Christmas Eve dinner from Front Range BBQ
Christmas Eve dinner from Front Range BBQ
I Googled “spilled salt in spacebar” and this is what it came up with
Halomancy: derived from the Greek halo (‘salt’) and manteia (‘divination’), this is a method of divination by interpreting random patterns formed by the sprinkling of salt, usually over a flat surface, such as a table.
(or, you know, a MacBook keyboard…)
This weekend I:
drove up to Summit County for work, drove back down the mountain, did another small event downtown, ran 3 miles outside, did some lazy elliptical, made mini Kir Royales, sold a lot of spirits, did some damage at the J. Crew outlet and Banana Republic 40% off sale, had delicious homemade cocktails with friends, went to the Boulder Tea House with Mom and Dad, bought many Christmas presents at , and, finally, had a mini Matt Damon marathon (Good Will Hunting + Syriana — oh so good)
Oh, and finally, this
I’d like to start by saying: Immaculate Baking Co., I love you.
Why? Well, it’s like this. I’m not really the greatest baker. True, I love it, and I keep trying, but I have a little too much of a creative streak and a not enough appreciation for precise measurements to succeed everytime. I’ve improved vastly, but, you know. It still happens that I bake an entire batch of awful, and it’s usually when I’m stressed out.
Ideally, like in the old days, I would take an entire day off and do nothing but bake Christmas cookies. However, this has not been possible within the past few years (to be honest, I can only remember a few times when it was ever possible), and I end up trying to bake six dozen cookies from scratch after I get home from work. Just, nightmare. These people who have kids and fulltime jobs and bake everything from scratch and blog about it with professional-looking pictures? I just can’t even. How?
Anyway, I was faced with this situation the other night when I stumbled into my favorite store that I probably talk about way too much so won’t mention and, while stocking up on Earth Balance (a holdout from my vegan baking days), I discovered these. On sale.
I’m not even sorry to admit that I caved.
I’m sorry for whoever lost their kite, but it looked pretty neat up there.
Lunch was this delicious salad from Whole Foods. I’m obsessed (and, seriously, I mean obsessed. It’s my happy place) with the Whole Foods salad bar on Pearl St. in Boulder. They always have the best dressings, and banh mi chicken, and several types of tofu, and…I could go on.
This was a new dressing (or at least one I’ve never tried before) and I’m pretty sure it was something like this. And look at those beautiful pomegranate seeds! They sure know how to make a girl happy.
Yogi teas are my lifeblood. I’ve been hooked on Detox lately.
I decided today that I’m going to set a goal of not doing anything that’s bad for me. Now, that may sound severe and unattainable, but really, it’s not, if you think about it — because what’s really bad for you? Overindulging, putting chemicals in your body, not moving enough — of course, those we all know and remind ourselves of constantly. But what about…beating yourself up mentally? Overcommitting yourself? Dating someone you know is wrong for you? Allowing negative thinking to take over? Not taking enough naps? Not taking enough vacations?? Not eating enough chocolate!?!?
I’m very much looking forward to this.
Aaaand…my cat is snoring.
So I’ve decided to do the Boulder Half Marathon.. I put together a training plan on Runner’s World this morning, and it seemed too easy. Is that possible? Am I fooling myself? I am the queen of putting in too many miles and burning myself out (I hardly trained at all for the SLC Half Marathon I did a few years ago, finished in under 2 hours, and then proceeded to stay in bed for two days and not run for months afterwards). It’s been a long, frustrating process getting back into running after taking a two-year hiatus, and I don’t want to burn myself out and mess that up. I think training for 18 weeks is very practical. I’d like to finish with a decent time (around 2 hours), while not feeling like crap afterwards.
Wash Park was lonely and the trail was snow and ice-packed this afternoon, but running wasn’t awful. It reminded me of being in the Tetons, doing crazy things (like hiking to the top of Mt. Glory at 5am) in the snow that I might never do again (but, then again, who knows?). Running in it is as crazy as it gets these days.
I decided to add a mile on to the normal loop, so I ventured into the adjacent neighborhood, relieved to run on dry, flat sidewalks. Losing focus on what I was doing, I started to think and worry about all the usual topics — work, finances, the future, whether I’ll ever meet Mr. Scotchandpopcorn, etc., etc., and as I was lost in these thoughts, I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and fell flat on my face.
Focus is the word of the day, folks.
I’m so glad I didn’t get hurt (just skinned my knees and my hand, plus I’m feeling a little sore tonight). Last month I ended up in the emergency room and got a spider bite on my eyelid, so I’m all set with injuries, thanks!
After my run I went to Whole Foods and went on a vitamin spree. I’m a huge fan of Gaia Herbs, so I’m really excited about this . Their Stress Response is fantastic. As much as I am a hippie (on the inside), I’m always skeptical about the effectiveness of herbs and am usually pleasantly surprised when they work. Why is it still so easy to believe in Western medicine, even when when I know better, while remaining so skeptical about the alternative?
In other news, I feel like it’s January already. Changes are afoot. It’s a good feeling!
Holiday madness. Stress. Need vacation.
Okay, no time for vacation. Need soup.
Lazy Potato and Black-Eye Pea Soup
2 tbs butter
2 lbs small baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
7 celery ribs, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
3 or 4 carrots, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 large red onion, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 8-oz can Black Eye Peas, drained and thoroughly rinsed
Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup good english cheddar cheese, made into bits
Pinch of rosemary
Ground black pepper.
In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter. Combine the carrots, celery, garlic and onions and sweat on low temperature with lid on for 1 hour (This is where the laziness comes in. You must read a magazine or take a nap during this time; no multi-tasking allowed. It will ruin the flavor) or until carrots are becoming soft. Add 5 cups water and 2 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Base. Bring to boil, add potatoes and rosemary, reduce heat to med-high and cook until potatoes are done (about 20 mins). Mash with hand-held potato masher until vegetable bits are roughly the size of beans (no blenders — you don’t want it smooth.) Add beans, sour cream, and cheese and heat until all ingredients are heated thoroughly/melted (not very long).
Eat with nice toasty chunk of sourdough or pumpernickel bread.
Notice I don’t mention the pies I made for Thanksgiving…they were a slight disaster, which I blame wholly on the scourge that is spiked Silk Nog. I cannot (successfully) bake and drink simultaneously.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
Monday morning is almost over and I’m sitting at my table contemplating my next move. It’s cold, that sort of snappy, ice-crystal-air, glasslike cold you only get in dry, high places like Denver. I might take a hot shower. I might go to the gym. I might go back to bed.
I’m starting this blog partially as a result of filling out this last night, which came about as a result of my lusting after a new pair of running pants. I have some pretty lofty goals for the next ten years (the least of which involve getting new running pants) and I want to be able to track my own progress. I want to be able to share it.