Golf, School, and a Hurricane (and not the yummy NOLA drinks either!)

FOOD

Not as many pictures as normal, but there are a few!  I was out of town for work to support a project, so didn’t always get my green smoothies – but I did typically have a breakfast salad from the Whole Foods bar on my way into work in the mornings!

Green smoothie (of course!)  This was actually a lunchtime one.
Green smoothie (of course!) This was actually a lunchtime one.
my dinner with E on Saturday night
my dinner with E on Saturday night
my morning juice when traveling
my morning juice when traveling
breakfast BAS
breakfast BAS
and another
and another
white bean vegan chili from my hotel restaurant
white bean vegan chili from my hotel restaurant
Tofu green curry.  Not the best I've ever had...
Tofu green curry. Not the best I’ve ever had…
yummy java from Shenandoah Joe's!
yummy java from Shenandoah Joe’s!
a toasty tofurky sammich with a side of grilled broccoli and mushrooms
a toasty tofurky sammich with a side of grilled broccoli and mushrooms
last night's dinner!  RM made an amazing vegan chili (and had vegan sour cream too!).  Didn't take a pic of the mushroom appetizer because I ate them all...
last night’s dinner! RM made an amazing vegan chili (and had vegan sour cream too!). Didn’t take a pic of the mushroom appetizer because I ate them all…
roasted garlic!  Just because it's awesome in a lot of things (and this is destined for a winter squash alfredo)
roasted garlic! Just because it’s awesome in a lot of things (and this is destined for a winter squash alfredo)

One quick recipe for a simple mid-exam meal!  When I’m really low on free time, I have to admit that I get even more grateful for having pretty much every kitchen appliance out there.  This one was a simple rice cooker dish.  Throw it all in and then eat when it’s done!

  • 1 cup rice (doesn’t matter the type – I wanted brown, but am apparently out and used Arborio instead)
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger root
  • 2 tbsp. red Thai curry powder (here’s the one I use)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 cups whatever frozen veg you have (today, I used peas and green beans)
  • 1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas
it's got kick from the Thai spice, and is creamy and filling and awesome
it’s got kick from the Thai spice, and is creamy and filling and awesome

FITNESS

I went for a few runs, a bike ride, an online yoga class in my hotel room, and golf!

20161006_173618244_ios

Yes – it was the once a year charity golf event!  Both D and I want to actually play regularly, but I need to graduate first.  There’s so little free time as it is, so starting something new just isn’t in the cards for me.  Still – we had a blast (playing with our usual couple!) and I was literally sore for days!

at least we can DRESS like golfers!
at least we can DRESS like golfers!

LIFE

Big surprise – it’s been a wild week and a half!

First off, it’s Term 4 (of 6) exam time from Oct 7-22, so if possible, I’m even more head down and buried in my studies.  This also means I only have 2 terms left!!  WOO.  I have 5 courses per term, and each course typically has a 5 hr. exam.  There was an exception with one being a bit shorter.

Last Friday was golf, so that was an all day event.  Saturday morning I hit the road for work.  I got to see JN twice and have dinner with EA the night I arrived!  They’re both classmates.

me an EA!
me an EA!

Work took up all day every day until I went home.

Oh – and there was that pesky hurricane.  D’s car got water in the engine and my entire neighborhood was flooded.  D and the kids handled it all very well while I was dry up in the mountains.

that's my driveway and front yard!
that’s my driveway and front yard!
dude kayaking through the street
dude kayaking through the street
view from my front yard
view from my front yard
blackmail photo for later.  The storm was so crazy on Saturday night and R was a bit freaked out by the trees blowing outside her window, that she crawled in with D on my side of the bed.
blackmail photo for later. The storm was so crazy on Saturday night and R was a bit freaked out by the trees blowing outside her window, that she crawled in with D on my side of the bed.

Friday night (last night) was working on a group submission for one final (which also incorporated a significant amount of French wine, puppies, and a fire pit).

Today I took 10 hours worth of exams.  I’m surprisingly NOT as brain dead as I thought I would – though I am going to head to bed soon!

Tomorrow I’m taking what I think may be my toughest exam.  I doubt I’ll sit for more than one, so I will take my remaining final Monday night.  It gets me done 5 days early (which is nice so I can start to prep for next term), but mainly my goal is to not have any exams hanging over my head come my birthday on Wednesday,

Other than that – typical pics of cats, Kuma, the Morning Pictures, and any other random pics snapped!

