Irish in Chinatown! And Cats, Travels, and the Usual Chaos…

FOOD

Well, I was home for nearly a full week before hitting the road again!  One planned trip, one unplanned.  Fear not though, food was always awesome.

Rather than go into 10 days of detailed recipes and stuff, I’ll just do pictures.  I joined a challenge group that I’ll be blogging and instagraming and tweeting about starting Tuesday when I’m back home!

one of those "I don't feel like doing anything complicated" nights....

one of those “I don’t feel like doing anything complicated” nights….

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quinoa stuffed bell peppers!

quinoa stuffed bell peppers!

which...pre slow cooker looked great...post slow cooker became stuffed bell pepper soup!  Still good though.

which…pre slow cooker looked great…post slow cooker became stuffed bell pepper soup! Still good though.

the results of beet chopping....

the results of beet chopping….

my fav beet recipe in the pressure cooker!

my fav beet recipe in the pressure cooker!

Pho

Pho

got the carrot cake one!

got the carrot cake one!

of course, a sample of the BAS with romaine, tofu, beets, tomato, and onion - with a white balsamic dressing

of course, a sample of the BAS with romaine, tofu, beets, tomato, and onion – with a white balsamic dressing

pressure cooker split pea soup

pressure cooker split pea soup

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and the beginning of 3 days of just smoothies!  This was 1 cup water, 1/2 banana, 4 tbsp. brown rice protein powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and ice.

and the beginning of 3 days of just smoothies! This was 1 cup water, 1/2 banana, 4 tbsp. brown rice protein powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and ice.

FITNESS

Blisters be gone!  And bruises.  I still have some remnants of blister hell, but feets are good to go, and they’ve been running up a storm!

Any other runners find it funny when family mentions that you “may need a run” in reaction to your stress levels?  Yeah…trying not to take that too personally….

LIFE

Well, it’s been a couple weeks of studying, exam taking, work, and travels (one planned, one unplanned).

I’m wrapping up my Term 2 exams this week and getting knee deep in Term 3, which kicks off next Tuesday.  No rest for the wicked!  This term is 3 classes per week (vs the standard 2 of the past couple terms), so it’ll be busy.  R has spring break coming up in a week, and I’m hoping to find a couple days we can escape together either to DC or to go hiking in Shenandoah (depending on the weather).

D has been amazing, as always, as I gallivant around the country.  I have no idea how he does it!

While I was away, D had the pool opened last week!  Way to cold to go swimming (while it was near 90 last week, it got to the 40’s today), it’s looking good and we can’t wait for summer.

So that’s it!  I get to go home tomorrow, and hope to say for at least a few weeks!

my hotel in Capital Hill.  Quite cute, actually.

my hotel in Capital Hill. Quite cute, actually.

me and D during a (rare) relaxing movie night!

me and D during a (rare) relaxing movie night!

laundry "helpers"

laundry “helpers”

I bought a basket for blankets in the living room.  Became a Ginny basket instead.

I bought a basket for blankets in the living room. Became a Ginny basket instead.

didn't buy it...but can relate...our "lost" socks, I'm convinced, are vacationing in Mexico on a beach somewhere drinking margaritas.

didn’t buy it…but can relate…our “lost” socks, I’m convinced, are vacationing in Mexico on a beach somewhere drinking margaritas.

Chinatown!  My fav Irish bar is here....

Chinatown! My fav Irish bar is here….

Nene killing it for the Wizards!  Great game...beat the Bulls.

Nene killing it for the Wizards! Great game…beat the Bulls.

random Metro picture in DC

random Metro picture in DC

D sending me his #smoothieselfies while I'm away to prove he's eating/drinking heatlhy!

D sending me his #smoothieselfies while I’m away to prove he’s eating/drinking heatlhy!

Ginny's playgound...the tubs have to be on the spinny toy or she gets confused....

Ginny’s playgound…the tubs have to be on the spinny toy or she gets confused….

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because....Ginny and shoes...

because….Ginny and shoes…

 

my fluffy study budy...

my fluffy study budy…

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what is it with cats and suitcases??

what is it with cats and suitcases??

hot day, Bumble is happy out on the porch!

hot day, Bumble is happy out on the porch!

proof of a hot day.  Ginny in a sun spot on a hoard of flip flops!

proof of a hot day. Ginny in a sun spot on a hoard of flip flops!

Finally…some morning pictures!

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Wish me luck on my last exam (that I’m going to sit Wed night), and Happy Spring/Vernal Equinox to you all!

 

2 responses to “Irish in Chinatown! And Cats, Travels, and the Usual Chaos…

  1. Great pics and eats! Nice hotel room and I have a basket for socks waiting to be paired in my laundry room!

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