The blogging hiatus has to end – I miss you folks! And as much as I enjoy other social media outlets (I think my blog-lag began when I joined Twitter), I’ve missed blogging, big time. And like I tell my athletes: If it matters to you, you’ll make time for it.
So it’s time to make time!
Plus (just wrote ‘pus’ – that would be a gross way to get back into things!), I have race reports, training logs, funny photos, and stretches to share. (Thankfully, no pus.) But let’s start with a nice gentle re-entry: a “Good Morning” post!
[These are basically a way for my non-Instagramming self to photo dump on you, and share little anecdotes/funnies/musings/Singapore sights, without being my usual wordy self. But if you’re a new reader, feel free to check out this Welcome! post a quick orientation and some background info.]
I made falafel for dinner last night.
My recipe is all kinds of delicious, but without being bitter at all.
It’s easy and soooo tasty.
Fried is tastier than baked, so I use a bit of olive oil and call it ‘healthy fats’!
Love notes from my boss…
As a running coach, I use just my big voice to yell to my groups.
But in the cycling room, with music pumping, a mic is necessary.
Mics are finicky. They get broken, sweaty, and bent.
And my bosses are always reminding us of this (with good reason).
Consequence: An unacceptably high percentage of
mic photos vs cute baby photos in my text messages lately.
Those of you with cute babies, please help me fix this. STAT.
Pearl Izumi tank!
At least, that’s what I was trying to show off.
Instead, I discovered embarrassing grown out fuzzies on the back of my neck.
‘Out of sight, Out of mind.’ Quite literally.
Do I trust my husband with a razor to tidy things up until my next trim?
He shaves his face, so I have to assume he knows what he’s doing, right?
My Wednesday lunch. Every week.
I’m spoiled for choice for lunch options downtown.
But this one is reliable, convenient, and fuels me through my evening classes.
The veggie quesadilla has a spicy sweet mustard sauce that is magical.
And yes, I eat a cupcake like that. Every week.
And proud of it.
Call it self-absorbed, but I enjoy selfies.
And bubble tea.
Bubble tea is on every corner here,
But this was my first taste of Artease tea.
I opted for the Cinnamon Milk Tea – delicious!
But the bubbles were a bit soft & chewy for my liking.
I’ll bet your day is better than his….
I step on that very spot sometimes when I go to the kopi (coffee shop).
Selfishly, I’m glad the cave-in didn’t send my leg through the pavers.
Still…I felt bad for the owner.
[But not so bad that I didn’t snap a photo…]
I wanted to stick around to see how he got out, but had to zip to work.
This spot is now roped off with CAUTION tape…
What are you “making time for” this week?
It’s been awhile, so tell me something random about you, your day, or your week!
I have four “unclaimed” hours between classes this afternoon, and I intend to spend them holed up, catching up on all of your blog posts from the past 10 days. In the meantime, what better way to slide myself back into blog-land than with a Good Mornings post?
USA, I’m with you in spirit!
We’re having a cold front in Singapore, too.
It’s hardly broken 85°F this week…
Which of course makes for….perfect lasagna weather!
My new trick: Use a loaf pan to make lasagna for two.
I resurrected my Mom’s spinach-mushroom lasagna recipe.
A year apart from that deliciousness was far too long…
It’s…basik! basik855, that is…
Socially responsible bags made from traditional Cambodian ikat fabric.
I helped fund a Kickstarter campaign for some new prints,
And my backer reward arrived in the mail last week!
[This is the first ‘clutch’ that I’ve ever owned, folks.]
I found a stowaway in my can of garbanzos!
Caption contest winner, Jenny T:
“It’s living its dream of being turned into hummus.
‘They said I could be anything, so I became a garbanzo bean…’ ”
[And she gets bonus points for a double-correct usage of it’s/its.]
Coach Holly: Bringing compression to indoor cycling.
I’ve been subbing to cover a lot of RPM classes.
Add them to my running,
and the result is some very knotty calves.
This look is odd enough that folks can’t take their eyes off me during class.
^Every instructor’s dream.
That’s $6 USD for the big can of pureed pumpkin.
And that, my friends, is why I microwave & puree local pumpkins to make pie.
Yes, Thanksgiving was two months ago.
But we’re having friends over to celebrate again this weekend.
I love cooking Thanksgiving food, so why the heck not?
This post has two Drew University references in it. Anyone?
Do you puree your own pumpkin? Or eat pumpkin pie after December?
Continuing the “random” theme: What made you laugh today?
Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, now hasn’t it? So let’s hop to it!
Does anyone even use that expression anymore? Ah, well. I do, apparently!
[For those who are new, “Good Mornings” is a recurring feature at RWH – it’s basically my way of doing a light and easy photo-dump post of randomness for you all. Other good information for new readers can be found in this Welcome post.]
My stomach has been a bit off the last few days.
So I’ve been staying away from coffee.
But I have a very busy weekend ahead,
And I think it will be returning to my morning routine!
Spandex is a necessary part of every outfit, right?
Even when I get dressed in ‘real people clothes’,
I find myself in stretchy fabrics.
It’s a disease.
Or a consequence.
Or just plain comfortable…
Meet the Menagerie.
From Left to Right, that’s:
Holly – Rhino – Ellie – P.Bear
PB is the newest addition to our family.
