Food For Thought XIII: Summer Eats

I don’t know about y’all, but the LAST thing I want to do in the summertime is come home after working and/or running and/or the gym and spend even a minute more than absolutely necessary in the kitchen.  Here are a few go-to quickies that I’ve found and am loving this summer!

Vegan Tempeh Salad (recipe in link) – It says the prep time for this is 45 minutes.  From start to finish, that’s probably accurate, but it’s not 45 ACTIVE minutes.  It’s more like “Put the tempeh on the steamer, go get int he shower.  Set aside to cool, go blow dry your hair.”  It really doesn’t seem like it takes that long.  And this stuff is so dang good.  It’s my new favorite way to use tempeh.

Tempeh Salad

Smoky Black Bean Wraps from the Happy Herbivore Cookbook (third party recipe in link) – I loooooove the smoky mayo in this.  I would totally use that on other stuff.

Smokey black bean wrap HHC

Tempeh Burger Pizza from The Friendly Fig (recipe in link) – Remember that time, like two minutes ago, when I said the tempeh salad was my favorite way to use tempeh?  Yeah, I had forgotten about this!  I may or may not have eaten the whole thing by myself in one sitting.  Spoiler:  I did.

Cheeseburger pizza Friendly Fig

Summer also brings with it a couple of fantastic BBQ holidays, and those are always a fun time to try out new things.  Between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, I made three new-to-me recipes.

Carrot Hot Dogs from Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings (I don’t find her recipe online, so I’ve included a link to the book it’s in, but there are variations all over the interwebs–just google it!)  These are fantastic.  I have bought my last commercial vegan hot dog.  These are my new cookout staple.  And they’re SO EASY!  Without giving away too much, all you do is boil the carrots, then let them marinade for at least 24 hours, then toss them on the grill or in a skillet.  You just can’t beat ’em.

Carrot dogs HHHG

Cowboy Beans from Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings (ditto above about not finding the recipe online) – I followed the recipe as it was published, but then (as with many of Ms. Nixon’s recipes) I found it … lacking.  But I was able to tailor it to my taste by using more of the seasonings in the recipe as well as tossing in a couple of my own.  By the time I got done with it, it was pretty good!  I’m still on the hunt for the perfect vegan baked beans recipe, so if you have a favorite, please share it in the comments!

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Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers from Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings (recipe in link) – You know that smoky mayo up there that I said would be good with other stuff?  Well, here ya go.  I’ve made so many different bean burger recipes, using so many different kinds of beans, but this one was a first.  I’ve never used a white bean and certainly never sweet potatoes in a burger.  While these tasted great, they really didn’t turn out exactly right.  They took twice as long to cook as the recipe says and they still never got crisp, but I think adjusting the cook times and temps would make a big difference.

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What are some of your favorite summer eats these days?

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Weekend Recap: Running, Reading, and a Quick Roadtrip

I seriously had THE BEST weekend, guys.  It really didn’t start off all that great.  I was in a LOUSY mood when I left the office on Friday.  It was just a rotten week.  So many negative things going on in the world and in the lives of some people close to me, and that kind of stuff just really takes its toll on me.  I try really hard to not let it, but such is the life of an empath.  (If you have time, read this article.  I always thought I was just weird, but this describes me to a T!  Turns out there’s a name for me after all!)

After coming home I was able to decompress a bit and ended up enjoying a night in with the hubs with takeout and the DVR.  I mean REALLY, how can anyone be in a bad mood while watching Chrisley Knows Best?

