Thursday, October 11, 2012

Water, Water Everywhere

And I Get in the Drink

It has rained off an on for the last two days. (Today, however, is gorgeous and later.)

I did not ride, nor  did I challenge the fire truck.

Instead, yesterday, I went for my swim.  It's a 15 mile drive to the pool, so all told the round trip, with a swim of about an hour and my shower afterwards, takes about two hours. It puts a bit of a bite into the day.

I did swim 25 laps today. Well, I did walk four of them, which is another great way to exercise my knees. That's 1250 meters of water I covered. Pretty good workout, even if I did stop to rest between laps of butterfly. It try to swim at least 5 lengths of the pool in butterfly because it's a vigorous and demanding stroke and I need to vary my exercise with some energetic bursts. I'm not good at it, but I manage.  Then I do freestyle, backstroke, a pretty bad breaststroke, and the walking to fill out the program.

Add on to it a shopping trip to spend my Kohl's cash, and find a blaze orange sweatshirt jacket for riding out on the trail during hunting season, and I was out for a good part of the day.  I also went to the supermarket and for once, made the right decision on buying a bag of dry cat food there instead of at PetSmart in the same mall. The bag was $1 less at ShopRite!

Long story short, I bought a Christmas present for my Aunt at Kohl's with my Cash. But today, I got a 20% off coupon for Kohl's in my email. I will probably go back over the next few days to return the gift and rebuy it with the discount coupon, just because. Kohl's is really good about returns so it should work out OK.

As you can tell, I am a shopper. When I have the time, I love to go to stores just to look around. While
I often buy, I am just content to window shop.

There are plenty of good stores within 10 miles of my house, so I have lots of places to go should I feel a shopping fit coming on.

I did make the mistake of going to ShopRite while I was hungry. The rule is never to go to the food market with an empty stomach. I went in with a list of only three items and came out with at least ten items more.  Ah, well, I will be able to eat quite nicely for the rest of the week and beyond.

Meanwhile, my neighbor dropped by again and gave me more tomatoes and some eggs. I'd just barely finished the tomatoes he'd brought over a week or so ago. I love Jersey tomatoes, but I am running out of ideas of things to make with them. I think there is a way to freeze them so I might try that, but I can only eat so many before I am "tomatoed out."

Hope to ride at some point today.

Meantime, I'm going to look up some tomato recipes.


  1. I love Jersey tomatoes. We often have one of the guys bring up a case during the season. My favorite is fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and balsamic dressing.

    Your swim sounds good. I'm not a good swimmer but can manage to keep my head above water. I've been accused of swimming like Esther Williams and never getting my face wet!

    We finally have some sun today too. It's been very soggy around here lately.

  2. One thunder roll, a bit of a pitter-patter of drops and a slice of rainbow. Summer is behind us here too. I always imagine the young animals who are experiencing rain for the first time in their lives. A lot of questions from deer, rabbits, coyote pups to their mothers. I have a very Disney image of this in my head each year.
    Save for another day the image of the idiots who don't know how to drive when wet!

  3. I find the tomatoes freeze much better if you make them into sauce first, then freeze the sauce. It makes for a quick and easy winter time meal, too. Just thaw and pour!

    25 laps in the pool? You're in much better shape than me!

  4. You can make soup, that will use up a lot. I often make enchilada sauce (tomatoes, onions, green peppers, garlic, cumin, coriander) and freeze that.

    I am amazed at how much you can swim at a time! With all my work I am falling behind in my exercise.