Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photographic evidence 4/5-12

These pictures are not in chronological order, but that bothers no one except me!

Spring is finally springing in the SOMD!  Rob and I took the pups to Thomas Stone Historic Site.  Usually in the spring time, the daffodils are abundant.  We were a little early, but even Jack couldn't resist checking them out.


I have become quite the master at these monster salads.  This one had romaine, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, chickpeas, and guac, among other things!


Little Jack has been very snuggly this week!  I know all the dogs missed me when I was in NE! 


I got to the airport a little early.  Early enough to have a pre-flight beer!  Cheers!


My lunch on Saturday the 12th, in Eighteen76 in gates E of the STL airport.  Hummus and pita.  Okay as far as airport food goes.


Dinner back in Baltimore- Squisitos made me a whole wheat pasta tossed in olive oil with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and pine nuts.  Also, we missed the horrible traffic on 295.


Before I left Omaha, Tim, the kids and I spent the day together- I loved the Butterfly pavilion.  Such beauties!  




Ryan is a master at spinning in circles.  Ah to be young!


Saturday morning, I took a run through the Lewis and Clark trail area.  A pedestrian bridge connected Nebraska and Iowa.  I ran in both states!



Dinner Friday night was a Benson Brewery, in Omaha.  Lots of vegan selections.
We started with the seitan hot wings.  They were flavorful, but I think they're cooked better at City o' city in Denver.


For my meal, I ordered the tofu sandwich which was delicious!


And I'll totally return for the stout, which was VEGAN.  In fact, all of the beers at Bensons Brewery are vegan!



My niece, Niki!


Friday afternoon, we ended up at Storz brewery after a lovely walk.  Corey, one of the managers, comped us two growlers!  Yaya!



Friday we took a great walk along the river in Omaha.






Friday we attended a luncheon to honor my MOM, who got a lifetime service award from the first lady of Nebraska because she is just that awesome.

They even fed me vegan food for lunch!  Portabello with beans and corn and veggies and potatoes on the side.


I had to pick the cheese off my salad, but my brother and I instituted a nice trade system.  He got all my cheese, I got all of his olives.


I was taking pictures with Mom's phone, so this is the only one I got of her on my phone.  Hopefully she'll post some soon!


My niece, Niki, and I, having fun in the sun.


Friday morning I ran around Carter Lake, and encountered a vegan soap shop!  Unfortunately, it wasn't open yet (I ran awfully early in the morning) but I'll have to go back there.


Thursday night when I arrived, my folks picked me up at the airport, and took me to Old Chicagos where I was able to get a Shiner Bock and a cheeseless veggie pizza.


On the way to the airport, stopped by Taco Bell.  They don't screw around when you ask for extra lettuce! 


I was hankering a vegan milkshake, but the Silver Diner in the airport doesn't have them.  Guess I'll have to wait for the one in Waldorf to open.


Thursday morning, I took the dogs for a nice long run- we earned our second Lost in Running medal.
Station 2- Hydra- 8k.




Wednesday/Winesday at Bart & Annie's house.  Vegan pizza!




PlanApril 21-27

Monday
Abs
Squats
Run
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Salad bowl
Fruit
SV Pizzagania (vegan italian easter pie)

Tuesday
Abs
Squats
Bike
Swim
C&K Tropical green smoothie
Protein shake
Pizziagania
Fruit
DHF Vegan Pizza spirals

Wednesday
Abs
Squats
Run
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Pizza spirals
Fruit
World book night: dinner out

Thursday
Abs
Squats
Bike
Swim
C&K lemon ginger parsley smoothie
Protein shake
Samosas
HE Quick protien rich salad

Friday
Abs
Squats
Run
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Autism Math movie marathon
Hummus and veggies
Fruit
C&K arugula hummus and spicy bok choy

Saturday
Abs
Squats
Women and Math event
Fruit
Protein shake
Veggie wrap
Dinner TBD

Sunday
Abs
Squats
Run
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Veggie wrap
C&K Spinach brownies
MB creamy vegan garlic pasta with roasted tomatoes

SV thesexyvegan.com
DHF divinehealthyfood.com
C&K cupcakesandkale.blogspot.com
MB minimalistbaker.com
HESH- healthyeatingstartshere.com

I'm testing a few recipies for Jessica at Cupcakes & Kale this week for her new cookbook! I'll be anxious to share pics with you!