Saturday morning, the plan was to get up early to run to beat the heat.  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  I got up before 6, but it was already miserable out there, so I kind of figured “what’s the point?”  I decided to wait a little bit.  Yes, I knew it would get a little warmer, but I wanted to let the humidity drop a bit.

tempThose screen shots were taken exactly an hour apart–before I left the house to go to the track and as I was getting back in my truck afterwards.  It was sheer misery.  I loved every second.  Bonus:  I hit my goal pace for every 400 but the last one.  By the last one I was D-O-N-E.  I think that’s how you know it was a good track session, right?  😉

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The I came home and took the dogs for a walk to try to tire them out because they were going to be staying in boarding that night since their sitter was out of town too.  (This is the third time in a row we’ve planned out of town stuff at the same time and been unable to dog-sit for each other!).  But these poor kids just can’t handle the heat though.  They get too hot long before they truly get tired.  They’re dragging ass by the end of a short walk (especially Harley, bless his heart), but as soon as they get inside and get cooled off they’re back up to speed.  I miss the fall/winter/spring days of long walks and tired doggies!  And fewer bugs.  UGH.  I found three ticks on our ritual after-walk tick check–two on Harley, one on me.

After getting showered and eating a quick lunch, it was time to hit the road.  A four-hour drive to see a ballgame then a four-hour drive home?  Yep, that’s how we do date night around here!  haha

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Cards vs. Mets

We both wished that we’d planned for a hotel stay rather than driving home in soaking wet sweaty clothes.  It still felt like almost 100 even after 10 pm!

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Just in case you don’t believe me? haha  Like I’m the only one experiencing summer…

That 2:30 am shower felt sooooooooooo goooooooooood.

Sunday morning the boarding place called bright and early.  They’re not open on Sundays, but they allow pickups if you’ll come while they’re there throughout the day for walks and potty breaks, so I asked them to call me when they were there for their first one.  I couldn’t go back to sleep after I got back home, so most of Sunday was just spent reading, lounging around with the pups, and doing all those domesticated wifely things.  Perfection.

Between the car ride up Saturday and reading Sunday morning, I’m about to knock this one out.  It’s another one my sister loaned me insisting that I’d like it.  I was afraid it would be too sci-fi for me, but it’s not at all!  It’s really very, very good.

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From the back cover:  “Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.  Now he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.  After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive.  And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.  Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death.  The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.  Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive.  But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

Trust me, it’s good.  Two thumbs up from a very anti-sci-fi girl.

I had planned on running in the evening, but I just felt zapped.  I don’t know if it was the four hours sleep, just being out in the sun and heat so much Saturday, still dehydrated (many beers and only one bottle of water at the game), or what, but I was just not feelin’ it at all by Sunday evening when I’d planned to run.  So ya know what?  I put on some yoga pants, plopped my butt back on the couch, and didn’t give myself one ounce of crap about it.  The run will always still be there tomorrow.

I’m linking up with Tara for the usual weekend update roundup!

Thinking Out Loud: Nine Days Worth of Babble

I hate it when I let myself go so long between posts.  It’s been nine days, so I know shit has happened, but so much time has passed that I don’t even remember what I wanted to ramble about, so I end up looking through my phone’s pictures and my Instagram and Facebook posts to remind myself.  That’s when I end up with a post like this:

  • Our damn central heat and air unit went out Fourth of July weekend.  Luckily it wasn’t crazy hot that weekend or the following few days while we weighed our options.  UNluckily, it was going to cost almost as much to repair it as to replace it.  We’re now the proud new owners of a shiny new (FULLY WARRANTIED) unit.
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My husband, the master of all trades, even installed it himself. He’s pretty damn handy.

