Happy Friday!

Hello from the land of the sporadic poster!  All good!

It’s Friday.  I’m thrilled that it’s Friday.  I actually had a short week (more on that later) but it still felt pretty long.  I hate how that always happens.

Some highlights of the past two weeks or so…

DC!  I was in DC last week for my “bachelorette party”.  I put that in quotes because it definitely wasn’t your traditional party.  I’m too old for that sh*t.  🙂

DC may be one of my favorite cities, so I was thrilled to have the party there.  We stayed at a great hotel – shout out to the Kimpton Mason & Rook.

I’m still gathering photos so I don’t have a ton to share.  But…there was one surprise guest! (see if you can find her)

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The trip was a bit of the touristy stuff (mainly checking out the monuments) and then good food, friends, and good times.

Sunday night we saw Judd Apatow do standup, which was quite fun.  Saturday morning we went SUPing.  Also very fun, although the heat hit me a bit hard so I spent the last bit on my knees (versus standing).

We ate at some delicious restaurants and enjoyed lots of drinks as well.  The hotel has a wine hour every day at 5p, so you can be sure we never missed one of those!

Running  I’m running.  Probably not where I should be for the half in October but I’m confident that I will get there.  I’ve been having a REALLY hard time waking up in the morning, so I need to figure out the cause and work on fixing that.

I actually ran twice while in DC.  Friday morning on the treadmill and Saturday outside.  For some reason I love the treadmills with the virtual running paths.  I ran through Germany!  It’s the little things 🙂  Saturday’s run took us to the white house and then past some monuments (Washington, Korea, Vietnam).  Love me some DC!

Right now I’m trying to decide between OTF tomorrow or attempting a 6 mile group run.  I haven’t come close to 6, so I’m wondering if it’s stupid to even try.  Hmmm.

Vegan  I was not vegan in DC.  I craved carbs and cheese…and eggs.  Oh well!  I’m back at it now.

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I made this last night.  African peanut sweet potato stew courtesy of Vegangela (again).  As I was making it I wasn’t too sure about it.  It seemed good in theory but I just wasn’t sure it would have enough flavor.  It did!  I added a bit more spice to it, but other than that I stuck pretty closely to the recipe and it was delicious!  Give it a try!

So that’s what’s going on here.  Hope you have a most wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

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V update

So far the vegan thing is going OK and we’ve actually had some very delicious food.

Although I do have to admit it hasn’t been 100% because I still am not sure how to substitute eggs.  I did see that there’s a product out there, but the local supermarket didn’t have it.  I also remember seeing the term “flax egg” in the past, but am not really sure what that means 🙂

I’m open to suggestions if anyone has some.

We both agreed that we are lucky since my other half is such a great cook, so he’s comfortable playing around and trying new things.  We’ve been eating pretty well.

On Monday night we had pad thai.  My other half made that and while not the most healthy, it was DELICIOUS!  There was one egg in there, but we’ll work on that.  Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe to share but will try to find out if he used one.

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Tuesday night we had a version of pho with the shirataki tofu noodles. Sorry, no photo of that one.

Then last night dinner was on me and I made Quinoa Falafel with an Avocado Tahini Dressing courtesy of Vegangela.

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Of course the majority of items in this photo are things I didn’t make (the pita, hummus, and tabbouleh).  And not pictured is the delicious avocado tahini dressing.

Recipe is here although I did tweak it a bit.

I am most excited about this recipe because now I know that Vegangela is a good resource for recipes.  There are so many recipes out there that people say are great, and then you try them and they just aren’t.  I need to learn whose opinions I can trust.  For example, I have a friend who I love dearly, but her taste in restaurants isn’t so great, which I learned the hard way, so I take her recommendations with a grain of salt.

I have a bunch more from her site cued up to try.  Yay!

Please share recipes with me in the comments 🙂

 

 

 

Skincare

Hi there!

I hope the title of this post doesn’t have you thinking you’re going to get all the answers to gorgeous skin.  Sorry.

I’m getting married in just over 4 months (which is crazy).  I’m also turning 38 at the end of next month (crazier!).

I think it’s a combination of the two, but i’ve been looking more closely at my skin and seem to be noticing every little issue.  I don’t think these issues just popped up, but for some reason now i’m really noticing them.

I definitely dealt with acne in my teenage years and then again in my mid to late 20s after a bout with mono sent my immune system to the sh*ts.  I’m pretty sure I could have won a “most frequent visitor” award at the dermatologists office.  I did topicals, antibiotics, acutane, you name it.  But I got past all that relatively scott-free.  Yes, I have some scarring, but it’s not horrible.

After focusing on my skin a bit too much (and thinking about wedding photos, argh!) I came to the realization that it was time to spend more money, time, and effort on my skin.

Easier said than done.

