200 miles and counting

2 months into 2008 and I have crossed 200 miles running. 207 miles thus far, to be exact. The running has been good, if unremarkable. Last weekend I ran about 11 miles in 2 1/2 hours at Cougar. That’s about as long as I can run just now, but I think that’s pretty decent. I still haven’t set any major goals for 2008; no races on my calender or anything. You know what? That feels great. I am enjoying the lack of pressure to log a specific distance. I’m maintaining a reasonably high level of fitness, but don’t see any ultras in my near future. I could easily knock out a half marathon or two, though.

According to the app I’ve been using on Facebook, I’m logging just shy of 25 miles per week and a session average of 5.3 miles. Good enough for me! Highlight of my week- a new pair of road shoes AND new trail shoes. I broke in the road shoes yesterday and tomorrow will be testing the trail shoes at Cougar. I didn’t realize how bad the shoes I’d been running in were until I put the new ones on. Oops. Should have switched about 100 miles ago. I’d like to keep up my 100 mile/month schedule. No pressure, though.

Jennifer Garner Can Cook!

Last night’s dinner ended up being a recipe I found on epicurious for shrimp and orzo. I haven’t been eating wheat since the start of the year and started phasing back in last week. This is the first time I’ve had pasta in 2 months. And what a pasta! According to the website, this recipe is Jennifer Garner’s own, and was featured in Self magazine in 2000. Who knew JG could cook? This recipe was way better than I expected. I only made half to serve G and I, but we both would have eaten more (out of greed, not because the portions were too small).

My only real change was that I omitted the parsley since I was all out (but had 2 bunches of cilantro?). I expect fresh basil would be nice too, but I didn’t have any. Please don’t make the same mistake I did- make more than you think you need. If you don’t eat it outright, you’ll definitely want leftovers.

Jennifer Garner’s Shrimp and Orzo
Source: Epicurious.com (reprinted from Self magazine, August 2000)

Ingredients
1 cup dry orzo
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 can (28 oz)whole, peeled tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp capers
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 lb medium shelled and deveined shrimp
1/2 cup feta

Preparation
Cook orzo in boiling water according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add wine and cook 1 minute. Toss in drained tomatoes (reserve 1/2 cup juice). Break tomatoes into chunks. Add reserved juice, parsley, capers, oregano, basil, black pepper, and red pepper. Simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook 2 minutes or until shrimp become opaque. Add cooked orzo to skillet. Mix well. When pasta is thoroughly heated, stir in feta. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving (serves 4): 385 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrates, 27 g protein, 3.5 g protein

Genius Child Strikes Again

Lucy and I were looking out the window this morning when a bird flew by. I pointed and said, “Look at the birdie”. To which Lucy responded by pointing and saying in a very clear voice, “birdie”. Wow. Is this kid a genius or what? I’m so proud.

First Steps!

Holy cow- Lucy has taken her first steps! I wouldn’t exactly call it walking. But she took 2 steps last night before plunking down on her bottom. G witnessed it but I was in the next room. She seemed about to take off again this morning but then chickened out. Our girl is growing up!

She turned 13 months last week. And is now officially sleeping in her own room. Last night was only the 2nd night and she spent the entire night alone with no trouble. G and I were both sad about it this morning.

At 4:30 this morning, I heard Lucy cry. I needed to use the toilet, but planned to retrieve her from her room and bring her into bed afterwards. I was looking forward to a nursing session followed by a couple hours sleeping/snuggling together before morning. Unfortunately, by the time I came back up from the bathroom, she was already asleep again. I guess she needed me less than I thought.

I think this is one of the first big developments “away” from us. As much as I love sharing a bed with her, it’s time for her to spend the night in her own bed/room. I suppose I need to get used to her being independent. And I have slept much more deeply with her in the other room. But it sure is a bittersweet feeling. This is what Parenthood is all about, right?

Invest in Yourself

I’m on a kick. Or in a rut, depending on how you look at it. I’ve gotten to a point where I have too much going on in my life. Time to cut back, simplify, and focus on the essentials. And by that, I mean what is important, not what is immediate. So, continuing on with my Zen Habits post, here’s another in the same vein. G sent it to me earlier and it’s written by a financial blogger. His idea is to invest in yourself. Again, lots of good statements in this post. (Although, sorry dude, but grapes really don’t improve my mood). I love one person’s comment that WE are responsible for our moods. Also, check out his post “The Fine Art of Abandoning Goals”. This may be a work in progress, but it’s time to start saying NO.

Welcome Home Daddy!

G was away for work last week- 8 days total. It was brutal. Lucy and I both missed him something awful. The best part was seeing Lucy respond to him upon his return. I was prepared for her to be shy or withdrawn around him. But no. For the 1st 24 hours or so, she followed him constantly. When he went to the bathroom, she was at his heels and pulling on his legs. She was thrilled and delighted to see him again. She has been snuggling him at every opportunity and giggles when she catches sight of him. The girl loves her daddy.