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    Part of my TTC-D Project for the month is working out regularly. It was kind of nasty outside today, so on my breaks at work I walked on the treadmill inside instead of braving the great outdoors. I don't really count that as a workout per se, but I did take a picture, so here it is.



    Then, after work, I went to the gym so that I could run on the track.

    The gym (our rec center):



    My runnin' shoes:


    The track:


    The funny thing about our track is that the outside walls have these round windows that kind of makes it look like you're running around inside a submarine (I assume that all submarines have round windows, like in the cartoons.)

    The cool thing is, some of the views through the windows are actually kind of nice.

    The park next to the rec center:


    It's hard to tell because it's small, but this window shows a red barn and some pretty land where horses graze sometimes. Also, you can usually see the mountains in the background through this window, but it was too cloudy and hazy today.

    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Yesterday I did ST, but I didn't take pictures because I figured that they would be the same pictures that I posted last time of gym equipment. Booo-rrrrring.

    Today, I am home from work, so I cleaned out my pantry.

    We have many problems that lead to the clutter that builds up in our pantry.

    1. We have a Costco membership. This means that we never buy 1 box of sandwich bags (for example), we always end up buying 6 boxes.
    2. We don't have a lot of cabinet/drawer space. This means that our pantry is basically one gigantic walk in junk drawer. If we have something and don't know where to put it/have room for it elsewhere, it inevitably ends up in the pantry. Other than food items, our pantry holds misc. rarely used appliances (like our breadmaker, ice cream maker, and griddle), rarely used serving dishes and platters, my cookbooks, our liquor, and various odds and ends like extra batteries and extra outlet covers.
    3. DH is a hoarder, I mean, bargain shopper. He's not really a hoarder, but he loves a sale. If there is something that he thinks we will use on sale, he buys a crap ton of them (see mac n' cheese below.)
    4. DH's grandma gives us all sorts of random crap. She's sweet, really. She gets meals on wheels, but she never eats everything they send to her but she can't bear to throw it away, so she gathers up the things she doesn't use (individual packets of ketchup, smart balance margerine, peanut butter, instant oatmeal, hot cocoa, et cetera) and gives them away to various family members, particularly DH and his sister.

    Because of this, our pantry has a habit of turning into a hot mess. But today, I got off my duff and cleaned and reorganized it, including checking things for exp dates and throwing away things that were expired or that I know we are simply never going to use (such as little individual serving size packets of ketchup.)

    Before:





    After:





    Behold, the wall of Macaroni and Cheese. Tremble before it.


    I swear, we really don't eat enough mac n' cheese to warrant 8 boxes (7 Kraft, 1 Organic). It's just that DH knows that T likes mac, and he knows that mac + some fruit or veggies is a quick and easy fall back meal when there is neither time nor food in the house to make something better. But that only happens like once or twice a month, tops. The real reason is that mac and cheese was on sale, so he stocked up. I want it noted that we used to have MORE mac and cheese, but I've used 2-3 boxes since the Big Sale.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Personally, I think spanx are a must when wearing formal gowns....plus, now you have more motivation to get fit...right? I know you can do it!

    Love the "submarine" gym pics!

    Great job cleaning out your pantry! You do have a lot of mac & cheese and zip-loc bags...lol. My hubby likes to hoard canned goods for some odd reason. I had to put a stop to it though since our pantry is pretty tiny in our house.

    How cute about your DH's grandma giving you ketchup packets and other goodies.
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    2 more workouts under the belt. Literally? I went for a run on Friday afternoon, and then did an hour of Zumba on Saturday morning. I have been trying to go to the Sunday Zumba class, but we have a TON going on tomorrow, so I figured I would knock it out today.

    I didn't want to take my phone on my run this time, because the weight makes my pants fall down. So instead, I took a couple of pre-run snaps.

    My track:


    My running partner:


    I looooove running outside when the weather cooperates. It's so much nicer and more entertaining than circling the track like a rat in a wheel. Friday was perfect. Sunny, but not too hot (and not too cold) with a slight wind to cool everything down.

    I love taking Ellie (our dog) for a run, too. She needs it almost as much as I do. She has gained a couple of pounds since T started feeding himself (he has a habit of dropping food on the floor, sometimes on accident, and sometimes on purpose). I like to pretend that she is a sled dog pulling me up hills, but the truth is, she is even lazier than I am.

    We have this hill behind our house that literally goes on for like half a mile. By about half way up the hill, I was literally dragging her up. "Run Ellie!!! Run!!!"

    On another note, I have had NO time to cook since Passover started. Okay, I had one opportunity to cook, but I came home to find that DH had destroyed the kitchen so I refused (I'm mature.)

    Because of this, I am going to take the asparagus dish I cooked tonight as a "meal from scratch" (hey! I am falling way behind here and getting desperate, and I maintain that my asparagus dish took more ingredients and effort than many people's whole meals.)

    We are going over to DH's grandma's house for Easter (for those who are paying close attention, yes, his parents are Jewish, but his mom was raised Catholic and converted to Judaism as an adult.) I asked if we could bring anything, and I got the strangely vague and yet specific request of "A cold asparagus dish."

    So, tonight, DH is chaperoning prom, and I made our "cold asparagus dish" (from scratch.)

    First, I steamed some green and white asparagus:


    Then, I made a vinaigrette:


    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Balsamic Vinegar
    Garlic
    Dijon Mustard
    (separate - sea salt)


    It looks like peanut butter, but it is actually a bastion of balsamic vinegar deliciousness.

