Friday, September 28, 2012
Friday Fodder
So, it's Friday! This week has been a mental drain on me. I am so glad to see it go! I haven't done a ton of anything important or worthy of discussion so now you just get fodder...

Running...
I have started some of the weirdest quirks now that I've started running regularly.

1. Any and all music that I hear immediately gets the beat tapped out with my hand to see if it would be a good running song. I catch myself at the grocery store tapping my hand to the crappy 80s tunes...

2. Running music is no joke! Tony and I have completely different opinions on what makes a great running playlist. I need something fast and inspirational. Lately, Florence and the Machine (Lungs) has seriously been rocking my socks off! Tony's music is all over the place for me. He likes to kick it old school with Baby Got Back and Hammer Time. That stuff makes me laugh and I have a hard time focusing on my run. Paige totally got me hooked on jog.fm and I get lost on that site! I just keep putting music on my playlist like I'm running forever! Just call me Forrest Gump...

3. I got a PR time yesterday on my run and I swear I wore a grin ear to ear from it all day. Tony did the same on Tuesday. The funny thing is, he didn't hit that number yesterday and he was a little bummed by it. We both know you can't hit that high every time, but I never realized how much running would teach you about reaching little goals and acceptance of the days you don't. I know, I'm probably reaching, but I kind of feel that way. Probably goes with my mood this week...

4. Therapy. Um, seriously, after my funky mood on Monday, Tony asked if I wanted to go for a run on Tuesday morning. I had a client appointment in the morning, I had to run errands and I had to manage the desk at the gym on Tuesday evening. I really wanted that run. I ran 1 mile and it was glorious! That's all I had time for so I hit it hard! I think I have officially hit that point where I'm like a kid that needs to go run it off. It was only a mile, but I came away from it wanting more and feeling energized. Who am I???

5. Have I mentioned how much I love my running shoes? I swear they have a personality (they're fun, cute and peppy just in case you were wondering). I only run ever other day. I'm good with that. I love cross training and I don't want to get hurt, so Nervous Nelly over here changes things up daily. Well, I'm telling you, the night before I go to bed (on a day I haven't run), my Mizunos talk to me and let me know they are getting lonely! I always tell Kristin she wears magic shoes...these suckers are seriously magic! By the way, check out Kristin in Fitness Magazine's Fit Blogger feature! The woman is a machine and a true inspiration!


6. I signed up for my first official 5k in just two weeks! I'm excited and scared all at the same time. I'm doing this for fun, but I still want to do well. YIKES!

Food...
I have been playing in the kitchen a bit lately. I've had fun making other people's recipes along with some of my own that I need to share!

1. If you like bean burgers, you HAVE to make these from my friend Heather at Where's the Beach! The texture is perfect and the flavor combination is amazing! All 4 of us couldn't stop eating them! It's always burger season in this house!


2. Beans in sweets! Ssshhhhh, don't tell the boys there were beans in their cookies! They went crazy for these and they still don't know. I am on a strict don't ask don't tell policy here people. I did use a little more sugar than Christin called for and took out a bit of the stevia. My guys don't mind a little stevia, but they will call me out on it if the ratio is off. These and variations of these babies are definitely going to happen soon! YUM!


3. Tony and I ventured to the farmer's market in Tennessee this weekend! I bought these beauties looking all pretty waiting to be roasted up and in my belly (maybe some for the freezer too)...


and these...


I can only find F.R.O.G Jam at this one place and I got the fig jam on a whim...because it sounds delicious!


See the large tomato, yeah I bought 4 of those! The little one in front is the only size mine got out of my garden and no, I did not plant cherry tomatoes. I had a plan from the second I saw these fat garden tomatoes...


The boys had BLTs of course on gluten free flatbread...


I had egg, lettuce and tomato with mustard!

4. I made lemon drop cookies and I can't wait to share this recipe! Soft and doughy on the inside, firm and crispy on the outside...loaded with flavor! Monday, I promise! 



