Weee, it’s Friday again! I love short weeks. Unfortunately we don’t have another one until July (and even then Canada Day is on a Wednesday this year, booo)
As it’s Friday, let’s dive into another round of Five things Friday!
Weekend in Canmore
While the weather wasn’t entirely cooperative, it was great to spend time with friends I haven’t seen in way too long and meet some awesome new people as well. Thanks to J & V for lending us a room for the weekend, you guys are the best. THE BEST. The best.
I am the Bionic Woman! Haha 🙂
My awesome Mitmunk bionic leggings arrived this week. Look for them in pics from upcoming runs and/or yoga classes and/or all the time.
Books, books, books.
I polished off three more books this week:
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Nexus by Ramez Naam, which I only realized was part one of a trilogy right now as I write this post…
- The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, also part one of a trilogy, but I knew that from the beginning 🙂
I enjoyed all three, though Of Mice and Men sticks out genre-wise. It’s a short novel / novella and definitely worth the hour or so it takes to read. There are a lot of underlying themes that I’m sure went way over my head, and a comparison between a mentally challenged human being and an old sick dog that makes me uncomfortable, but it’s a classic for a reason.
Nexus is a near-future sci-fi novel written by a computer scientist / futurist, so both the technology and the way individuals and governments react to it feels like something that could actually happen in this world. Now that I know there are two more books in the series, I’m excited to explore this world a bit more.
The Testing is a YA dystopia series similar to the Hunger Games (though I’m hoping the books don’t deteriorate at the rate tHG did…). Young, attractive people are selected for brutal testing for the the chance to become leaders within the evil post-apocalyptic government system. The consequence for failing any of the tests is, of course, death. All kidding aside, I blew through this book because it’s fun, the heroine is smart and resourceful, and it’s well written. If you like the Hunger Games you’ll probably like this.
I love Pinterest and have a huge collection of all things home-workout and lchf eating (and other eating – you never know where you’ll find inspiration!). I also have a few other random boards, but these two are the ones I use the most.
Some of my recent favorite pins:
- Creamsicle jellies – I use this recipe but sub the heavy cream for 35% whipping cream and add an extra two tablespoons of gelatin. This makes perfectly creamy jello with a lot less jiggle. So far I’ve used orange and lemon no sugar added Jell-O brand, but plan to experiment a bit with other flavours as well as some homemade attempts.
- Bulletproof coffee gummies – on a similar note, I frequently make these gummies as well, though I drop the gelatin down to four tablespoons because I found them too chewy at five.
- Baked chicken thighs, wings or drums – this is my basic go-to recipe, just change up the seasonings to suit your mood!
- Cauliflower cakes – these are a huge hit in our house. The recipe makes twelve good size “muffins” and they reheat really well in foil in the oven. I recommend REALLY greasing the pan or using parchment muffin liners.
- Citrus powder – this is just… weird. However, this plays nicely with my homemade creamsicle jelly plan above…
Non-food wise, since my training plan this summer includes Yasso-800s, I thought this infographic would be handy.
Science Babe vs. Food Babe.
Fun times for the skeptical and/or enlightened.
Aside: I would hardly describe myself as scientifically literate, but even I know our atmosphere is mostly nitrogen…
And that’s it for this week.
Sticking around the City this weekend. I have my long run tomorrow and still need to sort out where that’s going down. Maybe I’ll check out St. Albert’s trail system this week?
Have a wonderful weekend!
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