Thursday, July 31, 2014

Key Lime Bars

Wednesday morning I tried the key lime Greek yogurt and with granola mixed in, it was like eating chunks of the graham cracker crust.  That one's a keeper :)

Key Lime bars

For the crust:
1 cup plus 2 1/2 T finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
5 T unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 t finely grated lime zest
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice (I buy 3 bags of Key limes because 2 isn't enough)

for the garnish:
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 Key limes, thinly sliced into half-moons

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Make crust: stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a small bowl.  Press evenly onto bottom of an 8x8 glass baking dish.  Bake until dry and golden brown, about 10 minutes.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make filling: put egg yolks and lime zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Mix on high speed until very thick, about 5 minutes.  Reduce speed to medium.  Add condensed milk in a slow, steady stream, mixing constantly.  Raise speed to high, mix until thick, about 3 minutes.  Reduce speed to low.  Add lime juice and mix until just combined.

Spread filling evenly over crust using a spatula.  Bake, rotating halfway through, until filling is just set, about 10 minutes.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Make garnish: cut into 2-inch squares.  Put cream in the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment.  Mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.  Garnish bars with whipped cream and a slice of lime.  Ungarnished bars can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Where in the World: Los Angeles

My dad and I went to LA in 2003 for a couple days before meeting up with my mom in San Francisco.  Like Hawaii, when you're on Boston time, you're up early, even before McDonald's opens.  Say what you want, they have a good breakfast spread.  6am in LA also means weird human beings visit the McDonald's.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Good-bye Football

"It's not me, it's you."  It was fun while it lasted, but I'm officially done with football.  It's been a long time coming too.  I haven't watched the Super Bowl for the past 3 years and last year I didn't really watch the regular season either.  I can live without it.  It's not just the NFL I'm saying good-bye to, it's also college football.

I went to a school without a football program and I loved it.  No football program to suck out all the resources that instead go to the 23 varsity teams.  Don't get me wrong, I used to love football season.  It always signaled the beginning of Fall, and I love Fall.  I just replaced football with other things.

These are the two football jerseys I own, and I still love them.  The two players did so much good for the league while playing and after they retired.  I won't be buying any new ones.  I can still talk the lingo and talk about the teams I grew up watching.  But it ends here, no more.

Soccer and hockey are left.  Please don't disappoint me.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 7/27

If y'all remember a couple years ago, I tried to incorporate Greek yogurt into my diet but I couldn't figure out how to eat it.  The consistency is between jello and food and I didn't know whether to chew it or slurp it.  Danielle recommended adding granola into the yogurt but I never got back around to trying it, until now.  This past week I got a big container of plain Greek yogurt and started mixing in different foods like granola or fruit and nuts, and it helps so much.  I've found granola helps more than fruit and now I want to figure out which flavors are best.  Plain is fine, but the tangy flavor can be a little too much for me.

I'm trying to foam roll


Sunday: 1 hour yoga

Monday: PT - strength training

Tuesday: 1.5 miles

Wednesday - rest

Thursday: yoga for corework

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1.5 miles - .25-mile intervals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scaling Back PT

Monday I was given the go-ahead to scale back PT sessions to once a week!  I still need to strength train with them, but they've said I should start incorporating my regular training.  I did 1.5 miles pain free Tuesday afternoon and felt good in recovery too.  I'm experimenting with the inserts because the Superfeet inserts I have seem to provide too much support and throw off the inner alignment of my knees.  So either inside or outside of my knees?  Tuesday was the test and the outside of my knees past.

Coming up the rest of the week will be biking, weight lifting and yoga plus one more running session.  Tuesday was quite hot and between the regular inserts and hot weather, I turned 2 miles into 1.5.  I'll try for another 2 miles Saturday morning when things are not as hot.  My intervals Tuesday were 2/2 and I want to try to keep that up.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Where in the World: Champagne

During our European trip in 2008, my cousin and I took the train from Paris to the Champagne region and did a tour of Moet&Chandon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RIP James Garner

Sadly, I awoke Sunday morning to the news that James Garner had passed away.  He's probably known recently for the Notebook, but I was watching his movies long before the Notebook was released.  OK, confession time: I don't like the Notebook.  I'm not in to sappy, sobby stories so I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book, but the way people were carrying on about the movie Notebook made it sound like the next Casablanca.  Talk about total letdown.  I will admit, it's sweet, but it didn't live up to the hype.

