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On The Road

Okay, so we’re still at home  🙂  BUT we’re all packed and ready to get on the road. I think I have everyting?

  • bathroom stuff: deodorant, shampoo, razor, face wash, toothpaste/brush, comb, brush
  • contacts/glasses
  • hair clips, ponytail holders, headbands
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • pants for worksite
  • skirts + dress for church on Sunday, plus tops
  • 1 pair flip flops, tennis shoes for workdays
  • pajamas
  • raincoat
  • hat
  • socks, sports bras, etc
  • travel hair dryer
  • dirty clothes bag
  • Plus everything else downstairs: sunscreen, bug spray, camelpaks, water bottles, food

That sounds like enough, right? 🙂  I know I’ll probably forget something – I just hope it’s nothing major.

We cleaned out the fridge today for lunch. Nick ate his last 2 slices of pizza and a salad, and I ate the last of the leftovers.

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I had the last of the thai-sauced pasta dish, a boatload of broccoli, and some golden jubilee + mr. stripey tomato slices from our garden.

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I think I’m good on product for today – this was like 2.5 cups of so of broccoli, but that’s good.

The one thing I’m not sure of on this trip is how many vegetables I’ll be able to get in. Since I’m used to having a good amount each day, that will be the biggest difference. I wish I would have thought to order some of the single serving packs of amazing grass to take with me! Too late now, but it’ll be okay.

I’m about to have this small glass of chocolate milk to finish off my milk, and then I think we’re hitting the road! All that’s left is to get everything into the car and say a sad goodbye to Roxy.

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We hate leaving her for a week, but our neighbors are watching her and she’s outside most of the time anyways. She’s always happy when we get home AND usually 5 lbs heavier  🙂  But we do miss her a lot.

What’s your favorite traveling music?

I don’t know what it is, but I always want to listen to our Hot, Hot Heat cd on trips. Such good travel music. And Incubus, Limbeck, Ben Harper, G. Love….feel good music.

See you for dinner!

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Takin’ It Easy

This morning has been so nice.

No alarm clock, lounging around, making breakfast, drinking coffee with my feet up on the ottoman…

I wish every day could be like this! It’s a good thing we were able to sleep in a little today because we have to leave Nick’s parents’ house tomorrow at 2 AM!!!

Since we had more time for breakfast today, we decided to cook the rest of the bacon and have a “Sunday” breakfast on Tuesday.

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I finally finished off the cantaloupe, plus the last of the strawberries and had 2 small slices of bacon.

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Plus 2 over easy eggs over oatbran! I did miss the oatbran on Sunday – it has a better flavor and texture and I really like it with the eggs.

And some coffee, obviously.

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We’re up, fed, and showered so now it’s just time to finish packing and get everything in the car to head to Nick’s parents house.

What’s one thing you always take with you on a trip?

I’ve made list after list, and I still always feel like I’m going to forget something  🙂

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Rushin’ Around

Ah!!! Today has been just going and going, non stop.

I got everything done at work, finished all the lists I was working on, AND thankfully remembered to call and have a new EpiPen sent to my pharmacy. My other one was expired, and I will definitely need that if I get stung by a bee.

I packed a snack for this afternoon and never even took it out of the fridge. I was hungry alright…I was just so busy this afternoon that I didn’t stop for a minute to actually get it out. Oh well – at least I got everything done!

Dinner was super quick and easy, thanks to the leftovers from last night.

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I had a serving of the leftover pasta along with some extra broccoli and a Mr. Stripey tomato from our garden!

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I love having fresh tomatoes – I hope we don’t miss too many while we’re gone!

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Extra cilantro is always a good thing.

I’ve had a lot of broccoli and tomatoes today! Good thing I like them, I guess.

We ran more errands after work to get me some leather gloves and a cheap/smaller wallet for the trip. I think that’s it – for now  🙂 If we have to buy anything more, we won’t have any more room!

I’ve been working on laying out my clothes and all our supplies so we can pack everything up in the morning and get on our way. And now I’m ready for pajamas and a little popcorn snack.

make sure to add your location here if you haven’t done so! I’m trying to see where all the readers are – it’s so cool to see where everyone is from!

