Monthly Archives: November 2010

December Detox

Today was rainy and cold. I think I brought the cold weather back from DC with me. It was 75 degrees here in Atlanta when we left on Thanksgiving day! Jason and I were both craving something warm for dinner. Well, at least, I was. We decided on a potato leek soup. I started prepping the ingredients when I realized that someone who shall remain nameless bought a fennel bulb instead of a leek. Oops! So we scrapped the soup idea for now and made grilled vegetable sandwiches instead.


On our last day in Maryland, my mom, Jason and I went to the American Tap Room for lunch and my mom had the grilled vegetable sandwich. I thought it would be pretty easy to recreate at home and it was. We bought some multi-grain French bread and topped it with some brie, grilled portobellos, grilled onions, grilled zucchini, spinach and tomatoes. The brie was on sale at Kroger and sort of an after thought, but it really made the sandwich.

After several days of lots of food and drink, I decided that I need a detox of sorts. I’m not really sure what I mean by that except that I want to really focus on eating whole foods, real meals and less fake stuff. I get a lot of stomachaches and I’m always tired and I really want to see if eliminating certain foods (like added sugar and diet soda) will make me feel better. I have a hunch that it will.

I’m also going to take a break from alcohol. I like having a glass of wine, but more often than not it turns into many glasses of wine and I feel awful the next day. Feeling buzzed for a couple of hours really isn’t worth feeling crappy for an entire day. That’s not to say that I’m going to stop drinking entirely, but I’m just going to stop for a couple weeks and see how that makes me feel. I am encouraging Jason to do the same. Frankly, it’s easier to not drink when I have someone not drinking with me.

We didn’t get home until 11 last night, so we weren’t able to get Murphy from the doggie hotel until today. I missed this guy. Wouldn’t you?


Day Three in MD

You know what else I am thankful for? Wi-fi. My mom doesn’t have wi-fi and it’s making it really hard to blog. I am managing to get a weak signal from the neighbor’s house. Yay for townhouses.

I can’t believe the 4-day weekend is almost over. We’ve been busy, busy, busy. We had dinner on Thursday at my dad’s house. My stepmother made a ton of food, including some special vegetarian stuffing and brussels sprouts (everyone else’s had bacon) for me. I somehow forgot to get pictures of most of the food, but we also had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans and of course, there was a turkey.


I was extremely full after dinner, but managed to have a piece of pie anyway.


I started Friday morning out with a run. My mom lives right on the Capitol Crescent Trail so I always try to run there when I am visiting. My plan was to run 6 miles, which I did, but it wasn’t pleasant. I don’t know if it was the 2.5 glasses of wine that I had at Thanksgiving dinner or it was just one of those runs, but it sucked and I felt kind of nauseous the entire time. It didn’t help that it was cold and rainy out. I got it done and that’s the important part, right?

Since we didn’t get to spend Thanksgiving with my mom (the joys of having divorced parents), we had a second Thanksgiving dinner at her house on Friday.


My mom made spinach and meat lasagna and chicken caccitore.


I made brussels sprouts and cookies.



This morning brought another blogger meet up. This is the second time I’ve met up with bloggers in the past week. When it rains, it pours, right? I met up with Erin, Emily, Sana and Erin’s roommate at Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast.


I had some sort of porridge that was one of their daily specials. I don’t know what it is, but oatmeal always tastes so good to me in restaurants and so blah when I make it at home. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.


I used to get nervous at blogger meet-ups, but everyone is always so nice as were these ladies. We had a nice time chatting.

Jason had requested that we check out Ben’s Chili Bowl while we were here. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they had several vegetarian items on their menu so I was pumped to try it out.

We walked to the metro and took it to the U Street station and were kind of bummed to see a huge line that wrapped around the building.


We wouldn’t have minded waiting if it wasn’t windy and freezing outside. Instead of waiting, we walked down the street and ended up in a noodle place. A huge bowl of warm noodle soup was perfect to warm us up.


Ben’s Chili Bowl will have to wait for next time, I suppose. One more night here and then back to Atlanta, so I’m off to enjoy it. Although, it’s really freakin’ cold out…

I am thankful

Sometimes at Thanksgiving dinner, we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. We didn’t do that this year, but I thought of some things anyway:

*I’m on my mom’s PC and don’t know how to make a bullet point. My list would look prettier with bullets. Alt + a bunch of numbers? Seriously, PC get with the program, option 8 is way easier.*

Mostly I am thankful that my dad has recovered. He had major surgery in March and, after a few complications that landed him back in the hospital, he seems to be doing totally fine.

I am also thankful for my best friend, my husband. I know that sounds so cheesy, but it’s true. Both that I’m thankful for him and that he’s my best friend.

