2012-06-08

Surfing and other stuff

Today Senior Crab and I are going to try to go surfing.  Yeah...try.  See the thing about me and surfing is we've always had this tenuous relationship.  I really want to love surfing, I really really do.  I remember when my friend moved to Hawaii when we were like 8 or 9 (we'll assume that we were 9 for the sake of argument, though I'm sure she'll send me a message later correcting me LOL!).  In my 9 year old brain she was going to go there and learn to surf.  Obviously if you live near the beach, you surf, why wouldn't you?!?!  I was surprised when we went there and she didn't know how to (yet).  She eventually did learn, and now has developed that love of the sport that so many have...that I keep trying to make myself have.

Every time I hear that a friend of mine surfs I try to strike up a conversation with them so we can go together, and I've been with a few of my friends....well I've been "surfing".  Back in high school...maybe college, I kept trying to get my boyfriend at the time's friend Mike to take me...I think we even went one time, I caught a wave and it was so much fun!  Never stood up though.  Later went with my college buddy Chris...again caught waves, never stood up...not for lack of trying though! Chris (D) just got back from a sweet trip in Nicaragua where he stayed in a house on the beach for a week and surfed.  I've also gone with my other lab partner from college, Krista.

Surfing with Krista was a really funny story.  My coworkers and I had gone to a club the night before, and while waiting for our food to settle had dozed off on the sofa of one of their apartments just sitting there (it was late, I think we stayed until closing).  Krista said be at her place at 7 or 8 or something, and I was so determined to be on time, that I had packed my beach stuff. I showed up on time to a barely awake Krista, but that was OK with me!  We headed out for a lovely day of surfing (and belly surfing for me LOL).  Good times!

I've also been surfing with my coworker Todd down in San Diego.  Todd is a really fun guy actually.  As soon as I found out he rode motorcycles I knew that we would HAVE to be friends!  This guy is the epitome of determination.  He learned to surf being dragged behind a boat down a river in North Carolina (hey, they didn't have a beach close enough, and there was no wake boarding yet). He also takes us dirt biking, but that's a story for a different time (of another sport I'm determined to love, along with Rock climbing...it's like I refuse to be boring, I must do exciting things even if it's kinda scary!).  Todd is a CRAZY guy too.  He goes surfing down in SD all the time, and has been known to go at night when there is a full moon.  Once a month over the summer there is a group that gets together to surf and make breakfast in a parking lot down in the SD area, and they are so much fun!  Todd is a great instructor, and it's there that we learned to true value of a good wetsuit (especially for my husband!).

So a couple years back my mother's long time (like since my MOM was 11 years old) pen pal's daughter, Laura, came to visit us from England, and I decided it was the perfect time to have a surfing lesson!  So a bunch of us got together and took a surfing lesson with her, including Senior Crab.  We had so much fun that we bought some boards at Costco and made an appointment to go again....which turned into finding a wet suit to rent, which none of them fit me or Kiefer, or Crab.  UGH!!  We ended up spending the day searching for wetsuits, which ended successfully with some sale suits from Spyder boards...which have sat in our closets for the last 2 summers.  Yup, tags on and everything.

But today is the day!  I'm going to cut the tags off of my wet suit (and brush the cat fur off....)throw on my bikini, and we are going to go catch some waves...maybe.  It's definitely a sport that I can do with my friends...BUT I NEED TO GO DO IT!

2012-04-06

Absentee Ryzzie?? Nah just busy Ryzzie....

Yah sorry about that...no I haven't been on any epic adventures.  Sometimes life gets in the way!  I've been extra dilligent about riding to work lately, which was totally ruined this week because I've had a stomach ache all week!  Chris and I watched a couple documentaries last night Forks Over Knives (2011) and Killer at Large (2008).

Riding my bike more has been great.  I needed to do some maintenance the other day because it started making a funny noise...this turned into a massive If You Give a Mouse a Cookie situation (one of my favorite books from childhood because it is a cute example of a real life problem of getting distracted while trying to complete a task that I am constantly falling prey to).  I ended up re-truing the wheel because it was wobbly.  Then it was still making the noise so Chris replaced the axel, cones and bearings.  Yet the noise persisted.  Turned out one of the spokes (this one has gone loose before) had gotten loose...even though I just tightened them up.

Meanwhile I was riding Chris's bike to work, which is slightly too big for me.  Boy did that little bit of size make the world of difference, that was a tough ride!  Well after I fixed the noise the wheel got out of true again...so I get to go back to that (plus it's not round anymore either) so I'll make it work!  It's like a giant tangle of yarn, and I can sit for hours and untangle that mess.  Tonight will be a good night, maybe Chris will BBQ for us.

