I can’t believe that it’s been 4 years since I woke up a single woman. 4 years since I got my hair done (and cried when I saw it). 4 years since I first saw my bouquet of pink roses & peonies and wished that I could have a bouquet JUST.LIKE.THAT.ONE. every day of my life. 4 years since I walked down the aisle with my veil covering my face, getting stuck on my eyelash extensions. 4 years since I held the hands of my love at the altar and professed that I would love him. Forever and always. 4 years since we wandered through the vineyards, awkwardly talking about our amazing families and friends, while being followed by an even more awkward photographer. 4 years since we danced to Louis Armstrong’s “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”. 4 years since my buddy drank all the tequila at the wedding and really made it a party. 4 years since we passed under the sparklers held up by our guests, toasting our special day. Happiest of Anniversaries to my love.
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Some might call me the worst blogger in the world. Why? Because I’m not really keeping up my end of the bargain on my whole “Blog a Day” Challenge. Skipping days = failing the challenge. But, I contend that you’d rather have something well thought-out than just some rubbish I type up rambling-style… So because I spent last night at a 4-year-old’s birthday party (wine & carrot cake included, of course!) instead of blogging I went to sleep. Because playing trains, and castles, and reading pop-up books will tucker a girl out!
But, I will not let you down this weekend, my friends! I’ve got some great posts planned, and you’re going to want to stay tuned.
First things first:
5 Things You Don’t Know About Me
Yes, I normally do these on Fridays. But, work was busy (gasp!), then we had the birthday party (yay!), then we went to our fave sushi place for dinner (yum!). Once we got home, and Kanye West’s Gold Digger got out of my head (that was the background music for sushi, not the birthday party… not sure which would be weirder), I was exhausted!
1. I gag easily. Bleu cheese? gag. Canned tuna? gag. Cleaning out the fridge? gag. Cleaning the litterbox? gag. Not sure what to do about it. I’ve tried thinking that I’m eating/doing something else. Nope, gag. I gagged this morning at the dog park when a dog peed in the water bowl, then proceeded to drink out of it.
2. I got really sick in France when I was in college. I had studied abroad, and was traveling that summer with friends. I’d just left them to meet up with my then-boyfriend in his hometown of Toulouse, France. That night, instead of he, his mother, and I going out to dinner together, they got stuck with car trouble, so I grabbed a chicken gyro in the town square. Big mistake. While it was tasty, 3 days later, I was a mess. 14 days after that, I’d seen 4 doctors in 4 different countries. According to them, I was pregnant or had the flu. Finally, the last doctor in Switzerland told me that there was something really wrong with me and when I got home to the US (I was leaving the next day), I should go to the Emergency Room. So, I flew out. Took 4 planes (yes, 4! — Geneva to London, London to NYC, NYC to Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh to Milwaukee). When my parents picked me up at the airport, I asked them to take me to the hospital. Where I immediately fainted in the ER. My mom says that she’s never seen anyone admitted to a hospital (without a trauma) so quickly. I spent 4 days in a specially designed room, because they thought I had some sort of exotic disease. Then they thought that I had cancer. So I filled out an advanced directive and completed a living will. Have I mentioned that in all my genius, I decided that for that summer I didn’t need health insurance? No? Well, I didn’t have any. (I was financially independent of my parents for tuition reasons, so I was in charge of procuring my own health insurance… That’s another post all together!) So the social workers would come to see me, trying to figure out how I was going to pay for this crazy stay… On the 4th day, as I was being prepped (for a 2nd time – see gagging comment above) for a colonoscopy, the doc came in and said that they’d figured it out. I had salmonella food poisoning, and my body just couldn’t fight it. But I’d be discharged the next day, since there was nothing more they could do for me (I was now able to hold down water, so I had that going for me…). And that’s the story of why I didn’t go into the Peace Corps or Law School, as planned, after I graduated from University. Because I had $20,000+ of medical bills, plus loan payments for University costs, all because I ate a friggin’ chicken gyro.
3. I get a boatload of magazines. A boatload, I say! I have a bunch to read this weekend – and so I will! I read them before going to bed, while on the elliptical, and while sitting on the couch. I’d much rather read a good magazine than watch TV or a movie. I have yet to find a great way to organize the things that I pull out of them (recipes, music recommendations, book recommendations, products I want to try, gift ideas, etc.) Any fab ideas for me? If I read them online (like on an iPad) could I pin these things and post to Pinterest for organization?
