da belly!!!

no words other than Ginny doesn't look so much like a kitty anymore

no words other than Ginny doesn’t look so much like a kitty anymore

the girls in the front window when I left yesterday

the girls in the front window when I left yesterday

Love 80's music.  Okay...not music like Whitney Houston or Tiffany...but fun stuff, like Roxy Music.

Love 80’s music. Okay…not music like Whitney Houston or Tiffany…but fun stuff, like Roxy Music.

still my favorite room in the house!

still my favorite room in the house!

Probably the most fun thing is the pool was opened on Monday.  It was supposed to be last Friday, but the pool people had a truck breakdown, and we didn’t get done.

So Monday it was this green jello-looking thing, and by today, my family (NOT me), actually went in.

me Tuesday evening lying in one of the lounge chairs and reading.  It was almost 90 and perfect.

me Tuesday evening lying in one of the lounge chairs and reading. It was almost 90 and perfect.

yesterday R spent over an hour cleaning the pool.  Kid is desperate to get it ready.

yesterday R spent over an hour cleaning the pool. Kid is desperate to get it ready.

D, M, and A all jumped in this evening wearing their clothes.  Keep in mind it was in the 60's.

D, M, and A all jumped in this evening wearing their clothes. Keep in mind it was in the 60’s.

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this is me....on the chair with a hot cup of tea and a blanket.  While they swam.

this is me….on the chair with a hot cup of tea, new cookbook, and a blanket. While they swam.

she couldn't wait anymore.....

she couldn’t wait anymore…..

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I want you all to keep in mind that our pool is not heated.  And that water was in the pool ALL WINTER LONG.  And R swam for about 20 minutes before I made her get out for fear of hypothermia…..

She is clearly part penguin.

And finally, the morning pictures!

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okay, this was today's, and it's freaking me out how grown up R looks....

okay, this was today’s, and it’s freaking me out how grown up R looks….

 

Forgetting Not Everyone Eats Like Me

FOOD

Okay, so while people I meet don’t always eat like me (and I get that), it’s definitely worth trying.  I eat really good food (and mostly REAL food, not processed crap).  And if you ever meet me, you’ll know I’m not a starving vegan!

Before I get to the week’s food, the reason for my title has to do with a little neighborhood girl.  Incredibly sweet kid who’s a friend to my youngest, but I was reminded the hard way last night that most kids don’t eat like mine.  (new neighborhood, and new great friends – but most of the friends my kids’ have had since they were little eat here often).  I was not prepared.

Mine eat a lot of fresh fruits,veggies, and smoothies – and yes, we have some junk too (I mean really…who doesn’t love a bag of tortilla chips and spicy salsa?!?!), but I’m not used to kids who refuse food.  R had a friend come over last night, and I realized quickly when she wouldn’t eat dinner, that this little girl isn’t used to food like we eat it.

And no, I didn’t try to serve her crazy grub.  It was a typical dinner in my house – salad (with tons of do-it-yourself toppings and dressings, because we all have different tastes), maple roasted sweet potatoes, soup, and Tofurky.  Okay, I realize most kids may not grow up with tofu as a staple, but it is really yummy.  So I felt horrible when she wouldn’t even try anything – and asked for mac and cheese or chips.

simple salad with romaine, scallions, tomato, cucumber, and red bell pepper.   All other toppings were served ala carte.

simple salad with romaine, scallions, tomato, cucumber, and red bell pepper. All other toppings were served ala carte.  See those red onions in the top….pickled with lime juice.  Mainly just for me….

our fav sweet potatoes - roasted with olive oil and pure maple syrup.  SO GOOD.

our fav sweet potatoes – roasted with olive oil and pure maple syrup. SO GOOD.

for the more adult palate (this was mostly for me, A, and her friend M...who I've known since she was little and grew up eating in my house!)

soup for the more adult palate (this was mostly for me, A, and her friend M…who I’ve known since she was little and who grew up eating in my house!).

sliced Tofurky.  My omni family is always thrilled for this....which is why I thought it would be OK for a new young one.

sliced Tofurky. My omni family is always thrilled for this….which is why I thought it would be OK for a new young one.

We accommodated her, but it was strange.  Even my food allergy little one was trying to convince her to try things.  Alas.  Wasn’t going to happen.

This morning, she did eat the pancakes and watermelon I served.  But not the smoothie (coconut water, apple, banana, and strawberry – seriously tasty).  I’m sorry, but smoothies are the most brilliant thing ever as a parent.  I usually put kale or spinach in it, and my kids leave for school with most of their fruit and veggie servings in for the day.  Seriously, no down side there.

who wouldn't love to drink this??

who wouldn’t love to drink this??

first watermelon of the season!!!

first watermelon of the season!!!

Okay, on to pictures of some of the week’s other eats!

coconut water, pineapple, banana, grapefruit,  and spinach.

coconut water, pineapple, banana, grapefruit, and spinach.

made more than I anticipated!

made more than I anticipated!

mostly the same smoothie (I have to finish up those grapefruit!), but added some kale and Vega powder.

mostly the same smoothie (I have to finish up those grapefruit!), but added some kale and Vega powder.

