Monthly Archives: May 2011

Good, Good, Good…Good Vibrations (GONE)


Today was totally a mixed bag on the food front.  On the one hand, breakfast was awesome.  Lunch was healthy, but not what I would have chosen had I been given better options, and dinner was just a joke…..

I was out of the house much earlier today than I had anticipated.  My first meeting wasn’t until 930, but I left home at 730 because I was up and ready.  Since I had a bit of time to kill, I went to Yorgo’s for another awesome vegan bagel sandwich, but this time I stayed at the deli to eat.  I was still at the hospital by 830, so got to get some work done prior to my meeting.

bagel sandwich and hot tea!

My first and last meetings of the day were at the main hospital, so I co-opted an office there and worked all day.  Typically, I would have gone out somewhere fun for lunch, like Thai, Indian, or Greek.  Unfortunately, I had a LOT come up between meetings, and just didn’t have the time.  That meant….HOSPITAL FOOD.  Ugh.  Not much vegan friendly there.  So I ended up with cereal, soy milk, a banana (which I never did eat), and….Diet Pepsi.  Lunch of champions (or the desperate).

nothing like soy milk.  and a cola.  mmmmmm…..

Dinner was a team building event at Abuelo’s.  While the happy hour specials were good – the only vegan friendly thing they have is chips, salsa, and guac.  So that’s what I had.  And a beer.  Of course I’m feeling it too…when I don’t eat cleanly, I tend to feel less than stellar.

Not my drink, but it was pretty


I DID IT!!!  I dragged my butt out of bed at 420 am to workout!  Like a good little soldier, I laid out my workout clothes and shoes before bed last night, and D set the coffee pot for 4am so I’d be good to go on all fronts.

I got dressed, had a cup of java, and left at 445.  I got to the gym at 453am, waited with the small, dedicated, and slightly goofy crowd for the doors to open at 5, and proceeded to head to the Fitlinxx computer to start my workout machines!

One small problem.  Stupid computer system wasn’t working and no one there at that unholy hour could help me.  They informed me that my beloved Fitlinxx machines have been dying a slow death, and that they’ve purchased a new system (called ActiveTrax) that I have to be set up on.  I went to make an appt, and the one employee/personal trainer was exceptionally rude when I tried asking for help.  I found someone else, set up an appt for 715pm Wednesday, and left.  I don’t know how to workout with free weights (and I was in a bad mood by that point), so I went home.

I did, however, go running.  My feet hit the pavement by 520am, and I was back home at 6.  I jumped in the shower, was out by 610 (I’m not usually the type to linger in the shower…get clean…get out.  Unless I’m sick and freezing or something).  Anyway, I woke D up, he had ironed my clothes, so I made breakfasts, lunches, and then was bored by 730.  Hence my earlier than planned departure.

So on the one hand, I’m proud that I actually got up at that ridiculous time to workout.  Focus.  Dedication.  Slightly insane.  I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to strength train – especially since I made an effort to do so and considering how much I hate it.  And I’m really peeved that I could have slept an extra hour and accomplished the same thing.  So on one hand failure, and the other success.

Tomorrow I’m scheduled for a brick.  It’s supposed to rain, but since our meteorologists tend to be completely wrong (I still think weather predication is a wee bit of voodoo science!), I’m not convinced.  I mean really….if there’s a 10% chance of rain….and it rains….should they get credit for thinking they were 90% wrong?  Anyway…I digress.  My plan is to pack my bag, toss my bike in the van, and workout immediately after my last meeting.  That should give me enough time to make it to the Y for my weight lifting.  Focus.  Dedication.  Woo hoo.


So the post-vacation feel good vibes are now gone.  I spent 10 minutes today trying to figure out when my next day off is (Memorial Day – May 30).

I love my work.  I really do (not just saying that to convince anyone else), but there are days where things are tough.  I feel like that’s been the norm for the past 7 months or so!  I get so much work loaded on, too few resources, and each time I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s really just an oncoming train.  It’s nothing about where I work or who for (I happen to believe VERY strongly that I work for a great company and have the worlds best boss.  ever).  But I swear…I have projects that just won’t go smoothly no matter what we do.  It’s being dependent on others who don’t even work at my company (so I therefore have no control over) that is the biggest problem.  Ugh.  One day that light really WILL be the end of the tunnel.  Then again – I may not know what to do with myself when that happens!

