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WIAW (Om nom nom)

October 24, 2012

Hi hi! It’s What I Ate Wednesday.



I don’t take pictures of how much water I drink everyday but…it’s a lot. I also had a thermos of jasmine tea. One of my favorites. I’m kind of learning I drink a lot of beverages!

Hit the gym for 45 minutes of cross training this morning before getting ready for work. I think I’m gonna run tomorrow! Pretty psyched to get back in a groove. The endorphin rush from the race lingered a while.

Breakfast: coffee, a quick smoothie (we need to go shopping, so this was a little bare): Vega Tropical Tango vegan protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds, splash of orange juice.

Snacked on an apple with tea later on in the morning. Lunch was spinach salad with chicken breast and BBQ sauce.

I was trying to find yarn on my lunch break (for that raccoon mitt project) but I couldn’t find what I wanted. I got a coffee from Boston Common, but I didn’t really like it. Snack after work – a nice spoonful of Sunbutter. That stuff rules.

Quickly made dinner: pumpkin, egg & egg white scramble with spinach, and a chicken sausage.

Things not pictured: a gluten free oreo thing, couple handfuls of Rice Chex cereal, and a sip of orange juice. Yum.

  • Do you plan your meals in advance for the week? We are shopping tomorrow, so I am getting some recipes and a list ready!
  • Do you pack your lunch or buy? I pack my lunch everyday. I love making my own meals.

Some knitted things

October 24, 2012

I’ve been working on a few projects – mainly when we’re hanging out together and watching some of our favorite fall shows (hello Homeland, Dexter, New Girl and Modern Family, just to name a few). With my new commute schedule (read: from a new station closer to the city), I never get a seat on the train, which is when I used to do a bunch of knitting. I simply cannot knit when I’m standing like a sardine! I’m sure the other passengers would be less than amused.

I really need to stop buying random skeins of yarn, just because I like the color/touch. Especially without a project in mind! So since I’m using up yarn, here we go.

The first project is Commuter Fingerless Mitts, and it’s free on I used the rest of my Western Sky Knits yarn. Loved making this. The buttons I had in my little button collection. Bought them at Windsor Button in downtown Boston. I love to buy buttons. I know my sweet girlfriend Anne agrees with this!

The second project is the Mustard Scarf. It’s free on Ravelry. I used Cascade Eco Cloud yarn for it. I really enjoyed this yarn quite a bit. It’s a chained alpaca, so it doesn’t stretch too much. It was really soft and smooshy and it feels good on the skin. I think it looks better with a coat on, but I was lazy for the picture. It’s a really simple lace pattern and it knit up super quick.

The third was SO fun to knit. It’s the Million Stripes Loop from Ravelry, and it’s about $3.00 for the pattern. I used a bunch of yarns I had, in DK weight. It was a mixture of Plymouth DK and Valley Yarns in DK. It starts with a provisional crochet cast on, and it’s knit on both sides, which I LOVE! The project is completed with a kitchener stitch. It was my first time grafting anything. I will say I definitely made a mistake in the beginning – so it’s hiding on the inside! But once I got going, it was amazing. I am shocked that I got it right!

Finally the last project is the Foliage Hat  – yet another freebie on Ravelry! Ok, I really had fun with this. I love the way it knits up. I used Classic Elite Liberty Wool. I bought 2 skeins of this (and after making the hat, I have one skein and some change), and thinking I might modify this pattern to make matching mitts. Too matchy matchy? Maybe.

Things I’d like to work on next: fair isle! I said this about a year ago (Ack!) and haven’t done it yet. I really want to. I have my eye on a few patterns. Also there are 2 sweaters I would like to knit. Which reminds me – I forgot to get a photo of the sweater I made for myself with my Quince and Co yarn in Puffin. Next time! I made it just as the weather turned warmer, and I haven’t worn it yet.

A sliver of a PR: I need a do-over.

October 22, 2012

Ok! So I had a 28 second PR. Not making excuses but I’ve been sick for a week. I was doing really well with pacing until Mile 18, and then….there was post-nasal drip. Not gonna lie. I started to feel queasy. Then, I figured I needed to make a new plan: Enter Operation Do Not Puke.

So I went with that. Finished in 3:45:33 on my Garmin (which clocked the course at 26.5) and 3:45:39 on the official clock.

Eh, what can you do. So the NEW PLAN is Hyannis Marathon on 2/24 (registered and got a hotel room today!). I am after that sub 3:40. I am on a mission. I know what I need to work on. My race paced miles at the long distance, and ab work. I have been so lax that I really felt this in my core. Also losing 5 pounds would make me really happy. Shockingly not super sore.

I came home, showered and foam rolled, had some BCAAs and egg scramble with veggies. Rehydrated. And I’ll be back out there tomorrow.

Here’s what it looked like:





Baystate Marathon Bib Pickup 2012

October 20, 2012

Last year, it was pouring rain when we went to pick up my packet. This year, same thing. I had a quick 4 miler this morning in some serious humidity. It felt like August. My lungs weren’t happy. Tomorrow is supposed to be dry and 48 at the start. This up and down weather is making me jumpy!


