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I Lack the Hoarder Gene

so that big project that went live last weekend? Totally awesome. I'm going to have those for months now, but I couldn't be much happier with how things went. I hope this means more time for blogging!!

FOOD

One of the challenging things about go-lives is eating well. You're working in a command center for 10-15 hrs per day, and unless you bring food with you, it's take out or the bulk junk food everyone brings as treats.

To alleviate some of that, I bought a ton of bulk foods to share at the command center – things like apples, granola bars, animal crackers, and pretzels. Not totally “clean” food, but better than bags of chips, cases of soda, and crate of cookies (which is what's usually there).

I made a double batch of one of my favorite soups, and brought that, a green smoothie, and fruit with me to get by every day.

This weekend was almost no food, but that was due to a fun case of food poisoning on Saturday evening. A totally different story, but I can say it fully sucked!

FITNESS

I managed a few runs and even a yoga class this week, despite the crazy hours. I think it helped keep me even.

A friend told me about a new studio that opened here called 9 Rounds (it's a chain) that I want to check out next weekend. It's boxing/kickboxing/circuit training, but all done in 30 minutes. Sounds fun, and it's just down the road.

I was supposed to run in the Cherry Blossom in DC yesterday. It was the entire reason I went out of town. I can say I was genuinely pissed off when I got food poisoning from dinner Saturday night. I spent the entire night throwing up (feel sorry for AC – she and I shared a hotel room, and there's no hiding that kind of sound!). I ended up being awake for about 30 hrs before the pain passed enough to sleep. However – I will be up there for work in early May and plan to run the course.

LIFE

Well, the primary things this past week has been work, broken snow globe, and then DC. Here's a quick summary (or as quick as I can be!)

Went to work Saturday evening around 830 pm for go-live night! It went well, and while there are always hiccups along the way, the entire week was good. Busy – but good. Talk about being proud to work with the smartest people I've even known! They make what we do look easy! We have 3 more months of these, but to have that first one done – and to prove that you did it right – means a ton.

I have never been in danger of being a hoarder. I've always known that – if I don't look at something for 6 months, I clearly don't need it and throw it away. I don't attach emotional ties to objects. I did, however, have a fleeting sad moment earlier this week, and have found (and lost) that one object that actually held sentimental value. For mine and D's first Valentine's day, he bought me a snow globe with a little boy holding roses. He said it's so the first flowers he bought me would never die, and I've loved that snow globe for a very long time. The destruct o-cats broke it this week, and I really was sad to have to pick up all the broken pieces and throw it away. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but still. Kinda sad anyway.

Saturday morning I picked up AC and headed to DC. On the way we stopped to see A and take her to brunch, which was really nice. AC and I got to DC, checked into our hotel (which was not ready), so chilled in the hotel bar for a bit to wind down. Once our room was ready, we freshened up, then headed out to the National Museum Building for the expo and packet pick up. Talk about disappointed. They ran out of t-shirts, so I got my bib and nothing else.

From there we grabbed dinner, then it was off to the DC United game and to meet up with LS. I got sick 20 minutes into the game – and a few times during it. We held out and got to see them win, which was awesome. Sadly I was sick the rest of the trip. I did try to go exploring with AC during the day, but when I fell asleep on a park bench behind the Smithsonian Castle, we both knew I was toast.

Thankfully, once LS was able to meet up with us at the American Art Museum, I took the metro back to the hotel where I dozed off and on until 7, when AC got back. We watched Superman, Game of Thrones, then went to sleep. I feel much better today, but still can't really eat.

On the way home, we picked A up again and then met up for lunch with CT and HF too! These are the girls from the Seattle and Vegas trips, and it was fun to all be in the same town (CT lives in Seattle now), then I got home, and cleaning, catching up on blogging (yay!), and planning to hit the hay early for work in the morning!

 

 

Inconsistency Is My Consistency

I know, I know, it's been nearly two weeks. Sorry about that. That big project I keep talking about goes live tonight, so I've been otherwise occupied! I can't promise my blogging will be any more consistent until it's long over, but I promise I will try (and it will be “over” in July!).

FOOD

My eating has been all over the map on some days. Usually it's healthy stuff, like green juices, green smoothies, soups, and salads – but not always. My schedule has been, in a word, hell. It feels like the only time I'm home is to sleep, and that sucks.

The meals where I'm eating out or doing something quick has left me feeling weighed down and icky. Not fun. But on the positive side, it's been mostly good stuff, so that's good.

