Knitting Requires Advanced Math

FOOD

It’s sad to say, but I’ve only cooked one big meal since Friday night.  That meal had 8 dishes, which means tons of leftovers, but still.  Just one meal.

Breakfasts have varied between smoothies (like this morning) and leftovers.

vanilla coconut milk, spinach, and frozen strawberries. Simple, but yummy!

Yesterday I made a tofu cheezy scramble tacos for breakfast, and that was fun!

tofu scrambled with nutritional yeast, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, tamari, and spices. I mixed in some of the leftover basmati rice, and served it taco style on corn tortillas

Sunday’s dinner was the main event.  I spent about 5 hours making various Indian dishes that culminated in a big feast with lots of leftovers.  On the menu was:

Garlic Naan, red lentil soup, chickpea masala, cardamom basmati rice, yellow split-pea puree (that was the favored dish), curried potatoes and carrots, cabbage salad with mustard seeds, and a beet, mint, and yogurt condiment (So Delicious Plain Coconut Yogurt was used).

Indian Feast

Lunch and dinner yesterday was a bowl of leftovers.

FITNESS

This weekend was mostly runs, with one bike workout.  With the crazy schedule with D and the kids, I had to work around them a lot.

I have my first injury of the season.  A fun one too!  I pulled a lower butt muscle on my right side.  The pain extends down to about 4 inches above the back of my knee.  I went to the gym yesterday to do some strength training; the same workout I did last Monday; but I could only manage one set of squats before I just hurt too much.

So here’s what I did.  It seems to be feeling a bit better today though, so I’m hoping for a quick and easy run this evening.

Strength Training Sets Reps/Sets Weight/Set
Leg Raises in Captain’s Chair – Abs 2 10 Ico_delete
Jack Knife on Stability Ball – Abs 2 15 Ico_delete
abdominal Crunch on Stability Ball 2 25 Ico_delete
oblique Crunches 2 15 Ico_delete
Push Ups (push-ups) 2 15 Ico_delete
Walking Lunges w Barbell 1 30 15 Ico_delete
Side Squat 1 15 Ico_delete
Dumbbell Chest Press on Stability Ball 2 15 20 Ico_delete
Shoulder Press w Barbell on Stability Ball 1 25 20 Ico_delete
Machine Dip 2 15 140 Ico_delete
Machine Pull Up 2 15 140 Ico_delete
Biceps Curl 1 10 10 Ico_delete

LIFE

The kids and their friends had a blast at laser tag Friday night.  While they were all sleeping on Saturday, I took R to Williamsburg to do some outlet shopping.  Both she and M needed new shoes badly, so we took care of that.  It was a really  nice day, so we just walked around in the sunshine, had lunch, and then headed home.

We got home just after everyone started waking up.  I took a short nap, and the rest of the day was nice and lazy with an early bedtime!

Sunday was all about kitchen time for me.  D took R out to the movies and the mall (she’s he did something special with A and M on Friday, Sunday was R’s turn).  He came home with an Xbox Kinect!  Apparently there was one at the laser tag place, and the kids were going nuts with it.  D hooked it up while I was making dinner….and my kids were going nuts!  Here are some pictures of them doing some dance game.  D even picked me up a Zumba one!  Can’t wait to try it.

Yesterday was my final hat class at Knit Witts.  I’m very excited to say that I finished!  And it looks like a hat!!!!  I will say that there got to be a point where I had to move from circular needles to 5 double-pointed needles – and start doing advanced math to figure out how many stitches needed to be on each…it was a complicated mess, and I’m amazed it still turned into a sock.  Happy, but holy cow, it’s sort of crazy working with 5 needles at one time!

The next few days are looking to be quite crazy as well.  If all goes as planned, my friend will be admitted into the hospital tonight, and then induced in the morning to give birth to her 3rd baby.  While she and her hubby are focusing on that, I get to stay and play with her two kids, who are 5 and 2 1/2.  We have some fun planned (lots of cooking, games, and swimming if we can), so it’ll be a good time with them as they await their new baby brother.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty of fun pictures of them for the blog!

