Fashion, Fun, and Food


My greens consumption has gone down ever so slightly the past few days.  Though I’m sure I eat many more than the average american!

Monday night was baked falafel with a lemon tahini sauce in a pita.  Yum yum yum.  Tuesday was Taco Tuesday like normal – though not with me actually cooking.  We went to Costa Azul just up the street after picking A up from school.  It had been a loooong day, and I wasn’t up to cooking.  And since D is pretty rarely up for it, dinner out it was.

falafel patties heading into the oven
my dinner!
veggie fajitas at Costa Azul

Last night I met up with a girlfriend at Carrabba’s for some Wine Wednesday, and while there we split a zucchini appetizer and I had a salad too.  Carrabba’s is always a fav.

Tonight we’re talking A out for a celebratory dinner, but not sure where yet.  Her choice (though I’m hoping she picks Geisha, my favorite Japanese place!).


Tuesday I went for a nice run before work.  It was clear, in the 50’s, with only some slight gusts of wind, and seemed perfect to bust out a quick 4 miles.  I’m glad I went before work since as the day progressed it got really windy and rainy.

Wednesday at 5am was another WOW session (Women on Weights).  Here’s the workout:

Strength Training Sets Reps/Sets Weight/Set
Reverse Sit-Up 2 15 Ico_delete
Abdominal Crunches 2 15 Ico_delete
Goblet Squat (Feet Together) 3 10 15 Ico_delete
Mountain Climber 3 10 Ico_delete
Squat w Dumbbell Swing 3 10 10 Ico_delete
T Push Up 3 10 Ico_delete
Side Squat with Front Raise 3 10 10 Ico_delete
Lunge 3 10 Ico_delete
Alternating Reverse Lunge 3 10 Ico_delete
Push Up with Tricep Raise 3 10 10 Ico_delete
Dumbbell Row, One-Arm, Bent-Over 6 10 15 Ico_delete
Squat w Overhead Press 3 10 10 Ico_delete

I also renewed my USA Triathlon membership for 2012 (woo hoo) and made my winter tri training schedule that will take me through the end of April!  It’s pretty aggressive with the number of days, but the workouts themselves should be totally doable.  I have a few new book resources, and I built the plan from that.  I used this book for my swim workouts (is waterproof and can have poolside!), and this for my indoor cycling.  Also waterproof, so I can sweat on it while it’s on my handlebars!  I added my 3 days a week of strength training, and 3 days of running from a 1/2 marathon training plan.  All told, I should be ready for Tri season!  Now…I just have to pick my races!!!


It’s been another good week so far with regards to work.  Early in the year, the meeting schedules are still pretty light, so I can get a lot done.  Which is good, because I have one particular high-profile project with a looming deadline.

Monday I had my knitting hat class!  After a few setbacks in the beginning (wrong sized needles and messing up the cast on the first time), I really got the hang of it.  There are 6 of us in the class, and 5 of us belong there.  One sort of acted like a total know-it-all about knitting and kept trying to correct the instructor.  I figure if she’s that great, she doesn’t belong in a 101 class!

I have my own little deadline to finish the hat and scarf I’m working on.  I must have 6 inches done on the scarf before the next class (in 2 weeks), where we learn how to decrease and finish it.

A few random pictures from dinner out on Tuesday…

M playing with his phone
R jamming to something on the iPad....
and A...probably laughing at something D said...

Today was a pretty monumental occasion.  I’ve mentioned a billion times that my eldest daughter goes to a special art high school.  She has developed a particular love of fashion, and as part of her junior year independent project, she requested to put on her school’s first ever fashion show.  Keep in mind that her school didn’t have any type of fibers or fashion related program until she and a small handful of students showed interest in wanting to learn it.  I love that about her school – if a student has a desire to learn something and they don’t have the program or expertise – they get it.  It’s so awesome for the kids.

Anyway, after months of preparing, the show was today.  A was responsible for the set, make up, models, ensuring the participating designers had their projects done on time, the music, arranging for photography and videography….every single little detail.  So it was really an art AND business/management project.  Oh…she she did 3 dresses for it too.  The only one who did (yes, that’s me, oozing with pride).

Here are a few shots of the event.  They don’t do it justice, and I can’t wait to see the official photos.   Her brother and sister were really excited too!

A (on the right) with her three friends/models, posing for a post-show picture
a quick picture of some of the models....didn't get them all, but honestly was focusing on the girls wearing A's dresses!
and A....the future fashion mogul!!!

After the show was over, the class instructor, the program director and the head of the school were talking to A about her inspiration and other ideas she has, and plans for the future.  The head of the school was very impressed (they all were….A was just glowing with pride, it was wonderful) and has offered to put her name out in some fashion circles to see if anyone is interested in having an intern this summer.  Like in NY.  Holy crap!  She’s SIXTEEN.  hee hee

Okay, I’m done.  Because that’s really been the coolest part of the week!

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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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