Interstellar Adventures

December 13, 2005

Self-Diagnosis

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Ouch. It really, really hurts. I mean hurts bad. My foot that is. I hope I don’t have this. Please say a little prayer that it’s just bruised. I don’t want to miss my run at Bandera. Not after all the improvements I’ve made since last year. I really want to go out and kick butt on that 25K course! I may be going to the Dr. soon. 😦 My foot is the only thing that hurts! My leg muscles feel great. If it weren’t for my foot, I’d be ready to run tomorrow!

I’m listening to Christmas Jazz today. My officemate has a visitor in from a vendor. So they’re talking and being generally noisy. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., the Nutcracker Suite. Ahh. Sounds of Christmas.

I’m also wearing my glasses today because I think I am getting a sty in my eye. Not pretty I know. Really I’m just falling apart. I need to go home and stay there.

December 11, 2005

White Rock

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 5:35 am

Off to run another 26.2. Wish me luck. Current temperature is 33 degrees. Start-time temperature is forecast to be 37. Then it looks like it turns into perfect running weather. 🙂

Update: Well. I finished. But I don’t really want to talk about it. I mean, I finished, right? And that’s what matters? I just didn’t feel right all morning. Both mentally and physically. I wasn’t excited to run it. I wasn’t there in ‘race mode’. When I started running I felt OK, but the first 6 miles of the course is a gradual climb. I felt OK at 6 miles, and was right on my predicted pace time. But somewheres around miles 8-9, I couldn’t ignore the pain anymore. Everything hurt from my waist down. Hips, knees, ankels, quads, glutes. I wanted to quit. I almost had myself talked into quitting. At the half turn-off, I almost went right instead of going straight. But I didn’t. I cried at mile 23. I wanted to sit down in chairs that were in lawns with spectators lining the course. But I didn’t. At mile 24 my determination set back in and I had faster miles on 24, 25, and 26 than I had in the last 15. It was a finish. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t fast, but I finished. I’m having trouble being proud of myself though. I am proud of me, but since I’m my own worst critic, it still wasn’t good enough. I’m going to have to think about whether I’m going to run another full marathon. Half’s and 25Ks are sounding really good right about now.

December 9, 2005

I’ll pencil you in…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 12:46 pm

Yeah, that’s how I feel right now. Breathe deeply, Lass. You can do this.

Friday: Work, work, work. Cookie & Gift Exchange Party with my girlfriends a 7. Baked the cookies last night, but still have to get the gift. Nick is going to be watching the kids, but I have to figure out what to do for them for dinner.

Saturday: Need to see if I can get a haircut. I haven’t had one in forever and my hair looks like crap. Elle and Zed have dentist appointments in the afternoon, then I’m supposed to drop them off with their dad. But, I just managed to get their dad to meet me at the dentist office for the appointment, so I just freed up 2 hours for myself. I have to go to do my packet pickup for White Rock on Sunday. No race-day pickup! Then I have to shop. I have to get gloves for running on Sunday. My company Christmas party is Saturday night. They had extra budget, so we’re getting some door prizes. I’m splitting the budget with another woman, and I still have to get $425 worth of gifts and get them wrapped! Then that party starts at 7. It’s at Southfork Ranch. That should be fun. But I can’t stay too late because I have to get to bed early.

Sunday: Wake up at 5 am. It will be freezing! Eat my pre-race meal of a Starbucks cinnamon-swirl coffee cake. Nick will drive me down to the AAC where I’ll meet up with my family. The race starts at 8 am. Current forecast for start time? 35 degrees! I’ll be wearing my long tights, ear covers, gloves and long sleeves. Hopefully I’ll finish in under five and a half hours again and be ready to eat and then take a looong nap!

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December 8, 2005

Thursday Thirteen, IX

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Thirteen Things about Interstellar Lass

1. I’m back on the Thursday Thirteen wagon. Sorry I missed the last two weeks!

2. We didn’t get snow yesterday. 😦

3. We got ice instead. :/

4. I wanted cold, and I got it!

5. My kids’ school is closed today. They’re excited. I was too. Up until last night. They really got on my nerves. I hope for their sake that they’re better today.

