Two posts in one day?!? Wha???
It’s been a while since I’ve done a two-a-day (see what I did there? A football reference, since it’s the Super Bowl and all. I GET SPORTS.), but I’m trying to get back into the habit of posting more, even if it’s just our boring old day-to-day lives.
So what did we do today? We DID make it outside—we took Lila to the park, and while she and Ryan played on the playground, I took the dogs for a hike around some trails nearby. I’m glad we got out, because after about an hour, the skies opened up into rain, and it hasn’t stopped raining since. Blerg.
The rest of the day was filled with usual Sunday stuff—nap for Lila, class prep and grading for me and Ryan, plus a post-nap trip to the mall to burn off some energy at the indoor play area.
Around 5:45, we came home to fix some dinner:
Turkey burgers (topped with sauteed mushrooms), grapes, and sweet potato fries that made an appearance about 10 minutes into the meal because we got them in the oven too late. Still delicious.
So, I wrote about buying a fit bit here. Now that I’ve had it for a while, I have to say—I’ve been surprised by how hard it is some days to meet 10,000 steps! Between dog walks, being up at school, and chasing after Lila, I thought for sure I’d have no trouble reaching 10,000 steps every day, but some days I don’t even come close!
So—goal for the week—reach 10,000 steps every day. I’ve met the goal for today…just barely:
….and I have to be honest—I just picked up around the house like a crazy woman to get to 10,000 for today. It’s HARD when the weather is bad! But, I’m going to try this week…so y’all have to keep me accountable.
Hi friends! How has your weekend been?
We’ve had a good one over here—we relaxed on Friday night and watched the final four (FOUR!!!) episodes of Breaking Bad. I’m a little ashamed to admit that, but man, once we got started, we just had to finish it! It was SO good, but in a way I’m also really sad that we blew through it so quickly—what will we watch now?!? Gotta find a new show. Sigh. #yeahbitch
Anyway, after our less-than-active Friday night, we needed to move on Saturday. We headed to a Body Pump class at the Y. I’ve been going to those classes more and more, and I really like them. I’ve blogged before about how much easier it is for me to do cardio than weights, so going to a class that is basically all lifting is really good for me—it forces me to work my muscles in a way that, frankly, I’d pretty much just avoid if it were up to me, ha. I talked Ryan into going to the class with me, and he liked it too. Time to get buff for summer.
On Saturday evening, we had a housewarming party to attend, so I pulled out the ol’ standing mixer and whipped up a batch of cookies:
When I was in high school and college, I worked at a vegetarian restaurant/bakery called Earthereal. Earthereal has since closed (which I wrote about here—baby Sophie alert!), but their delicious cookies will always have a place in my heart! My favorite of all their cookies were the Sweet Johns—filled with butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and pecans. YUM.
I did my best to imitate Earthereal Sweet Johns with these cookies…alas, these were delicious, but they still weren’t the same. I guess you just can’t beat the original.
Homemade Sweet Johns:
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup each butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Put aside.
In a standing mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture until dough forms. Add chips and nuts and mix by hand until all of the mix-ins are incorporated evenly through the dough.
Drop dough by the tablespoon (I made my dough mounds bigger, but it’s up to you how big you want your cookies) on non-stick or silpat baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.
Allow to cool on baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
Eat. Enjoy. Talk about how much you miss Earthereal.
I think it’s going to rain later today, so we’re going to try to get outside while it’s still clear. Hope you have a great Sunday!
Hi all. Sorry for the lack of posting lately—gosh, almost two full weeks?! Funny how time flies when you’re…um, NOT having fun.
We got the stomach flu last week. Before you have kids, everyone tells you again and again that little kids are wretched little germ carriers, but somehow (like, um, almost all of the other advice that people gave as well), I just kind of thought, “Oh, it won’t be that way with us.” I’ve always prided myself on having a pretty strong immune system, and I guess I just figured our pretty clean bill of health record would stay just as clean, post-kid.
