Friday, February 25, 2011

What to do?

So it's pretty safe to say our house is not in the perfect neighborhood....

After we were robbed, we got a bunch of listings and looked pretty seriously for another place to live. We really weren't finding much in our price range, in a location that we liked, with everything we have here. We actually really like the location. It's centrally located to all of the things we like, our jobs, places we hang out, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. This was a major reason we had trouble finding some else we liked. It seemed to stay in this area we had a choice between really high rents, or apartments. Since Longhorn Lucy has had free range of the backyard since the day we got her, I'm not sure how apartment living would go down. To find a price range we liked with a backyard, we had to give up location.

What we've decided for now is just not to decide for another 6 months. We made this decision after checking with the landlord. I had gotten to a point where I thought the landlord didn't want us to live there anymore. Frankly I thought he didn't want to be in the landlord business anymore. The reason I thought this was that he is not very responsive to us. Doesn't return our e-mails in a timely manor or sometimes at all, says he'll do/fix something and doesn't.

When I last talked with him I flat out asked if he wanted us to move out thinking maybe he'd put the house up for sale and get out of the landlord business. He was quick to respond saying of course they wanted us to stay, and whatever we needed to feel safe in our home again he was open too it. I got back to him with a few things I thought would help, he replied and said he'd get on it. We haven't heard anything since..... Frustrating

Funny enough, there is a house on our same street that is up for rent... it's in our price range, it's bigger, it has a backyard... it's not any safer ( it's on the same street) but it's also not on the corner either.

Is it weird to consider moving down the street? Should I try to use this as leverage with the landlord, should we just wait it out and save ourselves some money and then try to find another place.....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What happens when you don't run for about 2 weeks

You..... can't..... catch..... your...... breath.


Wow, I cannot believe how out of shape my lungs got in two weeks. Post half marathon, which also happened to be the week of 4 snow days in a row, I kinda let myself slack off. Wouldn't have been a big deal, I got one run in, but then we got hit with some more crazy weather, we're trying to adjust to a new schedule and I let another week go by. I'm back on track I've gotten 3 runs in since last Friday, but man oh man can I feel it in my lungs. Thankfully I believe I will snap back fairly quickly. I'm looking to do another half either at the end of March or early April depending on my schedule.

I also bought some Gu, a Cliff shot energy gel, and some Power Bar chewables this weekend. I look forward to trying them out over the next few weeks. I'll certainly share what I think.

Oh and we had a really good meal tonight that I'll try to share this week.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Adjusting to a new schedule

Jake started a new job on Monday, and for the first time in three years he is not working from home. Additionally we only have one car, so we are taking an adventure is carpooling and taking the bus. One car has always worked out pretty well for us when I was in school and Jake was working from home because our schedules were pretty flexible.

Today will be day three for the week. We had yet another snow day yesterday so we didn't have to go in. Wed and Thurs are going to prove to be the toughest days because Jake works from 8-5, and I work from 1-9 on those days. This is hopefully where the bus will come in.

We have also decided to take a stronger approach to training our dogs. Longhorn Lucy has always been a high energy dog, and Bentley doesn't really like other dogs so it's been a bit of a challenge, truth be told Lucy doesn't really like other dogs either. Our ultimate goal is to be able to take them to the dog park on the weekends since we'll be busier with work during the week. So for now, we are adding that to our busier schedule. Yesterday we had to get up at gasp 6:30 in the morning. Welcome to the real world Goods!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Star Tribune Article

This is a cool article about the program I work with. I used to live in Minnesota so it's great to see the program working at another location. Sadly my job with the program is only temporary, but it has been a really great experience for me.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Delectable Delights- Pasta, Pesto and Peas

I've made this dish a couple of times and it is very good.

Pasta, Pesto and Peas adapted from Ina Garten via the Food Network. It's a really large recipe so you could make half and still probably serve 4 people with a salad or another side. We made about 3/4 of a recipe last time and it was still too much*

What you'll need
1.5 lb pasta, rotini, bowtie, cavatapi, something the sauce can stick too
1/4 cup good olive oil
1 1/2 cups pesto (packaged or see recipe below) We used packaged
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed dry
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/4 cups good mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
1/3 cup pine nuts
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Directions

Cook the pasta as directed, add the peas in for the last minute or two of cooking. Drain and toss into a bowl with the olive oil. You could skip the oil here, the sauce probably has enough. Cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of a food processor, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice. Add the mayonnaise and puree. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta, add the sauce a little at a time and stir you may not need the entire amount, and then add Parmesan, pine nuts, salt, and pepper. Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature. I actually like mine a bit warmer than room temperature. I don't let the pasta cool all the way to room temp.




The thing I like about this dish is that it's really flavorful and could easily be adapted. I've made it with sun dried tomato pesto (again store bought) and it was wonderful. I think next time I might try adding some chopped tomatoes or sun dried, to the basil pesto to add a little color.


* too much for us, is when each of us has to eat the left overs more than once.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A novice runners follow up questions

I have a couple of post race/ future training questions if anyone feels like they want to answer them.

First, Goo, no goo? I started to get hungry towards the end of the race on Saturday, and wondered if something might have helped and given me a little energy boost. Additional note.... there was no sports drink available at any of the water stations so I also wonder if that would have been all I needed. There also probably weren't enough water stations. I've never eaten anything on a long run. I did eat breakfast, a bowl of raisin bran.

For a while I was keeping a gatorade/water mixture in my pack. Which brings me to my second question. What type of water system do you carry on your long runs? Hand held bottle, water belt? I have been using Jake's camelback backpack, which I actually don't mind, but it was hard to keep clean with anything other than water and I felt like I noticed the difference when I switched to plain water.

Finally, now that I have one half under my belt and am looking to add a couple more, probably in the next few months, do you recommend running more than 13 miles? It seems like if you can build up your stamina to run more miles, mentally, running 13.1 won't feel so tiring because hey you've run 15 miles before.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wherein I invite people to mock us

We are, I think, two fairly intelligent people. But friends we are losing a battle of wits with a mouse who has taken residence in our kitchen. FOR A MONTH!! I'm sure this is not the case, but I have decided mousy snuck in the door when the robbers left it so nicely ajar for him. Just one more thing I can blame on the crooks.

We have tried several different strategies to catch the mouse and on two occasions the hubs has had him trapped in a corner, only to have the little son of a...gun shoot between his legs and back behind the dishwasher.

We bought a trap, but mousy was able to get the peanut butter out without setting off the trap.. Now the thing, the trap that is, sits on our counter mocking us. We read on the internet about a trap where you set up paper towel or toilet paper roll on the edge of the counter with bait at the end, then set a bucket on the floor and wait for the mouse to tip the balance of the roll and fall in. THE INTERNET SWORE IT WOULD WORK!!

Last night as we sat watching tv, we heard a thump..... oh man were we excited. We'd caught the mouse. We began getting our shoes and coats on talking about where we were going to drop mousy off... because you know the internets says you have to drive them at least a mile away from your house.

I'm sure you've already guessed the treats where gone and the tp roll was in the bucket, but the mouse was not.

We are at the point of considering poison which we have avoided up to this point because dogs, and the fact that we cook in the area we'd be placing it. But then again I read on the internet that the smell of a decaying mouse could be toxic so before I get to that point, I am putting a call out. Does anyone have anything that has worked for them in the past to catch a unwelcome guest? Maybe need a different trap? We bought the sticky pad tube kind.