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I am my own boss.

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I get distracted easily. I know it’s a problem. But I’m trying to work on it. My newest idea is to be more of a boss to myself. I made a time sheet for myself this week. I used a dry-erase board that I’m keeping right beside my desk. I clocked in and out of work. And for the most part, I stayed true to it. I refrained from checking personal email and Facebook and the news during the times that I was clocked in. I like it. It’s definitely a reality check. I waste some serious amounts of time. I should really not be taking two-hour-long lunch breaks. But that was this week. Next week I can start all over and do better. And especially since I slacked off today, tomorrow might have to be the beginning of next week.

"Time sheet"

"Time sheet"

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June 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Getting creative in the kitchen

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Yesterday we received our first bin from Farm Fresh Delivery! They specialize in organic, natural, and local produce and other goodies. And, if it isn’t apparent from their name, they deliver right to your door. It is a lot less expensive than I expected too. Healthy, convenient, and affordable. What else could you ask for?

We’re doing the every other week plan, and this delivery brought asparagus, cucumbers, mushrooms, peaches, apples, cherries, bananas, milk, yogurt, and bread.

I sneaked a couple cherries last night. Tart and tasty.

And tonight we tried the mushrooms on some mini pizzas. I started with two whole-grain flatbreads. I spread alfredo sauce on one and sundried tomato pesto on the other. I added some frozen spinach and mushroom slices, and then topped them with mozzarella cheese. On the side we had some zucchini fries. For those, I sliced the zucchini, dipped the slices in egg, and coated them in a mixture of bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Pop it all in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes (flip the zucchinis about half-way through), and dinner is served.

Pizza and zucchini fries

Pizza and zucchini fries

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June 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Just noticin’

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Have you ever had one of those days where you feel more observant than usual? You know that there’s always so much going on around you that you can’t take it all in. You’re going to miss a lot of it. But some days you’re better than others about noticing the little things?

Well, I had one of those days on Tuesday. I had been cooped up in my office for most of the day getting ready for my first day of teaching. And around 2pm, I started heading south to campus. I first noticed how green everything was. Between the rain we’ve had recently and the bright sun we’ve seen for most of this week, everything was looking really alive. It probably helped that I haven’t been getting out much lately either, so it had been awhile since I’d seen trees and grass. As I continued to drive, a few more things caught my attention. So I thought I’d share.

  • A traffic light go berserk for a couple seconds – It was green as I was driving up the hill toward it, and then it suddently became a flashing red, and by the time I reached it, it was green again!
  • A grungy-looking teenage boy with a skateboard getting patted down by a police officer at a gas station – My gut reaction was that the kid was getting harrassed for skateboarding and wearing his pants a little too low.
  • A concrete mixer truck with a nice paint job – multi-colored polka-dots.
  • A car with “I ❤ Dad” and handprints painted on the back windshield – I bet that was fun to wake up to on Father’s Day.

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June 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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Jerk “Mom”

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We just dropped off the kitty at the vet to get her teeth cleaned. We couldn’t let her eat after 6pm last night, and she was so upset this morning. Even though I know this is what’s best for her, it sucks to have to do it because she obviously doesn’t get it. She doesn’t understand why we’re depriving her of food and her cozy home and making her hang out with strangers in a strange place all day and night. Makes me feel like such a jerk.

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June 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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Holy Camoly!

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Friday nights are not for cooking. But we’re trying to cut down on going out for meals. A frozen pizza is a great compromise. Our favorite brand of frozen pizza is California Pizza Kitchen. They’re much lighter than others we’ve tried, which is good because once you start eating a pizza you can’t really stop until it’s gone – no matter how big or how thick of a crust or how many toppings. Or, at least, we can’t.

Anyway, I preheat the oven last night, pop open the box, and here’s what I saw:

An incomplete pizza!

An incomplete pizza!

Where’s the sauce, CPK? Where’s the cheese? How in the world does this make it into a box and into my home?

Ridiculous.

I want my money back!

And maybe some coupons too so I can try my luck again, which I will because this pizza is so good. I’ll assume it was a fluke, CPK. No worries. 🙂

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June 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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Running Update

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Well, the bad news is that I didn’t stick with the 10-week plan at all. In fact, I didn’t even stick with the first week of it. I have yet to run 4 miles. I also took almost a whole week off. I’ve also been running more on the treadmill than outside because it’s been rainy. The 10-week plan is a bit too ambitious for where I’m at right now with my running.

But, the good news is that I am getting there. I think I just need to have a few weeks of running consistently and seriously (which, for me, is a few miles a few times a week) before I start trying to increase my distance too much. This past week I ran 3 miles on Monday, 4 miles on Thursday (3 in the morning and 1 in the evening), and a 5K this morning.

That’s right, folks. I ran my first 5K! Well, technically it’s my second. I did the Jill Behrman 5K a few years ago, but I walked almost the entire race. So today was the first time I ran in a 5K race. And I truly ran almost the entire thing. I took a walking break for probably one-two tenths of a mile after about 2.5 miles.

It was the 3rd Annual Run for Ronald in Indy, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. It started at 9am this morning, and thankfully, the weather was gorgeous. It was cool and breezy when we started and got a little uncomfortable just as I was finishing. We ran along the Canal, which is really pleasant and peaceful. There are fountains and ducks and murals (and only a little bit of trash here and there).

The best part about it was that Jon ran it with me. He agreed to do it awhile back when I was signing up, but he’s not really into running. I figured he’d end up walking most of it. But this last week or so he’s been doing the treadmill with me and was all ready to go today. We ran together for some parts of the race, and even when we weren’t side by side, we were in the same vicinity. And, we finished together, which was fun. I passed him right at the end and finished just a few seconds ahead of him.

The second best part about the race was that I ran it faster than I thought I would or could. I am a pretty solid 12-minute-miler. This past week, though, I tried increasing my speed a bit on the treadmill. And this morning, I ran the 5K in 34:14.2, giving me a pace of 11:03/mile. My place was 186/373. Not too shabby!

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June 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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Working Hard

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Teaching starts next week, so I am busy busy busy with planning classes and writing lectures and blah blah blah. It’s all coming along slowly but surely. Baby steps to the finish line. I love that I have such a nice office setup at home so I can work comfortably. And by comfortably, I mean without any concern for how I look, as evidenced by this photo I snapped yesterday when I realized how silly I looked:

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I did take some time out last night to get in touch with my domestic side, though. We had a banana that looked like it was about to disintegrate, so I decided to whip up some banana bread. I was feeling adventurous (or maybe just too lazy to look up a recipe), so I just threw some stuff in a bowl and stirred. It was some combination of mashed banana, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, an egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and water. To make the cleanup easier, I used silicone muffin cups. As I was filling them, I realized that I don’t really know what the difference is between bread and muffins and for that matter, pancakes! Here I was thinking that I was making bread in muffin cups, but maybe I was making muffins! And couldn’t I just pour a bit in a pan and have pancakes? So I saved some batter and made a few little pancakes. They were great! And so was my bread/muffins! They were a little bland, but they seemed like the right consistency and tasted like banana. Good enough for me!

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While I was playing in the kitchen, Jon put together our new DVD tower. As we were working on our respective tasks he said, “We’re really fulfilling some stereotypical gender roles tonight, huh?” Indeed.

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Written by Lisa

June 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm