Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Month of June and Where it Might Have Gone

It's been a while, I know. June is always the month that goes by the fastest. 

I think it's the relative summer velocity that hits and you don't even realize until about June 23rd and then you go, "DAH! I still haven't even walked around Lake Calhoun yet!"

Said velocity entailing:
  • Unprecedented busy times at work threatening to swallow you into their air-conditioned vortex...and invading your dreams. (Who would otherwise dream about Microsoft Desktop products and features only available in the Office 2007 versions?)
  • Keeping the training and quality race performances going (since you spent all dark winter dreaming about them and you aren't about to biff that)
  • BBQ/Happy Hour City 
  • Incessant Minnesota guilt over wasting a moment of warm weather
  • ...and then you have to worry about how the lawn looks? (Okay, I'm not actually the family mower, but still. No wait, I AM the family lawn edger and lilac bush trimmer.)
Regardless, the days are going by so quickly. BUT, we've done a lot. 

The Lake Minnetonka Tri was last weekend, and Micah & I both had a blast. Dad came out to watch, which was great! 

We went from this downpour Friday night in Excelsior to super sunny on race day:

We were both really happy with our performances, and walked away with two trophies! This was the first race where I felt my swim was on par and not a major limiter for me. It was only a 1/2 mile swim and felt so short after the 1500M swim in an Olympic distance race. I really like these short races!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cabin Time

This is why I don't mind driving 3.5 hours, even if it's just for a short weekend. 

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Leave it to me to open the door to our neighborhood "block leader" the day we moved in and somehow get on her email distribution list. Now I get the world's most random emails (like the following) on a regular basis, this one entitled "Bird": 

"Is anyone missing a bird, or know of anyone missing a bird.  
One of the neighbors found a tame bird that cannot fly.  If you know of anyone, please let me know."

And the first thing that comes to mind is how on earth a flightless bird escaped from somewhere! Hopping? And of course there's never any follow-up to these emails, no "Pickles the Parakeet has been reunited with his owner!" Just random emails about random things, and I'm left to feel guilty when I don't respond to them.

Or the one entitled "I'VE BEEN HIT!!!!!!" where the scene of money theft appears to have involved an unlocked car, a missing nickel, and a garage too full of junk to house said car. 

I probably shouldn't complain, but what I'd like to know is how these things are newsworthy and then she fails to comment on, for example, the ridiculously loud fireworks/bombs going off for ten minutes straight at 2am once. I was really looking forward to the email on that one. Nothing. 


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Shameless Cooking Plug

I am so proud of what I made for dinner last night! TOSTONES. They look like they would take forever to make, but not so. 

It's amazing what you can do with the humble and cheap green plantain. They have become my favorite food (along with bacon of course) after enjoying them in Costa Rica, Colombia...and at El Meson in Minneapolis. 

Let's just put it out there that Super Target does NOT carry them. Byerlys or Lunds usually has a few tucked in next to the bananas. They're a staple food across the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America, and I think they're the bomb. 

Though yet again an example of a food where people always say "This would be so much fresher if we were in...Ecuador...Jamaica...blah blah." Well this is Minnesota, and we only grow are sugar beets and soybeans, so I'm sorry. These were still good, even if they didn't come from my back yard.

Your basic steps: 
1. Fry peeled/sliced plantains in medium-hot vegetable oil for 2' on each side.
2. Transfer to paper towels to drain. 
3. Flatten with something heavy like a frying pan. (An actual implement, the tostonera, was designed specifically for this, but it wasn't exactly on my wedding registry.)

4. Increase the oil heat slightly and re-fry the flattened discs for another minute.
5. Transfer to paper towels again. 

5. Convince dog they are not his favorite sweet food--bananas.

6. Serve with cilantro, lime, and salt. And avocado/salsa.
I will make this for you. Just ask!