Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I did the unthinkable.
Last night I went on a 5 mile run and got home and was STARVING. I had seen these cookies earlier in the day and as a person who ALWAYS thinks about dessert, I was thinking about them and thinking that, huh, I should just make these now while I am throwing together an actual dinner. Let's just say: NOT A GOOD IDEA. It was the starving brain thinking, not the rational person thinking. I modified the cookies, as follows, and I think I am going to call them "Vegan awesomeness cookies." Because they were Vegan and they were freaking awesome. Seriously. Here's the recipe I used (basically because this is what I had on hand):
1 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries
4 tbsp vegan choc chips, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds (gotta be honest, I just threw a bunch in, I have no idea how much...you can use whatever you have on hand)
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup flax (ground)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp olive oil
Then I baked these babies at 350 degrees for about ten minutes.
The almond butter and peanut butter I used? The same stuff I grinded in the nut grinder machine at whole foods the other day (see here). It was PERFECT in this recipe. These cookies were so good. If you don't like maple syrup, you could definitely substitute agave nectar but I am not the biggest maple fan and didn't even taste the maple syrup. And since these cookies are totally vegan, I MIGHT have just indulged in maybe about 8 pounds of cookie dough before baking. Maybe. And then probably about 10 cookies after baking. It was BAD. Needless to say, after that cookie monster madness from a girl with a MASSIVE sweet tooth, I was not too hungry for dinner. I made a small salad and called it the dinner of champions because basically it was substantially cookies. Doesn't get much better than that in my book! And hey, at least they are fairly healthy as far as cookies go... don't judge!
A picture of the cookies baking from the remainder of the dough that I didn't eat.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This particular monday wasn't AWFUL but still, I could just feel that I was dragging. I got home from work early after lifting weights and doing a short 1.5 mile run. Naturally after working out, I felt the best I had felt all day. I think I might start working out early Monday mornings so that I don't have to endure the draaaag all day until I workout.
Anyway, I decided to come home early. As I was driving down a street in our nice, quiet little neighborhood, I drive past two cop cars with flashing lights. Weird. Then I pass FIVE MORE cop cars. What?! Um?
I live in one of the nice eastside suburbs of Seattle. Trust me, it is no inner city ghetto. I know my neighbors, the neighborhood is quiet, and it's nice. So why the hell there were EIGHT cop cars just baffled me. I called my neighbor and we decided it was probably just some crazy kids up to no good. NEXT THING YOU KNOW, we find out that someone had broken into a house in broad daylight and had taken everything and THEN an hour or so later, someone else spotted a suspicious man walking around in her backyard. WHAT?! Crazy. So, I guess the point of all this is to make sure to lock your doors. Even if you think you live in a safe, quiet neighborhood, it might not always be the case. I guess there are bad, screwed up people everywhere. It's a shame.
After that excitement, I'm freaked out so promptly dead bolt all doors. And then make a giant salad for myself for dinner.
And everyone knows what Monday nights are for right? Watching the bachelorette. I know, I know, it's my guilty vice. I had been out of it since, oh, I don't know EIGHT years ago when I watched it in college until I stumbled on it last season and now I'm hooked in again. Ridiculous. But I really like Ali and she has a lot of cute guys who seem actually genuinely nice, at least as far as you can really tell from reality TV.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
A shot of our table... First, we sipped on a flight of local white wines and had some flatbread/crackers and three spreads: Walnut feta, Edamame hummus, and Artichoke hazelnut. I was in heaven. It was SO good. For me, it really doesn't get much better than wine and bread.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I mean, I KNOW that this is just one of those "have to do" things but I really hate the whole experience.
Besides stating the obvious total VIOLATIONS (gross), I just hate the whole thing. Everything, from the minute you walk in the door, is just ick. It NEVER fails.
Example: my appointment today.
First thing, in the elevator, I'm riding up with a lady who I swear, is about 1.5 seconds away from popping a baby out. That's great and fine and awesome for her but HI, I only know CPR here, pretty sure that WON'T HELP YOU if we were to get stuck. Luckily, we made it out ok...but with some "uggghs, oooohs, aahhhh" from her in the 2 minute ride up. I even asked if she was ok and she did the whole, "Yeea....ooooh" thing. I was a little freaked. I mean was I supposed to rub her back or something? I HAD NO IDEA, since I have never actual experienced that myself...
Secondly. In the waiting room. KIDS GALORE. And come on, what is it about the kids in waiting rooms? They are always CRAZED. I have never heard so many "Let's ready this doctor Seuss book" or "Look, a Pooh book!" as I heard today. Not to mention the million kids running around like crazed little people. I wonder, is this a form of birth control for those of us that are there just for our annual exam? I think if I were to be sitting there pregnant I would be thinking, "Oh my GOD, what am I getting myself into?" I know that my kids will be no exception to the crazed kid waiting room rule. But still. Wow. Oh, and not to mention the fact that you wait FOREVER.
