Avocados, Feminisim, and NYC!


Alert the press.  I’m out of bananas!

This is how I felt yesterday morning when I went to make my morning green smoothie.  The banana adds creaminess, nutrients, and the ability to have a single smoothie hold me over for a good 3-4 hours.  I can’t believe I was out!

I ended up making an avocado based smoothie – thinking avocados are creamy and filling.  So into the Vitamix went an avocado, a cup of water, a cup of frozen strawberries, and a big handful of spinach.  I will say this – it was creamy!  I should have added some agave or dates since it was missing the banana’s sweetness.  It wasn’t my favorite smoothie, but it was ok.  It didn’t hold me over as long either, which surprised me considering the natural fat content of avocados.  Oh well….

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Lunch was some brown rice pasta, peas, and spicy marinara sauce.  Dinner was an awesome pressure cooker curried cauliflower soup.  With peas (can you tell what sole frozen veggie I have on hand??).

little vegan parm on top
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Who knows what today holds, but know this.  I bought bananas the first chance I had yesterday.


Well, I slept through the scheduled group run on Saturday.  I tried feeling guilty about it – but didn’t.  Sometime around 2pm I went out to the park where the group ran at 8am and did the same run, and tacked on a mile for penance.  I am now absolved by the Running Gods for my discretion (or so I’d like to think).

Today is going to be really warm (70)…and really wet.  I’m thinking hot yoga is the perfect solution to that!  We’ll see….not too many exercise classes on Sunday’s.


Well, it’s been a really good weekend.  Friday evening D and I rented Dredd on cable pay-per-view.  It was pretty good actually.  A friend of mine who does a movie review page on Facebook said it well – It had the darkness of Batman, the feel of Robocop and the noir of Blade Runner.

Saturday morning I took R to her swim team practice (hour and a half) and then was spent running errands (mailing the rest of my daughter’s college application portfolio to the university she visited in New England last November, Whole Foods, local grocery, Barnes and Noble, looking at paint for the bathroom, etc.).  I even took a long hot bath after I got home from running.  After dinner we watched about half of the Hunger Games before we all decided it was bed time.

One thing that became apparent early in the morning was a severe oversight in the parenting of our youngest child.  She, D, and I were lying in bed reading and R didn’t catch a Death Star reference D and I made.  Holy cow.  She’s 9 and has never seen the 3 good Star Wars movies.  Thankfully it’s not too late, and I don’t think she’ll be scared for life once we rectify the situation.

Okay, so it’s time to share a pet peeve of mine.  I hate it when women define themselves in terms of their significant other’s accomplishments.  I read a bunch of blogs, and it annoys me to know end when I see them say they’re the wife of (insert job title/accomplishment here), or mother of (enter kid name/age/etc.) here. In their blog description no less! Now don’t get me wrong – women wear many hats.  I am a wife, a mother, and employee, etc.  But first and foremost I am me.  I am smart, funny, athletic (ish), a good friend, cook, etc.  My husband and kids are many of those things too, but I don’t introduce myself as Crissie, the wife of an IT analyst who’s funny and sweet and romantic.  I am Crissie, married to D, who is all those things, but they aren’t adjectives that describe ME.  They describe him.  So let me tell you about myself first…and then we can talk about the people in our lives.  Okay that was rambling and I hope it made sense.  Essentially – be proud of yourself and don’t define yourselves in terms of the accomplishments of others.

D and I have a massage scheduled for late this afternoon, which is really the highlight of the weekend!  I’m also sitting here planning a whirlwind trip that A and I are taking at the end of the month to DC and Baltimore.  We’ve decided to throw in a weekend in NYC, to which I’m exceedingly excited.  I’ve only been there once, so I’m asking people for advice on what to see/do/eat.  Thinking of hitting up a Broadway show Saturday night.  I just have to wrap myself around the fact that it’s going to be cold….

I hope you have a lovely Sunday, and will post soon!

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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.

9 thoughts on “Avocados, Feminisim, and NYC!

    1. The recipe is from the New Fast Food cookbook. All veg pressure cooker recipes. Love it!
      We’re slowly getting warm the past couple days and the next few too. Probably drop back down to winter weather by the weekend.
      And yes – bananas were the first thing I put in my buggy at the store!

  1. Whenever I stumble on a blog with something like that, I know there’s a prettttty good chance I won’t care for the content, so I head the other way. Totally agree with you there. 😉

    1. it’s always made me a little sad to see things like that. Lately, it’s just been bugging the heck out of me!
      I was reading your blog – I’m from Milwaukee! I’m in Madison at least once a year for the Epic conference in September. I love that town!

  2. That soup looks great! One of my hopes for this year is to learn how to use a pressure cooker. I’ve been seeing some great recipes lately.

    And yes, so annoyed with women who identify themselves according to the man in their life. Like Kelly said, I usually just pass on blogs that have those types of About Me introductions.

    70 degrees! I’m a little envious 🙂

    1. I love the warmer winter weather. I grew up in the Midwest, but am SO not equipped to handle real winter anymore!

      I tried the stove top pressure cooker, but I’m so paranoid, I was constantly worried it was going to explode. I bought an electric one (Cuisinart) and LOVE it. I use it a lot, especially when I forget to plan.

      I’m going through to unsubscribe to “those” blogs. Definitely time to quit them!

  3. I am totally with you on “wife of a __________ (insert accomplishment here).” Women need to stop defining themselves through their marriages and their motherhood, and consider self-definition through work, through personal passions, through self-sufficiency. I’ve never once heard a man define himself as the “husband of a __________.”

    1. Totally agree. It’s not like it makes them less of a wife/mother/etc., but doesn’t showcase their own unique drives, accomplishments, and passions. And no – no man would ever do the reciprocal.

  4. Over the years, I’ve added a lot of dry ingredients to my smoothie. I usually use at least two kinds of protein powder (hemp, rice, and pea make for a good amino acid blend), the aforementioned pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds (about a tablespoon each per smoothie) and often a superfood powder or two ( Navitas Naturals makes some really good ones).

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