Sunday, March 6, 2011

March Madness

I can't believe we're so far into March already - February just flew by! Work for both of us has gotten busier, but other than that things have been pretty normal. Except on Feb. 15th, we were leaving Dan's high school guys' basketball game and stopped at a red light, when we were rear ended by a pickup truck! We were talking to each other at the time & never saw it coming, so it took us a few seconds to take in the situation and make sure we were each okay. In the meantime, the other driver used those few seconds to take off! Neither of us got a good look at the guy's face as he drove away, but I did get his licence plate number. God took care of us and neither of us was hurt (just headaches & neck aches afterwards) and the CR-V was minimally damaged.

We called the police and reported the hit-and-run, but we don't know if they'll ever catch the guy. He probably just didn't have insurance, but who knows, he could've been drunk driving or been a criminal for all we know. Fortunately he hit the spare tire dead-on, which was kind of like head-butting a unicorn. There's a metal pole protruding from the center (a remnant from an old bike rack) that we think may have punctured the guy's radiator based on all the fluid he left behind. We hope it was expensive for him to fix, because our car's now a little more beat up but still drivable, thankyouverymuch.

Classy? No. But it packs a punch.

On a much more fun note, I got to have dinner recently with Mrs. Dottie Myatt, my college roommate Lili's mom! I lived with Lili during my Junior & Senior years of college and got to know her family better during that time. Mrs. Dottie is the chair of the education department at Union University, and was visiting San Diego for an education conference. She's the sweetest lady, and it was wonderful to get to spend time with her catching up on the past 10+ years. Having dinner with her made me miss my mom like crazy, though!

As far as daily stuff, half marathon training has been going well. I've been running 4 days and weight training 2 days a week. Since it's dark when I get home from work, I've been working out at 6:30 a.m. and shockingly I'm still alive. Early mornings have always been my Achilles heel, but it is so nice to have it done for the day, and now when I get home from work I can spend the whole evening with Dan instead of going for a run at 6 p.m. Dan's surprised me by keeping up with most of the running on my training schedule - he hates running (or any form of exercise except hockey, for that matter). I'm really proud of him! He's even joined me on all the Saturday long runs, and we ran 7 miles yesterday!

(If you don't complete the workout, you deal with Taz)
Since I've been running more, I've been trying to eat at least one banana every day for the potassium. I just found a trick that makes eating them so much more fun! Banana soft serve! Just cut or tear a banana into bite-sized pieces and put them in a baggie or tupperware and place in the freezer overnight. Then put the frozen pieces into a food processor or chopper and blend until creamy. Sometimes I have to add a tiny amount of water to get it to blend well, but the final consistency is like soft serve ice cream. It's delicious, healthy, and perfect as the weather get warmer! You can add a little peanut butter or other frozen fruits, like strawberries. It's basically a smoothie, just less liquidy.

I have a small food chopper, which is the perfect size for one banana.

Banana-strawberry soft serve. Yum!!!! I foresee ice cream for breakfast in the near future!