Archive for June, 2009

The Cat’s Meow

I think the funk has passed  🙂  Or maybe it’s just because the workday is over? Either way, I’m feeling much better now. I don’t know why I have those days/times, but I hate just feeling blah for no real reason, you know?

Nick and I had a run planned after work today so I brought a tried and true snack



1 plain oikos + the last of my TJs fruit and nut medley cereal. I am officially out of everything I bought from Trader Joe’s at Christmas! It’s definitely time for another trip and a huge cooler to bring it all back.

I got to break out my next coffeehouse book while I was waiting for Nick to pick me up! I’m already hooked into this one.


I’m glad I remembered to start this one because I got the next one from my sister for my birthday – I need to not read these too fast, though, because then I’ll just have to buy the next 2 that I still don’t have…

I was not in the mood to go running, at all. Like, not one bit. But the weather was absolutely gorgeous today and I knew that I would feel better after I went. And I did! Strange how that works, huh? 🙂

We ran about 2.5 miles, a little shorter than our normal route which was fine with me. My legs were pretty tight and Nick was sore from his bike ride yesterday, so we just did one loop around the park instead of the normal two. It was seriously the perfect weather today – blue skies, a few clouds, around 80, and a slightly cool breeze. I wish every day was like today. This weather is making me want fall because fall = college football! I’ve been looking at ESPN every day for the past week, seeing what’s going on in the conference and other teams….I can’t wait.

You probably know this already, but we eat a lot of leftovers. Some of my favorite nights to have them are nights that we run after work. By the time we get home, change, go running, get back, and take showers, I really do not want to cook a dinner. It’s nice to have something waiting for us in the fridge and tonight was no different.


We heated up the leftover pork, roasted veggies, and barley from last night, and I think the veggies were even better tonight! All the flavors soaked in and they were awesome and so colorful.


Eating this dinner was easy.

Blogging like this is not so easy.


She likes her lap time in the evenings, what can I say?

Do you have a pet? Do they run your life/household/everything?  🙂

Our only pet right now is Roxy and she is definitely the Queen of the house. She thinks she owns us, not the other way around….but we let her think it! It’s totally worth it when she’s being sweet and cuddling. And how can you not love 13 lbs of fur?

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Do you ever have those days that are just blah? I think I’m having one.

My oatmeal was awesome, my work day has been pretty busy, but I just feel nothing. Like nothing matters either way. Just “eh”.

Maybe because I ate lunch and am not really satisfied?


I packed an awesome lunch of sliced tomato, roasted yellow squash, and a couscous salad I made last night.


This has:

  • whole wheat couscous
  • diced zucchini
  • diced red onion
  • sliced black olives
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • lemon juice
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper

I heated up the squash/tomato and dumped the couscous on top – it was great!

I also have this fruit bowl to end my lunch with


This cantaloupe is lasting forever! Nick’s not a fan, so it takes me a while to eat a whole one by myself.

I thought the beans / couscous would be enough protein for lunch, but I am just not satisfied at all! I may dig into my afternoon snack sooner than expected.

How do you get yourself out of a funk?

Do you think your mood affects your food or vice versa?

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Sweet Start

Isn’t it crazy how one week can be so different from the next?

Last week, I was getting up early to do yoga and this week….I do not want to get out of bed at all!  🙂  I guess I’m resting back up after our fun weekend, but I have been lovin’ that snooze button this week.

So, no yoga this morning, but I am having a good breakfast to jump start my day.


Who says chocolate can’t be part of a balanced breakfast?


I finally used the very end of my bag of the TJs nuts over rapsberries mix – I guess I was holding out!


It’s a good thing they opened a TJs not far from my parents – I’m thinking I’ll need a trip there the next time I’m home.

This bowl had:

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/3 banana, sliced
  • handful strawberries and raspberries
  • about 2 Tbsp nuts over raspberries mix
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips since there was only one left in the mix!
  • cinnamon


I’m off for another busy day at work, especially this morning. I have to finalize those packets and get them mailed out first thing – I think I got most of it put together yesterday, so I should just have to check through each packet to make sure it’s complete and then get them in the mail.

Are your weeks / days basically the same schedule-wise, or do they change?

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Manic Overflowing

I am happy to be sitting down! Today has been a doozy.

Work was super busy this afternoon, just as I expected. I had a bunch of last minute things to get ready, copied, stapled, etc, that need to be mailed out tomorrow, so most of my afternoon was spent finishing those up and getting the rest of the packets ready.

I took a quick break around 4 for a little shot of protein:


Hard boiled eggs are some of my favorite snacks! They’re easy to carry in my lunch box and the perfect little snack when you’re not super hungry but need a little something.

More work followed and I was working right up until 5 pm.

Nick has his crazy biking/kayaking/running race on Saturday, so he’ll be training some more this week to get ready for that. I know we’ll run 2-3 times, but we were trying to figure out the schedule for the week, which proved to be harder than I thought.

I decided to let him do a bike ride tonight and we’ll run tomorrow – I just had too much to do tonight after being gone all weekend.

I’ve got one load of laundry done (and will be folding that as soon as I’m done blogging my awesome dinner), I made a dish for my lunches this week, made dinner, and packed the rest of my lunch.


Nick’s parents gave us a pork loin to bring home, so I took half of that, made a spice rub and roasted it in the oven.

For the spice rub, I used:

  • 1 Tbsp of jerk seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder

I rubbed it all over the pork, then popped it in a 425 degree oven for about an hour or until the internal temperature is 155-160.

While the pork was cooking,  I cut up a ton of veggies I needed to use and got started on my lunch dish + laundry.


