Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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24 Days of Togetherness

The other day, I was reading Carrots ‘n’ Cake and stumbled on this post about doing 24 days of togetherness with your significant other.  It’s like a personal advent calendar where you write down 24 activities to do together and pick one at random each day.  Tonight we wrote out our 24 activities.

24 days

We’re sort of cheating by making sure that we address the Christmas cards on time, but that’s ok.  I’m super excited to start tomorrow!

For dinner tonight we had eggs and oatmeal and wine.  Strange, but it worked.

And WordPress’s new photo uploader is pooping out on me, so the pictures are a fail.

Backing up to yesterday, this was my lunch at the field trip.  Grilled gruyere cheese and tomato soup.  YUM.

grilled cheese

And leftover chicken for dinner once I finally got home and showered around 8:45 pm.

chicken dinner


And with that, it’s time to veg out and get to bed on time.  I’ve got 8 miles planned for tomorrow, which is my last short long run.  In a couple months I’ll be doing 18+ on weekends and 8 miles every Wednesday!  Scary, but exciting!


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Foodie Pen Pal Month #2

Last month I participated in Foodie Pen Pals.  You can read all about that experience here.  I decided to participate again in November.  I sent a box to Lauren at Hall Nest.  Go to her blog to read all about it!

I received my box from Mollie at Sprinkles of Life.  She jam-packed my box full!


In that little box was all this stuff!


Except the pumpkins – those were already on the table.  🙂

Some close-ups of all the goodies:



Mollie sent me a lot of stuff from Whole Foods as well as Cost Plus World Market.  We’re planning to save the hot chocolate for tomorrow when we buy and decorate our Christmas tree.  The rest?  It’s being eaten slowly but surely.  I tend to eat snacks things slowly so that they last, and this box is no exception.

If you’ve never participated in or heard of the Foodie Pen Pal program, you should totally go here and do it!

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Field Trip Day 2

Today I slept until the glorious hour of 6:30 after falling asleep around 11:30. I woke up once at some point, but I must have fallen right back asleep because I hardly remember being awake.

After calling my five rooms of kids to make sure they were up, I got myself ready and walked to the Carl’s Jr next door to get coffee. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was probably better than what the hotel had.

I had a banana I brought from home and a biscuit from the hotel’s breakfast before jumping on the bus to go to the convention center.

The day started with an introduction to the events and guest speakers. The kids in the E-Business program have created companies and they’re here to sell their virtual products. It’s an amazing way for them to learn about all areas of business.

After the speakers, I plopped at a table with a couple magazines.


It’s a great way to spend a work day 😀

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It’s Sad When 6 Uninterrupted Hours of Sleep is a Good Thing

Last night I slept for approximately 6 hours.  That’s the first time that’s happened in several days.  The last time I slept straight through the night was the night before Thanksgiving.  It’s been a rough few weeks.

Because of the rough few weeks, I haven’t been blogging as much as I normally would.  I’m not giving up on it by any means, but the big plans I’ve had for it are going to have to wait.  I need to get myself back on track and healthy again.

Last night for dinner we made chicken in the crock pot.  We decided to start adding chicken back into our diet, at least a little bit.  We threw the chicken in with leftover pizza sauce, sun dried tomatoes, and vegetable broth.  Some basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and lasagna noodles (the only pasta we had) finished it off.

We topped it with shredded mozzarella and had a salad on the side.

We also finished the biscuits from Saturday night.

Tonight’s dinner?  Cheese tortellini, white beans, spinach, and leftover carnival squash tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, oregano, and parmesan cheese.


Tomorrow I’m chaperoning the overnight field trip to Bakersfield with the E-Business kids.  I went last year and it was definitely a fun time and a nice break from traditional work.  I’m excited.  🙂

And, because I’m a crazy person, I’m getting up at 4 am so I can fit in my 3.5 mile run.  Marathon training, baby.  If it’s at all possible to fit the run in, you fit it in.

