Secret Admirer?

A few minutes ago my boss and one of my co-workers asked me about my weekend plans (they are both in the 40s and married so they like to live vicariously through me). I filled them in somewhat and mentioned how Josh is pretty much leaving in a week. My boss was like “REALLY?!? I have someone waiting in the wings for you.” She said after a meeting like 2 months ago that her and I attended, SOMEONE asked her my “status.” She told him I was seeing someone, but now that, that is wrapping up she’s apparently going to let my admirer know. I didn’t ask who because I was too shocked.                                                                                                                                                  My sister’s first reaction (via gchat) was “the photographer that saw you drown i hope.” On the camping trip I went on in August for work we have a university photographer and videographer that came to chronicle portions of the trip. The guy was really cute (and tall) and during our lunch break while kayaking he started talking to me because I had a water bottle from my undergrad and he asked if I went there. His old roommate (who I knew of back then) had gone there too. Too bad soon after I WIPED out on the rapids in a VERY embarrassing manner. However he did come to my classroom last month to film me and my class as a follow up piece. And I saw him on campus a few weeks ago and we chatted briefly. Sadly I can’t find him on facebook because he has a common name much like me. SIGH                                                                                                                                                        However, based on timeline I don’t think it’s hunky camera man. I looked back on my work calendar from the past 2 months and I have some suspicions. I may casually ask my boss next week to spill the beans.  EEEEE! 

Winter Flings

Today I was listening to a radio morning show and the DJs were talking about how between mid-November and mid-December people (women especially), really carve out time to date and make an effort to be in a relationship around the holidays and for New Years. 

I can see that, but for me it’s much more fun to snuggle with someone when it’s cold out and like Buddy the Elf snuggling’s my favorite. 

I find myself in an interesting position this year:

Like I said in a previous post Josh leaves for his Foreign Services job overseas on 12/10 which I’ve know from the beginning and we kept things casual, but it doesn’t mean you don’t get comfortable. We ate in last night and caught up on 3 episodes of Homeland while camped out on his living room floor on an air mattress since he’s mostly packed up. He was in Florida for the past 2 weeks visiting family and during that time I really started to pull away and actively try to get back into the dating game (which I did this week). I’m going to enjoy this last week or so with Josh. He was being extra sweet and snuggly last night and at one point referred to at “ravishing” – I’ll take it! 

Meanwhile I had a really good first date on Tuesday. Really good conversation and this guy is a “grown up” with his shit together. I’m intrigued. We are going out again tomorrow!

I have another first date with a guy for tonight, but he hasn’t been feeling well this week, so I’m not sure if we’re going to need to reschedule. 

Oh and FYI, I failed to mention on here that the day of my wisdom teeth surgery my ENGAGED ex e-mailed me for the first time since April. General consensus from friends (both male and female) that it was an inappropriate email from an engaged guy to send his ex-girlfriend. I waited until I was off my pain-meds to write him to back in a “politely dismissive” manner. My friends think I was way too nice, but I wanted to take the high road, plus I’m sad for him. If he’s engaged and still trying to rekindle some connection with me who is across the country, it’s just sad. 

Never a dull moment. My love life waxes and wanes more than the moon and the tide!

10 Easy Recipes For 20-Somethings Who Can’t Really Cook



Prep time: 5 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.10 – $0.25

Ingredients (serves 1-4, depending on how much coffee you drink)

Coffee beans
(Some kind of) Milk (optional)

Boil water. Grind coffee beans. Put into french press. Add water to french press. Steep for five minutes. Serve hot in a mug with or without your cream of choice. Give yourself a pat on the back for being thrifty and very adult!


Prep time: 3 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.50 – $0.75

Ingredients (serves 1-2)

Orange juice
Vanilla extract (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)

Put all that stuff in a blender, obvs. Blend. Serve cold in a glass. Make sure to drink in public so people know that you’re healthy and together.


Prep time: 10 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.50 – $0.75

Ingredients (serves 1)

SMOOTHÉ from above
1 egg
1 slice bread
Salt and pepper

Put egg (uncracked) in a saucepan of water. Set to boil. Drink SMOOTHÉ while waiting for egg to boil. Toast slice of bread. Boil egg for 3 minutes.

Butter the toast. “Empty” soft boiled egg onto toast and smear all over the toast. Garnish with salt and pepper. Have a glass of water to drink because it’s good for your skin and aura. Eat with your hand a la “open faced sandwich” or with fork and knife. Prepare to feel hungry again in 20 minutes.


