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Soup made

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I made the pumpkin black bean soup from my previous blog post. Verrrrrry good! Perfect thick, rib-coating soup for a February dinner. So filling! And the depth of flavour is terrific.

Thanks so much to everyone for returning to my page! It feels great to know you still remember me and still care how I'm doing. The gist of my absence is that I gained weight, became depressed - more due to my thesis than to the weight gain but we know these things are all connected - and had a hard time pulling out of it. Working on making a comeback now, which includes dedicated work on my thesis, almost daily exercise (which is making a HUGE difference in my mood), and a renewed focus on healthy eating and limiting alcohol.

Some wedding planning has been happening, but it still feels like August is a long way away and that we have lots of time. That's probably not true and I should take everyone's advice and get more accomplished early, but then I remind them that I have a thesis outstanding that needs priority attention. Still, by dribs and drabs we are making headway. Pam, we chose to have the event in BC. It's home to us now and we couldn't imagine having it anywhere else. Check out the location at on Galiano Island, then tell me you would have it anywhere else!

I've been still reading blogs and spinning that Spark wheel regularly, and recording my exercise. At some point I'd like to start tracking food again, too. I remember that being all consuming (ha!) last time though so for now I'm kind of putting it off until more time magically appears in my day, week, and year. For now it's really good to be back enough to feel confident to write this catch up blog. And of course it feels wonderful to be accepted still as part of the community. You guys are great!

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MTER67 2/18/2011 7:34AM

    Glad you are getting back on track. Once your thesis is complete, you won't know what to do with all the time you have! Hope that time comes soon for you.

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    Bodega Ridge is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Meg. I've been struggling with my weight and my moods, too (for other reasons) and getting back The Spark while keeping time for other pressing things can be a challenge. If you find the recipe for balance, please let me know. Its good to have you back. I missed you.


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ELAINEVDW 2/2/2011 2:07PM

    Man, I know exactly how you feel. I've been back and forth to Spark ever since I started my job two years ago, and I gained 20lbs! Betweeen work and weight, it was incredibly depressing.

Sounds like you're on a great start, with tracking your exercise and making delicous + healthy food! Stay positive, and get enough sleep, and you'll be on your way in no time flat.

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ZIRCADIA 2/2/2011 10:57AM

    That's cool that the soup turned out good! :D I hadn't tried either one so I didn't have much to say, but I'm glad to get a review of something I haven't tried! I will keep that in mind. :)

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MBSHAZZER 2/2/2011 9:35AM

    Welcome back, Meg! Glad to hear you have found your Spark again! Exercise is key to lifiting your mood, so I"m glad you've been able to make it a priority again.

Sending you good wishes for thesis writing and wedding planning!

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    2 blogs in one day? you really are not dead lol! the wedding venue is beautiful. sorry about the depression. i know it well and how hard it can be to function on it let alone pull yourself out of it.

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LADYJAKE1 2/2/2011 12:46AM

    Good luck

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I'm not dead yet but I sure am busy doing lots of things that aren't on Spark. Ah well. Since my world revolves around food, here are a few recipes I will be making soon. Which means I can't vouch for them, but I can tell you I salivate for them!

Meatless chickpea meatballs and spaghetti

Pumpkin and black bean soup (sub veggie broth for meat broth and add smoked paprika, omit ham)

Let me know if you try either of these before I get a chance to! Much love to all my Spark friends who are not forgotten!

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MTER67 2/1/2011 8:12PM

    I'd wondered what you were up to. Decided to get married and then POOF! She vanishes! I haven't been around much either; glad to hear all is going well with you!

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DANEDA 2/1/2011 4:23PM

    Glad you're not dead!
Can't wait to try the recipes, especially the meatless meatball one.

How are wedding plans going? It's no wonder you're busy - wedding plans take lots of time and energy!

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    I'll be trying both. Thanks for sharing!


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    so nice to hear from you. you are not dead! woo hoo. i will have to try those veggie meatballs. i will let you know! hope all is well with wedding planning and life. go out and enjoy that sun today if you haven't already done so!

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MBSHAZZER 2/1/2011 1:53PM

    Oh, I am totally making those veggie "meat" balls! They sound SOOOOOO good! Hope all is well!

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365 days

Friday, August 13, 2010

One year from today we're getting married!

Yep, it's true.
Super psyched!

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ELFITZPA 9/15/2010 10:54AM

    Aww love it, congrats!!

(and I'm glad I'm not the only one who celebrates these things - I celebrate being 1 month closer every 3rd now because I'm a total dork!!)

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/15/2010 1:36AM

    i missed this! congrats.

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MTER67 8/20/2010 2:26PM

    Yay! I am so happy for you. Congratulations, such an exciting time! :-)

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    This is FABULOUS news to come home to! Woo hoo! Congrats! Where?! Here?! The countdown is on and I want -- demand -- DETAILS!


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ABBIEJENSEN 8/17/2010 11:18AM

H!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MEGALICIOUS!!!! I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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MBSHAZZER 8/14/2010 7:30AM

    OMG, so exciting!!! Is that all? We don't get more details?? :D

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GUNGHONIA 8/14/2010 3:34AM

    Aaaaaaa! So exciiiiiiiting! Bet you can't wait!

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CRAFTYSARAH 8/13/2010 9:11PM

    Happy (-1) Anniversary!

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DANEDA 8/13/2010 4:42PM

    Congrats! that's awesome. It will come soooo fast!

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JILLWILSON2102 8/13/2010 4:33PM

    emoticon Keep us posted!!

