As I Wait for My Delayed Flight…

I was admonished last night by my guys son that I hadn’t blogged in 12 (gasp) days and my readers are clearly in distress over it. So…here you go BS…only doing this for you 😘

FYI – BS stands for Boyfriend’s Son

FOOD

Typical eats for me. Oatmeal, smoothies, Thai, Indian, and a taco party!

Oatmeal and chocolate protein in my office

Prepping for taco fun!

Woke early to bake cookies for R’s lunch

FITNESS

Still majorly addicted to those Regymen classes. Taking 3-4 per week, plus yoga and at-home spin on my bike.

LIFE

So have to say there’s not been a ton of excitement this past week and a half. Work and school for me, plus spending as much time with my kids and my guy as I can. My youngest’s robotics season is in full swing, so she’s doing that until 8pm Tue-Fri, and all day Saturday to get ready for competitions that begin next month. My eldest is still kicking ass and taking names working full time in the ER and in her last 9 months of nursing school. M keeps us all sane by being constant comic relief while also working in his newly promoted role and studying.

So – good times.

My guy and I finally joined the wine club at our fav place. It’s well worth it since we’ve definitely become regulars. So much so that the other night the bartender gave us hugs before we left… 🤨 🍷

Last Saturday my friend C and her husband J came over for tacos and vodka. It was a fun night.

Luna and Kuma are adorable and those two are so close it’s hilarious. Love them a ton!

Someone I met in the local start up community just published a book! We met for coffee and he gave me a copy – which I made him sign. You know – in case he gets all famous.

Okay, this particular bumper sticker pissed me off. Not because of the political view point (which isn’t mine, but I do respect people’s views even they don’t align with mine), but because it implies that they don’t encourage their family to become educated and form their own opinions – but rather attempt to clone themselves and telling them what to think – rather than teaching them HOW. That, my friends, pisses me right the hell off.

I took my oldest out to dinner because the young one was at robotics, M was out with his girlfriend, and I didn’t feel like cooking! Sushi for the win.

About a year ago I bought my boyfriend bath bombs from Lush. He’s a big bath fan, and had never (gasp) used a bomb before! Fast forward, and his oldest loves them now too (yay!). So I stopped and got him a bag full 🙂

Currently I’m sitting at a bar/restaurant at the airport waiting for my flight. Currently delayed, so hopefully it won’t be too long. I’m ready for the Florida sun! And while it IS a work trip, you all know I have to have some fun too – especially Disney fun! So – here’s hoping my flight takes off before I have too many mimosas 🙂

Monday Funday!

FOOD

Real simple eats today, but that’s usually the case on weekdays. Breakfast was oatmeal with banana and pumpkin pie spice. Haven’t been much in a smoothie mood.

I had a meeting over lunch and we went to YNot pizza. I LOVE their chopped salads! This is romaine, chickpeas, corn, peas, beets, red onion, and mandarin orange slices with a sesame ginger dressing. I ate half and took the other half home.

Dinner was a cream of carrot and coconut soup. Been making this for ages – onion, garlic, and ginger sautéed in coconut oil. Add broth and a ton of carrots and cook (covered) until tender. Blend. Add a can of light coconut milk and 1tsp salt. Pepper to taste. It makes about 2 quarts, so I have plenty for the week.

FITNESS

This morning was another Regymen Burn class. This one flew by because we did 4 rounds at 3 stations. Each round was less time than the previous, so you never had the chance to dwell on anything sucking too badly (though the Air Bike and I are NOT friends today). At least there were no burpees….

LIFE

I worked from home today. Mainly because my one meeting was close to my house and no where near the office. It also gave me a lot of time to focus on work stuff. Also got my workout in, which is important.

Weather has been crazy. It was pretty decent the latter part of last week and the weekend. Not even too terrible this morning, but temps really dropped this afternoon. I know it’s nothing compared to what the Midwest and much of the country will be experiencing this week, but for us, it’s cold. Okay for ME, it’s cold. I hate cold. Good thing in less then 2 weeks I’ll be in Florida! Yes, it’s for work, but it’ll still be warmer than it is here.

Fireplace Puppy
Where I grew up! Obviously I skip the cheese. I’d skip the snow and cold too.

Evening is cleaning up after dinner, laundry, and studying (financial ratios – of which I’m actually a fan).

Water Thievery & Other Fun

FOOD

Good eats this week! Of course, I had a TON of leftover soup. My eldest and I really enjoy that one, so it went far with just the two of us eating it.

