San Francisco, California Day 2 10/19

Day 2 in San Francisco was race day! We got up bright eyed and bushy tailed-haha let’s not kid ourselves, I hate mornings! Aiko and I posed for a pic right before we lined up for the race though. Did I mention the race started at 6:30 freaking AM???!!! What world are we living in?!

Aiko and I at the Nike Women's Half Marathon

There were cheerleaders and music and people cheering at every half mile to a mile! It was one of the most amazing, well covered races I have ever experienced! Continue reading

San Francisco, California Day 1 10/18

Last weekend my bestie, her bf, my bf, and I all took a trip up North to San Francisco so that Aiko and I could run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with my other bestie, Maggie, and our friend Mary. We chose this race because you get a Tiffany’s necklace! Who doesn’t want one of those??? I have only been there once when I was like, 2 years old so it was pretty exciting for me. Also, Ban has never flown before, so it was great to see his excitement and enthusiasm for the sights he saw when we were thousands of feet in the air. Here are some of the experiences we had:

Ban’s picture for his first plane ride that he really seemed to enjoy!

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Meet Digit!

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Welcome to what, or should I say who, has been keeping me busy! Sorry I haven’t been on in a while, it’s been craziness with teaching and all! This sweet little girl hasn’t been helping me either, but that’s okay! Esteban’s parents found her in their backyard and he decided to keep her. We are co-parenting kind of, as in she lives with him and I visit as much as possible because I am obsessed with how cute she is and because I love animals. Duh. (please forgive the run on sentences!) She’s about 3 to 4 weeks old the vet thinks, and full of fleas but we love her anyway! She has 8 claws on each front paw so she’s poly dactyl! So cool! Esteban named her Digit because she has so many claws.

Digit the kitten!

I was so overwhelmed buying all of the supplies for her as I am a dog person and have never owned a cat before (my dad’s allergic). That, along with figuring out how to actually take care of a cat was a lot to take in on one day. Luckily, cats are way easier to manage than dogs, and since she doesn’t live with m,e Esteban got stuck doing most of the work (like using a cotton swab to make her pee, cleaning up poop, and bathing her – although sometimes I help bathe her too).

Digit at Vet

I still have a list of things to get her though. Here are a few:

1. Scratching Post

2. Cat carrier – with soft sides so she’s more comfy

3. step in litter box (we’re just using a plastic tub right now)

4. More toys!

5. Collar (preferably pink with rhinestones, but Esteban’s not liking the rhinestone idea….lame)

6. Leash – because like any responsible pet owner, I want to be that weird neighbor who takes their cat on walks

Digit Baby Bottle

 

As you can see, since she is only 3 to 4 weeks old we had to feed her with a bottle for a few days. It made for very cute pictures! And no new kitten adoption is complete without a Simba(Lion King) pose… she melts my heart!

Digit in the Lion King pose

 

As I said, I’m a dog person, but this kitten sure is growing on me!!

Food Update

My posts have been few and far between lately, sorry! I’ve been working 24/7 and just haven’t had the time or desire to make food for the blog or post. I’ve been eating out A LOT! So I thought I’d share some of the foods I’ve been indulging in.

I hit up the Acai Bowl locations around my house quite a lot! My favorite is called Ants on a Log. If you have never had an Acai bowl before you are definitely missing out!

Ants on a log acai bowl

I also tried a plainer bowl with just fruit and honey and granola.

Fruits and granola in an Acai bowl

I did make one thing during the past weeks: oatmeal pumpkin pancakes. They were okay, but nothing worth sharing.

Pancakes made out of oatmeal and pumpkin

I also went to Sizzler and my boyfriend and I shared an ice cream with crushed cookies and chocolate.

Ice cream with cookies and chocolate on top

Last, but not least, I went to a place called Zero Degrees Italian Ice. I got the passion fruit virgin mojito. It was so good I drank it in a minute! I love the cute jar too!

Passion Fruit Mojito at Zero Degrees Italian Ice

And this awesome saying was on the wall….

phrase on the wall at Zero Degrees Italian Ice

Have you tried an Acai Bowl before?