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decided to do a full day of smoothies.  Blueberry and coconut, two of pineapple/kale/ginger, and a savory one of bok choy, cucumber, jalapeno, miso, and tahini.  I felt so good by the end of this day!  (Thursday).

decided to do a full day of smoothies. Blueberry and coconut, two of pineapple/kale/ginger, and a savory one of bok choy, cucumber, jalapeno, miso, and tahini. I felt so good by the end of this day! (Thursday).

a flatbread wrap with a hummus base and tons of veggies, like sliced cuc, red pepper, and spinach.

a flat-bread wrap with a hummus base and tons of veggies, like sliced cuc, red pepper, and spinach.

spicy tofu soup!  One of my fav quick meals.  We had some nasty chilly and wet weather this week, so it was perfect.

spicy tofu soup! One of my fav quick meals. We had some nasty chilly and wet weather this week, so it was perfect.

meal out.  Not the best, but an eggplant and fresh tomato sauce over pasta.

dining meal out. Not the best nutritionally, but an eggplant and fresh tomato sauce over pasta.  It was tasty :)

This afternoon I made some snack bars.  They’re sweet and yummy and full of great energy.

after mixed up and chilled.

after mixed up and chilled.

bars of snacks ready for the week!

bars of snacks ready for the week!

wrapped individually and ready to take on the road (I'm on a work trip this week) and in lunches for the young ones.

wrapped individually and ready to take on the road (I’m on a work trip this week) and in lunches for the young ones.

FITNESS

This week has honestly been crazy.

Exams, D working nights, the kids having friends over like it’s a revolving door, work, and nearing the end of the school year….it was amazing I did anything at all!

The best was today though.  I went for a run this morning through the neighborhood.  The sky’s dried up and it was this great in-between temperature.  A t-shirt was enough, but I never overheated.  I know those days are dwindling as summer gets here (and that is NOT a complaint….I love summer), but it’ll be one of the last weekends where I can run at 10am and it not be too hot and humid.

LIFE

It’s been a good, if not hectic week.  Nothing new there!

With D on nights, it’s been a bit crazy.  He does so much (especially in the mornings), that I found I had to rearrange my early meetings to accommodate.  As a result, I even had a #morningpicture with me in it!  My oldest, A, took R to school on Friday, but was having none of the daily selfie tradition.

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okay, this was taken right before R’s orchestra concert this week. It was SO good.

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okay, so this isn't a morningpicuture...it was taken before D went to work tonight...but it's still so bloody cute.

okay, so this isn’t a morningpicuture…it was taken before D went to work tonight…but it’s still so bloody cute.

My son is about to graduate from high school in a few weeks.  He’s been very active in drama (and if you read previous posts, he’s quite amazing…and that’s NOT just mamma’s pride talking), and this weekend is his last high school performance.  He was in the Addams’s Family musical as the straight laced dad of the normal boy that falls in love with Wednesday.  The entire cast has done a great job, and even though he plans to be an English teacher (and we all know how often we change majors, so we’ll see how that plays out), I still hope he plans to stay active in theater in college.  He’s really good!

S and R at the show last night!

S and R at the show last night!

standing in line to get an autograph from Lurch.  Seriously, he was hilarious.

standing in line to get an autograph from Lurch. Seriously, he was hilarious.

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pics with Lurch!

pics with Lurch!

autographs from Fester

autographs from Fester.  He was ridiculously good.  I love that I’ve known most of these kids for years.

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getting Lucas' dad's pic (aka Mal Beineke...aka my son M!)

getting Lucas’ dad’s autograph (aka Mal Beineke…aka my son M!)

a proud sister on the far right with M!

a proud sister on the far right with M!

So yeah.  That’s been my week.  I leave you with miscellaneous pics….

what, you're reading???  Seriously, just snuggle me instead....

what, you’re reading??? Seriously, just snuggle me instead….she started out ON the book…

Ginny is the most non-catlike cat ever.  She loves to lie upside down.  We call it her flop.  Ginny flops....

Ginny is the most non-catlike cat ever. She loves to lie upside down. We call it her flop. Ginny flops….

oh what, the cabinet is open?!  Clearly that's meant for me...

oh what, the cabinet is open?! Clearly that’s meant for me to explore…

snugly baby.

snugly baby.

last, but not least....my oldest with her (recent) boyfriend J.  Nice kid.  Time will tell...

last, but not least….my oldest with her (recent) boyfriend J. Nice kid. Time will tell…

 

 

Oh Spring, How I Love/Hate You

FOOD

So last week Wednesday was national empanada day!  I wasn’t able to celebrate properly, so we had a delayed feast this weekend.  I made empanadas, rice and beans, a cabbage salad, and a spicy green sauce.  Not a hungry belly left!

Crissie’s Attempt to Recreate the Epcot Mexican Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 roma tomato, diced small
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or sweetener of choice – I used raw sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  • mix everything together!
  • let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to meld flavors
rolled out and cut dough circles, ready to go!

rolled out and cut dough circles, ready to go!

ready to bake

ready to bake

ingredients ready for the beans

ingredients ready for the beans

spicy green sauce ingredients before....

spicy green sauce ingredients before….

...and after!

…and after!

DINNER!  As a side note, D fell in love with the slaw at Epcot, and while I didn't recreate it exactly, I think it was pretty close...and was well received!

DINNER! As a side note, D fell in love with the slaw at Epcot, and while I didn’t recreate it exactly, I think it was pretty close…and was well received!

For breakfast yesterday, I may have gone a bit overboard on my smoothie, and ended up with two to-go cups!  Lasted me half the day, so that was totally awesome.

