Archive | February, 2011

How to Have the Perfect Hangover Day

27 Feb

Start with a bagel with WisPride cheddar spread & a cup (or two) of coffee.

Move on to fountain Diet Coke, preferably in a clear plastic cup (bonus points for crushed ice).

Lunch at Chilis: tortilla chips & salsa, bacon ranch chicken quesadilla, and more fountain diet coke.  (This can be counter productive when the restaurant is full of screaming toddlers, and you can’t stop laughing so hard you cry at things that aren’t even that funny).

800 mg of ibuprofen.  Washed down with more fountain Diet Coke.

Love Actually, on the couch, under a down comforter, with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Scheduled for later this evening:

Leftover quesadillas (along with the tortilla chips I threw in the second to go box at Chilis, much to J’s horror) and the Oscars, where I will continue to drool over Colin Firth.  And maybe a cupcake.

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Race #1: The Old Fashioned Flat 5K in Foxboro

20 Feb

For my first race of 2011, I recruited two very reluctant running buddies: one of the Street Girls and my BFF.  I’ve run quite a few races with both of them, but they were reluctant because it was freezing.  Twenty degrees with a bitter wind.  Worse than freezing, really.  I successfully bribed both of them, though, and we were all freezing together at the start today at 11am.

I don’t know what made this race Old Fashioned, but there were a lot more people than I expected.  About 250 for the 5K, but there was also a 10 miler with more than 500 entrants.  We started at different spots, and the 5Kers had to wait for the 10 milers to get moving before we were off.  The wait was excruciating.  Much to my friends’ embarrassment, I’m still wearing the VFFs, and they are really not good for cold weather runs.  I wasn’t 100% sure I’d still have all my toes when I finished running.  They warmed up about 1/2 mile in, but then I got that fun “oh my God, my toes are on fire!” feeling before they evened out.

The race itself was good, not too crowded, not too hilly (but not exactly “flat”), and, once I started moving, I was good to go.  At one point, I passed two women, and when I got ahead of them, I heard one say “Oh, look, she’s barefoot!” and then they started talking about barefoot running.  I always think its funny that people assume I can’t hear them talking about me when I have my headphones in.  At least they were nice!

We all finished the race around the same time, though not together.  My official time was 29:59 – got right in there for sub 30!  Certainly not my best race, but this was the first time I’ve run outside for 3 miles in months, so I’ll take it.  We passed on the “free hot entrée” and went for a beer and a burger, so all was right with the world.  And I still have all my toes!

PS: I just signed up for Athlinks, a site that pulls in all your results from your races into one place.  It seems pretty cool so far.  A little depressing to watch myself get slower, but fun anyways!

Cupcakes!

17 Feb

I had a whole blog in my head about Valentine’s Day pros and cons, but kind of forgot to finish it.  Instead, I’ll just tell you about the cupcakes I made.

We had a Valentine’s Day sweet exchange at BAC last week.  I was led to believe this was a contest and I could win a prize.  Since I won the last bake-off (two years ago), I felt like I needed to hold on to my crown, so I turned up the heat on my competition, and looked to my new favorite cupcake site for inspiration.

If you haven’t been to bake it in a cake, you should go now.  I made the cupcakes with mini pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving, and they were a big hit.  So, for Valentine’s Day, I made Red Velvet cupcakes with mini chocolate pies baked inside, topped with cream cheese buttercream.  They sound hard, look awesome, and taste great.  They’re not that hard, just time consuming.  Here is the photographic evidence:

This is my favorite kitchen appliance, the reason I got married (kidding).  J’s fryer is in the background.  It doesn’t belong there, but its been there for 2 weeks.

Here are 1/2 of the cupcakes, with the pies dropped in.  They just need to be topped with more cupcake batter and baked.  I am not a neat baker.

Here is the finished product!  I ran out of red food coloring, so they’re more like pink velvet cupcakes.

And here is J enjoying the final product.  I think he’s had at least 5 of them.

