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They Said April Had A Blizzard

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The title is from a fabulous Dar Williams song. Also, it was snowing this morning. Seriously. Then, I had to go shopping in the wet, icky mush which turned to annoying rain. Yuck. I'm staying in the rest of the day. That means that I'll have to bike instead of run, but I can handle that.

Yesterday's concert was awesome, woohoo! We were really far back, but Cake is fun no matter what and the lead singer, John McCrea, makes us all sing about half the songs. He also plays the vibraslap, which is the best percussion instrument ever.

On the way to the concert we swung my McDonald's for dinner because time was tight and it was a two-hour drive. So, I've recently been having their Southwest Chicken Salad with grilled chicken, and it is a really good salad. According to the website, the salad is 320 calories and the dressing is an extra 100, which is a good deal for a fast food dinner. I mean, my normal dinners are between 300-500 calories. Also, everything but the chicken appears to be gluten-free, and the chicken only contains bits of various starches so it doesn't seem to bother me since I'm only gluten-intolerant. Anyway, yum!

So, this weekend is a catch up on my life weekend for sure. It will also include baking some Wonder Woman inspired cupcakes (more on that later), some exercise, possibly some fondue, and hopefully some chill time. Still, I have a lot to actually do so I best get on that.

Onward and upward!


Cake (It's not a lie!)

Friday, April 22, 2011

It's Friday! I feel like it has been an extremely long week. Today should zip by though because I have so much going on. I have an interview in the morning for a summer day camp job. Then my undergraduate is presenting a poster at a UMass conference. Finally, me and my husband are driving out to Boston to see Cake (they're a band)!

Since it's so crazy, it's probably also a really good thing that I'm fasting most of the day. No worries about eating on schedule. We'll probably grab dinner on the road to Boston. My only concern is that I don't know when I'm going to get an evening nap in. Maybe I'll make the husband drive for a chunk on the way there so that I will be good to drive back.

Anyway, less eating: good. Exercise: I'm going to get my Kinect on this morning in a bit while also watching House on Hulu. That should be fun. I got my run in yesterday, so that's good. I really, really have to find alternates for eating snacks and junk this up and coming week. I think that will be my new goal: how many times can I replace a "grab something with sugar" moment with "do something else, dummy" instead. We'll keep a running total. It will be fun.

It's Fabulous Friday and my me-thing is definitely this concert, even though it's my husband's birthday gift from my parents. It's still going to be awesome! Now, time for a workout and getting on with my day.

Onward and upward!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/22/2011 8:42AM

    Soybnds like a fun weekend! Enjoy the concert.

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Go West Young Man

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's Thursday! I'm watching previews for my favorite show Supernatural on my phone. Hehe. I love this show. I'm being such a fangirl, but I've been in fanfiction writing - repeat watching - crazy show mood all week. I think that's because it was on hiatus for 6 weeks and finally came back last Friday and I watched it Sunday and it was an awesome episode. Well, maybe not awesome, but had some great, much missed moments. The blog title btw is related to this week's upcoming episode. Shhhh, I'm not crazy.

Okay, fangirl off for a little while.

My food is still not where I want it to be, my exercise is decent could be better, and my life is insane. I need someone to hire me so I can get back to a grounded life because this up-in-the-air stuff isn't working. Still, I manage. I sang angry girl songs at karaoke last night: Avril Lavigne's Losing Grip and Dixie Chicks' Ready to Run. I feel like I should preface half of my karaoke singing with "really, I'm in a very happy marriage, ignore my song choices".

Today is Thankful Thursday and I'm thankful for little things that make you realize the good stuff you have.

Not sure what's going to happen with me today. I think I may try to find somewhere in the sun to work. I normally like overcast days, but I think I'm in a sun mood today. Maybe I'll just try to take walking breaks.

Okay, have a great Thursday all!

Onward and upward!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/21/2011 10:33AM

    Hope you get something soon! It really is hard to have life so up-in-the-air.

Happy, hoppy Easter! emoticon

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/21/2011 8:20AM

    I had heard of Woo Hoo Wednesday but not Thankful Thursday - I like it! emoticon

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Strength Yoga

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Woohoo Wednesday everybody! Time to get some celebrating going, even if it's only the tiniest bit! My woohoo this week is for cleaning my kitchen. I love to cook; I hate to clean. Therefore, usually the kitchen is quite the disaster. Yesterday and today I did a bunch of cleaning so it all looks white and beige again. Woohoo!

Yesterday was so-so on food. I ate some junk in the middle of the day trying to motivate myself to do work. I ran in the morning, my usual ~3 miles.

Today, I need to do some strength yoga I think. N0t sure where I'll find it, but I know I will.

Okay, time to go again!

Onward and Upward.

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IVORY1825 4/20/2011 7:55PM

    So, when I say strength yoga I just meant any yoga that is meant to help build muscle. I found it on exercise tv on On Demand. The one I ended up doing was very Ashtanga like, rooted in sun salutations and constantly moving.

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CINCYDORA 4/20/2011 10:27AM

    You don't know where you'll find strength yoga or don't know where you'll find the time? If it's the yoga you seek, wouldn't Ashtanga or another form of power yoga count? All those weight bearing planks and vinyasas in Ashtanga kick my butt.

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PRUPLEBEAR 4/20/2011 7:18AM

    Cool! But what is strength yoga?

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Make A Little Birdhouse ...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I like fasting days. They go quick and I get a lot done. I usually end them with yerba mate too, and that's a bit of an appetite suppressor so I can come home and make dinner with no problem.

I saw a recipe online for brussel sprouts in a creamy white wine sauce that sounded good. Only, I didn't have any white wine, so I made a creamy red wine sauce (for interested parties: a roux of olive oil and flour, add wine on top and thicken, flavor with onion, garlic, sea salt, pepper, herbs de provence, tarragon, and then add some half and half until creamy). It was still good. I also really like brussel sprouts now. I also made roasted salt and pepper potatoes and paprika chicken.

So, I did my one workout yesterday morning and then I played accordion for two hours at jazz group, so I think that was essentially a workout. I now have an accordion! It's old and it's two octaves and the guy gave it to me for $20, yay! I can't wait to try out some They Might Be Giants. I need to get my Birdhouse In Your Soul on.

So, the plan for today is to run this morning and possibly this evening as well with the husband. He needs to get back into running, but he hates mornings. Only problem tonight is that it might be raining. We're going to start doing weekends again though. The food plan is typical eating, especially trying to avoid the sugars. I'm adjusting my sleep schedule again, so it's important to not spike my sugar.

It is Tuesday Tip day and my tip for you is feel free to substitute in the kitchen. I used red wine instead of white, and still made a delicious sauce. Be creative, have fun, don't let a lack of ingredients make your meals stale and boring.

Okay y'all, I'm off to do, umm, stuff.

Onward and upward!


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