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Last night D and I went to run errands (IE – buying chaise lounges for the pool!) and we went out for Japanese food.  After miso, yakisoba, edamame, and a veggie roll, I was beyond stuffed.

D thinks miso looks like brains....

D thinks miso looks like brains….

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Perhaps because I had such a big dinner, I haven’t had much of an appetite today.  A simple stir fry of tofu, red onion, garlic, bell pepper, and coconut aminos has been enough so far.

FITNESS

I actually went to yoga on Sunday.  I haven’t gone to a physical class since LC and I went in January to her studio.  It’s not that I don’t love it and miss it – because both are true – but I think I’ve been a bit depressed about it.  Here’s what I mean…

I really want to be a yoga teacher.  Like, a lot.  I’ve had this goal for years, and had finally committed to doing it.  I spent the year socking money away, and was going to start my 9 month teacher training this past December.  I was all set and excited and ready to go!

And then life got in the way.  I had to take a serious look at if I could actually fit it into my life at this point, and the sad (but honest) answer was no.  I went into a soft of yoga funk after that, and couldn’t bring myself to hit the studio.  And then we bought a house, moved, and had all sorts of other things come up, so it started to be easy to not go.  I’d log into Yogaglo and do some classes at home (or in the hotel), or do some simple sequences on my own, but hadn’t actually hit the studio.

It was time.

Unfortunately, I didn’t go to my normal studio and went to one I used to go to.  I did that because 1 – they had a class at a time that suited my schedule better, and 2 – I think I have some trepidation of going to the studio where I failed to start yoga teacher training.

Bad move.  I really disliked the class.  A lot.  It didn’t feel balanced, and the instructor yelled out quite loudly.  And talked about herself a lot.  Basically, the class was not my speed, and I’m actually sorry I went.  I didn’t want my first day back on the mat in a studio to be a bad experience.  One the plus side, I think I’m ready to head back to my home studio.

Today was a muggy run between the storms.  Thankfully it felt better than my run on Saturday, though my pace was a bit slower.  Funny how that works :)

LIFE

Spring has sprung, the air is green, and I am sneezing at EVERYTHING.

I always get excited for Spring.  It marks the end of Winter (and I HATE winter….I hate being cold more than almost anything else) and is a signal that days are going to get longer and warmer.

And then I start to see the pollen, and everything gets a thick covering of green.  I throw open the windows to welcome in the warm air and light and revel in the day – and then spend the evening scrubbing the table tops and floors to make the green sheen go away.

And I sneeze.  All the time.

I can’t wear contacts because my eyes burn and occasionally swell shut.  Forget mascara!

And I am reminded that the only season I really need is summer.  Things bloom without trying to kill me, the days are really warm and sunny, and there are no coating of green hell powder over everything.

So come on Spring, you’ve outlived your welcome.  Bring on summer.

In the mean time, some random extra pics from the past week!

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this one followed M around

this one followed M around

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the #morningpictures are back!!

the #morningpictures are back!!

a girl and her lazy cat (that would be me and Bumble)

a girl and her lazy cat (that would be me and Bumble)

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yeeessss.....

yeeessss…..

 

Craving Boring

Okay, so I hope that this is the last long absence between blogs.  I’ve had a lot of personal issues going on – that I’m not going to go into detail over – but needless to say, my energies have been focused elsewhere.  I think about blogging often, and I’ve missed it.  As things are hopefully stabling out here, my posting will go back to being much more consistent.  Thanks for sticking with me!

FOOD

Well, two weeks of eats have been more than I can probably document, but I sure am going to try!  Most of these have been on the road (as I’ve done a ton of traveling the past week).

if you have people in your life who struggle to think that a vegan meal can be hearty, comforting, and tasty - this is the book for you!  TONS of family favorites come out of this tome in our house.

if you have people in your life who struggle to think that a vegan meal can be hearty, comforting, and tasty – this is the book for you! TONS of family favorites come out of this tome in our house.

here are all the ingredients stacked up for one of those!  A delicious chili mac.

here are all the ingredients stacked up for one of those! A delicious chili mac.

 

not much leftover after this meal!

not much leftover after this meal!

sweet potato and chickpea salad

sweet potato and chickpea salad

thai soup

thai soup

oatmeal (only bfast food you can ever get while traveling!)

oatmeal (only bfast food you can ever get while traveling!)

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one of my fav meals.  Lentils, pita, hummus, olives, couscous, and tabbouleh

one of my fav meals. Lentils, pita, hummus, olives, couscous, and tabbouleh

fakin BBQ chicken breast and a roasted corn salad

fakin BBQ chicken breast and a roasted corn salad

strawberry margarita!

strawberry margarita!

part of yesterday's breakfast - hopefully the last meal on the road for a long time!  Began with a Lumi juice of lemon, beet, celery, and parsley

part of yesterday’s breakfast – hopefully the last meal on the road for a long time! Began with a Lumi juice of lemon, beet, celery, and parsley

followed by vegan and gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with berries

followed by vegan and gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with berries

and finally, last night's dinner.  Grilled portabella mushrooms and a teriyaki ramen and broccoli salad.

and finally, last night’s dinner. Grilled portabella mushrooms and a teriyaki ramen and broccoli salad.

