Happy New Year!!

This post is way delayed….I meant to have my new blog up and running on January 1…..so 5 days later here I am!

Hubby and I have been very sick with pneumonia so that’s my excuse! But the new blog is up and running, it’s a bit more stream-lined than this one(only 1 dog page, not three) and I think over-all, it’s going to be a better endeavor.  I hope any readers will follow me over to my new blog, because anything you liked on this blog will still be around and hopefully better!!

Flight of the Penguin

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-Tamara

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Cha-cha-cha-changes……

Are coming your way!!

Lots of changes are happening in my life right now.  2011 is going to bring lots of newness to my life.  New job, new hours at my job, new workout plan, new outlook on life…and with all these changes…a new blog!  I’ve not been very happy with how I’ve handled this blog and it’s jumped around so much there is no concurrent theme.  I don’t want my blog to be just a journal where I say, today I did this and this and this.

Every blog has to have a niche and while I don’t know that mine will be any different than the billions already out there I hope that my readers of this blog will head over to my new blog and that I was gain more readers as a result.

Life has been stressful to say the least.  My current job has not been what I thought it would be.  Nothing negative about my current practice location, but it just isn’t working for me. It’s not my style of practice, plus the commute and the hours are terrible.  I’ve found a new job with much better hours, much better commute(less than half the distance of my current one) and the mode of practice seems to align much better with how I would run my own practice.  I am very excited about my new job, but I will miss many of the people in my current one.

The stresses of my job and the commute have left me so drained I have had little time or energy for working out or running and this is not how I want my life to be.  With the new year and new job I plan to jump right back into fitness with a vigor!

My interests are varied: I love art, photography, fitness, running, yoga and cooking.  I hope to incorporate all these into my blog, along with lots of pictures(I got a new camera for Christmas)…of course all with a touch of humor.

My readers from MFhers will recognize the name of my new blog as I have already used it as the name of my journal, but it describes my running so well, “Flight of the Penguin”.  Being a back of the pack slow runner I find myself relating to being called a penguin runner, so there you have that.  I also think that it is catchy and easy to remember and I can have a cute header with a running penguin(lol).  I want to concentrate a lot more on my running and training and share funny running stories, training tips and race recaps with you as well as recipes, photos and arty things I have done(even though I am by no means a great artist, I still love it!!)

My goal is to have the new blog up and running on January 1, 2011. Stay tuned for the address and please add my new blog to your blog reader….I will add your’s too!

 

-Tamara

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Weird

So yesterday I had to drive with my air conditioning running

And today I needed my heater.  Oh and it might freeze tonight.

That is weird.

-Tamara

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Dream Baby

My life’s aspiration once was to become a mother.  I was “that kid”-you know the one that carted my baby-doll around everywhere I went.  I even put real baby clothes and diapers on my doll

Ps-those glasses are actual size..not an exaggeration…I liked to roll with Sally Jesse Rapheal.

Anywooo….Baby-dolls were an okay substitute but I dreamed of the day when I’d have a little bundle of love muffini-ness all to myself…oh and my husband….but I didn’t ever dream that far.  It was all baby for me; husband wasn’t even a fleeting thought in my little 11 year old mind.

I had everything planned out:  name(Alexandria…because you could shorten it to Alex or Alexis which I thought was **so** cool), gender(duh…female).  I also wanted my baby to be small, because I’ve always liked small things.

I figured the best way to meet this objective was to have a premie.  Of course I didn’t consider all the repercussions that would have and how that was the last thing you wanted for your child….this was a selfish 11 year old’s fantasy!

Also, I wanted my baby to be black.

Black babies are cuter than white babies.  Them there are just the facts.

It didn’t matter to me that I was whiter than Casper after he’s been scared.  I wanted to have a little black baby to call my very own.

 

I sort of forgot about this dream after I grew up and gained a little sense….Also my hubby is almost as white as me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See…I drew a picture of us but you can’t see it because we’re so white we blend it with the background!

