Friday, June 27, 2008
And then......the real storm comes.
:) I really do hope Kate and the kids weren't caught in this storm. It knocked a bunch of tree limbs down, and the street flooded (like it always does). And it's still going!
Hmm...what am I going to have for dinner? I have some turkey breasts, maybe I'll make some crusted "turkey" romano, (Matt's favorite dish from Cheesecake Factory is crusted chicken romano). He's not hungry, but I'm starving, so we'll compromise, and I'll wait about an hour to start cooking.
I can hear fire truck sirens in the distance. I bet some lightning hit some houses. Dang, it was a fast moving storm, didn't even see the clouds build up. They came out of nowhere.
On a side note, isn't my niece cute? We just spent about an hour outside with Parker, playing red light/green light. :)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
So can anyone help me add pictures to this dang thing? I don't have the knack. what is the secret? All my pictures end up in a big mess. Is there something I'm missing?
Ok, back to playing scramble. For those of you who don't know, there's a facebook application that is just like boggle. Since boggle is my favorite game, I am absolutely hooked on scramble. It's really addicting. I recommend it to everyone! You can play against yourself, and try to beat your best score. Or you can have a game against your "friends" and compete. It's really fun.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Kind of like my Biology lab practical I did last week...I thought I did horrible. I prepared myself for a C when I went to class. And then we got our scores back and the teacher had been REALLY kind, and I ended up with over 100%. *sigh* I work myself up over nothing, it seems. :) So, still on track for Dean's List this summer!
So, my numbers so far this week:
Sunday 6 miles
Monday 22.56 miles
Tuesday 22.33 miles
If you had told me a month ago that I would be riding my bike 50 miles (or more) in a week, I would have told you you were crazy!
On a side note, a few weeks ago, or maybe a month, I had a UTI and I didn't want to go to the doctor's. I knew they would just give me antibiotics, and I had just come off an antibiotics regimen, so I decided to try to let my body fight it off. I probably got the dang thing because the antibiotics I had just finished taking had killed off all of the good guys down there. And then when I went swimming in the ocean, well... Anyways, Matt and I did a little research, and found there are several things you can take to help your urinary tract. I want to share with everyone, because I am a total believer. We all know about Cranberry, and how good they are for us. Well there's some other things, like Olive Leaf Extract which is also ridiculously good.
I'm also taking something that is called Ultimate Urinary Cleanse. It seems to work wonders. I don't know who else in the family is prone to these things, but I seem to get them all the time. The Navy doctors couldn't really tell me anything, just the normal preventative measures, and the antibiotics to fight them when they flare up. But I would much rather do something "naturally" (I don't know how natural pills really are, but since they work so well, I'm not going to be picky) than kill off all the good and bad bacteria each and every time I get one. So far, so good. I feel great. In a short amount of time, I've noticed great results.
Today, I took my first final of the first 6 week session. I hope I did well. Actually, it wasn't a "final" it just happened to be the last test. The final is optional, if we don't like our grade. It was for a linguistics class; we were learning a completely different way to look at sentences and diagram them. It makes a whole lot of sense, but I'm not sure I could explain it to anyone. I also have a big project for one of my education classes due on Friday (which I haven't really started on yet) and a test as well that I can take either Monday or Tuesday. And then a whole new batch of classes start up on Monday. So I have technically 3 days off this week, which is good, because I feel like I need a break. I can feel the burn out coming. Hopefully I last until the end of the summer.
Ok, well, speaking of things I should be doing, I should be working on some homework. But I'll actually probably read some more of my book. I'm reading the prequel to the Dune series, House Atreides. I've read the others, a long time ago, so this prequel is a pretty good refresher for the series. It introduces all of the characters. Oh, and before I forget, here's a picture of me, riding my bike. Aren't I cute? I think this is on the way to the Lineberry's for the Memorial Day BBQ.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Ok, so some people have complained that I do not have enough pictures on my blog (Kate) so I decided to post some. These are pictures of when we were working on the house. Here I am taking care of the old tile floor, cleaning up a bit before we started putting the new floor down. And Matt, taking up the old linoleum in the dining room. Boy was that hard!
