Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hive Hell

FOOD

Today was R’s swim meet, so the plan was to go out to breakfast.  She got to pick the place, and unfortunately it’s one of those places that only serve traditional breakfast food during breakfast hours, so for me, that meant oatmeal was the only thing on the menu.

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Truth be told, if I’m going to go out and eat oatmeal, they make the best.  They use the Irish oats, and put cinnamon and banana slices in it.  Not as good as a breakfast BAS, but wasn’t too bad either.

Lunch was a salad from the Whole Foods salad bar I made yesterday.  We were at the meet for 6 hrs., so I packed the salad, blueberries, banana, a Blueprint Cleanse juice, and some crackers.  Gluten-free snicker doodle bunny crackers if I’m going to be specific (and clearly I am).

this was amazing.  Genius idea putting these flavors together...

this was amazing. Genius idea putting these flavors together…

For dinner, its lasanga-ladas!  So I’m way too lazy to make real enchiladas that require stuffing and rolling, so I layer them like lasagna instead.  I made the Happy Herbivore homemade enchilada sauce from Happy Herbivore Abroad, and then just made up a mixed veggie filling of onion, red pepper, and zucchini, beans, and carrots.  Served with a side of brown rice, and dinner was served for my girls and me.

this enchilada sauce rocked.  I used spicy chili powder, and it gave it quite a kick!

this enchilada sauce rocked. I used spicy chili powder, and it gave it quite a kick!

veggies cooking up (oil-free thanks to a good pan).

veggies cooking up (oil-free thanks to a good pan).

a little brown rice on the bottom of the bowl, topped with lasagna-ladas, cabbage, and avocado.  And extra hot sauce because that's how I roll.

a little brown rice on the bottom of the bowl, topped with lasagna-ladas, cabbage, and avocado. And extra hot sauce because that’s how I roll.

FITNESS

I did a half hour of yoga after getting home from the meet.  We were out the door at 830 this morning, and got home right after 530.  Between breakfast and traveling the 1+ hr to the meet location, I was way too wiped to do anything else.

My little one had a great meet though!

just after her flip turn on her portion of the relay race.  She had 5 races today.

just after her flip turn on her portion of the relay race. She had 5 races today.

LIFE

Yesterday was a really chill day.  I had several meetings, but they were all casual (hello, I love you Jeans Fridays), and since my day ended very close to Whole Foods, that was a pit stop on the way home.

I was able to get home while it was still sunny (even though it was chilly), and I have to say I’m so happy the days are getting longer!

Sammie sunning herself on the back deck.  My old girl loves her sun.

Sammie sunning herself on the back deck. My old girl loves her sun.

after lying outside in the cold, but sunny day...she took a page from Bumble the cat's book and laid down on the heat register to warm up!

after lying outside in the cold, but sunny day…she took a page from Bumble the cat’s book and laid down on the heat register to warm up!

R all wrapped up like a burrito on the sofa last night

R all wrapped up like a burrito on the sofa last night

clearly this speaks for itself

clearly this speaks for itself

My husband and son are at a fun gaming thing in Boston this weekend, so it’s just been me and the girls since Thursday morning.  We’ve gone to bed early (R loves sleeping on Daddy’s side when he’s not here, and we both fall asleep reading….it’s cute), and have mostly been pretty calm.

The house is clean (I pay someone to do that, and now my husband and I have almost nothing to bicker about!), my fridge is stocked with whole food goodness, and I’ve gone to bed early every night and plan to tonight too!  I’m not saying I don’t miss my boys…I do very much.  But despite an all-day swim meet, I’d say the past few days have been very relaxing!

The only non-relaxing thing as been what I’m starting to call Hive Hell.