We’re pleased with how well he’s taking to Singapore…
There are a few spacious road underpasses
(this one is downtown)
Where young people are encouraged
(or at least permitted)
To congregate in the evenings.
They bring music, snacks, and equipment.
They dance, choreograph, skate, and skateboard all around.
The space is safe and air conditioned.
I think it’s awesome.
Everyone brings 3 different drinks to the gym in the morning, right?
From our last day in Rochester.
I’ll be blogging a bit more about New Jersey, Rochester,
And sister-wedding-goodness this weekend.
Otherwise, next week!
Hope you all have some good stuff planned. 🙂
Current favorite piece of non-workout clothing?
[Does it have spandex in it?]
What not-usually-frozen food do you like to eat frozen?
[I’m writing up some beat-the-heat tips,
and am looking for something other than ‘grapes’.]
Apologies, folks, it’s been a few days. Things have been a bit hectic over here. Life is keeping me on my toes!
Stress + Running = Holly’s IT Bands Need Lots of Love
Thankfully, the ever-faithful foam roller provides!
It’s in my suitcase right now…
Someone around here has a drinking problem…
Yep, one of these guys is packed, too.
[One!?! Just ONE?!?! How will I survive??]
I don’t own any compression socks.
Can I substitute a cheap pair of knee-high socks?
[Answer: Not really.]
I bought these when I was in a knee-high walking boot a few years back.
They’re cute, so I kept them. 🙂
I’m calling them “pseudo-compression” for a long day of travelling.
I love having this view of the two seats next to me on a plane.
There was definitely some napping done!
And now, I’m in transit in Hong Kong.
Thanks for the fast, free wireless, HK!
Sign in the restroom at the Hong Kong airport.
I was totally cool with it, until I got to the bottom part.
The thought of the Hong Kong Police complimenting me…
…while I’m sitting on the toilet…
….is just awkward.
Don’t get me started on how much I’m gonna miss this guy…
This is a trip that’s been brewing for awhile,
and recently came to fruition.
I’ll be spending a few weeks in Florida with some of my family.
[But don’t worry, they have internet. You can’t get rid of me that easily!]
Anyone else use their compression gear when they fly?
What’s your favorite travel tip for long, multi-flight adventures?
Have any funnies for today?
I’ll be 25 hours into travel next time I get online – I’m going to need a laugh!
FYI for any new Run With Holly friends: The “Good Mornings” series is my way of doing a camera-dump, and sharing funny, cute, important or weird photos that otherwise didn’t make it into any of my regular posts. I don’t link up with anyone, and I’m not on Instagram. You’re gonna have to come straight here (and only here!) for this kind of goodness. 🙂
Remember when cell phones used to be really big?
Then they got small?
Then they got bigger again?
He doesn’t actually talk on the tablet.
But I made him pose with it,
because I *have* seen people talking on similarly sized electronics.
Dear Australia: Thanks for the pears!
I love the tropical fruits we can buy here.
But every once in awhile, I like to enjoy something “homey”.
These cute little pears totally fit the bill.
Sometimes it rains here.
Like, a lot.
Photo of the ceiling at Fusionopolis.
I’m not sure why anyone would want to follow the “SAD” duct,
to be honest.
I kind of wanted to tell it a joke or something.One of these things is not like the others.
The smooth-handled forks are ours – a set.
The patterned one in the middle is from my parent’s old set,
the set we used when I was growing up.
I’m not sure how this one fork came to tag along, but I love having it.
KMN always picks around it;
But it’s my favorite fork.
A ‘taste’ of home…
We walked past a twelve cupcakes shop the other day.
I’m not super crazy for cupcakes,
but suddenly, I had to have one.
A peanut-butter chocolate one.
It didn’t disappoint.
Does anyone else out there have a favorite
Cupcakes; YAY or NAY? What flavor?
Sorry for the recent absence. Things I have NOT been doing: moping over my plantar fasciitis-ed foot (although I’m still pretty annoyed at him), panicking over every PF horror story I read on the internet, researching the most obscure PF-treatment methods I can find. Things I HAVE been doing: spinning, yoga, running 1-2 miles at a time, and working on a few other projects. Posting will be back to normal this weekend. Cheers!
Best Shopping List EVER.
Need I say more?
“Otah” is a spicy fish cake served in a banana leaf.
The dish is called otak in Malay and Indonesian.
Otak means “brains”. Apparently this soft, squishy fish cake looks like brains?
Asians: Promoting peace in photographs around the world…
And flashing some UCLA pride.
Love this guy.
Now I know what was dancing through the heads of the nestled children!
I’d probably call these “plums”, since they’re fresh, not dried.
Attempt #3 at homemade pizza.
I’m feeling good about how much better our homemade pizzas are coming out.
Then I read the posts from a few lovely lady-runner-bloggers,
who wrote about and photographed
the delicious NJ post-run pizza they enjoyed last weekend…
An informational pamphlet from the doctor’s office.
Note the items in the red square (my emphasis).
Toto, I don’t think we’re in the USA anymore.
Also, as KMN noted, the zombies are gonna be needing some Statins…
What single item constitutes a “shopping list” for you?
Despite what the list above suggests, mine is MILK.
Ever eaten brains?