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  • I get to mark another item off of my summer to-do list this weekend.  We’re going to St. Louis Saturday for a ballgame against the Mets.  Look for me.  I’ll be the one wearing red.  😉
  • Speaking of crossing things off lists… I’ll be knocking another state off of my 50 half marathons in 50 states goal this fall!  We’ve got a Florida vacation planned for October anyway, so I checked halfmarathons.net on a whim a few days ago and there’s one in Key Biscayne (45 minutes from our resort!) two days after we get there.  PERFECT!  That’ll give me a total of 10 states.  (It would have been 12 if my hip hadn’t taken me out of the game keeping me from running the ones in Colorado and New York I’d planned on running while I was in those two states earlier this year!)
  • I joined a CSA again this year, and so far it’s been a big, fat bust.  The quality of the food has been great, but the farm has just suffered a very poor yield.  But that’s part of the risk/beauty of a CSA.  Better that a lot of people lose out on a very reasonably priced share than for the farmer to lose his ass.
  • I have, however, ended up with a butt load of cucumbers.  I really want to learn how to make pickles.  I’m just not sure I have the patience.  I lost interest just looking at the You Tube videos.
  • I just signed up as a Fabletics VIP member and got my first outfit.  I love it!  I’ve only just tried it on, though, so I’ll wait to do a full review after I run in it.  That may be a while.  Crops in this summer heat?  HELL NO.
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Forget the outfit. I just knew you all were dying to see a picture of my dog’s asshole.
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From the blooper file.
  • I won a $100 Walmart gift card this week from a blog post giveaway that I don’t even remember entering.  haha Score!  Thanks, Kara!
  • I’ve been reading more than usual lately.  And by that, I mean I’ve read four books this summer:  Insurgent (good), Allegiant (an unforgivably terrible ending to the trilogy), Dad is Fat (cute), and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (funny).  And I just started The Martian today (so far I’m diggin’ it!)–even though I’m also currently reading Oogy (a wonderful story but very poorly written).  My sister also just loaned me the first book of the Game of Thrones series.  She INSISTS I give it a shot even though I keep telling her I’m not gonna like it.  I’ve never watched a single episode of it, but there’s a reason for that.  It just doesn’t look like something that will rock my world, but she assures me that it will.  Actually, I think her exact words were, “It will ruin your life.”
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Here goes nuthin’.
  • She brought me this book last weekend on our sister date.  We went out to a new-to-us Chinese/Japanese joint and then watched The Gallows.  Neither of our significant others like horror flicks (they freak hers out and bore mine), so that’s our thing.  We always watch the scary ones together and always on the big screen.  That’s the only way to watch a good scary movie!

Have you ever joined a CSA?  What was your experience with it?  Do you watch (or have you read) Game of Thrones?  Scary movies–yay or nay?  Theater or at home?

Social Media: A Love/Hate Relationship

The good thing about Facebook is that it gives everyone an outlet for their opinion.  The bad thing about Facebook is that it gives… well, EVERYONE an outlet for their opinion.  I get that everyone is entitled to one and blah, blah, blah, but more often than not it just seems that people are throwing their opinion out there with hopes of inciting arguments and debate.  These past couple of weeks have helped me clean up my friends list quite nicely!

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BUT social media does have its perks.  To the world of animal rescue, it has been invaluable.  Rescues can reach out to fosters and donors and network nationwide like never before (at least until Facebook changed their algorithms trying to force nonprofits to pay to have their posts seen, but that’s a tangent I won’t get off on today.  If you’d like, you can read more about that here.)

I’ve become a little more involved in social medial myself this year.  At the beginning of 2015, when I was healthy, running 100+ miles a month, and had high hopes for this year, I decided I was going to actively pursue 50 half marathons in 50 states.  I knew that there had to be a way that I could use those miles to do some good, so after talking with a local rescue and a couple of friends, we came up with an idea.  Remember the bike-a-thons we probably all took part in as a kid?  You know, you go around the neighborhood asking for pledges, and people pledge so many cents per mile.  You ride your little heart out for one event on one day and then tally up how much your pledgees owe you!  Well, what I came up with works much the same way, only this “event” lasts all year.  At the beginning of each month, I’ll ask for pledges for that month and then at the end of the month I tally up how many miles I’ve run, walked, etc., and those pledgees make their calcuated donations to the rescue!  The rescue is Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, so I very appropriately (in more ways than one haha) created a Facebook group called The Goofy Runner where this all takes place.  If you’re so inclined, I invite you to join the group!  You can pledge for one month, pledge every month, or don’t pledge at all and just sit back and watch or offer moral support or share the page.  You can be as involved as you want to be!  No one will harass you or try to guilt or shame you into anything.  This is all in fun and just a very light-hearted fundraiser.  And I very intentionally keep the pledges low so as to encourage more sponsors.  I’d rather have 20 sponsors with a $10 commitment than 3 sponsors with a $25 commitment because #math.  So please come join us!  It’s not too late to sponsor July!