We got to come to DC this year for Thanksgiving. Last year, I decided to stay in Atlanta and while we did make a Thanksgiving dinner, it just wasn’t the same. Due to the nature of Jason’s job (he’s in tv), he normally doesn’t have holidays off. But he requested off for this Thanksgiving last year and he was granted his request. When you aren’t able to always spend holidays with your husband, it makes the ones you can spend together very special.

Murphy. He is also my best friend. He’s like a person. We had to board him while we came to DC. We went to a new place and they have webcams so we’ve been watching him. He looks so sad! It’s good to know that he’s been cared for but he just looks like he misses us. He’s just laying there. :( I wish I could have brought him to DC but I keep telling him that he’d have to fly with the luggage and he wouldn’t like that.

Then of course, I’m thankful for my family and friends and having a job and being in good health.

See, wouldn’t that list look better with bullets? I suppose I could google how to do it on PC, but I’m lazy.

I took a bunch of Thanksgiving pictures, but posting them requires downloading them to my macbook, finding my mom’s internet cable and unplugging it from her PC to the macbook. You all know what a turkey looks like anyway!

For any local, DC-area bloggers – we’re having a little blogger get-together on Saturday morning in Bethesda. If you would like to join us, email me and let me know!

Dinner with Kristy and Laura

I had dinner tonight with Kristy and Laura (who used to blog) at
R. Thomas.
I hadn’t been to R. Thomas in years. It is one of those restaurants that I have always liked but just never really think of. I’d met Laura twice previously and neither one of us had met Kristy before, but we all got along like old friends. It’s so funny how that happens. Laura and I ordered the same thing – the Thai express. The waiter said it was his favorite thing on the menu and that he went for two years before he even tried anything else. Sold! It came with either chicken or tempeh, but I asked for tofu instead. I’ve tried to make myself like tempeh but I’ve come to the realization that I just don’t.


The food was really good and we ended up sitting around chatting for a long time after we finished eating. We all said that we need to do these dinners more often.


And trying to take a picture in the mirror.


Fun times!

On Sunday night, I decided to make my own oven-dried tomatoes. They were good but they took like 4 hours to dry out. In my opinion, I’d rather just buy sun-dried tomatoes.


I also made a couscous salad.


Italian Couscous Salad
Serves 2

1/2 cup whole wheat pearl couscous
1.25 cups water
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced
1/2 tomato, seeded and diced
1 small can sliced olives
1 tbsp Ken’s Northern Italian Light Dressing
2 tbsp crumbled goat cheese

1. Cook couscous in water according to directions. I used a rice cooker, but you don’t have to.
2. Cool couscous in refrigerator and when cooled, mix with veggies.
3. Mix with salad dressing and goat cheese.
4. Eat


I wanted a relaxing, lazy weekend and I got just that and it was wonderful. On Saturday, I met up with my friend Joan at the Silver Comet Trail. We’d planned to run for 4 miles, but ended up mostly walking. We both aren’t very good at talking while we run, so walking gave us a lot of time to talk, which was nice. It was warm out – almost 70 degrees and we had a nice time. I sometimes forget to just slow down. I am constantly running – literally and figuratively. I’m always looking forward to the next big thing and often forget to enjoy the present moment.

I was telling her about the curry that I made from the Skinny Bitch Cookbook and how good it was and when I got home, I was really craving it for dinner. This time I added a lot more vegetables.


With a piece of Trader Joe’s naan for dipping purposes. Yum. This curry is so good and easy to make. Jason has added chicken (which he cooked, not me!!) to it so you could certainly do that if you wanted to or any sort of meat, for that matter.

I managed to sleep until 9 am this morning which is sort of late for me. I always tend to wake up at 7 on the weekends which is when my alarm goes off during the week. I decided to go the gym early, to get it over with. Going to the gym in the mornings on the weekends always makes me feel productive. I also feel like if I take a nap later in the day, it’s well deserved. At the gym, I had a good, sweaty 20 minute interval workout on the elliptical. I don’t usually use the elliptical because I find it very hard to push myself on it. Whereas a treadmill you have to run at the set speed, the elliptical is very easy to go at a comfortable pace and that’s what I normally do. So today, I decided to do 1 minute at 150+ strides per minute and then 1 minute recovery. I really felt like this was a difficult workout. After that, I did some lower body weights.

Came home and made another Skinny Bitch recipe, or a version of one rather. I can’t find a link online, but basically, you crumble some tofu with salsa and add it to sauteed veggies with some spices and then put it in a tortilla. You’re supposed to use refried beans, but I had a can of kidney beans opened so I just used those instead. I’ve only eaten a tofu scramble in a restaurant, I’ve never thought to make it at home for some reason.


Murphy was demanding a walk, so I took him, camera in tow. Since I live in the South, the leaves turn later than they do in the North and they’re still very pretty here. Of course, I’m sure by next week, they’ll all be gone, but I wanted to take a picture of my pretty street.


The only problem to these pretty leaves?


That is my front yard and, if you can believe it, Jason filled up ten bags of leaves like a week and a half ago!

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