Unfortunately, even though the weather has been absolutely ideal for a good ride, I have been having a tummy ache for the last few days.  I feel a lot better today, must have gotten whatever was bothering me out of my system...so to speak ha ha ha!  Originally I was hoping that Chad would be able to join us for a ride with a bike club in his area (I think he'd enjoy having fellow cyclists to enthuse with and learn from), but I think he's going to be studying this weekend (per his FB post).  We'll ask anyway...it's just the morning right (and Scouting is just one night a week....right?)?

Ultimately I'm hoping to meet up with a cycling group in my area that I can ride with regularly on something a little more trying than my 10 mile round trip commute.  I need a challenge.  I love doing triathlons, I really do, but I think my tendonitis is really going to hold me back from progressing at any reasonable pace towards doing anything other than sprint triathlons with a 5k run portion.  After 5k it starts to act up big time, and that's with Vibrams as my shoes.  If I try regular running shoes I give it a quarter of a mile before I'm in tears with pain.

I'm looking forward to a post from my favorite Yogi in training, Wednesday, and I've also passed out an invite to my former program leader (she's just graduated from work!) who is a Marathoness (Marathoner seems too masculine!) with a passion for getting her feet on the pavement.  Hopefully she'll accept the invite.  She gave me my copy of Born to Run, which I absolutely loved reading, it was completely inspiring, and the reason I'm still running!

2012-03-22

Exciting news - Guest writer announcement!

I just wanted to announce that my beloved friend and littlest sister (ok, she's not so little anymore!) is going to be coming on as a guest blogger here on Get Out!  We will have our own Yogi to add her insight, advetures, recipes, tips, tricks, and toils to the mix.  Please give a warm welcome to Wednesday when you see her first post (soon?).

2011-12-19

Sunday Dinner: Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna

Yes, I am aware that it is Monday, and not Sunday...Sorry it's late folks!



Tools
Frying Pan
Sharp Knife*
Spatula
Tongs


Ingredients
1 small ahi tuna steak (roughly the size of...a can of tuna!)
1 head red leaf lettuce
5 or 6 grape or cherry tomatoes (or more)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 serving miso or sesame or ginger (to taste!) dressing

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time:  5 min

Recipe
  1. Rinse and chop your lettuce into nice bite sized pieces (I like 2" squares)
  2. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a salad bowl and set aside
  3. Heat olive oil on medium heat until water will sizzle, but not spatter.  Coat the pan thoroughly.
  4. Place the tuna in the pan.  Let sear until a golden brown color is achieved (about 2 min).
  5. Using a spatula release the tuna from the pan.  Using tongs gently turn the tuna and brown the other side until golden brown (about 2 min).
  6. If desired sear remaining sides of tuna.  Do not overcook.
  7. Remove Tuna from heat and immediately slice into 1/4" thick medalions.
  8. Serve on salad with dressing as desired.
Note:  You can prepare this the night before for your lunch, or in the morning, as the tuna cooks very quickly.  I prefer to toss it in the pan after I'm done fixing my morning egg whites.


*Don't cheap out on me here folks.  Do yourself a favor, go to some place like Sur la Table or if you're feeling bourgeoisie  Williams-Sonoma and get yourself a nice santoku from Wustof or Henckle.  This is a great all purpose knife that will last you a long time if you take good care of it (that means washing it as soon as you are done with it and putting it RIGHT BACK....NO DISHWASHERS EITHER!)  (Thanks for the pro tips Chad!)

Why can't I take a race picture that doesn't look...well...you'll see

well I just completed day uno of P90X...again.  Loki helped me as usual, yay furry kitty man.  He meows at me and it's almost like he's cheering me on.  Or laughing at me.  Or complaining that I'm at his level, but not petting him.

So I finally looked up my race pictures (yes, whenever I'd had enough of the video, and just couldn't move anymore I filtered through the race pictures from a few weekends ago.  Man I look aweful!  Well I suppose I felt dead inside when I was done, so it probably shows, but man do I always have to make a face like that?

Check it out  oh and don't forget this lovely number getting out of the pool.  I won't make excuses for myself, that race is setting the bar, now I have to keep it up.

If I want to do well at these things, I probably should make something more substantial than popcorn and Smarties for dinner, eh?  Well I've promised my fellow Pers (hehheehehehehehehehe) that I'd post some HEALTHY recipies here to share. (see the next post!)

