Cooking with the Daisies

Wow, it has been a long time!

This time of year in Germany is wonderful.  Temps are headed upward.  The days are longer.  Most importantly, it is spargel season!  I just love this stuff.  So every year for about 5 to 6 weeks we feast.  It is a very short season.  But oh, so good!

Hubby dusted off his grill this past weekend and put it to go use!  We ( ok, he….) grilled salmon and spargel.  Fine dining,

 

Spargel

Hubby cut some lemons and squeezed over the stalks.

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Basking in lemon juice.

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Nice,  right?

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All done.

One cannot live on spargel alone!  Hubby grilled salmon also.

Salmon

He patted the filet done with olive oil and minced garlic.

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A thing of beauty!

Next,  we sliced the rest of the lemons.

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Why you ask?

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He cooked the filet on the bed of lemon slices.  The result was heavenly!

My contribution was just a simple side salad of spinach, tomatoes, feta, and croutons.

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We had a great meal.  Pretty healthy too!  Ok, maybe not the croutons!

Happy Wednesday!

What is in my ruck?

We are two weeks away from the Go Ruck Light Challenge.  This weekend Hubby and I ran 5 miles and then rucked for 2 hours.  The best part is no soreness.  Tired, yes but sore, no!  Next weekend is our last major training session before the big day.

This was the first weekend I felt pretty good about carrying 35 lbs on my back.  So my confidence is growing.  That is a very good thing!

So what is in my ruck?  Bricks.  Six of them.

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See they are not even pretty!

We are to tape them up.  Hubby did this part.  He likes tape.  The mat at the bottom is helping my lower back not get blisters.

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Still not pretty!  We are to personalize them.

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Hot pink and navy blue.  Why?  I wanted a contrast.  I figure that at some point during the challenge I will be hating life (pink).  Then there will be times that I will be having a great time ( navy).  Pink and navy are my contrast.  Pink is not one of my favorite colors and navy is.

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Finally, in order for the load not to just settle at the bottom we added an old yoga mat .

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Now I am set.  Ready to do this.  By the 26th I will be mentally ready and my body should be also.

Ah, the things we do for love.

Where will it all go?

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As we have pretty much unpacked every single box, we now have the challenge of disposing of the trash.  Boxes anyone?

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Or maybe you need some packing supplies?

One of the items on our to do list this weekend is hitting the recycling center in town.  It is only opened for two hours on Saturday.  If we are good, we will be able to make several trips.  It would be nice to have our garage.

Otherwise our weekend will be rucking, running, and relaxing.  Sounds really good doesn’t it?

Enjoy yours!

 

 

Fitness Thursday

Call me crazy.  I will try most things once.  I think that is how I got roped into doing a Go Ruck Light.

I have one AMAZING Hubby.  We love spending time together.  About 18 months ago in order to just that, he picked up running.  He has completed two half marathons.  Well over the Christmas holidays he was telling me about something he wanted to do- Go Ruck.  Me, being the supportive person I am, told him to go for it!  He then said I missed the point.  He wanted us to do this together.  Oh boy.

I started to investigate.  I watched the videos.  I laughed.  I cried.  I thought he was nuts.  I was scared.  I told him all of that.  I am not one that ‘enjoys’  demonstrating weakness.  Trust me, I have plenty.  I just deal with it my way.  Hubby said challenge yourself.  Well, that is what I have choose to do on the 26th of April.  Hubby and I will be participate in the Go Ruck Light in the lovely city of Stuttgart, Germany.

What is a Go Ruck Light?  It is more that carrying a 35 lbs ruck sack on your back for 4 hours.  We will be doing bear crawls, passing the ruck, and a bunch of other ‘fun’ things.  I am beginning to feel the walking around with 35 lbs on your back is the easy part.

To me, this is my marathon.  How will I do?  I can honestly say I do not know.  I have  been training for this over the last month.  I have lifted more weights and hiked more miles (with the 35 lbs ruck) than I have ever thought I would.  The great thing is I have been doing it with Hubby.  This is our weekends right now.  It is our quality time.  I am thinking after this, we should find another way to spend quality time together!

When I say I am going to do something, I put everything I am into it.  Hubby knows that.  I will complete this.  I might be the worst of the lot (it is a team activity) and I am truly okay with that!

