Daily Archives: January 27, 2013

Snow trotting

It was a balmy 30 F when I got up this  morning, a great day for a run! And then it started raining…and then snowing…and it was still a great day for a run! I haven’t really run in the snow in so long (like blaze your own through 3-4 feet inches the whole way) and I’d totally forgotten what a good workout it is! Thinking about it, of course it makes sense that high-knees + poor stability + two-steps-forward-and-slide-one-step-back = hard work. Fun hard work though.

1/27/13 work out

4.23 miles

38 min

32 F, 10 mph wind, snowing w/3-4 inches of snow already on the ground

It wasn’t an easy run, but it was fun. My muscles, heart and lungs were all working hard. Now this is obviously a very good thing, but I currently have deranged ambitious goal for tomorrow morning. I’d like to get in a 14 miler before work. I feel that about one month out from the Kili marathon I need to remind myself that my legs can indeed turn over that many times without totally giving up on me and also remind my legs that very soon they will be ordered to do just under twice that distance in all sorts of horrific unknown conditions. Tomorrow is supposed to be warm (think 30’s F), there should be no more snow falling and the streets should be plowed by 6 am. What better day to get out there and do it?


I’m sorry, aside from the beautiful hat (which was really the whole point of it anyway) this is a really useless photo.

Threads:  Mizuno running pants, Champion tank top from ages ago, Chicago super cute and comfy Marathon participants t-shirt, another long-sleeved race shirt,  Novara Conversion Bike Jacket – Women’s (with sleeves…these were a life saver today) mittens, shorty running socks and my fantastic RF (I’m so sorry that you couldn’t be out playing today, my love) hat.

I was a little worried about not wearing compression today, but I felt just fine!

Treads: trusty Mizuno Wave Creation 11 (I think this might be the beginning of the end for these guys)

Keep your fingers crossed for a successful start to tomorrow!

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House Spicy Fish and awesome salad dressing (no, not together…)

What are the best parts about coming into work on a Sunday?

  1. The peace and quite that apparently does exist in the absence of undergraduates
  2. The Tea House Spicy Fishwpid-2013-01-27-13.34.42.jpg

I’m afraid this picture really isn’t doing it justice, but this dish is amazing!

It also means that dinner has to be in a slightly different vein:


All is definitely not lost though. This little enormous guy is covered with a homemade dressing that is totally second to none. Dr. Annebelle taught me how to make it when I lived with her and it’s been my go-to ever since. The batch I made today was particularly super-special though. I used the homemade (is this the right way to describe this?) honey from Andi’s dad’s bees! Now this stuff is great by itself, and I almost felt like using it for the dressing would be kind of wasting it, you know, but O.M.G. It’s fantastic!

In short, and very inaccurate, here is the dressing recipe:

Dr. Annebelle’s Dressing

  1. 2 part mustard
  2. 2 part honey
  3. 1 part olive oil
  4. 1 part balsamic vinegar
  5. Combine 1-4 in a well sealed container (unless you enjoy cleaning your kitchen) and shake like mad.
  6. Taste and add more of any/all items 1-4 until you’re satisfied (or need a larger container)
  7. Enjoy!


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I found them!

I went to grab my apartment keys as I charged out the door to a birthday dinner last night and found myself with absolutely no idea where I had put the damn things! Ok, I have done things like this more times than I’m ever going to admit on here a few times before. I just needed to take a step back and walk through my actions since I last know I had them.


I took the ring w/my apartment keys off of my main key chain so I could easily put them in my pocket for my run. I did get back inside my place afterward so the HAD to be in here somewhere. This is good. Now what did I do when I got home? I put the keys down on my desk, checked my phone, saw that I missed a call from Dr. Annebelle & called her back while I rolled out my legs. N.B.D.


WRONG! Unfortunately…well, fortunately in the bigger picture of life, but not so great for the current state of my dumb ass…we had a rather exciting conversation that promptly consumed all of my currently functional brain cells, leaving zero to use for key/key chain logistics (or showering in a timely matter…but never mind). As of setting that precious ring down on my desk I had no idea what else I’d done with it. Boooooo!!! My ride to dinner was waiting and I needed to go!

Lucky for me, I had anticipated this kind of booboo (and can-opener emergencies, but we can leave that for another day) and gave my friend/neighbor Samia a spare key! The problem was temporarily solved and I could move on with my night. Off to the birthday party!

To make a long story short, I crashed at a friend’s place at the end of the night. Upon getting up this morning and ready to come in to work for a bit, I fished my work wallet/keys out of my purse to make sure that my bus pass and access card were where they were supposed to be. They were, no problem.


You got it!


I have no idea why they decided to string themselves onto the wrong key chain! Seriously, they must have been feeling particularly stupid yesterday as the key chains look absolutely nothing alike. At least the little trouble makers are back and I can return the emergency key to Samia for the next such debacle.

Left: work wallet/keys with 3 idiot stowaway apartment keys. Right: the stowaways' rightful home.

Left: work wallet/keys with 3 idiot stowaway apartment keys.
Right: the stowaways’ rightful home.

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