movin' on up

Hey all, if you haven't switched your follow-feed or bookmark or whatever yet, please do!  I am officially at my new site, and would love to have you over there to read and comment and have fun!


new site!

The new site is up!

Click here!

I decided on boygirlkitty because 1) it stayed with my picture/title and 2) it was more general, allowing for greater flexibility and evolution of topics in the future.

Please continue to read and comment and talk with me!  Blogging has been so much fun for me and I have loved talking with all of you on it!

weekend foods

The internet at our house is down while our landlords do some renovations, which has proved to be a bit of an inconvenience this past week as we came home from NC Monday, I went to Marion Tuesday, and then worked from Dave's church office Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  Needless to say, I felt VERY behind in my housecleaning... and Mosie seemed very confused and sad that we weren't home very much.  Hopefully the internet will be back up Tuesday (fingers crossed!).  Karen (the wife) thought Tuesday... but Bill (the husband) thought this next weekend.  Oy.

In any case, it's been busy days in the kitchen for me recently.  Thursday night we had a staff dinner and I brought spaghetti squash soup, which tastes a lot like chicken noodle.  It was delicious and a big hit.  Friday I took Dave on a date to Jimmy John's, since he had talked about wanting to try it.  I got the veggie sub and thoroughly enjoyed the avocado spread!  Then we split a peanut butter perfection at Coldstone - SO GOOD.  Saturday night my parents came and we had refried black beans, spanish rice, and burritos - some with taco meat and cheese and some with sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, and plain yogurt.  We topped them with spinach, salsa, avocado, and tomatoes.  Sunday we had a church carry-in for lunch.  Mom and I worked together to make black bean and corn egg rolls (from this post and this recipe - even better with the actual egg roll wrappers!) and brown rice, peas, yellow peppers, and browned onions tossed together with a garlic/cumin/red wine vinegar dressing.  Both were great!  The egg rolls especially were a big hit, and I definitely want to try them again.  Then Sunday night I made two crockpots full of chili and 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies for an office lunch today.  (Sorry I don't have any pictures of any of these!)  Recipe plans for the week: hopping john, lentil soup, and a Mexican casserole!

Dave and I had a great time with my parents while they were in town - we antiqued a bit (saw quite a few gorgeous Hoosier cupboards that we have no place for) and played a new partners version of Sorry.  And watched football, talked, ate, and just hung out.  It was very relaxing!  And Mosie behaved herself fairly well with new occupants sleeping in the living room.  She did wake up my mom in the middle of the night because she had taken her glasses off the coffee table and was batting them around on the floor.  Other than that and a few random sprints across their mattress (in all fairness it was 6:30AM and she is used to us being up and moving at 6AM) she was very good.  Dave and I decided we talk WAY too much about our cat (we are "those" people) but we don't even care because we adore her and just love to watch her and play with her.

My first full week of October brought a running fail insofar as my goals are concerned.  I had hoped to do 45-50 miles a week and hit 38 this first week - mostly because I only ran 4 days instead of the normal 5.  Oh well!  Maybe this week I can hit it!  I did have my first run with gloves and pants... but most were in shorts and long sleeves.  I am desperately hoping to find good running tights for winter at Goodwill... even if they come in some lurid shade of purple or pink.

Happy Monday!!



Okay... so as mentioned in my previous post, I am considering changing the URL from kimmierau.blogspot to something more general (and without my full name).  My hope is that this URL would be non-cliche (if possible), somewhat self-descriptive, and would be broad enough to cover my blog should its focus change or shift in the future.  So... here are some thoughts (much thanks to my sister, Kelly, who is good at brainstorming):

metabolize-kim.blogspot (go here for the definition of metabolize to fully understand the pertinence)
popcorngirl.blogspot (this might seem random... unless you know my undying, deep love for popcorn)

I'm not advanced enough to know how to make an actual poll in here... so vote in the comments!  And feel free to say no to all, or to suggest your own version!

Note: adding apple to the spinach smoothies is a bad idea.  Really bad idea.

Apparently while Dave and I were gone in NC Mosie got used to being a rebel kitty... she nonchalantly gets on the coffee table, the dresser, and the bathroom sink, then looks really surprised when we spray her with water.  We've got foil and tape traps set up to discourage her... let the training (and re-training) begin!


here and there

A few pictures, to start off.

Dave, me, Bethany, Pat, and Kevin @ dinner before the DeArmonds headed back to Durham.

Dave and I in Coach K territory, outside Cameron Stadium, at Duke.

Had a good run today after 3 days off.  It was windy and cool and perfectly fall - even some light misting rain.  Hooray!  And I've signed up for the W.O.O.F. trail run in Bluffton, Indiana at the start of November.  I'm hoping to do a few more runs out at Oxbow Park this month to get my ankles a little better acclimated to softer surfaces.

And tonight is minestrone soup with kidney beans (and maybe added broccoli... because broccoli in minestrone just sounds really good to me) and fresh bread.  And now I need to get home to start making it!

I kind of want to change the URL for my blog to something more generic, rather than my name.  Then I'll import all of this to the new site.  I need name suggestions!  I thought about eatnrun4fun but it kind of seemed long and maybe too cliche.  What do you think?  Or should I just keep it all as is?


vaca recap

Another post sans pictures - we mostly forgot to use our camera while away, and the one or two pictures I would put up are at home (I'm in Marion).  Look for photo evidence in later posts.

**skip this paragraph if you could really care less about what we did day-to-day while we were away... but click the link there in bold just so you can drool over the amazing pastries and breads**  We had a wonderful time taking a long weekend in NC.  The trip there was painfully long - 13 hours - and we rolled in to Durham about 11, tired tired tired.  Friday morning Dave and I went running, then met up with Pat and Bethany for lunch.  We walked around Duke some, then Bethany took Dave and I threw Chapel Hill, to Carrboro, and to Trader Joe's. Had a late dinner together - the boys wandered in Best Buy while Bethany and I sat outside the restaurant and talked.  Saturday we went running and then had an amazing breakfast at Guglhupf bakery - all made with local farm food.  SO GOOD.  Then Dave and I drove to Charlotte to meet up with Jim and Claudia, the couple that he lived with in Atlanta for 2 years.  We got lunch with them at Mama Ricotta's (I had super delicious wheat pasta with chunky homemade tomato sauce) and then took a tour of the Lowe's Motor Speedway, per Jim's request.  For $5 we got a van tour of the whole complex and grounds, including a drive around the speedway.  It was fun and interesting, and something easy to do while we hung out.  Afterwards we grabbed Starbucks and talked, then said goodbye and headed to Kevin's house.  Sunday we went to church - meeting up with Pat and Bethany - then had a hilarious lunch all together at a trendy Mexican place (Dave was crying laughing).  Sunday afternoon Bethany and I went to IKEA and left the boys to hang out together.  And Monday we began our drive home - 12 hours from Charlotte, rolling in at just about 10pm to a very noisy and purring Mosie.  We had missed her!!

So that's the weekend wrap up.  I'm in Marion today, headed home tonight to meet a new baby!  Week goals include:
  • cleaning the house
  • making spaghetti squash soup (recipe to be posted!)
  • getting some good runs in
  • making sweet potato oven fries (this will be accomplished tonight)
Question of the day: church carry-in on Sunday.  What delicious dish (not dessert) should I make?  Vote now!