In a (New York) Minute

FOOD

Okay, so the biggest part of today’s post is going to be about a very cool foodie pen pal program!  Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean organizes a monthly swap of homemade and local goodies.  A description of the program can be found here – you don’t have to be vegan to participate, but everyone is cool about abiding by the recipients food preferences/allergies/etc.

Essentially – you sign up by emailing her by the 4th, she sends out a massive spreadsheet with the pen pal matches on the 5th, mail a box by the 15th with your no-more-than $15 box of foodie fun (concentrate on local, homemade, and a hand written note/recipe/etc.), get your own box, love it, eat it, blog about it on the 31st!  Super easy, right?  Oh, and then Lindsay hosts a blog link-up so everyone can share their box experience!

So here’s mine.  My gifter is in sunny FL (jealous).  Martine blogs over at Whey Beyond The Naked Truth, so check her out!

On to what I got!  It’s like Christmas in January!

okay, so who doesn't get excited when they get a package in the mail?!?
okay, so who doesn’t get excited when they get a package in the mail?!?
a close up shot of my goodies!
a close up shot of my goodies!

In my box was a lovely note from Martine, tangerines from her very own sunny backyard tree (jealous), homemade spicy roasted chickpeas (recipe on her site!), homemade salsa, tea, and an organic quinoa power protein mix (gluten-free YAY), and local fresh popcorn (which I had for snack today, by the way).  The tangerines have been prominent this week in my salads, smoothies, and juices, and I have the tea mid-morning every day (it’s really good).  Chickpeas are gone, and I used half the salsa on some awesome Happy Herbivore Portobello “steak” tacos today!

food love!
food love!
you can't tell, but there's a tangerine in there :)
you can’t tell, but there’s a tangerine in there 🙂
lunchtime taco fun with cabbage, salsa, vegan sour cream, and hot sauce!
lunchtime taco fun with cabbage, salsa, vegan sour cream, and hot sauce!
you can't tell, but there's a tangerine in there too!
you can’t tell, but there’s a tangerine in there too!

FITNESS

I was a bad traveler.  Other than walking around NYC and the campus we were visiting, I didn’t work out.  I packed workout clothes – and used them to travel in rather than workout.  Bad, bad me.

But that said – 20 minutes after I pulled in the driveway I was out the door!  It helped that it was 74 degrees out and I had just left snow, freezing cold, and sleet on the upper east coast.

Today was a treadmill run because it was windy as heck outside!  I can handle some wind, but these gale forces were insane.  I’d blow away – though my pace heading away from the wind would have been killer.

I met with another personal trainer today.  Other than the insane $800 a month to workout with them just 3 days per week, there’s nutritional stances were outdated.  The belief that you “need” animal proteins to be healthy, have muscle, or be athletic are bunk.  I can list a slew of stellar vegan athletes.  Besides, I’m not paying that kind of crazy dough.

LIFE

Okay, life has been insane.  Great, but insane!  As you probably read in my last post, A and I spent a whirlwind 6 days in 3 cities.  DC, NYC, and Baltimore.  It was freezing, we had a great time, and my child picked a university!  Can’t really beat that!

Oh, I went to my first Broadway show!  We saw Chicago, and it was amazing.  I’ve never seen the movie, and now I want to.  I seriously wasn’t expecting it to be funny…but it was.

So here are some pics from the week, including some for my niece’s project for Flat M!  Read about her project and see some of her adventures here.

And I will tell you – as much as I hate the cold, I love NYC.  I would move in a New York Minute!

Times Square.  Doesn't get much cooler.
Times Square at night. Doesn’t get much cooler.
nighttime view from our top floor hotel
nighttime view from our top floor hotel
Flat M and I sharing a bagel early Saturday morning.  I had two cops behind me, and I swear I felt like I was in an episode of Blue Bloods!
Flat M and I sharing a bagel early Saturday morning. I had two cops behind me, and I swear I felt like I was in an episode of Blue Bloods!
Flat M and I enjoying a ride on the subway to Battery Park.  A was there too :)
Flat M and I enjoying a ride on the subway to Battery Park. A was there too 🙂
this is what fabric store look like in the Garment District in NYC.
this is what fabric store look like in the Garment District in NYC.  my fashion designer daughter was in heaven.  We went to the famous Mood Fabrics, a store that was entirely spandex, a button shop, and a few other fabric store.  They were neat – but all seemed like fire hazards to me!  This ain’t no Joann Fabrics!
Flat M chilln at the hotel and enjoying the view
Flat M chilling at the hotel and enjoying the view
daytime hotel pic.
daytime hotel pic.
Bumble not 5 minutes after I emptied my suitcase.  She has a strange fascination with suitcases.
Bumble not 5 minutes after I emptied my suitcase. She has a strange fascination with suitcases.
flat M getting ready for a little breakfast in bed thanks to room service
flat M getting ready for a little breakfast in bed thanks to room service
rainbow out my back door this morning.  Love it!
rainbow out my back door this morning. Love it!

