A little heavy on the food

Hello!  It’s been a bit, but that’s OK.  I’ve been busy, so it happens.

I hope you’re having a good week so far!  Personally, I’m spending too much time thinking about how badly I want to take some time off.  All things in good time.

So where to start?

Running

I did another group run for the Sono Half this past Saturday.  My other half was going to do it with me, but he had other stuff to get done and the 8a start time was too late for him.  It was a 7 miler.

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It wasn’t great (and neither is that photo), but I did it!  There was more walking than I’d like to admit, but at least I kept going.  I was last in the group, which I’m totally OK with.  I was lucky that the two people ahead of me were very nice and stopped to wait for me twice.  They are both training for the Chicago Marathon so the 7 miler was just a part of their total mileage.

It got me thinking about running at the back of the pack.  As I said, I don’t care if I’m the slowest or the fastest (hahaha!), but I think that a lot of people do care.  I had this whole thought in my head that the race organizers should try harder to get the slower people to the group runs.  In my mind, these are the people that won’t show up.  Thoughts?

Food (I’ll break this up into vegan and non)

Vegan

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This was a well intended meal, although only half of it came out as desired.  My plan was to do a mushroom soup and then something similar to a BLT but with tempeh or fake bacon.

I had tempeh at home, so I went that route.  I browned it a bit in some olive oil and then seasoned it with the Trader Joe’s Everything mix.  Good in theory, but all the seasoning fell off so it tasted pretty bad.  Oh well!

The mushroom soup was a success.  And again, another Vegangela recipe.  When you have luck with a site, why deviate?  Here’s the link.  I made a few minimal modifications, but nothing worth noting.  It was good!  The other half even liked it!

I also made vegan oatmeal raisin cookies (link here).  Her recipe is for chocolate walnut cookies, but I swapped out the chocolate and nuts for raisins.  I also added a bit of cinnamon.

While they tasted amazing, they looked pretty lousy.

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They are made with coconut oil, which is liquid at high temperatures.  They became incredibly flat and pretty much all joined together on the baking sheet.  So I ultimately said screw this, and just threw them in a container where they morphed into a sort of crumble.  Not a photogenic crumble, but a very delicious one.  These were gone in a couple of days.

I’ll play around with them to see if I can get them to look like cookies, but even if I can’t, they still taste good enough to stick with.

I feel like we’ve been trying every vegan product we can find.  Sunday we tried this.

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The verdict?  Not a fan.  It was odd.  I read the back of the package that it’s some sort of cheese substitute mixed with a fermented soy.  Just odd.  Not disgusting, just not great.

And last on the vegan front, I found the following two snacks that are both quite good (and unique).

Both good and all too easy to snack on.  Maybe i’m better off not having snacks handy. 🙂

Non-vegan

I’m trying, but sometimes it just doesn’t work.

After my run on Saturday I wanted nothing more than an egg Mcmuffin, so I had one and enjoyed every second!  So worth it! (still vegetarian, just not even close to vegan)

Last week I had dinner with some girlfriends and had a delicious jalapeno almond pesto pasta dish (probably had some dairy).  It was so good I told my other half I wanted him to recreate it.  So he went for it.  It wasn’t a match, but it was still SO good!

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That was on a fish day (we’re still eating seafood).  Too bad dinner  was served at 9:30p on a Sunday.  I’m old…and tired.

Lastly, some pizza eye candy.  Yum!

Neither of us ate this, but we heard it was amazing.
Fresh figs, speck, asiago and gorgonzola cheeses.

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Drool away!

Life/wedding/other stuff

  • I’ve mentioned it on here in passing, but I’ve been really tired.  Like really.  I wake up tired and am still having a hard time motivating to do anything.
  • I have a physical scheduled for next Monday and am planning a full blood workup, including B12, which I just read about.
  • I don’t want anything to be wrong, but I’d like a reason so I can fix it. 🙂
  • This Sunday I’m having an invitation stuffing party at my house…with my parents.  It’s gonna be a rager!  😉
  • Dress is in my possession, first fitting is 9/5, so soon.
  • I need a day off.  See, I came full circle.

Hope you’re having a great week!  Feel free to comment about anything mentioned above, I love comments!

