The Crazy Wreath People Are Back


It’s amazing what you can do when you wake up WAY to bloody early.

Breakfast was black coffee, reheated tofurky, and a baked potato.  However…I ALSO…(before work even!).

Made some tofu eggless salad, pressure cooked a batch of chickpeas I had soaked overnight, and made up a rice cooker full of Thai Red Curry rice/chickpeas/veggies (my Dad replenished my supply of Thai Red Curry Spice!).

Crazy kitchen morning, but I was up and figured I’d knock out all those things I was going to do after work.

Lunch ended up being Tropical Smoothie.  I packed up my rice curry, and forgot it on the counter when I left this morning.  Totally bummed on that one.

After work I had yet another baked potato!  They are my new favorite magical food.

I wasn’t hungry much at dinner time (since my after work potato was at 530pm!), but I munched on some Mary’s Gone Cracker’s and edamame.

Oh, and I just baked up a batch of vegan apple cider glazed cookies from the vegan cookie book my parents got me for Christmas last year.


It was another cold day…but it wasn’t wet…so I bundled up and went for a run.  It was again fantastic, and I’m giving credit to the potato.  Far be it from me to actually give myself credit, huh?

So my neighbors are clearly getting into the holiday spirit (I, myself, don’t typically get all Christmas-y until Dec 23 or 24th….).  Maybe I’m a minimalist, or maybe I was unobservant growing up, but I am of the belief that one Christmas wreath adorning your home is enough.  Maybe it’s a VA thing, but the past couple of years I’ve noticed that many of the houses I run or drive past have at least a wreath in every single freaking window.  It seems so wild to me that anyone would take the time to hang a dozen or so wreaths on their homes.  And I think some of the neighbors try to out do each other.  I’ll keep you all posted as I count them!  I think the record last year was one house with 23 wreathes on it.


Today was a pretty good day.  Work was productive, and the meetings I had were enjoyable.

D and I met up after work and looked at furniture.  Two of the kids need new bedroom suites soon, and we wouldn’t mind getting new living room furniture in the next year or so.  It was fun to browse around, but the furniture sales people were annoying and pushy.  I thought about taking my Dad’s salespeople approach (growling), but I decided to keep completely silent and let D brush them off.

After work, I pulled up my month’s-end budget to see how I did to what I planned (Expected vs. Actual).  I was pretty dead on in most categories, so was pleased there.  The one I think I’m happiest about was groceries!  After taking massive inventory of the food in my pantry and freezer, I did most of my meal planning around what I already had.  Even with a big holiday meal, I spent 1/3 of what I did the last month.  More for Christmas, right?!

Well, it’s time to shoo my kids off to bed, pack up the now-cooled cookies, and then hit the hay myself!

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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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