Ketchup! Oh, I mean Catch Up


I really hate going so long between blog posts.  Aside from missing the process of writing, I am now forced to try and remember too many things to write about…AND….you all end up with a novel instead of a post!

So…highlights on the food front since Friday….

Saturday I took the older kids out for sushi.  We were doing other things downtown, and stopped in between.

miso soup!  I love it – A thinks it’s ok – M made a horrible face when he tried it


my veggie sushi plate

M very excited about his bento box lunch

I made another batch of avocado soup Saturday evening, so I had a bowl of that with chopped tomatoes, broccoli, and some of my crunchy bean sprouts.

with flash…

…without flash 🙂

my sprout tray

Sunday morning was coffee and then salad wraps with the rest of the spicy quinoa.

Sunday lunch was with S out for Bloody Mary’s!  I had (aside from Bloody Mary’s), a half of a bean and veggie spicy wrap.

Sunday evening I had a baked potato with tofutti “better than sour cream” and Earth Balance, avocado soup, and a salad.  Very filling and tasty!

Monday I can’t seem to remember at all.  I can’t remember because I obviously didn’t take any pictures, so I have nothing to jog my memory!

Yesterday was A’s 16th birthday!!!  Dinner was her choice, and she picked chicken cordon bleu, roasted asparagus, and Daddy’s Magic Noodles (my husband’s only dish – pasta with butter, parm cheese, garlic, and Italian seasoning).  And cake of course! For me – I had a shaved fennel and orange salad tossed in olive oil with some black pepper.

I used my new Excalibur dehydrator to make a raw bread recipe from Ani’s raw book.  I can’t get over how much easier to use this dehydrator is.  Brilliant kudo’s to the person who decided to make it square instead of having that obnoxious hole in the middle like my old cheapo one!

the dough before it went into the dehydrator

dehydrating away!

final product

Breakfast today was a fresh juice with carrot, orange, apple, lemon, and ginger.  I also had a couple slices of watermelon.  Mid morning, I had some Mary’s Gone Crackers and some spicy hummus.

For lunch, I made a sandwich on my raw seeded bread with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and red onion.  Wow – it was good!  I’m so excited!!!  I also had leftover fennel and orange salad from dinner last night.

Dinner was a slow cooker meal with potato and cauliflower in Indian spices, rice, and garlic naan.  It was a big hit all around, and I’m glad for that.


The last few days have been certainly busy on the workout front, with daily runs (except yesterday).  The highlights….

My swim on Saturday was totally awesome.  It felt effortless – and like I could have kept going and going like the Energizer Bunny.  I was pretty excited by that.

Sunday morning I did a brick at the canal trail.  10 mile ride at a 4 mile run.  Both felt pretty good, though I again didn’t wear something with pockets, and ended up having to run with my car key in my bra.  One of these days I will fully prepare.  Oh – and I have to stop eating spicy food right before a hard workout.  That’s really not fun.

I did see a guy running barefoot.  And not at the park – he was running down Cedar Rd (in a very busy part) and I saw him while I was driving.  Totally crazy in my opinion.  I know there’s a big group of people that feel barefoot running is the way to go – but that will never be me.

Today’s run was awesome.  I felt great, and I missed getting rained on.  The only bad part – and I swear things like this only happen to me – I got done and found a TICK…on my BOOB.  I managed to catch it right as it “bit” me, so it was easy to brush off.  But still.  eww eww eww eww eww!


Saturday was a busy day, but a nice one.  I took R to swim lessons and gymnastics in the morning.  Then D took her to a bowling birthday party.  It was a little bit of a pain in the butt, but she had a great time.  The party was held at the Naval Air Station that is really no where near where we live (the birthday boy’s dad is military).  And because the threat level has been raised, civilian cars are not allowed on base unescorted – so D had to meet the bday boy’s family at the base gates in order to get on.  He stayed at the bowling alley since it would be pretty impossible for him to pick R up. 

On the way out after the party, D stopped so R could see some of the fighter jets on the base.  He used his phone to snap some pretty cool pictures of her…

While D was with R at the party, I took A and M to a couple art shows downtown.  A’s art school requires each senior student to put on a Senior Art Show.  It’s an individual effort, and they are responsible for securing space, writing and publishing the press releases, organizing a reception with food, creating and managing the budget for the show (all pieces are also for sale), PLUS create all the art work to be displayed.  It’s a very big deal, required for graduation, and really an art class and business class rolled into one.  Everyone else in the Visual Arts program must attend at least 3 shows and do a write up on them.  We hit two on Saturday and M tagged along.  It was a really nice afternoon and it was very cool to see all the hard work these kids put into their shows.

D and I had originally planned to go to the movies Saturday night, but there was some nasty storm warnings, so we decided to stay home and watch a movie there!

After my workout and shower Sunday morning, I met up with S for Bloody Mary Sunday.  Then it was running errands and then spending the rest of the day at home.  After dinner, D and I ended up going to the movies, and had a really nice time.  We saw Bridesmaids, and here is my 2 cent review….

It was set in my hometown, which was totally fun for me to see.  It was certainly funny, but some of the jokes were drawn out WAY too long, and some of it got on my nerves a bit.  It was bascially a 2 hr Saturday Night Live skit.  If you’re going to see it – don’t pay full price.  See it as a matinee or rent it when it comes out. 

Monday I still don’t really remember….

Yesterday was A’s 16th birthday!!!  Holy cow.  Most of her gifts were art related of course, as well as some jewlery and some jewelry making supplies.  Her big gift was a dress form.  Since she’s been making so many outfits, we thought it would be nice for her, and she’s very excited about it.  Here are a few pictures…

all of her gifts were wrapped in newspaper.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!!  (she loved that, btw)

reading the funnies before she’d open it

eating cake and ice cream.  Sorry no photos of the cake – it has her name on it, and as you all know, I don’t publish names!

no, the wine isn’t hers!

D and I went to the service station after dinner and dropped off one of the cars that’s due for an oil change.  Late last week, the check engine light came on.  It went off a day or two later, but we wanted to have it checked out anyway, so we had them run diagnostics today when it was in.  Unfortunately, there’s about $1200 of work that needs to be done on it – especially before it goes back for yearly inspection next month.  Joy.  We’re going for a “second opinion” at the dealership.

I took D into work after dropping R off at school.  Most of my day was spent in meetings, so nothing out of the ordinary there!

Dinner, working out, and relaxing for the rest of the night.  And catching up, of course!

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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.

2 thoughts on “Ketchup! Oh, I mean Catch Up

  1. You know my dear, that's largely your fault! I've been reading your higher raw adventures for months now. Kinda hard to not be inspired by that. In fact…I made your quinoa bread last night for lunch today 🙂

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