Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blustery Eats

It's crazy windy outside, and has been all day.  I've combated the elements with filling and good for me (kinda!) food.
 Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

A quick trip to Trader Joe's yielded a lunch...
 Which I took with me and ate in the car after Cycle/Yoga class.  
A friend had asked to meet up at Starbucks not far from where I had class, and wouldn't have enough time to run home between the two events. (Hot green tea, not pictured.)

I have been trying to maintain a lot of my habits from the cleanse, and that includes thinking of food as fuel and leaving out carbs from dinner when possible (as they give us energy, and if I'm not active in the evening, I shouldn't eat them).  However, the occasional exception included this evening and I don't regret it:

Tomorrow I will be extra good, considering that Thursday will be all carbs, all day, every meal. ;)  See you on Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Here Comes the Holiday

My Thanksgiving Break started a little early on Friday, as I ran out of the building after teaching my last class to scoop up my grandparents from the hospital (my mother had deposited Grandma there in the morning before she went to work).  Grandpa, although weak and still needing rehabilitation, was discharged that afternoon.
My brother came over to my parents house Friday evening, and we spent time enjoying each other's company outside of a hospital room.  Midday Saturday, my parents drove the grandparents halfway to Kansas, where they were met by my aunt and uncle who took them the rest of the way home.  

The rest of the weekend has consisted of workouts, holiday prep, and relaxing.  First, the workouts: 45 minute spin classes both yesterday and today.  Prep: braving Whole Foods and all things pumpkin.
 My mother and I planned the Thanksgiving menu, and I thought I'd try the Gardein version this year.

Since I had strong armed a parking spot, I picked up lunch as well:
 I've already had pie: 
 Per Shen's recommendation: I made pumpkin pancakes this morning for breakfast.
 And the theme continued this evening, as I just finished sipping on a pumpkin pie smoothie.
Tomorrow, I plan to sleep in and have pumpkin pie baked oatmeal, followed by an hour long Cycle & HIIT class.  And more relaxing.  I've thought about grading/planning lessons... but no. None of that.  ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On the Move

On days that I am running behind (ahem, like today), I have a stash of oatmeal hiding in my cabinet.
 Breakfast solved:
 I did it! I finished off the soup I made weeks ago. 
I don't want to see another lentil for at least a month.

Picked up dinner from Whole Foods after another tough 45 minute spin class.
Mexican Food: red chile, yellow rice, green chile, black beans, and a flour tortilla.  

Grandpa is being released tomorrow morning, and they want to go home on Saturday (someone will drive them halfway, and my uncle who lives in their small town will meet them).  My mother has really bore the burden of taking care of my Grandmother during these last weeks, so hopefully she can relax next week as we have a quiet Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Vega French Vanilla and water, editorial cartoon example in the background (for American Lit classes - they are writing an editorial and creating a correlating cartoon).
 I'll be eating this two more times:
 Sunday's Aloo Matar.

Finally finishing off my bell pepper, onion, and fajita seasoning.  I still have corn tortillas (why did I buy a bag of 36? I am but one woman!)
Grandpa is doing well, and should be out by the end of the week! I didn't see him today, but will tomorrow.  I'm hoping they will be willing to stay in town through Thanksgiving, but they might ask to go home when he is released. *sigh*

Also, my friend was able to secure an affordable(ish) monthly rate at the new studio! I've already signed up for a bunch of classes! (Work/trade is always an option should it get unaffordable, but I just can't commit myself to anything right now.  But perhaps in the future, so I can save $$$).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Get Warm

Still hanging out in the snow and cold:
 Enjoying hot food:

 I used the coconut curry sauce to make Aloo Matar (potato and peas, and added lentils, too!).
See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Waiting

Eleven relatives in the waiting room.  Seven hours of surgery.  The mood was generally positive, with a little anxiety (read: everyone kept it together except for Grandma, whose nervous energy caused her to demand walks to the gift shop and non-stop chatter.).

The surgeon reported that he was able to remove all of the brain tumor.  He cautioned that he would be very tired and weak for a while, so it would be best for not everyone to see him tonight.  We sent in Grandma and two uncles, and he was awake and talking! I will head over to the hospital tomorrow after work, but for now - Remy gets all of my attention!

Thank you for all your positive thoughts and prayers!! <3

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekend Half #2

Both yesterday and today were generally lazy.  I worked on my embroidery project, and listened to PBS programs (I am apparently 72 years old on the inside).

Yesterday evening, my neighbor and Frankie came over for chatting and hot tea.

Like most of the nation, I spent as much time as possible hiding from the cold today (a friend stopped by, and I Skyped with my friend in France.  Both great indoor activities!)  I only left the house for a 90 minute class (Cycle/HIIT/Yoga) midday.

Back at home, more general laziness.  Or awkward sleeping, as it was in Remy's case:
I guess I feel rejuvenated enough to go back to work. ;)

My next post will be an important one - Grandpa's surgery is Thursday. They arrive tomorrow.