Ginny jumped in my briefcase
Ginny jumped in my briefcase
and then decided that sleeping on my study materials was more comfy.  Shocker.
and then decided that sleeping on my study materials was more comfy. Shocker.
I took Kuma shopping!  We needed cat and dog food.  And of course like any shopping trip with a toddler, we ended up in the toy section...
I took Kuma shopping! We needed cat and dog food. And of course like any shopping trip with a toddler, we ended up in the toy section…
Spooky Puppy Toy!  It lights up in the ball when thrown.
Spooky Puppy Toy! It lights up in the ball when thrown.
spooky bone.  New kong.  Spoiled pups.
spooky bone. New kong. Spoiled pups.
that tongue...
that tongue…

20161010_132455276_ios 20161013_020737526_ios 20161013_025726302_ios

Gin knocking over the basket of laundry
Gin knocking over the basket of laundry
the many shots of Kuma napping on or by me when studying yesterday
the many shots of Kuma napping on or by me when studying yesterday
no clue what was happening here, other than D was cleaning the garage once the water receded.
no clue what was happening here, other than D was cleaning the garage once the water receded.
hanging in a box of stuff I'm sending to my niece
hanging in a box of stuff I’m sending to my niece

Morning Pictures

with big bro!  D and I had to be to the golf course, so M took her :)
with big bro! D and I had to be to the golf course, so M took her 🙂

20161011_123120190_ios

Kuma tagging along
Kuma tagging along

20161013_122801376_ios 20161014_123044275_ios

Random shots

picked up new shoes at the Converse store at the outlet mall!
picked up new shoes at the Converse store at the outlet mall!
silly good morning pic sent to D while I was away
silly good morning pic sent to D while I was away
me, JG and RM last night
me, JG and RM last night

 

 

Au Revoir, Paris! Guten Tag, Berlin!

FOOD

All I can say is – I’m definitely not traveling for the eats.  Ugh.  Vegan options here are just too heavy for the way I’d like to eat.  Honestly, my best meals are makeshift eats from the local market, and I find myself eating very little otherwise.  And I’m getting kind of sick of bananas.  But alas – I can’t complain because the trip has been awesome.

One thing I love the French for is a yummy Dijon beet salad.   Germany has yet to impress me much, but it’s early yet 🙂

do love me some ginger ale!
do love me some ginger ale!
best meal! Grocery store eats are just fine with me
best meal! Grocery store eats are just fine with me
closest thing to a veg juice I could find. Quite good though!
closest thing to a veg juice I could find. Quite good though!
I love that Dijon mustard is a regular condiment with the salt & pepper!
I love that Dijon mustard is a regular condiment with the salt & pepper!
more beets!
more beets!
my entree at the Eiffel Tower!
my entrée at the Eiffel Tower!
my last morning, took off to a little cafe down the road from my hotel to enjoy some quiet and coffee
my last morning, took off to a little café down the road from my hotel to enjoy some quiet and coffee
Starbucks in Berlin!
Starbucks in Berlin!  Because it’s universal
today's lunch. Okay, but too heavy. Rice pilaf, roasted onion, and cabbage.
today’s lunch. Okay, but too heavy. Rice pilaf, roasted onion, and cabbage.

One of the grocery stores I went to (we actually did a case about them a year ago!)

20160917_094541037_ios

FITNESS

A couple short runs (1 outside, 2 on the hotel treadmill) and some in-room yoga.  And hiked up a ton of the Eiffel Tower, so there’s that…

ran through this park one morning. Had to snap this pic because I GO TO HIS UNIVERSITY!!!
ran through this park one morning. Had to snap this pic because I GO TO HIS UNIVERSITY!!!

I am excited that I found a hot yoga studio just down the block from my hotel here in Berlin.  It’ll be interesting because I don’t know diddly about the German language, but I figure I’ve been doing yoga long enough that I’ll be able to follow along just fine!

LIFE

Okay, busy few days!!  I may just tell it in pictures!

Disneyland Paris headquarters, where we spent the afternoon with their Investor Relations dept and VP of Marketing!
Disneyland Paris headquarters, where we spent the afternoon with their Investor Relations dept and VP of Marketing!
and after...another bit of fun in the park
and after…another bit of fun in the park
me and J after the parade!
me and J after the parade!
walking back to the hotel
walking back to the hotel

Thursday night was spent at the Eiffel Tower, including having dinner at one of the restaurants.  We then went to the very top (a combo of a TON of stairs and elevators that move in a diagonal), and had just an incredible view.

