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I WOULD ROCK THIS – ROBOT SUIT

You know what I need? For real, do you you know what I really need? A robot suit. I’ve put some thought into this, and I think a lot of the world’s woes could be solved by one awesome woman in her robot suit.

I would trade in my current car, all my future cars and figure out a way to go back in time and trade in every car that I’ve ever owned in the past, just for one of these robot suits featured in this video. Why is life so unfair?

If any mad scientists out there are looking for test pilots, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Its @MissShannan. I’m willing to travel and have excellent reflexes. Plus I’m pretty tiny, so it could be a small robot suit to cut down on the initial production costs.

So far, I’m not seeing much of a downside to this particular plan, so feel free to give me a shout in a week or two when you’ve worked out the details.

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MAMAVATION MONDAY – LEARNING MY LIMITATIONS

I’m getting back on the Mamavation bandwagon. Over the past two months, I’ve had a lot of things happening all at once.

(Deep Breath)
• We bought a new house, but it’s a foreclosure and needs A LOT of work.
• I booked a bunch of comedy shows between now and the end of the year.
• We put our 2 ½ year old Toddler Tornado into speech therapy hoping that his adorable gibberish will miraculously develop into English.
The hubs and I are so cute.
All while still having my day job and an ever mounting pile of laundry that looms in our bedroom like a giant evil monster. It never slows down. At first I was miserable even thinking about all the things I wanted to do – should do – couldn’t do. Everything. Then I got it together and just let some crap go.
The best thing I’ve learned over this really busy time is that I have limitations. I want to do everything: but I can’t. So I admitted that I should take a break from the Mamavation Sistahood. (Thanks Lori @gutimon for your patience.) I deferred my Half Marathon registration to next year’s event. I kept my expectations on our moving date in check. I let the laundry pile up and now our Todder can use it as a slide. Huzzah.

I’m more at peace now. I’ve managed to stay healthy mentally and physically.  I’ve realized that some things just take a while. They have to develop in their own time.To enjoy life you have to let things run their course and that course can be long and full of twists and turns.

Last November, I posted healthy versions of my favorite Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed it, so here we go again. We’ll start with a new Herb Stuffing recipe I’ve found. Yummm, I can’t wait for my house to smell like the herbs and spices in this awesome recipe. Please let me know what you think.
Have a great week Mamavation ladies. And I hope have some time to breath this week.

Herb Stuffing

Makes 12 1-cup servings


Ingredients
1 1-pound loaf whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 ounces spicy or regular bulk turkey sausage (or purchase links and remove casing)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 large stalks celery, very thinly sliced
1 large (10-ounce) red onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
12 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
3 cups natural, fat-free chicken broth

1/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes evenly on two large baking pans. Brown in oven for about 25 minutes.

In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes, breaking into small pieces as it browns; place in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion, garlic, and sage. Lightly brown, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer broth, cranberries, and butter for about 10 minutes.

Add celery mixture, bread cubes, and cranberry broth to sausage. Stir until broth is absorbed. Season with salt to taste.

Evenly spread stuffing in pan; cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts per serving:
Servings Per Recipe 12 1-cup servings
Calories199

Total Fat (g)9
Saturated Fat (g)3
Carbohydrate (g)25
Fiber (g)3
Protein (g)8
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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MAMAVATION MONDAY: TREADMILL, THOU SHALT NOT TREAD ON ME!!!

As a long time Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan, of course I’ve dreamed of fighting Dragons and warding off alien invaders. In my head, I’m an awesome warrior princess, like Xena, but with cuter shoes. In Fantasyland, I’m an expert marksman, a master swordsman, and fluent in the Martial Arts. I’m one bad momma.

But in real life I’m having trouble overcoming my own inner struggles. How am I to defeat hordes of demons, if I can’t even defeat my inner demons long enough to train for a Marathon?
And it’s not even the full Marathon. It’s just a Half Marathon, part of the Team Ortho Minneapolis Marathon happening June 6th, 2010. When I registered for it last year, it seemed like a great idea. Something exercise related that I could train for in my own time, around my busy work and family schedule. It seemed like an accomplishment that I could be proud of. Something I could knock off my “Bucket List.” It seemed like a LONG time away.
It’s not. “104 days, until the Start!” Yesterday when I checked the website for the Minneapolis Marathon, that’s what I saw. And panic started to set in.
I thought by now, I’d like running more, but it’s still a drag. It’s been really hard for me to motivate myself to hit the treadmill. Last week was the first time, since signing up for the race, that I didn’t run at all. I thought about going. I PLANNED on going, but then when the time came, I never did it. I let the excuses stack up: I’ve been busy at work. Had lots of comedy shows. Needed to spend more time with my husband and toddler. I was tired. It’s been too cold. Blah. Blah Blah.
This week, I’m going to get myself back on track. I’m committing to logging at least 12 miles this week. Plus I’m going to continue my cross-training with my Kettleworx and weight training at least 2 days this week. I also asked some friends who run a lot more than I do for some tips on beating the treadmill boredom, so I’m going to try their suggestions and really work on my attitude about running. As additional motivation, I taped my Registration Confirmation card to my screen at work, to help keep training top of mind.
My diet has been a little carb heavy lately, so I’m switching it around to include more protein and upping my hydration goals to at least 80 ounces of water a day.
I’m sure Xena could run a marathon, so I’m determined to finish this race. I got to be in shape if I’m going to protect my kingdom, evil hordes have a lot of energy. If you hear the yell of a Warrior Princess coming from the treadmills, it’s probably me.
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LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR WITH MISS SHANNAN

Why not start 2010 with a smile on your face?
To kick off the New Year, I’m performing at the Joke Joint Comedy Club in Bloomington, MN, along with the super funny Isaac Witty.

If you don’t have plan for New Year’s Eve, then you should come check us out. If you do have plans, you should cancel them and come see us instead. Come on you won’t find a better way to bring in the new year than this.

To make reservations click here or call 952-854-3411. Twin Cites folks come laugh in the New Year Along with us.

You can even check out a clip of Isaac below as a little taste test.