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Our Own Reindeer

Look – we have our very own reindeer to go with our Christmas tree!

Sullie is one of the most tolerant dogs ever. While I admit that she does not look excited, she totally went with it to make me happy. πŸ˜‰

Since I posted Sara’s guest post last night, I have lots to catch you all up on. I taught BodyPump Monday morning before work and then ate a bowl of banana eggnog oatmeal at my desk while I was prepping for a day of meetings. When I broke for lunch soup was calling my name. I dont’ know that we ever broke 40 degrees here yesterday.

Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable Soup with a dollop of sour cream and cheese. Half of an organic apple and Goldfish on the side. I ate a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar at my desk later in the day.

Brandon braved temperatures in the 20s last night to grill our dinner – we are year-round grillers!

Turkey Burgers with Cheddar, Caramelized Onions and Smoky Aioli (recipe from Bon Appetit). Roasted brussels sprouts and grilled potatoes on the side. Brandon always makes grilled sweet potato slices on the grill and recently had the idea to do the same thing with a normal potato.

He seasoned them with lots of Dizzy Pig’s Raisin’ the Steaks and we dipped in ketchup. They were so good!

I went to ashtanga this morning before work. The classes I attend are self-guided – the teacher is just there to assist. You just show up and start doing the sequence, which is memorized and the same every time. It takes me about 75-90 minutes to get through the series. Today our teacher had to leave class to teach in the second studio because another teacher was sick. I actually enjoyed going through everything completely solo without assists. I was even able to get myself into a pose that I’ve never been able to do without an assist!


This is Marichyasana D and it requires a lot of intense binding and twisting to get into it. I can’t believe I finally did it on my own without toppling over! πŸ˜€

Breakfast at my desk was overnight eggnog oats. I fully intend on using Silknog in everything throughout the holidays. Lunch was the rest of yesterday’s black bean vegetable soup and a grilled cheese.

I went to the grocery after work to restock. I hate the grocery store in the winter because I always freeze. I wore my coat and gloves the whole time I was shopping and still came home with frozen solid fingers and toes.

I have Raynaud’s phenomenon and it plagues me all winter. Random fingers and toes turn white and go numb anytime I get really cold. For whatever reason, one of the places I struggle most with it is the grocery. I also have to keep my hands very warm when I run and often double up on gloves. It’s very annoying.

I made an old favorite for dinner tonight and we enjoyed our meal at our newly decorated table.

Curry and Yogurt Braised Chicken with a salad on the side. I posted this recipe on Bakin’ and Eggs about a year and a half ago. It is easy and flavorful. A great ethnic meal for a weeknight.

Speaking of curry…I finally posted the recipe for the Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas!

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  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition December 7, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Your puppy is so cute!! That pose looks seriously advanced so congratulations on your breakthrough. I imagine it must have been very challenging!

  • Ariffa December 7, 2010, 11:34 pm

    that happens to my fingers all the time too! I didn’t know it was an actual thing, or phenomenon πŸ˜‰

    Congrats on getting into Marichyasana D that’s impressive! I think a self-directed yoga class is an awesome idea, no better way to connect with only yourself and not compare your practise with anyone elses

    • Jen December 8, 2010, 3:30 pm

      Arrifa – I think it’s so funny that it’s called a phenomenon – apparently, it’s fairly common. Unfortunately, I can only make it into Marich D on one side but it’s a step in the right direction!

  • Alaina December 7, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Awww, Sullie is so cute.

    I must have the same problem, because my ring finger always, always gets the coldest and turns white like that. So weird.

  • shelby @ eatdrinkrun December 8, 2010, 1:23 am

    Hmm, I am adding this to my list of ways to use up chicken breasts! Looks delicious!

    When will the NC cold go away?! I was told it would be mild winters when we moved here πŸ™‚

  • Matt December 8, 2010, 6:40 am

    I am a year round griller too! A little cold can not stop me πŸ˜‰

  • Detroit Runner December 8, 2010, 7:57 am

    All your meals look awesome. It makes me hungry just looking at them.

  • Jessie December 8, 2010, 8:59 am

    I would have never thought to grill potato slices, but they look so delicious that I think I am going to have to give them a try.

  • Jen December 8, 2010, 9:23 am

    That’s the cutest reindeer I have ever seen πŸ™‚ And your yoga abilities amaze me. You are so my yoga hero!

    • Jen December 8, 2010, 3:32 pm

      Awww…thanks Jen – for the reindeer comment and the yoga complement. It has been a lonnnnggg road to get myself into some of these poses. I just keep plugging along! πŸ˜‰

  • Elizabeth December 8, 2010, 11:19 am

    I have Raynaud’s too.. I’m afraid the wee one is also plagued…the past few times we’ve walked out in the cold her hands are freezing and purple πŸ™
    Maybe TMI, but watch out for it if you ever breastfeed–ouch!

    • Jen December 8, 2010, 3:33 pm

      Yikes! Thanks for the head’s up. That sounds seriously painful!

  • Brittney December 8, 2010, 12:44 pm

    That is the cutest picture of Sullie! I would make that my Christmas card! πŸ™‚

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith December 8, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I have Raynaud’s phenomenon but I never knew it had a name or diagnosis. Since I was in HS I have noticed my fingers do this. And my toes. I can’t believe it is a real thing and I’m not just weird πŸ™‚ Ok, maybe I am still weird! Thanks for sharing!

  • Bonnie December 9, 2010, 10:53 am

    Oh man! I have Raynaud’s too! Did you get it “diagnosed,” or just know what it is? And is there anything you can do about it? It can be so painful at times, hey? And oddly enough, I find that on the coast (even though I’m from California!), it gets really bad – I’ve experienced not as much in my new home of Calgary but more in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and on the east coast in Newfoundland. Not sure what that’s about – all the cold mositure? Keep warm, and well done on the yoga move!

  • Kristen December 9, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I too, have Raynaud’s. My fingers (all of them) get extremely whitle almost all the way down to my hands. It only takes a matter of moments. It is extremely painful and it is now affecting my feet.

    My friend is a pharmacist and said I need to get a beta blocker. I do notice it is the worst after I workout (and go outside or to the store). I sweat a LOT. My hair is soaked, as are my clothes. I bundle up with a hat, many layers, but the moisture, paired with the drop in body temp may contribute.

  • Katie December 9, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Had a great time at Body Pump! You worked me out so hard! Thanks again πŸ™‚

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