Oh Hot and Sweaty Room…How I’ve Missed Thee

I hate it when I go more than 36 hrs between blog posts.  I think I’m a bit like Dori from Finding Nemo…I’m sometimes afflicted with short term memory loss.  I usually have to look at my work calendar and try to re-create my day.  Sad when my barometer is what work was like…

So my last post was Wednesday – the potluck debacle day.  I can tell you honestly that the kickboxing class did more than kick my tush while in it…it was sore for 2 days after too!  I woke up Thursday and my lower back was sore.  Not the type of sore where you pull a muscle or anything….the type of sore where you work an oft unused muscle.  To be honest – I wasn’t unhappy about it.  I was excited that I had found a muscle group that I must have been ignoring.  Now that I see this in print, I guess it may be a little strange for me to think “yeah, back pain!”.

I was at the heart hospital all day, but it was pretty much a good day (when I wasn’t anticipating it to be so).  That’s always a nice thing – when your day is better than you thought it would be.  The only down side is AFTER I got to the office, an extra meeting was thrown on my calendar, which meant no time for lunch.  Thankfully, I always have a Clif bar in my briefcase just in case I’m left without a meal opportunity.  It was a bit smooshed, but I really didn’t care by 130pm when I was ravenous.  I do feel like it was a little wasted though.  Clif bar’s are my pre long-run (or race) meal, and I feel like I shouldn’t eat one unless I’m going to run right after.  Oh well….

I left the office around 4 and headed straight for Moe’s for a taco salad.  As much as I’d like to avoid it – I have to have the shell.  It’s just not the same without it!  Of course by the time I ate, it was going on 5pm, and it ended up being my dinner as well.

I spent quite a bit of time baking on Thursday evening.  I popped in my headphones, finished up book 1 of the Belgariad (Pawn of Prophecy) and started up book 2 (Queen of Sorcery).  I baked a very wonderful vegan apple cake.  It’s very dense, and not very cake-like at all, but it was awesome!  I did finally use my flour sifter for the first time…and my hands got sore!  Sifting 3 cups of flour is much more difficult that one would think!  I also made chocolate crinkle cookie dough.  I didn’t realize until I was half-way through that it was a dough that needed refrigeration for at least 1-2 hours after it was made, so after the dough was finished, I put it into a container for the night.  I have to say…thank goodness for my Kitchen Aid.  It makes very quick work of all the baking that I’ve been doing.  And with the holiday’s approaching, I’ve been bitten by the baking bug indeed.

Friday morning I actually baked the cookies from the dough I made the night before.  That’s the second time this week I baked cookies before work!  It makes me feel a bit like wonder-mom!

Friday was a very low key day.  I didn’t have any meetings for once, and I got a lot done.  I also went to the Y for my Fitlinxx workout, so I felt very productive indeed.  Cookies.  Work.  Gym.  Nice!

D and I went to the movies last night to the cinema cafe to see Inception.  It came out last July, but that’s okay.  Our cinema cafe shows 2nd run movies, and we ordered some food (chicken tenders and fries for him…onion rings for me…and a bucket of beer to share!).  It was a very good movie, and it was nice to get out a bit.

A couple of days ago, the Groupon deal of the day was for a hot yoga studio on Virginia Beach.  It’s about a 20 minute drive, but it was only $40 for a 10 class punch card.  Considering the drop in fee is $16 per class, it was quite a savings.  I woke up early this morning (thank Sammie, the wonder pup), and I had a few minutes of free time.  After having some coffee, roasting an acorn squash and a spaghetti squash, and making some vegan pancakes for R (she had swimming and needed good fuel), I went to an 1130 hot yoga class.  It was wonderful.  Very packed, but fabulous. It’s been so long since I’ve gone, that it was probably that much more awesome.

After class, I stopped at the farmers market and then the grocery to pick up things for dinner (tacos).    M had a few friends come over at 2 and then D took them to meet up with a few more friends to see the Harry Potter movie.  We bought his ticket online 2 days ago to make sure he’d get in.  I really want to see it…but there’s no WAY I’d go on opening weekend! 

S brought Jack (her wonder pups) over for a bit, and he and Sammie played while I had a couple classes of wine and S and I hung out.  After she left, I took a shower and am getting ready to leave for a fun filled girls night!  Speaking of which….I’m going to be late if I don’t get a move on! 

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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