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After a Week of Website Drama, I’m Back with TONS of Pics – Food, Cats, and Anniversary Fun

Well, due to some website technical difficulties for the past week, I’m finally back up and running!  

FOOD

This has been one of those weeks that’s a combination of at-home meals, and dining on the go.  Every morning was either a smoothie or cucumber toast (it’s a good thing I love cuc toast, because my garden seems to keep pumping them out!).

And here are the grub highlights!

one of my fairly standard smoothies.  Water, banana, frozen berries, mango, and spinach.

one of my fairly standard smoothies. Water, banana, frozen berries, mango, and spinach.

smoothie and cuc toast on Daiya cream chese

smoothie and cuc toast on Daiya cream chese

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tofu lettuce wrap from the Busch Gardens food and wine fest

tofu lettuce wrap from the Busch Gardens food and wine fest

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lentil cake with tomato and sauce

lentil cake with tomato and sauce

smoothies with D

smoothies with D before work

grilled portabello mushroom burger with Italian pasta side

grilled portabello mushroom burger with Italian pasta side

sloppy potato!  Baked potato topped with lentil sloppy Joe's and some raw cauliflower

sloppy potato! Baked potato topped with lentil sloppy Joe’s and some raw cauliflower

veggie fajitas

veggie fajitas

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has Beyond Meat, and I grabbed their Jamaican jerk wrap.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has Beyond Meat, and I grabbed their Jamaican jerk wrap.

pineapple chili with shredded greens

pineapple chili with shredded greens

simple bagel breakfast

simple bagel breakfast

Crissie's Smoothie Delivery Service!

Crissie’s Smoothie Delivery Service!

another smoothie selfie!

another smoothie selfie!

And of course, can’t forget the morning java pics!

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celebrating our anniversary morning with java together!

celebrating our anniversary morning with java together!

FITNESS

This has been a really great week on the fitness front.  Why?  I went back to hot yoga!  I was last at my studio in November.  It’s easy to say that life got too busy with moving, work, etc – but the truth is, I was a little heart broken, so I stopped going.

I had spent a year saving up to take yoga teacher training, and it was slated to begin the first weekend of December.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for nearly 10 years now, and I was finally going to do it!  Then I had to have a difficult conversation with D about the realistic time expectations, and together we concluded that there just isn’t the time in our lives for me to do this now.  Since that decision was made – I hadn’t gone back.  I was sad, disappointed, and perhaps a bit angry.  However, after over 6 months, I decided it was time to shake it off and go.  I’m so glad I did.

me after my first class back!

me after my first class back last weekend!

after work monday night.  Glad it's dark because the mascara was ALL over my face!  Must remember to take that off before class...

after work monday night. Glad it’s dark because the mascara was ALL over my face! Must remember to take that off before class…

I still want to be a teacher some day, but I realize it will be several years before I have the ability to commit to that.  Until then, I will be happy to be a student.

On the days I didn’t go to yoga (I went twice), I went running.  I also have a jog belt for the pool, and have done some of that too!

LIFE

It’s been a really good week for me.  I’ve gotten a ton done, and that always makes me feel relaxed.

A few random pics of the week:

my girls eating lunch outside on the porch

my girls eating lunch outside on the porch

flowers D bought me on Sunday

flowers D bought me on Sunday

Ginny is obsessed with wet feet

Ginny is obsessed with wet feet

buckets of margaritas!

buckets of margaritas!

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gin and tonic time

gin and tonic time

harvest!

harvest!

my in the backyard reading

my in the backyard reading

Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee!  R won...

Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee! R won…

Mine and D’s anniversary was Thursday, and even though we had to work, it was fun ending out evening floating in the pool, talking, and having a few drinks.

Happy Anniversary evening drinks - before taking it to the pool.

Happy Anniversary evening drinks – before taking it to the pool.

Our regular celebration actually happened yesterday though.  Every year since we’ve been in VA (which is 11 1/2 years now!), D and I have gone to Busch Gardens – without the kids.  We always have a great time, and yesterday was no exception.

pulling into the park

pulling into the park

about to get on the front row of the Griffon

about to get on the front row of the Griffon

sky ride

sky ride

drinks in Ireland

drinks in Ireland

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okay, strange cat mask in Italy

okay, strange cat mask in Italy

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Grads, Family Fun, and Food!