20160915_161227619_ios

goofy face, and my "photobomber" is actually one of my classmates, MS!
goofy face, and my “photo bomber” is actually one of my classmates, MS!

 

restaurant menu
restaurant menu
not photobombing this time...
not photobombing this time…
The Seine and the city!
The Seine and the city!

20160915_193721521_ios 20160915_193916685_ios 20160915_194146361_ios 20160915_194953810_ios

After our last class in Paris Friday, and we celebrated with a lovely champagne lunch.

me and B and champagne!
me and B and champagne!

Then, me, NS (HUGE Liverpool fan), and WB left the group to hit up a local bar called Lush to watch the Chelsea v. Liverpool game.  Being the ONLY one in a Chelsea shirt (and only 1 of 2 supporters in the place), it was a bit unfriendly at first.  That vanished quickly when they realized I was a good sport.  The evening was a blast, and we hung out for a long time talking politics with the locals!  (They find our situation in the US both hilarious and troubling…pretty much like the rest of us to!).  Beyond that, I met some wonderful people, exchanged contact info, and hope to come back soon!  (and actually have Chelsea win…).

yum!
yum!
pre-Lush bar shot (WB, me, NS)
pre-Lush bar shot (WB, me, NS)
my forehead, but basically meant to be a shot of the bar where everyone just stands and watches the game!
my forehead, but basically meant to be a shot of the bar where everyone just stands and watches the game!
on the metro back!
on the metro back!

By the way, NS sang annoying Liverpool songs at me for 2 days.  I figure he ought to enjoy it now, because despite Liverpool’s win, Chelsea is still beating them in the EPL standings….

Did pick up a magazine for those rare non-school reading moments…

20160916_142515067_ios

Yesterday was traveling to Berlin (flight was delayed), but the hotel is freaking amazing!  Oh – did I mention that during my stay in Paris a Saudi royal Princess was at my hotel with her entourage?  Yeah – there’s that.  And the Berlin digs are even better!

setting up camp at the airport in Paris to get some studying done before our flight.
setting up camp at the airport in Paris to get some studying done before our flight.

20160917_174947944_ios 20160917_174952294_ios 20160917_174958923_ios 20160917_175008738_ios

Of course D is at home holding down the fort.  I missed R’s 13th bday 😦  However, A and M went to her school and took her for lunch in a little picnic – and then Skyped me so we could sing and I could see them.  The 6 hr. time difference is probably the worst so far in being able to talk to my family regularly.

fell asleep 12, woke up 13!
fell asleep 12, woke up 13!

20160913_165841411_ios 20160913_181440648_ios

me taking a pic of my laptop when we all skyped!
me taking a pic of my laptop when we all skyped!

20160913_182406034_ios

2 days of morning pictures!
2 days of morning pictures!

So goodnight from Berlin!

It’s a Soul II Soul Kind of Day

Bonus points for you if you get the 1989 musical reference!  Here’s a link if you did not…

FOOD

It’s been nice to have enough time at home to spend some of it in the kitchen.  I know I’ve mentioned it before, but as hectic as my life gets, I often give that up.  Hopefully I’ll get to keep the trend up!  I tend to forget that yummy and healthy food can be simple and not every meal needs to be a complicated affair!

Take today’s lunch, for example.  Totally amazing and yummy.  I took a whole grain pita bread topped it with a little BBQ sauce, red onion, crushed pineapple, and leftover citrus seitan from last night, baked for 10 minutes at 350, and had a tropical pizza for lunch!

WP_20160103_006

Other eats from the past few days…

Smoothies, of course…

WP_20151231_001 WP_20151231_002

Jerk Tofu with Coconut Rice (which was really, really good – just followed the marinade on the bottle of Jerk Seasoning)

WP_20151230_001 WP_20151230_002 WP_20151231_010

for the rice
for the rice

InstagramCapture_94f1aa5f-ded8-4440-bf9d-496ffc512b6d

Made my very first batch of homemade seitan!  To be honest, I’ve always been a bit leery about something called “wheat meat” and actually ate it for the first time not too long ago.  Since I had time and the right ingredients on hand, I whipped up a batch.  It’s SOOOO good.

after and before images (before boiling it in broth in my pressure cooker
after and before images (before boiling it in broth in my pressure cooker

Last night for dinner I made brown rice, sweet black beans (also in the pressure cooker), and a citrus marinated seitan.  Totally, totally delicious.  With enough leftovers for wraps and salads for lunches this week.

before baking
before baking
after
after
dinner!  Topped with some homemade tangy soy yogurt
dinner! Topped with some homemade tangy soy yogurt

I also made a batch of homemade yogurt.  Super simple – just plain soymilk, probiotic powder, and a little raw sugar.  I incubate it for 15 hrs because I like mine super tart.

