I'm a vegan, a long time reader, and a slow but determined runner. I'm also a PhD candidate, and a math professor with a great family and a pack of dogs. Follow me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/zuzubeat
Teachers and students alike agree that the occasional snow day is a lovely gift. Even a couple of days, once a year, is neat to have. Sometimes it is nice to be trapped inside, catch up on reading, sleep in, watch movies, bake cookies.
This year, though, it has gotten out of hand.
Yes, Winter, you're very pretty. Now shut up and go away! How am I supposed to run two half marathons and a ten mile race this spring if I can't leave my house?
Well, kids. This is the week! Running that half on Saturday! I'm not fast, it's not pretty, but damned if I'm not going to do it! I'm really excited! Also, a little terrified! But it should be fun.
It's rest/tapering week up until Saturday. Besides, I'm finishing my biking portion of the triathlon challenge later today (I finished the running portion weeks ago, and the swimming portion last Thursday), so I think I've earned it! Have I told you how much I've enjoyed the variety of triathlon training? I'm going to keep it up, especially since I've decided to do the Gunpowder State tri in October!
Mom is currently visiting, and we are having a blast! Friday I took her to the gym with me, to my women's group meeting at work, and she, Mia, and I joined friends at the Wine and Design in Leonardtown for a painting class which was tons of fun.
(notice I took a 1.5 glass reprieve from being on the wagon for the class. I figured it was a required component!)
Mine actually came out really beautiful. I will absolutely be going back!
Saturday morning, Rob, Mom, the pups and I went for a run/walk along the IHRT. I'm bound and determined to get some miles on Mom's challenge while she is here. It was a gorgeous day for it!
Then we headed downtown to the National Theatre where we saw Mamma Mia! It was great, I had no clue I would enjoy it that much!
Mia and I especially loved the mom/daughter story line.
I love going to the theatre when my mom visits! Next week, we are going to see the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and possibly VonTrapped. Then Mom will cheer for me during my race!
Afterwards, we strolled around DC (getting some more miles on Mom's pedometer!), and had dinner at Busboys and Poets, a vegan friendly restaurant in DC we love. I got the vegan Cobb salad, and the Oreo vegan cheesecake to share for dessert. It was an indulgence, and not in my eating plan, but so delicious!
Today, Mia and Rob are going to look at cars (hers was totaled when someone hit her on her way home last weekend), and Mom and I will go to the gym and then to the dog festival. It should be a hoot!
I'm currently reading A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson, and am almost done with The Goldfinch. I've not read as much lately as I would like, and am really looking forward to spring break when I'll have time to read!
I received this week two new vegan cookbooks, Oh She Glows and Thrive, which I'm looking forward to perusing and cooking from. I think I'll focus on OSG next week, and Thrive the week after.
My eating five times a day plan has struggled a little with Mom in town and restaurant visits, but I'm going to really get back to that today. I've really been seeing and feeling results with that.
-dinner out with friends So this week's plan looks a bit different. For the next three weeks (building to my half marathon!) I will be adding in an extra 30 minutes of cardio each day, and eating 5 small meals a day. I'm aiming for about 2000 calories a day. Most of my meals are going to be recipes from Lindsay Nixon's Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. I've also given up booze and refined sugars during this time. I did cook some great stuff this past week, though.
I didn't use the crockpot, but made a tasty white bean chili!
Mia invented a Spinach/Broccoli Perogie pie, which was delicious!
My triathlon training is going tremendously! This last week, I put in 57 miles! Since I started I've swum over 12 miles, biked over 142 miles, and run over 62 miles. I've gone over 275 miles in 2014 alone, which puts me well on my way to hitting 1000 by the end of the year. I'm excited, because my daughter, Mia, has been a great motivator and coach, and is training with me. She's also adding in the extra cardio, and will be on my same eating plan. Saturday, I got a long run in outside! Hooray! It was such a gorgeous day! Thanks to the trail maintenance folks for doing such a great job clearing away felled trees and branches. I just read Stephen King's Under the Dome- and it was really great- a monster of a book, though! I am currently reading The Goldfinch, and listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany- one of my favorites. Rob and I are now in Season 2 of Lost! This show keeps getting better and better! I put the Orchids Rob got me in my office, and they make me smile whenever I see them.