FOOD

Okay wow, it’ll be another photo collage of tons of eats!  I’ve had family in town for nearly two weeks, so there has been quite a bit of food since my last post a little over a week ago.

pineapple-tofu stir fry!  M's friend was spending the night, and this was his first exposure ever to both tofu AND stir fry.    At one point my Dad said "if you didn't tell anyone, no one would know it's tofu".  That defeats the purpose for me - you SHOULD know what you eat.  And know that plant-based food is awesome.

pineapple-tofu stir fry! M’s friend was spending the night, and this was his first exposure ever to both tofu AND stir fry. At one point my Dad said “if you didn’t tell anyone, no one would know it’s tofu”. That defeats the purpose for me – you SHOULD know what you eat. And know that plant-based food is awesome.

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eating the first slices of cucumber from my first harvest of my first garden!!!

eating the first slices of cucumber from my first harvest of my first garden!!!

morning smoothies for my sister and I

morning smoothies for my sister and I.  It was my only smoothie of the week.  My Dad was sleeping downstairs, so I really couldn’t use my blender.  The greens are from my garden!

a fav meal.  Rye toast smeared with Daiya cream cheese, cuc slices (you know...harvest!) and sprinkled with dill.

a fav meal. Rye toast smeared with Daiya cream cheese, cuc slices (you know…harvest!) and sprinkled with dill.

more of this the next day!

more of this the next day!

We certainly had a few meals out the past week…

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And obligatory morning java shots!

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My brother in law is the chef in his house, so he and I tag-teamed two dinners.  It was fun playing in the kitchen with someone who loves to cook.  His family and mine have different eating habits, and with the kids, it was easier for us to each make our own versions.

One night was sloppy joes!  Mine were a spicy lentil version.  D fired up the grill, and MS (my BIL) made potato pockets – which were awesome, and we also had asparagus and pineapple (which had dark chocolate balsamic vinegar on it before grilling – and topped with some brown sugar and cinnamon after).

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I put the pineapple on my bun and topped with the lentil joes, and it was one of the most amazing things I’d ever eaten!

The next night was Mexican Monday!  I made a tempeh version and toppings included some cabbage slaw (just lime juice and a little raw sugar and salt), cilantro, tomatoes, onion, hot sauce, shredded lettuce, and vegan sour cream.  My niece and nephew are pretty particular and really only like daddy’s tacos, so MS made his, and everyone was happy with PLENTY of food to eat!

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It was nice to have a smoothie for breakfast this morning again though!  I’ve missed them this past week.

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Today’s lunch was a sloppy baked potato.  Meaning it was a baked potato with sloppy joe filling and sour cream.

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FITNESS

It’s been all runs, walks, swimming, and hikes the past week.

I snuck in a couple runs while family was here, but we’ve been so busy – but active – that I definitely got my sweat on!

Monday was a short hike at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, and yesterday R and I went down to the marine science museum and did the nature hike there – which was absolutely incredible!

crazy looking mushroom that R spotted

crazy looking mushroom that R spotted

Today was a great run in the middle of the day.  It was only in the 80’s (vs. the high 90’s and 100 degrees we’ve been having the past several days), and I apparently had some energy to burn, so I did 3 miles with a bunch of sprints peppered in there.

LIFE

Okay, so…my son graduated!  That’s why so much family has been in town, which was very sweet.  The ceremony went off well, and they got nearly 500 grads through in 1 hr and 5 minutes.  I was incredibly impressed!

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Grad party was Saturday, and we had a packed house.  It was a hot day, so having the pool party was perfect!

yes, someone bought M a giant inflatable swan...which is now named Meredith.

yes, someone bought M a giant inflatable swan…which is now named Meredith.

Speaking of the pool….that’s mostly what we did when C (my sister), her husband, and kids were here.  We did a few things out an about too, but they were only here for a few days, so it was mostly just trying to spend time together.  D also picked up an underwater digital camera, so there were many fun pics!

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underwater cousins!

underwater cousins!

My niece and nephew had never seen an ocean, so we went to the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Sunday morning.  We went early to beat the tourists and the heat!  It was fun to walk along the surf, find shells, hit up the little shops, and then back to the house for swimming!

the younger cousins at beach front breakfast!  G, R, and M :)

the younger cousins at beach front breakfast! G, R, and M :)

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My niece M (yes, I’m realizing we have a lot of M’s in my family) is really into the Civil war.  So, on Monday we went to First Landing State Park where they just so happened to have a civil war spy adventure!  The kids were given a decoder ring, and found codes hidden in the park to decipher a message!  Eventually we found out that the cavalry – which was 200 strong – was going to arrive on the East road in 5 days, and that the ship carrying supplies would arrive in 3.  Too cool.  After that, we did a short hike.  It was another scorcher, and it just wasn’t fun for everyone in that crazy heat!

