It’s Fun Getting a Frantic “Are You Okay??!?!?” Call from a 16 Yr Old….Role Reversal!


Saturday was….whole wheat bagel, hummus, grapefruit with stevia, and chocolate soymilk.  Shocking, I know.  Apparently when I find something I like, I tend to stick to it!

Lunch was a tomato and onion quesadilla made with Diaya cheddar cheeze.  Very tasty!

Dinner really wasn’t.  I ate popcorn at the movie with R, and wasn’t very hungry that evening.  I had a Dr. Kracker snack, which ended up being enough before heading to bed around 1030.

I had a cup of coffee and half of a Clif bar early this morning around 9, and than brunch with AC at the Water Grill in Richmond.  I had two spicy Bloody Mary’s, we shared the duo of hummus (one regular, one edamame), and I had the black bean burger with avocado and fruit.  I didn’t come close to finishing anything (other than the Bloody Mary’s), but it was fantastic all around.

2 different hummus, pita, olives, and peppercinis
black bean burger with cilantro and mustard, avocado and fruit

I made up a box of Whole Foods buffet bar goodness to eat tomorrow for lunch at work.  I was just too full to eat it today!

Dinner was Carrabba’s, where I had a veggie pasta and a salad.


I did a yoga routine from Yoga Today around 8am while everyone was sleeping.  It was nice and felt really good.

I hit the YMCA at about 2pm on Saturday.  I was tired and didn’t really feel like going, but made myself anyway.  I had wanted to go on Friday, but my spa nail appointment took way longer than I anticipated, so if I didn’t go Saturday, I’d have thrown off my newly re-established workout routine.

I’m glad I went (D even told me he was proud of me for going, though all I wanted to do was nap…he’s so cute).  I did the WH strength training routine again and ran on the treadmill.  While I’m totally excited to workout again pain-free, I was reminded just how much the treadmill annoys me.  I was only a mile in and I was bored to tears.  I finished out the 3 miles anyway, but I really can’t wait to get back outside.


D and the gaggle of teenagers that had gone to laser tag came stumbling in around 715am on Saturday.  R was asleep in my bed (we fell asleep watching Alpha and Omega.  D carried her off into her own bed, but by then, he’d woken me up – and once I’m up, I tend to stay that way.

After coffee and yoga, I woke R up around 930.  She had to eat and get cleaned up before gymnastics at 11.  After gymnastics and lunch and my workout, I took her to see the new Smurfs movie.  Let’s just say the company was much better than the movie!

working on her back handsprings and walk overs!

Sometime while we were gone, the crowd awoke at my house, and around 230, D hit Dunkin Donuts for a mid-day breakfast for them all.  With extras for Sunday morning.

Afterwards, we went home and made spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner, and then went to bed fairly early (for a weekend – D and the kids were exhausted, even after sleeping most of the day away).

This morning I woke up early (on purpose).  I needed to pick AC up by 930am for our day trip to Richmond, and needed to make coffee, shower, dry my hair, etc.  As I was getting dressed, D woke up, poured himself a coffee, and grabbed a donut.

As always, he walked me out to my car to kiss me goodbye.  When I started it up, the low air pressure light went on.  It was early, the kids were all asleep (and rarely wake before 10), so he said he’d follow me to 7-11 (just a few blocks away) and put air in my tires.

We get there, he puts the air in while I go into the store to buy a bottle of water.  D then offers to stay to fill up my gas tank (so cute), and he did that while washing the windshield.  Pretty much in his jammies.  Have I mentioned how cute he is?

Anyway, I’m about to drive off and A (my 16-year-old) calls me.  I answer, and she’s frantically asking if everything is okay?  She and M woke up MUCH earlier than normal, came downstairs to find both cars gone, a full cup of hot coffee, and a half eaten donut.  They start imagining the worst possible scenarios.  They then proceed to look in the cupboards to see if R’s epi pens were there, worried something happened and we had to take her to the hospital.  By the way…R was asleep in her room.  How funny the older kids are looking for her meds to determine if something bad happened rather than look in her room for her.  But anyway, it was sweet.  I explained what happened, and that Dad would be home in less than 5 minutes, and not to panic.  Apparently as soon as D pulled into the driveway, the 16-year-old ran out of the house, hugged him, and yelled UGH really loudly.  I feel badly that we worried them, but it was pretty funny.  My how the tables have turned!

AC and I had a nice drive to Richmond, chatting the whole way (we have a tendency to start 80 conversations, but only finish about 3).  We hit some rain and some traffic snags, but nothing terrible.

We got there around 11-1130, and it was pouring.  By the time we finished brunch though, it had stopped.  We were in the area of Richmond called Cary Town, which is a lot of boutique shops and trendy restaurants.  We did some clothes shopping, and then hit up Penzy’s spices.  This was started up in my hometown and is a breakaway store (started as catalogue only, but now has retail outlets) from the Spice House, which is where my Dad got me that big spice kit for Christmas.  It’s so much fun just walking around and smelling things.  I picked up a bunch of spices (black sesame seed for a raw bread recipe, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, lemon peel, salt-free spice blends, vegetable soup base, and a few other things), and while checking out, tell the sales clerk that I’m from Milwaukee.  She got very excited that I “knew all about Penzy’s and the Spice House”.  It was really neat talking with her.

After that, we hit up REI.  I immediately showed AC the new kayak I want.  It has cup holders.  SO cool.  The biggest reason for my visit though was to get D the backpack he was ogling when we were there a couple of weeks ago.  He’s planning his first big overnight backpacking/camping adventure for Sept, and I told him I’d rather buy things slowly than drop a fortune the weekend beforehand!  When I brought it home, he was so excited, which was (again) cute.

After REI was a brief trip to Whole Foods for some essentials (3 containers of sun-dried tomato and basil hummus qualifies), and then we hit the road back to Norfolk.  I was home by 6.  A great day.

All in all, it was a great weekend.  This week is going to be insanely busy, so I’ll post when I can.  I learned late last week that I have to go to Morehead City, NC Tuesday afternoon for some meetings, so I’ll be down there for work.  Thursday I have to work nights for a go-live, then Friday it’s a girls night dinner at AC’s house, and then taking her to the airport Saturday at some un-holy hour (like 4am).

Now, it’s off to steal my Kindle from M (he’s reading To Kill a Mockingbird…summer reading for school) and read until I fall asleep!

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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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