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All About Balance

FOOD

So I didn’t do an additional 3 days of all smoothies, but it has still been a gentle eats week for the most part.  Morning smoothies and fresh juices (they never get old), fruits, salads, and whole foods in general.

keeping the fresh green juice flowing!

keeping the fresh green juice flowing!

today's minty watermelon citrus frosty

today’s minty watermelon citrus frosty

enjoying said frosty poolside with studies

enjoying said frosty poolside with studies

vanilla/orange smoothie

vanilla/orange smoothie

BAS

BAS

poolside with some lemon water, fresh fruit, and studies.

poolside with some lemon water, fresh fruit, and studies.

BAS with fresh raw corn and a lemon-tahini dressing.

BAS with fresh raw corn and a lemon-tahini dressing.

quick-pickled some cucs, onions, and carrots.  I love just munching on these as a snack.

quick-pickled some cucs, onions, and carrots. I love just munching on these as a snack.

Pho!!  All veggies and rice noodles (no tofu in this one since it's usually fried and I wasn't feeling fried foods)

Pho!! All veggies and rice noodles (no tofu in this one since it’s usually fried and I wasn’t feeling fried foods)

picked a whole TON of fresh basil from the garden, dehydrated it  - and only got 4 ounces!  Still - smells amazing and I can't wait to use it (or gift it).

picked a whole TON of fresh basil from the garden, dehydrated it – and only got 4 ounces! Still – smells amazing and I can’t wait to use it (or gift it).

tonight's dinner - which was really awesome - brown rice with chunky mushroom gravy, green beans, and a garlicky-lemon white beans w/steamed kale

tonight’s dinner – which was really awesome – brown rice with chunky mushroom gravy, green beans, and a garlicky-lemon white beans w/steamed kale

up in C'ville at Brazos Tacos!  SO good (as was the watermelon margarita - not pictured)

up in C’ville at Brazos Tacos! SO good (as was the watermelon margarita – not pictured)

FITNESS

Honestly, the heat has been BRUTAL the past weeks.  >100 degrees most days, so I’ve been walking, yoga-ing, and treading in the pool.

LIFE

This was a fun week because I got to go out of town!  After the week I had last week, it was a welcomed trip because I got to do one of the best parts of my job, see wonderful people and friends, and go to bed STUPID early since it was just me and my hotel room!  I had meetings at one of our hospitals that just happens to be in the same town where my grad school university is!  So – I got to have a few meetings on campus as well as the meetings at the hospital.  Plus seeing classmates that live there is always a bonus.  All in all, this week very much balanced me.

in the PepsiCo forum on grounds meeting my professor.  Love the "firstcoffee tradition

in the Pepsi Co forum on grounds meeting my professor. Love the #firstcoffee tradition

To explain a bit about my program – there are 29 of us in my cohort, and while we have classes 3x per week, it’s virtual via Adobe Connect.  We meet in person in various global locations for 2-week residencies (US, Brazil, and China so far – Europe, India, and another US to come).  So my classmates are literally all over the world – it’s pretty freaking amazing.  We also meet virtually to study several times per week, so we’re all always in contact and often very close, even though we don’t see each other often.  So – when I do get to see any between residencies, it’s always extra special.

I was back late Thursday for budget meetings and then regular stuff on Friday.  Best of all, a friend (and classmate) had her baby yesterday (mom and baby doing great!) and I can’t wait to meet and spoil the heck out of him!

Always – fun pics!

Bumble - living a rough life lounging on the back deck under the ceiling fan on a hot day.

Bumble – living a rough life lounging on the back deck under the ceiling fan on a hot day.

because I think this is funny (and true!)

because I think this is funny (and true!)

Staying Juicy!

“FOOD”

I put food in quotes because I’ve been on a juice cleanse for the past three days!

It’s been a very easy going 3 days, to be honest.  It’s been way too long since I’ve done one, and since going back to school my eating and drinking habits have gone to hell and I managed to find a few pounds I thought I lost a decade ago.

I decided that a reset was in order, and planned this fast for mid-week.  I like weekdays vs weekends since you’re so busy at work and there are fewer food distractions.  I had plenty of energy and, aside from the various juices, also had tons of water.  I averaged 220 ounces of water per day.

I did a blend of juices I made myself and some I had shipped from Jus.  All told, yummy and I feel wonderful!  A friend in Kenya did it with me too!  It was nice to have another soul doing this at the same time.

green juices are always my favs

green juices are always my favs

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called booster shots - straight up (which is crazy) or dilute in water, which is what I did

called booster shots – straight up (which is crazy) or dilute in water, which is what I did

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my last juice - while flipping through a cookbook.

my last juice – while flipping through a cookbook.

I’m considering migrating to a smoothie fast for 3 days to get a deeper reset.  Well see, but will keep ya posted.

