Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tomorrow my first Grandbaby (and Nanfacemire1's first great grandchild) will be born. I am sooooo excited and I can hardly wait. The doctor I work for is her doctor, so I am going to the hospital when she goes and will be there for his birth and to take pictures afterwards.
More updates tomorrow!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Well, today started out like any normal day. Got up, ate breakfast, went to work. I'm doing a 100 squats a day for 100 days challenge and got my co-workers in on it too. We had just finished our last squats when we heard a very loud rumble and then the walls and windows started shaking. I can't even remember exactly what I thought except I knew something wasn't right. Our office is in the basement of a 5 story building. I was thinking plane crashed into the building, terrorist attack, explosion....living in VA my entire life, earthquake never entered my mind! I looked at one co-worker and we ran as fast as we could out the door, quickly followed by the others. Once outside, we saw the building looked fine and we went back in to make sure everyone was out and to get our phones, purses, etc.
No one had cell service (towers weren't down, but systems were clogged with everyone calling everyone else at the same time), but we did have internet service. Started getting breaking news emails from the local stations and found out it was a 5.8 magnitude earth quake! It's epicenter was in Mineral, VA, only about 60 miles from my house. I panicked not being able to reach my kids or family. No calls or texts were working. Miraculously, a call came through from my Mom...the only call or text I had for hours! She tried to reach the kids to no avail. We hung up and kept in touch with email. Since internet was working, I signed into facebook and posted what now looks like a panicked status "OMG...earthquake...shaking" LOL. Fortunately, 2 of my kids saw it and posted back that they were ok and then my DIL posted that she was ok. I was so worried about her as she's only about 30 minutes from the center and is 39 weeks pregnant.
My son was test driving a car he had just done a lot of suspension and front end work on. The car started shaking like crazy and he headed back to the shop to see what was wrong. It stopped shaking before he got there (thought he had forgotten to put something back on, LOL) and he got there to everyone outside. He thought the building was on fire or something til they told him there had been an earthquake. That explained the shaking he felt!
The Pentagon and federal buildings closed, as did museums, schools and libraries, courts, etc. Our office decided to close, so we put a sign on the door and left. We were unable to reach pts scheduled as phones were down, but we did try. Thankfully we closed before a lot of places so I made it home in record time. I saw on the news later that people were stuck for hours in traffic.
I came home to the dishwasher open, cabinets opened and things on the floor, china cabinet opened with glasses out, laying on the drawers that had opened below, bathroom cabinets opened with items laying on vanity and in sink and things off of shelves on the floor and scared pets. No major damage at all though and no injuries.
There was a fair bit of more moderate to severe damage. Bricks off an office building a few minutes from my office that crushed 4 cars below, structural damage at at least 37 area schools, damage to a cathedral in DC, cracks in the Washington Monument and a host of house/chimney damage throughout areas closer to the epicenter.
This evening we had a 4.2 aftershock that we all felt, but nothing like the one during the day.
Everyone I know and love is safe and sound...just shaken. Last earthquake of this size was 114 years ago...I hope it's at least another 114 years before the next one! Not sure I could live on the West coast....this one was more than enough for me! Now we have to look out for Hurricane Irene this weekend.....
Thursday, August 18, 2011
So tonight I met up with Wanda and Simone and a friend of each of theirs for a track workout. Wanda and her friend did C25K. I mostly walked, but got some jogging in :-) After all the water I drank I pretty much sprinted up the hill and stairs to the porta potty once it was pointed out to me, and I had gone right before I left!!
My lovely daughter and her friend bailed on us and sat under a nice shaded tree at a picnic table. They did keep Emma company though, so that was good!
Here we are after we were done:
We're going to make this a regular Wednesday evening event, and also a Saturday morning event (early, I might add...at least for me!), so please any of you sparker or fabfitters in the PWC area come join us!! (or anyone else of course!)
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Here's my recipe. I LOVE vegetables and eat 10-12 servings a day on most days. Almost any recipe I do is always loaded with veggies, as this one is.
Here's some of my ingredients. Except for the bison, spinach, parmesan and garlic, everything is from my garden.
1 pound bison
2 large orange tomatoes
2 large red tomatoes
1 large yellow tomato
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 hot pepper (forgot its name!)
3 cups of spinach
2 golden zucchini
1 zucchini (regular)
1 large spaghetti squash
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
Fresh basil leaves to taste
Fresh oregano to taste
Fresh rosemary to taste
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste (I use no salt for my own)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
I ground the bison in a skillet (no oil or spray as it's a super non stick pan), added the chopped veggies (not the tomatoes yet)
Added the tomatoes
Added the spinach, garlic, pepper and herbs
I cooked on a low heat until the tomatoes reduced and the veggies were tender, about 1.5 hours.
My spaghetti squash was already cooked, shredded and frozen in a ziploc baggie, so I thawed it while everything else was cooking. If not cooked, here's how I cook mine:
I cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, add whatever seasonings you like (I use various Mrs. Dash's, depending on what I'm in the mood for) and bake for about 1 hour at 320. Once out and cool, take a fork and shred into strands and use as spaghetti noodles. I've also grilled them before and cooked them in the microwave (a large one only takes 10-15 minutes this way). Grilling is my favorite as it gives it a unique taste and the texture is coarser.
I arranged the spaghetti squash on plate, added the bison and veggie mixture and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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