- Better Homes & Gardens
- Bloomberg Businessweek
- Clean Eating
- Cooking Light
- Los Angeles Magazine
- Marie Claire
- National Geographic
- Women’s Health
And, I was reading Redbook at the dermatologist’s office yesterday, and realized that I really liked it. Hmmm, no more mags allowed though!
4. I love kitchen gadgets. And will continue to look for others to make my kitchen complete. Even if I didn’t realize how much I needed it. My Top Gadgets:
- Strawberry huller. This thing is awesome. You never knew you needed one until you don’t have one & have a pint of strawberries to cut up. Swear to goodness.
- SodaStream. It’s a water sparkler. Meaning that it adds CO2 to your water, to make sparkling water. Add some of their syrups, and you have soda! I love it. I drink WAY more water this way – I can easily finish a liter bottle before dinner, and another during dinner. But it’s basically free! Woot! I used to buy cases of Pellegrino at Costco. No more! Add a lemon (from our over-producing lemon tree) and it feels so fancy!
- Electronic kitchen scale. I can’t be bothered to tare my “regular” scale, so I bought one that would tare at the press of a button. Perfection.
- Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System. This makes cold-brewed coffee concentrate. I tend to make a batch on Saturdays (or, hopefully, if I’ve remembered on Friday evenings, so I can drink it on Saturday morning). It takes 12 hours for the brew to steep, then about 30 minutes for it to drip from the plastic (BPA-free) brewing compartment into the glass carafe. Hold the glass carafe in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When you want to drink, dilute with water & milk. Add some cinnamon on top, and voila! Perfect iced coffee at home! The cold brew system is better than just brewing coffee and chilling it because it creates less acid. And I have a bit of an awkward tummy. So I can’t handle a lot of acid, but I love me some coffee… You can even nuke some of this (after diluting, of course) for hot coffee… Love this.
- Calorie King. Ok, so it’s not really a “kitchen gadget” per se, but it is amazing. And it helps me in the kitchen. Helps me to decide what I should & shouldn’t be eating. Provides recipes, support, and challenges to keep me on the weight-loss track. Reminds me what a serving of food really is. And gives me an outlet when I want to eat, but I’m not really hungry (in the dictionary next to emotional eater… yep, picture of me.)
- Garlic press. Yes, I’m lazy and don’t like having my fingers smell like garlic. Sue me.
- Silicone pastry brush. Because, again, I’m lazy. And the silicone is WAY easier to clean than the normal natural ones.
- Misto – Olive Oil Spray. I find that using a spray of oil is much better than using a tsp or Tbsp of oil. The spray covers the surface and makes sure that my food doesn’t stick, and I use MUCH less of it!
Sorry that I’ve been MIA the past couple of days – my parents were in town and we were hanging out…
Parents > Blog readers
Very important to get priorities straight! And I’ve got ’em! Sorry, friends!
Anyway, today is What I Ate Wednesday… What better way to get back to you!
This morning’s breakfast = Breakfast of Champions… Cold pizza with iced coffee, of course! (Not sure that you’ll find any other bloggers posting their pics of cold pizza in their office at 7:30 AM… Or, maybe you will. I dunno… At least it’s not oatmeal! (Which I love, and eat 4 out 5 days – the other day is something crazy like cold pizza – sue me.)
Went out for lunch to Whole Foods. One of my employees has a birthday tomorrow, but she’s off to Germany (lucky duck!), so we celebrated early. I was in charge of picking out the celebration dessert! Photos of the birthday dessert to come later…
Picked up an Avocado al Fresco sandwich, some bulk Parmesan potato chips ($0.66 worth!), and a Zevia Dr. Zevia…
Afternoon snack was the aforementioned birthday celebration food. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, golden raspberries, and strawberries on strawberry shortcake cakes, granola, and non-fat whipped cream. It was SUPER good. And, much better than our normal birthday cake celebrations from Ralph’s… I love being able to pick it out! Being the boss does have its perks!
BUT… I don’t have any pictures of it. I KNOW! I KNOW! Worst food blogger ever. Except, my team doesn’t know about the blog. Work life vs. blog life. You know… Anyway. I’ll make it up to you.
After Pilates, I didn’t feel like cooking. So, the salmon in the fridge will have to wait. Tonight’s dinner was a mishmash of leftovers. Friday night’s not-so-super pasta dish (whole wheat pasta, parsley, basil, ricotta, and heirloom tomatoes) and Saturday night’s Tuscan chicken with mushrooms in a cream sauce. Add a hunk of French bread on the side, and a glass of diet Root Beer from Soda Stream, and it was a perfect dinner…
But, for dessert, I had a second helping of shortcake, berries, and whipped cream. Skipped the granola on this one… Had a few handfuls on my way to Pilates that I didn’t cop to earlier…
More posts tomorrow! Promise!
