Mrs. SPJones, and I greased up with copious amounts of sunscreen. I left the house without my sunscreen, so I had to stop and get some before meeting up at the school. I grabbed Water Babies 50 SPF. And let me just tell you, that stuff does not rub in. I rubbed for what felt like days and, then, just gave up. It was no use. The sunscreen had caked on my skin and created a white sheen that was a force to be reckoned with.
Now this field trip was a TRIP compared to the last one at the Bowen School of Law. Stephanie and I started out with a group of four kids. Not far into the hike, Stephanie fell behind me. I credit this to her God-give short legs and my God-given granddaddy long legs. We tall people were made for climbing, as are children.
Not long, I was down to two girls under my charge. They wanted to go to the top. I've climbed Pinnacle Mountain a number of times and reached the top. But yesterday was a test. My group started climbing at 12:30 P.M. in the height of the afternoon heat. We finished at 3:30 P.M. We took lots of breaks, and I made sure my girls drank plenty of water and Gatorade going up and climbing down. It was the first time both girls had ever climbed to the top of Pinnacle. They were thrilled they had made it to the top, nervous about being so high up and terrified after spotting two baby lizards. Typical little girl fashion.
By the time I got back to our group, I was ravenous and terribly thirsty since I gave the girls most of the Gatorade and water. Every place that my t-shirt touched my bare skin was soaked with sweat. But my Water Babies didn't fail me. That white sheen never left my skin, and I didn't get a sun burn. Yay for skin cancer prevention.
Check out Stephanie's blog for my pictures from yesterday's outing and our awesome "after" picture.
By the time I got home, my brain was on autopilot turning over the same three ideas. SHOWER. SHOWER. SHOWER. DINNER. DINNER. DINNER. BED. BED. BED.
After a luke shower, I stumbled to the kitchen to whip up a rice and bean recipe from Fit Foodie Finds. I can't find the actual link Lee posted with the recipe, but lucky for you, I copied the recipe into my notes via iPhone when I originally found it.
I call it a healthy verison of rice and beans.
1/2 C. cooked brown rice
1/4 C. black beans (mine were from the can)
dash of cumin
dash of cayenne
(Lee also includes cilantro, but cilantro has a soapy taste to me therefore I omit it.)
Cook the brown rice via the package direction. My rice called for 1/2 C. uncooked rice with 1 C. water dash of salt and a spot of oil. Cook for 40ish minutes until rice is cooked and water is absorbed. Stir in the black beans and edamame. Add cumin and cayenne to taste. I also gave it a hit of sea salt to kick it up a bit.
After I ate the entire batch of rice and beans, I became a bit delusional and basically fell asleep while still being awake. I was tired to the bone. By the time I crawled, yes, crawled into my bed, I was barely aware of how great it felt to know I was going to get some quality rest since I had nothing to wake up for today.
My internal alarm rang at 8:30 this morning, and I was up checking my favorite blogs and sipping coffee to help the wake-up process.
1 1/2 frozen bananas
A splash of liquid (I used half-and-half because that is what I had. But you can use milk, heavy cream, almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
1 1/2 spoonfuls of cocoa powder
2 tspn honey (give or take. I was at the bottom of the honey bear, which makes it hard for me to be certain).
Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth---hence the smoothie part of this recipe.
It tasted straight up like chocolate ice cream. I would usually put a cup of plain Greek yogurt for that extra creamy texture, but all my yogurt was out of date. Lame. I also threw some Chia seeds on top for that oh-so-important added nutritional benefit.
Well I've got to get a move on. I'm trying to wash my sheets, towels and two small loads of
And don't worry the roommate and I will be running this weekend. Happy Birthday America!! You guys be safe this weekend, and keep it classy. I don't want to have to come bail anyone out of jail.