FITNESS

This has been sadly lacking and has left me feeling bummed more than anything else. Sort of losing my motivation! Mostly just some mild yoga.

I had a dr's appt last week, and have to keep physical activity to light things – another reason for the lack of runs. I'm still not fully cleared, but hope to soon. I have a race next weekend!

LIFE

Without boring you with too many details, lets just say it's been busy. R had an exorcist-like illness about a week and a half ago and I was lucky enough to get it next. Thankfully it only lasted about 30 hrs, but it wasn't a fun 30 hrs!

I did spend most of last Saturday with NS goofing out and about town. It was a really nice day so after grabbing lunch (and a monster margarita), we walked around, stopped at several places for drinks, coffee, people watching, and eventually dinner. That dinner ended with vegan doughnut holes :)

The next week will be some weird and long hours, but I'm also very excited. This project has been going on about 18 months, and my favorite part is go-live! Getting the users on the systems we've spent so long designing, building, and testing is always a thrill. Tonight at midnight is our first site, and that means 24 x 7 onsite support for a week. I'm sure it'll be chaotic often, but truth be told – that's part of the fun!

I spent today hitting up Costco for command center snacks. So many people are coming to support, that I certainly don't want them to starve! I picked up things like granola bars, bottled water, buckets of pretzels, animal crackers, and a tub of Twizzlers. The rest of the day will be cooking up quick and easy meals I can eat at work, since I know I'll have even less kitchen time than I do now. I'll try and nap, but I doubt I'll be very successful – I never am.

So anyway, if you don't hear from me again for awhile, I'm sorry. When things let up a bit, I'll be more consistent with it (and with eating my clean food and running and…..

 

Winter, Mammos, and Tofu. My Week So Far.

FOOD

I’ve been very happy to be home when it comes to food!  I’m still doing the FitOrbit meals for the most part (which have been quick and easy!).  Yellow dal with cucumber sauce, green smoothies (my fav!), kidney bean curry, veggie chili, and of course plenty of fruits and veggies.

The only sub meal I did was my spicy tofu soup.  It’s a high nutrient, low fat meal, and always makes me happy on cold days.  We were snowed in again for a couple days, so I wanted to use what I had on hand.  Tofu is always on hand!

spicy tofu soup baby!  my own personal comfort food.

spicy tofu soup baby! my own personal comfort food.

FITNESS

I am again grateful I have a treadmill.  This is the first year in a LONG time that I’ve said that out loud!

We were hit with snow again on Monday, and school was yet again canceled for two days!  I don’t think our warm state will handle it well when it comes to the school districts.  One has already instituted monthly Saturday classes for kids, and I’m guessing ours will follow suit or extend the school year.

LIFE

Well, I’m going to start off giving a hive update!  If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll learn I’ve been mysteriously plagued by chronic hives for about 15 months now.  They’d wax and wane, but from Sept – Dec they got so regular and horrible, that I became desperate to try anything!

I did a cleanse in January, and to be honest – no changes in the hives.  February was a focus on gluten, and my hives lessened significantly.  The entire week last week in Florida, I only had one small outbreak, and have otherwise been good.

I honestly don’t think my diet has had much difference, though I will say I have found correlation with gluten.  I’m not gluten-free, but I’m definitely gluten-lite.

I’m starting to think my friends are right.  It’s been stress mostly causing them.  I don’t like to think I feel stressed, but this past year has been pretty intense from from just about every angle.  My oldest went away to college, lots going on at work, late nights, early mornings, and not enough time to workout – which is my major stress reliever.

The past 6 weeks or so have been better on consistent runs and yoga, work – while nuts – is going well, and A seems to be handling the whole college thing just fine…and so maybe it really is stress.  I guess we’ll see!

Life otherwise, has been inside the last few days.  Snow, ice storms, and general mayhem.  Seems to be the theme this winter!

my "helper" Ginny on Monday.

my “helper” Ginny on Monday.

R and her Tonks, visiting me between meetings on Tuesday!

R and her Tonks, visiting me between meetings on Tuesday!

I did have my very first mammogram this morning!  I was nervous, but it honestly wasn’t that bad at all.  Mild discomfort, but I was in and out pretty quickly.

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Welcome to the Sunshine State!

FOOD

This week when I was still at home, I stuck to the quinoa and berry breakfast. I know I love it, I can make bunches in advance and take to work (which I did), and I sincerely don't mind eating the same thing every morning. A lot of the other recipes sound amazing, and when I have free time in the kitchen on the weekends, I plan on checking them out. For now, simple is good!

