Ok, so I need to quit my whining - the climbing gym was great. They have an auto-locking system for belaying which meant there was no chance that DH could fall and I would shoot up 10 feet from the ground as a counter-balance. Not that that has *cough* ever happened. Nooo.
Anywho, we went for 90 minutes and now I can't move my arms. Oh my, I am *exhausted.* It's not the same exhausted as on the treadmill. I'm bone-tired. Bone. Tired.
Let's put it this way - at our old gym in DC the very best climb I ever did was a 5.8. Rock Solid here in San Diego starts at 5.7. Oh Lord. Needless to say - we will be back.
----------------------- Ok, this is a compete change of topic. One of DH's very best friends' son's first birthday is next week. We wanted to send a Padres sweatshirt to the little tyke. As that DH and I have very little (or no) experience buying childrens clothing, it was very confusing.
What the heck is a "T" size? Toddler? How old is a toddler? What the heck? The clothes were like "12 months," "18 months," "2T," "4T," etc... We didn't want to get him the 12 months size because he'll outgrow it very fast. Is a 2T for a two year old? Who knows...
We ended up buying a 2T sweatshirt because it was the same size as the 18 month old tshirts. Did we make a strategic mistake? Will it be ginormous on the kiddo? Honestly...between the two of us, we have a BA, an MSSc, a BS, and a PhD and we couldn't figure out a simple shopping trip. Oi veh... How parents do this stuff, I'll never know...
DH pretty much hates any sort of traditional American furniture. Luckily, I agree with him. I heart Corbusier and Eames and pretty much anything at DWR. So right now Inmod is having a HUGE sale. I am *HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE* oh hell *LUST* with the two following pieces:
Why, why, why, why do we have to save money right now? BAH! We currently do not have a coffee table and it drives me nuts. I want a glass and chrome coffee table so that it looks like it floats above our rug. Seriously - how perfect is that table?? And I LOVE the chandelier for right above our kitchen bar. WHY ARE WE IN A RECESSION - ARGH!
Anywho...we're off to the climbing wall for the first time in San Diego. I totally hate belaying DH because I'm terrified I'm going to freak out and drop him. However he really loves it and I want him to get some exercise so here we go! Get psyched, Elliott!! Woo!!
Since Christmas I've been slowly transitioning to a vegan/vegetarian diet 90% of the time. I have a problem with the animal industry but mmm...I love steak. Anywho, I figured a good compromise would be to eat vegan 9 days out of 10. Then when I eat meat, I make sure to know its providence.
One of the things that has been hardest to get past has been my overwhelming love of noodles.
I loooove noodles. I should be sponsored by:
Call me pasta girl.
So I'm sure you've heard about Shirataki tofu noodles on Hungry Girl. The noodles are a translucent, gelatinous noodle that's made from the starch of a yam-like tuber called Kansas. To all of you who love pasta, it's a decent substitute: a cup and a half serving has something like 20 calories, 0 g fat, and 4 g fiber.
Puttin' on the GRITS had an absolutely hilarious review of Shirataki that almost put me off of trying them. Then I remembered that I made it through some pretty grody sushi in my day (octopus tentacle, anyone?). I had to get through it.
Word to the wise: the noodles come in a bag full of water and they smell TERRIBLE. Like, totally gag worthy fishiness. I rinsed them twice, par boiled for three minutes, rinsed again, and then microwaved for a minute. I tossed them with one of my favorite recipes: zucchini in a brown faux-butter sauce. And you know what? They're awesome. Slightly different texture and mouthfeel, but totally edible.
The Rules: *Grab the nearest book. *Open the book to page 56. *Find the FIFTH sentence. *Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your blog along with these instructions. *Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one; pick the CLOSEST. *Tag five other people to do the same.
