I Suck at Chess….for now…


Saturday I made a vegan “butter chicken” with soy curls in my instant pot. Super simple recipe that never disappoints! Made enough for 3 meals, and I had some today for dinner.

Today I reheated the rest of the creamy Dijon “pasta” with shiritaki noodles.

Oh, and a yummy vanilla/mint smoothie with fresh mint from the garden!

Part of tonight’s dinner!


Saturday I did another rowing workout. It was good and challenging, and I’m still really, really enjoying my rower. I also love my stats (of course I previously revealed I am a data junkie). I was quite pleased with my first week of stats on my rower!

Today I went on a 17mi bike ride at False Cape State Part. I’m bummed that my heart rate monitor paused itself at the halfway point when I stopped for water. Thankfully I can extrapolate from there – so assuming I burned around 700 calories for that ride.


It has been an excellent weekend. I didn’t sleep great, but I did sleep in (which is 730-8am).

Yesterday I met up with SJ and her husband AJ at the Costco parking lot to lend some of my finance books and materials to help her in her current class. I had Kuma with me, which is always fun.

Honestly, all these are from my MBA – including the thin “cheat sheets” that I totally loved!

Then Kuma and I went to the Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market where we got quite the haul of asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumber.

On our way home, we did stop at Mount Pleasant Farms near our house and got their “breakfast grab bag” which consisted of apples, oranges, onion, potato, blueberries, and a strawberry jalapeño jam!

One pooped pups!

I had some school related stuff to do (not the doctoral stuff – the Darden Lifelong Learner stuff where I’m doing a Design Thinking course), and some yoga stuff.

After that, I did my rowing workout, took a shower, and meditated. I was planning to make dinner, but my kids were up at odd hours (one had to work, one works nights, and the other…well she’s a teenager and sleeps all day), and they all ended up eating before I could cook!

I decided to chill up in my room, light some candles, and watch movies. I don’t do that very often, and it felt pretty indulgent! First I watched Extraction – the new Chris Hemsworth movie on Netflix. Not bad. A friend described it as “part video game, part Taken, part Golden Child” and he was not wrong! It was enjoyable enough, though not award worthy. Best line was “we were just attacked by the Goonies from hell”.

Then I finished Mortal Kombat that I had started the night before. And I’m not ashamed – still love it – though Liu Kang could’ve done without the 80’s mullet. Otherwise – still fun!

Today I went right to the park after I got up, got dressed, and had coffee. No pit stops either way, and got home right around noon. I will say, the park was packed. Generally okay as there’s plenty of space, but some folks were just plain rude – like on the path there’s clearly a demarcation of what side you should be on, but small groups ignoring that. I almost got bowled over by a large extended group biking together coming around a bend that were taking up the whole trail. One guy waived and said sorry, but seriously. I’m also glad I got there when I did because as I was leaving, there were not parking spots – and people were parking in all kinds of crazy spots. Saw the police as I was leaving ticketing dozens of vehicles. All told, still a great ride.

I got home, logged into school to see if I had any feedback from my advisor – none – so no school work today. Meditated, took a shower, then decided to go outside and read for a bit.

Really loved this grid. I’m big on Knowledge Compounds, but all are great lessons to take to heart

Then it was chess tourney time! M played R and won. Then M played A and lost. Then A beat me. Then I beat R. M couldn’t stick around because he’s leading a group online with Dungeons and Dragons and that started promptly at 6. R and I have decided we’ll play one match per day. Because neither of us wants to suck at chess forever….and one of us needs to be able to beat A!

She beat me in 4-6 moves. It was sad. I forget she was chess club queen back in the day

One of the most fun things was coming across pictures of my kids from 2010-2012! So adorable…

Old house – playing a video game.

All in all though – had a really great weekend. More fun than work, and just overall relaxing and awesome!

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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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