I'm traveling for work this week, so that's going to be a bit of a challenge. I'm staying in a condo with a full kitchen, so I stopped at the grocery last night. I picked up some Nature's Path Optimum Power Blueberry Cinnamon Flax oatmeal, bananas, and sea salt (butter less, of course) popcorn.

In my few meals out (I just got here yesterday), I've opted for salads mostly, and today also had some hummus with crispy flatbread.

I have all vendor-sponsored dinners this week, and there's not usually many healthy options. Whenever possible, I'll pre-eat a salad or something, just so I don't end up with anything I'll regret later.

FITNESS

I hit up the hotel gym this morning for a run. I really wanted to run outside in the warm Florida morning – but I didn't prepare to figuring out how to carry my hotel room card, phone, etc.

After my run, I did an ab sequence from FitOrbit.

I also walked an additional 8 miles by wandering around Busch Gardens in Tampa and Downtown Disney in Orlando. I love my FitBit and FitOrbit combination!

LIFE

Well, I'm out of town for the week. I'm in Orlando for a conference, and admittedly, 1-2 days of much needed R&R. I took off yesterday morning, had a direct flight here, and killed time in Downtown Disney until my condo was ready, around 2.

I had a wonderful dinner with my Aunt and Uncle who live in FL most of the year and back home in WI the rest.

Yesterday was also my son's first formal dance! Thankfully D took many pics since I wasn't there :(

I fell asleep watching Shrek 3 on ABC family last night in my hotel – I was beat. Woke this morning, worked out, cleaned up, and headed out to check into the conference. From there, it was mostly driving as I went into Tampa to go to Busch Gardens. Honestly, I only stayed an hour. Ours in VA is much nicer and bigger. There weren't any places to just sit and relax and read – which is really what I wanted to do. So I went back to Orlando, grabbed a late lunch/early dinner, wandered around some more, then headed back to my room!

And now, it's only 7, and I'm ready for bed. It's going to be a long week, so I may as well get some while I can, right??

So I leave this some pics!

 

Not Enough Hours In My Day

FOOD

Most of my meals this week have been quick and easy. Soup, salads, smoothies, juice, and Pho (twice!!).

Mango Matcha Shake
Soup and Salad
replacing my emergency chocolate in my office desk
Ginny, the photobomber

I picked up a nasty stomach bug for a few days, so my diet has been mostly liquid since Thursday evening – when I could keep anything down.

FITNESS

This has mostly been a disappointing fitness week. The schedule from hell (5am – midnight every day) and the stomach bug kept me from doing much. I did try running Friday – which I regretted almost immediately.

On the sunnier side, D went to yoga with me today! A new studio opened right down the road yesterday, and since D has been promising me for TEN years that he’ll do it with me, I pretty much gave him no choice in accompanying me.

We went to the 11am class, and it was awesome. The music was great (modern and relaxing), the instructor/owner was wonderful, and the small group of 5 of us was a nice change from my usual packed hot yoga classes (not that I’m giving up hot yoga, but non-hot is nice too!). We were moving into standing split pose when I said (out loud) that “I hate this one”. I really didn’t mean to say that out loud…but alas. Everyone laughed – which is nice too. One negative thing for me about the hot yoga studio I frequent is they’re very serious. Once you step in the room, no talking, no smiling, certainly no laughing. Trust me – AC and I got yelled at one day for talking before class. It was nice to break some tension with the class giggles.

D loved it. He commented afterwards that he needed a nap and that areas of his body he’s used to aching constantly didn’t actually ache. He’s up for going again, and that alone makes me thrilled.

LIFE

Okay, so it’s been CRAZY. I have what is probably the biggest project of my career going live at the end of next month (and rolling through mid-July). So, it’s been…to be frank…balls to the wall for months, and just getting more demanding. It’s the nature of the type of work I do, and by and large I thrive off the chaos, but trying to keep everything organized and be ready to go is starting to wear on everyone involved. Meetings start at 7am, and often don’t end until after 6 – sometimes later. And since we’re in meetings all day, we need to work sometime…so no one has free evenings either. It’s certainly not just me – it’s my whole team and many people who are involved in some capacity.

