A Happy Kind of Madness

FOOD

Alrighty boys and girls…every time I think I’m finally on track with this whole blogging thing, next thing I know 2 weeks have flown by, I’m not sure what day it  actually is, and I wonder how so much time past since I last paid attention!

Since getting back home in early Sept after 3 weeks away, I’ve been on 3 additional work trips – only which one was planned.  So the grub to follow is a mix of fun in the kitchen and eats on the road.

made a batch of homemade soy yogurt!  Love this stuff...super tangy (cause I like it like that!).

made a batch of homemade soy yogurt! Love this stuff…super tangy (cause I like it like that!).

quick tofu bowl with mixed veggies and brown rice

quick tofu bowl with mixed veggies and brown rice

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Taco Thursday!  Okay, so I normally do Taco Tuesday, but that Thursday was a special occasion, so it called for tacos...

Taco Thursday! Okay, so I normally do Taco Tuesday, but that Thursday was a special occasion, so it called for tacos…

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quinoa veggie bowl

quinoa veggie bowl

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seitan gyro bowl...

seitan gyro bowl…

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veggie sushi with my agave bunny (okay, so honey bunny sounds cooler, but I don't do honey...bee vomit and all...)

veggie sushi with my agave bunny (okay, so honey bunny sounds cooler, but I don’t do honey…bee vomit and all…)

super tasty vegan enchilada's at Luna Maya in Norfolk!

super tasty vegan enchilada’s at Luna Maya in Norfolk!

If you can’t tell, I’m on a total bowl kick.  That’s because – bowls are cool because it all goes to the same place anyway – and because Zsu Dever has a new book that I had to have.  Here’s the link on Amazon.  This is NOT a book I’ve been gifted as part of my occasional review – so this is all me.  It’s awesome.  Get it.  And here’s why…

1- eating all your meal out of one bowl is fun

2 – I tweeted to her about how awesome her food was – and to know if she had any quick tips about subs for nuts.  She actually spent a week re-working her recipes that were nut based (like for fun sauces) and sent me updates!  THAT my friends, is an unpretentious author who cares that her food is accessible to everyone.  I’m a huge fan, and if you can help her even a little by buying her book, you won’t be sorry.  Promise.

3 – did I mention that having all elements of your meal in one bowl is pretty cool?

FITNESS

Runs, runs, oh, and a bike ride too!

It’s a good thing that running shoes don’t take up much space in a suitcase….

Though last weekend I was clearly stressed the heck out – though that’s pretty much a constant state for me.  I was getting changed for a run, apparently mumbling under my breath about how much I needed to do, when D suggested I go somewhere else to run – get a change of scenery.  My response was probably snippy and along the lines of “I don’t have time, glad you can enjoy a weekend, but between work, school, and cleaning, I HAVE NO TIME”.  So – wasting time to drive somewhere to go run seemed like a colossal waste of minutes better left for something more productive.  And I’m all about being productive.

Know what he did?  Kissed me, smiled, informed me that he was putting air in my bike tires and that I needed to get away for a bit.  Bless him – he knows what I need more than I do!

So, he loaded my bike and my helmet (though it was actually R’s helmet, which explains why it hurt a little bit when I was wearing it!) into my van, and off I went to the Dismal Swamp canal trail for the next couple hours.

So – best Sunday afternoon ever.  Went for a 5 mile run and a 15 mile bike ride, smiled the whole time, and came home feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work!

LIFE

So, welcome to my novel apparently!

Work, school, travel, family, repeat.  There ya go 😉

Highlights…

Seeing some classmates on one of my work travels for dinner last week!  They braved some horribly awful weather, but it was awesome.  Adorable how they all worried about me having something to eat.

