a rainy day

If I’ve learned one thing about running in the rain, it is this: you will reach a point where you can’t possibly get any wetter.

Somehow that’s a consolation for me, and I absolutely love reaching the poing where I quite literally become one with the run. 😉  That point where avoiding puddles becomes meaningless.  The point where the rate of the rain determines my pace. 

A hard downpour makes my legs turn over quicker.  Sprinting, almost.  

A slow, methodical rhythm of a drizzle is my favorite.  My pace becomes slow and steady, as I take in the pleasures of a rainy day.  One drop at a time.

Running through the rain is one of life’s simple pleasures.  I highly recommend it.

And—remember—you will reach that point where you can’t possibly get any wetter.  😉

With the temperatures dropping, dropping, dropping, hot oats are once again becoming my breakfast of choice.  

I’ve always enjoyed pureed pumpkin in my oats.  I’ve always enjoyed cottage cheese in my oats.  I don’t know why I’ve never thought to combine the two.

But they marry perfectly together, they really do. 

I stirred in the cottage cheese at the very end of the cooking time, to avoid “melting” the cheese.  Been there, done that.  Nobody likes a stretchy cottage cheese.

This produces a very voluminous bowl of oats, and it’s super filling to boot.  Between the protein from the cottage cheese ‘n’ milk and the fiber from the oatbran and pumpkin, you’ll be going, goin, going all morning long. 😀

Spiced Pumpkin and Cottage Cheese Oat Bran

  • 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + a dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 c. oatbran
  • 1/4 c. 1% cottage cheese, nuked for 10 seconds to take the chill off
  • toppings: Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola with almond butter
  1. Bring milk, water, spices, banana and pumpkin to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add oatbran, lower heat, and cook until thickened (about 3-5 minutes), stirring after every minute or so.
  2. Add cottage cheese, turn heat off, and pour into bowl.  Top as desired.

Question: How do you most enjoy a rainy day?


Growing Old?

I think I’m getting old.  Or maybe I’ve always been “old” and I’m just beginning to realize it now. 

I almost always go to bed by 10:00.

I love doing crossword puzzles.

I regularly talk about the weather and check the weather website frequently.

I’m embarassingly obsessed with cottage cheese and prunes.

Does this make me old?  Please make me feel better and tell me I’m not alone.  You can lie.


 Speaking of cottage cheese, this is my new favorite snack.  Cottage cheese and raw oats, mixed together.  I know, I know.  Sounds incredibly weird.  But there’s something about the salty cottage cheese and the chewy raw oats.  I love it. 

Thankfully, some things never get old.  Things like SIAB (smoothies in a bowl). 

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • large handful of red kale, stems removed
  • 1 c. soymilk
  • toppings: Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola and shredded coconut

Plus a toast with peanut butter on the side.  That doesn’t get old either, FYI.


 Taco salads.  I’ll never get tired of them.  Complete with vegetarian refried beans, salsa, avocado, black olives, onions, shredded carrot, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Never.  Grows.  Old. 



 And then there’s dark chocolate.  You already know where I’m going with this.

I forgot my camera this afternoon when out and about with the sis, hence the lack of lunch/snack photos.  And I’m sorry for such a short post, but…you know.  It’s almost 10:00. 😉

Question: Are you a night owl or a morning person?