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The final night here was movie night, and we watched Megamind.  Here’s a shot of all the cousins getting ready for the flick!!

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Yesterday my sister and her family left.  R had a dr’s appt (physical for camp next month!), and we decided to spend the day together – which was really awesome.  We learned about local sea life and did a nature hike.  We’ve decided that we must do at least one nature hike a week.  We really do live in an amazing state…we have it all…mountains, oceans, rivers, marshes, forests, and everything in between (okay, we don’t have tundra or deserts, but that’s okay with me!).

yesterday's morningpicture!

yesterday’s morningpicture!

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My Dad left this morning, so today has been getting life back to routine.

And I leave you with other random shots of the week!

harvest!

harvest!

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my boys!

my boys!

R saw this yesterday and thought it was hilarious

R saw this yesterday and thought it was hilarious

M (BIL) was photobombing my wine shot

M (BIL) was photobombing my wine shot

Bumble by the pumpkin

Bumble by the pumpkin

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uncle D and M doing something fun on the iPad.  Two little techie peas in a pod right there!

uncle D and M doing something fun on the iPad. Two little techie peas in a pod right there!

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Pumped Up Kicks, Family, and Lotsa Pictures!

FOOD

6 days of food.  I really can’t believe it’s been 6 days, but it’s been so crazy around here, that it’s just flown by.  If you keep reading, you will totally understand.

But I do apologize, in case you missed me :)

Since I’ve been home from TX, it’s been lotsa smoothies, salads, and fun home cooked meals.  Mostly.  There was definitely a Thai green curry working lunch, and a pasta dish when out with R and my dad!

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my fav new smoothie jar!

my fav new smoothie jar!

mac no cheese....

mac no cheese….

with a boca chickn patty

with a boca chickn patty

a BAS!

a BAS!

same BAS with salsa and tangy home made soy yogurt

same BAS with salsa and tangy home made soy yogurt

pomegranate plunge!

pomegranate plunge!

tofu green curry

tofu green curry

home made sofrito...

home made sofrito…

to put into the @terryhope Venezuelan (sweet-ish) black beans.  Served like we love with daiya shreds, vegan sour cream, and chips for scooping.

to put into the @terryhope Venezuelan (sweet-ish) black beans. Served like we love with daiya shreds, vegan sour cream, and chips for scooping.

smoothie with Garden of Life raw protein powder.  Don't use it often, but definitely did on Saturday (I was out of greens!).

smoothie with Garden of Life raw protein powder. Don’t use it often, but definitely did on Saturday (I was out of greens!).

spicy penne with artichokes and broccoli

spicy penne with artichokes and broccoli

mall pho!

mall pho!

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veggies before grilling (broccoli, baby potatoes, asparagus, and mushrooms)

veggies before grilling (broccoli, baby potatoes, asparagus, and mushrooms)

after grilling with baked beans and a veggie burger

after grilling with baked beans and a veggie burger

fajitas!

fajitas!

another BAS

another BAS

arugula pesto pasta with salad

arugula pesto pasta with salad

smoothie!!

smoothie!!

FITNESS

Remember how I “accidentally” left my running shoes in Austin?  Yeah.  About that….

NEW KICKS!!

so clean and bright!  Alas, know it won't last (especially since my first run was in the rain!)

so clean and bright! Alas, know it won’t last (especially since my first run was in the rain!)

I’m shocked and shaken that I have changed my shoe model.  I’ve run in Brooks Ravenna since 2009 – after the Shamrock 1/2 marathon in Virginia Beach when my blisters were so big they had their own orbits.  I was fitted for the Ravenna’s, and it honestly felt like I was running on little clouds.  Did my first (and thus far only) full marathon, and nary a blister.

Imagine my shock when I went to get fitted, dutifully tried “other” shoes, and actually liked another pair more?!  I almost feel like I’m cheating on a trusted partner.  Except my feet are really happy, so I’m sure I’ll be over it soon.

Clearly, runs have been my workout of the week!

LIFE

I loved traveling to Austin and seeing all the awesome vegan bloggers, cookbook authors, chefs, and amazing people.  I won’t lie though…I’m happy to be home.

