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Crazy Cat Lady

It is a slushy disgusting mess out there this morning.  I woke up around 3 am to the sound of ice falling outside my window, and it’s still going.  Roommate Adrienne has off today because her school district is closed, but Dani and I had to drag ourselves out the door to work.  Here’s to hoping the 5-10 inches of snow expected to start falling this afternoon into tonight keeps us home tomorrow.

 

gross

Is it spring yet?

 

After taking into consideration everyone’s comments yesterday, I’ve decided to just kind of use the virtual training plan as a guide, but really make up my own.  I actually loved the one from Runners World that I followed for my half training, so I’ll probably base this one off of that.  In case anyone is curious, the virtual training program says to make today a recovery from yesterdays hill workout, or do some cross training.  So I guess it does get more specific in the daily emails.

Anyway, last night I knocked out 4 miles in about a 9:40 pace.  I say about because I’m not sure since the gd treadmill decided to randomly shut off 1.5 miles into my run.  No warning, no slowing down, just all of a sudden at a complete stop.  You can imagine how gracefully I handled that, yes, I stumbled and nearly fell.  Love it.  No idea if a workout will happen tonight because of the lovely weather, I’ll be sure to let you all know if it does.  Don’t worry.

In non running and weather related news, and the inspiration for this posts title, I’m going to talk about my cat.  I had to take Pumpkin to the vet on Saturday; I just moved down here and wanted to find a new one and develop a relationship with them.  It’s also been a few years since she’s been since my vet at home retired, woops :(.  Anyway, after the initial visit they gave her a clean bill of health, said all looked good, and they’d call with her blood test results.  Sunday morning I get a message from the vet, that the blood results came back and everything looks ok, but there are some things that we should investigate.  Three unanswered phone calls from me later, and one message asking them to call me back, I finally talked to the vet last night.

Apparently there are two levels that are higher than they like regarding kidney function, so I need to bring her back in for a urine test.  Fast forward to me immediately freaking the fuck (yes I said fuck on the internet) out, especially after they tell me how they get the urine.  BLAH!  So she goes back Thursday, and until then I will be imagining all worse case scenarios.  Pumpkin is my baby, I’ve had her since I was 19 years old, I thought it’d be fun to look at some pictures of when I first got her.  Sorry if you don’t agree, like I said, I’m a crazy cat lady.

Me and Pumpkin the day I got her

She always loved to cuddle

She even came to college and learned how to play things like asshole and beer pong

Yes, she is a midget cat, she still only weighs 7lbs 12 oz.  Anyway, wish her good luck at the vet on Thursday, and since I’m trying not to drink this week give me some other ways to keep from spazzing.  Thanks.  Oh yeah, I also made dinner for me and the roommates last night.  It was my favorite Parmesan Crusted Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella and Asparagus with a Lemon Poppy Seed Sauce.

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 everyone!  I hope you all had a great New Years Eve and rang in 2011 with the ones you love.  My NYE started off with our roommate celebration of Christmas.  In order to make Christmas last just a little bit longer, the roommates and I decided to celebrate ours and exchange gifts on New Years Eve morning.

 

There were Cinnamon Buns

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

It was all very delicious

 

After we exchanged gifts, Dani and Adrienne hit the road for Pittsburgh, and I started prepping for my night.  I even used my new Kitchen Aid Mixer and whipped up a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Not surprisingly, Filet stuffed with Lobster and Asparagus won the majority of votes in my poll, and it was really what I wanted anyway so that is what my New Years Eve meal was.

I know it sounds fancy and complicated, but I promise it’s super easy!  First thing is head over to your local grocery store pick out your pieces of filet, smile nicely at the man behind the meat counter and ask him to pretty please open the package, butterfly the meat, and reseal it for you.

Press the meat out even thinner with your hands, then season however you desire.  I just used a little salt and pepper.  Pick up your lobster tails, if you’re lucky they’ll even be on sale like mine were!

 

lobster, lobster

 

Throw a big pot of water on to boil, and while you’re waiting utilize that same pot to steam your asparagus stalks.

