>> Thursday, December 9, 2010
I gave myself the morning off. We had both accidentally slept in until 6:30 AM anyway, so it was the perfect excuse to take things somewhat slower than usual. You see, this past month has been exhausting. Normally, it's quite insane. But with PT added to the mix . . . I can't catch up.
Newton's First Law: A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.
I guess this morning, that outside force was my alarm clock. It didn't go off. Now, some of you were wondering what a typical day-in-the-life looks like for me right now. Here it is . . . in excruciating detail:
- Wake up between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM.
- Bike at home for 30 min to an hour. Or aqua jogging at the Y.
- Shower and get ready from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM.
- Eat breakfast, prepare lunch, and scramble to leave the house by 7:45 AM.
- PT from 8:00 AM to 9:15M.
- Rush to work. Stay until lunch around 1:00 PM.
- Errands (bank/post office/x-mas shopping/blogging) during lunch break.
- Stuff down a sandwich at my desk while answering voice mail and email.
- At work till 5:00 PM.
- Gym by 5:15 PM. Home by 6:45 PM.
- Shower. Make dinner. On the couch eating by 7:30 PM.
- Baking and blogging and TV time until 9:30 PM.
- Random before-bed stuff (cleaning, cat duty, etc.) until 10:00 PM.
- Bed by 10:30 PM.
And two showers a day? Ugh. My skin is begging with me to change. Or buy a new moisturizer.
(Also: No, mom. I'm not addicted to exercise. Mostly, my schedule is a little gym-heavy because I'm trying to keep some of my endurance . . . and check to see if my knee is cooperating with running. So, sometimes I get two solid workouts a day. Most times, only one. I stretch and do my PT exercises when my knee hurts. And I take off two days per week.)
A.n.y.w.a.y. I gave myself the morning off. And it was glorious. I took a long shower. I took time blow-drying my hair. Using hairspray to keep a style! Putting on makeup -- eyeliner and all!
Then, I cooked breakfast in our sunny, bright kitchen.
TIRAMISU OATMEAL BAKE FOR TWO
What you'll need . . .
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 large banana
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In the meantime, take the rolled oats, 1/4 cup water, and 1/2 cup almond milk. Mix together and cook in the microwave for around 5 minutes.
- Slice a large banana into coins and set on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Spritzed with a bit of canola oil.
- Mix together the cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then shake the mixture over the bananas and use a fork to poke into each and press into the powder to coat well. Set in the oven for three minutes.
- When the oats are done cooking, pour in the extra 1/4 cup almond milk and the coconut flour. Stir in the vanilla and baking powder.
- Remove banana slices from the oven. Save four to six of the coins for after the bake. But take the rest and mix into the oats.
- Lightly grease two ramekins. Divide mixture evenly between them. Then bake for 10 minutes.
- Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Top with the remaining banana coins. Sprinkle a bit more cocoa powder on top for extra deliciousness.
No. The oats don't taste exactly like tiramisu. So, don't be disappointed. The cocoa-covered bananas, though, do remind me of that amazing Italian dessert. Plus, the whole thing is so warm -- incredible on a day when the temps are in the 20-degree range.
YUM! Check out that steam!
How do you cope with a fuller than full schedule? Do you map out your time? Do you sacrifice any certain activities? For us -- we often leave cleaning for the weekends (boo -- because that's supposed to be our time!). So, our house is seriously messy mid-week. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
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