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Valentine Bento

I know I never post food anymore, but when the theme is love and I have so much of that in my heart for my girl, how can I not? The pita pizzas were cuter in my head. I cut a cheese heart and then baked them in the toaster oven.  Broccoli (her favorite veggie) with cheese letters and an apple heart. Apple slices. My famous (not really) quinoa salad, minus the obscene amount of jalapenos I usually put in. I freaking love that quinoa salad, especially when eaten like a salsa with some white corn chips! And, last, though you can’t see it, hidden in the silverware part of the box is 2 squares of TJ’s pound plus Belgian milk chocolate. Oh yeah.

One of the 41 valentine cards made for her class. The idea was that she would make them and I would help, but it really worked out that I made 90% of them… I end up having to print so much music for my orchestra that sheet music is our scrap paper, could that be any more adorable in a heart shape? It’s at least better than some mass produced Skull Girls (or whatever that crap is) right?


A slightly sad and mishapen heart shaped banana pancake for breakfast!

I’m really-super-duper-over-the-top-excited to show you the present I had for her this morning, but we had to rush her off to school before I could take a picture of it. It’s ok, it’s so awesome it will get it’s own post. AWESOME. I’ve been dying to give it to her for a couple weeks! Oh man, I love that present.

So aside from the wonderful-ness that is my 8-year old valentine, I am officially grinching up this stupid holiday. Bah Humbug to you and you’re pressure and disappointment and also.. BITE ME! Ok, I need to get on my bike and ride, it’s going to hit 92F here today and I don’t want to be out in that.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day (you didn’t hear that from my, you know my official position)!




Dismembered (carrot) fingers for lunch (with apple fingernails)? No? How about Dracula teeth? Boo!


Teeny tiny sandwich squares with PB+J, watermelon, strawberry, checker apple, gold fish, carrots.

Strawberries and pineapples!


Popcorn and TJ jellybeans, who put that in there? Sandwich, watermelon, pickle, carrots.


Chocolate cupcake. Mmmmmmm. She hated that Smile with tongue out

Bentos and Wogging



I just love strawberries. And I like that Ara shares my obsession with smelling them in the store! We’re such weirdos.

This bento had a fruit salad of pineapple, grapes, strawberries. Then baby carrots (the easiest and most popular vegetable around here). The sandwich is chicken, cheese, and the dreaded ranch! Then I threw in a broken fortune cookie.


Soft home made tortilla burrito, cat cookies (TJs), more fruit jumble (pineapple, grapes, watermelon), baby carrots.


Just to go carb-crazy, we sometimes make dessert tortillas on a burrito night. This was one of them! We spread a little butter on a warm tortilla then sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mix. Ara LOVEs it. I also included watermelon, baby carrots, and a yummy almond granola mix.


Dinner leftovers! Brown rice and broccoli, baked herb potatoes, watermelon, and a big beautiful strawberry. I tried baking chicken in a foil pouch for the first time recently and I liked it. So we’ve been eating a lot of meals that include baked chicken and veggies. So easy and healthy~!


Chicken sandwich, fruit salad (pineapple, grapes, and strawberry), baby carrot, applesauce.

Fun introduced me to the delights of fresh pineapple vs canned and we’ve been going a little pineapple crazy. So we had a bowl of the little triangle treats when Ara decided to eat the entire bowl for her afterschool snack. She came running up to me screaming that her tongue hurt! I almost rushed her to the ER! We learned that some pineapple is ok, LOTS of pineapple makes your tongue really hurt. Still, Ara is not going to eat any for a while. She didn’t even want to let me buy one today at the store!

IMG_1133So I started my wogging (walking-jogging) (finally) on Friday. I was still really sore from the weight training I did on Tuesday and Thursday. I was really pleased with myself, I thought it seemed like just the right amount of hard. I completed my intervals, and right as I heard “cool down” in my headphones two hawks flew down in front of me, killed a smaller bird, then fought over the kill! I was stunned! It was so wildlife. The winner flew his kill up to the tree and proceeded to de-feather it’s lunch. I sat on a bench and took pictures (because of the hawk not the poor dead bird).

The good news is that the wogging felt great, the bad news is that the hipjury is back. Time to go back to the doctor and maybe physical therapy? I’m wondering if maybe a chiropractor would be the answer. Who knows! Either way, the time crunch is on to be on track for December. Work leg, work!

Bentos and Butts



Another week of Ara’s lunches! This one had homemade tortilla and bean burrito, pumpkin flatbread crackers, orange slices, broccoli, and chocolate pretzels.


Orange chicken, broccoli, strawberries, chocolate pretzels, and a fortune cookie.

IMG_4131Sweet rice, broccoli, strawberries, and coconut almond granola.IMG_4144Chicken sandwich on ww, fruit salad (grapes, pineapple, strawberry, and that green melon that I can never remember), cornbread muffin, and carrots.

IMG_4139Sweet rice, broccoli, sweet rice, fortune cookie, strawberry.

Last week I started dog walking at a local animal shelter. It’s a kill shelter so I’ve been putting off doing this, fearing the emotional toll. I walked 4 great dogs and learned a lot from my walking partner. I went back this last Monday and 2 of the dogs I walked were already dead. Straight from the adoption line to death because they got colds. They were 2 cute little pit bull girls, named Silver and Meadow and though they lived only a short time, they were loved at least by the volunteers. Two weeks in a row now I’ve walked a dog named Simon, which is against the odds of 140+ dogs. And against my better sense I’ve started to become emotionally attached to him. I’ve posted him on facebook but I KNOW people are starting to get tired of my dog posts. Last Monday he had a wound on his face from his kennel mate. They start to break down (emotionally) under the stress and if his wound gets infected he could be gone before I go back. I just had to get this worry off of my chest. I can’t change the fate of the dogs but I can help make their days at the shelter a little better.

On a lighter note my hipjury is getting better! This will be the end of the 3 weeks the doctor told me to take off and I’ve noticed an improvement. So, she was right, it must have been that tendon that was angry. The trainer/teacher at the YMCA noticed that I walk on the outsides of my feet and told me that my problems stem from the wrong shoe. She gave me some stretches to elongate my illiopsis and urged me to focus on building strength. I feel like there is probably wisdom in that, though I MISS zumba Sad smile.

For this week, my schedule is

M-dog walk 2 hours
T-strength class
W- turbo kick
Th-strength class
F-swim or bike
S- get out with Ara

I’m excited for the weather to cool off for bike rides, but here’s the thing; I can’t ride 2 days in a row because the seat is KILLING my butt! Hahaha. I guess it was made for someone with a tiny butt of steel, or maybe someone who has no nerves in the butt region. It makes me think of a friend who rides a recumbent bike and once said that he thought upright bike design went terrible wrong!

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