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Our House Guest

This morning I broke out some more Healthy Living Summit swag.  This time it was this Vega mix:
I used it in a Green Monster, with ice, skim milk, some frozen banana chunks, and spinach. 
Verdict?  Ehhhh, not great. Maybe it was the banana and spinach combined? I’m not sure if it would just be better tasting on it’s own? Anyone else have any good ideas on what to do with this flavor?  I’m more of a vanilla or chocolate smoothie mix person. 
I don’t know about you guys, but I get really stressed out about having house guests.  Which is probably why I so rarely entertain.  I’ll admit it, I’m not the neatest person on the planet.  During the week I tend to pile stuff on my kitchen island and I detest folding and putting away laundry, so I’ve been known to leave my laundry sitting in a laundry basket far longer than it should.  That said, one of the good things about having people over is that it forces me to clean my house.  So that’s what I’ve spent a lot of time doing this week. 
My husband’s friend Dave is here from St. Louis. He is a fellow pilot and they don’t see each other a lot because Dave flies for a different airline and is married with kids. Two pilots + different home bases +conflictings schedules = rare visits, and therefore it’s probably been about a year since we last saw Dave. He and my husband go way back though. They went to college together and worked together flight instructing to kick off their aviation careers.
 My husband doesn’t have the opportunity to meet a lot of people and keep them as friends with his career being so transient in nature.  Almost everyone he knows in Charlotte is through me.  So, it’s kind of special to have a friend like this that he’s known a while.
Dave was in our wedding party.
(Dave on left, Greg, and other groomsman Austin)
So anyway, this was a week of much cleaning and prep for the visit.
I mopped, vaccummed, windexed, put away junk, etc… 
Our house is now pretty clean, and I’m liking it.
When I got home from work, Greg and I took Dave to dinner.  We decided to try something new so we went to The Tilted Kilt.  I’ve heard the low-down on this place from a couple people and pretty much knew what to expect.  The waitresses are dressed in skimpy little plaid kilts with bare middreff showing.  Kinda like a slightly classier Hooters with an Irish/Scottish twist.  The bonus is that the food is actually pretty good and they have a nice beer list.  I was willing to go for the two latter reasons.
The boys with their beers!
And Greg and I
I had some kind of cream ale and it rocked 🙂
For dinner I had a grilled chicken club with garlic fries.
I kind of wanted a salad, but none of them sounded that good to me.  The chicken was yummy.
Greg had shephard’s pie.  One of his favs.  I make a mean vegetarian version, but he actually did the meat variety tonight.
How cute is the little pot it came in??
I had a taste and it was good 🙂
I had a couple invites out tonight, but didn’t know how late we’d be at dinner.  It was about 8pm by the time we got home AND it was raining.  Plus, I had to get home to do something kind of important…  I made a BLUEBERRY PIE again!  I have a brunch tomorrow and I promised I would bring one. 
Here’s me in pie making action.  The pie is done!
I’m exhausted…  Off to bed!

August 28, 2010 at 2:18 am 1 comment

In Good Times and Bad

My Saturday was not the greatest day ever.  I had to get new tires put on my car so Greg and I were up early to go drop off the car.  My front two tires were very worn and one of my rear tires had a leak that Greg had repaired twice and seemed to be leaking yet again.  Bottom line, there was really no way around it, and I ended up replacing all four tires.  Bye bye $500…  😦