FITNESS

I went for a run last night and it was just brutal.  I struggled through the entire thing, and that was a very demoralizing feeling.  I do feel like my fitness levels have dropped the past few months, and it’s time to focus on rebuilding base mileage and strength.  It sounds weird, but I’m really looking forward to it!  I have a lot of fitness related resources around me, so taking advantage of them shouldn’t be difficult for me as long as I make the time!

LIFE

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of chaos, fear, sadness, stress, but with some happy times thrown in too.  To but it bluntly, it’s been highly overwhelming.  I don’t often put myself at the top of my to-do list, but that’s something I want to work on.  Something that I need to work on.  I need to understand that I can be there for others without sacrificing my own well being.  So yeah, new goal for me!

We took a short trip this past week to Florida, which was mostly wonderful.  It was a break (mentally and physically) I didn’t realize I needed.  I will admit that I had some guilt too in going, but I’m mostly over that.  I didn’t take too many pictures (D did that!), but I know that R and M had a great time, and that was the whole point anyway!

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Today is my first full day back home.  I’m doing meal planning, grocery shopping, garden planning (planting next weekend!), laundry, organizing, and a few other things I need to get done.  And through it all, I’m so excited to do something routine and mundane!  Yes, I’m craving boring!  Not sure how long that will last, but for now, that’s my plan.  I’m all “excited” out!.

So, I hope your Sunday is exactly what you want it to be!

Swinging in the Rain (and a stir fry recipe!)

FOOD

A few highlights from my week (and a recipe if you keep going!).

roasted asparagus with sea salt and lemon.  Simple, but amazing.

roasted asparagus with sea salt and lemon. Simple, but amazing.

on of my very favorite soups - ginger carrot.

on of my very favorite soups – ginger carrot.

I normally prefer to make my own juices, but its been so hectic lately, that this was better than no juice at all!

I normally prefer to make my own juices, but its been so hectic lately, that this was better than no juice at all!

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my go-to lately (mainly because I have only frozen berries left!). 1 cup vanilla coconut milk, 4 cups kale, 1 banana, 1/2 c frozen mixed berries, 2 tbsp brown rice protein powder, 1 tbsp cocoa nibs, and a splash of vanilla.

my go-to lately (mainly because I have only frozen berries left!). 1 cup vanilla coconut milk, 4 cups kale, 1 banana, 1/2 c frozen mixed berries, 2 tbsp brown rice protein powder, 1 tbsp cocoa nibs, and a splash of vanilla.

simple and clean.  Quinoa, pinto beans, corn, green beans, and a bit of hot sauce.

simple and clean. Quinoa, pinto beans, corn, green beans, and a bit of hot sauce.

Tofurky kielbasa with mustard and sauerkraut.

Tofurky kielbasa with mustard and sauerkraut.

AC and I went out to dinner at a restaurant in Norfolk called Supper Southern Morsels and it was totally amazing.  I had a salad and a Gardein Jambalaya that was ridiculous.  It’s a cute place, and I can’t wait to go back when it’s warm out since they have rooftop dining!

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we ended up at Bardo's after dinner for dessert and a drink. No vegan desserts, but spring rolls worked nicely!

we ended up at Bardo’s after dinner for dessert and a drink. No vegan desserts, but spring rolls worked nicely!

I had a great tofu scramble burrito at Harrison’s Cafe too!

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Friday night it was just me and R (D was at M’s rehearsal to take pictures of everything and head shots of the actors), so after doing some summer clothes shopping, we stopped at Moe’s to bring home for dinner.

life is too short to skip the shell!

life is too short to skip the shell!

But onto the fun stuff!  I finally went grocery shopping today and whipped up this stir fry for dinner tonight.  D and I have both had a craving for it, and this time, I actually wrote down what I did!  Feel free to mix up the veggies used – that’s the nice thing about stir fry!

Crissie’s Sweet & Sour Tofu Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large can of cubed pineapple in juice (keep the juice)
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into large wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large squares
  • 1 small can diced water chestnuts
  • 1 small can bamboo shoots
  • 1 can bean sprouts (or use fresh)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp mirin (or regular white vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

Directions

  • In a very large pan or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add tofu, and stir until starting to brown on all sides.
  • Add garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add red onion and bell pepper and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle a few shakes of red pepper flakes. I did about 3 shakes since my young one doesn’t like super spicy.
  • Meanwhile, pour the pineapple juice into a measuring cup.  Add enough water or veggie broth to make 1 1/2 cups.  Add in the ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and corn starch.  Mix well and set aside.
  • Add the broccoli and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and pineapple.  Stir well.
  • Add the liquid and bring the heat to high until it starts to boil.  Once it boils, turn down to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  • Add bean sprouts and heat through.
  • Salt and extra soy sauce at the table for everyone to adjust to taste.

We ate ours over brown rice, and it was awesome.  This made about 8 servings.

everything ready to go!

everything ready to go!

the dinner table (complete with chop sticks for everyone!)

the dinner table (complete with chop sticks for everyone!)

a close up of the finished dish.

a close up of the finished dish.

It was a huge hit, and definitely something that will go in the regular rotation.

FITNESS

Today was the first day in weeks that I’ve been able to hit the gym.  I’ve gotten in runs and some body weight workouts at home, but I did miss my gym.

Today I went and spent 75 minutes doing cardio. My gym has a cinema room, and today’s feature was Avatar!  I love that movie.  Anyway, I hopped on the elliptical and watched the last half hour of the movie.

