Archive | October, 2010

Finally A Double Digit Run – 10 Miles!

30 Oct

I can’t believe it – I ran 10 miles this morning!

I’ll be back later with a full recap of the run, but Bruce and I are getting ready for a Halloween party with Tim’s youth group!  I will definitely take pictures of our costumes.

Here’s a hint about mine – I will be making use of my wedding tiara.

See, mom?  I told you it was a worthwhile purchase!  xoxo

Beyond The Auto Focus – A Reflection

29 Oct

I was taking photographs of my breakfast this morning when something caused me to stop and throw my lens on manual focus …

Here we are on autofocus, seeing the mug and the beautiful froth of the french press coffee.  But there is something beyond the coffee …

Plants in full bloom.  A beautiful blue sky.  Puffy white clouds.  Life – reflected.

What do you see when you slow down and refocus the lens that you are seeing your life through?

Have a great weekend.

Creamy Cream of Mushroom and Veggies with Rice

29 Oct

Goooooood morning!  Thank you thank you thank you for all of the suggestions on how to deal with RLS after yesterday’s post.  I am going to try some of the home remedies (Ivory Soap in the bed, thanks Mrs. Cooper!), as well as focus on preventative strategies (someone in yesterday’s foodbuzz twitter chat suggested stretching right before I got into bed).  I’ll keep you posted!

Onto this morning’s recipe.  I’ll be honest – the other day I was browsing my recipe page and was thinking about the fact that nothing that I post is overly complicated, creative or difficult to come up with on your own.  Are they even considered recipes?  Who knows …

I realized, however, that I love posting recipe (meal ideas?) for two reasons.
1. As hard as I have tried, I cannot keep a recipe box/binder for the life of me.  I’ve started three since moving to Atlanta and they all remain unfinished.  I like having the recipes on my blog so I can pull them up wherever I am!
2. One of the most annoying conversations Bruce and I used to have on a regular basis is the “What’s for dinner?” conversation.  We are both so indecisive and end up in a hunger-induced frustration about the fact that we can’t decide what to eat.  Reading food blogs and experimenting in my own kitchen has really helped with those conversations and pushed me to think more creatively.  I hope sharing my own learning process can (1) help me when we’re stuck in that conversation and (2) help others on their own process!

Okay, so onto actual FOOD.  I was dreaming this recipe up yesterday when I was working late and I’m really excited about sharing it.  Actually, I think I’m just really excited about the fact that I’m going to eat the leftovers for lunch.  I can only imagine the flavors get better overnight.

Creamy Cream of Mushroom and Veggies with Rice

2 cans Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Water
1 can Mushroom Stems & Pieces
1 bag Frozen Broccoli
1 bundle Asparagus
1 medium Yellow Onion
1 cup Uncooked Rice
Salt & Pepper 

Start by combining the two cans of soup with one can of water … 

… and whisk it up!

Pour into a skillet and turn on low-med/low heat.

Carefully add your mushrooms …

… and broccoli.

Wash and chop your asparagus and stir them into the mix.
Dice the onions and throw them in last!

Then season season season!

Let it simmer, stirring often.

Once you’ve got the soup warming, start the rice.  By the time the rice is finished, the veggies in the soup will be cooked!

Serve over a big pile of rice.

Oh my.  So hearty.  So simple.  So delicious.

Question – what kind of rice do y’all use?  I normally buy long-grain, but decided I wanted to try medium-grain for this dinner.  I really liked the texture!

Okay, I’m ready for lunch.

Restless Leg Syndrome

28 Oct

Goooooooood … afternoon?

Okay, I was not “rising” and “shining” this morning.  I had an RLS(restless leg syndrome)-related-terrible night and didn’t go to sleep until after 4 in the morning. 😦 I accidentally woke Bruce up around 3 crying because I was in so much pain.  I then proceeded to google RLS for about an hour to find home remedies.  Wikipedia said to walk and stretch so around 3:30 I started pacing around my apartment, waking up Lilly in the process, who thought it was time for breakfast and pranced around squealing and cryin until Bruce finally fed her.

I think my life would make a good reality show.

Anyway, to make matters worse, I was having issues with my coffee maker this morning!  I thought I only had two options – 1. Drink tea and complain about it not being the same as coffee and 2. Buy coffee at work and complain about spending money – until I realized I own an often overlooked appliance in my kitchen.

The French Press!

