The Home Stretch

When I first started working at my current job, I was pretty much fresh out of IP, where we (literally!) did nothing but sit around all day.  You would think that would mean I’d be accustomed to being in a chair for eight and a half hours straight, but I wasn’t — I was so antsy at work!  Every day, without fail, around 3.00 PM, I would involuntarily think, Entering the home stretch.  It was actually quite irritating, and I don’t know when that stopped, but that’s not the point.

The point is that tonight, I will be “entering the home stretch” of this holiday.  And I cannot wait.

Right now, I would love nothing more than a bowl of cereal.  Actually, I miss three things: cereal, tofu, and diet Snapple.  Other than that, I’m pretty much okay.

“Discoveries” such as this one do help a little:

I microwaved a sweet potato for about a minute — just so that I wouldn’t inadvertently slice my hand off while I was cutting the sweet potato! — and then cut it nearly in half, scored the insides, and stuffed it with my homemade almond butter.  Which isn’t really spreadable, but okay.  Then I wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap and microwaved it for another couple of minutes.  The almond butter didn’t melt the way I wanted it to, but for some reason, I loved this so much more than the last time I had a sweet potato baked with nut butter.  Unless I’m just so carb- and protein-deprived that anything is appealing… which is definitely possible.

strawberry yogurt + banana = strawberry banana yogurt

72% chocolate (I miss my 82%...)

I woke up at 5.30 AM today.  I was not pleased.  It was supposed to rain, but since it wasn’t actually raining, I decided to go for a run.  (It wasn’t raining, but it was so humid — the lenses of my sunglasses kept fogging up, which was rather annoying.)  So glad that my feet seem to be okay!!

That’s actually a distance PR for me… which I am going to have to break, and soon.  It kind of boggles my mind that I’m going to have to run further than that, and swim 1500m, and bike 40k… all in one go.

But at least I still seem to be able to ride a bike.  I took mine to the police station on Friday to register it… and can I just say that bikes have changed enormously since I’ve last ridden one?!  Though, to be fair, the last bike I rode was probably a kids’ bike, so… yeah.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous day out — perfect for biking — but I’m afraid I don’t have enough control over my bike yet, and I live in a fairly urban area, and I’d rather not get run over by a car.  Early morning is a better time for me!!

Instead, I decided to go to the library.  Yes, I thought it was weird that the library is open on Easter, but their website said they were open!  All I can say is… thank goodness the weather is nice, because I walked all the way there to find that they weren’t open after all.  Oh, well.

I finally got around to trying banana soft serve.  I attempted it a few weeks ago, but I very nearly broke my mini food processor, so I gave up.  Since there is really nothing else to eat around here these days, and there is a food processor sitting out on the counter anyway, I decided to give it a shot.

It was really good!  A little bit of cinnamon would have been a welcome addition, but I guess that will just have to wait.

I have two presentations on Wednesday — and, of course, I am ill prepared for them both.  I just can’t be bothered… I want to be done with school already!!  Almost there…

Have a lovely start to your week.

“No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.” 
~John Morley


6 responses to “The Home Stretch

  1. …when you say you “brought your bike to the police station to register it,” i get pictures in my head of like, everyone in the city who rides a bike needing a license to do so. that’s not really how it goes though…right?
    I’ll be honest – I never “got” the nut butter on a sweet potato thing…but if you gave it another go and it was a success, I’ll have to give it another go too, I suppose.
    Congrats on the distance PR, too! You booked it! This morning was gorgeous here, too; but also surprisingly humid. It was a welcome change 😉

  2. Well done on the PR 🙂
    Aww, I love the library! There is such a sense of calm in libraries in general
    Hope you have a great day xo

  3. Congrats on the run! That’s pretty fast for me, too.

    I love the nut butter/sweet potato thing, too 🙂

  4. Good luck with your presentations! I hear that lame jokes always go down well.

    I don’t understand why people wait an hour or so to bake a sweet potato in the oven. I just do mine in under 4 minutes in the microwave! WOOP! Never thought of adding almond butter to a sweet potato though. I must try it.


  5. Funny coincidence, I tried the banana soft serve thing this weekend too. I blended mine with pumpkin, a bit of instant coffee powder, and some hazelnut coffee syrup, and it was INCREDIBLE.

  6. I’m so glad your feet are okay too: in fact I think it’s brilliant how quickly you’ve ‘found your feet’ with running so to speak. It takes most people a lot longer so you must have a great level of residual/general fitness anyway, which will serve you well in your triathlon.

    Inspired by you (and my sore footsies) I finally bought a discount hybrid bike, which I spied because it was an ex-display bike. £500 cheaper than the cheapest road bike I could find!


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