After dropping off my car we headed back home and I took off on a much needed run.  I was in a crappy mood and hadn’t run since Wednesday and was dying to get out there.  I believe I did somewhere between three and four miles.  It went well! 
Friday on a whim I signed up for a 5k the first week of September.  I was excited after an appointment with Greenapple that went well and want to get back in race mode now that my knee is finally close to recovered.  So, my Saturday run was important as I’m actually working towards a race goal again 🙂
I returned home after running and my hubby informed me he had checked flights to return to Charleston for work and that they did not look good.  He would need to take a flight that left around 1pm instead of the one he’d originally planned to take later in the day.  This was not good news since we had to pick up my car from the tire place, and we both need to get ready and get out the door.  It left both of us feeling stressed out and rushed.
We picked up my car and on the drive back home I noticed that my tire pressure sensor on one tire read WAY higher than the rest.  Not good.  Greg didn’t have any time to help me figure it out, so I called the tire place and they suggested I bring it BACK so that they could see if the tire was over inflated or if it was an issue with my sensor.  GREAT. 
Before dealing with the car, I drove Greg to the airport.  On the ride there we were both cranky and irritated about my car, him having to leave so early, etc…  We got into kind of a fight and upon dropping him off we basically left things between us in a crappy state.  Which ruined my whole day. 
The thing about being with a pilot is that when you only have a few days together you feel extra pressure to have everything go well so that you have that memory of your great time together to carry you through your days apart.  I guess it can be likened to not going to bed angry; you don’t want him to leave when you’re not happy with each other or that’s what you’ll carry with you.  So that definitely sucked and put me in a funk all day on Saturday.  It was one of those fights where you are so ticked off and feel you are in the right that you don’t want to be the first one to call and apologize too.
Evening rolled around and I had dinner plans with my friend Josie.  We went for sushi and it was the best I’ve had in a while.  We got four different types of rolls, Philly, Caterpillar, Rainbow, and crunchy shrimp.  SO GOOD.  It was beautiful to look at too, but I forgot to get a picture!  Anyway, dinner was nice because she let me vent about my argument with Greg and it helped to just get it all out.  We continued talking at a wine bar up the street where I had a “taste” (which is their half glass) of Reisling and we we sat outside. 
Later, when I’d been home for a while and cooled down about the days events, I decided to be the bigger person and call my husband.  We actually talked for a long time, probably about an hour about everything.  We talked about the stress in our lives from his career problems and where we are now with our lives, our frustrations, our hopes, etc…  It was a good productive talk and I’m glad I called and that we got through our issues. 
I went to bed at peace, which is all I really wanted.

August 23, 2010 at 12:46 am 3 comments

Fun With My Husband

Greg got home Thursday and I was excited to finally have a little time with him since I was away in Chicago last weekend and it had eaten into our time off together. He got in Thursday and I got him at the airport. We would have been fine with staying in, but my friends called and wanted us to come to South Park for this Frank Sinatra piano tribute thing they were having at some restaurant and drinks. We figured we’d go since it was a “couple” type event. Tim and Sarah and Gibson and Chloe were going and this was the first time the six of us have done anything all together as couples.   Greg and I ate a quick dinner before since we figured it was just drinks.  I made us some veggie burgers topped with spinach and cheese with a couple carrot sticks and a little cottage cheese.
The weather was kind of iffy on the drive over and Gibson called me to let me know the event was cancelled, since it was scheduled to be outside on a patio. We quickly regrouped and made a new plan to go to Bricktops down the road.  There was a wait for a table but we decided to get one because Tim, Gibson, and Chloe wanted to order dinner.  While waiting we sat at the bar and I got a glass of Malbec.  Everyone else had martini’s which was the special, but I didn’t notice this til after I got my wine- doh!  Oh well, it was a good Malbec 😉
Once at our table, Greg and I assessed how hungry we were since we’d kind of already eaten.  He was still kind of hungry and ordered a flatbread, and I just had a house side salad (I didn’t take pictures!). 
We actually got dessert, which was this chocolate chip cookie in a little iron skillet with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.  It got passed around the table and I had a couple bites.  MMMMM.  I love the idea of a cookie cooked in a skillet 🙂
Friday after work, I headed home and Greg and finally made a trip to the grocery store for some essentials.  I used a lot of coupons from The Healthy Living Summit on this trip, getting some sandwich thins, yogurt, feta, etc…  🙂  I also stocked up on veggies and fruit since our drawer was kind of empty. 
I made us greek salad and sort of a pizza bread for dinner.
Green leaf lettuce
roasted red pepper
black olives
diced up artichoke heart
sliced mushrooms
black pepper
drizzled with red wine vinegrette, EVOO, and lemon juice.
Pizza bread:
whole grain bread (bakery) sliced
melted butter and garlic
cooked green pepper
tomato (I used can since I have some open)
topped with mozzarella
Baked in toaster oven on about 400 for about 10 min.
All together
We ate in a rush so we could get out and KAYAK for the first time in a long time!  By the time we got to the Catawba it was already like 7:30pm! 
Greg prepping the kayaks.
Pretty gorgeous night…
We actually took Clyde out with us, and this was his first time on in the kayaks.  He was funny!  Very curious about what the heck was going on!
It was a little hard to paddle with Clyde in the kayak, but tolerable.  We put our kayaks next to each other so Clyde could hop in and ride with Greg for half the trip.
Kayaking was followed up by an impromtu trip to the nearest DQ.  My mom and I like the vanilla cones with cherry dip once in a blue moon.  It’s very artificial and waxy.  I do realize I’m probably totally polluting my body with red dye number 9 or something, but once a year or so, it has to be done…
Greg had a turtle sundae.
Clyde had a bite.
Then we called it a night!

