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Another Day Inside

Well I was seriously hoping for a delayed opening today, but the freezing rain the news was calling for didn’t really end up freezing on anything so here I am, on time.  As you already know, my weekend was completely uneventful and spent in my house crafting.  I am a nerd.

Yesterday was also spent in the house, only instead of making crafts, I made food.  First on the agenda was Egg Muffins for breakfasts this week.  Since the holidays I’d kind of gotten away from preparing all my meals and was frequenting the omelet station in the cafeteria all too often.  I made my Egg Muffins the exact same way I made my Egg Bake, just in a muffin tin instead of casserole dish.

First order of business was to cook up the 10 pieces of bacon and chop up the garlic and peppers.  Once the peppers were diced nice and small I added them to the bowl where I had 10 eggs whisked and waiting.

I cut the bacon up put the pieces in the bottom of the muffin tin.  I only meant to do 10, but apparently I forgot how to count, so there’s 11.  This ended up working out fine, because I had enough egg mixture to fill 11.

Two pieces of sharp cheddar on top of the bacon, then I scooped the egg mixture on top.  The cooked at 325 for 20 minutes and puffed up and overflowed nicely.

An easy and delicious breakfast to get me through the week!  After my breakfasts were prepared, I also made dinner for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I picked up the ingredients for sausage, onions, and peppers last week at the store, so that’s what was on the menu.  I made it the exact same way as I posted here, except I kept the chicken sausages whole and ate a nice crusty sandwich.  Delicious.

Alright, well try to have a good Monday!  I can’t believe it’s already the end of January.

It Just Keeps Coming

So who on the East Coast is ready for more natural disaster related fun this weekend?!?

I know I can’t wait to break out my Hurricane 40s and party like it’s 2003.  Oh, that’s how we celebrated Hurricane Isabel back then, as cute little college Freshmen.  Living in a basement dorm room during the worst hurricane to hit Virginia in a long time was really fun.  I got to watch the water rise and rise outside my window until it stopped just below the actual frame. Fun times!

No but seriously, I know of a few people getting married this weekend and I feel so bad for them.  I would cry, especially because I think they were originally scheduled for outdoors.  At least I hear rain on your wedding day is good luck, so a hurricane must be super lucky!

Anyway, on to yesterdays activities.  I did a full body weights workout during lunch yesterday, which has left me somewhat sore today and the reason I was contemplating eating my arm off at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Sadly, dinner was extremely far away because as soon as I walked in the door after work, the roommates and I were back out again to go look at bridesmaids dresses.  Our bride wants to order them all together, so we needed to decide on final styles and sizes, which ended up being a disaster.

We went to a different store to see if they had more of a selection and the lady was so rude! Once she found out we wouldn’t be ordering from there she was completely unhelpful and left us to sort through the rack of dresses ourselves.  Then she tried to tell us it would be $20 to get measured without ordering anything.  Um no thanks, I have measuring tape, I’ll do it myself.  She was awful, the three of us left so annoyed, but at least we were all able to decide on final dresses.  Anyway, don’t ever go to Katherine’s Bridal in Alexandria.  The worst.

Finally, here’s the other recipe I said I was going to post yesterday.  It’s not really a recipe, but more of an improvement of the egg bake I made last week that wasn’t quite right.  This turned out so much better and I am loving it.

Bacon and Veggie Egg Bake

Ingredients
Olive Oil
1 Pepper
3/4 Large Onion
1 clove garlic
8 pieces of bacon
8 eggs
Salt and Pepper

Directions
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut up the 8 pieces of bacon into bite size pieces and cook in a large skillet.  I use scissors and just cut the bacon over the pan.  While the bacon is cooking, chop your pepper and onion into thin slices, and dice some garlic  Once the bacon is cooked, transfer it to a plate covered with a paper towel, and place another paper towel on top to absorb the grease.  Drain the remaining bacon grease out of your pan, give it a quick wipe down with a paper towel, add a little olive oil, and throw in your peppers, onions, and garlic.  While those are sauteing together, mix your eggs in a big bowl and add a little water.  Grease the bottoms and sides of a casserole dish with some butter or non-stick spray, and combine all of the ingredients together.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then pop it into a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Super easy, and now I have breakfast for the whole week.

Tales of my Travels

So what is normally about a three and a half hour drive at most, took me four hours on Friday afternoon, but I finally made it to Arlington around 7 pm.  I quickly pulled myself together, stole some clothes from the girls, freshened up, and we were back out the door heading into DC for dinner and a night on the town.