Also follow me on Instagram @pamruns13.1 for a hot mess of randomness.  Everyone needs more cute animals and nonsense in their day, right?

I’m linking up with MCM Mama for today’s Tuesday’s on the Run topic:  Social Media Share.

A Four-Day Weekend Recap: Fourth of July Edition

This sure isn’t the recap that I was hoping to be able to write.  I was hoping that this would be  “Fireworks!  YES!  Grilling!  YEAH!  Swimming!  WOOHOO!”  But Nope.

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But we made the most of it and the weekend didn’t totally suck.  Since the 4th fell on a Saturday this year, I got Friday off work for observance, and I took a vacation day on Thursday, giving me a four-day weekend.  I spent all day Thursday with my BFF who was in town for a short visit.

Even though most everything was closed Friday, my husband’s employees at the shop wanted to work, so he went in too, leaving me with the day allllllllll to myself.  It was pretty glorious actually.  haha  I ran four miles (my longest run post-injury!), walked the dogs two miles (during which we got rained on–again), and then I did something I NEVER do.  I did yoga.  On purpose.  Voluntarily.  I’ve tried two yoga classes before and I hated them both, but when I said I would do whatever it takes to stay on top of this hip shit and prevent recurrence, well I meant it.  I searched You Tube for hip opening videos and I found this one.

It felt sooooo gooood.  It was only 20 minutes and it kept you moving pretty frequently, so I didn’t have time to get bored with it like I have with my two previous yoga experiences.  And it’s pretty impossible to get bored with dogs *ahem* assisting.

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Thanks, Bella. Having the sweat licked off my legs is really helpful.

Oh and I checked in with a small group of friends that were doing an ab challenge.  My progress was thwarted by a strain early in the challenge, so I didn’t come out of it like I’d hoped, but they’re a work in progress.

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Even though I was off work, I did end up having to go in for a couple of hours that afternoon.  We were still open for business and the internet at one of the offices I manage went down.  That creates a major inconvenience because the day’s transactions have to be transmitted, so I had to take all the info from that office to my other office for transmission, but I just went in my shorts and flip-flops with a wet head and snuck in the back so I didn’t have to see or deal with anyone.  It kind of pissed me off that I had to go in, but I guess it’s just part of being in management.

The country club here in town has an annual event the Friday before the Fourth of July that we always go to.  Well, when I say we “go to” them, what I mean is we go and park in a field behind the country club and watch the fireworks for free.  haha!

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Saturday I got in a quick three-mile run wearing these babies.

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ordered from http://www.goneforarun.com

How freaking cool are they???  Actually they were anything BUT cool.  I thought I was gonna die.  83 degrees and 78% humidity?  Sure, tall socks sounds like a BRILLIANT plan.  But hey, the Fourth only comes around once a year.  Wear ’em while you can!

My parents came up Saturday afternoon.  The plan was to grill out, but with the jacked up forecast, we cooked…in.  We really didn’t do much else.  Just hung out.  Which is totally cool with me because we don’t get to do that much.  They’re not far away, really.  About an hour and a half.  Just far enough away to be inconvenient.  When they left, I was in my yoga pants and T-shirt by the time they were at the end of the driveway.

Sunday has been super low-key.  I slept in (8:30!!! minus one brief wakeup call/breakfast request from the cat a few minutes till 5) then spent the majority of the rest of the day on domestic duty–cleaning up the kitchen mess from Saturday night, cleaning house, doing laundry…all that wifely stuff.  I did get in a quick 30-minute spin and some strength training and took the dogs to the park for a walk .  Dang, it sure does feel good to be active and pain free again!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend and is coming away from it with all of their appendages still attached and intact!

