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Not quite Warrior Woman worthy, but at least Fighter Girl

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Feelin' junky all week. Started last weekend and I ended up going home from work early on Wed - with both blessings and kicks out the door from colleagues. My tonsils were so swollen they were squeezing in on my windpipe. I ended up in Urgent Care to have a strep test (No -just some random virus).

I have First-Year-Teacher-Itis. The workload eats every single moment of free time and what little time I have left is for sleeping. For entertainment...I shower. As I write this I have a red pen in one hand and a stack of papers in front of me. Exercise? hahhahahahahahaahahahah!!

Still feelin' less than 100% today but I had planned on a workout. So I still went to the gym and instead of running on the treadmill, I set it to 7% and 3.7mph for a brisk walk....for 42 minutes.

As the title says: Not Not quite Warrior Woman worthy, but at least Fighter Girl.

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    You HAVE been busy!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/17/2014 3:48PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Good for you & listening to your body!! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 3/16/2014 9:12PM

    Good for you! You are listening to your body!

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LESLIELENORE 3/16/2014 9:10PM

    But you went and worked out... that says Warrior Woman to me!

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MISSG180 3/16/2014 7:27PM

    Feel better! You are doing great.

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DOGLADY13 3/16/2014 11:44AM

    Hang in there! I'd say that was totally Warrior Woman. This is how I'd frame it on my facebook status:

Tonsilitis got nothin' on Warrior Woman! Warrior Woman cranks out a hard walk when hard runs are out of the question.


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BIGPAWSUP 3/16/2014 11:37AM

    You just have to find your rhythm. I have faith in you. You are determined and I know you can do this.

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RAINA413 3/16/2014 11:12AM

    So sorry to hear you are sick. Hopefully once the weather warms you will feel better.
I am sure you will be back in tri-shape come summertime, too!! You are totally determined when you put your mind to things!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/16/2014 10:41AM

    Glad you're on the mend. We walk before we run. emoticon

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The irony - I've actually lived in London

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What City Should You Actually Live In?

You got: London
Letís be honest, you probably look pretty good in a Burberry trench coat. Youíre the type of person who loves city life, but without all the hype. Your ideal day consists of the Tate Modern, a pleasant evening at a nice restaurant, and a hot cup of tea before bed.


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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/21/2014 11:08PM

    Barcelona & the write up it soooo me!!! emoticon

Thank you for Sharing!!

Comment edited on: 2/21/2014 11:15:00 PM

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    Portland? I didn't see that one coming.
I guess my 70's hippie side still shows.

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DOGLADY13 2/17/2014 7:00AM

    Cape Town.
First sentence read "You have never been able to sit still a day in your life." Totally the truth. That was fun. Thanks.

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MISSG180 2/16/2014 3:39PM

    Portland, which makes sense since I grew up there. I still miss it!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/16/2014 3:00PM

    I think I would fall in love with London far to easily!

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RAINA413 2/16/2014 2:05PM

    Ha!! Ha!! And I remember when you lived there! What fun times!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2014 9:23AM

    I also did this one on FB, and I got Portland, Oregon. I've visited there and I believe I would enjoy living there... in fact, my own little city uses Portland as its vision for long-term growth! Bike lanes, entertainment sections, etc.

These things can be entertaining, but often the questions leave me saying "where is the 'none of the above' option?"

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LULUBELLE65 2/16/2014 8:15AM

    I did this on Facebook a couple weeks ago and got Cape Town. I'm going there in a couple months, so maybe I should just stay.

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Sochi (Olympics) Dinner

Saturday, January 25, 2014

So a few years ago, when the Olympics were in Greece I turned to my sister and said "I'm looking for an excuse to learn to make Greek food. Lets make a bunch of things we have never made before and watch the Opening Ceremonies."

Neither one of us has looked back. China was particularly adventurous. I had to look up where Sochi was - its in Southern Russia on the shores of the Black Sea. So for this year's Olympics dinner we're going with an Ottoman Empire theme. There is a limitation on the dinner since we are going up to Bennington Vermont to watch with my aunt and uncle. Everything needs to be made ahead of time and transported. Since my amazing sister found all the links and typed everything - I thought you might want to see it in case you want to make your own party! Go forth and try new things!

Lyutenitsa - Bulgaria - a red pepper dip/spread

-Notes: Entirely make-ahead. Add eggplant and carrot. Serve with crusty bread.

Vegetarian Sarmale - Romania - stuffed cabbage
-Notes: I've had the meaty version and this looks to be the most authentic recipe. Romanians love sauerkraut like breathing. Will modify to vegetarian using rice.

Mains Lamb Kebabs - Turkey
I'll be making a Kofta (ground lamb meatballs) style with a tzaitki sauce. They're served with lavosh flat bread.

Georgian chicken stews
Notes: If this website is to be believed, holy MOLY but do Georgians love chicken stews, and some of them look *amazing*. I'll be making the tomato and pepper version called Chakhokhbili

Starches - there is a local flatbread that is relatively close to naan. I'm not including links here because ... you can BUY naan. There is a *limit* to this insanity.

Shopska (tomato, cucumber, feta) salad - Bulgaria
Notes: most of the recipes called for a lot more parsley. All emphasized it had to be sunflower oil. Will *try* and find Bulgarian feta/sirene.

