Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Limpin' along.

The 5K training is going pretty amazingly. I didn't think I could keep up with my husband but all of my short 30 minute spurts of jogging and walking have really helped! I managed to run up a pretty long hill without stopping and raced him up a pretty steep hill without dying. Go me! Maybe I will be able to do this after all.

I'm getting really anxious and excited and distracted about our trip. 1) it'll be AMAZING. 2) It'll be too short! and 3) did I mention amazing? Jeff got a prescription for Xanax for the flights, but I'm nervous about taking that, too! Drugs and I, we don't get along. Such is life. Another thing that's making me sweat a little is driving a Scotland. You know, on the OPPOSITE SIDE. It was too expensive for us to rent an automatic car, so I'll just have to take the crash (not) course in driving on the left...

Food-wise I've been trying to keep it on the cheap. There's this show on the Create channel (the only good thing about this digital switcheroo - MORE OPB!!!) called Christina Cooks. She never, ever says the word vegan - she uses the term "whole foods cooking". She has some amazingly easy recipes that don't require a lot of funky ingredients and we finally made one of them a week or so ago. I learned how to cook bok choy :-)

I love that crunchy stalk!

Friday, April 3, 2009


I need to get to work on this blogging thing!

Let's start with food. I tried TVP for the first time. I think I was a little weirded out by it due to my old boss - who believes that this whole switch to digital television is the brainchild of Big Brother - telling me that it was the grossest meat replacement ever, in the most dramatic voice since the original showing of Hamlet. I had been eyeing the Sloppy Joanna recipe in Yellow Rose Recipes for some time now, so I finally broke down and made some. This stuff is great! The first thing I tried making was taco "meat" I mixed the rehydrated TVP with salsa, salt and pepper and it was....awesome.

Sloppy Joannas? Also awesome. Also a barrier to my resolution to eat less. But hey, it's all vegetables right? Well, except the TVP. But whatever. Vegetables = Healthy.

Speaking of healthy, I signed the husband and I up for a 5K Fun Run for the Humane Society. Yeah, so I'm not really a runner. During mile tests in school, I WALKED THE ENTIRE THING. I have a month to train. I started the Couch to 5K Program earlier this week and in my excitement I blindly signed up for the run. My husband, who loves to run and is the kind of person that can just run a mile after not running for years is pretty excited, and we start training tonight. But hey, this is for a good cause, right? And I'll be all endurance ready for our big trip across the pond 3 days after the race!