Hello, I am back from South America and have made an important discovery: I can get a wifi signal from the balcony of our apartment. Hell to the yes!
The only problem? It’s still hot as balls during the day here, so balcony surfing before sundown is challenging. And once the big yellow guy sinks, the mosquitoes come out. (And the little shits just love me. Seriously, the hubs and I can be sitting side by side and I will acquire dozens of itchy bites while he gets zero. Apparently I’m delicious.)
So I am sitting out here risking malaria so I can catch up on internet happenings and update the blog. (Sympathy? Applause? Anyone? No? Okay, I’ll stop being a drama queen.)
Anyway. Paraguay and Brazil were a blast. I’m not one for long trip reports on how I spent my summer vacation, but I’ll just say that the wedding brought the fun big time (we were out until 6 AM) and that South America is kind of cold this time of year. As evidenced by the photo of me looking rather amused-slash-surly about the prospect of getting drenched on a raft ride at Iguassu Falls in Brazil yesterday:
Also, it was like 9 AM when this photo was taken, and we all know I am not a morning person. But as it turns out, the trepidation was justified.
Fortunately, the sun did come out and we all warmed up and dried off after being poured on by Brazil’s version of Niagara Falls (except much bigger and badder. Seriously.)
But now it’s back to the ol’ routine. Unpacking. Settling in. Finding a job (groan).
Truly, I have missed you guys these last couple of weeks. I know my tweets, comments, etc have been sporadic but I really have been keeping up with y’all as much as I can (although my Google reader is glaring at me over a pile of unread posts at the moment). If I normally comment on your blog and have disappeared, please know that it’s nothing personal. Things have just been insane lately. Looking forward to returning to my normal routine of wasting hours on the internet every day very soon.
Today’s EAT: The hubs wasted no time getting back into the swing of things and headed to the office this afternoon after our 20-hour overnight journey. He said he’d be home for a late dinner, though, so I threw together these wanna-be pizzas:
Corn tortillas, brushed with olive oil and baked until just crisp, then topped with pesto, chicken, vine-ripened tomato and fresh mozzarella. I threw some simple salad on top of each one, too.
I picked most of this stuff up at the local Fresh Market tonight, but am planning a major Trader Joe’s run to stock up on essentials tomorrow. I mean…we have no ketchup in the house. And this makes me very uneasy, actually.
Today’s DRINK: As if I had not had enough red wine in South America, popping open a bottle sounded improbably appealing tonight. I went for this Castano 2009 “Yecla”:
“Yecla” is apparently a wine region in Eastern Spain. The things you learn. I would have thought it meant “somewhat forgettable table wine” because that’s what this tasted like. It wasn’t anything special, but it was only $9 at the Fresh Market. A fair price, I think.
Today’s RUN: Gotta say…I’m glad I got that 15-miler in on Thursday before we left, because I didn’t run much this weekend.
Friday was entirely consumed by travel. We arrived at our destination in Asuncion at 8 PM and had to immediately depart for a dinner.
Saturday, I managed a quick 5-miler on the treadmill at the hotel. I banged through 8K in just over 37 minutes, which is a pretty decent tempo pace for me. Done and done.
Sunday…well, let’s just say the sun had risen by time time we got home from Saturday night’s wedding reception, and we had to be on a bus to Brazil by early afternoon, and sleeping trumped running. It happens.
Monday was jam-packed with organized touristy things and then we had to get on a plane in the early evening. No running.
Sooo…5 miles over the course the the weekend. Not exactly awesome.
Today I made a pact with myself: no matter how tired I was, I’d get some sort of run done when I got home. Even if it was a two-mile shuffle. So this afternoon I headed down to the treadmill with the intention of running for 30 minutes. I actually made it 40 and an even 5 miles. Small victory.
Tomorrow I get down to business again. I’m not sure what my body thinks about this pseudo-taper. I mean, my mileage is way down but moving is not exactly a physical break. And nor is traveling through multiple airports and foreign counties for that matter.
Here is the goal: get two more decent mileage (50+) weeks in and one more 20-miler, and then taper. Speedwork peppered throughout. I just hope I haven’t already ruined things by messing with my mileage.
Today’s QUESTION: Mosquitoes – do they love you or hate you? Anyone have any homegrown insect repellent ideas? I’ll definitely be buying a citronella candle for the balcony, but I refuse to douse myself in DEET every time I want to go outside and have a glass of wine.