For about a week now, I’ve been breaking out with hives all over my body.  And not always places I can reach well (hello, just below the space between my shoulder blades).  I haven’t changed soaps or anything environmental that I can think of other than running out of my normal lotion and having to dig something out of the linen closet.  They itch so badly, that I can’t stop from scratching, and then really bad things happen (like bleeding and deep scratch marks).  I think it’s because my skin gets very dry in the winter (prescription-lotion dry most years), and dry skin itches, and then I scratch it, and then it’s so irritated that my body is having an auto-immune reaction.  At least…that’s what I hope it is.  I finally got up at midnight last night and popped a Benadryl so I could sleep through the itchies.  It worked, and today has been a better day (knock on wood).  I also picked up a new hippie lotion, and haven’t reacted to it at all.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a really good day.  I’m having lunch with a girlfriend, and sometime late evening, my boys will be home!  Other than that, I plan to read, prep a bunch of raw foods to get me through the couple of days until my juices arrive from Pressed Juicery!

Broken Muscles and a Festival of Kale

FOOD

This week has been mostly smoothies, juices, soups, and salads.  It’s been one of those insanely busy weeks, so I’m really glad I had that vat of veggie soup from Monday.

big green smoothie with pomegranate juice, banana, berries, and spinach.  So incredibly filling.

big green smoothie with pomegranate juice, banana, berries, and spinach. So incredibly filling.

I'm lazy, and I like my kale in pre-cut bags.  They're not always easy to find, but D found one and called to see if I wanted a "big ass bag of kale".  YES PLEASE.  I've been eating it all week - in salads, soups, stir fries, and drinks.

I’m lazy, and I like my kale in pre-cut bags. They’re not always easy to find, but D found one and called to see if I wanted a “big ass bag of kale”. YES PLEASE. I’ve been eating it all week – in salads, soups, stir fries, and drinks.

the veggie soup from Sunday.  I've been eating it all week - it's fabulous.  I love using carrot juice as a soup base.

the veggie soup from Sunday. I’ve been eating it all week – its fabulous. I love using carrot juice as a soup base.

creamy potato soup.  2 baked Yukon gold potatoes, a few steamed veggies, some soymilk, and veggie broth.  Whip up in the Vitamix, and a fast hot soup is all mine!

creamy potato soup. 2 baked Yukon gold potatoes, a few steamed veggies, some soymilk, and veggie broth. Whip up in the Vitamix, and a fast hot soup is all mine!

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a layered veggie bake.  Carrot juice on the bottom, broccoli, kale, and mushrooms, topped with tomato sauce and some different Italian spices.  Baked, and enjoyed.

a layered veggie bake. Carrot juice on the bottom, broccoli, kale, and mushrooms, topped with tomato sauce and some different Italian spices. Baked, and enjoyed.

celery, romaine, kale, lemon, apple juice.

celery, romaine, kale, lemon, apple juice.

Well Spring is here, and so that means another juice cleanse.  As challenging as they are, I do very much look forward to them and the opportunity to reset!  Especially now that I’m eliminating gluten, I’m excited to see how I feel.  I’m doing a 5 day one this time, and due to my wacko schedule, I’m actually doing a commercial juice cleanse.  I picked Pressed Juicery since they sell their pressed juices here locally and I absolutely love them.  I also picked them because all the other ones I saw included a nut milk, and I simply cannot have those in my house with R’s allergy.  Pressed Juicery offered a coconut milk option, which I really appreciate.  My shipment should arrive Tuesday, so I’ll start it Thursday.  To prep, I’m going to stick to mostly raw foods for the next few days.

FITNESS

I’ve spent much of this week sore as hell from crossfit!  Not in a bad way, but definitely in that “I have muscles where?!?” way.  I seriously wondered at some point if I broke my leg muscles….not pulled them…but somehow broke them!  Let’s just say I wasn’t moving very quickly.

I had two runs this week.  The first one was a little tough since my legs were so wobbly from crossfit, but after a quarter-mile or so, I found my groove.  Yesterday’s was nice, but indoors since it was snowing!  Yes…it’s Spring.  It’s Virginia.  And it was snowing.  I was unamused.