Random...
Well, we have acquired a new little friend at our house. She is completely feral and won't let us too close to her. She showed up on our back door with no tail and she was horribly malnourished. We put food (and water) out for her and she comes back every day at the same times (unless she decides to miss a meal in which Tony immediately freaks out!). We are trying to capture her to take her to the vet. We will keep her if she will have us, but she has to be an outside cat as we already have two inside cats and they both have a condition that we were told in the beginning from the vet would make things not so pleasant if we ever tried to introduce another animal into the house. For now, we will see how this goes. She is just so stinkin' cute! I want to pet her...someday kitty!


I warned you, I'm totally random these days. This weekend is going to be loaded with good stuff though and I can't wait! We are going apple picking for the first time ever and we are meeting up with some friends for lunch on Sunday as they pass through town. I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:00 AM  
16 Comments:
  • At September 28, 2012 at 7:22 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i need to find that frog jam, seriously. and yea for friday. You need a break. Go get your run on little lady.

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM, Blogger Cara said…

    Love that PR feeling! And thanks for linking to that cookie recipe - totally gonna try them!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    Jason and I were just talking about going apple picking sometime soon. Where do you go? Elijay?

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM, Anonymous Tina said…

    What is FROG jam?
    And congrats on the PR!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Oh Sarena- Loving the random post. I have to check out that music site. Thanks for the share. Great job on your PR!!!!! I'm willing to bet you're going to keep improving every single week. I'm jealous you get to go apple picking. SO many more things I want to say, but no time right now. Have a GLORIOUS weekend with your boys!!!!!! Yay for pumpkins!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Tina, F.R.O.G stands for fig raspberry orang and ginger...it is amazing!

    and thanks!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Blogger Megan Venable Smith said…

    MIZUNOS. Me heart them!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I loved this post so much. I love how much you're getting into running - Tony too. And it can be hard to not get that competitiveness going on with things like PRs and distances as well.

    Thanks for the shout out on the veg burgers :-) Means a lot from the Queen of Veggie Burgers!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I'm so impressed with all of your running! Florence is amazing to workout out to. I like to lift to her. :)

    Have a great weekend! Wish we were going to see you!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM, Anonymous Christin L. said…

    I'm always excited and amazed that my cookies are still being made! I need to whip up a batch myself! Thank you, sweet friend, and glad you liked them! xoxo

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Anonymous Jess said…

    Aww KITTY!! Poor bean, so sweet of you to take it under your wing. What a cutie.

    ALSO? I LOVE how excited and joyful you are about running! LOVE IT!!! I can't wait to hear how your first 5k goes!!!!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    I love your randomness, Sarena! If I were more random in my posts, I'd post more frequently. ;-) Both those cookie recipes look fantastic! Cute kitty. I have a thing for black cats. They always tell you not to feed pets milk, but we saved a dear cat one time by giving her fresh goat's milk (and other food, of course). She became the healthiest and sweetest pet after several weeks of TLC. She stayed outdoors though. She would not have come inside ever and our current 19-year old cat (unbelievable, I know; she still acts like a kitty) is like that, too. She will have no parts of being indoors.

    Have a great weekend! xo,
    Shirley

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM, Anonymous purelytwins said…

    we are always random, so nice to see someone else haha love ya
    and ya for signing up for your 5k!! you are going to do great!!

     
  • At September 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I adore the randomness!! And there was so much great stuff in this post. I can so relate on the mizuno thing...mine speak to me too. I just bought some fun ones and they just make me so happy!
    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

     
  • At October 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM, Anonymous Paige @ your trainer paige said…

    Don't you love jog.fm?! I've been using it a lot lately. Congrats on the upcoming 5k! You'll do great :)

    Can't wait for the recipe for those lemon drop cookies. mmm.

     
  • At October 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    kitty!!! so glad that you are taking care of her, poor thing! melted my heart! I love my cats so and hate seeing any of them outdoors or malnourished!! As for your PR - congrats my friend, you are incredible!! :)

     
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