Once, your pot of water has come to a boil, drop in the lobster tails for about five minutes, they also cook in the oven so you just want them cooked enough to get out of the shell.

While that is cooking, prepare your butter and lemon juice for drizzling over top of the lobster tails.

hard at work

 

Once the lobster tails and asparagus are cooked, shell the lobster, split the tail in half length wise, place them on one side of your piece of filet.

Drizzle (or pour) the lemon juice and butter over the asparagus and lobster.  Get ready to roll them up and tie together, you might need an extra set of hands.

 

voila!

mmmmm

 

Place the pieces of filet on a rack in a roasting pan, and you’re ready to go.

Into the oven at 425 degrees (I actually ended up lowering that to 375), for about 20-30 minutes depending on how thick your slices of filet are.

Eat up and enjoy!  So, so, so easy, and definitely impresses and pleases a crowd.

Filet Stuffed with Lobster Tails and Asparagus

  • 2 Lobster Tails
  • 2 pieces of filet, butterflied
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • Asparagus
  • butchers twine
  • salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Press your butterflied filets out thin with your fingers, season with salt and pepper.  Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the lobster tails, cook for about 5 minutes.  Steam the asparagus over the water while it boils, this only takes a few minutes.  Remove the lobster tails from their shell, cut in half length wise, and place on one side of the meat.  Add the asparagus, and drizzle your lemon juice and butter mixture over top.  Fold the other side over, and tie closed with butchers twine.  Place everything on a rack in a roasting pan, and cook for about 20-30 minutes.

Taking Advantage of DC

Yesterday, in an effort to have a productive Sunday, Adrienne and I decided to take full advantage of the things DC has to offer and once again hopped on the metro and headed into the city.  Three stops later we were at our destination and braving the rainy gray day to head to the Newseum.

As a former Journalism major in college, I was totally geeking out with excitement over this.  The Newseum has been on my list of places to visit in DC since I found out it existed.  It totally lived up to my expectations, and we spent almost four hours exploring the six floors.  With exhibits featuring 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina I found myself choked up with emotion, and having to hold back tears.  Then there was the Sports Photography exhibit with featured photos by Walter looss that made me want to break out my camera and really learn how to take pictures.  I could have spent hours in the News History Gallery with the collections of historic magazines and newspaper stories.  I almost shelled out $40 for the hardcover book featuring every photo to ever win the Pulitzer Prize after exploring the gallery.  The Newseum has officially become my favorite museum, and I can’t wait to go back again.

East German Guard Tower from the Berlin Wall exhibit

West German side of the Berlin Wall, the East German side was completely blank

Great quote

Wall of 9/11 Front Page Stories

Part of the satellite tower that fell

Awesome quote in the 9/11 exhibit

Seriously recommend checking out this museum if you are ever in DC, there is so much to read and see and it is so interesting.  In fact, if you’re in town and going, invite me!  I want to go back!  After our day at The Newseum, Adrienne and I made our way back to the metro, Newseum umbrella souvenirs in hand (the rain really picked up while we were inside) and then it was over to the grocery store to do our shopping for the week.  When we finally got home, I got right to business in the kitchen making some dinner for the two of us.  My favorite, Parmesan Crusted Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Mozzarella Cheese with a Lemon Poppy Seed Sauce.

brocoli and Rice Au Gratin

So good and a perfect Sunday night meal to end the weekend.  After dinner I sat on the couch with a glass of wine, in front of the fire, watching White Christmas.  It was a fantastic weekend in VA and DC and I can’t wait until the next one!  Also, I found out I got into the DC Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, so it looks like I officially have another race to look forward to and train for 🙂  Who else is running?!

I woke up this morning to a dusting of snow covering the grass and cars, it was so pretty!  I also am completely scatter brained today and left my work computer sitting in my living room.  Luckily I have training from 1-5 pm today and there is a computer I can use until then.  Sigh, haha, one day I’ll get it together.  Happy Monday!