Prep time: 25 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.75

Ingredients (serves 1 – 2)

1 large potato
(any kind of) Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

Put large pan over medium-high heat. Add about a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Grate the large potato in its entirety with a cheese grater. *IMPORTANT TRICK*: take the now-grated potato over the sink and squeeze all the juice out. Squeeze as much as you can.

The oil should be hot by now. Make sure it’s covering the entire surface of the pan. Add the now-grated potato. Garnish with salt and pepper. 5 minutes in, add a few small slices of cold butter to the top of the potatoes. Let them melt.

Once one side is brown and crispy, flip to the other side. When the other side is brown is crispy you can eat the hashbrowns… but not before you Instagram your beautiful creation and annoy all of your friends with your smugness.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Approximate cost: $1

Ingredients (serves 1)

3 Leaves lacinato kale (or swiss chard)
Half can of pinto beans (mostly drained)
1 Tortilla
Vegetable Oil

Put large pan over medium heat. Add about a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Slice enough cheese to sort of cover half the tortilla and put it on ONE half of the tortilla.

Put half can of pinto beans in a bowl and mash into a paste with a fork. Spread that stuff on THE OTHER HALF of the tortilla.

Semi-”chiffonade” the kale into sort-of-wide ribbons. Put all the kale onto the CHEESE SIDE of the quesadilla. Close the quesadilla now. The bean side should now be smooshed into the kale and cheese side. Do you get it? Hon? The bean paste sticks it all together.

Put on the frying pan — but make sure the entire pan is coated in the hot oil. Don’t burn it, you fool! Once one side of the quesadilla is golden brown, flip to other side and do the same. You may need to add a little more oil for the other side.

Remove from pan, quarter (that means cut into quarters, noob), and eat it like the ravenous barbarian we know you are!


Prep time: 15 minutes
Approximate cost: $1

Brussels sprouts are a good complement for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They pair well with fried eggs, pinto beans, onions, garlic, couscous, noodles, potatoes and a bottle (or two) of wine.

Ingredients (serves 1)

Brussels sprouts
Half a small onion
Sea salt
Black pepper

Put large pan over medium heat. Add about a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Chop brussels sprouts lengthwise, 3-4 chops per brussel sprout (chiffonade style). They should resemble little discs. Dice the onion. Add brussel sprouts, onion, salt and pepper. Stir often, frying until slightly singed but with integrity maintained. OMG, you did it, babe!


Prep time: 25 minutes
Approximate cost: $2

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 package ramen (discard flavor packet)/ soba/ udon noodles
1 carrot
1/3 block of tofu
Small head of broccoli
1 clove of garlic
Curry paste
Soy sauce
Vegetable oil
Toasted sesame oil
Drama (if needed)
Jealousy (if needed)

Boil the ramen, drain, and cover. Slice carrot at diagonal angle so that slices are long. Cut tofu into half-inch cubes and remove broccoli head from stem. Slice garlic if you don’t have a garlic press.

When water is halfway to boiling point, add less than a tablespoon of canola oil to pan on medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add carrot, tofu, broccoli, garlic, around a teaspoon of curry paste, and a little toasted sesame oil. Mix together. Cover ingredients LIGHTLY in soy sauce (better to underestimate than overestimate as too much soy sauce will make it too salty and inedible). Fry on medium high heat 5-7 mins, stirring often.

Add noodles to stir fry. Mix well and fry for a minute or so. Tofu cubes should be browned and crispy on one or two sides, but carrots should not have lost their integrity. Google images of Asia and eat in front of the photos.


Prep time: 5 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.75

Ingredients (serves 1)

Mixed greens
Fresh corn
Sexual tension
Whatever other raw vegetables you have
Salt and pepper
Toasted sesame oil
Balsamic vinegar

Put all the above ingredients in a bowl. Toss. Eat from the big bowl. Add kale chiffonade if you want to feel pretentious.


Prep time: 2 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.50

Ingredients (serves 1)

Sunflower seeds
Flax seeds (optional)

Put all that stuff in a bowl and mix it up. Eat. Duh.


Prep time: 6 minutes
Approximate cost: $0.10 – $0.30

Ingredients (serves 1)

1/3 cup oatmeal
½ cup water
½ cup (whatever kind of) milk
Fruit jam

Add oatmeal and liquids to medium high heat saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add oatmeal, reduce heat to simmering, wait for the plot to thicken a little. SHOULD BE SOUPY WHEN YOU SERVE — DRY OATMEAL IS GROSS, YOU GUYS. SERIOUSLY. Pour in a bowl, add butter and a scoop of fruit jam. Mix, eat. Tweet about it. Rub your noggin. Sigh wistfully.


