Ship’s Log–June 26th


Today was a doozie. I started by taking the kids out on a walk in the woods with our cameras. It was shorter than my usual walk, but just about what Thing 2 could happily handle. The rest of the morning was fairly easy, just running a few errands about town.

Thing 2 and I met my parents for lunch at their favorite restaurant, Mumford’s Culinary Center in Tinton Falls, NJ. Mumford’s is one part restaurant, one part cooking school, and one part small-scale farm. Much of their property is dedicated to growing the produce they serve in the restaurant, and visiting them at this time of year and taking a stroll through the garden is such a delight. Should you go there yourself, check out the spit rail fence along the frontage–that fence is reused. It was once around my parents’s yard, and they gave it to Mumford’s when they replaced it with a dog-proof board on board fence.

After lunch, my day became a challenge. It was time for the annual wellness visits for both dogs and the cat. Yes, I was stupid enough to book a triple vet appointment, which meant I had to wrangle two kids, two 90 pound labs, and one terrified cat who is prone to car sickness. By the time the vet was finished with us, the examination room looked like a crack den, with piles of hair, vials, and needles all over the place, and I was exhausted from the effort of keeping everyone under control.

The visit ran a bit late, too, so it was a rush to get to the dojo on time. Rather than having a healthy pre-workout snack, I grabbed a chocolate bar that the vet was selling for charity and called that exercise fuel. Alas, it wasn’t even good chocolate! Despite my best efforts, Thing 2 missed his first class. Thing 1 and I made it to ours by the skin of our chocolate covered teeth. Classes were good and hard tonight, since some of the students are testing for their next belts, and by the end of two back-to-back classes I was shot, kaput, put a fork in me I’m done.

I’m not proud of what happened next, but I’m human. I suggested that The Hub bring home pizza, because my drained ass wasn’t up to cooking. There’s a pizza place next to the dojo that will accommodate us weirdos with a whole wheat crust and a pizza without cheese. I was only going to eat two slices, but I must have left my self-control back at the vets because I ate half the medium cheese-less pie Thing 1 and I were sharing. I started dinner famished and ended it stuffed and a little regretful.


  • Smoothie with banana, strawberries, frozen blueberries, red leaf lettuce, romaine, kale, flax and chia seeds, unsweetened soy milk, and water.
  • Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with almond butter and blackberry preserves
  • Coffee with stevia

Lunch at Mumford’s Culinary Center:

  • Chilled gazpacho with a slice of baguette
  • Mixed bean and grain salad with avocado instead of the usual feta cheese, hummus, and Naan crisps
  • Iced tea

Afternoon Snacks:

  • Cold brew New Orleans Style coffee with unsweetened soy milk and vanilla stevia
  • Dark chocolate square
  • Pre-work out: 1/3 dark chocolate peppermint bar, handful of almonds, 2 dried dates


  • Four slices (OMG!!!!) of whole wheat cheeseless pizza topped with broccoli, peppers, onions, pineapple, a sprinkle of Daiya mozzarella shreds, Fauxmesan, and sriracha
  • Glass of Cabernet

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