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Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Passover!

P1: I was working on my 20 page paper for the Theories of Personality course today and something struck me: I've actually really ENJOYED writing all of the papers for this course. Like I actually look forward to sitting down and working. Now, I've always loved being a student but I am not sure I loved doing the assignments, it was more the class discussion that I liked. This time around I don't have true class discussions, since it's all online, but I have been really enjoying writing the papers. It's kind of cool!

P2: We had an uncharacteristically amazing weekend. Both girls were so well behaved, we just had a lot of fun. Saturday morning I took the girls to the Wychwood Barns farmer's market while Adam was at the gym. When we got home I put Little A down for her nap and Big A played quietly while I worked on my paper. When Adam got home we took them to Costco so we could purchase mass quantities of stuff. That place is addictive, but kind of disgusting at the same time. Where else can you purchase clothes, cds, books, vacuums, toasters, stereos, 1 kg of pickled herring and 2 kg of organic peanut butter all at the same time?

F1: I'm stuck making "Kosher for Passover" food for the next 8 days...blech! I'm just so grateful I discovered that quinoa is Kosher for Passover a few years ago. I just cook it up instead of brown rice and it satisfies my need for carbs. Here is a recipe for Tzimmes, one of the few Passover dishes I like:

Tzimmes

1 lb baby carrots
4 sweet potatos, cut up in bite sized pieces
4 baking apples, cut up in bite sized pieces
1/2 lb pitted prunes
1/2 lb dried apricots
1 tsp olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 orange
2 tbls honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients pour into large baking pan. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees until carrots, potatos and apples are tender (approx. 45 mins).


F2: I thought I'd give you an "Exercise of the week" today...and come to think of it, maybe I'll try to give you one each week.

Ball Squat -

Lean against an exercise ball that is against the wall, so that the ball is positioned around your lower back. Grab two dumbells (the heaviest ones you can). Position your feet so they are parallel and out far enough so that your knees are behind your toes (i.e. you have at least a 90 degree angle in your knees). Bend your knees and bring your butt as low as you can and then straigten your legs (without locking your knees). Do at least 2 sets of 15 reps. I LOVE this exercise because it doesn't bother your knees the way a traditional squat can and it allows you to really work your glutes and quads.