My favorite toast – Ezekiel sprouted bread with sunflower butter, sliced banana, and a little agave.

WP_20160102_003

I roasted a bunch of root veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets) with coconut oil and maple syrup.  Topped a baked potato with them – also really good.

WP_20151230_004 InstagramCapture_1badff4b-a40e-4092-9a62-f54f55c9b769

It got cold finally, so this morning I went with Irish oats instead of a smoothie.  With banana, cinnamon, and a very little bit of maple syrup.

made these in the pressure cooker too.  45 min on the stove or 4 in the cooker?  Yeah...I'm not overly patient...
made these in the pressure cooker too. 45 min on the stove or 4 in the cooker? Yeah…I’m not overly patient…

I had one meal out and it was quite a disappointment.  My area has no decent Chinese food.  I grew up with a few really good restaurants, and when I lived in the Seattle area – forget it.  The grocery store’s Asian food was better than anything I’d ever had!  Here in Hampton Roads, all the Chinese restaurants are take-out places with maybe 1 or 2 sit down restaurants.  When I was in Richmond in November and had lunch with JG, we went to Peter Chang’s – a sit down real Chinese restaurant – and my meal was awesome.  I was so excited to find out that one opened in Virginia Beach!  I was out shopping (in vain) for curtains, and stopped for lunch.  I had a clay pot of tofu and veggies, and it wasn’t all that great….

looks cool though...
looks cool though…

FITNESS

I’ve been running every day the past week or so.  Not terribly far (rebuilding some base mileage), but it’s been nice to get out there.

It’s strange going from shorts and a t-shirt to gloves and headbands!  Chilly weather is upon us.

New Year’s day I was up WAY earlier than everyone else, and since there was a gaggle of teenagers sleeping on my living room floor, I immediately left the house to grab coffee, run errands, and take my first run of the year down at the Oceanfront.

King Neptune as a running buddy!
King Neptune as a running buddy!

And this was me today after getting back from a noon run – my face is about as pink as my headband!  I suppose it wouldn’t have killed me to smile – I was in a hurry when I took it 🙂

WP_20160103_002

LIFE

It’s been a really nice week.  Quiet at work, fairly quiet at home, no classes, and lots of time to study and relax.  It’s going to be tough getting back to reality tomorrow!

New Year’s Eve is always a quiet affair for D and me.  We stay home, relax, and I tend to go to bed around 1215!  This year was no different.  M had a bunch of friends over, and effectively kicked everyone else out of the living room!  A went to a friends house, so me, D, and R watched movies in my bedroom until just before midnight.  And as usual, I was out cold by 1215!

I meet with my classmate partners in crime tonight, which will be nice.  They’re a great group and it’ll be nice to catch up.

Otherwise it’s meal planning for the week (which is done), cooking, more studying, laundry, and getting ready for everything tomorrow (back to life, back to reality! – it’s the song lyrics if you didn’t watch the video)

I leave you with miscellaneous pictures…as usual…

snuggles
snuggles
her royal Bumble in her gingerbread house
her royal Bumble in her gingerbread house
the New Years Eve drink!  Vodka, Gin, Grenadine, and OJ.
the New Years Eve drink! Vodka, Gin, Grenadine, and OJ.

Pizza Fun, Ticket Bonanza, & Practical (ish) Meal Planning

FOOD

Yesterday was all about the tofu pot pie.  Seriously, I had it for breakfast AND lunch.  You know.  Need to clear out the space in the fridge because I was going grocery shopping…

Dinner was nothing fancy – the leftover boozy beans from the other night over a bowl of romaine, onion, and quinoa.  No pics.  My bad.

This morning was a smoothie (though NOT a green one!).  This one is from one of my fav smoothie books ever – 365 Vegan Smoothies.  This is the Strawberry-Chia Synergy one.  By the way, great book if you’re new to smoothies.  I’ve bought it as a gift a few times now!

pre-blend before heading to the office
pre-blend before heading to the office

WP_20151228_006

Lunch was a to-go salad I brought to work.  Romaine with scallions in the big section, sliced beets and cubed herbed tofu in the smaller ones.  I brought and used up the rest of the dressing I made the other day (balsamic/orange/champagne).

