The Season of Sudafed

Spring has sprung, the grass is green, and there’s f-ing pollen everywhere….


Breakfast was some brown rice crackers (gluten-free) and curry tofu eggless salad.  It was simple, the eggless salad was already made, and I was sort of in a hurry!

Lunch was leftover baked penne that I made over the weekend.  I love that it was full of zucchini, yellow squash, fresh basil, and tons of swiss chard, not to mention tofu ricotta and yummy marinara sauce.  That recipe is totally a keeper.

I forgot my banana for the afternoon, and ended up having more eggless salad wrapped in a corn tortilla and topped with sprouts.  And dinner…just a simple green salad.  Not feeling like eating anything fun since I can’t exactly breathe at the moment!


Today was a beautiful day, screaming for an outdoor workout.  The Tri club met to run sprints, but due to car issues (which is thankfully now fixed), I couldn’t meet up at the track in Virginia Beach to run with them.  I did, however, do the same workout at home, and spent a half hour running sprints.  My legs are trashed.

Late afternoon, I hit up the pool to make up for the swim that wasn’t yesterday.  I’m glad I did, and now I feel like less of a slacker!


Happy first day of spring!  I have a love/hate relationship with the season as a whole.  On the positive side…the temps warm up, and the flowers bloom.  On the bad side, the flowers bloom and I cease being able to breathe through my nose and I become a human snot machine.  My eyes itch, and I sneeze so often that people stop saying “bless you” and just roll their eyes at me.  Sudafed and I begin our intimate relationship that will last throughout the season…and as if on queue…it all started today.  Joy (insert sarcasm here).

Today was a hectic day, namely because we were down a car.  D dropped the bug off yesterday afternoon, and it was supposed to be ready last night.  It wasn’t.  So the new plan was it was supposed to be done by 930 this morning.  It wasn’t, and by 1230 I was panicking a bit that I’d have to cancel my 2pm dentist appt.

Thankfully, it was ready by 1245, and everyone got carted around and dropped off before my appt.  Speaking of…

My teeth are great.  Very little tartar, no signs of any inflammation indicating future periodontal disease, and no cavities.  Bad news…I still have a stress fracture in my tooth (from clenching and grinding my teeth) that needs a crown asap…lest I require a root canal.  Problem is…I had that appt a few months ago, went, and had a really bad reaction to the numbing injection.  So bad..that I never went back, even though I know I need to.  So here I am…still with a broken tooth, and I have to get it taken care of.  Here’s hoping the second time works well…or I’ll end up in jail for killing my dentist.

For several years, D and I have talked about getting a chest freezer.  With the size of our family and the amount of cooking I do, it’s always been something we’ve wanted, but didn’t want to spend the money on.  It came up the other day, and he looked on Craigslist.  Lo and behold, he found one.  We went today to look at it, and it’s hardly been used at all!  We got it for half off retail, and have it home and hooked up in the garage!!

So on that note, I’m going to sign up for my local CSA and give myself (even more of a) reason to cook in bulk….now that I have a place to store my creations!!!


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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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