it’s been a long weekend.

by Janetha on July 5, 2009

in meals,moves

and not just because i had friday off.  this weekend has been one of the most emotional weekends ever, i want to thank all of you for your comforting words, thoughts and prayers regarding my last post.  it is still very hard to comprehend right now and we are dealing with it as best as we can, trying to go about everyday life.  it is hard to see everything around me going on as per usual when something so huge and tragic has just occurred. tough situation, for sure.

i have a lot to catch up on! for the sake of trying not to bore you all, i will just touch on the highlights.. a lot has gone on this weekend though:

  • dinner out with family friday night
  • 10k race saturday
  • cooking/baking/bbq saturday
  • demolition derby saturday
  • mine & marshall’s 2 year anniversary saturday/sunday
  • vegan brunch sunday
  • randy’s birthday sunday

whew! so without further adieu …


i got up friday morning and the first thing i did was run because i was so butt hurt about waiting around for the gym and never going on thursday. it was a good run:

distance: 3 miles

time: 28 minutes

calories burned: 252

ave HR: 156

max HR: 187

and then i made breakfast for marshall & i..

feta, spinach, shallot, red pepper, morningstar sausage & tomato scramble w/ avocado

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marshall had bacon and cottage cheese with his too. he is trying to gain weight.. jerk.

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i’m gonna do a little horn tooting and say this was divine.

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i also found some new hummus at the store.. er i guess they call it hommus.. whatevs

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it is real good! and it better be, for $6 a container!

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the brand sounds like it knows what’s up: “oasis is the only mediterranean food manufacturer in the USA that produces the main ingredient of our hummus, which is tahini.  Also, we use only naturally frown dry chickpeas which are soaked and boiled unlike other manufacturers who use canned chickpeas.  studies suggest that our wholesome natural foods improve the quality of life”


i had some ice coffee too. it was a scorcher outside.

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on my way out the door i had a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie with a side of penelope jane. i couldn’t resist.

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didn’t eat for quite awhile.. this was the period where i heard the tragic news. around 7:30 PM my fam and i went to a spot called guru’s which i have not been to in years and years.

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i had some chipotle chicken wrap sans the mayo sauce and with a side was delish

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i ate half.

my mom had the fish tacos, waaaay bomb dot com!

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my dad had the thai peanut pasta which was super good too

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my dad also had bread pudding for dessert, i didn’t try it, but it was photo worthy.

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woke up at 5:30 AM.. yawn. this is what i had before my 10k:

1/3 an apple + PB

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800 mg of this stuff

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here are a few photos from the run!


sooo sleepy! that is my sister suni & i

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my niece lucy did the 1 mile

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some 10k runners and some 1 mile runners! like my patriotic outfit?7-4-09 018

my cute mom & her myoplex RTD in her pocket7-4-09 019

i finished the race in 1 hour 4 minutes.. not bad for my first 10k ever.  i had never run more than 3.2 consecutive miles in my life and i just went and ran 6.2.. sweet!

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after the race i had some water & fruit

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mom, me, sister, sister, niece

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being silly. i have a huge mouth!

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we did it! sister, bro in law, me

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after the race i went home and had some breakfast/lunch whatever..

eggs + ezekiel toast

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and i made some stuff for the bbq i was going to with marshall:

  • veggies & hummus

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people always get a kick out of purple cauliflower when i take it places. do you guys get the same silly comments?

  • vegan peanut butter bars

didnt take a photo but the recipe is here

  • vegan pasta salad (farfale, rotini, poppyseed dressing, grapes, celery, apples) and i forgot to take a photo. woops. it was pretty!

and the star of the bbq..

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after the bbq it was time for the demolition derby..

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first time for me on this one. yep, i was a demo derby virgin up until last night. the first heat we placed bets and i won!

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haha.. wow.. demolition derbies are hilarious and the people watching is pretty fun too. here are a few more photos.

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marshall and i shared a snow cone

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and afterward there was a fireworks show

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went home and marshall and i exchanged gifts.  two years ago at 2 AM on the 5th of july (so.. night of the 4th) we became boyfriend/girlfriend. awwweeee. haha.


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yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! and i got him an new ipod classic.


i slept like a log last night. i think all the crying/stress has gotten to me, because i slept for a solid 11 hours straight without waking up once. wow. once we got up and whatnot, we went to a vegan spot with marshall’s buddies, it is called vertical diner.. i like going there because my long time friend works there and i got to see her!

i got a breakfast burrito: tofu scramble, vegan sausage, beans, rice, and a whole bunch of sauces i put on the side because i didn’t want them. also it came with potatoes and i got a side of avocado. i used the pico but not the cheese sauce, tomato sauce or sour cream.

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the insides

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i ate half. i have been doing that a lot lately. just eating half when i eat out. i find that i like this better, that way i don’t conceive a food baby!