 

Feeling Like a Jet Setter!

Okay, the past few days have been crazy, so I’m straying from my normal format. This will be mostly pics (at the end since this is being written on my iPad, and I don’t know any other way to do them!).

Tuesday was a late work night, and I got home around 930. Wednesday was too, and I was home around 9. I stayed up late enough to pack so I could hit the road in the morning to the DC area for work. My oldest came with me, hung out in the hotel when I worked, and then we jetted off to NYC. We’re here until Sunday, then to Baltimore (college visit), then back home Tuesday. I feel like such a jet setter!

Tuesday I made a BAS with my typical toppings and the baked falafel from Monday night. I was in the middle of an exec meeting when I realized I really wanted a picture….below you will see my stealthy mid-meeting pic of my salad, water canteen, and bottle of kombucha. I imagine they think I was emailing or doing something important. I really was paying attention, but it was such a pretty salad!

Thursday morning was a smoothie (no pic) and then a BAS at Whole Foods in Richmond on my way to DC. Dinner was tofu green curry that wasn’t the best I’ve ever had for sure.

Friday was another breakfast BAS, this time from Wegmans. After working, it was time to head up to NYC!

We got to our hotel in Times Square, and charmed our way to a top floor (45th floor) room overlooking absolutely everything. It’s stunning. We wandered around Times Square, went shopping, picked up our Broadway tickets for tomorrow, and then escaped the cold at Hard Rock Cafe for a bit. I even walked past a pub flying a Chelsea flag!! So excited to find Blues supporters in the US….

Then it was off to Candle 79 for dinner! I’ve wanted to eat here for as long as I can remember – always being jealous that NYC has such a collection of gourmet vegan restaurants.

So – I was insanely disappointed. We got seated right away (had reservations), and was left to sit for 20 minutes before anyone came by. We ordered our drinks and then waited another 20 to place our order. We got an appetizer (seitan chimichurri) and our main dishes. I opted for the pumpkin seed crusted tofu medallions with roasted brussel sprout and quinoa pilaf.

The appetizer was really tasty, and I want to learn how to make it. My main dish, though, was bland and boring. The tofu medallions tasted like tofu chickn nuggets, and my pilaf lacked spice. A’s morrocan chickpea cake was also bland, and she ate very little of it. Our waiter only came to our table twice in an hour, and we flagged down bus boys and other servers just to get water refills. All told – I was highly disappointed. What I realized is that while I despair that where I live lacks vegan-only restaurants (I know of only one – Quenna’s), I know I can get great vegan meals at several places (like Pasha’s, a favorite!). I also know that as high end as Candle 79 is, the food coming out of my kitchen is better, even without a formal culinary background.

Maybe A and I was there on an off night, and maybe our little table of two was easy to ignore from a customer service standpoint – but I don’t think I’ll ever be back. With so many other options in NYC, even if I do get the chance to visit again, I have plenty of other places to give my time and money to.

Tomorrow we are planning to dedicate the day to the Fashion District here, so A can get fabrics, notions, and fun stuff. We also each have to buy a pretty outfit for our Broadway show (going to see Chicago! A’s choice). Other than that, trying to stay warm and enjoy our time here.

Have a great weekend – I’ll blog later!

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Carrying Things You Can’t Put Down

FOOD

This morning started with coffee in bed (so nice on a Monday!) and then a green (ish) smoothie.  I needed to blend and go, so used my Tribest instead of my Vitamix.  I totally love it, and recently bought the big 24 ounce blender cup (my smoothies tend to be really big).  I also picked up the special travel case since I have a ton of trips this year and can’t travel well without it!  I didn’t leave enough room for the greens, so there’s less spinach than I usually prefer, but it was still tasty!

banana, strawberry, spinach, cocoa
banana, strawberry, spinach, cocoa

Lunch was some fresh spring rolls and tofu curry.  It’s been a long time since I ate Thai!

