Typical Tuesday

June 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

After last night’s fun event, today sure does seem mundane.

This morning we walked to school. The sunrise was gorgeous.


Just one more walk to school this year! Chewie will miss it. I’ll try to take him for some early morning walks this summer, once the novelty of sleeping past 6:00 a.m. wears off.

Want to buy a treadmill? Or a house?


After I got home from walking the boys to school and ate breakfast, I biked to the gym.


I rode Star because I needed to take my yoga mats.


I may have embarrassed myself at Cycle Sports Concepts when I picked up Specialized Snowflake by asking whether people put racks and kick stands on racing bikes. Apparently not.


Oh, I got new yoga mats (above) finally! I got those at TJMaxx yesterday. I’m not crazy about the colors, but there was a very limited selection. At least they aren’t full of dirt and sand.

First up at the gym was 40 minutes on the elliptical.


Then Bodyflow.


At least the black mat won’t show grimy foot prints at the top and bottom like my other ones did eventually. Chad said these were Steeler’s colors. I was thinking Georgia Tech. Neither of which I care about at all.

After I biked home from the gym I started getting things prepped for dinner tonight, which is a remake of the Easy Crockin’ Enchiladas that I made a while ago. I had more than enough tortillas left over to make another batch, and the boys loved them, so I decided to make them again. Many of you said that you made them also and loved them, so I’m glad that I was able to share the recipe. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it seems so versatile.

This time I decided to use ground turkey instead of beef, and I forgot to buy zucchini to veg it up so I used what we had on hand. That was a bag of spinach (pictured with my phone so you can get an idea of how much I used…like 3/4 of a big bag)…


and a couple of handfuls of baby carrots that I roughly chopped.


I only used 1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey, so I also added about three cups of pinto beans that I had in my freezer (previously cooked from dried beans in the crock-pot and then frozen in one cup batches).


I chopped the raw spinach up a bit and after the carrots/onions/ground turkey were finished browning I threw the spinach in for a couple of minutes until it was wilted. Then I threw in the beans and mixed it all up then drained the whole mixture in a colander. I stuck the drained meat/bean/veg mixture in my fridge, along with the soups/salsa mixture in a separate bowl.

Then I ate my lunch and went to pick up the boys from school. After we got home and I made their snack, I layered everything in the crockpot and it’s good to go. The initial prep of the meat/veg takes a little effort (not much), but otherwise this recipe is so super simple.

Randomly, but sadly, I dropped one of my favorite coffee cups in the sink when I was washing dishes after cooking and the handle broke off.


I told you today was mundane. This cup was the perfect size, though. Not too big, not too small. Sadness.

While the enchiladas cooked away in the crockpot, I took the boys to karate and sat in the car writing most of this while they were there. After karate we went by Office Depot so that Cal could buy rubber bands and cheap pens and pencils.


Yesterday I bought him wooden clothes pins, popsicle sticks, and binder clips. These are the building blocks of miniature weapons of mass destruction. One of his buddies loaned him the book above about building the things (thanks Tanya) and he has already constructed quite an arsenal. I’ll have to get pictures of his creations.

Tonight is supposed to be my last Restore the Core class with Christie of Karna Fitness. Chad’s pool league has it’s tournament this weekend, so he has to go to a planning meeting regarding that tonight. So the boys will be coming with me to Restore, if it happens. Luckily, we meet and work out right next to a playground, so it ought to be fun for them. It’s only a half-hour anyway.

I’m not optimistic it’s going to happen, though. When we left Office Depot it was pouring down rain.


When we got home the house smelled great and we were all starving. We dove right into the crockpot enchiladas.


They were a hit again.


I used a medium-hot salsa so they were kind of spicy.


Now I’m listening to the rain and lamenting my exercise class most likely being canceled.

Oh, check out Trainer Chris’ blog post today about the training plan he has for me. He says I’m “naturally athletic.” I think that is hilarious. I need to chat with him a bit, but hopefully I’ll be starting this plan soon. I’d like to be able to go through the whole thing with him in person to make sure I’m doing everything correctly. With the kids out of school meeting up may be a logistical feat. Some of the things he describes he already showed me, so I may be able to start on my own. I am eager to get started!

Tomorrow is National Running Day, so I may attempt a one mile run. I also need to talk to Trainer Chris about integrating at least some amount of running into the plan over the summer. The official training plan for Ragnar Relay Florida Keys, which is 20 weeks long, will start in August, and I need to have at least a three or four mile base before starting that plan. Ahhhh. I hope it all works out!


Elliptical, Bodypump, Yoga Sunday

June 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This morning the boys and I went to Einstein Bros. for breakfast.


I always like going here for breakfast because they have an “under 400 calories” menu, with the calorie counts listed on the menu board. Well, I should say that they USED to have that. Now they have a “Smart Choices” menu, with everything under 350 calories, but no individual entrée calories listed. They also no longer have one of my favorites, the turkey bacon, egg, and cheese bagel thin sandwich. They kept the Asparagus, Mushroom, and Swiss sandwich, though, and that’s really good too.