I’m joining Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading for the Weekend Update link-up.  You should join too!

A Bestie Date is the Bestest Date!

Thanks to the 10 hours and 700 miles between us, my best friend and I don’t get to see each other nearly as often as I’d like.  But lucky for me, she and her husband both have family here and are obligated to come back at least occasionally.  They are here right now for one of those obligatory visits, picking up their kiddo from her parents’ house where he’s spent a few weeks this summer.  I put my dibs in for her on Thursday!  I picked her up at 9 that morning and she was MINE ALL MINE all day!  I felt so cool picking up a hot chick in the vette.  hahaha!

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Chick magnet

First order of business was caffeine!  We hit up my local little coffee shop (where we were lectured about how nobody knows what they really want and schooled on the difference between coffee and a latte lol) and then promptly headed to the nail salon for mani-pedis!

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Most awesome nail tech ever. He was hilariously inappropriate. Which just happens to be my favorite kind of person.

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Since the inception of our Girls’ Day Out plan, we had intended to spend the majority of the day poolside, but Mother Nature just wasn’t all that cooperative.  After our fingers and toes were all sexified, we came back to my house where we looked at the radar and the sky and the radar again, weighing our odds and trying to decide if we should even try the pool.  We finally decided to give it a shot.  The sun was trying SO HARD to come out!  But by the time we got bathing suited up, grabbed some lunch to go and some beer and got there, these were the skies that greeted us.

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We weren’t gonna let a little rain scare us off though.  We stayed by the pool through the sprinkling until it became a steady rain, at which point we grabbed our towels and stood in the garage and waited it out.  Within just a few minutes, the sky cleared off and we actually saw the sun…off and on for the next couple of hours.  When the next heavy rain came along around 3, we packed it in and called wraps on our pool day.

We went back to my house for showers and to pick up D and met Michele’s hubs and son for dinner, parting ways and saying our “see ya later”s about 9 that night.  One short day after not having seen each other in over a year just wasn’t long enough!  We’ve made a plan that next time we will have to go to Virginia to see them so we don’t have to share them with anyone else!  And because I suck and didn’t get a single picture of us together, I leave you with this one, my favorite one of us from our vacation in the Dominican Republic last year!

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Love this girl!

Weekend Recap, an Injury Update (x 2), and a Plan!!!

And let me just say…what a FABULOUS weekend it was!  It flew by, of course, but, hey, what else is new?  It didn’t start off all that awesome since I had to work Saturday morning, but FOR ONCE the weather cooperated.  It was cloudy and misty and just generally shitty out until right at closing time at 11:00 (we’re only open half-days on Saturdays).  With the click of the lock, the skies cleared and the sun came out in all its glory, and this ol’ girl couldn’t get home and get outside fast enough.  I had an itch that only an outdoors run was going to scratch.  It’s been miserably hot this week–like oppressively, unbearably hot–so I had been avoiding the outdoors every chance I got.  But when the sun came out Saturday, it was a cool 80 degrees with humidity only in the 60% range–a regular old cold front.  I usually prefer it to be cloudy and much, much cooler for a run, but my mood had been in the shitter this week, and the sunshine was just what my soul needed.

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Running the country roads. Just me and the soybeans.

After I finished, I went back in, leashed up the pups and headed back out for a walk with them.  They were hankering for a nice long walk, too.  They don’t like being outside any more than I do when the heat index is 105+, so they were suffering from a pretty severe case of cabin fever.  Judging from Bella’s expression, I’d say they rather enjoyed themselves.

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“I’m so happy. But I’m so tired. But I’m so happy. And tired.”

