Monday Musings

Do you sometimes wait a while after Christmas to open or use a gift?  I think I broke a record.  Last Christmas we bought each other (!) an Instapot.  Everyone had one and everyone said we needed one.  I hate to disobey or disappoint.  So there it was under the tree.    Only 314 days later, I opened the box and plugged in my new Instapot.   314 days later.  I wonder if the warranty is still good.

I only have one – unlike this cute little guy.


My recipe was for a Paleo (of course) beef and vegetable soup.

First off, when you put this tall pot on top of the counter, this stretch-as-tall-as-I-can-to-be-5’1″ girl cannot see into the pot!   Problem solved:

The benefit to this pot is that you can pressure cook, saute’, and slow cook all in the same pot.  So I started by saute-ing (is that a word?) the ground beef and onions.

After all the vegetables and broth were added I nervously pressed the pressure cook button and waited 30 minutes.    Voila’!!  Soup!

And it tasted good, too!  I tried to get the recipe for you and for some reason my computer keeps rejecting the website now.  If you want to try, it’s called Chunky beef, cabbage and tomato soup by
I will continue to try and get the recipe and post it as soon as I can.  It’s definitely worth the try and it can be put in a pot on the stove if you don’t have an Instapot (or haven’t opened the box yet).


On Sunday I watched the NYC marathon.  Did you?  It’s like the only sport I watch on t.v.  You may look at this and think “I bet that is Anne running there”; but you’d be wrong.

Anyway I have to admit when I watched Shalane Flanagan win, tears were rolling down my face.  Don’t tell anyone.  I have heard there are people who don’t follow marathoners, if that could be you here is some fascinating news.  Shalane is the first woman from the US to win the NY City marathon in 40 years!

After talking, well texting, with my son who is running a 50 mile ultra in December and then texting my nephew, who also runs ultras, I decided I needed a goal.  (Actually I made that decision after he asked me what races I had ahead of me).

I wanted something on a weekend that Patient Husband was not working so that I didn’t have to go alone.  I also wanted something that was within driving distance for the weekend.  The last criteria was that it needed to be in a state that I haven’t raced in before.  Yea, I’m going for that 1/2 marathon in each state thing.  Anyway, did you know that Nebraska has very few 1/2 marathons?I was really hoping for something in Utah, but each one in the 1st quarter of next year was the same weekend PH had to work.  I settled on….. (drum roll).  The Hoppin’ Half on March 31st in Denver.  So there you have it.  My next race.

Ahhh back to the present.  When I got off work today, this was my view from inside my car.

Nice, huh?  At least the side view was better:


Can someone out there please explain something to me?   Nice barn with corrals and stalls open to the horses:

And this:

This is right in front of my living room window.  Kinda like “Hey anyone in there see how miserable we are?”


Most of the time when we let our dogs outside to do their business, they are let out one at a time.  Otherwise they tend to go crazy.  This is what they do while one is outside:

And this is what Jack does to show me his undying love and devotion.


And on that note, make today a good one.

One step at a time,












2 thoughts on “Monday Musings

  1. I love your blog…could you do one everyday so I could wake up and be happy!!! Excited for your new goal in Denver…you are so brave!!


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