I’m not complaining – I absolutely love what I do. It’s rewarding, and fast paced, and fun…I guess I’m trying to explain my sporadic posting. I’m finding it hard to do anything other than work. Everything takes a back seat – and that’s the one thing I hate. It’s not all the time, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel (that I hope to the heavens isn’t an oncoming train), but it’s been rough. D is doing everything at home because I’m never around. I miss the kids, I don’t work out like I want, and unless I make all my meals for the week on Sunday’s (which I haven’t been), it’s been a lot of salad bars and quick fixes – which isn’t how I like to eat. So yeah….I need more hours in the day to do and be everything that I want.

Okay, so that’s enough of that! It’s a new week, and while it promises to be just as busy as weeks past, I know it’ll still be a good one!

Hope yours is too :)

On a fun note, this week was my husband’s birthday and valentine’s day.  It was low-key – went to see the Lego Movie at the Cinema Cafe on Thursday, and Friday I had major stomach flu, so nothing fun and romantic at all – though we don’t need a day or two a year to remind us of that.  We’re quite honestly like that all the time!

M had a play this weekend – Little Women – and he has a ring dance next weekend!  It will be his first formal dance ever, so I can’t wait to see him in his snazzy tux.

Pic of Ginny….we think she’s saying “so tired of this paparazzi constantly taking my picture”.

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my little one LOVES the snow.  Silly girl…

No Sense Crying Over Moldy Chocolate

FOOD

When one doesn't blog for 10 days, it seems silly (and relatively impossible) to document everything eaten in that time frame! I will do my best in a montage of pictures, but rest assured, it's pretty Crissie-typical fare. Smoothies, soups, salads, a vegan pizza, taco-related things, tofu pot-pie, etc.

Not all my meals were wonderful, as noted Friday night. JC, AC, D and I went out for the evening – art gallery, dinner, and drinks. Art gallery – fun. Drinks – always good. Dinner – sucked. Turns out the restaurant we went to (and had been to many times) is closing mid-March. They had nothing for me to eat – they were actually OUT of rice and pasta. So crazy. So…I was given a plate of green beans, asparagus, and sliced tomato. It wasn't awful, but certainly not a filling meal either.

I'm attaching here a recipe for one of my fav tofu snacks, on request. These are awesome just to snack on, but are equally good on sammiches or in wraps.

Crissie's Baked Tofu Snack

Ingredients

*1 block tofu pressed and sliced

*1/4 cup OJ

*1 tbsp mirin

*1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

*2 garlic cloves, minced

*1/2 tbsp minced ginger

*a couple shakes of cayenne pepper

Directions

*combine all the ingredients except the tofu into a marinade.

*place tofu slices in a shallow dish so they don't overlap, and pour the marinade over it.

*Let marinade as long as possible, flipping the tofu slices half way. I usually like to do this overnight if making on a week night, or all day if a weekend.

*Bake at 375 in the same dish for 40 minutes.

FITNESS

Well, it's been a very active 10 days, so that's good!

I will admit that all of my runs have been on the treadmill – even after the snow thawed. I just really hate winter.

I will also admit that I almost fell off my treadmill…twice…when the urge to dance struck at the wrong time. That's what I get for downloading the new Crystal Method album I guess :)

I've also been doing some workout DVD's, yoga (of course), and even hit up a new (to me) class at the gym. Kettlebells. I've heard plenty about them, but figured I'd check it out for myself. The class is so popular, I had to get there early enough to get a ticket.

So here's my summary – I wasn't impressed. I took the 15 minute technique class before, and was hoping for a tough strength training workout. Instead, this was…I think…meant to be a cardio workout. But here everyone is throwing these bells around while doing lunges, squats, etc – and all I kept thinking was how everyone was going to get injured. The moves didn't seem safe, and I don't think I'll be hitting that class up again. Apparently being ticket #13 was NOT my lucky number!

LIFE

In a word, busy. I've had some overwhelming moments in the past two weeks – where I think I felt like I was on the verge of cracking. Nearly crying at my keyboard at work when I discovered my chocolate coconut milk yogurt was moldy was my first clue. I don't want sweet food often, but Tuesday was a rough day, and finding my healthy chocolate yogurt inedible left me nearly hysteric. Thankfully I had backup chocolate in my desk drawer.

My days nearly all week started at 530 am and didn't end until midnight. In a word, I've been just simply exhausted.

Thankfully this weekend was planned with some fun things, and it's been just what I needed. It started Friday night with AC and JC. We went to a small glass exhibit opening, then went to dinner and out for a few drinks.

D took this pic of me while I was looking at some of the art!