Well, it’s been a crazy week!  My Dad is in town visiting, which is nice.  He got here on Friday, so it’s been a lot of family time.  And beer.  I’m from WI, and my Dad brought all the beer with him to my house!!

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M had his theater awards ceremony this weekend, where he won two awards!  Can’t believe he’s graduating this week!!!

from left...A, R, me, my Dad, and M

from left…A, R, me, my Dad, and M

D wasn't in the shot because he was the photographer!  Love watching him in action!

D wasn’t in the shot because he was the photographer! Love watching him in action!

Speaking of M…he’s 18 today!  Holy cow, my son is an adult!

his friends did the perfect surprise party...M was moping all day about his bday...and the evening ended up being perfect!

his friends did the perfect surprise party…M was moping all day about his bday…and the evening ended up being perfect!

And of course, miscellaneous morning pictures, life pictures, and cat pictures!

my morning java shot.

my morning java shot.

Ginny has a crazy obsession with shoes.

Ginny has a crazy obsession with shoes.

and boxes!

and boxes!

and eating R's wet hair....

and eating R’s wet hair….

and lying on my arm when she's decided I should lay off the computer.

and lying on my arm when she’s decided I should lay off the computer.

and stealing my desk chair....

and stealing my desk chair….

and eating R's hair (again)....

and eating R’s hair (again)….

and shushing her....

and shushing her….

The morning pictures…

a rare one with M too!

a rare one with M too!

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Miscellaneous life shots…

I had a morning java partner today.  I'm sorry, but he's so dreamy it kills me.... ;)

I had a morning java partner today. I’m sorry, but he’s so dreamy it kills me…. ;)

me and R at dinner Saturday night!

me and R at dinner Saturday night!

it was a hot day today, and D jumped right in after getting home from work.

it was a hot day today, and D jumped right in after getting home from work.

M and A

M and A

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Dad, R, and I stopped up at one of the local farms this weekend.

Dad, R, and I stopped up at one of the local farms this weekend.

baby goats - they were so sweet!

baby goats – they were so sweet!

another morning java pic!

another morning java pic!

And finally, some garden updates!

what D is calling "legit eggplant!"

what D is calling “legit eggplant!”

baby cukes

baby cukes

cherry tomatoes coming in

cherry tomatoes coming in

my first zucchini!

my first zucchini!

romas

romas

I Am No Longer a Black Thumbed Vegan

FOOD

For the last day of VVC, I was only there for breakfast before I had to head to the airport.  Once again though, it was awesome!

this version had tacos and hashbrowns!  If I were smart, I would have put the hashbrowns in the taco...but the shells were just too small for that.  Plus a slice of toast with coconut butter spread and a slice of vegan cheese.

this taco version had tofu scramble and hash browns! If I were smart, I would have put the hash browns in the taco…but the shells were just too small for that. Plus a slice of toast with coconut butter spread and a slice of vegan cheese.

At the airport I had more time to kill than I planned, and stopped for a mimosa and olives.

a drink and my Surface.  A girl needs little else....

a drink and my Surface. A girl needs little else….

other than, perhaps, olives.  Life would've been complete if I had popcorn too....

other than, perhaps, olives. Life would’ve been complete if I had popcorn too….

Once I was home though, the big heavy meals had to end.  I realized that I usually have a very light breakfast – a smoothie – maybe a mid day small snack, and then lunch and dinner.  Well, at least lunch…but that’s a topic for another day where I psychoanalyze my overly hectic life and inability to always eat consistently.

Anywho….

Breakfast yesterday morning was a green smoothie in my new smoothie jar!

mint chocolate smoothie.  So Delicious coconut milk, banana, vanilla, spinach, and raw coco nibs.

mint chocolate smoothie. So Delicious coconut milk, banana, vanilla, spinach, and raw coco nibs.

Lunch was a taco baked potato.  Seriously, I love taking a baked potato and filling it with taco stuff.  In this case, it was black beans, vegan sour cream, and topped with hot sauce.

