Someone Tell Me What Day It Is!


Okay, I can’t possibly list everything the past four days, but here are some highlights:

Curried lentils and rice with some Tofurkey sausages (made at my parent’s house), yogurt and bananas, Cajun tofu, table side made guacamole, veggie fajitas, BEER, Moe’s tofu rice bowl, vegan veggie pizza, and my fav (though no picture) of tofu parm from the Happy Herbivore cookbook made for me on Friday night by my daughter A!

Some of the meals were back in WI, and some here in VA.  I don’t have pictures of them all, but I managed to snap some of them.

Cajun tofu dinner!


curried lentils and rice with tofurkey keilbasa
guacamole made at our table. LOTS of cilantro 🙂
veggie fajitas
onion, mushroom, orange bell pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, Daiya chz vegan whole wheat pizza


Despite the travel, I’m happy that I made time to hit the gym a couple of times.  I spent Wednesday night at my sister’s house, and Thursday morning she and I and her son G went to their YMCA.  She’s been taking the kids there for swim lessons for a while now, but wasn’t a member nor had worked out there (she actually works out every day at her house….something I’m incapable of doing myself!).

Since I’m a member here in VA, I can go to any YMCA in the world – and bring a guest.  I called ahead to be sure, and they set aside a week-long guest pass for C.  We checked in, dropped G off at the kids play area, and I headed to the weight area while C hit the treadmill.

I was setting up to do my strength training workout when I noticed that they didn’t have light barbells (I needed 30 and 40 lbs).  I asked for help from the woman working in that area and she was really wonderful.  They didn’t have the lighter barbells, but showed me modifications I could do with dumbbells.  She also asked if she could look over the workout (I had explained to her where it came from), and she made a comment on what a good workout it was, so that was nice.  I finished up right as C was also, and while I hit the showers, she got the full tour of the place (and signed her family up as members!).

Saturday morning I went to my Y back here in VA to take R for her swimming lessons.  Not to brag (okay, maybe a little bit), my little bugger is the fastest of the group.  She’d lap everyone for each drill.  And I swear…her breast stroke is way better than mine!

After she was showered up, I dropped her off in the Interactive zone to rock climb and play, while I hit the weights.  That makes THREE times in one week.  Probably a record for me.  A bit later that afternoon, I did a 45 minute run in my neighborhood.


The funeral was a very emotional time, but also a chance to see family.  I saw and got to talk to relatives that had lost touch over the years, and it was just amazing.  It really renewed my goals to keep in better touch with everyone.  Just because I chose to live far away shouldn’t mean I isolate myself from everyone.

My favorite part was spending time with my niece and nephew.  They just got a Wii for Christmas and really wanted me to watch them play…hence the pictures of the back of them!  We also did a FaceTime chat with D and my kids, which was fun.  At one point, I was doing FaceTime with S back in VA, and G and M (my sister’s M) popped into the screen.  The look on S’s face was priceless, and the kids had fun chatting with her for a couple…until my sister shuffled them off to bed!

M and G playing Wii
yes...that's my sister in a little kid chair playing Wii with my niece 🙂
G playing with my iPad. He figured out how to not only play games, but launch Netflix and find Thomas the Tank Engine!

C and I watched the Lincoln Lawyer (which was good), and went to see Mission Impossible 4 the next day (which I’ve seen twice now, I like it so much).  Then it was back to my parent’s house, where my Dad and I went out for Mexican food and beer.  Okay…only I had beer, but still….it was really nice.

I left WI Friday early afternoon and landed in nice 70 degree weather in the early evening.  I was home by 7, and in bed by 930!

The weekend here has been hectic too, but I’m not complaining.  Gym, running, cleaning, rented movie watching (Super 8), going to a party, church, menu planning, bill paying, grocery shopping, homemade pizza making, and pretty soon, packing lunches for tomorrow, and setting out my workout clothes for my 5am class tomorrow!  Whew.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

So my time off if coming to an end.  I will admit that I’m looking forward to life as normal again, and spending all day tomorrow meeting-free in my office, catching up on the past 2 weeks I’ve been off.

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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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