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Snapshot Saturday – July 28

Happy Saturday, everyone!  The family went to the Grapehound Wine Tour this afternoon, and we had a great time!

Time to watch some Olympics–have a great night!

T-Shirt Hoarder No More

Remember when I “came out” as a t-shirt hoarder?

It was a secret about a decade in the making, and it felt great to take a step in the right direction. (read:  send my old tees away to Campus Quilt Company.)

Today, friends, I’m happy to announce I have received my material coping mechanism:

My t-shirt quilt arrived!

Doesn’t it look great?

I was pleasantly surprised with the end product, and so was Zelda.

As I spread the quilt out to view it in all its glory, a certain greyhound sprawled out like she owned it.  What a load!

Have a great night, everyone!

Infected Thumb and Write It Down, Do It Up

Hi, everyone!  How was your Sunday?  Things were lackadaisical around here.

Zelda loves a lazy Sunday.  My infected thumb made for an interesting wake up call, though.

Gross, right?  It’s been bugging me for a few days, and I figured it was just an ingrown cuticle.  However, when it woke me up around midnight—absolutely pulsating with pain—I had to pop two painkillers.  I rarely take Motrin or Tylenol—I’m paranoid my body will build up resistance to it—but I had to take a couple pills last night in order to fall back asleep.  It hurt that much.  Good news is I’m on antibiotics, so I’m hoping the swelling goes down within the next few days.


When I’m not volunteering for the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, Sundays bring Cycle 60 at the YMCA.  I arrived shortly before 8 a.m., and the building wasn’t open yet!  Eight of us stood outside and counted down the minutes before the doors opened at the top of the hour.  In all my years of organized athletics and gym rat-dom, I don’t think I’ve ever been locked out of a facility.

When spinning class began at 8:15 a.m., I focused on simulating a road bike ride:  I changed gears quite often—putting on resistance and taking if off even if Ron didn’t instruct it—and worked to keep my cadence—or turnover—constant, regardless of resistance.  After the hour-long class, I went to the weight room for some quick upper-body work.

Write It Down, Do It Up

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I will post my week workout schedule, and I invited you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

You know you’re a runnerd when you sign up for three races in nine days.  Here’s what my fitness-filled 4th of July week looks like:

Sunday – Cycle 60 at the YMCA

Monday – Swim at the YMCA/rest (but most likely swim)

Tuesday – short run (three miles); free weights; ab exercises; potentially Women on Wheels

Wednesday – Race-day – 4th of July 10-mile Footrace

Thursday – Swim at the YMCA; potentially Women on Wheels

Friday – Swim at the YMCA/rest

Saturday – short run (three miles); free weights; ab exercises

Sunday – Race-day – Boilermaker 15-K

Are you running any 4th of July Races?  Anyone going to the Boilermaker this weekend?

Back in Business

Good news, everyone—the “stinky wagon,” aka the septic truck, came to the house around noon to fix our water problem, and we are officially back in business!  Let there be showering, laundering, and dish washing galore!


After my spin class, I was craving a cold and crisp salad.  Most times, I’ll add leftover protein from dinner the night before—like salmon, tilapia, or chicken—to the salad, but there wasn’t a white styrofoam Thai takeout container to be found.  Instead, I used extra-firm tofu and followed a new recipe.

I topped a bed of greens—which included carrots, celery, and red pepper—with some of Caitlin’s Perfect Baked Tofu.  Thanks to its short ingredients list—EVOO, honey, chili powder, black pepper, paprika, and sesame seeds—seasoning and baking this tofu was easy peasy.  There’s no doubt this will become a go-to staple.

I also had a glass of iced coffee.

Baking, Round Two

Following lunch, my sisters and I went to Canastota for round two of baking.  We helped my grandma assemble venetian cookies—we spread jam between layers of green, white, and red cake—and made another batch of pineapple cookies.  Not that my grandma needs a reason to bake, but she’s already preparing desserts for my cousin’s high school graduation party—in July!  When it comes to cooking and baking, my grandma takes no prisoners.  And when it comes to “taste testing” the pineapple cookies, neither do I!


Around 5 p.m., I had a small bowl of cantaloupe and a Chobani lemon yogurt, both of which I forgot to photograph.  Oops.


Another summer evening, another dinner on the grill.

Steak, roasted vegetable medley (broccoli, zucchini, and red peppers) plus roasted eggplant.  And a glass of red wine.

I’m off to take Zelda for a walk.  Enjoy your Friday night!

Today’s The Day

Hiya, friends!  I hope you enjoyed meeting Zelda last night.  She’s been bugging me to introduce her to the blogosphere, and she finally got her wish.


Before I share some exciting news, here’s what I ate this morning.

Two scrambled eggs with baby spinach, Tabasco, and S&P, plus one slice of Ezekiel bread with PB.  I also had my standard two cups of coffee while reading blogs.

OK, so are you ready for this big news?  This morning, I am testing out my dad’s wetsuit in the lake, going to Syracuse Bicycle to pick up my Lexa SL (YAYA!), and attending my first-ever CNY Triathlon summer series at Jamesville Beach.  Yep, that’s right—I will be completing my first triathlon tonight!  I am so nervous, excited, pumped, scared, energized, you name it.

For the triathlon veterans out there, do you have any tips or advice for a newbie?  In terms of the swim (400m), I’m planning to wait until the final wave charges into the water and stay to the sides.  I’m hoping Ron’s indoor cycling classes will help me during the bike portion, and I’m the least nervous about the 5-K run.  However, I’ve never completed a triathlon brick workout. (While I was training for the Seneca7, I ran twice a day, and during the race itself I ran three legs that equated to 12 miles, so I can run on tired legs.) I know my legs will feel like jello, but I’ve never biked 10 miles and then ran 3.1.  Overall, I’m hoping my athleticism and current fitness level will kick in and help me do the best I can.

Internet, Meet Zelda

I figured it’s about time to introduce you to a very important family member—Zelda, the greyhound.

A rescue originally from Florida, Zelda was a subpar race dog in her previous life.  She was so bad, in fact, that her racing name was “Call Me Stupid.”  Hey, maybe she didn’t want to chase a rabbit around a track day after day.

Anyway, after two long years of racing—or, more accurately, losing—it was time for Zelda to retire and become a pet.

We’re a dog family—we had a Brittany named Molly and a Bernese mountain dog named Mandy—so two years ago, when we were in the market for a new pet, getting another doggie was a no-brainer.  This time around, we wanted a quiet, low-maintenance family dog (not an energetic Brittany or a big “Berner”).  After filling out paperwork and passing an at-home interview, we welcomed Zelda home.

And now, Zellie will celebrate her fifth birthday in September.

Mid-Morning Snack

Before running errands, I had a few celery sticks and avocado hummus.


Today’s midday meal looked very similar to yesterday’s dinner.

I heated up leftover chicken and peppers from the kabobs and mixed in some spinach.


A few hours later, I had a Chobani yogurt with a sprinkle of homemade granola.


Another day, another dinner on the grill.  Tonight we had Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia and Tofu, grilled asparagus, and roasted eggplant.  Delicious and nutritious!

Enjoy the rest of your night!