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Dinner was a salad with lettuce I GREW.  Yes, I yelled just there.  I’m growing things, and this is monumental.

fresh lettuce, clipped from my garden and into the spinner!

fresh lettuce, clipped from my garden and into the spinner!

freshly picked radishes to add to it

freshly picked radishes to add to it

turned it into a meal-salad by adding some cooked brown rice, arugula, tomatoes, and black beans.  Topped with a homemade strawberry dressing I made two weeks ago.

turned it into a meal-salad by adding some cooked brown rice, arugula, tomatoes, and black beans. Topped with a homemade strawberry dressing I made two weeks ago.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Directions

  • I feel silly here…but blend it.  Eat it.
really yummy salad dressing.  Olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

really yummy salad dressing. Olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

 

This morning I was in a rush, so after my morning java on the back porch, I noshed a banana on the way to work.  Thankfully, I stock my desk with emergency meal things, and had this oatmeal once I got there and ran into my morning meeting.

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It’s possible I was in a rush, because I actually made my lunch.  Another ginormous BAS (big ass salad, for new readers!), but this time using some homemade tangy soy yogurt and salsa as a dressing.

I also whipped up some tofu eggless salad, and made a sammich.  My favorite sammich, actually.  This version had sliced up silken tofu (the Mori-Nu in the sealed package, not the fridge version), so Just Mayo vegan mayo, yellow mustard, turmeric, diced white onion, and diced sweet pickle.  I didn’t measure, but it’s pretty straight forward to figure out.  Put on rye bread with tomato and lettuce.

all packed up!

all packed up!

BAS

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For dinner, I made slow cooker red beans for red beans and rice.  Stupid simple really.  Recipe is a family fav from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but in the slow cooker with half the water and no meat.  Easy peasy.

FITNESS

Well, it’s entirely possible I lost my running shoes.  Or perhaps I left them in my hotel room in Austin in order to make room in my tiny suitcase.  Yeah…that’s probably more likely.

Though in my defense, they’ve been dying a slow death, and in my last run in TX, the sole tore apart.  And I haven’t made it to the store to buy new ones.

I have done yoga and home workouts like boxing that don’t require shoes…

LIFE

Well, it’s been a crazy few days!  My last day in Austin was only a partial day because I had to catch my flight.  Even leaving early, I didn’t make it home until after 1 am my time on Monday morning!  Part of that was weather delays, and part just the drama of traveling.

The last pics of the fun stuff I got at VVC!

new buttons to feed my obsession!

new buttons to feed my obsession!

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Sights from the airport….

Texas is a very proud state.  Which I find commendable.  I do find it weird that they emblazon their state on everything though.  I saw Texas pasta, signs shaped like Texas everywhere I went, and so on.  These were at the shop at the airport.

Texas is a very proud state. Which I find commendable. I do find it weird that they emblazon their state on everything though. I saw Texas pasta, signs shaped like Texas everywhere I went, and so on. These were at the shop at the airport.

and so was this guy.  Sorry it's blurry, I was circling for a few minutes trying to figure out how to take his picture without being obvious.  He's a hipster cowboy!  Big had, handlebar mustache, big belt buckle (but of something kinda hippie), what looked like pajama pants, and cowboy boots.  I had a hard time not staring.  I've never seen one before :)

and so was this guy. Sorry it’s blurry, I was circling for a few minutes trying to figure out how to take his picture without being obvious. He’s a hipster cowboy! Big hat, handlebar mustache, big belt buckle (but of something kinda hippie), what looked like pajama pants, and cowboy boots. I had a hard time not staring. I’ve never seen one before :)

I got home, and M was still awake.  D had to work nights starting that night, so he was already gone.  He did turn down the bed though, and leave me this sweet note!

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Then I did some unpacking and the girls had a blast with that.

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Then it was work and busy, busy busy!  Lot’s of snuggly cats though.

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Ginny figured out how to stack her toys and play with both at the same time...

Ginny figured out how to stack her toys and play with both at the same time…

Perhaps even more exciting is seeing how much my garden has grown!  I tried once – about 14 years ago – to grow a garden, and it was a colossal failure.  This was pre-vegan days, and pre “wanting to be one with nature…but not get it on me” days. Well, I still don’t like nature on me so much, but I’ve really wanted a garden.

I’ve also never successfully kept a house plant alive, though I stopped trying about 15 years ago.  After all, dead plants give room character.

I’ve become obsessed with it, to where I inspect it several times per day and get totally excited about every little sprout and flower.

In the 3 days I was gone, I swear I was like a freaked out new mom.  Has anything new grown?  Look how big it’s gotten!  Like I left my newborn and missed her first word or something.

But alas, I digress.  The most important thing is that it’s growing!  Food is sprouting – heck, even harvested radishes already!  So now I am convinced that should civilization fall, I can still take care of myself and my family and grow food!