August 22, 2010 at 12:52 am 3 comments

Greenapple and Oranges

So, here’s a little update on my knee.  Obviously Sunday’s bad run had me totally down about the whole running situation.  It’s been almost two months since my half marathon, and about a month since the knee got bad enough for me to stop running.  I want to get back out there!  Almost everyone I know is training right now and I miss running a lot.  Three people I work with have been to this guy Dr. Greenapple.  All of them are runners and triathletes and they said the guy is pretty progressive and had them running within two weeks of visiting.  They also take our health insurance (I always have issues with that!).  I made an appointment and saw him yesterday.  Things went well.  I told him my loooooooooooong story (seriously, it probably took me 20 minutes to explain everything).  He listened and took notes.  He examined me.  His conclusion made a lot of sense and we went right into some treatment and scheduled more.  I’m really encouraged.  I’m HOPING to be back out running in a couple weeks.

I rushed back home after visiting Greenapple, to make dinner for Greg and I.  He’s been away about 5 days this week, so I was really happy to have him home.  I had offers to meet for yoga, but I really just felt like he and I needed some quality time together.  Which leads me to something I wanted to discuss.  For any new readers, I’ve been with my husband for 8 1/2 years now and we’ve been married over 4 years.  When people ask me about being a pilot’s wife, I say that I’m used to him being away and I’m used to him being home.  Both seem normal to me.  A lot of the time I say it’s kind of nice to have the time he’s away to myself.  You probably notice that I fill my time with various athletic activities, dinners, and social events.  I’ve also been known to give the piece of advice to a new pilot’s significant other to “get a life” (well, I try to put it more eloquently than that).  I just mean that a pilot’s wife needs to be really independent and be able to entertain herself while her man is gone.  I think that can also mean to not plan everything around the pilot being home and drop everything just because he’s home.  But, I think recently I’m guilty of not allotting enough time for my husband.  I’ve gotten so into my social activities, sports, and extracurricular activities, that sometimes I feel like I really only spend a couple hours a week with Greg if he’s only home on weeknights.  I don’t know that that is enough, and I want to try and prioritize spending time with him a little more, while still maintaining an active social life.  Do you guys have trouble balancing the things/people in your life? 

Ok, on to dinner!  I REALLY wanted to try making MILLET!
I actually twittered about it wondering if anyone had a good recipe.  No response 😦  So I just decided to wing it.  I toasted the Millet for about 4-5 minutes in a dry pan (this was 1/2 cup).
While it was toasting I brought 2 cups of liquid (I used 1/2 water, 1/2 veg stock) to a boil in a sauce pan.  I dumped the Millet into the water and covered it to cook on low for about 30 minutes.  I ended up deciding to add some sauteed onion, some orange zest and orange juice (like 1/4 of an orange worth), and just a touch of dried rosemary (like maybe 1/4 teaspoon).  I added these things in the last 5 minutes of cooking or so to meld in. 
I also steamed some zucchini:

Then I got to the “meat” of the dinner.  Greg LOVES orange chicken at a Chinese Restaurant.  At least, he used to when he ate meat more often.  I have always thought it was gross, with the “mystery” chicken under the deep fried/candy coating.  I’m more of a chicken with mixed vegetables or broccoli kind of girl.  Anyway, while at the place where we can’t spend less than $100 Costco recently, we saw this sauce.  Yeah, it’s not very nutritious, but it gave me an idea.  Tempeh would be good cubed with a little of this on it to simulate “orange chicken”.
And my idea was right!  I used very little, like maybe a tablespoon?  A little went a long way and created a nice gooey crust on the tempeh.  Success 🙂  I think I actually could make my own healthier version of this with just some orange juice and brown sugar (maybe some corn starch to thicken it slightly).  Since I only used a very small amount I think the overall health of this meal was pretty good though. 
All together…
Greg loved it and said we should have this meal once a week! 

On a totally unrelated note, I just heard about this website: Cats that Look Like Hitler! 
It’s good for a laugh if you are need… 🙂

July 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

Night in with the Boys

Greg got in to Charlotte yesterday to enjoy a couple short days off.  I was really happy to have him home and looked forward to spending the evening with him all day.  The other man I was excited to see, was this one…

Seriously, could he be any cuter??  This was after a walk around the neighborhood.  Greg and I love it when he sticks his tongue out.  Too cute 🙂
Since I was already sweaty from our walk, I did a round of Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones.  Still avoiding the knee related stuff.  I usually just go to the workout menu and pick like 4-5 circuits that don’t involve much leg.  If they do involve leg exercises I just do the arm part instead of the lunge/arms.  And I do ALL the abs circuits.  Yes, Jillian, I’m DYING right now, don’t worry!
Clyde has to be right next to me when I’m on the floor.
And sometimes he needs to be on top of me!  Come dude, I’m trying to do crunches here!!
Greg was craving pizza for dinner, but we have tons of food in the house, so I didn’t want to order out.  I checked out the freezer and found a couple sub-sized french rolls, and suggested some french bread pizza and salad.  I really wanted pesto on my pizza, but I have no basil!  So I made spinach pesto.  Here’s the players:

Spinach, EVOO, garlic, sunflower seeds, and some artichoke heart.  I actually sauteed the spinach and sunflower seeds in EVOO and garlic first.

Then put it in the food processor with a couple spoonfuls of artichoke heart oil (I like the flavor infused in there).
I actually forgot Parmesan cheese!  Oops!
Slathered it on the bread, and topped mine with a couple artichoke hearts and roasted red pepper.  Greg doesn’t really like artichoke hearts, so his just had roasted red pepper, and he wanted a couple plain ones with just Ragu on them.  I topped each with provolone (I’m out of mozzarella).
Baked for like 10 minutes maybe?  At about 400 degrees.
Finished product.
My plate, plus a salad with lettuce, olives, artichoke hearts, tomato, and feta, tossed with balsamic, lemon, and EVOO.
Also drank this margarita made by the husband. 
Then we stayed in and watched The Blindside.

July 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm 4 comments

Charleston Weekend Recap

Hello!  I’m back after a 4th of July weekend hiatus!  When the hubby got his July schedule, we realized right away he had ZERO weekends off for the month of July, so we were going to have to get a little creative with face time if we wanted to see each other much this month.  He suggested I come to Charleston, West Virginia for the 4th, which is where he is based for his current airline and has a little hole in the wall “crash pad” which is basically a teeny tiny studio apartment in the middle of nowhere outside Charleston.  It even has a murphy bed that pulls down from the wall!  My first (and only) apartment that I lived in by myself in Dublin, Ohio had the same thing!  Greg had to work some this weekend, but Sunday and Monday he just had single round-trips to DC, so we figured he’d still have a lot of time to hang out, and I could see his other “home”, and explore the area a little bit with him, so I decided I would go ahead and drive out there. 
Greg didn’t finish his day til almost midnight on Saturday night, so I hung out in Charlotte most of the day on Saturday.  I actually tried a short run Saturday morning, and my knee/leg didn’t seem to like it too much 😦  I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about my knee.
I met some friends for lunch at The Philospher’s Stone, which is DOG FRIENDLY, so Clyde got to come too!  We had a nice late lunch outside and chatted for a good while.  Clyde and my friend Chloe’s dog, Lacey played around.