And speaking of….I paid for it.  I haven’t had any appetite the rest of the day, so instead I did cooking to prepare for tomorrow.

I made some baked falafel and a soy yogurt sauce.  I plan to put this on a BAS for lunch at work tomorrow.

baked falafel looks like cookies, but one bite and you'll know they're not!
baked falafel looks like cookies, but one bite and you’ll know they’re not!
used my homemade soy yogurt and added mint, cucumber, red onion, and lime juice.  Great topper for the falafel, and will go nicely as a dressing on the greens.
used my homemade soy yogurt and added mint, cucumber, red onion, and lime juice. Great topper for the falafel, and will go nicely as a dressing on the greens.

I’ve also started keeping a bag in my freezer of leftover veggie remnants.  The onion ends and peels, the green parts of cauliflower heads, fennel bulb portions, beet greens – and anything that is nearing the end of it’s useful life that I know I’m not going to have time to eat.  The point?  To put them in a slow cooker or pressure cooker with water to start making homemade veggie broth.  I can’t believe I didn’t start doing this sooner.  Though, if it doesn’t actually work, I may start composting for the garden I swear I’m actually going to do this year 🙂

FITNESS

Today was just some gentle yoga at home and a walk with Sammie.  It was (per my training calendar) a rest day, but I needed some light movement.

We all have stress in our lives for one reason or another.  We all carry it in different ways.  Some have stomach issues, some get closed off emotionally, and some lash out.  For me, I physically store it in my very upper shoulders and neck, and I spent today with a constant and painful reminder of where I keep it.  It’s the biggest reason D and I have committed to monthly massages (and frankly, he massages my shoulders every day) and one of the reasons why I crave yoga.

So for now, I’m trying to figure out how to put down something I can’t carry in my arms.   It makes it annoyingly difficult.

LIFE

This morning was really nice and peaceful.  Due to the MLK holiday the kids had off school.  That mean D and I could still wake up early, but take our time.  For me personally, that meant enjoying coffee in bed while reading the news on my iPad while he took a shower.

My eldest got another college acceptance letter this weekend!  She’s applied to three (the last one, just finishing a week ago), and has so far heard from two.  I asked her today which she was leaning towards, and was surprised by her answer.  It’s those glimmers of adult thought that shine through your nutty teenagers that makes you feel you’re doing something right.

My daughter is an artist.  She goes to a very highly ranked specialty art school, and has known what she wants to do for a very long time.  Crazy to me (who still works on trying to figure out what I want to be when I “grow up” some days!), but she’s never wavered in her focus.  She’s been approached and has applied to very elite art universities – and has been accepted to one so far, and surprised me by having her highest choice be the #1 rated public art program in the country.  This isn’t an art-only university like the others, it’s a very nice full-offering university.  Her reasoning?  Art colleges are wonderful – but not diversified enough in academic offerings.  She’s smart too, not just an artist, and wants to take math and science classes and study business and marketing because it’s not enough that she makes great art – but she needs to sell it and herself too.

I was surprised to find this school’s art program rated even higher than one of her art universities – and it’s MUCH closer to home.  So while no final decision has been made (we gave her the target of April to decide), I think she’s leaning this way.  I’m proud of her not only because she’s making decisions that will impact her whole life – but she’s making them rationally.  She may be a pain in the ass 17 yr. old sometimes, but she’s growing up in many different ways.

So another happy day in my clan, and hope yours has been too!

Eggplant Bacon. Really…Doesn’t Get Cooler Than That

FOOD

It’s been a really great weekend of food.

Friday I didn’t eat very much.  I went to bed Thursday night feeling a bit off, and Friday had a headache most of the day.  Whatever I started coming down with though left.  I seriously think it’s from my hyper intake of juices and smoothies.  I’ve watched people around me (and in my family) drop like flies with winter colds/flu/nasty viruses.  I had a day and a half of feeling a less than great, and then was back to myself.