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nom nom nom.

coffee mug was adorable..

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and marshall took a photo of his plate, this is common these days.. he got la mesa plate

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we did some shopping and hanging at the bookstore after brunch. i checked out anthropologie and looked at all the overpriced clothes and dishes that i wished for, went into sur la tableand marshall bought me a serrated knife to go with the knife set he bought me for my birthday awhile back. thanks babe!

i had an iced coffee.

came home and made randy dog a birthday cake! we aren’t sure of his exact birthday, but it is around this time, so we designated july 5th to be his birthday.  he is FOUR!

i baked this dog cake for him. it had flour, baking soda, egg, peanut butter, carrots, agave and vegetable oil.

pre baked:

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post baked:

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randy loves bread so i put a bread “R” on the cake along with PB icing:

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here are a few shots of randy & penny enjoying it! i sang to him, no worries. marshall wouldn’t let me get him a #4 candle though!

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they loved it! but then again you don’t have to do much to please a dog when it comes to food, right?

whew. that is about all i have been up to. sorry this is so long! i hope you made it all the way through without falling asleep :)

i have not had a chance to read all of your blogs yet since it has been a rough and busy weekend.. but i am about to do that next. a few items i want to mention:

  • happy happy birthday to K yesterday! sorry i didn’t post yesterday girl, but i love your face!
  • congrats to susan on her tri! i know she finished because she is amazing but i haven’t checked her blog to see yet.. i am going there in a second!
  • congrats to leah on her half marathon! i know she was running it yesterday and i am hoping there is a post up about it for me to go read!
  • a super amazing company is going to have me host my first giveaway ever! but it won’t be for a bit.. i am going to be doing it as my 100th post.. so hang in there a bit longer folks :)

thanks for reading all of my ramblings.. tomorrow is another monday~sigh. i hope you all had a fab holiday weekend. and i hope you all go give everyone you love a big, huge hug because life is short.. sometimes shorter than you’d ever expect. <3

xo, janetha b.

p.s. check out danica’s giveaway!

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Suni July 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm

love you sis! way to get through a tough couple of days. oh, and the run was great! thanks for keeping me moving!

Courtney July 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Hey girly :) I love your big posts, haha, there’s so much, I can’t even absorb it all … but when I’m done, I’ve seen so many good things, I like laughing and giggling and almost crying (sorry again for your loss) …

Ok, so did you make those mini cheesecake cupcakes at the BBQ? smokin hot.

Happy anniversary – make banana ice cream with that bad boy! right now!

and you’re so cute make doggie cakes!

WAY TO GO ON YOUR FIRST 10k! clap clap clap! I have only run a 5 k, and my next race, this weekend, is still only an 8k! :)

have a nice night!

marisa July 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I “love” the Benson girls’ knees. When am I going to see you this week?!?

Danica July 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Hey girlie ~ Congrats on completing your FRIST 10K every – that’s huge! Happy Anniversary too! It sounds like you had a good weekend and made sure to appreciate your family despite everything that has happened.

Hang in there ~ Sending big hugs and smiles your way.

Thanks for the Amazing Grass contest shoutout.

I can’t wait to see what your first giveaway is – yeah!

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm

hope everything’s going okay with your fam….looks like you had a nice long weekend. your basset hound is so cute!

insideiamdancing July 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Glad you got through the weekend Janetha…have been thinking of you. HUGE congrats on your 10k! And congrats to your niece- that’s great that she runs too :D

Happy birthday to Randy!

Emily July 6, 2009 at 6:22 am

Guru’s! I haven’t been there for years, but we used to go all the time when there was one on 9th and 9th. I miss it! I think I’ll try to copy you and get some of that hummus–Whole Foods? P.S. I’m stoked for your giveaway! 100 posts is so exciting!

Susan July 6, 2009 at 7:45 am

Wow girl, what a weekend! First, I hope your fam is doing a little better after the horrible news. Or at least, getting through it. I hope your sis is doing okay!!

Second, CONGRATS on the 10k!!! Wowowow, I can’t believe you went from 3 to 6 miles! You are a rockstar. No contest. That’s amazing!! You best be proud of yourself!

Also, happy anniversary to you and Marshall and happy b-day to the second cutest basset hound ever (sorry, my old b-hound takes the number one spot :P ) Do I see some hummus in your future with that sweet new kitchenaid food processor??

ksgoodeats July 6, 2009 at 8:11 am

Oasis is the brand that makes the black bean dip I eat! Glad you liked their hummus :)

CONGRATS ON THE RACE!! That’s great! Be proud, girl!

Purple cauli!! Yes, I get weird comments about mine too “WHAT IS THAT?!?!”….”cauliflower…” Those cheesecakes look really good!

