Love. According to Merriam-Webster, love is “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” or “warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion” or “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”. With Valentine’s Day looming – a day that “love” is overtly celebrated and displayed – I have always wondered: “What the heck is the point?”
In truth, throughout the years (single or not), February 14 has always annoyed me. Happy couples are pressured into proving their love with lavish dinners and gifts. Singles are left feeling left out – as if their bodies are covered in scales. Kids receive a rude awakening of how popular they really are, when nobody leaves them a cheesy paper Valentine on their desk – and I can’t imagine the teenage girl walking around school with no Mylar balloon in the shape of a giant heart or $5.99 single red rose must feel. And really – what are conversation hearts made out of?
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This year, instead of following the traditional practices of flowers and candy – lets celebrate what makes us special and what makes us happy. Unique. Undeniably 100% magnificently amazing. Rejoice in the amazing fact that you’re about to finish your PhD (or you decided to go back to school). Celebrate flipping the switch from getting skinny – to getting healthy & fit. Or maybe just look in the mirror and truly love what you see. Hug your boss – because you love your job. Buy yourself a memento of this moment – even if its a single scoop of ice cream. Count your blessings and love yourself everyday. Or figure out what those conversation hearts are made of and let me know.
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Thai Inspired Steak Kale Salad
Day old steak isn’t the most appealing leftovers. What was once tender and juicy is now hard and gray. Get creative with Thai flavors, fresh herbs, vegetables and market fresh kale to give the inedible new life.
Assuming that the steak wasn’t overly seasoned – just lightly toss chopped steak with Red Thai Curry and quickly sauté. Make an easy salad of kale and julienne carrots. The dressing is simply juice from 1 lime, a bit of chili garlic sauce (to taste), about 2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar, a little sugar, salt and pepper. Toss salad with dressing, add steak and top with Thai Basil and fresh Mint.
The end result was a spicy, zesty salad that is packed with favor. This would work with chicken or tofu as well.
If you’re ever in Mililani, Hawaii – be sure to check out Rajanee Thai Cuisine. Their Ginger Salad and Chili Basil Battered Fish was so delicious – I literally curled my toes with joy.
On President’s Day (February 17, 2014) I’ll be running my 4th Great Aloha Run. Let me tell you that I do NOT have a runner’s disposition or build. I am neither dedicated or posses adequately sized limbs. In fact (to be completely candid) I HATE RUNNING. Therefore, I am determined to conquer this 8.15 mile run and beat my 1:40:30 time from last year.
←I literally cannot run without my iPod Shuffle. This is one of the few girl anthems that I use to motivate myself to keep running.
What? Why do I do it? Because its hard. There’s something incredibly rewarding about accomplishing something that doesn’t come naturally. I am not an athlete. My football/soccer/track husband can run a 10 minute mile (or less) from the jump. My first milestone is always – finish a single mile without stopping! But when you cross the finish line (even if it’s a metaphoric one), there is nothing in the world that feels better.
I’ll post my results in the March Lovely Healthy Happy – wish me luck!