Two Can Play That Game!

April 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

Just to fill you folks in on the current status of my ankle…

A few weeks ago I mentioned how my ankle was not feeling so hot. I’ve been cross training and hitting the spin bike at the gym. Being indoors isn’t as fun as being outdoors! After a week’s wait I was feeling pretty good and I actually ran yesterday. I decided not to log any miles or anything because I just wanted to feel the length of the run out…if that makes any sense at all? I’m guessing I ran about 4 miles. It was great! It’s like I was reunited with my long lost love. Minus the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture music.

I have been so stressed out lately about April already being here and the fact that my ankle decided to act up.. with less than two months until the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon!

I’m taking this time to really evaluate my strength as an individual. Some things are out of our control and it takes patience and faith to trust that there is always a silver lining. I’ve really been enjoying taking a break from running because I’m able to have the time to do other things that I really enjoy like hiking and cycling. I think in the end it will make me even more prepared for the race, because I will have all of this conditioning under my belt.

Aside from the alternative training for the marathon, I’m also proposing a new resolution for myself: It is OK if I can’t fit an entire workout in! I wanted to run more than 4 miles yesterday but time certainly didn’t permit me from doing so, and I doubt my ankle-in-recovery would have appreciated it! My ankle did feel a bit stiff the rest of the day so I decided to switch it up today by going on a bike ride.

I have no gripes about living in a cow town! Who would complain about being able to see this view during a ride?

Happy cows and all!

I also love the long straight roads, they are perfect for sprint intervals.

My ride duration today was 1hr 23 min. There were a few bursts of wind and because my bike it so light I definitely had to made an effort to keep riding straight and not to sway into the driver’s lane. Don’t worry I handled it fine!

Recent garden events…

This past Monday, I went out to the garden to harvest some beets, green onions, butter crunch lettuce and chard that was ready to come out. In case you aren’t aware, I live on two acres of land in a part of town that could pretty much be called bunny and gopher land. There are so many of them that bolt around our property! It was only a matter of time…

ATTACK OF THE CRITTERS!!

I felt the blood rush to my feet at the sight of my poor broccoli plant as it lay in our garden nearly annihilated by these hungry dirt dwellers. They gnawed the root entirely! They also thought it would be okay to invite themselves to my lettuce also.

I understand that they’ve got to eat, but my parents and I are the ones doing all the work to care for our garden.

All I can say, is two can play that game!

There is absolutely no way I’d ever resort to killing them! They are just acting by their instincts. I mean I put the salad bar out there in the open so of course they are going to be attracted to it! My plan to counter act their recent attacks on my garden is to put down some chicken wire about 18″ deep, recover with a compost/soil combination and then go ahead with my planting. We recently tilled 3 more rows for our garden so I’m going to carry out the new plan there, but as far as the rest of the garden goes.. for now I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed that it can hang tough through this cycle!

Dun-dun-dunnn!

To look at the bright side of the garden.. or shall I say the green grass side.. Here are some newbies šŸ˜€

Radishes!

Tomatoes!

Parsley!

Sugar snap peas! Which I need to set up with something for them to climb.. pronto!

Hollyhock flowers! I used old Nancy’s and Earth Balance containers that I’ve collected over the past several months, and poked some holes on the bottom. They work perfectly.

Tonight for dinner, I finally figured out how to make the perfect dough for a thin crust pizza. The trick is to omit the yeast. Kind of obvious, but sometimes a lot of things are without realizing them at first.

  • Organic home-made whole grain pizza crust with rosemary from the garden
  • Tomatoes made into a sauce, tomatoes from JR Organics
  • Beets and beet greens from my garden
  • Goat cheese from Spring Hill Cheese
  • Red onion and garlic

I’m excited that asparagus is finally in season! I just bought two bunches from Sage Mountain Farm this past Sunday and I am trying to figure out how I want to prepare them for dinner. So many ideas! šŸ˜€

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Recently, I’ve been helping to promote some upcoming events for the month here in San Diego:

  • April 24-25 San Diego Cultivating Food Justice Conference: http://www.sdfoodjustice.org/
    • This is surely going to be a motivational weekend filled with workshops, music, and great food. The topics of discussion will be about the need for a more balanced and sustainable food system in regards to agriculture, policy, history, and our future with food. It’s entirely free!
  • April 30-May 2 CA Student Sustainability Convergence at UCSD: http://www.sustainabilitycoalition.org/spring-convergence
    • This weekend is geared towards students and young professionals who share the vision of living in a more sustainable world. There will be workshops, music, and food at this event as well for a minor registration fee.

If you think you will be in the area, or know of anyone who will please share these events with them and attend!

Hope you are enjoying your Earth Month!!

If you have made an effort to green your life, what are some changes you have made? What are some changes you’d like to make?

I’m being more conscious of my water usage and finding new uses for things (i.e. Earth Balance containers)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly  |  April 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Oh no!!! Lol but I love your “two can play that game” mentality.

    hopefully your idea works! I hate to see good veggies go to waste–I mean, not “waste” completely–but for the most part.

    I admire all the time you take in gardening. Do you think all the hard work and time pays off?

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    • 2. Alexandra  |  April 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! I think the hard work really does pay off. Right now I live with my parents so we all do our fair share in tending to the garden, and the food we have been harvesting from the bed it so delicious! It’s really rewarding to know that all of the time spent in caring for the plants helped them to be delicious. Not only that, but the fact that the earth provided the nourishment is amazing too. It is indescribable!
      I have so much to learn though. I’m going to be transferring (finally) to finish my Bachelor’s in Sustainable Agriculture Development. Woohoo! I was an art major two years ago so this turn around is wild. I’m excited for fall quarter to get here so I can learn to grow better veggies šŸ™‚

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