OK, back to this post.  I saw quite a few other James Garner films that I don't tie him to the Notebook at all.  Anybody see Support Your Local Sheriff?  Or Support Your Local Gunfighter?  Both are good westerns so I recommend them if y'all haven't seen them.  How about the Great Escape, and Maverick (the movie, I haven't seen the show).  I don't remember when I first saw Support Your Local Sheriff, but I saw Maverick when it was in theaters.  That one's also a good western, before Mel Gibon went cuckoo.  There's Victor/Victoria, which has a great cast from top to bottom.  James Garner, Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras and John Rhys-Davies

Those are just some of the movies I've seen starring James Garner, not to mention 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.  I need to go back and watch those episodes since the second season, when John Ritter died, coincided with me starting college.  Talk about a time vortex.  I missed a lot of things my freshman year and summer seemed too short to catch up on everything.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 7/20

It seems the shoes are a keeper!  I did 2 miles on the treadmill Thursday and had minimal twinging in my knee.  Word of warning though, I absolutely do not recommend eating fast food the same day you're working out after work.  I forgot my lunch Thursday so it was between two choices at work, either Subway, or fast food.  I had Subway last weekend so I wasn't feeling Subway.  It was fast food, and even after 4.5 hours of digesting, there was still a little bit left in my stomach.  I could feel it churning while I was running, but I still got the 2 miles done.


Sunday: 1 hour yoga, 20 minutes biking

Monday: PT, 18 minutes AlterG

Tuesday: Stress release yoga

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: 2 miles treadmill

Friday: rest

Saturday: 15 minutes bike, weight lifting

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!

Yes, two posts today.  I had a workout one ready then I saw the date.  Disneyland opened July 17th, 1955.  Anybody remember their first visit to Disneyland?  Mine's a little fuzzy but I was almost 5 and DCA did not exist.  Yup, my memories take me to when that used to be the parking lot for DL. 

Just for fun, hopefully youtube will keep this working:

Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronny Reagan were the ABC commentators as the park opened.

Core Workout Rut

I seem to be in a rut when it comes to core work.  I have 3 DVDs that I use a lot, and maybe it's time to switch things up.  My abs could always look better, but I do know for that to happen, I'd have to cut out some foods from my diet that I'm not willing to cut out.  What to do, what to do?  I've found another good looking DVD on Amazon last night, so I'll bide my time until August.  My main focus is PT, which might be why my core seems to be suffering a little bit.

Today I'm going for another run on a regular treadmill, so full body weight.  Since I was able to do 25 minutes with minimal twining last Friday, and 18 minutes on the AlterG @ 80% body weight with no pain, I want to go for 30 minutes today.  I know a lot of my progress is the strength training I've been doing, but a switch of the shoes and everything seems to be working right now.  Fingers crossed y'all!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Trip Report: Kaua'i

The second Hawaiian Island I've visited is Kaua'i.  It's gorgeous.  It's where Lilo and Stitch is based ("It's nice to live on an island with no large cities") and it's where other movies have been filmed, like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

The one specific thing we did was a luau.  That's what I wanted, and the place we were staying at recommended the Smith Family Luau.  Smith?  Yes, they are Hawaiian but explain the name before dinner starts: their however many times great-grandfather, named Smith, married a native woman.  I thought it was a great luau and had tons of fun, and the food was quite good, though I'm still not a fan of Poi.

Kaua'i also has some great hiking trails, but warning, the dirt is red dirt, and it'll stain shoes if you're not careful.  I would definitely recommend against wearing new shoes.  The red dirt is well known, and there's even a clothing company that uses the red dirt to dye their shirts.  My mom got a shirt but I didn't, something I do regret.  If you've seen Lilo and Stitch, Nani wears a Red Dirt Shirt.

