People, parmesan & pole dancing

Monday was a strange day. It started off normally, with obscene amounts of coffee, blog & Al Jazeera reading, and a track workout.

Sprint & Bleachers Track Workout

10 minute warm up jog (to track)

100 meter sprint

~150 meter slow jog (to bleachers)

1 set of bleachers, sprinting up the stairs

~150 meter slow jog (back to sprint starting point)

repeat 3x more

10 minute cool down jog

Then, I cleaned up and changed for class. I put on a leotard with a tiger on the front, high waisted corduroy shorts, oxfords, a Hello Kitty ring, and a gold whistle necklace. Weird? Yes. But I loved it.

When I got out of lecture, there was a note tucked into the spokes of my bike wheel. Apparently someone else liked my outfit too…

I continued on with my day with a goofy grin on my face and Right Thing To Do stuck in my head. I needed to go to the Co-Op to pick up some gluten free pasta for the dinner I was going to cook for my friend Sara. So, I went home and put a leash on Nina for a walk to the Co-op. On our way there, a girl was driving towards us and she slowed down right next to me, gave me the up and down, and burst out laughing. Guess she’s not into tigers?

I spent the rest of the walk thinking about the completely opposite reactions I had gotten to the same clothes. Basically, you should do, say, and feel what you want, because no matter what, some people are going to hate it and some people are going to love it. Its been said over and over again, but it’s so important to remember to stay true to yourself. That way, the people that like you – really like YOU – and not some facade you have created for others. It’s almost fun being a little freakazoid, because the people that are drawn to you are clearly unique and probably a hell of a lot of fun! I want to surround myself with people who are down to look stupid, don’t care what others think, and are too busy trying new things and having a blast to judge others.

Anywho, I picked up the pasta and then walked on over to our old house to pick some of the veggies I started growing a few months before we moved. There were so many luscious baby tomatoes! Look how gorgeous:

On our way back home, I received this text message….

No matter how many articles you have read about the degradation of feminism, you really cannot turn down a pole dancing class when you are wearing a tiger-print leotard. Especially when you get called out on being a self-proclaimed Yes Woman.

With pole dancing in my future, I decided to keep dinner fairly light. It was gluten free, vegetarian (both for Sara!), and UTTERLY DELICIOUS.

Gluten free pasta and summer vegetables tossed in walnut basil pesto

Recipe: Serves 2, plus extra pesto

For the basil walnut pesto – Β I based it off of this recipe!

1 1/3 cups fresh basil, packed

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup olive oil

1 large clove garlic

1/3 cup grated parmesan

1/3 tsp salt

Directions – Combine all in a food processor or a Vita mix and blend until just slightly chunky.

the pesto is so good I seriously wanted to rub it all over myself

For the pasta –

2 cups zucchini, chopped (do not include the stringy/seedy innermost portion)

1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped

1 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups brown rice pasta, cooked

handful cherry tomatoes


Directions – 1. Melt the butter in a pan on the stove on medium low heat. Saute the zucchini and onion until lightly browned. Remove from heat. 2. Boil the pasta until soft to your liking, drain, and combine with the vegetables. 3. Add the tomatoes and about 1/4 cup pesto. 4. Toss to combine. Divide between two bowls. Give each a shake of salt. Enjoy!

Note: This would be AWESOME with grilled chicken or white fish.

Sara and I, post feast

After dinner, I went to the class with two friends and laughed until my sides hurt. I am definitely not a natural pole dancer.

And I am okay with that.

27 thoughts on “People, parmesan & pole dancing

  1. You totally rocked that outfit!! Kudos to staying true to yourself πŸ™‚
    I love basil pesto with pasta. Though I always buy it pre-packaged from the store, got to stop being lazy and make a homemade one!

  2. HA! You are too funny πŸ˜€ And the outfit looks good-I like it! And sheesh-pesto is soooo amazing. I would bathe myself in it if I had enough (I bet it would be good for the skin, too!)

  3. First off, you are SO rockin’ that leotard! Nice work πŸ˜‰ Second, I LOVE my pole dancing classes! I’ve been buying classes through groupon at a studio near my apartment and I love it! It’s so much fun. It’s a good workout, AND it makes me feel sexxxxy πŸ˜‰ hehe

  4. I LOVE this post. I was picturing a much more odd outfit, and I like the tiger! Love.

    And props on the pole dancing, and I suppose, being a natural pole dancer probably isn’t a skill to put on the resume… πŸ™‚

  5. your too cute for words. i love the tiger print leotard and cant wait to join you on your next pole dancing endeavour πŸ™‚

  6. I wish you had shown us a picture of the outfit! I’m pretty sure I would have loved it!

    Fabulous recipe, and you look pretty, albeit tired. =(

  7. oh my gosh i loved this post. every single little bit of it. starting with that delightful note. man, that boy. he knew he saw a good thing and had to give it the recognition it deserved. the start of a budding romance? that’d be awesome πŸ˜‰ i love that he was bold enough to say he digged your digs! i loved even more what you took away from that whole experience though – to be true to yourself and to not be afraid to be who you are – that’s the way to go girl. seriously inspiring.

    and pole-dancing?! why didn’t you invite me along?! hahaah i wanna hang out with you noooooowwwww. this weekend for SURE.

  8. You have inspired me. I’m going put on my high heels, best mini skirt and a big floppy hat and I don’t care what anybody says! Love, Uncle Tom (by the way, I’m just kidding)

  9. I heard pole dancing is an awesome workout, but I doubt I’d ever be able to do it. I go to Zumba classes and even those aren’t my cup of tea. I love going to the classes, but I can’t move my hips for my life! πŸ˜›

  10. Ok I may be going crazy here but when do the walnuts come in?? lol i’ve never made a pesto and i don’t want to mess this up it looks so good!

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