Long Days, Longer Nights, and Good Eats


Well, once again I've let 4-5 days pass with no post. It's been a freakishly crazy week, and while I probably could have taken a quick 5 minutes to post, I do tend to get long winded and end up spending an hour or more writing.

Monday, I made some sweet black beans in the pressure cooker. Over saffron rice and with sliced avocados on top. One of our stand-by week night meals.

Every day but one started with a green smoothie. The one day that didn't, I picked on up for lunch. As it happens, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has started making green smoothies AND carrying vegan chick'n for wrap and flatbread options.

love my avo toast with pickles!


was happy to have prepped fruit for an early morning

I picked up a vegan Indian cook book at the library earlier this week, and have been playing around with that a little bit today. I made a spicy mint chutney with the fresh mint in my herb pot (truly, the only herb to grow well). It came out great! I had some leftover Egyptian lentil soup that I made over the weekend, and decided to top it with the chutney for my lunch today. Yum!

I also made a shredded veggie bake. It's a ton of shredded veggies (cabbage, zucchini, cauliflower, onion, and potato), mixed with chickpea flour and a blend of silken tofu and spices. I had that for dinner (topped with the chutney) along with a nice salad.



This week has been a tough one to get good workouts in. I've had several really long days at work (a work dinner one night, and 7am meetings two other days) as well as some pretty awful insomnia. I find myself with so little energy, that it's a little worrying!

All I really managed was some yoga and walks. I'm not complaining, but I would have loved a run, spin class, or a swim! Alas…that's what's the weekend is for!

at least someone has the energy to run!


Well, as I mentioned, it's been a long week. Most of my days started at 8am or earlier, most went until 6pm or later, and when I wasn't working late, I took R to swim team practice. My insomnia has been the worst it's been in a long time too, so that didn't help either! Thankfully, I pretty much slept well and through the night last night, so today has been MUCH better.

On Monday the plumber and sheet rock guys came to fix the upstairs tub. Bumble had a vet checkup, and all is well there.

Next Monday the electrician comes to try and fix the fan under the house (hope we don't need a new one!).

Last night was a quiet night. I really wanted to go to bed around 8, but D wanted to watch a movie, so we laid down and cuddled up on the couch while watching a movie with R and M (it was Happy Gilmore). It was probably a good thing I went to bed late – I was stupid-tired and slept until 7, which was nice.

This morning I was up several hours earlier than everyone else, so I watched the season finale of Hell's Kitchen (Mary got robbed), made breakfast, and just chilled out. I toyed with the idea of going to Busch Gardens, but D's on call and with our new austerity program, decided against it. A had to work, M had a friend over for a bit, and we've been having a Harry Potter movie marathon (on film 4 right now). And speaking of Harry Potter…a new book is coming! All told, a nice Saturday!

I'll leave you with Morning Pictures!



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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.

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