No longer will I be known as “she of the black thumb” and “the vegan who kills all plants”.

MY HOW MY GARDEN GROWS!!

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No morning pics yet this week.  R had an ortho appt today and yesterday she stayed home.  Perhaps the rest of the week!

 

 

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??

Strawberries For Days

FOOD

On Saturday morning, A and I went strawberry picking.  And pretty much everything has revolved around it since!

the strawberry haul!  And a spicy/sweet jam from the farm too.

the strawberry haul! And a spicy/sweet jam from the farm too.

strawberry balsamic vinaigrette!

strawberry balsamic vinaigrette!

really yummy salad dressing.  Olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

really yummy salad dressing. Olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

one of the most amazing snacks ever.  Mix cream cheese with spicy jam/jelly, and dip in pretzels.  Holy cow.  Been a long time fav of D and me.

one of the most amazing snacks ever. Mix cream cheese with spicy jam/jelly, and dip in pretzels. Holy cow. Been a long time fav of D and me.

of course ya gotta make some home made strawberry shortcake!

of course ya gotta make some home made strawberry shortcake!

this freaked D out....just the act f cooking strawberries

this freaked D out….just the act of cooking strawberries

but it made a yummy strawberry syrup for pancakes!  It's fairly thick, so good for toast too.

but it made a yummy strawberry syrup for pancakes! It’s fairly thick, so good for toast too.

speaking of pancakes....perhaps I tried to make too big a batch in that pitcher (it was A's birthday breakfast!)

speaking of pancakes….perhaps I tried to make too big a batch in that pitcher (it was A’s birthday breakfast!)

breakfast stuff

breakfast stuff

in non strawberry related news, made a new mac no cheese dish from a new cookbook.  Made with sweet potato!

in non strawberry related news, made a new mac no cheese dish from a new cookbook. Made with sweet potato!

A's birthday dinner on Sunday!  Tofurky, grilled veggies, and the strawberry shortcake.

A’s birthday dinner on Sunday! Tofurky, grilled veggies, and the strawberry shortcake.

not food, but a totally refreshing pitcher to keep outside on a hot day!  1 lemon and 2 limes sliced in a half gallon pitcher of ice water.  Refilled 4 times, but never had to switch out the fruit - it kept on flavoring the water.

not food, but a totally refreshing pitcher to keep outside on a hot day! 1 lemon and 2 limes sliced in a half gallon pitcher of ice water. Refilled 4 times, but never had to switch out the fruit – it kept on flavoring the water.

I did have one food fail, though I take no immediate blame :)  I wanted a fresh loaf of bread, and it came out hard as a rock.  I think my bread machine may be dying.  It’s old though, so maybe it’s a natural death.  The last several loaves I’ve made in it weren’t great – but if I use the Kitchen Aid and bake it in the oven, no problem.

FITNESS

This is my favorite time of year to run.  I know it’s hot, but considering how much I hate being cold, it really doesn’t bother me.  It is getting to the point where I’ll have to be better about wearing water belts though!

Sunday’s run in particular had me very hot and sweaty!  It got up to almost 90, but it was still only in the high 70’s/low 80’s when I went.  There was a light breeze, so it was actually very enjoyable.

I find that it’s when I STOP running that I become a sweat bomb.  Or perhaps that’s just when I notice it.

That’s when the pool comes in totally handy though :)

Other than that, it’s been mostly body weight workouts.

LIFE

I had one of those perfect weekends.  The one’s where the weather is perfect, the company is amazing, there’s things to do (but not TOO much), and things are just glorious.  It was the first really hot weekend, the first weekend our pool was open, and I seriously can’t complain.

Friday night, D and I went out.  We don’t go out all that often (honestly, we can have fun in a paper bag, so we’ve never needed “date nights” or things like that), so it was really nice.  We went to an Italian place, had a couple drinks and appetizers, and just hung out.  Talked about life, the future, politics, sports (I know…baseball was on and he loves baseball), and nothing in particular.

hanging out Friday night at Carrabbas!

hanging out Friday night at Carrabbas!

Saturday was all about food!  It started with A and I going strawberry picking, then she went to spend the day with her boyfriend, and I hit up the farmer’s market circuit…then came home, popped in headphones, and made stuff!

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A in the strawberry field.  Or is it a patch??

A in the strawberry field. Or is it a patch??

so many strawberries!

so many strawberries!

