Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bomb Threats, Good Food, Sweating, and the Supreme Court. Been a Wild Few Days!

FOOD

D grilled dinner last night, and we had corn, broccoli, and Tofuky kielbasa with all the trimmings!  I skipped the broccoli (mainly because it’s one of R’s favorite things in the world and she ate mine!) but definitely enjoyed the rest.

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This morning was a creamy green smoothie of coconut water, mango, avocado, hemp seeds, spinach, and frozen pineapple.

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Lunch was one of my simple faves – carrot and ginger soup!

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And dinner was a toasty sammich on sprouted grain bread, Daiya chive and onion cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, avocados, cucumber, and red onion.

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FITNESS

Stop the presses, I actually went for a run today.  I was feeling well enough to go for a short run – so only two miles – but darn if it didn’t feel awesome!  I have a new audio book to enjoy, it was nice and warm, and felt great to be out in the late sunshine.  I didn’t have quite the energy I normally do, but I really needed to lace up and sweat!

LIFE

So I think I mentioned that D and I usually go to Busch Gardens every year on our anniversary – without kids – and spend the day.  This year we just couldn’t with our work schedules, so we planned for the weekend.  I still wasn’t feeling well enough for that yesterday, but that ended up being a good thing.  A bomb threat was called in, and they evacuated much of the park, and kept the England area closed for quite some time.  For once, I’m glad we didn’t go!

R started day camp today, and had a great time.  Therefore, the morning pics are back!!

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On the whiny news front, I’m going to complain about the Supreme Court today.  I know the religiously minded conservatives think this is a win, and I even understand why.  And I get it, not just from a religious perspective, but from from the standpoint of a business owner not wanting to do something they morally disagree with.  However, I disagree overall because I feel it’s yet another attack on women’s rights (a frighteningly growing trend) and equality of healthcare.  I don’t know many religious people who don’t believe in birth control anymore, so maybe I just don’t get it after all.  I personally think it’s a cop out to try and not have to spend any money on employees.  All that aside, everyone should be scared.  We mock other countries – like Islamic nations – who’s religious law is the only law.  Where girls are married off young, honor killings are OK, and people can be executed for choosing a different faith.  Part of the foundation of our country is the freedom from that, but the more we let some people’s religious values govern the laws of the land, the slipperier the slope we will be on.  I find it inherently wrong for anyone’s religious views (doesn’t matter the religion) to play a role legally.  And once we allow things like this, it has the potential of opening Pandora’s box.  And that’s scary to me.

On the exciting news front (and a much lighter subject!), I’ve been given three books by publishers to review for the blog!  Two are something I’ve never come across before, and the other will be more along the lines of the traditional giveaway.  I’m really excited, and have been spending as much free time in the kitchen as possible to get research done!  Stay tuned!  Made something totally unique this evening and loved it.  I have high hopes!

So with that, I’m going to go do dishes and then drag my nearly recovered butt to bed.  Hope you all had a great Monday, and will have a wonderful week ahead!

And just because it made me giggle…

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The Green Goblet, Simple Food, and Fevers

FOOD

It’s been a week marked by simple food.  My hours at work haven’t been conducive to cooking, and coming down with a nasty infection on Friday has left me with very little appetite.

My favorites this week have been simple veggie soups, salads, smoothies, juice, and toast.

arugula, asparagu, and quinoa salad at California Pizza Kitchen.

arugula, asparagus, and quinoa salad at California Pizza Kitchen.

pea and barley soup

pea and barley soup

toast with vegan cream cheese, tomato,avocado, and fresh pepper

toast with vegan cream cheese, tomato,avocado, and fresh pepper

green juice!  Kale, spinach, apple, and lemon - in a beautiful goblet that D got me for our anniversary from the Luray Caverns

green juice! Kale, spinach, apple, and lemon – in a beautiful goblet that D got me for our anniversary from the Luray Caverns

The NS special (and my current fav), toast with vegan cream cheese and sliced tomatoes

The NS special (and my current fav), toast with vegan cream cheese and sliced tomatoes

FITNESS

Well, there was that one day of yoga!  Other than that, nothing.  And it’s definitely upsetting.  The long hours and lack of sleep have finally caught up to me, and my body has just shut down.  I have been spending the few forcible hours in bed making new training plans though, so that’s always exciting.

