Whiny (not Wine-Y) and Never Ever Camping

FOOD

Smoothies for breakfast have been extra refreshing in this week’s heat.  I made a monster one yesterday – enough for a filling breakfast and second breakfast in the office!

3 cups of coconut water, 2 oranges, 2 cups of frozen mixed fruit (strawberry, mango, banana), 1 scoop vanilla Vega powder, 2 cups of spinach and 1 cup kale

Today I made tofu eggless salad & veggie sammiches for lunch.  So simple – firm silken tofu (Mori Nu), vegan mayo (I use Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo), a squirt of yellow mustard, and about 1 tsp of agave.  I like to put pepper on mine after it’s on the bread (R doesn’t like the pepper).

on whole wheat bread topped with cucumbers, red onion, lettuce, and tomato slices

I whipped up a batch of stuffed bell peppers this afternoon too!

Crissie’s Pressure Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked per package instructions
  • 1 pouch of Beyond Meat beefless crumbles.  Could sub 2 cups of cooked lentils too
  • 3 bell peppers, tops removed and diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced fine or minced
  • 1 jar marinara of choice
  • 3 tsp of spice blend of choice.  Excellent option would be an Italian blend.  I used something called Lake Shore Drive Seasoning from my Milwaukee hometown shop The Spice House
the tofu, nutritional yeast, and fresh basil are for another dish I made as a post-cooking topping

Directions

  • line a sauté pan with water
  • cook the onion and garlic on medium heat until the onion is translucent – about 5 minutes
  • add the remaining ingredients and cook until heated through.

  • Insert the rack in your pressure cooker.
  • Place the bell peppers in a oven safe dish
  • Stuff them!

  • Put about 1 cup of water into the pressure cooker, and place the dish inside.
  • Seal it up, and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.  Let pressure come down naturally.
dinner for 3, coming up!

I have a ton of fresh basil growing in my herb garden and came across this pesto recipe from Forks over Knives I really wanted to try.  My thought was to drizzle it on top of the peppers before serving, or possibly mix it into the stuffing.  So, I whipped it up (sans Pine Nuts since we don’t do nuts here right now), and while incredibly tasty, came out more the consistency of mayo than a traditional pesto.

So – while it didn’t find a home with the bell peppers, I can totally see this as a sammich spread or tossed with pasta.

M ended up going to a friends house to swim and R asked for the mushroom dish again tonight (the one I made Monday), so I scrapped the original plan of bell peppers for 3 and made R’s request and salads for our eats.

At least the peppers are made and now so are tomorrow’s lunches!

FITNESS

Swimming!  Seriously, with no AC, it’s pretty much the only thing I can handle.

Okay, I did go for a run on Tuesday.  R had to talk me out of jumping in the pool in my clothes.  I did manage to peel them off and put on a suit first, so I think I deserve bonus points there.

LIFE

The 4th of July holiday started like pretty much any other Tuesday off.  Woke up R, did her OIT dose, went for a run, then a quick pool dip, shower, and off for Williamsburg with my girls!

We were gone for a few hours, having a blast, when the dumb weather report got it right for once and it started to rain.  We decided to head home and catch fireworks a different night this summer.

As expected, no one called about my AC until Wednesday.  The soonest they can come is now tomorrow morning – so assuming it’s something that can even be fixed right away, we’ll be at 4 days with no AC.  I know I sound whiny but it suuuuuuucks.

I went to the office yesterday (blessedly cool air) and then to happy hour with co workers after.  It’s a place I’d only been to via boat before, so I actually didn’t really know where it was!  And while it was odd being there without MM and RM, the Orange Crushes were still fantastic.

Today I stayed home – hoping for an AC technician cancelation so I could be fit in (something the company thought possible).  That, and I felt guilty having the kids sweat it out in a hot house all alone.  Knowing R, she’d play video games all day or read and not hydrate.  It also sucks trying to get ready for work when it’s hot.  (I know, I’m getting whiny again).