Anyhoo…Yesterday my dream walked into my life.  My last patient of the day was a lovely young family who had in their position a very small, very beautiful black baby!!  He had one mark against him…being male and all….but 2/3 ain’t bad!

I really didn’t know that is was possible for such a dream to come true…..I  began making a plan for how I would come to acquire this little bundle of dream joy!

I thought about pulling a “I didn’t know I was pregnant…I went to the bathroom and this came out!”  But I quickly realized that wasn’t very realistic.  People might start to question how two of the whitest people on the planet could have a black baby.

“look what I found…can I keep it?”  didn’t seem feasible either.  Who would leave a baby that cute lying around?

Maybe I could smuggle it into my house and keep it secret from everyone?  Nope, stupid idea.

In the end I decided that the parents of my dream baby were probably pretty happy being parents of said baby and might take it a little rough if their new baby suddenly disappeared.

And that is the story of how I saw and lost my dream baby all in one very short time period.

 

-Tamara

ps-how did you like this new style of blog post?  I’m trying to broaden my wings and have more fun with my blog.  I’ve been inspired by some comedy drawing blogs I’ve been reading lately.

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Savannah in Pictures

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My First Raw Dessert!!

So awhile ago(at least 3 months…ahem….) when I first got my dehydrator I made some raw-nola(raw granola) and part of the recipe involved soaking dates and processing them into a gooey sweet coating….well I tasted that coating and thought it tasted remarkably like the inside of a pecan pie

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Immediately my mind started thinking…hey maybe I can make a raw pecan pie tart with this as the filling!!  Of course, months went by and I never go around to it, but then finally this past week I forged ahead and made my first from scratch, from my own brain raw dessert recipe!!

It’s a very simple recipe with only a few ingredients: dates, almonds, pecans, agave, lemon, vanilla…that’s it.  And your food processor.  SCORE!  No dehydrator needed.

Get together your ingredients for the crust:

I used a total of 15 dates.  Take 12 dates and put them in a bowl with enough water to cover them and set aside.  They’ll soak for about an hour.

Add 1 cup of raw almonds(you can use roasted but obviously then the dessert won’t be completely raw) to your food processor and process till fine.  Also, don’t put the lid on quiiiiite right so you spray nut pieces all over the kitchen and give your dogs a nice snack!!*

*this part is completely optional

Once you have a nice consistency add in your three dates and spin till it forms into a kind of sticky ball:

Now you’re going to want to press your crust into your desired shape.  In an ideal world I would have had little tartlet pans to make perfectly beautiful little tarts….but here in the real world we work with what we have….so I put foil cupcake liners into little glass bowls and used that to press my crust into.  It takes about 1.5 heaping tbs per crust in a cupcake liner sized tart.

*This part is sticky and you may want to dampen your fingers or coat them in a little coconut oil*   Put your crusts in the freezer while you make the filling.  I made seven crusts out of this, but then forgot one in the freezer so ended up with only 6 actual  tarts.

Once you’re dates have been soaking for an hour or so, drain off the water, but reserve some of it…you may need it!!

Add your dates to your processor(I used the same one I did the crust in and didn’t even wash it…I’m classy like that) with about 1-2 t of agave, the juice from half a lemon and about 1/2 t of vanilla extract.  Whirl away adding the date water as needed to make it the consistency of pie filling.  Once you get to where you like the taste and the consistency, get your crusts out of the freezer divide your filling equally among the tarts(I used about 1-2T per tart).  Next arrange your pecans on top in whatever design you want.

Freeze for about an hour and remove from your shaping container of choice or eat immediately. These will store in the fridge for at least a week if not longer considering there’s no dairy or animal products to go bad.

Ta-Da:

Here’s me holding one so you get an idea of the size(ps I have super-small hands…I wear a size 4.5 ring)

My folks and the hubby were the guinea pigs on this one and they all loved them!  Said they tasted JUST like pecan pie.

And they’re super-healthy, no corn syrup(sorry Monsanto….NOT), no butter, just all natural plant foods and in their raw state which retains all the enzymes that are so good for our bodies!

