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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Packet Pickup Day

Heath made me breakfast in bed and then took me to Cabela's for the Saturday Only fresh, hot kettle corn!  He sure knows how to speak to my heart!  Food and quality time mean SOOO very much to me.

Stopped by the Tri Shop to pick up my packet for my first tri of the season....open water, Olympic distance.


To my very pleasant surprise, this is the bag our sway came in!  YAY for agriculture!

At the packet pickup, the very nice lady helping get my race number gave me a very interesting bit of news.  Due to the high winds forecasted for tomorrow, they will be moving the swim course for the X-50 and Olympic distance in closer to shore for athlete safety.  Their concern is the choppy waters and possible white caps.  My swim portion is 1500 m, so instead of just one huge loop around the buoys, we would instead swim the Sprint distance course 3 times.  We would swim three smaller loops and each time we would circle back to the beach, get out of the water, and run to begin the next loop.  Never done a swim/run/swim/run/swim transition to bike before, but I have also never swam in open water white caps!  A new experience in store for tomorrow!

* SWIM * BIKE * RUN*

Gathering my things to compete tomorrow!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday!

Today was a blessing!  I got to snuggle my hubby.  We haven't had alot of time together.  We will sneak in any moments we have been given together!  Then, I got to be in HIS Word!  It is truly amazing when I put HIM first, then I receive the joy.

When I got up, I went to the kitchen to make me some homemade granola.  Since I couldn't decide which kind to make, I just made them both.  They both provide different flavors and are perfect for any time of day....breakfast, lunch, dinner.....as a cold cereal, mixed in with oats, on top of yogurt, on top of ice cream, plain as type of trail mix, top dressed on a salad, and the list goes on....give me some of your favorite granola uses and recipes if you have them!

Original Granola:  This recipe was given to me quite some time ago by a family at the ranch I worked on in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Mrs. Moon.  This is a veggie oil based granola with honey and brown sugar.




Sweet Potato Granola:  A friend of mine, Lisa, gave me this after a winter bike ride with Zwift.  It is a coconut oil based granola which adds a different flair to the granola.  I like the sweet potato in it because then I feel like I am getting my veggies at breakfast, snack, lunch, or whenever I eat the granola!


I'm not going to lie, each time I make these, they taste different.  I am not the best at following recipes to the tee....I just use what I have and if I don't have something, I either go without, or substitute.  Heath has questioned my substitutions at times, but usually everything turns out great!  (I might be a bit partial.)  The thought of going back to town after I am home, does not appeal to me at all...even though Walmart is only a couple miles away.  This probably stems from my country living days.

I was blessed with a 10 am start for work today which allowed me the extra time at home.

Honestly, I cannot think of a better way to start my day.  It is amazing how much better my day goes if I give it to Him first and then proceed.  That diligence, which is hard sometimes, totally pays off!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

NBA Basketball Game


NBA tickets?!  WHAT?!  Heath called me a while back and asked if I would rather go to a basketball game or a hockey game.  We had originally decided hockey, but upon further evaluation of our schedules, basketball ended up working better.  WOW, what a great choice!  Bill was given 4 tickets to go to this game.  I am honored that Bill invited us to share in this experience!  Thanks Bill!

It was a very privileged experience from the parking to the food to our seats.  We got to park right next to the stadium and basically were escorted onto the floor for our seats.  (Like, smell and see the sweat on the players close!  Right behind the media with the cameras sitting on the baseline.  Watch them dunk it and see the hoop rattle!)  Then, they, said to go help yourself to all the food at the "club."  WOAH!  When I'm talking food, I mean GOOD food, not just your typical stadium hotdog and popcorn (which is fun at a game).  This was a gourmet, hot, five course meal....and it was a buffet so you could go back as many times as you wanted (for FREE)!!

Me and the *Love* of my Life

My Niece *Belle*

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bountiful Blessings

Late last night after looking at my training schedule, I decided that instead of swimming today, I still needed to get in another run and bike.  With that, I texted my friend Raquel.  It's a whole lot more fun and usually much faster to run with a friend.  Raquel said she'd love to run so we met at Starbuck's this morning.  We ended up running 6 miles.  She qualified for Boston, so she is super fast.  She definitely pushed me this morning as we watched the sun rise over the Stonebridge Lake.  We kept the same time I had on Wednesday for only 3 miles.  Getting stronger!