I chose option number 3 – Press a foamy, frothy cup of goodness.  Why don’t I use this thing more often?!  I drank the WHOLE THING and was ready to start my day.

When life hands you a bad night’s sleep and a malfunctioning coffee maker, you make french press coffee!

Okay, for real though – does anybody else deal with RLS?  Any suggestions for how I can prevent it?  I’ve never had it as bad as I did last night.

Thanks guys!

5 Miles In The Pouring Rain

28 Oct
I haven’t had this much fun running since I got caught in a snowstorm four years ago.

Once the metro area was free of a tornado watch, I decided to throw caution to the rain wind and head out for a run.

Just FYI – I obsessively checked the radar before I left and made sure I would just be running in rain and wouldn’t get caught in a tornado or even lightning/thunder.  Trust me – a summer in the burn unit will scare you away from running in that.

I e-mailed Bruce and told him I was thinking of heading out for a run.  His advice?  “Have a blast running in puddles!”

And you know what?

I did.

It actually was only a heavy sprinkle for the first two miles.  Then things started to pick up.  By mile 4 it was absolutely pouring.  But the heavier it rain the faster I ran.  I felt like I was flying.

I was soaked.  It was awesome.  I could have gone another 5.  I ran 5.00 miles in in 56:26, averaging a 10:17 pace.  Ummmmm, hello?!  A 10:17 PACE!  Who am I?  I never run that fast!
I have to be honest – it hasn’t been a great two weeks of running.  This run was exactly what I needed in order to re-energize me in my last month of training.
Actually, this DAY was exactly what I needed in order to re-energize me in my last two months of life in Atlanta.  I feel like I got soooooo much done on the packing/organizing/cleaning front.
My pile grew from this morning!
The weather reeked havoc on Bruce’s commute, so he didn’t home until 8 and was in the mood for something quick, delicious and not healthy for dinner.
Pizza it was!  I dipped mine in italian dressing – does anyone else do that?  It sounds gross, but it’s delicious.
I’m off to finish up some laundry and get to bed at a reasonable hour.  I did NOT sleep well last night, so I’m hoping I can make up for that tonight.

Redemption Wednesday

27 Oct





Tornado watches and warnings have been popping up all over the state of Georgia today!  It’s insane.  So far the metro-Atlanta area has only been under a watch, but it’s still a wet and muggy mess out there.

Because I put in two longer days on Monday and Tuesday and I’m still only supposed to be working part-time I decided to take the day off and focus on packing, ordination and general life chores that I’ve been putting on the back burner lately.

But first …

I needed to redeem myself in the kitchen after last night’s mess.  Creamy cream of mushroom soup seasoned with sea salt and ground pepper served over leftover egg noodles.  Sweet potato fries on the side!  (Not the ones Bruce picked up off of the floor last night.)

Ahh, good to know I’m still competent.  I went to bed last night convinced my kitchen was cursed.

Alright, I’m off to get back to the packing!  We cleared some space in our bedroom for boxes that have been packed, marked and are ready to go.

Ahhhh, the site of organization just makes me happy.

Have a great day!  To those of you in the southeast – stay dry!


It’s a Good Thing I’m Not a Perfectionist Part 3

27 Oct

Oh my God.  I’m a hot mess tonight.

Bruce was working late today so there was no need to rush home.  It was 80 degrees with about 173% humidity today so I emphatically declared today’s run cancelled and had a lovely chat with my friend Jenna over some frozen yogurt in Emory Village.  I came home at 7:00 and got started on dinner.

After that, I’m not quite sure what happened.

By 8:00 I had a cast iron skillet with overcooked meat, a pan seared with burnt rice, a kitchen floor covered in sweet potato fries and an apartment full of smoke.

I heated up a waffle for dinner.

I did not take a picture.

It’s a good thing I’m not a perfectionist.

It’s also a good thing it’s Wear a Dress Tuesday!

I was all black with silver earrings today. Lovely!

And yes, all of my kitchen cabinet doors are open.  Don’t ask.

Alyssa has actually been celebrating on Mondays – which is perfectly acceptable as far as I’m concerned!

And guess what?

She sent me a picture of her shoes!  I love them.  And I love her for sending this to me.

Sarah of the Miller variety.  I miss this girl.

Alright, I think tonight’s kitchen disaster showed me that I need to slow down and calm down.  I am going to take a couple of deep breaths and put myself to bed!