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What About Diversity?

Today started with one of my new favorite breakfasts. Green Stirfry Omelet.


It wasn’t quite as good today as last time because I ran out of Stir-Fry Sauce. I also didn’t have any Tofu to add. But it was still pretty yummy!

After breakfast Lincoln and I went grocery shopping to pick up some essentials. Nothing incredibly interesting.

Lunch was leftover Firenza pizza from SaZa. I actually think the pizza tasted better today than it did last night.

Our grass has gotten out of control with the rain we’ve had lately. I decided that I would attempt to mow the grass this afternoon since it was such a mild day outside. I couldn’t figure out how to keep Lincoln occupied and out of danger, so I strapped him to my back.


I’m sure I was a ridiculous site mowing the grass while pulling around an extension cord (our mower is electric) with a 30 pound kid strapped to my back. Unfortunately it didn’t last long because the motor went out on our mower and it started smoking. Oh well … I guess I’ll have to pay someone to mow it. Sorry neighbors for the state of my yard!

I got a couple cute pics of Lincoln playing outside.


He sure does love his hat!

I was craving mexican tonight, so I made some vegetarian soft tacos. I used Morningstar Farms Meal Starters ground beef substitute instead of my regular Boca Crumbles. They were just as good if not better.


My tacos included:

  • Morningstar Farm Ground Crumbles
  • Mexicorn
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

I forgot to buy cheese. I didn’t miss it at all!

While I was cooking dinner I saw the most appalling political ad on TV.

I actually thought I might have heard it wrong so I played it a second time. I couldn’t believe my ears!

Alabama has many foreign companies that provide a large number of jobs in the state. Mercedes and Hyundai both have plants in Alabama, and with that comes a Korean and German community. “Thanks for providing jobs and economic stimulus in our state, but don’t even think about driving here.” Great! No wonder Alabama has such a bad reputation.

Not to mention that:

If his entire political platform is centered around what language our driver’s test is offered in, I think he needs to re-evaluate the needs of Alabama. How about focusing on something that matters? Not offering the driver’s test in other languages is not going to stop illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants couldn’t take the driver’s test in any language.

If this guy is elected Governor … I might just have to move.


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“Long” Run and Date Night

Today was my scheduled 9-miler long run. I haven’t had a good long run in several weeks, so I thought I might try to do 10 miles today instead of 9. I got off work this morning and got to bed about 8:00, I woke up several times throughout the day and finally got up for good at 2:00. My throat was sore when I woke up, but I knew it would probably feel better once I got up and got going. Tim and I decided to try a new location for our run, he’s actually been to the spot before but I haven’t.

I was excited to be able to wear one of my new Bondi Bands for my run today. Unfortunately I still think they look pretty stupid on me though. 😦


The road we ran down was mostly dirt. There was some asphalt at the beginning and end, but the majority of the distance was dirt. At first I really enjoyed the new route. There were cows in the field on the side of the road and there was plenty of shade to make the 82 degree day not seem quite as hot.

About a mile into the run I saw a huge set of bones on the side of the road. I immediately recognized a rib cage and at first glance I thought it was a HUMAN! It turned out to be just a large dog, but still … gross.

I made it to the end of the road (about 2.3 miles) and turned around. On the way back a car approached me … I waved. Then the car slowed down and stopped beside me. This has now happened to me twice on runs, and it totally freaks me out. I don’t know if the driver was trying to ask me a question or what, but I think there is no excuse to ever stop a woman on the side of the road for any reason. PERIOD! I kept running and the car drove off, thankfully.

I spotted something on the road ahead of me and when I got close enough I noticed it was a huge snake curled up in the middle of the road. I stopped dead in my tracks trying to decide what to do. I finally backed up and then sprinted past the snake, but it really freaked me out. Snakes are not my friend! About a mile further down the road I ran into another snake. This one was much smaller but he was moving and I almost stepped on him.

I realized about 3 miles into the run that I had forgotten my water bottle in the car and I was starting to get really thirsty. I was able to make it through 5 miles of the run and then I began feeling very weak. I stopped at my car for a drink and attempted to keep going. Between mile 5 and 6 I had to stop twice to walk. I actually felt really strange like I might pass out. I went back to the car … sat down, cooled off, drank some water and then willed myself to complete atleast 1 more mile.


I finished 7.04 miles in 1 hr 2 mins. An 8:45 average pace. That does not include stopped time or walking time.

I’m really disappointed that yet again I was not able to finish my intended distance. There are several factors that may have contributed to this however: tired from working three 12 hour shifts, dehydration, 82 degree weather, not eating anything all day except a granola bar and waking up with a sore throat. I set myself up for failure with all these things working against me.

Hubby and I planned a date night for tonight, so we dropped the toddler off at grandma’s house and headed out to a new restaurant that we’ve been wanting to try for a while.


We ordered the polenta and wild mushroom appetizer, a salad to share and a Forenza pizza. We also ordered a bottle of wine.

Our salad came first. It was ok, not spectacular.


Next came our pizza. No appetizer. Turns out the waitress forgot to put in the order for our appetizer. It is one of my major pet peeves when the entree comes before the appetizer, so we just told her to forget it.

The Forenza pizza was suppose to include: goat cheese, carmelized onions, and roasted tomatoes.



The onions were most definitely not carmelized and the goat cheese (if that is even what it was) was extremely bland. It wasn’t bad, but most definitely not impressive.

I drank most of the bottle of wine and was giddy though.



We shared a chocolate truffle cake for dessert.

I was expecting something more impressive for $8.


Overall it was a completely mediocre meal. I don’t think we’ll be going back to SaZa anytime soon.