LIFE

It’s been a very hectic week, but I suppose that’s nothing new.  I didn’t get home until quite late Mon-Wed (like usual….between 8-10pm those days).  Work every day, swim team practice, working out, and trying to keep the house organized.

Oh, and D and M left yesterday for a long weekend in Boston.  They had a really crap travel day too (we’re talking late planes, missed connections, wrong airport, missed baggage – that was sent to the wrong airport).  I feel terrible, but by the end of the night, they were finally in their hotel with their own luggage.  It was just a convoluted mess.

Hopefully they’ll have a great time now that the drama is behind them.

R has a swim meet tomorrow!  It’s the last one before the championships next month, so she’s pretty excited.  It’ll make for a long day, though.

As for me, it’s off to work, and then this evening will be a very low-key night with my girls.

 

Going to Ireland St. Patty’s Weekend (ish….)

FOOD

I did a lot of rice and bean leftovers this past week, plus salads and green smoothies.  It’s that time where I need to decide if I’m going to garden or just sign up for another CSA.  As much as I want to garden, I don’t think I have the time to learn how to do it right.  I had one once, and it was a disaster.  So, I think I’m going to use my big pots to grow herbs, and keep hitting up our farmer’s markets (as sad and small as they are) for produce (or my friends’ gardens!).

Without going into tons of detail, here are some pics of some grub over the past few days.

rice and beans with avocado and some of my homemade hot sauce!

rice and beans with avocado and some of my homemade hot sauce!

a very unflattering picture of my baked blueberry and flax oatmeal.  It was good, just ugly.

a very unflattering picture of my baked blueberry and flax oatmeal. It was good, just ugly.

Friday's Wine Flight.  My week deserved that!

Friday’s Wine Flight. My week deserved that!

big platter of tofu/veggie scramble for breakfast Sunday

big platter of tofu/veggie scramble for breakfast Sunday

Pasha's.  Standard meal I pretty much ALWAYS get.

Pasha’s. Standard meal I pretty much ALWAYS get.

a BIG vat of veggie soup to last me at least the week!

a BIG vat of veggie soup to last me at least the week!

FITNESS

Thursday’s run was pretty interesting to start out.  I was really sore, and it took a good 5 minutes for my legs to stop protesting.  And, we’re not going to talk about chest muscles hurting from pull-ups and what THAT causes to be sore when running.

Thursday night was another crossfit workout, and I think running earlier in the day had worked out some of my soreness, so it didn’t interfere with the workout.  Which is good.

Friday and Sunday were both run days, and both felt really good.  Saturday we had beautiful weather and I wish I had run in it, but I had a fun outdoors day otherwise, and am not sad I had to bundle up for my run yesterday.

This morning was a crossfit morning since I have late meetings tonight.  It’s been fun getting back into the crossfit groove.

LIFE

Thursday and Friday were both very busy in the office, but it was a good kind of busy, and I feel like I got a lot done.

It was a nice weekend, if not just a little busy.  I picked R up from school and took her for a haircut.  She had a pixie cut back in September (first and probably last time I let her go back with the stylist without me!), and it didn’t really go over well.  She got picked on a bit for it, and strangers would think she was a little boy.  Well, we all had to go through a lousy haircut at least once in our childhood (don’t get me started on the Great Perm of 1980).  Anyhow, it’s finally grown out enough to do something with it.  She hates having curly hair, but at least now she has a haircut that can be straight or curly.

at the salon

at the salon

After the haircut, she and I went to dinner and hung out a bit before going home, where we snuggled up in my room reading.

at California Pizza Kitchen (btw...they have an incredible quinoa/arugula/asparagus salad....)

at California Pizza Kitchen (btw…they have an incredible quinoa/arugula/asparagus salad….)

