Solid Food Returns

July 24th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Lunch - (4 Comments)

I set out for a hot, humid, sunny, ass sweaty run shortly after 12:00. Someone cuff me in the head and remind me why heading out for a run smack dab in the middle of a hot summer day is not the brightest idea I’ve ever had.

It was HOT! And HUMID! And did I mention I was sweaty?

I couldn’t decide how far I was going to go. I knew I wanted today to be a longer run though. I thought about 8 miles. I thought about stopping at the house after 7 for a drink and a little fuel and going out for 3 more. But once I got back after 7 miles that was it. I was done. I ran a comfortable pace and it took me an hour exactly.

Life’s a Beach

July 22nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (6 Comments)

My fruit and juice breakfast wore off by about 10:30, so I made a bowl of banana and chocolate oatbran before we headed out on today’s adventure.


Cooked on the stove with water and chocolate almond milk and cocoa powder. Topped with sliced banana, almond butter and coconut.

I threw a bunch of food into our lunch bag and off we went to meet some friends at the beach.

We played in the water.


We played in the sand.


I’m pretty sure taking a break for lunch was my idea.

A Real Job

July 17th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (7 Comments)

I’ve sat at my desk today all today like the old days when I had a “real job”.

I broke for lunch and ate at my desk. When we’re child free here, not a single second can be wasted.

A giant salad made up of just about every vegetable in my fridge. Red leaf, green leaf, boston bibb, carrots, raw corn cut off the cob (have you tried this yet?? SO sweet and juicy – GET ON IT!), tomato, green pepper tossed in homemade Italian. And some Green and Black dark chocolate that I took a bite out of before I snapped the pic.

More Experiments

July 15th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (7 Comments)

I didn’t really intend for today to be a day full of experiments, but who doesn’t want to want to be a their own lab rat? I mean really.

We met our friends at the park and had a neat activity planned that all the kids loved, including mine.


Clear as mud, no?

We had a to walk around the playground and find the shapes drawn in the upper left corner of each box. Then the bottom two boxes were for any other shapes we found.

Cigarette butt? Ummm, I think that’s a tube? Yeah, draw a tube.

Pea Soup

July 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Life - (10 Comments)

Party in the park!


We had fun at the park today with rulers and colored pencils learning about vertical lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines, and the different kind of shapes we can make with these lines. Good stuff.

Maxine wants to hear that last bit on “vertical lines” one more time though.


We worked on our balance and poise a bit too.


Running short on time, I threw everything portable I had into a bag before we ran out the door. We had a small lunch at the park, lets call this Lunch Part I.

Bottomless Pit

June 27th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Life - (8 Comments)

I’m happy to report that my questionable run this morning was fabulous! 10.8 miles in 1:37:54, a 9:00/mi pace. We did a 6.5 mile loop and stopped back at the running store for water, and then went for another 4.3 mile loop.

Between loops, my friend Shawn and I snacked on a couple of these guys.


My pace group went on to do another 4 miles after that but given my last long run a couple weeks ago was 9 miles, I decided that even though I was feeling good, I wasn’t going to push my luck.

Pantry Dinner

June 22nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (12 Comments)

We hit a new park and playground today, to meet up with some homeschooling friends for a Summer Solstice gathering after lunch. Ava drove us there.

Ava and Maxine at the Park

And then if letting her drive wasn’t enough, she tested my adrenal glands again.


OK so it wasn’t really THAT high but I did find myself holding my breath until she got to the top.

Up Top

Blood pressure returning to normal.

We hit the grocery store for a few essentials (OATS!!) and they entertained themselves in their usual fashion while we went through checkout.

books at Wegmans