Category Archives: Memories

Police Week 2012

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You can read more about National Police Week here.

These pictures were taking at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC during the candlelight vigil.

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Accountability

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It’s no denying that I’m lazy.  And overweight.  I’m just doing my best as an American.  Fat, lazy, and living the dream.

This will be the THIRD time I’ve restarted the Couch to 5k program.  For those unfamiliar, it’s a program designed to get up from couch potato mode to running a 5k marathon in about nine weeks.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Nope.  It’s not that easy.  Especially when your knees hate you.

The first time I started this I stuck with it pretty well.  And then by about week 5 I just couldn’t move forward.  I found myself repeating week 5 over and over again (which is encouraged!)  So, I took a break.  I decided that some people just aren’t runners.  I still believe that to be true, but for myself, someone who used to be in amazing shape, I needed to prove to my knees and ankles that I wasn’t going to let a few excruciating pains stop me.

So, I started again.  I took about a 6 month break.  This time, from the start, I ran on a treadmill.  Before, I ran outside, and my neighborhood is very hilly.  I thought maybe that had something to do with it.  So, treadmill it was.

Yeah, week 3 saw me about four times before I said screw it and grabbed a bag of potato chips.

But this time folks, I have a blog.  I can inundate you with annoying updates about things no one gives a shit about!  How glorious!  You’re welcome in advance.

So, sit down, grab a beer and a pint of ice cream and watch me run.  Slowly.  Verrrry slowly.  In fact, I don’t even know if it counts as running.

Each week I’ll update you with my progress (or lack there of) and each week you can tell me to stop being a giant baby and just run already.

That’s right folks.  345 words about how I’m going to run.  I probably wouldn’t be so fat if I just ran, instead of telling internet strangers I’m going to run.

~J

Project 52 – Week 1

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Last year I did a 365 Project, which can be found here, and let me tell you.  It was exhausting.  Trying to come up with a new picture every single day can really start to wear on you.

I realize that is only something that first world people understand.  I couldn’t possibly manage to do another 365 project this year, what will all my time being occupied with indoor plumbing, having enough food to feed my family, washing our two cars (one that is a gas guzzler), you know.  I’m very busy.

However, I decided that taking one picture a week wouldn’t put me too out of my way – so last week it started.

And yes, i’m already a week behind in posting it.

These are the times we live in people.

I’m not always going to have a fun story to go along with the picture.  But this first picture is a treat for you guys, so I figured I could write a little something.

This picture is of delicious, wood oven pizza.  The husband and I really enjoy the pizza at Mia’s Pizza in Bethesda.  The staff is wonderful and they have a decent wine and beer list.  Most people from the DC area prefer 2Amys – however, parking is a bitch and I’ve never been in there when there weren’t less than 5 screaming children.

We had a late lunch here one day last week.  This is my favorite of all pizzas.  It’s the il forno and a steal at merely $13.

Easy Roasted Garlic

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It’s such a simple thing that adds such awesome flavor to just about anything!

Preheat oven to 400.

Peel off flaky paper off the outside of the garlic, but leave the cloves attached. Trim off the top of the head of garlic and place on some tin foil.

Drizzle with olive oil. You could even get fancy and throw in some extra herbs or spices, depending on your game plan for the garlic.

Seal up foil.

And pop that sucker in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves are nice and soft.

Let cool and squeeze out the cloves.

They should really ooze right out.

I used this particular head of garlic to make some Roasted Garlic Flaky Biscuits  by For the Love of Cooking to serve with the big ‘ol pot of chili I had made up.

I just plopped the garlic in and broke it up with the whisk. The biscuits were a huge hit.

And as usual she was a huge helper.