Easter Weekend in Photos
Check out what T and I made for dinner last night: cauliflower crust pizza! How good does that look? It turned out so much better than I ever expected and I just had to share. I followed THIS RECIPE from The Lighter Side for the crust, and changed up the toppings a little bit.
I would follow the directions from her blog, because they’re great, but it’s so easy: basically all you do is put cauliflower in a food processor for about a minute (I just used the bag of cauliflower from TJS) and then mix it with cheese and egg. Presto. That’s it.
I didn’t expect much from this, even though the pictures on her blog look amazing, but I didn’t understand how cauliflower could be a crust. Honestly, I still don’t understand, but alas, a crust it is. I could even pick it up! It was delicious and tasted exactly like pizza.
If you’re gluten-free or just looking for a less-guilt pizza, seriously, this is it. I topped mine with: sauce, mozzarella cheese, green olives, red onion, green bell pepper, and chopped artichoke hearts. Delicious. I’m probably going to be thinking about this pizza all day. Is it too much to have it two days in a row? Hmmm…..
Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.
This is the face of a girl who completed yet another pain-free run. Woohoo!
I’ve been thinking today about what my running plan is going to be for the next few months. Here’s what I’ve got on my plate coming up:
That’s a lot. I have a lot of hard, stressful, and extremely time consuming stuff coming up. Unfortunately, I live in CA, the state with the most difficult bar exam, so I will be spending 10 hours a day, 6 days a week studying for 2.5 months. So that will be fun… And that will be literally right on the heels of finals.
So I’m looking at 3 solid of months of intense studying. I want to continue running through finals/bar prep, because I like it and because I want the stress-relieving effects. However, I don’t want to schedule any races until, I don’t know, November (?) because I don’t want the additional stress of trying to maintain half-marathon level fitness during that time. It’s tricky.
This is my anticipated running schedule/goals for the next few months:
So that’s the plan. Now, I just need to hang on for the ride. I have a feeling the next 6 months are going to be pretty bumpy. Stay tuned.
So I did it. I ran the marathon. And I wasn’t even that sore afterwards! I spent two days hobbling around, and then I was back. The Saturday after the race, I went for a run, a 3.5 miler, which went fine! Amazing! And then the next week, I went for a speedy two-miler, where I let my pace drop to far faster than I would ever let it during marathon training. The freedom! It was amazing. But then (you knew this was happening, didn’t you?), something went wrong. On Saturday, 13 days after the marathon, I went for an easy 3.5 miler with T and I felt a twinge in my right leg. Just at the back of my leg, a little above my knee. No biggie. I just ran a marathon, after all! I could handle pain! As I was running, the twinge turned into a pain, and then finally, in the last mile, the pain began shooting down my leg. I had never felt anything like this before, and I knew it wasn’t good. As runner, we know that some pain is “good” paid, and other pain is “bad” pain. This definitely felt like bad pain. T and I walked the rest of the way home (which was fine, weirdly enough).
I took an entire week off of running after that, which was so, so painful and uncomfortable. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I went out for just a little run, a two-miler. The shooting pain came back! At one point, I took a running step after walking and the pain was so severe that I literally almost fell over. Okay, leg, point made. No more running for a little while longer.
So I took another week off. This was last week. At this point, I was dying. I was feeling super unhealthy, I was stressed and needed my run to calm myself down, and everything was the worst. Last Sunday, I snuck out to join T on his run. I knew he wouldn’t let me start with him because he was worried about my leg, but I ran out after he started, and I went backwards on our loop and caught up to him. Muhahaha! And my leg was fine! I was super tentative with every step, and I felt a little, baby twinge in my leg, but it never errupted! Score!
On Tuesday I went for another run! It was fine! Amazing! And then yesterday, I went for my first pain-free run in 3 weeks! I can’t tell you how relieved I am! I don’t know why, but I didn’t really want to write about my inability to run. I think I was concerned that I would be injured for a long time and I didn’t want to think about. I also think that it just felt too personal. Running is a part of my soul, and not being able to do it made me feel empty and I couldn’t talk about it.
I’m happy to say that I’m back and my soul couldn’t be happier. I’m going to take it pretty easy for the next week or so, but I’m planning to do a 5 miler next Saturday. Just because I can. :)
My 5-year college reunion is this year. While it’s completely mind blowing that half a decade has passed since I received that ribbon-tied bachelor’s degree, this is a great time to reflect on what I hope to achieve in upcoming 5 years.
Just for funsies, here is a picture of me and one of my best friends, Joanna, on graduation day. I won’t tell you how long it took me to scroll back to 2009 in iPhoto to find this….
I’ve decided to focus my goals on my person, rather than on tangible things or milestones, if that makes any sense.
In the next 5 years, I would like to be:
This has been a pretty regular week. I went to class. I hung out at home. I ate oatmeal. I watched HGTV a lot.
Here are the highlights, nonetheless:
I went to yoga, and took this photo for a friend, I swear.
Walking to my car, post-yoga face:
I learned how to make socca:
Socca is a french flat bread made from chickpea flour that’s naturally gluten free. You can read more about it here. The recipe at this link isn’t the one that I used, I used one from my favorite cookbook, but it’s generally the same concept. My turned out kind of like a thick flour tortilla, which is weird because it’s not made with wheat flour, but it was tasty. I topped mine with sauteed yellow squash and red onion and baked for a few minutes with gruyere cheese. Then, I finished with strips of fresh basil. Yum.
I did some studying in the library:
Mmmm studying is so fun. But look! This is the upside! Check out the cool sky that is right above the studying area!
I also tried to study outside. But the internet didn’t work. This is the secret selfie that I took of my sad face. I tried to look neutral so the person next to me didn’t notice. Hard to say if I was successful.
Probably the coolest part of the week was last night. T and I did breakfast for dinner! How fun is that? We did gluten free pancakes with almond milk + bacon. I put peanut butter & syrup on one pancake and blueberry jelly & syrup on the other. Delicious.
Happy Friday, world! Weekend, here we come!
I need to think about something other than the overwhelming stress that I’m about to graduate law school without a job. Sooo… without further ado… I would like to present last night’s dinner.
T and I made pesto pasta primavera. We didn’t really follow a recipe, rather, we just followed the basic idea of pasta+ vegetables+ sauce. Primavera means “spring” in italian so we chose vegetables from the fridge that felt “spring-y.” I think we were successful.
The vegetables are: sauteed yellow squash, mushrooms, and red onion. At the end, we added in fresh, uncooked tomatoes. The pasta is gluten free and it’s my favorite one because, I swear, it tastes like regular. The brand is Bionaturae. Make sure you get the one that is marked gluten free, because they do make wheat pasta, as well!
The pesto is actually arugula pesto. We roughly followed a recipe from Food Network magazine, but, again, the recipe was one of those things that Food Net. does where you pick your own. So we did, in the food processor: 1/3 c. toasted pine nuts, 2 c. arugula, 1 c. basil, salt, and olive oil until it looked right.
It was just as delicious as it looks, and we paired with spanish red wine and Lost on Netflix. The perfect Monday evening for a couple who has been dating for 2 years…. haha. Love it (and him).
College is not trade school
Fam says my crooked face is reminiscent of Katie Holmes when I smile. I’ll take it.
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