Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let's go, feet.

It's time to start running again! I've taken a way-too-long break which has put me back at square one, but I figure it's okay as long as I start again.

For motivation, Justin and I have signed up for the Albuquerque Zoo Run, which we have done for the past couple years, in addition to a few other local 5K runs. I'm back to my 5K running program, which worked well the first time around.

Intervals are key. If I try to run the whole thing without building up over time, I will finish, BUT I will burn out and decide that running sucks (again) and I'll be back to square one (again). This is not the goal here.

I am also reading The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It. While I know all-to-well that I will never be a 4-minute-miler.... or a 6-minute-miler.... or anything that might be considered fast, I love the story. The determination and the motivation fascinates me. Even if you loathe running, you might like this book. Really. While I hope it motivates me to hit the trails and the road, perhaps it will motivate you to do something else you've been hoping to begin.

Go forth, and do that thing (whatever 'that thing' may be)!

Monday, March 21, 2011

carrot cake sans guilt

Mmmm, carrot cake. You know you want some. Especially one that is healthy, and awesomely tasty.
Voila! That cake is here, courtesy of Tiffany at the NatureMoms blog. I just made it today, and I LOVE it.

2 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 c grated carrots
1 c 1% milk
1 1/2 c applesauce
1 c maple syrup
1/2 c crushed walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350 (or 325 if you bake at altitude like me).
Mix your dry ingredients.
Add the rest of the ingredients, saving the walnuts until the end.
Pour into a greased 13x9x2 pan, and bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool.

Do you want frosting? Try this:
1 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend these ingredients together, and chill for 30 minutes before smothering on that awesome cake.

Beware: Your dogs will want some, too.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

8mm madness

It all started when I bought Justin a Quarz 8mm camera for Christmas.

It's awesome. No battery required.

I realized when I purchased this gift that I would have to figure out a way to watch the movies once the film is developed. Projectors on eBay are not cheap, nor is film-to-digital conversion (which would spoil some of the fun, anyway).

Off to the thrift stores! It didn't take long before Justin and I found a lovely old Revere 8mm projector. I was able to plug it in and make sure that it at least gave the appearance of being fully-functional.

My mom then mailed some old family reels to me, and one Saturday night turned into old-family-movie-night.

So cool.

I can't wait to watch more old films, and see Justin's new films! YIPPEEE!