Tangent time (but it’ll make sense).  I’ve never been camping.  Not really – I mean I slept in a tent in my backyard a few years ago and once in Vegas, but I’ve never been out in nature roughing it.  I WANT to find the idea appealing and be all one with nature and stuff, but deep down I know that my idea of roughing it is a hotel with no bar.  And no AC in the summer.  So – this week is as close to camping as I ever wanna get.  Worst vegan ever right?  I love nature – just don’t want it on me.

Peace kids!

Kuma looking very dramatic at her lack of cooling options.

 

 

Day Off! Movies, Tennis, and No A/C

FOOD

Breakfast was leftovers courtesy of SC!  Rice and curry for breakfast!

Lunch was a BAS (Big Ass Salad) with romaine, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, and celery, and a quick dressing of balsamic vinegar and BBQ sauce shaken up in a small mason jar.

Dinner though – that was freaking stellar.  I made the mushroom stroganoff from the Blender Girl cookbook.  R had 3 servings.  I seriously wanted to lick the bowl.

mushrooms and garlic, ready to go!
with a big heaping pile of kale

FITNESS

TENNIS!!!  Seriously – I’m hooked.  AC and I talked years ago about taking lessons, and it’s been on my mind a long time.  Just finally got around to it (helps that I finished school and have more free time).  R and I were looking for a mother-daughter athletic activity, and this is what we picked.  Wow – we’re both totally in love.  My have to rename my blog to RunCrissieTennis.  That sounds strange though.

R decided to be goofy apparently

LIFE

Today has been a pretty quiet but awesome day.  Up early to do R’s OIT dose, then we watched Power Rangers and The Great Wall cuddled up on the sofa.

morning java and movies!

From there, I started getting stir crazy and went to get my eyebrows waxed and fill up my gas tank for tomorrow (to trek to Williamsburg to see fireworks).  Got home, started up laundry, and then floated in the pool for a bit.

post pool easy reading
Kuma deciding being inside was smarter than outside in this heat

Got out, cleaned up, and got a call asking to move our tennis lesson up 2 hours.  SCORE!  We went, had an amazing (if not sweaty) time, and then came home to eat and chill out with Netflix.

On a different and slightly crappy note, the house felt humid when I got home.  Thermostat said 72, and since it’s set at 70, but been crazy hot, figured no big thing.  Fast forward 2 hours, take Kuma for a walk, get home and the house is 76.  Um.  It’s 9pm, so not cool.  I go outside, and sure enough, the unit is pumping but the fan isn’t moving.  So, turned it off, opened the house, put in a service call in on the home warranty website.  Should get a call in 24 business hours – which means my house will be hot for the holiday!

If things get tough, I’ll sleep on a floatie in the pool.

 

Life Moving Foward (kale and sweaty runs help!)

FOOD

Simple eats for the week.  Leftover soup and kale salads I made on Sunday (lovely thing about kale – so hearty and holds up to dressings for days!).

Also had tofu/pineapple stir fry, smoothies, and salads.  Nothing overly taxing – I’m in a “I don’t feel like cooking” rut this week.

My best meal though, was made for me by my friend SC!  He came over, brought yummy wine and made this incredible cauliflower and potato Afghani dish (and left me TONS of leftovers, yay!!!)

FITNESS

Runs every day!  Some boxing too, and R and I have our first tennis lesson tomorrow at 7pm!  We are both totally excited.  I picked up some cheap starter equipment, and we’ve been goofing off in the driveway bouncing the balls on our rackets.

one of those runs that was just epically awesome. Felt great, went long, and sweated my butt off.
this was after a 2pm run yesterday. Which was just stupid to go out that time of day in heat & humidity like we have here.
decided to skip the potential heat stroke today and run at the gym. Hate feeling like a hamster on the dreadmill, but it’s better than my outdoor options.

While I’m a total noobs, R took some tennis at camp the past few years and was “instructing” me on some of the drills they did to learn control.  Basically bouncing the ball on the racket without letting it fall or get too high.  It was actually cute.