I made some awesome sweet potato and black bean lasagna-ladas and arroz non pollo one night too. Those leftovers didn’t last long!

Crissie’s Sweet Potato & Black Bean Lasagna-Ladas

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes – steamed, baked, or otherwise cooked
  • 1 can black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 8oz container of vegan cream cheese (I used tofutti since I had it on hand)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 diced jalapeño
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Corn tortillas (I used 6)
  • 1 can enchilada sauce (or make your own)

Directions

  • I steamed the sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker (Ninja Foodi) and let them cool
  • Slide the sweet potatoes out of the skin and into the base of a food processor
  • Add all the spices, jalapeño, and vegan cream cheese and blend
  • Fold in the beans to make your filling mixture
  • Spray the bottom of a casserole dish. Put a layer of tortillas and top with the enchilada filling. Repeat with another layer
  • Pour the enchilada sauce over everything
  • Bake for 35 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven

Now, if you’re not lazy, you can do this the traditional way and soften each corn tortilla, fill with filling, and roll up and put in the casserole dish. But I always make them lasagna-style. Hence the name of the dish.

The arroz non pollo is adapted from Viva Vegan – an amaaaaazing vegan Latin cookbook. And while I change mine up, it’s close enough that I won’t write that out.

I topped it with some tart homemade soy yogurt and a spicy green sauce. SO good.

Otherwise a lot of soups, salads, and other yummy stuff. Didn’t take a pic of last night’s salad (was meeting new people for the first time and didn’t feel like explaining why I was taking a picture!). But it was an arugula and crunchy potato salad with a maple vinaigrette – and was delicious.

Bakers, tamari mushrooms, and savory tofu cubes

Panera lunch date! Forgot how much I like Panera.

Sunflower seed butter and banana. Love this as a pre-workout meal in the mornings.

Tofu was pan fried and, when lightly browned, topped with sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and
tamari. Really loved how it came out.
Brunch with my boyfriend this morning on our way home. Tofu scramble w/vegan sausage!

Dinner tonight was yummy. Busted out Veganomicon and made lentil Snobby Joes and herbed potatoes. Served with salads. Hadn’t made the joes in a long time, but the kids were stoked they made an appearance. Always been a favorite.

FITNESS

Okay, lots of gym fun this week. I am absolutely loving Regymen – took 3 classes this week. 2 of them were the regular HIIT class, and one was a boxing version. I am sore everywhere, but in the best possible way.

You wear a MyZone heart rate monitor – which is accurate 99.4% to an EKG. There’s an associated app with it. The workout is geared towards keeping you in a specific heart rate zone – delineated by color. Typically, they want you to have a total of 15 minutes in the top two zones (yellow and red). Uh. I spend almost ALL my time in there. After class I actually asked the instructor if I should be worried. It indicated I was maxing out my HR at 98% or so for a ton of time, but felt I could go harder. She asked what other exercises I do – I said running and yoga. Apparently because I run I have a really strong heart, and my max HR is actually a lot higher than the typical calculation based on age. I was told to sleep in it one night so it learns my normal and resting heart rates to calibrate it. I like that it’s smart enough to do that.

But seriously ! 569 calories burned in a single 52 minute workout! That’s insane.

Me after a Thursday night Regymen Burn class.
This was Friday’s lunch time Regymen Box class.

LIFE

First – it was a crazy weather week. A couple days in the 20’s and 30’s. Followed by 50’s-70. And rain. Hence the gym and not running outside!

All told, a good and productive week. Got lots of school stuff done and work is really ramping up – and I’m SO glad. Reconnected with one of my start-up friends as we start to collaborate on professional and personal stuff. He owns a coffee shop in Norfolk, so we met there for our meeting (that’s the coffee and hummus picture above).

It was a crappy day, but still a pretty decent view and great location!

I worked from home on Monday, and was taunted by Kuma and Luna and their naps. And Luna constantly “sharing” my water…and each of those pictures is a separate incident of water “sharing”. Not just me taking a bunch at once.

Friday night my guy and I went out. Two different wine bars – not the one we normally go to – and to be honest, the wine was only mediocre. Company was fabulous, and his dinner was excellent, but I think we’ll stick to what we know we love.