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Where did it go?

This morning someone asked me how the weekend was and I honestly couldn’t remember.  It was to the point that it was strange.  What the heck did I do this weekend?  After some thought though, it came back to me.  It was busy enough but also somewhat lazy, and of course….too short.

I started out Friday rocking my new TOMS.  I love TOMS.  I didn’t for a while and then I bought a pair and now I buy them every time they are on zulily.com (no need to pay full price!).

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I had hoped to cut out a little early on Friday, but that didn’t happen.  What did happen on Friday was a delivery of a new fridge.  Hooray!

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My old fridge was about 5+ years and the freezer was a disaster.  When I bought it, I was in the midst of renovations (kitchen and two bathrooms) and was tired of spending money, so I bought a cheap model.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.  While the freezer technically still worked, what it did best was attempt to turn the whole freezer into an iceberg.  I ain’t got time for that!

So new fridge it is, and boy is she pretty!  The space for the fridge is a very specific size and as a result there are not many models that will fit.  Thankfully this one worked.

Saturday One Bro had an event at 1p, so I had signed up for a 7am (ouch!) OTF class.  I will admit that when my alarm went off at 6a I toyed with the idea of cancelling.  But I didn’t.  I got up, walked the dog and hit that class…hard.  It was WONDERFUL!  It was a good class overall and for the first time in a while, I felt like I was able to really push myself.

I’ve been having some issues with their HR monitor, so on Saturday I used a loaner and it worked fine, which tells me that maybe mine really does have issue.  I have their chest strap (versus the wrist monitor) and had thought about trying out the wrist based on all the issues I had.  They were all set to give me a wrist monitor that morning and after trying two, neither worked.  Guess it’s a work in progress.

I grabbed some coffee and was still home by 8:30, which was crazy.  I kept thinking it was later in the day than it was.  I needed to do some errands and get ready for the event.  I left the house around 11:45 and headed over.

The event was in a part of Norwalk called Rowayton, which is a beautiful area by the water.  This was the view.

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Weather on Saturday was WEIRD and not at all July-like.  I had on jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt and I was actually chilly.  Because we were by the water it was quite breezy, which made it chillier.  Although from a working perspective, it was much better than 90+ and humid, especially because that oven is HOT.

Some food photos from the event…

Eggplant, chicken marsala, and salad.  Yum!

Saturday night we did nothing and it was pretty enjoyable.

Sunday I was up early once again, this time for spin.  Class is at 8:15 in Stamford (about a 10-15 minute drive) so the alarm went off at 6:45a.  Yuck.  Thankfully class was really good, so it was well worth it.  And again, being done by 9a is quite lovely.

From there I hit up TJs for a few items and then Old Navy who was having 50% off all activewear.  I’m hot and cold with their active stuff as I feel like the quality varies greatly.  I have a few things I love and have bought others and been disappointed.  I ended up grabbing two tanks, a pair of shorts, and arm sleeves for my other half.

As you know, i’m toying with the idea of shorts, so I figured I’d give them a shot.  I went with these.

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After 50% off, they were not even $10, which is awesome.  Unfortunately when I tried them on I hated them.  So back to the drawing board.  While I do like to be locked and loaded, i’m thinking that from an aesthetic perspective, fitted may not be the way to go.  I’m not a particularly vain person, but I need to at least somewhat like the way an item looks on me to wear it.  Next.

The rest of the afternoon consisted of some errands, relaxing, cleaning, and walking Minnie.  While the day started out really cloudy, the sun broke through and with it, lots of heat.  I took Minnie out and when we got back she did this.

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That part of the floor is somewhat close to the AC and therefore a little cool.  Dog down.

Then I got to work on making some zucchini bread since we had a few zucchinis that needed to be used.

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Here’s the recipe I used.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Ingredients
 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl.  Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well.  Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips until well combined.  Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes.  Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
Sunday night I didn’t do much.  I recorded the new show on HBO, The Night Of and plan to watch tonight.  Anyone watch?  No spoilers, but what did you think?
I still haven’t run at all, aside from at OTF.  Thinking I will try to get outside for a run this week, although we’ll see just how hot and humid it ends up being.
The BAA Half Marathon registration opens this week and I’m toying with doing it.  Has anyone done it?  Would you recommend it?
So that’s that.  Hope you had a most wonderful weekend and have a great week!

