I May Have Grown a Green Thumb!

FOOD

The biggest new thing to my eating is I’ve started drinking Athletic Greens every morning. Because I take a thyroid med, it’s usually late morning/early afternoon, but honestly – I love it. If you’ve read for any length of time, I’ve tried all kinds of green powders over the years and they are usually something to choke down. This is actually tasty – and I love the nutritional content for sure.

Other eats have been a curbside takeout salad from Moe’s, Beyond Brats with various veggies, takeout Ramen from my fav spot, and – my fav – THAI. For mom’s day, M got me Thai, and I made it last for several meals!

Steamed veggie rolls
Tom Kha Soup
I added more coconut milk and spices and tofu to make it last for 3 more meals!
With kale from my garden!
Fresh no-knead bread

FITNESS

I worked out every day since my last post. I’m aiming for 6 days per week, so that worked out well.

Rows every day but three – two were runs and one hour-long yoga class. I’m going to start alternating daily. Runs give me a harder workout, but I love the rower SO much. I do incorporate strength workouts on rowing days though.

I will say, my runs are much, much better. Pace is faster and I’m upping my mileage. I’m positive the cross training has everything to do with that.

This was one of my runs. If you don’t know about it – look it up. Tragic.
My typical rowing workout
And running as of late – lower burn than usual. Must be getting better 😉

I’ve also been doing yoga daily – even if it’s only 10 minutes in the morning. Though I did an hour class this week also. I often have company…

LIFE

Getting super excited about the garden! It’s looking awesome, and I harvested my first spinach and kale. And even more exciting – I grew the spinach from seeds! I’d never done that before. I always joked that I had the opposite of a green thumb, or I’d say “dead plants give rooms character”. Perhaps I’m a green thumb after all!

And Go arrived on Friday (3 days ahead of schedule), so R and I played. She destroyed me. Ugh. I have lots to learn!

So my days have gotten into a routine. I mentioned my yoga studio doing a lot – including daily live streaming of not only classes, but also immersion instruction. It has gotten me into a habit in the mornings of some brief yoga, meditation, and journaling. The reflection has been very good.

A coworker of mine posted this on IG, but it was directly related to something my yoga instructor said that I thought was pretty cool

Mother’s Day was nice and chill. I mostly wrote my school stuff All. Day. Long. But seriously – look at how these cabbages have grown! The eldest will be 25 in a few days, the middle 23 in a few weeks, and the “baby” going on 17!

Circa 2012
Now!

Speaking of writing….

How I started my Monday to kick this week off right!

My insomnia has gotten pretty crappy again. I’m trying to read before bed instead of watch things on my iPad. Not all nights are bad, but some have been pretty terrible. Hopefully that works out soon, because I am over it!

I Suck at Chess….for now…

FOOD

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!

FITNESS

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.

LIFE

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!

My Existential Question of the Week….Bangs…or No Bangs?

FOOD

It’s ridiculous, but I literally only have one meal shot between yesterday and today. I had a really big salad yesterday, but forgot to take a picture because I was in meetings while making and eating it, and then running out the door to get to corporate to see my boss.

Today though, I DO have a picture! I made a tofu based creamy Dijon sauce over shirataki noodles and green beans. The sauce is from here – though I have ALL of her books and have been making this particular recipe for years. I love it.

Well, this is food related – got a shipment from Thrive Market. I’ve been using them quite a bit for my healthy “hippy” food since quarantine. Today’s shipment included my “noodles”, coconut oil, dark chocolate, flax crackers, and dental floss!

FITNESS

My goal is to workout 6x per week. So yesterday – I took a rest day. Not because I wanted to, per se, but I had a wicked deadline for my doctorate and had no time.

Today, though, back on the rower! My burn was higher than it has been, so I’m happy about that. It’s about the equivalent of a 3 mile easy jog. To be fair, it was my 6th rowing workout, and I imagine there will be a progression as I get better in form and fitness. That said – wonderful class and I was quite happy. I wasn’t as spent as I would be on a hard run or HIIT workout – but still pleased and sweaty.

The HR on here is an estimate based on my age/height/weight. It’s an overestimate based on my actual HR monitor
This includes a 3 min warm up and 3 min cool down not accounted for in the previous image.
Proof I worked out a ton last month!

LIFE

Again, can’t complain. Yesterday was busy, but the highlight was actually meeting with my boss – in person (at a safe distance while we wore masks). It was a really good meeting – though they always are with him.

Chatting a bunch with my sister. We were talking about our hair and how quarantine and lack of haircuts is affecting us. I have long hair, but bangs that require maintenance. And NOT something I will trim myself (rule 1 – NEVER CUT YOUR OWN CURLY LOCKS). C (yes, our names start with the same letter) has a bob haircut that goes above her shoulders. It has gotten longer – more than it has in many years. My bangs are a joke and I’m pinning them back. We sent each other selfies. I’m not posting hers because I didn’t ask permission, but here’s mine..

Bangs….or no bangs….? This is my existential question of the week….

The rest of Thursday was spent on my doctoral writing. I had a ton to do, so that’s what I did!