Days of the Week Beginning with Q….

FOOD

I had a wonderful green smoothie for breakfast yesterday.  Tons of coconut milk, spinach, and frozen fruit.  It really hit the spot, and I love it when the weather is warmer, because smoothies are just perfect for that.

Lunch was with D at Cutting Edge.  I had the blacked vegan chickn flatbread sandwhich with a side of couscous.  I love that place.

their vegan aioli totally makes this dish...

Dinner was some tofu parmesan!  Thinking back though, I should have had a salad too…..

love something this simple and quick to make

I’m going to whine for a minute though.  I have a tendency (okay, it’s way more than a tendency) to post picutres of food on Facebook all the time.  Very often, I have a particular uncle who weighs in on how gross he thinks my food is.  He can if he wants, but I would just like to say I DON’T EAT BAD FOOD.  Life is too short.

This morning, my breakfast was leftover tofu parm with some quinoa noodles.  Nice and hearty on a wet morning.

Lunch was a big salad, and tonight will be tacos.  And here’s why.  I will recite for you the conversation I had with my 8 year old this afternoon….

me – what do you want for dinner?

R – mexican food

me – like what?

R- is it Tuesday?

me – no, it’s Friday

R – what mexican food rhymes with Friday?

me – Fajita?  Want to do Fajita friday?

R – sure!!!  But can it be quesadillas instead?

Upon which we nearly started talking about which day of the week to rename that begins with a Q so it could sound as cool as Taco Tuesday.  But my phone rang, and that madness ended.

FITNESS

Despite my legs being utterly trashed from the strength training routine on Wednesday, I still hopped on my bike in the morning.  This routine was more about drills, and lasted for 42 minutes.

W/U:

5 min easy pace, with cadence about 90 rpm.

5 min – alternating sitting and standing for 30 min each (this is HARD on a trainer.  I have to bump it to the highest gears, and it’s still a struggle)

6 min – alternating the workload between right and left legs for 1 min each.

Main Set:

7 x 3 min – alternating 1 min on left leg, 1 min both legs, 1 min right leg.  Repeat 7 times.

C/D:

5 min – steady pace

I can tell ya that my legs were burning or wobbly most of the day!

LIFE

Work has been good this week – light on the meetings and heavy on the tasks getting done.  I love January’s for this!  Only one thing got to me yesterday, and it was late in the evening when it happened anyway.

The evening was very relaxing, and I spent most of it knitting while whatching TV with the family.  I’m as far along with my hat as I can be before my next class on Monday, and the scarf is nearly finished.  I’m so excited!

There was a period last night where D and I were making dinner in the kitchen making dinner together.  This was right after getting annoyed by something work related.  I’m pacing in the kitchen, getting angrier and angrier while I’m telling him what happened, and he stopped, grabbed me, kissed me, and started twirling me around and dancing.  There’s no way I can stay in a bad mood when that happens!  He’s so cool.

We all went to bed pretty early (too many of the family still recovering from sinus crap), and it was nice to have a peaceful and non-hectic evening.

The kids had a half day yesterday, and they’re off today and Monday.  D is taking the older kids and their friends to another over night laser tag tonight, so it’ll just be R and me, a movie, and some snuggles.

Just because I clearly can’t resist taking pictures of my cat…here’s one of Bumble this morning on my bed.

You Can Call Me Janet…Ms. Jackson If You’re Nasty

FOOD

The only way to improve upon Taco Tuesday leftovers is to make a BAS version of a taco salad for breakfast on Monday morning!

Honestly, breakfast is just a meal.  I got over long ago the need to have “breakfast” food in the mornings.  I do sometimes (oatmeal, smoothies, toast with fruit), but really, give me pasta, stir fry, or anything else left over, and I’m just as happy.

I had my usual cup o joe in the morning and also had half a banana.  I find that I need that before the strength training.  Once I finally had a “real” meal, it was the salad – about 3 1/2 hrs after I woke up.

