Download kmplayer, Manual do telefone philips dect 6.0, Oovoo hacker 2013 free download, Video games remix free mp3 download, Cavaleiros do zodiaco para download, She got that million dollar free download, Pokemon x gym battle music download, 3.55 sony ps3 download, Download w995 apps, Becker traffic assist highspeed 7934 maps download, Visio 2013 templates download, Mpc 2000 os download, Ana nikolic download mp3, Crysis 2 multiplayer private servers, How to crack zip password using kali

Archive for August 23, 2013

Friday Fitness: Back on Track… Again!

exercise-womanIt’s been a tough month… between caring for a cat with early stage kidney disease (she pees a lot, and not always in her box), the day job,  tons of gigs, and residual exhaustion from lingering walking pneumonia… I have tried my best to keep up with my morning walks, but the diet kind of went out the window for a fortnight…. or two…

I lost 2 lbs before going to Hawaii — and thanks to daily snorkelling and 6-mile hikes, I did not gain anything while we were there. However, since we’ve returned, I’ve gained, then lost, then gained and now finally lost again 2 lbs.  Yesterday I weighed in and lost an additional lb, so I feel like I’m back on track. I have crossed the 20 lbs lost line and plan to stay on the other side.

fat woman cartoon

I had gotten into the habit of swinging through In-N-Out on my way to Seaport Village for a quick (and fat-laden) lunch, then with both of us on crazy schedules, it just became easier to pick up a bucket from the Colonel than to make a real dinner… and I have never been known to turn down pizza and cookies when offered… and there were a few gigs with free-flowing pizza and desserts…

So despite increasing my morning walks to an hour, my diet was undermining my goals — and probably contributing to my exhaustion as well.

Now that the schedule is starting to slow up a little, it’s much easier to find the time to fix vegetables and fresh foods.  AND, within 24 hours, I noticed that my energy levels had improved… is it diet?  is it less stress?  is it more sleep?  Probably all of the above… but I’ve had a good week, and with summer (and busy season) drawing to a close, I know the dynamic duo of a healthy diet and exercise will continue.

Two upcoming events: All American Hero Run 10k
San Diego – Point Loma
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 7:30 AM

And then the next week-end I plan to do another 10k.  This one is a virtual Race, The Peace and Love Bug Run. You can do it anywhere, even on a treadmill, but I plan to work out a 10k route in the ‘hood…I already have a 5 mile route so adding another mile and a bit shouldn’t be too hard.

I’m really looking forward to both races — the All American Hero one for the camaraderie and vendors — and the Peace and Love Bug Run for the challenge of mapping out a route and then doing it. I hope to beat my previous time of 2+ hours… I should be able to, esp. for the Peace and Love Bug Run where I’ll be on my own instead of chatting with folks. But even if I don’t best my time, the competitions will still be fun.

What keeps you going?

I’m dreaming of a white…. pizza

Once upon a time, more than 20 years ago, a young woman invited her gentleman caller over to her house for a “non-date” dinner.  “Bring a salad,” she said, ” and I’ll make a pizza.”

Neither the young woman nor her gentleman caller were ready for a relationships, both still smarting from recent break-ups, but they did enjoy each others’ company and agreed to “non-date” for awhile.

The gentleman caller showed up with a salad that had every vegetable found in a grocery store and a box of cannolis from Vaccaro’s, an exquisite Italian pastry shop in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area.

The young woman made two pizzas, one red and one white. The gentleman caller arrived just as she pulled the white one from the oven and he could see (and smell) that it was most definitely not from a box, but had been made from scratch… even the dough, with fresh herbs from the garden and some sort of garlic magic….

They made small talk, watched a movie on the VCR and chatted until the wee hours of the morning.  Then the young woman sent her gentleman caller home with a few slices of pizza…

The pizza never made it back to Baltimore… and the gentleman caller silently vowed to marry the young woman who made such pizza…


Fast forward 22 years. It is the 20th anniversary of the young woman (now middle-aged) and her gentleman caller. They have had many adventures together, lived in many places, and finally settled down in a bucolic suburb outside of San Diego.  She has made many pizzas over the past two decades, but not a white pizza….