AC and JC somehow convinced D and I to attend a sailing race at their yacht club.  Actually, I was told I’d be on the “booze boat” and that D didn’t actually have to know anything about sailing, but hang out with JC since he could maneuver his boat without help.  Yes, my boat had wine, but I actually had to work a bit (not much).  D did “help”….and looked totally adorable.

booze boat!  Aka, the "committee boat".  They actually ran the race.  I raised various flags to signal the race start.

booze boat! Aka, the “committee boat”. They actually ran the race. I raised various flags to signal the race start.  That’s me on the top – D took the pic from the boat he was one.

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Another classmate – who lives in Dallas – was in town and she, her husband, and her baby girl R came over!  Hence the taco Thursday.  She’s moving here in June, so I’m totally stoked.  I love her and all, but want to borrow her R.  My R spent quite a bit of time entertaining her and it was fun.

(in order), me, baby R, and J!

(in order), me, baby R, and J!  Pay no attention to D the photo-bomber in the background

R had a private flight around Southeastern Virginia!  So long time readers know she has a life threatening nut allergy.  That means she can’t fly…recycled air, airborne particles can trigger an anaphylactic reaction…and with all the traveling I do, she’s been particularly glum about her inability to fly.  So – the weekend after her birthday, she had a private flight (with D and her friend N too) and LOVED it.  I can see her being a pilot some day.  When the airlines can’t accommodate you – become a pilot and tell them you don’t need them anyway!

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And, since school is back in session, it’s been Morning Picture Madness!  But that’s a happy kind of madness because it means I get a hubby/daughter picture every day.  When I travel, it’s a lifeline.  When I don’t, it still makes me smile.

D wearing his Chelsea shirt!!!

D wearing his Chelsea shirt!!!

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And then there’s java pics.  I don’t always have time to take them, and pretty soon it’ll get too cold to have them outside (though D said he may get me a heater so I can stay on the porch all the time!), but for now, those mornings are my favorites.  After all, if I’m going to be up early, may as well enjoy my java in my bathrobe!

it was pouring, and even my screened in porch was too damp or me to go outside!

it was pouring, and even my screened in porch was too damp or me to go outside!

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Cats…

she didn't miss me....just my suitcase...

she didn’t miss me….just my suitcase…

she didn't miss R....just her sweatshirt!

she didn’t miss R….just her sweatshirt!

And other random pics…

D and R picking me up after 3 days of travel and taking me out to dinner!

D and R picking me up after 3 days of travel and taking me out to dinner!

R working hard - like she does every day - to clean the pool!  Going to be closing it soon, but next year...getting a heater to enjoy it all year long!

R working hard – like she does every day – to clean the pool! Going to be closing it soon, but next year…getting a heater to enjoy it all year long!

random guy AC and I saw in Richmond while shopping.  Clearly he was someone's +1 and decided he was having none of it

random guy AC and I saw in Richmond while shopping. Clearly he was someone’s +1 and decided he was having none of it

would have been all over this in my teenage years!

would have been all over this in my teenage years!

crazy conveyor belt Japanese restaurant at the mall in Tyson's Corner.

crazy conveyor belt Japanese restaurant at the mall in Tyson’s Corner.

and finally....this will be funny if Joaquin doesn't actually cause any problems....hope that's the case!

and finally….this will be funny if Joaquin doesn’t actually cause any problems….hope that’s the case!

4 responses to “A Happy Kind of Madness

  1. Wow this is a long post !! But thank you for sharing your life it was so interesting to read and I’m happy that I found your blog ❤ Love, Anna xx
    https://annadaftari.wordpress.com/

    • thanks! I always think I’m going to do a quick post, and end up writing something long! One of these days, I’ll be blogging frequently enough again to keep them at a reasonable length 🙂

  2. Need to try making my own vegan yogurt, sounds wonderful! And I’m a bowl fan too, love any huge salad, stew, or stir fry I can enjoy from a large salad bowl. 🙂

    And D is such a sweetheart for setting up your bike, what a guy! I hear you on feeling the lack of time and rushed.

    Great post, lots going on!

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