Green Monsters & Practicing

So, today was the first day of practicing since falling last Tuesday. I was very nervous to say the least. I kept going back in my mind and trying to think did I feel something pop? Maybe it really did break and maybe that’s why it bothers me from time to time. So when I picked up my violin this morning I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I figured it would be a little difficult since I’ve been having trouble just stretching my hand out, and it was a little tricky to start with, but then things started to warm up. I didn’t do anything really hard, just some scales, shifting exercises, and the easier audition excerpts (like Magic Flute, the Marriage of Figaro, and Turnadaut are easy). I can’t go as fast as a need too, but I can play, and they sound better than I thought they would.

As a reward I thought I would try a smoothie I’ve been reading about in a couple of the blogs I like to look at (Eat, Live, Run, Oh She Glows, and Green Monster Movement). It’s called the Green Monster. How’s that for a name?! If that doesn’t get you here are the ingredients: milk, ice, banana, ground flax seed, and spinach. Yeah, that’s right spinach. I wasn’t sure what I thought when I first read that too. How could a spinach smoothie taste good (it would also be where the name green monster comes from the green color of spinach). I have to say it was pretty yummy. I just made the basic recipe. I’m not sure if I put enough spinach and I just eyeballed the rest of the ingredients, but it made a really good snack along with 1/2 of a peanut butter and honey sandwich while watching “The Spirit of the Marathon”! (totally made me exited for Nike in October) It’s definitely something I’ll try again! Maybe I’ll try some of the other recipes on the Green Monster website…

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