I had a spa appt at 915 Sat morning, then it was swim team practice for nearly two hours.  While I did that with R, D was at the DMV where M passed his drivers learner’s permit!  After swim, I took R up to opening day at Busch Garden’s for some fun.

R and me at Busch Gardens

R and me at Busch Gardens

Ireland

Ireland.  At Busch Gardens.  It counts, right?

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R

Sunday afternoon was spent watching my friend’s kids (including my godson).  Afterwards, AC and I went out for a bit, then I hit up the grocery and then home to hang out with my family and make dinner.  All in all, a very awesome weekend indeed!

E and me right after his nap

E and me right after his nap

play doh time with the boys

play doh time with the boys

When Sore Muscles Keep You Up All Night

FOOD

One fun thing about bulk weekend cooking is that I have lots to eat during the week.  From a blog perspective, that means you get to see a lot of the same stuff over and over again for a week 🙂

Monday morning I didn’t have much of an appetite.  I know how important it is to have something for breakfast, but after some coffee, I just didn’t want anything.  So, I ended up with more of a brunch than anything else, which was leftovers – an arepa with daiya cheddar, Venezuelan rice and beans, avocado, and hot sauce.  Same thing I ate for dinner on Sunday, but no less yummy.

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For dinner, I made a stuffed baked potato.  A rather large potato that I topped with Daiya, crumbled spicy tempeh (that I cooked on Sunday) and a dollop of vegan sour cream.  It was also really good, and a very good pre-workout meal!

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Tuesday morning started with a green juice.  I’m in dire need of a trip to Whole Foods, so my produce pickings are a bit slim.  I still made it work and was happy to get a juice in before my day started.

Romaine, orange, lemon, ginger, apple

Romaine, orange, lemon, ginger, apple

Lunch was (yep….a repeat), arepa, rice and beans, daiya, and a ton of cabbage salad.  I only have one arepa left, so you may be done having to see pics of that!

I had a green smoothie in the early evening as my pre-workout meal, and then some tofu green curry.

spinach, frozen fruit blend, brown rice protein powder, and banana.

spinach, frozen fruit blend, brown rice protein powder, and banana.

FITNESS

Two days of crossfit.  That means two days of rowing, burpees (ick), pull ups, sit ups, deadlifts, Olympic lifts, etc.  My entire body is sore!  I’d roll over in the middle of the night, and my sore muscles would wake me up!

I’m grateful today is a run day!  Back to crossfit tomorrow and Saturday, but for today…going to enjoy a nice long run after work.

Speaking of running…D went again last night!  I’m very proud of him.  Starting is the hardest part.

LIFE

Not much exciting to mention.  It’s back to work this week, and it’s been very busy.  Between catching up on what I missed last week, getting ahead of the game on what I need to get done, and pack up my office (we’re moving), I certainly have plenty to do.  I’m grateful that I don’t have any late night meetings at all this week!

my little monkey loading up at the salad bar at the grocery.  And it was crazy hat day at school...

my little monkey loading up at the salad bar at the grocery. And it was crazy hat day at school…

This weekend is the opening of Busch Gardens!  I really hope the weather holds, because we go every year (as long as it’s not wet and cold).  I guess we’ll see!

Run Through the Jungle

FOOD

I knew it felt like home when I was cooking and D came up behind me telling me how much he missed the happy kitchen smells!  Not that he just missed me for the food (I hope)…

After coffee and water Friday morning, I just wasn’t really hungry, so I noshed on a banana.

Lunch was a simple wild and brown rice and lentil dish from the slow cooker (with a bit of hot sauce for flavor).

plain, but always a good simple dish

plain, but always a good simple dish

Dinner was just some steamed veggies.  I was tired and not really hungry, but didn’t want to end up starving Saturday morning!

Saturday was an awesome green smoothie for breakfast and a to-go BAS for lunch (R had swimming, so I brought it with me to eat at the pool).

spinach, frozen peaches/strawberry/mango combo/shredded coconut.  YUM.

spinach, frozen peaches/strawberry/mango combo/shredded coconut. YUM.