WP_20151228_001

Dinner was homemade pizza!  I’ve modified a dough recipe through the years, and here’s what I’m currently using.

Crissie’s Pizza Dough (makes 4 good sized pizzas)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar (we use the raw sugar, but any sweetener would do)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil (I use an infused olive oil with Italian seasoning.  If using regular olive oil, add 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7-8 cups flour
  • any toppings that tickle your fancy

Directions for Dough

*I use a kitchen aid stand mixer so it’s ridiculously easy, but you can do this by hand too

  • put the warm water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl and let it proof for about 10 minutes (it should get a bit bubbly)
  • add the salt and olive oil
  • turn the mixer on the lowest setting and add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until you get a nice dough (or do this with a wooden spoon and call if your bicep workout for the day)
  • if doing by hand, you’ll likely have to hand knead in the last 1 – 1 1/2 cups
  • let sit until doubled.  At least an hour, but can let it go all day if you want

Directions for Cooking

  • preheat oven to 450
  • spray your pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal if you have it or flour if you don’t
  •  turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Knead in any dough you need to make it easy to work with
  • cut into 4 sections
  • roll each out and place on the pan
  • top with a bit of olive oil – I also sprinkle with garlic salt and extra Italian seasoning.  For those who like spice, crushed red pepper is a great add here.  Cooking it mellows the heat out a bit, but retains a good bite
  • top with a sauce of your choosing (tomato, prepared pizza, BBQ, white sauce, pesto…you get the idea)
  • add any other toppings you dig
  • cook!  Set timer for 15.  That usually does the trick – but if you’re extra loaded you may want another minute or two.

Dig in!

some of the veggies
some of the veggies
decorating the pizzas (yes, we call it decorating...)
decorating the pizzas (yes, we call it decorating…)

FITNESS

Holy soreness, batman.  I don’t know if it’s the daily running after NOT running as much, or the yoga class that stretched my hamstrings in the other direction, but it’s all sore.

I did a light walk/jog yesterday to work out some kinks and yoga today.

LIFE

Yesterday morning was meal planning, grocery shopping, and studying.  For meal planning I use One Note.  That way I can share the grocery list with D if he does the shopping (usually so I can study!).  Here’s the plan for this week.  Knowing it’s more of a guideline than a plan!

 

12/27 – 1/2

Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Sunday

Green Smoothie – Sassy Green Kick-Start p. 81

Colin’s Blueberry Muffins (PPN)

BAS

Homemade Pizza (normal dough & PPN dough)

Monday

Green Smoothie – Strawberry Chia Synergy p 82

BAS

Mac No Cheese

Snobby Joes/Misc Sammich Fun

Tuesday

Green Smoothie Super Blue Recharge p. 85

BAS

Taco Tuesday!

Rice

Wednesday

Green Smoothie – Green Chia Monster p. 93

BAS

Baked Tofu

Sautéed mushrooms

Salad

Roasted potatoes or mashers

Thursday

Green Smoothie – whatever I have!

BAS

Leftovers & Snacks

Friday

Green Smoothie

BAS

NEW YEARS!

Saturday

Green Smoothie

BAS

Build-A-Bowl Asian Style

https://runcrissierun.com/2015/09/

 BAS Stuff:

  • Roasted Chickpeas (PPN p. 83)
  • Tofu Feta (PPN p. 113)
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice

Misc Stuff for Lunches

  • Egg-less Tofu Salad
  • Hummus w/veggies
  • Wraps
  • Buffalo Tofu (PPN p. 154)
  • PPK red Thai soup
  • Marinated cucumber slices (Asian style -> Ani Phyo)
  • Caribbean Quinoa Bowl
  • Kale chips

To give you and idea of how it’s just a guideline – totally didn’t make pizza last night.  Ended up going to Busch Gardens with the young one and letting everyone else fend for themselves.  But…because pizza night is so much fun, moved it to today and am totally skipping the snobby Joe night (lentil based sloppy joes).  I typically put a bunch of extra recipes or items I want to prep so there’s always food on hand for lunches, snacks etc.  They don’t all get made, but it’s the basis for the grocery list.  The goal is no one starves when the week gets into full swing and we’re all so busy, we end up ordering take out.  Also, I try to have a BAS most days (Big A$$ Salad) since they’re fun, yummy, and good for me too.