 

So, after all this work (and a batch of peanut butter bars), I had to drag 48 cupcakes into work, on the train, with a bad arm from bowling (don’t ask).  I put them in the fridge, and then lovingly placed them on the table with the other sweets, anxious for the judging and voting to begin.  Then I realized no one was voting, they were just eating.  So I read the little sign above the heart shaped entry forms and was horrified.

There was no bake-off.

There was a prize, but it was done as a simple drawing, nothing as recognition for slaving away for hours in the kitchen.  Did I mention my bowling arm?  And the fact I spent an hour at the gym with nothing to eat but toast & batter?  For nothing.  Sure, maybe my cupcake made someone’s day a little nicer, but if there was no prize, was it really worth it?

Three Things Thursday

10 Feb

1 – blue cheese fries

2 – my new gym

3 – Pandora

Randoms

6 Feb

I joined a gym.  I’m afraid to take a class.  I’m more afraid I’ll run someone down in the parking lot while trying to find a spot.

I think it should be a law that Usher always be shirtless, preferably while flexing his abs.

My driveway is like an ice luge.  I had to ring the doorbell and have J help me get out the other day.  I hit an average of 4 snowbanks each time I attempt to back in.

I’m getting pretty good at Just Dance 2.  But I get wii arm.

J refuses to use my new MacBook.  He keeps insisting “I’m a PC!”

I spent my Saturday night running errands, eating popcorn and watching MTV.  I need a life.

The Kings Speech was fantastic, made me want to marry Colin Firth, watch Love Actually again, and become British royalty even more.

We’re taking a family vacation to Vegas in May.  I’m not sure we’ll be speaking by then, let alone by the time we come home.

Three Things Thursday

3 Feb

1 – J’s promotion…

2 – …and his new 25 minute commute…

3 – …and his new haircut!

 

I’m super proud of him – he’s worked hard & deserves this so much!  The haircut was an added bonus 🙂

 

 

Running Goals

2 Feb

I’m a slacker.  I can’t believe that I trained for Boston through the winter a few years ago, and now I haven’t run outside since December.  I think I ran on my treadmill a handful of times, and did some P90X and OnDemand videos, but most of my exercise has come from shoveling snow.  In my defense, I live in an awful place for running outside.  I have to go on the main road to get anywhere other than the 1/2 mile loop in my neighborhood.  And that main road does not have shoveled sidewalks, so I’m kind of screwed.  I don’t mind the cold, but I hate the thought of being hit by a car.  Call me a weenie if you like.

But I’m fed up with the snow, and I’m joining a gym (I think).  I may not use their treadmill more than I use my own, but I may feel some guilt about spending money each month and still not going.  I felt that guilt at home until the treadmill was paid off, its faded since then.

To help motivate myself, I’ve composed a list of races I plan on running this year.  I’m aiming for 12, and still have some spots open.  My plan is to update you, and the list, with my results, and then you can laugh at me.  I’m pretty sure I’ll get to 12, since races always pop up over the summer, and I’m sure I’m leaving out some others.  I’m going to look for a good July 4th race this year – I miss running the Hingham 4.6 miler.

February:

(I’m potentially attempting a 10K this weekend, but having issues signing up)

2/20 – Old Fashioned 5K/Foxboro

 

March:

3/5 – Irish 5K/Pawtucket

3/19 – St Pats 5K/Providence

 

May:

5/1 – James Joyce Ramble 10K/Dedham

OR

5/1 – Cox 5K/Providence

5/29 – Run to Remember 5m/Boston

 

July:

7/29 – Blessing of the Fleet 10m/’Gansett

 

August:

8/7 – Rock n’ Roll HM/Providence

 

September:

9/18 –  CVS 5K/Providence

 

November:

? – Mews Tavern Gear n’ Beer 5K/Wakefield

11/24 – Gobble, Gobble, Gobble 4m/Somerville

 

(I’m also thinking about the Disney Wine & Dine half on 10/1.)

 

So there you have it.  Hold me accountable, people!