Are you allergic to anything?

I’m allergic to bee stings and Zest soap. Other than that, I don’t think I’m allergic to anything else.

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Okay, well now I am just getting excited for our trip. It seems like the weekend was pretty calm in Honduras, which makes me feel a bit better. I know that going into a place that’s already in a bit of unrest is risky and scary, but it’ll be worth it.

I’ve got so much stuff running through my head today…I have about 10 different lists going right now:

  • things to pack
  • things to still buy
  • all the random things I need to get done today at work and at home
  • a possible grocery list for the week we get back so I won’t have to think too hard to come up with meals
  • etc…

Thanks to our unplanned lunch out yesterday, we both had leftover pizza for lunch!

I had 2 slices of my whole wheat veggie pizza

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Some leftover broccoli

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And sliced tomato – one of which is from our garden. So good.

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We ended up running a few errands at lunch today, trying to get the last things done before heading out of town tomorrow. Just a few more this afternoon and I think we’re ready! Or I hope so.

It’s back to work for me – I have a full afternoon of finishing things before going home.

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Thank you all for listing where you’re at in my earlier post – if you’re a reader and you haven’t done so, let me know where you are here!

What’s your favorite thing about Mondays? Least favorite?

Favorite thing: lately, it’s been watching HIMYM on Monday nights  🙂 Plus, starting a fresh, new week.

Least favorite: The early alarm clock again and a long day at work after 2 days of NON-work.

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Location, Location

Monday already?

The only good thing about today is that it’s kind of my Thursday or Friday! We haven’t decided yet if we’ll be at work for part of the day tomorrow  – that will depend on how the packing goes tonight and if we get everything together and ready to go.

Monday mornings mean I need a good, hearty breakfast.

oatmeal

We still have a good amount of fruit in the house, so I tried to put a lot in my bowl this morning – mission accomplished, I think  🙂

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp flax
  • 1/2 white peach
  • 1/2 cup or so blueberries

oatmeal

I think I could eat these farmer’s market peaches every day and be happy. They are perfectly ripe.

Something fun for Monday! I’ve noticed that I’ve had some new readers lately, so hi! Thanks for stopping by  🙂

Where are you at? You don’t have to list the city if you don’t want, but if you read this post this morning, at least post what state / country you’re in! I think it will be fun to see where everyone is.

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Goodbye Weekend

Why do the weekends go by so fast?!?

Thank you all for your notes and comments on my earlier post. I know that everyone has a story to tell, and I  needed to do that post more for me than anything else. Everyone will deal with this in some respect in their lives, and it’s so hard to actually put into words how you feel and what you think and how in the world you’re supposed to keep going without certain people in our lives. But that journey is a huge part of how we  grow and learn what we’re made of. Anyways, thank you again. I really do appreciate every one of them.

So I guess I have a whole day to catch up on!

Breakfast was our normal Sunday breakfast – not anything new around here  🙂

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2 over easy eggs + grits. I haven’t had grits in a while since I got on my oatbran kick, and I think I like the oatbran under my eggs better! I kind of missed them this morning.

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Plus a white peach from the farmer’s market, blackberries, and some new bacon I bought this weekend. It’s actually called “Sunday Bacon” – fitting, I thought.  This peach was good – we have one more market peach to eat before we leave, so we’ll be spittling that one in the next day or two.

Nick also made coffee this morning, so I had a cup of that.

Our lunch plans changed after church today – we have leftover pizza and we were planning on coming back for that, but a friend at church ended up taking us out for lunch today instead. Since I planned on coming home for lunch, I didn’t have my camera with me, but I had a bean/onion/mushroom quesadilla + guacamole salad at the mexican place.It was a fun lunch, and I’m glad we got to spend some time with them. I guess that leaves the pizza for tomorrow! One less thing to do tonight when getting ready for work tomorrow.

We got home and got started on the stuff that needed to get finished today.

Nick went outside to cut the grass, and I put the last load of laundry in to wash.

