When There are Nine

FOOD

This week has been a combo of at home and on the road eats!

This was from By CHLOE in Boston – someplace I’ve wanted to go for a LONG time…taco salad!

Amuse bouche. Polenta with pea purée and balsamic bubbles

A vegan potato and leek soup that was AMAZING

FITNESS

Runs appear to be back on the menu lately. Not sad – I’ve usually liked running. Though when I get tired of it, I’m ok walking away to do something else too.

LIFE

Well, been busy, which is seriously nothing new.

Friday my guy and I went to a new wine place – Yianni’s. One of our fav people started working there, so we wanted to show our support. Ultimately – a nice wine bar. Amazing prices in that respect. On the food front – nothing really for me. And he’s pretty particular about not eating someplace I can’t easily – so we’ll probably be back for drinks, but not meals. I will say the place is cute and has a huge selection – and really wholesale prices on wines by the bottle. So totally worth it.

On Saturday R and I went to Busch Gardens. It was our first trip of the year, and we had a blast. Rode all the rides before heading home to do wash and pack.

I left for Boston early on Sunday. I spent the late afternoon and evening with friends walking around the Seaport area. AF and I went to grad school together and his wife L is totally amazing too. It was awesome to spend time together.

One of our stops was at the contemporary art museum, which was thought provoking…and strange. Perhaps more on the strange side…

I went with the cucumber mint – which was surprisingly yummy

I’ve been at a conference that focuses on artificial intelligence in healthcare. It’s been exhilarating and exhausting and I really need a nap from it!

OH – and last night my grad school alma mater WON THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Wahoowa!

Today I had a break and went to Salem – which was the coolest little witchy town ever! Went to the art museum (Peabody Essex) and then wandered around, but it was too cold to appreciate much.

Then it was to the Sam Adams brewery for a tour and tasting. Totally fun!

This is called the “When there are 9” experimental beer.  Brewed in conjunction with the Pink Boots society which promotes women in the beer brewing industry.  The name is an answer to the question “when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?”

Tomorrow I go home, and I’m very ready. So many people there that I miss.

A Slave to the Data

FOOD

This morning started with a green smoothie. Spinach, banana, blueberries, cilantro, and Vega vanilla protein powder. While the Ripple is okay – I picked it up because I really like it’s nutritional profile – it’s not the tastiest protein out there. The couple extra calories on Vega is worth it.

A couple hours later it was another breakfast salad! This one had Morning Star vegan chicken strips in it since I didn’t have any pressed tofu. It’s good and super easy. Way easier than Beyond Meat’s version. Lighter too, which I tend to prefer.

My afternoon was a lunch date that included edamame and a totally yummy mandarin salad. It was huge though – only ate about 1/3 of it.

The goofball decided to stick his finger in the picture.

But dinner friends. Dinner was an adventure! During Amazon Prime days last summer I got a wicked sale on a KitchenAid attachment that turned veggies into strips of pasta! It looked freakishly complicated, so I just never used it. But tonight I was motivated, so I busted it out. It actually wasn’t complicated at all, and now I’m annoyed with myself I haven’t been doing this for the past 8 months that I’ve had it!

Crissie’s Vegan Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini – peeled and made into sheets of pasta (you can use thin rounds in that’s what you have available)
  • Any other veggies you have and want to use. I tossed in thinly sliced red onion and kale
  • 1 jar your fav marinara or batch of one homemade
  • 1 pkg of Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles (or meatless crumbles of choice)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

Directions

  • Cook the Beyond Meat per package instructions.
  • Stir in the marinara and quinoa
  • Layer, starting with veggies, top with marinara mixture, repeat until it’s all gone!
  • Bake covered for 30 min in a 400 degree oven

It was really good and made 4 servings.

FITNESS

So I did go for that run last night. Wasn’t the greatest, but I managed.

Decided on another run today. This one was awesome and is the type of run that reminds me why I like it to begin with. I don’t know I’ll be back on running like I have in the past, but it’s definitely in the rotation – especially now that it’s getting nicer.

Okay, so people who know me, know I like data. Which is funny because I hate math, but I digress. Data tells a story. And if you don’t have the data, it didn’t happen.

SO – imagine my horror when I realized at 10am that I hadn’t inputted my passcode on my Apple Watch and had not gotten credit for anything I did from 530am until 10! So my hours standing will be off. My total calories burned for the day. I keep trying to think it’s no big deal. But I’m seriously a slave to the data and get all flummoxed when I don’t have it!

