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Kona, knitting and vegan food

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

1. Last week was the company holiday party. You may have read my tainted thoughts on it. Well, I’m here to say I was pleasantly surprised. One of my co-workers, who made a platter of portabello-goat cheese sandwiches on homemade rosemary-olive-oil bread, brought in a special sans-cheese one for me. I was super stocked when I realized I’d have something other than baba ghanoush to eat. Another co-worker brought in a Whole Foods vegan German black forest cake. What ? Dessert too ? I was totally floored. Totally. It turned out to be a great party and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

2. Did you watch the 2010 Ironman World Championship recap on NBC this past weekend ? No ? Well, someone’s broken it up into 10 parts and uploaded it to YouTube. Here are the links:

  • Part 01 – What ? No Chrissie ???
  • Part 02 – Missing the swim cut-off hurts. A lot.
  • Part 03 – “If you wanna be functional at 80, you better damn well pay attention at 40.” – Lew Hollander, Ironman
  • Part 04 – Is it just me or is Macca a bit arrogant ?
  • Part 05 – Ironmoms are Rockstars !!
  • Part 06 – Even though I already know the winner, I’m rooting for Julie Dibens. :-)
  • Part 07 – Mirinda Carfrae is one fast chick !
  • Part 08 – The Energy Lab sounds like hell on earth.
  • Part 09 – A bit of history repeating.
  • Part 10 – The midnight crew.

My favorite definition of the race in this video is “one long, tedious conversation with yourself.” This can be said about any endurance event and I am sure it is especially true during an Ironman.

3. So what do triathletes do in the off season ? Well, I never learned how to knit, so this weekend I went to an arts and crafts store and got myself a starter kit. Here’s all I have to show after hours of pain and frustration:

All that pain and frustration aside, I actually enjoyed the bit of knitting I did this weekend, so I will continue to work on it. My goal is to eventually knit a scarf for my mom. Don’t expect this to turn into a knitting blog, though. I barely have time to read these days so this scarf project could take all of 2011. We shall see. :-)

4. The weather seems to be holding up, so we’re going camping ! Yay ! That means we’ll be opening presents on Friday morning. Got any Christmas vegan breakfast ideas ?

5. Speaking of food, I’ve been making apple pies all season. The latest one, which we finished last night, was SO yummy, but I’d like to try something new next week. I was thinking pecan pie. I found this recipe which looks promising. What do you think ? Have you tried any other good vegan pecan pie recipes ? If so, please share !

Categories: Random Musings
  1. December 22, 2010 at 23:42

    That’s actually a great job for a first try! I learned how to knit a year or two ago, and the thing that’s helped me the most has been http://www.knittinghelp.com . They have videos for pretty much every type of stitch, and they’re really clear and easy to follow.

    • December 23, 2010 at 09:54

      Thanks, April ! I will definitely take a look at those videos. :-)

  2. December 24, 2010 at 01:49

    I made this vegan pecan pie last year and it was SO GOOD! http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=26120.0

    • December 28, 2010 at 13:04

      Thank you ! I ended up making the maple version of the recipe I linked to above. It’s delicious, but, of course, more like maple-pecan pie. I’m definitely going to try this vegweb recipe. It sounds like a winner. I must hurry up and eat the other one ! :-)

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