Finding Myself a Java Wimp

FOOD

Can’t even articulate all the food of the past five days (where the heck does the time go????)….there will be a photo montage of most.

But even though this isn’t food related, it sort of is.  It’s coffee.  I’ve always loved my coffee really dark.  Not sludgy and goopy (hello, Navy days), but a deep French or Espresso roast.  I became a coffee snob when I lived in the Seattle area starting in the mid-90’s, and even had my husband buy me an espresso machine when we moved back to WI because their raspberry mocha’s from Gloria Jean’s Coffee Beans tasted like NyQuil.  My parents had a tin in their cupboard for when I’d come visit, and for me – the darker the java, the better.

I wonder what the heck happened to me when…years later and now living in VA….I find myself buying the “breakfast blend” and “light/blonde” roast coffees.  And you know what’s worse?  I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE!  I bought a large bag of java, and when D made it Sunday morning, commented on how weak it seemed.  And then it hit me….my coffee hasn’t had flavor in I don’t know how long!  On the way home from work yesterday I stopped at the grocery and bought the darkest roast they had so I can amp up the grounds I have.  And then I’m back baby.  Dark Roast….I have missed you.

baking 6 dozen cupcakes for my godson's 1 st bday!  For those who know me, you know how much I hate to bake.  And therefore prove my love for E since I spent all of Friday night in cupcake hell.
baking 6 dozen cupcakes for my godson’s 1 st bday! For those who know me, you know how much I hate to bake. And therefore prove my love for E since I spent all of Friday night in cupcake hell.
getting ready to load up the juicer.
getting ready to load up the juicer.
SO MUCH JUICE
SO MUCH JUICE

green juice

superbowl sunday dinner.  Mashed pintos in the pressure cooker on rice with spicy guac and chips.
Super bowl Sunday dinner. Mashed pintos in the pressure cooker on rice with spicy guac and chips.
Moe's Burrito Bowl with tofu and black beans.  Amazingly tasty.
Moe’s burrito Bowl with tofu and black beans. Amazingly tasty.
new favorite think is mashed avocado spread on gluten-free toast.  Can't even articulate how yummy this is.
new favorite think is mashed avocado spread on gluten-free toast. Can’t even articulate how yummy this is.
another day, another avocado toast thing.  This one I made a bit spicy, so threw on some pickle to cut out that spiciness.  And no (before you comment because someone else did), I'm NOT pregnant.  I just like pickles.  And avocado.  And toast.  And that's not weird.
another day, another avocado toast thing. This one I made a bit spicy, so threw on some pickle to cut out that spiciness. And no (before you comment because someone else did), I’m NOT pregnant. I just like pickles. And avocado. And toast. And that’s not weird.
I didn't buy it because I have to figure out what I'd do with it, but love that something is called ugly fruit.
I didn’t buy it because I have to figure out what I’d do with it, but love that something is called ugly fruit.
Happy Herbivore's Cheater Pad Thai for lunch.  Yummo.
Happy Herbivore’s Cheater Pad Thai for lunch. Yummy.
morrocan-ish lenitls from the pressure cooker served over rice (while reading an article about female inventors).  love the pressure cooker when I totally forget to plan dinner and get home from work late realizing I need to cook for 5 people...and no one else is going to do it...
morrocan-ish lentils from the pressure cooker served over rice (while reading an article about female inventors). love the pressure cooker when I totally forget to plan dinner and get home from work late realizing I need to cook for 5 people…and no one else is going to do it…

FITNESS

I think the hallmark of the past 5 days was my Sunday afternoon run at the botanical gardens.  It was chilly, but sunny, and it was one of those runs that reminds me why I do it.  It was fun and I felt like I was flying.  Nothing was blooming (though the Japanese healing garden was lovely still), but it didn’t matter.  I got lost on the trails, but didn’t care.  I knew I’d surface eventually and thought it was neat I found places I hadn’t seen before….or at least don’t recall seeing.

I’ve had a few other runs, though none as awesome as Saturday.  This morning’s was tough because I woke up with a headache…and haven’t been able to shake it all day.  Maybe a run wasn’t the smartest idea this morning…

LIFE

Well, where to begin?  D got really sick for a few days and wasn’t allowed to be around other people.  That was sad, because he missed the Saturday night dinner party to celebrate E’s 1st bday.

Friday was spent working and then baking a ton of cupcakes for Saturday’s party.  There were 3 families at the dinner (AC’s of course, CT’s, HB’s, and part of mine).  A total of 8 adults and 9 kids.  I wanted plenty of cupcakes and variety, so I did strawberry with vanilla frosting, chocolate with chocolate frosting, chocolate with vanilla frosting, vanilla with vanilla frosting, vanilla with chocolate frosting, and root beer float.  I’m exhausted just typing that!  Anyway – plenty for the party and even got special to-go boxes at Party City so every family would have plenty to take home.

We also planned a “build your own taco bar” for the party, thinking it would appeal to a wider group of people.  And it’s ridiculously easy.  AC was in charge of some of the dinner, and I brought the rest and cooked at her house.

My husband and eldest couldn’t come for various reasons (work, sick, party), but R and I went and had a blast.  I was proud of R for doing a lot to watch over the little ones (namely E, who turned 1 on Friday and D who’s 15 months).  AC, CT, HB, and I went to Vegas together, so this is the first time I’ve seen CT and HB since Sept.  It was a really nice night and I’m sorry D missed it.  I took a bunch of pics, but didn’t ask permission to post them, so I can’t share.  Other than AC, who gave me blanket permission 🙂

AC holding the bday boy with big brother looking on
AC holding the bday boy with big brother looking on
My R, AC's R, and E in the play room
My R, AC’s R, and E in the play room

Sunday was my run, grocery shopping, and the super bowl.  I’ll be honest – I don’t watch football.  I don’t care about football.  I’m not married to a guy who ever watches sports (other than the super bowl), so I was surprised to find it mostly fun.  Probably due to Beyoncé and the power outage and that one touchdown that took like 9 seconds, but I still mostly had fun.  Until it was on too late and I wanted to go to bed.

Work the past few days has been nutty and late days, but I can’t complain about that.  I have a job…I have a really great job…I love what I do…so it’s nothing to ever complain about when I have to put in more time than normal.  It’s the nature of the work I do and it’s pretty exhilarating most of the time.

So I’m going to stop now.  I’ve felt like poo all day, and while I’m not admitting illness defeat, I’m going to go to bed and hope this all goes away by morning….

D, M, and Sammie hanging out in the green room.  I don't remember taking this picture, so it's highly likely R got ahold of my camera...but I liked it
D, M, and Sammie hanging out in the green room. I don’t remember taking this picture, so it’s highly likely R got ahold of my camera…but I liked it
R wearing her big sister A's hat.
R wearing her big sister A’s hat.

 

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 44 yo busy career single mom, 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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