Sorry to whine and get all depressing and stuff. 

On the way to work today, the idiot light came on in the van.  I spent MANY times running out of gas in an old car because it didn’t tell me when it was almost empty.  Anyway, I knew I could make it to the hospital, but I likely wouldn’t make it back home without filling up.

So after leaving my last meeting at 530, I pulled into the gas station on my way out.  I pull up to the pump…and NO WALLET.  Ugh.  I’m freaking out, D’s not home to check to see if I left in by the computer, and I’m pretty worried my wallet was stolen at the hospital sometime.  Thankfully, I had some cash in the van, so I put $20 in, and headed to the team building.  One the positive side – I had cash.  Yeah!  On the negative side – I wasn’t carded when I bought my beer which scares me that I’m starting to look old!

On that note…I’m off to get some beauty sleep!

Planting Things I Don’t Know What To Do With, Boob Soreness, and Pesto!!!

Food was really good today.  Not that I don’t try to always eat yummy fun things, but sometimes it just isn’t possible to have something amazing, so when I have days that I do, it makes me really happy.
First thing this morning I had a cup of black coffee and half a banana.  Can you tell this was in attempt to workout in the morning??
After my shower and before work, I made a quesadilla.  Refried beans made with green chilies and onion in the tortilla, and leftover Spanish rice, lettuce, vegan sour cream, and hot sauce on top.  It.  Was.  Awesome.  I can’t believe it took me this long to get a stupid $15 quesadilla maker thingy. 
a nice wholesome breakfast!
Lunch was a quick “greek salad” wrap.  I put a little hummus, romaine lettuce, tomato, big chunks of cucumber, kalmata olives, and some lemon juice on a whole wheat wrap.  It was like a little portable salad.  No pictures…didn’t think of it until it was half eaten (what can I say….I was hungry).
Because my quesadilla was so filling, I didn’t eat lunch until after 3pm.  As such, I wasn’t really hungry for a real dinner.  Instead, I had a small salad, some white wine, and made some cilantro pesto – which I plan to eat on pasta sometime tomorrow.
Cilantro Pesto
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)

1 bunch of cilantro (my single little plant I planted 3 weeks ago is now HUGE)

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (I imagine almost any white vinegar would do)
1/2 ish tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup vegan parm topping (though I can see not adding this at all)
6-7 cloves garlic
5-6 tbsp water
salt to taste
Put it all in the Vita Mix and blend until creamy!
container plant with 2 bell pepper plants and cilantro

I can’t get over how sore I am from lifting weights yesterday.  I know it’s been far too long when every muscle my body does and doesn’t have screams all night long every time I move.  Sleep last night was quite elusive…I have a tendency to move around a lot (probably where my ninja-sleeping 7 year old gets it from; she has a tendency to beat me up when I let her sleep in the same bed as me), but each time I rolled over or twitched just a little bit, I woke up with angry muscle pains.  Honestly – I wasn’t mad since it was a “good pain” and not an injury, but it was still annoying.
Still though, I set my alarm for earlier than last week, and managed to get my butt out of bed and go for a 3 mile run before work today.  It wasn’t bad – especially since I had almost an hour to digest my coffee and 1/2 banana first.  Baby steps, honey.  Baby steps.
It took almost a half mile to work out the stiffness and get past the pain and annoyance of my muscle aches (ever try running when your chest muscles hurt…with larger than normal boobs?  It sucks.  That probably woke me up more than the coffee did).
It helped that D ironed my clothes for me (in my defense…I made breakfast and lunches while he did so), but still.  I would have either worn something wrinkly or from Chico’s travel collection that requires no ironing (though it was too warm for those).
After work I hit the gym for a 1200 meter swim workout.  This is the same workout I got off of, and I’ve decided it’s gotten too easy.  The first time I did it, it took me almost 45 minutes.  Today, it took 34, and I didn’t feel like I was pushed too hard.  So….my next swim is Saturday, and I’ve already gone on the site, indicated I needed something harder, and will see how that goes.
I have to say that my body has hurt all day – except while I swam.  It’s either the miracle of swimming…or the Ibuprofen I took around lunch.  I’d like to think it was the swim….
I also finished my summer/fall training schedule!  Here it is!!!  Feel free to follow along and see if I actually stick to it…..
I have the Tri in July and the Rock N Roll 1/2 in Sept (so far).  I figure that’s quite enough for now.
So…tomorrow I’m scheduled to punish my muscles some more and then run.  Today was nice because I did one workout in the morning, and one in the afternoon.  I did the run in the AM since it’s more familiar to me than swimming is.  I’m a little nervous about tomorrow.  I HAVE to do both workouts before work – since my team has a planned drinking/team building event at 6 with one of the technical guys who’s been saving our collective butts on hardware.  We all want to take him out for a few to show him how much we appreciate him.  However – that means getting up at 415am to be at the gym when they open at 5 to lift – which takes about an hour – and then get my 4 mile run in and STILL get ready for work.  Me thinks D will be ironing for me again….
Today didn’t suck so bad for a Monday.  I had meetings most of the day, but not all of it, and I was still able to get quite a bit done.
I stopped at the grocery and loaded up on pineapple, mango, oranges, and strawberries.  I started running out of things to juice and was afraid of the concotions I’d start making if I didn’t hit a produce stand quickly.
When I went outside to my container gardens to pick my cilantro, I took pictures of the progress of my other plants.  They’re all doing quite well, and I’m really excited (nervously though, since I have a black thumb).
Greek Oregano, Stevia, and Sweet Basil.  Don’t exactly know what to do with Stevia leaves yet, but I’ll figure it out.  If nothing else, boiling it with my tea would work great!