The taco filling was insanely spicy (can’t believe the difference between regular and ‘hot’ chili powder from the Spice House…but holy crap…perhaps the visible crushed red pepper should have clued me in), but the avocado’s balanced it out nicely.  And the scallions, and cucumbers, and fresh salsa.  I was full for many, many hours.

who wouldn't eat THAT for breakfast?!?

I munched on dried fruits and some veggie slices all afternoon, so my “lunch” wasn’t until nearly 230.  Lunch today was a raw soup inspired by one of Ani Pho’s creations, and was basically a Mexican gazpacho.  One bowl was insanely filling, and at nearly 8pm, I’m still not really hungry.  If nothing else, I’ll have a smoothie or juice before bed.  Need good fuel before my morning bike workout.

full of tomatoes, avocados, chilis, cilantro, limes, and fun things like that

FITNESS

Today was my 5am strength training class.  We were all whining about sore abs, so Y took it a little easy on us for ab work.  Not TOO easy, but lighter than she had planned.  Let’s just say that Monday night when I was trying to pump up my bike tires to prep for my Tuesday morning, the motion was hurting my abs so much, that D had to come finish the job for me!

Class was good, and even though strength training is pretty foreign to me, working with Y and a small group has made a big difference in my outlook towards it.  So much so, that I signed up for the next session that starts Feb. 13th.  I know it’ll only help my Tri goals this year, plus is so important as I approach…(hee hee) 40.

Our workout today was pretty intense, but I learned a whole bunch of new moves.  I love how great our instruction is, and how Y will explain everyting in such detail, and be watching constantly to correct our form and keep up from hurting outselves. One new move was affectionately called the skull crusher.  I can see why, because if that barbell slips, it’s a major whack to the forehead!  Thankfully, Y was there spotting to make sure we didn’t do that.  Essentially, you lie flat on a bench, holding a barbell with hands only 6-8 inches apart.  Keeping elbows tucked in, lower the barbell towards the forehead to work the triceps.  I think that was the hardest thing I did today.  Anyway, here’s the workout we did:

Strength Training Sets Reps/Sets Weight/Set
Abdominal Crunches 2 15 Ico_delete
Reverse Sit-Up 2 15 Ico_delete
Oblique crunch (each side) 2 15 Ico_delete
Back Extension 2 15 Ico_delete
Kickbacks, Bent, 1-Arm, Dumbbell 3 12 20 Ico_delete
Sumo Squat 2 15 25 Ico_delete
Deadlift, Straight Leg 2 15 50 Ico_delete
Chest Press with Barbell 2 15 40 Ico_delete
Incline Dumbbell Fly 2 15 15 Ico_delete
Lat Pulldown, Seated on Stability Ball 2 15 70 Ico_delete
Seated Row, Floor, Machine 2 15 80 Ico_delete
Squat w Barbell 2 15 20 Ico_delete
Squat w Overhead Press 2 15 10 Ico_delete
Lateral Raise, Dumbbell, Side 2 15 5 Ico_delete
Push Ups (push-ups) 2 15 Ico_delete
Bridge on Stability Ball, w Pulling Legs Towards Butt 2 15 Ico_delete
Bicep Curl w Barbell 2 15 20 Ico_delete
Step Up w Leg Lift and Overhead Press (each side) 2 10 10 Ico_delete
Tricep with barbell.  AKA…skull crusher 2 15 15 Ico_delete

I did a run later in the day.  I wore yoga pants because that’s what I had that was clean.  Remember the 2004 Superbowl half-time performance with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake?  Remember the “wardrobe malfunction”?  While mine was not so dramatic…I did learn that if one runs in nice and free-flowing yoga pants…they fall off.  My run sucked.  I spent half of it cursing my eldest child who has stolen my running pants over the past few weeks (and not washed nor returned them), and the rest cursing my husband who doesn’t help with the laundry to ensure my non-stolen ones are clean.  So if you live in my neighborhood and I flashed you either I’m sorry…or your welcome.  Your call.

LIFE

I’m sick of waking up 15 minutes before my alarm goes off.  While normally that means the difference between 615 and 630…lately it’s the difference between 4am and 415.  And 4am is dangerously close to 3am, which is dangerously close to “bar time”, and my motto that the only reason to be up that early is to have been up all night is slowing being outgrown.  And I’m not quite sure how I feel about that.