I got pretty hungry this afternoon while laundering and cleaning, so I had a bowl of cereal.

cereal

I had a serving of the Ezekiel 4:9 Original cereal with some milk, a sliced banana, cinnamon and a little drizzle of honey.

Then I got back to my commercial cleaning.

What is commercial cleaning, you ask?

Well….that’s what I call my cleaning when I get sucked into something on tv  🙂

Today, it was Hokie Nation, this documentary some people made about the football team and the fans.

So, in commercial cleaning, I sit and watch while the show is on and then I do as much as possible during each commercial break so I can sit back down for a few minutes when it comes back on. It works pretty well, actually….most of the time.

After I finished laundry and cleaning and Nick came in from mowing and weedeating, I got started on a pretty easy dinner.

I’m trying to use up the stuff in the fridge, which means it was a perfect night for a one pot dish.

thaipasta

I made a Thai-sauced pasta dish tonight, and it was so good and easy.

thaipasta

I cooked up about 4 servings of whole wheat pasta for the dish, and while that was cooking, I sauteed 1/2 a leftover red pepper, about 1 cup of shredded carrots, and 2 scallions.

I also diced up the leftover cilantro chicken from the other night and got out some leftover broccoli.

Once the veggies were softened up, I added a sauce to the pan:

  • 2 Tbsp or so soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • garlic
  • 1 Tbsp PB2 mixed with water
  • 1 tsp chile garlic pasta (hot!)

I poured the sauce into the veggies, then added 1 Tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in water and let the sauce thicken a bit.

Add the pasta to the veggie/sauce mixture, then stir in the chicken and broccoli to heat them up.

Right before serving, toss in a big handful of cilantro and a couple squeezes of fresh lime juice.

pasta

I wish I would have had some peanuts to sprinkle on top, but it was still really good. I think I would actually add more PB2 to the sauce next time.

The good thing is that this made a good amount, so that takes care of dinner tomorrow.

I’ve got to go get the boy some cookies – he got stung by a bunch of yellow jackets while he was mowing and is asking for a treat. Considering he has an ice-pack out for the bites, I think he deserves something.

When do you do all your cleaning, laundry, etc?

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In Memory

I’ve been working on this post for weeks.

Why so long?

There are so many things I want to say, yet don’t know how to say them.

So many memories and no way to really describe everything I know and remember and don’t want to lose.

I don’t want to be a downer and I’m not trying to have a pity party, but I cannot be honest about anything today without posting about this.

Although I cannot believe it has been this long, today marks 10 years since one of my best friends and his mother passed away.

Marques and Antoinette Hampton were two of the most real people I have ever known. No need to put on shows or pretend they were something or someone they weren’t. They just were – content with who they were in God and in life and happy to be here.  To share their gifts and their lives. To make a mark on everyone they came in contact with.

I only knew them for about 2 years before the accident, but it felt like so much longer. Marques made such an impact on mine and my family’s life and in such a short time. My life changed 3 weeks after I turned 16 when this happened.

Marques had been recruited to play football at Virginia Tech and had come up in July for orientation with his mom. They were on their way home when they were killed in a car accident on I-81, a dangerous highway here that has seen its share of tragedies.

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I remember everything that happened the day we found out. I had bought a cd the night before, “No Boundaries”, which benefited the refugees in Kosovo. I just remember that all that day, the only song I listened to on that cd was Pearl Jam covering “Last Kiss”, the 1964 hit by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers.

I was at my friend’s grandparents’ house with my little sister, my friend Nick, his sisters Kelly and Steph, and their mom, Val. We were going to go swimming at their house when the phone rang. I remember Val getting the phone call and telling us and us sitting at their kitchen table crying.

I remember having to call my mom at work and tell her what had happened while I was crouched under their counter top, shaking.

I couldn’t call my older sister. My mom had to go over to her job and tell her in person.

This was also the first time I ever saw my Dad cry, I’m pretty sure. Sorry if you didn’t want people to know that Dad  🙂  But that alone moved me.