Today was busy, but good. I slept really poorly last night, which was the only bad part. Work was good, and then I got my row on around 415 or so. I got Italian takeout for dinner for the kids, and then spent the rest of the evening either reading or on zoom with some girlfriends for a happy hour! I will say – I think I see many of my girls more during quarantine via Zoom parties than I do in real life! Anyone else seeing that??

One of the best parts though was picking up my favorite coffee – called The Guardian – from my local veteran owned coffee shop, Pale Horse. Espresso, oat milk, and sugar free vanilla and caramel syrups. Nectar of the Gods…

Sit. Stay.

FOOD

I swear, it’s going to get boring if I’m only eating OMAD (one meal a day), but it is what it is.

Today I ended up fasting for just over 24 hours. Crazy! Not intentional, but just wasn’t hungry. IF is interesting for a few reasons, one of which is being able to identify when actually hungry versus just a time of day you tend to eat.

I made a spicy coconut soup and had it with a side of slaw and the seed bread. Going to be honest with you – NOT a fan of the seed bread. Ate half the piece (toasted with Earth Balance) and then tossed it. Liked the rest though!

It is really pretty. Had such high hopes. Alas…

FITNESS

Today was a run day. Went out for 3 miles and overall just felt great.

For his birthday, I got my friend a HR monitor (he’s been working out a lot too). We have started sending each other screen shots of our workouts. It’s fun and motivating at the same time.

I was so excited about my TRX workout yesterday – courtesy of my gym – I of course posted about it on Instagram and Twitter. I was pleased today when they replied!

LIFE

First of all – I slept GREAT last night. I do hope the nights of crappy sleep are behind me, but if not, I’m happy to have had a really good night.

I realized today what my wardrobe changes consist of. I wake – pajamas. I change into workout clothes and workout. I shower and put on yoga clothes – though I may or may not do yoga. It’s okay though, not at all sorry!

Slept in until 830. Woke, fed fluffs, had coffee, read the news, and then went for a run. Then it was shower, laundry, lunch, and then time to sit at my computer.

I knew today was going to be a work day, and it was, though I didn’t start until after lunch. Just wrapped up actually (7pm ish). Not an overly exciting day in the sense of doing a lot of stuff, but it was still a really good day nonetheless.

This coming week I assume will be as chaotic as this past week, but that’s okay. I certainly don’t mind as I find the work very meaningful.

At the same time though – help us help you. Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy. And we can come through this as a better people.

For all my Game of Thrones fans!
This is a reminder to WEAR YOUR MASKS when you leave the house

Garden Therapy + Pollen Hell

FOOD

Well, I unintentionally fasted for 23 hours Sunday! I do find the longer I’m doing IF, the longer I can go without meals. This isn’t intentional – definitely not today – I just got busy and wasn’t hungry.

So – I only had one meal. It was really yummy though. Tofu, green beans, and Konjac noodles sautéed in coconut oil and topped with soy sauce in the last minute of cooking. Good stuff!

Other simple eats for the rest of the week. Mostly the same trend of OMAD (one meal a day). That’s a common IF thing, though again – it was unintentional. I made a big batch of Red curry tofu and veggie soup that I ate over a couple of days. I also made this awesome pressure cooker meal that had black beans and spices in the lower part, and then the rice cooked in a bowl inside at the same time. Came out great – kids loved it!

https://detoxinista.com/chipotle-burrito-bowls/

Quick break of tea and olives between planting and pressure cooking.

Morning coffee on a really nice day!

FITNESS

Well, I’ll be honest. I intended to run Sunday, I really did. But I ended up doing about 4 hours of yard/garden work – burned almost 900 calories doing it too!

Still thought about running, but it was almost 90, I was already a hot sweaty and mildly dehydrated mess, so decided no run. Not sorry, because it all looks amazing!

Monday and Tuesday I went running. Honestly, Wednesday and Thursday I did nothing. My new role has me working from 7am until at least 8pm, and I had no open blocks in the day to work one in. I need to find a new rhythm with my new hectic schedule!

LIFE

It’s been a good week. Sleep started out being really horrible in the week, but the last two nights haven’t been too bad.

On Sunday I got up, made coffee, sat down to read the news…and my new boss called. Not used to a Sunday morning work call, but that’s okay. Lot’s going on and lots to do, so I worked for a couple hours.

Then it was garden time! I got some soil/compost mix, and my newly (mostly) recovered son spread it all in the 2 gardens. One is a smaller herb garden and one a big enclosed one. I planted basil, Thai basil, lavender, and mint in the top row of the herb garden. On the bottom row, I planted seeds for microgreens, leaf lettuce, and spinach. My sister assures me that I can’t screw up spinach….I’m holding her to that!

 

In the big garden, I planted 2 each of kale, red bell peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, and Japanese eggplant, and one cherry tomato, cucumber, and zucchini.

I also briefly saw my girlfriend A – at a safe distance of course. She has friends sewing face masks, and brought me samples to take to my boss to see if they’re something we can use in our hospitals. And honestly, it was just really nice to see her for a few and chat.

