Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I still have to be more carfeful to erase any pencil mark before starting to finish a piece!
On top of all this projects bonanza, I managed to:
- clean up the kitchen
- Fold & put away a load of laundry and start a new wash
- Clean up
- Cook saussage risotto, salad and aple/caramel crumble
I didn't workout but I did pull a muscle in my thigh this will be my excuse of the week end!
I'm really really loving where my house is heading!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Honestly I don't feel racing either I just feel like running long and strong, biking strong and getting better on the mountain bike! I will workout still a lot just not for the same reasons.
So I'm starting to go to yoga once a week, I'll go back to the pool once a week and the rest of my time will be divided between running and biking!
Of course today we didn't go running :( but we did take the kids on a 3M walk in Elfin forest. Also I pulled something in my left quad last week and well it isn't healed yet!
Tomorrow I was hoping to be able to road bike with a friend but her schedule got crazy so maybe I'll try to go mountain biking with the hubster instead or maybe trail running if the weather doesn't cooperate.
My goal being able to run 1:30 on the trails, mountain bike for 1:30 - 2:00 with minimal getting off the bike on hills!
On the house front, my parents are getting in town on monday night so I've beens scrambling to finish some project and well to start some new ones! Friday afternoon I was just so tired that I couldn't focus at work. Instead of starting dumbly at my screen all afternoon I decided to take the afternoon off and just putter around the house. I started a night stand for my parents and read. It was heavenly!
This morning, after baking some berry muffins, I made progress on the little nightstand, made a rounded corner shelf to host the router.
B anchored the shelf to the wall and I was able to fill her up with books. I also decided to remove all the crap in the downstairs bookshelf and put books instead!
Little by little the projects are being done and the house is getting more organized!
I have discovered wood work and I love it!
Now time for some laundry folding and some home cooking.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
- School stuff (when to bring what, library day, school admin stuff, parent teacher conference etc...)
- Home stuff (laundry, cleaning, home projects etc...)
- Money stuff (Bills thank goodness for online billpay, tax, retirement, money management...)
- Admin stuff (citizenship, etc....)
- Training stuff (that's why I have a coach but I still have to manage my time...)
- Work stuff (well I do have a full time job and it fills my head quite nicely )
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I woke up cranky with a headache and that feeling lingered all day. Well along with the fear of an ear infection! I think she sensed that her parents wouldn't be able to cope with one more sickness! Luckily my parents are getting her in a few days so I'm sure we won't have a fever in the next month, but probably promply following their departure! Murphy's law
Monday I could simply not wake up. I managed to motivate to do a bike workout but my legs were so tired that it resulted in one of the most pathetic session in my training history!
The highlight of that evening was watching Serenity once more which was awesome if only the movie could have been shorter! We were in bed at 11:3opm and well 6:30 came only too fast.
Today wasn't as bad as yesterday but the energy level didn't quite reach the required quota to tackle a 6x0.5M interval on the treadmill. Instead I did a strength workout which left me unsatisfied will need to rework that routine.
I'm falling asleep as I'm writing this post so let me wrap it up with a recipe...
To get back on our healthier habit I decided that tonight would be soup night. Today's flavor Potato Leek soup and since I've been craving biscuit I decided to try to make cheesy biscuits. Tada I even have a picture today ;)
- 4 potatoes
- 3 leeks (if you like it more potatoy than leeky replace a leek by a potato)
- bacon (totally optional, it is how I get my husband to tolerate my vegetable soups). I get the thicker kind with the least amount of fat. I was very pleased with today's choice.
- 1 cube or packet of chicken bouillon
- 1 tbsp of butter.
- In a pot, saute de bacon until crispy
- Remove the liquid fat but leave the bits of crispy thingy
- Add the butter and Saute the sliced leek until tender (you can use olive oil instead of butter)
- Add the quatered/peeled potato
- Add the chicken bouillon
- Cover with water
- Let simmer until potatoes are tender
- Puree in a blender
For the biscuits since I haven't found Urban Solace Cheesy biscuit recipe I settled for Red Lobster one courtesy of the "Cooking Photographer".
I was a bit taken aback when I saw that instead of butter the recipe called for vegetable oil.
The result was pretty good not quite as decadent at the one served at either restaurant but quite delicious still.
On this note I will jump into bed fall into a blissful sleep and hope that tomorrow morning will find me more rested! one can hope.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
After me being sick well it was time for MEC to have a bout of fever and thus I worked from home for the 4th Monday in two month!
This past tuesday I had a session with the coach and as usual she killed me. 15 min warmup, followed by 4x100 yards sprints, 6x0.4M sustained work. I didn't realize how tired my legs were until I went for my run the next day!
Today was back to normal in the Coon household, we started the day with a coffee and swimming lessons for the kids. We then came back home and I got ready for my mountain bike ride with someone new I met a while back. I was a bit anxious as it was my first time back on black beauty since my last big big fall!
It was a great ride, I am finally starting to feel a bit more confortable on the bike. I managed not to fall but yet go down some technical slopes and walk some others.
My quads were pretty wasted so well I did walk some hills as well! I did feel a bit like "all the gear and no idea" on my nice full suspension bike while my new riding partner was flying up and down the trails on a donated single speed bike!
Back at home it was B's turn to go out, so after cooking some muffins for the kiddos under MEC's supervision. I managed to sand the bookshelf and apply the last coat of varnish.
We then took the kiddos out to dinner at Harney's sushi in Oceanside. It was delicious....
To finish this beautiful day we are watching the whole nine yard such a good movie.
Tomorrow will be more around the house and a little 90min run....
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
On the bright side I have read and read and read Style your life blogs and was really inspired.
I also bought myself a beautiful pair of 31/2 inch platform from talbot. I did order the size 6 in white and they are so pretty. However they are about a size too big. I was able to find a size 5 in the color I originally wanted yay! Today was crisis at the mall. I don't know what came over me but I decided to wip out the 4" platform, yes I wanna play grown up lately, the pencil skirt and as I've been cold lately a sweater.
Unfortunately it warmed up and so I was left sweating bullets in my sweater. Charming isn't it! So I went shopping in 4" heel! Well I went 20 feet before "running" back to the car and putting on a pair of pants and flats. Yes I can go down a steep steep hill on a mountain bike, run a half marathon but give up after 20 feet in high heels!
Anyways I felt gross, frumpy lumpy and I ended up running into Talbots, Gap, and the Limited without finding anything that I wanted to buy. Finally I decided that Banana Republic will be the place for my makeover! It worked and I even put the skirt and heels back. I laughed when the 31/2 inch shoes felt like slippers. If you missed it the sight you will have to wait another 5 years!
Tomorrow I'm back to my uniform, pants, flats and something cute on top!
OK my book awaits me and so is my pillow