Rice cakes and pessimism

I’ve been into rice cakes lately.

Ok, that’s a lie. I was given a bunch of past the sell-by date rice cakes and because I don’t want to throw anything away that is vegan, I’ve been finding creative ways to eat them. Sometimes I dip them in soup, but that’s kind of weird with the caramel ones no? Last night I improvised and made a bedtime snack of a rice cake, peanut butter and half a chocolate bar. It was a great idea!

Then today at work I made a peanut butter sandwich on two rice cakes, which was a nice little snack towards the end of the shift. I need to drink something with them though, because I sort of choke if I don’t…which I did the first few times I started eating them.

I was thinking today about my goals for this race. Of course my coach and I discussed this last week over dinner…but when I really get down to it, I will be happy if I tried my best and finish strong. I had a successful training cycle with no injuries. Outside of the pain in my butt from over striding, I avoided any overtraining and feel pretty good right now. The tapering is working as long as I allow myself as much sleep as I need. I have been trying to get into bed at 7:30PM each night just to relax and listen to a podcast. Usually I turn off the podcast and fall asleep.

I’ve been drinking more water, eating enough and just not letting anything stress me out. To be honest, I am excited to travel to the race and hopefully meet some new runners. That is enough. Whatever happens down there, I am good enough.

My parents are redoing their kitchen, so my mom sends me pictures asking me what I think…and if they need more counter space etc. I’m like…no it looks terrible because everything is ripped out. Please don’t leave it like that hahaha (joking). I am the worst person to ask about space because I have none (by choice) so anything would be enough. If she wants it and they think it will add value to their life, then go for it. More space wouldn’t add much to mine, so my opinion is obsolete.

I think she wants me to feel like I’m somehow involved, which is kind. So I do my best to give her opinions. I think she’s excited for the renovations. I know my dad thinks she is, and that’s enough for me.

My coworker and I were discussing a different coworker and his negativity. It wasn’t what you’re thinking, we weren’t bashing him, just talking out loud. He (the coworker we we talking about) believes he is a realist. He sees the world for how it is. I am totally an optimist. I get that. However, my coworker is definitely a pessimist. He doesn’t see the world for how it is, because there is tons of good in the world and he sees all that is bad. For example, instead of seeing the garbage he has to change as half empty and lucky that it isn’t a broken bag, he sees it as stupid that he had to do anything at all. That is a bad example, but he is just a cup-half-empty person, but believes he’s a realist.

I know I am a cup-half-full person and choose to believe more optimistically than is reality. I get it. We, (the coworker with whom I was discussing this with) do not understand how he thinks he is a realist, when clearly he is a pessimist.


Breakfast: oatmeal with banana and sunflower butter and an apple

Running: 54 minutes

Sleep, Vegan Meetup and Ellie Eats Ithaca

I’m getting excited to go down to the city on Saturday. It’ll be such a fun trip and new place to see. I’m planning to stop at Tamerlaine Farm on the way past Scranton to visit with my friends Peter and Gabrielle and pick up a hat to wear at the race. They run an animal sanctuary which, after the original Farm Sanctuary, is the only one I’ve been to.

Yesterday I watched a bunch of Vegan Zombie cooking YouTube videos. I’m trying to get some ideas for easy things to add to the menu at Agava. I’m thinking a tofu scramble breakfast burrito. That’d be epic!

This morning I had an 8 Mile run with 4 in the middle at race pace. It went fine, but I’m still tired. I’ve been catching up on sleep and am feeling more rested, but the time is now. No excuses.

I joined the Ithaca Vegan Meetup last night. I just want to meet some more vegans. Hopefully some my age…and male hahahha

Some people have asked if my Ellie Eats Ithaca tour is coming to an end because I went back to being vegan. I had thought about it, because I really want to support the vegan businesses here. I plan to frequent those much more. However, I am still wanting to try new restaurants, and I’m sure I can find vegan options wherever I go. So the tour lives on, it’s just different.

