Fudged Friday

I can’t catch a break with shipping companies!  UPS lost the tent I needed for Zilker Relays tonight.  I wanted my girls to have shade in the 102 heat before and after the run!

The Dr’s office gave FedEx my address instead of Dan’s work address.  So my medicine had to be returned to the pharmacy in Utah.  Having to have it resent to the Dr’s office and I will pick it up 9/11.  Good thing I have still have some to last me until then.  I was trying to have them hold it at the warehouse and have Dan pick it up there, but it wouldn’t be protected from the heat 😦

I was supposed to be off today.  Not the case.  Had to come in after my pedicure.  This was after I got 5 texts from 1 person asking me questions that someone else in the office could have easily answered.  It was 1:30 before I could even think about the project I needed to work on, even though I was supposed to be on “do-not disturb.”

I am rolling almost a whole week of vacation time to sick leave tomorrow.  This makes me sad 😦  I should have started using my random days sooner! (there is a limit on how much you can bank based on how many years you have).  And you can’t use vacation time if you have holiday or comp time (which I have).  I couldn’t really take my long vacation before now, so I should have used it day by day much sooner.

Tomorrow is a new fiscal year at work.  I am so glad I am gone for the first week of it.

Tonight is Zilker Relays.  I am so nervous I could barf.  It’s short.  It’s REALLY hot.  Supposed to be 102.  I am pushing to run first so I can be done first!  I haven’t raced since like March, so I think that’s part of my nervousness.  It’s way too hot to be fast, but I don’t want to be a snail!  Will try to find a happy and safe medium.

After the race it’s off to San Antonio, then Mobile tomorrow, then Destin on Sunday.

Let the fun begin.  Hope all of the rain will be gone from Issac, because I NEED A BREAK!

Things I like Thursday: Simple Eats

Life has been really busy lately.  Thank goodness for simple eats!

Here are some i’ve been enjoying lately in my hectic schedule:

Steak salad.  Spinach, veggie mix, homemade pickled okra, grilled mini peppers, and thin grilled sirloin beef (with Penzey’s Mural of flavor spice rubbed on meat).  Gluten Free Ranch Dressing (I rarely eat dressing, nice change)

Turkey salad.  Spinach, strawberries, roasted sweet potatoes, EVOO to dress.

Egg stacks.  Brown rice cakes, guacamole, egg white souffles.  Penzey’s chili powder to top.  GREAT breakfast!

BBQ chicken pizza.  Glutino’s GF English muffins (pan fried/browned in EVOO first), Stubb’s BBQ sauce, leftover BBQ chicken thighs, pinch of cheese, jalapenos.  Side of broccoli (and another BBQ’d chicken thigh)

Quinoa Italiano.  Quinoa, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, chicken sausage, all sauteed in EVOO and tossed with pasta sauce.  

Quinoa toss.  Normandy veggies, zucchini, quinoa and chicken sausage all sauteed in EVOO.

Can’t beat the easy and fast!  I had cooked quinoa frozen in serving size containers at the time, so it was really fast and easy to throw together.

Verdict is still out on the Glutino English Muffins, they aren’t really anything like one, but rather cornbreadish instead.  Not bad and not something i’d buy or eat regularly, but good enough to make into part of a meal like a pizza, garlic bread, etc.

The medical update

Had another follow-up Tuesday with the Dr. about the medications i’ve been on, my labs I had done 2 weeks ago, and progress made.

I’ve been feeling better for the most part, some areas better than others.  Some areas just haven’t changed at all.

Test results show progress, but not enough, I am still far from where I need to be.  So all medications are being increased in strength.  The thyroid though, they said they can’t increase too fast, because there is a chance of heart palpitations and other issues I don’t want to experience.  So we are moving that up, with the long term goal of making it to at least double of what I am on now (right now half a grain, moving up to 3/4 grain this time around).

The nurse thinks that after this next round of trying on the increased dosage, that I should be much closer to being optimal on everything but maybe thyroid, that may take more tinkering.  More labs in 10 weeks, another appointment in November.  Hopefully with everything else being more optimal, my cholesterol will come down (it’s even higher now!)

I still owe another Dr. an annual thyroid ultrasound which I have rescheduled twice already.  Maybe i’ll get that taken care of in the next few weeks.

So slowly but surely, at least some areas are getting better.  I’m hopeful that we’ll just keep moving down this path and see where it takes us!

SEC Picnic 2012

My only experience “tailgaiting” in the SEC has been through Austin’s Annual SEC picnic.  That may change later this year, when we’ll hopefully see a game at Texas A&M.  SEC games and pre-game are NOTHING like the rest of the world.  Don’t believe me, read Gridiron Belles.  Not the food, the dress, the attitude, NOTHING!

