Monthly Archives: March 2009

Recap of Fun

This month has definitely proven to be as good as I hoped, even better actually! I’ve been busy having lots of fun celebrating my birthday, playing with my new toys I got, and finishing my first race ever, the sprint triathlon. Here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to:

My 21st Birthday/St. Patrick’s Day included:

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and of course….

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It was a great time and I luckily didn’t get sick or hung over. I got a bunch of awesome gifts and was especially excited about the following:

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Race:

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Sunday was my sprint triathlon & oh my gosh, I had a blast!! It was early in the morning, cold, and began to rain halfway through, but I had a great time and finished which was my goal. I actually exceeded my own expectations. I finished in a total of 1:41:12.

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The split times were:

5k: 27:09

17 mile bike ride: 1:08:33

150 yd swim: 5:30

Not the fastest, but I was proud of myself & can finally see what is so addictive and fun about races. During the bike portion I was thinking “this is so crazy, but I’m loving it. It’s crazy that I’m loving it. Who am I?! I guess this is me..” If you would have told me about 3 or 4 years ago that I would be completing a triathlon, eat oatmeal every morning, and love healthy foods, I would probably look at you like you were insane. I never knew this would be me, I used to be the picky eater who would only eat grilled cheese and chicken fingers and couldn’t even run the mile in high school. It goes to show that really anything is possible.

I was also thinking it’s amusing how I pretty much accidentally became an athlete. I was among all these great athletes and I actually sort of fit in and could keep up. (Mention I didn’t say dominate… still a looonnngg way from that :-))

I would love to do more races in the future and plan on it, but right now my budget can’t afford the registration fees… blogger bake sale, anyone? Haha, just kidding- I think I need readers for that first 😛

Playing Around:

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I finally got to go paint pottery this month (twice!) and made these beautiful oatmeal bowls. I have to say- they’re my favorite thing I’ve ever made and I’ve already been putting them to plenty of use already. 😉

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I’ve also been putting my bread machine to work with these projects:

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Raisin Bread & Bagels

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So far my bread machine creations have been successes as far as taste goes. The bagels were pretty hard to make, but I took it as a challenge. They aren’t pretty, but the good taste is there which is the important part.

Well this was a very long recap of my latest “adventures.” Until next time!

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Happy Happy Joy Joy!

I’m so happy right now because I came home to this tonight:

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Sarah and I did a little food swap & she had mentioned a mystery baking treat she had in store for me, so I’ve anxiously been awaiting for it to arrive and it totally surprised me how fast it got here! Since my birthday is tomorrow I was going to wait until my special day or at least midnight tonight- but once my sweet tooth and curiosity couldn’t take it any longer I ripped into the box.

The amazing goodies were:  Arnold Sandwich Thins I requested (can’t wait to try finally try these!!), Homemade Ginger Date Cookies, Cranberry Strawberry Trail Mix Crunch bites, and an awesome chocolate covered pretzel with M&M’s. Of course I had to sample everything right away:

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Holy Yum is definitely appropriate here!! First off, the cookie was the chewiest one I’ve ever had in my life– seriously! I even tried to break off a piece and it wouldn’t crack in half! It was also super moist and sooo delicious. Go ahead and be jealous and drool:

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The rest was amazing as well & totally satisfied my sweet tooth. The trail mix bite was yummy- I loved the pistachios in it. And the pretzel didn’t disappoint either- the chocolate got a bit melty when I tried to break off a piece- but that made it even more delicious. THANK YOU AGAIN, SARAH!!

Well I had some of my own kitchen adventures today- I was in the mood to bake and also wanted to make something for Chris’ sister whose birthday is next week but she’ll be out of town. I made her puppy chow, or muddy buddies as Chex calls it. I made it for Chris at Christmas and remember her liking it a lot so I thought it’d be a good food to bring on her trip.

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I also made some Rice Krispy treats for my neighbors & family with green sprinkles for St. Patty’s Day.

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DSCN0265And a bag of Jelly Bellys & chocolate gold coins for Chris’ 5 year old niece.

And since I was in the mood to bake, I asked Chris if he wanted anything and he requested tuxedo brownies. He picked out a recipe that had strawberry slices:

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It was a great day for sure and tomorrow will hopefully be even better since it’s my 21st BIRTHDAY!! Woo Hoo! Oh yeah, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! 🙂

Luck of the Irish

I have always loved the month of March. Every year I look forward to it because good things usually happen. I remember reading a statistic that everyone’s favorite month happens to be the month of their birthday, which is true in my case, but I still love it. My birthday is St. Patrick’s Day and I have red hair, which people always find hilarious. They find it even funnier when I tell them that I’m a quarter Japanese and everyone else in my family has dark brown or black hair.

So far, my good luck March month seems to be coming true. Or at least I have a lot to look forward to/be excited about this month. Here are some of the reasons I’m excited for this month:

1. Last night I was reading Tina’s post and found out I won NURU’s Exercise Anywhere cards! I was sooo excited because out of all the blog giveaways I’ve never won a single one and even posted how I probably won’t win but would love to. Yay! I can’t wait to get them in the mail!

2. The other day at spin class the instructor mentioned the Temecula Triathlon that is on March 22nd. She said it’s a sprint triathlon and great for beginners. It consists of a 5k run, 17 mile bike ride, and 150-yard swim. I was instantly intrigued because I haven’t heard of any races in my actual town and I am getting a new bike for my birthday (which I already picked out and LOVE but have to “forget” about until the 17th :-)) So anyways, I mentioned it to my mom and she just made me feel discouraged saying “people train for those kinds of things.” Then I mentioned it to my dad today and he said he’d love to sponsor me and watch me complete it! It was $50 which was holding me back as well, but I’m sooo happy he is sponsoring me and I’m excited and nervous to do my first race ever! I think maybe I should have started with a 5k, but I think I can handle it. My main goal is to have fun and finish; one of my “to do’s before I die” is to compete in a race so I can’t wait!

3. My 21st birthday- March 17th– party time!

4. My sister coming from Virginia to visit tomorrow!

5. Dr. Phil show audience- March 9th

6. Chris & my 4 year anniversary– March 12th ❤

See what I mean that March is an awesome month?! It’s even better that I quit my job to fully enjoy the month (one of the reasons I didn’t mind quitting) Then starting April I will be in school so that will keep me plenty busy.

Hope everyone else gets some Irish luck this month!

I want me some goji!

I’m excited this morning to see that Olga at HealthingIt is giving away a gift certificate for [ME] & GOJI, the site where you can create your own healthy cereal! I gave my sister a gift certificate for it in January for her birthday when I ran across the site and thought it was super cool. Since then she’s been loving the stuff and I’ve been dying to try it. I even have been dreaming about it… seriously! Anyways, check out her cool new site to get a chance to win yourself.