Sunday, March 7, 2010

Thoughts While Running This Morning

Dogs are definitely getting smaller.  I saw at least 2 dogs that I could literally have held in the palm of my hand.  They were seriously tiny.

Shorts are getting shorter, and tighter.  blah.  Ok, short running shorts on a guy, ehhhh, ok.  Short, tight fitting biker shorts on a guy (who is not biking), no-k !!

My friend Chris is coming to visit in a week.  Last time he visited we all had a great time.  We also almost killed him.  (pictured here San Francisco, Jelly Belly Factory, Chinatown, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe and Muir Woods)  He told us we have to take it easy this time.  Sometimes I worry about being the lame person with the kids who doesn't get out anymore or is all, "naptime is at this time, and he won't eat that so we can't go there, etc."  (not that I don't say that sometimes) and I think I can swing too far in the other direction.  We'll see how it goes this time.

Should have run an hour earlier, woke up to feed baby a little earlier than usual, baby went back to sleep, Joey still sleeping, all quiet, shoulda run then, but instead went back to bed until my alarm to run went off and didn't end up sleeping during the whole hour I waited for the alarm.  argh.  I was all concerned that it hadn't been 8 hours and I wanted to do a long run and it's better not to be tired at all beforehand, but I totally shouldn't have gone back to bed.  Then I would have been home with coffee made when everyone was getting up instead of getting home after Joey had breakfast.  Baby still asleep though.  That was good.  Thank God for a generous husband who lets me run and is so self-sacrificing.   He's out running now.  It's good weather for him, today, sunny and probably like 68 degrees.

To do the Oakland Half Marathon or not.  hmmmm. Matt's not.  I thought we were still undecided and the other day I asked him if he was planning on running it and he just said "No!".  With an exclamation point.  He didn't actually say "No, with an exclamation point."  But his "no" had an exclamation point behind it, believe you me.  I think probably not.  I want to, like half of our church is doing it, but I don't think I'm ready.  After the one in February, I've run pretty sporadically, like 1 or 2 times a week.  Better this week.  3 times this week with a long run (today - but only 6 miles).  But I don't think I can do it by the end of March.  It's amazing how quickly it goes, the muscles.  I mean, to the day it was exactly 1 month ago that I ran my first 1/2 marathon.  Who knows maybe I'll change my mind.  It's Oakland's inaugural running festival and it's first marathon in 25 years.  Definitely sounds like something to support.  Here is the course elevation.... yeah, I don't know about that, what's up with the end?  hmmm.

Looking through the website to put up the link really makes me want to do it now.  They are going to have crazy aid stations, like 8!!!  I would totally have to get up much earlier in the morning and bump up the long runs.  I might have to take another run just to think this over more.

If Oakland were a person she would be young but seem older.  She would be wary and worn and have seen far too much hurt and anger than she should have in a lifetime, but she would be hopeful.  She would be trying to become a better person and make a better life.  I'm tempted to run it just in support of her!  More thinking needed, for sure.

There were alot of people out running today in the nice weather.  There were people who I ran near or saw who ran just as much as I did and then more.  Running is totally in now!

Well, those were some of my running thoughts today.  Along with listening to alot of Chris Tomlin.  It was nice to come home and see that Matt and Joey had a great and easy morning and the little one wasn't even awake yet.  I had time for a nice hot shower before he woke up and it's a crock-pot dinner for us tonight (perfect if you have church Sunday evenings).  I am just sore enough to feel like I did something.

Can I ask some advice?  I'm trying to cook something in the crock-pot on Sundays, since we get home from church at 6:30 or 7.  I need something that I can put in earlier in the day and have ready when I come home.  Do you guys have any good recipes for your crock-pot.  I have Fix It and Forget It, but if you have it, you know, there are 100 recipes for every "slow cooker chicken" or "pot roast" and sometimes I can't pick one.  I just want a few really really good crock-pot recipes.  Can you help me out??


Herb of Grace said...

Fun post! :)

Best crockpot recipe ever:

canned, spiced tomatoes (basil, oregeno, garlic, whatever)

Seriously. That's it. Doesn't matter how much chicken or what kind-- I've used breasts, thighs, drumsticks, everything. It cooks up in about four hours on high, or six or so on low. Tastes AWESOME. I usually make a little rice to go with, but if you have a breadmaker, you could just load that puppy up at the same time!

Krisha said...

Your blog cracks me up!! I feel like you are right there and I'm laughing out loud at all your antics. Seriously, I miss you Laurie. I laughed at your facebook blog too. you should join! and you go girl for running so much!!!
ok here's my amazing recipe:
(i actually have used frozen or raw/unthawed chicken and both have worked so it's super easy! We serve with biscuits or you could do cornbread or tortilla chips if you like)

White Chicken Chili Recipe:
1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken
2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans or navy beans
1 (15 ounce) can hominy or white corn
1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope taco seasoning
1 (4 1/2 ounce) can of chopped green chilies
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
chopped green onion (optional)
monterey jack cheese (optional)

Place chicken in a 4 quart slow cooker.
Top with beans and corn.
In a medium bowl, combine taco seasoning, chiles, condensed soup, and chicken broth. Pour over top of ingredients in the crock pot.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Before serving, stir gently to break up chicken, then stir in the sour cream.
Serve topped with green onions and jack cheese, if desired.

Krisha said...

Also, Naomi has one she passed on to me: Also, here is the link to the mango chicken that she makes. yummy!
Here is some fresh salsa:

Matt and Laurie Beardsley said...

Ladies! You are so sweet! Thanks for the recipes! I'll be trying one out on Sunday!! :-) Can't wait.

Thanks again :-)

The Sinks said...

Ok, sheesh, here are a couple super easy ones:

4 frozen chicken breasts
1 jar salsa
1 can corn
1 can black beans
Cook on low all day. Just before you serve it, stir in a block of creme cheese.

1 roast (whatever size, can be fresh or frozen)
onion flakes
3 T soy sauce
1 can whole cranberry sauce
Cook on low 8 hours. Yummy with a hint of sweetness, and good on sandwiches the next day!

Andrew, Naomi, Madeline and Oliver said...

I was going to tell you about the mango chicken. But, Krisha already told you about it. It's yummy yummy. We shred the chicken and put it on tortillas like fajitas or tacos. I also like to make BBQ in the crock pot. I just throw a pork shoulder or chuck pot roast in with a little water and onions. At the end of the day, I shred it and mix it with BBQ sauce and put on sandwiches.

Sarah said...

Hmm, I also have the Fix It and Forget It cookbook, and my favorite recipe is one I modified. It's on page 41, called Cindy's Chili. Let me know if you don't have the same version of the FI&FI cookbook, and I'll email the whole recipe to you. Here are the changes I make:

1) Use only 14 oz. of chopped stewed tomatoes (This may or may not have been born out of the fact that I hate chopping, which is a chore that I know you have similar feelings about!)
2) Omit the celery.
3) I buy the canned Campbell's tomato juice, because it's such a waste to buy a jug of tomato juice that will inevitably go bad. Unless you want to make a Bloody Mary to sip while cooking your chili, I'd suggest getting the cans and using two of them instead of the four cups called for in this recipe.
4) Add a packet of taco seasoning to spice it up a bit, otherwise this recipe is kind of bland.
5) Also add some cayenne pepper - see bland note above. While you're at it, go ahead and feel free to double all of the amounts of spices the recipe calls for.

Serve this with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of some cheddar cheese, and if you're feeling fancy, a side of homemade cornbread brushed with honey butter. Mmmmm, good!