Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cooking and Baking Time

Today I'm linking up for Tasty Tuesday with Lean Lena.

Late September is usually when I nest a bit.  I can't really bake or cook extensive dinners during the summer because it's so hot.  My AC unit is working as hard as it can to keep my apartment cool, so I do my best to make quick easy dinners that are also healthy.  All that went out the window the past couple weekends when I made two one-pot meals, cookies, and a chicken recipe that made a good amount of leftovers.

First up was this recipe from the Food Network.  It calls for 4 bone-in chicken breasts, but I only used two.  I don't need to feed an army, just me.  Even 2 was too much, and I ended up eating that chicken for 4 straight days.  It was good, but I need variety during the week.  I LOVED the potatoes in this dish - I've been on a potato kick all year - and I have a great cast-iron pot I cooked this in.  The recipe calls for mushrooms but I don't eat mushrooms, so I threw in baby carrots instead.

This past weekend was a lot of cooking.  Saturday I made oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies using this recipe.  I did not throw in the dried cranberries and I used a smaller cookie scoop.  I still baked the cookies at 350 degrees but watched them after 10 minutes to make sure they baked completely but didn't burn.

Then Saturday dinner was Chicken Milanese, and Sunday dinner was a pork tenderloin.  The pack I got at the grocery store had two tenderloins so I sealed one up and put it in the freezer.  I cut out the celery from the recipe since I don't eat that either, and the pork tenderloin came out cooked but moist.  It wasn't dry, which I'm always concerned about when I try a new recipe.  Apartment ovens aren't exactly up to date and I always have to go by the oven thermometer I bought a few years ago to know exactly what the temp is in there.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 9/28

We're almost through September, crazy!  I've almost got most of my shows back.  Tonight of course is Once Upon a Time, tomorrow is NCIS LA but Elementary won't be on until CBS Football is done.  Until then, all my shows are all in the beginning of the week.  OUAT, Big Bang Theory, Sleepy Hollow, NCIS LA, NCIS mother ship and New Girl.  I did watch NCIS New Orleans online.  It's on the same time as New Girl so call it an attempt to stretch out my shows a little more.

My workouts were good until Thursday.  Sometimes I just need a break, and I was pretty busy Saturday doing non-running stuff.

Sunday: strength training

Monday: rest

Tuesday: bike 5 miles

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: rest

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Disney's Hoop Dee Doo Revue

Hoop Dee Doo Revue is a dinner show on Disney property at Fort Wilderness's Pioneer Hall.  The theme goes perfectly with the Wilderness Lodge, almost like a dinner show in the wild west.  Get ready for a rootin', tootin' good time with (corny) jokes, and fried chicken with all the fixin's.  You can visit AllEars to see what the menu is and all the details for the show.

There are 3 options for the show each day, 4pm, 6:15 and 8:30.  Despite there being 3 shows each day, I highly recommend making reservations early to get in.  I've been twice and both times it looked like a packed house.  The characters are constantly cracking jokes along with singing and dancing, and it occured to me these costumes could inspire a good group costume idea for a runDisney race.  There are six on stage, 3 men and 3 women: Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, and Flora Long and Jim Handy.

The food is stick-to-your-ribs type food... maybe because ribs are on the menu :-)  There's also fried chicken, mashed potatoes, baked beans, vegetables, and before the main meal you do get salad and bread and butter.  Most of the meal is banged down in buckets on the table, so help yourself!  Dessert is strawberry shortcake, and the strawberry shortcake gets its own number in the show.  The wait staff is up on stage with the dessert before proceeding to their tables.

Things to know:

* Please arrive at Pioneer Hall 40 minutes before your reserved show
* They can accommodate dietary needs - please request this when you make your reservation
* There is no smoking at the show
* Adult beverages are served with plenty of options for U-21s as well
* If you are a celebrating a big night (birthdays, anniversaries), be sure to tell the crew

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Where in the World: Angels and Demons

I was inspired from last week's posts.  I read through the Da Vinci Code in 24 hours and then sped through Angels and Demons.  When we were in Rome, I made sure to get to all the stops mentioned in the book, and I even packed the book with me for reference.  There are official tours, but there are also scam tours, so be careful.  We opted instead to visit each site when we were in that part of the city.  It was nice that we weren't covering Rome in one day.

The picture of the Fountain of the Four Rivers was borrowed from the internet a while ago.  The entire fountain was under scaffolding, and it wasn't even clear scaffolding.  I had to resort to the internet to actually see what the carvings look like.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's All a Game

This year I've noticed something different with the Sketchbook ornaments from the Disney Store... they aren't releasing all designs at once.  Each of the past 3 Mondays have brought in new designs on the website.  The beginning of September brought the first designs, and I noticed there weren't any Frozen ornaments.  There were some cute ones like Lady and Tramp, mid-evil Mickey and Minnie, and ragtime Donald and Daisy.

There still aren't any Frozen designs, but 3 weeks ago, new designs like Mike and Sully in Boo's door, 101 Dalmatians, Winnie the Pooh with Piglet, and Peter Pan came on the website.

2 weeks ago brought Grumpy, Dumbo Jiminy, and Tink...

