Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Thursday’s workout:  6 mile run, 52 minutes (boo-yah, shaved one minute off my last 6 miler).  I took Wednesday off so I figured my legs would feel great, but they were still pretty sore from the huge huge huge amount of weight I was squatting during body pump Tuesday.  At least that’s what I think.


The school I teach at is in a Spanish populated area, so of course there are about one million Mexican/ Spanish/ I don’t know if I’m not being PC right now restaurants.  The one right by the highway used to be called Mi Hacienda (I think), but I guess ownership changed hands and this is now the restaurant is called:

la carreta

First off, I looked up la carreta and I think it means “The Cart” or something similar.   I was thinking it meant something like “The carnage” or  “Dead cows” or something. 


I’m pretty sure I’d never eat there just because of the dripping blood letters.

Not including the fact that it looks scary and is right by the highway.

Yesterday at school, someone made this dangerous looking snack mix and put it in the ‘beach’ aka the place where we eat lunch and talk about people (someone painted the room to look like a beach, but it’s not really a place where I’m going to be drinking daiquiris in my bathing suit). 

candy corn mix

For once in my life I got lucky with my lunch time (an incredibly early 11:30) and there was still SO MUCH LEFT FOR ME TO EAT.

People talk about some sort of candy corn/ peanut mix, but sweet baby cheeses, this stuff has that beat times one million.

So many of my favorite things in one treat- candy corn, reeses pieces, peanuts, popcorn…all drizzled in white chocolate. 

Dear God whoever came up with this is up there with Einstein.  Those little patches where a reeses was stuck to a candy corn with a piece of popcorn and a lot of chocolate made me happier than they really should have.

And I ate more than my fair share, but considering I used to have a late lunch and never got the good stuff, I don’t feel so bad. 

That was the most exciting part to my Thursday… sad?

Also, this week the fave and I celebrated our anni with a low key dinner and some of my favorite wine.  I looked like a zombie (plus I’m not a picture taking blogger) so there aren’t any pictures, but here’s one from FOUR years ago (minus a few months, blah)…

DSCN1612 So young looking and carefree.  He had no idea what he was getting into…


Would you ever eat at La Carreta?

How do you celebrate anniversaries?  We just decided that “buying a new couch” was the gift for each other.  Is that how it works when you get older? boo.


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Fall TV!

Tuesday’s workout: 2 mile run, 17 minutes; early morning body pump class

When I woke up yesterday I was UP!  And then I got to the gym and ran for 17 minutes and I was soooooooooo tired.   And therefore body pump became h.a.r.d.  It felt great to get my workout done by 7am though, so that’s a plus!


So the other day when I was at the gym I watched the series premier of Nashville on ABC.  Connie Britton is an aging country music singer trying to keep her stardom in a young Hayden Panettiere world.   So far it’s a great show with great music- but I love country music so of course I’m going to have no complaints.  The two girls that play Connie Britton’s daughters are sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella.  This is them below- they have such pretty voices for young girls. 

Nashville airs today at 10 on ABC.

Another show I’ve recently mentioned that I like is Chicago Fire.  Sure they go save people and buildings and cats from fires… but they’re not too terrible to look at either.

Plus Steve from Sex and the City is in it… and he’s always cute.  Chicago Fire premiers today at 10 on NBC. 

Also, my other new show that I’m loving is The New Normal.  A gay couple is having a baby through a surrogate, but her family doesn’t necessarily approve.   The jokes are kind of Modern Family-ish, plus Nene from RHOA is on it, and she’s always a character.

This has already started, and it’s on Tuesdays at 9:30 on NBC.


And of course there are the oldies but goodies- Parenthood, Dexter, Homeland, Modern Family and The Office.  Sooooo yes, I watch too much TV.  Luckily most of it is on the treadmill at the gym… so that kind of counteracts all the negative things TV brings to life, right?


Am I missing anything good??

I have the first episode of Vegas on my kindle for my next treadmill run, but I have no clue what it’s about.  It was free…and I like free stuff. 

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Garlic Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Monday’s workout:  6 mile run, 53 minutes…. extremely similar to Sunday’s run, except I watched Chicago Fire instead of Nashville and I love it.  I don’t think it comes on TV until Oct 10, so set your DVRs.  Or watch it off of Amazon for free… either one. 

I wasn’t feeling this run, but I kept telling myself I’d feel so much better when I finished, and it helped.  I topped off the day with some abs, which I’ve been neglecting lately, and headed home to finally make those enchiladas from Saturday.

I got this recipe off of Feed Me Seymour, and I didn’t change much.  It’s really easy (obviously what I need on a Monday), and it tastes almost like real Mexican restaurant enchiladas… minus 17 lbs of cheese and oil that make Mexican restaurant enchiladas taste amazing.

Garlic Lime Chicken Enchiladas

  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 thinly sliced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tsp tomato paste
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cups of rice, cooked
  • 2 cans of enchilada sauce (recipe calls for 1, but those little cans never seem to give you much)
  • olive oil
  • 6 tortillas (I love Tumeros- they’re only 50 calories and taste awesome)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 4 tsp chopped cilantro

++Preheat oven to 375*++

1.  Saute onion in olive oil over medium high heat until slightly soft.  Add garlic and saute for about a minute.

2.  Next, add lime juice, cayenne pepper, and tomato paste.  Stir to combine.

3.  Remove from heat and add chicken and rice and half the cilantro.  Mix well.

4.  On clean surface, assemble tortillas.  Put about 2 tbs of filling into the middle and wrap tightly.  Place in greased baking dish, seam-side down. 

5.  Pour enchilada sauce over tortillas, making sure they are evenly covered.  Add cheese and top with the rest of the cilantro.   Heat in oven for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted. 

(Not my picture.)

I have to say that these are super filling.  I had 2 and seriously could barely finish them (of course I did though, not letting melted cheese go to waste).


How much do you love enchiladas on a scale of 1-10?  Or just make that Mexican food?

How do you get through hard workouts? 

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It’s already Monday?

Sunday’s workout:  6 mile run, 53 minutes.  Nothing special about this run, although I did get to watch the pilot of Nashville on my Kindle…and I really like it.  It kept me entertained for 42 minutes and included good music and slutty Hayden Panettiere and romance and politics.  What more does a show need?

1.  I ended last week with 27 miles.  Not amazing, but not terrible considering I didn’t run for 3 days.  I only made it to one body pump class and I felt weaker than ever.   Goal for this week- at least 25 miles and 2 body pumps. 

2.  The fave and  I finally watched the season premiers of Homeland and Dexter this weekend.  Holy sweet heaven…Dexter was sooooo good.  My hands were sweaty the entire show and I’m pretty sure I drank a bottle of wine in the hour. 

(I’m blaming my nerves for the wine.   I’m actually getting nervous just thinking about it right now…might be time for another glass.)

3.  Derby found a new plaything this weekend. 

A tampon. 

Don’t worry, it’s unused.


When I came home Saturday a chewed up tampon wrapper was in the middle of the room (tampon still inside).  I used to throw her mouse to her and say, “Go get that dirty ol’ mouse, Derby”, so I guess I’ll have to change it to “Go get that dirty ol’ tampon, Derby”…although it has kind of a gross ring to it. 

Luckily, she’s getting exercise while trying to capture the dirty ol’ tampon, so whatever.  If she loses weight by chasing a tampon around the apartment, then so be it. 

4.  I had grand plans to make delicious chicken enchiladas Saturday night for dinner.  The fave requested ‘some sort of bean dip’ first, so I made my healthy take on 7 layer dip- beans, taco mix, greek yogurt, salsa, veggies, and cheese.

And then that became dinner. 

Bean dip and chips.


Healthy eating at it’s finest around here.

5.  Fall is currently residing in Richmond.  Yesterday it was like 55 degrees and cloudy and rainy.   What happened to the awesome fall weather, like 60’s and crisp and sunny? 

I’m hoping the dreary weather heads on out soon, because indoor recess is not exactly something that gets me excited.

6.  Congrats to my friend Robin for running the Chicago Marathon this weekend!  You inspired me to drag my a$$ to the gym for 53 minutes.  Thank you.


Bean dip for dinner- yes or no?

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Cramp Cures

Tuesday’s workout:  Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 4 mile run.  Holy moly it was awful.  I had to stop and visit the little girls room more than twice.  And my stomach cramps are still keeping me from enjoying Gallery Girls right now (that, and the fact that Gallery Girls sucks).


Monday night I had a horrible night of sleep.  I usually am not crampy each month (if you get my drift, ladies), but holy sh++ I am really uncomfortable right now.  Thank goodness I have a working heating pad, because that is the only thing that is saving me from cutting out my lady parts.

