Things I choose to do when it's in the 80s and I'm sick:
- wear black and denim
- fast for many hours and then eat tuna fish in a hot kitchen
- take out some blood
- walk lots of places.
Don't ask me why I make these decisions. I'm a noob in more ways than running!
I am determined to crush this sickness into a tiny pulp so I got a last minute appointment with the doctor today! I took a cab there but thought I'd walk home since taking a cab for a short distance feels bad for the Earth to me. In retrospect, it was not a brilliant move. BUT I did get to catch a little glimpse of autumn in the city.
I call it: Urban Fall :)
And I have no idea what half of the street art or flyers mean in San Francisco but they do entertain during the walks...
This apartment complex puts up these sheet ghosts every year but I'm pretty sure this is the first year they've added a missing eyeball and blood. Just enough gruesome to make it perfect ;)
Mark this day: October 24th. The first day I've seen a Christmas advertisement of any kind. That's actually pretty late in my book!
The doctor confirmed I have a respiratory infection and gave me some kind of pills that make me sleepy but numb my throat enough so that I'm not coughing 24/7. I thought it would be a noob-tastic idea to get my annual bloodwork done while I was there and I just happened to have forgotten to eat breakfast so I had already "fasted." Well it took longer than I thought to do all the errands of getting pills and trash bags and whatnot that I ended up walking home in hot clothes for an hour wearing sweaty jeans and a sour look and taking the word "hangry" to a whole new level.
So I immediately made what I was craving: a tuna fish sandwich. But I had a little pepper situation where I opened and shook the "Tablespoon" side instead of the "Sprinkle" side. I blame lack of blood.
There's not much that's going to make tuna salad pretty in a photo but I will say that I have the secret to what makes a tuna sandwich just okay or just AWESOME! Are you ready for the secret ingredient?
Sliced apples!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are the perfect thing to add crunch and a little sweet. I used to dice them and put them in the tuna salad but then they get brown if you don't eat it all right away, so now I just slice them. So good - you must try it!! Then I stood there in my cool summer nightgown and ate an entire sandwich in my boiling hot kitchen in less then 3 minutes. Then I dive bombed into my bed and slept for two hours.
I also thought it would be a really awesome idea to buy steaks for dinner and carry them home in the 80 degree heat but they were still cool when I got home. I threw some frozen roll dough in some muffin tins covered by wax paper with binder clips since I didn't have cling wrap. You gotta make do sometimes...
My non-sexy witch costume came yesterday and Croc insisted I try on the hat. I happened to be eating a popsicle and wearing purple trusty (my robe) so Jon thought it would make a really sweet photo. Thanks for capturing these moments, Jon.
Throwback to Halloween four years ago when Croc was in my belly and The Dude was so little himself. We've come a long way since then!
I also grabbed decorations for a sleepover The Dude is having on Friday. I told him they could decorate Halloween cupcakes and watch a scary (PG-7) movie!
We JUST carved these on Saturday and already we're about to throw them away because of mold. We cleaned them so well too! Anyone have tricks or tips on how to keep them lasting longer?
I ran across this ticket in some books I was shelving. It's the ticket stub we think of as our first date! Only $39 for an NFL ticket so that tells you how long we've been together! :)
A young J+C in Oregon visiting our friend Jim who would convince us to move and try out a new state as our home. It was the best decision we ever made.
And now it's Tuesday so let me offload some smatterings in my head...
🎂 Happy Nine Months, Fiona 🎂
The Cincinnati Zoo holds a special place in my heart because it resides in my home state, it successfully leads all kinds of wildlife breeding programs including one that helped bring California sea lions to a healthier population, AND it's the 2nd oldest zoo in the country! It's also home to a baby hippopotamus named Fiona who was born six weeks premature—the smallest hippo ever to survive. Look at this cutie.
Today she turns nine months old! And apparently she's quite the ham, even stealing the thunder of this guy proposing to his girlfriend.
You can check out The Fiona Show, a series of videos about her amazing life and reunion with her family, on the Zoo's website.
Mac N Cheese Lovers Unite!
Leave it up to Whole Foods to find another way to toy with my carb cravings!! They're trying out a new Mac N Cheese bar that's SIX FEET long by FOUR FEET wide full of ways to intensify your carb loading experience! What I'm most curious about is why they are testing it in Denver and not San Francisco?! Probably because SF can be a liiiiitle snobby with our food (not me, I have pretty low standards so it's easy to please me).
Here's what Refinery29 says they'll have:
In addition to the classic option, the bar will serve up "pulled pork BBQ mac and cheese, roasted tomato mac and cheese, and vegan mac and cheese." Add to that all of the different things already on Whole Foods' salad and hot bar and the possibilities really are endless. Creative foodies can add additional types of cheese, different kinds of meat, and even veggies for anyone who wants to ruin the perfection that is mac 'n' cheese.
Taking the Game of Tag (and friendship) to a New Level
Many years ago I saw a story on CBS News called an Epic Game of Tag about 10 friends who have been playing an intense game of tag since the 1980s. They call themselves The Tag Brothers. In school, when they were told to either go to mass or to hit the books between periods, they decided to start playing tag instead. Since then it's evolved into a fierce competition out of pure good nature. I absolutely love this story...everything about it. The lifelong friends. The good willed competition. The names of some of the participants: Beef, The Bruiser, Rafty. They go to crazy extremes to catch each other off guard in February (the only month of the year when they play). They've used fake mustaches, dressed up like grandmas, and even tagged once in a funeral (all in good fun)!
It may be tempting to pass the Tag Brothers off as childish, even crazy. But, Cowan says he's never met a funnier, friendlier group of guys. Their camaraderie is infectious -- and, frankly, enviable.
A Dash of Algorithms, A Pinch of Design Principles
I love STEM and I love baking so there is nothing I DON'T love about this pastry chef who uses her education in architecture and design, then combines them with modern software to design cakes that have beautiful patterns and shape. Dinara Kasko uses new technology like 3D printing to make cakes that are truly almost too pretty to eat. I got these from her Facebook:
I'd love to hear from you in the comments with your smatterings! Or email them to me (christina [at] therunningnoob [dot] com) and I'll post!
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.