Sunday, November 28, 2010

Oh you know. Stuff.

Well that was a stinkin' awesome Thanksgiving weekend. Can't wait until I get Bert home for an ENTIRE WEEK at Christmas. OH my GOSH. That doesn't happen often enough.

We kicked butt on the house, moving furniture, books, reorganizing stuff etc. I need to do the last clean-ups but it's mostly done. Hooray! Plus, if I get my way, Bert will set up my bike on the trainer tonight. Oooooooh baby.


Running
On the running front I had a 2 1/2 hr run scheduled on Saturday. Based on last week's run I figured that would give me about 12 miles. So I thought "Ahhh what the heck?" and decided to make it a Pikermi. So I ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours 40 minutes which may possibly be a PR for me but I'm not sure as I keep forgetting to make note of my times. The Pikermi I ran in April was something like 2 hrs 51 minutes. Maybe. I'll have to check out www.athlinks.com to make sure. I may possibly have run one faster a few weeks after that but I can't remember the time.

ANYWAY it was fun and I was like "WOO HOO!" I can see that 16 miler looming. Last time I ran 16 miles I was pregnant, and it was just a few days after that I was put on rest...so that's the longest I've ever run. The 16 miler will be up in a week or three and that will be a milestone that will probably make me bawl.


The DH is a STUD
So I went out on my run awfully early on Sat because Bert had a massive bike ride planned. He decided he wanted to do a 100 mile bike ride by himself. So I came home at about 9.30am and he set out at about 10am. On his 100 mile bike ride. By himself. With no SAG support. On a route he planned out. Because he is BA.

After 104 miles and 9 hours (2 1/2 hours for breaks) he arrived home. He'd bonked out at mile 85 or 90 (obviously we need to research race nutrition) and plodded on til he got home. What an amazing guy. At one point he was so pooped out he fell over. I have a brilliant picture of the massive lump and scabs on his knee but it's upstairs and I'm too dang lazy to go get it.


What else is going on? Nothing really. I need new shoes. I've had these ones for a year or something like that and my knees are starting to hurt.


Weight Watchers
Oh yeah, WW is totally revamping their programme starting tomorrow. I find out about it on Tuesday. Sounds like fun. Looks like the minimum points we'll have is 29. It would be ok with me if that means I can eat more food, but I doubt it.

I'm having a difficult time losing the last 2lbs to reach my goal weight. GAH! I'm guessing chocolate cake and pumpkin pie ain't helping. Hoping I can just up my exercise to take care of that. A couple of hours on the trainer every night should help, huh? =D

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Beloved Readers! =)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

I love Thanksgiving. =) What a great time of year. =)

This year it was just our little family which was lovely. Here's what we ate and the recipes:

Turkey
I bought a packet of four little turkey steaks, of which two were eaten. Bert and Ben ate turkey and substitute. Ben preferred the turkey, Bert preferred the substitute.

Turkey substitute
I bought the Turk'y Roast with trepidation, as Quorn makes my father violently sick. However, it was DELICIOUS! I mixed sage, thyme, salt and pepper in some olive oil, brushed it over the roast, and cooked it for an hour. The texture and taste were remarkably like moist yummy turkey. I ate only this and was really happy with it. Bert preferred it to the turkey. Ben wasn't so thrilled and Andrew refused to eat either.

Salad
Romaine, sprouts, cucumber, tomatoes, olives. Nothing special. No-one touched it. HA! =D


Stuffed butternut squash
I saw it at Whole Foods but didn't want to pay a fortune for it, so made my own, thusly:

1. Peel squash and scoop out the insides. Bake, facedown, on oiled sheet for 30 mins.
2. Meanwhile, saute in a little (1-2 Tbsp?) butter:
- 4 baby carrots, finely chopped
- about 1/4 cup chopped or finely sliced onion
- A scoop of garlic form the jar, or 1 clove garlic, squished
- Handful (1/4 cup?) finely chopped pecans
- Handful (1/4 cup?) sunflower seeds
- some raisins. 2 mini boxes. What's that? 1/8 - 1/4 cup?
- Juice of 1/2 lemon. Or a squirt of the bottled stuff.
- Sage, thyme, rosemary, whatever
- Salt and pepper to taste

Anyway, saute that over low heat until onions are translucent, nuts are browned etc. Or until squash is ready. Whatever.

