Saturday, February 27, 2010

We did it!!

Today, I ran the Rodeo Run 5K. In my previous post, I was saying how I was really hoping to run it all. 1.5 miles was my longest run EVER before today, so it was going to be a stretch. But my sweet Ben gave me many motivational speeches and was there to support me. Every time I wanted to quit, I thought about how great it would be at the end when I could say "I ran it all!". And so I did it! Farthest run ever for me. And Ben was waiting at the finish line right when I crossed.
Famous words after the race: "I think I'm going to throw up." I wish it had been a little more glamorous. Also, Liz ran with me and that helped greatly. We ran together until the last mile and she was also so encouraging. She did so great also and finished a little before me. All in all a great day. Next: Aid Sudan 5K in April.
Both the pics above are from before the race - So many people.
Above - before the race, so excited! Below, afterwards reenactment of the race. My face was not so happy the whole race.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Weird night

Yep, its snowing again. Where do we live again? I thought it was Houston, but I think I must be mistaken. Ben is gone for the night to Plaquemine, Louisiana (for work). He will be missed. On the bright side, I'm making myself veggies for dinner (my new favorite foods!) and tonight is the first night for the women's figure skating which is my favorite event. So excited!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Today I ran 1.5 miles straight!! My goal was 3 miles by a week from next Saturday, but I'm not sure its going to happen unless I run like everyday from now until then. We'll see. I'm running (probably walking a little too) in the Rodeo Run on February 27th. Hopefully at least I can get to 2 miles....

Monday, February 15, 2010

It has finally come to Katy!

So, I don't know about you, but I love frozen yogurt. In the past, TCBY has been my go-to for frozen yogurt - white chocolate moose shiver with reeses or peanut butter chips. But, in the last year, these amazing new shops have been popping up that have tons of fun flavors, self-serve toppings, and then you pay by the ounce. I LOVE THESE PLACES! I first went to one in Austin with some school friends. Then, I found one in College Station. And then there's even one in Sugarland. But I live in Katy. Far away from all those places and definitely not on the way home from anywhere.

But TODAY, I stumbled upon Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt....IN KATY! It is right near my house, on the way home from my favorite store, the Loft. Wow, couldn't be better. Ben and I stopped there today after going to the (very windy and cold) driving range. I'm in heaven!

Staying on the food subject, the cooking revamp has been going well. Grocery shopping was so easy this week - just got lots of veggies and some meats and then a few other basics like cereal and milk. Thanks all for the great comments, recipes, and ideas! Tonight, I am actually trying Laura's tilapia marinated in lemon juice and garlic salt with some sides of sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. YUM!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cooking Revamp

Ok ya'll...Ben and I are revamping our cooking during dinner. Partly to be healthy, partly to have fresher, better meals. So, the last 2 1/2 years, I've gone the casserole, canned stuff, tacos, etc route. It's pretty simple and there are some good recipes in there (I love myself a good casserole!) but we want more veggies and lean meats. I've never cooked like this and I need your help! I just want to find veggies to cook - just fresh veggies not with tons of sauce or salt but just good how they are with some seasoning veggies. Also, I need meats and yummy but healthy ways to cook them. So here's what I've got...

Veggies I know how to cook:
Potatoes - sweet and red, but the new potatoes I made were not very flavorful
Steamed broccoli
Green beans (I loved these and I never knew they could be so good!)

Meats -
Grilled chicken with grub rub
Grilled burgers
Salmon - honey and soy sause on top

That's all I've got so far. If you have any yummy veggies, veggie combos, or meats you have enjoyed, I'd love the ideas! Thanks!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gofer it!

Sometimes I think about what I hear daily and I wish so much that someone else could be in the same room as me.

"Mrs. Cooper, you look funny." "Ummm ok, why?" "Your lips are blue." (Overhead marker incident!)

"I'm rooting for the Saints now!" "Really?! Because they've never won before?" "No, because if they win, the Texans go to the Superbowl!" ???? Who knows where that came from!

"8 multiplicated by 7 is 56."

My poor bilingual students. I am notorious for mumbling and as all of us do, I slur my words together. Sitting on the bus for a field trip, I said to the girl next to me, "Gottanuf room?" "What??" "Gottanuf room?" I repeated. "What??" "Do you have enough space?" "Oh yes."

Also, my kids have picked up that I say "Go for it" a lot. But it comes out "Gofer it" and now they are repeating it having no idea what they are really saying. I love my job.