This morning’s Facebook post:
There is no can or cannot. There is only TRI. It’s go-time.
Of course, I posted that as I was getting up at 3:30 AM. Yes. 3:30 AM. Crazy!
This was the 2nd year that I participated in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. I was bound & determined to beat my time from last year. And last year, I was only 2 minutes (2 minutes!) away from making it onto the podium in 5th place. So I pushed myself to beat last year’s time by at least 2 minutes, and I’d have a spot on that podium.
Sadly, I did not make the podium this year. On the bright side, I cut 8 minutes (8 minutes!) from my race time last year. The person in 5th place was still 5 minutes (5 minutes! – are you sensing a theme?!?) ahead of me. This whole time I thought I was racing against the woman in 5th place, when really I was racing against myself.
2011 – Nautica Malibu Triathlon Results:
- 0.5 mile Swim Time (Pacific ocean): 0:16:08
- Swim Rank: 295
- Transition 1: 0:04:03
- 18 mile Cycle Time: 1:03:43
- Cycle Rank: 783
- Cycle MPH: 16.9
- Transition 2: 0:01:49
- 4 mile Run Time: 0:42:21
- Run Rank: 978
- Run MPH: 10:35
- Total Time: 2:08:09
- Overall Rank: 748
- Rank in Division: 6
- 0.5 mile Swim Time (Pacific ocean): 0:18:29
- Swim Rank: 388
- Transition 1: 0:04:53
- 18 mile Cycle Time: 1:06:31
- Cycle Rank: 947
- Cycle MPH: 16.9
- Transition 2: 0:3:10
- 4 mile Run Time: 0:43.42
- Run Rank: 1130
- Run MPH: 10:55
- Total Time: 2:16:47
- Overall Rank: 933
- Rank in Division: 6
- 0.5 mile Swim Time (Pacific ocean): Decreased time by 0:02:21
- Swim Rank: Increase in overall rank by 93
- Transition 1: Decreased time by 0:00:50
- 18 mile Cycle Time: Decreased time by 0:02:48
- Cycle Rank: Increase in overall rank by 164
- Cycle MPH: Increase in MPH by 0.7
- Transition 2: Decrease in time by 0:01:21
- 4 mile Run Time: Decrease in time by 0:01:21
- Run Rank: Increase in overall rank by 152
- Run MPH: Increase in MPH by 00:20
- Total Time: Decrease in time by 0:08:38
- Overall Rank: Increase in rank by 185
- Rank in Division: 6
It’s 8:30 PM – time for this triathlete to head to bed. A quick post documenting what I’ve packed (this doesn’t include any of the stuff on my bike, like 2 tubes, tire levers, CO2, etc.).
Starting with the Amgen Triathlon Team Tri Uniform. It’s made by K-Swiss, and seems really nice. This will be the first time I’ve worn it though (poor planning, I know!) I love the DNA on it! 🙂
However, I’ve identified a few issues with it:
- It’s white. And will get wet. Therefore, I’ll be wearing a bathing suit underneath, (with a sports bra under that for support).
- It’s tight. Not as tight as maybe it’s supposed to be, but tight enough to make me look like sausage casing. Best plan to beat sausage casing: wear a bathing suit underneath. Kind of like Spanx for Triathletes.
Here’s what I’ll be wearing in the morning when I leave the house:
- Bathing suit
- Sports bra
- Amgen Tri Team Tech tee-shirt
- Amgen Tri Team hooded sweatshirt
- Polar Heart Rate Monitor
- Flip flops
- Workout pants
- Body glide & Tri Slide
- Speedo Baja Goggles
- Amgen Tri Team swim cap (will go on first, then goggles, then 2nd swim cap)
- Colored swim cap from the race
- 2 beach towels in a bright color
- Head lamp to walk from the car to the racking area
- Helmet with my number already on it
- 2 water bottles to wash sand from my feet after coming from the water
- Baby power to help dry feel after washing them, before putting on socks
- Cycling Shoes – Shimano WR40
- Cycling gloves
- Shot blocks (will go in bento box on bike)
- Sporty Spice sunglasses
- Neutrogena Wet Skin sunscreen
- Puma shoes with quick laces
- Racing belt, with number already attached
- Visor for run (because after coming out of the water, going into a helmet, my hair’s gonna be BAD!)