Saturday was a basketball game! I've only been to one game before – last March at a conference. It was amazing, but I realize a totally unrealistic experience. It was New Orleans v. the LA Lakers…in a box with unlimited food and alcohol…and Robert DeNiro was at the game! Last night's game was a college ball game here, but it was still fun. I didn't understand some of what was going on, and at times it moved too fast for me to figure stuff out. The ref's seemed to have been bribed by the other team, we watched several rambunctious fans get ejected during the second half, and all the ref's were escorted immediately off the court surrounded by security as soon as the game ended. I'm not sure if any of that is normal, but it certainly made for an interesting evening. Oh, and we lost, so that was a bummer. We were lucky to have VIP tickets from a co-worker who couldn't be at the game, so that was really cool.

Today was work and cooking to get prepped for the week! Two soups, stuff for salads, trail mix, and, of course, cookies.

So here's to a new week which is sure to be as crazy as the last…but I will do my best to not have moldy chocolate, so it should turn out okay!

 

Squirrels, Snowmegeddon 2, and Wine Workouts

FOOD

I haven't left home since picking up the kitties on Tuesday. Yep – snowmageddon part 2!!!! On his way home from work Tuesday, D asked me if we needed any essentials. Seriously – wine was all I could think of. All the other meals were just what I had already on hand!

Last night I made (more) vegan tacos with cilantro rice. Totally awesome, and for some reason, everything tastes better as a taco.

Recipe is below, and while you can totally get by in life without a rice cooker, I feel like my fuzzy logic machine is one of the stars of my kitchen. It makes rice, other grains, steamed meals, soups, cooks beans, even makes cake! I use it several days a week, and it way worth the extra few bucks ($60 or so). Here's a more recent model of the one I have – but I've had mine for 4 years, and it's more than made up for itself financially.

Cilantro Rice

Ingredients

*1 cup long grain white rice (if you use brown, adjust the liquid accordingly)

*1/2 onion, diced

*1 tbsp earth balance (or olive oil)

*1.5 cups water

*2 whole garlic cloves

*1/2 cup cilantro

Directions

*saute onion in Earth Balance in the rice cooker (or stove top on medium) until soft. About 5 minutes.

*add rice, water, garlic, and cilantro.

*in rice cooker – put on white rice setting. On stove top, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, until rice is cooked and water is absorbed.

*remove garlic cloves before serving.

Basic Pinto Bean Tacos

Ingredients

*1 can pinto beans

*1 can diced green chilies

*1 onion, diced

*4-5 garlic cloves, minced

*1 olive oil (if NOT using a non-stick pan…omit if using non-stick)

*1 tsp cumin

*1 tsp chili powder

*1 tsp oregano

*1/2 can diced tomatoes

Directions

*Saute onion and garlic over medium heat until soft.

*Add spices, and cook for 1-2 minutes

*Add beans and tomatoes. Cook until warm, and simmer until rice is done!

I served on tortillas with shredded cabbage, hot sauce, and avocado. Who said a vegan meal couldn't be quick, tasty, and cheap? Not this girl!

Dinner tonight was from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. It's the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Her books are still among my favorites for healthy and easy fare.

FITNESS

Well, I mentioned that I haven't left home for a few days, right? So strange. I don't do cabin fever well!

Anyway, I have been making the most of my captivity with indoor workouts. Tuesday evening, as the snow was falling, I realized I hadn't actually met my FitBit step goal for the day – despite my hour long treadmill workout! So, I decided…after some wine…that I could walk on my treadmill…barefoot…and hit that goal. Of course AC (who was stuck at work overnight to manage the whole snowmageddon thing) completely egged me on. So I did…and 7 minutes later, my FitBit went nuts telling me how awesome I was. And I was able to feel smug that I met my goal. I love my FitBit.

Yesterday I set up my bike trainer upstairs in the gym/spare room. I couldn't bear two dreadmill days in a row, but still needed something. I dusted it off (it had been in the garage, and after a spider crawled off of it and I appropriately screamed and scared the crap out of my son), and got ready to roll! I plugged headphones into my laptop, and watched an episode of Bones on Hulu. The 45 minutes consisted of a warm up, leg work (pedaling with just one leg for 60 seconds, then switch legs), some hill work, and a cool down. It was a killer workout.

Today was treadmill and yoga and balance ball ab work. I have some new music on my iPod finally, so I was feeling pretty energized! Yoga was a restorative class on YogaGlo to open my hips back up from the runs and cycling, and before the yoga, was an ab series on both a large and small balance ball.

LIFE

Well, have I mentioned it snowed?? And that I haven't left my house since 3pm on Tuesday? And that I don't do well looking at the same rooms for days at a time??