So when I woke up at 4am, and had to decide if it was worth putting in earplugs to drown out sicko’s (aka D’s) snuffy snores for 15 minutes…I decided to just get up.  I changed, waited for the pre-set coffee pot to be done, and spent a relaxing half hour reading CNN.com while drinking my java.

What made it all worth it was THIS!

after I went to bed last night waaaay before the rest of my family, my youngest R made this sign, that D then hung up at the entrance to the green room. So waking up at 4am sucked a whole lot less once I saw it. She even made the "mom" in all purple because it's my favorite color

After my gym session, it was a day full of productive work while balancing two sick kids.  My eldest had an exam at school today, that if she missed it, it meant a weekend make up.  She didn’t care how sick she was…she was going anyway.  So I picked her up at noon when her main high school classes ended and headed home.  SO glad I work in IT and can do pretty much anything with a computer and phone when I need to.

And I have to say my day was full of fun and cute little moments like these….

playing with Bumble. She fake attacks my wrist...
finding Bumble snuggled in R's sleeping bag on her bed
D and R snuggling up after he got home from work. Such cuddle muffins.
the girls squishing up on the chair together to eat their pizza
Sammie and M on the floor. You CANNOT be on the floor and not have Sam in your face. It's her space, and she wants to pile up if you're in it.

So can’t really beat pictures of my totally awesome family.  So on that note, going to mention how much I love my life…

Good night!

I Now Have the Bedtime of a Pre-Schooler

FOOD

I think I’m back down to one cup of coffee per day instead of two.  Not because I’m trying to reduce caffeine – but I keep running out of time to down my coffee, let my stomach settle, and do my scheduled morning workout.

So today started with one cup.  I actually tried drinking a second cup after my shower (after my workout), but I just didn’t want it.  I was planning on a green smoothie this morning, but with 3/5 of my family sick and in bed, I didn’t want to worry about my Vitamix noise waking them up.  And I was hungry!  So…my intended lunch of leftover tofu/broccoli teriyaki from last night (not the meal I planned, but just as yummy) ended up being my breakfast.

Since I ate my lunch for breakfast, I ended up stopping for a smoothie and wrap for lunch.

And since today is Taco Tuesday, I made some spicy TVP tacos from Happy Herbivore, and served on corn tortillas and topped with avocado, lettuce, onion, tomato, and vegan sour cream.  So incredibly yummy, it was hard eating only the 2.

Ohhh…and I have an apple update.  In an effort to prove to myself (and my husband) that I’m not crazy, I did some research last night on adult onset food allergies.  As it happens, there’s something called Oral Allergy Syndrome that hits adult hay fever sufferers.  And I’m telling you – my seasonal allergies this past year have been the worst they’ve been in the 8 yrs I’ve lived in VA.  Here’s a link to the article, but it describes me to a T when it comes to apples!

FITNESS

Today was another two-fer workout.  Totally not used to this early wake up thing, but I’m doing it anyway.  My alarm went off at 425am, and while I really wanted to get up, my husband’s stuffy-nosed snores convinced me I wasn’t going to fall back asleep anyway.

I had my java and after giving myself about 15 minutes for the belly to settle, I put on my iPod and hopped onto my bike for a scheduled Endurance workout.  This one mimicked rolling hills.  Here’s how those 63 minutes broke down:

5 min – steady, but easy pace warm-up.

5 min – alternate 30 seconds standing, 30 sitting

6 min – alternate focusing workload every 1 minute on each leg.  So 1 min using just your right leg, then 1 min using just left.  Repeat for 6 minutes.

6 x 2:00 – pedal at an RPE (rate of perceived exertion) of 6-10 for 2 minutes, then recover with an easy resistance for 1.  Repeat 6 times.

3 minute recovery interval.  Keeping about a 90-100 rpm

6 x 3:00 – pedal at an RPE of 10-12 for 3 minutes, then recover for 1.  Repeat 6 times.