Even though Dan was still on his way back to the US, I had to go show my Auburn pride!  WAR EAGLE!  

They had Rudy’s cater half the food, the other half was brought in by members.  Since there are burn bans in the area, no grilling allowed.  This was SO much easier, still SO good (sort of semi-homemade).  And I LOVE Rudy’s anyhow.  Turkey, brisket, sausage, pulled pork, tons of sides, and desserts.  I was kind of bummed at first, because I really wanted to bring something, but since i’d been downtown since 6 am, that probably wouldn’t have really worked out (I showered after running and read my book until the picnic started).  My stomach was certainly not objecting!

Big thanks to whoever brought the lovely fruit!  There was like 8 different kinds of dessert and the fruit was the only thing that was gluten free.  It was so bright and colorful, it would have been on my plate regardless!

Happy we were next to the Aggies!  I invited my co-worker and her new husband to come out 🙂

Good times!  Although we need more tents for next year!  We had three tents and about 75 people toward the end, and no trees, so I got a little too much sun.  It was a new location this year, so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect on set-up.  Bigger and better for next year!

Football season starts next week, I can’t believe it!  It’ll be a light season on game watching for Dan and I  together with our opposite schedules.  For games 1-4 I think we are on opposite ends of the country and two games he’s not even in the United States!

I am looking forward to stocking up on Auburn stuff next weekend 🙂

Angel?

For the 2nd time in a week, I very narrowly escaped an accident.  I must have an angel.

First one was someone almost t-boning me in Dan’s truck on Monday.  I am not sure why they proceeded through the intersection, or how they stopped.  I am glad they did.  I actually closed my eyes and waited for the impact, that luckily never happened.

Second one was today.  With a city bus.  I am not sure how I escaped this one.  I was inches away from the driver’s side of the bus mowing me over.  I hadn’t even run 1/10th of a mile when it happened.  It was dark, but I was wearing neon (not like that matters).  I approached the intersection (one way street), I looked and the bus was stopped at the bus stop.  (I always look both ways even if it’s one way and even if I have walk sign).    I paused and went on, then when I was more than halfway to the other side when the bus flew around the corner and almost hit me.  No brakes, no nothing.

I can’t get the vision of the bus almost hitting me out of my head.  Closest call i’ve ever had.

Looking back at Houston

I’ve been going non-stop still, even though i’ve been back since Sunday night. I can’t even remember half of the last week.

I do remember this, made me laugh.  Yes, the Crowne has a Cougar Room. Yes, I know U of H Cougars is likely the source of the name, but I still think it’s funny.

Friday:  Met up with my new staff in Houston in just enough time for them to head back to Austin.  The rest of the weekend I was flying solo, but i’m a pro at those things.  (there was a pirate of the carribean theme this year).  That’s Texas made out of zinnias.  Unfortunately I didn’t really have time to walk around and look at the other booths since I was solo.  Plus my booth was way off in the corner with the educational booths.

Saturday:  Paid my $5 and ran my long run with Kenyan Way.  Can’t beat that!  $5 for pace group, aide, and a map.  I was between pace groups, but it worked out great.  Got a solid 10.5 miles in, which is the most i’ve done in a while.  I was swimming in sweat when I was done.

Hit Whole Foods on the way back to the hotel.  Salad bar again, but this time I got a smaller container, lol.  I filled it with half post-workout breakfast (eggs, migas, sausage, fruit) and half for lunch (hb eggs, veggies, meat).  So good!

Saturday night I went to dinner with Nicole at Freebird’s and then went to my very first Roller Derby bout.  It was a lot of fun!  I have friends in Austin and DFW that do it too, but i’d never before seen it live.  I will definitely go again!  It was so good to see Miss Nicole, I don’t see her often enough.

Sunday:  Did runner’s yoga from YouTube (if you can’t find the one with the guy in the pink neon spandex, he’s actually pretty good, lol).   Headed to the convention center early for exibitor’s breakfast aka Gluten Fest 2012.  Chicken and waffles, pastries to the sky, and fruit.  Grabbed a plate of fruit and dug into my bag for some nuts.

Show was 10-3 on Sunday.  It was DEAD.  Pouring rain outside.  At noon I went to lunch with my cousin Kristen at Phoenicia, which is kind of like a greek version of Central Market or Whole Foods (another awesome salad bar).  So fun!  I hadn’t seen her since my grandmother’s funeral 3 years ago.  I loved seeing her, wish I would have made more room in my schedule earlier in the week, it really had been too long.  It’s a long story, but we’ve always been friends, even though our mothers (who are sisters) do not speak to each other since we were in elementary school.  I am civil to all of my relatives, despite what my parents feel about anyone.  I need to see her and her siblings more often for sure.