Among those trails, and EVERYWHERE else on the island, are free roaming chickens.  These aren't farmed chickens, they're wild, roaming chickens.  Growing up, I had to learn to protect my food from the dogs, but I never thought I'd have to protect my food from chickens.  We had a picnic one day before trekking up trails, and flocks of poultry surrounded the picnic tables, eying us for our food.  Telling dogs and cats "no" is standard, but chickens?  Where's Gonzo when you need him?

And if you ever go to Kaua'i, you need some Shave Ice.  It is soooo much better than a snow cone.  But be careful... my mom got serious brain freeze.  The ice is shaved from a block of ice, which helps absorbs the syrup and the whole thing is over a scoop of ice cream.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Shoes

I bought a pair of Brooks Adrenaline and fingers crossed, they provide the support I need.  I narrowed down my choice between the Adrenaline and the Saucony Mirage.  The Mirage was definitely an exciting color (purple!), but color isn't all I'm looking for.  I liked aspects of both shoes; I could feel support in the Adrenaline with my inserts, but I liked how the Mirage shoes were lighter than the Adrenaline.  It ultimately came down to the amount of support I felt.  I put an Adrenaline on one foot and a Mirage on the other so I could compare, and the Brooks had more support.  I felt my feet stay in place better than in the Mirage shoes.

Friday I went for a run (on the treadmill) and got 25 minutes done.  At first I started with a 3/2 running/walking interval, but I had to go to a 2/2 and then to a 1/1.  The heavy air and pollen weren't mixing well with my allergies and asthma, which made breathing a little difficult, but there was also another factor - I'm seriously out of shape.  The heavy air's made me feel very out of shape that past week, but then again, I am out of shape.  I haven't run any kind of distance since spring 2013.

"Man am I out of shape!"
 The 1/1 interval also helped me push my knee a little further.  I could give my lungs and knee a break with walking, then do another minute run.  The whole time I was focusing on the form PT wants me to run with, paying attention to how my knee felt, and then how my lungs felt.  Since PT hasn't taken me over 25 minutes on the AlterG treadmill, I stuck with that time, and just hit 1.75 miles before the 25-minute mark.

Speaking of the AlterG, I did 18 minutes on it yesterday at PT and felt no twinging whatsoever.  No twinging!  Can you tell I'm happy?  I pushed the intervals to 2/2 to challenge my out of shape self and I did OK.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 7/13

Well, I've been nominated twice, by Runaway Bridal Planner and Lauren's Glass Slipper, so I probably should do this, right?

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Rules:
Thank and link to the person you nominated you
List the rules and display the award
Share 7 facts about yourself
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs - won't be 15 but I'll list the ones I read

1) I'm hypoglycemic - I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia when I was 17 and it explained a lot that happened going back to when I was a kid.  I also have sports asthma, which makes some summer days oh so much fun.  It's gotten hotter as the calendar hit July, and the pollen index has been high or very high.  Starting last week, I've felt slighty short of breathe while singing in the car (yay Frozen songs!) but I don't want to use my inhaler unless I'm running.

2) I'm both a dog and cat person.  I don't let people say you can only be one.  I grew up with both, I have one sweet cat, and I spoil other people's dogs.  In fact, doggy was my first word.

3) I was born in Austin, TX, moved when I was 4, but fled back to Texas from Boston 20 years later.  I guess I'm a Texas girl at heart.

4) I hate vegetables.  I'll eat fruit until the cows come home, but I hate veggies.  Just ask my mom.  I was a very willful child (who grew up a very willful adult) and we would battle it out if there were veggies on my plate.  I'll choke down green beans and carrots.

5) The Princess Bride is my all time favorite movie.  I will absolutely buy Cary Elwes' memoir when it's published in October.  It's on my Amazon wishlist but I will buy the hard copy.  There are just some books I want outside of my Kindle.