Speaking of smoothies, the whole fam is joining the #smoothieselfie movement!

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even R joined in!  I made her an Apple Jack smoothie (coconut milk, banana, apple, date, cinnamon) and she loved it!

even R joined in! I made her an Apple Jack smoothie (coconut milk, banana, apple, date, cinnamon) and she loved it!

 

FITNESS

Strenuous fitness while on a cleanse is a pretty poor idea.  I hit up a lovely gentle/restorative class Wednesday night.  Thursday was a bad day (not the cleanse – work), so I pretty much got through the day until I could go to bed!  Today I went hiking at the state park with my youngest daughter and the pups.  I physically feel fine, and by today I felt mentally better to.

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LIFE

Not going into too much here.  Been a rough week, but you know what.  They happen.  And what matters is how you move forward, and that’s what I’m going to do.  I will focus on the loves in my life (my husband and kids, friends, and school) and the rest is what it is.

Speaking of my studies.  She’s back!  Ginny, my #fluffystudybuddy

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Of course we need other fun pics to wrap up the post!

D & M

D & M

D & R

D & R

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Doofus

That’s me.  Blogging doofus.  I appreciate the understanding that life is just so hectic that I’m struggling with the blog regularly.  It’s not that I don’t think about it.  But when I do, it usually means I’d have to skip studying (which, sorry, but hell no) or sleeping (oh HELL no).  So – I’ll keep trying, but until I finish this whole grad school thing, I may continue to be a doofus.

FOOD

Happy to say that eats have been more at home and bringing to work from home than dining out.  D and I get into a pretty regular (and terrible) habit of eating out too much.  This is largely thanks to summer, because D can satisfy his urge to cook outdoors – and ends up doing most of the cooking!

first time ever actually having a veggie hot dog. Pretty darn good!

first time ever actually having a veggie hot dog. Pretty darn good!

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grilled tofu, asparagus, and corn!

grilled tofu, asparagus, and corn!

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And aside from that, lots of smoothies (current fav is vanilla, mixed berry, and fresh basil!), salads, and simple and quick meals like baked potato tacos (baked potatoes topped with beans and hot sauce), tofu stir fries, and pasta dishes.  Also – D and I are making #smoothieselfies a thing.  And yes – we actually text each other these.  He almost never reads my blog, so he has no idea you now know this:)

the morning of our anniversary on 6/25 as we were heading out of town

the morning of our anniversary on 6/25 as we were heading out of town

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made too thick so it became almost an ice cream breakfast!

made too thick so it became almost an ice cream breakfast!

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Of course I eat more than smoothies!  I made some pistou (similar to pesto, but no cheese or nuts and much heavier on the basil).  I used that pistou in a few dishes – my fav was just blending up about 1/2 a cup with a box of silken tofu and some nutritional yeast.  Made a creamy basil-flavored alfredo I mixed into veggies and pasta.

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I even made homemade tofu green curry for the first time!   It came out great!  Not as good as my fav Thai places, but definitely better than some I’ve had!

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notice - only pic of a meal out! Lentil soup and a vegan falafel wrap.

notice – only pic of a meal out! Lentil soup and a vegan falafel wrap.

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FITNESS

Typical mixture of running, workout DVD’s, the gym, and yoga.  To be honest, the RA is has been flaring a bit since China so the running has been less than I’d like, but I’m feeling much better and lacing up more!

I will say – I should start running in my bathing suit (or at least, having that as a base layer.  It’s been HOT and on Sunday afternoon – no kidding – I jumped into the pool in my running clothes.

just before hitting the pool in all this glory. At least I took my shoes off!

just before hitting the pool in all this glory. At least I took my shoes off!

And because I’m on a group that does post-working “prove-it” selfies, here are a couple more.  Because I know you always want to see me sweaty.

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And my little yoga spot in my bedroom.

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LIFE

Well, when you last left your heroine (okay, I’m not likely anyone’s heroine, but roll with me on this!)…

D and I celebrated our anniversary with a weekend in Williamsburg.  We had a blast and it was nice to get away (even though that was the weekend exams opened, which means I did NO studying at all).  It was worth it.

on our way home after a very good weekend

on our way home after a very good weekend

I then had 2 weeks to finish all my end of term exams, papers, and other deliverables, so I was literally in the office until 9-10 pm every day and all day all weekend after that.  Term wrapped on 7/9 and the new term immediately started.  Our school has no breaks – it’s 21 months of full time crazy!  But don’t let me fool you – I absolutely love it.  Hardest thing I’ve ever done, but everything I’m doing is exciting in some way.  And my family is so amazing that they understand why I go MIA for hours every day just to study.  Here’s the end of a chapter after a particular crazy chapter.  The first two sentences in the summary section made it all worth it though!

