I Finally Have a Circle On My Calendar!


I wish I could say I made a ton of exciting dishes this week.  I’ve made a few (spontaneous BBQ Tofu was fun), but frankly….I’m trying to make my family eat the leftovers piling up.  I leave Saturday morning (at the obscene hour of 5am), and if the leftovers aren’t eaten or pitched…they’ll still be there when I get home a week later.  Eww.  So, I’ve been mostly making everyone eat what we already have.

I’ve been having my grass all week, mixed with fresh green juices.  Even though my plan was to only use the grass in Vegas, I’m pretty excited about it.  I definitely see this as a regular addition to my diet.


Everyone knows that Valentine’s day was Tuesday.  D and I usually get each other something simple, but no big deal.  In our world, pretty much every day is Valentine’s day anyway.

This year though, I think it’s funny that we got each other gifts that are designed to make sure we’re both around for a long time.  He bought me the Nike+ Sportwatch with GPS.  I’ve killed two Garmin’s over the past 6ish years, and I’ve been missing the intense data they provide (pace, distance, elevation, HR, etc).  So this was the perfect gift for me, and after playing with it all Tuesday night, I took it out for my Wednesday run.  Which was fantastic.  I did about 5 miles and when I uploaded the data, I just sat and smiled. It doesn’t just track my runs (indoors on a dreadmill if I need it too!), but it fuels a goofy game as well, where I earn medals and can run in famous cities, etc.  I still have to learn my way around all the fun stuff it can do, like update Facebook and Twitter, and things like that.

my new sport watch. It fits my tiny wrists very nicely, is easy to read, and easy to use.

For D, I got him his own groovy (and extra long) yoga mat and a gift certificate for 10 classes at the studio we went to last week.  So we got each other fun healthy things designed to make sure we’re both around for each other as long as possible.  Perfect Valentine’s day.

got D the orange one, his favorite color. And extra long - he can lay out flat on it and it fits! (he's tall)

As soon as D spread out his new yoga mat, R went and grabbed hers too.  She did some poses, and then grabbed a Yoga Jr video off the shelf, took her mat, and went up to her room for some private Zen time.  That’s my girl!

This morning I did a 45 minute biking session on my trainer while watching another episode of Bones.  I’m now about 3 shows into season 2 (skipped season 1 accidentally).  Yay for Netflix!

Oh, and I finally signed up for a Tri!  I was reluctant because the couple I really want to do are open water swims…and I’m NOT signing up for an open water swim until I’ve actually trained IN open water.  My Tri club doesn’t start our bay swims until May, so I won’t know until then if I can handle it.

That said…I hate not having an event to train for.  Training for the sake of training only gets me so far.  I need a goal.  A circle on my calendar with a countdown to readiness.  So I bit the bullet and signed up for a Tri in Richmond on May 20th.  A few hours after I signed up for it, I realized that it’s the weekend of our big local festival that my kids spend all their time at.  So instead of dragging my family to Richmond for a couple of days, it’s going to be a girls weekend.  Woo hoo!  I figure D and the kids will have ample opportunity to see me race this summer.


This has been a very hectic and at moments tense and stressful week.  Our psychotic weather has been wreaking havoc on my sinuses, and I’ve spent most of the week not breathing all that well.  Which sucks, because breathing is one of those things I’m usually pretty good at.

I’ve been pushing a lot at work since I’ll be out next week, plus major housework and mid-week laundry so I can have everything I need to pack.

Speaking of packing….my luggage set is fairly beat up.  We bought one of the discount sets on Overstock.com about 8 yrs ago, and while the smaller two still work OK, the big one’s wheels don’t work anymore.  When I was in Seattle, I had to buy a second suitcase, so I have one nice one, but it’s fairly small…certainly not big enough for a week’s worth of clothes.  So I bought a new suitcase.  I did some research, ordered one, and it arrived today.  It’s crazy to be totally into a piece of luggage, but this is just too cool.  And my cat digs it too.  She has a strange obsession with luggage, and as soon as I opened it, she jumped in it, and then rubbed herself all over it.  And then slept on the top.  Strange kitty.  We’re going to start our own support group “Luggage Lovers Anonymous”.

I realize you probably don't want to see a picture of my new luggage bag...but it's really THAT cool

I’m mostly packed now, and will be by tomorrow when the rest of my air-dry clothes are dried.  I took the day off to be sure everything that needed doing was done, and am excited to see my friend AC and the new baby E for lunch.

The rest of the evening will be relaxing with my family, and not thinking too hard about how much I’m going to miss them for a 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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