D and I had ourselves a little date night Saturday night.  Some people tell me when you don’t have kids EVERY night is date night, but whatever.  Maybe.  Maybe I should be more specific and say we took showers and put on non-flannel, non-tech gear, non-pajama clothes and left the house.  For months, I’ve been counting down the days for Ted 2 to open, so we went to see that.  The show didn’t start till 9:50(!!!  What are we, 18?!), so we went to Jasmine, my favorite (read: the only) local Thai joint to eat and hang out a while.  I was in hog heaven with my vegetarian sushi roll and the Cards/Cubs game on in the bar.  I briefly considered having a drink or five while killing time but then I thought better of it because HELLO!  9:50!!!  I’m usually holding down my side of the bed (read: the middle) by 9:50.  So I stuck to water and somehow managed to stay awake through the entire thing.  It was really funny.  Not as funny as the first one, but still pretty damn funny.  And then I fell asleep on the 30-minute drive home.  I party so hard.

Sunday morning I was awakened by snoring, and just before I kicked D I realized it was coming from the foot of the bed.

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He has just started doing this.  He’s totally called my “no dogs on the bed” bluff.

I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and started the coffee and just enjoyed the quiet morning.  I read, I caught up on some blogs, partook in a little online retail therapy… all while intentionally staying far, far away from the land of Facebook.  Social media largely contributed to my rotten mood the last few days.

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This is really funny, but in all seriousness… ENOUGH ALREADY!

Part of that little online shopping trip included planning a weekend getaway for me and D!  One of our favorite comedians, Jim Jefferies, will be in Atlanta in September, soooo….

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HELLS YEAH!

Once those tickets were procured, I thought to myself, “Hmmmmm……..I wonder if there would happen to be any races nearby that weekend.”  A quick little click to halfmarathons.net  told me that INDEED THERE IS!  The Tortoise and the Hare Half Marathon is in Canton, just outside of Atlanta, that same morning!

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I love the description of the race.  It sounds so fun!  And the scenery!   It’ll be my first trail half, my first race back after my hip/leg injury, and state #9!  I’m just downright giddy over the whole trip. D was skeptical when I told him I’d found a half just a little over two months away, but like I told him, I’m not out to prove anything.  I will wear my Tortoise title proudly that day.  I’m no stranger to running half-marathons half-assed trained.  What’s once more?!

With the excitement of planning that trip fresh on my brain (and the caffeine from my homemade iced coffees fresh in my veins), I threw on some clothes and headed out the front door for a run equally as glorious as yesterday’s.  After finishing that I did a little yard and house cleaning, laid out for a while, then dragged out the dogs’ pool.  Seriously, nothing makes me happier than seeing my furry kids happy.

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I wrapped up my day with an awesome shopping trip to Kroger ($0.99 organic kale and $0.50 organic red grapefruit–score!) and a terrible movie.  The Boy Next Door–UGH.  I had a feeling it would be horrible, and it exceeded my expectations.  I only got it because everything I wanted to see was gone from the Redbox at Kroger and I had a code for a free rental, so I took a chance on it.

Now just a little bit of an injury update…When I last posted I was miserable with some sort of issue with my abs a week after a killer core workout during CrossFit.  Now, three days later, things have gotten SO much better!  But not before they got worse.  The swelling peaked the next day but then has gradually been going down.  I’m almost back to normal now as far as the swelling goes.  They’re still awfully weak though.  I went from being able to hold almost a 3-minute plank a couple of weeks ago to not even being able to support myself to do a single pushup when I tried today.  I jacked something up real good, but whatever it was seems to be on the mend, so I’m holding off on calling in any professionals.  And as for the more chronic issue, I think it’s finally safe to say that the iliopsoas injury is behind me.  HALLELUJAH!!!   I’m continuing to do the things my physical therapist taught me, and I’ll go back to see her at the first twinge or hint of recurrence to stay on top of things, but for now, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO, BITCHES!!!!

