I Will Not Be a Buffet!


I finally bought good coffee!  D is starting to tire of our Foldger’s lifestyle and wanted some good stuff.  A couple of weeks ago we had a coupon for buy one get one for coffee grounds from Dunkin Donuts.  We thought we liked Dunkin.  We were wrong.  I think my dislike of it was stronger – probably because I drink coffee black and D loads his up with sugar and creamer so it masks the taste a bit.  We tried mixing the grounds with coffee we did like – no luck.  Still nasty.  My favorite coffee is Illy, but that’s REALLY expensive, so I only get it about once a year.

I was at The Fresh Market the other day, and they have two rows with barrels of different roasted coffee beans.  I mixed two different coffees together, ground the beans there (I don’t have a coffee grinder anymore), and we made it this week.  Yummy!  Unfortunately – I don’t exactly remember which coffees I blended, so I have no idea if I can recreate this week’s success.

So aside from a great cup of java this morning, I also made my current favorite smoothie.  It’s super simple – 1 cup water, 1 scoop Chocolate Vega, 1 banana, and a whole bunch of frozen blueberries.  It makes a big 24 oz smoothie, and fills me up for hours thanks to the Vega.

I packed my lunch, but didn’t end up eating it.  D called to see if I was free to meet him for lunch, and I was, so we met up at a place close to both of our offices.  There’s a local place called The Cutting Edge that we like to go to.  It’s the only place in my town I know of that has any vegan menu items (ya know – other than pasta, salads, or things like that).  D is a big fan of their turkey and avocado club sandwich, and I love the Vegan Blackened Chick’n Panini.  They have several vegan sides, and I typically get the pita and hummus (what can I say…I’m a hummus junkie).  I’ve had the tortilla soup before which is also really good.

okay, so I ate half of the sandwhich and a bite of hummus before I remembered to get my camera!  Oops….

After work, I had half of a banana (split it with R), which was just enough for a pre-run snack.

Dinner was what I had intended for lunch; a sandwhich with my latest batch of raw vegan bread from JLGoesVegan – always a master of awesome recipes!  The bread came out well, and it definitely has a different flavor than the one I made on Tuesday, so I’m excited about the variety.  I layered a red pepper, eggplant, and garlic spread on it and topped with avocado slices, red onion, and cucumber.  It was so tasty and filling.  Love it!

Don’t mind my duplicate pictures.  I’m playing with and without flash….nothing fancy mind you – it’s my little point and shoot Samsung – but I’m trying to see which takes better photos.  Feel free to weigh in 🙂

with flash…much brighter, but you can’t tell those are cucumbers on top

without flash

without flash…

with flash

Just before taking R to her gymnastics class, I made a fresh juice of orange, apple, spinach, carrot, and pineapple.  And as I type this…enjoying a nice glass of red wine!

On a totally different tangent….a couple of days ago my husband told me that he wanted to eat more like me.  NOT that he’s going vegan or anything (he made that clear), but he realizes his diet – left to it’s natural devices – is not a good one.  With his Crohn’s, he doesn’t absorb nutrients the way a healthy body does anyway, so to eat mostly nutritionally devoid food is pretty bad for him (worse than it is for the rest of us even).  I’m never pushy about the way I eat.  I am a very firm believer that everyone has a choice – from religion to politics to dietary habits – life in general.  I CHOOSE to be vegan – no one made that choice for me or forced me into it, so I would never do that to another.  Because of that, I have spent a long time cooking multiple meals every day.  I try to not cook junky meals – I attempt keep them as balanced as I feel I eat, but I do know that when D goes out to lunch or grabs a take out, it’s always crap.  So I was thrilled when he had this little revelation.  I’ve been waiting a LONG time 🙂  He happily ate the cauliflower/potato Indian curry I made yesterday with brown jasmine rice – and really liked it.  He didn’t dump a ton of salt on it (which he normally does – but excess salt – common in the American Diet – kills your taste buds and the ability to really taste food – so he’s trying there too).  So I’m excited to inspire someone I love more than anything to choose to be a healthier person.  And lets be honest – I have quite a vested interest in him being healthy and living a very long time…

Today was just a run.  It should have been a lifting day too, but I had no time.  D had plans this evening, I was on gymnastics duty, and there wasn’t time between work and that for both.  And you all know – I HATE lifting…which means when forced to choose between that and something else….I choose the “something else”.