Still here! (and making up for lost words)

It’s been a super busy 8 days since I last posted.  I did have every intention of posting again last week, but clearly that did not happen.

The half was Sunday and then it was back to work Monday.  I was able to post then.

Tuesday and Wednesday were a sales meeting at work, so full days spent in a conference room.  Wednesday included dinner.  Thursday was a customer visiting the office, followed by dinner.  Friday was a supplier visit, followed by meetings and then me scrambling to get out of work early because it was the Friday before a long weekend which does not bode well for traffic.  ARGH!

It was super busy and not very healthy with all those dinners (and lunches brought in).

I taught on Tuesday night and then didn’t do anything active until Saturday morning when I went to OTF.

During that week I actually thought a lot about the Fairfield half.  I went into the half really unsure about running.  This was now the second half that I had signed up for and then failed on the training.  The first time I was good about training, but both subsequent times I found that I just couldn’t motivate at all.  When I get out there I feel good and enjoy it, but it was just hard to get out there.  I can blame work and life, but it’s really me to blame.  The motivation issues were all mine.

Trying to understand why you can’t motivate is tough.  Was I just lazy?  Did I have a vitamin deficiency?  Do I not like running?  Is it because I’m doing it solo?

After some thought, I do think that doing it solo is a big part.  Other than me myself and I, there is no one to be accountable to and maybe that’s exactly what I need.

I figured I’d run Fairfield and then most likely that would be it.  I’d take some time to figure out if I wanted to run anymore.  What I wasn’t expecting was to like Fairfield as much as I did.  The conditions were rough, but it was still enjoyable.  After a few days processing it, I decided that I just may sign up for another half in the fall.

My first half was the SONO Half right in my town.  All along I had figured I’d do it again this year, but after the last training cycle I thought maybe I’d skip it.  I feel like I have a weird relationship with SONO because of the race organizer.  For that half, I was a contest winner and won free coaching with the organizer.  I was so psyched for that.  And while the training was adequate and left me prepared, I was overall really disappointed in the experience and the guy as a coach.  Had he wowed me I would have likely used him again as well as told everyone I knew how great he was.  But he wasn’t.  And I think because he was such a disappointment part of me doesn’t want to run in his race.  Is that childish?

So for that race I go back and forth with running it or just being the most awesome spectator ever.  Hmmmm.

But now i’m also thinking about doing the Philly half.  I have to say it’s really expensive for a half, but I’ve heard good things.  Has anyone run it?

Is my brain ever not going in a thousand directions?  Nope!

The other thing about Fairfield that has completely blown my mind is how much my pace was affected by the weather.  It’s crazy!

My pace for Fairfield was slower than my pace at Savin Rock where I walked all the hills.  At Fairfield I barely walked (although I did walk some during miles 11-13).  The temp at Savin Rock was in the 40s.  I never in my life thought I would say that I prefer any temperature less than 70, but apparently for running I really do.

So…..

I haven’t run at all since Fairfield.  I will get back to it, but I’m not rushing.  May take another week or so and then just see how it goes.  I may see if there are any shorter runs to sign up for and go from there.  I am now teaching two cycling classes per week and doing OTF twice a week (when I’m lucky) so I hope to focus on strength and cross-training a bit more.  So we will see what happens and of course I will keep you posted.

I was also thinking about trying to coordinate a group run through a newly opened running store (versus my original coffee idea), so I should revisit that.

Most importantly I want to try to enjoy the summer and the time when I am not at work. 🙂

Before I go, here are two pictures from the weekend.  Minnie.  Always Minnie.  And Pizza.  Always pizza.

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Have a great week!!!

What a weekend it was!

Happy Monday to all!  I hope everyone enjoyed their first official summer weekend!

My weekend was lovely, but wait for it…too short.  Big surprise, right?

The race was Sunday and in general we had a relaxed attitude towards it, so instead of doing nothing but relaxing on Saturday, we had a pretty normal (and busy) weekend day.