I went with a vodka cranberry only because I didn't have tonic water. Otherwise I'd have been all over that gin and tonic!

I went with a vodka cranberry only because I didn’t have tonic water. Otherwise I’d have been all over that gin and tonic!

R went to camp for a week and had (as usual) a total blast.  We took Kuma with us to drop her off and she promptly became the camp puppy.  D picked her up (I had class so couldn’t go), and the two of them passed out on the way home.  R and the dog.  Not D.  He was driving.

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pulling into camp!

pulling into camp!

the day before she left was just me and her having a great day together!

the day before she left was just me and her having a great day together!

And I always have to end with gratuitous pics of Bumble, Ginny, and Kuma.

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all 3. in the same space. at the same time. Ginny captivated by the ceiling, Bumble ignoring Kuma, and Kuma realizing she's being completely ignored by the two she wants to play with the most

all 3. in the same space. at the same time. Ginny captivated by the ceiling, Bumble ignoring Kuma, and Kuma realizing she’s being completely ignored by the two she wants to play with the most

rough life of a puppy.

rough life of a puppy.

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outside away from the other beasties, asleep on the porch sofa

outside away from the other beasties, asleep on the porch sofa

puppy kisses!

puppy kisses!

it was hot. I can relate.

it was hot. I can relate.

first beach trip! We couldn't walk 5 feel without people swarming her.

first beach trip! We couldn’t walk 5 feel without people swarming her.

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#fluffystudybuddy

#fluffystudybuddy

waiting for me to finally come to bed!

waiting for me to finally come to bed!

Home!! Best. Place. Ever.

Okay, so I’ve been away for the better part of a month.  Between over a week away working nights to two and a half weeks in China, I apologize for the lack of blog.  Didn’t have access in China, and was too bloody tired after working 12 hour night shifts the week+ before that!

FOOD

Let’s just say I’ve had a lot of meal’s out!  I fell in love with a little place in Harrisonburg called Clementine’s, and went there most days while I was on my work trip.

China was a mixed bag.  The concept of vegan is totally foreign, so I struggled some on the food front.  In the hotel in Shanghai, things were fine.  Beijing was a different story.  Breakfast and lunch were pretty good, but dinner usually was watermelon and pickled veggies (hey – it was in the lounge with the free drinks….don’t judge).

last meal I made before my crazy trips!  Vegan lasagna!

last meal I made before my crazy trips! Vegan lasagna!

My Harrisonburg meals…

the Harrisonburger - totally amazeballs

the Harrisonburger – totally amazeballs

cold soba noodle and tofu salad bowl

cold soba noodle and tofu salad bowl

Various eats in China!

my school made this for me - which was a lifesaver, despite the panic it caused everyone I showed it to...

my school made this for me – which was a lifesaver, despite the panic it caused everyone I showed it to…

my most typical breakfast.  A salad and rice congee.

my most typical breakfast. A salad and rice congee.

baked potato and asparagus at a western-style steakhouse one of my last nights in Beijing.

baked potato and asparagus at a western-style steakhouse one of my last nights in Beijing.

green tea soy frap.  This better be  thing in the US, because I loved it!

green tea soy frap. This better be thing in the US, because I loved it!

salad and grilled veggies

salad and grilled veggies

typical dinner - wafer cracker, watermelon, and pickled veggies.

typical dinner – wafer cracker, watermelon, and pickled veggies.

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fresh noodle bowl.  This was a regular as my lunch.

fresh noodle bowl. This was a regular as my lunch.

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veggie packed dumpling

veggie packed dumpling

more congee

more congee

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the purple thing is a steamed purple sweet potato dumpling. Kind of plain, but loved them.

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watermelon juice and coffee.  Had this every morning in Shanghai!

watermelon juice and coffee. Had this every morning in Shanghai!

FITNESS

Mostly hotel workouts – runs and yoga.  I did go for a few outside runs in Shanghai in the early mornings – which were pretty good.

I did go for one in the afternoon on the last Friday in Shanghai.  Upon which I was accosted by a man while at a stop-light (this was an area that would remind most of Times Square in NY).  He walked up, grabbed my boobs, and squeezed.  Not wanting to go to jail, I refrained from hitting him…but I did lose it epically.  I mean yelling, cursing, and cursing some more.  As one friend put it, I went “full Irish sailor” on him.  By the end of my tirade, I had about 60 expressionless Chinese nationals staring at me.

It took a few days for me to realize that this mans actions is not typical for anyone in China.  Thinking back on it, he may have been mentally disabled, etc.  In the heat of the moment though, it was hard to see rationally.  I imagine all those gawkers though that I was the one accosting him!