Oh, and for reference, PPN is Plant Pure Nation – another book I love.

So, hello novel.  After meal planning and all the associated fun, I asked R if she wanted to go to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town.  Because nothing says Christmas like 80 degree weather…..

D was at the office, A was with a friend, and M had no interest.  So just R and I went and had a blast.  We spent much of the time in an arcade (rides weren’t going for the most part), and she hit some mega jackpot and was buried in tickets by the time we were done.  It was awesome.

as we got to the park
as we got to the park

WP_20151227_002 WP_20151227_003

getting my you-know-what handed to me in air hockey
getting my you-know-what handed to me in air hockey
skee ball
skee ball
jackpot!!
jackpot!!

Today was back to the office where I sorted through 1200 emails!  It took me almost 7 hours to clear out my inbox and catch up, but it was great.

I got home at a good time, spent about 4 hours studying, made dinner, and am not getting ready for bed!

So good night all (oh, and Chelsea managed to not lose today.  Not exactly stellar, but it beats getting our butts kicked…).

A Happy Kind of Madness

FOOD

Alrighty boys and girls…every time I think I’m finally on track with this whole blogging thing, next thing I know 2 weeks have flown by, I’m not sure what day it  actually is, and I wonder how so much time past since I last paid attention!

Since getting back home in early Sept after 3 weeks away, I’ve been on 3 additional work trips – only which one was planned.  So the grub to follow is a mix of fun in the kitchen and eats on the road.

made a batch of homemade soy yogurt!  Love this stuff...super tangy (cause I like it like that!).
made a batch of homemade soy yogurt! Love this stuff…super tangy (cause I like it like that!).
quick tofu bowl with mixed veggies and brown rice
quick tofu bowl with mixed veggies and brown rice

WP_20150916_002 WP_20150916_003

Taco Thursday!  Okay, so I normally do Taco Tuesday, but that Thursday was a special occasion, so it called for tacos...
Taco Thursday! Okay, so I normally do Taco Tuesday, but that Thursday was a special occasion, so it called for tacos…

WP_20150918_001

quinoa veggie bowl
quinoa veggie bowl

WP_20150920_002

seitan gyro bowl...
seitan gyro bowl…

WP_20150928_003

veggie sushi with my agave bunny (okay, so honey bunny sounds cooler, but I don't do honey...bee vomit and all...)
veggie sushi with my agave bunny (okay, so honey bunny sounds cooler, but I don’t do honey…bee vomit and all…)
super tasty vegan enchilada's at Luna Maya in Norfolk!
super tasty vegan enchilada’s at Luna Maya in Norfolk!

If you can’t tell, I’m on a total bowl kick.  That’s because – bowls are cool because it all goes to the same place anyway – and because Zsu Dever has a new book that I had to have.  Here’s the link on Amazon.  This is NOT a book I’ve been gifted as part of my occasional review – so this is all me.  It’s awesome.  Get it.  And here’s why…

1- eating all your meal out of one bowl is fun

2 – I tweeted to her about how awesome her food was – and to know if she had any quick tips about subs for nuts.  She actually spent a week re-working her recipes that were nut based (like for fun sauces) and sent me updates!  THAT my friends, is an unpretentious author who cares that her food is accessible to everyone.  I’m a huge fan, and if you can help her even a little by buying her book, you won’t be sorry.  Promise.

3 – did I mention that having all elements of your meal in one bowl is pretty cool?

FITNESS

Runs, runs, oh, and a bike ride too!

It’s a good thing that running shoes don’t take up much space in a suitcase….

Though last weekend I was clearly stressed the heck out – though that’s pretty much a constant state for me.  I was getting changed for a run, apparently mumbling under my breath about how much I needed to do, when D suggested I go somewhere else to run – get a change of scenery.  My response was probably snippy and along the lines of “I don’t have time, glad you can enjoy a weekend, but between work, school, and cleaning, I HAVE NO TIME”.  So – wasting time to drive somewhere to go run seemed like a colossal waste of minutes better left for something more productive.  And I’m all about being productive.

Know what he did?  Kissed me, smiled, informed me that he was putting air in my bike tires and that I needed to get away for a bit.  Bless him – he knows what I need more than I do!

So, he loaded my bike and my helmet (though it was actually R’s helmet, which explains why it hurt a little bit when I was wearing it!) into my van, and off I went to the Dismal Swamp canal trail for the next couple hours.

So – best Sunday afternoon ever.  Went for a 5 mile run and a 15 mile bike ride, smiled the whole time, and came home feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work!

