Geared Up & Broken Hearted

(Don’t worry, Whit and I didn’t break up.  You’ll see what broke my heart in a bit…)

I have never driven in snow slush. 

I never want to ever again.

Too bad it’s unavoidable.

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It was insane yesterday.  Ok, insane driving wise, but otherwise started out as normal:

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Honey is always around to observe supervise.  She wants to make sure that if it falls off the railing, she gets the leftovers.  If they don’t contain shards of glass of course.

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I got a $25 gift certificate a while back for Marshalls so of course I went and spent it on some dishes.  Buy girl clothes?  Not this time…

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I was in love with this plate for three reasons:

  1. It’s a square bowl.  Is that an oxymoron?
  2. It’s oven and freezer proof.  Hells yeah.
  3. It’s a mini casserole dish.  Recipes to come…

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But as much as I wanted to bake my oats in it Friday morning, I was in a hurry, so the microwave it was.  I loved that the bowl stayed cool enough for me to handle, even just after cooking.  Super freak’n plus.

I spent the majority of the morning on the desert roads but my heart was broken when I saw this.

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What? How could my beautiful Wild Mustangs break my heart?

Because they had to resort to this:

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They no longer than the space they used to to roam to warmer areas during the winter.  Instead, they’re subjected to the dangers of nearby roads/small highways, trucks/machinery driving around the turbines, generators that could short circuit and blow up, turbine blades thrown off the turbines…my list could go on.

I stared at them for a long time.  I’m used to seeing them in places like this, which is what I saw later:

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But it’s so cold they can’t be there anymore…as much as I’m for alternative energy sources, I’m also an environmentalist and preservationist, so when nature is being taken away, it makes me upset…and makes me wonder what my kids are going to have to look at?  Do you ever think about these things when you’re out in nature, and see wild animals at their best?

Anyhow, I headed out into the canyons and made my way through the flooding, mud, slush and snow.  Did I mention wet clay?  Now that was terrifying!

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By the time I got to my first point I was absolutely famished.  I didn’t realize I had gone almost 6 hours without eating anything and when you spend the majority of that time tensed up and jaw locked while driving, it drains you.

The Laughing Cow/Hummus/Veggie Sandwich with an orange didn’t do a damned thing so as much as I wanted to just eat my banana bread, I knew there wasn’t enough protein and ate my favorite Odwalla Bar instead:

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Had to have some energy to hike up that hill (looks small and sad, but it’s long and steep; I swear)!  It was uber slippery and deep!  I may have slid on the way down…and realized that in the 1/2 hour I was gone, the car had slid almost 6 inches on the decline towards the ravine.  Yikes!

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By the time I got home and finished work paperwork and emails, I realized how famished I was.  I dug into a piece of banana chocolate chip bread, then decided I was too tired to run, and ate some popcorn…and pb chex mix…and then the guilt ensued.  I’ll make another post about that this weekend…along with the stress that came from having to go out to dinner afterwards.

Whit came to town and we attended our First Friday Events, where they open up the galleries and the artists are there to talk to.  We walked around for a bit, met a local author, bought some Christmas presents, and then headed to the only Japanese restaurant in town: Kasagiri.

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I ordered their Seaweed Soup that I had last time, and loved!  It’s seriously so much better than Miso Soup.  Every Japanese restaurant needs to have this!

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I settled for my two favorite rolls: Cucumber Roll (ate 6 pieces)

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And a Vegetable Roll (which sadly had no avocado…I need protein people!)  I ate 7 pieces out of 10.

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I was telling Whit about how I don’t like Green Tea Ice Cream and he was flabbergasted, so he ordered some for dessert.  True to stand, I didn’t like this one either. Especially the mochi on the outside…not a fan.

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I tried to give it a shot and ate 3 pieces, but as I didn’t like it, I let Whit finish it!

I was exhausted the rest of the night, especially after the adventurous driving I did through out the day so I allowed myself to sleep in this morning.  Oh 8am how glorious you are.

I putzed around for a bit before having a subpar breakfast of an apple, some naturally more pb and kashi h2h which I figured would be good for the 8 miler I had planned for the day.

I let the air warm up to 50*F and headed out the door! I was focusing really hard during this run not to run too fast to aggravate my knee.  It did the trick!  I ran 8.03 miles in 1:22 and oh boy was I sore and tight afterwards!  When I run slower my stride gets shorter than it already is and tightens up my hips…something I need to figure out to make better.  It certainly was gorgeous though:

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As soon as I got home and cleaned up, I was ready for some food, as  my belly was scream’n for it!  I had about 2T left of pb in the jar and slammed it down with some oats, cinnamon and a banana.

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Honey wanted part of the action.  No such luck.

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I wanted my food dangit!

Now I’m off to the store to pick up the goods for my Blogger Cookie Exchange tomorrow!!!  Yay!!!  I hope they like what I have chosen!

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10 Responses to Geared Up & Broken Hearted

  1. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) says:

    yay! I'm looking forward to it!

  2. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) says:

    I commented too soon ha. I am looking forward to the cookie exchange! :)

    It makes me sad to see nature taken away like that too. :(

  3. Rachael says:

    I hear you on the turbine dilemma. I think that if more people were willing to house alternative energy projects like wind turbines on their property or in their communities, we wouldn't have to resort to commandeering wild spaces!

  4. Two of a Kind says:

    You make me sad sister. Well first i freaked out cause i thought you broke up. lol. But seeing what my career path has done makes me sad. I hope that if i get to be apart of future alternative projects ill have you keep me informed. Thats a promise. Cant just save the environment if theres nothing in it

  5. Gabriela says:

    There are SO MANY deer in our part of PA, and people complain about the, 24/7…"they eat my flowers" "they run into the road" "they should all be shot." Ever since I was a kid though, my dad has been reminding people that they were here first. I understand that society is growing and has made a lot of progress in some fields at the cost of environmental resources, but it still makes me so sad whenever I see a dead deer on the side of the road :(

  6. Megan D says:

    Aw I love the horse photo!! Also I know you post your oats every day but… what exactly is in them? Just oats/apples/pb? They always look yummy!

  7. the actor's diet says:

    i love that square little bowl! wish i could come to the party today – i am singing in a choir that night and have to be at rehearsal by 4. but if you're free at 7 after and want to come to the concert, it's at 7 on franklin and highland!

  8. sophia says:

    GAAH!! I'm so sad you don't like green tea ice-cream! It's my FAVORITe…esp in a mochi! What is it that you don't like about them…hold on, never mind, I don't want to know, I'll be too devastated. ;p

    I'm hopeful that there is a growing movement for the need of nature. I think humans know, intrinsically, that they need nature. As we build more concrete buildings and dash around the streets in our audis and toyotas, we start to miss the beauty and simplicity of nature, and we start advocating for it more and more.

    Well, that's what I hope anyway, that we are just right now at the wrong end of the cycle.

  9. Mommy says:

    Yummy! Green Tea Ice Cream with mochi, sounds good to me!!!

  10. Krista says:

    I think it's terrible, too when I see wild animals losing their homes b/c of development. I just wish the green spaces around us would be left just that…

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