Because I didn’t feel good, last night I ran to Kroger for one thing, but came out with these gems.

white chocolate m&ms vino
Dear sweet Jesus, those white chocolate M&Ms taste heavenly.  So good.  I think it shows that I have self control by not inhaling the entire bag in one sitting.  Although if they are still here by Thursday, I’ll be shocked.

The wine…well, it was cheap.  And I don’t know if it was good because I got distracted by a box of Honeycombs instead.  But I’m saving it for another crampy day.

And then I spent 3 hours on the couch grading papers and watching smut on the telly with my heating pad, soooo it was a good night.

Have you ever had those M&Ms before?  Are you a white chocolate fan?

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Chicken and Cous Cous Skillet

Monday’s workout:  5 mile run- 43 minutes, 15 minutes on the bike

Mondays seem to suck lately.  My workouts are always just ‘get through it’ workouts, and I never feel great.  The last few Mondays I had terrible headaches, and today my stomach was not being my friend at all.  At.all.  So, I barely made it through 5 miles before sitting on the bike and then heading home. 

It must have been a long time since my last ‘long’ run because boy my legs hurt Sunday night.  They were really sore all night.  I felt like I wasn’t sleeping well because of it, but that just means I got a good workout Sunday, right? 

Anyway, I have a new, super easy recipe to share.  It’s not a crock pot recipe, but it requires only one pan (and way less work if you buy the precooked chicken from the grocery).

Chicken and Cous Cous Skillet (adapted from here)

  • rotisserie chicken, cubed  1 pkg of chicken thighs, cooked and cubed
  • olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/3 cups Israeli Couscous 1 box Mediterranean coucous
  • 2 cups chicken broth

1.  Add olive oil to pan and cook chicken over medium high heat.  Remove and dice.  Keep warm

2.  Add onion, carrots, celery to skillet and season with salt and pepper.  Saute for 5-10 minutes, until caramelized.

3.  Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add couscous and broth (don’t add couscous seasoning from box), stir to combine, then cover and reduce heat to low.  Simmer 8-10 minutes until broth is absorbed and couscous is cooked through.   Veggies will still be crunchy.

4.  Add chicken and stir through.  Serve!

couscous and chicken

Not the best picture, but this was delicious.  The vegetables were still crunchy and chicken thighs are waaaaaaay better than plain ol’ chicken breasts.  Plus, it was easy to make and it didn’t take long!


Do you ever have couscous dishes?  It’s like rice, but better!  I tried to explain this to the check out kid but he had zero clue as to what I was talking about….


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Things Going On

Sunday’s workout:  10 mile run!!!!! plus abs

I was feeling a long run yesterday… I’ve kind of been craving them lately.  Weird, right?  Plus, it was absolutely amazing outside, and I couldn’t pass up an outside run.  So, I did 4 outside before heading to the gym with the fave where I finished up with 6 more.  It took a little less than an hour and  a half I think, and I felt good and strong and better than I have in a long time.


1.  Last week I was tired.  Really, really tired.  So I didn’t blog much.  Six year olds are energetic and they make me exhausted. 

2.  Last week, even though I woke up at 4am for no reason a couple of mornings, I made it to body pump twice and ran 25 miles for the week.  Not great, but it works.

3.  This weekend I forced my favorite person in the whole world to go apple picking with me. 

And that is how I know he actually loves me.


It wasn’t the prettiest day ever, but we had fun… me picking apples, him following behind, holding my loot.  blossomsapplesmountain1 And then I bought 11 lbs of apples.  And an apple pie, which was (all gone) delicious, btw.

4.  We watched Arbitrage with Richard Gere on Saturday night.

For once, I didn’t fall asleep while watching a movie the fave picked.  It was pretty good, buuuuuuuuuuuuut then it just ended.   And I want to know what happened next!

5.  I spilled red wine on white carpet (and cream couch), again.  Luckily, it was not someone else’s mom’s white carpet, it was ours.  Also luckily, it came out with a little Resolve and everyone still liked each other. 

6.  Homeland and Dexter are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


But please don’t tell me what happened… I didn’t watch them last night.  The Eagles game took over the TV instead.

7.  I believe the two 1000mg tablets of vitamin C I took each day saved me from both colds and pink eye this past week. 


That’s all I’ve got.

Hopefully this whole “waking up in the dead of night for an hour” nonsense will be done with this week. 

Do you like picking apples?  Making apple treats?

Were Dexter and Homeland amazing last night????


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