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I had an awesome workout this morning. My goal was to absolutely tire myself out so that I can sleep on the plane tonight. I ran 5 miles, did 15 minutes on the elliptical, and did weights. Mission accomplished!

1st hit when I googled "gym rat"

1st hit when I googled "gym rat"

I thought that the gym opened half an hour earlier than it did, so I had to do my run outside instead of on the treadmill. Though I vastly prefer running outside, I’ve been trying to stick to the treadmill for a while to make sure that my knee stays injury-free. There’s just too much pavement and not enough soft stuff around here. There are a few trails, but they happen to run right alongside major roads. The soft ground might do my knees some good, but the car exhaust doesn’t do my lungs any favors. I spent most of my run fuming about the fact that had we’ve invested so much money in car-friendly infrastructures rather than mass transit.

Eats today included a pb banana before my workout, a chummus (so dubbed by T – cheese + hummus) sandwich after my workout, granola and CANDIED KUMQUATS that T randomly whipped up while I was in the shower (he is amazing, folks), and veggie pad thai with tofu for dinner.

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Now I’ve got to finish packing!!! See you in two weeks!!

Q of the day: What does your dream city look like? Obviously mine would include green space, well-run public transportation, and would ban cars. Also there would be lots of fresh, local food available, plus chocolate. 🙂

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Today started with tea and Elvis oats (1/2 cup quick-cooking oats made on the stove with 1 tbsp pb, 1tbsp cocoa powder, shake cinnamon, drizzle agave, and a sliced banana on top). I don’t know if Elvis would like much about this breakfast other than the pb and banana, but I love it. And if restaurants can call anything with PB and B in it “Elvis” whatever, then so can I. 😉

This is probably more the King's style

This is probably more the King's style

Tea is a somewhat unusual occurrence for me. I used to be a dedicated coffee drinker (1-2 cups per day), but then I started having attacks of supraventricular tachycardia (basically my heart beat really fast for no apparent reason) and of course caffeine didn’t help those attacks. I was pretty upset, since I love everything about coffee – the ritual of preparing it, the smell, the taste, the euphoric caffeine feeling – but I’ve managed to transition into only drinking the occasional tea. Trent’s parents gave me a beautiful tea gift package for Christmas, which included this stuff from Teavana:

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T says it smells like hazelnuts; I say it smells just like heaven. (And for the record, my doctors never did figure out what was causing the attacks and they’ve more or less gone away. I refuse to believe it was just the coffee because I’d been drinking it regularly for years without incident. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about my heart health.)

Shortly after breakfast and I went out on a run/gym excursion. And while I was out, this guy showed up:

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Post-workout I made a stellar (ha!) salad and took a great photo, but then my camera ate it. Boo! It was a mix of CSA lettuce, spinach, peas, Non-CSA figs, curried hummus, a drizzle of balsamic, and 2 kumquats. I wasn’t sure if the kumquats would work, but actually the citrus tang went really well with the other flavors. Hooray for odd combos!

I treated myself to one of Amy’s pot pies for supper. They were out of the veggie (my fav!) so I had to settle for broccoli/cheese (hello Lactaid!).

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I also picked up some caffeine-free rooibos varieties from my favorite local tea shop, Tea Zone. I can’t very well get locally-grown tea in Massachusetts, but I can get tea from a small, local shop. Compromise is the name of the game.

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I’ve been craving donuts all week. When I saw Lindsay’s (the Happy Herbivore) recipe for Baked Chocolate Glazed Vegan Donuts, I knew that I had to try them, stat!

BUT…I don’t have a donut pan and I don’t like to buy single-use kitchen items since our kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. So mine came out looking like…bialys? rolls? scones? I don’t even know. The important thing is that they are DELICIOUS! I highly recommend them.

Pre-glaze

Pre-glaze

Post-glaze

Post-glaze

So damn unpretty…so damn delicious!

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After yesterday’s mugginess I thought that just maybe the first day of summer would actually feel like summer, but instead we woke up to grey skies, rain, and cold, gusty wind. It feels like October and it’s not supposed to get better any time soon. Gah. I’ve spent most of today in our big fat armchair with tea, scones, and books. I suppose life could be worse. 😉

We’re still working our way through our amazing produce and meat. I’ve been eating big fat salads, such as Thursday’s masterpiece, which accompanied me to school:

Arugula, lettuce, radishes, garlic chives, and parmesan (huzzah low-lactose cheese!) tossed with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Nectarine and sweet sweet date roll (aka Larabar) on the side.

Arugula, lettuce, radishes, garlic chives, and parmesan (huzzah low-lactose cheese!) tossed with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Nectarine and sweet sweet date roll (aka Larabar) on the side.

Trent kindly made stock from our leftover chicken carcass.

Liquid gold

Liquid gold

On Friday I left the house for a study date and karaoke party, and when I returned T had yet again performed culinary magic with our CSA collards, sausage, stock, and non-CSA beans:

Words fail me

Words fail me

We’ve made this dish before and it’s been great, but this time it was magical. The broth was outstandingly rich and flavorful, the sausage was tender and juicy, the collards were stellar. I’m running out of superlatives. When I finally got to eat it on Saturday I kept turning to T to exclaim about how amazing it was. The chef was duly flattered.

T has definitely been upstaging me in the kitchen lately, although I did manage to make another beautiful salad today. I forgot to photograph it, but it consisted of greens, figs, pistachios, garlic chives, parm, and a splash of balsamic and olive oil. Figs in salads = love. T got jealous and made one of his own, even though he’s usually not a big salad person.

After our salad adventure I lobbied for our first trip to Trader Joe’s. Since we’re getting all of our meat and most of our produce from CSAs now we mostly just need cereal, eggs, bread, and a few other staples, so I think it’s time we switch. T was filled with trepidation – we don’t know how the store is laid out! it will be crowded! it’s farther than Stop & Shop! – but he overcame his fears and off we went. When he saw how large the boxes of Barbara’s cereal are there (for $3.50!!), he was sold. We managed to get most of what we need this week (and a few things we didn’t *need* but that looked delicious) for about $75. That’s pretty good for us, especially considering a six pack of beer made its way into our cart. As did these:
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and these:

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Spicy and sweet. Yes!
And of course, last but not least, it’s father’s day. Happy father’s day Mr. Morgendorffer and Mr. Lane!

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