Saturday morning I started by a total “empty the fridge” juice.  I needed carrot pulp for a different recipe (called Save the Tuna Pate), so after juicing a pound of carrots, I put that pulp in a separate bowl, and then added a head of romaine lettuce, a peeled lemon, an inch or so of raw ginger root, and half of a long English cucumber.  It made a ton…and I drank it all.  Amazingly tasty and refreshing.  What I love about my juicer is the only food I need to peel is citrus (nothing can my pith taste good), and it has a really wide chute so it can take whole fruits/veggies too.

not too pretty...but really tasty!
not too pretty…but really tasty!

For lunch I met up with AC and my godson for some Pasha’s fun.  I had the kale and beet salad (surprise, surprise) and the organic quinoa tabbouleh.  Both fantastic!

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Dinner was a meetup with the Vegan group!  It’s amazing to me how much this group has grown in just the past 5 months since I started going.  The food was amazing and all the people of course.  I only took a few pictures.  The rest I think were taken by Greg who blogs over here!

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My contribution was a BAS and four homemade dressings (lemon hemp, raw carrot/ginger/miso, Italian, and Green Goddess made with my homemade soy yogurt).  Lettuce, cauliflower, cucumber, red onion, tomato, and beet.

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Today was a really, really big green smoothie.  Water, banana, pineapple, strawberry, and spinach.

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Lunch was from the Whole Foods salad bar.  Apparently they took to heart my Facebook plea that they add more vegan friendly items to their food bar!  I was happy to find (for the first time) grilled tofu, more vegan salad mixes, and the like.  Still very limited on the salad dressings (only 1 was vegan), but it’s a start.

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Dinner was a BAS of mixed baby greens, orange scented beets I made in my pressure cooker today (and used the cooking liquid as my dressing), red onions, tomatoes, and roasted balsamic portabella mushrooms.

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I also had a lot of fun with my dehydrator this weekend.  Yesterday I whipped up a batch of the best kale chips yet (hyper spicy…and A has already eaten most of them), and right now I have eggplant “bacon” going.  Yes…it’s going to be epic.

thinly sliced eggplant, waiting to be dehydrated into vegan bacon!
thinly sliced eggplant, waiting to be dehydrated into vegan bacon!

FITNESS

Today was one of those runs that makes you just love running.  It was high 50’s/low 60’s where a t-shirt and shorts are all you need.  After a slow warm up, I felt like I was flying.  I had a bit of running into the wind on the loop back home, but overall I was thrilled with it.  According to Nike+, I ran my fasted kilometer since I started using Nike almost a year ago.  Woo hoo!

CT has convinced me (not that it was hard, mind you…all she had to do was ask!), do run in another race in May.  It’s called the Miller Lite Filthy 5K.  Based on the pictures, I’ll be covered in mud after a obstacle-ish run IN (yes in) and around the James river in Richmond.  It should be absolutely hilarious.

clearly Bumble isn't the only one in the family who loves yoga...
clearly Bumble isn’t the only one in the family who loves yoga…

LIFE

Friday was quiet and meant me in bed early.  D didn’t really give me much choice on that!  On a side note, R is clearly feeling better.  She ate nearly an entire pizza that night.  While it’s not my meal of choice for her, I’m happy to see her appetite coming back.

Saturday was busy.  I was up early and working (lots to do in the next few months), and managed to get quite a bit done before the masses of the family started waking up.

Lunch with AC and E was really nice.  We got to catch up, and I got to spend time with E.  He’s such a silly and snuggly little man.  Love bread too!  It was fun watching him try to figure out how to hold his cup and food in both hands.  And play hide and seek with the table.  And put his socks on our heads.

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E!

Saturday night was the vegan meetup party.  I was gone about 4 hours and had a really nice time!

Today was dedicated to food fun and grocery shopping as usual.  Typical Sunday, and I love it.

D and Bumble on Friday night playing video games
D and Bumble on Friday night playing video games

Short and Sweet. Just Like Me (though it turns out I don’t melt when wet)

FOOD

Well I can definitely say it’s been a stellar food week!  Lots of smoothies, juices, daily BAS’s, taco-related things, and even a pizza thing!

