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Under the Weather

Happy Friday, everyone!  As you can tell, I’m feeling a little sick today.  ‘Tis the season, right?  Both my dad and one of my sisters were sick when I was home, and I’m trying to catch their coughs, sore throats, and congestion.  It probably didn’t help that I sat in a freezing train car for five and a half hours yesterday either.


I didn’t feel great last night—I figured I was just tired from traveling—so I picked up some soup and sushi from Whole Foods.


The chicken noodle soup tasted delicious; I wish I went for a bigger container and left the spicy salmon roll!  Oh, and another sign I wasn’t up to par—I didn’t buy any fruit!  Sure, I loaded up on spinach, peppers, and carrots, but I forgot (maybe?) to get apples.  However, a package of Christmas cookies from my friend Connie picked my spirits up! 1_3-christmas-cookies-collage

Gluten-free peanut butter cookies, red velvet chocolate crinkles, gingerbread bars, peanut butter pretzels dipped in chocolate, and mint chocolate chip cookies–mmmm!  Thanks again, Connie!

Workout – Swimming

Even though I didn’t sleep great and felt a little under the weather, I went to the pool this morning for my usual 45 minutes of drill work.  Thanks to my congestion, I had some trouble breathing at first, but it became easier as I warmed up.  Oh, and I was totally *that swimmer* who lost her kickboard during her pull sequence.  Whoops!


Another sign of sickness—I wasn’t starving after swimming.  What is going on?  I still made a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich.


I struggled to finish it, though.

After eating, I took care of some errands, and then parked myself on the couch.  I haven’t moved since, except to make lunch.


It’s official—my appetite has disappeared.  Usually, I eat lunch between 12:30-1:30 p.m., but as 1:40 p.m. approached, I didn’t feel hungry at all.  I knew I needed to eat something, though, so I kept it simple.


Baked tofu with pepper, cumin, and red pepper flakes, plus some peas.

I have an indoor bike trainer ride scheduled for tonight, which I really need to do because I haven’t been in the saddle since last year (ha!), but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea.  Here’s to hoping this is a cold I can sweat (or swim) out!

Do your eating habits change when you’re sick?  Do you crave foods you don’t usually like?

So Much Snow

Happy Thursday, friends!  I hope you had a great holiday and have started to recover accordingly.  My family and I spent the day hanging out, reading, and organizing Christmas leftovers.  The first order of business included putting cookies in Tupperware and burying them in the freezer.


Out of sight, out of mind, right?


I haven’t broken into these frozen stashes yet, but I did eat wayyy too many of my grandma’s Italian venetian cookies.  So many, in fact, that they’re all gone, which means no picture.  Whoops.  Anyway, we also laid low yesterday because of a winter storm warning for Central New York; we got easily 10 inches of snow last night, and it’s still coming down.  Plus, the lake finally froze over.


The bad weather even caused my local pool/fitness center to close, which I discovered after digging my car out of the snow and driving there.  Oh well.  Fingers crossed it’s open tomorrow.


My breakfast started off with an unpictured banana I ate before going to the pool, and after coming back home, I made “oatless” oatmeal an hour or so later.


I followed the recipe, except I substituted almond extract for vanilla.  I didn’t taste a difference, but that’s probably because of the huge glob of Justin’s chocolate almond butter.  Would you believe Santa put a jar in my stocking?  He knows me well! (And there’s no way it will last more than a few days!)

Workout – Running

After letting my breakfast digest, I headed outside to run.  This wasn’t the greatest idea—the temperature notched 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the snow continued to fall—but I will do anything (and run in anything) to avoid the dreadmill.


One of my go-to routes takes about 45 minutes to complete, but it took me an hour to run it today.  Yeah, it took my body about 40 minutes to warm up (ha!), but the roads desperately needed to be plowed again—no sign of pavement.


Please note the snowbank on the left; it reached my hip!  I would’ve been better off running in snowshoes!


After showering, I heated up a bowl of homemade shrimp bisque.


Mmmm!  I was still hungry, so I put together a plate of Christmas leftovers for round two.


My uncle’s girlfriend made these delicious jalapeno-stuffed peppers with cream cheese, sausage, and cheese, and I also had a little wild rice.  I’m thinking an apple with some chocolate nut butter is in order!

How are you recovering from the holidays?  Have you taken down Christmas decorations yet?  What about your tree?  Would you ever run in the snow?

Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve, friends!


We went to Lights on the Lake last night, a two-mile long drive along Onondaga Lake Park that features a ton of (you guessed it) light displays like the Victorian Village, Land of Oz, and the Wide World of Sports.  We go every year, and it’s fun to see new additions.

In other news, we’re done baking Christmas cookies for now!  Can you believe we made five different types of treats?


Oh, and Margaret even baked a special Christmas Eve cake.  Hopefully Santa—and the family!—enjoys everything.


I hope you have a great holiday filled with lots of family, friends, and laughs!

Snapshot Saturday – Home for the Holidays

Hello from Central New York!


It feels great to be home for the holidays!  Even though I saw my family last weekend, we haven’t been together at home since Thanksgiving, so I’m happy and thankful we’re all together again.  Including Zelda.


I missed her so much!  Today’s been a low-key, relaxing day.  I watched the Syracuse basketball this afternoon, which I do not want to talk about.


Yep, Jim Boeheim was seriously peeved. (And yes, my beloved Orange lost to the Temple Owls.) I then proceeded to drown my sorrows by baking some Christmas cookies.  First, Margaret and I made fudge-filled sandies.


We split one for “quality control purposes,” and they tasted yummy!


We also baked a batch of gingerbread men.


We’ll decorate them tomorrow, and we also have at least three more types of cookies to make, so we’ll be busy!  Oh, and between measuring flour, setting the timer, and moving cookies to cooling racks, I totally OD’d on my grandma’s homemade toffee.


You can’t stop at one piece; the stuff is seriously addicting, so we call it crack–ha!  Hopefully there will be more at our family dinner tomorrow.

Do you bake Christmas cookies?  What’s your favorite type of cookie to make—or eat?