Time for bed. Have a great night!

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Running Skirt Giveaway

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Mommy & Son Day

I woke up super early (for me) this morning and went for an invigorating run at Ft. Toulouse. I felt extra speedy today!

I completed 5 miles in 40:27. My splits looked like this:

Mile 1 – 8:12
Mile 2 – 8:00
Mile 3 – 8:01
Mile 4 – 8:03
Mile 5 – 8:05

By the fifth mile I was worn out! I felt strong today though, and I know I could have gone farther if I had slowed down some. I think I’m in desperate need for a good long run, its been several weeks since I’ve had a legitimate long run.

I needed protein for breakfast so I decided to throw a few things together and make a Green Egg Stirfry Omelet.


I mixed 2 eggs with a big handful of fresh spinach in my blender for the omelet. I stuffed it with leftover tofu stirfry that I’ve been needing to get rid of. Sooo good! I think this is my most favorite breakfast that I’ve had in a long time. You must try it sometime. I buy the huge bags of frozen vegetable stirfry mix at Costco. Its amazing!

I desperately needed to get out of the house today before I head back to work tomorrow night. I decided today would be Mommy & Son Day. In my 101 in 1001 list I said that I would do something extra special with Lincoln once a month by myself, so I thought today would be the perfect chance.

We headed to the Museum of Fine Art to play at the children’s exhibit.



I can’t believe I never knew this place was here. It was great! The children’s exhibit was called Artworks.


Lincoln had a great time making art.


He built towers with foam blocks.


And tried on masks.

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I attempted to make some art of my own while we were there.




Lincolns favorite part by far was playing with the racecars on the Talledega painting.

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I thought this would be a perfect place to leave an Operation Beautiful note, but I left my Post-Its at home. So I improvised …



Lunch was a huge salad bar from Jason’s Deli.


After lunch we headed to Lincoln’s most favorite place on earth Books-a-Million to play with the choo-choo train. I swear that boy can spot a Books-a-Million from a mile away!



We are finally back home and I’m exhausted! The rest of the day is going to be low key for sure. Hope you are having a great day!


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Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Today was a double workout day, first my hilly run this morning then a 45 minute spin class this evening. I was obsessed with Spinning when I first discovered it and I went to atleast 3 classes a week for a while. Sometimes I even went to back to back classes in one day. For me Spinning got repetitive and boring after a while. Every now and then I like to shake things up and go to a class though.

Since I knew I’d be home late, I started working on dinner early this afternoon before Spin class. I had some pasta shells that I’ve been needing to use up for a while, so I decided to make a veggie stuffed jumbo shell creation of my own.

I started with some chopped spinach, ricotta cheese, squash, garlic and mushrooms.

I sautéed the diced squash, mushrooms and garlic in a little olive oil and added some herbs for flavor.



I mixed the veggies with a 15 oz container of ricotta cheese and the chopped spinach.

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I stuffed 15 cooked (per package instructions) Jumbo Shells with the mixture, covered them with some spaghetti sauce and baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


The last 5 minutes I added mozzarella cheese and baked until the cheese was melted. I served the shells with my sautéed green beans and onions and a small side salad.




Pretty fantastic if I say so myself. I may submit this recipe to All Recipes as one of my three recipes from my 101 in 1001 list.

Sweet baby Lincoln fell asleep at the table. Almost too much cuteness for one picture:


Have a great night!


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Sweet Potato Perfection

Did you miss my Potato Perfection post? Check it out.

Now thanks to Caitlin, I have also mastered the Sweet Potato. But first … ever wondered what happens when you forget you were in the middle of making a grilled cheese sandwich and you sit down and start catching up on your blog reading?

Well the first thing that happens is your smoke alarm goes off. Then you end up with this:


Definitely not good eats!

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point informed me via Twitter yesterday that “If you have not tried the baked bean and sweet potato combo, you are not living.” So I decided to give it a try for lunch today.

Honestly I’m not a big sweet potato fan, sure I like it covered in brown sugar with lots and lots of butter, but other than that .. not so much.

I baked my Sweet Potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for an hour. (I’m not a fan of microwaving, but you could take that route). Then I topped them with Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans and served it with a side of roasted brussel sprouts.


I literally can’t believe how well this combination of flavors works! So delicious! I’m sold.

Thanks Caitlin 🙂

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Hatin’ Those Hills

I love being able to walk out my front door and go for a run on the mornings when I’m short on time or I don’t feel like driving somewhere to run. What I don’t like so much are these hills in my neighborhood. I’m not sure whether its a blessing or a curse, but the major hills are right at the beginning and end of my run. This one at 0.2 miles is the lesser of the two evils …


The picture doesn’t really do it justice. Its the slow steady incline that gets me!

The hill on the way back at mile 4.9 of my 5 mile run is definitely the killer. The picture most certainly doesn’t do this one justice.


You can actually tell more about the last one looking down from the top of the hill.


When Tim and I first moved to this house we would occasionally (very occasionally) take walks to the end of the road and back (0.6 miles) and on the way back I could never make it up this hill walking. At 260 pounds that hill was almost impossible for me to even walk up, I’d have to stop midway and catch my breath and more often than not I made Tim hold my hand and literally pull me up the hill.

Although I still don’t love the hills, I do look back and feel such an overwhelming sense of accomplishment knowing I can run those hills with very little trouble whereas I once couldn’t even walk them.

I ran 5.04 miles in 42:00 this morning. Splits were: 8:33, 8:18, 8:12, 8:12, 8:23.

After my hilly run I decided it was definitely an oatmeal morning.


My oatmeal contained:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 over-ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Drizzle of Agave Nectar

Perfect post-run breakfast!

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