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On the Road Again…to Asheville – Geek Turned Athlete

On the Road Again…to Asheville

I woke up this morning with what felt like a hangover.  I had a horrible headache and was nauseous.  How could I have a hangover after drinking only 3 and a half beers over a four hour period?  I thought back and remembered the cheap beer combined with about 7 miles of running with no water with cigars and cigarettes being smoked simultaneously (I didn’t smoke, but a lot of second hand).  Yep, that makes sense.

Steve and I drug ourselves out of our warm and cozy hotel room to check out and get on the road around 11:00am.  So much for getting on the road early.  I comforted my growling stomach with Naked Superfood drinkDSC03240

and a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  DSC03242

I felt better momentarily, but the winding roads of Middleburg aggravated my stomach making it lurch and hurt.  It probably didn’t help that I had taken a couple of Tylenol on a semi-empty stomach.  I calmly asked Steve to pull over the car as soon as he could find a flat spot to pull over.  Steve rubbed my back while I dry heaved for a few minutes.  My husband is so sweet. :)  I don’t think that I had anything to throw up, and just wanted to go to sleep to get rid of my headache and not think about my angry stomach.  I slept for about an hour and a half in the car and awoke feeling much better and starving.  Steve and I had yet to stop at Cracker Barrel on our visit to the states, and we were both craving ham biscuits.  So, that is what we got!  They were salty, buttery, fluffy, chewy, and perfect hangover food!  Of course, I probably should of had a salad or a protein shake with veggies and fruit, but I don’t like the salads from Cracker Barrel, and considering the only time I go to a Cracker Barrel is when I’m in the states (which is very rare), I felt like it was a good choice!  Life is simply too short to not splurge once in a while or eat what you want on vacation (in moderation of course!).

Other than that, the roadtrip was uneventful.  I went through a wedding magazine for ideas for my wedding hair-do, and got caught up on my lectures for school.

For dinner, we stopped at Thai Basil in Black Mountain.  DSC03255 It was really good!!!  I got the Pad Hima which consisted of carrots, zucchini, onions, tofu, and cashews in a soy/fish broth served with steamed jasmine rice on the side.  DSC03244Steve ordered sort of the same thing minus the fish/soy broth plus a coconut curry with chicken.DSC03246

The server brought some lemongrass tea with our check.  It was really healthy, and a perfect ending to our roadtrip. :) DSC03250

Steve and I also picked up a book on CD: The Language of God.  It is good so far, and I will need some time to take it all in.  I consider myself to be agnostic, and I really didn’t want to bring this up on the blog because people get “upset” when you talk about religion.  I don’t like being judged (which REAL Christians shouldn’t be doing anyway), but quite frankly, this is my blog, and I can write what I want.  You can’t please everyone.  My husband is a Christian, and we both accept and love each other for who we are.  Let’s just say that I love science, and I’m not sure where God fits in.  The last few years of my life, I have been perfectly comfortable believing this.  I have no problem hearing from the other sides though, and I don’t get offended when people want to talk religion with me. I find all religious points of view fascinating, and this book is no exception.  DSC03243

Do you ever struggle with your religion or beliefs, and do you get offended when others want to talk to you about your beliefs or theirs?

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Leah October 12, 2009, 5:03 am

    Sometimes I do struggle with whether or not I should mention the fact that I’m a christian on my blog, and whether I should mention it to people in conversations…more often, it eventually comes up, and when it does, I just like to listen and hear what the other person’s opinion is. It is always interesting to me to hear how people feel about God/science…

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    • Nicole October 12, 2009, 6:52 pm

      Personally, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with mentioning it! It is part of you, and too often we are afraid to mention things like that. If anyone is going to judge you on that, you probably don’t want them to be your friend anyway. At least, that is how I look at it. ;)

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  • Simone @ P:T October 12, 2009, 9:42 pm

    Hey Nicole! I just found your blog, through your comment on Runner’s Kitchen, and really like it! I might be biased though considering you are in DC right now and that is my hometown! Also, when it comes to religion, I am Jewish, but I like to hear about all different religions, the history behind them, and how all of our different beliefs and views tie into each other. Rather than be “offended” by religious talk, I like to think of it as an opportunity for education and insight into someone else’s world. Personally, I don’t even know if I believe in “religion” so to speak, but I do believe there is a God and that is pretty much it. I am more a believer in “everything happening for a reason” than God making things happen so I don’t even know if I believe in God that much if you think of it in that way. All I know is that when I need to pray, or believe in something, I turn to “my God” and can feel safe with my thoughts and well wishes in his hands.

    Wow, well I didn’t mean to get into my beliefs so deeply but there you have it. I really like that you touched on religion. So radical of you in the health food/fitness blog world! ;)

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    • Nicole October 12, 2009, 10:01 pm

      Thank you for sharing! I am like you in the way that I LOVE hearing about different religions. It is all very interesting to me. I grew up catholic, and my world religions class in college changed my life, and actually made me think about WHY I believed in different things instead of just believing because that is way that I grew up. I have dabbled in a few more religions since then including Buddhism. Thanks for visiting!

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  • Holly October 12, 2009, 10:52 pm

    you know, we don’t judge people on what they look like or what they wear, so we definitely should not judge people for believing what they believe. i am all about freedom to be who we are!!!!

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