flowers blooming all over my topsy-turvey tomato plant.  They’re going to be tomatoes when they grow up!!!!

my hot pepper topsy turvey.  See the little buds in the middle?  Those are going to be spicy goodness when they grow up!
On a fun note, D was on his geocaching website to look at the status of his buried treasure.  It really is crazy what an entire universe is out there.  One of the coins he buried yesterday was already picked up and is enroute “somewhere else”.  Apparently he put one into a cache in late March down in North Carolina when he was there for work, and it has now made it’s way – via two stops in Florida – to Switzerland!  This link shows it’s progress.  It’s pretty cool.  He’s planning to go out on Sunday again, which I think is awesome. 
So I need to sign off and get to bed if I have any hope of getting up again tomorrow to work out….wish me luck (it should be pretty comical).

Buried Treasure and Purple Dragon Snuggles

The past few days I haven’t done much in the way of cooking, but I’ve had plenty of tasty food.  Breakfast most days have been either fresh juices or smoothies – or both.  Lunch on Thursday was leftover eggplant, lentil lettuce cups, and a salad that I brought from home in my awesome Zojirushi Bento container.  Dinner on Thursday was R’s choice (post gymnastics), and she picked Carrabba’s.  I had a vegan pasta dish with artichokes, tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms!  AND…..a peach sangria!  Between lunch and dinner I snacked on those yummy spicy seeds from Heritage.

the bright green is her leotard 🙂

Friday breakfast was a treat!  I made it downtown faster than I usually do, so I had time to stop at Yorgo’s Bageldashery.  They are a regular deli, but also offer many vegan options for breakfast and lunch.  I picked up a toasted multi-grain bagel with vegan sausage, vegan cheese, and a tofu “egg”.  It was fabulous!

Lunch was a hummus wrap with sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, tomato, onion, and mustard.  Dinner was green curry with S.
Saturday breakfast was a smoothie, and then lunch was again R’s choice (she had swimming and gymnastics), and she once again wanted to go to “that place where you can pick your own food….”, aka Golden Corall.  I had a really big salad that was in no way worth the $15 for a buffet, but still tasty.  Dinner was a clif bar and banana from Trader Joe’s, and then some fruits and veggies at a wedding reception for a good friend. 

This morning I made a tomato, orange, and carrot juice, and then heated up the leftover pasta from Thursday for my breakfast.  Lunch was leftover tomato/veggie soup over brown jasmine rice, and a couple lentil lettuce cups to use up the last of the marinated lentils from Wednesday.  Those I topped with some of my home grown sprouts.