Chloe holding Clyde.
My friend Gibson with his scary mustache he grew for a “mustachio bashio” he was attending later that night.
Me and Sarah.  She was being a little goofy… 🙂

Once back at the hacienda, I packed up the car, and Clyde and I hit the road for Charleston around 6pm.

The trip was a longish 4+ hours.  It’s very pretty and scenic, but very mountainous and the roads are really hilly and wind-y, so it’s a lot of concentration on that drive!

I arrived at Greg’s nest around 10:30ish and Greg got in around midnight to find Clyde and I all settled in.  It was quite cozy to have the whole family in that tiny studio for the weekend!    

Here’s Clyde trying out the Murphy Bed!

Sunday morning we got up and had some oatmeal and coffee at the apartment.  Greg had his trip in the middle of the day, so I dropped him at the airport at around 11:30am, then Clyde and I headed into downtown Charleston to scope it out.

(the capitol building through my bug stained windshield!)

I found a good spot to park, and Clyde and I took a little walk around the city.  The area we were in was actually pretty cute.  There were a bunch of restaurants and bars and some little parks and the streets were tree-lined. 

Not much was open though, I guess because it was Sunday and a holiday, but it looks like it’d be fun on a Friday or Saturday night. We walked down to the river that borders the city, and saw where they were setting up for the 4th of July festivities, which we would be coming back for that evening.  There was an amphitheater right on the water and some beer/food stands were getting set up. 

We looped around and back to the car.  I drove through the city to explore it a little more and then we headed back to Greg’s pad for some lunch.  I had made a batch of roasted red pepper and artichoke heart hummus for us at home and brought it for the trip, along with flat bread, carrots, and red peppers.  I had that for lunch. 

I also had a handful of my hubby’s dry roasted peanuts…

I then felt like relaxing and having a little lazy time, so I watched Mama Mia on Netflix on my laptop and read Eat Pray Love for while.  It was actually really nice to have some downtime to do stuff like that.  At home, I’m constantly distracted by TIVO or the Internet, and Greg’s place in WV is very bare bones- no internet or TV!
I then went back to the airport to get Greg.

He suggested we check out nearby Kanawha State Forest as a possible spot to go hiking/picnicking on Monday.  The forest was really out of the way (it was a lot further out than Greg thought it would be), but very pretty.  We took Clyde on a short walk on a trail that looped around. 

Notice Greg still in his pilot uniform, minus the epaulets, tie, and wings 😉 

We got a quick dinner at Fazoli’s, which is one of Greg’s favorite “fast food” places, which we don’t have in Charlotte.  We split a sundried tomato tortellini and veggie sandwich, with a side salad.  I wasn’t as into it as Greg, but it was decent.
We changed and headed back to downtown Charleston for the 4th festivities and fireworks.  We found a nice spot of grass to park out chairs at, and enjoyed the people watching and listening to the orchestra play.

There were a ton of boats out on the river.  We ended up bringing Clyde, even though we weren’t sure how he’d do with the fireworks.  We figured if we had to, we’d just high tail out of there if he started to freak out.  He was a REALLY good boy.

People were stopping and fawning over him left and right, and during the actual fireworks he sat on Greg’s lap and was very chill.  Such a good boy!  The fireworks were really good.  There were a few I actually hadn’t seen before- even in DC! 

My tour of the city earlier that day had enabled me to know a great place for us to park.  We were out of the city in no time after the fireworks ended, which was great.  I hate waiting in traffic to get out after big events.

Monday morning we got up and stuck a plan we had to hit up Panera for breakfast and pick up a sandwich for our picnic at the Kanawha State Forest.  We got to Panera a little late though (hey, I’m on vacation, we slept in!) and had to settle for bagels and coffee for breakfast. 