3. Take squash out of oven, flip over, and stuff the stuffing into the cavities.
4. Cover loosely with foil - don't forget this bit or your stuffing will get a little burned like mine did - and bake for about 25 mins.

It's INSANE, I tell you. INSANE!!!! If you have a brain you'll reserve some of that stuffing just for yourself and eat it with a spoon when no-one's looking. HOLY toledo batman.


Potatoes
Peeled, boiled, served. Boring. Didn't have any. You can rice them (or mash them) with a little butter a milk if you like. We ran out of time so didn't.


Green beans
Steam (or boil, as I did) until nearly done. Meanwhile, stick a little butter in the pan - the same pan you made the squash stuffing in if you're wise - and saute a handful - or two - of almonds and a scoop of garlic from the garlic jar. A bit of salt and pepper too, if you wish. Bung in the beans when they're done. Saute 'em. Ohhhhhhhh baby.

Sweet potatoes
Before I went on my run this morning I threw 3 sweet potatoes in the oven. I baked them for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, then pulled them out until I was ready to deal with them. Several hours later they were cooled. It was easy to peel off the skin and/or scoop out the insides into a bowl. I added a pat of butter and a sprinkle of sugar and mashed them all up. I divided them between 3 ramekins and baked 'em til they were hot, then I sprinkled mini marshmallows on top and baked them for a little longer. SO delicious. Ben went nuts over them and ate almost an entire ramekin himself. Said it was the best he'd ever tasted and went on at length over how delicious they were. Yes, I am preening. Why do you ask? =)


Stuffing
Nothing exciting. Got a bag of stuffing mix. Right after the green beans were done and I'd scooped them out from the pan, I bunged the bag of stuffing mix into the bean water. Voila. Done. It was nothing spectacular, but it was good.

Gravy
I bought gravy - turkey flavoured for the turkey eaters and wild mushroom for the quorn eaters. Can't vouch for the turkey flavoured, but the mushroom stuff was great.

Cranberry Sauce
I bought a can of organic stuff. It was really amazingly delicious with the Turk'y Roast.

We also had rolls and butter - I didn't make the rolls; just bought snowflake rolls from Whole Foods. They were good. We drank Natural Brew Ginger Ale (wish it was ginger beer - I love that stuff) and Vanilla Creme Soda.


Pumpkin Pie
I'm currently making a pumpkin pie. That is to say, I made it just before I began this post and it's currently cooking. Wish I'd made it earlier but I ran out of time. Furthermore, I didn't have evapourated milk so I used a mixture of rice milk and sweetened condensed milk. Yeah. I know. Should be interesting. I also had to throw together a pie crust quick so I used this recipe: No-Roll Pie Crust Should be interesting also.


Here's the nosh w/turk'y rather than turkey:



Update: The punkin pie ROCKED.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sweet Rice Pudding

Many years ago Emily did a project on the Jewish culture. We experimented with several recipes from a Jewish cookbook we found. This recipe was our favourite.

@LDSActor, hope it helps. =)


Sweet milk pudding
from the Jewish Cookbook by Ronne Randall I believe it was this one.

1/3 cup rice flour or ground rice
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla or 1 1/2 tsp rose water
ground cinnamon

In a saucepan mix the rice flour with the sugar
Add a couple of tbsp milk and blend
gradually add rest of the milk
over medium heat bring mixture to a boil, stirring gently
When it boils, lower and simmer until thick and creamy (about ten mins) stirring constantly
Remove pan from heat and add vanilla or rosewater
Sprinkle cinnamon on the top


I'd just like to note that I very rarely have to simmer it; the mixture always reaches thick and creamy right at boiling point. YMMV.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Utterly Random Pictures

Andrew at Virginia Beach



The Benjamite



Bert and Andrew after being on Escape from Pompeii at Busch Gardens



Emily and Drew



Look at this pic!!! It's Bert and Ben!! Looking at each other!! And Ben's smiling! =)



