Monthly Archives: January 2011

Not a Great Meal

Our Spring-like weather didn’t last and today was raining and gross out. I was a bit sore from yoga, especially my neck for some reason, and thought about skipping my workout, but ultimately decided to go. There were only two miles on the training plan so it was pretty easy to convince myself to go. I ran the first mile at 6.0mph and the second at 6.2mph. My natural pace is probably more around 5.8mph and I keep telling myself that if I want to get faster, I need to run faster. Running at 6.2mph isn’t easy for me, but it’s not impossible. I just have to keep making myself run at that speed and maybe one day, it will feel like my natural pace.

After the gym, I stopped at Whole Foods and picked up some salmon. Even though WF is out of the way, I wanted to make sure that if I was eating fish, I was making a sustainable choice and I didn’t think I could do that at Kroger. I bought Alaskan Wild Coho salmon and used this recipe minus the onion because I didn’t feel like cutting it up.

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With the salmon, I also made Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash.

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It was a pretty dinner, but I wasn’t really a fan. The salmon had bones in it which I didn’t like. I think that my six months of vegetarianism last year really changed my eating habits. Even though I do eat fish and seafood a little bit now, it just doesn’t taste as good to me anymore. Even sushi, while still good, doesn’t have the same appeal. I didn’t even eat all the salmon. The apples from the squash were good but the actual squash was kind of bland.

Oh well. I tried. Dinner fails are bound to happen, right?

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A Real Southern Accent

When I did The Accent Vlog a couple days ago, a few people commented that I had a Southern accent. I’m from Maryland but have lived in Atlanta for eight and a half years. I generally don’t think I have a Southern accent, but I do hear myself saying certain words with a bit of a drawl on occasion. Jason, on the other hand, definitely has a Southern accent. He grew up in South Carolina.

Okay, that’s enough vlogs for a while. Back to regularly scheduled blogging shortly. Like in an hour after I have dinner shortly.

Spring Weekend

Remember how my street looked like this a couple weeks ago?

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Well, this is what I wore when I went running yesterday.

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It was in the high 60’s all weekend! That’s the great thing about Atlanta. While our winters are short, we get enough cold weather that we really appreciate a warm Spring-like day. It’s not like living in a place where it’s hot all the time. I have no doubt that our winter is not over though. It really doesn’t start to warm up for real until the end of March or beginning of April.

This week was a step-back week on my running schedule. I drove down to midtown to meet Joan and we did about 4 miles around the park. There were so many people out. It was crazy. Really made me miss living intown, but I can always drive there (about 20 minutes) so it’s not that big of a deal.

Tonight, I tried another yoga class with Laura. I’ve only been to Atlanta Hot Yoga a handful of times and I’ve always done the Hot class. I wanted to try another style to see how I liked it. So Laura and I braved the West Coast Super Flow class. Yes braved. It was so hard! The website said it was good for beginners but it seemed pretty advanced to me. I think I might stick with the hot class until I get more comfortable. There were some things that I enjoyed more about this class however. Mostly, that there was music. The hot class is silent.

I need to relax. I went straight to Kroger after yoga and didn’t get home until 9:30. Then I tried to finish a home improvement project. I didn’t finish but really need to decompress before I go to bed.

Favorite Gifts

In the past, whenever I’d make sweet potato fries, I’d make the frozen, pre-cut kind which never turned out quite as good. The reason I did it this way was simple – I didn’t have a sharp knife. Cutting the potato into fry-like shapes was more of a pain than it was worth. So my fries were freezer burned and soggy all the time.

When we got married, one of the things that we registered for was a very sharp knife and I’m so glad that we did. Seriously, having a good knife has made a huge difference in my kitchen.

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Sweet Potato Fries that a non-sweet potato liking husband will like

Serves 2

1 large sweet potato, cut into fry shapes
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp thyme

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut potato into fry-like shapes.

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Coat fries with oil and spices.

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Put fries onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

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Bake for 15 minutes and then flip. Bake for 15 more minutes.

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When we registered for wedding gifts, I went a little crazy in the kitchen department. Our friends and family were generous enough to get us a lot of what was on the registry. Some of which we use, like the knife, and some of which we don’t. I was thinking about the top three things we use the most and came up with this:

1. The knife. Obviously.

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2. Fiestaware in pretty colors. Eating off nice, bright plates makes me happy.