LIFE

Been a good week.  Kuma had a vet appointment and, other than being a bit pudgy, received an excellent bill of health.

everyone at our vet loves Kuma. I walk in, and they take her for visits with all the staff. I pretty much don’t see her the whole time. It’s cute – she has a fan club.

R had a therapist appointment which also went well.  I got a new drivers license since the name change is done, and otherwise, it was a regular week of work and life.

Thursday was a hot one, so it was totally pool time after work.

happy and beautiful evening!

Friday I went out with an old friend to catch up and have a few drinks.  Great night.

waterfront happy hour!

Saturday was SC coming over, eating yummy food, catching up, and introducing him to Orphan Black (my favorite show thanks to my sister!).

Today was an easy day.  Laundry, cleaning, gym, and TV.  I watched What the Health documentary on Netflix (has been on my to do list for awhile now).  I enjoyed it.  I watch a lot of vegan documentaries so the science parts weren’t new, but I did like the detailed information on the corruption of the food industry and government and how they misinform the public on what’s “healthy”.

Will keep you posted on our tennis adventure tomorrow!!!

 

Celebrating Life, Birthday’s, and Friends

FOOD

Certainly been a busy week!  As usual, smoothies, salads, and soup were the mainstays.  As were all things in the form of tacos!

kale salad with lemon tahini dressing
sweet potato & kale soup
potato taco!

tofu wings at Yard House
of course I had to have at least ONE tofu green curry!
BBQ tofu, mac no cheese, and sweet carrots

Seriously though – hosted a taco bar party on Friday, which is always the easiest for a crowd!  I’m pretty sure no one ended up hungry.

I can’t believe I forgot to take a pic of all the eats, but at least here’s mine.  I went with a taco salad, piled high with all the good stuff.

FITNESS

Runs and yoga ruled the week.  A few swims, and I started making calls for tennis lessons for me an R!  Hoping to start towards the end of next week.

LIFE

This past week has been very reflective and both wonderful and sad at the same time.  My father passed away unexpectedly in October and for various reasons (my mom’s health and my busy MBA travels mainly), the memorial wasn’t scheduled until this past weekend.  Due to my crazy upside down life events, I couldn’t get to WI.  I do honestly believe that if anyone would understand the reasons why, it would be my father.

What I did was spend a lot of time with friends – most who came to town to celebrate the birthday of one of our Darden alum!  First was the taco party at my house on Friday.  Tons of kids in the pool and adults having drinks and catching up.  Saturday was spent first on the beach and boating/tubing, and then having a BBQ back at birthday boy’s house.  Sunday was very quiet as friends scattered back to home (DC and Charlottesville), and while they all went to brunch and to tour a Naval ship, R and I stayed home for her dose (and her post-dose belly ache relaxing).  Rest of the day was grocery shopping and meal prep.

boat fun
classmates at the taco party!
beach girls
Darden classmates at the BBQ bday party!
“morning after” Sunday with A and W on the back deck
boat hair, don’t care
R and AM tubing! Wish I got one of R on her own – M was whipping her all over the place, but she hung on! Until she didn’t and got stung by 2 jellyfish 😦

kids and cornhole! R and my friend’s son W were two peas in a pod all weekend

Of course needing to end with random pics, it’s overall been a good week.  A lot of thinking about my Dad, missing family, and celebrating with friends.

R had her peanut OIT updose on Friday! Went well, though she always uses a damp towl to wipe her lips. This was just her being goofy.
coat hook at the allergist that R called the “drunk octopus”
morning java Sunday morning with my brand new NPR cup from W and his family! (he works there, which is wicked cool)

“someone tell me it’s not time to get up yet”

 

King Neptune is My Drinking Buddy

FOOD

I had today off, so sleeping in until 8am meant coffee and then brunch – which was just last night’s dinner reheated.  Beans, rice, and lettuce.  Good stuff!

java buddies

I had hummus and veggies for lunch, and haven’t actually had dinner yet.  Since it’s 7pm, I probably won’t.  Don’t judge.  I’m working on the food thing slowly.  In my defense, I ordered an appetizer, but it was awful so I didn’t eat it.