6) My first memory of seeing a movie in the theater was when my Dad took me to see the Little Mermaid.  It wasn't the first time I was in a movie theater, but it's my first memory.  What I don't remember is my mom taking me to see Bambi and me yelling at the dogs for trapping Faline.  Apparently the whole theater heard it.

7) I wanted to be a vet when I was a kid.  I love animals and love the All Creatures stories.  But that idea was dashed during 7th grade science.  There was no warning at the beginning of the school year and we ended up dissecting a lot of tissue.  So kudos to anyone in the medical profession, both people medical or animal medical.

My nominees:


Sunday: Weight lifting

Monday: rest


Wednesday: PT

Thursday: corework, yoga

Friday: treadmill - 1.75 miles in 25 minutes

Saturday: rest - my knee's quite sore

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stress Release Yoga

Some things seem to be providing extra stress without me realizing it until now.  So I'm in the market looking for some good DVD routines that will help me release stress with yoga.  I seriously need to get back to yoga.  Why is it whenever I get busy, yoga's the first thing I skip over?  I did yoga for the first time since May-ish last night, and I fell asleep in minutes at bed time.  I'm looking for routines that are at least 30 minutes long because I feel like 20 minutes isn't long enough to get me to calm down.

Anybody ever get the patch above during physical therapy?  I'd never even seen anything like this but it's a patch with anti-inflammatory medicine that's released over a couple hours, and the thing in the middle is the battery.  They charged the battery after applying the patch onto my knee and OMG, talking about stingers.  It charged for 3 minutes and the entire time I could feel stingers going into my knee, almost like someone turned up the voltage of the stim machine.  They tried this to try to help with the discomfort I'm having below my knee, right where the ITB attaches, under a bony protrusion.  The cortisone helped to loosen the ligament, but it didn't solve all the issues.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Trip Report: O'ahu

The Where in the World Wednesday is expanded for this edition and next week for Hawai'i. I've only been to two of the islands, but hope this will help those wanting to visit.  The trip to O'ahu was for a few days, so here's what we did.

Diamond Head

Due to the 5 hour time difference, we were up verrrry early Hawaiian time, I think even before McDonald's was open.  I know they're fast food, but they have a good breakfast selection.  And in Hawaii, the breakfast was served with pineapple!  I'm not in Boston anymore.  Once we ate, we decided to hike up Diamond Head.  My parents did that as well during their first trip in '04, because there's nothing else to do and I wasn't tired enough to go back to bed.  The trail is open at 6am every day, and while we were walking up, the sun was rising.  If it's light enough, you can see some of the other islands from the top.

Hanauma Bay

Apparently I'm not that good at snorkeling.  What's so difficult about putting on a mask and breathing hose, and floating on my stomach, looking down in the water?  I hated the way I sounded like Darth Vader while trying to breathe, and then a wave would come over and I'd panic about salt water getting in the tube.  Plus they tell you don't stand on the reef.  Oh yeah, I failed at snorkeling.

USS Arizona

You can see a lot of the pictures from the memorial here.  Knowing that's the same ship where so many men lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor is very humbling.  What's even more humbling is seeing the memorial for the survivors who chose to be interred back in the Arizona.

Dole Plantation

So, anyone here have a Dole Whip at Disney?  Those are served at the Dole Plantation too, along with a lot of FRESH pineapple.  It's amazing.  You can take a tour too, but we opted to just walk around and see what's there.  We stopped at Dole on our way from Honolulu to the North Shore.

Surfing lessons

I can't snorkel, but I can surf.  The much more difficult activity, go figure.  Our spot was between Diamond Head and Waikiki.  If you're going to surf, I'd recommend long board shorts.  I was wearing shorter shorts the first day and I had quite the rash on both my quads the next day.  So going back in the ocean was interesting to say the least.  I was around families but all I wanted to do was swear up a storm when the salt water hit those spots.  Not to mention the absolute soreness I felt the next day as well.  Surfing is quite the workout, and I didn't realize it until I couldn't move.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

That "Must Buy Shoes" Itch

Ever since my PT therapist had me start running in my Newtons because they provide more support, I've been shopping around online and seeing what's out there for stability shoes.  I have this itch now that won't be satisfied until I buy a pair of stability shoes.  Like, a serious itch that I've been putting off for two straight weekends.  It's bad.  I almost caved this weekend but there's some stuff going on that I'm waiting to subside and the common sense side of my brain won the battle this weekend.  I don't know how much longer I can wait because it feels so good to buy a new pair of running shoes.