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Paper submitted!!! Race not run...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Yep, I missed the trail half marathon on Sunday in order to work on the article. But, that's ok. Actually submitting the article is a big breakthrough for me. I've been fretting and biting my nails and running and fretting and writing little snatches here and there and over reading and fretting - it is definitely time to sh*t or get off the pot, as one kind Sparker put it, and I finally did! My PhD thesis will consist of a number of articles that have passed the rigours of academic peer review in journals and anthologies, stapled together and book ended by a comprehensive introduction and conclusion. And this, my friends, is the first article I've actually submitted. I worked on campus for 12 hours Saturday and Sunday each, and at home about the same amount of time Friday and Monday, submitting it finally Monday evening. To celebrate, of course we went out to dinner at a Belgian pub - mmmm beer! And you know what? I would do it again!

So, it's a big hairy positive deal, and sacrificing the race for it was a smart move. But I'm still sad about the race. It would have been awesome and muddy! Thankfully there's another in a couple weeks that I'm already registered for, and barring injury, you'd better believe I'm going to run it!

Thanks for your support this past weekend guys! I know we all say it a lot but that never makes it less true that this community is THE BEST!

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GUNGHONIA 8/14/2010 3:37AM

    You 'ran' a race, just in a different sort of 'endurance' event than you're used to, hehehe. Congrats on making it to the finish line. Or check point, I guess. You still have some of that thesis ahead of you!

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    I'm 1/4 Belgian. Beer, chocolate and lace... what else is there? Congrats on your paper. Is it something I'd enjoy reading?


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JILLWILSON2102 6/2/2010 4:20PM

    Awesome, great work and I'm sure it will be received with many kudos!!

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ABBIEJENSEN 6/2/2010 1:33PM

    YES, Meg!

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ELAINEVDW 6/2/2010 1:22PM

    Wow!!! Congrats!

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MBSHAZZER 6/2/2010 12:46PM

    Congrats, that must have been a HUGE relief. And HOORAY BEER!!! Like you said, there will be another race... but the opportunity to submit the work for the PhD must be taken while you have it! Good work!

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LOLZTHATSWIM 6/2/2010 12:11PM

    Oh no! Even though this is my first blog of yours I'm reading, I can understand getting work done versus exercising. It stinks we can't have all the free time in the world to do what we please but awesome work getting your paper done :)! Hopefully there will be more races soon!

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Racing to the finish - of a paper or a trail race?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hi hi hi! Too busy these days! Too busy agonizing over an article that is due Monday for a special issue of an academic journal. Good, right? Well agonizing is the only term that applies because it is totally destroying me emotionally to the point where I CAN'T WRITE so the DAMN THING ISN'T WRITTEN. Just have a massive block that is built on fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, not being smart enough, not having done enough research, being full of sh*t, etc, etc. But it's due Monday, folks. It's now or never.

Know what else is due Monday? Recovery from a trail half marathon I'm supposed to run Sunday. Yes, tomorrow, while the paper is still busy being agonizing. What to do??? I have admitted that I'm willing to skip the race if the paper needs more attention but I really would like to run the race, REALLY REALLY. So, my running the race depends on the amount of work I can accomplish today without compromising pre-race sleep too much. If I can balance many hours of solid work (that means WRITING) today with a decent amount of sleep in time to be at the race start at 6:45am, then I can afford the full 8 hours it will take to shuttle to the race start, run, drive home, recover (shower, eat, etc) then have a few more hours of Sunday to polish the paper. Ok, now that I write it out this sounds ludicrous. But it's still worth trying.

Gotta go! Thanks for bearing with me! I do realize that I'm not blogging much and when I do it's usually to complain about something or to whine about a race dilemma. Sorry guys, wish I could be a more positively engaged Sparker, but this thesis has got to get done and the sooner the better. My Sparkness suffers for it. Love you all! Much support!

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MTER67 6/1/2010 10:13AM

    I'm late reading this, so I hope that you got it all done! As someone ALSO currently in the throes of an "I'm not good/smart enough, am full of sh*t and destined to fail" writer's block, I feel your pain. However, running that race might have been (did you do it?) just what your brain needed to regain confidence and clear out all the negativity. Best of luck; I know you can do all this stuff!

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    I'm leaning for what CRZY said. I hope you ran and that it unblocked you. Update us when you can.

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MBSHAZZER 5/31/2010 7:51AM

    I hope it all worked out! Enquiring minds want to know!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 5/29/2010 6:00PM

    Maybe a good race will get the writers block out? Good luck, you can do it!

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ABBIEJENSEN 5/29/2010 3:51PM

    I'm going to keep this short because if you're being bad and checking these messages, then you are clearly not writing. You sent me a wonderful, supportive note today and it got me through a hard work out. So I will say the same to you as you said to me... "Go, Abbie, Go." Hmm. That seems more inspiring to me than it may seem to you...

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/29/2010 2:48PM

    hope you had a good race today and didn't get too wet and cold. maybe you will be too sore to do nothing but sit and write lol?

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DANEDA 5/29/2010 2:06PM

    Oh, this blog makes me laugh, and I'm not sure why. Part is guilt, since I have a writing assignment that was due two weeks ago, and I've been too busy and too blocked myself to finish it! Of course, there's no monetary reward for mine, except the tuition I already paid out...

I'm going to try to finish mine on Monday - at some point I will make myself sit at the desk and not get up until it's done. *sigh* Sometimes it's just so hard to pull it all together, right?

I hope it works out for you so you can do the race and submit the article. Good luck.

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