3 minute recovery interval

5 min cool down, staying in the seat

It was awesome.  My butt hurt the last 15 minutes and it was a struggle to not stand up.

my bike on the trainer in the green room, all set for my morning sweat-fest!

After work it was off to the Y for a swim workout.  This one wasn’t long, so it was easy to talk myself into.  10-20 minute warm up (I did 13), and then a 300 yd timed test to get a baseline.  Then another 10 minute cool down.

LIFE

There’s not a lot to say about today.  I woke up early (again), and was painfully tired between 9-10am.  I resisted the diet Pepsi I was eyeing, and was fine after 10 or so.  I had several meetings that took up most of my day, but they were all just fine.

D, R, and A were all home sick today.  D has to go back to work tomorrow, A has an exam so she has to go back to school, so I guess it’s iffy if I’ll be in the office or working from home with R.  Hopefully she’ll be better, but this bug going around has been annoyingly persistent – and 7-10 days long.

On a positive note, it was sunny and in the 60’s today.  It was hard to not go run outside, but I figured 2 workouts in one day was plenty.  It’s supposed to cool off tomorrow, which is a total bummer because THAT’S a run day (and a strength training day).

D and I made dinner together this evening, which is rare, but cute.  And it’s time to shuffle the sick kids off to bed – and the tired mom who still isn’t used to getting up by 430 in the stinking morning.

The Word of the Day is E-V-I-L. Evil Apples, Evil Pull Ups, Evil Benadryl.

FOOD

Today has been a pretty low-key Monday on the food front.  I had coffee and half a banana before my workout session, and then had an apple after my shower.

I love apples.  I’ve always loved apples.  Raw, sauced, juiced, baked, in pies, on salads, or plain.  So here’s my problem.  Ever since August – whenever I eat a plain apple, the inside of my mouth, my lips, and my throat get unbearably itchy.  It doesn’t happen at all when I juice them, but it’s happened so often now when I eat a plain apple, that I’m starting to be afraid of them.  Have you ever heard of an adult onset food allergy??  The first time I thought it was a fluke…I have a wicked latex allergy, and figured that someone wearing latex gloves packaged my apple slices.  But it’s happened every time since.  It’s highly upsetting.

Since I had to take Benadryl after the apple, I was feeling very lethargic and not too hungry for most of the morning/early afternoon.  I did eat the leftover mac n trees around 2 though, when I was feeling like myself again.

I’m debating on what to do for dinner.  I have some tofu pressing, and am thinking some baked Cajun tofu, steamed broccoli, and a baked potato sound like a good choice.

FITNESS

Pull ups are evil.  Even assisted ones on a torture device/workout machine expressly designed for that purpose.  Evil, evil, evil.

Today was a day 1 of my tri schedule.  Weights and running.  My weight session was at my 5 am class.  Y (our trainer) put the 5 of us through our paces today.  I imagine I’m going to feel it later!  We did a lot of new exercises , like pull ups, dips, and squats using a barbell hooked to a machine, and these crazy ab exercises where I’m dangling by my forearms in this chair-like contraption and swinging my knees up to my chest.  While 5am is ridiculously early to be at the gym, I’m still very glad I’m doing this class.  D has encouraged me to sign up for the next session too, and I’m pretty positive I’m going to.  I don’t want to lose this momentum of strength training!

Here’s what we did this morning.  While most of America was sleeping, nice and snuggly warm.  Jerks.

Strength Training Sets Reps/Sets Weight/Set
Leg Raises in Captain’s Chair – Abs 2 10 Ico_delete
Jack Knife on Stability Ball – Abs 2 15 Ico_delete
Abdmoninal Crunch on Stability Ball 2 25 Ico_delete
oblique Crunches 2 15 Ico_delete
Push Ups (push-ups) 2 15 Ico_delete
Walking Lunges w Barbell 2 30 15 Ico_delete
Side Squat 2 15 Ico_delete
Machine Squat 2 15 35 Ico_delete
Dumbbell Chest Press on Stability Ball 2 15 10 Ico_delete
Shoulder Press w Barbell on Stability Ball 2 25 10 Ico_delete
Machine Pull Up 2 15 140 Ico_delete
Machine Dip 2 15 140 Ico_delete
Barbell Row, Bent-over 2 15 25 Ico_delete
Standing Biceps Curl, Dumbell 2 15 10 Ico_delete
Shoulder Row 2 15 10 Ico_delete