After the garden stuff was done, I got out the pressure washer and got the entire back deck, enclosed porch and furniture, and siding done. Took me about an hour, but I’m SO happy. Not only is all the disgusting pollen gone – BUT ALL THE POLLEN IS GONE. And the winter dirt and leaves, etc.

Speaking of disgusting pollen – it’s finally undone me. It happens every spring, where I can’t wear contacts and glasses suck because they sit on my nose and make my sinuses hurt. Had a full blown allergy attack Sunday and Monday and all I wanted to do was pop out my eyeballs and scratch behind them. Ugh. But, it is temporary, and working from home, it’s not like I have to look cute! So me and my red itchy eyes will persevere in quarantine and not one will know (except you – you all know. But you won’t see!!!!)

The rest of the week has been a blur. My role is to run down unique ways to source supplies – like 3D printing, leveraging the community, etc. This week has been a crash course in supply chain logistics for sure – but I’m loving it. My faith in humanity is definitely being restored. Businesses who have to temporarily close are donating everything they can, sewing and quilting circles are making approved masks and isolation gowns. I’m proud of my company – we’re hiring people who are out of work to help specifically with the isolation gowns (made of unique materials – like big black trash bags). Seeing all the creativity to keep our staff and patient safe is making these 18+ hr days all worthwhile.

I actually left the house two days in a row (and will today too!). I drove an hour to pick up some 3D printed prototypes for face shields, N95 masks, nasopharyngeal swabs (critical shortage on that!). Yesterday I had to drop these things off, as well as the sewn masks A gave me, at the incident command center for approval or denial. Then late last night I got the isolation gowns – that I will take today.

Last night there was a Twitter thread to show your work from home office, so here’s mine!

HIIT Me Baby, One More Time

FOOD

Good week on the food front with a fair amount of cooking.

Sunday I made a batch of spicy tofu soup and butternut squash soup.

I also made two loaves of bread this week – I have a bread machine and my youngest says it looks like I 3D print them. So they’ve become the 3D printed breads.

Lots of tofu eggless salad this week too. Some on sammiches and some mixed into big ass salads.

Tofu eggless salad AND a Beyond Meat patty for a super filling salad

Monday was a ramen date with my guy, which was really nice. Had Thai one day and smoothies, of course.

Actually had this for dinner one night

And another big batch of spicy tofu soup today!

Coffee date yesterday

FITNESS

HIIT me baby, one more time! Lots of activity this week. Several runs (we had a couple really nice days), and HIIT workouts at my gym. They have this thing that, during certain hours, you can walk in and a trainer puts you through a HIIT workout. I did that a few times this week. Lots of rowing, those crazy rope things, box jumps, deadlifts, squats, ab work, etc. I wear a heart rate monitor, and these 45 minute or so sessions are burning around 500 calories or so each. Can’t complain!

Also, you can tell the holidays are upon us because the crazy wreath people are back! If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I tend to comment on people during the holidays who feel the need to put a wreath on every window, door, garage, etc. I think because I grew up in the north where it actually snows, most houses decorate with lights and maybe one wreath. Here it almost never snows, and people show their festivity in a very different way – which includes LOTS AND LOTS of wreaths. I’ve certainly gotten more used to it, but it still makes me smile when I see it.

As spotted on my block during this morning’s run

LIFE

It has definitely been a busy week. Monday and Tuesday in the office. Lots going on and it was nice to be there.

Tuesday night was spirit night for R’s orchestra class at a local pizza place, so we all went there.

Wednesday I was working from home because a contractor was coming by. Almost a year ago, I had them come in to finish work in my downstairs bathroom. We had just finished the new floors in my house, but noticed water damage in the downstairs bathroom. Anyway, hired someone to come in and fix the subfloor, fix the leak (it was a bad wax seal around the toilet), and put in the floors. Well a couple weeks ago the city was doing smoke tests looking for leads in piping. We got a notice that seeing smoke outside is no cause for alarm, but smoke inside is. Well I’m working at home, my eldest is home studying and suddenly smoke comes pouring out of the bathroom. I’m not so low-key freaking out starting to wonder where the heck my house is on fire from. A is cool as can be, calls the city, and sure enough it’s the smoke test. So long story – contractors came out. There’s no leak and everything is fine.

Thursday was at work for half the day, then went home. R was home sick, but when I talked to her, sounded like she had a fever, so I went to go check on her. 102.8. Today she woke with a 102, so I worked from home with the exception of one late meeting I had to do downtown. Cycling Motrin and Tylenol is keeping the fever down and she’s actually eating and acting relatively normally.

R bundled up in front of the fireplace trying to stay warm

So last night my sister texts me to tell me about Keanu Reeve’s day. The following commenced where she fully shamed me. When I told her that, her reply was “Then my job is done”. Guess siblings never change 🙂

My old insomnia has raised its ugly head lately. The past week or so, I haven’t slept well. Thankfully last night was a good night, so I hope the no sleep silliness has passed.

Tonight will be tons of school work. Tomorrow I’ll HIIT the gym again and then come home and do school work. If all the stars align, will head to my guys house for dinner, movies, and to stay the night.

Wednesday morning Kuma really didn’t want to get out of bed