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Last week I was invited to a co-workers going away party at a local wine bar.  I’m not a big drinker so I checked out the menu before agreeing to spending some time away from the munchkin.  I was surprised to find a dedicated Vegan menu.  The place wasn’t even on VegGuide (I fixed it).

I debated whether to get the truffle spaghetti, the vegan pizza, the three bean chili or the grilled eggplant stack. I still had not made up my mind when we got to the restaurant.

The restaurant has an elegant vibe to it. It would be a great place for a date or a business meeting.  Certainly not where I would bring a rambunctious toddler.

As my co-workers ordered wine from a huge wine menu I ordered the following.

Pan Roasted Zucchini “Scallops” -
With Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil Pesto and Balsamic Reduction

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  How exciting!  The waitress brought out some roasted pita triangles with hummus, tabbouleh and olive bruschetta as dip.  It was delicious, the doc control manager and I ate in between comments of how good it was.

Then my entree came out. I was floored (and my cell was dead so this picture came from a coworker’s phone).

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Not only was the dish beautifully plated but there were so many wonderful flavors playing on my tongue.

I was really impressed by the zucchini scallops.  They were actually cut, peeled and slightly cooked rounds of zucchini.

I will have to return next time co-workers ask me out. 

Shortly after Little A turned one I started running again.  I promptly fell off a treadmill breaking my rotator cuff and spent a few more months on the sidelines letting it heal (I just started PT for it… oops).

Then I got my own treadmill for Christmas.  Approximately 77 miles later it hasn’t tried to kill me and this time the running is sticking.   I’ve done a couple snowshoe races,  a 5k and a half marathon in 2014. 

On weekends Little A and I sometimes take her naps “to go” and I slog behind her pushing the stroller. How am I supposed to “veg” in conditions like this.

Advantages do include the sensation that I’m incredibly fast when I run without the stroller and a pretty happy kid.

Disadvantage: the running stroller is where she wants to nap on weekends now.  Last weekend I ran for over an hour on tired legs because she was too good for the crib.

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Now she seems to show an interest in being a little copy cat.  The other day she was running around the living room in her interpretation of sneakers – two gift boxes.

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When gift box running didn’t take off as the new fitness craze, she caved and tried on a pair of daddy’s shoes. 

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We had to take a video of the mechanics of walking that way. She was very proud of herself.

Currently I’m training for a faster half marathon time.  She’s training for her first toddler dash in April.  She’ll be days from turning 18 months old, we think she has a shot at winning her age group.

And if she doesn’t, at least she’ll look fast doing it.

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Got to run.

This week was my 1 year anniversary at my new company.  It made me realize that I hadn’t blogged in over a year!

I’ve missed blogging, but since my new job is so high stress and so busy (in addition to a crazy active 17month old and running 25-30 miles a week), I can’t see myself food blogging to the level I used to.  Especially not to the quality I would like to produce.

When I first came up with my blog title I intended for the meaning to be both food related and busy life related.  Therefore, I plan on occasionally blogging again on this blog, and not necessarily about food.  I don’t know if I still have any readers left, but if you have any interest in running, poodles, toddlers and occasionally food, feel free to hang around.  I plan on keeping the recipes up for anyone who wants to see them.