And my puppies can't wait for spring, when we go on walkies/runs outside every day!
Once my Dad's squadron was having a picnic. It was supposed to rain, but the commander said that the picnic would go on, and anyone holding an umbrella should also be wearing a skirt. My Dad borrowed one from my Mom, and wore it.
My Dad ran the Marine Cops Marathon. He ate a lot of bananas that year, as I recall.
My Dad used to make up ridiculous challenges, and bet me I couldn't do them, like shooting the springy part from the tp holder clear across the room, or whistling Yankee doodle after eating crackers.
My Dad didn't kill me on numerous occasions when I likely deserved it, including walking on the freshly stained bunk bed that he was building, and running my car into things.
My Dad didn't curse a lot, while we were growing up, unless he was installing a kitchen appliance. We called cursing "microwave words."
My Dad and I race every year, when we go skiing. Sometimes, I let him win. Sometimes he lets me win.
My Dad rode with a carpool when he was working at the Pentagon, and used to tell us a different joke he heard there every night at dinner.
My Dad rotates his sprinkler with scientific regularity. His yard is the greenest patch of the county.
My Dad cried when our dog, Sarah, got hit by a car.
My Dad was a pilot of MC-130s, and still can tell the difference between a B-1 and a F-15 from miles away.
My Dad takes care of his Mom. He has coffee with her every day.
My Dad knows all of the verses to songs you've never even heard of.
My Dad has a magic word that he can shout out the window of his truck, and his horses will run in from the farthest fields. He learned it from his dad.
My Dad has a secret story about beating the Nimitz, but still likes my husband, who was in the Navy.
My Dad is an awesome grandpa. He has patience with toddlers that is unreal!
My Dad terrified all of my high school boyfriends.
My Dad built a Koi pond in his yard, plants sweet potatoes because my mom thinks they're pretty, and is growing grapes for me to make wine with.
My Dad bought me my first car, and taught me how to fix it.
My Dad brought me pizza to the hospital and almost walked in to the delivery room while I was giving birth to my daughter.
My Dad is the king of bad jokes and terrible puns. One day I hope to be half as great at it.
My Dad let my daughter drive everywhere the summer she got her learners permit.
My Dad has a great garden, and used to feed carrots to his dogs.
My Dad drives the school bus, and the children give him presents.
My Dad loves my Mom, and they still hold hands.
My Dad is 65 years old today! Happy birthday, Dad! I love you!
Tacos. It's been a while since I've made you, friends.
Veganized Quiona fried rice
Mia's Perogie Pies
Spaghetti and vegan meatballs
Breakfast for dinner
With some nasty weather in our neck of the woods this week, I wasn't able to get in any training on Thursday or Friday. Luckily, I knew it was coming, and put in extra time M-W at the gym. I can't let my brother get ahead of me in our training!
Thursday night was a rather scary storm, in fact. Snow coming down so thick and heavy, it was hard to see to the end of the driveway. We lost power and didn't get it back until the next morning. I had to cancel my Friday Samosa date with my friend, Cari, but we rescheduled for next week.
Rob brought me a beautiful Orchid plant, and a balloon that Copper barked at all afternoon.
While I was planning on getting a bunch of reading done on Thursday and Friday during my snow days, I didn't. Rob ended up having to stay home from work, too, so we binge watched Lost all weekend. I finally see where the numbers come from for the Lost Virtual series I'm running, but I am still very confused. It's a good series- it reminds me a bit of Twin Peaks, which I watched in the 90's. We're still early on in the series, though, so don't tell me anything.
We watched the USA Russia hockey game Saturday morning. What a game! It's been a while since I've seen a shoot out! So exciting. Then Rob and I headed to the gym to catch up on training miles, and spent the evening with his mom, Paula, watching more hockey. We also got margaritas to celebrate Valentines- and shoveled some snow.