On my way home from work I stopped off at Target to get some insect repellent.  I will NOT be a buffet for the various insectoid life forms buzzing their way around Virginia.  I am a vegan.  I do not digest the life of a sentient creature – and I expect to be treated in kind.  Even if that means I have to stink myself up with nasty bug spray to do it! So be it.

It probably doesn’t help that one friend sent me an article on Lyme’s Disease today, and another girl mentioned she was assaulted by THREE ticks yesterday – one bit her knee while she was running.  Her KNEE!  And she doesn’t live too far from me, so they’re out in force.  Deep Woods Off is the closest thing I could find to Front Line for people.  I really wanted a nice organic non-smelly option – but all of those only repelled mosquitos.  Screw West Nile.  I don’t want some critter burrowing it’s way into my skin and going all vampire on me.  No thanks.  So stink I will.  And refuse to be their smorgasbord.

I will take this moment to reiterate my thoughts on nature.  I am a city girl.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE nature.  I just don’t want it on me.  My idea of “roughing it” is a hotel without a bar.  So bugs be warned…stay…away….from…me.


My day started out early.  I bumped my alarm up 10 minutes in my effort to wake early and exercise.  So far…that’s failing.  I’m waking up early and just taking that much longer to get ready in the morning.  I’m taking a shower, drinking coffee, making elaborate breakfasts, baking cookies, making elaborate lunches, checking all my emails, reading blogs, reading the headlines…anything but actually do what I intend by getting up that early.  Baby steps I guess.  At least my butt it out of bed.

I was in the office by 730 this morning which was really nice.  My first meeting was a conference call at 8, then another at 9, then an in person meeting at 10.  If I don’t start work early – I can’t actually get anything done because I’m in meetings all day!

I did have a nice chunk of time between 1045 and 1245, so I got a few things done, had lunch with D, and then headed way out to one of our sites a good 30+ minutes away for an afternoon meeting.  It ended up being a great meeting – and while I could have dialed in with a conference option, I’m glad that I went in person instead. 

After my meetings were all done, I hit the road home, stopped at PetSmart (my almost 9 yr old Lab is taking a joint supplement 2x per day and she needed more.  And some toys to destroy), then Target (and they have a food section now!  How cool…I bought fresh pineapple at Target!), then to get R from daycare, then home.

R did her homework, M got home from school, and I went for a run while he watched over his little sister.  D got home while I was out, and then the evening activities started.  I took a shower, D picked A up from school around 6 (she goes to a special art high school in the afternoons from 2-5, and doesn’t get back home until quite late), then it was time for R to get ready for gymnastics.  I left with her, then D left to meet up with a group of people downtown for beer and pizza, the older two had their typical “fend for yourself Thursday dinner” (aka – leftovers), and now our evening is finally winding down.

Tomorrow is going to be a good day I think.  I have a team meeting in the morning, a meeting with audit (okay, so that probably won’t be ‘fun’), then a tour of our new hospital we’re building (have to make sure all my computers are being put in the right places), and then a meeting with a friend of mine that will combine finance discussions with happy hour.  Really can’t complain about that!

For now, it’s time to get the kids off to bed, settle in myself, read for a bit, and then hit the hay!

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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 “I Will Not Be a Buffet!

  1. Wow, so much here today!

    1) I'm so glad you enjoyed the quinoa bread!

    2) I prefer the shots without the flash

    3) GREAT news about your husband!

    4) Ticks? YIKES! I'm a city girl at heart, too.

  2. That bread looks really yummy. Would love to try it (can you email me a piece please???). I agree with JL – no flash. I've heard so many people say not to use flash, but natural lighting as much as possible. I have a samsung p&s too and always have problems deciding on the flash when out and it's dark. Sometimes you just have to use it.

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