Randy is too cute for words – it’s the droopy eyes that get me!

Thanks for the birthday love!! Happy Anniversary to you and Marshall :)

Jenny July 6, 2009 at 8:45 am

Glad you managed to still enjoy some good times this weekend, and I continue to hope that your family heals from your loss.

Congrats to you and Marshall for 2 years, woohoo! And also way to go on your 10k race, that’s awesome! :)

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) July 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

i’m glad you still enjoyed some good times – the eats look bomb (as always) and your nieces are TOO DANG CUTE. congrats on the run, and HECK YES for a food processor. i need a boyfriend to buy me one of those :)

lots of love to you :)

Erin July 6, 2009 at 9:23 am

Honey, congrats on your 10K!
You and sis are adorbs!
Happy dating anniv! And love the doggy cake. Wee!
Demo derbys are SO fun and totally redneck. And that veg scramble you ate for Breks is rockin it.

tessa July 6, 2009 at 9:31 am

girl hummus and chips, nah. hummus and veggies fo sheez! oh and pumpkin cookies… bomb, they are my absolute favorite!
congrats on your 10k, i’ve been running for a couple of years and yet to sign myself up for one! so do your thang. oh and happy anniversary!

snackface July 6, 2009 at 9:53 am

CONGRATS on the race! Oh my gosh that’s so amazing! 6.2 miles??? I’d pass out.

I want a food processor! Jealousy right hurr.

Seeing all these sleeves and assorted tats makes my hankering to get one even worse. Seriously, I really want a tattoo, I just haven’t pinned down exactly what I want. Many ideas, but nothing solid. How did you decide?

Anyway, I’ll take all the vegan goodies. Oh, and as always, thank you for the puppy pictures. LOVE them. Made my morning.

Have a fab start to the week!

Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

Good job on the race! What a busy, wonderful weekend you had! I just read your last post. So sorry to hear about your family’s loss.

Anne K. July 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

Congrats on that race! That’s a big mileage jump–great job! I love that your fam went and all dressed patriotically.

There was quite the crowd in that derby, huh? Haha, love it.

Yay for a food proccessor! That coffee mug is too cute, and I love that Randy got a dog cake! When I had a horse, I got him a “horse cake” for his birthday :D Haha!

Kailey July 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

congrats on your race girlie!
i hope everything gets better *hugs*

delicious eats!!

Haleigh July 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm

What an eventful weekend! Congrats on your race.

Emily July 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Sounds like you could use a little vacation after that eventful weekend! At least you got to enjoy some family/friends time and good eats.

Happy anniversary!! Score on that gift!

Hope your week is off to a good start :)

Angharad July 6, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Your blog is ace! I have been back-reading since just discovering it and I’m in love, swoon. You should know that the vegan banana muffins I found here are baking in my oven as I type! I’ll be bloggin bout them later.

burpexcuzme July 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I’ve still got you and your family in my prayers, Janetha!
And my my! you actually sure had a delicious weekend! and umm…is it just me or is that dog cake actually looking pretty good?!! @__@

Jessica (jesslikesithot) July 6, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Janetha! It sounds like you had a really nice weekend girl, I hope you and your family are feeling a little bit better with everything!

Congrats on the race though!! That is a great time, and soooo impressive that you just ran the extra 3 miles for the first time! I love it.

And that omelet you made for you and the bf DOES look amazing, and that vegan burrito looks great too!

PS-yayyyy, you got a food processor!! Whip up some nut butta and hummus for me!

mom July 7, 2009 at 5:41 am

Can’t sleep– love that Randy dog! Way to go on the 10k, you make a mother proud!! Yumm, can’t wait to see the post of dinner last night, you are an amazing gal xoxo

dailygoods July 7, 2009 at 1:44 pm

ah i dont even know where to start! congrats on your first 10k!! sooo exciting! :) i lovee love love your dog cake, i need to make one of those, it is so sweet! you and your sis are teh cutest! you are both so gorge! loved this post, the food was incredibly drool worthy!

April (Foods of April) July 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm

There’s so much to say!

congratulations on your 10k! That is really amazing.. I don’t know if I could ever run that much! lol

And you’ve got some serious willpower to only eat half of those burritos.. I always tell myself to eat half of something and that doesn’t happen! haha.

And that dog cake is so cute! I make my doggies cake too :)

gymratfoodie July 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I LOVED YOUR RACE REPORT. 6.2 miles is a really big deal and your time is great :D

You’ve got quite a good lookin family!

Sweet and Fit July 8, 2009 at 11:45 am

sooo many amazing eats – that bread pudding looks amazing – you really shoulda hate a teeeeeny bite!

major congrats of your first 10k! thats such an accomplishment!

and congrats on your anniv. and your food processor! can’t wait to see what you do with it =)

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