LIFE

Let’s see if I can explain the past month without getting too wordy.  Okay – work trip on night-shift to support a go-live.  It was great, and honestly put me on “china time” way in advance (China is 12 hrs ahead of my time zone)- to the point where I had no jet lag at all!

Then 2.5 weeks in China for my grad school residency.  Aside from classes, we had company tours, touristy tours (Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall), speakers (Frank Langfitt from NPR, the current chairman of the Chinese central bank, and many others), and general fun and mayhem (and hard work).

selfie in an alley market!

selfie in an alley market!

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a memory wall at The Great WAll!

a memory wall at The Great WAll!

The Great Wall!   I did yoga in a watch tower!

The Great Wall! I did yoga in a watch tower!

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mimosa's on the Great Wall because they threw up a cocktail party.  On the Great Wall.  How surreal is that??

mimosa’s on the Great Wall because they threw up a cocktail party. On the Great Wall. How surreal is that??

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me and JG in the gondola up to mountain at the Great Wall

me and JG in the gondola up to mountain at the Great Wall

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Tiananmen Square.  We were supposed to go inside, but it was shut down just prior to our arrival.  I was old enough (16 or so) to remember the massacre.  It was a heck of an emotional experience to be there.

Tiananmen Square. We were supposed to go inside, but it was shut down just prior to our arrival. I was old enough (16 or so) to remember the massacre. It was a heck of an emotional experience to be there.

marching soldiers.

marching soldiers.

Chairman Mao

Chairman Mao

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

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The Great Leap brew put after the Forbidden City!

The Great Leap brew put after the Forbidden City!

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Shanghai skyline through the rain and smog

Shanghai skyline through the rain and smog

Went to the Jade Buddha Temple with JG and OPR.  It was amazing.  Got to see monk’s celebrating some rite with their faithful.

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Other random pics

N's 40th bday celebration!

N’s 40th bday celebration!

Shanghai skyline through the rain and smog

Shanghai skyline through the rain and smog

the urban planning museum

the urban planning museum

a scale rendering of Shanghai

a scale rendering of Shanghai

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the marriage market where parents go to display the info of their marriageable children.  Posted on umbrellas are vital stats like height, weight, education, annual salary, and home/car ownership status.

the marriage market where parents go to display the info of their marriageable children. Posted on umbrellas are vital stats like height, weight, education, annual salary, and home/car ownership status.

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the national liquor that MM picked up.  Highly potent!

the national liquor that MM picked up. Highly potent!

it's a red Wi-Fi tardis

it’s a red Wi-Fi tardis

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train station - bigger than my airport!

train station – bigger than my airport!

me and JG on the bullet train from Shanghai to Berlin

me and JG on the bullet train from Shanghai to Berlin

D sent flowers to my hotel in Shanghai for Mother’s Day!  I took a selfie with them:)

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I got my morning picture every day too!  This became a highlight of a couple classmates and professors too!

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I missed my big girl’s birthday!  21!  D took her and the kids out to dinner where A ordered her first drink.  Vodka lemonade :)  She also moved into an apartment with 3 other people while I was away.  Not sad that I missed having to help on moving day though:)

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And…we got a puppy!  They brought her to the airport when I landed last night.  Her name is Kuma!  We batted many around (Rio, Coco, Freya, Shiro, Tsuki, and a few others).  Ultimately, my friend and classmate (and little brother if I ever had one) JN’s wife CN came up with the name!

as soon as D picked her up!

as soon as D picked her up!

trip home

trip home

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nap time!

nap time!

hi, I'm Kuma!

hi, I’m Kuma!

afraid of the dishwasher

afraid of the dishwasher

chilling on the bed

chilling on the bed

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And cats….

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And I’m going to stop you before I post any more pictures, and go to bed because I have to work tomorrow.  So far, no jet lag, but here’s hoping it doesn’t flatten my tomorrow!

 

 

 

Prescribed Eats, But Still Yummy & Fun!

FOOD

I alluded during my last post to participating in a healthy eating program.  I swear I looked at it for months before deciding to jump in and try it out – and did so mainly due to two friends (AD and C) and seeing how balanced they’ve been.  Truth be told – since going back to school my dinners of Wheat Thins, hummus, and wine have reached epic proportions, and I could use some resetting of what constitutes a balanced meal.  With less wine.

So, I’m doing a portion control program called 21 Day Fix that basically dumbs down eating into categories – and you just fill the little tubs and eat the number of tubs based on your weight.  I have to say – makes it easy- though I realize I often don’t eat enough – especially when I take out the daily wine!