I'm still staying clear of the Asics GT 2000s.  The first model of that line never felt like a great fit, and I was wearing those when I felt the first zinger of ITBS.  So those are out.  I'm also not going to pay above a certain point, so some shoe models, Ascis or otherwise, are out.  I do want to look at Brooks Adrenaline and Saucony Omni, and possibly what else the salesperson comes out with.  I'll have my inserts with me and really talk to them about whether the inserts would add too much stability or if they're OK to use.  I have really high arches so I need as much support that I can get.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 7/6

How was everyone's Independence Day?  Mine was low key but I hit the gym and did some errands before heading up to Frisco for the FC Dallas game.  The team won (!) and we got fireworks after the game.  My only complaint is this stadium has been in Frisco since 2005 and the road still can't handle heavy traffic.  Get it together Frisco!

Saturday I wanted to try the elliptical but I had to run errands in the morning an then a friend threw a world cup watching party/BBQ/pool party.  So no workout on Saturday because I was having fun.  The USA may not be in the WC anymore, but the Netherlands are into the semis :-)


Sunday: rest

Monday: PT

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: rest

Friday: weight work, 10 minutes bike - definitely sore on Saturday

Saturday: rest

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Confessions: Movie Edition

I don't think I've done a Confessions post, but after a failed viewing of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, I'd thought one would be good.  When Eli Wallach passed away last week, of course all the write ups had his great films, and the only one of those "greats" I saw was the Magnificent Seven.  I felt it was a letdown.  I got the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Netflix, and I was bored after an hour.  I'm writing this post as the movie is playing since I've lost interest.  I find the music over dramatic and the dubbing over the Italian and Spanish speakers to be rather bad.  Wallach's performance is good, I'm not taking away from that.  But I've seen many better movies.

It got me thinking, AFI has a top 100 list and I wanted to know what others of I had seen that I didn't like.  ET, Apocalypse Now, Annie Hall, Ben-Hur, Fargo, Citizen Kane, and It's a Wonderful Life.  Yes, I finally confessed to my mom that I don't like It's a Wonderful Life.  I know it's a Christmas staple, but I never quite cared for it as a kid, and my feelings got worse as I got older.  I have friends who cry every time they see the movie, friends who insist on watching it every Christmas, and then there's me.

Any movies out there y'all don't like but feel guilty about not liking them?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Where in the World: USS Arizona

I know I've done a where in the world for Oahu, but I was waiting to do a post on the USS Arizona.  If you visit the USS Arizona Memorial, you'll be shown a video prior to boarding a boat and taken to the ship.  The memorial is on the Arizona itself, so please remember this is a tomb.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Verdict Is...

Newtons!  As I ran on the AlterG in my Newtons, my therapist saw my foot did not overpronate like they did in my Altras.  I did 25 minutes with 75% of my bodyweight on the AlterG and felt pretty good.  I did feel my ITB a little bit and walked the last 3 minutes, but it's no where near as sharp as the pain has been in the past.  My therapist likes the Superfeet inserts I use because they give while I run, but still provide the support my high arches need.

That doesn't mean I won't look around at other stability shoes.  It's good to have different shoes and my Newtons can last longer.  Plus it just feels so darn good when I buy a new pair of running shoes :-)  I've been looking at Brooks and Saucony, but I'm still angry at Asics.  I can hold a grudge, y'all, and that even includes the shoe company whose shoes I wore, and loved, for years.  The 2100 series was working so well for me, yet they just had to make too many changes.  My mechanics are wonky, and those shoes worked.  Not anymore