Ships at Jamestown



A picture my friend took of me at the Country Music Pikermi earlier this year. In the background you can see Loopster Michelle and her friend. If any loopsters read this, could you please let micheatl (I think that's her loop name) know the pic is here? Thanks. =)



For Emily: A Journal entry by Andrew. =)



A way huge freaky spider I saw on a run a few months ago.

video

My children ten years ago

Just received a parcel from my parents. They sent some old letters that they had kept. Here's an excerpt from one of them, when Ben was 5 and Emily 10. Maus is our Japanese Chin:



2nd August 2001

This morning Benjamin said he wanted to check Maus' bum to make sure he was ok. After restraining my giggles I asked him if he was going to check people to make sure they were ok when he grew up; like a doctor. he said, "Yes, I'm going to check people's bums when I grow up to make sure they're ok" and collapsed into giggles. I said there were people who checked people's bums to make sure the bums are ok and they are called proctologists. Benjamin thought this was absolutely hysterical and went off to tell Emily that he was going to check people's bums when he grew up. Emily was SO grossed out. =D "Bum", I think, is the word of the day today.

We were lying on the floor of the guest bedroom (I had just rediscovered my Adam Ant LP and was introducing the kids to tribal rhythm - it wore us out quite a bit dancing around) I noticed a spider crawling along the ceiling over Emily's head. All of a sudden it started coming down on a strand of web. I mentioned this to Emily and she eeked and jumped out of the way. The spider crawled back up the web giving Emily a good view of its backside. Emily said "That could be poisonous! There are poisonous spiders in Michigan you know. Like the Black Butt Spider." She said this absolutely straight faced. There was a short pause and then I began to laugh. She said, "Actually, I just made that up to make you laugh. There's no poisonous Black Butt Spider. I just said there was because that spider has a black butt."


My goodness! My children were obsessed with bottoms ten years ago. =D

TSA

It is rare for me to think of a cuss word. However, whenever I think of the TSA an exceptionally rude one comes to mind. So to say I'm riled about the new scanners and pat downs would be an understatement. Especially when I see pictures like this:



And this:



When he saw this, Ben said "Can I work at the airport?" Which just goes to show, doesn't it? And what the heck was this image meant to show anyway? That she would have gotten away with it if it weren't for the fabulous amazing backscatter? Uhhh...I think not.

And then there's the stories....the little kid been given a pat down...yeah, little kid...and he's really upset by it. The woman who was sexually abused and traumatized by the invasive and inappropriate pat down. The bladder cancer survivor who warned the agents over and over about the bag that collected his urine - warning them that if they patted him down roughly it would break the seal. They ignored him. They patted him down roughly. It broke the seal, and he was covered in urine. He was deeply humiliated.

I MEAN come ON!!!

I have been upset at all the hideousness at the airport for some time. The TSA agents I've come across have basically bullies high on power. This, though, has been the last straw on the camel's back. I hope that I never become so used to this "new reality" that it becomes ok for me.

And thus I will exercise my freedom of choice by not flying as much as I can help it. Of course there will be occasions where I will have to fly; I don't have the time or money to cross the ocean to England by ship, for example. However, whenever I can, I will drive.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin
February 1775


My TSA Encounter

John Tyner's story

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm starving to death

Ok, well maybe that's a sliiight exaggeration. But by next Tuesday I need to be back down to my pre-pregnancy weight or I'll have to shell out cash for all of December at Weight Watchers. And I'm a tightwad so I don't want to pay it. Ordinarily I would have made it fine; I only have a couple of pounds to go. But it's Thanksgiving on Thurs. Soooooo I think I'm somewhat screwed. Oh well.

So I'm starving. STARRRRRRRVING. And it doesn't help that I really really enjoyed the carrot cake the Montebellos brought yesterday.

Now then. Where the heck was I? I'm sure I have something fun and exciting to say. Oooh! Maybe something about..

Running
I love long runs. Looooove. Ohhh yeah I love them. I went out for 2 hours 15 mins at my happy 12:00m/m happy pace (that's 11 miles). I ate Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. I'm not sure that it helped amazingly, but it certainly didn't hurt and my tummy felt just fine. And it was delicious.