6. I made gingerbread cookies last night. And drank Bailey’s and coffee while I ate the cookies. It was good.

7. I plan to bake more today. And knit. And nap. And maybe work a little. If I have to.

8. I know most of you have marked your spot on my Frappr. If you haven’t, hurry up and do it!

9. I am 12-0-1 in my Fantasy Football league. I’ve won 10 straight.

10. I went 16-0 this weekend in my Pick ‘Em league. That’s right. I picked all the NFL game winners correctly. Straight though. Not against the spread. That’s too much work.

11. I’m thinking about making french toast for breakfast. But I’m almost out of cinnamon. I don’t know if I have enough to make the cookies I want to make. Can I borrow a tablespoon or two from anyone?

12. Last night Nick and I watched Vanity Fair. I liked it, but I wasn’t sure of what to make of Miss Becky Sharp. Was she good or bad or just tragic? I’m going to have to read the book I think to form an opinion.

13. Have I mentioned that Nick is fabulous? I am truly, truly lucky. 🙂

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Bone
Megan
Coyote Mike
UziCue
Sallwood
MommyD
BSTS

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December 7, 2005

Cross Your Fingers…

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Please be sure to mark your location on my Frappr map.

And hope that it snows today! The only bad part? It’s supposed to start with a drizzle and then a ‘light wintery mix’ before it turns to snow around 8 pm. If it does all this, Dallas will virtually shut down. And I’ll get a day off to stay home. A few idiots in their trucks will speed down the highway and cause several wrecks, and soccer moms in their SUVs will dent a few more bumpers.

But me? I did my shopping last night. I’m stocked with baking supplies, food supplies, and knitting supplies. My outdoor pipes are wrapped. (Thanks Nick!) I’m happy to stay at home where it’s nice and warm. Play outside with my kiddos for a bit, then bring them back in to warm them up with hot chocolate. Let them watch a few movies while I knit Elle a new hat and mittens for her new coat.

I love snow. We don’t get it often. And when we do, it’s gone within 24-48 hours. But when it first starts to fall, it’s beautiful. I love to look outside when the snow is still fresh and no one has driven on it or walked through it. Everything is blanketed and clean and perfect.

When I was a kid, my girlfriends and I would watch the weather report like hawks. Once we determined that school was closed, we’d phone each other and plan our ‘snow day’. One of my girlfriends lived on a cul-de-sac, so that’s where we would meet. We’d don our jeans, sweaters, jean jackets and our oldest, most worn down pair of Keds, then slip and slide our way over to her house. There, we would ‘ice skate’ around the cul-de-sac until we were nearly frozen. By then, her mom would have the pizza and brownies ready, and we’d play games in her room or watch MTV (back when they actually played music videos) or do silly things that silly girls do.

December 6, 2005

Christmas Cookies

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This weekend I had planned on making a gingerbread house. I didn’t quite make it. The Christmas parade lasted over two hours. Then, we had several errands to run. I ran out of energyWe ran out of time, so we didn’t end up with a real tree, but my $50 investment I made six years ago in an artificial tree sure has paid off well. It really is a very nice artificial tree. I’ll just have to get lots of candles or something to make it smell piney and Christmas-y in my house.

By the time I got around to dinner and baking, I was too pooped to make the gingerbread forms for the house. So, I just made plain ‘ol Gingerbread instead. I hadn’t ever tried the recipe before, but it turned out SO good. I’m in a baking mood! It started with Thanksgiving, and this time of year makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook things that smell good. Plus, we’re getting our first real cold-snap, and of course that means keeping the house warm with the oven. Here are my Gingerbread, Gingersnaps, and Snickerdoodles recipes. Enjoy!

Gingerbread

1-1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 c. dark unsulfured molasses
1 Tbsp. ginger
2/3 c. buttermilk
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325F. Butter 8-inch square baking pan with 2-inch-high sides. Lightly flour pan; tap out excess. Sift first 6 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, cream butter with brown sugar in another medium bowl until light. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses and ginger. Mix in half of dry ingredients. Mix in buttermilk. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir batter until just combined.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cake slightly in pan on rack. Cut gingerbread into squares. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Gingersnaps

2 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground ginger
3 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. shortening
1/4 c. butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. light molasses
Granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour with salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and baking soda. Cream shortening and butter until fluffy, gradually adding 1 c. sugar. Blend in egg, molasses, and then flour mixture. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute. Remove from baking sheet and cool.

Makes ~4 dozen cookies

Snickerdoodles

1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
2-3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix 1-1/2 c. sugar, shortening and eggs. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, and soda. Chill dough. Roll dough into balls. Combine 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Roll balls in mixture. Bake 8-10 minutes.