Third. The actual appointment. Peeing in a cup? I HATE THIS. WHY must we do this?
Fourth. The up-sell. Last year it was a myriad of blood tests that I wasn't anticipating (which all turned out phenomenal, so I was happy I did it) and then this year? A combo Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping cough shot... since my last tetanus shot has expired and apparently the other two vaccines are usually only given to kids but they are seeing increases in those diseases in adults as the kid vaccines are wearing off. (Insert sad face). Now I have a sore and heavy arm. Weight lifting today will = boo.
Fifth. Freezing in basically NOTHING and then MORE TALK ABOUT BABIES. I mean, it's not like I don't already get asked FOUR MILLION times a year when I'm going to have kids. But then the doctor starts in on it... and family planning...and if/when I might want to do any genetic testing. And OH MY GOSH, please just swipe my vagina so I can leave. (sorry mom, yes, I just said that publicly).
Sixth. The whole body exam. VIOLATION VIOLATION VIOLATION. HATE IT. Boobs, back, heart, head, throat, stomach, digging around INSIDE OF ME for what feels like an eternity, oh and the whole swiping of the uh, lady parts...you know, the whole POINT of this madness. I won't even GO there with the whole metal contraption that they stick in us. Oh man, everything combined for these appointments, just suck. I'm not afraid of doctors and have a pretty high pain tolerance but I just find this whole experience COMPLETELY and UTTERLY unenjoyable. Guys have no idea how easy they have it. And I KNOW that this is a far cry from what so many of my friends have gone through having experienced the whole pregnancy/labor/delivery thing BUT I have never experienced that so right now, this is my definition of violation yuck-ness. I know, waaaah, all of my mommy friends are definitely not feeling sorry for me.
The good news about all of this?
1) Apparently everything felt ok
2) All my vital stats were great (IE: blood pressure was at 102-62 and it's supposed to be less than 120-80). And just a note on everything they tell you? IE: when they told me my blood pressure numbers... PLEASE tell me what that means! I have NO CLUE if that means I'm going to die in the next three seconds or if that's good and my phrase of these appointments is usually, "So what does that mean?"
3) It's OVER for another year. I practically raced out of there... of course, not before I got trampled by a few little munchkins as I was walking through the waiting room.
Ok, I guess here she isn't exactly running as cooling off in the dirt. I mean, who doesn't lay down in the dirt to cool off? Duh. And just a sidenote? This frisbee? Her FAVORITE thing EVER, hands down. She is obsessive about it. It's great for getting her energy out.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Check this out:
An organic beer festival in Portland this weekend? Hmm.... I'm not as into beer as I am into wine but this could be very tempting... It's been a while since I've been to Portland. An organic beer festival might be a great reason among others to venture down south...
One of these days, I'm going to get out and talk to him. I have no idea who he is, other than an elderly man who is out for his morning walk.
And then subsequently makes my whole morning better for it.
Bella enjoyed the weather, too. She rang her bells (which she is supposed to do when she has to go to the bathroom) because it was so nice out, she just wanted to lay in the sun. I don't blame her.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-Good handful of fresh basil
-About a half of an heirloom tomato
I put all of that on the stove and let it simmer away. It was actually pretty tasty! It wasn't QUITE as good as Wild Ginger's version but I think I could play with it and get it just right by adding a little bit more garlic and maybe a dash of sea salt. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture...
I am back and running again and have been for a couple of weeks; however, I have just been running 3-4 miles at a time at a slower 10 minute mile pace during the week in an effort to remain injury-free (I still run 1-2 miles on Mondays/Fridays and strength train those days as well...obviously weekends are my play days for hiking, biking, whatever). Anyway, yesterday I decided I have been going slow for a while so thought I'd up it a notch. I did 3.5 miles at a 9:40 pace, then walked at a 4 mile pace for 5 minutes then did intervals for 20 minutes (one minute at a 4 mile pace, 1 minute sprinting at however fast I could go- I think I topped out around a 6:30 min mile pace). All in all it evened out to a little over 6 miles over the course of the hour and NO FOOT PAIN!! I am ecstatic! Of course, I was a good girl and stretched and "sticked" my calf for a while last night too in an effort to avoid any more such foot/achilles injuries. So, after that workout, I was STARVING, so, alas, no picture of the tomato-tofu-basil recreation and the spinach salad with garbanzo beans on the side... all I could think about was eating it! It's too bad I have no photo since I don't usually have a whole lot of time at night to actually cook and usually just throw together a quick salad, which doesn't seem entertaining enough to ever post on the blog.