We got a turkey sandwich to supplement the hummus and carrots and threw everything in the cooler for later.  At the forest, we drive til we found a good spot. 

We took Clyde on a wooded walk through the woods.  He LOVED it!  Greg and I had sprayed ourselves with OFF! before heading into the forest, but those woods were no match for the bugs.  Both of us were swatting ourselves the whole hour we were in there!  We finally gave up and ended up eating our picnic lunch in the car so we would not become the bugs lunch!

We headed back to the shoe box apartment, and then Greg got ready for another round-trip that afternoon.  I had brought some books and movies with me, and also the Jillian Michaels workout video, No More Trouble Zones.  I was inspired by Caitlin’s review of it, and saw it while milling around in Wal-Mart the other day while my oil was being changed and bought it on an impulse.  Since my knee is all jacked up, I’m trying to think of other things I can do to exercise, so I figured this might be an alternative.  After Greg left for his trip, I popped NMTZ into my laptop and got going.  I really liked it.  I bunch of the video involved squats or lunges that did kind of bother the knee so I did a few of them, but once I could tell it was something that was going to aggravate my injury I let up and did just the weight part (I used two big cans of baked beans Greg had in his cabinets as my weights!) and didn’t push on the legs.  There was also a good portion of abs stuff, which I’ve been wanting to do more of, so I was glad to get in some ab work.  I can definitely feel the work-out in my muscles today, so I think it was good and will be doing it again 🙂  After my work-out, I watched Twilight (I gotta get geared up for Eclipse, which I’m planning on going to see later in the week!!), and then packed up the car and went to go pick up Greg. 
Clyde sat in a suitcase so I wouldn’t forget him…

We decided I’d pick him after his trip and then drive back to Charlotte together.  It was so nice to have company on the way back.  I drove the first couple hours and then let him take over for the last couple, so I could sleep since I had work today.  We didn’t get home til after 1am, but I still made it into work on time! 
All in all, it was a pretty fun little weekend get away.  Charleston wasn’t the most exciting place I’ve ever been, but I was really happy to be able to spend almost the whole weekend with Greg and Clyde and I know it meant a lot to him that I came there to be with him and hang out.  Plus, now I have a visual on where he is when he calls me from his home away from home :).

July 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm 5 comments

Home for 12 Hours

Yesterday Greg did something I don’t remember him ever doing before in the eight and a half years we’ve been together (we’ve been married a little over 4 of those years).  He flew home in the morning just to hang out at home for the day, and then left in the evening!  He was itching to see Clyde and I, and wanted to nap in his own bed, and do some things at home. 
I was happy to see him when I got home, and got to work on dinner.  I decided to make Italian style stuffed peppers with Quinoa.  I used two large peppers, an orange and yellow and cut them in half.  I placed them in a casserole dish with about an inch or two of water and microwaved them for about 5 minutes before flipping them and cooking them another 3 or so to soften them.

Meanwhile, the filling was going.  I did 1 cup of Quinoa cooked in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of Veggie broth. 
I also made a mixture of onion, garlic, veggie crumbles, a can of diced tomatos with their juice, some spinach, and some chopped artichoke hearts, seasoned with dried basil and oregano.
Once done, I drained the water from the peppers and put a little EVOO in the bottom so they wouldn’t stick.  I mixed the Quinoa with the veggie mixture and heaped each pepper half with the mixture.  I then baked the peppers at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, adding a slice of provolone to each pepper and cooking for another 5 minutes or so. 
The finished product…
My plate… 1/2 plus 1/4 of a pepper. 
We also had salad with lettuce, spinach, carrot, feta, sundried tomatos, and balsamic/EVOO:
Baxter had some carrot peels:
Then after 3 short hours home with Greg, I drove him to the airport…
He looks excited to go back to work, right?
Well, at least we got to have a homecooked healthy dinner together.

July 3, 2010 at 12:57 am 2 comments

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