December 5, 2005

Location, Location, Location

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 12:41 pm

It’s all about where you are after all! It’s about time I did one of these I guess. So, please take a moment and stop by and tell me where you are!.

On Saturday, it was a high of 86 degrees here. Then another cold front came through yesterday. And I might actually get my wish for snow on Wednesday! YAY! Of course, it will all be melted before it hits the ground, or at least shortly thereafter.

On Friday, my girlfriends and I are having our annual Cookie Exchange. I think I’m going to take Gingersnaps, but I haven’t decided yet. Do you have a favorite Christmas Cookie recipe that you’d like to share?

December 2, 2005

Now that it’s December

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 4:27 pm

I actually feel right about decorating for Christmas. I’m not religious, but I appreciate the season, the family time, the cooking and the feeling of relaxation at the end of a long year. I love the smell of wood burning in the fireplace, pies baking in the oven, and real Christmas trees. I haven’t had a real tree in years. My mom bought a fake one when I was in high school because one of my sisters is allergic. Took us like 15 years to figure it out. Then I didn’t have a tree when I lived by myself. And, my Ex is allergic to real trees too. So this is my first year that I’ll be ‘eligible’ to have a real tree.

So, tomorrow, the kids and I are going to rise and shine early and meet Nick for breakfast. Then we’re going to go to the Plano Christmas Parade. After the parade, we’ll head over to a Christmas Tree Farm. It’s not cut-your-own, but there are a lot of activities for the kids to do. We’ll get to pick our tree and bring it home.

I have boxes of ornaments to go through and weed out all the ‘Our First Christmas’ and our ‘Family’ Christmas ornaments. That makes me a little sad because there were a couple that I really treasured. One in particular. But I’ll have new ornaments and new memories to make with me and Nick and the kids.

I hope to get all my lights up on my house this weekend too. If I get it all done, I’ll take a picture and post it. I’m not promising anything spectacular. And there will be no snow to enhance the atmosphere of the photo. Yeah. Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be in the 70’s.

December 1, 2005

Surprise! Updated with Photos!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:20 am

I got home from work and had a dozen red roses waiting for me. Then I changed for dinner. Us Texas gals gotta be comfy, so I threw on some jeans. I didn’t know where I was going for dinner. When we pulled up to Love & War in Texas I was pleased. We went inside, and Surprise! my family and several friends were there! I had a great time. During dinner I sampled the Wild Boar that was on the menu. It was quite tasty and was spiced up with a peppercorn sauce of some kind. I altered my sides from what the menu provided though (ever seen When Harry Met Sally?) and got garlic mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. The mashed potatoes were to die for. They also have rather large Texas-sized draft beers. I had two and was ready for lights out.

I got great gifts too! My mom and my sisters got me gift certificates to Run On! so I can buy my new trail shoes for my 25K run in Bandera. I got a Target (Tarjay) gift certificate from my friend Amy. My grandma made me a beautiful scarf. And Nick, the dear, got me a couple of gifts. First, I got a copy of a print that I saw at the Kimball on one of our dates. It’s of a painting by Matisse called L’Asie (Asia). I love the vibrant colors and the exotic look of the female figure. He also got me Joe III. I love his voice. It’s so deep and kinda gravelly. The song that clued me in to him was Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off. Give the sample a listen. It’s a cute song. And he’s not too bad to look at either! The biggest surprise of the evening though? My new Garmin Forerunner 201. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and I was very surprised to get it. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but it’s one of those ‘expensive’ toys. I was hoping to just get enough gift certificates to get one.

                                                            
               Nick givin’ me a smooch                                                                       Sister, Grandma, Sister, Me & Mom
                                                                                                                                   Me & Nick
                                                                                      
               Me wearin’ my scarf my grandma made                                                  Oh Sexy Boyfriend!

After everyone left, Nick said we had one more stop to make. I couldn’t imagine where, but I got in the car like a good girl and waited on my last surprise. We wound down the evening by going to ‘our’ Starbucks. The one where we had our first date. We grabbed a couple of tall lattes and sat back in those big comfy chairs and reflected on the evening. No one has ever thrown me a surprise party before, and Nick had to do some scheming with my sister to get in contact with everyone. He did a great job and I was very surprised.

Thank you, baby, for such a wonderful birthday.

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