I’m Glowing, It’s NOT a Skin Disorder


Wednesday morning was pretty standard…coffee and juice. I munched on an ear of raw corn (can’t express how much I’m loving raw corn), and then fruit the rest of the morning in my various meetings. One of the VP’s I work with always gets curious about my food when I’m eating. It’s kind of funny.

For lunch, I made a batch of avocado soup, and had a bowl with some onion and broccoli sprinkled in. I really, really love this soup.

My dinner was started in the morning in my dehydrator. They were corn fritters from Ani’s Raw Food Asia. I honestly didn’t love them. They were okay, but it could have been my fault. I totally forgot the onion and a couple of the spices. They did LOOK cool though. The dipping sauce was fabulous. I made a double batch, and am glad I did.

I cut the kernels off 3 ears for the fritters and ate the other one.

My big container of flax meal – which I am now buying in major bulk because of all the raw fooding going on in my house

Finished meal! The sauce totally made this

Breakfast Thursday was coffee. And leftover risotto. Okay, the REST of the risotto. It was good, I was hungry, and out of apples and lemons, so no green juice. I was improvising.

For lunch, I met up with L at a Vietnamese place close between our offices. We both had the fried tofu with stir fry veggies and a steamed spring roll. I skipped the soup since there wasn’t a vegan option. The food was pretty good, but the company was better! We got to catch up, talk about our kids and jobs and husbands (always a fun girly activity).

Dinner was a banana and a bloody mary. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but that’s pretty much what I had available easily for me. I tried taking R out to dinner after her gymnastics, but when we showed up, the place was shut down with a large notice on the door instructing everyone to keep out. Bummer. Since it was already 815pm by this point, I wasn’t going to take her out that late to a different place, so it was something quick for her. There usually is no such thing as something quick for me, and I don’t like eating after 830 ish anyway (I never sleep well when I do), so after some serious pouting after I got home, I ate a banana to quell the complaints coming from my empty belly.

Breakfast this morning was coffee and leftover avocado soup. No juice – I’m out of apples. Lunch for me was a big salad. I took R out for lunch on the way to the doctor.

I’m pretty excited about dinner tonight. Before work, I made a kale salad from Oh She Glow’s. I’m going to put it into rice paper wraps and dip in the rest of the sauce from the other night. Yum!


I’m sore. My lower back and sides are really, really sore from the Zumba class. Sore in a good way though – in the “wow, I really got a good workout” way, and not the “got the crap beat out of me” way. I’m now hooked and want to do more! D’s got me a few DVD’s so I can do this at home too (no equipment required), but there’s no shortage of classes around town. The Y has them almost every night (and there are 5 Y’s in pretty close proximity to me), as well as many other places in the community. I started looking around, and now I want to check out The Mambo Room, which is a local dance studio that mostly has Latin dancing, but also Zumba and other fitness dance classes. I’m seriously thinking of taking the Salsa workshop in a few weeks.

Wednesday I went for a mid-day run. It was only in the mid 80’s, so it wasn’t going to be painful. I do, however, turn bright red and stay that way for HOURS. It’s always fun going to afternoon meetings on the rare days that I run in the middle of the day and explaining when looked at funny that I don’t either have a strange skin disorder (unless you count my pale skin refusing to return to normal in a timely manner) or a wicked sunburn – of just the face. One friend told me to think of it as a glow. That’s better than skin disorder.

A, S, and I were going to Zumba last night, but S’ husband was finally back to normal work shifts (he’d been on nights for a few), and they wanted some quality time, which I can’t argue with. D wasn’t feeling up to taking R to gymnastics, so I did. Which meant no Zumba. I felt badly disappointing A who’s really getting into this too.

Tonight I’m going to run, and possibly do some ab work and maybe even a Zumba DVD. No promises on anything other than the run. I’m hoping to do the group ride tomorrow morning at Fat Frogs. If not tomorrow, then possibly the Sunday afternoon ride.


It’s been a nice and quiet and productive week. I had a few early morning meetings, but that just meant more productive time during the day. I got tons done on budgets, project organization, and things like that. Really – some of the fun stuff J (you can decide my level of sarcasm on that).

A’s summer school is in full swing. Nothing like taking biology for 5 hrs a day, 4 days per week. I can’t say I’m sad that she’s in summer school – keeps her busy and out of trouble! M, on the other hand, has been one lazy bum. He rarely gets out of his pajamas nor wakes before 11am. D had a chat with him in the middle of the week, telling him it would be okay to be a total lazy bum for the first 2 weeks of summer break, but starting next week, he can’t be a total flake. I threatened to stick his butt in summer school too if he didn’t shower regularly and get dressed. 14 year old boys can be gross.

Most evenings have been quiet too, and I can’t complain. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done while D’s goofs off with his Xbox stuff. I’m trying to read Game of Thrones. Everyone keeps talking about it being the best show on cable, and S wants me to read it while she does. I think I’ll like it eventually, but the writing style is bugging me a bit. I’m also reading a fun vampire seriesabout a soccer mom who gets turned into a vampire and has to quit her job as a federal agent and become a private investigator who can work at night. Yep, totally fun and mindless to read.

I also cleaned out and organized the gym/play room and D put together a new addition to the shoe rack (or now, really, it’s a shoe tower) in our closet. I cleaned out the file cabinet in the green room, and started purging things I’ve held on to that I don’t need (like learning to read books that were R’s 2-3 years ago, and we’re giving to a friend’s 4 year old, who can get better use out of it than my book shelf does). I suppose my downsizing efforts have begun!

I also revisited my 2011 budget to see how we’re doing and where we need to pay better attention. That’s going to take a few days to finish though.

R had a doctor’s appointment today. Nothing wrong, just her yearly checkup. She passed with flying colors! She’s short like me (in the 18th percentile for height), skinny like D (12th percentile for weight), and the doc called her “perfect gymnast sized”. She’s smart, sweet, and pocket sized! We did talk about her nut allergies, and the Dr was very proud at how aware R is about them and what to do if she ever accidentally ate anything, started feeling funny, and basically how to avoid situations that could cause that. I’m very proud of R myself at how aware she is of her allergy, and knows that accepting treats from friends, switching lunch box items, and things like that can be very dangerous for her. I did ask about air travel and my concerns with that and the research I’ve done. Best we can hope for now is to do periodic testing to see if the severity of her allergy goes down over the years. In the mean time, she gave me the info for the best food allergy specialist in the region so I can make an appt with him.

I’m looking forward to the long holiday weekend. We have some loose plans – kids’ having friends over, pool party at a friend’s house, cooking, geocaching for D, and working out for me. At some point, we’ll probably even figure out what we’re doing on the 4th!

So with that – have a GREAT long weekend!

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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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