Here’s some pics of the plenty of eats over the last week!  I did have some wine (and a beer) this weekend, though they were accounted for.  Also – my OneNote document of eating plans!

planning ahead

planning ahead

tempeh taco salad

tempeh taco salad

stir fry veggies

stir fry veggies

the containers full of good foods!

the containers full of good foods!

soup

soup

my daily smoothie - water, vanilla extract, strawberries, and brown rice powder

my daily smoothie – water, vanilla extract, strawberries, and brown rice powder

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toast with hummus, tomato, cucumbers, and dill

toast with hummus, tomato, cucumbers, and dill

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yes...I actually like plain oats

yes…I actually like plain oats

make-at-work stuffed bells!  Steam a whole pepper, and fill with pre-cooked brown rice and pinto beans!

make-at-work stuffed bells! Steam a whole pepper, and fill with pre-cooked brown rice and pinto beans!

tofu sammich!

tofu sammich!

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dinner out - roasted shrooms, zucc noodles, spinach, asparagus, and spicy tomato sauce.

dinner out – roasted shrooms, zucc noodles, spinach, asparagus, and spicy tomato sauce.

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yes...D and I still send each other smoothie selfies....

yes…D and I still send each other smoothie selfies….

 

FITNESS

Oh wow – all the workouts, all the time!  Lot’s of workout videos, runs, and yoga.

Apologize for the sweaty selfies – it’s part of the group that motivates each other!

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so, it's the 3 of us taking a long walk around the neighborhood!

so, it’s the 3 of us taking a long walk around the neighborhood!

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LIFE

Well, 9 days of travels, time spent (more than I would have liked) at the Chinese embassy in DC, a great party for a friend having a baby, and a night out with some great friends too.

M, me, and J!  Such a great night and so glad I know these guys.

M, me, and J! Such a great night and so glad I know these guys.

Add to that the first roller coasters of the year (me and R!)

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we won SO many tickets!

we won SO many tickets!

 

Morning pics and cats!

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warm day outside, snuggled up and reading

warm day outside, snuggled up and reading

not sure that's comfy, but she was purring....

not sure that’s comfy, but she was purring….

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So – Ginny clearly decided I’m done studying for the night, so I’m totally OK with going to bed now…..’night all!

 

 

Blisters and Bruises

FOOD

Just being back in my kitchen makes me so happy!  Soups, salads, tofu, smoothies….all the grub that makes me so happy:)

While I was away, D was a cooking fool.  It was awesome, because he’s always insisted that he can’t cook.  He made up a tofu/potato taco dish that was such a hit, he made it again my first night home.  Which was awesome because I was pretty much an exhausted zombie all day, and it was nice to have him cook for me!

topped with romaine, tomato, soy yogurt, and hot sauce!

topped with romaine, tomato, soy yogurt, and hot sauce!

After a good night’s sleep on Sunday, I was finally feeling my normal groove on Monday.  Forgot to snap a pic, but had a mango, banana, strawberry, chia, and spinach smoothie for breakfast (and a bagel I picked up for a work meeting – won’t lie!).  Lunch was some veggie pho, and dinner was a pressure cooker split pea soup loaded with veggies, thyme, and liquid smoke for some fun flavor.

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I also did one of my fav things – banana freezing.  Apparently no one else in my fam eats bananas with the voracity that I do, and when I got home there were several that were too brown for regular eats.  So – peel, chunk up freeze, and then bag up for banana soft serve or smoothies!

key here is to freeze them like this BEFORE putting in a bag...otherwise they stick together and are a pain.  I speak from very personal experience on this one.

key here is to freeze them like this BEFORE putting in a bag…otherwise they stick together and are a pain. I speak from very personal experience on this one.

I started feeling not so hot on Tuesday so managed a BAS of romaine, onion, cauliflower, and chickpeas, and little else.

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Today was VERY not feeling okay, so I was happy for leftover soup…

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FITNESS

Full disclosure – I have about 342 blisters from last week.  Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but the bottom of my feet are shredded.  I was averaging about 20 mi per day last week between morning runs and walking – and sadly most of my walking was either old flip flops or work shoes.  It’s literally hurt to stand!

Though yesterday morning was beautiful and I felt that since I didn’t run on Saturday (travels) or Sunday (zombie and foot pain day), that I definitely needed to run Tuesday morning.  Blisters were mostly feeling better and I figured it’d be fine.  About 1/2 mile in, I was annoyed, but insistent on ignoring them (I’m good at ignoring things – ask most of my family).  About 2 miles in I decided to turn around and head home.  I limped up to my front door and then left for work in flats (screw heels on blister day!).

chillin on the back porch after my "run" and before work!

chillin on the back porch after my “run” and before work!

I did yoga Monday and some light stretching today.  Some of the blisters have turned to bruises.  I think that’s a good sign.

LIFE

It’s so good to be back home!  The good thing is that so many of us were at the conference in Vegas last week, that I really wasn’t behind on anything.  That’s a good thing too, because it’s exam time for school, and all my free time is spent studying and getting prepped to knock those out.  2 this weekend, and 2 the weekend after!  5th class doesn’t have an exam, woo hoo!

