Archives for the month of: May, 2012

please excuse what is about to be an excessive amount of catching up over the next few days.  i have committed to sitting my butt down to catch up my 52 week project.  here goes…

week 18 gave me a much-needed reprieve from the stress and craziness of the prior weeks.  i was able to take some deep breaths and let my mind wander and think about things other than painful training runs and stressful deadlines.  inevitably, my mind wandered to food.  the sign of a true foodie.  i spent a lot of time ogling over some of my favorite food blogs and trying to figure out just what i wanted to test out. this rainbow chard tart with rosemary almond meal crust from roost jumped out at me.  not only is it gluten free and easy to make dairy free, but the recipe also called for chard, which i never know what to do with and had just received in our csa box.  it was meant to be.  and who am i to turn down a delicious sign like that?

i’m happy to report it came out perfectly.  the herb-specked crust was crumbly and buttery and the savory, not-overly-eggy filling was a perfect complement.  adam gave it two thumbs up, which is always a good sign.

 

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being a perfectionist is a tough job.  you spend most of your life trying to make things better.  it’s a blessing and a curse.  one of the hardest things to do if you’re a perfectionist is to just appreciate what is happening right now. at least that’s what i struggle with. i have to consciously tell myself to pay attention and enjoy the moments i’m in rather than think about the moments that just passed or that are coming up.  but then, every once in a while, things just fall into place and enjoying and relishing in the now is pure ease. that is what happened last weekend.

adam and i drove up to seattle and spent a glorious weekend together and with friends.  the highlights: dinner at sitka and spruce with 2 of our dear friends; a gorgeous, sunny, 12-mile run around the city; sitting in the sun, drinking wine and watching all of our friends’ kids run around and play on the slip-n-slide; more sun and wine followed by dinner and connecting with some of our best friends in the entire world.

all of it was simply perfect.

phew!  april is OVER. it was challenging, let me tell you. it was one of those months that i look back on and wonder how in the world i managed to get through it in once piece. and how my husband still seems to love me despite the fact i rarely saw him and when i did, i was just plain unpleasant.

april culminated in the eugene half marathon that adam and i have been training for for the past 2 months. the training program was pretty brutal as we both had lofty time goals. adam fared much better than i. it became apparent to me about 1 month into training that i was not going to do as well as i hoped.  my body just wasn’t ready for the pace i wanted it to run. and then work cranked into high gear, sleep became elusive, training runs reduced me to tears, and i started resenting adam for being so damn fast. the more frustrated i got, the uglier it got. oddly – that didn’t help. i kept training, but finally resolved that i wouldn’t be finishing the race with a pr. good thing, too – i didn’t.

but, on sunday, april 29th, i walked to the start line on a cold, crisp morning with the most incredible guy i know, gave him a kiss before he left me in the dust, and powered through 13.1 miles on my own. there were good spots and bad spots.  the good: some girl told me i had cute shoes.  the bad: i thought i was going to throw up at mile 12.  the good: i didn’t.

i ended up getting my second best time.  not a pr, but not a terrible showing for the crazy month i had and the crappy training runs i endured.  this is the medal i got at the finish line. i don’t usually like or care about race medals. but this one? it’s a keeper.  i earned it, in more ways than one.

(oh, but while we are talking about earning things, adam is really the deserving one. his medal should have been made of gold with “best husband ever” engraved on the front).