Two Lives, One Lifestyle

All Things Green by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Food, Kale chips, Kelli, Lunch, Spinning, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you had a wonderful Monday!  Mine flew by, per usual, in a whirlwind of emails, phone calls, and stress.  No worries though, it was the good kind of stress.  The kind that makes you really motivated to get everything done 🙂  After work I went to my 6:30 spinning class and hit the grocery store.  After texting with Katie I decided something tonight while grocery shopping.  I am going to make this week MEATLESS.  I honestly feel like my digestive track could use a break, and there are also lots of vegetarian recipes I would like to try.  So there we go, this week will be without meat (for me at least.  I don’t think I could ever convince the husband to give up his BEEF!).  At the grocery store I loaded up on tempeh, fresh whole grain bread, beans, and lots of veggies.  My cart was very GREEN!

I came home to something else that was green…

My dining room!  The husband got the first coat of the light green paint done tonight while I was at work, spinning, and grocery shopping!  This man moves at lightning speed.  He also go the entire section of brown wood paneling in the living room painted.  Just so you can appreciate what a difference painting brown paneling has made, here is another before picture:


(Picture taken when the previous owners were still living here)


(This isn’t really an “AFTER” picture.  It’s more like “at the first rest stop on a long decorating journey.”)

I love the beige that we picked out!  It made the room a lot brighter!!  Needless to say, I was very impressed with the husbands progress.  I wanted to jump in and help but I had wanted to start making moves in the kitchen.  I had some plans for more green…

KALE CHIPS!   I have never made these before and am really impressed with how crunchy and delicious they turned out!  I used Kath’s recipe and am in love.  I only ended up using about 1/3 of the kale tonight, so I am looking forward to using the rest tomorrow night!

While these were baking I made two black bean quesadillas.  One for dinner tonight, and one to put in the fridge to take for lunch tomorrow.  I found the recipe in this magazine over the weekend.

Easily the best impulse purchase ever.  This magazine has so many great recipes in it and I cannot wait to try them all!!  Please excuse the mess behind the mag.  With this many re-decorating projects going on at once organization is no where in sight!

Well I am off to bed.  I am waking up early for a workout in AM in my new home gym 🙂 .

Just Call Me… Master? by Katie
June 28, 2010, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Katie

Let’s just cut to the chase:  I defended my master’s thesis last Wednesday afternoon and passed!!! Then I spent my weekend celebrating and catching up on sleep and getting situated at my aunt’s house. I went from a very rigid schedule to almost zero schedule in the last few days!

If you’re not familiar with what a “defense” entails, here is a little recap. First, I forked over a written thesis (160 pages with appendices, what’s up?!) about a week ahead of time to my committee- a.k.a. the professors that decide my fate.  Then at the defense, I gave a short summary presentation- mainly on my results- and a bunch of professors ask questions.  It took about 2 hours total.  Sometimes this can get ugly, though I really only faced one question I could not answer as hard as I tried.  After that, they ask me to step outside and the committee discusses my research, my presentation, my results, etc.  Finally, after what seemed like forever, my advisor stepped out to shake my hand and congratulate me on passing! [Then, way too many people bought me way too many drinks.  Thursday was a rough, rough day.]

I’ll have my official degree in hand in a few weeks but since I passed, I’m golden! Now, I’m working on incorporating the committee’s suggestions into my written version to have it officially bound.  I have to organize my files and get together written instructions on what I did so other people can follow my footsteps.  Finally, I am in the process of submitting a paper to a science journal to be published!  This could take months of reviews and back-and-forth with editors.

So for now I’m living with my (ex-common-law-step) aunt and enjoying Denver for the month of July! I’m job hunting all over the place and will drive cross-country to return to upstate NY later this summer.  Basically, my life went from a strict marathon training and thesis work schedule to an open-ended schedule.  I’ll get a blogging rhythm down soon enough!

I just caught up on my Google reader and I’ll become a commenter-extraordinaire again.  What’s the most exciting thing you’ve accomplished this summer??

New Workout. by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Kelli, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you are having a great Monday 🙂 .  Mine is flying by!  I am excited to post about my new workout schedule.  During marathon training SO much of my workouts were dominated by intense cardio and long runs.  I am excited to concentrate on speed and strength for a change.  And here :::drum roll please::: is the new schedule…

Monday: The return of my FAVORITE 6:30 PM spinning class!  SCORE!!!

Tuesday: An interval cardio workout with full body toning weights.  I will be changing this up week to week and I’m excited to put my own workouts together!  The cardio will total 3-4 miles of sprinting and slow jogging.

Wednesday: Bikram yoga.  Thank you God 🙂

Thursday: A longer run (between 4-6 miles) and lower body toning/weights.

Friday: 6AM spinning.  I went to this class last week and really love the instructor!  Score!  I will also do upper body toning/weights after spinning.

Saturday: Bikram yoga or a longer run (between 7-10 miles)

I am really excited about this new workout plan.  It is funny to think that 6 months ago I was really excited about marathon training and really wanted to focus 100% of my time on running.  I think it just goes to show the importance of switching up your routine so you are always excited about what you are doing!!  Have a great Monday!

Summer is… by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 7:50 am
Filed under: Kelli

Fresh watermelon.

Beautiful morning sunlight.  Even if behind the beautiful sunlight is a disaster of a dining room that is in the middle of being painted. 🙂

The perfect temperature on your new porch at 7AM as you enjoy a nice peaceful breakfast before another chaotic week begins.  <3life.