Dani and Adrienne

Deciding to fully embrace the first weekend of October I packed leggings and boots for the weekend, and was excited to actually have a chance to wear them.  Dinner was at RFD, which boasts an epic beer menu, and I enjoyed a Sam Adams Octoberfest along with a Philly Cheesesteak burger.  After dinner we moved on to Rocket Bar, a favorite of Dani and Adrienne’s as well as every other Caps fan since it is right across from The Verizon Center.  I had one more Octoberfest before switching to water for the night, I mean I had a 9 mile run to take care of in the morning.

me with my favorites

I was actually pretty proud of myself for hanging out at a bar until 1:30 in the morning without drinking, and believe me there were many people trying to convince me to skip my run and drink, haha.  Rocket Bar was fun and laid back, we hung out with some other friends, played shuffle board, and had an overall good time.

Saturday morning, Dani, Adrienne, and I were all up early.  They were heading back into DC for an AIDS walk, and I had to get out the door for my 9 mile training run.  This run went a lot better than last weeks 8 miler.  I’m guessing the temperature difference and not drinking the night before are the two key factors in that.  I originally planned to run East on a trail all the way to the Potomac and back, but couldn’t figure out how to get around 395 so I turned around and followed the trail West instead.  It was a gorgeous morning, about 55 degrees when I started, and the trail was really nice.

I was going strong until mile five, when my hips started to really tighten up.  I took a few walking breaks, and stopped to get a really good stretch in at my turn around point.  The stretching break made all the difference, and as you can see by my splits I managed to pick it up for the last four miles home.  Before I knew it I was telling myself “only two miles left, that’s nothing!”  With .3 left to go, I saw Dani and Adrienne drive by me and stop at a red light.  They waved and asked if I wanted to hop in and hitch a ride the rest of the way home, but I was determined to hit 9 miles even so I declined.

Unfortunately, around mile six I started to experience some chaffing pain from my shorts, and just tried to ignore it but man did it burn.  I will definitely be breaking out the body glide for next weeks 9 miler.  I’m really pleased with my overall time, especially with all the hills Arlington has compared to NYC and my home town.

Before I even went inside the house to stretch, I stopped at 7-11 bought a huge bag of ice and a Gatorade to give myself an ice bath.  While I stretched, I let the tub fill up with cold water and then dumped the bag of ice into it.  I sat huddled in a sweatshirt in the ice water for about 15 minutes, hoping it would keep my legs from hurting too bad.  My friends thought I was insane, but hey I think it worked a little bit as they were not completely dead on Sunday.

After our respective mornings of exercise, the three of us went back out because the girls had a football game and I was their cheerleader.  It was an exciting game, and they won as time expired with a last-minute catch by our friend Adam in the end zone.

Fooootballll

As with most intramural leagues for people our age, the main appeal is the beer specials after the game at the bar who sponsors the league.  The whole team and their fans, caravaned over to Union Jacks for $3.00 16 oz Bud Lights and some food.  I was absolutely starving by the time we got there, and housed a bacon cheeseburger in about five minutes flat.  That’s one of the best things about knocking off a 9 miler on a Saturday morning.  You don’t feel even a little bad about eating a giant burger and drinking beers :).

$366 later, hey a football team can eat and drink a lot, exhaustion started to set in, and Dani, Adrienne, and I said our goodbyes and called it a night.  I think we were all sound asleep by 11:00, but it was absolutely a fun day.

Sunday morning, Adrienne and I both were up at the crack of dawn and decided to take a stroll to Caribou and Harris Teeter to pick up coffees and breakfast fixings.  It was another beautiful morning in Arlington, and the crisp air finally felt like fall!  We picked up some bagels, bacon, and eggs to make our own breakfast sandwiches, and I have to say I think they were better than any bagel place would have done.  I think Dani also enjoyed waking up to the smell of bacon wafting from the kitchen ;).

After breakfast, we were off to take care of some errands and then watched a little football before I finally hit the road around 4:30.  It was a fun yet exhausting weekend, but I can’t wait to go back!  Miss you ladies already.

Today, I’m back to normal routine.  I have a 5 mile recovery run tonight, and then I’m finally getting my hair cut.  My last hair cut was Mother’s Day weekend, so I’m waaaay past due.  Today is also the last day to enter my give away, so if you haven’t yet, you have until midnight EST.  Happy Monday!