Run for Wounded Warriors

Yesterday morning, Good Man and I woke up early (way too early) to do a 4.7-mile run around Burke Lake. The run benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, which helped my brother out when he was injured in Afghanistan.

I sent Good Man all of the info beforehand, and he approved of it, but I don’t think he actually read anything…

“Are some people running?”

“Most people are running,” I said, “but they’re walker-friendly. I emailed and checked.”

“So why are we here?” he asked.

It was early, and it was cold. I thought for a moment. Good question, Good Man. Finally I said, “Because we can either walk around our neighborhood or walk somewhere new and help a good cause.”

“OK, that makes sense.”

It was our first visit to the lake, and it was a nice little loop, albeit a bit muddy and cool. As we got to the finish line, the volunteers screamed, “Yeah!! Come on walkers, you can do it!”

Um, yeah, just because we’re not running doesn’t mean we can’t handle a 4.7 mile walk.


I bought Spam today.

To eat.

For dinner I made 부대 찌게, which is essentially “army stew.” Story has it that it was created during/after the Korean War, and it’s essentially a sodium-fest of processed meats, whatever veggies you have on hand, and ramyeon noodles.

Into the pot went red pepper paste, soy sauce, sugar, and minced garlic. I added water and brought it to a boil, then tossed in leeks, onions, scallions, Mother’s kimchi, and hot green peppers (from my garden, since I did get a small crop). After a few minutes of cooking, I tossed in turkey Spam, turkey sausages, and tofu. After a few more minutes I added ramyeon, sprouts, enoki mushrooms, and a dash of sesame oil.

I served it with rice, some potato banchan, and an Asian pear for dessert.

After several bites, Good Man said, “This budae jjigae is perfect. If you ever lose your job, you can open budae jjigae restaurant.”

I stared at him.

He shrugged, “Yeah, that is a compliment! Only thing I liked in military was budae jjigae, and this is just like that. I want more.”