I got home from the airport around 130am on Sunday, slept like crap, and was up super early.  So…zombie day.  I literally read all day and then curled up on the sofa with the family and watched the last Harry Potter movie.  It was kind of awesome to veg out though.

I also noticed that a whole bunch of people who traveled last week are in various stages of sick as hell this week.  Ugh.  Fortunately my job is pretty wicked, and as long as I have a computer and a phone, I’m good to go.  I have an empty inbox, multiple projects wrapping, and budgets reconciled!

One fun thing being at home during the day is the cats.  They certainly spend most of it sleeping, but they wander around until they find the perfect sleepy spots…

for Gin, it's seriously about sleeping in shoes.  The more recently worn, the better....

for Gin, it’s seriously about sleeping in shoes. The more recently worn, the better….

Bumble is a sunshine kitty when the stairs are lit up!

Bumble is a sunshine kitty when the stairs are lit up!

and an undercover kitty when they're not

and an undercover kitty when they’re not

And finally, morning pics!

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yes it's me.  Yes I'm sick so look like hell!

yes it’s me. Yes I’m sick so look like hell!

 

 

Only Way to Get It Out of the Way Is to Just Do It!

The past few weeks have been full of highs and lows, and the last thing I found I had time to do was blog.  That’s not to say I didn’t think about it – but then so much time had past that it was hard to just sit and write this.  So, only way to do it is to do it.  Not going to go into full detail of the past 3 weeks, but just hit a few highlights.

FOOD

I spent the past week in Las Vegas, and managed a few pretty good eats.  There was a place called the Juice Farm at the Venetian that I hit up every day, which made me incredibly happy.

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I also had some meals at the Wynn (they always have lot of vegan food) which were great.  It was a lousy picture, but the green tea chia pudding was one of the best things I’ve ever, ever eaten!

this pudding - I have to figure out how to make it!

this pudding – I have to figure out how to make it!

sending each other goofy smoothie pics!

sending each other goofy smoothie pics!

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FITNESS

Fitness routine has been pretty, well, routine:)

Since I kept east coast hours while in Vegas, I was up for runs freakishly early (like 530 am).

super early morning runs!  Vegas strip is pretty empty that time of morning, and with the nicer weather, it was actually quite lovely.

super early morning runs! Vegas strip is pretty empty that time of morning, and with the nicer weather, it was actually quite lovely.

Before and after has been a lot of workout DVD’s and yoga at home!

my simple home yoga spot

my simple home yoga spot

LIFE

I was at a conference for the past week, and to be honest – I was quite lame.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been there so many times, it’s lost a bit of it’s glitz – or maybe because I was there for work and not with friends, it just didn’t have a huge appeal.  I walked a ton, went to the conference, and most nights was asleep by 10.  I did go out one night, lived it up a little, and that was enough for me!

Some pics for ya!  First couple are conference related, others are random Vegas pics.

my favorite conference session!

my favorite conference session!

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I don't like whiskey, but thought this was funny

I don’t like whiskey, but thought this was funny

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Otherwise, on the home front, lots of games and family time.

I won!  Then R beat D.

I won! Then R beat D.

Oh – and R has a date to get her braces removed!

post-ortho visit where we got the good news!

post-ortho visit where we got the good news!

And random selfie and morningpictures

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Week of Kitchen Sink/Cupboard Eats, Movies, Chess, and a Birthday!

FOOD

Okay, another week, another chance for some fun eats.  This week we had a bet that we could eat yummy stuff every day without actually going grocery shopping because we’re such massive food hoarders.  Okay, maybe not that, but I have a tendency to shop and buy stuff that I “plan” to make, and then don’t and then buy something else.

Anyway, the week started out with some Sweet and Sour lentils that were just amazing!  Loaded with carrots and pineapple, I could eat this (and did as leftovers for lunch) for days!  It was largely inspired by this recipe, but modified for what I had on hand and to increase the veg content.

on some basmati, it was perfect

on some basmati, it was perfect

Other eats include smoothies, salads, stir-fry’s, and easy eats.

brain food

brain food

a bit hot ginger tea

a bit hot ginger tea

Cajun tofu cutlets with mashers, roasted maple sweet potatoes, and sage gravy.  My personal fav of the week!

Cajun tofu cutlets with mashers, roasted maple sweet potatoes, and sage gravy. My personal fav of the week!

D’s bday was yesterday, and his meal was a special request – though comfort food at it’s finest.  Including mushrooms, mashers, gravy, stuffing, and salad.  And cake, of course!  This was a triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate malt frosting!

another upside down pic.  Sorry!

another upside down pic. Sorry!

so, he's not actually 04...but the numbers were correct (just in the wrong order!)

so, he’s not actually 04…but the numbers were correct (just in the wrong order!)