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romaine, arugula, hearts of palm, chickpeas, strawberries, tomatoes, and quinoa.  With a Dijon/balsamic dressing (oil free and homemade of course).

romaine, arugula, hearts of palm, chickpeas, strawberries, tomatoes, and quinoa. With a Dijon/balsamic dressing (oil free and homemade of course).

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I also marinated tempeh in a wine/hot sauce mix and some tofu in an OJ/lime juice/chili sauce mix to have yummy salad mix-ins during the week.

marinating all day!

marinating all day!

came out super spicy!  Even D liked it (which is saying a lot).

came out super spicy! Even D liked it (which is saying a lot).

Dinner began a weekend of Latin Food Festivities.  I made a homemade hot sauce (which is really hot – and ironic since I brought 4 bottles of hot sauce home with me from The Pepper Palace in NOLA) and a Costa Rican pinto bean and rice dish (busted out the pressure cooker and rice cooker for that one) for dinner Saturday night.

roasting a boat load of chilis to prep for sauce

roasting a boat load of chilies to prep for sauce

hot sauce!!

hot sauce!!

Costa Rican rice and beans (and veggies and cilantro)

Costa Rican rice and beans (and veggies and cilantro)

destined for corn tortillas with cabbage

destined for corn tortillas with cabbage

Sunday I had brunch out with AC at Pasha’s (always a favorite), and I had the red lentil soup as usual, but mixed it up a bit and subbed a quinoa tabbouleh in place of my standard kale and beet salad.

see why it's a favorite restaurant?  So good.

see why its a favorite restaurant? So good.

Tonight continued the Latin fun with two Venezuelan dishes and one from El Salvador.  The first was a black bean and brown rice dish and the second was homemade arepas!   Those are corn cakes – sort of like pancakes – but are first cooked stove top and then in the oven.  You can eat them topped like a pancake (which is what I did), or split them open and stuff them, which is typical street food in South America (so I hear).  They’re firm and hearty – and gluten-free of course!  The El Salvadoran dish was a cabbage salad that gives a nice crunch and tartness to the spicy foods.

arepas formed and ready to cook

arepas formed and ready to cook

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this was my favorite all weekend!  A hot arepa topped with vegan cheddar, cabbage salad, beans and rice, avocado, and hot sauce.  I mean really...who wouldn't want to eat that?!?

this was my favorite all weekend! A hot arepa topped with vegan cheddar, cabbage salad, beans and rice, avocado, and hot sauce. I mean really…who wouldn’t want to eat that?!?

Speaking of gluten-free (nice segue right?) – my need to be gluten-free has gone from a desire to play with my diet to an actual necessity.  While I do not have celiac or anything like that, I do have an arthritic condition (it’s hereditary) that is aided by a gluten-free diet.  As it happens, the best thing for me is an anti-inflammatory diet (and really, the best thing for anyone), and the foods that cause inflammation in the body are red meat, dairy, and gluten.  I already don’t eat meat or dairy – so the last thing for me to cut out is gluten.  It can take months to feel positive effects, but I’m up for the challenge.

FITNESS

I went out for a 5 miler yesterday afternoon, fairly late.  D and taken R to a yoga class early in the morning, and then I took her to swim team practice, so I ran a little later than planned (about 230).  That’s okay though, because it was sunny and 60 and amazing.

I went to the Great Dismal Swamp, and actually listened to music instead of a book.  What cracked me up is a little over halfway through, Run Through The Jungle from CCR came on my iPod and it just made me giggle when I looked at my surroundings.  Certainly not jungle-like yet…but tall trees and surrounded by water, it gets very jungle-ish in the summer.