Saturday morning Minnie woke me up around 6a (not thrilled) but I decided to stay up and enjoyed knowing that I had nothing that I really really needed to do until later in the day.  I haven’t been sleeping well, so I thought that perhaps the early wakeup would help me sleep that night.

Around 10:15a I headed out to a new running/biking/swimming store in town.  I know the owner and wanted to show my support but also just check it out.  I love my running store in Stamford, but this so much closer and quite honestly, convenience means a lot!  I had planned on just buying some Gu type stuff and saying hi.  Of course that didn’t happen!

I bought a bunch of Gu, and a few Clif products and then decided to try this.

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While I wasn’t going to use it for the half, I figured it was worth trying.  As a follow up, my sister said that some of them do still have remnants of the chia seed itself, so i’m not sure how the texture will be.  Have you tried this brand?

I also picked up a new pair of Balega socks (Enduro no-show) since one of my pairs has gone missing.

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As I was about the check out, I thought, what about compression.  Because the store had opened only one day earlier, they had reps from the main brands there, so I got to talk to the 2xU rep, which was very helpful.  I ended up going with a pair of compression socks and got a free running hat!

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Yes, they are very smurf like, but they are so comfy!  I had a long flight coming up at the end of August and figured these would do double duty.

I spent way more time (and money) at the store than I had expected and then headed up to Fairfield to pick up our bibs for the race.  Pickup was quick and easy and then I headed home.

One Bro had an event that night, so I helped out a bit.  I had agree to walk a neighbor’s dog, so I took her out around 3.  And before I knew it, it was time to go to the train station to pick up my sister!  Hooray!  Once I grabbed her we did a few errands and then headed over to help at the One Bro event (which I never would have done the night before a race).

The party was a college graduation and it was a nice group.  They loved the food.

Here’s the usual pizza eye candy.  Two pies that made their debut on Saturday.

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Caramelized onion and smoked mozarella
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Chicken marsala

We managed to cut out of the party around 7:45 and went for sushi.  I’m all about sushi as a pre-run food.  As i see it, it’s a great mix of protein and carbs.  Right?  🙂

And then it was time to rest up for RACE DAY!!!!

Forecast was sunny with low humidity and temps in the mid to high 80s.  Start time was 8:15 which we all agreed is a bit late for a summer race.

So here we go….

I got up around 5:30 and we left the house around 6:45, getting to the train station (where the shuttle busses were) a little after 7.  The process was easy.  You picked up your clear bag check bag at the train station so you could leave things in your car.  We were then shuttled over to the beach where the race would start.

We had plenty of time to hit the porta-potties and do some last minute hydrating.  I ate my Sport Beans and then headed to what I would loosely call a corral.  In this race, the men and women started separately and met up at mile 1.  If you were running with someone of the opposite sex, you could start together in either.

My sister went to the front, my other half to the men, and I settled in towards the back of the women.  My goal for this race was to go slow and enjoy.  There were no actual time corrals although there were pacers.  And then we were off.  I was only a minute or so behind the start clock, so not too bad.

As I started, I had a few goals.  Some were specific and some were more general.

  • Go slow…not faster than 11:00/mile
  • Enjoy the experience; the route, the surroundings, the people
  • Go without music until at least mile 7
  • Go without walking to at least mile 7
  • Don’t walk the hills

So I started with an easy pace and pretty much stayed at a consistent effort level throughout.  We started out in town and there was some nice crowd support.  There were bands spread out every 1-2 miles.  As we headed away from town it became quieter and more country like, but the route was nice and some of the views were gorgeous!  It was a rolling hills course, so some decent hills, but always followed by some nice downhills.

I managed to run every hill, goal met.  Since I was focused on enjoying the surroundings and experiencing the event, I actually kept my music off until mile 9.  And even when it was on, I kept the volume a bit lower.  Goal met.  I kept going at my slow pace and didn’t take a walking break until a water stop during mile 11.  Goal met.  So overall I met all of my goals.  I think a part of me had a hidden goal of improving on my last time, but once I was out there running in the heat, I did the math and realized it might not happen.  While it would have been nice to improve my time, it really wasn’t all that important to me.

I had read about how much your pace slows in the heat.