made the tomato, carrot, radish, lemon juice again.  Totally loving it.
made the tomato, carrot, radish, lemon juice again. Totally loving it.
I agree completely.  Food SHOULD taste good!  And these light, gluten-free blue corn and flax tortilla chips certainly do.
I agree completely. Food SHOULD taste good! And these light, gluten-free blue corn and flax tortilla chips certainly do.
leftover sweet potato and black bean taco filling topped with cabbage and a side of tortilla chips.
leftover sweet potato and black bean taco filling topped with cabbage and a side of tortilla chips.
ready for the juicer
ready for the juicer
not the prettiest, but this tomato, cucumber, romaine, carrot, ginger, and lemon juice was KILLER.
not the prettiest, but this tomato, cucumber, romaine, carrot, ginger, and lemon juice was KILLER.
pizza things.  Corn tortillas baked with sliced tomatoes, onions, artichoke hearts, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and a little vegan Daiya mozz.
pizza things. Corn tortillas baked with sliced tomatoes, onions, artichoke hearts, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and a little vegan Daiya mozz.
roasted radishes.  So amazing...
roasted radishes. So amazing…
who says a salad can't be warming?!  This BAS is stuffed with fresh roasted radish, quinoa, romaine, red lettuce, and tomatoes.  The olive oil from roasting the radishes serving as the base of the dressing with a little lemon and hemp seeds thrown in for good measure.
who says a salad can’t be warming?! This BAS is stuffed with fresh roasted radish, quinoa, romaine, red onion, and tomatoes. The olive oil from roasting the radishes serving as the base of the dressing with a little lemon and hemp seeds thrown in for good measure.
TVP taco's from Happy Herbivore.  With onion, avocado, and vegan sour cream.
TVP taco’s from Happy Herbivore. With onion, avocado, and vegan sour cream.

Even cooler though, is a friend of mine has totally gotten into green smoothies!  They’re such powerful and awesome things, so it always makes me happy when people get turned on to them.

FITNESS

I’ve run the last two days – though today was on the dreadmill.  I braved a wet run on Wednesday, but couldn’t do it today.  Contrary to what I’ve always believed, I am not so sweet and sugary that I’ll melt when rained on.  Bummer.

CT and I are sort of “virtually” training together for a race in April.  It’s been fun sharing workout plans and keeping each other motivated and accountable….and sharing smoothie/juice recipes!

I did the Nike Kinect workout again twice this week.  I’m starting to get bored already, which isn’t good.  I think I require strength training in a group setting.  Or Navy boot camp.  I did well there 🙂  I wonder if they’ll let me back on base just to workout with them!

I’ll keep it up until I come up with a different plan.  For now, it fits with my crazy schedule and can do it at home.  And I earn Nike Fuel which is kind of fun to see.  I also use the Nike GPS watch, so I earn Nike Fuel that way too.

LIFE

Well, it’s been a hectic week.  R has been sick and is on the upswing, but I think I’m coming down with something.  I was fine until about an hour ago, and on came the headache and dull sore throat.  Wish me luck!

Other than that, it’s been working and really late nights.  Can’t complain though!

So as much as I’d like to go into more fun and detail…I’m wiped out.  Hopefully a long and good night’s sleep is all I need to kick this icky feeling.

Why Yoga Kick’s (my) Butt, Massages, and Sick Monkeys

FOOD

Yesterday morning I have a really interesting blueberry coconut smoothie for breakfast!  It’s Gena’s recipe from Choosing Raw, and I can’t get over how filling it was.  It took me easily twice as long to drink as the simple ones I typically make, and I had an amazing amount of energy from it as well.

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Lunch I picked up a to go order from Pasha’s – kale and beet salad and the maiden cake (red lentil cake thing that’s divine).

For dinner I made a sweet potato and black bean taco.  It was simple – roasted sweet potatoes mixed in with sautéed onion, bell pepper, chili pepper, salsa, cumin, chili powder, and a can of black beans.  Easy as can be, and super tasty.

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This morning I had a fresh juice and then about an hour later I made a green smoothie (though truth be told, it looked brown…clearly not enough spinach in it!).

carrot, orange, grapefruit, and mint!  All chosen for immunity properties (it's nasty flu season out there!)
carrot, orange, grapefruit, and mint! All chosen for immunity properties (its nasty flu season out there!)
Goblet O Juice
Goblet O Juice
strawberry, banana, and spinach
strawberry, banana, and spinach

Lunch was leftover curry cauliflower soup from the weekend, but added about a third of a cup of quinoa to it to round it out as a meal a little better.

Dinner is currently going in three of my appliances – all set on timers to be done right at 6.  Cajun red beans in the slow cooker, French bread in the bread machine, and rice in the rice cooker.