Today, D started running!  I’m so proud of him – and I think he is too.  He’s starting slowly with the Couch to 5K program, and seemed to really enjoy himself.  Though…he lost track, didn’t turn around at the halfway point, and I ended up picking him up a couple of miles from home.  It was cute.

saw this and thought how perfect of a statement it is.  Yes...we all have genetic things that can play havoc with our bodies...but it's up to us as individuals to keep that nasty crap at bay by eating clean and working out.  Not a tough recipe when you really think about it.

saw this and thought how perfect of a statement it is. Yes…we all have genetic things that can play havoc with our bodies…but it’s up to us as individuals to keep that nasty crap at bay by eating clean and working out. Not a tough recipe when you really think about it.

LIFE

It’s been a really great couple of days, and I’m very happy to be home.  Friday I did laundry, had a Dr appointment, and turned in early.

while looking for dirty dishes in my kids' rooms, came across Bumble sleeping on my daughter's sewing table.  Probably the weirdest place yet I've seen her nap...

while looking for dirty dishes in my kids’ rooms, came across Bumble sleeping on my daughter’s sewing table. Probably the weirdest place yet I’ve seen her nap…

Friday night fun with D and R counting and sorting the money in the change jar.  They even looked up the different years the coins were minted online.  Turns out any quarter made in 1964 or before is actually worth $5 because it was made with real silver.

Friday night fun with D and R counting and sorting the money in the change jar. They even looked up the different years the coins were minted online. Turns out any quarter made in 1964 or before is actually worth $5 because it was made with real silver.

Saturday was swim team practice, grocery shopping, running, and cooking.  OH…and I watched (most of) a basketball game on TV!  That’s pretty monumental for me.  The NOLA game wasn’t broadcasted (unless you have sports specific TV channels through cable, and we don’t).  So, I opted for the Utah Jazz/NY Knicks game.  Decided to root for the Jazz since D has tons of family out there.  They were pitifully beaten by NY.  Alas….it was still a little fun.

D fell asleep reading with R when I was watching bball downstairs.

D fell asleep reading with R when I was watching bball downstairs.

 

Today was brunch with AC and then a nap and then cooking.  I know….lazy day.  Loved it though.

Bumble napping next to me today.  She covered her eyes and squeaked her snores in her sleep.  Too cute to pass up a pic...

Bumble napping next to me today. She covered her eyes and squeaked her snores in her sleep. Too cute to pass up a pic…

Now, it’s time to get ready for the week ahead!  I actually don’t have any late-night meetings for once, so it should be a good week easing back into the office 🙂

Great Music and Bad Food

Sorry for the week between posts – I’ve been in New Orleans the past week, and didn’t have quite the time to blog as I thought I would (nor decent wireless service in my French Quarter hotel).

FOOD

New Orleans wasn’t the best place to be for a vegan.  I’m sure there are plenty of options if you’re willing to get out an about, but I didn’t really have much of that option.  Most of the time, my meals consisted of a bunch of side salads.  There were a few places that tried (best being Broussard’s – which did a yummy wild rice and roasted veggie dish).  Since I was mostly there for work and vendors were taking us out, I didn’t have any say in the restaurant selection processes!

The first few days it was just my sister and me, so my meals were much better.  She’s not vegan, but she doesn’t eat anything with four legs and is allergic to shellfish (not good in New Orleans where everything is shrimp, crawfish, crab, or….alligator – which is just nasty).

I did have one highlight though, and that was a kale and sweet potato salad and fresh juice at Surrey’s Monday morning.  Otherwise I had fruits and seeds (that I packed with me) and lots and lots of side salads.

dinner Friday night :)Seriously...we ordered food too, but it wasn't any good.  Wine was though.

dinner Friday night 🙂
Seriously…we ordered food too, but it wasn’t any good. Wine was though.

most of my meals!

most of my meals!

the Columns Restaurant where we did jazz brunch on Sunday

the Columns Restaurant where we did jazz brunch on Sunday

grilled veggie plate that was quite tasty.

grilled veggie plate that was quite tasty.

what they feed the girls at a steakhouse who don't eat meat (IBM dinner....no choice on the location).  Side salad and a plain baked spud....and a 3 liter bottle of vino.

what they feed the girls at a steakhouse who don’t eat meat (IBM dinner….no choice on the location). Side salad and a plain baked spud….and a 3 liter bottle of vino.