*Blessings*


Done with the run, onto the bike before  heading to work at 10 am.  My friend, Lisa, got me started training with an online program called Zwift for the winter.  It's pretty neat because I can ride from the apartment (on my trainer) and still gauge how much power I am using via some computerized mechanism she loaned me.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What in the World is THIS?

Heath was out working on a demolition site today.  Before they demoed the old dilapidated house on the property, he went inside and discovered some awesome cabinets, doors, mirrors, and this object pictured below.

Last night as we were headed to supper, Heath handed me this....thing.  He asked, "Do you have any idea what this is?"


Any thoughts anyone?!  What's your guess?

WOAH, what is it?

After several minutes of handling this object, turning it over and over in my hands, pondering, I finally grabbed my phone to look up the word "Jaccard" which was stamped on the side.  Turns out it is a super duper meat tenderizer!

Win-Win!  Who would have ever guessed!  One man's junk is another man's treasure!  It's always fun to see what he finds on these sites!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday - Run - Swim - Beads - Fellowship - Work


Feeling accomplished this morning after finishing an awesome run (with Cooper Fitness Runners) and swim (with my Cooper Master's Swim Team) by 6:51 am!  Done with workouts for the day!  This leaves me feeling good physically, mentally, and emotionally as after I got home, I had a lovely hot breakfast and a nice quite time with God!  Totally charged up and ready for my day!

After the awesome early morning, I went to spend a couple of hours with Mr. and Mrs. Gound to help prepare the individual earring packets for our craft night coming up.  It was really fun to see how Mr. and Mrs. Gound were so in tune with each other, each ever-so-kindly helping the other.  (Marriage is a beautiful thing when God is in the center!  Thank you for your inspiration Gound's!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

*Fun*Fresh*Healthy*

*Salad Ideas*


Cheeses
You can use goat cheese - unique taste, but something different
Feta - a #1 favorite in my book
Parmesan - freshly grated (with freshly ground pepper)




Toppings - chop, chop, chop...you can't go wrong here, add anything you like!
Granola
COLOR - grilled veggies, colorful peppers, carrots - crunch
Celery, leeks, green onion, onion - flavor
Frozen blueberries, berries, corn - flavor and texture
Flax seed
Chia seed
Wheat germ
Apples, oranges cut into small pieces - sweet and juicy


Protein
Any type of nut (that might be on *SALE*) macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans - crunch
Meat/protein - leftover from previous night
Shredded chicken, beef, deer, fish, duck, goose, whatever is in the freezer!


Dressings - get creative!
Plain
Peach vinegar
White strawberry vinegar
Freshly cracked pepper
Pesto (especially good with arugula)


Lettuce Varieties - be adventurous and try something new, you never know what will be your new favorite!
Arugula
Spinach
Spring Mixed Greens
Iceberg - mainly for crunch


Miscellaneous
Throw on a wrap or piece of bread for some carbs
Toss in some oats

Just remember to have fun with it!  It's a healthy creation that should taste good and be something you enjoy making and eating!  Be creative and have fun!  :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beads, Beads, and More Beads


Swim practice, make breakfast in bed for Heath, take a short nap = CHECK!  Off to my Bible study with Mrs. Gound.  She is the nicest lady!  We have started reading The Holy Spirit by Billy Graham together.  This week, we might not have made it to our Bible study.  Coming up in a couple of weeks Mrs. Gound is going to be sharing her testimony along with a long time passion of hers....beading.  She is going to be showing a room full of women how to make earrings.  At this point there are over 70 women signed up so Heath had an idea.  He thought that I could learn how to make the earrings and then help her teach the class.  She thought this was a great idea!  Honored at the opportunity, we thought we would use today to practice making the earrings so I could in turn help the women at this Craft Night.  I am so glad that Heath came up with this idea!!

*Just LOOK at ALL those beads!  Those were ALL donated!  AMAZING!*

"OK," she said, "Pick some and let's get started!"  What?!  Do you know how many choices are laying before my eyes?!  I quickly learned that the design phase takes the longest as many decisions are made.  :)

These are the beads I decided to
begin the process with.

WOW!  SO.MUCH.FUN  I am very glad that Mrs. Gound decided to share her passion with those around her.  What a blessing this will be to many.  Memories made, gifts to give, earrings to wear and enjoy!  After many hours of design and assembling, you can see my final products below.  Mrs. Gound did such an awesome job of walking me through each step of the way.  She is a wonderful, patient, teacher in so many ways!  Thank you for your fellowship!  :)