We are TOTALLY experiencing technical difficulties!!!! Bear with us…
When I saw the forecast at the beginning of this week I got a little bit giddy. Mid 70’s all week long! This seemed to be the perfect week to ride, not drive. I tried to avoid driving the car as much as I possibly could. So we walked to and from school every day (except after the Great Tick Extraction of 2012…). Lincoln and I rode my bike all over town–the library, the bank, the grocery store (despite the 50 mph wind gusts on Monday) and this morning just around for fun. Ryan even joined in and rode to and from work yesterday.
It feels so good to be outside enjoying the weather, feeling the sun and getting exercise (as well as doing our part to be green AND saving money!)
I’d love to take a long family ride tomorrow, but I have yet to convince everyone. We’ll see!!
I should have known when my dog woke me up at 3:30 this morning for the sole purpose of breathing loudly on my face that today was going to be rough.
At 5:30 am the t.v. in our workout room was having issues so I had to switch up my workout plan. It’s okay, I can adapt. Keep breathing…
After my 30 minutes on the elliptical (instead of the bike), I sat on the couch in the quiet of the morning to answer e-mails. Then the kids descended upon me (like, literally UPON me) and next thing I knew, everything I had just typed had vanished. Keep breathing…
The breakfast I made fell flat. Oh, it was edible, maybe even tasty, but they were supposed to be puffy little muffin things and they looked more like hockey pucks. Keep breathing…
Right as we were about to leave to walk to school, Audrey told me she felt a weird bump on her head. Further investigation revealed a TICK, most certainly acquired last Saturday on our hike. Breathing got somewhat erratic at this point.
I called the school to explain why she would be late, then took the other two kids to school because (as far as we know) they are tick-free. Home again to attempt minor surgery on the back of Audrey’s head. We finally got that taken care of and rushed Audrey to school (late) and Lincoln to preschool (late.) Breathing,breathing…
At some point in the hectic morning, I realized that parts of the centerpieces I had made for a school luncheon tomorrow were all missing, so I quickly had to make some more. Struggling for breath…
By now I was feeling a bit frazzled. I was behind schedule; the house was a mess; things were not great. But I headed out to the gym anyway to get in my weekly swim. My goal had been to go at least a mile, but with the unexpected tick removal, my plan was going to have to change. The gym was packed. I had forgotten that it is Spring Break for everyone except my kids. All the swim lanes were full, so I got to share.
With Michael Phelps.
Or at least his cousin. That guy was flying. And every time we passed each other, I would get water up my nose. Just keep breathing…oh wait, I can’t–there is water up my nose!!!
To complete the morning I ended up getting kicked out of the pool early anyway because of some lifeguard training class. Like lifeguards really need to be trained. So I only got in a half mile.
Things have calmed down a bit now. The house is cleaner. I got lunch.
And a few Coconut Lime cookies. I have bread dough rising. But the insanity will start again when the kids get home from school in about an hour.
Maybe I will have a family yoga session. So we can all just relax and focus on our breathing.
I love to pack a few wholesome, homemade cookies in my kids’ lunch boxes every day. It’s nice to have a sweet treat halfway through a long day at school–and when I make that sweet treat, I know exactly what is going in their mouths! This recipe is loosely based on one I found on Pinterest– from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Although, if you know me at all, you know I can’t leave well enough alone. I have altered the original recipe quite a bit to make it, well, healthier of course–and I added a lot of coconut, because it is yummy!! These almost have the texture of macaroons. Lots of coconut and a hint of lime? Bring on the summer!!
Coconut Lime cookies
2 cups white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 TBSP lime juice
3 cups toasted coconut
sugar for rolling cookies
1. Spread coconut out on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes to lightly toast it. Leave oven on!
2. Mix all ingredients together.
3. Roll dough into small balls and roll balls in sugar.
4. Place on sprayed cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool and eat!
FIT kid rating: 4 out of 4 thumbs up! “I could live off of these until I got sick of them!”
It seems that spring is officially here. I hesitate to say that out loud because the moment I do we will have a nice, big snowstorm, but we can hope. I love the spring! We have been spending so much time outside enjoying the weather! So it seems like a good time to talk about sunscreen!
I am a little obsessed with sun protection. Two years ago I had a large section of my scalp removed due to skin cancer. I won’t go into the gory details because I would hate for you to lose your lunch (remember–I’m not a big advocate of bulimia.) I will say the surgery was horrific (I was AWAKE), the recovery was painful and my unintended face lift left me unrecognizably swollen for a week. Beyond that I am now sporting a lovely bald spot right on the top of my head! If you really want I’ll have Ryan take a picture tonight and post it tomorrow…
So what can I say? Hats, people! Sunscreen!! There is NO SUCH THING as a “safe base tan.” Don’t go there! Cover yourselves and for heaven’s sake COVER YOUR KIDS!!!! Be outside; enjoy the spring, but don’t risk your life! :)
FIT tip: Keep a small basket with face sunscreen sticks, spray-on sunscreen and regular sunscreen right by the door you usually leave your house from. Makes it quick and easy to remember and apply!
This week I’m on a non-spending spree, so it’s been a time of great creativity in the kitchen! Tonight I created something we shall call
Lasagna On Top
3 links mild reduced-fat Italian sausage
6 large mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
2 cans tomato sauce (8 oz. ea)
2 tsp. basil
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
Remove sausage from casings (I know–GROSS!) and cook thoroughly. Add onion, sliced mushrooms, garlic and spinach and saute with sausage. (If you need to add olive oil, you can.) Add sauce and spices and let simmer. Serve with whole wheat noodles. (I actually served mine over broiled cabbage to avoid carb overload–sounds kind of sketchy, I know, but this sauce makes everything taste good!)
FIT kid rating: 3 1/2 out of 4 thumbs up. It looks a little funny, but it was yummy!!
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and escape the madness of being home with my kids for TWO WEEKS STRAIGHT NOW), I went on my first real ride of the season this afternoon. Not pretty. It is crazy to me that I work out all winter long and I still sort of have to start over in the spring. I did just over 10 miles in 47 minutes. That is not good. Last September I was doing 12 miles in 40 minutes. It still felt good, though!!