Marques and his Mom meant just as much to the rest of my family and everyone else at church as they did to me.

That song was stuck in my head for weeks and I can’t listen to it now.

I didn’t want to eat anything for weeks after because everything made me sick.

I didn’t think I deserved to be here if they weren’t.

Little did I know I would be living less than an hour from where the accident happened. Driving on I-81 is bad enough already, but I hate having to pass by that spot every time we go visit Nick’s parents.

Why them?

They were amazing.

It wasn’t their time.

His life was just starting and his mom was seeing her boys grow up into amazing men.

I went through a hard couple of years after that happened.

I guess it was just part of the grieving process, and that was the first time I had ever dealt with a loss in my life that wasn’t a great-grandparent.

This was someone I saw every week, often every day.

Someone who gave me advice.

Someone who gave the best cocoon hugs in the world.

Someone who was over at our house more than some of my actual family members.

Someone I would have never imagined I would lose.

But I am not in control of anything in this world.

I know who is, and I know that His plans are greater than my plans even when they don’t make sense.

Maybe their purpose here was done and they were ready to move on. After seeing all the people at the memorial service, I was amazed by how many people they touched in the short time we had them here.

They still show up in my dreams sometimes.

I think they’re telling me that it’s okay, that they’re okay. And that it’s okay for me to move on, be happy, and live my life.

That they’re still there in spirit, watching everyone they left behind.

Regardless of what happened, I am thankful for the 2 years I did know them and for everything they did in my life and how they affected me and still affect me today.

Maybe I ended up a Hokie because he didn’t get his chance – who knows.

I do know that I will proudly wear his #5 for the rest of my life.

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And regardless of who is on the team that year, Marques and Antoinette make it into every single football program.

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Marques and Antoinette, you are loved and missed.

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This day has gone by way too quickly. I love Saturdays, but they always seem to just fly by.

I’ve got 2 loads of laundry done, all the groceries put away, and the food for the trip with our other supplies.

Inbetween moving stuff around and laundry, I had a little snack.

banpb

I sliced one banana into 4 little bites: 2 had some of my homemade almond butter and 2 had dark chocolate dreams. A little snack + dessert all in one! I also had a little unpictured dark chocolate with almonds + cherries.

I waited until Nick was done working outside to start on dinner since I wanted him to make the sauce  🙂

pizza

I made some whole wheat pizza crust – one for me and one for Nick so we could make our own pizzas and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I made a recipe that I think I originally got off the Weight Watcher member boards?

For one crust the recipe is (I doubled this tonight):

  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I used half regular whole wheat and half whole wheat pastry, since that’s what I had)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  1. Dissolve yeast in water and let stand about 10 minutes or until creamy.
  2. Preheat oven to 450.
  3. In big bowl, mix flour with wheat germ and salt.
  4. Make a well in flour mixture and mix in yeast/water and honey.
  5. Mix dough together and let rise about 30 minutes.
  6. Roll out and place on baking sheet or pizza pan.
  7. Bake the crust 10 minutes, then take out and add your toppings.
  8. Put back in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes more.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!

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The crust turned out really good. I like the little bit of sweetness from the honey.

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Nick made the pizza sauce tonight and it was awesome! He used tomatoes from our garden and added onion and a bunch of spices. Yum. The fresh tomatoes make such a difference.

I topped my pizza with sundried tomatoes, a little mozzarella, feta, black olives and a mushroom mix that had baby portabellos, shitake, and oyster mushrooms.

I also found an easy dessert to make tonight. I had a pear in the fridge that needed to be used and a bunch of blueberries we need to get through before we leave.

Blueberry Pear Crisps

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I mostly followed the recipe, but I did make a few changes in the crisp topping. I used:

  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oats
  • cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil

crisp

And you can’t have crisp or cobbler without a little ice cream. We have some the slow churned vanilla, which went perfectly with the tart crisp.

I’d say this was a pretty successful Saturday! Let’s hope it doesn’t end too soon because tomorrow will be busy, too.

I’m getting in my pj’s and we’re starting a movie. See you tomorrow!

