Tuesday Tidbits – So many things, so little time…

  • I went from having NOTHING to say over the summer to having SO MUCH to say now but never any time to say it!
  • I participated in a 10-mile race at Chickasaw State Park last weekend.  I usually do a race recap, but this was simply a training run for me.  It doesn’t even warrant a post of its own.  The only thing I have to say about this one is HOLY HILLY HELL.  My legs and glutes are STILL feeling the effects of that one.  Oh, and I did have a little bit of a breakthrough during this race.  I discovered that when one gets hot enough, one WILL take their shirt off and run in a sports bra and not give a FLYING RIP what anyone thinks.
  • D and I are flying through Weeds on Netflix.  AWESOME show.
  • I fell off the vegetarian wagon Friday night.  We were invited to a friend’s house for dinner, and there were ribs.  RIBS, Y’ALL.  Ribs that had been in the Big Green Egg since like 1:00 that afternoon.  Ribs that I was watching everyone else eat.  Ribs that were falling off the bone.  It was torture.  And I ultimately caved and ate the living shit out of some ribs.
  • Today is my 32nd birthday.  🙂  I hate when my birthday falls in the middle of the week!  I had planned on taking today off like I always do, but those plans fell through when HR scheduled my fill-in for out-of-town training this week.  BLAH.  This is the first time I’ve worked on my birthday since 2006.  Not that I had any plans or anything.  But that was kind of the point.  We’ll do something this weekend, although I have no idea what yet.  In the meantime, I’m gonna try to sweet-talk the hubs into a birthday massage tonight.  🙂  That man missed his calling.  He gives the best massages!
  • Over the weekend, I got online to register for the same Cupid’s Chase 5K that I ran last year.  And then I saw that the registration went from $20 in 2011 to $35 in 2012.  Seriously, a 75% increase????  And that’s if you pre-register!  If you register on race day, the fee is $50.  FOR A 5K.  (For a point of comparison, I paid $55 to run a half-marathon in the same city last year.)  I find that ridiculous, and I told them so.  Needless to say, I didn’t register.  I understand that it’s for a good cause, but come on.  Every 5K I’ve ever run is for a good cause (Lion’s Club, local high school track team, fundraisers for a specific family in need), and I’ve never paid over $20 for any of them.  If they’re trying to raise more money, it seems like this is a little counterproductive.  Seems to me like a fee that high will scare off more runners than it will entice.  It’s a total bummer, too.  I’ve really been looking forward to running that race again.  
  • There was a picture of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon finisher’s medal posted on their facebook page yesterday.  I can’t wait to make it mine!  It doubles as a bottle opener and has a detachable pendant.  BRILLIANT!
  • I’m kind of obsessed with Chobani’s new flavor.  Who needs birthday cake???
  • Remember back when everyone was having problems with blogger deleting posts just being all wonky and stuff?  I never had any problems then, but blogger sure is pissing me off  now.  After  I hit the “publish post” button, it MIGHT publish within the next day or so.  It SHOWS as being published, but I had a sneaking suspicion that it wasn’t actually publishing, so I “followed” myself.  And sure enough, it’s not showing up in the news feed for seeeeeeeeeeveral hours.  I’ve got this one scheduled for 6:00 am Tuesday.  Let’s just all see together when it actually shows up, shall we?

The Taste of Compassion

Last night my sister came up to hang out, and we spent the vast majority of the evening in the kitchen.  Game 3 of the World Series was gonna be on, and that made for the perfect excuse to try a couple of vegan finger food recipes that I’ve been wanting to try. Kim isn’t vegetarian or vegan, but unlike my husband, she isn’t scared of a vegetable, so she earned the distinct privilege of being my guinea pig last night.

First up, we made some hummus and guacamole.  Those were nothing new, but we just needed something to munch on while we made everything else.  🙂

By the time we left of the kitchen, we (and by we, I mean I) had made the most awesome quesadillas (again, nothing new but I just wanted some veggie quesadillas!) …

A work in progress–sauteeing the peppers, onion, and spinach

my new favorite finger food–potato angels!  They’re a vegan alternative to deviled eggs…

and vegan hot wings
I was a little skeptical about these because I friggin’ looooooooooooooove me some chicken wings.  I just didn’t know how well a vegan version would fly with me.  But they were not half bad at all!  I’ll use a bolder sauce next time, but other than that they were really pretty good.  (confession:  These did end up losing their veganity because I dipped them in blue cheese dip.  Some things are still sacred, ya know.)
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking for vegan versions of various things that I used to enjoy as a carnivore.  At first I was disappointed because when I would find a recipe, it almost always would say somewhere in it, “This tastes just like the real thing!”  Well, you know what?  It never does. There are things that might taste similar, but it never tastes “just like!” what it is being made to mimic.  And I’ve come to accept that it’s perfectly okay.  
Compassion has its own flavor, and it DOESN’T taste like meat.

Tuesday Tidbits

  • I’m tired of talking about how hot it is.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  This was taken at 7:00 pm yesterday.  When I finished running four slooooow miles at 8:30, the heat index was still 111.
  • I have way too much fun trying on clothes in Dick’s.  No, I did NOT buy them.  I just had to show them to Amanda!  I did get the shirt on clearance for $9.
  • We went with friends Saturday night to Jazz on the Lawn at Beachaven Winery in Clarksville.  It was fantastic!  The hangover was not.  I may or may not have slept approximately 14 hours that night.
  • The one thing I’m the most bummed about having to give up as a vegetarian was a complete surprise.  McDonald’s french fries.  I never eat there, but D does all the time, and I always steal some of his fries.  As disgusting as McDonalds is, their fries are freaking delicious.  But did you know the potatoes have beef powder added to them before they are frozen and sent to the restaurants?  I sure as hell didn’t.  I knew animal products hid in some strange places (marshmallows, Jello, teeth whitening strips…), but potatoes???  Ugh.
  • I have also learned that refried beans aren’t all vegetarian friendly as they are often made using lard.  I’ll have to ask at my favorite Mexican joint how theirs are made.  IF I can find someone who speaks English well enough to understand me.
  • I have eaten two cucumbers off of my plants, and they are awesome.  And I FINALLY have two little bitty baby green tomatoes and lots of teeny tiny sweet peppers coming out.  Just when I was about ready to give up on it all.

Last Meal

I made this a few nights ago.

And YES I scorch the cheese on purpose.  I looooove burned cheese.
I may not be Paula Deen, but I can make one badass meat lasagna.  If I knew that my next meal would be my last one, it would probably be my lasagna.  And this week, it WAS a last meal of sorts.  It was my last carnivorous meal.  I was tired of thinking about it and talking about it.  I decided to just DO it already.
I am now a vegetarian.  And I’m pretty darn excited about it.