And What’s YOUR Imaginary Grace???


Breakfast was coffee and the rest of my vegan green bean casserole.  I really did have intentions of oatmeal or something, but it was sort of calling my name when I opened the fridge.

For lunch I met up with D and had some Japanese soba noodles with veggies and a spring roll.  Have I ever mentioned my insane love of spring rolls??  They’re practically in their own food group.  Like onion rings and popcorn (though in all honesty, I rarely have onion rings anymore, and when I do get them, I eat 2 or 3 and then can’t handle the grease….if I weren’t lazy, I’d make my own baked ones).

I had no plans for dinner.  I’m trying to break my habit of daily grocery shopping, and I’ve been doing great all month – but that was contingent on my meal planning and grocery shopping on Sunday’s…which I did not do this week.  I had every intention of doing it, but D and I were running errands so late, that I simply ran out of time.  At least I used food I had at home and still managed to NOT hit up the grocery!

So I ended up making pasta and putting hot/buffalo Gardein Chickn Wings on it.  Not the most appetizing looking dish, but with the wings only being 90 calories for 4 (yeah…regular hot wings can’t say that!), it was still a filling and tasty dish.

I've had these in my freezer for about 2 months...
buffalo chickn that I'm looking at it, I really should have thrown some frozen veggies in there....

And….after dinner I had a glass of amaretto on the rocks.


I really wanted to run today, after that awesome run last night, but to be frank….the weather went to crap.  We went from near 70’s for the past week to 49 and rain today.  Eww.  I have to work my way into running in crappy weather, and I draw the line at being wet AND cold.

So I weighed my options…which were really yoga or spin…and I went with spin.  1 – free (well, part of my Y membership, and yoga would have cost me nearly $20 for a drop in), and 2 – in my desire to begin winter Tri training, spin seemed like a brilliant idea.

Plus…I could go swimming after with R.  So I picked her up from her after-school program when I left work, and we hit the Y.  I did the spin class while she played in the Play Zone, and then we goofed off in the pool for a half hour.  Much fun.

So about my class.  I really enjoyed it, but my instructor was a wee quirky.  The class itself was great, in the sense she didn’t treat us like jack rabbits (up, down, up down…every 2 seconds), though she did kick our butts with long and steep hills (hello…in SE VA we HAVE no hills…).

She was nice and had pretty decent music selections.  On to the quirky things….

1-she was very dramatic each time she had us add tension.  She’d say “add” like I imagine a surgeon on a soap opera saying “scalpel”.

2-she kept repeating “fight for it” at strange intervals

3-she had her eyes closed quite often as she totally concentrated…on her workout

4-she would speak lyrics to the song that didn’t make sense.  Such as….English Beat’s I Melt With You came on, and there’s a part where the lyrics say “dream of better lives, the kind which never hate/dropped in the state of imaginary grace”.  Right after that, she says…and what’s YOUR imaginary grace?!?!  Again, very dramatic.  And weird.

Would I take her class again – yes.  She was nice and the class seemed more to mimic road riding than I’m used to experiencing.  Will I have to keep myself from giggling when she does and says strange things.  Yep.


Today was spent mostly wrapping up a very long project that I was on in another state.  Part of me is sad to think I may not have a reason to go back to Morehead City, NC!

I made a goal to complete all of my Xmas shopping by the end of this coming weekend.  I’m pretty on track for that, which makes me all sorts of excited.

R and I were at the gym pretty late (even packed jammies for our post-swim showers), so there hasn’t been much “down time” at home.  It was breeze in the door, make dinner while she knocked out most of her homework, and then do some paperwork reviewing with D, and then make my blog post (which is a two-fer Tuesday!).

Now…bed.  Good night 🙂

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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 “And What’s YOUR Imaginary Grace???

    1. Very true. The class was one of the better ones I’ve been to (not that I’ve done a ton or anything). I imagine if I try hard enough, I’ll find something “off” with every class!

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