Plus, I can sleep for 2 hours on the bus.  😀

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Christmas Card

I’m working on our Christmas card today.  It’s pretty exciting to be doing our own this year.  🙂

I knew I wanted a wedding picture on it, and then today we also took a picture with Oakley.


It’s not the best picture, but Oakley was already getting annoyed at us for waking her up.

Now the question is how to do the card.  I’ve already decided on Costco because it seems to be the cheapest option, but I can’t decide if I want to use one of their templates or create my own card on PicMonkey and then upload the image onto a blank template.  I like that last option, but it’s hard to tell from Costco’s website if the end result will be blurry or not.

I’ll have to keep playing with it.

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Thanksgiving Catch Up

The last couple days have been packed with Thanksgiving goodness.  We had two Thanksgivings this year – Thursday at my parents’ house and Friday at Mat’s parents’ house.

We started both Thanksgivings with a breakfast of pumpkin bread with pumpkin cream cheese and scrambled eggs.  And coffee – half pumpkin spice coffee and half regular.


Thanksgiving at my parents’ house:


Thanksgiving at Mat’s parents’ house:


That was Mat’s plate, not mine.  Mine was a bit smaller and didn’t have a roll.  🙂

Mat put the kitty around his neck like a scarf when we got back from our Thanksgiving #1 walk.


She hung out for a while – I was surprised.  Isn’t she cute??  🙂

When we were at Mat’s parents’ last night we were talking about Christmas and how we were trying to find a non-creepy angel tree topper.  Then today, right after my run, I got a text from Kathy that she saw this at Walmart.  She offered to get it for us.  Awesome!  One less thing to figure out!  Only stockings (and all the gift shopping of course) is left.


When I got back from my 10 mile run today, I scooped up Oakley and snapped a picture.  I’m not sure she appreciated my sweatiness.  🙂


Tonight we’re taking a break from Thanksgiving food and making salmon with Brussels sprouts and hopefully biscuits, if I find a recipe I like using ingredients I have.  I usually prefer buttermilk ones, but I don’t have any buttermilk at the moment.

It’s a quiet night around here for us.  I can’t remember the last time I was home on a Saturday afternoon.  Besides making salmon, the plan is to watch a Christmas movie and just relax.  Yay!

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Thanksgiving Prep

I was MIA yesterday.  And almost MIA today.  I’ve been dealing with a lot the last few days (I may share later, I haven’t decided yet) and so sadly blogging hasn’t really been on my mind (nothing has really been on my mind except dealing with stuff).  Today I’m doing better which is good because I had lots of Thanksgiving prep to do.

I didn’t take any pictures.  I thought about it but just didn’t feel like it.  I was making a lot of stuff and just wanted to get through it.

This year for Thanksgiving, we’re going to my parents’ house tomorrow and Mat’s parents’ on Friday.  His mom has to work tomorrow, and when that happens we celebrate on Friday.  It actually works out well for us because there’s no trying to decide where to go.  I don’t think Kathy appreciates working on a holiday, but at least we all get to spend time together.

My mom asked me to make the sweet potatoes and a pumpkin pie, and Kathy asked for a vegetable dish and a pie.  I decided to do pumpkin for that too because it just made sense.  I’m doing roasted green beans with parmesan cheese, so I cleaned and cut all the green beans and grated the parmesan today.  On Friday morning we’ll toss the beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper and then roast them at Mat’s parents’ house with the parmesan.

The sweet potatoes weren’t hard, but it was annoying to peel and cut 8 of them.  I got bored.  Once they were boiling I was happy.  After that it was a matter of using the good old hand mixer to mash them and add some cream, maple syrup, butter, etc. I mixed up the streusel topping and that will get baked at my parents’ house tomorrow.

Both pies are in the oven as we speak, and I’m finally sitting on the couch.  Considering I didn’t start all this madness until sometime around noon, and I stopped for lunch (grilled cheese – so yummy), the timing isn’t too bad.

Naturally, I had good wholesome television on to entertain myself while cooking.  My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding is totally wholesome.  As is Dr. Phil and Judge Judy.

As you can see, I enjoy stimulating my brain.