Loving My Chaotic Life!


The best thing about being home is making my own food!  Friday morning for me started out with a beet, avocado, onion, and tofu BAS for breakfast.  I miss my various BAS’s and this one is definitely a keeper.

nothing wrong with a BAS for breakfast!

I made a batch of beets in the pressure cooker that ended up being fantastic.  Pressure cook for 5 minutes with apple cider vinegar and orange slices, then made a dressing from the beet juice by adding dijon mustard and brown sugar.  The tofu was a simple bake in a marinade of tomato sauce, garlic, tamari, and spices (I think I used oregano, cumin, and cayenne, but I don’t remember!).  Anyway, best salad ever.

I was out and about for lunch, so I picked up a vegan eggless salad wrap from my favorite deli, Yorgo’s Bageldashery.

topped with sprouts, spicy pickle and pepper relish, onion, tomato, hot sauce, and spinach.

For dinner I made a vegan shepard’s pie.  Diced and mashed potatoes, onion, corn, peas, and broccoli in a veg gravy in a pie crust and topped with bread crumbs.  I ate this for two days.  I’m surprised it lasted that long!

Sunday morning was a green smoothie and a quinoa and rice hot cereal ala cream of wheat – but better.  Nothing fancy, just wholesome and exactly what I wanted.  Lunch was packed and eaten at the pool.  For me it was just some flax crackers with homemade hummus and a coconut milk yogurt.

Dinner was a simple rice cooker dish of brown rice, onion, and brussel sprouts.  Topped with siracha, it was spicy but still very basic.


Of course being at the pool for 5 1/2 hrs made me really want to go for a swim, but alas, it was a swim meet and the only ones in the pool were the kids!

After getting home around 6, I did go for a run though.  It’s so weird how dark it is by then.  I had on my reflective belt, but still didn’t feel lit up enough.  M lent me his flashlight (it’s small but sturdy from camp), and I held that while running.  I was sure to keep it pointed down so I didn’t blind drivers, but was still clearly visible to them.  Running while keeping my arm straight was very awkward and was getting uncomfortable by the end of it all.  I seriously need some head and tail lights!  I will say, it made me feel much safer both in visibility to others and it my being able to see the ground (still littered in many places with fallen tree branches from Sandy).

But all that said, the run itself was awesome.  I had a boat load of energy, the weather was perfect (high 50’s), and it was just one of those runs that you kept going a little bit farther because it just felt so great.


Life is getting back to normal!  Friday I spent running errands mostly.  After I woke, I made a meal plan and grocery list for the week, and then went to see D at the office.  Even though I was technically home, we didn’t see each other since I didn’t get to bed until 2am, and he and the kids didn’t wake me when they got up for work and school.  He works near a park, so we spent his lunch break walking around the lake.  It was awesome.

Then it was off to get a manicure and hit up Whole Foods!  It’s my second visit to our new one, and while still very busy, I was actually able to park in the lot and take my time in the store.  Love it.

Yesterday R had her 2nd swim meet!  It was absolutely chaotic, but she loved it.  We were at the pool for almost 6 hrs, and were all exhausted by the end.  She did great though, especially having just been moved up in the group.

she’s in the middle

Today is cleaning, batch cooking, yoga, taking R for a haircut, James Bond, and party prep (I’m having a vegan meet up dinner party next Saturday).  I love weekends!!!

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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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