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!

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free 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.

2 thoughts on “In a (New York) Minute

  1. Score on that foodie box! I love that you got to go to NYC with your daughter. Talk about some great memories. Sounds like you guys had the weather we did earlier in the week. It’s been up and down like crazy. 65 degrees at 6 am on Tues then 24 degrees this morning. What? Yesterday hit 60 but today 40. It makes it so hard to adjust to any temp

    1. I have to say, it was unlike any other family trip. She’s almost an adult, and the dynamics of everything was so much different. Not in a bad way, but it was challenging for me to see her that way!

      Foodie box was so much fun, and I signed up for next month already.

      I think we’ve had similar weather. It’s been so strange, no wonder everyone I know is sick!

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