R had a couple friends over to swim and play video games, and then just as they left, M had friends over to do the same!

tweens in the pool

tweens in the pool

Yesterday was A’s 20th birthday!  So crazy that my little girl is 20.  After birthday breakfast, it was time for some pool fun.  Then she was off with one of her oldest friends for an afternoon of antique shops (yes, they love antiquing), and then home for her requested dinner and presents.  She got a new stereo with a turn table – so excited.  Some records too (Beatle’s Yellow Submarine, Pink Floyd – that was D, and The Clash – that was me!).

We received a package this weekend (coffee order), and each time I walked past it, one of the cats was in it.

Ginny got there first...

Ginny got there first…

but as soon as she left, Bumble jumped in.

but as soon as she left, Bumble jumped in.

While she was gone, I pretty much spent the entire day outside either in a lounge chair reading, or in a pool floatie listening to my iPod audio book.  As soon as D got back from running errands, he popped in the pool with a book and floated around too!

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Today was business as usual, though perhaps a bit pink.  See, for all my outdoor glory, I forgot to wear sunscreen.  I’m crispy.  Even the insides of my ears are burned!

It probably was comical that I had picked out an outfit for today with a pink top.  It was almost like wearing camouflage!

Otherwise, today was a pretty good day too.  After work and school, M had a bunch of friends over to swim and watch TV.  A’s boyfriend came over for a bit too, and everyone had a relaxing evening.  Everyone except R, who isn’t feeling well.  She has a low grade fever, and I’m worried she’s catching the same allergy-induced sinus garbage I had two weeks ago.  I hope not – and that it was just too much sun and not enough hydration – but we shall see in the next day or so.

Until then, morningpictures!

Friday!

Today!

today :)

Friday

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…

 

 

Some Soccer with a Side of Hit and Run

FOOD

Surprisingly, I only actually made one smoothie this week.  The other mornings I hit up a smoothie place and bought them instead.  Lazy, yes….

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

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

I made a big batch of chickpea and cauliflower curry in the rice cooker, so that was lunch for a few days.  Super easy – 1 cup brown rice, 1 can coconut milk, 1 cup water, 1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained), any frozen veggies you may have lying around, 1 tbsp ginger, and 2 tbsp red Thai curry powder.  Mix it all in the rice cooker, add half a head of chopped cauliflower on top (don’t mix it in), and cook on the brown rice setting.  Stir gently when it’s done – not too enthusiastically or you’ll mash the cauliflower.

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Friday night was a girls vegan pizza evening!  N, K, and I made pizza, drank wine, and hung out.

pesto, beet, apple, and KP's homemade vegan sausage.  Other things too, like the arugula that was put on it after it cooked.

pesto, beet, apple, and KP’s homemade vegan sausage. Other things too, like the arugula that was put on it after it cooked.

the other pizza.  Red sauce, zucchini, mushrooms, and more by the time it was put together.

the other pizza. Red sauce, zucchini, mushrooms, and more by the time it was put together.

FITNESS

Most days were runs, except for Wednesday.  My eldest and I went to a body combat class at the gym.  It was exhausting and exhilarating, and while tender for a few days, was completely excellent.

LIFE

It’s been a busy week, but a good one.  This weekend has been especially whirlwind, but that’s okay.

Friday afternoon AC and I met up for happy hour at a brand new place in Norfolk called Torch Bistro.  Cute place.  Then it was off to NS’ house for pizza and wine.  While I was there for the night, M had a LAN party.  Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like….Local Area Network.  Essentially, all of his friends come over, bring their own computers, and they get networked together and they play games.  Benefit of having IT parents :)

hard at work making pizzas!  I rolled out the dough, so my part was over.

hard at work making pizzas! I rolled out the dough, so my part was over.

NS, me, and KP

NS, me, and KP

requested snacks for M's party.  Tons of Yerba Mate tea's and hippie snacks from Whole Foods.

requested snacks for M’s party. Tons of Yerba Mate tea’s and hippie snacks from Whole Foods.

When I got home Saturday (I spent the night at NS’ house), it was cleaning and reading.  It was a gross day, so good for both activities.

