I think it's a fun word to say. Try it. Out loud! RUSTICLE. I was reading an article last night about a newly discovered rust eating bacteria that is destroying the Titanic. I had quite frankly, never heard the word rusticle before, and thought it was funny. D looked at me like I was a moron for not knowing the word, but I couldn't stop giggling. I thought I'd share the happiness inducing word with everyone else!
Yesterday was good, as far as Monday's go. I had 3 meetings total, and they were all painless and via conf call anyway.
Breakfast was a smoothie. Lunch was a pineapple tofu dish on Japanese short grain rice. Very tasty - especially when I added the crushed red pepper flakes to it. It helped offset the sweetness of the dish very nicely. The rest of the day, I drank a few glasses of a green smoothie (apple, orange, spinach). I made a large pitcher of it, so I could refill at will. It did shock my husband though....he opened the fridge last night (I wasn't home), and I end up getting a text from him with a picture of the pitcher and a "what the hell is that??". It was pretty funny.
My lunch of tofu, sweet potato, and pineapple with some red pepper flakes. Very light and filling.
Green smoothie! I LOVE my Vitamix. It can make anything a wholesome juice, smoothie, soup, etc. I used 4 cups of water, 2 peeled bananas, 3 peeled oranges, and a bunch of spinach (I'd guess 4-5 cups). Turned it on for a minute, and YUM. I know it probably looks weird for people not used to it, but you really don't taste the spinach at all. As long as you stick to the 60% fruit, 40% veggie ratio, it doesn't get a leafy or bitter taste to it. Quite amazing really, and I'm becoming a convert. All that fresh produce energy feels great. I went on a run in the late afternoon, and it was COLD. I am very unprepared for the weather this year. I had done a closet clean out a couple of weeks ago, and discarded most of my colder running wear (worn out, didn't fit, etc). Now I have one pair of pants that actually reach to my ankles. I can layer the tops okay, and I still have my hat and running gloves (though the gloves aren't warm enough). I'm thinking I'll have to slowly pick up items and rebuild my running wardrobe. I had done my big training most recently in the summer, and with VA being warmer than most places, I really underestimated my need for good cold-weather running gear.
M got home from school after his drama club last night...and announced that he won a major lead role in the play! He's very excited, and it's the role that he really wanted. It's not only a speaking role...but a singing one too. So I took him out to celebrate! He picked Wild Wing Cafe, so the two of us went to dinner (A had a big project due at school the next day...that she hadn't started, so D stayed home with her to get that finished, and R was falling asleep in the van, so she stayed home too). It was a lot of fun just hanging out with M. He had way too many spicy chicken wings, and I had my Spicy Vegan (special menu item they created for me a few months back....it's a wrap full of veggies and hot sauce).
We all went to bed pretty early, which was really nice. I hadn't gotten much sleep the past several days, and I was very overdue for it. I slept very well, and had a nice morning. I was up early, made homemade waffles for breakfast for everyone else - a smoothie for me (banana, orange, and chocolate protein powder. Very good). I'm taking a big 24 ounce Tervis of green smoothie with me for my morning meetings too. Considering it's 52 calories per cup - and I get ALL of my fruit and veggie servings - it's hard to beat. I'm thinking I need to play around with different recipes too. I've been some with kale, pineapples, mangoes, romaine lettuce, etc.
Tonight I'm hoping to get a quick run in before going to a Better than Ezra concert with a friend of mine! We both took the day off work tomorrow - I'm not exactly 19 anymore....
So off I go to the office for a fun filled day of meetings and smoothies!