Archive | November, 2012

Can you eat… butter?

8 Nov

Oh man, so the longer it goes without being exposed to dairy products (although I did get some cross-contamination at a restaurant two weeks ago and felt bad for 24 hours or so), the more I start to feel like I’m crazy and I’m probably not actually allergic.  But then I remember that I was tested for the allergy so it is actually a real thing, and I remember how sick I was for years not knowing what was wrong with me.

I suppose this has to be a normal feeling.  I was talking to my mom the other night about Thanksgiving foods.  She wanted to try some new recipes and I am all for that.  But as she was reading through recipes she said to me, “so, can you eat butter?”  And I had to explain that no, I can’t eat butter, but there are butter alternatives that we could use.  She went back to looking and then said, “Well, can you eat ricotta cheese?”  “No… no ricotta cheese either.”

And I wasn’t mad, definitely not mad.  I was more sheepish.  I felt bad, like my allergy was an inconvenience or that I’m just a big drama queen making things up so people pay attention to me and my dairy allergy.

But then I remember all the bad times I had and how much better I feel now.  And I know I’m not crazy and not making it up.  Do other people with food allergies feel this way?

In other news, my mom is so cute.  On election night, I was about ready to go to bed at 11pm, as Paul and I were sure it was a done deal and that we weren’t going to wake up in a nightmare scenario where Mitt Romney was elected president, I got a Facebook notification from my mom.  Here’s how the chat went:










Yup, my mom is awesome and adorable.

Okay, on I go to dinner.  Maybe I’ll even take a picture of it!


Back to Running!

5 Nov

So, after my surgery in September, my goal was to start running before the first snow fell here in New Hampshire.  I’m now on my third week back to running, no snow, and I’m feeling even better than I did before my surgery!

Since I was not able to do a lot of aerobic activity, and couldn’t (still can’t – but soon) lift weights, I relied on a lot of body weight strength exercises for my legs.

I feel like they’ve done me a lot of good, so I’m keeping them up!  Once I’m able to do work with my arms again, I will add in a day of arm strength a week too.

Eventually I’d like to join a gym again and get myself TOTALLY BUFF.

It’s made me so happy to be back to running.  It’s something I never thought I would enjoy, but I do, and I’m happy for it.

I don’t like being out in the cold much, but since I hate treadmills more (I have weird balance which makes me fall off of them.  A lot.), I’m trying to get myself a nice base of colder weather running clothes.

Here’s a nod to my favorites so far:

EMS Thunderhead Rain Jacket– This thing is great.  It has armpit vents and a hood with a bit of a brim on it, and it’s very lightweight.  I considered just running in the rain with a trash bag on me, but I think this was worth the money.  Went back and bought one for Paul for his birthday month (yes, birthdays last a whole month around here).

EMS WindBlast Vest – Also great!  I wore this on Sunday for a quick 2 mile run.  It was about 45F out with 12mph winds.  I put this vest on over my shirt and my core was so very comfortably warm.  So happy!  I probably could have worn capris instead of shorts, but my knees weren’t cold for long.  Also a birthday month gift for Paul, what a spoiled.

C9 by Champion 1/4 Zip Jacket – I WANT TO WEAR THIS ALL THE TIME.  I actually haven’t run in this yet, as I just bought it last night, but I tried it on and it is everything I want in a light running jacket.  Vented armpits, a vented back, a pocket that zips (!!!!!), and thumbholes.  $39.99 is a little pricey, but I’ve seen jackets like this at the fancy running stores for double the price or more.  Love love love.

Next up, I plan on getting some cold weather tights that I can wear 30F or below.  I have a pair of Saucony’s picked out, and I think they’ll do the trick.  But if anyone has any suggestions, send them my way!


1 Nov

Hooray! Yesterday was Halloween! And today I am sad because I have to wait a whole year for it to happen again.

We started our celebrations early by heading to Rochester last weekend to visit friends and have fun. It was great! We got to hang out with friends, sleep in (!!!!!!), go to a museum, eat sorbet/frozen yogurt with ENDLESS TOPPINGS, and drink lots of cider with whiskey.

Before we left on our journey, I made a tasty dinner:


This is yet another meal from Appetite for Reduction, Unfried Fried Rice and Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Mustard Tofu.  I’ve made the tofu before, and it is one of my favorite things.  The rice was new.  It came out perfect!  I cooked the rice earlier in the day so it had some time to cool down before I unfried it, and it was wonderful.  To bulk it up a little, I added some steamed carrots and butternut squash cubes.  The butternut squash was a random thing and I wasn’t sure how it would taste.  It worked, though!  It gave a little bit of sweet, and the added sriracha added heat.  So good.

We were back in New Hampshire for real Halloween, and I celebrated during the day by doing a Zombies, Run! mission on my lunch break.  I had sore legs from weight training the day before, but I managed to evade the zombies anyway.

Paul and I both had crummy days at work, so I wasn’t sure we wanted to do anything for Halloween night.  But we managed to put our grumps away for a while, and headed out to Portsmouth.  It was our first time there, but I had heard that they know how to do Halloween right.  And they do!  There was a Halloween parade going on, but we missed most of it.  No worries, though, we had other plans.

We headed for a quick bite to eat at The Friendly Toast, a diner-style restaurant that my friend Colleen had raved about.  They have a decent selection of vegan-friendly foods, good beers available, and the most wonderful, kitschy decor.  It wasn’t very crowded, thanks to people being too busy cavorting in the streets, so our food came quickly.  We both had the Vegan Valhalla – a burrito filled with brown rice, portobello mushrooms, and tofu.  I had mine with home fries, which I was so glad to hear were not cooked using butter!  Yay!  Paul had sweet potato fries, and they were fantastic.

It was also nice that they had soy milk for the coffee.  Yeah, it’s such a small thing.  But Concord seems to not know that soy milk or any non-dairy milk drink is a thing.

Anyway, our main plan for the night was to go see Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the Portsmouth Music Hall Loft.  One of my favorite movies, and one Paul had never seen before.  The crowd was small and full of friendly people, and they had special cocktails available for the night (you can even bring them right into the theater – holy crap I love this place!)

We both had a drink called the Massacre:


It was made of vodka, tequila, and ginger ale.  Whaaaat?  Tequila and ginger ale?  I know ginger ale (or beer) goes well with a lot of liquors, but I’d never tried it with tequila.  And well, it worked.  Now, to make them at home.

We had a lot of fun at the movie, people were really into it and I left feeling happier than I have in a while.  Thanks, Portsmouth!