There are so many products out there that I literally had no idea where to start (still not sure that I do).  Rodan and Fields is all.over.the.freaking.internet, there are drugstore brands, department store brands, and natural products.  Overwhelming.

I did a little research but pretty quickly got annoyed and overwhelmed (both by the amount of information and the lack of good content.  Then I got a bit overwhelmed by the prices.

I know it’s my skin, I know it’s what everyone sees first, but I can not get myself to pay over $100 for any set of products.  I just can’t do it!

So here’s what I came up with (and how) and we’ll see what happens.  My plan is to take a picture before and then another in a month or so to see if there’s any difference.

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Micellar Water – This stuff is honestly being mentioned EVERYWHERE.  I like the fact that it doesn’t require water, which makes it fast and easy (and not drying).  I’ve been using this on my face for a few days now.

The other brand I decided to try is the Ordinary.

I read a few different reviews/comments about the Ordinary and what attracted me initially was the affordable price point.  My first order came out to roughly $40 and included 4 different products.

Since I’m totally a skin newbie, I grabbed the recommended regimen from their site and decided to give it a go.

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Apparently they’ve become super popular rather quickly, so they were experiencing fulfillment delays and I had no idea when I’d get my products.  So about a week after placing my order I was pretty excited to receive a shipping notification.

Looks like it will deliver today!  Hooray!

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this goes.

As a side note, I felt comfortable going with the site recommendation because my skin is pretty average and not sensitive. 🙂

For daily use I use a moisturizer with SPF (right now I have one by Trader Joe’s and another from New Zealand with manuka honey).

So tell me, do you have any product recommendations?  Anything for the chest area? (that’s my next spot to work on since I seem to have some creases, seriously, WTF??)

I’m also a sucker for masks, so I have a charcoal mask from Loreal as well as some random ones from a Trader Joes holiday pack.  And of course there’s always the Queen Helen Mint Julep mask (speaking of which, I’m out and need more).

I’d love to hear any and all skin related input/thoughts.

Thanks!!

Who’s That Girl

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Oh hey!  Just me!  Sorry to disappoint but madonna is not writing this blog.  Bummer.

If anyone is still reading, you can see that I had gone silent for a long time.  I missed writing but I just wasn’t sure I had anything to say.  Really?  In actuality I always have something to say about something, but what could I write that might actually have value. I’m still not sure I have the answer but I’m going to write because I like to write and like my coffee mug says…

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So here I am!  I suppose a lot and a little has changed at the same time.  I’ll attempt to briefly recap.

Looks like my last post was when I beat up my shins on an intense downhill run.  So there’s that.  I’ll start with running.

I refunded my entry to the Fairfield Half Marathon on 6/24.  While I loved it last year, this year I absolutely was not ready and since a refund (less $10) was an option, I went for it.  I had a teeny bit of FOMO but probably would not have survived anyway.

I am still registered for the SONO Half on October 14th and training has just started. Today.  Or rather, tomorrow, since this morning I was paying the price for way overindulging on potato chips yesterday.  Who am I?  I’m so not a chips person!

Speaking of food, the other half watched “What the Health” on Netflix about a week ago.  He’s now attempting to be 95% vegan (the 5% is fish/seafood).  He is the biggest meat eater I know and I was shocked that he wanted to attempt this.  He’s made it almost a week and honestly that was more than I expected.

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I’m going along with him on this journey since meat doesn’t do much for me to start.  I do plan on talking more about this topic on the blog and sharing any good recipes we find/try.  Don’t worry, I won’t become that person.

Yesterday I went to the library and took out 3 vegan cookbooks.  Today I printed some recipes from the interwebs.

Personally, I’m most excited to experiment with nut based sauces and finally giving nutritional yeast a try.  I’ve never been adventurous when it came to meats, but plant based, game on!

Have you watched that documentary on Netflix?  What did you think?

I didn’t watch the whole thing because i’m way too sensitive when it comes to food related “exposes”, but I think it made some interesting points.  At the same time, it did seem a bit extreme so i’d likely want to do more research into their claims.

All this said, I do still expect to occasionally consume animal products.  For example, I’m headed to DC in a couple weeks for my bachelorette party and if I want mac and cheese, I’m going to have it!!!  Or butter!  🙂

If you have any recommendations on websites, recipes, or books, let me know.  If you have any recommendations for documentaries on this topic, let me know and i’ll tell my other half to watch.

And finally, in closing, since I’m talking about watching stuff.  Have you watched GLOW?  (also on Netflix)

I grew up with one of the girls in the show, so I had heard about it somewhat early on.  Once it debuted it got great reviews so I gave it a watch.  I’m only a few episodes in, but I’m really enjoying it.  Yay TV!

I’m going to try to get back to somewhat regular posting, so please stick around and let’s be internet friends.