LIFE

Well it’s only been a day 😉

Last night’s web development class was really interesting. The focus was on defining the user profile, or persona while designing the app. It seems so common sense, but the way it was laid out was really awesome. We focused on the elevator pitch, user experience, app features, and context. Hard to believe that next week we start coding! Yikes – I haven’t coded in a long, long time…

MAD = Mobile App Design

Now, I don’t know that I’ll ever be good enough to really build commercial apps, but since I am involved in the whole start up world, I want to have at least a position of knowledge when working with app developers – so I know what’s realistic, etc.

My youngest wants to build an app related to her robotics scouting component, so I think that’ll be my class project!

Today ended up being a bit different than planned. The course I was supposed to teach got moved to the fall term. He realized he gave me zero time – even though I was mostly ready and could wing it, I did appreciate it.

That meant a work from home day, which was productive. At one point I hear Kuma zooming around. As she is wont to do. I don’t really pay much attention since I’m at my desk. I decided to look up – and she her tearing through the downstairs with some toilet paper in her mouth. I’ve been picking up bits all day….

Otherwise it was meetings, lunch, and kitchen fun.

And….bike shopping!

My eldest is excited by the nicer weather and mentioned a week or so ago about wanting to bike more. Thing is, her bike was stolen back in college and has really just been borrowing everyone else’s. And while her bday isn’t until May, I asked her if she would like a new bike (she did!), so we grabbed Kuma and went bike shopping! We’re fortunate to have a great local bike shop literally blocks from our house.

Meet Evangeline….(the bike)

The day has ended with a walk for the little bear and a nice evening with my kids.

I realize I’ve become my father in this regard…but I admit I miss him and his ridiculously long stories
Another beautiful day = sunshine fluffs!

I Really Need a Protest Dish Towel

FOOD

Last couple have days have been quite yummy!

Sunday evening I went to one of my fav DC spots – Thaiphoon – in Dupont Circle for my always fav tofu green curry.

Monday morning I just grabbed a bagel at my hotel before heading for a coffee meeting.

Lunch was at HipCityVeg in DC! I’d wanted to go there for years, and was so excited. I had the kale lemonade and the jerk chick’n salad. No dinner since it was spent driving – didn’t really work up an appetite. My lunch partner had the udon salad – I took a pic because it is vegan after all, and it was the other dish I was eyeing.

Tuesday morning was a smoothie with Ripple vanilla protein powder, banana, spinach, and blueberries.

Lunch was some roasted tofu then tossed in a stir fry with a yummy ginger sauce I saw in The Abundance Diet book. It was a little too salty – it did call for 1 tsp in the sauce. I’d cut that down ton 1/4 tsp if I make it again. I tossed in some cooked quinoa too.

And because yesterday was Tuesday that means tacos! I made Arroz Verde and a tofu filling. I took a can of diced tomatoes, 1 chili, and 2 tsp of Penzy’s Salsa & Pico seasoning, and blended it. Pan fried the crumbled tofu with onions and garlic until starting to brown and then poured in the tomato sauce. Once it started boiling, turned it to simmer until all the liquid was either absorbed or evaporated. Served with shredded lettuce and homemade tart soy yogurt and hot sauce.

This morning I finally got to use my juicer! New part worked like a charm 🙂

That was followed up by a hearty breakfast salad a couple hours later.

And, perhaps, strawberry-jalapeño margaritas were had…(well, one was just strawberry).

FITNESS

Did two spin classes so far this week. Thank goodness for Peloton!

This evening I’m planning to run outside! It’s a beautiful day, and the first in a long time where I’ve felt like running.

LIFE

It’s been a really great couple of days.

Sunday I was at an all day UVA sponsored workshop – which is the reason I was in DC to begin with.

Monday I was still in the DC area. I had a 9am coffee meeting with a fellow UVA Darden Alumni. I do have to say that our network is very, very strong and I love that. We’re always looking out for each other, expanding our networks, etc. That alone is pretty much worth the price of tuition.

Speaking of, on Friday I had lunch with a current Darden student who is interested in my industry (healthcare emerging tech). It was nice getting to pay it forward and put him in touch with resources to help him.

Lunch was with an IBMer I met about 6 weeks ago. She was down in my neck of the woods where I was giving a presentation on Innovation. A couple weeks later she emailed me wanting to get together, learn more about being a successful woman in the tech industry, and since I was heading to DC, decided to make a lunch of it. She’s 22 and really at the early stages of her career, but freakishly smart and driven and I had a great time with her.

Something my boyfriend says often 😆

Sent this pic to my kids hoping they’d get the hint….

I made a quick pit stop at the portrait gallery before driving home.

