Typical Georgia weather

After the crazy week we have had with snow in Atlanta, it was in the high 50s and sunny when I got home from work today! There is still plenty of snow in the shady areas, but I knew the sidewalks should be safe enough for a run. Brandon and I ran a 5k around the neighborhood in PERFECT running weather, although it did feel funny running in short in the snow! I have no concept of our pace; my Garmin battery died within the first 1/4 mile. The 1st and 3rd miles were great, but we did have to take a few walking breaks over ice patches in the 2nd mile.

I’ll finish up this post with a silly Georgia weather picture!

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Have a great, relaxing Friday night!!

Snow day take 3 and monthiversary

Yesterday, for the second day in a row, I walked to a main road where I caught a ride to the hospital from a friend. We drove into work over sheets of ice. When we made it into work, we were met with nurses who had not been home since Monday night. I was so proud and impressed by the dedication of the hospital staff. Managers were transporting patients and taking out trash. Nurses and technicians were separated from their families, sleeping on cots, and eating nothing but hospital food. I’m so happy to work with such an enthusiastic bunch. The snow melted enough in the early afternoon that we were actually able to send most of our patients (who were ready to discharge on Wednesday!) home safely. My husband came to pick me home and thankfully, we had another uneventful drive home.

So, we decided we were ready to finally work out yesterday. The sidewalks were still way to icy in our neighborhood to run, so unfortunately that was still our if the question. Our YMCA was still closed. Brandon and I decided to go for another long snow walk, and do a workout in our living room. Our neighborhood has a lot of trees, so it was still beautiful and snowy. We got home and changed from our snow boots into workout clothes, and got to work:

5×20 Crunches
6×10 Push-ups
3×10 Squats
2×10 Dips
3×10 Lunges

It didn’t take to long, but I can feel it in my hips today!!

Yesterday was our “monthiversary”. Since Brandon and I got married (June 30, 2012) we have been going out for Mexican good on the 30th of every month. We went to Mexico for our honeymoon, and keeping up with date night has been a great tradition! I highly recommend this tradition (or any regularly scheduled date night) to any couple!

Trivia is also one of our favorite traditions, and last night we were able to combine the two. We went to ranging burrito where i got to enjoy my beloved “Thai Salad” (yes, at a Mexican place!). It’s romaine loaded with carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, and tofu topped with their peanut sauce. I always add black beans.

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It’s enough for two meals, and SO GOOD!! We had no chance at trivia with just the two of us, but still had a blast!

Can I get a TGIF?!

Hobo Brownies

I often have URGENT chocolate cravings. I have a problem with self control and typically don’t feel like making (and accidentally eating) an entire batch of anything. So I made this, and you should too!

mix together in a single serving size, microwaveable bowl:
2 tablespoons flour (I always use whole wheat, but use whatever you prefer)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
mix that all up and make a hole in the middle, add-
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons almond milk
a few drips of vanilla
a pinch of salt

Mix but don’t overmix; add more milk of it seems dry. Microwave x 2 minutes. I would double the recipe if anybody expects you to share with them.

Things I would consider adding next time: craisins, peanut butter, walnuts, chocolate chips, coconut, powdered sugar or peanut butter on top….. it just keeps getting better!

#canigetasnowplowplease

My car is literally frozen to the ground. I was so amazed seeing the frozen spray on wheel wells in Michigan last weekend, and now my car has them!

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I safely made it to and from work today. A coworker/neighbors husband drove us in his 4 wheel drive truck. He will be picking me up again tomorrow, although I’m afraid the roads are actually going to be worse because of the short melt we had this afternoon- it’s all ice now!! I’m so happy to be able to make it into work to take care of my patients, and so appreciative of all the nurses who haven’t been home since Tuesday morning. But seriously… I would love a snow day too.

I learned a few more snow lessons today. Always have a bottle of wine on hand for emergencies, and tie your snow boots well before you leave the warm indoors. (so you don’t have to take off your gloves to tie them!)

That’s all for now, all this snow related anxiety has me exhausted. Stay safe out there, Atlanta, and all you other southern cities with poor planning and lack of infrastructure!

Snowstorm 2014

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This is a big deal around here, guys. It’s been coming down for about an hour and its sticking to everything! Schools are canceled, the grocery stores are out of milk and bread, and the nurses are preparing to spend the night. Those of us in the hospital are probably the only ones still working. It’s really comical compared to my experience this weekend in Michigan. I did feel a bit more justified in how “terrible” us southerners thought the roads were when I learned University of Michigan canceled classes for the first time since 1970! Realistically, it’s dangerous to drive down here in Georgia even with minimal accumulation since there is no ice or sand for the roads, and certainly no snow plows!!

Here’s to hoping we can get done a little early his afternoon, make it home safely, and have time to play in the snow!! Stay safe out there!

Is it snowing where you live?

Hippie stuff

There are some things about my that are a little different about my life than others. My husband says this is my attempt to be “unique” in an “already unique” family. I agree, and I also hope some of these choices will help reduce my carbon footprint, stay healthy and reduce my risk of disease, save money, and help me be more understanding of others who are “unique” or different from me in any way. Open your mind. Think outside the box. Don’t float the mainstream. But don’t judge other people for their decisions either. Tolerate those who haven’t made different choices, and learn from their insight. The easiest way to be accepted in the lunchroom for your tofu is to know when to keep your opinions about hamburgers to yourself.

These are questions I hope to answer on my page soon. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Why are you a vegan?
Why don’t you wear deodorant?
Why don’t you like high fructose corn syrup?
Why don’t you eat cheese? Eggs? Donuts?
Why don’t you wash your hair more often?
Which do you prefer- hiking or TV?
Why do you compost?
Why waste your time recycling?

I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost