Tuesday, January 13, 2009

When will it end?

The cold ... the snow ... the wind. We're slated to get another 2-5" overnight. Enough already! And we could have another couple months of this weather-related fun ...

I had 119 hits here on Sunday. I believe that might be a record for a Sunday. Thanks for stopping by. ;-)

A meeting for the planning committee for the Rochester Half Marathon is going to be held sometime mid-week next week. If you're interested in helping out in any way, no matter how small, please contact Jean Murray.

Your 2009 RTC Board of Directors are (drum roll, please): John Shonyo (President), Jean Murray (Treasurer), Lin Gentling (President-Elect), David Sletten (Past President), Wally Arnold, Ron Giles, Greg Hagen, Kit Hawkins, Mike Schmitt, Chris O'Brien, Kevin Torgerson.

From Sarah Shonyo, volunteer coordinator for Lace-Up Against Breast Cancer: We need several people to help with registration on Saturday the 14th from 3-5:00. Also, of course, we'll need people the morning of the event. Please let me know if you are available to volunteer and if so, what time. Unless you have a preference of location (registration, silent auction, water stops, course marshals, finish line, food, set up / tear down) I'll assign positions based on need. Volunteers will receive a black cinch bag, pink and white running socks, lots of great food.. and gratitude from yours truly. Please email me if you are able to volunteer.

There is a Team in Training informational meeting on Thursday at Assisi Heights at 6:00 PM. Train with a coach and team to run or walk a full or half marathon or participate in a triathlon, century (100-mile) bike ride, or hike. Complete your journey at Grand Canyon National Park, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Minneapolis, or Sunriver, Oregon. Participants raise funds to fight blood cancer.

Want to run an inaugural indoor marathon this weekend (Saturday)? Here's your chance. Spots are still available. It will be held on the running track around the Olympic Ice Oval in Milwaukee.
Last night's Cooking Light meal was a real winner. There was nothing that I wouldn't make again.

As I look at the slideshow again, I realize I didn't get a photo of the soup or the shortbread. I can't pick just one favorite, but they would have to be the Roast Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Garam Masala, Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna or Pear Pie with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce. Recipes should be available at Cooking Light.

I made Kelly Lyndgaard's asparagus recipe for supper tonight.

1 lb. asparagus spears, ends trimmed
Cooking spray
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes or until tender. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook until lightly bronwed, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat. Serve immediately.

Simple, quick, and quite delish!!

Mark Wernstrom mentioned 'cookies' at the Y on Monday. All of a sudden I realized that the cookie monsters hadn't gotten their January cookies. My bad!! So this afternoon, cookies it was.

This year's recipients include: Jim Benike, Don Gabrielson, Ross Hamernik, Jim Martinson, Jean Murray, K.C. Reed, Mark Wernstrom, and Shaun Palmer (he gets half of them!!) Happy eating, one and all!

K.C. Reed just stopped by and we chatted for a bit. Just off the Polar Plunge wire: February 7 there will be a Polar Bear Plunge Warm-Up at Whistle Binkies south including a tug-of-war on ice, silent auction (I told him I'd donate a basket of cookies), ice fishing contest, rubber chicken bowling contest, and probably much more. Sounds like a fun time! Also, at the Rochester Polar Plunge on February 14, 3 couples will be renewing their vows and then taking the plunge! (More couples are being sought.) The hole in the ice will be what else ... heart-shaped.

Thought for the day: " Every battle is not meant to be fought and every point is not meant to be proven. Some things in life are just meant to be."

Stay warm.

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