Monday, July 30, 2012

Bloggy Update - Sore Edition

What do you get when you combine a full weekend of yardwork, an impromptu 3-mile hike for a new car battery, and an hour of intense cardio followed immediately by another couple hours of yardwork?  You get hella one sore boy, that's what you get.

I finally sat down on the couch tonight around 9:30 to watch some olympics, and after about an hour I tried to get back up.  "Uh uh", said Nik's back, "now is for staying down!"  And so, in what must have been a hilarious spectacle, back down I went, butt first, after false-starting my way off the couch.

In the plus column, though, the retaining wall in the front yard has been built up another couple of blocks and the yard has been remulched.  Not only does it look much nicer, but it's also stopped the mudslide that's been running off onto the sidewalk lately and causing a lot of mess.  My back-yard neighbors (not the guy next door who's still not doing anything with his property) actually rolled down their car window and complimented me on it as they drove by yesterday afternoon.  Small thing, but it actually made my day.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hitting the Reset Button

Hey World,

Back from another blogging hiatus.  While I haven't blogged for a couple of weeks, that certainly doesn't mean that stuff hasn't happened.  Indeed, it has:  I've been to Texas, been to South Dakota, been to South Dakota again, been appointed a board member of Monument City Music, had to do battle with the City of Richmond, played Lego Batman 2, and just been super all-around busy.

And with all that busy-ness has, unfortunately, come some consequences.  With all the travel comes restaurant and hotel food, and with all the work has come fewer workouts and more late nights at Xtras using their wifi to catch up on emails.  And, predictably, the weight has ticked back up.  Not by a lot, and I'm still below what I would've considered an accomplishment at the start of the year, but it's not where I could be and not where I want to be.

There's also the small matter of the house and all the work that needs to happen.  A few weeks ago my parents came down and helped me clean up the yard, and one of my neighbors came over and thanked us, saying that it was a shame the owner wasn't doing more with the place.  Honestly, it kinda hit me like a punch to the gut.  I knew there was more I could be doing, but I didn't really think it was bad enough that the neighbors would say something like that.  There are more than a few major projects that need to happen and a lot of it is stuff that I just need to bite the bullet and DO them.

So this week is going to be a reset week.  Workouts WILL happen, healthy food WILL be eaten, and some concrete steps to get the house to a good state WILL happen.

And the first step on all this involves ... food :P

This week I got a lot of cucumbers and varietal eggplant in my farm co-op box, and I spent a good bit of today turning them into some yummy snacks.  The eggplant I sliced thin, brushed with olive oil (not a lot, just enough to crisp, sprinkled with salt, and then roasted at 400 for 30 minutes.  Result: eggplant chips!  All the taste and texture of potato chips (well, almost all anyway), but with something like 5% of the calories.  The cucumbers I pickled, one spicy garlic batch and one sweet & sour batch, with some big jars for me and a few little jars for my friends.  Yum!