I no longer see Lila as my child, but rather as one huge (albeit adorable) germ.
We were sick over Christmas—nothing big, just some cold-like stuff.
Then the stomach flu hit. On my birthday. Happy birthday to me?
Lila got it first. She woke up in the middle of Monday night, puking. But don’t worry—Ryan and I stayed totally calm and collected:
She threw up for a few days, which was bad enough. Then the explosive diarrhea hit. Literally—it hit the wall, the crib, the changing table, the bathtub, and, of course—it hit us. Ryan and I tried to be all:
But alas– the diarrhea could not be reasoned with.
Then it hit Ryan. Do you, personally, know a man? If you do, there’s a 100% chance that the man you know is a fucking LOUD ASS PUKER. Combine this:
…and you get a sense of what the house sounded like for about twenty-four hours.
At this point, I was the only one who hadn’t fallen yet. I was feeling good. Pretty, pretty good:
Thanks, immune system of steel, I thought smugly as I headed off to teach my classes.
So I went to work. And you can guess what happened:
I managed to teach my three classes (and, I’m sure in the process, spread my germs ALL over campus. Sorry, UAH…). By class number two, my stomach was rumbling:
By the end of my last class, I was pretty sure that I had the plague:
So I came home, collapsed:
…and did this for a while:
At this point, Lila was feeling 100% better (of course), so my recovery went something like this:
The moral of the story? Given the option, we’ll not be venturing out in public again until spring. See y’all in May, germ-infested bitches.
Obviously this isn’t always possible, so we’ll be investing in hand sanitizer. LOTS of hand sanitizer.
Stay well, friends. And for god’s sake, wash your hands.
Hi friends! Happy Monday!
We’re having a doubly happy Monday over here because we have the day off (MLK), AND it’s my birthday! Woot!
Last semester, my classes didn’t start until 10:00…I’m not going to lie; it was pretty sweet. This semester, they start earlier, and I can feel it—our easy-going, walk the dogs and drink coffee relaxing mornings have gone out the window.
These days, I’m typically rushing around to get out the door on time, and making breakfast just adds about a half an hour that I don’t have.
Enter: baked oatmeal “muffins.”
I hesitate to call these muffins, because really they’re just everything that you would use to make oatmeal—baked. But, they’re baked in a muffin pan, so, alas—I suppose in a way they are muffins.
These are perfect grab-and-go breakfast items—filling and nutritious, but still pretty tasty if I do say so myself, especially heated up with a bit of almond butter or jam.
Baked Oatmeal “Muffins”
2 bananas, mashed
3 dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup almond milk
Preheat oven to 350.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Spray a muffin pan (regular-size) with non-stick cooking spray. Distribute the batter evenly among 12 cups. Bake for 20 minutes, until the tops are beginning to brown and the muffins are firm.
Remove and allow to cool fully. You can keep these in the refrigerator or freezer—I put mine in the freezer and heated it up this morning for a minute in the microwave:
Enjoy the day off if you have it—happy Monday!
Hi friends! This has been our first full week back at school, and we’re (wait for it…) getting back into the swing of things.
As always, Mondays are my long days—I teach from 9:00 to 12:30, and then again from 5:30 to 8:20. It’s a long day, I’m not going to lie. It’s also hard, because I come home around 2:00, and need to head back up to school by about 4:30. For those two and a half hours, I REALLY want to spend all of the time with Lila that I can. But, it’s important for me to rest a little so that I feel refreshed and ready to take on that last class of the day—I owe it to my students to be energized for that 5:30 class, and if I go straight from teaching to being with Lila to right back to teaching, I feel really wiped. On Monday, I hung out with her from about 2-3:30, and then Ryan took her to run some errands and go to the gym. After they left, I took a little cat nap which really refreshed me for the 5:30 class.
It kills me that I get to see her so little on Mondays, but at the same time, I’d rather have one really long day if it means having a pretty good schedule for the rest of the week.