There was much conversation both internet and in person that Bulgarian feta is different from Greek feta. Something about it being creamier with a softer flavor. There were also a number of fairly opinionated people who did not have nice things to say about the food nomenclature rules of the European Union. Oddly enough apparently feta cheese is one of the easier cheeses to make and the difference is only leaving the starter culture in for 30 minutes instead of 1 hour for traditional feta. (So sayeth the internets and they NEVER lie!) My sister *has* made some cheeses and butter before, but has never tried her hand at feta - not being a big feta fan. So if she has time, she's going to try it. I do like feta and eat it often on salads - I will report back.

Nope, sorry. Making your own cheese? No limit to the insanity.

Dessert -
Yabluchnyk (Ukraine)
Notes: Apparently a classic Ukrainian apple cake. There are two variations, one layered with batter and one with streusel.


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FUNHEALTHLOVE 2/7/2014 11:43AM

    YAY! I'm excited for this. When the Olympics were in London, I tried this with my boyfriend and son. We attempted Fish & Chips...our apartment smelled like fish for months after! These look so goooood AND they are WW Power Food friendly! Thanks guys, I was a little lost as to what to prepare tonight!

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    This sounds great

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/26/2014 2:35PM

    What a great idea!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/26/2014 2:23PM

    Great idea!! Love it. Enjoy the menu.

(And yes, the feta does taste different!)

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RAINA413 1/26/2014 1:59PM

    I absolutely love that you do this and it doesn't surprise me at all that you and your sister, who I know personally to be amazing in the kitchen, are such adventurous cooks! Hugs to your Aunt & Uncle for me. Think of me when you have the Sarmale. We have that every Rosh Hashana. My family, hailing from Romania, has been enjoying this treat for years!

Post photos of the food if you have a chance!!

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MISSG180 1/26/2014 11:49AM

    This is an awesome idea! I'm never going to actually do it, but it's really cool!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/26/2014 7:46AM

    Sounds like a wonderful family tradition! Enjoy the making, the eating, and the fellowship!

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KRISZTA11 1/26/2014 6:45AM

    You are going to have a wonderful dinner, and a healthy one too!
What a culinary adventure...

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LESLIELENORE 1/26/2014 12:11AM

    You'll have to let us know how it turns out. It sounds yummy.

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DOGLADY13 1/25/2014 10:15PM

    I have eaten many of these foods. You are in for a yummy feast!

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My New Year's Resolution

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ugh. I feel like *crap* from all the *crap* going into my body and a general lack of time. Sadly, my school is on a college campus so I have access to the fancy-pants gym *with* a pool, but have I had time to even darken its doors? No.

I am a pathetic person.

My New Year's Resolutions - 3 parts.
1) Get back to tracking food. That's how my whole weight loss process started. I can carve out a little time for that
2) Stairs at work. 1 flight but 5x at lunch and 5x after school. What's that in terms of time? 15 min each? I can manage that. No clothes changing.
3) at least get to the fancy-pants facility and see what they have in terms of group classes. I would *love-love-love* if they had a spin class (schedule is not posted on line) but at least *see* what they have available.

For me - the key to a successful NYR is Make It Do-able. Make It Specific. Make it Time Sensitive.

Lets start a mini-meme! What are your NYRs?

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/31/2013 10:33AM

I did't make any NYR. I'd like to try harder/better/smarter with my eating.

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MISSG180 12/28/2013 6:29PM

    I'm going to get mine up tomorrow or Monday.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/26/2013 1:45PM

    I know you can keep your pledges.

I still have to work on mine.

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    Here's to keeping those pledges!

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MJ7DM33 12/25/2013 10:30PM

  emoticon I will continue to do what works for me!

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RAINA413 12/25/2013 9:00PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan!! I don't have a NYR, but I do plan to keep up what I am doing...seems to be working!

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LESLIELENORE 12/25/2013 8:40PM

    My NYR is to keep doing what works, which means 1. tracking my food, and 2. exercising daily. I have been doing it for the most part, but haven't been tracking everything I eat the last 2 weeks... time to get honest again.

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DOGLADY13 12/25/2013 4:49PM

    I hear you on the busy schedule! I still make it to the gym or do something at least 3 times/week, but it isn't enough to keep up with my appetite!!!

I'm not good on New Year Resolutions. My attention span isn't long enough! But I can promise to support you and in supporting you, I'll do a better job of sticking to my plan.

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OPTIMIST1948 12/25/2013 2:40PM

    For those who dont know:
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time Sensitive

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LYNN_GODDARD 12/25/2013 1:31PM

    Now those are some S.M.A.R.T. goals. Keep going strong and you'll be successful sooner than you think.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2013 12:06PM

    I guess my one New Year's resolution is to have a more mellow and accepting attitude in the New Year. And to be conscious of it, and the decisions I make.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/25/2013 11:58AM

    No resolutions for me. Lol

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I see Triathletes...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Professional development day at my school. The district has hired some consultants to come in and teach us about implementing Common Core. During the breakout session, it comes up that our facilitator used to be a competitive athlete but seriously injured himself. What sports? Started in ice hockey, but switched to tennis and injured himself on the court. Me: "Funny, I started doing triathlons last year and I would have sworn that you were a triathlete. You have that build..." Him (pause) "Well, my tri bike is in the garage...."


(Some people have gay-dar, I have tri-dar)

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MISSG180 12/21/2013 1:29PM

    Tri-dar! LOL!!

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PMRUNNER 11/22/2013 5:48AM

    Funny! Maybe it's time to come out of the garage!

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DOGLADY13 11/21/2013 10:06PM

    Too funny.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/19/2013 8:47PM

    emoticon Love it!

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    Ha Ha HA

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2013 6:05PM

    emoticon That is so awesome!

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RAINA413 11/18/2013 11:36PM

    TRI-DAR!!! I love it!!

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