Gotta ramp up my running miles this week and get back into the training mindset. Wilds half is a month away!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Princess Aurora the Scientist

I had the pleasure this weekend of spending some time with my fantastic niece, Niki.
Niki is 5 years old, and a GIRL. She loves Disney movies and Princesses, so I wasn't too surprised when she told me her baby doll's name was PRINCESS AURORA.
Ever the trouble making left-wing, feminist aunt, I said, "Oh! Princess Aurora looks like she is also a scientist!
Niki wanted to argue with me. "No, she's a PRINCESS," she said.
It took some convincing, but she finally agreed that princesses could also be good at math and science. Her dad, my brother Tim, reminded her of princesses from movies she'd seen ( but I haven't) that were very clever.
I want to start a line of educational toys that don't require the princess mindset to give up the girly girl dreams. I am not going to beat that beast, much as I'd like to eschew the pink aisle at the toy store. Maybe instead of pigeonholing our girls, we can remind them that they can be more than one thing. Like the Goldieblox slogan: "MORE than a princess."
Today, as we got into the car, she asked, " Where's princess scientist Aurora?"

WIN.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Plan April 14-20

Monday
Run
Abs
Planks
Squats
Breakfast Sandwich
Protein Shake
Hummus and veggies plus strawberries
OSG Nourish salad bowl

Tuesday
Bike
Swim
Abs
Planks
Squats
Breakfast Sandwich
Protein Shake
Nourish salad bowl
Fruit
BBQ Tempeh bowl with zucchini, broccoli and lemon dill tahini sauce

Wednesday
Run
Abs
Planks
Squats
Breakfast Sandwich
Protein Shake
BBQ tempeh broccoli bowl
Fruit
MB Creamy pasta with roasted garlic and tomatoes and broccoli

Thursday
Run
Abs
Planks
Squats
Breakfast Sandwich
Protein Shake
Creamy pasta with garlic, tomatoes, and broccoli
Fruit
HHLL Sonoma tofu and grape salad

We're going to be seeing my brother and his wife this weekend for Easter. It has become a tradition of sorts for us to get together this weekend, and I can't wait to see my fab SIL, I've missed her!

Traveling puts a bit of of a hamper to my distance training, but I was able to get a 3 mile run in each day this last weekend, visiting Omaha, NE. I'm hoping to do my 8 mile run this coming week on Thursday. The next half marathon is coming up in mid May!

Currently, I am doing a lot of research reading for my dissertation ( I have a phone call scheduled this week with my mentor so I can ask some IRB questions). I'm also reading Sacre Bleu, by Christopher Moore, which is okay.

Next week, I will be testing some recipes for Jessica at Cupcakes and Kale. Her new cookbook is in the works, and the recipes look delicious!

HHLL Happy Herbivore Light and Lean
OSG Oh She glows
MB Minimalist Baker

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Plan April 7 - 13 edit

Some changes to the menu this week, dur to the fact I won't have shopping time on Monday.


Monday
Run
Abs
50 squats
Breakfast sandwich
Tofu salad pita sandwich
Protein shake
fruit
Tempeh peanut bbq sweet potato burger

Tuesday
Bike
Swim
55 squats
1min plank
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Tempeh peanut bbq sweet potato burger
Fruit
Dill chickpea patties MVT

Wednesday
Run
Abs
60 squats
1min plank
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Dill chickpea patties MVT
Fruit 
One pot spaghetti alla puttanesca YIV

Thursday
Bike
Swim
1min plank
Breakfast sandwich
Protein shake
Veggie Chilli
Hummus, Carrots and Pita Bread

Friday
Run
Abs
1min plank
65 squats
Protein shake
Other Meals TBA

Saturday
1min plank
70 squats
Protein shake
Other Meals TBA

Sunday
Run 6 miles
Yoga
1.5min plank
75 squats
Breakfast Sandwich
Protein shake
Quick Protein Rich Salad HESH


MVT-Mayim's Vegan Table
YIV- http://yupitsvegan.com/2014/03/12/one-pot-spaghetti-alla-puttanesca/
T- Thrive cookbook- Brendan Brazier
HESH- http://www.healthyeatingstartshere.com/recipes/quick-protein-rich-salad

Some of the meals this week are from the newest addition to my cookbook library: Mayim Balik's Mayim's Vegan Table. This lovely book was given to me by one of my math students at the college, a total surprise, and a really nice one.  The student even included a special note for me in the front of the book, which I just loved.  It's really amazing to know that you've made an impact on someone- that is the best part about teaching.