LIFE

Despite ending up in urgent care on Friday, it’s actually been a good week for the most part.  There were definitely some emotional moments (people working their butts off with little gratitude expressed for what they do), but overall, a very good week.  It feels great to have this week behind me though, won’t lie about that.

Mine and D’s anniversary was Wednesday!  We usually take the day off to go to Busch Garden’s, but with my go-live this week and his next (yes, we work in the same field), neither of us could take a weekday off.  We did go out to dinner with the girls, and then A took R home and D and I hung out solo for awhile.  It was a really nice night.

This weekend has definitely not turned out as planned!  D and I intended to have our BG day yesterday – as it’s the last weekend of the Food and Wine festival.  Sadly, my getting sick has completely derailed that idea.  I spent a big part of Friday night sitting in my car with the heater blasting because I was freezing.  D was quite dismayed by that, but it was too cold to be in the AC’d house for me.  My fever broke by Saturday morning, but the body aches, headaches, and general feeling of crappiness was just too much to get over.  I even napped – and I never do that!

I am on my feet this morning, and even baked some blueberry/lemon muffins.  I still don’t feel 100%, but I’m light years ahead of how I felt on Friday.

Bumble keeping my company as I waste the day away lying in bed, waiting to feel better.

Bumble keeping me company as I waste the day away lying in bed, waiting to feel better.

I was feeling dizzy and nauseous, so I decided to look up the side effects of the antibiotics I’m on.  The list scared the crap out of me (and the two I’m feeling are on it), so I stopped reading it.  Reinforces that I’m glad I’m putting so much of my lifestyle into disease prevention and hopefully avoiding ever becoming a walking chemical cocktail.  Don’t get me wrong – medications are necessary and I don’t advocate NOT taking them when needed.  But I also believe that much of the illnesses that plague society today are preventable with a healthy lifestyle, and if it’s possible to avoid the meds by taking responsibility for one’s health, that that seems the smartest avenue.

M has had his first full week as a junior camp counselor!  He’s having a great time, and here are a few pics of his adventures with the boys from last week.  He has the youngest campers, and this week he apparently has some older boys.  He loves camp, and is definitely in his element.  He won Employee of the Week last week too!  I knew this was right up his alley.

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Barely Controlled Chaos

Okay, so this is clearly going to be a normal narrative instead of the breakout.  Once again, too much time has passed (sigh).  Three weeks, though I think about doing a “quick post” every day.  And then realize I have so much I want to say, that “quick” isn’t going to happen – so nothing happens.

The good news is that the project I keep talking about sucking up all my time is nearing it’s end.  The last big go-live was this past Saturday – and it was the biggest so far.  It’s crazy and busy and totally wonderful.  This is what I love most about my job.  I spend months – sometimes years – bringing something from an idea into reality.  Watching people use it, solving their problems, and making a positive impact on patient’s lives in the process is the most amazing experience.  It’s crazy, there are meltdowns and issues and successes, and it’s certainly impossible to please everyone – but it’s totally my element and I totally thrive on it.

So I worked Saturday night to Sunday morning (9pm – 8am) and then immediately went to NS’s house.  She was hosting our vegan meetup group for a Bunch Ado About Nothing party.  Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, and excellent grub.  My contribution was the spicy vodka!  I worked all night and wasn’t able to make any food, but someone has to supply the booze.  I was planning to nap for a bit, then party with the crew, but ended up just staying up, partying with the crew, then going home.  It was one of the more chaotic days in recent history, but totally awesome.  I managed to stay mostly coherent despite lack of sleep, so that was a bonus.

