Random Thoughts and More Spiders

>> Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I didn't do a weekend recap on Monday, so I thought I'd do sort of a what's-going-on-with-Ashley-and-Stephen post for all those random thoughts.

My finger is finally returning back to its normal size. Swelling has gone down so much that I won't need to wear the splint to the marathon (the splint is way too big now -- take THAT mean doctor!). YES! However, the pain is still majorly there. But I'm going to wean myself off Tylenol (I've developed quite a habit) for the rest of the week. Things should get interesting.

Just to give you an idea of how big it got. This photo was taken over the weekend. The digit had swelled to the size of my thumb. Ahhhh!

What else? Well, this morning, my friend Chris shared with me an elevation chart he created (using his Garmin) for the last 24 miles of the Wineglass Marathon. (Thanks, Chris!) The course boasts a pretty impressive downhill trend -- if you really examine it, though, it's not exactly straight down hill. But it's much less up-hill than many of my long training runs.



20 MILE TRAINING RUN (My Most Recent):

I'm still just hoping to finish the race, but my legs are feeling great -- so if I could accomplish goal A (from our Marathon Taper post), I'd be ecstatic. Last night I went for a easy, breezy, beautiful 5K run in 24:50 (7:58 pace). I feel confident. I feel ready.


We have received some questions in our inbox like "What on EARTH is Earth Balance?" and "Can I substitute 1 egg for 1 Bob's Red Mill replacer?" etc. So, we created a handy conversion chart specific to the ingredients we most often substitute. You can always find the chart on our new Recipe Index. But, just in case you'd like to see it now . . .

So, if you haven't yet checked out our Recipe Index, now's a great time. We have added pretty much everything to the list now. And we have also marked what's vegan (which, surprisingly is A LOT of the list!). If you happen to come across anything we've mis-marked, don't be shy about letting us know. We want you to find the eats you want in the fastest way possible.

Now . . . some fun photos we took yesterday afternoon. Remember those spider photos we shared a few weeks ago? The critters are back! And we've decided to get friendly with them.

If you haven't had a chance to read yesterday's post about our desperate dishwasher situation, we'd love for you to join in on the conversation. We had no idea so many of you were either in love or apathetic toward your, at least what we feel is, most critical appliance.

We're just waiting for Stephen's next pay day to roll in, and then we're ordering our little 18-incher. Now if we could only find space for it in our tiny kitchen. That would be great. As I told Stephen, though, we'll MAKE space.

Have you (or someone you know) made one of our recipes? If so, have you blogged about it? We'd love to compile a list of recipes our readers have tried (successful or not). If you'd like to share, you can simply leave a permalink to your post in our comments section. Or if you'd rather email us, shoot us a note at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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