Baby’s, Yoga, and Pea Soup

Okay, so it’s been almost a week since my last post.  I’m sorry, but I really do have a good reason.  Not an excuse – because it was a good thing – but it’s still a good reason.

My friend AC just had her third baby last Wednesday!  I was on nanny duty, staying at her house with her two little ones for two days while she and her husband focused on the delivery.  As such – I didn’t have any time to blog.

Friday evening, my entire family went to visit the new baby (who’s totally cute and squishy), and then went to dinner at Cogan’s where I ordered their vegan pizza with tomatoes and onions.  Yum!  I squeezed meals over 3 days out of that!  Then it was home and straight to bed – I was exhausted.

Saturday morning was an early day to take A and her friend I to the art gallery, where their pieces were being displayed along with 430 others.  We stayed in the Norfolk area until nearly 4pm.  It was a juried show, and the judging started at 3pm.  The artists brought their pieces in between 8-11am (and A wanted to be there RIGHT at 8 so she could decide where her piece was hung).  It’s amazing what an overachiever she’s becoming 🙂

We went to the mall nearby at one point and walked through the downtown shops.  It was nice, but a very long day.

The art show was open to all student artists in the region.  The work submitted was quite amazing, and all I could think about while walking around was “wow…these are high school students!”.  Just crazy…

Sunday was all about grocery shopping and cooking.  We’re going camping in April for 2 1/2 days.  My first time camping in a tent (unless that night in the backyard a few months ago counts).  I think the key to my enjoying myself is by still being able to do something I love; cook.  So I’ve spent weeks pouring over my camping cookbooks, and started the prep yesterday!  My dehydrator will be going for weeks.  But here’s my new motto on the subject….if I have to sleep in a tent, I’m going to eat like a queen.  D keeps picking on me, but he won’t when he realizes how good he’ll be eating while we’re gone!


every morning since getting home has started with green juice. Simple and cleansing.


The evolution of Camp Worthy Pea Soup…

step 1 - make the soup! Loaded up with veggies and nutritional yeast, plus some liquid smoke
spread 1 3/4 cups of soup on each tray of the dehydrator. Pop it in at 140 for about 18 hours.
and it dries to look like this!
pop the dried bits into the Vitamix, blend into a powder, and put into a plastic bag. Each tray equals one bag. Write instructions to mix into 2 cups of boiling water, and....theoretically...I'll have soup that looks like it did before I dried it to crumbly bits!
now I'm doing the same thing with fruit! This will be (by tomorrow afternoon) a strawberry/banana fruit jerky!

Because of the hectic week, I’ve mostly done only yoga.  It’s something I can do anywhere, and when the kids went to bed, I’d spend about 45 minutes on varying yoga sequences.

Speaking of yoga.  D wants to start doing it.  And he wants to start by doing a couple’s yoga class this coming weekend (for Valentine’s day).  So, we’ve signed up!  I’m excited…I’ve spent the better part of the past 10 yrs (when I started practicing) trying to get him to do it.  I gave up – and now he’s interested.  Typical man.  But I’m not complaining if it’ll get him into a regular practice.  With his back and knee issues, I think it will be a great thing.

Yesterday was my sister’s birthday!  We got to do a quick video chat while my parents were over there.  It was pretty cool.  Happy Birthday C!!!

On a more personal note.  Last week my daughter A (the artist) received an amazing gift from my Aunt.  You see, my Aunt and Grandma have always sewn.  Between them, they could literally make anything!  No one in the family has shown much affinity for it until my daughter.  When my Grandma passed away in late December, my Aunt learned about A’s fashion designing and that she plans to pursue her college education in fashion.  As a way to honor my Grandma and to encourage A, she bought my daughter a very nice sewing machine.  It was a very generous gift that was not lost on my daughter.  She cried, called my Aunt and I think they both cried for a bit.    She’s learning how to use her new fancy machine, and is starting a new dress line.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Baby’s, Yoga, and Pea Soup

    1. they key for D will be that it doesn’t get too touchy-feeling/mystical I think. We did a couple restorative yoga classes a couple years ago when R was doing Animal Yoga (before that studio shut down), and he seems to remember liking it. I’d just like to see him stick to something healthy.

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