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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.

Lens Error

I had a minor melt down last night when I was trying to take pictures of my dinner, and all my camera kept telling me was “lens error restart camera”.  I tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, no luck.  With three weddings coming up, now is not the time for my camera to break.  Ugh.

Anyways, before the camera catastrophe the bf, sister, and I all went to the gym together.  I did 5 miles in 45 minutes, so about a 9 min pace, the last time I ran 5 miles was January 25, and then a week later I was injured.  I’m glad to be building up my distance slowly this time around, and all is feeling good with my IT Band.  Then I tried to show the bf the ab moves I do.  He lost interest in like three minutes and went back to doing his own thing though.

After the gym, I quickly put together dinner for the three of us.  My Parmesan Crusted Chicken, stuffed with Asparagus and Cheese and a side of Uncle Ben’s Rice Au Gratin.  Since my camera hated me last night I don’t have any pictures, but here is an older one of the chicken.

Twas delicious.  Tonight I’m making Crock Pot Chicken Tacos, so uh either Col or Alex can you switch the Crock Pot on to low at 11?  Thanks!  Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway, you still have until midnight tonight.  And to clear up some confusion, you can enter by leaving a comment on the post and you can get a second bonus entry by tweeting about the giveaway and leaving a second comment telling me you tweeted you don’t have to do both.  Is that better Col and Alex?

Have a great Tuesday!

Parmesan Crusted Stuffed Chicken

La la la, good morning everyone!  Happy LOST Tuesday!  Words cannot express how much I am looking forward to tonight’s episode, do not disappoint me writers!

Last nights workout was 35 minutes on the elliptical, I upped my resistance to try and work my legs more, and found it much more challenging.  My leg was feeling good, so I decided to give it a little treadmill test.  I ran for about 4 minutes before stopping.  No good.  I called my Orthopedist’s office yesterday to make another appointment to go back.  Not only is my IT Band not getting any better, but I’ve recently also developed some pain in my right hip.  It has that feeling like it needs to crack, but just won’t.  Hopefully I’ll be able to start some physical therapy and get over this injury.

While I was sitting at my desk yesterday afternoon I was trying to think of something to make for dinner.  I ran through what I had at home in my fridge in my head and came up with Chicken Stuffed with Asparagus and Cheese.  And then because I decided cheese just on the inside wasn’t yummy enough I made it Parmesan Crusted Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Cheese.

I started with 9 asparagus stalks, and steamed them for 4 minutes, then draining and shocking with cold water (to keep them from continuing to cook).  Then I took 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, placed them between two  pieces of wax paper, and then beat the hell out of them with an ice cream scoop.  Perhaps it’s about time I invest in a meat mallet?  The ice cream scooper worked fine for now.  Then I seasoned each piece with salt, pepper, oregano, and basil.  I didn’t measure anything, just kind of sprinkled it on there.  I gave each chicken breast 3 pieces of asparagus.

Followed by a generous sprinkling of mozzarella cheese :).

I had some grated Parmesan cheese waiting on a nearby plate, folded the chicken together as best I could and coated it in the cheese.  After that, onto a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray they went, and then a quick spritzing of non-stick spray on top.

And into a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  While the chicken was cooking, I prepared my rice.  It was Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice, so all that really involved was putting the rice and seasoning in a bowl, adding some water, and popping it in the microwave.  20 minutes later, dinner was ready!

It was really good, although I think next time I would make a sauce with it.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking something lemony, right?  Sigh, I don’t know.

So, I won’t be around until later in the day tomorrow.  I have some things going on in the morning and I won’t be at work, don’t worry I’ll be sure to update you all as soon as I can :).  Just send me some good luck tomorrow around 10 am, please?  Well, I’m off!  Have a fabulous day!