And this week there's Oswald, a second Tink design, Goofy with fishing gear, Mickey in his band costume, and finally one that has caught my attention, NBC's Sally.

It's a game, and I dove head first into it.  What will next Monday bring?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 9/21

Any of y'all do virtual runs?  I follow Kara Goucher on FB and she posted a link to this one from Run the Edge, which is raising funds for Guardian Angels.  Guardian Angels provides medical service dogs for veterans with PTSD, disabled people who need their dogs to get things for them, or even dogs that can sense seizures coming on.  The dogs are rescues themselves, who go through the training program and get a second chance.  For $5.95, you can chose a 5k, 10k or half marathon option, and all proceeds are sent to Guardian Angels.  If only I wasn't crocked.  The race is this coming Saturday, the 27th, but of course you can complete your distance on a different day if you need to.  They even have race shirts in both men's and women's cuts.


Sunday: 2.5 miles track workout

Monday: Jillian Michaels' Killer Buns and Thighs

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: Jillian Michaels' corework

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2 miles track workout

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This may be my first throwback Thursday, but y'all remember these?

I absolutely grew up on Disney.  I don't remember how many Disney Sing Alongs my parents bought but there were quite a few.  I learned so many Disney songs from movies, TV, Disneyland.  And it was a great distraction. My mom would put one in the VCR if she needed to get stuff done without me underfoot.  

Even if we didn't have the movie, I knew the songs.  When I saw movies that weren't included in the sing a longs, we'd get the CD and I'd memorize the songs.  Now I can sing Disney with the best of them :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Where in the World: The Temple Church

Any Da Vinci Code readers out there?  This is the Temple Church, one of the stops once Robert and Sophie hit London.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

the Maelstrom Sails On

The official word came down on Friday that the Maelstrom is, in fact, being replaced.  With a Frozen ride.  Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Frozen, but in EPCOT?  It just doesn't match.  EPCOT is great in that it doesn't have Magic Kingdom qualities.  If Fantasyland was already expanding, why not add a Frozen concept there?

I just don't agree with the location.  The pavilion is Norway, and whereas Norway influenced the look for Arendelle, Frozen's not Norway.  If they wanted to spruce things up, why not have a video of the animators in Norway and what they used for the film.  It would go a long way to updating a film that a lot of people (me included) skipped after the Maelstrom.  I did enjoy looking at the exhibit they had tying the research back to Frozen since Norway is in my family tree.  Yes, I'm descended from Vikings - and the person I get that heritage from (Dad!) gets sea sick on both fresh and salt water.

Sometimes I don't agree with new ideas.  Disney does make mistakes.  I liked the Pirates of the Caribbean ride before the Jack Sparrow additions.  The Winnie the Pooh ride was added in Magic Kingdom but it took over from Mr. Toad.  Let's not even mention the Tiki Room Under New Management.  The Tiki gods sent a message with that fire.  The Fantasyland expansion was great because it brought in new rides using new land.  I suppose I should get back to Orlando at some point so I can check out the 7 Dwarves' Mine Ride.  I enjoy new additions when they don't take over other rides, and I enjoy the holiday overlays.

I just feel like this Frozen ride is rushed.  Disney is desperate to do something to keep the crowds in EPCOT for Frozen, but I've always seen EPCOT more as an adult park.  Soarin' is a great adult ride, Test Track, Mars, World Showcase.  It's always been nice when I wanted to get away from kids, I could do it at EPCOT.  And now not only is Maelstrom getting axed, but so are a few entertainment acts.  I'm very wary at the moment about what's going to happen in World Showcase.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 9/14

I'm in the market for a new brand.  I've bought Under Armour for years, but I've noticed they're going away from the styles I like.  I like the tech shirts and semi-fitted tank tops, but every time I go to a sporting goods store, I can't find what I like.  They have tech shirts but not the material I'm used to, and they're bigger than the old tech tees.  In the past, my size for a tech tee would be perfect, now it's more loose and hits lower.  Their website doesn't seem to have what I like either.

I also have to get this off my chest: anyone see the irony in Under Armour's #IWillWantIWant campaign for their women's line and yet they sponsor the Ravens?  I'd been thinking about other brands for a bit, but after all the talk due to TMZ releasing the video and stock footage from the press conferences with the UA logo behind the Rices, I found it quite interesting.  I really do like the Under Armour gear I have, but I have to call things like I see them.


Sunday: strength training

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1.5 miles

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: Core Pilates

Friday: rest

Saturday: rest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where in the World: the Tower of London

Since I'm not watching football anymore, I need to come up with different shows to watch or things to do during the season.  When Once Upon a Time returns, I won't have an issue on Sundays, but this Sunday I stumbled across a series of Secrets on PBS.  It was Secrets to Westminster and online they have past shows, including a Secrets to the Tower of London.

Fun fact, my family tree has been traced back to William the Conqueror through King John.  William built the Tower as a fortress and to deter challenges to his authority as King.  Yes, it can be considered a tourist trap, but the Tower has so much history.  You can take an official tour with a Yeoman, or you can walk around the Tower on your own.

