Thursday, July 6, 2017

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I've been having a craving. I know, excluding pregnant women how often do you get a craving that is specific like "Oatmeal Raisin Cookies."  Usually they are things like "chocolate" or "ice cream" or heck even the general "cookies."  Regardless, I've been craving oatmeal raisin cookies and at the same time I've been trying to be good about not eating things with "sugar" or artificial sweeteners.  What's a girl to do?

Well, I found a recipe for my specific craving that replaced sugar with ripe bananas.   The reviews were pretty good.  Some people made suggestions to add nuts or peanut butter.  Anyway I gave them a try.  They smelled fantastic but I admit that I don't recall if the cookies are supposed to spread a little when baking, like chocolate chip cookies.  Here's what I learned.... they taste "OK".  Seriously, if this was a Goodreads review they'd get 2 out of 5 stars.  They are edible, not horrible.  A little "dusty".  Yes, seriously that is a good adjective for them... dusty.  Maybe they needed something else to add a bit more moisture or chewiness or something.  They are definitely missing something.  So next time I'm thinking of substituting bananas for sugar I'll just make banana bread.  That or I'll make the oatmeal raison cookies like they were intended to be made (with sugar) and just run a couple extra miles.  In the meantime I'm going to eat my dusty cookies and enjoy them.. kind of.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jumping Rope

I joined Mad About CrossFit a few weeks ago.  Today we did a workout that involved quite a bit of jumping rope.  How hard can that be?  I was little once. I remember jumping rope and playing tag through the double dutch ropes. 

Let's just jump right in, no pun intended. Here's what I know: I can jump rope. No problem. It just requires quite a few starts and stops. The presence of a Paramedic and a readily accessible defibrillator. 

I thought the slow run I do was tough.  Jumping rope is crazy. After 3 weeks of occasionally being required to do it, I'm either getting better at it that my heart and lungs don't want to explode or so much worse that I can't string together enough consecutive jumps to kill me.

Then there are people there that do this thing called "double unders" where the rope makes 2 revolutions before you land after your "jump".  Yeah, I have a more realistic goal.  Get 60 single jumps completed before I trip up.  My current high = 30.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A day of Firsts

Well maybe not entirely 1st's some of them are more like starting over.

I've officially started my training for the 1/2 Marathon in November.  I know I said I wouldn't do another one but this time my sister and I are doing it together.... even if I have to push her in stroller.  She was supposed to do the last one with me but had gotten hurt.

I went to my very 1st "Row Rage" at Mad About Cross Fit.  I envisioned a whole bunch of crazy people screaming at rowing machines.  Instead it was a nice group of women, who may have been silently cursing the row machines, getting a fun cardio workout.

Speaking of working out.  We all know those people who working out changes their lives and then they become the poster person for "X" thing.  How does that happen?  I kind of want that to happen to me, at least a little bit so I can stay motivated.  Sure I've lost my mind over other things.  Usually referred to as road rage, but how does someone get so sucked in that it becomes a "lifestyle"?  I have grand visions of making lifestyle changes.  They require work.  Lots of work.  Let's see if I have the where-for-all to get my act together.

I also met with my new Night Terror doctor.  She's very nice but I can no longer joke about the fact that my Night Terror doctor's name is Dr. Knight.  I'm sure I'll have other things to joke about in relation to my night terrors but at least my Rx will continue to be filled.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Frozen 5K

I started my New Year off by running in the Guilford Frozen 5K. Now some of you might be thinking that involves beer but you would be sadly mistaken.  Fortunately, it also wasn't very cold outside at all.

I'll admit that this is the longest distance I have run in YEARS and I'm not entirely sure you can call what I did "running".  I did finish and I consider that a huge win. Especially, since after the 1 mile mark I was contemplating if I could just step over the cones and head back in a graceful enough manner that no one would notice.  I kept envisioning some old woman screaming "Cheater" so I just continued to trudge along. 

The last few feet did turn into a bit of a footrace between me and the woman in a walker..... OK I made that last bit up but if there had been a woman in a walker I'd have knocked her down so I could come in ahead of her.

39.05 that's how long it took me.  Yes it's slow but Yea me! I didn't cheat and I got my butt moving.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Years Resolutions

I'm either ahead of the game for 2017 or severely behind on my 2016 resolutions.  Either way I feel pretty good.

My Dad asked if I was going to face life with a new air of calm and ...Well I can't remember the other word but in essence he wants to know if I'm going to be unflappable.  After I laughed heartily at the thought of a calm cool and collected CAB, I mentioned that compared to years past I am much calmer.

Last year I tried to do a 365 photo challenge but it quickly became too overwhelming and felt like work. This year I found a 52 week challenge which feels much more manageable.

I also got back in the saddle today.  The bicycle saddle.  It's been 8 months since I've been on a bike of any sort and I figured I'd do an easy hour ride.  It's amazing what you can forget.  Last year I started riding and forgot how difficult starting up could be.  15 minutes in I decided I was going to caught up a lung so now I have a base line.  Tomorrow's goal, 20 mins.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016 - Listening to Romance

So this weekend L and I drove to Virginia and we listed to V.K. Powell's "About Face" on Audible. Oddly enough, I enjoyed this as an audible a bit more than I did when I read it.  Ok, fine when I read it with my eyes, I didn't post a review and I said "it was fine."  As an audible I liked it but also came to the following conclusion:  

"CAB, you're banned from reading or listening to romance novels for the foreseeable future... maybe forever."

Why you may ask? I'm jaded, I'm jaded and cynical and I liked the plot but got all hung up on the language.   Lately, I always get hung up in the language.  Who talks to the woman they love like characters do in a romance novel?  "My Love, I need you right now, shove your hands down my pants."  Fine I made that last bit up, but all the "My Love" this and "My Love" that is just too much for me.

I did discover that I can read a sex scene and not be embarrassed or horrified.  LISTENING to someone else NARRATE a sex scene.  Um, no.  I was blushing while driving and finally just started hitting the 30 second forward button. L actually asked what I was doing.  I think I said "I can't drive and listen to this."  So add prude to my list.  I really had no idea how awkward that could be but it took on an entirely different  dimension and I felt like I was listening to a bad porno.  BTW this is all me, the narrator did a fine job, but if I ever meet the narrator I want to ask how on earth she manages not to giggle with the dialogue and/or the descriptions of what is going on.  That or maybe the publisher should put together a blooper reel.  I'd listen to that.

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