Two Lives, One Lifestyle

Beautiful Blogger: Katie’s 7 Rando Facts by Katie
February 3, 2010, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Katie

I “introduced myself” to Olivia of You can call me Liv a few weeks ago and have enjoyed her honest posts about food, school that isn’t quite the right fit, and training with Team in Training for the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon.   We seem to have a few things in common ;).   She was tagged as a “Beautiful Blogger” and passed it on to Kelli and I.

Thanks!  I can’t wait to all meet up at the marathon (PS- if there are any lurkers that are running the marathon let us know)!  So here are my 7 fun facts.

1. I’ve been listening to all day and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Specifically, “4 Those Sippin Schaefer Light” and “Bro-ing Out.”  In a past life, I think I was in a frat.  But seriously, there are really good play lists on there, even a study mix filled with classical music, for when Pandora cuts you off!?!

2. I’m going home for St. Patrick’s Day.  Flying across the country for a family holiday is not unusual and that is basically what it is.

3. In college, I rowed on the D1 crew team for a little bit (after learning how the semester before) and my muscles were huge.  College sports are great but I felt like I couldn’t do ANYTHING else between rowing and enginerding, so I quit and joined lots of other fun stuff, like Habitat for Humanity.

4. My hair is naturally curly.  Colorado is very dry and it rarely makes an appearance anymore.  I wished for straight hair forever, now it stays straight, and I wish it was curly.

5. I love puzzles- any kind.  It started with jig-saws but also crosswords, word jumbles, sudoku, all of it.  I do a sudoku puzzle before bed most nights to keep my mind from wandering around.

6.  The 4th of July is probably my favorite holiday.  Some of our good family friends (that are basically family) have a cottage on Lake Ontario and every year, there is a weekend (or longer) celebration involving swimming, beaching, camping, baseball, eating, drinking, fireworks, and some of the best memories ever.  I have missed it once and vowed to never miss it again!

7. I would love to learn more about photography (and eventually advance to a DSLR).  These are a few of my favorite pictures:

I will have to pass on the award to 7 more bloggers tomorrow. I spent WAY too long on this post tonight, but it was really fun post to make.  I hope you enjoy!

No use crying over burnt pork… by Kelli
February 3, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Bikram Yoga, Coffee, Kelli, Slow cooker, Workout

Hey all 🙂  When I last left you I was trying to decide on breakfast.  I ended up making an egg sandwich

1 egg, 2 egg whites, a ton of spinach, and some shredded provolone.

All wrapped up in a whole wheat pita with some hot sauce 🙂

I packed up my roasted veggies for lunch, and some trail mix for a snack.

This trail mix was extra special because I topped it with some vanilla yogurt dipped pretzels!  Yum!

It was a crazy day at the office.  Luckily I got to slow down enough around 1PM for some veggies and a little gchat with miss Katie 🙂

After work I headed straight to Bikram.  I really like Bikram, but I mostly like it because of the way I feel when its over.  During the class it is 90 minutes of pure struggle.  Sometimes (like last Saturday) I can get centered and go through the postures in an almost meditative state.  Other times (like tonight) I struggle, breath heavy, and basically look like a giant red balloon falling through all 26 postures.  I know that each and every struggle means the body is changing and improving and will do better the next time.  The good thing is that I feel great now that its over!

This morning I put a pork roast in the crock pot.  It was supposed to cook for 8 hours on low, and Stephen would take it out when he got home (prob 8.5 hours later).  Well, there was a little change of plan!  Stephen ended up having to go to Albany for business all day and didn’t get home until 9 (around the same time i dragged my sweaty butt in from yoga).  Not getting home until 9 meant that the pork was in the crock pot for a good 12 hours.  It was burnt and pretty dry to say the least!

But we were so hungry that we still ate it!!  The pork actually tasted ok, which leads me to believe  that if the recipe would have gone as planned it would have been very tasty!!  This is not the last time we will be meeting pork roast, I’ll be back…

Sunshine-y Colorado by Katie
February 3, 2010, 10:38 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Eggs, Family, Katie, Lunch

Can you guess what I had for breakfast??

Eggs! With vegetables!  I’m so predictable.  I have no problem eating the same breakfasts everyday, over and over, but I could never repeat my dinners this way.  If anyone has insight on this, I would be interested.

In the mix:

  • grape tomatoes
  • portobello
  • broccoli
  • onion
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white
  • English muffin + Brummel & Brown

I didn’t see Kelli’s post and her morning weather until just now but strangely enough, I had the urge to snap a photo of this glorious Colorado morning.  This is the walk I have everyday to my building.  You betcha that the sky looks like this at least 80% of the mornings- gorgeous isn’t she?  Wait.. why do I want to move again!?  😛

Like I tell my grandma when she asks “How’s Cahl-ah-rahdo?” It’s not a daily winter wonderland, unless you live in the mountains.  [PS- That was my impression of the Rochester long “a” like you are about to say “air”]

I packed more 70s shag carpet for lunch with black olives, Greek yogurt, and avocado for toppings and a wrap for wrapping.

