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June 2012


He Made It To The Lake!

My uncle passed away yesterday.  He’s been sick for nearly a year, but it was still hard to hear.  He’s actually my Aunt’s third husband, but they have been together for probably 27 years.  And he’s the only Great Uncle that Hannah remembers.

They have a lake house at Smith Mountain Lake in Roanoke, Virginia.  Their main home is in Richmond, so the other day my uncle said “I want to go to the lake.”  Hospice wasn’t even sure he’d make the three and a half hour drive.  But he made it!  It was his favorite place to be.

It’s funny because when Tony first met Dave I told him “my uncle was a warden in a prison.”  He expected his demeanor to be like Wilfred Brimley.  Dave was nothing like that – he walked into the restaurant when they first met, went right to Tony and kissed him on the cheek!  He was bigger than life – let’s just say the room lit up when he entered it.

I’ve spent many many summers at the lake house.  One of our favorite things to do is to put life jackets on and just float.

Hannah had a special connection with Dave, whom she called Papa.  She became his right hand man when she visited and would help Dave with the chores.  It broke my heart to tell her yesterday that he had passed away. 🙁

And I will always remember Dave as the captain of the boat!


The lake house just won’t be the same without him.  I am just hoping he found my Dad and they are splitting a Dr. Pepper. 😀

This is one of the plaques that’s on the porch at the lake house – I know my Uncle Dave did!

He wasn’t overly religious, so there will be no typical funeral.  I’ll find out today what the plans are and most likely will be in Richmond next weekend.   I probably won’t post again until Monday – I hope you all have a great weekend and give your family an extra hug this weekend! 😀


No Sushi for You!

I had planned on yesterday being a rest day, especially after running two days in a row.  I guess if I was more consistent in running my hips and knees would get used to it.  I ended up doing my 30 minute stretch before work – I feel so good when I am finished stretching – which means I never stretched nearly enough before.

Are you sick of seeing my breakfast muffins?  I am not sick of eating them.  I was trying to describe them to my Mom (who reads every day – Hi Mom!) and the consistency is almost like a quiche, especially the longer they sit in the fridge.  I bake them at 350 for 10 minutes in my office toaster oven (doesn’t heat up very fast).  I added a 140 calorie Greek yogurt to the mix to up the breakfast calories – still this whole plate comes in at 379 calories, 9 fat, 35 carbs, 3.5 fiber and 39 protein.

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Since it was 91 degrees out and I wasn’t working out at lunch I decided to hit up a thrift store that’s about 5 minutes from my office.  I bought a couple cookbooks (Emeril Lagasse Book for $1!).  What I didn’t buy, but Skippy, I was thinking of you when I saw this!  Um, she and I are both a little obsessed with snowmen. Open-mouthed smile


And I actually owned this exact record – it brought back memories of my old record player – I would listen to my records and sing at the top of my lungs – who remembers this record player?  You could push the turn table up and you could carry it around like a suit case.

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I am sure DeBarge thought he was so hot in that outfit – I wonder what he thinks of it now?!

When I got back it was another salad day . . . TACO salad!  One head of romaine lettuce, baby spinach, canned white corn, jalapeno, 100 calorie guacamole and my dressing was 1/3 cup of my salsa mixed with 2 tablespoons fat free ranch.  And no, this isn’t too many jalapenos – I ate every one. Devil  This giant salad, which took me about 45 minutes to eat, comes in at 485 calories, 21 fat, 45 carbs, 10 fiber and 35 protein.

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When Tony and I were grocery shopping over the weekend, when we were leaving there was a woman handing something out – it was a coupon for 50% off your entire dinner bill at a new restaurant called One Buffet.

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Mara, it’s right down the road from Joseph’s grocery store.  For dinner, it’s all you can eat for $11.79 for adults.  The first time through I got this plate:

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Shitty pictures, but you aren’t missing much because it all pretty much tasted the same way – the shrimp was overcooked, the fried chicken was awful – the star on this plate?  The green beans!  I think what lured Tony in the beginning was the word “sushi” on the flyer.  Um, not a raw piece of sushi in the joint, and cooked sushi just doesn’t do it for him.  So no sushi for you Tony!  But then I reminded him it’s all about me and I was happy with my dinner so it’s all good! Smile with tongue out

But then I saw that you could build your own stir fry – winning!  This was spectacular, and the reason I will go back.  I had tons of veggies, fake crab, shrimp, and beef!  I asked them to make it spicy and they delivered.  I opted for about 1/2 cup of noodles over the rice. 

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And they had a dessert bar – I did get some fruit, a couple macaroons (had no idea how good these are!) and an almond cookie, which is my favorite.  Oh, and that elephant ear (I think that’s what its called?) was amaze balls too. Open-mouthed smile


Sadly, Tony will not go back, as stir fry as a little too many veggies for him – but Mara if you want to hook up there sometime when school starts again – I am game!

