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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Whew! Life is getting busy!

I wore black today to mourn the further delay of summer.  It has rained all weekend long, how I long for the warmth of summer.

I've decided or rather determined that keeping up with da blog is going to be easier said than done this summer!  And they whole yard work thing. . .  hasn’t even begun yet!

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The yard work thing is getting closer though, these are the beginnings of chives coming back! They are poking their little blades right up through the left over leaves from fall, you can just tell they are excited about summer too.
It gives hope that warmer days are ahead. . .  I CAN HARDLY WAIT, for me, summer is better than Christmas!
My training schedule is rapidly ramping up.  Although I’ve logged more time at this point this year than any previous year, okay, it’s not difficult to beat a training log of zero, but the point is still the same. . .  life is busier and the closer summer gets, the busier life will get.  

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This is what I accomplished this week.  I managed to log 8 hours 44 minutes of workouts, and a total of 74.14 miles.  I know the colors are fun, but the big accomplishment is that I actually stuck to my training plan and did every scheduled workout, that’s HUGE!  (I won't tell you I missed twenty minutes of swim time on Friday, but it's not my fault, the sheets were very needy that morning and I was the only one that could console them!) 

Most everyone knows that I am NOT a runner, but the fact that I am working on this small little detail is a big deal for me.  notice that I actually ran 3 times last week for a total of 11.44 no;es, or what I really meant was miles.  I can actually run 1 1/2 miles at a time, albeit at a snails pace of 10.85 minute/mile.  meaning it takes me 10.8 minutes to run a full mile.  I am beginning to question my lofty goal of getting to a 9.30 min/mile by July 30th.  While this might sound impressive to some of my readers, many runners can maintain a 7-something min/mile for a 10K (in english, that means 6.2 miles) and for me a 9.30 seems lofty, that helps put it all in perspective. . . I’m slow. . .  there’s not a politically correct way to say that.

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I have also started making my own bread and quit coming home for lunch.  I calculated that by making these two simple changes in my life I will save over $500.00 a year, that’s huge too!  so about every two weeks I make bread for sandwiches, toast, grilled cheese, or just to eat.  There are few things that are better than fresh homemade bread.  

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Before I could make bread a couple of things had to happen first.  Like de-crystalize all the honey.  I have this tendency to just buy fresh honey when the current honey jar turns to sticky, gooey, hard crystals and just seems gross, but with that comes the pack-rat tendency of knowing it’s still good, I just need to melt it down.  With my new "budget
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conscious” brain, today was the day.  it's not hard, all you need is a rack of some kind, and water then put the honey bears/buckets/jars and let them gently simmer until all the sugar crystals are magically melted back into smooth sweet honey.

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I’m not sure how this little guy missed the line-up of the honey bears, but I obviously tipped him upside down trying to get some honey out and ended up leaving him that way a titch too long.  as you can see crystallized honey just stay’s put!  As it begins it’s slow process of dissolving gravity takes over and it ends up in the bottom of the bear like it’s supposed to be.  The good news is, that now I have more space in the cupboard, and that is always a good thing!

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The next step was to get some wheat!  The lids are a new addition, if you have never tried to get into these buckets before you know what a work-out it is just getting the lid off.  These new lids solve everything!  I wish to thank the inventor of these little guys.  However, getting these lids ON is TWICE the work out of getting the original lids off, I should have put this event in my training log.  I am here to tell you, these lids are bomb proof, and they ARE NOT coming off!  Then they stack just the same as any bucket.

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Once you get the ring on the lid simply spins off with a little finger-tip pressure, and voil√† you have access to the contents of your bucket!  That’s cool!
Using a wheat grinder, grind the wheat into flour, but let me warn you, don’t grind while children are napping, or if you plan on being on the phone. . . it is a NOISY process! 

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mix, bake, cut and enjoy!


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