I’ve also been all over the state in the past 3 months doing one go-live or another, so that involved a lot of traveling.  This most recent trip to the DC area I did combine with some much-needed days of fun.  I took my girls with me and we spent a day in DC, a day in Philly, and a day in NYC.  Back to DC, work, then back home.  A whirlwind mini-vacation, but oh so worth it.

Aside from work stuff is trying to spend as much time doing things to balance my life.  Cooking, yoga, running, working on personal projects, reading, and spending time with my family.

My son is working as a junior counselor at an away camp this summer, and I took him last Thursday.  He’s doing great and totally loving it.  I’ve always seen M as someone who naturally shines in anything that involves helping people.  He’s passionate about social justice, helping people, and is just an overall amazing kid – he’s caring and sweet and funny as hell.  I think his latest is wanting to be an actor – which is totally cool because he rocks at it.  Personally, I’ve always pictured him as a teacher or social worker!  My parents want him to be an engineer, because as my mom once put it “building bridges helps people.”  I suppose she has a point there too.

My oldest seems a little lost this summer, and I feel for her.  She’s struggled to find a job (home from University), misses her friends, and is bored stiff.  She’s now planning on volunteering all summer, which I think will be good for her.

R has graduated to middle school!  That is crazy to me.  She’s totally nervous about 6th grade and going into the biggest middle school in our state, but I think she’s going to be great.  I wish she had as much confidence in her as D and I do!

For those that don’t already know, I’m a major soccer fan.  And as a bit of trivia for all the haters who think the “arrogant US” created our own word for their “football” – here’s a bit of trivia.  We didn’t.  It was a British term when they shortened what they called Association Football to soccer (to differentiate from other footballs, such as Rugby).  It was prevalent in British writing for a long time, and it’s where we got the word.  We kept using it, and as soon as we did – they stopped.  It slowly disappeared from their sports writing, and now the rest of the world thinks we just like doing things differently, when in fact it wasn’t us.  Just saying – bugs me.  For more deets, read here.

To that end, we’ve been glued to every game we can.  Watched England vs. Italy in New York, the USA vs. Ghana game in DC, and last night’s game in bed with my husband and girls (I had been awake for almost 40 hrs, and just couldn’t hit up a pub to watch it).  Talk about a nail biter.

So now I will just leave you with some pics.  Certainly not all of the last three weeks, but a few 😉

so the date was wrong - it was actually the 14th, but it was still SO cool.  The very first one, and I got to see some blogging peeps from NYC!

so the date was wrong – it was actually the 14th, but it was still SO cool. The very first one, and I got to see some blogging peeps from NYC!

it's like a food truck, but for cute clothes and accessories.  In Philly (apparently common in NYC too).  R got a cool Lego bracelet.

it’s like a food truck, but for cute clothes and accessories. In Philly (apparently common in NYC too). R got a cool Lego bracelet.

I never, ever get tired of seeing this, or anything in DC.  So far, my fav town ever.

I never, ever get tired of seeing this, or anything in DC. So far, my fav town ever.

Tonks' final resting place.  A beautiful urn that R picked out, engraved with her words of farewell.

Tonks’ final resting place. A beautiful urn that R picked out, engraved with her words of farewell.

THE LIBERTY BELL!!!  My youngest has been obsessed with it for a few years, so we just had to go when in Philly.  It was cool, though smaller than I was expecting.

THE LIBERTY BELL!!! My youngest has been obsessed with it for a few years, so we just had to go when in Philly. It was cool, though smaller than I was expecting.

spent the one day in NYC in at the Chelsea Market area.  My favorite so far in NYC (in my 3 trips...which isn't much and I've seen less than is actually there!)

spent the one day in NYC in at the Chelsea Market area. My favorite so far in NYC (in my 3 trips…which isn’t much and I’ve seen less than is actually there!)

