An A Level in Avoidance Techniques

Good morning, kittens!

So, let’s talk about avoidance techniques, shall we?  Because yesterday, in an effort to get around the matter of the weather, the starting corral and all of that, I really did go all-out.

When I got home from my bridal shower and had conducted the latest round of purging, packing and re-organizing, I butchered a turkery.

Back Story:  Every year for Christmas, Marcus’ employer (they’re old school like that) gives each employee a turkey.

It’s pretty cool, really.  Except for the part where there’s never really a “right” time for two people to roast a 15 pound turkey.

So I did a bit of Googling and found out that according to the USDA, if you defrost your frozen bird in the refrigerator (versus in water or on the counter), you’re safe to re-freeze portions of it.

I went to town.  In the most tried and true tradition of Faux Fuchsia, Vegetarians look away!

Our end product?  Breasts, legs, de-boned thighs and wings.  Had I been feeling more Industrious, I would have boiled the carcass for stock.  But I just wasn’t there yesterday.

Post at-home butchering sesh, we needed to Seek Out Dinner.

Cautious Kat?  Wanted pizza or something extremely bland that would be a pre-race fail safe.

Adventuresome, self-sabotaging Kat?  Needed to get out of the house, adventure, and embrace her risky business-side.

So we ended up checking one off of our long-overdue To Do list and drove in to Minneapolis to try African food at the Blue Nile.

The verdict?  OMG delicious.  We did some major sampling and tried 13 (13!) new dishes and one of the beers from Harriet Brewing.

Retrospectively, I probably should have told Marcus before we walked into the restaurant that you eat Ethiopian food with your hands, but you can’t win them all…right?

And the end result?

As per the sweet pace chart that I just inked on my arm (I hate doing the splits in my head…I’m SO not a math-y person!), I’m planning on going for a run.

See y’all at the finish line!

What do you do to deal with pre-race jitters?

Have you ever tried African food before?

20 responses to “An A Level in Avoidance Techniques

  1. I love Ethiopian! Nick and I just went to our favorite place last night.

  2. I’ve never tried African food, but I’m certainly intrigued!

    Good luck!! 🙂

  3. I’ve never had african food before! I can’t believe you guys tried 13 things 🙂
    Good luck on your race! It seems like everyone has one today!

  4. Love it!! Hope you had a great time at your bridal shower 🙂 For whatever reason, I felt unbelievably awkward at both of mine. I don’t mind attention, but it just felt so surreal!!

  5. Wow so adventurous the night before your race, I’ve never tried African food before- but i definitely would.

    Hope you had an awesome race!

  6. Really? You can refreeze meat/chicken? I thought that doing so was the equivalent of a death sentence…but apparently not?

    Wait, I want to hear about your bridal shower! Photos please??

    And once again, I am jealous of your flawless skin. Stupid LA dry weather. Did I mention how much I hate it here??

  7. I’ve never tried African food, but when I finally find a place close to me that serves it I will definitely be giving it a try.
    I hope your race went fabulous! I can’t wait to hear about it.

  8. I would totally have to write my splits on my arm too haha that is awesome!

  9. Wow, you really did go to town on that turkey. Awesome :]
    And Ethiopian food sounds fabulous. I’m adding it to my must-try list.
    I hope you had a great time at your showers and have a great run! Whoo-hoo! XD

  10. I love your apron. I lived in Zimbabwe so I guess you could say I’ve had “African” food.

  11. Haha, thanks for the comment :} Well, all your comments, actually. Thanks!

    Oh, I hope this decorating project turns out well. It’s an old house, and, due to budget, there’s not a ton we can do (like replace cabinets or anything), but I’m hoping with a few fun pieces and nick knacks we can bring it together. I’m determined to find a way. ;] Thanks for the encouragement, and, yes, there will definitely be a post (if not many) on this! haha.

  12. I love Moroccan, but haven’t tried any other kinds. Your restaurant sounds terrific!

  13. Because I have carcass issues, I had to look away, but I am intrigued b/c I often see these things on sale and think it’d be good to have. So good to know you can re-freeze.

  14. Kudos on making the 15 pound turkey manageable.

    For those of us that do not run double digit mileage (OK, maybe just me) what is a race chart?

  15. I am so impressed with your butchering! You are the woman. I love African food and I don’t run at all.

  16. I adore Blue Nile. Lentils have been a passion of mine for a while. If you are with a big group looking to indulge your adventurous side once more, one of the Gosa Gosa platters and biddeena is perfect. Good choice! Good job on the race, as well.

  17. Can you please explain (in laypersons terms) what splits are?

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