I love when the coach “forgets” to post the WOD on the website and then we show up to the box and SURPRISE it’s a 5K hahaha wow good one but like yo, in all seriousness these are not my running shorts and I don’t appreciate y’all being sheisty as fuck and no one likes a surprise 5K, like, especially my chafed ass thighs.
"I get way too sensitive when I get attached to someone. I can detect the slightest change in the tone of their voice, and suddenly I’m spending all day trying to figure out what I did wrong." (Amman, Jordan)
Apparently it’s food week on the blog.
Dinner at my house (especially in the summer) is a repeat of several menu items. Every once and a while I venture out and try a new recipe or two— but you can typically count on seeing the same food on a 10 or 12 day rotation. Except for pork chops. They happen every week without fail.
One of our favorites is a super easy chicken taco recipe (below). I sometimes serve with homemade pico — or if I’m being lazy, with this salsa. We literally have to buy that stuff by the caseload. Thank God for Costco.
- chicken breasts (2-3)
- 1/2 red onion; diced
- vegetable oil (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
- handful of cilantro; rinsed and chopped
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1-2 tsp. of cumin
- dash of salt, pepper
- cotija cheese
- flour tortillas (small, taco sized)
Wash and clean the chicken breasts. Place in a plastic ziploc bag and cover with vegetable oil. Add chopped red onion, cilantro, red pepper flakes, cumin, a dash of salt and pepper. Seal bag and let the chicken marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Fire up the grill. Grill the chicken until blackened. Shred with a fork. Place chicken, cheese, salsa in the flour tortilla. Chef’s note: you can also use corn tortillas— Blake just has a really odd aversion to corn tortillas for some reason so we use flour tortillas.
We served with the Barefoot Contessa fresh corn salad (recipe found by my Momma). I could literally eat an entire bowl of that salad in one sitting. It’s that good.
If you want to make homemade pico— use other half of the red onion from the marinade and mince. Core and chop 2-3 tomatoes, handful of cilantro. Combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, drizzle of olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl and let sit at room temperature as the chicken marinates. You could also add lime to this— but I can’t handle the taste of lime (think this has something to do with the SoCo & lime shots from college).
"I’ve been a deep believer my whole life. 18 years as a Southern Baptist. More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I’m an ordained pastor. But it’s just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: ‘Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They’re just as convinced as I am.’ And it just doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people’s lives. If a plane crashes, and one person survives, everyone thanks God. They say: ‘God had a purpose for that person. God saved her for a reason!’ Do we not realize how cruel that is? Do we not realize how cruel it is to say that if God had a purpose for that person, he also had a purpose in killing everyone else on that plane? And a purpose in starving millions of children? A purpose in slavery and genocide? For every time you say that there’s a purpose behind one person’s success, you invalidate billions of people. You say there is a purpose to their suffering. And that’s just cruel."
"I took a gap year. And a half. I was feeling a bit lost and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do."
"Do you know now?"
Glad I’m not alone.