How My Day Went

It’s hard to stick to my plan to post more often when my real life updates are starting to all sound the same: I went for a run this morning, even though I was tired; I had no energy left after that, so besides almost catching up on dishes and warming up leftovers, all I got done today was a long nap.

I think I’m going to make up a more interesting sounding day instead.

Today I fought off space dragons in the asteroid belt. The pesky things kept trying to scatter and hide but I picked them all off with the help of my heat seeking plasma photon pistol (which I’m sure I purchased on sale with a coupon). Since, as everyone knows, space dragon meat is too tough to eat, I just skinned them to turn their hides into hats. Some people spray paint their space dragon hats in camouflage colors to play up the armored aspects of the hat, but I prefer to just add a beaded edge because it makes a much prettier armored hat that way.

Isn’t the more fun to read about than the day I actually had?

 

Pork Dumplings

Last night I made pork dumplings that Colton said were better than most of the pork dumplings he’s had in his life. I figured that meant I should write down the recipe before I forgot what I did. 🙂

I made my own dumpling wrappers based on this recipe, and made filling based on this recipe. The dipping sauce was more of a general impression of several dipping sauces. 

Dumpling wrappers

2 cup white flour

1 cup boiling water

Put flour in food processor. While the food processor is running, pour in boiling water in a thin stream. Let it mix until the dough forms a cohesive lump, then for another minute or so. Take it out and knead it until it’s smooth and springy, then let it rest while mixing up the filling.

 

Dumpling filling

1 pound ground pork, raw

1 TBSP minced garlic

1 egg

2 TBSP  fresh parsley

2 TBSP ‘soy sauce

1 1/2 TBSP peanut oil

1 TBSP minced fresh ginger

Mix.

 

 Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each out as thin as possible. I would have divided it into 2 pieces to do this, but my counters aren’t that big… Also, the dough didn’t get quite as thin as I thought it should, but it was still bordering on ‘translucent’ about a 1/16”, and the effect was quite good even though it was a little thicker than the wrapper on restaurant dumplings. I cut them into roughly 3 inch squares (some oddly shaped edges) and got almost 40 dumplings out of the dough instead of the predicted 50.

 I put a tsp to a tsp and a half of meat mixture in the middle of each square, folded the dough into a triangle, sealed the edges, and then pinched the two triangle points together at the top of the dumpling. I didn’t find applying water to make any difference in whether the dumpling edges sealed or not. 

 I boiled a big pot of salted water and boiled the dumplings in two batches. I didn’t time how long they took to cook, but I cooked them for a minutes or two after they started floating, for good measure. 

 I served them with a dipping sauce made mostly of ‘soy sauce’ with a sprinkle of garlic powder and ginger powder and a TBSP or so of peanut oil.

 Originally I was going to use this as base recipe to experiment with whole wheat dumpling wrappers, but this turned out so well that Colton said he would be very disappointed if I changed it, so I guess this will remain an unhealthy splurge meal. 🙂

 

So Much For That Theory…

Yesterday after writing my ambitious blog post I walked an eight block round trip from the courthouse to the library on my lunch break. I felt very healthy and conscientious and productive.

This morning I woke up to discover than running a mile for the first time in three weeks *and* taking an eight block walk on the same day pretty much kills my calves. No running this morning. *sigh* In fact, there was barely walking this morning. There was just hobbling around trying to walk using as little calf muscle as possible, which is not very effective.

In addition to that I’ve had an upper abdominal/lower rib pain for a few days that had finally hung around long enough to start concerning me. None of the oils I’d tried had helped much, but I finally tried peppermint this afternoon, and it’s slightly improving now.

Between my various pains and getting tired quickly, it wasn’t nearly as productive a day as I’d hoped. I did somehow, that is, painfully, manage to haul my laundry downstairs, so it is now clean and dry, though not yet folded.

I also made some killer spaghetti sauce by making average spaghetti sauce in the morning letting it simmer all day. I have to say, I really like being able to leverage the advantages I have in being home all day to make up for having low energy days. Sometimes putting in a little bit of energy at calculated points in the day produces as good or better results than putting in a lot of energy all at once.

I do still have hopes for eking some productivity out of the day tomorrow, despite the fact that this is clearly not turning into the amazingly energetic week I might have hoped for.

If I use the energy I have in a properly calculated way, I should start next week with a full pantry, clear counters and no laundry backlog. And setting myself up for a week like that might just count as a sufficiently productive week.

In Pursuit of Productivity

I had a productive week once. It was about three weeks ago. You may remember it: I posted here five times, blogged about how I ran almost every morning, baked bread, and did some experimenting with new recipes.

After my oh, so productive week I proceeded to feel crummy for about three weeks and dragged around not getting much done, and not even getting close to writing anything.

I finished off my three weeks of feeling crummy with a two day rifle marksmanship class spanning two of the hottest, most summery days we’ve had in our mostly cool and refreshing summer. I drank a couple quarts of coconut water, learned that overthinking is one of my big problems with accuracy in shooting (overthinking? me? who knew?), and oddly enough, survived the whole thing without too much ill effect.

Well, that is little ill effect, until the day after class ended when I got up, fixed breakfast, headed off to church, stayed awake enough to pay attention to the sermon, and then started feeling completely awful before church ended. I wondered if I had some delayed effect heat exhaustion, but either way, a nap and some coconut water helped quite a bit.

Thankfully, Monday was another crash day, as Colton had the day off for Labor Day. It’s the only weekend I can ever remember being glad when Saturday was over and looking forward to Monday. 🙂

So after three weeks feeling off, a weekend in the heat, and quasi weekend to recover, we got up and ran again this morning. I was relieved to discover that I didn’t lose all my progress during our running hiatus. I didn’t try running up any hills, and I think I was bit slower than I had been, but I was still feeling a lot better than when we first started running.

Despite the fact that I’m sitting in a jury assembly room right now, I have hopes of this turning into another productive week. I’m back in the mindset of being productive, and a lingering slight cough is not going to deter me from having a week of running, writing, catching up yet again on dishes and laundry, baking, grocery shopping and general productiveness.

That is, as soon as the county decides I’m not vitally necessary their pursuits of justice and societal structure…