Monday, March 29, 2010

Going for a CENTURY!!!

I love my bike. She's not the most expensive, the fastest, or the fanciest, but she is mine. We've been through tough hills, backwoods potholes, semi-rabid-unleashed dogs, and more. I think it's time to work towards a Century ride with her. It's just what's right. My goal: The H.O.T. 100 in Murfreesboro this August. I found a loose guideline and am working towards it. There will be heat, hills, and heffers (really, it's in the sticks!) and boy will it be FUN!
Now all I need to do is figure out how to come to a stop and unhook from my clips so I don't fall over. :/

Monday, March 01, 2010

Once a Month Cooking

OAMC - a marathon day of cooking to save time, energy, and money! Here is my menu, along w/ links to recipes, and at the end you will find several links to the pros who can do OAMC w/ one hand tied behind their back!

Things you should know: *I LOVE The Pioneer Woman's recipes and blog, and she is my bff, only she doesn't have any idea who I am. I use LOTS of her recipes and many from Tasty Kitchen (her other cooking site). Go buy her new cookbook and check her site everyday. She seriously changed the cooking rut I was in and gave me the confidence to try things.*We are a carb loving family - Pasta Night is Monday!... and possibly any or every other night thereafter. *I planned out a theme for each night. Sunday=Sandwiches, Monday=Pasta, Tuesday=Crock pot, Wednesday= Leftovers, Thursday= Mexican, Friday=Homemade Pizza (and family movie / popcorn picnic night!), Saturday=Breakfast (Mommy's day off and dinner out).

1. Spaghetti & Meatballs
2.Salsa Chicken
3. Leftovers or dinner @ church
4. Chicken Chimichangas (w/ chicken from salsa chicken) **
5. Pizza - Make the dough ahead of time. It's easy (I use whole wheat flour for everything) & fun
6. Biscuits & Eggs
7. Small Group
8. Lasagna (I told you, I LOVE the PW! Now, go walk three miles before it finds your hips.)
9. Redbeans & Rice
10. Leftovers or dinner @church
11. Fajitas
12. Pizza
13. Pancakes and bacon
14. Ham & Cheese Paninis w/ roasted veggies
15. Spicey Shrimp & French Bread (This is orgasmic, be careful. I can say that b/c I'm married.)
16. Beef Tips and noodles **
17. Leftovers or dinner @ church
18. Mini Taco Salad
19. Pizza
20 PW's Cinnamon Rolls (Go ahead an double or triple the recipe and freeze 'em. Trust me.)
21. Small Group
22.Buttered Noodles and roasted veggies from Deceptively Delicious. Jessica Seinfeld ROCKS!
23. Potato Soup
24. Leftovers or dinner @ church
25. Taco Soup (I <3 Paula Dean too, y'all!)
26. Pizza
27. French Toast and sausage
28. Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork'wich with bakes sweet potato fries **
29. PW's Chicken Parmigania (I know... I promise to do 5 miles this time.)
30. BBQ chicken sliders w/ Broccoli Slaw **
31. Leftovers or dinner @ church

**New Recipes for me.**

Now, before you ask for my cholesterol and blood pressure levels, let me just say that I sneak veggies into meals that aren't just on the plate. I cook w/ natural or organic ingredients whenever possible, and i LOVE to cook for my family and have meals in the freezer to take to friends who are under the weather or having a rough / super busy week... and then I swim, bike & run (shuffle, really) on a regular basis... And that's my cooking confessional for the day. Amen.

Saving time by cooking it all (not really all, but doing a lot ahead of time) is a wonderful way to get it all done so the rest of the month you can catch up on laundry and facebook. :) This is the first OAMC I am doing all on my own (recipes, shopping list, etc), but I like a challenge! Mainly, I will cook the meats and add sauces then place in a freezer bag to thaw and add remaining ingredients later. (Allow 24 - 48 hours for defrosting).For OAMC gurus check out: FishMama, Money Saving Mom, & Faithful Provisions.

Please let me know if you have questions. I'll add the shopping list soon. Thanks for stopping by!

~ Mae ~

Monday, January 11, 2010

Adventure # 23,235,789,327 may now begin!

Who reads this? No one? Ok, fine. Here's the scoop, obviously just for my records....

Halloween night I stepped on a remote, heard a crack, almost passed out.... at the time I was getting ready to have a week long consignment sale and just did.not.have.the.time. to go have my foot examined. Pain. RICE treatment. One week later (ish) I'm told I have a stress fracture in my left pinky toe. Congratulations! I am now the owner of a $275 boot. Wear it for 3 weeks and do a follow up. 3 weeks later... PAIN! (Don't ask me if I took it easy. I'll kick you.) Wear another week and here's a referral to a podiatrist. Podi says: Two more weeks. Two weeks later: TWO MORE WEEKS! (What?!?!?!) and FINALLY, this morning I was released from the &(mailto:$*&%5E@#$*&)^% boot. Yea!!!

Now the YEAR OF ADVENTURE may begin. So, what do I have planned????
Here it is (in no certain order):

*Train, stay healthy, injury free, toe the line and FINISH several sprint distance triathlons, two half marathons, and a 70.3 (a.k.a a half ironman).
*Teach English for 10 days in Linda Vista, Guatemala as part of a missionary team.
*Learn conversational Spanish.
*Raise enough money to get to Guatemala by starting a "For the love of Guatemala" line of creations: shirts, dresses, pants, purses, etc.
*Coordinate a 5k & 10k race to help raise money for Guatemala.
*Be a happy, loving, faith living child of God, wife, mother and friend.
*Find little adventures in life each and every day.
*Save money by living well on less, couponing, and seeking deals.
*Make good food from locally grown, organic ingredients.
*Raise and can organic fruits and vegetables.
*Bake bread that looks, smells and tastes like bread.
*Love others more than I love myself.
*Find joy in every situation.

So my friends, there they are; my aspirations to make 2010 an incredible, joyful, adventurous year.

Monday, October 05, 2009

BRB 1/2 Week 2

The plan:
Monday: 3 miles & Yoga (2 miles in the rain in 43:33 TIRED LEGS! and a rockin' yoga class)
Tuesday: Cross train (bike or swim, depending on the weather) + weights
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday Cross train (bike or swim) + yoga
Saturday: 5 miles
Sunday: REST!

  1. Go from walk 1 / run 1 to walk 1 / run 1:30
  2. Water, water, water, and more water
  3. Get them all in early, b/c once the babies are awake it's probably not going to happen!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Baton Rouge Beach Half Mary Training: Week 1

Mon. 3 miles (Didn't get my lazy bum up early, so it didn't get done. FAIL!)
Tues. off (walked 1 mile)
Wed. 3 miles (in 60:47... it's a start) R 1 min/ W 1 min
Thur. 3 miles (massive leg cramps. 1 1/2 miles in 30 min. on treadmill.OUCH!)
Fri. Yoga and weights (just yoga. I <3 yoga!)
Sat. 4 miles (didn't get up...)
Sun. bike for 1 hour (did my 4 miler in 73:30 - 18:32/mile. IMPROVEMENT, BABY! :))

Nine weeks to go! I have to make every mile count and keep a positive attitude. Self sabotage is not going to get me this time!

Info on BRB 1/2

Monday, June 22, 2009

So, I was thinking...

I am one to set lofty goals... I can think of many more times that certain goals have not come to fruition than have, but even if something you work for doesn't happen the way you see it happening, the journey there is usually worth it. With that completely non-descript rambling, here are my latest goals in regards to swim/bike/run:

Aug. Mountain Lakes Triathlon
Sept. Star Physical Therapy Triathlon
Oct. Cedars of Lebanon Sprint Triathlon

I want to run a half marathon each month between the months of October 2009 and March 2010, leading up to the big kahuna: the FULL Country Music Marathon in April 2010. As of now, these are the half marys I am looking at:

Oct. Murfreesboro
Nov. The Outter Banks
Dec. St. Jude's
Jan. Callaway Gardens
Feb. Mercedes Marathon
Mar. The Disney Princess
April: CMM

With the exception of the Disney Princess Half and the Outter Banks, each race is w/in 4 hours of the house and an overnight stay w/ friends or a comped room using Brandon's fabulous hotel points. I can do it. I will do it. I owe it to myself to work towards each race; logging the miles, blisters, sweat, aches, pains, joy, satisfaction, and PRIDE that will come with the miles. I will be a marathoner and triathlete.

Now, who's with me?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bonnaroo "Training"

This past weekend was my first Bonnaroo experience. For those of you who may not know what the Roo is... well, it's a festival that more than triples this small town's population for 4 days and brings huge music groups to the middle of nowhere. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the entire 4 days. My personal favorite was Buffet. This country girl is a beach bum at heart and he has a gift for making me feel as if sand is between my toes and an ocean breeze is on my face. He played a "surprise" gig, in that he wasn't on the schedule and they announced his performance a week or so ago. Seriously, the absolute highlight of my Roo weekend. Other acts I saw and enjoyed were Snoop Dog (seriously, a great show... what I could see through the haze ;)), Wilco (I didn't know any of their songs, but really liked what they played. In fact, that's who Pandora is playing for me right now.), Public Enemy (Flave-a-Flave!), Merle Haggard, Phish, Bela Fleck, Springsteen, & the Beastie Boys.

My friend and neighbor, Michelle, and I worked in a lemonade & pretzel stand for our tickets. We had so much fun people watching and talking to our customers. Our stand was in the middle of the Other Tent's field. The main acts there were African and Bluegrass. It was great listening to such different music and jamming along to the steel drums. We definitely met some interesting people with interesting "accessories" and stories! We had offers for things other than to pay $4 for a lemonade and learned a lot about people from all over the world; even as far away as Japan. It took that guy 70 hours to get here!

One funny story about a customer: this guy asked for extra sugar in his lemonade. It's already mixed and comes from a huge barrel. All we did was squeeze a lemon and add ice to make it look pretty. So I squeezed and mixed his up, he takes a sip and hands it back to me to "add some more sugar". Sure, buddy, whatever you want... @ the same time I am making change for someone else I take his cup, put it down under the counter, pick it back up and swirl it around and hand it back to him w/ his "extra" sugar. He takes another sip, his eyes get really big and he says, "Yeah, just like I like it!" Then throws a tip in the jar and bee-bops off. Hilarious! Perception is reality, huh? :)

The Roo was an absolute BLAST; I can't believe I waited so long to go, but am SOOOO glad I did! Thanks, Andy, Sheryl and the CHS Soccer booth for our ticket in. We will SO be there next year. Til then, this chic is back to reality... Kisses, hugs, dirty feet and playing hard w/ my babies, tri training and trying to organize this house. Loving life and looking forward to our next adventure!