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Highline park.  It's an old elevated railway that has been reclaimed by nature and is now a nurtured green space in the city.  It was totally amazing and glad friends recommended it.

Highline park. It’s an old elevated railway that has been reclaimed by nature and is now a nurtured green space in the city. It was totally amazing and glad friends recommended it.

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Highline - old tracks with some plants breaking through.  Nature always finds a way!

Highline – old tracks with some plants breaking through. Nature always finds a way!

Highline

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pizza monster in DC

pizza monster in DC

me and my girls!

me and my girls!

R on a hot day, trekking around DC

R on a hot day, trekking around DC

the view from the Jefferson Memorial.

the view from the Jefferson Memorial.

R getting really into the USA vs. Ghana game in Chinatown (DC).  When Clint Dempsey got his nose broken and blood was everywhere, she was hooked :)

R getting really into the USA vs. Ghana game in Chinatown (DC). When Clint Dempsey got his nose broken and blood was everywhere, she was hooked 🙂

never get tired of seeing signs in two languages

never get tired of seeing signs in two languages

BAS!!!!

BAS!!!!

a to-go green smoothie

a to-go green smoothie

Whole Foods!

Whole Foods!

veggie soup with some spiralized zucchini

veggie soup with some spiralized zucchini

Histology humor.  Took a pic of this in the gross room at 2 am the other day.  The gross room is where they put all the surgically removed body parts onto slides.  We've started calling it the disgusting room....

Histology humor. Took a pic of this in the gross room at 2 am the other day. The gross room is where they put all the surgically removed body parts onto slides. We’ve started calling it the disgusting room….

Bloody Mary partay!!!

Bloody Mary partay!!!

mine, NS's, and KP's Bloody Mary's at the vegan meet up yesterday

mine, NS’s, and KP’s Bloody Mary’s at the vegan meet up yesterday

So in a nutshell, my life, especially for the past seven months, has been barely controlled chaos.  I can’t complain, because I do love it in some ways, but I can honestly say, I’m looking forward to life evening out soon.

Roller Coaster Week of Goodbyes & Celebrations

FOOD

The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity.  As such, meals have been quick and easy; mostly wraps, salads, and smoothies.

I’m still totally excited that D has started a daily smoothie habit!!  His choice Friday was a green smoothie (with kale, no less) that just blew me away!

I didn’t have a chance to take many pics, unfortunately, but here’s what I did manage to snap!

Not all smoothies need to be green, and this was the perfect pre-workout smoothie of flax milk, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of maple syrup.

Not all smoothies need to be green, and this was the perfect pre-workout smoothie of flax milk, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of maple syrup.

This is from the ever trusty Whole Foods salad bar.  Tons of traditional stuff like lettuce, onion, pepper, tomato, etc, but then topped with dolmades, quinoa, and Brazilian rice.  No dressing needed with all those fun flavors

This is from the ever trusty Whole Foods salad bar. Tons of traditional stuff like lettuce, onion, pepper, tomato, etc, but then topped with dolmades, quinoa, and Brazilian rice. No dressing needed with all those fun flavors

 

FITNESS

Well, getting laced up and back on the road has been more challenging than I thought!  I suppose it takes a little longer to recover after surgery than I anticipated, but at least I can get started again.

This week was punctuated by short runs (and I mean short – like 2 miles) and hot yoga.  In fact, I took my eldest to her first ever hot yoga class!  She did great, and claims she really loved it and wants to do it again.  We’ll see though, because I saw the look on her face during class, and “love” isn’t the expression she was conveying 🙂

LIFE

This has been an incredibly long and somewhat sad week.  Having just gotten home from a work trip on Tuesday, I noticed that one of the kitties really wasn’t moving or eating.  I brought it up with D, and turns out Tonks had been acting like that for a couple of days.

