Cats, Foods, and a Swim that Wasn’t


The past few days have seen some really great meals. I felt a little like I lost my cooking groove for a few days, and maybe that coincided with D being gone, but I’m back to having fun in the kitchen.

I picked up another new cookbook, and I’m really loving it. The Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking. No joke that I love the Idiot’s guide books. And I’m loving this book. I’ve already made several recipes and all have gone over smashingly.

Including…my first ever really successful bready thing! I made pancakes with buckwheat and brown rice flour. They came out REALLY well, and I’m very excited about how easy they were too. I’ve also made a yam/hummus thing, a soup, a killer veggie packed baked penne dish, and part of dinner tonight – an Indian Vegetable Biryani. It’s really a keeper.

Saturday night was dinner out with AC and her husband JC at Gordon Bierch. I was happy to see they have a vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free sections of their menu. I had a veggie stir fry that was actually very tasty.


I almost swam today. As in suit on and goggles and swim cap in hand. I picked R up after work/school and took her to the Y with me. I did a 45 minute strength training routine while she “worked out” in the Interactive Zone (rock climbing, table tennis, biking to a video game….I think I want HER workouts), and then we planned to hit the pool for 20 minutes of lap swimming. While we were scoping out the pool to find a lane we could swim together in, R realized she had a bandaid on her foot from when the front screen door bit her yesterday. She took it off, and her cut just started gushing blood. No way she could go in the pool, so with very sad expressions, we hit the showers….sans swim.

At least I got a good circuit training session in. My heart rate was up there, and I was definitely sweating. Here it is:

Warm Up – 1 set of each (reps in parens)
~forward and back leg swings (10)
~side leg swings (10)
~sumo squat to standing (10)
~reverse lunge with reach back/stretch (8 each leg)
~low side to side lunges (8 each leg)

Circuit 1 (3 sets each)
~single leg hip raise (12 each leg)
~side plank (hold 30 seconds each side)
~plank (hold 40 seconds)
~sit ups (12)

Circuit 2 (3 sets each)
~dumbbell squat w/15 lb in each hand (15)
~single arm cable row w/35 lbs (12)
~barbell straight leg deadlift w/50 lbs (12)
~dumbbell incline chest press w/10 lbs (12)

Circuit 3 (3 sets each)
~reverse dumbbell lunge w/10 lbs (12 each leg)
~dumbbell shoulder press w/8 lbs (12)
~dumbbell lunch on a box/riser w/10 lbs (10)
~tricep pressdown on cable machine 40 lbs (12)
~dumbbell curl 10 lbs (12)

Side planks suck. Just telling you now.


The past few days have been really nice. Friday I took M and R to the Shamrock Expo where R picked up a Runner Girl t-shirt. Then I took them out to dinner, where we caught the second half of a basketball game where one of our local colleges (and a major underdog) won a game. It was fun.

Saturday was a crazy-busy day. We went to Busch Garden’s for their pass holder preview day. It was in the 70’s and sunny, and if you read my blog with any regularity, you know we’re BG junkies. The older two went off to ride every roller coaster possible, while D, R, and I strolled around and did a few rides too. It was a really great day.

The evening was dinner and the symphony and drinks with friends. A very nice time.

Sunday I was back to my usual self. Up early (ish), pouring through cookbooks, blogs, and websites looking for fun things to make and doing up my meal plan (love my Menu Planner app…thanks AC for that particular recommendation). After plugging in my meal plans through next weekend, I generated my grocery list and hit up some marathon grocery shopping.

4 hrs later…I was back with a van packed full of food. And I played in the kitchen all night long!

D and the kids did some major housecleaning while I was at the markets, and I captured my crazy suitcase-obsessed cat trying to get in some last minute fun in the bag.

Today was work as usual, and D was able to get the Bug in for the rest of the repairs (and another battery…the last one lasted 4 days with the hosed alternator…both will be ready by morning).

So that’s it! D’s home (yay) and life is blissfully back to normal.








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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 “Cats, Foods, and a Swim that Wasn’t

    1. I really am enjoying the book. The recipes are so simple and healthy. I have a tendency to over-think things, and I definitely have been doing that with the gluten-lite (trying to go gluten-free) cooking. This gave me some clarity and ideas that will be easy to incorporate.

      And thanks! It was just so much fun and such a beautiful day. We really were just happy to be somewhere fun together.

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