Alright, the coffee is kicking in, time to get to work!

Happy Hump Day! by Kelli
February 3, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Bikram Yoga, Cookies, Dinner, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Workout

Wednesday already?  Crazy 🙂  When the husbands alarm went off at 5:30 I just could not fall back to sleep.  I tossed and turned for about 10 minutes before I realized it was hopeless and I might as well get up.

When I got up and looked out the window this is what I saw…

Two inches of snow fell overnight!  I had NO idea it was supposed to snow!  Luckily my commute is so short this shouldn’t effect it too much.  When I used to work in Hartford I dreaded the snow.  It meant my 20-30 minute commute into the city turned into AT LEAST an hour.  But now, I just think its pretty 🙂

Waking up this early did give me plenty of time to prep my slow cooker meal for today.  I found this pork roast on the Cooking Light website and decided it would be a perfect Wednesday meal (ie : that night I go to Bikram and don’t get home until 8:45ish).  I marinated the pork last night…

Raw meat in juices, yum ??  Haha.  Please excuse my very Pennsylvania Dutch cook ware 🙂  I’ll put this pork and marinade in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (right around the time Stephen will be home).

Being up so early also left me some time to roast butternut squash for my lunch!

I cubed this baby and popped it in the oven on 400* for 30 minutes.  This will be a nice lunch and a nice change compared to my usual can of soup!!!

Breakfast is still up in the air.  Eggs?  Pumpkin yogurt?  Protein?  So many choices….

Have a great Wednesday!!!

Spinning Therapy by Katie
February 3, 2010, 12:28 am
Filed under: Dinner, Katie, Pizza, Salad, Spinning, Workout

I love how a workout can completely alter my mood for the better- it is seriously the best therapy for me!

After work, I had an hour wait at the post office to try and get our darn mailbox fixed.  I’ve put in a maintenance request in paper and 3 very nice voicemails (and not in row, I was trying to not be obnoxious) but it has been a week and nothing has happened.  They were just as unhelpful today. SIGH.  The whole waiting an hour yet not getting help made my mood go downhill.   I was also getting hungry and bad mood plus hunger is not ideal.

First, I had some of the black bean/pepper/onion/corn mix I made last night.  The colors look much nicer when photographed in natural light.

Then I was pretty satisfied but after the salty/spicy snack, I wanted something cool and/or sweet.   This always happens to me when I snack, I want to balance sweet and salty. Anyone else? I had just a bit of Special K left and it pairs really well with Kefir so I had that.

Then I was feeling quite parched from the tart yogurt and a big glass of water made me FULL. It was big for a snack, that’s for sure.   All day I had been looking forward to spin class but my bad mood was persisting and with a full tummy, I kind of wanted to just nap instead.

After much internal debate, I decided I should go to my favorite spin class of all time because I start marathon training this weekend and I won’t be able to do as much of my beloved spinning.

Ten minutes into the class, I was ecstatic I decided to go and rocking out on my spin bike. I’ve found that when I don’t really want to work out, I try to do “just 15 minutes” and 90% of the time, I want to keep going.  It was possibly the best spin class I’ve ever done; I got into a zone.  The teacher, Julia, had twin babies 4 months ago and is just so excited to be exercising again, she is crazy.  The good crazy!  She just makes us work it .  Right after about the halfway point, where everyone start looking at the clock, she played Sandstorm and we did hill sprints and I don’t like to brag too much but wow, I killed it!   I was loving it so much I kind of wished we had glow sticks to wave around. My legs are like Jell-o now.

Sorry for such a long gush about spinning, it was the best class ever for whatever reason- hey, maybe it was that big snack fueling me! Spinning, will you be my Valentine? ❤

Clearly, I needed to refuel and luckily a friend was over and making pizzas (for the Lost crew). Oh what good timing! I made a big old salad with balsamic first.

The slices were small and I had 1 with pineapple and ham, and 2 with white sauce, ricotta, lemon pepper chicken, mushrooms, onion, olives, and tomato.  Very good pizza, my friends!

What are your favorite pizza toppings? I love tons and tons of vegetables and interesting sauces like barbeque  as a base.  However, when going NY Style, just cheese please.  Kelli and I are actually doing a 2-for-1: Pizza Edition later this week so I’m trying to think outside the box for something different.  ‘Night (or good morning on the east coast ;))!