I’m a Live Writer.

by Jenn (eating bender) on January 10, 2011

This is my first time posting from Windows Live Writer and I’m already hooked!

I love my Mac but just haven’t been able to get into any Mac-friendly blogging software. After much discussion with Mama Bender, who has bought Parallels for Mac in the past, I decided to dive in myself in the hopes that it would motivate me to blog more often because I can write posts without an Internet connection. (Yes, I know I can accomplish this by writing in Word, but there is something about seeing what it will look like as an actual post that gets me. I’m crazy!)

So far, so good! Smile

Over the weekend, Bobby and I used a Groupon to visit one of our favorite restaurants: Koi. We used to frequent it on special occasions in college, including our 5th anniversary. While it’s definitely not a cheap date, the portions are ridiculous (in a good way) and you definitely have enough leftovers for a second meal. Combined with a Groupon, it was a steal.

We started with an order of edamame.


For my entrée, I went with the Kung Pao. You get the option of choosing one, two or all three meat varieties: chicken, steak and shrimp. I decided to try them all and wasn’t disappointed! They were mixed with green peppers, onions, celery, zucchini and peanuts.


With the Kung Pao I was given the option of white or brown rice. I love nutty brown rice.


As for Bobby, he went with the Pad Thai, which also came with all three meat options.


Both of us had enough to bring home for dinner. Two meals for the price of one? Awesome.

On Sunday morning, we made our own version of fine dining – on placemats, even! Smile


We scrambled up some organic eggs with an Amylu apple and gouda cheese chicken sausage and spinach. I then proceeded to top mine with more gouda cheese. I’ll spare you my usual pun, but let’s just say it’s one of my favorites because it tastes so…go0da delicious.

On the side, we made home fries with olive oil, Emeril’s Original Essence and garlic salt.


Big fan! These are so easy to make and fill me up for hours.

So here’s a fun fact that I don’t think I’ve announced on the blog yet…

I’m running a 1/2 marathon this weekend!

Jill, Melissa and I will be running the Phoenix Rock’ ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon this Sunday. It has been an up and down battle with training – yet another story that I haven’t fully explained that involves a bike crash and a honeymoon, but more on that soon. Challenges aside, I am ready to tackle this race and look forward to the trip to Arizona this week. Even if I’m no longer going for my initial goal, I know that I will at least finish my first 1/2 marathon and I can’t wait!

Question: What are your best tips for running a longer race?

I still am uncertain about the best way to go about fueling, etc. and would love your feedback.


1 Lee January 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I use Mars Edit on a Mac. I dont think it’s as good as WLW though. I’ve never tried it before.

Good luck in your race! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me.

2 MarathonVal January 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Good luck on the half marathon! You’ve got this! Have you been training outside this winter?!?! If so, I wish I would have known so we could have gotten in some cold weather runs together :) I’ ve been suffering through my cold training runs on my own, haha.

I know it will go well, you’ve got this in the bag!!

3 Melissa @ TryingToHeal January 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I can’t wait to see you this weekend!!! the race is gonna be a blast!!!

fueling? eat something at least 1/2 way during the race…i usually use a pack of gu’s throughout the entire race and take them throughout to keep my energy up! or keep on keep’n on with the gatorade/accelerade they’re going to be handing out at the water stations!

4 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

ohmygosh it all look SO. FLIPPING. GOOD!

I haven’t tried live writer — but i’m glad you love it! I may need to check it out =) blogger is driving me cah-razzzzy!

5 quasichick January 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I love Live Writer! It makes blogging so much easier :)

6 Amanda January 11, 2011 at 12:14 am

Yay Evanston! :-)

7 Lauren January 11, 2011 at 5:49 am

Dinner at Koi looks fantastic!!!

Congrats on the 1/2 marathon. You’ll do great hun! :)

8 Erica January 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

Isn’t livewriter the best? Mandi had a Mac and couldn’t find any decent blogging software either. What a yummy din din. Is there anything better than groupon? I look forward to the deals each day. Your Kung Pao looks amazing. Rock the run this weekend!

9 brandi January 11, 2011 at 7:45 am

yay for live writer! don’t you love it? it makes life so much easier :)

Good luck on the race!!!

10 Sarah January 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

good luck on your half this weekend! that’s kind of a huge thing to so casually announce! :)

also, i think restaurant meals where you bring a full meals’ worth of leftovers home with you are one of the best things ever!

11 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

I love groupon! They have so many great deals.

My sis just did a half marathon and she had a banana before the race…then she had Clif Blocks every 2 miles, and half way she had 1 Gu. She also alternated water & gatorade at the pit stops. She said it worked out great!

12 Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean January 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

I <3333 Windows Live Writer. I think I saw Caitlin suggest it on her blog, Healthy Tipping Point, and decided to try it out a couple of weeks ago. Also, that breakfast looks AMAZING.

13 Alexis @ There She Goes January 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

Good luck at your half! I’m thinking of signing up for one as well!!

14 Megan (Braise The Roof) January 11, 2011 at 10:12 am

I used a Groupon last night, too! I’m sure you’ll rock your 1/2 mary, and I’m so excited that we’re all doing the Hustle Up the Hancock!

15 Katie January 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

Our new computer has Live Writer, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m kind of intimidated to learn it all.

Good luck with your 1/2! I’ve never run more than a 5k so no advice, but you’re going to do great!

16 Erin January 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

OMG! I have no tips but GOOD LUCK and congratulations! This is exciting :) You little sneak!

17 cbrady3 January 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

That MAC parallels is a really good idea. DO you know if new macs come with it already?

Also – good luck in the half! I usually just have a PB&Banana toast breakfast with some coffee about an hour before, and one GU around mile 7 or 8!

18 Salah January 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Good luck with the 1/2 girl!!!

19 megan @ the oatmeal diaries January 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Love edamame! And nutty brown rice. :)
Good lcuk with your half!!

20 megan @ the oatmeal diaries January 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm


21 jobo January 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Wow, this WEEKEND?! good for you! I’m sure you’ll do awesome. Send me some running mojo vibes so I *want* to run again in a half, thanks 😉 And note to self: don’t read yummy foodie type blogs when hungry. Now I’m starving!

22 BroccoliHut January 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Glad you like Live Writer–I’ve used it for a while now and just introduced Seth to it for his own blog!
Good luck on your half marathon!

23 jsutera654 January 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You will do a great job. Just remember what I said about hydrdating, SO much more important than I realized when I ran my first half! Crazy! Have a blast!

24 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 13, 2011 at 7:08 am

Windows Live Writer sounds pretty neat! Glad you like it!

I love the scrambled eggs with the gouda cheese on top – looks so pretty! And haha, “it tastes so…gooda delicious!” That made me laugh! You can go right ahead and make all the puns you want – they always make me smile and laugh! :)

Good luck with the 1/2 marathon! You’ll do great!

25 Tracey January 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

I’ve been wanting to try Koi. All the food looks greats, I’ll have to put it on my list of places to try out.

Have fun doing the race!

26 Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods January 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Live Writer is the BEST.

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