Here is is in recipe form:

Raw Pecan Pie Tarts

Makes 6-7 cupcake tin sized tarts

12 merjool dates

1 c. almonds

1/2 lemon

1-3 t agave

1/2 t. vanilla

1/4 c or so pecans

Take 12 dates and cover with water to soak for 1 hour.

Add almonds to food processor and grind to a small powder.  Add 3 dates and grind until incorporated.  Wet hands and press into desired container.  Put in freezer.

Drain remaining 12 dates, reserving some water.  Add to food processor with the juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/2 t vanilla and 1-3 t agave(based on your taste).  Process to combine adding date water as necessary.

Scoop 1-2 T of filling into each tart then decorate with pecans. Freeze for 1 hour then remove from container.  Store in fridge for 1-2 weeks.

ENJOY!!

-Tamara

“Why walk when you can fly?”….Mary Chapin Carpenter

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2010 Trick or Trot

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“You’ve go two empty halves of  coconuts and you’re banging them together!”

Yup, Dad and I ran the Trick or Trot fully decked out as King Arthur and Patsy.

Before I asked Dad if he would be willing to do a costumed run, I knew I had to come up with something he’d love to do.  I knew it had to be funny…and what’s funnier than Monty Python?

The costumes were rather easy to pull together.  Our tunics were made out of an old sheet…I just quickly cut them out and used some acrylic paint to create the suns on our tunics and dad’s flag. My crown I cut out of cardboard and dad spray painted it with silver pain.  Dad cut the coconut in half and hollowed it out.  We wrapped extra sheet pieces around his backpack and attached the flag to a long stake which Dad taped to his pack.

For my chain mail I purchased 3/4 of a yard of this sparkly silver material on clearance and cut out enough to put on my head and sleeves which I pinned to the shirt I had on underneath my tunic.

Sword/shield were purchased for $5 from Wal-Mart and I drew the beard on with waterproof eyeliner.

Luckily for us, the morning of the race dawned cool; otherwise we would’ve died of heat stroke in with all those layers(this pic was after we got home…Dad actually had a long-sleeved shirt on during the race).

After some last minute adjustments to our costumes we headed off.  I was disappointed to see lots of racers NOT in costume. I kind of had the idea that costumes were more or less mandatory.

Of the other runners in costume, there were a few stand-outs: a group of 5 were dressed as the four ninja turtles and a piece of pizza!

Also, the prize for the cutest costume goes to the family who did a Batman theme.  Dad was Robin; mom was cat-woman; baby in the stroller was batman.  Dad had created cardboard cut-outs on the side of the stroller to make it look like the Bat-Mobile…score!

People were laughing when they realized who we were and some would come up to quote lines from the movie.

The race was rather uneventful…It wasn’t chip-timed and since we were rather laden with costume accouterments, we weren’t exactly racing!  At some point in the race, my sword worked it’s way out of my belt and I had to pick it up, losing a few seconds.  Dad kept up the coconut banging for at least half the race and we had the theme music playing on my nano.  I was expecting a finish around 31-33 minutes given that we felt as if we were going at a fairly easy pace….

Imagine my surprise when we crossed before 30 minutes; somewhere in the realm of 29:30 or so…not much off from our race the month before when I thought I was gonna die!

We were not lapped by any of the 10k-ers(they just did the 5k course twice) so at least we weren’t so slow that the elite 10k’ers finished before our 5k!

We stuck around for the awards and ta-da…we won first place!  We got some really random prizes…halloween themed headbands and a child’s wizzard cape….oooookaaaaay……But we did get a lot of free stuff that was being handed out…candy….bread…good food…ect….

Given that we finished 50 and 51 I thought *maybe* one of us might have placed in our age…but no such luck….however, they only went up to 2nd place…so maybe we got third??

Either way, we had a fab time, lots of laughs and memories for years!  Dad later told me I’m the only person in the world he would’ve done a costumed race with!

-Tamara

“You know much that is hidden oh Tim”…Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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