Thursday, January 28, 2010

Two Things in Two Days!

In January I started a small list of things to do in 2010, and last week I completed two of them on consecutive days!

1. Make a souffle
2. Run a half marathon

The Souffle: Pretty ambitious for a Friday night, but the ingredients are rather simple: eggs, flour, butter, milk, cheese. I went totally gonzo and used white colby jack. I'm sure the Barefoot Contessa would freak, but it's still cheese, right?

Verdict: Hot, fluffy eggs. To be honest I think I like quiche better--and that's a lot easier to make. However, the souffle wow factor is high. (Big secret, though: "It's not that hard to make! Just follow the dang instructions!")

The Half Marathon: This was the Securian Frozen Half Marathon, which now that I look at the picture I just posted, is redundant to say. I would like to preface my race recap by saying that I had run a total of only eight hours in the 30 days leading up to it.

I'll be honest, it wasn't a walk in the park. Doable, but also...hurtable. Compounding this was a long week at work in the days leading up to it. I woke up on race day and wanted to go back to bed. Not a good sign. It's also not a good sign when you're one mile from the finish and want to go back to bed.

BUT--I did really want to do this race, just to up my "outdoorsy/tough/Viking-like" status. In the end, it was satisfying to complete, and if anything I definitely honed my mental toughness. I ran into a college acquaintance at the starting line and got caught up on everyone in our shared circle DURING the race, and just enjoyed the experience for what it was. And then later ate four pieces of pizza for dinner.

In other news of exciting discoveries, I found something new at the Seward Co-Op to add to my nutritional palette: coconut water! (This is not coconut milk, folks.)

The first time I'd heard much about this thing was on a blog of a triathlete who was training in Hawaii and enjoying Hawaii-like snacks after workouts. So when I saw it at Seward, $1.79 gladly came out of my pocket to try it.

Previously unbeknownst to me, coconut water is actually kind of an incredibly naturally-occuring beverage!

In 120z.:
-60 calories
-230% of your daily Vitamin C
-Tons of potassium
-More electrolytes than any sports drink
-...and it's only one ingredient without anything added!

I gave it a test run after a morning swim practice. It doesn't come with a straw but apparently you need one to get it open while on the go. No matter. A swift flick of the wrist with a pen did just fine. (I told you I was tough and Viking-like.)

The irony of the scene was not lost on me. 11 degrees below zero, snow on the ground, bundled up in coat, hat, scarf, mittens, and driving to work while sucking tropical Brazilian coconut water out of a juice box with no straw. But really, who cares?! At least it's not as weird as the Vulcans. Does anyone really even know what they're about?

In other news, I am getting over what appears to have been the onset of a nasty ear infection of some kind. In the span of five days I incurred unilateral head, jaw, ear, and gland pain that even woke me up in the middle of the night to say "Hi! Thought you might like to endure some all-encompassing, unexplainable head pain right now!" However, the Azythromicin/Methylprednisolone cocktail I'm currently on is working wonders.

Hehe--did you notice the word unilateral in there? I'm discovering that one way to get doctors to understand your symptoms better is to speak their language, even just a little bit! Sometimes "hurts like hell" translates to bilateral otitis externa.

But listen to this and tell me how lucky I am. I work at a place where I can walk in feeling crappy, see an on-site doctor, get a prescription written, have them deal with obtaining the prescription, pick up said meds by 2pm...and then because my neck is super-stiff from the sickness ordeal, actually walk down to the on-site fitness center for a 20-minute massage.

Granted, I do ultimately pay for the meds and the massage and you need appointments, but I never have to leave work! And if I want to, I can then walk into the company store and buy enough Cheerios to feed a football team for about $10.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Some January Snaps

Gus and the latest squirrel toy

Exploring Indian/vegetarian cooking

Celebrating Micah's 29th birthday! (Which was really in December.)

Total comfort, and a beard!

Can you believe it's almost reasonable to start thinking about February? Well, the report is that Turmans 1 and 2 have been enjoying a lot of relatively laid back triathlon training, lots of movies, reading, and relaxing "just because it's winter."

And I'll admit, I've been watching The Bachelor. I know it's lame, over-edited, and probably a huge waste of time, but it does reassure me of my relative normalcy and is good for a laugh.

Furthermore, any show given the tag line "On the Wings of Love," is probably worth checking out, just to see if it lives up to the ridiculous romance paradigms that people buy into for some reason. (Roses and chocolate? Why not a pine branch and some Skittles?)

K, maybe not.

I consider myself a fairly open-minded person, but here's what it boils down to in terms of my not understanding: the screaming. Any time something exciting happens on the show, all the girls scream. What is that? I honestly can't remember the last time I screamed.

Enough about The Bachelor. In other news, WE TURNED THE PIANO.

That lovable, largish object in the living room. Now the room looks much bigger!

That's all for now! Gus is nudging a little squirrel up against my leg.