I started blogging as a way to share a little bit about what’s going on in my life with my family and a few really tolerant and supportive friends (Hi Sarah!) – and maybe add a tiny drop of insight and/or inspiration in the already crowded world of athlete bloggers. What I didn’t realize – but soon learned – is that I could *also* use it to tap into the collective knowledge of my smart and generous readers. I think about you guys every day now. Let’s just take a peek into this past Wednesday…
Friends Can Teach You How To Disguise Your Bleach Mishaps:
Earlier this week, I added a photo of a favorite pair of pants-turned-capris to this post, and asked if you all ever modified ruined clothing so that it could be worn again. Two fellow biology/chemistry folks (we spend a lot of time in proximity to bleach) informed me that bleach spots on black clothes can be fixed with a Sharpie. !!!!! I’ve done this on black dress shoes before, but never even *thought* to use the same trick on clothes. Thanks to fellow Drewids Elena & Meg for that handy little tip!
Fellow Bloggers Can Recommend EXACTLY The Product You Need:
Thanks to an all-day outdoors adventure this past weekend (more on that to come), I was nursing a beautiful collection of bug bites earlier this week. Some of you may recall that, a few weeks ago, I unsuccessfully tried to find an anti-itch product in the grocery store. Again – you all responded. Heather suggested meat tenderizer (which I have to admit still makes me feel like a steak), and Kim (a third Drewid! Drewids ROCK!) suggested Smith’s Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm as the only anti-itch ointment that works for her. She even generously offered to send me a tub from the US.
Then Jules, who blogs over at Sweaty Escapades, piped up. She used to live in Southeast Asia, and recommended a product called Mopiko. And what do I stumble upon a week later, while looking around the drugstore for tweezers? Why, Mopiko, of course!
The price of a small tube of Mopiko was just $3 SGD, so I figured it was worth a shot. Especially since…Do you know what the active ingredients are? Menthol and camphor! Kim, it sounds like a local version of your favored balm! So far, it’s done a pretty good job on my newest batch of itchy bites. Win!
Food-Loving, Slow-Cooking Friends Can Share Their Recipes:
Awhile back, I solicited your favorite slow cooker recipes. I intend to try them all, in time, but just happened to start with a chicken soup recipe that Elena suggested. First of all, let’s just agree that the slow cooker and breadmaker are a great pair:
Now, Elena posted a good – but approximate – recipe. Which I followed – approximately. The best suggestion – for which I can’t thank her enough – was to put balsamic vinegar in the soup before cooking. This might not be for everyone, but I’m a vinegar lover, so to me, this was a genius idea. In fact, she suggested that vinegar + soy sauce + water could replace chicken broth. I tried it. It worked!
However, thanks to approximations of approximations, the final product was good, but not amazing. The fault for that is all mine, though, not hers. I made a few substitutions that weren’t the best, and I definitely didn’t use enough liquid at the start. I’m still learning how much liquid to add, and how much liquid my veggies will release, so that I end up with the correct amount of liquid at the end. But I’m still learning this, and this time, I totally under-estimated the liquid needed. So we actually ate chicken and veggies with a little broth, rather than chicken soup. Next time, more water! And when I get the recipe ironed out, I do promise to share. But most of the credit (just not the measurements) will go to Elena.
Other advice I took on Wednesday? My husband’s. After BodyPump and yoga on Monday and an intense spin class on Tuesday, I was contemplating joining him for another spin session on Wednesday night. Knowing I had a long run my schedule for Thursday morning, he gave me a look at said, “You can do whatever you want, but what would you suggest to one of your clients in the same situation?”. For the record, this is a very effective look. I opted out of spin, and settled for back-to-back Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga classes. This was definitely the right decision. Thanks, honey. 🙂
So basically, in conclusion, I’m a lucky gal to have such smart people in my life. Thanks, ya’ll!
If you love vinegar as much as I do, please suggest some other delicious way I can use it on my food.
[I already know that vinegar fries are the best. Thanks, Seaside Heights and Mom, for teaching me how to eat ’em that way!]
Have you received any really good advice lately that’s worth sharing?