I didn’t even know that trampoline was an Olympic sport!  Check out this girl though – she’s only 16!  I can’t get over how high she gets!  It’s supposed to be 100 today!  Make it a great day!


In between and Guess What Smells in Biz’s Pantry!

Tony had to get up early for a meeting yesterday so I set my alarm for the same time.  I don’t know how he does it, but once his alarm goes off, he turns it off and gets up and gets moving.  Me?  I hit the snooze – but not for long, maybe 15 minutes.  It was perfect – our house was a chilly 50 degrees I had the down comforter on and with Tony out of the bed I could spread out.

I got up at 6:20, and turned off our fan.  Yes, we pretty much sleep with a fan on for background noise pretty much year round.  Once I was up, Tony was up and the fan was turned off, our dog came out of the bedroom all confused!  But it was the perfect opportunity to get him outside for a walk.  He’s getting old so sometimes you have to coax him to go down the back stairs. Sad smile

When I got back from the walk, I blogged, did 20 minutes of the 30 minute stretch, took a shower and got dressed for work.  This is where the “In Between” title of my post comes into play.  You see I am in between a size 14 and 12.  The 14’s are too big, the 12’s are a bit tight.  I have exactly three pairs of pants that fit me correctly at this moment, and because I have more 10’s and 12’s than 14’s – pretty sure that is more motivation to move the scale in the right direction. Thumbs up

I had two more breakfast muffins and a bowl of watermelon – I picked a good one because this is super delicious.  I didn’t realize it until last night when I was putting my food into that my breakfast only came in at 236 calories, 9 fat, 25 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 15 protein!

Show of hands how many of you actually use that melon baller you just had to have? Winking smile

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But these muffins are really filling.  I tested my blood sugar before heading out at lunch – I thought for sure with the watermelon it would be in the low to mid 200’s which is what I wanted – sadly, it was only 150.  So I did a walk/sprint routine for 50 minutes.  I basically walked until I got to a subdivision near my office that doesn’t have much traffic, and the houses are kind of far apart.  I would walk from one mailbox to the next, then sprint to the next one.  I did that for about 15 minutes, then just walked back to my office.  It felt great!

I was thankful to have a cold salad for lunch – I totally redeemed myself from the salad the day before!

Spicy Shrimp Noodle Salad

the whole recipe comes in at: 406 calories, 6 fat, 61 carbs, 9.8 fiber and 27 protein.


  • · 4 ounces cooked pasta
  • · 3 ounces cooked shrimp
  •   1 cup steamed broccoli
  •   ½ cup raw carrots
  •   ¼ cup steamed edamame
  •   ¼ cup light coconut milk
  •   2 tablespoons Thai chile paste
  •   ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  •   1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

In a large bowl I mixed the coconut milk, chile paste, soy sauce and sriracha together. Then tossed everything else in the pool, mixed well and put it in a large container to bring to work. The sauce totally got soaked up in the noodles – it was flavorful spicy, loved the hint of coconut – I will definitely make this salad again.

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And it’s a pretty generous portion too!

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I defrosted some really thin round steak and grilled it on the grill for literally a total of three minutes – it was three thin slices that Tony and I split between our steak sammies – only about 4 ounces of beef per sammie.

When I sent to get my buns out of the pantry I was hit with “what the fuck stinks in my pantry?

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Yep, without my personal assistant/maid and my lack of smell, pretty sure I need to make a mental note to clean out my pantry more often.

Dinner was super quick – I sauteed up some red peppers and mushrooms (I ate mushrooms!I – used some of the 40 calorie Swiss cheese on our buns, made a quick au jus with beef broth and Italian seasoning and baked up some fries.  Pretty sure french fries count as a vegetable if you bake them. Open-mouthed smile  Dinner comes in at 579 calories, 18 fat, 71 carbs (eeks!) and 27 protein.

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It was garbage/recycling night last night too – another job that’s become my responsibility since my assistant moved out – and discovered I have a shit load of cooking magazines.  I can’t bare to throw them out!  If anyone lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago – maybe I can give them away – just leave a comment if you want them.

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Have you been watching the Olympic trials?  So inspiring.  It reminded me of when I ran track in high school.  It’s hard for me to believe that this picture is 30 years old already – how the hell did I get that old?  I am sure I envisioned my legs being that muscular when I was running today – just sans the 80’s glasses!  And back then I didn’t have a giggly muffin top. Open-mouthed smile


Swimming is an event that I envy because I am not a good swimmer and they make it look so easy.  Ryan Lochte is trying to best Michael Phelps.  I loved watching this video!  Enjoy and make it a great day!