I Keep AAA in Business (and my kid is an art genius)


Thursday was a nice, light and simple day on the food front. Breakfast was leftover tofu salad. I really really loved the tofu marinade in that.

Lunch was some smokey split pea soup that I had made over the weekend and frozen into single servings.

Dinner was rice, broccoli, and….no kidding….I picked the tofu out of the leftover salad and put it in the bowl. It was an interesting (but yummy) dish because the tofu was cold, but everything else was hot.

D also bought me a bottle of wine, and I had a glass or two of that!

Today’s dining was far less inspired. If I don’t get any sleep I either have a massive appetite or none. Today was none. I snacked periodically on veggies and hummus, but otherwise no real meal.


Yesterday’s run was SO much better than Wednesday. I had tons of energy, so I ended up doubling my planned distance. It was chilly and windy, but I was warmed up after the first half mile, and ran into the wind the first few miles, so it was at my back as I got home.

I had planned to hit the gym today, but that was derailed. I did a simple 20 minute yoga series at home instead. It helped clear my head, and required less energy than running and lifting would have.


Thursday night was low key and nice. R had her swimming (which D took her to), and I stayed home and made dinner and danced around the kitchen with music blasting (a daily occurrence, I admit).

D and I watched most of an episode of Castle and then went to sleep. Bliss…until I woke up just after midnight to find R trying (and failing) to wake D. Turns out the poor baby had thrown up in her bed. I got up with her, cleaned her up, and cleaned her room and changed the sheets. Just as we were about to tuck back in…she ran into the bathroom to do it again.

We snuggled and she fell back asleep around 230. I was wide awake, so decided to keep watch over her and read until I knew she was well asleep. Let’s just say I’m glad today was the first day of spring break and I’d taken the day off.

I will say that today R was just fine. No belly aches or anything else. Maybe dinner just didn’t sit well with her. We kept it light today (toast, crackers) just to be on the safe side, but so far, I think it was a fluke.

I’m posting two pics of A’s latest art work. One is a dress she made of newspaper and managed to actually put on. The purpose of wearing it was to 1-prove she could and 2-document for her portfolio. The second is a watercolor she did based on an assignment. She was given 3 words (dress, catch, elegant) and create any piece of art she wanted. She did a watercolor painting of a peacock in a cage that is the skirt of a dress of a beautiful woman looking at her reflection. She really just blows my mind where she comes up with all this!

I have decided that the AAA service station is only in business because of me. We’ve put some work into the Bug since Jan to make it great for A’s first car, my car has had regular maintenance, and now that A’s driving the Bug, we had to get D’s in for major repairs. Since Jan, we’ve spent over $2800 on car repairs. Here’s hoping I’ve paid my dues to the car maintenance gods for the year!

I’m very much looking forward to a nice weekend. Tomorrow is lunch with L, and Easter Sunday means a family day at Busch Gardens. This will be the second year we’ve done that. Since we don’t live near family, we tend to make up our own new holiday traditions. Hope your holiday weekend is wonderful, no matter what your traditions are!






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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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