I think the plan today is to do a short 3 mile run then go on a bike ride. We actually have hit 70 degrees today (GASP!) The sun is a little sporadic but the temperature is a GIANT improvement. I cannot wait to get outside.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
From KOMO 4 news (link below):
So let's recap just how gloomy it's been, so we can brag to the grandchildren someday....
-If you haven't heard, this is now the longest stretch (by far) that we've gone into a new year without hitting 75 degrees. The old record was June 9th, set in 1991.
-This is also the longest streak of consecutive days without hitting 75. Monday makes Day 271. (TWO SEVENTY ONE...that's ALMOST A FULL YEAR! And seriously, only 3 months of weather in the 70s? Um, yuck.) The old record was 253, done twice (Sept. 28, 1990-June 9, 1991, and Sept. 22, 1999 - June 3, 2000.)
-Through June 20, the average high temperature from May and June combined is 62.0 degrees. If that holds, it would be a record as the coldest May-June is 62.49 degrees set in 1953. Just taking June into account, the average high temperature is 63.8 degrees would be third-coldest behind 1971 (62.73) and 1953 (63.27)
-On June 15th, the weather at 18,000 feet was colder over Washington than any other place on the North American continent -- including sites within the Arctic Circle! (Oh, that's just LOVELY).
-Going hand-in-hand with the chilly weather has been persistent rain.
The 5.32" of rain since May 1 makes this the third wettest May-June on record -- with more rain in the forecast before the month's end. The record is 6.19" in 1984, and second place is just ahead at 5.34", set in 1993. And the rain has been spread out across several days. We already tied one record for consecutive days with rain in the dry season (May-Sept.) with 11 in a row from May 25-June 4. And perhaps lost in the shuffle is a second 8-day streak from the 16th to the 23rd leading up to it that itself ties for fourth-longest. But put it all together, and in the 30 days between May 16 and June 14, it rained on 25 of them, with our only dry days coming on May 24 and June 5. That is completely unheard of for this time of year -- and a wet stretch like that is actually not all that common during the rainy season either. You have to go back to January of 2006 which had 28 of 31 days with rain to find a wetter streak. Overall, we've had 35 days with rain of the 51 days through June 20. (Are you freaking kidding me? I mean, I've lived through it but WOW, that SUCKS).
...And a few more golden nuggets from the full story....
-This weekend was among the longest -- and darkest days of the year! While Sunday was nearly the longest day of the year in terms of length of daylight (16 hours, exactly, for Seattle), it was the darkest June day in at least the past 15 years when it came to amount of sunlight energy reaching the surface, according to research done by UW meteorologist Mark Albright.
-So far in June, 18 days out of 20 have featured 70% cloud cover or more during the day, with nine of those days at 90-100% cloud cover. Seattle at least averages 5 sunny days in June. So far, just one... (SEE YOU GUYS, I DON'T EXAGGERATE)
And a link to the full story:
Monday, June 21, 2010
Seriously? This really exists? And really causes so many missed days of work?
That kind of makes me laugh.
The rain as of late has made the weeds in our yard BLOW UP. I went to town pulling them out. Too bad I didn't take a before and after picture. It was pretty dramatic. I didn't put the pile up because when I start to lift part of it, it started buzzing. YIKES. I DO NOT like bugs and whatever was in there was HUGE. No thanks.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
While I contemplated the (still winter) weather in Washington yesterday (and as an aside, truly, it's like winter here since our winters really aren't cold), I decided to flip Washington the middle finger and get outside anyway. Well, it gave us the middle finger right back as we FROZE our way up and down Mount Si for the second weekend in a row. We decided to do Mount Si again because 1) It's a good hike, great workout and 2) The weather sucked so there would be no view anywhere so no point in doing an awesome view hike. It was a great time although about 10 minutes in I wanted to quit. It was cold and I was grumpy and my legs hurt from lifting the day before (waaaah, I know). Eventually, about 2.5 miles in I stopped being a baby at which point we FLEW up. Not quite as fast as the prior week but I'll blame the weather for that too since it was so cold my joints literally felt stiff.
At the top, 4 miles in and up... we are soaking wet because for the last 1.5 miles we were hiking through clouds. Literally so foggy we couldn't see 3 feet in front of us. Glorious!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
First thing in the morning Saturday we picked up our neighbor's pup, Sadie. My goal for the day was to get the dogs so tired that they couldn't do anything BUT sleep that night. So, we went straight to the park to let them run for 15 minutes.
And getting ready to go swimming again.