Then it was into the main room for 45 minutes on the treadmill.  I normally really hate treadmills (that whole “I feel like a hamster” thing), but I’m not dealing well with the cold.  So, 45 minutes of running in place it was!

I have to say I love my new Microsoft Band.  It not only keeps constant track of my heart rate, but I can also download workouts to it.  Every time I need to do the next exercise (or bump up the speed or incline), it vibrates on my wrist and displays the next activity.  Oh, and it also does texts, emails, sleep tracker, weather, and any number of other things.  Yeah, it was worth the wait.

LIFE

It is SO nice to be back home.  Traveling is fun, and I do enjoy it, but lately its been a bit too much.  When my young one goes to the nurses office complaining of a stomach ache – and then tells the nurse that she misses her mom – I know that enough is enough, and I’m glad the crazy work travels are over for now.

One thing that always brighten’s my day is D’s morning picture with R.  He takes them every day – and I do post them most days on Instagram.  When I travel, they’re even more important to me.  Love seeing these every day!

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she's loving her Lifeguard hoodie from San Diego!

she’s loving her Lifeguard hoodie from San Diego!

I’ve been sad that the weather got cold here again.  It’s crazy – normally by this time we’re in full blown allergy hell (not that I miss that) and it’s consistently warm.  Having weather in the 40’s the past few days has really sucked.

One evening this week, R and I went for a walk to a local park and hung out.  It was fun.  We chatted, hung out on the swings, and then commented on all the front doors on the houses we walked past on the way home.  Long story, but I’ve noticed that there’s a high propensity of red doors in Virginia, and we were sort of counting.  And that led to commentary on if we thought someone’s door matched their house well or not.  Still, it was fun.

wee one on the swing

wee one on the swing

swing selfie!

swing selfie!  In the rain, no less!

Last night I went out with AC.  I swear, I think it’s been going on 2 months since I’ve seen her.  We had dinner, caught up, and started plotting our next girls trip to somewhere warm and fun.

Today was sleeping WAY in (like, until 11.  Which is something I never do, so that was exciting).  Then it was meal planning, the gym, grocery shopping, errand running, and the cooking!  Now it’s time to chill, read, and get ready for the week ahead.

Cheers!

 

Too Young to Drive a Buick, Why my Left Butt Cheek Hurts, and Other Random Updates

FOOD

A girl can eat a lot in a week.  And as seem to be par for the course, I have a week’s worth of food to update you on!

 

lunch with a co-worker at the Yardhouse last Wed resulted in a vegan Gardein and brown rice delight!

lunch with a co-worker at the Yardhouse last Wed resulted in a vegan Gardein and brown rice delight!

too tired for actual food on Thursday resulted in olives, bread, and wine as my meal of the day.

too tired for actual food on Thursday resulted in olives, bread, and wine as my meal of the day.

simple dinner of tofu, potatoes, green beans, and corn baked in a sage gravy and a side of sweet carrots

simple dinner of tofu, potatoes, green beans, and corn baked in a sage gravy and a side of sweet carrots

it's a green smoothie, but berries overpower kale in color!

it’s a green smoothie, but berries overpower kale in color!

tofu green curry out with D on Friday night!

tofu green curry out with D on Friday night!

my brother in law tailored their taco dinner on Saturday for my dietary habits.  Whole grain tortilla, black beans, rice, and veggies

my brother in law tailored their taco dinner on Saturday for my dietary habits. Whole grain tortilla, black beans, rice, and veggies

welcome to Wisconsin!!!  Pretzel rolls with root beer mustard.

welcome to Wisconsin!!! Pretzel rolls with root beer mustard.

FITNESS

Okay, so my new fitness band arrived!  After losing my FitBit, I’ve had my sights on the Microsoft Band for several months.  It’s back in stock, and I’m the proud new owner of one.  I love it.  It not only tracks all my fitness stats and constant heart rate, I also get text messages, emails, and can see when phone calls come in.  Yow.  I’m in love.

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My fav workout this past week was a 4 miler made up mostly of sprints.  It was a few days ago, I hadn’t slept in days (jet lag, D snoring, and a craptastic mattress), and in my complete stressed out nuttiness…D brought me coffee after work.  I was such a bundle of bad energy, that I thought I’d go for a slow run to try and regain some metal focus.  I hauled butt and loved it.

I will claim that 3 rounds of bowling yesterday were also exercise because it’s the only explanation I have for why my left butt cheek has been sore all day.

LIFE

Okay, so in my last blog post I was in sunny California.  I finally got back home to Virginia, and my jet lag kicked in.  Going to bed at 10pm felt silly, and for two nights, I got no more than 2 hours of sleep each night.

Really quickly, a note about last Sunday.  If you’re not yet aware (new reader) my youngest has severe nut allergies.  She had her first reaction from cross contamination.  I was in CA, and D took her to the hospital.  She was a trooper (called me so I could listen to her breathe, because apparently she was more worried about me than herself!).

my baby girl with a swollen mouth.  Her breathing was fine, and they treated and monitored her to be sure she was okay.  Poor baby.

my baby girl with a swollen mouth. Her breathing was fine, and they treated and monitored her to be sure she was okay. Poor baby.

