It’s The Final Countdown!

only two more days and I’ll be on a plane to Seattle and then down to Portland for the Vida Vegan Con Conference!!!!  Woo hoo 🙂


I eventually got hungry last night, so I made up some leftover lentil salad wraps.  I had a batch of leftover lentils, and yesterday morning I made a quick marinade of Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and olive oil and poured it over the leftovers, and stuck it back in the fridge.

Normally, I just use romaine lettuce leaves as my wraps, but I was feeling inventive, so I added the rice paper.  The extra added bonus is that they went from messy to portable finger food!  I love rice paper….

how I normally eat this
enter the awesome rice paper....dampen to make soft....insert your ingredients...
and it's a wrap baby!
easy to make...easier to eat!

This morning was a cup of coffee, a mini bagel with Tofutti cream cheese, and the other half of the banana from yesterday afternoon.  I wasn’t very hungry, but had to eat something before my marathon meeting day started.

I ate a Coconut milk yogurt for lunch.  And tea.

Dinner was a part of a Moe’s salad.  After running errands with the kids, we stopped at Moe’s to pick up dinner.  I wasn’t planning on getting anything, but when the manager saw me, he remembered me and exactly what I order every time I’m there (and I haven’t been there in months!).  I didn’t have to heart to say no, so I ended up ordering a salad.  I think I OD’d on Moe’s when I was training for the Chicago marathon.  After each of my Saturday long runs, I seemed to crave that exact salad – which would explain why he remembered me.  I was there at least once a week for 4 months.


I was feeling a bit better last night, and ended up sleeping pretty well (even though it took me forever to FALL asleep…I actually STAYED asleep).

I woke up early this morning and took a shower before D was up.  I made breakfast for R and I, lunches for D, R, and I, and then got ready for work.  D has it easy in the mornings 🙂

I was feeling a little off today, but mostly seemed fine.  I notice that when I’m really focused on something (like work), I tend to ignore the aches, pains, and general icky feelings.

I went through my billion meetings and then got a call from R’s old grade school (she’s moving up to the next school for 3rd-5th graders), and they needed me to come in today to pick up her Epi-Pens and Benadryl, or they were going to throw them away.

So, in an hour between meetings, I left the office, got to her school, picked up her meds, and then went home to finish my meeting afternoon (they were all online meetings or conference calls).  Those lasted until 530.

After work, I took the kids to the art supply store so A could pick up materials for her summer project for art school.  I intended to hit up Target and the bank too, but was feeling really poopy, so we just stopped at Moe’s and went home.

Most of this evening has been spent working, playing with my iPad, and thinking about packing – and feeling sorry for myself that I seem to be getting sick.  I’m really upset, and hope this passes before Wednesday evening when my flight takes off!  I can’t have any ill moments at Vida Vegan Con!

I’m stuffy and my head is pounding.  I busted out the neti pot, had quite a bit of success, and have been drinking Emergen-C and tea all evening.  And now…I’m going to stop blogging so I can get another good night’s sleep and kick this bug in the butt!

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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 “It’s The Final Countdown!

    1. The power of positive thought (and antibiotics) will get me through! I’d like to feel all better before my flight, but it’s probably not going to happen that way. As long as I feel all better by the time the fun starts, I’ll be okay!
      I had no idea until this past year how neat rice paper is. It’s when I started eating the fresh spring rolls at my fav thai place that I even realized you could eat them that way. And I’m slightly obsessed with finger food!

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