Homeschool

is going really well. Just humming along nicely. Nothing much going on. Just same old same old really.


Random Photos
Rockin' pictures of my daughter's first tri. =) She's caught the bug and has already signed up for her second one. I believe she might be doing an Olympic tri relay with her roommates too. She'll do the swimming portion. Because she's an amazing swimmer.














Sunday, November 21, 2010

Question and Montebellos

How does a homeschooler change a lightbulb?

In other news we had the Montebellos around for dinner again. It was ridiculously fun. I showed Bro. Montebello the video of him I'd posted on the blog. He died. Everyone else thought it was fabulous. =) Sister Montebello and I have a rather large difference of opinion in politics, but we still love each other.

They brought carrot cake. And bread. And amazing salad.

Gosh we love that family.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What is my motivation?

Sorry for the meandering possibly incoherent thoughts. I could probably tidy them up and make them more presentable for outside consumption. But I don't wanna.


I was pondering this morning.
Where did my motivation go? How did I go from being super uber excited to run to seeing it as a chore and occasionally dreading it?

When I first started running I would dream about it (ok, truthfully, I still dream about it) and would wake up at 4am terrified lest the rain of the night before had morphed into a lightning storm preventing me from going out.

What happened between then and now? Why am I feeling so blah?

On my run today I traced back, feeling along the lines of running history, to the point when malaise set in. And what I found surprised me. Oh. It started when I left The Loop. And when I lost the baby.


Well that sucks.
So what was it about The Loop? It is, without doubt, one of the most loving, caring, vibrant, exciting, kind, surprising, encouraging, motivating and inspiring online communities I have ever been in.

I joined Daily Mile and twitter - and they are very nice communities - but they're just not the same.

I was on a rising spiral before I feel pregnant. My weight loss was going fabulously and my running was heading exactly where I wanted it to. I was in control and empowered. And then all of a sudden it was all gone. I lost strength and stamina, and I gained weight.


So how do I find another community like The Loop?
I think the point is, I can't. Furthermore, I shouldn't. I need to find motivation from some other source.

When I began running again after the pregnancy I couldn't even make it two miles without stopping several times. It hurt. I was right back at the beginning. I felt defeated. Life had taken me and lovingly massaged my body and soul with a cheese grater and sandpaper. And then bathed me in iodine. All that fire and confidence and empowerment had been burned away. I'd been scoured from the inside out and felt there was nothing left but a damaged shell. Lacking confidence. I was broken. I'm still broken. Sometimes I think I always will be.


As I ran this morning pondering this problem of lack of motivation and how to regain it I started thinking about other runners. How do *other* runners motivate themselves? Where does *their* fire come from?

I thought about John. How in the world does he keep going through miles and miles? How did he keep going when he DNFed his 100 miler? I don't know the inside of his head but I have observed two things:

1. He races alot. Well. It seems like he does anyway, to someone who's done two races her entire running career.
2. He trusts in God and prays.


I mentioned these points to the DH when I got back from my run. He agreed totally with the first point. He likes to enter bike races himself and gets all kinds of antsy if he hasn't done a really big one in a couple of months.

When I mentioned the second point he said "He prays probably because he thinks he's about to die." Hahaha. =D Maybe. =D



Anyway
So maybe I need to enter more races. *shudder*. Only problems with that are a) I'm really slow but uber competitive so don't want to enter short races because despite the fact I'm a back of the pack runner doesn't mean I don't want to win. Dammit. b) I'm not ready yet for marathons or ultras. c) There aren't any pikermis around here in the near future that I know of.

And I do need to pray more. That's for sure.


What about y'all?
What is your motivation?
How do you keep yourself motivated?
What really ignites the fire and keeps it burning?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No words

When I read "My Brother Sam is Dead", I couldn't talk about it with anyone. Most of the time when I read a book I have intense opinions about it and have np sharing them. So book club can be rather fun. "My Brother Sam is Dead", however, affected me on such a deep level I still can't find words to describe it. I've never discussed the book with anyone and I've never recommended it for book group. I think that would be one meeting where we'd just sit around, silent, unable to speak.

This video does the same thing to me.