My reprieve at home was brief though, as I hopped on a plane heading to Madison, WI at the crack of dawn on Saturday (4 am wake up time after only 4 hrs of sleep).  I had a 3 hr delay in Chicago, which is just silly.  I got to WI around noon, got my rental car, and drove into Milwaukee to visit family.  That’s the nice thing about working with a software company based in my home state – lots of free trips home.

A quick note about my rental car.  I walked up to the counter to check in as I awaited my luggage (nice thing about a smaller airport – rental cars on site!).  Anywho….the clerk informed me that I had my choice between a Buick Regal and a Chevy Equinox.  With a straight and sincere face, informed her that I was WAY too young to drive a Buick.

I spent just 24 hrs with family, but it was still nice.  I stayed with my sister and her family, and while we had planned to hit up a martini bar in her area, I was just too fried, so we opted for jammies and wine and catching up.

Saturday we hung out and then met up with my parents to go bowling!  No kidding, I can’t remember the last time I went bowling.  My brother in law thought it would be funny to spell my name wrong (I suspect he really didn’t know he was doing in – despite the MANY years we’ve been related – and tried to play if off as a joke).  I replied in kind by kicking his butt in two of three games.  And he has his own shoes and ball, so you know he’s near pro and all that.

names have been blacked out to protect the innocent.  On the left are me (in all the misspelled glory), and my niece and nephew.  On the right, is my sister on top and BIL on the bottom.

names have been blacked out to protect the innocent. On the left are me (in all the misspelled glory), and my niece and nephew. On the right, is my sister on top and BIL on the bottom.

It may have helped that I bowled with my niece and nephew in the bumper lanes.

And despite coming from a family that are die hard football and college basketball fans, I did not get that gene.  Every screen in the bowling alley, save one, was playing basketball.  Know what was on the other?  The only game I care about.  Soccer.  With my fav team.  CHELSEA.  So, the bartender switched the screen near our lane (much to my family’s dismay) to the Chelsea v Hull City game, and I got to actually watch my blues win.  So, in summary, I kicked butt in bowling (ish) and watched my fav team win.  Good times.  Beer may have helped.

Go Chelsea!!!

Go Chelsea!!!

After bowling, I had to hit the road back to Madison to check into my hotel and the conference.  And you know what happened as I was leaving a dinner?  IT WAS SNOWING.  I left Wisconsin for a reason many, many years ago, and the complete disregard for warm weather was a big motivating factor.  Someone tell these weather gods that it’s spring.

I seriously had to scrape my windows with a coffee cup lid.  I hate snow.

I seriously had to scrape my windows with a coffee cup lid. I hate snow.

I admit that after doing some required reading, I went to bed freakishly early.  Like 830pm early.  My hotel has a sleep number bed and I’m a BIG fan.  I slept like a baby for 10 hours.  I feel like a new woman!

The conference today was really good.  I always love coming to Epic – they have a great business philosophy and the most amazing work campus I have ever seen.  The sessions were informative, I got to see a lot of people I hadn’t in a long time, and overall – it was good times.

I’m now back in my hotel vacillating from reading about organizational behavior and government electronic surveillance.  So a mental health break to blog was totally warranted.

I leave you with miscellaneous pictures for the week!

First, the morning pictures!

I'm out of town, so R doesn't have to comb her hair apparently.

I’m out of town, so R doesn’t have to comb her hair apparently.

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Pics from the amazing Epic campus.  Lots of themed rooms and all local art.

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a ride able banana made of bottle caps.

a ride able banana made of bottle caps.

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YESSSSSS

YESSSSSS

conference room.  "one does not simply walk into mordor"...

conference room. “one does not simply walk into mordor”…

a happy place

a happy place

theirs is not bigger on the inside, but that's okay

theirs is not bigger on the inside, but that’s okay

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And finally, “others”.

what is it with cats and suitcases?  Ginny taking a nap as I unpack from one trip and try to pack for the other.

what is it with cats and suitcases? Ginny taking a nap as I unpack from one trip and try to pack for the other.

I realized that Bumble was sleeping on my bed as I tried to fold wash on Friday....and in the same pose as Ginny in the suitcase on the floor.

I realized that Bumble was sleeping on my bed as I tried to fold wash on Friday….and in the same pose as Ginny in the suitcase on the floor.

he sent me this Saturday morning.  Oh my gosh, I'm married to him!  He's SO CUTE!!!

he sent me this Saturday morning. Oh my gosh, I’m married to him! He’s SO CUTE!!!

 

 

Board Game Victory! Savoring It While I Can….

FOOD

I honestly can’t recall everything I ate this week, but it’s been pretty typical fare.  Here’s what I have pics of!

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I made black bean and sweet potato chili with corn bread for our bloody mary and board game lunch!

I made black bean and sweet potato chili (in the pressure cooker!) with corn bread for our bloody Mary and board game lunch!

the beginning of the Bloody Mary Bar!  Most of the condiments weren't out yet.

the beginning of the Bloody Mary Bar! Most of the condiments weren’t out yet.

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tofu green curry.  It was only OK.  Not from one of my two usual places.

tofu green curry. It was only OK. Not from one of my two usual places.

veggie pizza

veggie pizza

veggie pho.  Also only "ok".

veggie pho. Also only “ok”.

caramel apple bars.  Smelled wonderful, but couldn't try them because of the apple allergy.  I did, however, have some of the leftover caramel!

caramel apple bars. Smelled wonderful, but couldn’t try them because of the apple allergy. I did, however, have some of the leftover caramel!

snow day breakfast of oats with banana, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup.

snow day breakfast of oats with banana, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup.

