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Tomorrow is National Swim-A-Lap Day

I will definitely get into the pool tomorrow.  I was there yesterday with my kids and during the break, I hopped in.  This is only the SECOND time I have EVER swam laps in MY LIFE.  It is hard.  It is kind of scary.  It is also something I need to be able to do.  I want to sign up for a triathlon soon, and I need to get into the pool.  I have to force myself to learn to swim those laps.

My son, is on the swim team.  He swims for an hour and a half at a time, in a 50 meter pool.  That is a long way to a non-swimmer.  Hell, I bet that is a long way to a swimmer-swimmer.  I have a new respect for swimmers after my measly 7.5 laps in the neighborhood pool during a 15 minute “adult swim.”  I am not kidding you, I was out of breath from one side to the other.  I had to stop in between each lap to catch my breath.  Now, I have never had a lesson, so I am basing my technique on what I see when I watch my son swim with the swim team.  I am pretty sure I look like a drowning victim, super splashy and all over the place, gasping for breath.  My friends told me I looked effortless, and strong.  Ha.  Those are friends that I will keep.

So, in honor of National Swim-A-Lap Day, tomorrow I will swim.  My goal will be to make it 2 laps without having to stop and GASP for breath.  I will make it 8 laps in total tomorrow, and I will continue to “train” for my future date unknown tri.

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A Healthy Easy Lunch

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Today, both kids had play dates. They opted for a indoor picnic as it has been raining here for weeks. We finally had a little break in the weather, so I put them on a picnic blanket in the garage. As for me, sandwiches and chips was not what I wanted. So..I found a bunch of leftovers and made a great salad-ish type of lunch. Couscous, Chick Peas, Steamed Broccoli, Tomatoes, a squeeze of Lemon, a dash of Newman’s Own Balsamic and I hit it with some Parmesan cheese. This turned out to be delicious and healthy. Total score. I love it when I can use up a bunch of stuff that no one would eat otherwise. It was so quick and easy I may need to pay more attention to my future leftovers.

8 Hour Endurance Race? I’ll Train For That.

The Pavement Party girls are going to do this.  It will be a challenge, but only because we are making it one…by having a goal of 68 miles, and having only 3 runners, it is sure not to be an easy day.  The course is a 3.2 mile loop, and with 3 runners, each will have to do 7 loops for about 22.6 miles each, finishing in 8 hours.  Now my longest run EVER has been 13.1 for my half which I just finished recently.  I have been training for this run by going out for 3.2, coming home, resting for 30 minutes or so, and then going back out for another 3.2.  I have done this 4 times in total on one day.  This weekend, I plan to do it 5 times.  I am trying to see how my body will react to running a short distance, resting, and then doing it again and again…so far, it hasn’t been too bad.  But this race begins at 2pm, you know, the hottest part of the day…

The girls I am running with are MARATHON and IRON MAN runners.  Ok, so this is nothing for them.  They are ready.  I will keep training.  They don’t want any walkers on their team, only tough girls.  Guess I am flattered they chose me, but scared shitless ‘cuz they can kick my ass if they need to before, during or after this day.  Wish me luck in my training.  I’ll post tons of pictures from the actual race to let you know how we did.

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Pavement Party has Gift Ideas for Dad

Isn’t it time for dad to smell good?  Has he been out mowing the lawn?  Or working out?  Help dad feel fresh and clean and show him you care about his hygiene.  Don’t bother grabbing dad the same ol’ thing this year.  Try something new, like one of these Duke Cannon bars of soap.                                                                                     soap1 soap2 soap3 soap4  $10 / EACH

The Duke Cannon Supply Co. Big ass brick of soap is designed to meet the high standards of hard working men who want to get clean and smell good without using feminine shower gels and accessories. True to its name, our soap is big (10 oz.) and will last much longer than the chick-sized bars in your local grocery. It also smells awesome (clean, fresh scent with a hint of grass) and contains steel cut grains for maximum gripability. If you enjoy activities like drinking american beer or using power tools, then frankly, this is the only soap meant for you.

Father’s Day Gift Idea…Man Bags

Dad’s love getting gifts just as much as anyone else.  This year, Pavement Party wants to help you think about what dad needs.  Does he need to be more organized?  We have 2 of the best “man bags” around.  He can carry anything he needs in this simple yet perfect travel pouch.  Toiletries, chargers, the possibilities are endless.  Both bags are made from a heavy-duty cotton canvas with metal zipper.  $18 / each.

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Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli

I am great at planning and making dinner.  Taking pictures during, well, that is something I must work on.  I took a few, but none of the finished product.  Probably, I am too hungry, or there are too many people waiting on the food that I have just prepared for me to say, “Hey, wait a minute, let me take a few snap shots of this meal.”  ha ha.

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It’s better than take-out and it literally takes 15 minutes to make (minus the rice, that’s 45).

Beef & Broccoli:

12 oz sirloin

1 t cornstarch

1 t sesame oil

12 oz broccoli, cut into small florets

4 scallions (optional–I always forget them)

1 carrot, cut into matchstick strips

1 garlic clove

1 in piece ginger root, cut into very fine strips (If I forget fresh, I throw in 1/4 t of ground)

1/2 cup low-fat beef stock

2 T soy sauce

2 T dry sherry

2 t light brown sugar.

1.  Trip beef and cut into thin slices across the grain.  Cut each slice into thin strips.  Toss in the cornstarch to coat thoroughly.

2.  Heat the sesame oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok.  Add the beef strips and stir-fry over a brisk heat for 3 minutes.  Remove and set aside.

3.  Add the broccoli, scallions, carrot, garlic clove, ginger and stock to the frying pan.  Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.  Uncover and cook, stirring until all the stock has reduced entirely.

4.  Mix the soy sauce, sherry and brown sugar together.  Add to the frying pan or wok with the beef.  Cook 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.  Spoon into a warm serving dish and garnish with scallion tassels.  Serve on a bed of noodles or rice.

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This picture is the one from the cookbook, which is actually a textbook my brother had in culinary school.  He gave this book to me when he graduated..guess he thought I could use the help more than he could.  He was right.  In fact, this textbook has come in very handy.  I love preparing many of the recipes in it for my family.  I think you will enjoy this one too.  Next time, I’ll remember to take a photo of my finished product.

A Great Way to Kick-Off Summer

I took the kids to Spencer Farm in Noblesville, IN earlier this week.  This is our second year strawberry picking.  I believe it may become an after-schools-out-for-summer tradition for us.  First, the kids grab their own cardboard box, and then they meet the farmer in the field.  Next, the farmer then tells the kids where to start, and the kids go crazy picking.  During the picking, I am pretty sure my kids eat a few berries here and there.  Guess the farmer should not only weigh the kids boxes when they are finished, they should also weigh my kids before and after to see how much they have eaten!

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Spencer Farm has a cute little shop as well.  They have local honey, homemade applesauce, homemade canned veggies, pickled beets, and an ice cream shop.  Of course after all of our harvesting of the berries, the kids are super excited for ice cream, and I like to pick up something from the shop.

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Nothing says summer like a bowl (or two or three) of fresh strawberries!

Get Your Father’s Day Gifts Here!

Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift to tell Dad how much you love and adore him?  We have several coffee mugs that will fit the bill.  Check out these awesome mugs.

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“Swim, Bike, Run” $14.00

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“Dad’s Bike” $13.00

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“Ol’ Cowboy” $15.00

Each of our cups promise to put a smile on dad’s face, while he relaxes having his fresh cup of joe on his day.

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