Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stuffed peppers

It doesn't take much to make a runner happy. Do you agree? New running shoes, blister-proof socks, a perfect jogging stroller, finding a new issue of RunnersWorld in the mail, completing a long run. Yesterday, after a long day at work, I found 2 packages in the mail that made my day.

- Felice's book (now I have no excuse to remain the slowpoke that I am...will keep you all updated on my progress).

- The Long Branch Half marathon confirmation packet. Don't know why this made me so happy (What can I say? I lead a boring life!)...a run-of-the-mill packet is sent to every participant that registers, with a not-so-exciting half-sleeve T-shirt...I have 3 in the same color now. I can't wait to run the marathon instead and get a T-shirt in a different color!

So, in celebration, I went on a 13-mile long run this morning. It was pleasant, in the 50's, with slight rain. I kept the pace down, close to 9:50 per mile. Uneventful, except for pangs of hunger, which sort of disappeared after downing liberal quantities of gatorade and a banana.
Note to self: Eat something (anything) before heading out on a long run.

Here are before and after pics of last night's dinner, Stuffed peppers...before and after baking, that is. I used chicken instead of beef, for the stuffing.

They were juicy and delicious; the flavor of the peppers combined very well with the stuffing. This will probably become a regular item on our weekly menu.

I think I may have mentioned that DH has been diagnosed with elbow epicondylitis. He experiences severe pain in his right elbow when he extends his arm all the way. Otherwise, perfectly normal. Bizarre. Rest seems to be the only way to get rid of the pain and he has been warned that it could take 3-6 months. The only exercise he has been getting for the past month is a bit of stationary biking and walking to and from his car. Poor guy! He is bummed out that he cannot play his beloved drums, but manages to create a lot of noise with his left hand and feet.

Anyway, I have been trying to cancel his membership at the gym. Aware of horror stories of how LA Fitness makes it next to impossible to cancel gym memberships, I sent the cancellation 2 weeks in advance of the 'cut-off' date via certified mail with return receipt. Well, guess what? The post office lost it. It is nowhere to be found...and the tracking number has mysteriously disappeared from their system. The post office informed me nonchalantly that the only way I can ensure that my envelope reaches "safely" is through Express mail which will cost $17. Is it just me or do you find this ridiculous???

21 comments:

Oz Runner said...

it's not just you, that is ridiculous...

those peppers look yummy, and great job on the long run..

teacherwoman said...

Yummy! We used to have stuffed peppers all the time, growing up!

Nice work with the long run!

Melanie said...

that is ridiculous! Those peppers look so good!

Abby said...

I want my Jersey packet to come!

Any good stuff in there?

Erica said...

Fun packages and another great run. The stuffed peps look so yummy! I wish Josh liked peppers- I will have to save making this for a night when hes on travel ;)

What a pain in the a** about the gym! I think that is totally ridiculous

Marlene said...

Yum, I love stuffed peppers!

Sorry to hear about your DH. That sucks! :(

I Run for Fun said...

Abby, just the usual refrig. magnet, NJRRC newsletter and a couple of promotional cards, besides the T-shirt. Hope you get your soon. No cool chachkis, unfortunately. Hope there's more in the race packet.

Heather said...

Those stuffed peppers look really yummy. Great job on the long run!

lauren said...

that is so completely annoying about the gym and the mail - ughh!

you had a great run and the peppers look delish...

Christie said...

What in the world? That is ridiculous.

Bee At Work.. said...

Great post and the stuffed peppers look real yummy. Im sorry to hear about DH - praying that he recovers soon...Take care!!

D10 said...

I love stuffed peppers, well I love any stuffed vegetable!

Hope everything works out with LA Fitness.

Roisin said...

LAME POST OFFICE! I feel, honestly, that your situation is indicative of a conspiracy with LA Fitness and the Post Office. I'm just saying.

Those peppers look sooooo good right now. I should have waited to read your blog till I got home. Now I am hungry!!!

BeachRunner said...

Great job on the run!! Enjoy the book.

I Run for Fun said...

Roisin, I totally agree with you. Didn't want to sound paranoid, but that's exactly what I thought!!!

Amy said...

Yeah right they lost it! How do they lose the tracking number in their own computer?

I got the newest issue of Runner's World and I haven't opened it yet! ahh! Saving it for a cross training day on the elliptical.

Tammy said...

Great job on the long run!

The peppers look scrumptious.

Scheri said...

Great job on the 13 miler! I hate having to deal with gym memberships. I'm sorry the post office had to add to it!

Your peppers look great. We love stuffed peppers too, but since we are vegetarians, I stuff them with wild rice, artichokes, cheese and zucchini.

aron said...

yum yum yum those look AMAZING!! i need to try :)

X-Country2 said...

What a mess with the gym. Reminds me of Chandler on Friends: I want to quit the gym!

Nice work on the peppers. Mmm.

Abby said...

The wonders of google :)

http://www.biconews.com/?p=351