Despite that, it's actually been a good week. I've gotten a ton done both at work and at home. Most of it in either workout clothes or pajamas. Actually – all of it in either workout clothes or jammies!

D went out and about and took some fun pics in the snow on Tuesday.

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Kitties are doing great, if not a little slow moving. The pain meds make them goofy and even more lovey, if possible. Ginny still loves her puzzle box…just needed to move it where she could get to it without hurting herself!

But here's funny story….when it gets really cold or wet outside (and it's both right now), we'll occasionally get critters in the house. One poor flying squirrel realized today just how crazy our household could be today….

Around 10 am, one found its way behind my fridge. Ginny (who's still a little slow moving and slightly high) found her first. Tonks was out cold and Bumble apparently lost all of her hunting instincts in her old age. Anyway, M is upstairs (still sleeping), I just get off a conference call, and R starts yelling that there's a squirrel in the kitchen (not in a hysterical way – like her mama would do, mind you). Sammie – the nearly 12 year old Lab – helps Ginny corner the poor thing. Anyway, after 5 mintues of screaming, running, brooms, Tupperware, and towels, the poor thing was finally back outside, flying into the horizon. Sammie seemed proud, and Ginny seemed disappointed. I was hysterical (not the fun way – the crazy way), and R was laughing her head off. And M slept through the entire thing. My life….

Considering just shy of 2 inches kept us grounded for 3 days last week, imagine what 10 inches did this week! Kids have been off, and will be tomorrow too. I'm hoping to go into the office tomorrow, but that all depends on the cold and refreezing of the roads. My neighborhood hasn't been plowed, so I'm not so confident I'll be out of my confines tomorrow or not!

Without getting into too much of my liberal feminist detail, I did write my Congressman this week – twice – about HR7. Believe it or not, I was not combative, but really did try to get him to see the other side. I was quite proud actually. I know I won't change his mind – and I applaud people who stand up for what they believe it – and enjoy having a meaningful conversation with people to understand (and hopefully portray) my convictions – but I need to try since he is supposed to represent me in Washington.

Okay, on a totally fun note, D started watching Scandal (as I did recently) and now we're caught up with each other! We still have all of season 3 to catch up on together before it starts up again on Feb 27. I had to constantly text my sister (who watches the show) every episode I watched and was freaking out about one thing or another. I honestly think this is the most well written show I have come across in ages. The monologues/rants are completely epic. If you don't watch it, the first 2 seasons are on Netflix. Do it. You'll love me for it.

Speaking of TV….we've been cable-less for almost 5 months now. Totally don't miss it. Netflix is all we pay for, and Hulu on a computer is free. I don't miss out on any of my shows, and I've discovered new ones I never would have checked out before (hello, Line of Duty, Almost Human, House of Cards, and Goodwife)….I watch more TV now than I ever did before!

Now I realize I'm babbling, and I'm going to stop. A bit more work, some Scandal, then bed time!

 

Oh….Chelsea v West Ham game ended in 0-0 yesterday. Man City coming up this weekend! GO BLUES.

 

 

Snowmageddon Take 2!

FOOD

So cleanse #1 is over! I will say it was a resounding success in the sense of eating a whole foods diet. I certainly do that for the most part, but the cleanse itself focused on the lack of processed foods, so that was awesome. Photo collage awaits below! Soups, green smoothies, juices, stews, homemade soy/date milk, trail mix, and BAS’s. I made some quinoa bread (3 loaves, actually), and took D out for vegan taco fun too!

I’m currently doing a create-my-own type cleanse. Mostly recipes I enjoyed from the November Fresh Start Cleanse, but with my own green smoothie, juice, and whole food additions.

FITNESS

Well, it’s certainly been an active week! Snowmageddon 1 has forced me to slow down and be inside (not my typical week), so it’s been a good 1-3 workouts every day.

I’ve done several runs (every other day) on the treadmill at home (once I removed Tonks…who promptly came back)! I thought I was going to pull my hair out with boredom when LS told me how she gets past the dreadmill drama. Go in with a plan, focus on intervals, and it doesn’t suck so badly. That worked like a charm for me today, and 60 minutes later, my run was done!

