Really Think I Need to Learn To Meditate


Today was a pretty simple day, though I didn’t do any planning.  Normally I cook all weekend long to be prepped for the week, and that just didn’t happen.  It wasn’t for lack of wanting to cook – I just didn’t feel like figuring out what I wanted to make, what I had in the house, and what I needed. 

I do have to say though, I’m proud of the lack of spending on groceries I’ve done this year.  That was a goal for me, and I’m finally starting to actually use all the staples I typically “stock up” on.  I find myself out of lentils, quinoa, brown rice, tofu, and everything else I take for granted I’ll find in my “hippie box” (it’s a big rubbermaid container in the attached garage with “mom’s food”.  Nice huh?  I don’t even get much pantry space….).  Since I don’t want to mindlessly spend on groceries, I’m not as likely to just swing by the market and pick up a few things that I want without actually paying attention to what’s on sale, etc.  I think I need to do a full inventory…hmmm…I sense a weekend project coming up!

Anyway, breakfast was some Kellog’s Crispix cereal (I had a coupon, it was on sale, and I paid 66 cents per box), vanilla soymilk, and a cut up banana.  It was actually really tasty.

Snack at work was an apple.  I picked up a traveling paring knife at Sur La Table in Richmond (it’s purple!).  I take it with me almost every day, and find myself cutting up apples and oranges just because I can!  It has a little case to keep the blade covered.  And it’s purple!

Since I didn’t plan lunch, I threw a soup and some popcorn in my bag.  Fortunately, I ended up going out for Indian food with most of my team.  It was the first time for one of them (he loved it), and that was pretty cool.  I likely ate way too much, but it was awesome.

Dinner I was stumped.  I hadn’t planned anything (and if I don’t, D certainly won’t…he’ll wander around the kitchen and then order pizza or chinese food around 8pm when he can’t think of anything else).  I ended up making deconstructed tacos.  I put a cup of rice, a cup of water, a can of drained and rinsed black beans, a can of undrained tomatoes, oregano, cumin, onion, and bell pepper into my rice cooker.  I served it with a bag of unopened tortilla chips from yesterday, and everyone dipped the chips into the rice/bean concoction.

I was worried that it wouldn’t finish until too close to 7, and I needed to eat around 6.  I ended up with trader joe’s fake chicken nuggets for dinner.  They’re actually pretty good, and for a convienience food, not too terrible.  I wish I had gotten to have the taco stuff though.


Today was Tri Club cycling day.  I ran out of the house a couple minutes after 7 to head to the Y.  This is going to be one of our last rides there, which is a good and a bad thing.  Part of me likes the controlled environment because I’m so new to cycling, but part of me just wants to ride outside!  Many of the classes, though, are going to be at Fat Frogs, and require a Trainer, which I don’t currently have.  From what I can tell, they turn your road bike into a stationary bike or something.  Looks like I’m going to start lurking on Craigslist and eBay looking for one.

Anyhow, class today was pretty brutal.  W just got back from San Antonio and Tri coach training, so I think he was feeling pretty gung ho (aka…sadistic).  He put us through our paces for an hour and I can honestly say I was the sweatiest and reddest I’ve ever been.  And I still need padded shorts! 

Tomorrow I have my bike fitting up at the shop.  I bought a used bike after Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!), but the way it’s set up is specific to the person I bought it from.  It’s the right size frame (49cm) and she and I are only 2 inches apart in height, but her legs are MUCH longer than mine!  I took it in last week to have my girly seat put on and the seat lowered, but W wants me to come in and get it fully set up for me.  It takes about an hour, and will give me a good chance to ask him about all the things I don’t know (trainers, aero bars, shoes, pedals, not falling down when running right after biking….)


Today was one of those days, but it shouldn’t have been.  I let someone get under my skin pretty badly, and in the end, the only person really bothered or wasting energy on it was me.  I need to let things like that go.  For my own sanity, if for no other reason.

My day started out very well.  I woke up (always a good thing), got breakfast and lunches made, grabbed some veg books for my friend, and headed to the office.  I had a team meeting for 2 hours where we hammered out our SWOT analysis on 3 software vendors we’re looking at (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats).  Very productive couple of hours.

Then it went temporarily down hill.  I got upset.  I stewed in my office for a bit.  I ranted and raved to my husband, and then my team asked me out to lunch, and my day got progressively better.  I had a few more meetings, and then home.  I even found time to catch up on my blog reading before everyone else got home for the day, which really made my day.

D is leaving town in about 30 hours, and he’s grossly unprepared.  He’s not packed, and really doesn’t have anything planned for when he’s out in SF.  Oh well.  His problem and not mine (and I’m sure he’s completely fine with the lack of plans or luggage!).  He is taking my camera though, so my blogs will be picture-less for the week.

I’m off to bed.  I have a 730 am meeting, and since I really hate mornings, I had better go get everything ready so I don’t have to think that early.

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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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