    Tossed the asparagus with sea salt, and the vinaigrette:


    Okay, so not very elaborate, but from scratch. Counts, right? Right?
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    ps - Pedicure - Done!

    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    It counts!

    It's in the 80's here and you can cut the humidity with a knife, but I think I'll go running tomorrow (with my dog whom I hate) because all of your posts make me feel lazy which somehow motivates me.

    BTW- sooooo jealous of your lovely CO sidewalks. In MS they have lots of places dedicated to running, but you have to drive to get there.

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    UGH, I have been such a SLACKER lately. I have not done much towards Project TTC-D at all lately. Which, yes, means that I haven't been cooking from scratch or working out very much lately. *Sigh* Why is it so hard to stay motivated to do the things that are good for me?

    Rather than stressing about it, it's just time to get back on the wagon. Tomorrow. Okay, I know how that sounds, but I am home sick with a stomach bug today, so cooking or running is NOT happening, not until at least tomorrow.

    The GREAT news is that even though I have been slacking on P TTC-D, I think that it still served it's purpose. I am waaay relaxed about TTC this month. 2WW? Meh, bring it. Yes, I would love to get knocked up this month, but there are a lot of advantages to waiting too, so either way is going to be okay with me.

    Especially after last night! T was making me crazy. He would NOT go to bed. He normally goes to bed at around 8, but last night he was up until like 11 for no apparent reason; he just kept getting up. It wasn't like he was sick either, he wanted to stay up and play. And I was feeling so sick and run down anyway and just not up to dealing with it, but then when DH would go in there, T would start yelling for me which made me feel bad. Finally at around 10:30 DH lost his temper and was kind of yelling at T, which of course made T start crying, and it was just a bad frustrating night all around. Nights like last night make me feel like only having one isn't that bad....
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    AAAAAH It's been forever since I did anything for TTC-D. Bad Alissa!

    Anyway, I made a meal from scratch (mostly) today. Thanks to Lenora for the Cinco de Mayo inspiration.

    Homemade Pork Carnitas with Homemade Spanish Rice and Homemade Margaritas

    The ingredients:



    The meat, spice rubbed and being browned.



    Onions and tomatoes for the rice and the garnish:



    Ingredients for the margaritas. Tequila, Triple Sec, and Fresh Lime Juice.



    The Margaritas (in our water glasses - we don't own special margarita glasses)



    Boil, boil, toil and trouble. The rice, simmering.



    Finished product. I didn't make the salad. Jon made that with dinner last night. But, it is homemade, so it counts, right?

    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    TTC-D - Tried a new restaurant.

    Sorry, I did not take pics, because I was with my parents and did not want to have to explain myself because they don't even know that we're trying, let alone that I need something to help me chill out from the stress of trying. I'm a TERRIBLE liar so there is no way I could just make something up. Jina, you will appreciate this - the best I can do is "refrain from mentioning."

    Anyway, for Mother's Day yesterday, I woke up super early, like an hour and a half before T which really is too bad because the ONE thing I really wanted was to sleep in. But, alas, I messed that up for myself. When we all got up, DH gave me a book and a card "from T" which was very cute. He also told me that he is getting me a pedicure from this really cool nail salon (they serve wine!!!) but that he went 3 times to get the giftcard and each time there was a long line at the cash register and he had to leave to go pick up T, so that is on it's way.

    Then we went to my MIL's for brunch, which was nice, and then my MIL, SIL, T and I all went to the Outlet Stores in Castle Rock and got T a new summer wardrobe. Must be nice to get a new wardrobe twice a year, huh??? We got some REALLY cute stuff. He's going to be stylin' (as usual) this summer.

    Then DH, T, and I took my mom and dad out to eat at a restaurant that we had never been to before. It was pretty good. I got the baked spaghetti.

    When we got home, I totally CRASHED on the couch. Could NOT keep my eyes open by about 9:30, which is not like me. My crazy optimistic side wants to count that as an early preg symptom, but the truth is that we were busy busy yesterday, and I woke up hella early, so I was prob just tired. *Sigh*

    Went a little nuts today and took a prg test. BFN.

    OH, something really scary happened yesterday! T fell down the stairs, from almost the top step! I was already in his bedroom, and DH was in the kitchen. I heard a thump-thump-thump and a scream, so I booked it down the stairs. DH ran from the kitchen. We found him at the bottom of the stairs screaming his head off, but no permanent damage seems to have been done. He got a knot on his forehead and a bruise on his side, but other than that he was okay.

    When he was younger, him falling down the stairs was my #1 biggest fear. I was obsessed with our gate, and would get up in the night just to make sure that it was closed. As he's gotten bigger and more coordinated, I have let up on that a little bit. I still close the gate when we go to bed at night because I don't like the possibility of him wandering around downstairs by himself, but other than that I let him go up and down the stairs fairly freely during the day. Now I'm all freaked out about it again. So freaking scary!!!!
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Whaddya mean you didn't take pictures?! You should have just said something like, oh I'm thinking about changing my career to a food journalist...or something...lol.

    Glad you had a nice Mother's Day. Your hubby sounds like a keeper for sure!

    Omgosh, How scary about T falling down the stairs! I'm really glad to hear that he's okay. I guess the gate is going back up for a while?
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