Mum, I'm so sorry for the bad language in it. Funnily enough while language like that normally bothers me, I didn't mind so much this time.

The Sal Giunta Story from Sebastian Junger on Vimeo.




O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in it!
The Tempest
Act V Scene I

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

If

If
by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too
If you can wait, and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn out tools'
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after thy are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Organizing. Somewhat.

My gosh do I have stacks and stacks of *STUFF*. I'm slowly trying to get rid of it and organize the little that's left. I have a huge stack of magazines with articles etc that I just love. I don't need the whole magazine so I was trying to think of what I could do to retain the amazing articles without keeping a huge stack of mags.

Et voila! Blog to the rescue. I'll be typing the articles into my blog. You're welcome to read and enjoy; they're the cream of the crop article-wise. Some of them are long. Most of them are homeschooling. At least one is a poem. Some are political.

Enjoy.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I haven't been an alien for years.

You know, if I weren't a citizen, but still had a green card I'd be a "permanent resident alien" (as opposed to a "temporary permanent resident alien", which was my official status the first two years I lived in America. I'm not joking).

And if I were still a Permanent Resident Alien rather than a citizen, I believe I would make my son wear this:

http://www.whatonearthcatalog.com/whatonearth/Whats-New_1AA/To-Wear_1BA/Item_Home-Schooled-By-Aliens-Shirts_CF2091G_ps_cti-1BA.html

Yuh Huh. That's right. Yeah I would. =)

The Great 2010 Christmas Card Swap, and my daughter is BA

It's the great 2010 Christmas Card Swap!!!!

http://zanetaruns.blogspot.com/2010/11/2010-christmas-card-swap.html

Come one, come all and have fun. =)


In other news, Emily competed in her very first triathlon in St. George UT on Sat - and came in 4th in her AG. WHOOT! So proud of her. =)


I haven't posted random pics in ages. Must do that at some point. Maybe later this evening. I'm meant to be folding laundry and putting it away right now. Shhhhhh.....=P

Sunday, November 14, 2010

How to become vegan

Upon reading this article just for fun I decided to lay out a plan to become vegan. You may think it's kind of nuts for me to write a blog post on how to become vegan as I don't think I could be myself - I really like milk and the milk alternatives make me nauseous. Plus I don't think I could survive without sushi. However, I'm fascinated with the lifestyle. Also, I'm kind of a list/schedule making nut and will make schedules and lists just for fun. And believe me, researching this was uber fun.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list; I'm sure there's some animal products I forgot to include.

Also, remember becoming vegan is a lifestyle as well as diet change - and can be a pretty drastic one at that if you're used to eating meat at almost every meal (ie bacon and sausage at breakfast, lunchmeat on your sandwich, and steak for dinner). You can make one little change each week - or take a month - or several months - to make the changes. If you like, wait until one little change becomes automatic and you don't have to think about it before you move onto another.

Have fun with the journey.


Week 1. Eat no products from pigs

- Ham
- Pork Chops
- Tenderloin
- Ribs
- Bacon
- Sausage
- Pork Roast
- Ground Pork
- Gelatin


Week 2. Eat no products from birds

- Chicken
- Turkey
- Duck
- Goose
- foie gras - which no-one should eat anyway because it's appallingly barbaric.
- etc
- Eggs


Week 3. Eat no products from cows

- Steak
- Roast
- Brisket
- veal
- Ground beef
- Cheese
- Milk
- Yoghurt
- Ice cream
- Buttermilk
- Butter
- Cream
- Kidneys


Week 4. Avoid all fish products

- Cod, tuna, salmon etc etc
- Sushi
- caviar
- Surimi


Week 5. Avoid additional by-products from pigs as much as possible

- Crayons
- Artist Brushes
- Buttons
- Lubricants
- Cement
- Matches
- Glass
- Plastics
- Insulation
- Chalk
- Footballs
- Rubber
- Cellophane
- Glue
- Floor Wax
- Fertilizers
- Lipstick


Week 6. Avoid additional products from birds as much as possible

- feathers
- fertilizer
- um. Etc.


