Thursday, August 20, 2009
This month has been a total rollercoaster and I love rollercoasters, but I'm ready to get OFF. :P
I've felt like a little lost wandering soul this month.
So -- I didn't take the truck. I feel like I mostly learned how to drive stick and after some practice I'd be able to do it... but I felt like this particular truck and my current inexperience would make it very dangerous and stressful for me to be driving HERE where I live. It's a college town -- lots of reckless drivers. If I was just gonna be driving it in the boonies or something it'd be a whole different story. Leaving my street there's a light on a hill. I stalled 6 or 7 times in a row trying to leave my parent's neighborhood... oh yeah I got stuck halfway into a lane ON THE HIGHWAY. Luckily, they actually live out in the boonies and the times I stalled didn't really mean anything, but that wasn't even on a hill and I could just imagine the nonsense that would happen when I got back home. (I wasn't even stressing the drive home at all... highway with a few stops? sure why not.) *sigh* It made me feel like SUCH A WUSS to choose this option though -- but honestly thinking about driving that truck here freaked me OUT! I cried!!!!!!! I don't get stressed out like that! And mostly I was feeling upset because I knew I felt like it was the right decision NOT to take the truck... but it made me feel like a wuss and a disappointment to decide that.
In the end it was the stress of driving that vs. two-three hours of extra time at work... which really amounts to a few hours each day that I could use to do something productive that I enjoy without having the distractions I have at home (kitchen, TV, video games, etc.). I've decided that I can do those things I always mean to do but never get around to like PRACTICE MY TROMBONE, study Japanese, STUDY MY SCRIPTURES, oh and now learn Mongolian. ;) So I can talk to my sister a bit. :) hehehe. She gave me her beginning Mongolian learning materials (too baby for her even as review material I guess now that she's all fluent and whatnot).
So anyway -- I ate and ate with that stress. I ate healthy meals for 2/3 like I planned! And I ran! And did ST!! But um... the other "meals" were more like bingefests and it was just not good. But I DID manage to have a lot of fun when I wasn't stressing -- and spend a lot of time with my sister.
Even more since she got to drive me back home! ;) haha.
Now I am SO READY to get back to a ROUTINE and normal home life. I MISS my husband. I feel like we haven't spent any REAL time together in AGES. Oh well -- one more work day this week and we have all weekend to play! (Except for ya know... running and rowing and church time, but still... lots of time.)
I attempted to talk about regattas today but the expenses combined with me being gone again was just not a good topic for this morning. I hope that in time it might seem more doable... but yeah. I've brought up the suggestion of fundraising to help with regatta expenses to my rowing coach and she seems excited about the idea so I hope we can come up with something good. Any ideas? We already had that Yard/Bake Sale... so I'm sure everyone's out of crap to sell. The ideas that are appealing to me so far are: Row-A-Thon (?), Raffle, Chili/Crock Pot Cookoff... I dunno what else. :P I like the idea of a Talent/Service Auction but I wonder about the advertising for people even coming to such an event. OH AND THE OBVIOUS CAR WASH! Oh also Scavenger Hunt/Treasure Hunt... etc. blahblahblah. Please feel free to share your wisdom and experience vast internet of SparkPeople!
Anyway -- lots of fun with my sister... and lots of pictures. I've selected oh about 17 or so to share... hope I don't drive you nutso!
I took this picture when I first saw my sister! Can you tell how excited I am?!?!? hahaha
Here we are in the car! YAY -- that's my mom, my sister, and me. :)
This plaque was hanging in the church while she was gone -- shows her departure/return dates, mission, and scripture she selected. :)
Here we are on our way to a Church Activity -- a dinner dance. When you go on a mission for my church you have lots of rules about what you can and can't do and dancing with the opposite sex is definitely a no-no. And listening to secular music... stuff like that. This made Jennifer feel WAYYYYYY out of her comfort zone. I danced enough for both of us. :) HAHA
It was pouring rain and I had run in the rain that morning so I did a re-enactment in the car.
Here we are on our way to church:
And we usually do a family picture after church when we get together since we're all dressed nicely! :)
On the way home!
My sister had some Mongolian clothes we could try on! :D What my mom is wearing is apparently a very traditional style, although the fabric is more elaborate like for a more special occasion, it's the kind of thing a traditional person would wear day to day. Ours are less traditional and more fancy I think. I loved the color and fabric of the one I was wearing! The skirt seams were kinda weird cause they didn't go straight down, but they didn't go in a predictable way either... also Mongolian women have no hips hahah ;)
MONGOLIAN FOOD! I helped make this!!!!!!!!!
This has in it: A beef roast cut up (I don't remember what kind), one small onion, 5 medium golden potatoes cut into small pieces, half of 3 bell peppers cut into small pieces, a few cabbage leaves rolled up and cut into slivers, and FLOUR mixed with WATER until it makes a doughlike consistency, rolled into thin sheets and then sliced into little spiraly things. You cook all the veggies and meat, and then add water and place the flour on top and then the cover and let the flour kinda steam (this is called FLOUR and not NOODLES by them). Apparently the flour didn't come out QUITE right, but I thought it was delicious.
