Going back to work after a long weekend isn’t easy, but this one was a little easier considering it’s a shorter week and I’m not on call this week. Being closely tethered to a work cell phone is not exactly relaxing even for just a week. My worst on call experience was a company I worked for years ago, a tech call center company that ran a call center for smaller computer companies, internet service providers, etc. A rare thing in the US today, but it was my first “real” full time job out of college. At the time, I was working on a home router contract during the broadband boom in the late nineties. Our on call pager pay was a joke, not really an issue because it was usually quiet. But it got to the point were I was getting multiple calls an hour and at all hours of the night – people panic when they can’t surf porn at 3 AM. I couldn’t see a movie or even drive anywhere that took more than 5 minutes without the pager blowing up. Normal sleep schedule? Yeah, right! And cell phone batteries weren’t what they are today back then, so I got the pleasure of stopping at pay phones frequently when on the road and dialing those monster long distance calling codes, remember those? Not fun, but it makes me thankful for my current job and better cell phones. :-)
Anyway, some goals for the short week:
- Run 4 miles to train for my next 5k Sunday.
- Clear out my tasks list
- Get another load to the Goodwill continuing with a little spring de-cluttering.
- Do more recipes from Ani’s new book
I usually love flipping through raw recipe books and meal planning for the week flagging recipes to try and updating my shopping list, but I have not had much time in the last few weeks and have been falling back to old favorites that I know by heart and can whip up quickly. Sadly, I probably won’t be able to make much time to experiment in the kitchen until next week as this weekend is already booked. Oh well, at least the meals are still healthy.
I had lunch at my mom’s today with my sister and young nieces and was pleasantly surprised at the raw feast they created!
My sister created a not-tuna nut pate and used it in these awesome nori wraps with sprouts, carrots and avocado! I can’t even roll nori wraps that neatly! This is a huge accomplishment for a busy mother of two, which I told her about a million times. And raw corn on the cob is great, sweet and crunchy.
For dinner I created a nacho cheese salad using Spicy Nacho Cheese Dip as the dressing.
I tossed chopped green onions, avocado, kale, zucchini, carrots, red pepper, broccoli and tomato in a bowl, then poured the sauce on top and thoroughly tossed to coat. It was good, like a cheesy coated veggie dish with a nice kick – yum. In the process, I filled another large bowl for our compost bin.
Before having the compost bin, I used to try to use every veggie bit to prevent waste. Now I don’t feel so guilty and am looking forward to how the compost will help our garden next year.
Anyway, I’m feeling pretty good after yesterday’s 5k race. Last year I was really sore afterward, but the real test will be how sore I am on day 2, tomorrow. I’m going to take it a bit easy for exercise tonight, just doing 40 minutes on the elliptical and a quick Bowflex routine. I have signed up for a half marathon which is huge for me! It’s not until October, plenty of time to train for it. But, I’m pretty excited and need to start looking into training plans now. If any runners out there have recommendations, please share!