Prep time: 1 hour
Approximate cost: $1.50

Ingredients (serves 1-2)

1 small beet
1 medium potato
1 carrot
1 apple
3-5 leaves lacinato kale
Half an onion
2 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Chicken leg (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 F. (Yes, you have an oven in your apartment.) Quarter beet and potato, chop carrot into half inch pieces. Remove core from apple and slice it. Peel and chop in half garlic cloves. Slice onion into wedges. Put all that into a square glass pan (incl. chicken leg if you are using it, which I mean it’s cool if you are, I just prefer not to eat living things when I’m hungry, LOL). Drizzle with olive oil, garnish with salt and pepper.

Bake until root vegetables are almost tender. Stir around once or twice so that the root vegetables below are exposed. Add kale, cut into half inch ribbons, during the last 5 minutes of baking (they will become crispy). Serve when root vegetables are as tender as two lamb chops on a spitfire grill. Don’t let the kale burn. That would be embarrassing for you. 

TC Mark

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One of my students just walked in with THIS amazing “watch" 

It’s a band for your Nano – so you can wear it as a watch or have your music there. He also said you could connect your nike+ to it for it to track running. 

I LOVE my garmin, but to downsize from a watch AND an ipod is something to consider. 

More information see here: 



Training you is not you

I’ve seen some pity parties on here lately of people who have gained weight or aren’t as fit as they were when they were training for something. I’m in your boat too – in fact last night I was lamenting over pictures of me right after I ran 2 half marathons in a month (Nov ‘10) and pictures of me when I was in LA before the marathon (March ’12). 

That girl in those pictures is a flash in the pan. Training Jenn is not me. It’s not even active or healthy Jenn. It is only immediately pre-race or post-race Jenn. 

Lord knows I love running, but all the MONTHS of hard work running are way more fleeting than months of weight training and/or muscle building. 

I will NEVER forget what my body looked like the day I ran the LA marathon. As I was body gliding up that morning I didn’t recognize myself. I saw that body for about 5 days total. 

Please try and find a balance between expectations and reality. We are fit, healthy, active people. There will be days where we will look better naked and days that we want to hide under 100 sweatshirts. 

Work for your body, fitness and health every damn day, but know that your body is such a fluctuating variable and it’s okay. 

4 things about 4 numbers

1. I have two 1st dates this week. Josh is leaving for his 18 month overseas foreign service duties in under two weeks so our little summer/fall fling is quickly wrapping up. 

2. I bought a size 12 Calvin Klein dress on clearance this weekend. Not only did it fit, but it may have been a touch too big in places.

3. I forgot how much I missed 30 day shred and what a good workout it can be.

4. Went to the oral surgeon this morning for my post surgery check up and he said all wisdom teeth holes are healing very well.

Just like riding a bike…or not

Over the long holiday weekend I had the chance to get on a bicycle for the first time since the 1990s – I swear. 

I’ve really wanted to get into cycling and yes I love spin class, but I know it’s not the same. The problem is I haven’t been on a bike since…junior high? My sister doesn’t have a drivers license so she’s become quite the cyclist the past year or so. While home she was going for a ride and I was going for a run. Before we went at our own pace to meet at the same place I asked to ride her bike for a few minutes to see if it all would come back to me. 

IT. DID. NOT.  – I swear I almost died. 

In fact I was so wobbly and unbalanced that I was crying laughing along with my sister who was trying to keep me steady. I’m sure all the laughing wasn’t helping me stay balanced. For fear of getting hit by a car or falling on my face I got off the bike. 

Once we got to where we were going to meet up – me via running and sister via bike – I took another stab at riding. It was a little better. I just can’t imagine riding around so many other people or whipping by on the trails that I run on. 

I still want a bike. In fact I want to practice riding now in the fall/winter so I will be a better rider by spring. 


Went to my annual “lady parts tune up” appointment at the obgyn this morning.

I put off my first ever annual appointment way too long, but since my first annual I have been like clockwork each year.

It’s not scary and doctors have always been really positive especially given how active and self aware of my body I am (and most of you are).

So if you haven’t been or you are putting off this is a gentle nudge to book your appointment and go.