FITNESS

Had a nice run today and more pool cleaning.  That’s becoming my arm workout!

LIFE

So today I was off because we were supposed to have a big team meeting at a food and wine fest.  It got canceled due to weather, which is a bummer because it actually didn’t rain, was in the 70’s, and would have been totally perfect for such an event!  Alas, it didn’t happen, and since my calendar was blocked, decided to still take the day.

So, I did housework, hung with R as she binge watched Arrow with Kuma, made weekend plans to have a bunch of friends stay with me, ran, and took a shower.  Then off to run errands.

A big part of that was losing a chunk of my life at the Social Security Administration.  My court order name change came through (not the divorce itself – that takes a bloody year in VA – but I did petition for a name change now).  Anyway, I ended up not having the right certified document, so there’s 2+ hours I won’t get back.  That meant I couldn’t go to the DMV, so I gave up, went to the Oceanfront, read for a bit, hung out with King Neptune and then a co-worker for some happy hour.

And now – home, cleaning, blogging, and relaxing before heading back to work tomorrow!

Later gators!

 

A Near Cat-astrophe!

FOOD

Breakfast started out with a green smoothie.  I don’t always, but when I feel I need an added oomph, I’ll throw in a scoop of Vega protein powder.  Today’s was Vega Protein and Greens Berry, 8 ounces Bai pineapple infused coconut water, frozen mango, 1/2 banana, and tons of kale and spinach.

Lunch didn’t happen.  It should have – but alas.  It didn’t.

Dinner was a simple rice cooker beans and rice dish.  Brown rice, pinto beans, chilies, onion, garlic, and various spices.  Serve with tortilla chips, lettuce, and hot sauce!

FITNESS

I streamed a yoga class today.  It wasn’t an overly challenging one, but what I needed for some peace and clarity.

I do have to say though, my arms are sore as all get out from cleaning the pool yesterday!

LIFE

Well, I swear – when you live alone (as in the home caretaker – I’m not ACTUALLY alone, two of my kids are here), things start to break down.  First if was my car.  In the shop 5 days and still no clear idea of what’s wrong.  Then it was the lawnmower.  It had been dying a slow death for a year now, but finally bit it, literally the day D moved out.  Thankfully Sears is in a death spiral, and biting the bullet and buying a new mower didn’t break the bank! Then the pool cleaner.  That’s at the shop as I await to hear what the damages are there (so it’s manual cleaning for me for now!).  And now the garage door.  It will open electronically, but not close.  I was even on the ladder with a flashlight (after watching YouTube videos), and I still have no idea what I’m looking at. Ugh.  And that’s what’s led to today’s near cat-astrophe.

I went to take the Polaris (the pool vacuum of awesomeness) to the pool supply/repair place.  I knew I was only going to be gone about 15-20 minutes, so I left the garage door open.  I get home, pull in, and as soon as I get out of my car, Kuma comes running up to me!  What the heck?!?  Lo and behold, the door from the garage into the house was WIDE open (wasn’t me, I swear).  I immediately get R and we start looking for cats.  Bumble is upstairs snoring away, but Ginny is no where to be found.  Gin is feline leukemia positive, and we’re really cautious about keeping her in the house at all times (unless in the screened in back porch with one of us).  Anyway, sure as can be, Gin is gone.  We both look around the house and down the block a bit.  At this point, I figure she has to be fairly close, so I have R go in the house to get a can of the special “wet food” (the one where they come running as soon as they hear it pop open.  And it worked – Gin came bolting up the stairs into R’s waiting arms.  Who proceeds to start crying and carrying the cat everywhere.  But, happy ending for sure.

Ginny feeling ashamed of herself.

And I think that’s enough adventures for me today.