At 3 pm I packed the heck up and got on the road to the office.  Dan picked me up at the office, then we had to head to his office so he could download files he needed for his trip to Brazil on Monday (he’s gone until Saturday afternoon).  I grabbed dinner, met him back at his office and we ate and caught up.  Sounds lame, but it was nice to finally see him and talk to him.  By time we got home, it was time for bed!

Monday:  The heck day.  At least though, Dan’s flight was early, so I got to say goodbye.  The whole day was a bust after that.

Tuesday:  Day was much better. I finally got back into the gym (neither hotel I stayed at had weights, nor did the cities have Gold’s).   I loved seeing my regular gals at the LUNA run after work.  It was overcast and rained a little, which probably scared some away, but my regulars were there and smiling and really enjoying the 85 degrees!

Wednesday:  Long day of training new staff, going away party at Chuy’s for our interns.  Green Chile Fest is going on!  I had the green chile shrimp salad, which was awesome.  I wound up eating dinner and running afterwards, which is backwards to me.  I was in a funk and didn’t want to run at the park.  Tried Glutino English Muffins for pizzas.  I pan fried them in EVOO before making the pizzas.  They were ok, not sure i’ll buy them again (they are nothing like an english muffin in texture or taste).

Thursday:  Been training new staff all day long.  I’m off tomorrow, since I haven’t had a break from work since the 10th.  Not sure what my plans are, other than putting together some goodie bags for LUNA and hopefully sitting by the pool and finishing my book.  Dan’s not back until Saturday afternoon 😦

Things I like Thursday: Peapod

I am going to be an aunt!  It’s been announced, so now I can share my excitement with the world 🙂   My best friend is having her first baby!!!

I was expecting the news eventually this summer, but I was still surprised at how quick it came!  I can’t even express in words how happy I am.

I got the baby got Texas Rangers pacifiers and San Antonio Spurs jersey right away (mom and dad are both big sports fans).  If it’s a girl, i’ll just buy coordinating bows 😉   Find out in a month if it’s a boy or girl.  Boys run in daddy’s family, but I have a feeling it’s a girl.  We’ll see.  For now i’ve decided i’m calling the baby peapod.

Baby M is due in February.  I am hoping for a niece or nephew to come the week of my birthday!

No good, sort of bad day

Monday was a total “case of the Mondays.”

Packed my bag to do the track workout that i’ve been wanting to attend regularly on Mondays from now on.

Got back to the office on Monday only to find a giant pile of work and nothing had really be done while I was gone 😦

I barely got my travel reimbursement reports (I had to do 2) done before an all morning meeting.  In the meantime, I got a sad email from a friend telling me she was going to have to cut back her extra-curricular commitments (which means me seeing her less).

My coworker reminded me that we needed to leave at 11:45 to go to a conference downtown for the rest of the day.  CRAP!  I thought that was on Tuesday.  (so I had to ditch the track workout idea up North). We didn’t leave until after noon but I was told we were eating downtown.  Wrong.  My coworker ate before we left, but I didn’t know that.

So I had to stop at Wendy’s (only fast food near where we were going).  $8 for half a salad that left me starving and a tea.  A tea which all 32 ounces spilled inside my purse!  It’s a good thing it wasn’t one of my Michael Kors purses, but the purse and almost everything in it was ruined.

When we arrived, everyone (including my coworkers) were eating boxed lunch.  GRRR!  Why did no one tell me this?  Conference was interesting, but didn’t really teach me anything that would help with my job.  Noticed other people from my office and other attendees were doing things other than paying attention which was annoying.

After that, I ran over to my friends house to drop some items off and visit with her.  Then I go to get in the truck to meet them at the lake to run and it’s dead.  Three girls who have never jumped a vehicle before, jumping a big truck off of a BMW.  We got it started and I drove North to try to get a battery.

By that time, Dan had landed in Miami and called ahead to Auto Zone to find me a battery that would work.  Took me an hour in rush hour traffic to get there.  Then I had to convince the guy to help me install it (because they don’t really do that).

I almost got t-boned pulling out of the lot, because someone ran the stop sign.  Seriously, I just closed my eyes and waited for them to hit me.  Somehow, some way, they stopped within a inch of the truck!

I made it home at like 8:15 and not a moment too soon.  I was tired, grumpy, and very hungry!

Gosh, I haven’t had a day like that in a really long time!  Hoping I don’t have any repeats!

Breathe

Is it possible to be super busy but at the same time, it be stress relieving and relaxing?

Me thinks yes.

I’ve been going non-stop since last Saturday and I feel GREAT!

Saturday:  Promoted LUNA Chix at women’s center spa day, then Coworker’s wedding out of town.