After work, I did an interval running workout outside.  It’s a beautiful 56 degrees, so a long sleeve T-shirt and my watch were all that I needed.  Since my Garmin is dead, I’m not sure how far I went, but I did 35 minutes of breaking up a normal run for 4 minutes followed by a 1 minute sprint – 7 times.  I have to say, it was totally awesome.  I felt great through the entire thing.

LIFE

I went to bed quite early last night, knowing I had to get up at a dumb hour.  After my workout, I went back home and took a quick shower to get ready for work.  I will say that Benadryl makes me really dumb (I had to take it because of the apple incident), and I’m glad I didn’t have any meetings until noon.  I wasn’t capable of driving, and ended up working from home all day.

That ended up being a good thing too, because D went into urgent care.  He’s been battling the nasty cold thing for a little over a week now.  He’s being treated for a sinus infection and has to stay home tomorrow (he fears the Neti Pot).  I’m worried that R is getting it too, as she’s a tiny little snot factory the past few days.  She doesn’t fear the neti pot, and we’re doing regular flushes to keep an infection from taking root.  Here’s hoping it works for her.  It worked for me last week!

My afternoon was jam-packed with non stop meetings from 12-5.  Despite my Benadryl induced haze in the early morning, I still felt very productive!

So now it’s off to shower #2 for the day, and then dinner, and another early bedtime 🙂

Raw Foods Detox, Girl Time, and Good Runs

FOOD

So by Thursday night, I was definitely feeling the gluten/processed foods hangover.  I’m still not convinced that I have, personally, any gluten-sensitivity…it just may be that most gluten containing foods are also processed foods – but either way, ugh.  I felt totally and constantly full, even though I didn’t eat much, and the couple of days of having gluten in my meals (pita bread with my falafel, breads, crackers, etc), and I was left feeling pretty icky.

I woke up on Friday and decided that the entire day would be raw foods (minus the coffee, of course).  So, I started the day with some fresh juice.

kale, apple, carrot, orange, strawberry juice!

For lunch, I went to my very favorite (and only…but that does not detract it from being fantastic) raw vegan restaurant in Norfolk, Quenna’s.  Friday’s are Avocado Friday’s, so I had the avocado sandwich, with stuffed tomatoes and “sunbeam” salad.  It was all amazingly refreshing and filling.  I didn’t take any pictures, sorry – but trust me.  Fantastic!

Dinner was a salad with romaine, cucumbers, dried cranberries, corn, tomato, and radish.  By the end of the day, I was feeling pretty much normal.

tossed with a homemade dressing

Saturday was a mostly raw day with some raw oatmeal (soaked buckwheat blended with a large date and vanilla, and topped with some dried fruit).  For lunch I had a raw sammich (I made a batch of raw rye “bread” in the dehydrator on Friday, and topped it with avocado, red onion, tomato, and spinach that was marinated in a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, and spices).  I will say – this particular batch of raw bread has been my very favorite so far, and I can see making this regularly.

raw oatmeal is SO good....
raw bread dough heading into the dehydrator
finished bread
my raw sammich!

Dinner was cooked food.  Thai food with S to be exact.  Fresh tofu spring rolls, tofu green curry, and red wine.  All gluten-free, of course.

Today I had the rest of the raw oatmeal for breakfast (which I fast see becoming a staple), and went to lunch with AC after church at Pasha’s, where I had my stand-by of red lentil soup and kale/beet salad.  Dinner was Mac & Trees (gluten-free) from Appetite for Reduction.

Mac & Trees made with quinoa elbow noodles

All told, I’m feeling more like myself the past few days, and for that I’m grateful.  You’d think I’d learn my lesson when it comes to eating processed foods.  Processed foods = feeling like crap.  A smart girl would avoid that.

