Wednesday kicks my butt

May 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Today was another one of those days where I didn’t sit down all day until now. Well, except for sitting in the car to go to Target and get carpool.

But, last night first…

I made spinach & cheese tortellini (the Barilla kind that comes in a shelf-stable bag) and frozen green beans for the boys. For myself I also had tortellini, but I wanted collard greens to go with it.

First, I carmelized some onions and mushrooms in a little bit of olive oil and set them aside. Then I added chopped collard greens to the same pan with 1/2 cup of vegetable stock and  simmered them until all of the liquid was just about gone. Then I added back in the onions and mushrooms and seasoned with a little bit of Nature’s Seasoning (made by Morton, so you know it’s salty). Here’s what that looked like so far:


Then I added a little bit of Ragu traditional pasta sauce to the mix and dumped the veggies on top of the tortellini, sprinkled with a little parmesan.


It was awesome, of course, and I’m having the exact same thing as leftovers tonight. I love when there are leftovers.

Of course we went on the family evening walk last night, but no photos. After the boys were in bed Chad and I watched Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly on Tivo. I fell asleep on the couch during Mike & Molly, so that was pretty much the end of the evening.

This morning was the usual walk to school. More cat excitement as always.


Kitty says, “Whatever dude.”


Once home, breakfast:


Two slices of whole wheat toast with new almond butter, fruit, eggbeaters scrambled with mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes and Frank’s hot sauce. Coffee x3 (two before walking, one with breakfast).

Chad has been eagerly waiting for me to open this new almond butter:


It’s delicious but not super maple-ly.

Before my breakfast really had any time to settle I hit to road to run to the gym. That’s a literal “run to the gym”. Then Bodypump. Then I ran home. The stats for the runs are on my “Still Running” page, but it was 5 miles total running. It was kind of tough because my legs felt pretty dead after those 17+ miles of biking yesterday.

Once home I showered and made my homongous salad. Now that all the hot browns are gone, it was back to my more typical mix:


CSA lettuce, arugula, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, celery, red bell pepper, ham and fat free cheese. Italian salad spritzer and lite blue cheese dressing on top.

Also, I’ve been having a little extra caffeine this week, as I was finishing off this regular diet coke that was left over from the Derby party (I usually drink caffeine free diet coke).


Obviously the extra caffeine hasn’t affected my sleep since I zonked out on the couch last night.

I actually ate that huge salad in my car while driving to Target. Does that constitute distracted driving? I honestly didn’t have a minute to sit down and eat. I needed to go to Target to get a few things, including a new scooter for Mack. His old one was becoming defective, resulting in him crashing during the walk to school both of the last two days. We burn through those Razor scooters in this family, since the boys put many miles on them riding to school.

I went straight from Target to the carline at school to pick up the kids. Then it was home and homework and snacks.

This afternoon we decided to go on a short bike ride as Cal said he needed to burn off some adrenaline before working on memorizing a monologue he has to do for school. That didn’t really make sense, but I was up for a bike ride. Our neighbor/BFF Joey Z. came with us.


We went on our “fishy walk” route, so-called because it is a route along multiple canals where we often have ray/dolphin/manatee/jumper fish sightings.


Cal likes to showboat and stay way ahead of the rest of us.


I was taking pictures while I was riding my bike. That’s safe, right?



We had to stop while Mack checked out a dead bird for a few minutes. Roadkill is endlessly fascinating.


Soon after that picture was snapped and we were once again under way Mack got a little too close to the back of Joey’s bike and wiped out. I’m not really sure why. He had been tailgaiting, and I told him to back off, but of course he didn’t listen and kept telling Joey to go faster. He scraped open a boo-boo on his hand that had already been injured in both of the last two days’ scooter accidents.

Then Cal got in trouble for failing to stop at a point where I had told him to, so the rest of us could catch up. Mack’s accident and Cal’s mistake sort of put a damper on our fun bike ride. But we still went about 2.3 miles and maybe both boys learned a lesson. There may have been irate Mommy yelling involved with both boys’ incidents. Mommy doesn’t have much sympathy when you get hurt because you were doing something she told you not to do.

Now Joey Z. is over here playing with the boys (I can hear them watching something on Cal’s computer…luckily we have “Net Nanny”, so I know it must be at least PG-13). I need to go make dinner. I’m going to make turkey burgers and frozen mixed veggies for the boys. Obviously the boys often get frozen veggies because they are so convenient. I’m going to have my tortellini/collard green leftovers.

Tomorrow I am going on a fieldtrip to Lowry Park Zoo with Mack’s first grade class. I’m actually looking forward to this one! I haven’t been to the zoo in a while. When the boys were little and we were in Moms Club we had a membership and went quite often. These days, it’s mostly just a field trip thing. Still, we know that zoo like the back of our hands and it’s always fun. Check back tomorrow for all the zoo fun low-down.