Breakfast: banana, chocolate granola and sunflower butter

Running: 60 minutes

Everything that remains

My coach went to Canada this past weekend to run. Just like that. Like “oh I have a normal job and get weekends off so…” I really envy that right now. Having weekends off to train like other people do. It would be really fun to take my van on weekend trips. Maybe something to keep in mind for the future…ok, something I plan to pursue in the future.

I started reading the book “Everything That Remains” by the Minimalists. If anyone asks what helped me the most in starting van life and honestly just getting out of my own head, I tell them to watch the Minimalism documentary. This book is their memoir. My favorite quote of theirs, which is also my iPhone wallpaper is:

Love people, use things. The opposite never works.


Breakfast: a chocolate bar with sunflower butter and banana

Running: REST

This Sunday morning shift eats me up!

This is how I felt opening this morning.

I just don’t sleep well on Saturday night. I don’t know what it is, but I cannot fall asleep. So I listened to a podcast with Ashton Kutcher, which eventually lulled me to sleep. Might have gotten 4 hours. 5 tops.

I had a major win at Agava yesterday with vegan menu ideas and products. I brought them samples of Miyoko’s vegan mozzarella cheese and two different types of seitan, chorizo and bacon style. My manager seemed really into the whole idea, and the chef was also more receptive than I would have expected. Usually he’s not into things like this and wants to do what he wants to do. But, get this, I sent him the same email to my bosses about having a few great vegan dishes on the menu…and after deliberation, he thought I was right! CRAZY!

I hope they like the vegan cheese and the seitan works for what they are thinking. I know I enjoy it…and so do tons of vegans.

Speaking of vegans, I met my friend Jay at Ten Forward cafe yesterday for lunch. He is such a great guy and has two adorable Boston Terriers. We talked for over an hour and he was just as friendly as I remember. He is so happy I am vegan again, but also, simply that we reconnected. Hopefully lunches together become a thing.

Whew, I am actually wiped right now (2:30PM on a Sunday) so I’m going to watch an Episode of Rotten on Netflix that my boss told me to, and relax.

Breakfast: Peanut butter, chocolate, banana overnight oats topped with cashews and sunflower butter

Running: 61 minutes

Dug my own grave on this one

For those of you with multiple jobs, you know how it can be to balance the both of them. It gets complicated, especially when on of them is the type you can do from anywhere.

Yesterday I wrote an email to my boss outlining what I wanted to discuss in our weekly meeting (today, Saturday) and it included a few paragraphs about introducing some vegan options to the menu to reach a larger clientele.

I thought the email was good, so I sent it then went to work at CTB for the remainder of the day. Well, I went on break at CTB thinking I’m about to enjoy a nice lunch, when I have a few texts and emails from my bosses at Agava asking me to post immediately about a special dinner they are having THAT NIGHT which includes a completely vegan menu!

Now, I’m ecstatic about this, as it only took a few hours for them to hear what I was saying in the email, but I also kind of dug my own grave. So for my 30 minutes relaxing break, I busted out an IG, FB and Twitter post about a three course menu, while also highlighting a vegan menu option. The internet connection I was working with was terrible, so I’m in limbo half the time waiting for the thing to buffer and post, so that I can them boost and promote it.

Whew! I got it done, but shoveling my sandwich into my mouth while getting hummus all over my iPad wasn’t exactly how I envisioned my lunch.

This was my dinner, and oh so good! Seitan, tofutti, lettuce, sprouts, banana peppers and balsamic vinaigrette on a baguette with vegan chili 🙂

The good news is, my ideas were heard. Today while I man the desk at the gym, I plan to come up with some good vegan options and alternatives for us, which I will present at my meeting this afternoon.

I’m also meeting my friend Jay for lunch at Ten Forward. Jay is special to me not only because he’s an Ithaca vegan, but because I remember one conversation we had that sticks with me to this day. Being a runner and being vegan gives me a voice for animals that is unique. It’s something that could help a lot of people. I’m not sure how I can do that now, but I am happy to reconnect with him. He’s a great guy with some cute Boston terrier pets.

Breakfast: oatmeal with a chocolate bar and sunflower butter

Running: 87 minutes