Fortunately, I Escaped! Just As Fortunately, the Cat Did Not!

Tuesday, and the the entire area is still mostly shut down from snow on Sunday.  It’s not so much the snow, as the ability to clear it out, so while D went to work (and said the roads were worse even than the day before), the kids and I were bracing for yet another day stuck in the house.  Ugh.  Have I mentioned before how NOT cool I am with cabin fever??

There was still a ton of snow outside, and the younger two wanted to go out and play in it – finish a snow man and build some tunnels.  I was okay with that, and while they pulled out their (rarely used) snow gear, I decided I couldn’t stomach another day without a workout, and headed upstairs to the dread-mill….I mean treadmill.  It faces a window over the backyard, so I could still see the kids while getting a run in, as well as try to delude myself that I was outside.  I even opened the window to mimic the wind blowing through my hair (it didn’t work…guess I needed to open the OTHER window in the room to get a breeze).

M buried in the snow and R standing triumphantly over him

As I was coming downstairs after my run, the kids were calling it quits from the snow and cold.  While they were drying off and putting their snow gear in the garage to dry out, I hopped in the shower.
So picture this….I’m coming out of the shower…wrapped in a towel all warm and happy and clean, and I see a laser light dancing on my bedroom floor.  I pull open my bedroom door the rest of the way to find my 7 year old standing on the stairs playing with a laser light pen.  I ask her what she’s doing, and she proceeds to tell me that while she was coming in the house, she left the back door open while going into the garage to take off her snow stuff…and was worried the cat (Bumble) had escaped.  So she decided to use the laser light pen to attract the cat and verify that she was indeed in the house.  Before I could find out otherwise.  I would have been annoyed if it wasn’t so funny and clever of her.  Fortunately, Bumble was hiding under my bed.  She hates cold a little bit more than I do, but not much.
I then decided to press some tofu.  Not sure what I was going to do with it, but having pressed tofu around is never a BAD thing.  If nothing else, I make a killer spicy tofu soup that’s always a good bet.


My tofu being squished by the TofuXpress.  Pure genius, whoever came up with this.  SO much more convenient than two plates and a can of soup…

D got home from work and by then I exploded.  I could NOT stay in the house anymore!  I didn’t care how bad the roads were, but I had movies due at Blockbuster, and I needed to get out.  We decided to brave the elements, return the movies, and hit Franks, a very local Italian place.  This way, we stayed really close to home, I didn’t have to cook dinner, and we all got out for a little bit!

M giving me a thumbs up.  Not sure why.

D and R playing with iPhone’s during dinner

a candid shot of A smiling.  She only smiles in candid shots.  And since she’s almost 16, seeing her smile is rare enough!

How R eats pizza.  She dangles it over her mouth until she makes contact.  I was attempting to instruct her in the art of two-handed-pizza-eating, but I think I failed.

My dinner.  Eggplant Parmesan – without the cheese.  And pasta (which R ate) and a glass of Chianti.  Very tasty.  I had a salad too, but forgot to snap a shot before I ate it.  I was hungry.

Frank’s Kitchen.  You can’t really tell from this picture, but it’s a totally open kitchen, so you can see them making the food if you want to.  I find this kinda cool.

While the roads were still pretty bad, it was nice to get out for a bit, and dinner was good, so I can’t complain.

D and I were up early today (thanks to Sammie and her demand for breakfast by 7).  I made a big batch of pancakes for the kids, and an awesome blueberry, banana, orange, and chocolate smoothie for me!

Be jealous of the pirate cup.  It’s okay.

Today was the day I knew I’d escape for an extended period of time!  My friend S sent me a text earlier in the day asking me to lunch at our local Indian restaurant.  Of course I said yes, and I started planning my day!

I’m almost done knitting a really long scarf (it’s about 4 feet long right now) – my very first project!   It’s not perfect, but I’m really happy with it.  I’m planning on donating it to a local shelter.  Anyway, I’ve been itching to go yarn shopping and learn more about knitting.  I found a close by knitting shop that has a bunch of classes they offer, so my plan was to go there, check it out, sign up for a class, and then go to Michael’s to buy sale yarn.  My plan worked like a charm!  Class is for two Saturday’s starting on the 8th, and I bought about 10 skeins of yarn at Michael’s for $20 – in fun colors like tangerine, lemon, and some fun blends just for socks!  I figure if I start now, I’ll be set by next Christmas!

I also went to the mall to have links taken out of the watch D got me for Christmas.  The lady at the jewelers was really nice, and I was happy I got to wear my new pretty watch.

I met up with S and had a great lunch of Indian vegan goodness and got to catch up with her about our Christmases.  Then it was off on a couple more errands and then home for a bit.

I had a workout planned with another friend of mine for 415, so that gave me a little over an hour at home.  I sat upstairs, knitted, and watched the most recent episode of the Closer.  Then it was time to get the kids ready for the Y (only the younger two wanted to go….the oldest is kind of a party pooper).  So off we went, R went to the playzone, M to the interactive zone, and H and I to kickboxing!  It was a great class – the instructor is actually an MMA fighter, so it was more of a fighting/training class than a typical cardio kickboxing one.  We worked up a sweat – and worked out any aggression we may have had – and I was happy we went.  It was nice to get out of the house, I know the kids were thrilled to be out, I got to see a friend, AND get a good workout.  Not bad!

After class, H went to pick up her little ones and head back home.  M, R and I hit the pool to swim, play on the slide, and chill in the hot tub.  Woo hoo! 

Because the roads were mostly clear (side streets are still icy after the sun goes down), D and I decided that we were going to go out to the dinner we were SUPPOSED to have on Christmas.  So…off to Geisha we went for hibachi and sushi (vegan sushi of course…and sake!).  It was wonderful as always, and I have most of my dinner left over for tomorrow.

My goofy family.                                             

Look at all those gorgeous veggies!  I want a hibachi grill at home now….mainly because I can’t eat theirs since they use butter.  And because it would be insanely cool.

Onion volcano! 

My broccoli, sweet potato, and avocado sushi.  Awesome.

SAKE!!!  My first experience was with the warm stuff, which was gross.  Tasted like hot vodka.  Then last spring when my sister in law was visiting, a bunch of us went out one night and I was introduced to the unfiltered cold stuff.  Absolutely wonderful.  Like a cold white beer made out of rice.
The plan tomorrow is to go to Trader Joes, Fresh Market, and the Asian Grocery in VB.  If the roads are clear, I really want to run outside.  If they’re not, I’ll likely try to hit a class like spin or hot yoga.  Either way, it’s nice to start getting a life outside of the house back!

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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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