FITNESS

Yesterday I did go to a 75 minute hot yoga class at noon.  It was a really great class and this was the first time I had this particular instructor.  I really enjoyed her teaching style.

I put on FB that, even though people balk at it, a hot yoga class is considered the equivalent of a 5 mi run (and the run would be easier!).  A friend of mine asked a really good question – what makes it such a tough workout?  For people who haven’t ever practiced, it seems like elaborate stretching – but not the heart pounding, sweat fest it really is.

So here is a little bit of background on hot styles of yoga and what makes them such an amazing workout (some are my personal observations, some from articles I’ve read over the years).  This is my advice only – and not from a physician or yoga instructor (like the disclaimer??)

Typically it’s about 105 degrees and 40% humidity.  In a 75 minute class wearing a heart rate monitor, I burned 502 calories.  That’s very close to what I burn running.

The heat definitely makes me feel like the stretching is deeper – my muscles warm faster and my poses go deeper than I am able to in a not-heated room (this is NOT dissing non-hot yoga…I happen to love both for different reasons).

According to an article I’ve read, the heat and humidity force the body to utilize more oxygen than in normal conditions.  This requires the heart to pump more blood through your body, causing it to be an aerobic activity as much as a “stretching” one.

When you workout at any intensity, your body generates heat which is then dissipated by your skin.  When working out in less than 98 degrees (body temp), you don’t expend much energy to rid yourself of that extra heat.  When working out in a super heated/humid room, you expend more energy to regulate your body temp, which is another factor in the calorie burn.

Finally – as with any yoga – you’re doing body weight strength training.  You may not realize it, but you are.  Imagine going into a handstand or a plank – and then staying there for 20-30 seconds.  You’re working your muscles isometrically.  And then moving to another pose to strengthen a balancing set of muscles.  You’ll typically do cycles of 25-30 poses in a class.  Some, like Vinyasa, move very quickly, but not all do.  Some you hold and breathe for a few cycles, and you’ll find yourself shaking with the strain!

So – should this take the place of basic cardio (whatever your poison is…mine is running) or weight training?  Nope.  But I can tell you this – it definitely enhances your performance in those other things you do.  Without yoga undoing the strain on my hips and joints with running, I’d probably be a right mess!

Bottom line – yoga is for everyone.  Every body type, every weight, every person.  It’s always been a no-judgment zone, so don’t be afraid to check out a class!

As for today, it’s a nasty wet day out there, so I did an indoor workout.  The Nike+ Kinect video game finally came in the mail this weekend, so I used the dreary weather as an opportunity to plug it in.

Holy cow – it was intense!  After doing the fitness test and benchmarking workout, I dove right into the first routine.  Lots of squats, lunges, jumps, etc., all guided by an actual Nike professional trainer.  I wore my HR monitor, and between the 30 minutes of testing and 20 minute routine, I burned 475 calories.

What I liked most is that it creates a custom routine based on your fitness testing and progress between each workout.  You re-benchmark every 4 weeks as well.  So for me, that means my own personal trainer, a routine that varies, and in my living room.  Here’s hoping I’m as excited by it in a month as I am today!

LIFE

After yoga, lunch, and a shower, D and I had massage appointments!  We always talk about doing it, but rarely go more than twice a year.  There’s a chain called Massage Envy, and they have a center just a few blocks away from our house.  We figured what the heck, and made appointments.

For me, it was the best massage ever!  D too from what he said.  So now we’re hooked – they have packages that allow you to get a massage a month for $39.  Yeah, I’m sold.  We already booked our next one for Feb 17th.  My massage therapist really found all my trouble spots (head and neck mostly) and I felt amazing when it was done.  Fastest hour ever!

Then we went home, made dinner, and hung out with the kids.  Unfortunately later in the evening, it became apparent that the little monkey was sick.  Stuffy, spiked a pretty high fever, and sore throat.  She woke this morning without a fever, but by 3pm it was back and as high as last night.  I’m hoping it’s not the flu, but we’ll be heading into the ped’s tomorrow morning.  I worked from home today and will tomorrow as well, then tag team with D as needed later in the week.  Poor baby girl.

she loves to sleep on our floor when she's sick.  Here she is, passed out in a sleeping bag!
she loves to sleep on our floor when she’s sick. Here she is, passed out in a sleeping bag!