I’ve also done several workout DVD’s and yoga. I did (since the snow melted) check out a new-to-me yoga studio in Virginia Beach on Sunday. It was a 90 minute Dharma Mittra class, and I had mixed feelings about it. For the sequence and class itself (it was a 90 min class), I loved it. I didn’t love all the hippie chanting in the beginning (though to be fair, to chant along was optional), and we spent an uncomfortably long time in shivasana (corpse pose) at the end – to the point where one guy snoring kept me from being able to relax and all I wanted to do was have it end. I would think a good yoga instructor would realize that. Alas, I liked it enough, but not worth the long drive to get there unless I was in that part of town for some other reason.

On the happy yoga news front, a new studio is opening up near me in a little over two weeks! I’m so excited….I hope it’s great so I can be a regular :)

LIFE

Well, several days last week were completely shut down for our 1-2 inches of snow. School was closed for 2 days, power was lost, and life essentially stopped from Tuesday afternoon – Thursday night. Kids had make-up things on the weekend, so we ended up sticking around  (despite plans to go to a party out of town).

Friday evening I took R and M out to the movies to see Jack Ryan, and that night took D out for fun in the Chelsea district (which I love that we even have a part of town called the Chelsea district, since my fav sports team is Chelsea FC in the EPL! Vegan tacos (for me), then Birch Bar were the plans, and we had a total blast.

The days we weren’t snowed in were work, errands, and the like. AC’s birthday was this weekend, and we went out last night to celebrate!

Alas, snowmageddon take 2 is hitting as we speak. While last week was just under 2 inches, tonight they are predicting up to 12 for my area. Which is totally crazy. We’d be snowed in for months, except the weather forecast for Saturday is in the 60′s! Seriously, I can’t wait to go to Florida next month….

The little fuzz buckets got spayed today.  They did great, and are home resting (ish).  Sadly, Bumble’s maternal instincts have not kicked in, but the 90 lb dog’s has, and she’s watching over them like a little mother hen.

OH, and lastly…since no one likely cares much…but Chelsea won the other day! It was an FA cup game (oldest football/soccer tournament in the world), and we play West Ham United tomorrow. GO BLUES.

Snowmageddon 2014 Is Here!

Okay, how the heck does 8 days pass without a stinking post?! I mean – I know I’m busy. 18+ hr days at least 3 days a week, but seriously…you’d think I could find a few minutes….sorry everyone. I promise to work on being more consistent.

FOOD

Well, I certainly can’t recall everything I ate in the past 8 days, but I do have at least a highlight or two.

Most days were smoothies and/or fruit for breakfast, salads for lunch, and more salads for dinner. Not too creative lately (blame the late days) – but by and large Nutritarian and cleanse worthy.

The most fun meal was a group tofu scramble at HF’s house on Sunday! I got to teach two wonderful ladies how to make it, and share the tofu love with a house full! HF put together a beautiful fruit plate and it was a yummy and healthy vegan brunch for everyone! And HF or her husband CF did all the prep work too, so it was nothing but fun for me!

I had Ethiopian food for the first time. I’ve wanted to try it for ages, but there aren’t any restaurants in my area. Alas – I’m sad to say I wasn’t a fan. My appetizer dish was a cold lentil dish on the traditional injera bread called Azifah Fitfit. It wasn’t bad – but it was very heavy on the mustard. And while I love (and I mean love) mustard, it overpowered every other flavor out there. For my main dish I chose Shiro Wat – billed as “Ethiopian comfort food”! I will say the red cabbage was awesome – but there was very little of it. The rest of the food on the plate was bland, and I found the injera bread to be very spongy. I hope this was just an off night (the restaurant itself was rated very highly), but I was disappointed. None of it sat well in my belly either, so I’m not so sure I’ll be hitting up another Ethiopian place any time soon.

Honestly, just found the “imported from downstairs” thing funny.
FITNESS

I have a FitBit!! D got me one for Christmas, but all the store were sold out. It finally arrived on Thursday. I love it – it tracks everything! My activity, steps, calories…even sleep. I have the FitBit Force, and if you have one, friend me at RunCrissieRun! Please note my assistant/photo bomber.

I’m just going to update my latest, which was a great run this afternoon. I was traveling from a work trip in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of VA, but made it home in time to still get a great run in near 60 degree weather.

It was today that I realized how pathetically out of date my iPod music is though. I must rectify that situation immediately!

LIFE

Okay, busy. Not a complaint, but busy. Lots of work, dinner with AC one night, local beer (yay!), and then travels to other places in VA. I went to see A at school, saw HF for brunch, and then work peeps up in the mountains.

