Life Lately…

So It’s been a while.

Since my last post, Easter has come and gone, I’m this close to turning in my grad school application and the Mini-Marathon is two weeks from today. Also, the Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so I’m pretty happy. So here’s what’s been going on:

Cooking:

  • I’ve made some Pesto Pasta with red peppers and andouille sausage:

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  • A Goat Cheese appetizer from A Couple Cooks (on Easter!),

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  • With a Fancy Steak Dinner!

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Finally cooked correctly this time, to a delicious medium.

IMG_8837I used a slightly modified version of the Alton Brown Method.

1) I took out my steak and let it come to room temperature. Then I seasoned it with coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.

2) Then I heated up my cast iron skillet at 450 in the oven for 20 minutes

3) I took it out of the oven (make sure to put on oven mitts!) and put it on the stove top over high heat.

4) Add the steak and sear for about a minute or two. Then flip over and put back into the 450 oven.

5) Then let it cook for 6-7 minutes for medium. (8 – 10 for medium well)

  • I’ve also made a quick version of red beans and rice.

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Ramblings:

  • So it’s technically 1-1 now, but Hawks are on their way to the Stanley Cup! Game 3 is pretty important.
  • I went to see Walk the Moon and they are FANTASTIC! I’m sooo happy that everyone knows them now (From Shut Up and Dance With Me).
  • IMG_8799I’ve also run through a downpour. It actually helped my breathing. So I’d now recommend running through the rain!IMG_8828
  • Game of Thrones is back! Drank some wine to celebrate.
  • IMG_8895I got a new fancy fitbit! It has heart rate monitoring, which I think is pretty great.

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  • And lastly, I now have plants! It’ll be fun trying to keep them alive over the coming months.

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Aerospace News:

  • SpaceX is so close to getting a reusable rocket.

It tipped over right after this vine. Apparently it had too much lateral velocity on landing. The day this works, rockets will get sooooo much cheaper. Maybe they’ll (NASA) put up a new space station because the cost is reduced XD. All while SpaceX works on Mars exploration.

Food That I Have Made Recently and Life Lately.

So I’ve been busy. And it looks like I’m going to be busy in the next few weeks too.

So instead of a long post, explaining a recipe, here is what I’ve been cooking with a link to the original recipe! I will also rate the recipe’s difficulty level, since that is kinda why I started this blog in the first place (to keep notes on my favorite recipes so I can eventually make them again).

  • My First Steak! I roasted the veggies, cooked the potato, and seared and baked my steak. It was a little overdone to my taste (I like my steaks as a pink medium) but it was edible! Woohoo! (Probably a 3/5 if you have never cooked steak before)
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  • Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons. Needed a good soup pot, a blender and the oven, so I’d give it a 2/5 (Not super easy but not complicated) The croutons were outstanding though!! I also think you could either use coconut milk (instead of cream) or add some roasted garlic in the blender to add some depth to it.

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  • Shrimp Scampi with Garlic Bread. This is my favorite version of Shrimp Scampi. The butter and wine sauce with a TON of red pepper flakes = Happy Sarah. 2/5 since cleaning the shrimp takes a while.

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  • Pi Day Mini Apple Pies! First “Pie” I have ever made, and I thought they turned out great. I also decorated for the occasion 🙂 4/5 in difficulty though, a bit complex.

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  • And finally, my lazy weeknight meal, of spaghetti and meatballs, featuring store bought frozen meatballs and sauce, with about to go bad veggies! Turned out pretty good for something I threw together in 30 minutes.

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I think this menu update might be my new ‘thing’ during busy weeks.

In other news:

– Weather has drastically changed in Indy. From this:

On March 7th

On March 7th

To this:

On March 11th.

On March 11th.

The sudden shift in temperature is much appreciated on the outdoor runs though, so thanks Indy?

Since my last post, I hit my max long run at 8 miles. Hopefully it will be building more in the coming months as the Mini approaches.

– Change my Facebook profile picture. Major life event there. It is a pretty good selfie though 🙂

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– I still rock at 2048

Highest score to date!

Highest score to date! 8192! (that’s the third time total I’ve hit the 8192 tile)

– And I’ll end with a new view of Downtown Indy, from a trail that I’ve started running on (The Monon, it runs from Carmel all the way to Downtown.)

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I’ll try and update soon but no promises!

Running Update: 5/13

So I’m official in training for the Half Marathon. Just ask my t-shirt.

IMG_8415It was offered when I signed up for the Mini Marathon and I decided it was worth the price. I mean, how can I back down when the back of my shirt claims I’m a runner?