Here we go: "After researching the Klan's corporate charter, Kennedy wrote to the governor of Georgia suggesting the grounds upon which the charter should be revoked: the Klan had been designated a non-profit, non-political organization, but Kennedy had proof that it was clearly devoted to both profits and politics. The problem was that most of Kennedy's efforts weren't producing the desired effect. The Klan was so entrenched and broad-based that Kennedy felt as if he were tossing pebbles at a giant. And even if he could somehow damage the Klan in Atlanta, the hundreds of other chapters around the country would go untouched." - Freakonomics (Given to me by my in-laws. TOTALLY excellent read, btw.)
...that's the sound I make in my head when I have to get through another C25K workout. As you may notice, I have a new widget on the sidebar - my Mini-Elliott! I decided that I needed some accountability in my desire to become a runner. I designed Mini-Elliott at Nike+ and it tracks my workouts through the sensor in my shoe. For all you cardio people, please don't laugh at how slow I am; I'm really proud that I can jog that far in the first place! I figure I can work on speed when I'm not tired at the end of 30 min. :)
So now workin' on my fitness is out in public. Guess who is going to the gym tomorrow instead of happy hour? Woop!
If anyone has any suggestions for a "power song" please let me know. (A "power song" on Nike+ is a song you can access with one button at any time to help you get through a stitch or a desire to quit.) Right now these are my candidates:
Thanks for all the nice comments on my hair, y'all! *blush* I'm very happy with it. Let's hope I can straighten it as well as Diana did!
I've had two grrrreat days. Yesterday my pub quiz team came in second after I beat out two other teams in a sudden death match. I didn't want to go up to break the tie (I *hate* being in front of a crowd) but my whole team laughed out loud when they heard the question - "Where is the largest US embassy?" Could a question have been more tailored to me? I think not. ;) (The answer, btw, is Baghdad. It's in a freaking palace!)
Then today I got a really really important report off my desk. It has taken me months so I'm psyched that it's in to edit. Woop!
To finish it off, I've finally hit the point in C25K where nothing hurts and it's easy to run. I even decided to skip the walking sections and just run the entire 30min. Go me. Woo!
Oh, oh, AND we have Little Britain USA on Netflix for tonight. I LOVE Little Britain so I'm hoping they did HBO justice when they created a cast of American characters.
Similar to the book meme. Bold if you've tried it, italics if you would never eat it.
1. New York pizza 2. Hoppin' John 3. New Mexico green chile 4. Homemade buttermilk biscuits 5. Tasso 6. Whole Maine lobster 7. Calabash-style shrimp and hushpuppies 8. Kansas City barbecue ribs 9. Hot glazed Krispy Kreme (be still, my heart) 10. San Diego fish tacos 11. Cheese curds 12. Key lime pie 13. Philly cheese steak 14. Memphis pork barbeque sandwich (Holla Rendezvous!) 15. Lowcountry boil 16. Huckleberry pie 17. New England clam chowder 18. Boiled peanuts 19. Buffalo burger 20. Eggs Benedict 21. Pastrami on rye 22. Corned beef and cabbage 23. Pancakes with maple syrup 24. Everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato (add a little smoked salmon and that's my favorite breakfast/sandwich) 25. Thin Mints 26. Frito pie 27. Potato knish with mustard 28. Silver Queen corn on the cob 29. Soft pretzel from a street cart (I DO NOT trust street carts. I don't care if I'm missing the greatest food - they totally bug me out.) 30. Fresh-picked blueberries 31. Sourwood honey 32. State fair funnel cake 33. Chesapeake crab cakes 34. Candied yams 35. Oyster dressing 36. Snow cone or snowball 37. Wild Alaskan salmon 38. Sautéed more (?) 39. Persimmon pudding 40. General Tso's Chicken 41. Frozen custard 42. Italian sausage with peppers and onions on a hoagie bun 43. Chili dogs (Like Obama, I believe the best ones come from Ben's) 44. Buffalo wings with blue cheese 45. Spam musubi 46. Saltwater taffy (I *hate* taffy. It's a texture thing.) 47. Fluffernutter sandwich 48. Black and white cookie 49. Frybread (quite possibly the worst thing for you in the world) 50. BLT with thick-cut applewood bacon 51. Baked beans 52. Pumpkin pie 53. Collards with vinegar and Tabasco 54. Tex-Mex fajitas with skirt steak and sauteed peppers 55. Fried green tomatoes 56. Succotash 57. Shrimp and grits 58. Hot water cornbread 59. Barbecue chicken pizza with red onions 60. Chicken fried steak 61. Carnitas burrito 62. Apple butter 63. Geoduck 64. Soft-serve ice cream cone dipped in chocolate shell 65. Pecan pie 66. Catfish supper at a church or fire station 67. Oysters Rockefeller 68. Homemade cranberry sauce 69. Pimento cheese 70. MoonPie washed down with R.C. Cola 71. Pickled watermelon rind 72. Cracker Jacks at the ball game 73. Smithfield ham 74. Meatloaf and mashed potato blue plate special at a diner 75. Chicken and waffles 76. Po'Boy with many napkins 77. Green bean casserole with French's fried onions 78. Stuffed sopaipillas 79. Turducken 80. Shad roe on toast 81. Sweet potato casserole with or without marshmallows 82. Cioppino 83. New York cheesecake 84. Pan-fried river trout 85. Jambalaya 86. North Carolina pig pickin' 87. California rolls 88. Burgoo 89. Penuche fudge 90. Fried peanut butter and banana sandwich 91. Scrapple 92. Elk medallions in red wine reduction 93. Muscadine grapes 94. Cheeseburger at backyard barbecue 95. Open-face turkey sandwich 96. Chicago deep dish pizza 97. Cobb salad 98. Peach pie a la mode 99. Macaroni and cheese 100. Root beer float (add Jack Daniels for an adult treat!)
Moving cross country and then buying a place totally decimated the ol' savings. We (meaning: me) decided to save at least 6 months living expenses and then invest the rest. We have saved a TON in the last two months and I'm determined to get to XXXXX by June.
Which is why there are tons and tons of unbelievable sales at the moment.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful New Years. DH and I stayed in, mostly because we couldn't get our act together to do anything outside the house. Buuuut...we're taking a long weekend and heading to Big Bear to go snowboarding. Yes!! I'm very excited to head out on the slopes. Caveat: I'm also freaked out about the altitude. You see, I've only every skied on the East Coast, land of the tiny mountains. And I get wicked, wicked headaches when at altitude. Perhaps I'll take Friday to acclimate and then snowboard the rest of the weekend. We shall see.
Anywho, I never told y'all about my fabulous trip home for Christmas! Yes, DH and I flew home for three days to DH. Yes, three days. We practically spent longer in the air. Buuut...it was awesome to go home. My Dad had some surgery the Friday before so I was glad we were there to cook and help out. New Years Eve we had the following:
Roasted leg of lamb with mint sauce (so outrageous, I still can't believe how yummy it was) Homemade tomato linguini alfredo with snowpeas Roasted broccoli with chili and garlic Pecan rum cake with caramel (O. M. G.)
Christmas dinner: Walnut, goat cheese, and beetroot salad Roasted turkey with red wine gravy Roasted veg (parsnips, potatoes, carrots, leeks, onions) Green beans with lemon and garlic Trifle (My family was totally scared of trifle. Let's just say DH and I ate more than our fair share.)
We received lots and lots of fabulous presents. Wustof kitchen shears, cookbooks, the most amazing collapsible colanders for our teeeeny kitchen, lots of cds and books (the complete Sookie Stackhouse series!), piles of British chocolates, and clothes. My favorite present? Tie between the handtowels DH had embroidered with our pet names for each other and my Nike+.
Word on the Nike+: I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! It's a little sensor you put into your shoe that connects to your Ipod. It then keeps track of your running. I've got a neato chart now that plots speed, distance, calories burned, etc. Perfect for my resolution to keep up with my running!
Ok, DH is dragging me out the door. More later ladies, I feel like I've only brushed the surface of the last couple weeks!