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FITNESS

I went for two river front runs while I was gone and tons of walking.  My hotel was a mile and a half to the conference convention center, so other than Tuesday afternoon, I walked it both ways every day.

I will say that Monday I clocked 8 miles in really cute heels.  My blisters Tuesday morning had their own moons and orbits.  I wore comfy (read…not cute) shoes the rest of the week.

LIFE

Wow, despite the lack of food, I absolutely loved New Orleans.  It’s now on “the list”.  For the past 4 years, my  husband and I have been compiling “the list”, which is every place (US or not) that we would live.  We have fun with “the list” and put our very specific criteria on it (no real need for a car, not too cold, great food scene, pretty places to run, lots of culture, arts, and diversity, etc.).

The best description I can say about NOLA is that it has tons of character.  Everything and everyone is colorful, and there’s music absolutely everywhere.  It helps that I’m a huge Blues fan, so I think I spent 6 days dancing.  It’s definitely the type of place I can see begin at often (and somewhere I know D would just love).

Without getting into too much boring detail, I’ll mostly have pictures.  I did the obligatory Bourbon Street night, and that was enough.  There’s some crazy people there!  The night started at Broussard’s, then the House of Blues, then the Bourbon Cowboy, then Lafitte’s again (all but one were vendor events).

The first 3 days were fun with C, and the rest was work (which was also fun and informative).

I got to see President Clinton speak at my conference, which was definitely a highlight of my week (and seeing my first NBA game).  He spoke about being a vegan, which I thought was neat.  Also about global health initiatives and many other wonderful things.

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Sq.

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Sq.

horse parking

horse parking (never thought I’d say that)

awesome time at the House of Blues Tuesday night

awesome time at the House of Blues Tuesday night

never did manage to try bourbon...but at $55 per glass and a vendor tab, maybe I should have!

never did manage to try bourbon…but at $55 per glass and a vendor tab, maybe I should have!

random tree in a median.

random tree in a median.

jazz band playing at dinner Saturday night.  Some 80+ yr old man with the smoothest voice singing

jazz band playing at dinner Saturday night. Some 80+ yr. old man with the smoothest voice singing

a picture on the wall of Lenny Kravitz at Lafittes - the oldest bar in the US

a picture on the wall of Lenny Kravitz at Lafitte – the oldest bar in the US

me at Laffites!

me at Laffite Saturday when C and I went!

C getting classy with a red solo cup on a wine stem

C getting classy with a red solo cup on a wine stem

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C putting a tip in a street performer's bag while he played Stevie Wonder music

C putting a tip in a street performer’s bag while he played Stevie Wonder music

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C and a bloody mary!

C and a bloody mary!

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went to one of the famous cemeteries.  I can see why they call them the cities of the dead.

went to one of the famous cemeteries. I can see why they call them the cities of the dead.

our hotel

our hotel

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awaiting new residents

awaiting new residents

my first EVER basketball game.  Lakers vs. Hornets.  I'm hooked (though being in a box suite probably spoiled me).  That Kobe Bryant shooting a free-throw.

my first EVER basketball game. Lakers vs. Hornets. I’m hooked (though being in a box suite probably spoiled me). That’s Kobe Bryant shooting a free-throw.

ROBERT DE NERO WAS AT THE GAME!!!

ROBERT DE NERO WAS AT THE GAME!!!

CT, my virtual running buddy from Richmond was in NOLA the day I was leaving.  Was fun to grab lunch before my flight!

CT, my virtual running buddy from Richmond was in NOLA the day I was leaving. Was fun to grab lunch before my flight!