Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day. Soup Day

Snow Day Workout
Well, we got snow. And we got a 2-hour work delay this morning. That meant I was able to get in my leg workout first thing. I went with 3 sets of supersets plus some conditioning exercises. I did try to increase my weights from last week for many of the exercises:

SS#1
Squats
Plie squats

SS#2
Step ups
Deadlifts

SS#3
Static lunges
Calf raises

Alternating squats with kick (16 total)
Weighted plie hops -24
Firewalkers - 8
Weighted donkey kicks - 2x18
Roll-ins/hip lifts on ball

Ghost Town at Work
I got to work around 9:30. I let Jason drive us both in. And....there was no one there. It was a total ghost town. I did finally see one person in the hallway around 11:45. I swear there was a conspiracy this morning though. I forgot to change my password on Friday, that meant I was locked out of my computer this morning. Did I mention it was a ghost town? That meant I didn't get my new password for about an hour. Ahhhhh, good times.

My boss told me to get some work and take it home. Jason decided he was going to stay later, but by 12:30 I called it quits and headed home (very slowly).

I decided to take my lunch break and get in my cardio workout. I did 3 of the step combos plus abs from Low Impact Circuit.

I got cleaned up, made some soup and started doing some work like a good girl. I went to log into my email, and wouldn't you know it...I couldn't get logged in. See? Conspiracy. I had a couple of articles that I was supposed to work on, writing up of some tweets and facebook posts, and some content editing for one of our sites. I gotta say, I could really get used to working from home in my warm jammies!

I did get a few more snow pictures. Managed one of Maddie (finally). It's not the best, but better than none right?
 
 
 
 


Another fun thing about working from home is being able to get things done here and there. I was able to get tofu pressed and marinating, I roasted kabocha squash for dinner. The tofu will be used for tomorrow. Since it's pretty much ready to go, it'll make for a pretty fast dinner. Because it's cold out, I thought soup sounded good. I went with a Creamy Curried Kabocha and Pumpkin Soup.

Creamy Curried Kabocha and Pumpkin Soup
Ingredients:
1/2 roasted kabocha squash, cubed
1 small (or 1/2 larger) white onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 package firm silken tofu
1 can lite coconut milk
1 can pumpkin puree
Splash lime juice
15 oz. low-sodium vegetable broth
To taste: sea salt, black pepper, curry powder, ground coriander, red pepper, turmeric, garam masala

Directions:
In large pot, saute onions, squash, and garlic until onions are translucent. Add in broth, coconut milk, pumpkin, and spices. Bring to a simmer and cook approximately 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to meld. 
Remove from heat and add in tofu and use an immersion blender to puree. Or, if you don't have a hand blender, transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until creamy. 
Return to heat and bring back to a simmer. Re-season and add additional broth if necessary. Let reduce to desired consistency adding in the lime juice at the end.
 


Stylish Blogger Award
And I  must thank Kristina @ Life As Kristina for passing along the Stylish Blogger Award. I've only recently started reading her blog, and am loving it. I did receive this award a few weeks ago for Fun Facts Friday, so I'm going to link to the 7 random facts in case you missed that one. Got anything fun you'd like to share? I love hearing fun facts!