Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

Not to be confused with "Timbits"



  • The weather around here is suffering from a serious case of bipolar disorder lately. It was up to about 5C (41F) on Sunday, back down to -15 (5F) this morning and it's expected to be up to 10C (50F) on Friday! The nice thing is not having to do laundry every day since I'm able to circulate different gear rather than being stuck wearing my snow suit for every run.


  • I was at the Toronto Bon Jovi show last night (swoon!) and had an awesome time, but it was a late night, especially for someone who is in bed before 10PM 90% of the time. 6 hours of sleep = not enough for me. *yawn*


  • Ah well, it's not like I have 23K to run today. Oh, wait....  

  • Has anyone seen my willpower lately? I'm battling an extra 5 lbs from Christmas and Antigua, but all I want is FOOD! And lots of it! And I don't mean vegetables! Why is it so easy to gain but so hard to lose?

  • "WHO-OA, we're half way there... WHO-OA Livin' on a Prayer...." sorry about that

  • I was spoiled with a bunch of gift cards for Christmas and I still haven't gotten around to spending them! Someone needs to go shopping...

  •  I've been experimenting with steel cut oats recently. I don't have the desire in the morning to cook them over the stove, so I prepare in advance and heat it up in the microwave. In doing so, I've been having a heck of a time getting the texture right; it's been either too rubbery, too crunchy, too mushy. This morning I mashed up the somewhat congealed mixture really well with a fork, added a splash of boiling water and chopped apples before microwaving, then finished it off with some brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. I'm not gonna lie: I still think flavored instant oatmeal tastes better, but I'll keep working on it.


Or maybe I should just eat some of those Timbits...
Just kidding! Mostly.

38 comments:

Jogging with Fiction said...

love me some bon jovi! I've seen him in concert twice, awesome! Also, I would really like to eat those donuts.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Oh, Timbits. I used to get them all the time when I lived in Erie. There aren't any Tim Hortons around here.

Me and Bon Jovi are like BFFs. My mom lives like 25 mins from his house in NJ and we used to stalk, I mean visit it all the time growing up. Standing outside someone's house makes you real tight ...

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohh i can take care of those gift cards for you if you need? :) love concerts, but hate the day after

Emz said...

Bon jovi
Bon jovi

Get. Freaking. Out.

Soooooooo jealous.

Emily said...

I need to stop complaining about the weather in DC...geesh.

Bon Jovi? SUPER fun. Totally worth being a little tired today.

Zorbs said...

Don't plan on having kids if you can't survive on 6 hours sleep.

This past spring/summer I averaged 1-4 hours of sleep a night.

Marky Mark said...

Of course flavoured tastes better-it's the sugar. I couldn't face the cold this morning. Oh well.

We're doing Waterloo on Sunday-they have both an 8K and an 8 miler.

Runners Fuel said...

Donuts are one of my many weaknesses. They look so good!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

CRAZY weather!!

Wowzers go shopping my friend, I would have had those spent the week after Christmas..

I have ZERO Willpower and 10lbs to get off, just when I am good it is Super bowl, then Valentines, etc... UGH!!

I am LAZY I get the 1-minute Oatmeal, bad bad I know..

I am TIRED too and I didn't concert it up last night...

Wifey said...

"I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride, I'm wanted, dead or alive."

So glad you had fun.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

TNTcoach Ken said...

As much as you're running, you should be eating non-stop!

runninglawyer said...

I totally thought the title of this post was about timbits, so I was a bit disappointed when I finally read it rigth, until you mentioned Bon Jovi. Swoon is right!

You could try cooking the steel cut oats overnight in a small crock pot if you had one - I heard that can work very well. Just a suggestion!

fancy nancy said...

The weather and I are riding on the same yo yo! I lose the 5lbs then basically need to sew my mouth shut to stop eating chocolate! UGH!!!!!

Jess said...

If you want, I can spend all those giftcards ;)

Chelsea said...

Oh Timbits. We always stop at the TH right across the border when we go to Canada. I get a boston creme, boy gets a chocolate frosted, and we get a box of timbits to last us the weekend. <3!

Not sure if this would work into your schedule, but I just make a single serving of SCO overnight in the slow cooker - just put 1/2 c oats with 1c water into a pyrex, put into a water bath in the slow cooker, then cook 5-8 hours. (My cooker is SUPER hot, so I set the timer for 5 hours). It's way easier to get the flavor/consistency right. :)

Aron said...

I just cooked steel cut oats in my new rice cooker this morning (will discuss on Friday) and it worked pretty well.

