My Heart Is Afloat

I am so thrilled at everyone’s participation in my 2 year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!  I am also excited to hear about all the things you would love to hear about on the blog and how much you like it already!  I’ve always felt a bit out of the norm with my blog, talking about the environmental work I do on top of being a vegetarian, training for races and overcoming an eating disorder (and all the rawness I put into those posts)…I also felt like I didn’t have a niche in our little community because I was all over the place, but I suppose that’s what makes it exciting for all of you!!  Again, thank you all so much for following, be it from the beginning or just yesterday; I love you all!

Remember, you have until Sunday night to enter the giveaway and I’ll announce the winner on Monday!


I hope your day has gone well, mine certainly wasn’t too bad!  The weather, thank goodness, was down considerably to the high 80’s/low 90’s but with a wind blowing at over 25mph so although it made walking a bit harder, it definitely made it cooler!  We’re winding down most of projects right now so we’re not doing as much walking (only 6 miles today!) but I needed to take it easy since after yesterdays run an old quad injury was flaring up a bit…I suppose the combo of that and walking all those hills (which we did more of today) was a bit much for it…hopefully this won’t derail me from the race I’ve signed up for this weekend!

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I haven’t run a 5k in such a long time!  I’m excited to see how it’s going to go and what kind of time I’ll get since I haven’t been doing any sort of short speed training!  I hope my quad is happy by then so I can run my little legs off!

Anyhow, I started off today with my banana/cereal/pb mix but added in a few raspberries to spice it up a bit…and because they needed to be eaten or they’d go bad!

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Out to the field/hills we went and got the hardest part of the whole area finished!  No more crazy hills that I dreaded doing, especially in the heat!  After those and running around trying to find out some stuff for another part of the area, I had a snack of a plum and a Blueberry and Raspberry Oatmeal Bar to hold me over until lunch.  I really wish I had taken a picture of it because these are so much prettier with the red/pink and blue/purple from the berries!  Obviously I have 7 more so you’ll see them eventually!

We did some more walking and then I had to take some B&W pictures of this abandoned house out in the desert.  The whole building was warped and I knew it was going to make a great photo op.

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I just wish I had had my personal camera to take these pictures because I think they would have come out even better!

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I still thought the different angles were really interesting and almost eerie!

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Do you see the lizard in the window?

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I have no idea how old the property is but it’s amazing how it’s started to sag and dip so much…

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I’m really surprised it’s even standing!  The weather out here is brutal so it’s amazing what these buildings go through!

And…I actually got a picture of my lunch out in the field but forgot to take the camera out of B&W mode.  I made my lunch artsy!

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Ok, not so much. A basic Laughing Cow and Hummus Veggie Sandwich with some fresh cantaloupe on the side.  It is so sweet right now since it’s getting in season!  Nom nom!

We got home and did some work and I needed some brain fuel to do all the work I needed on the computer. A mix of Cinnamon Puffins and the last of my PB Panda Puffs.

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I was getting really sleepy after all of this and normally my response would be to snack one something to keep me awake, but what good is that going to do for me if I’m not hungry and just tired?  Ergo I listened to my body and simply took an HOUR LONG NAP.  I totally needed that…

Many of you talked about how you would like to see more recipes, easy meals that I take out in the field and more about the meals I eat for dinner so I’ve started a new section on my Recipe Page called Single Serving Meals.  Check it out when you get a chance!  I’ve added my dinner from tonight!

Tempeh and Bok Choy Stir Fry with Brown Rice

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  • 1-2 tsp of sesame seed oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, mashed/chopped
  • a bit of fresh grated ginger (use a little at first and add as needed as it can be overwhelming!)
  • one thick slice (mine was just under an inch) of fresh onion
  • 1-2 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 bunches of baby bok choy, rinsed and ends chopped off
  • a large handful of broccoli slaw (or you can use a handful of broccoli and a half a carrot, grated or cut thinly)
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1/3 package of TJ’s 6 Grain Tempeh, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice

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  1. Start brown rice in rice cooker or pot and cook according to package directions (I used my rice maker, added in a 1/2C of brown rice and 1 1/4c water)
  2. Start heating oil at a low heat while you add in the garlic, ginger, onion and soy sauce.
  3. Sauté until the onions start to soften and add in water, bok choy and broccoli slaw on top.  Cover the pan to help steam the vegetables and continue cooking the onion pieces.
  4. Give the vegetables about 3-5 minutes and start moving them all around together.
  5. Remove the vegetables and add the tempeh to the pan to heat through, adding a bit more soy sauce if needed for taste.
  6. Plate all together and enjoy!

It’s really simple and if you cook the rice while you make the other part of the dish, everything is ready in about 15-20 minutes!  Easy peasy!

I’m finishing off the night with 1/2 a TJ’s Dark Chocolate Bar with a 6 dried bing cherries and calling it a night!

Oh, and if you commented on my post about checking in on Mirror Checks, I have left a comment for you (Ok, I’m actually posting this and then going over to comment so give a bit of time!  But responses will be there!)

Good night!

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13 Responses to My Heart Is Afloat

  1. *Andrea* says:

    i LOVE the single serving meal feature!!! i usually only cook for myself so this is super helpful.

    good luck with the 5k! i wish i had an active job like yours! i sit on my butt for 10 hours lol

  2. runsarah says:

    That 5k looks like it's going to be so much fun! I love the new single serving meal page – I need more ideas for when I am just cooking for myself.

  3. ktbwood says:

    mmm love that recipe girl!!! that 5k will be a BLAST. i love 5ks!! perfect distance :)

  4. theemptynutjar says:

    Do you put milk in your cereal bowl in the morning? Funny, its so dry!

    Oh boy…I know envy is not a good thing…but I envy you your physical abilities…never ever take them for granted.

  5. Mica says:

    I'm intimidated by 5Ks, which means that I should run them more often. Good luck on this weekend's race. Run your BUNS off, hahaha!

    That house (shack? structure?) makes for some intense photography.

  6. Kittie says:

    Oooh, your dinner looks great!

  7. mymarblerye says:

    I could totally devour that whole tempeh and rice dish! And yes..I'll be entering your contest MANY MANY times. :)

  8. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    Oh wow, your dinner looks so so good!! I love Bok Choy.
    And the pictures of the building are so gorgeous! That's so random… a house in the middle of the dessert. Your job sounds tough but also kind of fun! At least not boring. :)
    Love you girl!

  9. Gena says:

    I'm loving all the whole grains and vegetarian recipes lately! Love it!

  10. Marissa says:

    Good luck on the 5K! That's the only kind of race I've ever done, but I loved it! Its so much easier to run in a race enviroment than just out by yourself.

  11. Krista says:

    Cool pics of that house! Wonder how it got so twisted? Good luck with the 5K…you'll rock it for sure! And a single serve page sounds like a neat idea. I'll be checking that out.

  12. Gabriela says:

    I love those black and white pics! On father's day we took a walk through a state park and found a few abandoned colonial houses. So spooky but pretty!! Hope you're enjoying your week so far!!

  13. whataboutsummer says:

    I love the name of the 5K. Wow you have been so active. I can't remember the last time I did six miles (I guess I'll get my life together and run six in my 10K on Sunday). I would really love to be on the job with you one day! ah oh well. Best wishes

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