sexist mac and cheese

last week at next gen house

Coming off of another weekend of travel and family stuff, and my brain hasn’t caught up with the mental and physical fatigue. Here’s hoping I catch up this week!

Last Week in Running

26 miles on the schedule this week, and I’ll be honest. It was hard. Too much treadmill, for one thing. I had to split up my long run miles because of traveling, since I can’t (won’t) do 10 miles on a treadmill. So it was a lot of 5 mile treadmill runs. And at the end of the week while we were traveling, I developed a lower body rash aggravated by heat and sweating. Joy. But I did all of the runs and got the miles in. Even if I had to bribe myself with pizza.

treadmill pizza

I’m getting to that point in training where I’m desperate for the weather to lift a little and to get to daylight savings so we have a little more light in the evenings. I just don’t have a safe place to run outside in the dark with the exception of Tuesday group runs, which I hope to get to this week. Next Saturday is the Spring Thaw race at North Park – I’ll be doing the 10 mile option. I know I should treat it like a long run and go at long run pace, but I’m tempted to race it. I’ll have to do some thinking on that one.

Last Week in Eating

Besides the delicious homemade pizza that Mark made on Friday night that was a great reward for a long interval workout, we also had a pretty good week for regular dinners. Nothing super special, but good standards – penne alla vodka (one of our favorite vegetarian pastas, made with our own canned tomatoes), venison meatloaf and roasted vegetables, haluski, Salad Monday and Taco Tuesday. In the last two weeks or so, my 2015 resolution to eat clean has really kicked in. I’m off sugar as much as possible (considering it was giving me some WICKED heartburn, especially on the treadmill) and feeling good.

I’m especially dedicated to this right now since I’m seeing a few signs that my thyroid is acting up again and I might need a med adjustment – fatigue, in particular. Knowing that it could be due to the combination of run training and a lot of job stress right now, I’m making sure to eat clean and also to do the daily relaxation exercises. Eating clean has so many healthy effects for me – and I know that my mood is improved when I’m dedicated. So this week will have more clean meals – including two new recipes to change it up a little.

Last Week in Reading

I’m still listening to Bad Feminist on audio through my free trial of Scribd (which I really like and think is a great deal for the monthly fee of $8.99). It’s an interesting book of essays – some are too tied to a critique of another piece of writing or film that I haven’t seen for me to get really into them. But some of them are just spot on.

I finished the second book in the Silo series by Hugh Howey – Shift – on my Kindle. On to the third and final – Dust – and then I’ll probably switch back to some comics and my large nightstand pile. Reading on the Kindle has gone a lot better than I expected, though it probably helps that I’ve been reading books that are so good that I fly through them without even noticing the format.

Last Week in Homesteading

I got more kombucha to start a SCOBY again – for my final try at kombucha in the winter. Going to use a tip that Deanna mentioned in the comments – to wrap Christmas lights around the jar for a bit of extra warmth. We’ll see how it goes.

Tangentially related to homesteading, I learned while grocery shopping that Manchester Farms, the local dairy that produced the non-homogenized milk that we love, has stopped dairy production. This makes me so unbelievably sad – particularly because this farm was a great example of how dairy can be done right – with super happy, healthy cows and no hormones, etc. Not sure why they closed, but I don’t know if people really appreciated the quality of this milk and why it stands out from any other dairy offering in the case. I’ll probably write a post about this, since I need to explore milk options now.

Last Week in Randomness

While traveling and getting gas, I noticed this sign outside of Sheetz.

sexist mac and cheese

I angry tweeted Sheetz, wanting to know what about me being a lady means that this large “man platter” of mac and cheese isn’t for me?  (Whether or not I would eat mac and cheese from Sheetz is besides the point.) I find this kind of gender marketing obnoxious in about 10 ways. I could eat my husband under the table in mac and cheese and it has nothing to do with my gender. Plus, probably no one of any gender needs the portion size of the man platter of mac and cheese, since it’s probably twice the daily recommended caloric intake. I want to go in the store and ask them if I’m using the right gas pump for the ladies. Perhaps there’s a pink one that doesn’t require you to squeeze as hard?


  • Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    It’s definitely been a tough week. Congrats on getting all your miles in. I will also be doing the 10 mile option at the Spring Thaw. I’ll just be doing it as my long run. Please say hi if you see me!

    • Joanna Taylor Stone

      I will overcome my social awkwardness and definitely say hello if I see you! :)

  • SusanV

    Raising a daughter (and sons, actually) in a world where things are always “girls” because they are smaller, easier, pink-er, is proving to be difficult. My kids are probably tired of hearing me say, “Colors are for everyone!” I just hope that all the work I do in their early lives will make a difference in how they actually see the world later on. Lauren could eat her brothers (and maybe even her dad?) under the table in mac-n-cheese, too. Even if it isn’t pink heart-shaped noodles.

    • Joanna Taylor Stone

      It gives me hope for future generations that parents are actively teaching their children that colors don’t have a gender. I applaud you for that.

      Too bad Sheetz didn’t offer me free mac and cheese for an eating content. I’d invite you and Lauren to participate. :)

  • Christin

    Hi Joanna–I stumbled across your blog this summer through your Penn’s Corner CSA posts and have enjoyed reading about how you use them! But I wanted to comment to thank you for the update about Manchester Farms. My boyfriend and I love their milk, and have been beside ourselves over it’s recent disappearance. Eager to hear about what you come up with for other options, because we are at a bit of a loss right now!

    • Joanna Taylor Stone

      Hi there!

      I was SO SAD when I saw the note on the case at the store. I’ve been drinking their milk religiously since we stumbled upon it at some local event a few years ago. My husband and I have always had some mild GI issues with dairy, and their non-homogenized milk seemed to never give us problems.

      Right now I’m considering going back to raw milk, but we had issues drinking it up before it started to turn to buttermilk. I’m also going to see about what other more local dairies might have (and will definitely share that info here when I find it). For the nonce, I will probably buy Trickling Springs milk at the store, which is produced in Ohio, since even though it’s homogenized, the dairy is small enough that the cows are well treated and fed a diet that I’m comfortable with. I’ll definitely let you know what I find!

      • Trickling Springs Creamery

        Hi Joanna,
        I would love to talk to you about our operation. I am from Trickling Springs Creamery and would love to tell you more about what we do and what we stand for. We do offer a non-homogenized line of our milk and offer it in returnable glass bottles as well as plastic bottles.
        You can contact me via our contact page at

        We buy all of our milk directly from family farms around south central PA and Maryland. We’ve recently started a series of videos profiling several of the farms and hope to do more through the coming year. The first can be found at
        The second will be launched on March 26 and you can sign up to be notified about it at

        Thanks for considering us we are honored.

        • Joanna Taylor Stone

          Absolutely! I will send some questions to your Contact page. (What I knew about it is what I’ve learned from the Whole Foods where I’ve shopped.)

          Thanks so much for reaching out!