Today being cleaning day and all, I decided to invite y’all on into the TresLaLa Abode. Won’t you stay awhile? Can I get you a glass of wine? Some brie and leftover saltines? (Sorry, I don’t have real crackers, only saltines from my crab cake recipe last night…) Forgive me?
Let’s start with the front of the house:
Moving into the office / workout room / wine cellar / crafting area / drop-zone. Don’t judge. This IS clean!
Another view of the living room:
Moving into the dining room, which isn’t really moving very far, because it’s open to the living room… Ceiling is super high in here…
And, the family room – i.e., the room where we spend all of our time. That living room, above? Not much living happens there. Unless you count the dogs. They LOVE that room! They love the family room too, though. Mason’s laying at my feet as I type!
Moving into where all the recipe magic is made – the kitchen! Not pictured: Awesome french door stainless fridge next to the pantry, complete with a door that says “Pantry”. (If anyone wants to come over and accidentally shatter the frosted glass, I promise I won’t be mad…)
Up into the Man room, all set up for this weekend’s visit from the Pops:
The spare bathroom (I didn’t get a pic of the one downstairs… It wasn’t anything special. Promise.):
Do you see Prissilla running away from me in the pic above? She knows that I’m making my way into the Master bedroom. Now, you’re not allowed to judge. It’s ugly. But I’ve done all that I can with it, until the hubby allows me to re-paint. It’s too much. I know that there will be people who enjoy this kind of thing. Like my hubby. But I am not one of them. So, to set the record straight: I did not have this painted. I would not have had this painted, and it’s become a big joke. However, the hubby has agreed that we can have it repainted (or wall papered, whichever I decide) once we need to paint the rest of the rooms. Which will happen after we re-do the 2 spare bathrooms. And none of that will happen until we get pregnant – don’t ask about timing. I don’t get it either. Anyway… Here are what I lovingly refer to as the “Before” pics:
But, here’s the reason why I agree to live with the mural that gets me seasick:
On 1 side of the bedroom, we have french doors that go to this balcony, facing the front of the house:
And, finally, our bathroom. Not super exciting after the walk-in closet with an island, but the shower has 2 shower heads… No, I didn’t take a picture of THAT!
That’s today’s open house! Hope you enjoyed!
Today has been a bit of a whirlwind… I feel like a crazy person running around with my head cut off (or, err, is that a chicken?). See crazy person, right here…
Early morning meetings, a big project sent in at the end of the day, swimming at noon, jogging after work, pup walks, dinner, AND we have to pick up the house, because tomorrow is the best day of the month! The cleaners are coming, the cleaners are coming! (Sung in the form of The Jerk‘s phone book, of course…) <– Big dork.
Anyway, the house needs a good tidying, and I need to finish up a bunch of laundry before they come. Nothing better than a house completely pulled together (and cleaned by someone else!).
But, let’s get down to business… It’s What I Ate Wednesday!
I started my day with a cup of iced coffee on my way to work.
Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries, pineapple, peanut butter, and granola. The strawbs were hidden under the oatmeal, so they got all nice and warm!
On my way to swimming, I had a Luna Protein Bar with some agua.
Lunch was leftover tilapia from last night, served with some tabouli, with a sprinkle of non-fat feta cheese.
Lunch dessert = watermelon! Love me some lunch dessert!
Afternoon snack was a chunk of Irish soda bread, Apple cinnamon flavor. Do you see Mason’s tongue there?!? He’s such a goof!
Crab Cakes with Red Pepper-Basil Tartar Sauce
Adapted from Coastal Living – September 2010
- 8 oz Fresh lump crabmeat, drained & picked (I used some that I found in my fish section of the grocery)
- 1 Green onion, sliced
- 1/2 c Crushed saltine crackers (this is 10 crackers)
- 2 T Mayonnaise (I used vegan)
- 1/4 tsp Fresh ground pepper
- Dash Salt
- 1/2 c Whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
- Sprinkles of Garlic Gold
- 2 Tbsp Canola oil
- 2 Tbsp Prepared tartar sauce
- 5 leaves of Basil
- 1 tsp Red pepper
- Stir together crabmeat, onion, crackers, mayo, pepper & salt.
- Shape into 4 patties. Place breadcrumbs & Garlic gold in shallow dish & dredge both sides of patties. Fry in hot oil (I did 2 patties at a time, using 1 Tbsp oil for each “batch”) 2 minutes each side or until golden.
- Drain on paper towels.
- To make fancy-schmancy tartar sauce, slice basil into prepared tartar sauce, and add enough red pepper to give it a kick. (Benefit of this is you don’t need to use a lot of it!)