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Assuming an ideal pace of 10:30 and a temperature of 80, that means I’d be looking at a pace of 11:46 on the lower end of the range.  Looking at it this way, my pace on Sunday makes perfect sense.  My effort level was pretty much the same, I was just moving much slower.

The race organizers did a great job with the water stops.  Every water stop had water and UCAN (yuck!).  A few stops also had Gu.  The water stops seemed to be about every mile or so, which was great in the heat.  My favorite part of the course was definitely the sprinklers.  Early on I didn’t really need them, but from mile 10 on, they became a life saver because it was HOT and sunny.  Getting wet with cool water made such a difference!  There were about 6 or so official sprinklers (manned by the fire department) but quite a few homeowners also put their sprinklers out for the runners, which I loved.

The last stretch had you running over some gravel (which I hated) but thankfully it was short and left me really appreciating concrete.  We also ran under a huge American flag, which was awesome!

I didn’t take any photos during the race, but did manage to grab a bunch from instagram. (I obviously took the bib/medal one)

Overall I had a good time.  It wasn’t easy, but I did it and overall felt pretty good for most of it.  I think that with proper training I could easily have a good run and drastically improve my time.

I’m proud of myself for doing it even though I really wasn’t trained properly or ready.  But, as my mantra band says…

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Catch ya on the flip side with some other thoughts.

What a busy weekend!

Good morning!  It’s Monday.  Again.

It was such a busy weekend!

Friday was pretty quiet, which was OK.

Saturday, my alarm went off at 4:50a (although I was actually up at 4:35a, thanks stomach).  I got dressed and was out of the house by about 5:20 and in Harlem just after 6a.  Driving is lovely at that hour….not too many cars.

Unfortunately finding a parking spot at that hour is tough because most people are still at home sleeping.  So that took about 30 minutes, but thankfully I found one.  Or rather I should thank my sis because she spotted it (she came out of her apartment to drive around with me, that’s love).

We got to the east side of Central Park around 7a and met up with a couple of her friends.  We made our way across the park to bag check and then did a little jogging (and of course hit up a bathroom).  Then it was time to get into the corrals.  My sister and her friends were in B, I was in K…aka the back of the pack.  But i’m cool with that.  If I were in a higher corral I would probably be trampled and everyone would hate me. 🙂  Although I am curious about the corral parameters.  Does anyone know?  Does it vary by race?  Anyway…

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This was by far the largest race I had ever done with almost 9,000 people…all women too!

Here’s a shot from once I made it around the bend and onto Central Park West.

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That’s probably corrals I and K, so that was after AA-H had already started.  NYRR had a staggered start, so they let groups go every 30 seconds, which seemed to work well.

I liked the large group but did get a little frustrated by all the weaving I had to do.  It was worst at the beginning, but it never really went away.

It was HARD.  I tried to find the course elevation map, but it seems to have been taken down.  I’ve never run in Central Park before and I had heard it was hilly, but boy is it hilly!  This route had quite a few slow and steady hills.  My sister had told me that the first half was the hardest, and I guess it was, but it’s not like the second half was easy.

I may have pushed a bit too hard as my second mile came in under 10 minutes, and I ended up having to take a few walking breaks.  I wanted to push and not walk, but in the end walking won.  But I did try to keep them brief.

Here’s a very ugly photo that a friend took during the final .2.

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I was rather unhappy at this time but managed to smile and wave…and push through to the end.

I made it!

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Finishers!!  And apparently the NYRR are really fast about posting times, so this was up as we were walking to get coffee.

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Notice the difference between my sis and me.  I swear we are related.

Post run we grabbed coffee and then did brunch, which was lovely.  I always forget just how huge brunch is in the city.  From there I had to head back to CT to help with a One Bro Pizza event in the evening.

Sunday morning I subbed an 8:30 spin class, which was great.  Good group, worked hard.

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From there I headed home, got some time in the sun on the hammock and then turned the day into Sunday Fun Day.  We hit up a couple bars, had some cocktails alfresco and then hit the supermarket for some goodies to throw on the grill.

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And that was the weekend.  Finished it out watching the Tony’s (which I’ve never watched before).  So good!  So many broadway shows to see!  Any favorites?

Enjoy the week!

 

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Monday and the weekend

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This shot of my inbox pretty much sums up my Monday…starting at 1:30 and going until the early evening.

