Knitting Requires Advanced Math


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.


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


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!

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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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