March 30, 2010

Ta da!

Ok, I warned you March was a doozie! But I've survived and am looking at the tail end of March with a little less sleep under my belt, but huge accomplishments!

On the school front, I am done two weeks early with an evaluation of a campus department, so I'm turning that in tonight and only have the presentation to give next week. For my statistics class, I have to analyze the data I collected and write the paper, which isn't too bad, and turn THAT in next week and give a presentation. I realized last week that it has been a while since I cried in statistics, and if you've read me for a bit, you would know that at first, that is how I measured my success: the worse time I was having, the more times I cried. Then, this weekend, I was reading a ridiculously heavy article and completely understood the analyses and results. Unheard of! I am happy with the semester, happy that it's over, and happy I never have to take a full load of classes again.

On the work front, I went to Chicago as planned and had a great conference! This is the view from my hotel:

It was fantastic to catch up with old friends and colleagues and to pay attention to my professional development again! I had let it stray when I started school, but it was so refreshing and fun!

And finally, on the personal front, nothing much has changed. Still single. Still hate it. Still trying to figure out how to stop missing that guy so much - sometimes I wish I could just tell him, but then I think he's made himself clear and proximity is an issue and that isn't changing right now so what's the point? But spring is around the corner and I cannot WAIT for flip flops and shorts and tank tops - and to show off those tattoos my mom hates so much :)

March 2, 2010

week two, but really week one repeated

that's not at all confusing, is it? week two but really week one, just twice in a row? last week I posted about the Couch to 5K training running plan and at the time, I did not know if I was going to do it the straight out 9 weeks, or if I was going to repeat weeks and extend it to 18 weeks. At least for the time being, I'm going to repeat the weeks.

The first day of week one, I did only 13 minutes and did not keep track of the distance I travelled. The second day, I did the whole 20 minutes and did about .7 miles. Day three was still the full 20 minutes, but I went .89 miles, meaning I was walking and running faster than I had on day two. So, yesterday I started with day one of the week one plan for the second week (ha!) and did the full 20 minutes and went a distance of .92! I'm pleased with the distance increases, I hope to become more consistent with my speed. I noticed yesterday I was running at a speed of 4.0mph and immediately turned it down to 3.5mph because I knew I could not possibly keep up that speed, though I also wonder if it was psychological and it just freaked me out that I was going faster than I thought.

I do need to figure out if my endurance is changing, so maybe that will be more noticeable if I can become more consistent with my speeds?

peas for protein

Do you know how much protein is in peas? I don't remember exactly but I looked at the package the other day and was astounded. I immediately ate a bunch and heated them up in the pan after I cooked the chicken which had a million and one spices on it and I discovered that peas with a million and one spices on them are delicious! I wouldn't call myself an experimenter with food, if I'm cooking something outside of the basics, I will usually use a recipe, I'm just not that creative. So, in that vein, I've always been a butter and salt kind of girl on cooked vegetables, if I put anything on them, usually I just eat them plain. Once I was adventurous and put lemon juice on them. But when those peas came out with a million and one spices, oh my goodness, I made them last night on purpose! Here's what I did:

one of those frozen $1 packages of peas from Kroger
a tiny tiny bit of olive oil (do you enjoy my exactness?)
once the peas have started to thaw a bit, add to taste:
cajun jerk seasoning
black pepper

when it starts to get a little dry, add up to a half cup of water slowly until the peas are cooked and the spices are well mixed throughout. Divide up into four containers and you have a lovely snack or side!