I love Athleta and they were offering an extra 20% off sale.  The loft was 60% off certain styles and I found a dress I liked for a wedding this weekend (last minute, I know).  And then the Gap had 40% so i bought some running capris.  I’m hoping some new workout clothes will be energizing.  hello color!

The rest of the weekend was good, but super busy, so not nearly as relaxing as I would have liked.

I was off Friday, which was great, but I had taken the day to help with One Bro at a farmer’s market, which meant it was another form of work.

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Weather was gorgeous and I ended up running into some friends unexpectedly, which was such a great surprise.

We were hosting a BBQ on Sunday so Saturday was prep work, pretty much all day.  Cleaning up the deck and yard area, grocery shopping, and then cooking whatever I could in advance.

Sunday I was up at 6 and again, non stop prep until the BBQ at 1.  Exhausting.  It was a lovely BBQ with friends and family, but it was exhausted.

One of the hits of the party was the tuna tartare that I made.  It’s loosely based off Ina Garten’s recipe, which is here.  I’m going to work on writing up my recipe and hope to share it in the future.

My head started to hurt Sunday afternoon and it hung around until I went to bed.  Unfortunately I woke up this morning and the ache had gotten worse, so I slept in a bit and took it easy (hence the couch time that resulted in the shopping).

Right now I’m relaxing and trying to mentally prepare for the week.  The half is 4 weeks out so it’s time for high gear.  Fingers crossed!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Weekend recap

Good morning and happy Monday!

Anyone else feeling a bit groggy this AM?  I probably did have a bit too much fun on St. Pat’s day, but I also went to bed early, so I should be bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Should be.

I’ll start with Sunday and rewind a bit.

Sunday was St. Pat’s day and we had planned to live it up and go out early in order to be home at a reasonable time.  We planned for 9:30a but got to the bar around 11a.  Our neighbor was nice enough to drop us off and pick us up.  (We have the best neighbors!).

I didn’t bring my camera but did manage to find some pictures on facebook.  I was wearing a green fuzzy headband thingy which made finding me a bit easier.  I even managed to sort of find myself in these pictures.

I had never been to a St. Pat’s celebration at this bar but it is HUGE.  They have a large parking lot out back which they use for a bar, a stage, food, bathrooms, etc.  It’s actually quite impressive.  However what impressed me, the old lady, most, was that everyone seemed to be nice and I did not get annoyed.  That is rare.

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We called it a day somewhere around 4:30p which was perfect.  It gave us enough time to relax and eat before having to call it a night.  DJ and I don’t always do things like this enough, so it was great.  And thankfully I feel fine today 🙂

Saturday night we had about 7 people over for pizza which of course was delicious.

Of course we had the usual cheese, sausage and cheese, and margharita, but chef DJ also tried two new pies using meat from an awesome local butcher.

The first was based around a lamb sasusage that they sell called the Rockin’ Moroccan.

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The second was a take on the most amazing burger we had a couple of weeks ago and used dry aged ground beef, bacon, and gouda.  This was one of those pies that you almost needed a fork and knife for.

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I don’t eat lamb so I didn’t partake in that pie, but from what everyone was saying it was incredibly delicious.  While I’m currently trying not to eat red meat, I did have to try the cheese burger pie and it was quite tasty!

Rewinding to Saturday morning, class was great.  I put together a new ride and will post it later today (once I grab my ipod from the car).

Friday night i hit up a few stores in search of my green outfit for Sunday and then grabbed takeout sushi.

And that my friends, was my weekend.  Too bad it’s over.

I hope you have lovely weekends!

 

Weekend recap

Good morning and happy Monday!

Sadly, I am at work today.  Therefore I’m very jealous of anyone who is off for President’s Day.  The cafeteria in our building is closed today which means we’re one of the only companies here.  Therefore clearly we shouldn’t be. 🙂

It was a lovely weekend, but it was way too short!

I’m pretty sure I did nothing on Friday evening, but for the life of me, I can’t remember.  Even though I know it was nothing notable, it’s driving me nuts that I can’t recall.

Saturday was an uneventful day.  I taught and then did some errands and then did some cleaning (my least favorite thing ever).  DJ had invited some friends over for a pizza night.