Have I said lately I really love my Hubby?

Marco…. Polo

Last week I felt like I was playing a game.

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Oh, where is the living room….

Our movers that were very timely as they packed us out in February were the same this time.  I (Hubby was out of town…. doesn’t that figure!) was at our new home bright and early at 630 last Monday morning.  They rolled in at 700 on the dot.  I quickly explained that it was just me.  The night before I had come over and labeled every single room and where I wanted all the heavy pieces of furniture.  Who says I’m type A….  They actually laughed at me.

The move in was quite lovely!

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We did have one little issue.  Our sofa that we have for the TV room did not fit down the stairs.  When Hubby called to see how things were going, I told him.  Since I am a solution oriented gal, I told him that I knew just what we could do.  He said buying another was not an option at this time.  I  am okay with that.  We do not watch a lot of TV anyways.

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I do have to admit that by Wednesday, I was tired of boxes.  I cannot stand clutter.  It drives me batty.

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I took two days off and worked until well after midnight.  It was worth it.  For the most part, the house is unpacked.  We will work weekends to finish it up.

There was one item that I was very excited to see Monday.

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It has been so wonderful to sleep on my bed!

 

Being without the internet has not been that bad.  However, I am glad to be back!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’m all in…

This past weekend, Hubby and I took a stroll in our new town.  It was the perfect Spring day.  I was just telling Hubby that I could not wait to fill our home with flowers.

During our stroll, we saw some wonders of nature.  Nature’s eye candy if you will.

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The colors were subtle.

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The aromas were sweet.

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What better way to spend a couple of hours?

I am ready for Spring!

 

 

New Digs

Man, I am tired!

Yesterday was move in day.  Okay, let’s be honest.  Yesterday was the day that our movers returned and delivered our stuff.  Now the fun begins.

I know that it will take awhile before it is ‘home’.  However, when the bed was put together, I was one happy camper.

Good thing, new home.  Bad thing, no internet.  Our internet will not be hooked up until next Monday.  My posts will be sporadic.  Next week I will make up for it!

Well….. There are more boxes to check out.

Race results

Good morning.  Happy Monday!

The story begins on Friday afternoon. That is when I started felling ‘uncomfortable’.  I remember hearing someone say there was a stomach virus going around.  How I got from work….   By the evening, I was very familiar with the bathroom of Hubby’s apartment.  However, I really thought I would be good by race time.  Except I was not.

Hubby, who was running the race with me, turned off the alarm.  We woke up and took it easy the rest of the morning.

I was bummed.  Last week I was running my 5k consistently around 28. In fact, Thursday I ran it in 27.43.  I was jazzed. I was ready for this race.

Around 2 o’clock, I asked Hubby if we could just go try and run.  It would be our 5k.  The weather was amazing.  I was shaky.  I started slow. In fact I was questioning my intelligence.  However, I just had to do this.

I did finish.  It was not not the time I wanted.  I finished just under 34 minutes.  Not my best time but there it is.  I felt wore out but I felt I did something for me.

We went back to the apartment and relaxed.  Lots of water.

Next up, at the end of the month, will be the Go Ruck Light Challenge.  More on that on Friday!

Enjoy your Monday!

Weekend Challenge!

Tommorrow is my first race of the year.  It is only a 5k, but I am still excited.   I have my two goals in mind- time and the fun factor.  Hubby told me the fun factor is the most important one.  I will try and remember that!

The weather this weekend is going to be wonderful.  Sun and the high 60s.  If that does not make you want to run, I do not know what will.

Enjoy your weekend!  I will let you know how it went on Monday.

I Can Hear You….

After work, I change and hit a trail close to the office.  Lately I have been running a little longer, meaning I am running farther down the trail.  The farther I go, the better it gets!

Yesterday, on my way back I saw something that made me scratch my head.  It actually scared me.

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It starts off going downhill.  Then it goes up, up, and up.  It will be a challenge.  I am looking forward to it.  Hill work is good stuff.  I have set a goal that next week, I will turn onto this trail twice.  I know the first time will not be pretty.  The second time will probably stink also, but that will be okay.  I will just keep my feet moving and my head down (That way I will not be able to see how much longer I have to go!).

I do love a challenge!