Booze and Blenders


Today is Tuesday, so that means Taco Tuesday (or some variant on Mexican food).  In preparation for that, I pressed some tofu over the weekend, and cubed it up last night.  I whipped up a marinade of beer (yum!), 1-2 tsp of every Mexican spice I had (thanks to AC and my awesome Mexican spice kit for my bday!), some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, jalapenos, and minced garlic, and popped the tofu cubes in it to soak overnight.

After work tonight, I peeled and cubed up some Yukon gold potatoes, and started stir frying them in a nonstick pan.  When they were about halfway cooked, I tossed the tofu and marinade in the skillet and let it cook until everything was done, about 15 more minutes.

I went with hard taco shells tonight.  Not typical, but wanted something crunchy for a change!  I layered up the tacos with the filling, diced onion, diced tomato, hot sauce, lettuce, and cilantro.  Served with a rice cooker batch of brown spanish rice (brown rice, canned tomatoes, and canned chilis), it was a total Taco Tuesday success!

to die for tacos!


Another killer at-home spin class yesterday and some yoga!  I dreamed of hitting the pool though….

Today was getting so pissed off that only a really hard run would do.  So that’s what I did.  Worked out all my angst on the pavement instead of someone’s face.

I found that my Y has a Women-On-Weights class starting in Jan.  It’s designed to get women into free weights.  It’s my biggest weakness, and maybe if I do a class, I’ll actually feel like I need to go.  There are a few options – two that are evening classes, and two that are morning.  Like 5am type morning.  Not my favorite, but maybe it’ll accomplish two of my goals; 1- strength training.  Will just make me a better triathlete I know…but still.  BORING.  and 2 – becoming a morning person.  If I actually pay and sign up…I may be more likely to go.

I haven’t committed…but I’m seriously thinking about it.


The past few days have been mostly good.  Work, cooking, working out, finishing Xmas shopping…things like that.  I’ve also been getting a ton of sleep, which is very cool.  This whole week is very busy, but that’s not a bad thing.  A last-minute push before the holiday’s start!

So on Sunday I was thinking about planning a spring family camping trip.  For those who know me, that’s a really big deal.  I’m not really a big fan of getting nature on me, and my idea of roughing it is a hotel without a bar.  But still…I made a big move and rented a rustic cabin the weekend before my birthday, and D, the kids, and I had a blast.  I also slept in a tent in my backyard with my girls (the morning I learned that birds get noisy obscenely early).  That counts right?  Now I’m convinced I can pee in the woods, not have a TV (or bar), and still have fun for a few days.

So…I post on FB that I’m thinking of going camping, but have no clue what to do.  What do my friends suggest??  Vodka.  Beer.  Ice to keep the beer cold.  And an extension cord for my blender (I have a tendency to travel with my Vitamix so I don’t have to be forced to live without smoothies.  Or margaritas).  No mention of pillows, blankets, board games, or food!  Booze.  And Blenders.  I LOVE my friends 🙂


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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.

6 thoughts on “Booze and Blenders

    1. Thanks! I made a ton, but only ate two tacos. I’m thinking tacos, taco salads, and burritos are in my future.

      I’m so worried that I’m going to hate camping, and my children have no hope of discovering a love of the outdoors! But maybe with booze and a blender, it won’t be so bad 🙂

  1. I’m not one for roughing it either! 5 am for weights?!? UGH! I am NOT a morning person, but I wish my gym had a class like that, as free weights are something I avoid. I do a few kettle bell exercises at home, but that’s it!

    Good luck!

    1. I avoid any type of weights like the plague. I know I need to, but it’s a combination of not knowing what I’m doing, and finding it phenominally boring. I’m thinking maybe a class will help on both fronts. I learn – and do so with a group of people. Maybe even find a workout buddy! But yeah….5am is crazy early.

  2. Are u really asking as if u have no resources?? No blender! Vodka is good but be sit sure it is labeled if u put it in a non glass container. In fact, bloody Mary’s r a must!

    1. oh sweetie, I know I have a resource! You’re the only person I know who camps regularly, and I fully expect you to help me plan, though you’ll have to go back to your tent days! It was just funny to me what the comments on my FB status was when I posted about it.

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