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Something is not right with my belly, y’all.  I went to CrossFit last week and positively shredded my abs.  I was soooo sore afterwards.  Not like just “hard workout” sore.  I mean I was damn near debilitated for three days.  It hurt to BREATHE.  And God forbid I had to cough or sneeze.  The pain began subsiding over the weekend, but that’s when the swelling started.  My flat, toned stomach (admittedly my favorite part of me!) is soft, smooshy, and jiggly.  I feel like Fat Bastard.

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What the hell did I do???  Obviously the jiggly part is water retention because you don’t just gain 3 pounds of fat in a couple of days.  Now here I am eight days after the initial workout and most of the soreness is gone (most, not all–I still can’t do anything that uses them) but I’m still just as swollen as I was on Monday.  I talked to my oldest friend, who is a weightlifter, and he said it was the same thing as straining an ankle–that swells and retains fluid too till it’s healed.  I ran this all by my BFF (WHO WILL BE HERE IN A WEEK, BTW!!!!!!) who is a nurse at a sports ortho clinic, and she suggested I call my doctor.  I love her and value her opinion to no end, but I’m kind of sick of doctors at this point after all my hip bullshit.  And I’d kinda feel like a moron if he was like, “You’ve strained your abs, Dumbass.”  So no gym for me for a little while.  I can still run, THANK GOD.  I’d hate to lose that again just as I’m getting it back!  I think the wait-and-see approach sounds like the best bet for now.

Have you ever done anything this stupid?  And painful?  And painfully stupid?  Ever injured your abs?

Thinking Out Loud: The Summer Time Warp and Playing Catch-Up

How is it that in the summer the days get simultaneously longer and shorter?  In the winter, I’m usually in bed by 9.  In the summer, I’m lucky to be eating dinner by 9.  There’s just always so much more to do and so much more fun to be had in the summer!  Take yesterday, for example.  I worked till 4:30, went for a short run (short because HELLO SUMMER with your stupid feels-like 96 degrees) went to the 5:30 CrossFit class, came home and walked the dogs, took a shower, fixed a quick dinner, and sat down to eat at 8:40.  Who has time for blogging when every day is like that?!  It’s so much easier to throw a quick post on Instagram or Facebook.  I’m only able to spare a few minutes today because I took a vacation day.  Anyway, I’m using the Thursday Thinking Out Loud trend to catch up on the things I haven’t had time to blog about, so this is gonna be all over the place.

  • I’ve started doing CrossFit again.  I’ve been twice.  Last night was the first time I’ve ever thrown in the towel and “no-scored” a workout.  I went for a run before class, and during class I could NOT get my heart rate to drop below an explosive level.  I’ve never felt like that before.  I don’t know exactly what was going on, but my heart rate was sky high, my hearing was muffled, and I got a sudden pounding headache in my forehead.  It honestly kind of scared me a bit, so I stopped in the third of four rounds.  It wasn’t even a super hard WOD.  Four rounds of 15 kettlebell swings/15 burpees,/15 GHD situps.  I’ve done much harder, so I dunno.  I’m sure dehydration played at least a small part of it.

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  • Things are really going well at our business.  We’ve hired someone full-time to run the front office and clean the building and stuff.  Taking some of that busy work off D has saved him so much time and lets him spend more time on the things that make money and grow the business.  Insurance jobs are slow right now (not a point of concern–that’s an industry standard for this time of year), so he’s spending that time on his project cars instead.  He just finished this one up!  Isn’t she beautiful???  She’ll be for sale as soon as we get the title work back from the state, so hit me up.  haha  But till then I’m enjoying the shit out of driving it.  I had one of my own a few years ago, and this makes me miss it!
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  • The dogs are enjoying keeping cool this summer.

