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I saw this on Kristy, Sarah, Christin and Heather’s blogs, so I thought it would be a fun thing to do too. Especially since I had some wine last night and am not exactly feeling chipper or contemplative right now! Ugh.

A. Age: 32. It’s not so bad, really!

B. Bed size: Queen.

C. Chore you hate: Putting away laundry. I don’t know why. I just hate doing it. Also, doing dishes is bad too. I pretty much hate all chores.

D. Dogs:

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E. Essential start to your day: Brushing my teeth. I have to brush them first thing.

F. Favorite color: This changes all the time.

G. Gold or silver: Silver, but I don’t really wear a lot of jewelry aside from my wedding ring. Actually, that’s not true, I wear some funky necklaces and stuff sometimes, but not really like nice jewelry where you’d have to choose silver or gold.

H. Height: 5’7.

I. Instruments you play: None. I am not musically inclined. At all. I played the flute in 4th grade.

J. Job title: Graphic Designer. Although I’ve also deemed myself as the Director of Social Media for my company. That really just gets a big eye roll from everyone!

K. Kids: Ahh, the question that everyone asks me. And the answer I always give – we’ve only been married for 8 months. Not yet!

L. Live: The ATL. Actually, if you want to be technical about it, I live outside of the ATL.

M. Mom’s name: Sheryl

N. Nicknames: Lee is a nickname. And no, it’s not for Lee Ann. Trust me, you’ll never guess.

O. Overnight hospital stays: None, knock on wood.

P. Pet peeve: Rudeness

Q. Quote from a movie: “It’s Friday, you aint got no job and you aint got shit to do!” Okay, this is extremely untrue right now since I do have a job and I do have shit to do, but it is Friday right? And that was the first movie quote that popped into my head.

R. Right or left handed: Left!

S. Siblings: Younger brother and sister – Eric and Emma.

T. Time you wake up: During the week, 7, on weekends, whenever I want, but that usually ends up being 7 too.

U. Underwear: I’ve always liked the Victoria’s Secret cotton ones that are 5 for $25. I’ve always disliked the word panties.

V. Vegetables you dislike: Eggplant, asparagus

W. What makes you run late: Filling these type of things out

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, foot

Y. Yummy food you make: Hopefully you’ve seen it already!

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Elephant?

On Flexibility

I’ve said it before, I’m not flexible. I can’t even touch my toes. It’s something that I work on and hopefully one day will achieve. Or I’ll at least achieve greater flexibility. Aside from being physically inflexible, I’m pretty inflexible mentally.

I’m not a go with the flow type of person. I like routine in my life and when my routine gets interrupted, well, I don’t like that. Tonight’s plan was to go to the gym after work and run 4 miles. I had Jason set the rice cooker so our rice would be done at 8, which would also be when our Vegetable Korma from the new issue of Cooking Light would be ready.

Well, as you can probably guess, my night didn’t go according to plan. When I got in my car after work, I realized that I’d forgotten my gym bag. So I drove home instead. There was traffic and I got home ten minutes later than I normally would have. When I got home, Murphy was rambunctious and in desperate need of a walk. So I took him for a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood.

Then I went to the gym. I like the gym near my office much more than the one near my house. For one, the one near my house is incredibly hot. The cardio machines are upstairs. Don’t they realize that heat rises?

I got on a treadmill after waiting in a line five people deep. I ran for 2 miles and it sucked. I’m not normally a big sweater but I was drenched. The run felt much more difficult than it should have. After 2 miles, I got off my treadmill like a good little time limit rule obeyer and waited in line again, also behind five people. I did the second half of my run and it was also kind of shitty.

When I got home, Jason told me that the rice cooker had never started, so our rice wasn’t ready. Plus, it was already 8 o’clock and I still had to make the Korma.

I started getting all pissy and then I realized that I need to be more flexible. So what if I’m home and cooking dinner an hour later than I’d wanted? So what if the rice wasn’t ready at the time that it was supposed to be? So what if the potatoes in the korma took much longer to cook than the recipe instructed? In the grand scheme of things, these are tiny little details of my day, details that I will forgot by tomorrow, probably.

And the korma was good. It was 9:30 before we ate, but it was good and that’s what’s important. And maybe one day, I’ll be able touch my toes too. Or maybe I won’t. I’m flexible, or at least working on it.

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(recipe from March 2011 issue of Cooking Light)

Ordinary Tuesday in February

I used to have a hard time living in the present. I wouldn’t harp on the past, but instead, I’d constantly be looking forward to something in the future. I don’t think there is anything wrong with looking forward to upcoming events, but I used to almost miss out on life because I was too busy looking forward to the next fun thing.

I think a big part of being able to live in the present is to be satisfied with the ordinary. When I was thinking about something to write tonight, I was sort of struck at how ordinary a day it had been. Just an ordinary Tuesday in February. And then I realized that I was perfectly happy with it being an ordinary Tuesday in February. Sure, I wish it was Friday and sure, I wish it was March or April because I’m sick of the winter but all the ordinary moments are what makes up my life, for the most part, so I’m pretty lucky that I can enjoy them.

So what’s an ordinary day for me?

I get up and get ready for work. I have to be there at 8:30 so I leave at 8:10. I usually work until about 12:30 and then I leave for an hour. I like to get out of the building. Sometimes I go to the gym, but today I did errands. Specifically, I got my eyebrows waxed and picked up some paint testers. After trying six different colors of green on the wall, we finally have settled on one. It’s the second from the right, although it may look different on your screen.

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After I get off work at 5:30, I usually go to the gym if I haven’t at lunch. Today I ran an easy 3 miles at 5.7mph. I wanted to run slowly since I have a 5 mile tempo run on tap for tomorrow.

After the gym, I come home, shower and make dinner. Dinner wasn’t anything special either. Just a stir-fry with a side of quinoa. I used pre-cut Asian vegetables from Trader Joe’s and made a sauce out of 1/2 cup veggie broth, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil and 1 tsp cornstarch.

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After dinner, I hang out with my guys – Jason and Murphy. Just an ordinary day in February and I wouldn’t have it any differently.

Oh, and it’s my 3 year blog anniversary! Can you believe that I’ve been blogging at In My Tummy for 3 years?! I guess I have a lot to say.

Valentine’s Day in Photos

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Off to spend time with my Valentine.