Goodbye 2011, Hello New Year!

I know it’s been 5 days since my last post.  I have been off work, so I should have blogged more, I know.  I just didn’t have it in me this week, so I apologize!


I’ve done some cooking this week, but not a ton.  A few recipes out of different books, the biggest hit last night being a tempeh chili-cheeze-mac thingy made with quinoa noodles.

I’ve been out for Thai food twice, and sushi (veg of course) once.


Most days have been running, but I did hit up a Zumba class the other day.  They are so much fun, but one heck of a workout.  According to my meter, I burned 481 calories in that hour.  It’s no joke, I’m telling you.  And I always leave with this bizarre sense that I can Latin dance 🙂  Salsa isn’t just a food group, ya know!

Today’s run was my favorite.  It was 64 degrees, and I wanted to get away from my neighborhood to run.  I went down to the Oceanfront and did 5 miles there.  I forget how much fun it can be to people watch.  In my 5 miles I saw…

~Beach lights in the sand (you can drive it at night and see things like jumping fish in Christmas lights)

~A newly married couple getting pictures on the beach.  The groom was cute trying to lift his wife’s white dress off of the sand

~an older woman (70’s easy) with bleach blonde hair, fur coat, leggings, and big fur boots strutting down the boardwalk like she was a playboy bunny

~a bunch of people running/biking/rollerblading/walking

~some crazy tourists who must be from a cold place running around soaking wet in bathing suits



~big dogs


I love living by the beach 🙂


It’s been quite a week.  I had to splurge for all new tires for my van (not a fun expense 3 days after Christmas), but mostly just stayed home with the kids.

I have an unexpected trip back home to WI next week to say goodbye to a family member who passed away, and to celebrate her life.  Never the reason one wants to gather with loved ones.

I spent a bit of time going back to my January 2nd post of last year to look at my goals for 2011.  I really didn’t do the best on them that I could have.  I did make some progress, but not nearly enough.  I notice that I have much of the same ideas for this year.  Constantly work to improve my fitness and diet, save money for my kids’ college, volunteer, and keep in better touch with family.  This week definitely brought that last one into sharp focus for me.

So goodbye 2011.  You were a tough year, but I’m not complaining.  2012 – I welcome you with open arms and heart, and high hopes.

Happy New Year!


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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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