Week 7. Avoid additional products from cows as much as possible

- Casings for sausages
- Fats
- Gelatin
- Tripe
- Marshmallows
- Oleo oil and stock
- Cosmetics
- Fertilizer
- Glue
- Glycerin
- Lanolin
- Lubricants
- Soap
- Rennet
- Epinephrine
- Leather


Week 8. Avoid additional products from fish

- glue
- fish oil
- fish sauce
- fertilizer
- pearls
- gelatin
- film




Over the same period of time, start to incorporate vegan foods into your diet. Add one vegan meal a week. For example:

Week 1. Just one day this week, cook something with tofu.

Week 2. One day cook something with tofu. Another day make something with beans.

Week 3. In addition to the two days you're already eating vegan, add one day where you experiment with Tempeh

Week 4. Add another day where you experiment with Seitan

Week 5. Add a day where you experiment with other meat alternatives

Week 6. Add a meal made with vegetables

Week 7. Experiment with nutritional yeast, protein powder, milk or cheese alternatives.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

St. Joseph's Convent, Haunton Hall

I just woke up from a really vivid dream. I had gone to visit Holy Joes. I knew it would be changed, but was shocked to discover how completely different it was. I hardly recognized some places.

The driveway you'd go down to be dropped off at the beginning of school - the place where Rupert lived - I forget its name now - that whole area was filled in. They'd completely buried it in order to level off the grounds.

At one point I went into what was now an infirmary. I couldn't place where I was and then I looked at the arched windows that remained, and I turned around, looked up, and there was the choir balcony. I was in the chapel. (Funnily enough, I don't think the chapel had arched windows did it? That was just a weird construct of my dream). The whole back of the chapel had been opened up and now led to the outside.

I went through the back door of the infirmary/chapel and I couldn't even tell where I was. The new architecture was greco-roman and stunningly beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. The sun was shining happily. The white of the marble was blinding. The carvings, reliefs, and statues were intricate. But all I felt was grief because I didn't recognize where I was.

I looked in vain for the cloisters. I looked in vain for the lower third window where I used to sleep that looked out on the roundabout by the cloisters.

I thought about Sister Concepta and Sister Marie de Lourdes and knew they were dead. I couldn't remember the names of any of the other nuns, but I knew they were dead.

Normally I'm pretty good at analyzing dreams. But I've never been good at analyzing the ones about St. Joseph's. I used to dream about going up and down the stairs right outside the 5th form bedrooms, that lead down to the dining room, and then further on down to the basement. We didn't call it the basement - what was it called? I forget.

At first the dreams terrified me. There was something evil lurking on those stairs. But then, over the years, I quit being scared and started to explore more areas of the school. The room opposite the tuck locker where Susan and I played with dolls for endless hours. The TV rooms. The music room. The dining room and kitchen. The cloisters, the science room. All these places so vivid in my memory.


It feels to me like this dream is something different. The dreams of St. Joseph's had gone from being terrifying nightmares to this one where something I loved had been completely destroyed. It had undoubtedly been made into something much more beautiful, much more grand - it was breathtaking. But it wasn't St. Joseph's and I grieved that I would never again be able to walk through the convent that I knew.


Caroline, Fleur, do you dream about St. Joseph's? Has it done a number on your brain like it did on mine? Can you write about it in the comments? If you are in contact with any other survivors (haha =D) can you send them here and ask them to write about how Holy Joes has affected them?

It's early and I'm still in a somewhat dream-fogged state.

In other news, Bert leaves for California tomorrow. *sigh*. The good news is that he's canceled his trip to Japan in December, so he only has to go to California then - hooray! So he'll only be gone for a few days rather than a couple of weeks.

Oh well. Up and at 'em.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Loopsterfest, Lunchbox giveaway, and muscle aches

Loopstefest
Gosh dingy dingy dang it!!! It's 3.06 right here so they're all no doubt partying on down in WV. Curses!!! So happy for them. Wish I could be there. How come they're not calling me to say a collective hello, that's what I want to know. Oh well. I shall have to attend through other people's blogs and posts. Le sigh. Poopy pants.