We also decided an overnight trip to Richmond the next day would be a fantastic idea. And it was! I had a haircut appt at 1115, and after went to his house, left my car there, and we went to Richmond. Stopped first at his friends house for a couple beers and catching up. Then it was off to dinner where I actually met a couple people in his family 😳. It was actually really nice, and after we all went to Buskey’s to have cider and play board games. Then it was to the hotel and then home today. Honestly, was a fantastic weekend.

Today was writing a paper and some grocery shopping. Low key.

And – more fluff fun! I really can’t get over how much fun Luna and Kuma have together. Makes me really happy that they get along so well.

Took it too late, but Luna was grooming Kuma and it was so stinking sweet!

Brunch Shenanigans

FOOD

Lots of good eats this week!

My smoothies this week were the lazy kind I pick up at Tropical Smoothie Cafe on the way to work.

I actually made a real meal one morning though, and it was tasty. Tempeh and potato has with onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Topped with tons of hot sauce!

Also an oldie, but goodie! Whole wheat toast with sunflower seed bread and sliced bananas.

Homemade soy yogurt snack.

BBQ tofu and cornbread!

Noodles with pasta and a simple coconut curry sauce.

And of course some tofu green curry on a lunch date with my boyfriend.

Soup for days (and days and days and…days). I made what is still my favorite soup ever. A double batch in the Ninja IQ yielded 26 cups! SO tasty!

I finally checked out Mesob’s Ethiopian in Virginia Beach. WOW. So good and I literally can’t wait to go back. I had the vegetarian plater (though everything is vegan), with Shiro Wot, cabbage and carrots, green beans and carrots, and the house salad with injera bread. I really wanted the Mesir Wot (I LOVE that dish), but they were upfront that it’d take 20 minutes to make that and I just didn’t have time. I have all the ingredients at home, so I should probably try my hand at making it.

Also had a Moe’s salad one day, and then out with my guy – first at one of our favorite wine bars and then dinner at One Fish Two Fish where I had a yummy rosemary gin martini and a delicious off menu vegan dish of spiralized veggies in a spicy tomato sauce.

Yesterday was a big family brunch event. Literally my boyfriend and I, all our kids, and my son’s girlfriend. It was a 2 hr wait, but that was fine. We went to The Bee and the Biscuit and the kids played Uno and we all sat around fire pits (all those over 21 had drinks – which was 5 and that was a HELL of a bar bill, but worth it). Then we went in and had yummy food.

Same wrap I got last time: black bean, potato, spinach, roasted corn, tomatoes. And a side of fruit

FITNESS

Went for 2 runs and then also checked out a new class called Regymen. It’s essentially the Y’s version of Orange Theory. I wore a heart rate monitor and cycled between 3 “stations”. One is treadmills, one is skiers and rowers, and one weights and bikes. There are display monitors around the room so you know what your heart rate is and in what zone you are. It also displays calories burned. In the end I torched 604 calories. Loved the workout. There was perhaps a period where I could’ve thrown up, but that’s ok. Worth it, and I’ll totally go back. Who doesn’t like a workout that makes you wanna cry?

Also did 2 yoga classes. One at the gym, one streaming at home.

LIFE

Pretty typical week. Work, school, family during the week, and fun (and school and cleaning and grocery shopping) on the weekend! I’ve meditated every day, usually in the morning, but if I’m too rushed (or didn’t wake up in my house), I do it later in the day.

On the work front, I hit my 15 year anniversary at my job. I got to pick from a catalog of gifts and got a 4 person tent. Will come in handy when R and I try our hand at camping in a few months! We had that one class at REI and there are a few more there and with a local hikers group I want to do first.

I stopped at a local wine spot while waiting for R to finish up at a school thing.

Not normally a white drinker, but I do love French wine and this was really tasty.

Yeah, I’m short. Feet didn’t touch the ground!

Brunch shenanigans! I LOVE what they do with the outside space to make the wait worth it. Tables, fire pits, a bar, blankets, and a room of games.

Smoke in their eyes made for a goofy shot- but all were warm

After brunch I went home for a bit, then over to my guys house for the night. We watched basketball and a show and had a pretty chill night. After the brunch fun, it was nice to just curl up on the sofa and chill.

And of course the fluffs.

About to get swallowed up by that bush

New morning coffee routine! These two hang out every morning

MY YEAR OF LESS

Ugh. I seriously have sucked paying attention. Which sucks, because I was doing SO well until the holidays. I do have a plan to get back on track – which is basically to reduce going out and only shop when I have a plan.