Monthly Archives: December 2012

Joy to the World!

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Psalm 98

1Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

4Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

7Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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A day of indulgence

My day began with breakfast treats that included a melt-in-your-mouth cream puff, pork tamales, chips and queso, and one more melt-in-your-mouth cream puff. I couldn’t stop. It was nothing less than,  a party in my mouth (phrase coined by dear friend who has as much of a passion for tasty food as I do)!!

I managed to get by lunch relatively unscathed, but those sweet people who provided such a glorious breakfast sent us on our merry way with chocolate treats. They were my afternoon indulgence.

A late afternoon lull convinced me that I did not have it in me to make it through that cardio-resistance class I had planned at the gym. Now, I am comfortable in my leggings with a full belly from the plate of lasagna I just ate and relaxing with a little vino watching terrible Christmas movies on Lifetime Movie Network.

I am blaming this wash of a day on the cream puffs. But, they were sooo worth it!

And so I am thankful for the 3.5 mile run on Sunday and the 2 miles and 20 minute core class from Monday. But, there is no room for slacking on workouts the rest of this week or I will definitely end up on the naughty list. So, the rest of the week looks something like this:

Wednesday- lunch time spin class

Thursday- lunch time strength class and post work run

Friday- lunch time run

Saturday- spin class

Sunday- run

On a more interesting note, Saturday was the end of the season Girls On The Run 5K and man… did we have fun!

Here is our team modeling their finishers medals with each of their running buddies!

gotr 5k run

Their smiles tell such a sweet story. The little lady to the left was my running buddy this year. She’s an amazing girl with a beautiful soul and all she wanted to do was hold my hand the entire run. About mile 2.5 she looked up at me and said, “you know why I like running with you? because you encourage me to keep going.”  My heart melted, but only because she has NO idea how SHE has been the one to encourage. In some very real times of need this season, her tenacious and lively spirit has lifted me up beyond anything I could ever imagine. From the bottom of my heart, I love that girl!

On a closing note, I think I’ll have a Christmas cookie now because if I started with cream puffs, I might as well end with cookies.

Griffin and his girlfriend made some tasty treats the other night.

christmas cookies!

Although, they look a little more like Halloween treats, they will do.

scary christmas cookie

Foodie Friday

This Foodie Friday is dedicated to my sister, who keeps asking me to post recipes.

I am not sure I actually consider myself a “foodie,” but I like food. I like eating food. I like preparing food. And in the right places, I like shopping for food.

Meal planning comes and goes for me and this week was totally one of those weeks where it was gone. I stopped by the grocery store on Sunday evening, but was too tired  to really put much thought into what I was picking up. So I grabbed a little of this and a little of that and hoped for the best. Fail safe purchases are always a gallon of milk and a gigantic box of cereal.

Sometimes the best dishes are prepared in my kitchen on a wing and a prayer, though. Mid-week, I took some talapia filets out of the freezer but I was clueless until I walked in the door from work and saw that beauty of a squash sitting right on the kitchen counter. Big, fat, yellow goodness.

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Other than preparing risotto, spagetti squash is my next most favorite thing to cook. There is a fun factor involved that no other food can claim. So I scliced it in half, scooped out the seeds, and popped that baby in the oven on 375 for about a half hour.

Near the half hour mark I threw some butter and olive oil in a pan and sauted some garlic and mushrooms, added a little white wine and threw in some asparagus. While the asparagus cooked in the simmering pan, I dug in with a form to have some spagetti squash fun. If you have never prepared spagetti squash before, you really should. It will bring a smile to your face, I promise. Just grap a fork and start scraping and “wha-la!” you have the most beautiful pile of noodly looking squash you have ever seen.

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Picture from Steamy Kitchen.

I mixed my sauteed veggies in the white wine sauce with my spagetti squash and added a little salt and pepper for a tasty side with the pan seared cajun spicy talapia. It was the perfect compliment and made for a great standalone leftover lunch dish the following day plus a side dish another night to grilled porkshops. Spagetti squash comes in abundance and with only two mouths to feed, it lasts a while in my house.

Do you have a favorite thing to cook? How do you use spagetti squash? I am always looking for new things to cook and ways to mix up the regulars.

Accountability, Safety, Boy Bands, and Pumpkin Oats

It’s a list kind of day…

1. Accountability– My schedule is FULL and CRAZY right now. Can anyone relate? Hello, Holidays! It’s so hard to be consistent with the workout schedule, so instead of beating myself up over it I just try taking full advantage of each workout I get and ramp up the intensity.

This week:
Monday- 3 mile run with hills.
Tuesday- Nada on the workout, but I’ll be listening to a beautiful Christmas concert tonight put on by the orchestra and choir at my son’s school
Wednesday- Lunch time Spin class and After work run with co-workers
Thursday- GOTR night! Last practice before race day!!
Friday- Lunch time strength workout
Saturday- GOTR 5K!!!
Sunday- Rest day

Yesterday I registered for 2 races and am hoping to squeeze in a half in the spring as well.
Race Schedule:
December 15- GOTR 5K

March 23- Zooma Women’s Series 5K (<– More about this, coming soon.)

2. Safety- Lately, as I head out for my neighborhood runs, there is a hesitancy that wells up within so strong that for a moment, I consider turning around and heading home. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I learned of a man who was killed by a motorist while out cycling one morning. It’s just this type of thing that can make me reconsider my neighborhood runs. Since the time change I have had to do more road running because the parks all close at dark. I run against the traffic in order to possibly avoid potential accidents; wear reflective and light clothing so as to be seen at night; and stopping at all intersection. But I came across this article yesterday on Runners World and found it to have some great tips, including some very real stories about motorist/runner accidents. Read it and run safe, friends.

3. Boy Bands- Mindless Behavior. I’ve been living under a rock apparently and had no idea who these guys were until those previous little ladies over at Girls on The Run wanted to listen to their music at last weeks practice 5K and end of the season celebration. Justin Bieber just got bumped down and replaced on my playlist.

We had a little dance party before heading out for our run this last week. I may or may not have learned some new dance moves. Hee hee.

gotr practice 5k

4. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oats- Mix together and cook 6 hours on low in the slow cooker.

6 cups water

1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats

1 can pumpkin puree

1 cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice mix

Then fill your belly with a scrumptious, hearty breakfast. When pumpkin is around, it’s one of the most wonderful times of the year!

P.S. I pin curled my hair last night. I wish it was Halloween today, because I would have made an awesome poodle.

Deep Down

Today I returned a call to a business associate and left a voice mail that ended with, “just give me a holler when you can.”

What?!

It was a surreal moment that felt suspended in time. As the words flowed from my mouth I simultaneously realized what I was saying. I was both appalled and amused at the same time.

I could ask where that came from, but I know. Oh, I know full well where it came from. My deep southeast Texas roots surfaced. They were not consciously summoned but that was no matter.

It’s funny how things like that happen. Before you know it you’ve done something or said something from
ye ‘ole days. In those moments I tend to reflect on the journey that landed me where I am today.

In the case of my grammar journey it includes a nagging mom and some insanely strict English teachers…oh the painful days of my sophomore English teacher, Ms. Gonzales. Through clenched teeth I utter a thank you. Because without you I might be leaving everyone voice mails that say “give me a holler,” and not even think twice.

While the twang in my voice is a dead give away that I am a Southeast Texas girl and my written skills are far from perfect, I’m sure everyone I work with and leave voice mails for also thanks you.

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Image from Flickr by Katherine Sackreiter.