Thursday, May 3, 2012

All grown up.

Note- part of this post was written last week when I was on work travel in Charlotte, NC. So if you know me in real life, don't be confused by how events are sequenced.

I've been a legal adult for almost 9 years now (gag). I've been legal drinking age for almost 6. I've been out of high school for 9, and out of undergrad for 5. I'm employed. I have my own health insurance. I pay for my housing. Probably look like an adult to most onlookers.

So why is it that when I take a trip for work suddenly I feel like I'm in some special adults-only club and I'm trying to fit in? Paying with a corporate card makes me feel like I'm playing a game. I called down to the front desk of the hotel because the Wifi was non-existent. Who am I, the Queen of England?! Maybe it's the combination of being in an unusual city, and being alone that makes me feel so out of my element. I suddenly get super scared I'll get carded when we go out to dinner as a group and they'll all realize that I'm omgtoo young to be in their club

Anyways. While in Charlotte I had to be a morning work-outer a couple times because in the afternoons were full of dinner plans. I was reminded of how miserable morning workouts are. This first day I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and felt horrible. I "pushed myself" and got to 32 minutes. Did I earn some sort of merit badge? The second day I climbed on one of the two  treadmills at the tiny hotel gym. It only went up to 3.2 mph. What is that?? Such a ridiculous low limit. I feel like someone must have screwed something up on the machine for that to be the low setting. I tried the other treadmill and it worked properly, but I slogged along at sub-10 minute miles and struggled to get to 30 minutes. I think I did 3.5 miles in like 36 minutes. Two days prior, I ran on the Mallard Creek Greenway for about 50 minutes and I was cooking the whole time. My body just hates morning workouts.

A note about the Mallard Creek Greenway-- it is the best thing, ever. Apparently it covers almost 6 miles in northern Charlotte.

Umm. Some more recent runs? A painful but quick 4 miler with Nick last Friday when I came home, 4.5 miles (in 40 minutes... yay me?) on the treadmill on Monday, 3.6 miles with Nick on Tuesday. We were going to swim yesterday but instead watched the Hangover II and made jalapeno corn chowder, which I have been requested to immortalize so that we don't forget it for next time:

2 small onions
1 large red bell pepper
3 jalapenos, 2.5 of them seeded
lots of pepper

Sautee until things are tender

5 cups water, 3 veggie boullion cubes
2 peeled, cubed large-ish potatoes

Boil until potatoes are tender

1.5 bags frozen sweet corn, one tiny container heavy whipping cream plus low fat milk (I know, irony) up to about 2.5 cups milk.

Simmer/LOW boil ~40 minutes. Add cornmeal and water to thicken.

If we did it again, I'd probably use 1 cup less water, but I'm not sure. The cornmeal addition at the end made it really chowdery and perfect. It was spicy and delicious. I had gotten some ideas and measurement amounts from this recipe and this recipe, but I also did my own thing. Pictures are forthcoming.

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