Sometimes its so hard to find the right balance with eating during training when we just want to eat the world. The healthy food just doesn't sound appetizing sometimes :-/

J said...

Don't even get me started on Tim Hortons! Thank goodness they have them around me! I love when we go home to brian's house because they are EVERY WHERE!! I have never tried steel oats! I just stick with my Quaker instant oatmeal! And I cannot wait until tomorrow when its 40F!

Laura said...

we always make a huge batch of steel cut oats in the microwave and then just store in the fridge...the key to cooking a batch in the microwave is to not cover then.
Now I want a timbit..but who eats one??

Nicole said...

my running mojo is out the window... i cant find it either!

Kim said...

I have a rice cooker with an Oatmeal setting. I haven't actually tried it yet (it's new), but when I do I'll let you know how it works. Might help you out! I'm hoping to give it a shot tonight or tomorrow.

Alanna said...

Timbits and Bon Jovi? Now there's a good day!

H Love said...

you are a rock star in many ways! hang in there with those temps!! get some rest today and find some time to SHOP!!! I want to see pics....

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

forget the concert...give me the gift cards!!

Heidi said...

Oh, I LOVE those oats. I prepare them ahead too and warm them up in the microwave with a little milk. Mmmm, I want some NOW!

I think it's funny how the weather prediction for Monday says "few flurries" and then calls for 10+cm. Out west that would be a snowstorm to shut down the city. HAHAHA

Jill said...

TIMBITS??? YUMMY!!!! Oh those would never last a microsecond in my house. hehe. Glad you don't have them there at yours either!! :)
Which reminds me ... when I was in Boston for the marathon, Dunkin Donuts were on every single freaking corner. Ok, I HAD to have one...after the race, of course. Talk about temptation staring you down everywhere you look!

Good luck with the oatmeal, you are so much better than I am with that. I use the instance. Low sugar, of course :).

Aneta said...

is there any pix from the concert in ur next post? i really hope so!
i heard some great things about the concert.

and ya, whats up with the weather?? craziness....
i wish it would stay at 10 C.

Marci said...

I prefer regular rolled oats to steel cut, but I add a mushed banana and sort of whip it in while it cooks to make creamier oats. I also find chia seeds help make the texture creamier.

Char said...

It's so unfair that weight is so easy to gain and not to lose. Even when you have a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea and you lose a few kilos overnight - they never stay off.

Angie said...

Bon Jovi?? NICE!!!

I've been wanting to try steel cut oats.. If you perfect the method, let me know because I'd love to borrow :)

Heather said...

I don't know how you hang onto those gift cards for so long . . . any I got for Christmas were used up the weekend after. :)

dietitianontherun.com said...

OH are those little donuts looking appetizing...wow!

Take my hand, we'll make I SWEEEAR ;)

And, lastly, I was also stoked about warmer temps today 1) because yay! SUNSHINE! and 2) all my cold-weather gear is beyond dirty! Ha, out come the CLEAN shorts I haven't worn yet!

destination262 said...

Sounds like you had a fun night last night! Woo hoo Bon Jovi!! :) And I hate that it is so easy to gain and so hard to lose. What's the deal with that?

ajh said...

Yeah, instant oatmeal tastes pretty good! And I haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies (Emily's blog) either. I also haven't seen any of the Twilight. I read some from both series but wasn't sold on either.

lindsay said...

lol. the randomness here, i love it. this ain't a song for the brokenhearted. umm you need to go shopping for reals! buy me sumpin (that's southern for 'something'). the weather has been bi-polar here too - i mean yesterday it was 72 and today it was only 60! gah! if only m&m's were diet pills... sigh. i hope you enjoyed my random comment to go along with your random post.

Richelle said...

Did they perform "Wanted Dead or Alive"? I love that song!

I usually only average 5-6 hours of sleep a night! I'd love to be in bed by 10:00.

I'm so jealous of the lululemon athletica gift card. Their clothing is awesome, but so expensive.

Pretend this is real said...

I'm with you on the topic of instant oatmeal. So good! (But maybe that's just my laziness talking.)

Julie D. said...

oh my...timbits??? and why don't we have them here? Never heard of them!! I'm attempting a no sugar kick for 10 days and i must be in withdrawal because my eyes bugged out and I started drooling when I saw the picture! pathetic.

Denise said...

it's evil how easy it is to gain and how hard it is to lose.

as for the steel cut oats...have you tried soaking them over night then just heating up the next morning. prepare as you would to cook with the amount of liquid and oats but put in a dish and cover over night. that will soften them but not make them that jelly like mush.