All told, busy, but awesome. OH, the best part?? My husband shaved that forsaken beard off finally! I’m not a fan of facial hair, and after months, he finally got rid of it. My cute hubby is back – and gone is the Duck Dynasty guy.

I did a tour of a VA winery – CrossKeys. Very neat. They do all small batch wines, and I was surprisingly impressed with their offerings. I did a tasting and a tour, and all told it was a wonderful side trip in my crazy weekend.

I left my mountain office/hotel much earlier than planned today. Major snow was forcasted, and there was significant fear that I’d get stranded. While it would be nice – I just have too much to do back in my neck of the woods. My area has snow too! No kidding – the news is calling it Snowmageddon! Several school districts closed early in preparation, and we’re not sure what tomorrow will bring. As a Midwesterner, it’s funny, but I’ve been here for 10 years now (as of a little over a week ago!), and I know that any snow just brings Hampton Roads to a screeching halt. I guess we’ll see if Snowmageddon ends up being newsworthy or not!

I leave you with pictures. Morning pictures, cat pictures (because with Tonks, if she fits, she sits!), and me visiting A!

A Beastly Monday (in a good way!)

FOOD

Holy cow, where to start? The last few days have been full of green smoothies, lentil soup, creamy asparagus soup, fruit, curried chickpeas, and the best….VEGAN TACO NIGHT.

Saturday night was a girls night in of vegan tacos. I made tempeh tacos with pickled radishes and cabbage, and NS made Seitan Worshipper tacos (love the name). AC brought the drinks, and, sadly, KP was too sick to make it.

Anyway, here's photos. Despite days of meetings starting at 7am, my “fast food” was fruit and green smoothies. It was pretty awesome!

FITNESS

The temps warmed back up (hello 60 and 70 degree weather!), so running outside is a must! Today's run was just amazing. D took R to swim, and I headed out for a run before coming back to make a late dinner. I wandered through different neighborhoods and just took in my surroundings. I love runs like this one – makes me excited to go for another one!

LIFE

So last week was very stressful. I had to take a project from the “holy s***, the sky is falling”, to “heck yeah, we got this”. By the end of the week, I was feeling pretty good! We have a ton of work to do, but we will. And it'll be awesome.

Saturday A moved back to school :( I'm proud of her, and I'm sure she's very excited to be back (in fact, I know she is), but I miss her. The month she was home was really awesome. She's changed a lot – grown up, and I like who she's growing into. She spent most of her time with us, but also volunteered several days a week at the cat shelter, hung out with her little brother and sister, and spent time with friends that are local.

While D and M took A back to college, I got to take R to a swim meet! It was a big one too – the Winter Invitational. So big, they swim at the big university pool (which is very exciting for the kids). It was a 6 hour day, and since R stays with her team the entire time – I brought work with me! I got a ton done, but still got to watch the meet and see her swim.

Her team won the entire meet (which was awesome), and R shaved nearly a second off of two of her races and swam one race for the first time (longer distance than normal). Sadly, her heat forfitted the relay because one person didn't show. It was a great meet though, and she's very proud of her times and her team's standing.

Saturday night had some crazy storms and tornado watches. Good thing it was a night in! We cooked, ate yummy tacos, planned trips to New Orleans, and just hung out. Good times!

I didn't wake up until 11 on Sunday morning. This seems to be a theme with me the past few weeks – no sleep during the week (too much spinning in my head), but at least one night on the weekend where I'm out for a long time. Hey, I'll take it. It's better than no days with no sleep!

D and I ran some errands and then went to a movie. He really, really wanted to see Her. I didn't, but didn't mind going with him to see it! It's about a hyper depressed guy who buys an intelligent operating system and falls in love with his computer. All the characters are depressed and mopey, and while I know its getting a ton of accolades and will win a boat load of awards – I didn't like it. It was very well acted – but not entertaining.

Today was an awesome day. I know – it's Monday, right? How are Monday's good? Seriously – felt like a beast today. Starting with a feisty 8am meeting, I felt on top of the world today. Despite my reputation as a good planner, it's the last minute pushes to get things done that excite me. I have this sense that I can solve any problem thrown at me. So hit me with it – I'll do my best :)

On a fun note – CAT PICTURES. Tonks will sit in anything she sees. She especially likes bowls – this is a first for a pressure cooker. She's also a climber – but was taken off guard when the drawer opened on her! Ginny will sleep on any pile of clothes she can. And Bumble is teaching the young ones how to drink running water!

And of course, a series of morning pictures! These were extra special since I was out of the house so early most days last week, that I didn't get to see them in the morning.