Week in review: back to work

Monarch Lake Colorado - 4 mile easy hiking trail around the lake.

I feel like the week after a break tends to start out slow and then slam you as soon as you’re in the swing of things again. Anyone else? This week I:

Finished that link post I was procrastinating on last week.
Took three (research) steps forward, two steps back.

Forward: found the recipes & ingredients to make a growth medium for some bacteria I need to culture. Forward: got fresh groundwater samples from our research site. Forward and back: had a meeting that clarified my future research plans. Consequently have to do a lot of rewriting on my research proposal. Back: machines keep breaking when I need to run samples on them. It’s a neverending story.


Ok, actually 3 times, which is as often as I planned, but not as far as I planned. I was not feeling up to running longer, so I didn’t. But I did get some hills in on 2 of my runs, and did 1 and 2/3 strength workouts for the week.

Started seeds.

Tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos (did you know they come in purple?), and herbs. Nothing has sprouted yet, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Had an epiphany.

Yesterday I realized my favorite peanut butter ever – Trader Joe’s crunchy flax and chia PB – should be really easy to recreate. We haven’t lived near a TJ’s in almost 2 years, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to figure this out. Actually making it is on my to-do list this week.

Did not take a single picture.

Thus why this is a photo-less post, apart from the one at the top which is from last summer and just there because I wanted you to have something pretty to look at.



How many steps forward and back for you last week?

What’s your favorite store-bought food that’s actually easy to make yourself?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekly Wrap

15 Comment

  1. Great post! I love TJs peanut butter too!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      It’s the best!

  2. I did not know tomatillos came in purple. That’s pretty cool.

    Good luck with the PB recreation and research rewriting. That last one doesn’t sound like much fun.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I expect to be doing a lot of research rewriting in the next few years. Maybe there’s a way to make it fun….?

  3. Cora says: Reply

    A week with no pictures means it was a week living real life, in my opinion. And that’s always a good thing.

    So as awesome as the peanut butter recipe will be, I have to say I’m more jazzed about the sounds of the growth medium for the bacteria. So cool!!!! I love bacteria. And anything that grows.
    …but I do hope you get yourself some of that peanut butter made and that its everything you remembered.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’m actually the (apparently rare?) person who sometimes doesn’t take enough pictures. I often find myself thinking/saying “do we really not have any pictures of that…?”

  4. Boo to backwards steps! This week has involved a lot of one step forward one step back business as I’ve taken time out to do things that will result in huge leaps forward – but the step forward required to do that results in one step backward on other tasks.

    Can’t win ’em all!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Ugh, prioritizing! Why can’t we just do everything?

  5. We do not have a Trader Joe’s here and I’ve never been inside one. I guess that’s a good thing because I’m completely unaware of all the wonderful goodies inside. I just returned to work after a week in Colorado. The struggle is real! It feels all backwards this week. You take some lovely outdoor shots (I’m following on I/G). We are glad to have you on the Weekly Wrap, Hannah!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

  6. Farrah says: Reply

    Yay! That’s awesome! I’d really like to start growing my own plants but having lots of trouble finding sunlight! :[

    I really need to try out TJ’s PB! I love all their stuff–it’s so nice to get to live close-ish to one again! *-*

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I have mine under a grow light until it’s time to move them outside – window light usually isn’t enough.

      TJ PB is the best!

  7. I wish I knew how to grow my own veggies! As a vegetarian I feel like I should 🙂
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Some veggies are easy to grow! Like baby greens and radishes…and both of those only take about a month, basically instant gratification 😉
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  8. […] my copycat TJ’s peanut butter. Not a very good copy because I didn’t have whole flax seeds (I used flax meal) and I think […]

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