Monday was work and then grocery shopping on my way home. I was in dire need of grub in the house!

Oh, and because I don’t have enough to do, I signed up for a mobile app development certification program! I got a wicked discount on it, and that started last night. It’s two nights per week for the next month. I’m excited. Doing a web dev program after that 🙂

Since I have startup ideas that would require those skills, figure it can only benefit me to get them. Besides, no white out on a resume – the more skills I have, the better!

Tonight I get to put together a guest lecture for a local university tomorrow. I had thought the person who originally asked me forgot since I hadn’t gotten any info from him. Alas – at 4 he emailed me. Ugh. Guess I need to do this.

Sunshine fluffs
How I start my mornings – usually in my car, but today in my kitchen. I do love me some Bloomberg.
Had a lot of that this past weekend…
“Where in the World is Luna??”

Meet The Family!

FOOD

Usually when I have a break between terms I spend a lot of it in the kitchen. I haven’t had a chance to do that much, but I’m hoping I can in the coming week since my courses start again on the 5th.

So I’ve been inspired to get back into juicing. Finally picked up How Not to Die, and it makes me really miss it (both not dying AND juicing!). Of course I have a slow juicer (Tribest Slowstar), but it’s always leaked a bit, which is why I stopped using it. So after doing some research, found it’s a known problem. I contacted Tribest (even tho I bought this juicer in 2014, it has a 10 yr warranty), and they’re sending me the replacement part for free!

Until then, it’s occasionally buying juices until I can make my own.

Other eats include Thai, of course. And salads, soups, meals out with my guy, and a lovely solo dinner in downtown Norfolk. Plus dinner in the DC area last night.

Even tho he’s not a veg head, we have similar tastes in food. Indian is always a good option!

Had a couple cheater smoothies this week. Didn’t make any myself, but still had a couple!

Whipped up a simple tofu ramen for me and the kids one night

Finding vegan brats at a German spot was awesome
Roasted veggie gnocchi at Seasons 52 in Tysons Corner

My guy found a newish Tex-Mex place with a vegan menu. It was AMAZING. Owner is cool
and the bartender made great margaritas (like this strawberry jalapeño)

FITNESS

Couldn’t fit in any Regymen classes, but did get in yoga and spinning. This weekend has been quite a bit of walking too.

LIFE

Even though there’s been no school, it’s been a busy week.

Last Saturday was a fund raiser for my daughter’s orchestra group at the Norfolk Admirals hockey game. When I was in Boston she asked if we could go. Of course! Transferred her $$ to her card so she could pick them up. I get home, and she tells me (very excitedly), that her best friend can come! Thing is – she bought 2 tickets. SO….I scooped the girls up, took them to the arena, and then walked around, ending up with dinner solo at Leone’s. No worries tho. Pasta, wine, and a book, and I was very happy.

Sunday morning I went over to my boyfriend’s house for a bit. Then we went out to lunch, and then I met his family for dinner. No pressure. Actually it was really low key and everyone is really sweet.

Being on a school break means more reading for me. Aside from my fun fiction books on kindle, am working on these 3 too. Just because it’s break time, doesn’t mean I don’t feed my brain.

The rest of the week was work and kid stuff, though went out Thursday night with my guy.

Friday I dropped R off at school – she has a robotics competition out of town that her brother and friends are going to cheer on – because I’m in DC for a long weekend. Had a stop in Charlottesville for a meeting, then up to DC, where I have some events until Monday afternoon.

Bean Town, Take 1

FOOD

Some very typical eats – smoothies and salads namely. I did try out a new protein powder. I really love the nutritional makeup of it, but am not in love with the taste compared to Vega or Garden of Life. So we’ll see if I ever get it again or try another flavor.

Tuesday night was the full blended family dinner fun out for Mexican. Many sangrias were had 🙂

For the rest of the week, I was in Boston, getting home late last night/early this morning. All I can say is thank goodness for Clif Bars since there really wasn’t anything I could eat on the first day. Once the coordinator of the meetings I was in learned I was vegan, she really went out of her way to help ensure there was something to eat for me (even soy milk for my coffee the second day we were there!).

Really tasty mushroom soup

Very typical in a plated meal – when handing out desserts, they don’t know what to give me, so I
get a bowl of fruit. Not complaining though, I love fruit and can do without the sugar of a
typical dessert anyway
Salad was fine. Black bean cakes were not. Certainly an A for effort, but mixed with spaghetti

Wednesday evening I met up with A & L for drinks at the top of the Prudential Tower at a place called Top of the Hub. We didn’t eat, but the drinks were amazing.

