No, St. Nick’s Isn’t a Holiday My Family Made Up


I did end up making an Indian feast last night!  Didn’t make the naan as predicted (though R was very sad about that).  I did make chickpea chana masala and red lentil dahl – both VERY yummy recipes (seriously…chickpeas are my favorite and this was incredible) from, and a big batch of basmati rice.  My basmati rice is simple, but very flavorful:

2 cups rinsed white basmati rice, 4 cups of water, 1 cinnamon stick, 6 cardamom pods, and 3 cloves of garlic (leave them whole).  Pop into the rice cooker on the white rice setting.  YUM.

My entire omni family loved dinner last night.  At least they don’t argure about meatless-Monday’s.  VICTORY IS MINE.

chana masala and dahl over rice!


Today was a run and a yoga day.  I’m in total heaven!

First of all…my Garmin WORKED!  I have more data about my 4 mile run today than I’ve had in months.  Oh, Garmin, how I’ve missed you!

So I obviously ran today.  The weather called for major rains, and I wanted to run before they hit, so I went in the morning.  I’m not a fan of morning runs though.  I feel stronger at night and my runs after dark are always better than the ones before my day starts.

This evening, though, I did a video at home.  It was the one for lower back pain that I downloaded last summer.  My back has actually felt great, but I noticed today it was a bit sore.  I’m guessing it’s due to the number of hours I’ve spent in front of my PC either working, researching, or writing.  It’s been more than normal this past week, and I haven’t been doing a good job of my regular yoga stretching.


I went to bed last night around 8 pm.  It was stellar.  I popped in some ear plugs, and didn’t move until my alarm went off this morning.  And I needed it so very badly.  It’s amazing to me how I can stay up for 48 hrs in a row for a go-live if I know I need to…but when I can’t sleep on accident (hello, insomnia), I’m like the walking dead the next day.

For those who aren’t from Milwaukee, WI (or Poland or Ireland or Germany), you may not know that today is St. Nick’s day.  Growing up, we always put our Xmas wish list into the stockings on the night of Dec. 5th.  St. Nick came, took our lists, and left a small present and some goodies in our stockings.  (I’m pretty sure it was how my mom justified being able to ‘communicate’ with santa without knowing his address so we could demand an in-person visit).  Over the years, that has turned into my family (being my husband and kids) putting up our Xmas decorations always on St. Nick’s eve.  So last night, D brought everything out, and we hung stockings and put up the tree.  The kids did the decorating, and sometime overnight (oh, about 530 this morning), St. Nick put a gift in each stocking, some snacky treats (my kids don’t like candy…so it was more like chex mix and rice krispie bars), and a ginger bread house they all build in their stockings.

When I first got married, D accused me of creating this holiday to justify getting more presents.  He obviously gets it now, but I think it’s funny how my kids don’t realize that – since we don’t live in Milwaukee, Poland, Ireland, nor Germany – that they’re the only kids in VA who celebrate St. Nick’s day.  Good for them.  More presents.

So enjoy what’s left of your St. Nick’s day.  And if you didn’t get a present, I’m sorry 🙂  Start your own Milwaukee/Polish/Irish/German tradition!!!

can you find the bad kitty in the picture?? Once a year, Bumble turns into the "tree destroyer" and "ornament anhilator". She's a beast with a Xmas tree.

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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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