I did one sheet pan with red onions, rutabaga, and orange and yellow peppers.

The other sheet pan had asparagus, 2 yellow squash (for lunches) and cremini mushrooms. We also had just some simple quick cooking barley on the side, topped with a little cilantro to bring out the flavor of the coriander on the pork.

I love roasted veggies!  This was also my first time trying rutabaga – and Nick’s! We both loved it. It’s kind of sweet, but not as sweet as a sweet potato – hard to describe, but I really liked it!

I was hoping to do this meal on the grill, but it just didn’t work out for tonight since Nick needed to do his bike ride. It was still very tasty – I don’t have roasted veggies much in the summer since we do grill so much, so it was a nice reminder of what fall is bringing in a few months  🙂

What’s your favorite veggie to roast?

I think mine are a tie between asparagus, broccoli, and butternut squash. Yum. I could make a meal out of just that!

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Make Mine a Double

Ah…crazy Mondays! They’re already my busiest day at work in any given week, but 2 of my 3 supervisors are out this week so I’m doing some other tasks that aren’t normally mine. It’s just been nutso today so far.

My oatmeal held me over beautifully, and 2 cups of coffee helped keep my eyes open long enough to get through my emails! Double the coffee, double the productivity on Monday mornings.

Why do people do work on the weekends? I would love to show up to work on a Monday and just see that everyone enjoyed their weekends and did nothing work related and not have any emails. Is that too much to ask?

I’m hoping lunch has the same holding power as my breakfast, because this afternoon is actually going to be even busier.



Thank goodness for frozen veggie burgers + random leftovers in the fridge!

I made a huge salad with spinach, romaine, the last of the guac salad and a veggie burger.


This is that huge 7-8 cup container I have – lots of veggies today! It was good and spicy, too.

I just had this dried peach half to finish off my lunch on a sweet note + tame some of that heat from the salad.


Back to work for me.

In Honduras news, I’m hoping this reaches a peaceful ending and that it won’t change our plans for our trip in July. I just hope everything is resolved peacefully, whether we get to still go or not.

Do you do “work” on the weekends for your job?

I do not. 1., it’s not needed, and 2. the weekends are my time.

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Monday Madness

Well, we mad it home safely.  Nick and his mom finished working on the spray skirt around 4:30 yesterday, so we packed up the truck and got on the road. We got home a little before 8 last night, unpacked the truck, and I headed to the grocery store to get the rest of the stuff I needed.

I am glad that it’s light for so long, because getting home later in the evening on Sunday and having to get ready for work Monday morning is never fun. We got all our bags unpacked and most of the stuff put away – I have a fun night ahead of laundry, cooking, cleaning  🙂

Nick wanted a frozen pizza last night for dinner + lunch leftovers today, so I bought him one but when I opened it at home, the cheese on the frozen pizza was moldy! It grossed me out.

We had some of the ham/corn salad topping from the other night, so we both had salads last night at 9:15 or so for dinner. I got in my pajamas, watched a little Iron Chef and then headed to bed.

And now it’s Monday. Our Monday mornings are always a little more rushed than other days because the trash comes today so we’re shoving that out the door while trying to pack up our stuff for work and everything else.


Monday morning oatmeal seems to have special powers, though.


How can your day be anything but good when you start off with this?


  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries to cool it down
  • cinnamon
  • handful blueberries/strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon raisin pb


Do you unpack right when you get home from a trip or later?

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Slow to Post

Time just gets away from me when I’m not at home!

This weekend has been a lot of fun so far, and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end.

First, dinner last night:


Nick’s dad cooked some pork ribs + beef, so I had a little bit of each. Plus 1/4 of a huge baked potato topped with Fage and some grilled romaine with that maple dressing. I also had a tiny slice of whole grain bread + butter.


I ended not eating most of the meat because I was saving room for this.


I got my ice cream! There’s a local dairy bar here called Kline’s, and they have amazing ice cream. They have one flavor per week and they always have chocolate and vanilla. This week’s flavor was cherry chocolate chip, so I got a small cone of that last night. They even sell doggie bowls of vanilla ice cream and milkbones, so we got one of those for the dogs to share. It was the perfect ending last night.


This morning, breakfast was pretty simple, but great as always.


I had a cup of coffee, some scrambled eggs, a slice of local fresh bread with almond butter, and a piece of the best bacon ever. We got some from the Amish market and it really is the saltiest, tastiest bacon I’ve ever had.

This plate plus some fruit makes me happy  🙂


We went to church, and came back to the house only to say goodbye to my parents and Nick’s dad. My dad hopped on his motorcycle and my mom was in the van with the dog -I’m hoping they didn’t hit any rain since dad was riding the bike home!

Nick’s dad left today on a trip for work, so it’s just Nick, his mom, me and their dog this afternoon. Since we went to the early service at church, I came back and went the fancy grocery store here for a few things while Nick and his mom worked on making a splash skirt thing for the kayak. I didn’t find some things I needed, but I did get a few. I”ll still have to finish grocery shopping whenever we get home tonight, but it shouldn’t be too bad. I have my list made and I’m ready!

Then….me and Harley dog took a nap on the couch  🙂

We heated up some leftovers for lunch once I woke up and they were ready for a break.


I had some more salad + maple dressing, broccoli, leftover beef, and a piece of that multigrain bread for lunch


I just cleaned up some Harley vomit – I guess he ate something that didn’t agree with him, but I think he’s feeling better now. He’s cuddling beside me on the couch which is making me sleepy again.

I think we’ll be heading home soon – 2.5 hours on the road, unpacking, groceries, then getting ready for the week ahead. Should be a busy rest of the day!

What’s your favorite bread?

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