Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A new hobby

When I was in high school, which is usually the normal time for people to play an organized sport.....I did nothing. I was THE MOST unathletic kid on the block. I almost always was last picked on teams during gym class. No one wanted me on their team...I couldn't catch the ball, kick the ball, hit the ball

In fact, any ball I saw flying even remotely in my direction made me duck and hide for dear life.

I just don't like flying objects.

Then...I discovered running.

Running had no balls.

Just legs. Roads. Fresh air. Speed. No balls. No teammates to tell you, "You suck!"

Now my husband is a different character than myself. He loves contact sports. He was a jock. This man is very agile. Sometimes...I think he's part monkey or something.....

Our idea of a "day at the park" differs. I want to go for a run.

He wants to throw a football around.

We now compromise with a frisbee....

Last time we threw a football around?

Near-Marcia-Brady Incident.

My fear of sports has become a joke between the 2 of us.

Friday we purchased our 1st tennis rackets. I got a pink, Nike, Breast-Cancer-Awareness one. Ryan's is red. Blah. I told him to get a matching pink one, but he declined....

And we set out for the courts. (I've never played or watched this sport in my life)

When we started out...I was intimidated. For there were 30 other courts in this area at the Hilton Conquistodor Tennis complex.

(these were the courts we played on -- beautitful!!!)
Surrounding us were these crazy tennisteeers. Whacking the ball around effortlessly.

We spent more time time running around after crooked balls. Jumping the fence because we were literally holding our rackets like baseball bats....

But suddenly, something clicked.

And there I was!!:

Watch out Venus Williams!!

Okay, so I wasn't that good. In fact, I'm probably terrible to a real tennis player.

But I was backhanding, and overhanding, and loving (trying to use tennis terms, here, people)

I schoooooled my husband! At one point he said "You are running me ragged."


So now, I am obsessed with tennis. It's my new favorite pastime. I wish I could play tennis by myself when Ryan's not around. It doesn't work very well.

I tried.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

I'm on day shift!! It is like night & day of difference....ha....ha.....ha...literally ;)

But really, it's crazy! But I like it. I literally run non-stop from 7am-8pm. Shove a salad in my mouth at about 4pm while I'm charting. I'm learning....A LOT!!!

But...I'm SOOOO much happier! I love waking up in the MORNING. And going to bed at NIGHT! Ah, the simple things in life ;)

Anyways, here's the 10!

1. What is a food that you never thought you would try, but then tried and liked?

Gorgonzola cheese. The 1st time it ever came out on a salad that I ordered @ a restaurant, I about barfed right on the plate. It looked terrifying!!! But, I love it.

Also, Steak Tartar. I ordered it on our honeymoon - and yes, it's raw steak. Like...cold.

I LOVED IT. It is on my list of "favorite foods"!!

2. Do you subscribe to any foodie publications? If so, which ones?
Bon Appetit! Also, I used to get Simply Recipes -- which I miss!!

3. What ingredient do you find yourself reaching for the most when you cook?
Okay this is really funny. My sister did this post too, and had the SAME ANSWER AS ME
Cumin & Crushed Red Pepper.

I also like good ole' Lawry's
4. Are there any foods that you hated as a child, but then learned to like as an adult?
I HATED stir fry. Now, it's my favorite.
I GAGGEd at the site of milk. Now, when I'm feeling famished @ work....I got straight for the fridge and drink a mini-carton of Skim. Sooo bizarre....
5. What do you like to eat that others may consider weird?
Everything? Mustard on salad, mustard on potatoes, mustard on ummmm anything.
Ketchup on macoroni - my favorite comfort food
Also, sauerkraut. In fact, to keep my pH balance correct, I eat about 3 fork-fuls of it daily. (It was in my 4-Hr-Body book that this is tummy has been happy lately...As have my taste buds! Mm!)

6. What is the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever cooked with?
Probably just all the venison I cook! My husband hunts, so our freezer is filled with ground venison, venison steaks, venison roasts...

Sometimes I feel very primitive soaking a big ole' slab-o-meat in a bottle of red wine for dinner. (it makes the meat quite tender)
Okay, I created a weird visual. I pour the bottle into a container & soak the meat. I don't put the meat in the bottle.
7. Do you have any major food allergies?
Nope. Well, I "claim" to be allergic to eggs. Ha! But I'm not. I just think I'm going to start using that. People get snarky when you turn down the food they cook - but if you have an allergy it's okay. So I think I need to just fake an allergy so I don't have to deal with that..

Yes. I am unreasonable!
8. Is there an ingredient that you would like to cook with, but are intimidated to try?
Not really! I'm kinda fearless. I guess I get a little nervous when I cook "whole" things -- such as a whole chicken, etc....
9. Do you bake?
I used to! But I don't spend as much time in the kitchen as I used to. I love love love baking bread. And Pies.

10. If you could go on any “foodie” show to compete, which one would it be, and why?
I've never really watched any foodie show..except for Iron Chef. Which I would not do well with. I don't do so hot with time constraints in the kitchen ;)
****apology if there were many typos in this post. I'm exhausted, burnt out, and feeling too stubborn to proofread tonight. ;)