We went through a storage room in the house to help clean it out and because much of what was in there was my sister's -- and I got to try on her prom dresses and a WIG. :) OH she made these dresses for herself, BTW!
Also we visited a friend who has a little farm and they had this adorable calf!!!!! His name is Salt and he was crazy excited to see us. MOO MOO MOO MOO MOO. And he licked my hands a lot. Cow's have crazy long tongues that are kinda sandpapery like a cat, FYI.
About trying on my sister's prom dresses -- I tried on a lot MORE stuff, too.
She got skinnier while she was in Mongolia and a lot of her clothes are too big! So I got some of her clothes before she left, when I was a bit bigger than I am now, and now that she's back she got even smaller so now I get more. :) HAHAHAHAHA On the one hand I was like dangit -- why you gotta go showing me up? ;) (just kidding) but seriously I'm glad. I got a bunch of long sleeved and sweater type stuff that I didn't really get last year and today I'm wearing THE MOST CUTEST SKIRT that I got from her, too. :) YAY!
Also I would have NEVER been able to try on her prom dresses ever before -- that was really cool. She did give those away. Our small hometown has a little recycling center at the dump that is a covered area with lots of large tables with signs for different types of items. (Clothing, shoes, electronics, fragile, miscellaneous...) so we took a BUNCH of stuff from that storage room over there, including those. :) hehe.
LAST THING. This week is Week 1 of 16 MARATHON TRAINING! I've completed 3/4 runs and have just the long run to complete this weekend. :) ROCK ON. It will only get more exciting from here on out. :)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
So to sum up - stayed within cal range yesterday and this morning I got up and did a longer run (to help set myself up for success this weekend allowing shorter runs) and upper body and core ST. I took lots of pictures on my run cause it's my favorite route and I wanted to share! :) Today's Bento is similar to yesterday and the day before but no more hard boiled eggs so there's more cottage cheese instead. Also I put a couple little shreds of parm on top of the broccoli to pretty it instead of furikake.
SO! FIRST! Yesterday's Bento! And Furikake!
That's only the one tier, the other was cottage cheese/nectarine/hard boiled egg/chocolate again. That salsa is called "California Fiesta - Three mild peppers" flavor... can't remember the brand, but the peppers in it are like sweet bell peppers but the flavor is a medium spiciness as well so it's really good. :)
Those are the two kinds I have -- Yasai and Katsuo. There's also other kinds... off the top of my head there's Ebi (shrimp) kind as well... but anyway! These two are VEGGIE and BONITO flavors.
The Yasai Fumi Furikake breaks down like this:
Ingredients: Sesame Seed, Carrot, Spinach, Pumpkin, Celery, Japanese Mustard Plant, Potato Starch, Sugar, Salt, and Seaweed.
Nutrition Facts: 1 tsp (3g) - 10cal, 50mg sodium, 2g carbs (less than 1g sugar), 0g protein
Katsuo Fumi Furikake -
Ingredients: Shaved Bonito, Sesame Seed, Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (water, soy bean, wheat, salt), and Sea Weed.
Nutrition facts: 1Tbsp (7g) - 30 cal, 1g fat, lessthan 5mg chol, 180mg sodium, 3 carbs (less than 1gfiber, 2g sugar), 2g protein
Obviously the Katsuo (my favorite) has more going on than the first one, but note the serving size is different for each one for those nutrition facts!!! So we're talking still 10cal per tsp (1Tbsp = 3 teaspoons - for yasai 10 per tsp, for Katsuo 30 per Tbsp), Katsup is slightly higher in sodium and actually has some protein content from the bonito shavings.
BONITO IS A FISH - in case you didn't know! :D
Anyway - that is my lesson on Furikake for the day.
Now my run!!!!!!!!!
To describe overall -- it starts in a park, goes through a historic/pretty neighborhood, down the "strip" near campus, around campus, and back to the park. :D
Here is my start in the park:
Some of my favorite parts of the park:
Trail through the trees!
My favorite bridge -- this is actually looking backwards and you can see the river - when I am running on that path through the trees it overlooks the river to the right. Sooooo pretty!
After the park is over I must cross a fairly busy street and the next notable thing is the LIBRARY! :)
I LOVE the library and I actually need to return a book - didn't take it running with me. DARNIT! hahaha
Now, after the library I turn and go up the most windy steep hill evarrrrrr. Here's the windy hill sign with a neato amphitheater of some sorts in the background which I have no idea what is used for....
There IS an alternative route for this windy steep road, which is a steep trail with some ancient tall stairs...
I opted for that route today and after the stairs discovered it was rather overgrown... this log that is in this picture looking back had to be stepped over and I was almost sitting on it in the process! YIKES!
Then I'm running past gorgeous houses!!!! This is probably the most notable and it is on my next corner:
I also liked this one that was covered in ivy!