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So, I’ve officially finished the 0 to 10k app. It took me longer than the 14 weeks of the program (since I missed a week) but I did it! Next is the 10 to 21k app, which I should finish right around the time of the Mini Marathon!!

IMG_8416Unfortunately, running for 60 minutes doesn’t quite equally a 10k for me. I’m running around a 12-13 minute pace, so my victory run was a 5 miler.

So of course, I’m making the crazy jump and this weekend I’m running an 8 miler. It is for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, specifically keeping the trail clean during the winter. And since I primarily run on the Cultural Trail (Meaning I run on it 95% of the time, the other time I’m at home home), I’m pretty invested in making sure it stays clean. Running Outside >>>>> Running on a Treadmill.

The Winter Warmup run is 8 miles though. It combines all my usually running routes into one long run. And it is going to be a warmup since it is going to be COLD this Saturday morning.

All I can say to the cold is meet my white windbreaker. And Blackhawks headband. And under amour. It’s strange how my running attire has stayed the same throughout the winter. Only thing that seems to change is the temperature and the wind.

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To sum up running right now: I can do it, I’m almost half way there, I want it to get warmer and I should probably get more running clothes.

BUT I’m still motivated, and that’s all I can ask for. I’ll try and give an update after the winter warmup! 😀

Ramblings: Continuing After Failure

Hey guuuyyyyyysss.

So this week there has been blogging silence. I’ve been doing fun things over the past couple weeks [Super Bowl, Bought some end tables, I recruited for my campus and such] and have also been kind of ignoring my blog. Not in a mean way, where I don’t want continue blogging in the future, but more in a I’m So Busy I Have No Time way. And the so busy way is really just an excuse.

Recently, I’ve had a slip. I have been making excuses not only about blogging but about running. This is the first week I have not run at all.

I knew I couldn’t run Monday or Tuesday (because of the recruiting). But I had a run scheduled for Wednesday, and after I got home from work, I was just so tired. And it was SO COLD outside. I really just did not want to run. So I promised to myself that I would run Thursday. Guess how that went.

It was colder outside, and I still didn’t want to run. So instead I cooked dinner and continued my never ending Supernatural marathon (Season 6!! I’ll hopefully right a post about Seasons 1-5, because the end of season 5 was a near perfect ending. And I love talking about endings).

And now it’s Friday, and I’m still sitting on my couch and tonight I can not run because I have prior plans, and actually do not have the time for a run. And I’m feeling awful for not keeping my commitments, lazy since I didn’t do anything productive instead, and I’m half convinced that I need to hire someone to clean my apartment because I just can not keep it clean for the life of me and the normal apartment chaos that I love has been disrupted by those brand new pretty end tables that are a little bigger than I expected.

So here is my new resolution. I WILL run tomorrow. Tomorrow I will not follow my program, since the week has already been disrupted but I WILL RUN. And then next week, I’ll hop back on the program like nothing every happened.

I will also not beat myself over this slip. This post will be the only time I vent my frustrations. It is not the end of the world that I messed up and I should not treat this like everything I planned is ruined.

Another resolution: Along with making sure I run, I will start the process of cleaning up my apartment. It’s obviously bugging me enough that I’m blogging about it.

Here is the thing I want to share (other than everything above which is really just a rant): You can continue after failure. Just because you failed once doesn’t mean you should give up. You might feel bad, or angry, or depressed but it is okay. Take a baby step and hop back on. This is where I’m really happy I have set a long term goal. I can’t just stop running completely because I have that pesky half marathon coming up. So even though this week was a set back, I need to get over it and move on.

The life lesson: Just Keep Swimming.

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I this philosophy helps when you are feeling down, lonely or upset. Remember that it’s okay, and that all you can do is start the next day with a better outlook.

I’ll let everyone know next week how my run tomorrow is going to go. It’s my effort to keep swimming. 🙂

2015 Goals, Life Edition: Running and More Running.

So I thought I’d share this first week of posts back, by sharing some of my New Years Resolutions. And this year, my ‘Resolutions’ are going to be marked with actual attainable goals. So instead of just “Eating Better”, or “Losing Weight”, or “Working Out More”, I have “find a healthy snack that will keep me full” and “training for a half marathon”. I’m hoping that the two goals might help the resolutions a bit more. But today I’m going to talk about running.

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My 2014 goal was to be able to run a 5k again. I achieved this a few days after Christmas (12/28). I used the 0 to 10k app to achieve this accomplishment. And let me tell you it was not easy. I did the program in nine weeks (instead of the eight it has planned) and that was because around week 4/5, It got hard. It’s when the excuses started to come to the forefront and I just did not want to keep running. I had to much to do, there wasn’t enough time in the day, It was too cold outside, etc, etc.