Dinner was as Kashmir – and Indian place that A and I actually went to almost a year ago the last time I was there. We ordered a bottle of wine, two orders of samosas, and 3 dishes to split. All vegan because they’re wonderful.

Also some other fun eats.

Discovered a sparkling sake called Mio, and I don’t know that my life will ever be the same

FITNESS

I got to one Regymen class, and it kicked my a$$. Focus was core, and I was sore for days!

Several other days I did Peloton streaming cycle workouts in my home gym.

LIFE

Tuesday evening was dinner with the 7 of us. BS helped me with my first ever basketball bracket! I have 3 total. One that is all him, one that is mostly him with a few changes (just couldn’t make WI lose – though I should have because they did!), and one that was actually a Wall Street Journal analytics one. I’m currently in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Though my 3rd is tied with my girlfriend A up in DC. My 1st place is my WSJ bracket, 2nd is the slightly modified one, and 3rd is BS’. Still a bit to go, but it’s been fun and minorly obsessive to check rankings after each game.

Most of the week was in Boston for my first trip there this spring. Two more to go. I left early Wednesday morning. Had a few afternoon meetings while I was there (one hanging in a Starbucks in Harvard Square), and then met with A & L (A and I went to grad school together. L is a professor in Boston). I hadn’t seen A since last summer, and L since a ski trip a little over a year ago, so it was awesome to catch up. Both are coming for a visit this summer, so that’ll be awesome.

Our view
Pick the waitress took. My guy said it was too dark, so A took a selfie and fixed it

Thursday and Friday were meetings, which were really engaging and productive. We had a dinner that Thursday night, which was a lot of fun. It’s always nice getting to know people you really only know via phone calls! Lots of non-work related interesting conversations, especially about food and travel.

I flew home yesterday.

Today I went to Whole Foods and then met my boyfriend and his oldest for lunch. This evening is taking my youngest and her bestie to a hockey game. It’s nice being busy. Not having school work to do won’t get to me 🙂 I have read quite a lot though, which I really enjoy.

Dragons!

So BS admonished me again. I did tell him to bite me because I had a 40 page paper due and that was more important than his blog fix, but whatevs. Paper is done and now it’s time to catch up!

FOOD

As you can imagine, there has been plenty of food in the past 2 weeks! Thai, soups, salad, smoothies. You know – the typical. And eats out and about too of course!

Beyond Meat Brat & pretzel bun at Brick Anchor!

Dinner & drinks with a girlfriend from Boston who was in town

Take out Thai while paper writing

Today’s breakfast salad! Pit stop at Whole Foods on my way in this morning…

FITNESS

The past two weeks have been too chaotic to go to the gym. Good thing I have a small home gym with a spin bike – been quite a bit of that!

And yoga, of course. I’d probably burn out without it.

LIFE

Very busy couple of weeks! Went out of town with my guy a couple weekends ago. Great trip about 3-4 hrs away from home. Got back on Sunday – realized I left my wallet at the restaurant where we had breakfast, and proceeded to drive back to get it. Ugh. It was 7pm by the time I got there and raining, so I just spent the night and came home early in the morning. What a pain. Otherwise a wonderful weekend.

Got annoyed that they left the Irish whiskey with the same dumb Scottish spelling…but

Then it was a normal week of working, working out, studying, and going out one night with my guy – typically a Friday night.

The following weekend was an almost full family movie fun with Captain Marvel (A wasn’t there – her man was in town!). The next day was a brunch party at our fav brunch spot to celebrate A & J. Minus my son who was working and one of my guys sons who had pre-existing plans, and plus two other friends. We reserved the tea room, ate, drank, and laughed a lot. It was a lot of fun.

Then more work and school. My girlfriend H from Richmond was in town for a few days (she grew up here and was here for family stuff). We went out Tuesday night.

I took off Wednesday to focus on my paper. Library, then Brick Anchor for lunch, then Starbucks, and then meeting S from Boston for dinner and drinks.

This past weekend was all about robotics! R had a competition locally and was a ton of fun – though two 12 hr days is loooong. My guy came to some of it both days and that was fun. R was student ambassador so had to work shifts giving tours and explanations of the program. We were her first she gave tours to, so it was cute.

My term ended yesterday, so I’m done until April 8th. Here’s hoping I don’t get too bored…

And misc pics of course 🙂

Snuggly sunshine friends

Umm. I go thru a LOT of highlighters. Bulk purchase for $5 and I was excited.

So this weekend while at robotics, M bought everyone in the family their very own dragon! I was so excited that this one is mine. Totally perfect! Still needs a name tho…