LIFE

So, welcome to my novel apparently!

Work, school, travel, family, repeat.  There ya go 😉

Highlights…

Seeing some classmates on one of my work travels for dinner last week!  They braved some horribly awful weather, but it was awesome.  Adorable how they all worried about me having something to eat.

AC and JC somehow convinced D and I to attend a sailing race at their yacht club.  Actually, I was told I’d be on the “booze boat” and that D didn’t actually have to know anything about sailing, but hang out with JC since he could maneuver his boat without help.  Yes, my boat had wine, but I actually had to work a bit (not much).  D did “help”….and looked totally adorable.

booze boat!  Aka, the "committee boat".  They actually ran the race.  I raised various flags to signal the race start.
booze boat! Aka, the “committee boat”. They actually ran the race. I raised various flags to signal the race start.  That’s me on the top – D took the pic from the boat he was one.

V__E9F9

Another classmate – who lives in Dallas – was in town and she, her husband, and her baby girl R came over!  Hence the taco Thursday.  She’s moving here in June, so I’m totally stoked.  I love her and all, but want to borrow her R.  My R spent quite a bit of time entertaining her and it was fun.

(in order), me, baby R, and J!
(in order), me, baby R, and J!  Pay no attention to D the photo-bomber in the background

R had a private flight around Southeastern Virginia!  So long time readers know she has a life threatening nut allergy.  That means she can’t fly…recycled air, airborne particles can trigger an anaphylactic reaction…and with all the traveling I do, she’s been particularly glum about her inability to fly.  So – the weekend after her birthday, she had a private flight (with D and her friend N too) and LOVED it.  I can see her being a pilot some day.  When the airlines can’t accommodate you – become a pilot and tell them you don’t need them anyway!

V__43CC InstagramCapture_c0bc14cc-2f56-46d2-abc1-e6cbd98bdedd InstagramCapture_b56ec674-c5e5-44ca-a7fd-1b3049e22417 InstagramCapture_5abf0b65-71c9-4651-b9e5-cc944bb4d7db

And, since school is back in session, it’s been Morning Picture Madness!  But that’s a happy kind of madness because it means I get a hubby/daughter picture every day.  When I travel, it’s a lifeline.  When I don’t, it still makes me smile.

D wearing his Chelsea shirt!!!
D wearing his Chelsea shirt!!!

InstagramCapture_2c350735-0eb3-4270-83e4-875bc2655c9e InstagramCapture_6d2895a3-fca9-4921-b59e-9f7b183e5bfc InstagramCapture_b7b304f8-da5f-4cff-a373-ec17bb443100 InstagramCapture_dbdcc79a-631d-44be-91da-3d8ded509e6e V__1A98 V__02BA V__0937 V__CAD6 V__D2C4 V__DFC3 V__FD6A V__FDD1

And then there’s java pics.  I don’t always have time to take them, and pretty soon it’ll get too cold to have them outside (though D said he may get me a heater so I can stay on the porch all the time!), but for now, those mornings are my favorites.  After all, if I’m going to be up early, may as well enjoy my java in my bathrobe!

it was pouring, and even my screened in porch was too damp or me to go outside!
it was pouring, and even my screened in porch was too damp or me to go outside!

WP_20150920_001 WP_20150916_001 InstagramCapture_7a4b135b-4d75-48e2-8650-8c7c5e53e6ec InstagramCapture_0fff4a9a-2fff-401c-bcc0-0ab64ba785e8

Cats…

she didn't miss me....just my suitcase...
she didn’t miss me….just my suitcase…
she didn't miss R....just her sweatshirt!
she didn’t miss R….just her sweatshirt!

And other random pics…

D and R picking me up after 3 days of travel and taking me out to dinner!
D and R picking me up after 3 days of travel and taking me out to dinner!
R working hard - like she does every day - to clean the pool!  Going to be closing it soon, but next year...getting a heater to enjoy it all year long!
R working hard – like she does every day – to clean the pool! Going to be closing it soon, but next year…getting a heater to enjoy it all year long!
random guy AC and I saw in Richmond while shopping.  Clearly he was someone's +1 and decided he was having none of it
random guy AC and I saw in Richmond while shopping. Clearly he was someone’s +1 and decided he was having none of it
would have been all over this in my teenage years!
would have been all over this in my teenage years!
crazy conveyor belt Japanese restaurant at the mall in Tyson's Corner.
crazy conveyor belt Japanese restaurant at the mall in Tyson’s Corner.
and finally....this will be funny if Joaquin doesn't actually cause any problems....hope that's the case!
and finally….this will be funny if Joaquin doesn’t actually cause any problems….hope that’s the case!

