Half a Movie


I don’t honestly remember all the food I’ve had since the 14th. I do know that my nerves kept me from eating anything decent on the 15th until dinner time, and then I had an awesome veggie wrap at Quenna’s. They have their awesome Tofu Tuesday, and I had a tofu veggie wrapped in red cabbage leaves, and D and I shared an appetizer of avocado stuffed tomatoes. Probably my favorite thing ever.

I packed up leftovers in my latest bento box…which was definitely the talk of the office on Wednesday!

Yesterday was A’s birthday (17!!!). She picked The Public House for her birthday dinner, and we had a great time. I had the vegan chicken fried steak. Just crazy (but crazy in a good way). AC came out to join us for cake and bday wishes too, and brought A beautiful flowers. It was a very nice dinner.


3 Crossfit classes this week! M is now able to do 10 pull-ups, which just amazes the heck out of me. He also claims to hate the running, but he beats all of us all the time. He’ll get there. I swear, someday I’ll have a kid who loves to run like I do.

Wednesday we had some really wicked rain storms. Since our crossfit WOD was very running based, all the classes still ran outside (as long as there wasn’t any lightening). Right when M and I got to class, it was pouring. Warm up options were two laps or 300 meter row. I rowed. M went for the laps in the pouring rain. By the time we did the rest of the warm up (stretches, shoulder rows, walking lunges, and goblet squats), it stopped raining. So M was soaked all evening, while the rest of us just dodged puddles!


It’s been a good week. A crazily busy week, but a good one. I had a big presentation Tuesday evening that (despite my near anxiety-inducing day), went off very well.

I had a crazy speech professor in college. He was extremely mean to everyone, and this was probably the most difficult class I took. We gave impromptu speeches in each class, and were given only 2 minutes to prepare. All critiques were loud, public, and unforgiving. If I said “ah”, or “um” more than twice – failed grade on that speech. As a result, two things happened. One – I know how to prepare for a speech very, very well. And two – I have massive public speaking anxiety, to the point where I can’t eat for hours before hand, and want to puke up until the moment I start speaking. Once I start…I’m fine. He taught me how to be well prepared and how to practice and how to read an audience. But he also taught me the humiliation that I will face if I screw it up, stumble on my words, or have any nervousness apparent in my speech. So thank you professor what’s-your-name…and poo on you too!

Yesterday was A’s birthday. She had a nice day at school, and we did our normal family fun thing. I baked an Orange Dreamsicle cake, and we got her a nice stereo for her car (it will play Pandora through her iPhone while charging it…think it does other cool things too). M got her a stuffed Pokemon, and R got her a snuggie. We’re a snuggie loving family, but A always mocked us. Until we caught her “borrowing” everyone elses. They all have names too, and she named her new one the Plumonator.

The sad thing of working these long hours, is that our normally family movie-watching time has been reduced to nearly nothing. Having a big family means staying home a lot, and we’re big movie fans as a whole. Unfortunately, the past few weeks we’ve started half a dozen movies, pause them to herd everyone off to bed…and never come back and finish. In the past week or two alone, I’ve watched half of Knight & Day, half of Dogma, half of Tranformers 3, and half of Avatar. It’s a darned good thing I’ve seen all these before, or I’d be angry!

In lieu of writing more, here are a ton of pictures 🙂











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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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