So I will note that the next few months will be interesting with regards to food and caloric intake as my training schedule ramps up.  I have to get away from the mindset that my best fuel is toast, pancakes, or pretzels if I’m going to keep this gluten-free thing up.

Aside from all this, my dehydrator has gotten a crazy workout.  Raw breads, kale chips (about 3 lbs worth, and A ate them ALL), and some banana/cinnamon chips.  I’m reading my camping/hiking trail cooking books, and I’m going to have to start planning major dehydrator sessions to get ready!

prepping for some banana chips!
these are in the Excalibur right now!!! Banana - sliced uniformly on my mandolin - with some cinnamon sprinkled on top

FITNESS

I found myself in downtown Norfolk at the wee hours of the morning, so I did my run down there.  I missed my tri club run because A had to be downtown around 8am, and D was taking R to swimming.

The run was great.  I LOVE running in new areas, and Ghent is just fun.  The houses are huge and old, as is the neighborhood in general.  But it’s also über trendy, so a combination of big old houses and hip yuppies walking their dogs and kids to Starbucks was just fun and energizing.

My run was only 45 minutes (plus a 5 min warmup and 5 min cool down).  I felt like I could have easily doubled that, but I had to be back to the van for when A’s volunteering was over.  It’s a good thing I ran when I did, because 2 minutes after I finished, it started to rain…and didn’t let up all day.

I will give a big shout out to my husband D, who often knows me better than I know myself.  As I was getting ready to leave that morning, I really didn’t want to run or go to the gym.  He told me to be prepared to, because I’d just feel better if I went.  And he was right.  Not long after I parked, I was itching to run, so if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have been prepared to.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of my Tri training plan.  I still haven’t picked the ones I’m doing, but I’m leaning towards one in DC, plus here in Virginia Beach.

LIFE

It’s been a good, if not busy weekend.  Friday after work was about bulk grocery shopping.  Sam’s club hauls of spinach, mushrooms, cabbage, fruit, and dried fruits.  It was pretty fun, actually.

Saturday was busy in a different way.  Chauffering mostly.  It’s audition time at my daughter’s high school for students applying for next year, and she volunteered for this weekend.  She was assigned the job of photographer, so it was her responsibility to take pictures of all the applicant’s art work for the judges.  To give you an idea….when she had to audition and was accepted to the program – she was one of 19.  It’s pretty competitive, and it’s fun to watch her help out the new kids trying to get it.

After getting back home around 11, it was time for a post-run shower, lunch, and then back to downtown with all 3 kids for haircuts.  That took nearly 2 hrs (without getting into too much detail, A’s haircut took forever because one girl kept screwing it up, and she ended up with 2 people just to fix it).

post hair-cut R
post hair cut M
post hair cut A

Then it was back home, drop off the girls, and take M shopping for a birthday present for his friend.  Then time to take him to the party, and then meet up with S for dinner.  Since we hung out at the Thai place for so long, we decided to hit up a local bar for a quick beer before I had to pick M up at 10.

I will say…that Busky’s is pretty much a red neck bar.  It’s a couple blocks from where I live, and is good for a beer or two (just ask my Dad about their pitchers of Blue Moon!).  What neither S nor I expected was a band of 4 white boys doing a pretty good job of playing live reggae music.  Sometimes I really love VA!

Today was babying my husband and R who are sick, then church, then brunch with AC.  She’s going to have a baby any day now, and I get to keep her other two!  I have so many plans for them (they’re 5 and 2 1/2).  Cooking, swimming, playing, and general spoiling rotten.  It’s going to be so much fun!!!

Afterwards it was time to hit up the fabric store.  I wanted to yesterday, but ran out of time.  I’m re-upholstering my dining room chairs, and am looking for fabric.  Unfortunately, the really nice place isn’t open on weekends, and I had no luck at the other ones.

So I’m wrapping up all my fun things (like blogging!) so I can get to bed in the next hour.  One of these days, my alarm going off at 420am won’t annoy me.  I hope!