  • I sincerely hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this, but the healing of the running injury is coming along nicely since changing physical therapists.  I’m kind of pissed about all the time and money I lost with the other place, but I’m trying to just focus on the now and be glad that I’m finally getting better.  Still the most I’ve run is 3.5 miles, but I’m hindered now only by loss of fitness and the heat, not by pain.  It’s damn hard, y’all, to start from scratch and build any kind of base in a Tennessee summer.
  • We’ve been in our house for eight years, and I guess eight years is kind of the time when everything starts to go to shit.  Sheetrock nails are coming out of the ceiling, walls need sheetrock repair and repainted, carpet needs replaced, boards on our deck are warping and coming up, and our air conditioning unit just had to have a pretty costly repair.  One thing at a time… The deck is at the top of my priority list because that’s kind of my summer oasis!

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I have several potted plants on my deck, but my Gerber daisies are gorgeous this year! And my hibiscus has buds all over it that are about to explode!
  • I’m super excited because the bestie Michele is coming in from Virginia in two weeks!  I’ve reserved her for a day.  haha  Two weeks from today we have a bestie date planned.  Gym, mani-pedis, drinks by the pool, YES!

Is summer keeping you hopping this year?  

Weekend Recap and One off the Summer Bucket List!

How in the world is it possible that it’s Monday already???  The weekend flew by at warp speed, and I’m sure it didn’t help matters any that I had to work on Saturday.  Only till 11:30, but still!  YUCK!  Anyway, Saturday afternoon was pretty chill, then Saturday evening I got to cross the first item off my summer bucket list.  Me and D, his sister and her husband, two of their kids, and a friend of the youngest went to the Full Throttle Distillery.

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I’ve been wanting to go since it opened up, and this weekend Bad Company was playing there, so we thought it would be a good weekend to check it out!  WRONG! Turns out everyone south of the Mason Dixon had the same idea.  The line to even get into the bar part where they do the moonshine tastings was forever long and then once you got in, the bar was SO crowded… we didn’t even try.  We just said we’d come back some other time when there wasn’t a big event going on and there wouldn’t be as many people.  We went around to the back door that led into the gift shop and we could see the bar part and everything from there.  It was a really cool setup though.  The whole tiny town of Trimble was just packed.  You literally had to park on the side of the highway that leads into Trimble and walk in.  And whereas I thought the whole festival thing was on the distillery grounds….no, it took up all of the downtown area.  So that meant that the cooler of beer we brought and toted all that way in was nothing more than something for someone to sit on because we weren’t allowed to have open containers in the street.  LAME.  Then we thought, “Well at least there’ll be good music.”   WRONG AGAIN!  haha  Okay, it wasn’t that bad.  They sounded okay, but they just didn’t play all the big songs that everyone knows them for!  And when they did, they beat them into the damn ground!  They made Feel Like Makin’ Love into probably a 12 minute song.  He’d play some, then talk some, then try to crack some jokes, then play some more, then change it up to make it sound Caribbeanish, then change it again… it just wasn’t the great time I was hoping for!  BUT!  Their lead vocalist, Paul Rodgers, made a fan out of life for me.  I didn’t know this, but he’s a big animal rights advocate, and they were donating a portion of the night’s merchandise sales to a no-kill shelter.  Respect.

Sunday redeemed my unspectacular Saturday night though.  I got up early (dearest kitty was staaaaaarving and I couldn’t go back to sleep) so I started binge rewatching season 2 of Orange is the New Black in preparation for binge watching season 3 when it’s released this weekend.  Around lunch I got up and ran a couple of treadmill miles (just two because I’ve been hurting a bit again lately, but these two were pain free!) and then changed into a swim suit and hit my back deck for some quality me time.  Ahhhhh, it was perfect and just what this girl needed.  Sunshine, coooooooooooooooooooooooold beer (it had been on ice in the cooler for about 20 hours at that point so it had little ice flakes in it–PERFECT!!!!), a good book, Ed Sheeran channel on Pandora… what more could a girl ask for?!

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I stayed out until I was sufficiently sunburned and buzzed. I had planned to go grab some groceries and cook, but I was way too buzzed for that nonsense.  So I took the dogs for a walk instead.  Drunk dog walking–it’s the next big thing, I’m telling you.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!!