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Lucky for me, this running adventure wasn’t just my idea. I undertook this weekly goal with my Dad and brother, so I was able to actually talk to someone on how awful running was. I think having people to just complain to does help. Because then they can be like “yeah, it does suck, but guess what, it really is all in your head”. Then you can reflect on their advice, and go “Oh yeah, I guess I can make the time, I can do my stuff afterwards, and the weather isn’t too bad yet”. So I kept running, and eventually hit the 5k marker. Here is my journey through pictures – WARNING: It’s in thought cloud form since I don’t have the photoshop skills to make this look nicer.
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Ranting: Fantasy Football, Christmas Activities and Selfies/Running

Fantasy Football

1/3. It’s the freaking fantasy playoffs, and I win the only game I didn’t need to win. Plus the Bears lost.

This picture really does describe how I feel with every Bears loss.

This picture really does describe how I feel with every Bears loss.

So now I have learned why the fantasy playoffs are so cruel. My family league is a two week playoffs, and I am currently behind by 14 points. All because Peyton Manning chose this week to not throw a touchdown (I have CJ Anderson so I did get all the running points, but still). My only saving grace in that game was that Julio Jones scored more points than Randall Cobb and Eddy Lacy COMBINED.

Mwhahaha

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In my work league, I’m going into the playoffs as #1 in the league (after Le’Veon Bell had a monster 41 point game leading to my 10 – 4 record). BUT that can all be for nothing going into the one game semi finals. I’ll let you know next week how everything plays out, but all I can hope for is to still be in playoff contention.

Christmas Activities

So some of my work friends and I had a craft gift exchange. I made a mason jar Olaf, who’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

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I don’t think I’ve ever done a craft activity outside of a summer camp so it was fun to see I could still make something myself.

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Also, adults making ginger bread houses is the best. I mean how else do you end up with symmetric patterns, murder scenes and rockets?

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The person who made the murder scene was 23. Wasn't me AT ALL, I swear....

The person who made the murder scene was 23. Wasn’t me AT ALL, I swear….

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Selfies/Running

So I don’t own a nice camera or anything. So I usually end up taking most of my pictures with my iPhone. And yes, most of those pictures are selfies.

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I’ve realized I have become like my mother and love taking photos of the little things in life. Life the time I went downtown with my family and we saw the large Christmas tree:

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Or that time I wore my favorite oversized scarf and wanted to celebrate the occasion:

Fake Model Pose. They don't smile right... Right!?

Fake Model Pose. They don’t smile right… Right!?

But another thing I’ve been trying to do is take pictures after I run. I’m doing a 0 to 10k app and just hit week 6 (2 runs of 10 minutes, 3 five minute walks in between). It’s supposed to be an extra step to motivate me to get outside and run!

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Because I really don’t like treadmills and I actually do like running outside. It lets me explore downtown Indy and go to places I normally don’t. Or just get fun running selfies of me in the city.

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I’ll probably do a picture post once I hit the 5k mark of each run day selfie I have. It’ll be fun to see 🙂 (I also like how you can see the change in weather!)

IMG_7714Do you have anything you do to keep motivated? Because I would l seriously like to hear what keeps people going.

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Indy Weather [through Running Selfies] |Fruit Ninja

I started running on October 27th. [I’m using the 0 to 10k app]. It was a gorgeous day, sunny in the high 60s.

This was me day one.

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I wore a tank top and shorts. PLUS it was sunny.

Now I just finished Day 8 on November 13th. It was 25 degrees but felt like 12. There were snow flurries.

I wore a t-shirt with a hoodie, a windbreaker, gloves and my headband.

I wore a t-shirt with a hoodie, a windbreaker, gloves and my headband.

It hasn’t even been a full month.

I hate fall. (Or do I start calling the season winter, now that it snowed?)

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Also, do you ever feel like you have useless skills that you are really proud of? I am really good at app games. I’ve gotten over a million points in Bejeweled Blitz. I have beaten Plants vs Zombies 1 AND 2. For me, my obsession with iPhone apps usually happens in waves. I will get a new app, play it until I’m decent at it (or beat it) and then forget about it for months.

Current Obsession? Fruit Ninja in Arcade Mode.

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See that 1426!?!?!?! I love the new ghostbusters background.

I’m pretty sure I could have a full conversation about the mechanics behind fruit ninja and which blades/backgrounds are the most useful. [Party Blade and the New Ghostbusters Background. It gets you #ALLTHECOMBOS, My highest is a #17FRUITCOMBO]

An utterly useless skill. sigh.

Food post tomorrow. (and sorry it is late again. I think I’m going to start moving my Thursday post day to Friday.)