Whole Wheat Apple Waffles

A few years ago I begged for a waffle iron. I was going to make waffles everyday. I had good intentions, but barely ever used the thing. I finally dusted it off this last weekend and decided to make apple waffles. I am a huge fan of apples in desserts and breakfast foods (pancakes, waffles, etc.). These waffles were ridiculously delicious! I feel like I’ve been missing out my entire life!!

whole wheat apple waffles

Whole Wheat Apple Waffles

Adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:

3 tbs butter

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

2 tbs sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

1 apple peeled and chopped

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in the microwave.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl

3. Beat the eggs and milk together in another bowl

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and add in the melted butter.

5. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and then fold in the apple chunks.

6. Heat the waffle iron and spray it with butter or brush it with butter. Then fill up the squares with the waffle mix, making sure not to overfill them. Cook the waffle until golden brown.

My first waffle was a tester since I haven’t used the iron in years and the first one usually comes out badly. I also heated my syrup and added whipped cream on top! Enjoy!

apples folded into whole wheat waffles

What is your favorite waffle mix in?

Fitness Friday 9/19

This week has been miserably hot so getting my fitness on was hard (motivation was lacking). My classroom has no A/C so I come home every day completely drenched in sweat (yeah, very attractive). I started getting a rash on my stomach it was getting so bad, but luckily it’s gone now. We Socalians aren’t used to 95 degree weather. Anyway, you can see the weather effects in my mile splits.

Sunday the 14th at Peters Canyon (dirt), I ran with the bestie Aiko for 50 minutes (I forgot to start my watch at one point so it only says 48 minutes here — good thing I had a running buddy!). There were a few  hills so my shins were kind of angry the next day, but it was nice to run somewhere different for a change.

Mile splits for my run on September 14th

Monday the 15th in suburbia (mainly grass), I was pretty sore from the hills at Peters Canyon so my times were kinda crummy. I probably should start running more hills since the ones in San Fran are gargantuum!!

Mile splits for my run on September 15th

Tuesday the 16th I did this Tabata workout. When I take a break from running after the half marathon I think I’ll start doing more Tabatas.

Wednesday the 17th in suburbia (mainly grass), I was completely drained. It was in the mid to high 90s all week and was dead tired and felt almost sick from it. I ran in the heat anyway and the results ain’t pretty!

Mile splits for my run on September 17th

Friday the 19th in suburbia (mainly grass), I had a pretty good run in nice 78 degree weather! I felt energized for once — probably because I was playing my memories from high school running over and over in my head. It really pumped me up… if you were an athlete, I’m sure you understand about having your “glory days.”

Mile splits from my run on September 19th

Do you ever reflect back on your “glory days” of athleticism or are you currently in them?

 

Please note that I am *not* a trainer or fitness expert, this is just a workout based on my own knowledge and experience that has personally worked for me. Please consult a doctor before starting any fitness routine.

Nutrition Wednesday: Fiber

Fiber is advertised on so many whole grain food boxes it’s not even funny. Here some fiber, there some fiber, everywhere there seems to be fiber. It’s even found in veggies and fruits. So, what’s so special about fiber, beyond the fact that they always seem to be targeting older people to consume it? Continue reading

Fitness Friday 9/12

So this post is a day late again, I know, but here it is! My Achilles still hurts when I walk sometimes but I’ve been surviving my runs now! Running has literally been saving me from all of the stress I feel from work. I was super stressed out Wednesday and halfway through my run I already felt 100 times better. Exercise is seriously your best friend when you are stressed out. Well here was my week:

Sunday the 7th in suburbia (mainly grass), I ran 40 minutes with the bestie Aiko. It was nice to have a running buddy again.

Half marathon training on September 7th
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Nutrition Wednesday: Choosing Fats

What constitutes healthy fats?I love butter. Most bakers do. I mean, look at Paula Deen, she is like the QUEEN of butter. Unfortunately, I don’t like how butter makes me feel. Fats can be unfair like that. For that reason, I thought I’d make a list of tips for cutting out unnecessary saturated fats and substituting them for good fats. Remember, good fats are necessary for a balanced diet. Continue reading

Poms on a Stick

Place pomegranate seeds and hummus on celery
I have a hummus fetish. I want to put it on sandwiches, veggies, chips, naan, you name it! I got the three different flavored tubs of hummus from Costco a few weeks ago and am on the regular flavored one. I wanted to get creative with it so I thought I’d make a different version of ants on a log I saws on another blog (I’m sorry I can’t find the link to the blog right now). In my version I wanted sweet and salty so I combined hummus with pomegranate seeds. it sounds weird, but it allows you to get in your fruit, veggie, and protein in one quick snack!
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