Ginny and Tonks are rescue kitties we were lucky enough to bring into our lives last July. They had been discovered in a fast food garbage bin, and were destined to be part of our family.  R took responsibility for them, and they were very attached to her (and she to them).  We learned back in October that both were positive for the Feline Leukemia virus, likely gotten from their mother when born, so of course we had discussions about needing to cherish every day, because the virus, while it may stay dormant, can also make them very sick.

Well, that day had come for little Tonks Tuesday afternoon.  And just shy of what we guess is their first birthday, her little body just couldn’t stay healthy anymore.  We spent a few hours with her at the vet to say goodbye, including taking her outside in the sunshine.  R is devastated, and we’re all quite sad.  She was the quiet and gentle one, but if there was a bowl, box, or hat lying around, we’d find her in it.  Our motto for her has been “if she fits, she sits!”  Here are the last pictures I will be able to post of little Tonks.

R sitting with Tonks out in the sunshine.

R sitting with Tonks out in the sunshine.

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On a happier note, last night was M’s theater award show (think the Tony’s, but for high school drama).  My son was in several performances this year, and won an award for one of the categories he was nominated for!  Here’s a proud family pic.

Order from left to right: A, M, D, me, R

Order from left to right: A, M, D, me, R

Today happens to be M’s 17th birthday!  Wow, how times flies.  It’ll be a fun family day, and I know we’re all looking forward to it.

So it’s been quite the roller coaster week.  Losing Tonks, but then moving to a celebration of my son.  It reflects the ups and downs of life – just happening all in one week!

So I hope you all have a great week!

On The Road Again!

FOOD

Well, this is going to be more about me eating on the road!  I left Saturday in the early afternoon for a work trip.  Thankfully, I’m home MUCH earlier than planned (Tuesday vs. Friday!).

I brought a bunch of bananas and oranges with me for hotel breakfast.  Other than that, my meals were out and about town.  I don’t have pics of all, but here are the highlights.

I had a roasted tomato stuffed with a small diced ratatouille with a balsamic glaze.  That was awesome.

I had many salads, soups (both a cold gazpacho and a warm tomato veggie), sammiches, and even Indian one night!

gazpacho soup with a grilled veggie and hummus panini at the post-event brunch with HF.

gazpacho soup with a grilled veggie and hummus panini at the post-event brunch with HF.

tomato and veggie soup

tomato and veggie soup

a mangotini at the Indian restaurant!

a mangotini at the Indian restaurant!

At home, D made Tofurky spaghetti last night, so yay for him!

FITNESS

Sunday was the Run Like a Girl 4-miler with HF!  It was a great time, and we gabbed the entire way (naturally).  I will say that unlike my area, Richmond is really hilly, and my legs were definitely feeling it!

HF and me before the race!

HF and me before the race!

I did my #5adaymeditate on Saturday, but truly forgot on Sunday and yesterday.  That’s bummed me out, but I’m back home and able to use my meditation cushions and get back to it!

LIFE

It has been a good few days.  I left in the early afternoon on Saturday, checked into my hotel, and then went to the Food & Wine fest at Busch Gardens!  It was very nice.  I walked around, had some wine, read a book, and in general had a relaxing evening.

walking into England and the new London Rocks! show.

walking into England and the new London Rocks! show.

Go-live was Saturday night, and that went very well.  Then it was up early on Sunday to drive up to Richmond and meet HF.  We did the event then went to brunch after.  I was back in my hotel by 130 or so, cleaned up, checked in on my team, and went back to Busch Gardens for a repeat of Saturday!

part of the festival is fun food facts from around the world.  This was one of my favorites!

part of the festival is fun food facts from around the world. This was one of my favorites!

Monday was at the hospital all day and then an early dinner and back to my hotel room.  Today was early meetings, and then came home!  I have one more work trip coming up in 2 weeks, so since the project went so well up there, I didn’t feel that I needed to stay all week long this time.  I miss my family, and would much rather be home with them!

As for tonight, I imagine it’ll involve laundry, cleaning, cooking, and hopefully some yoga or boxing!