Ceremonial Block
the White Tower
The Tower was used as a palace, a fortress, a prison, and now houses a museum for the arms and armory from past centuries, and of course, the Crown Jewels are on display, under tight security.  In fact, they do not allow pictures or video to be taken inside the exhibit, and they are VERY strict about that rule.  The Secrets segment said the jewels are valued at $32B.

Traitor's Gate
You can also see the ravens of the Tower.  "If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall."  You can bet the ravens have been in the Tower ever since that prediction.  They are territorial in pairs, and you can see them hopping about, sometimes even flying about (even though their wings are clipped) and putting on a show.  One time I was there, a raven was hamming it up for the tourists.  The Secrets segment talked with the Raven Master, and he said there are 8 total ravens, 6 and 2 spares.

Raven pair
Hamming it up
One ceremony that many tourists do not get to see is the Ceremony of the Keys.  Tickets are free, but a written request has to be made well in advance for anyone who wants to observe the ceremony.  Again, no pictures or videos allowed.  This ceremony happens every night, when the Chief Yeoman locks up the Tower. Tourists are escorted into the Tower but don't be late.  The Ceremony has had a strict schedule for over 700 years.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Joys of Not Training

I don't have a fall race planned this year and surprisingly I'm OK with that.  Why?  I can be flexible in my schedule and if I feel tired, I don't have to push myself.  Take the Thursday and Friday leading up to Labor Day Weekend.  I was bone tired and just couldn't bring myself to workout.  Yesterday too, I had my bag packed to run after work, but mentally I just wasn't feeling it.  I can throw in a rest day without feeling guilty, and I move workouts around.  I normally don't workout on Fridays, but I did last week, then did yoga on Saturday and weight lifting on Sunday.

That being said, I can't help but look at 5k's if I feel my knee is still doing well.  It's not necessarily for the fall, but if things keep progressing, I could opt for a 5k early next year, after the holidays.  It's amazing how many 5k's are in the area during the fall and after Christmas.  We have a Hot Chocolate run in Dallas, Cowtown is in Ft. Worth, and local 5k's are everywhere.  That is my goal, to build up to a 5k.  I did 2 miles last week and my knee didn't have a lot of discomfort until the very last running interval I did.  I think switching back to support shoes is helping tremendously.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 9/7

I see Disney in all things I do, whether I'm at work or not.  I work in research grants, and when our system created project 626, guess who I thought of... one guess :-)

"I call it Experiment 626. He is fire-proof, bullet-proof, and can think faster than super computer."

And now that football season is back up and running, I keep hearing the name Richard Sherman.  I'm sorry, but the Richard Sherman I always think of is currently 86 years old and is one half of the Sherman Brothers.  You know, the team that wrote so many great Disney songs as well as songs for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlotte's Web.  So word association with Richard Sherman is always Disney, never football.

Any moments in your everyday life that makes you to think of Disney?


Sunday: Corework

Monday: 2 miles

Tuesday: Upper body strength training

Wednesday: PT

Thursday: rest

Friday: 6 miles bike

Saturday: 30 minutes yoga

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reorganizing at Work

I reorganized some things at work, namely, how I display my race bibs.  I have my race stuff split up between home and work: medals are at home and bibs are at work.  Before, each bib had its own frame and I was trying to line them up perfect, which was getting a little messy.  I hadn't even gotten frames from my last two bibs, Eugene and WDW.  Finally this past weekend I decided to switch things up.

All the major bibs I have are now in one frame, and I like the collage look much better than what it was.  It definitely looks neater, but I do have to cover up some nail holes from the other picture frames.  Any tips?  I'm not exactly a DIY-er but it would look better if the holes were patched up.

I got the poster frame at a place that already had Halloween stuff up.  I guess that's right since midnight of Nov. 1, Christmas stuff replaces Halloween.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Where in the World: the Haunted Mansion

Since we are now beyond Labor Day, the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland will be making the switch over to the Jack Skellington version.  My parents and I made the trip out to Disneyland last November so we could see and ride the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion.  Yes we did other things as well, but the main reason for the trip was to see this Haunted Mansion.  You can tell so much detail went into the decorations.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Race Costumes

Yesterday during my very lazy Labor Day (OK, not entirely lazy), I was looking through runDisney's album of the Disneyland weekend to look at the costumes.  That's half the fun of Disney races, spot the costumes and people watch before heading to the corrals.  I'm not super creative, but y'all may remember I tried to put a Princess Anna costume together in January using running gear to accomplish it.  I didn't embellish the running top to add the flower design, nor did I run with a cape (no capes!) but it was perfect for the incredibly humid conditions.

There were plenty of Lilo and Stitch combos in rD's album, but one costume I saw and loved was someone dressed up as Kronk, carrying Yzma on his back through the jungle.  I haven't seen anything Kronk-wise at races and thought this was brilliant.


Anybody else have a good Labor Day?  I was with friends Saturday night but Sunday and yesterday were just me.  Allie definitely enjoyed having me home yesterday.  This was my view most of the day since she wanted to cuddle, a lot.  Even after I got back from the gym and had to ice.