Drinking Wine from a Straw is a Skill EVERY Woman Should Have


Another couple of good food days, which always makes me happy!

Wednesday morning I had a whole wheat bagel with some hummus.  It’s sort of becoming a favorite of mine lately.

Lunch was just some hummus and crackers in a meeting.  I wanted something more substantial – had even marinated some tofu cubes – but didn’t have time to eat it.

Dinner was a take out salad from an Italian place up the street.  I was a little surprised by the sliced pickles, but it was still good and filling.

Thursday morning was again coffee and a bagel with hummus.  This time I threw in some grapes just for a change of pace 🙂

Lunch was Thai Tofu Green Curry during a lunch meeting with one of the consulting groups we work with.  I have a new project where I need some contracted labor.  I ordered a fresh spring roll with tofu, but they brought one with chicken.  I skipped the spring roll thing (which is sad).  I also skipped the picture.  It’s not like I haven’t posted pictures of tofu green curry before…plus…I was in a meeting…would have been a bit strange to explain why I was taking pictures of my food!

Dinner was the most fun though.  AT and I had plans to go out, and of course since she’s only lived here since January, it was my pick.  I decided I can’t get enough of Quenna’s Raw and Vegan restaurant in Norfolk.

I think AT was dubious at first when I explained where we were going, but she’s very open-minded about food – and knows I LOVE good food and wouldn’t steer her wrong.  Thankfully, she absolutely loved it!

We both got fresh juices first.  Mine was pineapple and apple.  We got the “tofu” ryce paper rolls, which were incredible.  I got the “tofu pocket sandwich, which is my favorite.  I ate about half and brought the rest home.  AT got an apple and cucumber salad pita and some take out avocado sandwich for her husband (who loved his food too).  I want to go back on a Friday – they have Avocado Friday’s, which just sounds amazing.

our "tofu" appetizer. I could have had these for a meal

so big and stuffed full of veggies, it's tough to eat without a fork!
AT's pocket. Apples and cucumbers (and other fun) in a creamy sesame sauce. I think she was moaning with delight when eating it.
the salad on my plate...which is making me a beet convert!

Breakfast was the rest of my pita, and lunch was another work meeting (this time I ate fajita veggies and salad).

Dinner was the tofu and broccoli I made on Wednesday.  All told…good and wholesome couple of days!

tofu marinated in sesame oil, soy sauce, agave, and olive oil, plus lots of crushed red pepper and green onion over broccoli


I WENT TO THE GYM WEDNESDAY.  Okay, can you tell I’m excited!?!  After D got home from work, we all went.  He took the kids swimming while I worked out.  My workout lasted just over an hour.  I did 30 minutes of an easy strength training workout from Women’s Health.  It was challenging enough, but didn’t kill me (except maybe the plank…).  Then I ran on the treadmill.  Just 2 miles, but I felt awesome after.

Yeah to my chiropractor and yoga!!!


It’s been a crazy busy week, but a few of our really big projects (which all happened at the same time) are coming together nicely.  All told a good week on the work front.

I’ve been doing some really awesome and exciting research on universal healthcare too.  Did you know that 62% of personal bankruptcies are due to medical debt?  No one should live in a society where they can experience impoverishment or financial ruin in the pursuit of health.  But don’t get me going – I could go for hours.

The highlight of Wednesday was going to the gym.  It felt SO good to move again, it was awesome.  I really do attribute my recovery to both the visits to the chiropractor (which really only took 2 to make me feel better) and the yoga.  I’ve been pain-free since Monday, and only minor and brief twinges since.

It’s funny because my mom – as a nurse – completely discounts that the chiropractor helped.  Many, many medical professionals that I know feel that way about non-medical treatments.  So my Dad is letting her believe that the yoga cured me.  Funny how something like yoga is OK, but not a chiropractor.  She’s funny like that.

But really – he was great.  Explained what was happening to me, and how to keep myself aligned without needing to see him all the time.  I see him again in a month and then only if I feel out of whack.  Can’t really beat that!

Thursday was lighter on the meetings and I got a lot done.  Then it was a chiro visit and a great dinner with AT.  I went to bed ridiculously early (about 845pm).  I was up until 1am the night before, so I wanted a good night’s sleep.  It sort of backfired, and I should expect that by now if I try to go to bed too early.  I slept great…until about 330 am.  Ugh….

I did, however, get phenomenal news yesterday.  Whole Foods is coming to Virginia Beach!!  Granted…not until 2013…but it’s still awesome.  I think 8 people have either emailed or texted me since the news broke.  I guess they all know I’m a junkie.  Only one and a half more years of me taking the occasional weekend trip to Richmond JUST to grocery shop!

Today was another jam-packed day of meetings, but then off to a spa appointment for a 45 minute pedicure (best ever…at one point my legs were wrapped in saran wrap!) and a manicure.  Now my nails are all pretty again.

During my salon visit, I had a couple of glasses of red wine.  At one point, my nails were wet and under the dryer, and I could obviously not drink it.  So…my manicurist went and got a straw!  It’s much harder to drink wine from a straw that it would outwardly appear – especially when you can’t use your hands at all.  Clearly, I need to practice.

Tonight D is taking the older two to overnight laser tag with their friends.  That means snuggling in bed with R, watching silly movies until we fall asleep.  Tomorrow, we’re going to the gym, gymnastics, and then to see the Smurf movie while D, the kids, and their friends, sleep at my house.  Sunday is a trip to Richmond with AC to go shopping.  All in all, it’s going to be a great 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.

4 thoughts on “Drinking Wine from a Straw is a Skill EVERY Woman Should Have

  1. Love the title 😉 And you know, i honestly sort of discount chiropractic therapy as well, but wouldn’t discount yoga. Not sure why to be honest. Glad it helped though. And glad you’re liking the yoga. I have a friend moving back to Norfolk – I need to send her to that restaurant!

    1. I was hesitant at first, but I really think it helped. I hope your friend enjoys living in Norfolk…and if she ever needs anyone to take to to Quenna’s….I’m her girl! 😉

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