A Wild Week and New Fun with Leftovers


Admittedly, I’m not going to write about a week’s worth of food. I can’t remember everything I ate this last week, so here are a few highlights I can remember.

I made a pressure cooker meal of barley, mushrooms, carrots, and kale that was fantastic. It was a simple recipe that I thought would come out like a soup, but there was no liquid leftover, so it was more like a pilaf. Still good though.

I also made my pinto bean version of Moors and Christians, and a tofu and veggie teriyaki.

I also ordered pizza (cracks me up to see the delivery person’s face when they hand me a cheese-less pie).


Mother nature is a fickle woman. In the past week, we’ve had 80 degree days, massive rain, and chilly weather dipping into the 40’s. It’s a miracle everyone in VA doesn’t have pneumonia.

Anyway….I ran when I liked the weather, and didn’t when it was cold. Zumba’d a couple of times, and did another strength training session.

Today I made the time to hit up a hot yoga class. It was a fantastic class – the perfect blend of a warm room to loosen the muscles, a solid sequence of poses, and my favorite…she held the poses long enough to be challenging, but not so long that I felt like I was in the seventh circle of Twister hell. I do miss yoga classes. I do short sequences at home several days a week, but it’s just not the same. With the Tri training and the strength training, I just don’t have the time for a proper yoga class. Hopefully I can make the time 1-2 times per week. My hips were so tight – I know it’s from the biking and running – and the only thing that opens them back up is yoga.


It’s been one heck of a week! Extremely busy at work, but can’t complain on that front. The biggest part has been my hubby going out of town. He left Thursday to attend his youngest sister’s wedding, and will be back really late on Tuesday.

He’s getting the chance to see family he hasn’t seen in 15 or more years, and he’s having a very great trip, and I’m so glad for that. But the kids and I miss him, and we as happy as I am for the family who gets to see him…we want him back.

I got to spend some time with AC and my soon-to-be Godson and his big brother and sister the other day, which was very cool. They’re very sweet kids, and it tickles me to death when they tackle me as I walk in the door.

I finally got an electric pressure cooker! A sale and a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon meant a killer deal that was clearly fates way of saying it was time. It’s a thing of beauty and there’s nothing cooler than cooking huge and time consuming meals…in 8 minutes.

The weekend has been mostly quiet. M had a friend stay over, and A spent time with her boyfriend. I finished up a blue hat for S (I hadn’t finished it in time for her bday), and started a new knitting project. I’m calling it a Leftover Blanket. I’m taking all the balls of leftover yarn – either yarn I’ve bought that I didn’t have a plan for, or partial skeins that are remnants of other projects – and I’m knitting them all randomly together into one huge blanket. It’s going to be mismatched not only in color, but texture (so many different types and thicknesses of yarn), and it’s going to be magnificent.

And because this is on my iPad (I got a groovy new bluetooth keyboard and stand for it), all my pictures are below!





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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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