Back on the wagon...of P90X & Triathlons

So a friend of mine has coerced me into doing P90X again.  Actually a couple of them have.  Dane shared the secret to putting up with Tony's annoying nicknames and innane jokes.  What is this secret you say?  I shall tell you:

Memorize the workouts, then put the T.V. on mute.

Sheer simple genius....right?  Yeeeeesssss.  Kayla has asked that a few people join her in doing the exercises, like some kind of support group.  If you have never watched P90X (there are some out there who have been mere bystanders to this torture session, and know exactly what I mean by watched) then I bid you to do so, so you understand that the dedication is not to being able to do it physically, no. 

The dedication comes in when you have to willingly subject yourself to Tony's self centered innanity (is that even a word??? I guess it is now!) for an hour+ a day.  Every day.  It's harder than you might think.

So today, when I get home from work, I'm going to turn on my computer and do it.  I swear!

Speaking of work, I haven't ridden to work in like a week, and even then the week before last I drove a few days because I had to borrow things from coworkers, or it was rainy or windy.  (I know I know...I live in Los Angeles and I'm whining about the wind and rain, I just feel like a cat those days and just want to hide!)  Today has a slight chance of rain, and I'm just too freaking tired to put up with it, after my friend's wedding this weekend.  Tomorrow I shall ride, and either first thing in the AM or when I get home tomorrow I shall again subject myself to the P90Xification.

I also need to get back into my morning run.  I used to get up every day and stumble out of the house for a run in the morning.  Then I got tendonitis in my foot, and couldn't run for almost 2 years.  While that's always going to be there, the Vibrams seem to really help keep the pain at bay.  Riding the bike all over the place has really helped with my asthma too.  I noticed when I finally did the Tinsel Triathlon again this year, that my athsma was never a factor in my slow running like it always used to be, this time it was just that my legs felt like lead.

One thing at a time though.  I'll keep biking, and I'll get my overall fitness up with Tony & Kayla before I start adding the runs in more than once a week with Nick.

Lastly I've been motivated to keep up with my blog once more.  I feel like there are lots and lots of things that I wish I could do regularly, and there just simply aren't enough hours in the day.  I'd like to post a regular recipe up here once per week, and call it Sunday Dinner.  I'll have to invent some other things for me to post regularly about, like...an assignment!

Enough of that, I have a real job to keep up with.

2011-11-20

Sunday Dinner - Tacoritzolada Casserole

Is there an e in casserole?  We may never really know the answer to this question.  What you will know is how to make my delicious Taco-Enchilada-Soy Chorizo Casserole (thus the Tacoritzolada).

Tools
  • 8"x13" baking dish
Ingredients
  • 1 large can green enchilada sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cans vegan refried beans
  • 1/2 to 1 package soy chorizo
  • 2 eggs *omit for vegan
  • 1/3 c egg white *omit for vegan
  • 1 package of Veggie Shreds - Mozzarella flavor (or your favorite veg, or other "Mozzerella" cheese)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 Bell pepper, diced
  • Coconut oil
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min

Recipe
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. Pour a small amount of the sauce on the bottom of the dish.
  3. Place 6 of the tortillas on the bottom of the dish, covering the bottom of the dish as thoroughly as possible.
  4. Spread the refried beans over the tortillas, they should only be about 1/2" thick at most.
  5. Spread the soy chorizo over the beans.
  6. Beat the eggs and egg whites together.  Pour them over the casserole.
  7. (OPTIONAL) If you like your Tacos REALLY cheesy, sprinkle a layer of cheese over the egg.
  8. Sauté the onion and bell pepper in the coconut oil until the onion is transparent, and the peppers have softened a little.
  9. Layer the onions and bell pepper over the egg (and cheese if you added it here).
  10. Place the remaining tortillas over the contents of the casserole, covering as thoroughly as possible.
  11. Pour the remaining sauce over the casserole.
  12. Sprinkle cheese over the sauce, to taste (I like mine nice and cheesy!).
  13. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, or until the egg is set in the center (it should reach about 140F).
  14. Allow to sit for 15 min before serving.
This makes a great hearty meal, and makes even better leftovers!  Enjoy this with a side of brown rice cooked with veggie broth instead of water - just add 1/2 c of your favorite salsa for a great twist, and a tasty salad (yes everything should be preceded by a salad in my opinion!).

I must tell you that I'm sitting in my folks cabin and watching the snow coming down as I write this warm tasty recipe.  If you like to you can replace the soy chorizo with seasoned and browned grass fed bison or beef.  Be careful not to cook the bison to death, as bison is much leaner than beef.  Some sausage from your last hunting trip would do really nicely as well.