Friday, April 22, 2011
I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning. It was very nice having my family snuggled around me. I did get up and even went to work.
It didn't start out very busy at work, but then we had a meeting and that made it busy the rest of the day.
I decided to try walking on the treadmill for a little bit this afternoon. For some reason my back did not particularly like that. Or maybe it was going to feel a little sore anyway no matter what I did since it just does that randomly. I only went a mile and called it a day. No treadmill for the rest of the weekend.
We went out for dinner tonight at El Rancho Steakhouse and I got my favorite, chile verde. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture. It definitely hit the spot.
When we got home, we saw 5 kittens in our backyard. One of the feral cats that we leave food out for, brought her little ones. They are sooooo adorable. I'm smiling just writing this and thinking about them.
A nice way to end the evening, I think.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
50 Questions (Everything you either did or did not want to know aboutNatalie)
Feel free to copy and pass on.
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My great grandmother, Nettie.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
No because it's not very legible
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically, yes. Emotionally, usually.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
I'm not an ice cream fan.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
How friendly they are.
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am very impatient.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Who is Paul McKenna?
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Broccoli, gefilte fish and whole wheat matzo
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Coffee, chocolate, cinnamon
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
27. HAIR COLOR?
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No, just glasses.
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Falafel and hummus
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Half Marathon: You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Canoga Park, CA
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
San Jose, CA
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Last night was the first night of Passover. My brother came over here after work and we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house. It was a very nice seeing them. I forgot to get pictures but we had: matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, roasted carrots and parsnips, matzo kugel with raisins, lamb and beef roasted together, and the brownies that I made. Everything was very good except the lamb and beef. I don't like lamb but since it was cooked with the beef, the beef tasted like lamb. Oh well.
We got home after midnight last night. I am very glad that my husband and I took today off of work. We were super tired. My brother didn't take the day off but he did stay over at our house so he wouldn't have to drive home when we got back from the sedar.
I got up and had coffee with my brother while he had his breakfast (matzo with mozzarella and crushed red pepper). After he left for work, I Sparked for a little bit and then thought I would try walking on the treadmill. When I got up this morning my back was a little sore. Possibly because I was sitting for a long time yesterday between the drive (60 minutes each way) and the sedar (4 hours) and I didn't get up to stretch. Just after I got into my workout clothes and went into the exercise room, the power went out. Why??? I don't know. My husband got up then because the telephone was making annoying noises because the power was out. It's a weird phone. We decided that we would go out to breakfast because we couldn't really make anything at home...at least not coffee which is very important.
We headed out. First we thought we'd go to City Diner which is about a half mile away. As we approached we noticed they had no power. We continued down the street. The traffic signals were out for quite a bit. We passed Southern Kitchen...no power. We ended up at Jimmy's which is about 1.75 miles away. I didn't take a picture but I had scrambled egg whites with country sausage (it was a humungous patty..I didn't even finish half) , hash browns and rye toast. Yes, it's Passover and if was really observant I wouldn't be eating toast. I'm not really observant and it was always my mom's rule that if you weren't at home than you could eat whatever you wanted. After we walked back (3.5 miles total according to my FitBit), the power was on so I tried walking on the treadmill. My back was still a little sore. I went a mile. I could not get a speed that was comfortable.
I baked some "Niemann Marcus" cookies from a recipe in my cookie calendar. No, they are not kosher for Passover but I did not eat any dough. My husband just took them to his friend's house...model car guys meeting.
My husband very kindly made lunch/dinner. Tandoori salmon and green beans with Bissli falafel sticks. Tasty. The green beans were almost like a green bean casserole.
After dinner I rolled my butt (pirformis), hamstrings and back on the foam roller. Wow!! That feels much better. I should have done that this morning. I will try first thing tomorrow and see how my back feels through the day. Then walk on the treadmill in the afternoon.
It's almost Wednesday!!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The back was feeling very good this morning so I took it on the elliptical with me. I could feel a little pressure sometimes when I was holding on to the handlebars so then I stopped doing that. It's been very good all day. A few mild twinges...about the same as yesterday.
I promised pictures of the banana coconut muffins from yesterday:
I baked some Passover brownies for the sedar tomorrow:
We headed over to Aqui for lunch because we had two $10 certificates so lunch ended up being only about $8.
We even splurged and got the appetizer sampler: black bean dip, hummus with hot sauce, and guacamole along with tortilla chips
Yes, my husband had already started digging in :-)
I got Chicken Vera Cruz: Grilled natural chicken breast, ginger slaw, black beans, jasmine rice, sweet ancho-tomatillo sauce, papaya salsa and Serrano chile salsa.
A little too much papaya and the rice was a little crunchy but otherwise it was quite tasty.
So, you've read my title. Yes, I registered for the HM in October.
Dear Natalie Plummer,
Congratulations! You are now registered for the 2011 Dodge Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon - Half Marathon. Please check the event's website for updates.
Please note: Each participant must pick up their own race number at the Health & Fitness Expo presented by Power Balance. Go to the Expo page of the race website, www.san-jose.competitor.com, for times and location of the Expo.
Good luck with your training!
Cytomax, official on-course electrolyte drink.
GU, official on-course energy gel.
Dodge Rock 'n' Roll San Jose
Participant: Natalie Plummer
Location: S Almaden Blvd & W Santa Clara St
San Jose, California 95113
Category: 2011 Dodge Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon - Half Marathon
My husband is going to do it with me. I guess we'll see how it goes. Fingers crossed I'll be back to running next week. I figure this week I'll just stick to the elliptical.
Am I crazy? Probably but I think it'll be a lot of fun. I don't know. I've never run a race before. If there is a 5K sometime before, I think I'll do it.
Have a great Sunday night!
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