I decided to try the “Southwest Turkey-Sausage” bagel thin egg white sandwich today, though, since it is a new item that I hadn’t tried before.


It was good, but I should have had some fruit or something with it. I always love when places have treats for Chewie (although we didn’t get him one today…we have before).


Brotherly love…not.


After Einsteins we went to the gym. First up was 45 minutes on the elliptical.


Then Bodypump.


After Bodypump I grabbed the boys out of the Kids Club and raced home to drop them off and head to the Dali Museum for yoga.

My friends Kimi (of the IRunMommies) and Tori (of the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers) met me there. Yay! Two of my favorite lady-friend groups colliding!


Tori blogs at In Love and Peanut Butter. Check her out…she is an ultra runner and just got a super cool tri-bike that she is breaking in.

Yoga was good. I felt like we spent a ton of time in inverted positions. It may take a couple of days for all the blood to drain back down from my head. The instructor spent the last 15 minutes of the class talking about part three of her four-part series on “The Science of Yoga and Stress.”


Today she talked about how rather than thinking of stress as a bad thing, or as something that we should try to avoid, we should just accept it as a part of life and learn to deal with it in a constructive way. Short of living in a monastery, you just can’t avoid stress. Even in a monastery, I’d be stressed about all the social media I was missing out on.

Since last week I shared pictures of the fabulous spiral staircase in the Dali, today I decided to show you the café (which I must sample one day)…


and the huge gift shop.


Having friends there meant that there was somebody to take a picture of me posing properly with the mustache (and demonstrating intense pose):


I think this sculpture is freaky. Thanks for joining me today Kimi and Tori!

While I was gone to yoga Chad got to enjoy a quiet house with no boys. Right after we got home from the gym Cal got picked up by my friend Tanya and her family to go on a bike ride to Tour de Pizza for lunch and Yogurtology for dessert. Afterwards he went over to their house to swim. Thanks Tanya! Mack went to a birthday party at noon for one of his school friends that also lives in our neighborhood. Thanks Susan! It was nice to come home to a very quiet house.

I did have plans to go out to celebrate a friend’s birthday this afternoon, but unfortunately my friend wasn’t feeling well, so our plans got canceled. I have about three loads of laundry to do, so the afternoon is not being wasted. Still, laundry is not nearly as fun as that pitcher of margaritas would have been. Feel better soon Kathy!

Since that’s all I have for today, I thought I would address a couple of random things that have been on my blog “list” for a while.

A couple of weeks ago when I cleaned up the clothes insanity in my bedroom, my friend “the other Caroline” noticed the puffy gold coat hanging amidst all the other clothes. I really am surprised that she noticed it in this mess:


She was wondering if there was a story behind that coat. Not really, but kind of? When we were in Lexington after Christmas we were shopping at the mall and they were having all of their after-Christmas sales. All of the coats in Sears were on sale. I had been wanting a big puffy down coat even though they are completely impractical in Florida. I just have a thing for coats. I love them and always want more. I already have so many that I really can’t even wear them all once during our almost non-existent Florida winter.

But hey…we were in Kentucky. It was cold. It was on sale. I wanted it. So I spent some of my Christmas money on the big puffy gold J-Lo coat. And I love it. I wore it the night that Chad and I went out for our 18th wedding anniversary (New Years Eve) while still in Lexington.


Yes, that was the only time that I wore the coat last winter. Next winter I will probably only wear it once or twice while we are up north on vacation again. Whatever. I’m still glad that I have it. So that’s the gold puffy coat story, CC.

The other item that I have been wanting to mention on the blog is the awesome swag bag that I received from Macaroni Kids Family Fitness for entering their “America’s Fittest Family” contest. While we didn’t win the contest (congrats to the inspiring Hawkins family!), we did receive a huge box full of swag. Check out all this loot!


There was also a tote bag and another one of those squeezable smoothie things (the “Super Banana” thing in the upper left corner there), but the other smoothie thing had popped open during shipping and left breastfed-baby-poo-like apple cinnamon smoothie all over most of everything in the box. Lovely. I cleaned everything off and it was no big deal, but I decided to just toss the tote bag (it was like a grocery shopping style bag) rather than try to clean it as it had gotten the worst of it. That little pink pouch thing is a reusable snack bag. It’s so cool…you can even put it in the dishwasher! Chad enjoyed the Honey Stinger bar and I ate that whole bag of sweet potato Pop Chips. They are AMAZING. If you see them, buy them. You will eat the whole bag and not regret it.

Thank you Macaroni Kids Family Fitness! And like I always say…it pays to enter contests. Even if you don’t win, it can still be worth it. Somebody has to win.

Now I have to go bike to our neighbor’s house to pick up Mack and Cal will be home soon. The nice quiet house is coming to an end, as is the weekend. Hope you had a good one!