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Thursday, October 4, 2012

a running pop quiz

Answer just a few or all of them!!! Feel free to do the survey and answer questions on your blog too!

1. FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?

2. Race Length: 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?

3. Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants or Other?

4. Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?

5. Running Temperatures: HEAT or COLD?

6. Running Shoe Brands: Suacony, Mizuno, Nike, Brookes, Asics or Other?

7. Pre-race meal: Oatmeal, Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?

8. Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?

9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?

10. #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or Other?


My answers


1. FUEL: Shot Bloks

2. Race Length: 1/2 Marathon(nov 18th!!)

3. Workout Bottoms: capris

4. Sports Drink: water

5. Running Temperatures: Miami year long heat

6. Running Shoe Brands: Brookes

7. Pre-race meal: what ever is at hand

8. Rest Days: 1-2x

9. Music: use it as a backround noise

10. to try something new and complete a new years resolution of finally running more than a mile

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Perfect Pumpkin Soup



 
This is the most perfect pumpkin soup you’ll ever have! The pumpkins are sweet and the soup is slightly beefy and salty. Pure comfort.
I have been surviving off of this soup for the past two weeks and I don’t foresee me getting tired of it any time soon. I make small batches every week so that my house is full of the smells of the fall every Sunday.
 
 
Beside the pumpkin, i bet all the ingredients are within your pantry walls and your fridge. This is also a great soup to make ahead and store in the freezer for the perfect fall night.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1 medium pumpkin(not the type you carve for Halloween, think more like the cut up squash you find at the super market, make sure to carefully take the skin off with a knife)
  • 2 medium onions cut in half
  • 2 medium carrots cut in thirds
  • 1 stalk of celery cut in forths
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 cups of water(or enough to cover the veggies)
  • 1beef flavoring packet
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Instructions


Carefully take the skin off the pumpkin with a knife and cut into 1 inch cubes. Add pumpkin cubes, onion, celery and carrots to a large soup pot. Add 8 cups of water or enough to cover the vegetables, beef/chicken or vegetable broth could be added instead of water.  Bring to a boil and add beef flavoring packet. Let simmer for half an hour or until vegetables are tender to the touch.

Let vegetables and broth cool completely before blending to a smooth texture with a hand blender or a standing blender. Return mixture to large soup pot and add a butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Allow soup to boil for 10 minutes before serving.  

 

 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Starbucks steals my heart again: Braille cards!!!


5 minutes or less

I’m trying something new!!

I’ve decided to give myself only 5 short minutes to update you as much as possible about the past few weeks.

I am still battling what I think is an awful flu. Awful in the sense that it comes and goes and doesn’t affecting me all at once. I thought I had kicked its sorry flu butt after resting two weekends ago and drinking my fair share of Theraflu and staying in bed with my heat pad(more like a heat blanket) but boy was I wrong. I took all of last weekend with the exception of church and Sunday –schooling, to take care of Erick, who for the first time in ages was actually sick himself. Then Sunday night, I thought I was dying again and the attack of the flu started again with the beginning of 5 days of a severe sore throat, loss of voice and fever. This flu bug is affecting everyone I work with but I am proud to say that it did not start with me; I did not bring the flu bug to work!

The only positive thing about being sick is awesome soups and of course the boyfriend taking care of me and going to buy me ice cream in the middle of the afternoonJ

Ill be posting my pumpkin soup tomorrow. I have sort gone crazy with pumpkin this past weekend. You see, October is my favorite month. I love everything fall; the leaves falling(doesn’t happen in Miami but a girl can dream) the slight change in temperature, Oktoberfest beer, pumpkin spice latte’s, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin patches. It’s the most romantical time of the year and no one can judge me for wearing scarfs anymore. Simply perfect.

5 minutes are up!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

under the weather

Hi everyone!

Sorry for being MIA lately! I have been fighting a cold.flu.sorethroat for a while and its taken a bigger toll on me than I ever expected.

Im currently living off an amazing pumpkin soup I've been making on the weekends(recipe shorlty to follow), tylenol cold & flu and theraflu at night. Work, school and life have been kicking my butt and to top it off, Erick who never gets sick was sick all last week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The not-so-grammar queen

























While catching up on blog reading during my lunch break, I found a quirky post on grammar and the do's and dont's that relate to it.

Here are a few things I've learned over the past 4 years:


  1.  Loose and lose are not the same thing. Not even close.
  2. Funner and funnest are real words! Not just because I am typing them, but because they fit the rule of a 3 letter word that can be added the er or the est at the end of it.
  3. Literally. Most things aren't actually literally true. "I was literally dying with laughter." Probably not


The blog led to an article titled 20 Common Grammar Mistaken. This article has found a place close to my heart. People seem to forget that in order to communicate, and properly at that, you need to either; verbally speak, sign(asl) or write, and a simple comma can make a world of a difference. I never really paid close attention to grammar until my junior and senior year in college. I decided on being an English major and what I wrote had to make sense. I had the hardest time figuring out where comma's were supposed to go, so I placed them everywhere and had Erick take out the ones that weren't necessary. Still haven't mastered it but getting close!
 
 
best part of the article you ask?

It reminded me of the show, The Big Bang Theory.

i.e.  Nauseous
 
Undoubtedly the most common mistake I encounter. Contrary to almost ubiquitous misuse, to be “nauseous” doesn’t mean you’ve been sickened: it actually means you possess the ability to produce nausea in others. e.g., That week-old hot dog is nauseous. When you find yourself disgusted or made ill by a nauseating agent, you are actually “nauseated.” e.g., I was nauseated after falling into that dumpster behind the Planned Parenthood. Stop embarrassing yourself.