A few pictures:

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It started to snow and the snow and the fire made for a pretty combo.
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Good old cheese pizza
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Sausage and broccoli rabe pie

This is becoming quite the pizza blog 🙂

I ate a lot but felt a bit better about it knowing that on Sunday I was hosting a 3 hour spin ride.  As I’ve mentioned before, I put together a spin fundraiser to benefit Running for Rescues.

While the interest level wasn’t as high as I had hoped (partially because it was a holiday weekend), and then I had some last minute cancellations, it was still a strong group and we had a nice time.

A pretty bad picture, but a picture none the less.
A pretty bad picture, but a picture none the less.

I made two batches of granola; peanut butter, and almond/cranberry/coconut.  I used all-natural PB this time and thought it was just so-so.  However this may have also been due to it being slightly overcooked.  Oops!  I preferred the second variety.

The ride was 3 hours long, so I had another instructor teach the first half and then I taught the second.  I always teach the end and always question why I do.  I do think that I can motivate a group of people who have already been pedalling away for hours, but on the flip side, people tend to leave early.  Plus, teaching the last hour of a 3 hour ride (in my opinion), doesn’t mean keeping it crazy and upbeat.  To me it’s more about endurance and hanging in there.  Just my two cents.

So I put together a ride for this event that started out with steady moderate climbing as when it’s about endurance, I feel that that is what most of your ride should be about.  For the last 45 minutes or so, we mixed it up a bit.

From the 5th song on, I went with an Animal theme.  As this was a ride to benefit homeless animals, it seemed appropriate.  Not to mention it gave us a little something to distract us from any exhaustion and pain we might have been experiencing.

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Truth be told, I didn’t play all of First Tube as it was just not the right song at that moment.  I played about a minute of it as a recovery.

I also didn’t play the Pitbull song because the first instructor had used it in her part.  She did give me a list of her songs, and I did read it, clearly I just missed that.

So our 3 hour ride was really more of a 2 hour and 45 minute ride, but that’s OK.

Post ride I did a couple of errands and then headed home where I proceeded to realize just how tired I truly was.

And now it’s Monday.  Who’s ready for the weekend?

 

Record Highs

I wish!

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you likely know that the northeast got pounded with snow on Friday.  I can’t sign on to facebook without seeing at least five a gazillion pictures of people’s driveways/car/snowblowers/kids.

Yes, it snowed.  I did not take one picture.  I may be the only person for whom this is the case.  I knew I was special.

I was in the office until about 11 on Friday and then worked from home the rest of the day. While I don’t love working from home, it worked out nicely and I loved being able to take Minnie out for little romps in the snow as it was falling.

Given the weather reports, I was proactive and secured a sub for my Saturday class on Friday.  One of the instructors lives super close, so he just walked there.  He said the gym was empty (not surprised) but that 6 people made it to spin.

Aside from quick trips to the neighbors and dog walks, I didn’t leave the house until Sunday around 11a.

We watched all the remaining episodes of Homeland (and now I’m bummed to have to wait until September for the next season).  DJ made chili and pizza (of course!), I made carrot cake.  We managed to keep busy overall.  Sunday I had plans to be super productive but apparently the act of leaving the house and doing errands exhausted me and left me useless. 🙂

Since I have no snow pictures to share, I’ll share something more interesting and appealing.  Pizza.

As I’ve eluded to, DJs dream is to open a restaurant/pizza shop.  Everything he cooks is amazing but his passion is pizza.  And it’s darn good.  In my opinion his pizza is better than any other pizza in the area, and I’m not just saying that.  Like most things, cooking evolves.  On Saturday he went a different route with the sauce and just may have found pure Neapolitan pizza perfection.

Neapolitan pizza.Homemade dough (of course) spread with crushed san marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of Romano cheese.
Neapolitan pizza.
Homemade dough (of course) spread with crushed san marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of Romano cheese.
A close-up of the same pie.
A close-up of the same pie.

And in a different direction, here’s a BLT pie, in which the crust is cooked first and then the chilled ingredients are placed on top.

BLT pie
BLT pie

This my friends is why I must continue to spinning and get my act together at the gym. 🙂