A Week of Bulk Eats Makes Life Easy

FOOD

For the most part, all of my meals this week have been the one’s I prepared last weekend.  There were two exceptions.  D, R, and I went out for dinner on Tuesday evening because we were out and about, and would have gotten too late if we ate at home.  The second was when I spent the night at HF’s house, and we went for Thai.  Otherwise, it was all bulk cooking eats!

simple breakfast to take to work.  1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 sliced banana, and 1/2 cup blueberries
simple breakfast to take to work. 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 sliced banana, and 1/2 cup blueberries
put it all into a bowl, add hot water from the break room coffee pot, microwave for an extra minutes, and eat!
put it all into a bowl, add hot water from the break room coffee pot, microwave for an extra minutes, and eat!
Spinach and Artichoke Soup
Spinach and Artichoke Soup
Stuffed Bell Pepper
Stuffed Bell Pepper
baked potato with refried beans and salsa
baked potato with refried beans and salsa
rice noodles with broccoli, cabbage, kale, and teriyaki
rice noodles with broccoli, cabbage, kale, and teriyaki
baked potato with butternut squash and black bean chili
baked potato with butternut squash and black bean chili
creamy garlic pasta w/brown rice noodles
creamy garlic pasta w/brown rice noodles
smoothie!
smoothie!

I have to say, that bulk cooking really made everything easy on the eats front this week.  I still would make meals for the family, but since my food just needed to be warmed up, I wasn’t skipping or missing meals.  The down side is when I feel like getting creative in the kitchen, I would think, “but no, I already have my meal planned”, and sometimes that made me a little sad.

FITNESS

This week was more runs than yoga.  R’s swim team practice started up again, so I would take her and then hit the treadmill while she was in the pool.  I did that three days this week plus an outdoor run today!

LIFE

This was a really good week.  The kids all went back to school.  R and M started school on Monday, and Friday afternoon I drove A back to university as her classes start tomorrow.  She’s going through that moment we all do where she’s questioning if she’s in the right major, etc., and it’s been a tough few weeks for her.  I think she’s excited to have a new semester ahead of her though.

Work was pretty low key still this week.  I was covering for my boss while she was on vacation in Mexico, so that was some fun change to my day.

M left Friday morning for a trip to a university in Northern Virginia for a state theater competition.  He’ll be home sometime late tonight.  He said it was a blast and they got a trophy.

I visited Friday night with my friend HF.  We went shopping (she helped me pick out new dishes!), had dinner, and just hung out.  Her little boy is so cute, and on Saturday morning, I crawled back into bed so he could pretend to wake me up by tickling me.

the mall we went to is an outdoor mall.  Which is crazy in the winter!  This was the water fountain.
the mall we went to is an outdoor mall. Which is crazy in the winter! This was the water fountain.

Last night was AC’s yearly post-holiday party, and D, R, and I went to that.  Also a lot of fun and nice Saturday evening.

bedtime selfie!
bedtime selfie!

Today I’ve been cleaning, organizing, and getting ahead on some work coming this week.  D is in the Outer Banks taking pictures, A is away at school, and M is on his way home, so it’s mostly be me and R hanging out.  A nice and peaceful end to the week.

a week's worth of morning pictures, including R apparently falling asleep on the way to school!
a week’s worth of morning pictures, including R apparently falling asleep on the way to school!
Bumble keeping warm between fuzzy blankets.
Bumble keeping warm between fuzzy blankets.

GOAL CHECK IN

  • felt I did great on the consistency of my workouts, even though they were pretty much all runs (with the exception of some home yoga).
  • didn’t manage fully gluten free, as I had gluten when I went out to dinner on Wednesday.
  • meal planning – nailed it, thank you!
  • wine – enjoyed some wine at dinner with HF and at the party last night.  This is in line with my plan.  Also had one glass at dinner Tuesday, which I didn’t need, but was likely habit.  I’ll have to keep a better eye on going out.
  • meditation – haven’t figured out the best way to work that into my work days now that vacation is over.  I only got in one day, and that was today.  Though at 10 minutes, it’s my longest one yet.
  • blog regularly – not so good.  I was hoping to get in 2-3 this week, and didn’t.  Will keep trying though!