Yearly Archives: 2010

Happy Holidays

Since Jason had to work today, we celebrated Christmas last night. We sat by our fireplace and drank hot chocolate.

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That’s not just any hot chocolate though. There’s a secret in the whipped cream.

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Alcohol infused whipped cream! One of my co-workers had talked about this a lot, so we stopped by the liquor store and bought a can. It had a different consistency than regular whipped cream. I don’t know how to describe it. I also thought that it had a very strong alcohol taste. I wouldn’t buy this again, but it was sort of a fun novelty.

My stepmother sent us some gifts so we’d have something to open on Christmas, being that they gave us our Hanukkah gift when we were in DC for Thanksgiving.

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(I look like I’m about 12 years old in that picture.)

I had to explain to Murphy that the blanket wasn’t a chew toy.

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Jason also opened a gift.

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And Murphy destroyed his.

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Happy Holidays!

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Christmas Eve Soup and Salad

Today has been fairly productive, considering it’s Christmas Eve. We managed to take Murphy for an hour walk, go the gym, have lunch, go to Publix and go to Pet Supermarket all before 3 pm. I had suddenly realized this morning that we hadn’t gotten Murphy a Christmas present and felt like a horrible dog mother. Obviously, that had to be remedied, hence the Pet Supermarket trip. He has to wait until tomorrow to open his gifts though.

Since we are in town for the holidays, we’ve been doing a lot of home improvement projects. Okay, if I’m being honest, Jason has been doing a lot of home improvement projects. He also built our first fire in our house and didn’t burn the house down!

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I’m impressed. I grew up in a condo and while we did have a fireplace, we never used it. I think my mom was scared of it, as I would be too.

While Jason made the fire, I cooked a nice Christmas Eve dinner.

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I think soup is probably my favorite thing to eat, especially in the winter. But I never think to serve it with something else. At least not until tonight.

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This was Low-Fat Spinach and Artichoke soup that Tracy posted. This is a Souper Jenny recipe which is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. I used to work near there and we used to go a few times a week. I think I might need to buy this cookbook. Jenny knows her soups. Thanks for the recipe, Tracy!

My salad also came from a blog. This is Quinoa with Roasted Veggie Salad from Green Plate Dinners. It was also delicious.

Now, I’m stuffed. Adding a salad to the soup, especially a grain-based one, really makes a filling meal.

Do you buy your pets Christmas presents?

It’s Official

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen this tweet this morning.

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I am lucky enough to have both today and tomorrow off, so I figured I’d be productive and get something done that I’ve put off for almost six months. Any guesses to why I’d be at the Social Security Office and then at the DMV? Yup, I finally changed my name.

I’ve been going by my new last name since we got married in June, but officially, I still had my last name. This caused some major confusion when I started my new job, because not only did I have a different last name on my paperwork than they knew me by, but I also had a different first name since Lee is a nickname. The HR person isn’t in our Atlanta office so she’s never actually met me and she was seriously confused.

The whole process took about two hours which wasn’t so bad. It helped that the DMV was like five miles down the road from the SS office. My old last name is now my middle name.

If you are married, did you change your name? If so, did you keep your middle name or did your maiden name become your middle name? If you aren’t married, what would you do?

Year in Review or I Have Writer’s Block

January:

I got a dSLR camera and took a million pictures of Murphy. This continued through the year.

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We sent our our save the dates which I designed.

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February:

It snowed! This was a big deal in Atlanta.

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March:

Jason and I went to see Spring Awakening at the Fox Theater.

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I ran the ING Georgia Half Marathon (my 6th half)

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April:

I went to DC for our wedding tasting. It tasted good.

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I turned 32. How did that happen? I still feel 22 (and act like it as evidenced by the 40 in my hands. Which was just for show, by the way.)

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May:

We bought our first house!

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I went to a Braves game.

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June:

My stepmother threw a bridal shower for me.

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I had a bachelorette party. Look closely at the straw.

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Jason and I got married!

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July:

Jason and I ran the Peachtree Road Race. It was my 5th time running it.

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We went to Maui for our honeymoon.

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Our favorite day was when we woke up at 2 am to drive to the top of a volcano and biked back down.

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August:

Apparently, nothing of interest happened in August because I have like no pictures.

September:

We had a housewarming/Jason’s 30th birthday party! Yes, I’m older than he is.

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October:

Not much here either! I did run another half marathon but I don’t have any photographic evidence!

November:

Jason and I went to Asheville, NC which was awesome.

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Had Thanksgiving dinner at my dad and stepmom’s house in MD.

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And then to my mom’s five minutes down the road.

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December:

Had an early Christmas weekend with Jason’s parents in SC.

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There was a lunar eclipse which I slept right through but Jason got an awesome picture of.

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Okay, that was way too many pictures of myself, I know. I told you I had writer’s block.

Upping the Running Intensity

Dinner tonight was a no-brainer. Leftovers on Christmas colored flatware.

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With last night’s soup, I also made some brussels sprouts. I used to hate brussels sprouts and I think it’s because the only way I’d had them was steamed or boiled. Sauteed or roasted is the way to go. I cut these in half and tossed them in some grapeseed oil and salt and pepper. Then I sauteed them for about 7 minutes and mixed them with some parmesan cheese and chopped olives. The olives were an afterthought; I had them leftover in the fridge from the soup and thought why not? It worked. We also had some un-picutred homemade hummus with triscuts.

I decided to work out at lunch today instead of after work so I could spend some time with Jason. The gym was extremely crowded for lunch time. Who are all these people that get the entire week off and why can’t I be one of them?

Sometimes when I see people on cardio machines talking on their phones, I think that person isn’t working out hard enough, if they can talk on the phone, they are wasting their* time. And then it suddenly occurred to me; I’m not working out hard enough! Sure, I run and I probably can’t talk on the phone while I do it, but I’m really not pushing myself as hard as I should be. I go to the gym regularly but I never seem to achieve the results that I want. Sitting in my sweatpants on the couch should be comfortable but working out shouldn’t be. I’ve been running at the same speed for years and for one reason. Because I’ve been running at the same speed for years! I guess I thought that I would naturally get faster. I thought that what was once almost a sprint would become a casual jog. But what I’ve realized is it doesn’t work that way unless you make it work that way.

My 10K PR is 58:42, (oddly enough, it’s double my 5K PR to the second) which translates to roughly a 9:30 mile. If I can keep up that pace for 6 miles, why am I running 2-mile training runs at 5.8mph, almost a full minute per mile slower for a run that’s a third of the distance?! Because I’m comfortable running at that pace. But if I want to get faster, which I do, I have to run faster. I sometimes repeat that over and over in my head while I’m running.

I’m not a morning exerciser. I’ve tried it before. I even went to a 6:30 am bootcamp for four months last year. But working out in the morning is just not my style. I prefer to go after work. But sometimes life gets in the way. I’ll try to fit in a workout where I can, which is usually at lunchtime. It takes me 10 minutes to get the gym and another five to change, double that and add an additional 5 for a shower and I only have 25 minutes to work out. Not a long time. So, what I really need to do is maximize those 25 minutes. Otherwise, I think it’s sort of a waste. I’m just wasting my time and my energy. Long runs are different. Long runs are slow, but short runs don’t have to be.

I don’t know why I didn’t realize this years ago when I first started working out regularly. I guess the simple act of working out, or in my case running, was enough. And for beginners, it absolutely is. But my body is used to this. I need to up the intensity. Unfortunately, upping the intensity is not fun. But hey, it’s only 25 minutes, right? I just need to remind myself of that the next time I try to jog.

*Also, I know it’s incorrect to say “their.” I don’t care!

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