FITNESS

It was so nice to get back to the gym after the thaw.  I did two new classes and really enjoyed them both.

BodyPump is a barbell class that combines weight training and some cardio.  It was really awesome, and I love that they have this class really early in the morning most days.

Mixxedfit is the other one.  Best way to describe it is a hip hop dance class on boot camp steroids.  They make a point of not liking to be compared to the “other” dance class….which I assume means Zumba.  I suppose it could mean Jazzercise, but I’m not sure that’s actually a thing anymore!  Anyway…big movements, intense on the cardio side, and incorporates non-dance moves like squats.  Overall, it was fun and so challenging I honestly wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish it.  I’m sure I also looked completely ridiculous.

Otherwise I did runs and circuits.

LIFE

This past week has been a bit difficult and I’m frankly incredibly exhausted.  Hopefully things will even out soon.

On Sunday KP and NS came over for Bloody Mary’s, board games, and girl time.  We mostly just sat at the kitchen table and talked and drank our Bloody Mary’s and mimosas and ate lunch.  We did play two games though.  One is called the table cube which isn’t actually a game per se, but a deck of cards with questions that encourages conversation.  I do have to say that we got the card no vegan wants to get (and all 3 of us are)….which animal would you leave off the ark?!  It was actually kind of funny.  Ticks and mosquitos were chosen!

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We also played Sorry and R joined us for that.  For once, I actually won.  I don’t win games often!  I think I grounded R a few times for bumping me off the board (or showing KP and NS how they could bump me off).  It didn’t work though.  She called my bluff.

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It snowed again last night, so we’re all home today, even D.  I went up to A’s school yesterday to bring her home for a long weekend.  She was already planning on coming home, but we were worried with the impending storm, that we wouldn’t be able to.  Problem solved!

Hope you’re all staying dry and warm, wherever you are!

Bumble and Ginny sharing some sunshine!  They're definitely hanging out more, which is cool to see.

Bumble and Ginny sharing some sunshine! They’re definitely hanging out more, which is cool to see.

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a girl and her kitty!

a girl and her kitty!

 

Beware the Flamethrower

FOOD

We have spent several days cooped up due to Snowmageddon 2015, so the first part of the week were throw together meals of what I had on hand.

an Instant Pot meal (which is a pressure cooker for those who don't know) of tofu, cabbage, yukon potatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, and tamari.  Really, really yummy.

an Instant Pot meal (which is a pressure cooker for those who don’t know) of tofu, cabbage, Yukon potatoes, carrots, onion, ginger, garlic, and tamari. Really, really yummy.

green smoothies!  Kale, banana, coconut milk, clementine, and chia seeds.

green smoothies! Kale, banana, coconut milk, clementine, and chia seeds.

mushroom rice over romaine

mushroom rice over romaine

The mushroom rice was inspired by JL Goes Vegan’s book Vegan Pressure Cooking, which is a family favorite!

more tofu/veggie fun with some leftover cornbread from the weekend.

more tofu/veggie fun with some leftover cornbread from the weekend.

On Wednesday D and I had to leave the house for a doctor’s appointment, so we decided since we were out, we’d go out to lunch.  We went to a local place that makes really great veggie burgers and, totally hungry, I ordered The Flamethrower.  Replete with pickled jalapenos, onions cooked in hot pepper sauce, fresh peppers, and extra pepper sauce.  It was awesome.  And I hurt ALL day after.  Seriously…beware the flamethrower….

I didn’t eat the rest of the day.  Never.  Again.  (Maybe…)

Today I went out to lunch with AC and HF.  Yardhouse has a Gardein menu, so it was the Orange Peel Chick’n with brown rice for me!  And a white ale.

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spaghetti squash in the pressure cooker - perfect in 3 minutes!

spaghetti squash in the pressure cooker – perfect in 3 minutes!

spaghetti squash stir fry!

spaghetti squash stir fry!

FITNESS

We were literally snowed and iced in most of the week, so there was a drop off in my gym going fun for a few days.  I did some workouts at home – mostly kickboxing.

Today I was back in the gym for Zumba and some running on the treadmill.

As an FYI, we’re breaking records for cold in Virginia right now.  Like record’s from the 1890’s.  And I saw a guy run past my house yesterday in shorts and a knit cap.  Idiot.

LIFE

I have literally been working from home all week.  Kids had off Monday for President’s day, and every other day this week their school has been canceled because of the weather.  It only snowed one night, but since we have no resources here to clean it, the roads have been nothing but ice.  Cold temps and bursting pipes are a problem around here, so in we mostly stayed.

The benefit of working from home is pajamas all day.  My neighbor stopped by a couple times this week, and I swear I started feeling self conscious about my jammie and sweatshirt attire.  The downside of working from home is it’s easy to sit in front of a computer and not move for a good 15 hours.  I will say I got a TON done.

D had a follow-up procedure on Wednesday to see if he’s healing from his Crohn’s flare in Nov/Dec.  On the down side, we had to brave some really treacherous roads.  On the plus side, hardly anyone else did, so he was seen on time and there was hardly anyone in the hospital waiting room.  So I set up my Surface Pro 3 and worked!