Sunday:  Long run with my friends at Hill Country Running.  Stayed up too late driving home from the wedding, but run was decent.  Then going away dinner with our friends Devon and Kristi (moving to DFW), then Olympic Party downtown with Austin Runner’s Club, Jack and Adam’s, and LUNA.  Drive to San Marcos.  Stayed up SUPER late with my good friend Alison catching up.

Monday-Wednesday:  training class, runs after training, dinner with Alison Monday night.

Wednesday:  Travel to Houston, ran with Bayou Country Road Runners, played in a fountain (not recommended if you have errands to run).  Set a record for most money ever spent on a salad and weight of salad.  Whatever it was good and healthy.

Thursday:  Early AM to the Houston office.  Out on a boat all day doing sampling in Galveston.  Fun but it made for a very long day and a very late lunch (thank goodness for snacks).  Some Zoe’s kitchen, Barnes and Noble, and then a very hot run with a group from Luke’s Locker.  Wish I wouldn’t have gotten dinner at the hotel, my crab and shrimp salad was really lacking 😦  I regret not getting something in the Luke’s Locker area before heading back to the hotel.

Friday:  Wow, is it Friday?  I got to sleep in today.  They don’t want me at the conference until noon to work our booth.  So instead I am working in my hotel room, in bed, drinking coffee, plotting my plan for hitting some tax-free weekend shopping before work today.  First stop is Athleta.  Only one in Texas and it’s in Houston.  Pro deal+tax free, heck yes!

*Hardest part is trying not to spend my vacation money on tax free clothes and shoes!

Mapping the route

I feel like I need a map to see where I have been in the last week and where i’m going in the next few weeks.

Since last Thursday I have:  made a run up to Belton with Dan for a date night for an awesome concert and BBQ.  We’d never gone to Belton before to Schopef’s for their concerts.  Funny thing was, it ended up being faster than going to downtown Austin for us.  I met Dan near his office and going North on 35 was a breeze!  We were actually early, and got to kill time at an awesome truckstop (yes, there is such a thing).  We got locally made food goodies like pickles and jams and some fabulous silly salt and pepper shakers for my office at work.

For some reason Thursday evening I got to a point where I couldn’t stand any more 😦  Woke up Friday morning with a tinge of pain in my right leg below my leg, which i’d never experienced before.  DOR to be safe.  I had run out of glutamine the week before, started it back up on Friday, maybe a small part of my leg issues.

Saturday morning the tinge was still there.  I was supposed to tackle a challenging 1 way route with AK for part of her marathon training (I was not doing all 18 miles with her).  Instead I hit the gym and did my usual Sunday workout on Saturday.  Not a fan of the Saturday morning crowd, but I had a great workout.

Sunday I decided to try to run.  Ran long with Hill Country Running and a group of fabulous people.  My distance was another route took me away from them and I was solo most of the run, but it was nice.  My leg felt fine and I clocked 8 miles.  I’d set out for 7, but then a cyclist on Parmer shouted “good morning jogger!” as an attempt to be friendly as I was tackling the last portion and the long hill.  Nothing pisses me off more than being called a jogger, so I ran an extra mile.  HUMPF!  So there 😉

Then groceries, made Dan a ton of waffles for his breakfasts, watched Olympics, did weekday prep, wrote my LUNA report, and did some LUNA run planning and other stuff.  Mid-day Dan took me to the gun range where I proved that:  my hands sweat too much, I am getting better, and that I am never wearing a tank top out there again (I didn’t want a farmer’s tan).  I have a nice 9mm shell burn on my right collarbone.  That’s going to look really nice at Saturday’s wedding we are attending.

Later that evening I went back to Hill Country Running to watch the Olympics at their watch party.  It was a small turnout, but nice to hang out with others to watch.  Dan tagged along, which surprised me, but I think he hated it.  They had wings and beer, so we had to go next door to grab something for me to eat.

Things I’ve learned from the Olympics:

  1. If you are awesome, people immediately assume you had help from drugs, even if it’s not true.
  2. I miss volleyball.  Badly.  I haven’t played since a work league about 5 years ago and I am scared to see how bad I probably suck now.
  3. I still want to learn how to swim.  I can stay afloat, but I do not really swim properly or in a organized manner.
  4. I finally did track workout last night with No Excuses group.  I loved it.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching track for a week.  I thought I’d hate it and want to die, I was presently surprised, although, I think I could have tried harder.  Didn’t want to overdo it in the heat on my first time out.  My times were better than I expected, so I am pleased.
  5. I am going to miss the Olympics when they are over, even though I haven’t watched near as much as I’d like.

Hope to catch more Olympics this week, but it’s a hectic one.  LUNA tonight, a handful of things after work every night this week, volunteering at a SPA day at local hospital for LUNA, wedding out of town that evening.  Then Sunday an olympic watch party in downtown Austin at 8 pm.  Then out of town for a whole week for work until 11 pm the following Sunday.  WHEW!