For V-day breakfast, D went out to Yorgo’s to get me a vegan breakfast burrito!  Tofu scramble, Diaya cheese, potatoes, tempeh sausage, and red onion.  I added a ton of hot sauce and loved it!

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FITNESS

I’ll be honest, only one run this week.  It’s so cold, and I no longer have access to a treadmill.  So – lots of yoga and a few workout DVD’s at home.  Not as much fun, but better than freezing!

LIFE

Another week gone by, and it was pretty normal.  Lot’s of work and studying and as much family time as I could get.  I’m heading out for a week at the end of the month for a work conference (Vegas…I know….suffering, right?!), so being home is where I want to be this week.

D pulled some major muscle in his neck and ended up at urgent care and then mostly immobilized for a few days.  He’s a lot better, but not healed all the way yet.

We’re on a chess playing kick the past few days.  M beat me in a game.  I beat R (barely).  And then the kids did their own little tourney last night.

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Friday I went to see The Big Short and loved it.  Wow, I totally want to see it again!  Other than that, we’ve watched Forest Gump, Indiana Jones (finished out the series), and James Bond!

And here are the obligatory pictures.  Beginning with how Ginny doesn’t want me to study…

and when I gave up, she started to use my pillow too

and when I gave up, she started to use my pillow too

oh look, you're really busy...rub my belly! (yes, a cat who loves her belly scratched)

oh look, you’re really busy…rub my belly! (yes, a cat who loves her belly scratched)

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Morning pictures….

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And miscellaneous fun!

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while not my studies, she still couldn't handle me reading something....

while not my studies, she still couldn’t handle me reading something….

"while you all play chess, I'll just sleep in the box..."

“while you all play chess, I’ll just sleep in the box…”

have been a big fan of Andrea Bocceli for years, and was excited when there was a whole playlist on Spotify!

have been a big fan of Andrea Bocceli for years, and was excited when there was a whole playlist on Spotify!

such snuggles!

such snuggles!

Have a great week, and I’ll post again soon (ish!)

My Life (mostly) in Pictures!

FOOD

It’s been a good few weeks on the food front.  D and I have pledged to go out to eat less, so that means more fun food at home!  And…since I do most of the cooking, they more or less eat what I eat!

Not that they’re complaining – heck, even D decided one evening to make dinner and whipped up an amazing tofu stir fry!  Other yumminess includes tacos, smoothies, salads, wraps, falafel burgers, squash, pasta, homemade breads and soymilk, and Indian food, just to name the highlights of the past weeks!

last night's multicultural dinner!  Homemade baked falafel patties with tzatziki sauce, served as a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a side of Italian garlic, spice, and oil pasta.  Don't judge...

last night’s multicultural dinner! Homemade baked falafel patties with tzatziki sauce, served as a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a side of Italian garlic, spice, and oil pasta. Don’t judge…

Taco Tuesday!

Taco Tuesday!

leftover taco filling makes it a taco BAS Wednesday

leftover taco filling makes it a taco BAS Wednesday

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kale, quinoa, butternut squash soup

kale, quinoa, butternut squash soup

D's delicious stir fry

D’s delicious stir fry

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roasted acorn...

roasted acorn…

to make a yummy sauce...

to make a yummy sauce…

for mac no cheese!

for mac no cheese!

salad dressing

salad dressing

Indian feast!  Garlic naan, tofu korma, Chana dal, and curry veggies

Indian feast! Garlic naan, tofu korma, Chana dal, and curry veggies

fresh bread and rolls for the week

fresh bread and rolls for the week

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rice pudding breakfast!  Leftover brown and wild rice simmered with soymilk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup

rice pudding breakfast! Leftover brown and wild rice simmered with soymilk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup

fresh soymilk

fresh soymilk

dual appliance cooking (rice cooker and slow cooker).  Secrets of a busy household!

dual appliance cooking (rice cooker and slow cooker). Secrets of a busy household!

FITNESS

Running and yoga – as usual!  Can’t complain though, they’re what’s most readily available to me.

D and I are talking about building a home gym over the course of the next few months.  We both want to workout, but finding the time (or the desire) to go to the gym just isn’t there.  All 3 kids really want this to, so for now we’re doing research and pricing and will go from there!

LIFE

Well 3 weeks of life is a LOT of life!  With that said, no major complaints or anything.  There have been a couple illnesses, but nothing tragic (thankfully).  Between work, school, and family, I’m pretty much never bored!

I got to see several classmates last week, which was just amazing.

(from left) AF, JN, me, SH, & JC

(from left) AF, JN, me, SH, & JC

My fluffy study buddy, always willing to “help” (aka…get in the way)…

VERY intent on that equation...

