20 December 2011

Sunday Trails

.A Sunday tradition that some of my friends have is to get together and run trails with the dogs. It's a more laid-back day, no major focus on time or distance, walk breaks are encouraged. The only mandatory thing is to try and keep the dogs from finding, eating, and/or rolling in gross stuff :-).  I think this is my favorite run of the week because it's usually so incredibly stress-free.

Here are a few pics from yesterday that I managed to capture with my phone, mind you, these are on the easy sections where I didn't have to concentrate on footing or even breathing, lol.

Following the pack, 4 girls, 5 dogs

07 December 2011

Running books

Working on decluttering here and I have a few running books laying about so thought I would do a giveaway.  These have all been read and thumbed through multiple times and I have a bad habit of dog-earing pages & reading while eating so they are by no means in new condition.  But if anyone wants one or more of these leave me a comment here saying which one (gonna limit it to 2 per person, though) and email me an address & I will get it in the post next week.  Email addy should be accessible via my profile but here it is if you're as lazy as I am :D  gabsatrucker AT gmail dot com

"Run Fast" Hal Higdon
"Daniels' Running Formula" Jack Daniels, PhD
"Born to Run" Christopher McDougall
"I Run, Therefore I Am--Nuts" Bob Schwartz
"The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women" Dawn Dais
"Run Right Now" Joe Henderson
"Ultramarathon Man" Dean Karnazes
"Masters Running" Hal Higdon
"Marathoning for Mortals" John Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield
"Fast Track" Suzy Favor Hamilton and Jose Antonio

First 2 books have been claimed :-).  MacDaddy, I have them ready to send out.

2 more books are being sent out tomorrow, go check out Keath's blog, pretty cool stuff!!

Gone layabout and playing in the kitchen

Yep, still being a layabout :-). Trying to recover mentally and physically, some disturbing long-term symptoms from the stress I've noticed has been a lack of energy which is probably mostly a lack of iron.  My fingernails are also the softest they've ever been in my life, totally ragged from where I'm constantly bending and breaking them right now.  The quickest solution is usually buy a course of vitamins and supplements or at the very least, a good multi-vitamin.  And I did just that...........which very quickly reminded me of why I don't take them in the first place, to be polite about it, let's just say that I couldn't get very far from a bathroom for the majority of the day yesterday.  UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

So after determining that I really don't want to deal with intestinal distress for however long it takes me to adjust to the vitamins in pill form I used the ever useful google search to find what foods would be the best to boost up my iron and calcium levels..........which led me to KALE.  Yep, the green that's used as garnish and backdrop in most restaurant buffets (anyone work at Shoney's and remember having to "shock" the kale at night after closing?).  Most of y'all already know about it's super food reputation and I kinda was but after doing that search, oh wow, I didn't realize how much of a nutritional impact it has.  My thing was not wanting to eat it in salads because it can be slightly bitter thus the smoothie concoctions have begun!!!!!!!

Certainly doesn't look appetizing, eh?  But take a cup of torn up kale leaves, throw in most of a fresh orange, small handful of blueberries, bit of orange juice, and a drizzle of honey and it's very tasty.  I can still taste the kale but in this form it's more of a green, kinda clean taste, if that makes any sense.  I've also added milk instead of the oj, tossed in some tofu, used frozen pineapple, mango, and strawberries in lieu of the blueberries (for those times when I don't want a purple, frothy mustache, lol).  I also want to try a cucumber/tomato/kale mixture at some point. Just started with the kale smoothies this week but hoping the 2x a day addition will start showing results soon.

Other foodie stuff I've done lately is whipping up batches of butternut squash-red pepper, cold avocado, and sweet potato-chorizo soups.  The first and last I made in batches large enough to freeze for quick meals. Highly recommend Ken's Recipes blog from where I got the butternut squash soup recipe, the chocolate cake  is simply the best I've ever tried. I also have done some experimenting with a couple of British-inspired recipes.  Yes, it's safe to say the calorie-counting is on hiatus.  I would have shared these with friends but my cooking mood hit while I was recovering from a cold and didn't want to take any chances with contaminating anyone :-/.

jalapeno scones with mozzarella cheese

steak and ale pie

02 December 2011

Ciao Lola

Don't you hate when you can't think of a blog post title?  And has it really been almost a month since I last posted? Wow, time is flying by.

So a bit of catching up is due, quite a few are already aware of this but yes I quit my job last month. This trucker is on a bit of a hiatus, at least through the holidays.  As of right now, I'm unsure of if I will return to it or not but things had built up to a point where if I didn't get out from behind the wheel I was going to end up wrecking due to the extreme stress levels and I wanted to leave before I ruined my clean driving record.  The final straw for me was being switched from the Tennessee route to a Rochester, NY route without so much as a "Do you mind?" message or phone call and this was after being reassured the week prior that yes, even though there was some loads being shifted around I would remain on the Tennessee run.  It's not that I mind going to Rochester, the plant up there is actually a quicker in & out than what I'd been on, it's the fact that there was no respect, courtesy, or communication in letting me know there was a change being made.  Combine that with the paycut, a truck that's falling apart around me, the EOBR which meant even less time at home, and the constant layovers and my final straw was broken.

An example of the lack of communication within this company--I gave my notice via qualcomm message so there would be a record of it and that way there could be no recriminations and no "Well, she never said she was quitting" comments. I get a message back in return asking why, I list everything I've laid out in the blog over the past few months, and I get back "Is there anything I could have done differently?".  Sigh............this is a brand-new guy, I'm not gonna tear into him for things he had nothing to do with except for the lack of communication bit.  Which seems to have gone right over his head because the day after I cleaned out my truck, I receive a phone call at 8pm from night dispatch asking if I was ready to roll. Ummmm, say what?  I replied no, I was NOT ready to roll because I'd given my notice the week before and had turned in my keys. I can hear keys being punched and finally an "Are you sure?" lol!!!!!!!!!!! Best moment ever was being able to say "yes, that would be an I'm not ready to roll" in reply, still makes me giggle thinking about it.

So there you go, I'm unemployed albeit voluntarily and I do have quite a bit to do around here that I've just been putting off all year.  Throw that in with the task of editing some of TWBrit's writing (hey, he's an author now, about time!) and I'm staying fairly busy.  He actually wrote a nice blogpost or 2 about me lately (I think the dental infections are getting to his brain) including this one when I made the decision to quit.

Ciao Lola