Monthly Archives: January 2013

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spa day

January 16, 2013

During winter break, I sometimes forget it’s perfectly okay to lounge around the house and do little towards productivity. Some¬†days are just best spent doing next to nothing. So that’s how I spent my very last Sunday before the Spring semester began.

I bought some iTunes I’d been longing for, scrubbed down the bathroom (fresh bathroom rugs are my most favorite thing EVER), and spent the day bubble bathing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and trimming my bangs. Seriously. It took me 3+ hours to get my bangs decent enough for public display.

My favorite part was this diy body scrub I whipped up with things I had in my pantry. If you don’t have the epsom salt on hand, brown sugar would do just fine. I opted for the coarse salt because my elbows and knees get super crocodile-y in the winter!

xoxo, Catherine

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good cook/bad cook

January 15, 2013

I am a good cook. I really am. At least I think so, and Wes would probably agree. But every now and then I have a recipe flop. And we’re not talking about a little flop. No, no. I flop hard.

Take, for instance, a delicious looking eggplant and zucchini casserole. I promise I followed the directions, but at some point everything in the casserole lost its texture and it turned into a 9×13 full of baby food.

Then there was an attempt at vegan sloppy joes. This was my first time cooking lentils, and I made the mistake of adding more lentils to the pot after the original quantity was about half way through cooking (who DOES that?!). Needless to say we had equal parts lentil mush burgers and crunch burgers. And it pretty much just tasted like paprika.

Next we have my quinoa and orzo pilaf that ended up tasting like ketchup and rice. And it also assumed the shape of any dish you put it in. So it was kind of like a ketchup and rice overcooked risotto soup.

And finally, we have my most recent blunder: a vegan lasagna. I was surprised to find how terrible the first batch turned out, because it was a Food Network recipe! It was just really watery…probably from overly juicy tomatoes from the homemade sauce and not pressing enough water out of the tofu. The second time around, I tried to fix that, but the lasagna still couldn’t stay together. My next attempt will include melty vegan mozzarella throughout the entire dish (absent in the first try, only on top on the second) to try and bind the layers a bit better. Unfortunately, I may have to put that off until next year, because there is still lasagna in our fridge and we are still trying to eat it. And be we I mean Wes. He’s such a trooper.

Anyway, this is all to say that sometimes I just get stuck with a horrible case of the cooking blues! I suppose I should be pleased that for the last two years, the time during which I have begun practicing vegetarianism, I’ve only had four majorly inedible dishes. And the lasagna is edible–It’s just a little floppy and wet.

Meh. Whenever I reattempt a failed dish and fail again, I tend to take a little break from the kitchen. I told Wes to start hitting up the salad bar at the grocery store for lunch. ūüôā

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365 days of running

January 14, 2013

I have a lot of goals for 2013 (you can read about them here), and one of them includes training for a half marathon. After doing some¬†research, I’ve decided the best way for me to start–before I even begin worrying about increasing distance and achieving long runs–is to make running a habit. So, I’m excited to share that I began working on a year long goal a couple of weeks ago: my 365 Days of Running challenge.¬†I am really excited and a little bit scared. But I like that. I’m going to need some encouragement, so I thought I’d share what it is I’m doing with this challenge and how you can follow along!

Here are the details:

1. I have to run a distance of at least 1 mile every day.
2. I can run that distance in any length of time.
3. I’ll be utilizing daily running mantras to help inspire my run.
4. You can follow along by checking out my Instagram and my Twitter, hashtag #365daysofrunning.

I had originally planned to get through a whole month with some measure of success before sharing this on GBB. I was afraid the first couple of weeks would be fabulous but that I would tank in the second month, and I didn’t want to be horribly shamed!

But here’s the truth: the first week went amazing. I ran everyday. The 365 Days of Running community I started on Facebook took off, and it felt amazing to stay in touch with friends all over the world in such an easy and uplifting way. That really helped me push my tush that first week! (Push my tush–is that an okay saying? Or super awkward?) The second week, on the other hand…was less than stellar. In fact, I think I only ran once. I was sad because I’m starting to learn that we never get yesterday back–I will never have a chance to achieve my mile on those days ever again.

But the great thing is that today is today and that’s what I can control. Today is today. And today I ran my most amazing mile since beginning 365 Days. I’ve had a few of those runs in my day. They’ve varied in distance and in time but the feelings are always the same.¬†Wholeness. Vibrancy. Happiness.¬†This is why I run.

I hope you follow along…I’ll really will need TONS of encouraging words!

Catherine

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lately/1.14.13

I am reading: According to Jane by Marilyn Brant. This is the first book in my 2013 Book Challenge, and although I almost chucked it aside the other day, I¬†really¬† want to know how it ends, so I’ve decided to finish it.

I have learned: exactly how to make a single crochet.

I am crafting: a precious little baby blanket. It’s coming along quickly now that I know how to do a single crochet!

I am loving: my new bangs that my sister trimmed and reshaped for me.

I am developing: a project to help keep my feet warm for the rest of the winter! More on that soon, I promise.

I am stressing: about my future and whether or not college is the best course for me- there are so many things that I need to consider.

I am watching: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, extended edition. It’s been epic!

xoxo, B.

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this week in: before and afters

January 11, 2013

I just recovered from the Holidays. I tried so so so hard to leave the house tidy before we traveled home for Christmas but we were in the middle of so many projects that it just didn’t happened. This resulted in the Clutter Apocalypse of 2012/2013. And the week spent on getting Goodbye Bernadette up and running didn’t help the (un-)tidiness factor! I purged a lot of stuff, disposed of the Christmas tree Kitty Meow completely demolished while we were gone, and reorganized some closets and cabinets throughout the house. I even have almost all of the holiday decorations put away!

Yay. I can breathe again. My “creative process” can sometimes take over the entire house, but there is always a point where I have to stop, straighten my environment, and then get back to work. Now onto more projects!

Ooh! And I’m so glad I had a tidy little apartment to bring this floral embroidery back to:

It was my only find during a recent flea market trip! I love it.

Oh! And can you spot Kitty Meow in the second picture? She’s there!

xoxo,

Catherine