Oh!  and D took me to the movies.  I love the movies but rarely have time to go anymore.  However, he knew how much I wanted to see The Kingsman (I’m sorry, but Colin Firth and Mark Strong are amazing), and it didn’t disappoint.  Best movie I’ve seen in a LONG time.

HF is in town, so she and AC and I got together for a quick lunch.  Otherwise it’s been as much family time as possible.

OH!!!  M GOT HIS UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCE LETTER TODAY.  Yay :)

Hope your week has been warm and cozy, and that you have a great weekend!

my favorite "office" spot this week.  Lying in front of the fire.

my favorite “office” spot this week. Lying in front of the fire.

Bumble all snuggled in a blanket on the couch

Bumble all snuggled in a blanket on the couch

nice thing about working in IT...I can work anywhere.  Especially in a quiet and empty hospital waiting room.  And forgive my crazy blocking out.  Work files ;)

nice thing about working in IT…I can work anywhere. Especially in a quiet and empty hospital waiting room. And forgive my crazy blocking out. Work files ;)

 

 

New House, New Rules

FOOD

So two weeks have gone by, and I’m still loving the Instant Pot and playing in my new kitchen.  Breakfasts have consisted of smoothies and oats, lunches are whatever I have leftover, and dinners have ranged from tacos to soups!  All told, lots of good stuff.

my typical breakfast drink!

my typical breakfast drink!

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made a batch of homemade soy yogurt that was really good - my best yet!  Very tart, just how I love it.

made a batch of homemade soy yogurt that was really good – my best yet! Very tart, just how I love it.

broccoli soup

broccoli soup

tofu and potato taco salad

tofu and potato taco salad

curry with lettuce and yogurt

curry with lettuce and yogurt

another taco salad

another taco salad

red lentil soup and quinoa salad

red lentil soup and quinoa salad

leftover soup

leftover soup

leftover taco salad

leftover taco salad.  I love tacos in all forms!

my sister's black bean soup and some cornbread

my sister’s black bean soup and some cornbread

The weather has been mostly cold (other than a random 70 degree day), so I’ve been all about spicy food and soups.  Nothing better on a cold day than soup!

FITNESS

This is one area that I have to say has really picked up!  I joined a new gym, and have been going almost every day.  I’m still a YMCA member (can’t beat it for families), but I was really looking for an environment that was a bit more inspired.

I downloaded a free week pass to a gym near me, and found out my employer gets a discount, so after a week, I joined.

They have Les Mills classes there, and I’ve taken two of those so far – Insanity and CXWORX.  I’ve also done Zumba, various cardio machines, and TRX.

Probably my favorite thing is they have a completely blacked out theater room where they play movies while you workout.  It’s amazing how quickly an hour on an elliptical or treadmill goes when you’re watching a flick.

LIFE

It’s been such a busy couple of weeks!  We’re pretty much completely moved out of the old house and into the new one!  D has instituted a “new house, new rules” philosophy that I love.  For the first time, there’s basically no junk food in the house, everyone is more or less picking up after themselves regularly, and we’re all living healthier and happier!  Well, except for R and D actually getting sick last week (bronchitis and sinus infections).  But that’s not related to the new rules (I HOPE!) ;)

D had the audio people in to install the new TV and speakers, so that’s been fun.

My custom spice rack came and is mounted!  Up-cycled wine barrels, and it looks absolutely beautiful.


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The kids have had friends over often, and we had AC and JC over for an evening of drinks and snacks too.

M had his regional competition this past weekend, and his play came in 3rd!  They don’t advance to State, but it’s the farthest his school has ever gone and I’m incredibly proud of him.  My friend HF came to see it too, which was a very cool added bonus.

A came home for a weekend and brought a friend of hers, which was nice.  Her friend is from Atlanta, and they’re going to her house for spring break next month.

Oh, and D’s birthday was Friday and of course Valentine’s day was Saturday.  We went out to dinner for his birthday, and were traveling to see the play on Saturday.  We did snuggle up and watch a movie when we got home though, so that was sweet.  Fortunately, we’re not the type of couple who really needs a reminder to love each other, so it was a day for us, just like any other.

the three of us at Maninno's for D's bday.  M was out of town for his play and A was up at school.

the three of us at Maninno’s for D’s bday. M was out of town for his play and A was up at school.

I had brunch with NS yesterday and we’ve planned a Bloody Mary and board game day for next weekend!

Other than that, work work work!

Morning Picture Time!

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Other picture time!

the view from my hotel balcony on a work trip last week.

the view from my hotel balcony on a work trip last week.

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Ginny

sunshine kitty

sunshine kitty

Bumble deciding to join us at the head of the table for dinner one night...

Bumble deciding to join us at the head of the table for dinner one night…

and when Derek made her move because that's his seat....she sat in the chair that R's friend had been in!

and when Derek made her move because that’s his seat….she sat in the chair that R’s friend had been in!

GOAL CHECK-IN

  • food has been great and wine has been minimal, so that’s good!
  • dining out has been limited too, with the exception of my work trip – which involved eating out, and it wasn’t overly healthy.
  • doing great on the fitness goals.  Lots of running and new variety too!  My new membership gets three free hours with a trainer who is teaching me how to use the stuff in the gym.
  • blogging consistently – massive fail
  • meditate daily – massive fail (as in not at all since I’ve moved)
  • slowing down – I think that’s going to be impossible.  The more I try, the more I fail.