Below is a picture of the noonish breakfast I ate on Saturday- a tofu egg-less salad sandwich with avocado and some sweet potato tots.  Also included in the picture are the Lost in Running medal I earned on Friday, and the toy Rob won for me on our date Friday night.


Speaking of races, I was finally able to add my new sticker to the bumper of my car!


This is the Kung Pao Tofu I made on Monday night for dinner- Yummm.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Plan March 31-April 6

Monday
Total body cardio
Run
Tofu scramble on pita
Smoothie with fruit
Sunshine bowl
Fruit
Kung Pao Tofu FFV

Tuesday
Upper body cardio
Bike
Swim
Breakfast sandwich
Smoothie with fruit
Kung Pao Tofu 

Fruit

HH cajun Chickpea patty

Wednesday

Run

Tofu scramble on pita
Smoothie 
Chickpea patty
Fruit
HH crabcake

Thursday
Pilates
Bike
Swim
Breakfast sandwich
Smoothie with fruit
Crabcake salad
Fruit
Gardein Chickn Wrap

Friday
Cardio
Long run
Tofu scramble on pita
Smoothie with fruit
Gardein chickn wrap
Fruit
General Tsos Tofu TK

Saturday
Dirty 30 cardio
Watershed cleanup
Breakfast sandwich
Smoothie with fruit
Big green sandwich
Fruit
General Tsos Tofu

Sunday
Yoga
Protein muffins VD
Smoothie with fruit
Leftovers
Fruit
BBQ sweet potato burgers LBB

HH- Happy Herbivore
VD- Vegan Dad
LBB- Lunch Box Bunch
TK- Tasty Katie http://tastykaitis.blogspot.com/2011/08/general-tsos-chickn.html
FFV-http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2011/10/27/kung-pao-vegetables/

I am back to high intensity for my exercise program.  I am hoping that this week, the weather will clear up enough for me to get out there and run as much as I want to. Twice, this past week, I went to go for a run, and the weather was not cooperative.  I guess this winter has been too long, I am just not tolerant of anything that is NOT SPRING.

I realized I have not been talking this year very much about what I've been reading, so I've re-activated my long neglected goodreads account.  I'm currently reading The Scorch Trials, the second book in the Maze Runner series.

Mia and I this last weekend took a trip up to Frostburg, MD. On our way, we had lunch at The Loving Hut, an all vegan cafe in Falls Church, Va


Our Frostburg visit was great, and I was pleasantly surprised about how many veg and vegan options the cafeteria had. When I was in college, our dorm cafeteria options for vegetarians were salad bar, cheese pizza, and pasta everyday.  Here, there was a veg corner, and the vegan options were clearly marked. I got a salad, some hummus, and they had a soup station with broth and things you could add in. I had the lemon thyme soup with rice, tofu, and peas.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A not-quite spring Spring Break

Here's a review of my Spring Break in Pictures:


On Tuesday, Rob and I toasted Manhattans in memory of my Uncle George.  I was sad I couldn't make it to NE for the funeral.


My St. Baldrick's T-shirt arrived- On April 27 I will be shaving my head with my friend Cari in support of Children's Cancer Research. If you're interested in donating to St. Baldrick's, you can find my page on their site: stbaldricks.org

For my birthday, Rob was a good sport and went for an early morning run with me.

Lily and I did about 3 and a half miles. The weather was beautiful.


We had lunch at Everlasting Life Cafe- mmmmm- Vegan Soul Food!


Then we went to paint pottery.  We're running short on the smaller plates in our cabinets, so we each painted those.  



My plates are part of my vegan dish series.

Mia's


Rob's


I wanted to see the Muppets, so Rob bought us tickets to the matinee.  Unfortunately, he accidentally bought tickets for the movie Divergent, instead.  So we watched that one in the morning, and came back that evening for the Muppets.  Both were great movies, and we had a really good day.

Tuesday's dinner this last week- vegan Rubens with asparagus

My lunch on Wednesday, an arugula salad and an iced coffee.

Emily (vegan-veins on tumblr) sent me a great vegan shirt, with a lovely note and acrostic poem included in the package.  What a sweetie!


Also this last week, it snowed (again).  We all went to see the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Ford's Theater, and Mom and I saw the Gay Men's Chorus performance of Von Trapped at the Lisner.

All in all, this week has flown by.  I'm not ready to go back to work tomorrow!!