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.
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.
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.