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R&R

for an only 4 day week, this one was intense! just when i thought it was at the peak of insanity, work got just a little crazier. i cry a little* when i think of all i have to do in the next month or so.
i did get an awesome voicemail message on my phone. it went something like this “hi. we need our report from you. we’ve got our contractor and are ready to go. thanks. bye”. it was golden! she didn’t leave her name, her number or give any indication of the title of the project she was referring to. as far as i know, it could be one of at least 10-15 different reports.

in addition to all the work crazy, my week was also pretty exercise-heavy:
monday – 13km long run
tuesday – pyramid speedwork
wednesday – 45 minutes of biking on my new pedals
thursday – bike 16 miles + 8km tempo run
friday – 30 minutes of swimming
saturdays are supposed to be the day for my long run, but i’m giving my muscles a rest. besides, it is COLD. and also very windy. i’ll wait till tomorrow to bang out the next 15km.

swimming was fantastic. i discovered an olympic size swimming pool a 5 minute walk away from work. admission ranges from 2.50-3.00$ which is a whole lot cheaper than for me to pay $52 a month for the gym membership of which i was only interested in the pool (since i loathe working out at the gym on machines. i just can’t make myself do it) which turned out to be silly small (18 metres??) and not that nice. a 50 metre pool is far more awesome AND there is a lovely big hot tub/jacuzzi thing and a sauna (which i didn’t have time to check out). it melted all of the friday morning stress right away. i plan to go at least once a week from now on. this will be good for cross training and also for any potential triathlons i decide on a whim to do.

i am finally happy and safe with the clipless pedals. if you bike a lot, you should really give these serious consideration. it seems scary at first (and you’ll fall off a couple times, like i did) but once you get it, you’ll have twice as much power! thumbs up.

the boy requested coconut sorbet and roasted pineapple for dessert tonight, so that’s what i’m working on, in addition to the weekly batch of cookies (martha oatmeal/chocolate chip/skor bit) and some granola. we got a bunch of not-so-jumbo pineapples on sale for $2 this week, so i’ve got the dehydrator stacked, and the rest in the fridge waiting for roasting time. i piña coladaed-up the sorbet recipe with a little malibu rum.

the recipe made approximately 1 quart

even though we’re going back into negative celsius territory this week, we’ll be able to pretend we’re in the tropics. coconut sorbet is so freaking easy. 3 ingredients! no ice cream maker required (though i will obviously use mine). i have made it no less than 10 times to varying degrees of fancyness/whimsy (like here). when coconut milk was 57 cents a can, it was by far the cheapest, creamiest treat we could have. cans are up to $1, but for at least 5 servings of delicious sorbet, that’s still pretty good.

my grocery challenge is not going so well. it seems like every time i go to the store, things are more expensive than they were the last time. sticking to $30 has been hard! i am keeping it close to 40 though, which i think is not too bad.

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they turned out a little thin this week. maybe i’ll up the flour and dial back on the butter as per these instructions

dried pineapple rings waiting to be used in homemade meusli, coconut rice, more muffins, or just eaten plain!

*it’s not because i don’t love my job, it’s just that there’s only so much one girl can handle. you know?


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April 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm
6 comments »
  • April 5, 2009 at 5:18 pmLeah Bean

    I am “le jealous” of your dehydrator. Also of the Olympic-sized pool so close to your work and so cheap! Way to frigging go!

    I’ll have to look into the coconut sorbet. Anything delicious and cheap and easy to make that ends up resembling ice cream yet does not require an ice cream maker = needs to be looked into.

    Woot!

  • April 6, 2009 at 5:20 pmScoop

    Hi there! I just stumbled onto to your blog and can relate to your running goals that you mentioned in the bio. I’m a runner as well. I will actually be running my first Half this year in the Ottawa ING race in May. I can’t wait to visit Canada.

    Your cooking looks really yummy and nutritious! Did you make the sorbet with an ice cream maker? It looks really refreshing.

  • April 6, 2009 at 7:07 pmDiana

    I was just thinking I haven’t seen any of those “driers” in awhile and BAM! I stumble upon your blog. Looks like you’ll have some amazing snack goodies with those pineapple slices! :)

  • April 6, 2009 at 8:51 pmLeah

    Ah, I love dried fruit. Especially dried pineapple! Looks so great!

  • April 7, 2009 at 9:41 pmScoop

    Hi again…thanks for the heads up about the Ottawa race being hilly. I did not know that. My husband’s family will be there to cheer me on, so I better up my training. We’re also going to run the Family 2K with my 5 year old nephew. I get credit for turning him into a runner. Our first race together was the Cumberland Turkey Trot last October.


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