Tuesday is Awesome

May 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

First of all…  Happy Birthday Cody!!!!

Dear Cody, I can’t believe you are already one year old! I’ll never forget the first time I met you.


You were only a few days old and you were the sweetest thing I had seen since my own babies were newborns. Your Mommy, my sister, and I have always been close, being just 23 months apart. But I wasn’t prepared for how I would feel when I met you. It was just the closest thing to holding one of my own babies that I could ever imagine. I love you so much!

The last time I saw you, two months ago, was such a fun time.

Me & Cody in the grocery

You were so happy and precocious and that smile was totally infectious. You thoroughly entertained your two older cousins. You are just a joy to be around!

Now you are ONE YEAR OLD and you just started walking!

Cody can walk!

We can’t wait to see you in Hilton Head in August my darling nephew. Hope you have a fun first birthday! Love, Aunt Caroline

So I was thinking last night about how I often publish a blog entry late afternoon or early evening and the rest of the day goes undocumented. So here are some things that happened last night after I blogged.

I made dinner. It was roasted veggies (spray pans with Pam, line with sliced veggies, sprinkle with Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt, spray again with Pam, roast at 400° until desired brown-ness), left-over mashed potatoes and sautéed chicken that had been marinated in Montreal steak seasoning, soy sauce and olive oil.

Before roasting:


After roasting:


Dinner is served.


My plate is in the foreground. Chad also ate some of the roasted veggies and made his own entrée. Roasted cherry tomatoes are soooo good. Actually any vegetable roasted is awesome. It’s definitely my favorite way to do veggies.

After dinner we went on our family evening walk (1.6 miles).


Chewie was with us too, but he was behind with me. We often fall behind because of all the pee and poop stops.


Hard-ass doesn’t wait for me unless I yell at him.

Then it was showers and bed for the boys and TV watching for Chad and me. Maybe I don’t blog about our evenings because they are so repetitive and boring?

This morning on the walk to school I had my full entourage.


Then I came home to overnight OIAJ (oats in a jar).


And no, Bobbi-Jo, that is not mold. It’s oatmeal and Chia seeds! It was old fashioned oats, almond milk, chia seeds, coconut, and raisins in the jar overnight.


My favorite quick breakfast. This time I got the ratio just right (two parts liquid to one part oats). This morning I added 1/2 a banana, a handful of fresh blueberries (they’ve been on sale lately) and a handful of toasted pecans.


It was yummy and fast, which was exactly what I needed. I wanted to get out of the house fast and ride my bike to the gym!


Poor Star was totally dorkified with my yoga mats on the back.


And my Garmin rigged to her handlebars.


First time using my Garmin on the bike setting!


I also wore a backpack with my gym towel, water (although I have a water bottle rack on my bike) and a few other essentials.


It’s really hard to take a picture of your own back.

I made it to the gym in 16 minutes! That’s only like 5 minutes slower than if I had driven. Awesome. I even had time to jump on the elliptical for 20 minutes before my Bodyflow class.


I’m so pretty at the gym.


This is why I can’t understand how women can wear make-up to the gym. I guess most of them don’t sweat as much as me. I’ve never met anybody who sweats as easily and as profusely as me.

After ellipticalizing and Bodyflow I went to get Star and head home.


She was very happy in the child bike care with all her friends.

Here are my first Garmin biking stats:

garmin biking may 10

I need to play with the bike mode settings, but I did remember to hit the lap button at the gym. So lap 1 is on the way there and lap 2 is on the way home. It was so fun.

I was pretty much starving when I got home and I made a huge salad starring the last hot brown in the house. It started out very pretty with CSA lettuce, arugula, raw tomato, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and a few leftover roasted tomatoes and onions.


Then I tossed it with ranch and dumped the reheated, cut up hot brown on top, which made it ugly and delicious.


After I refueled I still had the itch to be on my bike, so I decided to go back out on a longer ride. I basically did the same route that I ran yesterday, but continued on past Northshore pool all the way to the end of the pier.



I forgot to hit the lap button at the pier, but here are the total stats for this ride:

garmin bike may 10-2

So it was about 5 1/2 miles to the pier. In total today I biked over 17 miles! I loved it. I must have had bugs in my teeth because I was smiling the whole time.

Oh, and here are a couple pictures of downtown St. Pete that I took from the pier for Caroline in Ohio.



After I got back from my ride I just chilled out (folding laundry of course) until the boys got home via carpool. Then we were off as quickly as possible because we needed to stop by the library on the way to karate to pick up some books that we had requested. The boys begged me NOT to photograph them at the library again. Whatever.

So now I’m sitting at karate, using their wi-fi. I think tonight’s dinner will be tortellini with frozen veggies for the boys and with sautéed collard greens for me. Maybe I’ll photograph it for the blog tomorrow. Maybe not.