The 80/20 Burger Bar in Norfolk put a Facebook invite out there for the Chelsea v. Arsenal game today at 11am.  So D, AC, JC, and I met up at 11 and watched the game.  It was a very fun time, and it ended 0-0.  Doesn’t sound exciting, but it was – first half was massively frenetic, one of my favorite players got hauled off to the hospital with a suspected head injury, and in the end, all Chelsea had to do to hold on to the top spot was to not lose.

picked this up for D to prepare!  He isn't a soccer nut like me, but he was going to represent Chelsea anyway!

picked this up for D to prepare! He isn’t a soccer nut like me, but he was going to represent Chelsea anyway!

us before heading out.  It was an Arsenal heavy crowd, but that's okay.  We're better :)

us before heading out. It was an Arsenal heavy crowd, but that’s okay. We’re better :)

After the game, D and I went out to the parking lot and he noticed that someone hit the back corner of my van.  And after a quick look….that car had still parked next to us!  The back left bumper area was all scraped up, and the front right of this Subaru had my van’s paint all over it!  What kind of idiot hits a car and then parks next to it??

I went back into 80/20 and proceeded to ask everyone there if they drove a silver Subaru outback.  No takers.  We had to call the police, who logged it as a hit and run.

The rest of the afternoon was spent grocery shopping and now making dinner!  Quite frankly, I’m exhausted and hoping to sneak off to bed around 8 :)

And I leave you with this week’s morning pictures and cats!

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sort of close together....so exciting that Bumble seems to be liking Ginny more...

sort of close together….so exciting that Bumble seems to be liking Ginny more…

sunshine kitties sharing a stair!

sunshine kitties sharing a stair!

no sense of the "hey, I'm trying to read here" from this one.  Personal space?  No such thing....

no sense of the “hey, I’m trying to read here” from this one. Personal space? No such thing….

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The Battle Bra

FOOD

Well, I don’t have a lot of food to share with you the past two days.  Mainly because my insides wanted to be on my outside (meaning I think I had food poisoning or else I angered some digestive deity somewhere).

Some type of time bomb went off around 8 pm on Tuesday and didn’t leave until sometime this afternoon.  As a result, I haven’t had much beyond water and tea.

my one meal.  Tomato soup with some corn and peas.  This was breakfast and lunch today.

my one meal. Tomato soup with some corn and peas. This was breakfast and lunch today.

FITNESS

Funny thing is I had a great run on Tuesday before the belly bomb went off.  I have not done squat (or any squats) since.

I thought I was feeling okay enough yesterday to go for a run, so I got into my workout gear.  That good feeling didn’t last long, and while I was changing into pajamas, D came in.  Apparently he’s never noticed my sports bra today since he remarked that it looked like some type of battle bra.  So now that’s what they will always be called.  It sounds cooler :)

LIFE

Tuesday night was mainly spent curled up in a ball of discomfort while reading.  Nothing fun to report there.

Wednesday was work and then catching up with a friend afterwards.  She and I don’t spend nearly enough time together, but when we do, it’s like no time has passed at all.  And that’s really cool.

D and R's Wednesday morning picture!

D and R’s Wednesday morning picture!

Thursday was an early morning work meeting, and it was bring my daughter to work day!  I am part of a project to build a revolutionary new school in my region, and we had a meeting yesterday downtown.  It was at 830, but since R had an appt at 1030, I brought her with me (I checked first).

mommy n me at the downtime library to build a new school!

mommy n me at the downtime library to build a new school!

So – I got to have a mommy and me picture!  Notice she’s actually showing her teeth in her smile?  That’s because I told her she had to…since it would be her last morning picture before braces!

So yes – her 1030 appt was with the orthodontist.  And, being the strange child she is, was totally excited for it.  No fear nor apprehension of any kind.  The process was painless, and she spent the entire afternoon exclaiming “braces are so neat!”.

in the chair and ready to go!

in the chair and ready to go!

getting prepped

getting prepped

all done!  She gets the bottom teeth done in June.

all done! She gets the bottom teeth done in June.

Then we went to the movies to see Insurgent.

And while today she is still happy she did it, the mouth soreness has kicked in.  I never had braces, but my sister did, and I seem to remember a lot of meals through straws….

today's morning picture!  She got a ton of compliments today.  No teasing (thankfully).

today’s morning picture! She got a ton of compliments today. No teasing (thankfully).

Otherwise, D is up in DC this weekend to see and take pics of the Cherry Blossoms peak (and possibly take in a Nat’s game!), and I have a houseful of kids (A and her friend from school are here).

As for me, it’s bedtime :)

my blogging partner in crime!  Ginny crawled into my lap at the desk right before I started this post.

my blogging partner in crime! Ginny crawled into my lap at the desk right before I started this post.