The next is a loooong straight stretch through the strip and campus.
ROLL TIDE!!!! The cleansing tide that is... ? what? hahahaha It's always weird to go to a college town and see what business names are made to exploit/support the local sports team....
This is mostly the view after passing the few businesses like the Cleansing Tide:
Next to the quad:
This one actually crests a slope so you can see the rest of this road going off in the distance because after this it's down a bit and then back up to the corner.
But! To the right you get to see first - THE STADIUM!
The President's Mansion!
Million Dollar Band Camp!
WOOT - that was fun to see them out there. I really wanted to join them.
This is where I USED to go to the gym -- the University's Rec Center.
Well -- there is a period here where I stopped taking pictures cause I was getting beat and it's just more campus stuff nothing exciting.....
Oh but throughout campus they have these markers:
There are apparently a couple of different trails -- see this one says East Trail. I don't really know what each trail entails, I think I run across two different ones because they each have different distances... but still, I think it's kinda nifty. :)
FINALLY THE PARK AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was beat. And sweat in my eye. hahahaha.
I did take my sharkies! And water! All used up.
What's your favorite run and why??? :D
BONUS: This run gets more fun during football season if I run before a football game I get to run through all the mobs of people in the stadium/quad area, etc, that are tailgating and getting pumped! :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I went over on calories last night.
I KNEW I went over -- and it was because of ice cream and chocolate.
I wasn't going to track it because I was ashamed of having done it and I knew I was over and I just didn't want to look at it......
BUT I DID.
And guess what? I actually only went over by about 150 calories and considering I burned over 1000 cal through exercise yesterday, that is NOT too shabby. Could the content have been better? SURE. But now that I've faced facts and actually looked at it, it has lifted the big dark burden of guilt and shame from "I WENT OVER ON MY CALORIES OH NO ASDHASOEHATSO"
I took today off -- I slept in (I really needed it cause I only got like 4 hrs of sleep the night before), which made me miss my window of opportunity for cool weather to run in, and then when I got up I noticed that the sides of my lower legs (kinda up from the ankle on either side) were a little sore. I think it's from the trail running knowing I had to run on a more unstable surface, I'm sure my feet were turned at different angles than usual. So I just decided I'd make a restful morning of it.
I watched Biggest Loser Australia online and relaxed. :)
I made another Bento as well! It's ALMOST the same as yesterday - I did take pictures but they're at home. I also photographed the furikake I have so I can share that with you, too. :)
The difference today is that I put the rice and chicken on one side of the tier and put this AMAZING NEW SALSA I got on top of them and just sprinkled the Yasai Fumi Furikake over the broccoli. The salsa is like... California Three Pepper? or something like that? I can't remember the brand -- I need to enter it into my tracker because I'm just using other salsa's and multiplying until it's similar to the calorie count, but it is reallly delicious. The other tier is the same, although I cut some of the nectarine slices in half to be able to pack it a bit differently. Tomorrow will probably be very similar as well since I batch cooked the chicken and the broccoli and the rice. :) But I love these things so it's no biggie for me to eat them for a while in a row. It's been nice to be able to enjoy some rice again -- before this I haven't had rice in a while! Also my DH hates broccoli. HAHAHA :D
Well that's all I've got for now. :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
So -- Bento is defined on Wikipedia as "a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine." To read a whole lot more about the history, yaddayadda visit the full Wikipedia page here:
The appealing things about bento to me are:
1. Portion Control from the size of the bento box
2. Time and attention to making an attractive meal (AND CUTE! KAWAII!!)
3. The concept of balance!
Here are a couple of other links that are useful for those interested in bento - they are both blogs by bento makers that share recipes, tipes, and answer FAQ's :)
I got into it a while back and for a time was making a bento nearly everyday! :D Not always super cute, but I was doing it... I even stormed a SparkTeam called Bento Buddies but... I haven't even LOOKED at it in AGES... hahaha. :P I've been watching a community on livejournal in which people post pictures of their bentos lately and it's been slowly working on me making one again. SO!
Here's what I made today!
First my box - yes it has a bunny on the top and matching bunnies on the bag - my sister brought it back for me from Japan:
And my LUNCH!
The top tier is Cottage Cheese w/ a sliced Nectarine, a hard boiled egg and a Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate. :)
The bottom tier is Steamed Rice, Broccoli, and Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Breast cooked in a skillet w/ nonstick spray. MMMMM. In the bottom photo there is an added sprinkling of Yasai Fumi Furikake on the Rice and Broccoli -- this is a seasoning made with dried veggies, sesame seeds, and Nori (seawead) mainly. Just to make it a little prettier. :)
The nutritional Value of this box is: 497 cal/ 12g fat/ 51g carbs/ 50g protein !!! WOWIE! :)
P.S. -- the rice and broccoli looks a LITTLE darker in the picture than it actually is, but yeah -- that's the seven grain rice blend and it definitely got a darker red color throughout after it was cooked. It looks gorgeous and I tasted it and it tastes good. :)
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