And on the right are pictures of the finished product! Don't the floors look nice?
OK, I hope that satisfies some people for a little while. I still don't have the hang of adding pics yet, so cut me some slack. I had to have Matt help me with this and make it look nice. I'm so lucky to have a husband like him!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Hand Cut French Fries
You save: 165 calories, 18 g fat, 3 g saturated fat
1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
2 medium baking potatoes (approximately 8 ounces each)
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Place a large pot of water over high heat. Add one teaspoon of salt and bring the water to a rapid boil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Scrub the potatoes well to remove any dirt. First cut the faces off one potato to create a flat surface on 4 sides. Some skin will remain on the sides and the ends. (Do not peel the skin from the potato). Discard the faces and cut the remaining potato into 1/3-inch thick sticks. Repeat with second potato.
Add the sticks to the pot and boil them for 3 minutes (not longer or they will break) then drain them. Let them cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer the par-boiled fries to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil and salt and, using your hands, toss them until they are coated. Then place them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer so they do not touch. Put the sheet in the oven and bake them for 12 minutes, flip them, and cook them an addition 12-16 minutes or until they are crisp on the outsides and lightly browned. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.
Each serving has: 166 calories, 3 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, trace saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 330 mg sodium
Traditional Hand-Cut Fries have: 331 calories, 3g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 22 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 686 mg sodium
If you like softer fries, you can skip the boiling stage. Simply cut the potatoes into sticks, toss them and bake them. Boiling releases water from the potato, which yields crisper fries.
The trick is boiling them first, and you don't need a whole lot of oil, just enough for taste. They taste oily and salty and yummy!
Try it! Pretty much every recipe on the site is excellent. I tried the BBQ Beef sandwiches and they were yummy. Ask Emily. She ate the whole thing! And it even had a whole wheat bun! Just don't tell her that. She liked it!
Ok, so right now, I'm ridiculously sore. From the 20 mile bike ride Matt and I did yesterday? Nope! From the small Pilates session I did yesterday. I am taking an online Yoga class, and we had to meet for our one class yesterday. Well, I guess the prof is teaching Pilates as well, and we all met together. At the end of our "class" (not much teaching going on, just a lot of discussion) we did a little bit of Pilates, then Yoga. The Pilates moves just about killed me, and when I woke up this morning, I felt like I had been kicked in the ribs. I don't know about you, but when I exercise, I don't like to feel awful the next day. At least my legs feel great.
For those of you who don't know, Matt and I have set a goal for ourselves that we are going to ride our bikes across the country, from Virginia, to either Washington, then California, or just to Cali. We haven't decided which. This is going to take place when Matt gets out of the Navy and I've graduated from school. So we have a little more than a year and a half to get ready for our trip. We'll be riding across on our own. We'll bring camping equipment and have a blast. It should take us at least 45 days, probably closer to 60, to get across. We hope to be able to ride just around 70 miles a day, and rest every 4 or 5 days. We'll sightsee and take our time. Doesn't that sound like fun?
So, in preparation for this trip, I've started riding my bike to school. It is 11 miles, one way. So I get 22 miles a day in. It isn't a hard ride, and I stick to the sidewalk most of the time. There's one good hill that goes up and over some railroad tracks. But most of it is pretty flat. It takes me a little more than an hour do get to school. Considering that I used to leave the house an hour before class starts just to be on the safe side, I'm not leaving a whole lot earlier than I used to. And on the way home, I just try to enjoy the ride. It's fun being outside for a couple hours every day. Not only do I feel good because I'm riding my bike and exercising, I save about $6 each day that I ride to school. And if gas prices keep going up, it's actually good news for me, because that means I'm saving even more money! :)
Ok, well, I'm sure you're all tired of reading this, but I'll try to keep everyone posted and updated about what is going on in my life.
Love you all!