Imagine her surprise when her beloved gives her 10 lbs of pizza flour as an anniversary gift… she returns the gift by making a white pizza…

Natasha’s Betrothal Pizza

Dough: 5 cups pizza flour (regular bread flour will do, but real pizza flour creates an amazing texture that really does knock the socks off regular flour)

1 tsp dry yeast

1.5 tbl kosher salt (the coarse variety — if using fine-grained salt, use 1 tbl)

1 tbl sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

2-4 cups filtered water — as little as you can get away with to make a nice dough.

Knead the dough a few minutes, then put it in the fridge. Leave it alone for at least 12 hours and at most a week. When ready to use, divide into sections and let sit at room temperature for about 2 hours before shaping into pizza crusts.

Toppings for 1 pie:

A sauce of sorts:
1/4 cup extra virigin olive oil
3 tbls of fresh crushed garlic (I buy crushed garlic in bulk from the Korean grocery; you could crush a couple bulbs instead)
1 tbl granulated garlic
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano

Spread over dough.

Then sprinkle 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Dot on about 1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh ricotta cheese

Add small bits of anchovy fillets

Sprinkle with fresh or frozen (and thawed and drained) spinach

Bake on a pizza stone in the oven at approx. 400F for at least 20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

Remove from oven, let cool slightly, slice… and watch love blossom…


Not the Zombie Apocalypse…. it just feels that way sometimes


My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends
-It gives a lovely light.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892-1950

This has been the busiest, most productive, and toughest summer I can remember.

It was busy before Hawaii, and the craziness picked right back up within 2 hours of getting off the plane in San Diego… and hasn’t let up since.  Busy is good.  Busy pays the bills, creates spending money for Hawaii vacations, and lets me go to conferences during the “off season”. But sometimes, it’s just exhausting.

This summer has been particularly exhausting. Having walking pneumonia definitely hasn’t helped matters. A cat that pees all over the house (later diagnosed with early stage kidney disease) and requires a special diet hasn’t really helped, either.  I am very fortunate to have a husband who likes likes to be a dinner hero.  When my schedule is all over the place and I often don’t know when I’ll get home for dinner, having a dinner hero has made the difference between eating something healthy and eating Jack-in-the-Box…

There are 2 more weeks left until Labor Day.  The light is shining at the end of the busy-ness!

But in the meantime, I’d like to thank Shannon at A Girl’s Gotta Spa for informing me that yesterday was National Relaxation Day. I totally missed it — and although a day at Seaport Village is a ton of fun, it certainly isn’t relaxing….

Oh well. I’m celebrating today. I’m taking it easy in the office by listening to groovy music and sneaking this post in during my break. And after work, I’m off to Spa 33 in El Cajon for a much-needed massage. I’ve got dough rising in the fridge so when I get home, I can make pizza from scratch (which is a fun hobby that you can also eat when it’s done). And I have a good book (Graceling by Kristin Cashore)  by the sofa so I can curl up with the cats and get lost in a different universe.

How do you relax?

A lot of folks I know love relaxing at the beach, but not ne– finding a swimsuit that fits, making sure I pack everything, fighting traffic to get there, finding parking, finding the right spot on the beach, worrying about getting sand in my Kindle… and then the Pacific is so darned COLD… definitely NOT relaxing…

The Huffington Post has a list of 6 suggestions. I am dubious about the claim that “Weightless” by the band, Macaroni Union, is the most relaxing song around (although it is nice); I just feel that music is so personal that one’s person’s bliss soundtrack might just drive me insane…. but I do like that suggestion about taking a nap in the office… hmm, the boss isn’t looking… maybe I can catch a few winks of shut-eye… ….zzz…