VERY intent on that equation…

at least it's R's homework this time

at least it’s R’s homework this time

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Random shots

LBM using his leaf blower to remove snow from his car

LBM using his leaf blower to remove snow from his car

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at a restaurant where we said goodbye to AC as she takes on a new job and adventure in another state!

at a restaurant where we said goodbye to AC as she takes on a new job and adventure in another state!

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she loves shoes....

she loves shoes….

one stray piece of paper on the floor, and she makes it a pillow...

one stray piece of paper on the floor, and she makes it a pillow…

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And finally, the morningpictures!

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Finally a Grown Up Because I Have Curtains

FOOD

When I went vegan a little over 9 years ago, I had no problem giving up some foods.  Desserts were a big one for awhile – at least until I found my vegan baking mojo (and to be honest – I hate to bake and have more of a salt-tooth vs sweet tooth, so it never really bugged me).  My mom’s egg salad sammiches and tuna noodle salad were two of my favorites growing up, and even though I’ve tried multiple recipes over the years, this one still stands as my fav egg-less salad.  I don’t make it as often as I probably should, but it’s so yummy as a sammich or with crackers.  It’s mostly adapted from my mom and other recipes collected through the years, and I think is one of those stand by recipes.

Crissie’s Tofu Eggless Salad

Ingredients

  • firm silken tofu – best is the cardboard box Mori-Nu brand found in the Asian food aisle vs where regular tofu is found.  Sliced small (I still use an egg slicer for it)
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo (I use Just Mayo)
  • 4 tbsp yellow mayo
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish (I like the sweet kind)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • mix and eat!

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I prefer toasted Ezekiel bread or whole wheat pitas and with added veggies like lettuce, tomato, and onion.

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Other eats  were an Amy’s bean burrito (hey, even I eat food from a freezer now and then!), green smoothie, salad from Moe’s (Welcome to Moe’s!), veggie soup with toast, and a yummy dinner with roasted portabello mushrooms, butternut squash risotto, and a vegan chorizo sausage.

topped with my tart homemade soy yogurt and some hot sauce

topped with my tart homemade soy yogurt and some hot sauce

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FITNESS

Runs every day (but today – yucky rain and snowy weather), yoga, and meditation.  I had my 2nd meditation class yesterday and I very much enjoyed it.

So I started this meditation class for a few reasons.  The first is that I’ve gone down this road before – gung ho to figure out how to stop the constant chatter in my brain – but gave up.  I kept thinking of all the other stuff I could get done if I didn’t just sit still.  The second is because I suck at sleeping.  Seriously – if you look up “insomnia” in the dictionary, it’s quite possible you’ll see my face.  I honestly want to learn how to turn the noise down enough to sleep like a normal person.  And finally, on the advice of a speaker we heard in Brazil last month.  He talked about meditation being a huge key to his balance (he works for a very prestigious global consulting firm), and goodness knows I could use some balance.  So…it was pretty awesome to find that the yoga studio closest to my house actually was starting a 5-week meditation course.  Naturally, I signed up!

I know it’ll take me a long time to get it, but I was heartened when a girl in my class mentioned that she, too, has difficulty sleeping, and that even one week of meditating before bed has helped.  I don’t expect a miracle overnight, but sometime in the next month would be nice!

after a long run on Friday - apparently Ginny loves to snuggle when I smell...

after a long run on Friday – apparently Ginny loves to snuggle when I smell…

60's yesterday and a run around the lake!

60’s yesterday and a run around the lake!

LIFE

The past few days have been pretty great.  I get up so much earlier than my family, so I’ve had a lot of quiet study time.

And while we didn’t win the lotto, my son did play for the first time (he’s 18) and won $4!

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We also – after almost a year in our new house – got curtains.  Only for 2 of the windows, but I’m feeling very grown up all of the sudden!  I fretted over them for a long time.  What looks right?  What fabric?  Ugh.  I’ve stalked Pinterest and finally after a xmas gift card from my parents and a not so subtle “get some damned curtains” nudge, we finally did.  Holy crap, curtains are expensive!  Even on sale, these two windows were nearly $300.  Yikes!  Alas, now I have the “curtain bug” and will not rest until all my windows are appropriately dressed.

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Friday night we all hung out and watched Mission Impossible.  Last night, D and I had plans to check out the new cinema café that opened near us and watch 13 (the Benghazi movie).  We even got there an hour early thinking we’d get great seats and grab a beer or something.  Silly movie was sold out!  So…we went out for dinner/drinks and then went back today to watch the flick!

Bumble snuggling with M on movie night

Bumble snuggling with M on movie night

out on Saturday eve

out on Saturday eve

and finally at the movies today!

and finally at the movies today!

The rest of the evening is doing some studying, laundry, bulk cooking, and prepping for the busy week ahead!