Lunchbox giveaway
My friend Heather is giving away a set of four lunchboxes and a cooler bag. Whooot! Go check it out. =) I'm all about the purple cooler bag, baby. =)


Running

I neither ran nor cycled today. My inner thighs are still absolutely killing me from the workout on Thursday. I'm not in as much discomfort as I was yesterday, thank goodness. I should be all better by Monday. When I'll run and do yoga and weights again....

Friday, November 05, 2010

It's Bonfire Night! =)

WHOOOOT! Let's eat parkin and burn the guy and watch catherine wheels. =)


Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.

By God's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!


Homeschooling
Off on a field trip today! I think. There's a Native American festival thingie going on in Nashville. I have the address. Don't know if I have the courage to actually drive down there. I'm scared of a lot of traffic when I don't know where I am or where I'm going or how to get there. We shall see....


Running

My inner thighs are KILLING me. The weights/squats/yoga yesterday really did a number on my muscles. Whooooodoggie. It's hard to sit, get up, and bend down to pick anything up off the floor. I still ran today though, of course. It went fine. For some reason the Garmin connect website refuses to acknowledge that I actually ran the run. N00bsauces.


Nutrition
I tried Gordon's protein mix but I could only find the different proteins together in this product and it was so hideously bad I had to throw the smoothie away. Gack. So I just bought a generic (probably whey-based) protein powder and it tastes a lot better. I ran out of spinach so made a chocolate smoothie instead with 1 cup almond milk, 2 tsp cocoa, 1 tsp sugar, 1 banana, 1 heaping tbsp protein powder. Nom nom nom. =) So good. I could probably have left out the sugar - didn't really need it.

Weight
My weight is slowly getting back down to where it was. I have about 2.5lbs to go til I'm at the upper end of my weight goal, but in reality probably about 5-7lbs until I'm really happy. I might not make it that far for a while, seeing as it's holiday season what with halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year etc. I'll keep on keepin' on though. It's a lifelong process.


Random photos

The trail where I used to run my long runs - and where I will run my long runs again at some point in time.



My feet after one of my long trail runs.



The reason why my feet looked like that after the long trail runs.



Not exactly BA, but it was my first.



Pretty berries.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Running, Loopsterenvy

The run yesterday kinda sucked eggs. It was so hard to just keep going. So I decided not to bike today. Instead did weights and yoga. I love yoga.

The past couple of days it has hit me full force that Loopsterfest is this weekend. Should any Loopsters wish to come to my house, kidnap me, and force me to attend I wouldn't mind one little bit. My family and Sunday school class might not appreciate it, but that's beside the point, right? Right? =P

*sigh*

Can't think about it. Makes me too sad. Miss you all so much. Wish I was there. Feel free to email me photos throughout the day. Lots of photos.


Dammit. I hate it when I don't get exactly what I want. Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhh. *sniff* Y'all get to meet Alice. ALICE! And isn't Atombuddy coming? Wonder if he'll bring bacon quiche? Lisa'll be there. And Bangle. Zam will be there, won't she? Isn't Erhead and his girlfriend and adorable daughter going? SR'll be there, right? Is Garbo going? Dammit.

Can't think about it anymore. Going to have to eat some chocolate today, I think.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Voting

We went in the middle of the day to avoid the crowds. There was hardly anyone there, which was kind of depressing really. Andrew helped his Dad by pushing the buttons etc. He was so excited. =)

Ben stayed with me and was not excited at all. =P I asked him if he wanted to push the buttons but he wasn't interested. I talked a little about voting. I explained there are a couple of ways you can go about it. You can look at the candidates that are likely to win and vote for the one that you hate the least. Or you can look closely at all the candidates, decide which one would represent you best, and vote for them whether or not they have any chance of winning.

I'm explaining this to him as I write in a candidate's name, something I've never done before.

He doesn't care and stares in to space with a headphone in one ear. =P Oh well.


It would have been much harder for me to vote as I did if the election were a really close thing. But it's not. So I closely examined all candidates and chose the ones who I felt would represent me best. I doubt one of them will be elected, but that's not the point. The point is that for the first time I feel like my vote wasn't wasted - that it truly meant something. Many people would say that my vote *WAS* wasted, that it didn't count for anything because my candidates have no chance of winning. They're wrong.


Update
My candidate for governor came in third!!! Wowsers! I'm shocked.