I'm sad, because my normal running trail which was quite icy last week, is damn near impossible at the moment. So icy, and at least 8 inches of snow. I guess it's more treadmill for me this week. Luckily, it's supposed to warm up by Wednesday, so I should be able to get my long run in Friday or Saturday.
This week, my daughter, Mia, and my almost daughter, Tina, both sent me recipes they found online that were decidedly un-vegan. I'm posting my veganized version recipes below.
Veganized Mac & Cheese & Bacon & Brussels Sprouts
1 box cooked pasta
6-8 slices tempeh bacon
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
a giant bag full of brussels sprouts (Hey, don't judge. I like brussels sprouts)
oil, sparingly, as needed (I'll likely use coconut oil)
2 tbs. flour
2 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/4 c nutritional yeast
1 package of Daiya Havarti vegan cheese
1/4 c. Panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375.
In a skillet, cook tempeh bacon, onion, cloves in an inch of water. Add the brussels sprouts, stir, and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes. Toss in the cooked pasta.
While that's cooking, make the roux with a little bit of oil (maybe a tablespoon) and the flour. Add the milk, and stir until slightly thickened. Add the cheese and nutritional yeast.
In a large baking dish, stir together the sauce and the pasta. Sprinkle the Panko over top, and bake 30 minutes or so.
If I have any coconut bacon bits on hand, I'll also top the dish with those.
Veganized Quiona Fried Rice
1/2 tofu package. Extra firm, cubed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped
1 c. frozen corn
1 c. frozen peas
2 carrots, peeled and grated
3 c. cooked quiona
ginger, grated, to taste
3 Tbs. soy sauce
Hot sauce (optional)
In about an inch of water, saute onion and garlic. Add mushrooms, broccoli, tofu, corn and peas. Add quiona and carrots. Toss in ginger and soy sauce. Serve with Sriracha.
Training, et. al. has been going beautifully! I was able to get 13 miles on the trail in today before the storm, and don't have too much farther on my triathlon challenge. Two weeks until the half marathon! Today (Monday) is a snow day, so no gym today. Hoping I can take a run tomorrow.
I've really noticed a difference this week with the extra cardio and changed up eating plan! I love it!
Here's some pics of what I ate last week.
Cumin tempeh, kale and rice.
Sonoma salad with romaine lettuce in a pita. I can't get enough of this recipe.
Breakfast taco with baked sweet potato, black beans, and spinach.
I finished reading Under the Dome, which I mostly liked, and am about halfway through The Goldfinch. I haven't been reading as much, and absolutely haven't been documenting my reads! Sigh.
I saved the best news for last, my Mom is coming to visit me this week! I love my mom, she's the coolest! I can't wait, we always have a great time.
Today is a snow day, so I'm going to sleep in, clean my house, juice some beets, grade some tests, and watch Lost with my love! I am ready for spring.
We've had some weather lately! These first few pictures were taken in January. We've had a number of snow days this year at the college, which is unusual.
Since Rob works an hour south of our house, sometimes, when the weather is going to be bad, he stays with a friend close to work. That means I got to shovel the driveway. I did a good job, though, eh?
Our friend, Annie, did the Polar Bear Plunge at National Harbor. It was so cold!
They actually had to get in and chop away the ice in a section so that the jumpers could get in the water.
Annie did the plunge with her sister, Riki.
Her husband, Bart, was very proud of her. After a debacle involving lost glasses, the plungers went home to get warm and dry.
Rob and I headed up to the National Gallery of Art in DC.
The evening before, we had played a trivia game, and one of the answers was Claude Monet. I told Rob about the many Monet paintings that were on display at the Smithsonian, so we decided to go up and check them out.
I also got to share with him my knowledge of other impressionists, including my favorite, Mary Cassat.
After the museum, we went to meet Lindsay Shay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore! She was doing a meet-up and signing books. I was a total nerd and wore my Happy Herbivore sweatshirt. When I went to take my picture with her, she pulled an identical sweatshirt out of her bag!
(I have to give Rob camera lessons!)
Valentines Day weekend, we had another doozy of a storm. A herd of deer came to visit us in our yard.