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mystery solved

For the most part, I remember birthdays, anniversaries, phone numbers, etc.  (especially now that facebook tells me when everything is). However, I never send cards. Ever.   Sometimes I’ll even manage to buy a gift, yet still no card.  Not really sure why.. just never do.

This is totally random, I know, but I have a point.     There are a number of occasions coming up that should be recognized. So in my neverending mission to be a “real adult”, I wander into CVS yesterday to pick up cards for: 

  1. Dad’s birthday.  
  2. Mother’s day
  3. couple of baby showers
  4. sister & bro-in-law anniversary

I’m feeling pretty great about being prepared until…  I start to tear up. YUP.  Ok.. I can handle this. I’m not that ridiculous, I can read a stupid hallmark card, so  I’m stealthily dabbing at my eyes while trying to pick out these cards.  The CVS guy stocking the wrapping paper at the end of the aisle gives me a weird look.  I pick up another one, blink a few extra times, tell myself there is no way he can tell I’m a lil extra watery, though maybe I’ve been standing here for 10 minutes.  CVS guy now appears at the other end of the aisle & seems to be deciding if I’m ok.  I flash back to this.

where there were no words. just tears.  great toast except no one heard it.

Somehow I manage to pick up a few decent cards, scowl at CVS guy & decide cards are dumb anyway.

once again – can not control my tearducts. FAIL.  
no one is ever getting cards again.   now we all know why.

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I have officially eaten my way through all my delicious freezer concoctions.   So back to the kitchen I go, in smaller portions, of course.  One of the things I’ve learned by cooking & buying lots of freshness is that I have to plan if I don’t want to let things go to waste.
Flashback to Friday – Jackie came to play and we had goat cheese & pearl onion risotto with spinach salad on the side. What this means I have almost an entire container each of baby spinach & grape tomatoes in the fridge. Being that those are two of my fave veggies – I need to use them and now.

Recipe: (adapted from a WW recipe)  4 servings
8 oz whole wheat penne
1/4 cup chicken broth
the rest of the container baby spinach  – probably about 3.5 oz
the rest of the container grape tomatoes – probably about 6 oz., halved
2 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 oz goat cheese
salt
pepper
crushed red pepper

  • Cook penne in boiling salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid before draining pasta.
  • Meanwhile, heat broth in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add spinach, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

 

  • Add cooked penne, reserved cooking liquid and tomatoes to skillet. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until tomatoes are slightly pulpy, stirring occasionally, about 2 to 3 minutes; add cheese and heat through

 

notes for next time: more cheese (used all I had, definitely not enough), maybe even ricotta. add splash of olive oil, more veggies.
but overall – delicious.

 love affair with garlic
 lots of spinach
 shrinks veryyy quickly
🙂
In other news, I bought myself a present!!  how excited was I when it came in the mail yesterday. eee!
brand new 8 cup food processor. what to make first!?
the weather just won’t cut me a break – today was 50 and windy- ugh, so back to the treadmill. It was brutal since I haven’t run since thurs and I was stuck between two smelly guys. (and by smelly guys, I mean the older Indian gentleman who runs in a polo shirt & the jibberish speaking guy in the daisy duke running shorts – awesome) as much as that shouldn’t affect me, it does. i want to run… AWAY.
But I powered through and got in some decent mileage at a decent pace.
please please please be nice out tomorrow.
happy birthday j.britz. miss your face! 
(which obviously I tried to put here, but my computer is not cooperating, booo)

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don’t wait

every once in a while you get a wake up call.  today was one of those days.

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easter

hope everyone had a fantastic easter.
I completely failed at taking pictures of all the deliciousness. oops.
but I did manage to capture the ahh-mazing breakfast my fabulous mother came up with!

how gorgeous are those strawberries?!
dannon light n fit vanilla.
special K low fat granola.
strawberries.
heavenly.
I also failed to get that run in, but I did manage to spend some quality time on the elliptical. so all was not lost. and tonight, I dusted off that yoga dvd I bought last year & only used once. surprisingly enjoyable.
2.5 weeks til the first 5K of the year. eeeekkk. must run tomorrow.
is it spring?! not quite but momma w. is doing an excellent job pretending.
how pretty are these. must get flowers for my apt.

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is it summer yet?

I’m ready for some warmth.  49° isn’t cutting it. 
I want sunglasses & flip flops & this..

and summer fridays..

I want to run today but will play instead. 🙂 
and tomorrow, of course, is supposed to be disgusting & I’ll be at the parents, which is less conducive to running.  so I mapped out a few different runs and will make it happen sometime between now & easter festivities on sunday.

happpy fridayyy!

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.   — Albert Einstein      (via justbesplendid)

ps.  must be acknowledged that this is post 22 of 2011 on April 22.  🙂

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I get excited & want to do everything all at once, right now. 
I want to be a runner and I want it to happen overnight.
I want to be someone who cooks, so I make every good recipe I can get my hands on.
I want to eat healthy, so I buy every good-for-you food that whole foods has to offer.
well… thats all fine and dandy but  I need to remember – one thing at a time. lets not get carried away. one recipe, one run, one day at a time.   

today I ran a little bit faster and on a steeper incline than ever before. only a few miles but a few great ones. tomorrow I run outside when its not freezing & crazy windy. 
I’m slowly eating through all the food in my freezer, more fun stuff soon tho.

I ran, went to Whole Foods (fully addicted), talked to the fam, made some dinner, painted my nails, & even made breakfast for tomorrow.  productive night 🙂
who makes breakfast the night before? aggressive. but all my new fave bloggers are raving about overnight oats. what the heck are overnight oats?! who knows.   apparently no cook oatmeal, mix the night before. add all kinds of yummy stuff and thats it.  supposedly they’re delicious, easy & healthy. cant beat it. we’ll see.

happy thursday!

i wish i was here. vacation? yes please.

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blah tuesday

its dreary and gross outside. and only tuesday.  blah.
this makes me smile

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