I’ll talk to you guys after the race!

#WIAW (and running report)

October 18, 2012

Technically I’m posting this on Thursday. Yesterday, I ran 6 miles with 3x1600m @7:03/mile, and 800m recoveries. I went through the last cool down too fast because I had an 8am meeting and I needed to go get ready. I felt fine. My nose seems to be ok when I’m running. I just fall apart when I stop. Today, I ran an easy 3 at 8:35/mile pace.

I actually forgot it was Wednesday, so I drank my green monster smoothie without taking a pic. Whoopsie!

Lunch was 2 hard boiled eggs, and a few almonds, along with the rest of the giambotta. That was delicious! I loved that it had cabbage in it. For some reason, it was extra happy.

Of course, I had an apple. I think we pretty much only have apples from our CSA, so I will be eating them for a good long while.

Snack before CSA pickup: greek yogurt, 1/2 an apple, about 1/4 cup rice chex for extra crunch, and a bit of Sunbutter.

For dinner, we had just bought a pack of chicken breasts, so I made my chicken baked and for Michael, I made his cutlet style with breadcrumbs. I steamed green beans and I made mashed potatoes for him (and then I stole a nice spoonful!). I had the rest of the tomato in the fridge, and about an ounce (maybe less, I didn’t weigh it), of mozzarella, leftover from last week’s gluten free pizza I made. I am like a fridge hoover. I will pretty much eat anything together.

Things I ate not pictured: a gluten free “oreo” for dessert. I don’t know if it counts but Polar Seltzer water now has a Boston Creme Pie flavor (it’s zero cals, for the record). I totally bought it. It’s kind of disgusting, just a warning.

Sick Day

October 16, 2012

So I started making this, and then I realized I kind of hate it. I couldn’t get the gauge right. The yarn was all wrong.

So I made this right glove instead, and am currently working on the left.

It’s the Commuter Mitts pattern from Knitty, and it’s free. 🙂 I am going to take another shot at the above mitts, except with a different yarn. It just wasn’t happening for me. It was the third yarn I tried too. So I quit. I also have skinny weird hands so I usually scale down patterns anyway.

Then, because I’d wrecked my nails by washing my hands a million times, I redid them. Nicole by OPI in Mer-maid for each other.

I need to get better ASAP because I am driving myself crazy. Also I can’t sleep. I am whiny. Poop. I didn’t run today, and I am sure Michael will be relieved when I run again.

Take 2 and call me in the morning.

October 15, 2012

When I’m getting sick, I go through several phases. The first is denial. I cannot POSSIBLY be sick. I have so much to do. I have a race coming. This is not happening.

The next phase is panic. OMG I AM GETTING SICK AND I AM FREAKING OUT. Quick, let’s throw everything we have at it. So I took: EmergenC, oil of oregano, Advil, my vitamins, a metric ton of tea, then hot water with lemon, then hot water with lemon and honey. Also, drank enough water to fill a child’s swimming pool. Yes, I might just float away.

The final phase is acceptance and pity party. So I slept 9 hours (?!), ran 8 miles (can I sweat it out?), bought Tylenol Cold & Sinus, and made some food. I washed my hands about 231 times and wrecked my manicure in the process. There are worse things.

I decided to use up lots of things in my fridge. Starting with the pumpkin. I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They are really good and fluffy, and I had 2 while they were still hot. With tea. What else is new?

And I made this huge giambotta, which will give me a few lunches for the week. I had it for dinner tonight, too.

Recipes are listed below. 🙂

I saw this recipe on The Wannabe Chef. I got 20 cookies out of mine though, and not 14. No matter.

  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour (I’m still using Pamela’s)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350*. Mix dry ingredient in one bowl. In a second bowl, combine wet ingredients. Then, mix the two together. Very fancy, I know. Stir in the chocolate chips. Plunk down the cookies, bake for 12 minutes.

Giambotta is a southern Italian stew that my family made a lot, when I was growing up. We pronounced it like all good immigrants do: “jahm-BOT”. It’s the thing you make when you have a bunch of vegetables and you don’t know what to do with them. If you have tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes (yay, nightshades!), you are on your way to a giambotta. But really, there are no rules. So if you like it, throw it in. It all goes down easy.

Good Italians will tell you that this is a dish that will keep you skinny. It’s just vegetables, I heard an older man tell me recently. “You have to make it all the time”. Good idea, buddy.

This version has cabbage. It’s a CSA bonanza.

Into the pot:

  • a small onion
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • a bunch of green and yellow beans (2 cups?)
  • 3 small red potatoes
  • 1/2 a head of cabbage, cut into thin strips
  • about 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • salt, pepper, oregano, parsley

Chop all your veggies into pieces that are what you’d want to eat (I like them kind of the same size). After sautéing, add tomatoes. Add your spices, bring it to a simmer and cover. Let it cook about 30 minutes, until the potatoes are soft. You can add cheese (pecorino romano gets my vote, if you want to) or not. I opted to skip cheese this time. I simply adore cabbage with potatoes. I am really loving this combination of veggies.