Tonight will be taco/quesadilla night.  I have to do something with that mad bush of cilantro I have growing in the backyard!
Saturday I had a great swim workout.  I did drills for much of it (single arm pulls, pull buoy, etc), as well as several laps of freestyle.  I swam while R had her lesson, and then she hopped in the lane with me (adding flippers) and swam some laps with me while I finished.  Of course she delighted in beating me each lap because she had flippers and was MUCH faster than I was!
I really wanted to run Saturday too – but I feel asleep!  I thought I was lying down for 10 minutes until D got home, and the next thing I know, it’s 250pm and I have to get in the shower to get ready for a wedding!
Today I went to the gym around 1145 with all the kids.  They played and swam while I lifted weights for an hour.  Not a fun use of my time, but a necessary one. 
I’ve signed up for the 3Sport Tri in Richmond in July!!!  I’m so excited.  From everything I’ve heard – it’s a ton of fun and a well done race.  AT is may do it with me, so woo hoo….new Tri on the calendar!!! 

I also did a brick workout early this evening.  A 7 mile ride and a 3 mile run.  It was still nearly 3/4 of a mile before my legs felt normal.  Otherwise, aside from being windy, it was a nice workout.  My running pace average was actually much faster than it normally is, so that was a nice bonus!

On the way home last night, D informed me that he wanted to start hiking. I’ve been wanting him to find a physical activity he enjoys and to stick with it – whatever “it” is. And it certainly doesn’t have to be a family affair – I do most of my workouts by myself, and sometimes that’s exactly what I want. I don’t want him to feel selfish if he chooses to go somewhere alone. By all means! I need that to maintain my OWN sanity!

When the kids and I left for the Y this afternoon, D left with his geocaching and day hiking gear, and took off for Northwest River Park (a nice state park very close to home).  He spent nearly 4 hours hiking and treasure hunting – even found a few and buried some of his stuff too.  I got several texts from him while he was gone, but the bottom line is he had an absolute blast.  Here are a few of his pictures that I thought were pretty cool.


It’s been busy, but I can’t complain.  Thursday afternoon, D and I were talking about R taking more gymnastics because she loves it so much.  So she’s now taking classes on Thursday’s and Saturday’s for an hour each. 

Thursday our entire region was biting it’s collective nails waiting for the storms to hit.  DC was hit the evening before, and it looked like things were heading our way.  All of the news channels were going crazy with weather updates, storm warnings, and tornado watches.  Schools canceled all after school activities, and the skies looked dangerous most of the day.  We’re still pretty edgy from the mess 2 weeks ago, so it was quite hectic.  I even sent my team members to work from home at noon because I didn’t want them out in the elements when things rolled through. 

We ended up only getting some rain and winds, but nothing damaging or flooding.  We got lucky – surrounding areas didn’t fare as well – but it really wasn’t bad here at all.  R still had gymnastics, we went out to dinner, and basically welcomed the break in the heat wave when the cold front rolled through over night.

Friday was more hectic.  I had to be all over the area for different meetings, etc, so my day started really early.  After work, I got my nails done, picked up a few bottles of wine, and headed to a friend’s house who’s been home alone all week (hubby is out of town) and seemed a little down in the dumps.  So I surprised her, forced myself on her, and we had a nice evening sitting on her porch and getting some Thai food.  Good times.

Saturday was an early morning.  I got R ready for her busy day, and headed to the gym before swimming started at 9.  We swam, played for a bit, hung out in the hot tub, and then showered up and headed to gymnastics.  We stopped for a quick snack (I was out of edible bananas), and then class.  She flipped around for an hour while I read.  D had been out with A getting a hair cut, grocery shopping, and fabric shopping (she has a new candy-inspired dress line she’s working on), and they met up with us for lunch at Golden Corall, which was really nice. 

Before I left for the morning with R, I noticed Bumble sleeping on my bed near Figment – the mascot for Epcot Center.  When I got home several hours later, this is what I saw.  My cat snuggling with the purple dragon.

M had stayed home to cut the grass, and then went to a friends house.

I had hoped to get a run in between the after lunch and before wedding time I had (about an hour and a half), but ended up falling asleep.  So, skipped the run, but not the wedding!

The wedding was very nice, and then we went to the reception, which was also nice. And I wore a dress, which is pretty much a miracle.

From D’s geocaching adventure, he texted me a pictures of a flower, saying “a flower for you”.  It was cute, so here it is 🙂

When I got back to the house after my brick workout, the kids were in the backyard.  It took me a minute to find my oldest.  She was near the top of a large tree in the back yard!

So now it’s time to prep for another busy week.  My goal this evening is to finish my training calendar, get lunches done, finish the wash, and try to do as much as possible to make life as easy as possible this week!