What fruit do you like in crisps or cobbler?

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Toss It In

Man, I’m worn out already!

I got out of the house and went everywhere I needed:

  • Target – done
  • Walmart – done
  • Goodwill – done!
  • Farmer’s Market for just 2 more peaches – done  🙂
  • Kroger – done
  • Health food store – done
  • Gas in the car – done

I can’t believe how much more money packaged foods cost! We don’t buy many granola bars, 100 calorie packs, etc, but those are the kinds of things we need for the trip. I spent more today getting stuff for the trip next than I normally do on a week’s worth of groceries for us! I feel like we got everything we needed to get, plus my dad and Nick’s parents are getting stuff, too, so we should be set.

We have a few more things to pick up tomorrow and I have to exchange some sharpies for the bigger ones, but I think we’re pretty much ready after that.

I got an iced latte while I was out running around and it held me over perfectly until I got home at 2:30 to have lunch.

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Lunch today came together pretty quickly – I had some stuff I needed to use up in the fridge, so I just tossed it all in one bowl and went for it.

salad

  • romaine
  • arugula/spinach mix
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • yellow jubilee tomato from our garden!
  • salt
  • drizzled with olive oil

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I’ve got laundry going, and I’m going to look up the basic recipe for dinner + dessert tonight. They should both be good.

Do you find that it costs more to eat healthier things or pre-packaged stuff?I know everyone “thinks” that eating healthier costs more, but not for us. I couldn’t believe how much I spent today and most of what I bought was 100 calorie packs of healthy things like nuts, granola bars, and travel stuff (sanitizer, wipes, shampoo), etc.

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Good morning!

Happy Saturday, and thank goodness it’s finally here, right?

I’ve got a super busy day today and am already taking too long to get going. Oh well – having no alarm clock going off this morning was glorious, breakfast was awesome, and now I’m getting on my way.

Nick gave me a lesson on how to make French Press coffee in our big press, so now I can make it if he’s not here!

We have 2 French Presses – 1 baby, 1 mama.

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After finding out how much better french press coffee was, we went out and bought the big mama french press a few months ago…and we rarely use the baby one anymore. It would be the perfect size if just one of us wanted coffee, though.

I also got to grind some of our Sumatra beans in our antique grinder this morning!

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Does that count as an arm workout?  🙂

All in all, I made a good cup of coffee this morning!

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We had the end of that cinnamon raisin loaf left, so Nick made some french toast + the last of the turkey bacon this morning while I worked on the coffee and cut up fruit.

This cinnamon raisin bread made the BEST french toast! I eat my french toast naked – no syrup, nothing. I never used to put syrup on it when my mom made her french toast, and I just got used to it that way! I love being able to taste the bread, eggs, and cinnamon/vanilla in the batter.

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I got this bread at our farmer’s market last weekend and it was still perfect today. This new bakery at the market started just par-baking some of their breads, so they last longer. Basically, they only bake them about 1/2 -3/4 of the way and then it has instructions for you to finish it at home AND that means you get to have hot, fresh bread out of the oven when you make it. They also have freezing instructions on the bag, too, which is nice.

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We had 3 slices of bread to use: 1 big, 1 medium, and 1 little. We each had one slice and then split one between the two of us.

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I also cut up our last farmer’s market peach + some strawberries.

I’m hoping to stop by the market today for just a few peaches to get us through Tuesday. They are so good and I’m already sad that we ate the last one this morning.

Alright – I’ve got to get going!

My agenda is super full today and I’m getting a late start:

  • Target for tiny aleve containers
  • Walmart for some food stuff plus sanitizer, tp, etc for the trip
  • Kroger for the rest of the food + the few groceries I’m getting
  • Farmer’s market?
  • Goodwill/YMCA thrift store to look for extra suitcases for the trip

Then back for something for lunch?, laundry, and starting to get stuff packed.

At least I have a fun dinner planned that we haven’t had in a while!

What do you like on your french toast? AND what’s your favorite QUICK and EASY lunch? I need ideas for today  🙂

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