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3. Zojirushi rice cooker. I know that a $150 rice cooker (and this is the smaller size) is a bit ridiculous but I use it all the time. I’m actually using it right now for oatmeal. I also use it for rice, quinoa, lentils, millet, basically anything that has to be cooked in water.

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And what we don’t use?

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You can guess who added that to the registry! We used it once for a party. (In his defense, he also was the one that picked out the knife!)

Do I Have An Accent?

I saw Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point doing a video about her accent and I thought it would be fun to do one too. I’m from Maryland, by the way.

(If you’re reading this in reader, click on my actual blog to see the video.)

Here is the list of words/questions for The Accent Vlog: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped
body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry
groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Do I sound how you thought I would?

Dinner Club: Market at W

Once a month, Jason and I go out to dinner three other couples. Each month, one couple gets to choose the restaurant. It’s a really fun way to try new restaurants and keep up with friends. This month was Erin and Baha’s turn to pick the restaurant.

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Erin knows the GM at Market, so she arranged for our group to enjoy a 5-course dinner! Though it was a bit pricier than I’m used to, we were allowed to bring our own wine, so that cut down on the cost tremendously. We were seated in a small private room.

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Erin had made sure that I would be able to get something that I could eat for each course. I didn’t take many pictures because I sometimes feel like it’s a little awkward in big groups. But I can tell you about the courses!

First up was a piece of tuna sashimi in a ponzu sauce. Then we had a roasted red and golden beet salad with goat cheese. After that, we had a piece of cod and then it was time for the main course. Everyone else had lamb chops and I had ravioli with sauteed spinach, broccoli rabe and roasted cauliflower. Everything was delicious.

I did capture a picture of the dessert.

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The waiter put three dishes of three desserts each on the table. They were chocolate cake, cheesecake with sorbet and banana cake. I dominated the cheesecake.

All in all, a fun dinner with good friends. I am so glad that we started doing this. Jason and my month is in March, so we’ll have to figure out a good place to go.

Blogger Yoga

For three weeks now, Laura, Kristy, Alayna and I have been planning to go to hot yoga and for two of the three weeks, it did not work out. First we all got snowed in, then the studio changed their schedule, but last night we were finally able to make it to the 7:30 Hot Class.

I’ve only been to hot yoga a handful of times. But every time I go, I really like it, specifically how I feel afterward. I don’t really know the different styles of yoga yet, but the one we went to is labeled a hot class and is 90 minutes long. Each pose is done twice. I don’t know if it’s Bikram style or not. I stood behind Laura, which was helpful because I could see what she was doing. I’ve made the mistake of standing in the front of a yoga class before which isn’t that great for a newbie since I don’t know the names of the poses. I really would like to explore different styles of yoga to see which I enjoy the most.

The one problem, or more of an annoyance, with the class is that it’s at an awkward time. It’s at 7:30. I get off work at 5:30, so I basically drive home which takes roughly half an hour and hang out at home for 45-50 minutes. I’m used to eating dinner pretty much as soon as I get home, so I didn’t really know what to do. I channeled my inner Kris Carr and Mama Pea and made myself a glass of green juice.

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This glass contained a yellow apple, several kale leaves, several romaine lettuce leaves, half a cucumber and some broccoli stems. I felt very yogic (is that a word?) drinking it before yoga class. I really need to make juice more often. It’s just a pain to clean the juicer. Especially when you don’t have a garbage disposal or compost bin. I gave some of the pulp to Murphy. He seemed to like it.

I didn’t get home until after 9:30, which meant a really late dinner. Of course, cooking a real dinner was the last thing on my mind. I just wanted to eat! CPK to the rescue. I don’t eat frozen pizza that often, but sometimes it does hit the spot.

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Jason bought me ten classes at this particular studio for my birthday last year and I have been slowly using them up. I have some friends who go to another studio and that studio seems to have more types of classes to choose from. So after I use up my classes, I might try some at that one. I definitely want to continue to practice though. I have notoriously tight hamstrings and I think that it will really help to loosen them up, which in turn will make me a faster runner.