Holiday weekend of tulipmania, a Giant’s diet and potential Abby fur-products…

Can every weekend be a long weekend, please??? This past weekend saw us celebrating the Victory Day long weekend – Queen Victoria, born on May 24th 1819, is considered the “Mother of Confederation” and in 1845, (most of) Canada officially recognizes this day. And in Ottawa, one often spends part of their weekend down at the Tulip Festival…which marks another piece of history. These pictures don’t even begin to do it justice – the tulip beds are incredible!

And of course, our own specially engineered Canada Tulip – with a maple leaf within the petals!!

The reason we have these tulips is pretty neat – I stole this from Wikipedia:

In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.

The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of Dutch territory and the Canadian Parliament voted to change governorship to be Dutch territory for one day and changed the flag over the Parliament building to the Dutch flag for that day, so that Princess Margriet would be born in Dutch territory and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.

TG and I strolled through the tulips – and given that he is Dutch and just returned from visiting relatives in the Netherlands, it was extra cool!

Ok, speaking of TG…one of the things that is so fun about him is that, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise, he eats a lot of food…A LOT. So cooking for him is awesome – you can’t ever make too much food and he always loves it. This past weekend I made two super hits.

The first was Chicken Parmesan Meatball Sliders

Ok, so the pic may not look that appetizing, but TRUST ME…they are delicious…I’m just not a food photographer! What I really wish I had pics of is one with me holding one of those sliders to my mouth and one with TG. Compared to him and the size of his hands, it looks like I’m holding a HUGE bun!! lol

The second thing made me realize that restaurants have NO excuse for producing crappy nachos. These were easy and sooooo good: Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos 

You start off making your base bean mixture

Then put half of it and cheese on one layer of nachos

Then you do a second identical layer, bake it and then add tomatoes, jalapenos and cilantro…

Ridiculously good.

I have an audience whenever I’m in the kitchen…

And after dinner, I get a massage!

Ok, so what about my running?

Last Tuesday I joined my team, for the first time since March (!!) for the workout’s warm-up and one interval – was so great to be out there with them!! On Wednesday I went for yet another session with my physio where she did some ART and then dry needling…the former is BY FAR the worst…check out the (stress) sweat I leave on the table from it!!!

And then here is a video of the needling – set to some appropriate music!

Thursday I went out and tested the hamstring with some field hockey…we had had GORGEOUS 80F+ degree weather that day…but of course, that brought in rain storms! But we got an hour in before the lightening forced off.

The hamstring held up ok…don’t have as long a stride length as usual and it was quite tight the next few days, but not debilitating as it was 3 weeks ago when I last played. So, we’re continuing to make steps in the right direction.

And just in case you were wondering, Abby’s mustache fur only continues to grow…and I’m thinking I might invest in some hair wax…

Happy Tuesday!!

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