Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today was one my NOVA Sparker monthly meet ups. It was one year ago that we had our first one. We've had such fun times together and chat almost every day and it seems like we have known each other a lot longer than a year.
Today was a small meeting again but it was really nice seeing everyone!
Unfortunately Louisa, Beth and Wanda had to leave, so Teresa, Tammie and I went upstairs and browsed around the store and then had dinner at their seafood bar. We had SO much fun! I haven't laughed that much in ages. We all bought some wine and I got some of the ChocoVine and the Raspberry ChocoVine too. Wanda had brought some for us to taste at another meet up and I really liked it.
Thank you all for a great afternoon and evening. Can't wait til the next one!
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Now to just get ready for it! It's the Heritage Half Marathon in Gainesville, VA October 16th. Thanks to TURBID! We are going to train together and do it together. I had looked a lots of them and never could decide which on to do. This one is close to where I live and looks like a nice course.
Now, I just need to figure out what I need to do to get ready considering I'm still just managing to do 5 and 10K's :-)
I'm sure some of my runner spark friends will help me out!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wow, what a couple of days! We had a bad snow storm yesterday. Thundersleet with large hail and heavy sleet and then thundersnows with it snowing 1-3 inches per hour for a few hours. Cars stranded all over, co-workers and friends that spent over 8+ hours getting home. 350,000 people without power, us one of them.
Fortunately I wasn't one of the ones stranded. I was sick so I left work well before it started and well before the Federal Government closed 2 hours early and everyone was out on the roads. I got home just as it had started with the thundersleeting along with large HAIL. What an odd combination!! I've never seen anything like it in my life! My kids weren't so lucky and spent A LOT longer time than usual getting home, but all were safe and sound.
Our power went out about 7pm. We are all electric, so no way to cook anything or even heat water for some tea for my cold. Couldn't exactly drive anywhere in the middle of the terrible weather either. I just got under the covers and went to sleep, but all my staff kept calling trying to find out about work today and talking about still not being home. I wanted to keep them company while out there on those crazy roads, so I kept talking and texting, forgetting that I couldn't charge my battery. Went outside to start the car and charge it in there to find this:
Nothing I could do about it, so I got in, charged the phone and then went to bed. Got up this morning still with no power and still sick. Didn't feel like shoveling out or trying to get the tree branches off the car, so I didn't until later.
Our power came back on 3 different times, for just minutes each time and then finally tonight came back on at 9:30 or 9:45 and has been on since.
I was able to walk to one of Meghan's friends house and heat myself something to eat, so that was good.
Happy I was safe and sound...just cold!
I hope everyone else in this area is warm and safe at home tonight too. Seems we're getting a clipper through in the morning. Not much at all, but on top of this and the way people drive here, even an inch is a nightmare!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Dinner tonight was simple but good. Inspired by Carolyn, I went through my fridge and threw everything that was left into the pressure cooker:
celery, jalepeno peppers, onion, green peppers, yellow peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, tomatoes and parsnips. I added a can of no salt added corn, four frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts and 8 oz of whole wheat penne. 20 minutes later dinner was ready...all in one pot and the chicken was fork tender.
I guess I should have taken the pic after it cooled off because it's hard to see with all the steam:
Then I made a salad-baby artisan lettuce, spinach, carrots, hard boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, yellow peppers, cucumbers and pine nuts. It was really good!
I had a quick and healthy dinner with loads of veggies and plenty left for tomorrow.
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