Anyway, it always just takes a little bit of time to get back into the rhythm of the semester.
We’ve been enjoying beautiful weather here:
(Playing on the seesaw is quite the butt workout! )
…which we’ve been trying to take full advantage of. Afternoons at the park are a must in January, when getting out of the house can be difficult some days. If the sun is out, so are we!
We’ve been eating good food, too. And actually cooking a lot! Homemade pizza over the weekend:
Plus delicious homemade enchiladas that Ryan surprised me with last night:
Hope you’re having a good week! Off to binge on a little Breaking Bad.
How does that sound? Pretty good, right?
Hello, friends. Really glad it’s Friday over here. For the last few days, I’ve been in that terrible place of almost sick, but not quite—which, really, is the worst place to be, because you have to take it easy so that you don’t get sick, but at the same time, you feel like a lazy asshole for just kicking it in bed all afternoon.
Anyway, this morning I woke up feeling a little better. I have a nagging cough that just won’t go away—it’s the worst. Mornings, I usually feel okay, and then by late afternoon, I’m feeling sick again. Eh, you know how it goes.
Yesterday morning, when I was still in “Sick? I’m not sick!” mode, I made this chili for our dinner. And I’m glad I did, because I then proceeded to stay in bed and watch Youtube videos about applying eye makeup ALL afternoon. Fun times.
This chili might sound a little strange, but it was really, really good—the stout flavor definitely comes through, and the sweet potatoes add something a little different (and sweet!). It’s perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having!
Sweet Potato Stout Turkey Chili
1 onion, chopped
1 large sweet potato, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1.25 pound package ground lean turkey
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 bottle stout (dark) beer
1 chili seasoning packet (I had one in our pantry that needed to be used, but if you don’t, a combination of chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin would work well)
Heat a bit of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add sweet potato and cook for another five minutes. Add turkey and cook for ten minutes until it has started to brown. Add seasoning, tomatoes, and beer. Bring to a boil and boil for about five minutes rapidly, then reduce heat and simmer for up to one hour.
Optional garnishes: Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, chopped onion, chips, or avocado. Yum!
Our stout beer of choice:
I know I’ve said this before, but it is SO nice to have dinner ready to go in the evenings. Remind me that I need to do that more now that the semester has started, okay?
Gotta teach today, and then—weekend! Have a good one!
MAN this has been a week. How is it only Tuesday? Our days and weeks are all messed up from the long holiday break, but thing should get back to normal tomorrow when we start school again. I’m sad to see the break go, but honestly, I’m ready to get back into our weekly schedule as well. Things have been a little hectic lately, so getting back into our daily routine will be nice.
The latest hecticity? (Is that a word? I’m an English teacher, so I say it is.)
About an hour ago, water started POURING from our garage ceiling. Hashtag: awesome. Not sure wtf is going on, but a plumber is on his way to the house right now. Just what we needed today, gah!
In other, less depressing news—I’ve been having fun mixing it up at the gym. One of my friends from the Little Gym just joined the Y, so we’ve been checking out different classes together—we’ve done body pump and spin so far, and I’m determined to get to a barre class one of these days. It’s been fun to mix it up after SO. MUCH. RUNNING. Plus, I’ve been crazy sore—working muscles that didn’t get much work at all during the training for the marathon.
Another way I’ve been stepping out of the fitness rut? I bought a fitbit:
…which I wear around my wrist all day. It tracks my steps taken—the goal is 10,000 a day. It’s been amazing to me how hard it is to reach that in these days before teaching—my days can be pretty sedentary! With the freezing weather we’ve been having, I haven’t been walking the dogs as much, but the fitbit has been a great motivator to get out and take a walk around the ‘hood, despite the freezing cold weather. I’ll post more about it after I’ve had it longer—I just got it on Saturday!
That’s it around here. I need to finalize my syllabi for the classes that start tomorrow (GULP!). What about you—have you been shaking up your fitness routine for the new year?