Monthly Archives: June 2012

Two

Today marks two years since I’ve been married to my best friend.

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Understand, I’ll slip quietly

Away from the noisy crowd

When I see the pale

Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.

I’ll pursue solitary pathways

Through the pale twilit meadows,

With only this one dream:

You come too.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Running Out of a Funk

I like to think that I have lots of good qualities.  Spontaneity, however, is not one of them.  It’s funny; when I was younger whenever I was asked to describe myself, one of the first things that I always said was laid-back.  But I’m not laid-back. Agreeable and even-tempered, yes, but laid-back, no way.  I don’t know if it’s a control thing or what, but whenever my routine gets disrupted, it puts me in an awful mood.

Sundays are usually my day for grocery shopping.  But yesterday we had several incidents that prevented me from going.  One being that the air conditioner stopped working and the second being that we tried to remove a ceramic soap dish from the tile of the bathroom, pretty much destroying four pieces of tile by doing so.

I still had some food left from last week’s Trader Joe’s trip, so it wasn’t a big deal, but it sort of threw my week off.  Then I remembered that I had to go to two Social Media events this week.  One is fun; it’s sponsored by Mashable and I have lots of friends going.  The other is for work, I have to go alone and it’s after work.  I’m sure the material will be interesting, but the idea of going by myself, when there could be networking, is well, not the most appealing thing.  But it was the change in routine really that had me all in a funk.

When would I workout?  What would I eat?  Would there be food and drinks at these events?  Would I eat them and consequently, get upset at myself for eating them?  I realize this isn’t the most rational way of thinking and that I’m worrying about really dumb stuff.  I realize it, but I still do it.

I haven’t really been running much.  I’ve been working out five days a week, but the running part of it has been sporadic at best.  Tonight, however, I did a 3 mile run.  And I felt so much better.  It sounds cheesy to say, but I felt like I was literally releasing stress out of my pores.

Running shoes

(This picture is a lie.  It’s hot as hell in Georgia.  I ran on the treadmill.)

It’s weird how that happens.  Sometimes I hate running.  It physically doesn’t feel good to do.  But then there are times when I remember why I love it.  I’m not sure how it works, the physiology of it, but somehow when I’m in a funk, a good run is the only thing that can fix it.

Plus, the air conditioner has been fixed and did not need to be replaced (thank god!).  Now the hole in the tile, we won’t talk about that.

Grill Out

We’ve owned our home for a little over two years now and one thing that we’ve realized is with home ownership, the projects never end.  It’s going to take a long time, but one room at a time, we’re making the house nicer.  Yesterday was spent focused on the master bath.  It went like this:

• paint

• watch True Blood (Season 4 finally on DVD) while paint dries

• paint

• watch True Blood

I can’t say it’s a bad way to spend a Saturday.  After a while though, we got tired of paint and vampire kings and focused our attention on dinner.  I’d bought some frozen swordfish at Trader Joe’s the other night and wanted to make skewers for the grill.

My friend Emily texted me around 5 asking what we were doing, so we invited her and her boyfriend Brian over to grill with us.  We had drinks: watermelon mojitos and beer.

Watermelon mojito

Magic hat

And for the main course, swordfish kebabs and chicken and bison burgers for Jason, Brian and Emily.

Swordfish kebabs

Chicken

Bison burgers

I was getting bitten up, so we moved inside to eat, but then headed back out for dessert: grilled nectarines.  The picture doesn’t really do these any justice; they tasted like pie filling.

Nectarines

Trader Joe’s Favorites

I work about 10 minutes from Trader Joe’s so I decided to make a trip after work today.  I didn’t have a list with me; I just wanted to get some staples.  Apparently, I wanted to get lots of staples.

Trader joes staples

See those ice creams on the left?  The box is open because I ate one on the way home.  Don’t judge me.  It looks like some random stuff and it is, but I did get a lot of my Trader Joe’s favorites.

Asian vegetable stir fry

I really like this Asian Vegetable Stir Fry.  There are lots of pre-cut veggies, so it’s super easy.  Plus, the size of the container is deceiving and holds more than it looks like.  I think there’s probably a good four servings in there.

Avocados

A girl that I work with told me that Trader Joe’s has good avocados.  I’m sure I’ve bought them from there before, but I never really thought about it.  I decided to listen to her, though, and bought two of them.  They’re not quite ripe yet.

Eggplant parm

Eggplant is actually one of the few vegetables that I don’t like.   Except for Trader Joe’s frozen Eggplant Parmesan.  I have no idea why, but I really do enjoy this.  Probably because the cheese and tomato sauce cover up the taste of the eggplant.  It’s baked, not fried, so the calorie count is not bad at all.

Eggs cheese

Although I’ve been on a waffle with peanut butter kick lately, one of my breakfast staples is an egg sandwich.  One egg, 2 egg whites and a slice of cheese on some sort of bread.

Gnocci

I’m not a huge pasta person, but I really love this Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina.  Especially with extra goat cheese.  Speaking of…

Hummus goat cheese

As you probably know, I’m obsessed with hummus.  That said, Trader Joe’s is not my favorite.  That honor goes to either Hannah (the brand they sell at Costco) or Sabra.  However, if I’m at TJ’s, I’ll pick up some hummus.  I try to get different kinds each time.

Peppers

I eat a ton of frozen peppers.  How’s that for random?  I’ve written about how I eat refried bean salads a lot.  Well, what makes them a salad, as opposed to just refried beans and salsa, is that I eat them with peppers.  I swear, it’s delicious.  Sometimes I’ll throw some lettuce in if I’m being wild and crazy.

Tom yam soup

This Tom Yam soup is a new find.  It comes with a spice packet that I don’t really like, so I don’t use, but the broth and the wontons are really good.

Despite all the goodies that I bought, I took advantage of not being hungry when I got home (possibly because I ate an ice cream sandwich on the way) and made a proper dinner, instead of popping the gnocchi into the microwave.

Miso kale tofu

This was Miso Kale Salad with Miso Roasted Tofu. I ate an embarrassing amount of it and now miso full.  Haha, miso funny too.  Okay, I’ll stop now.

On Not Eating the Pizza

This is a pretty rambly post.  I’m tired.  Oh and apparently rambly is not a word.

It’s been food central at my office lately.  Our art department has been doing some sales/employee appreciation events for everyone.  Yesterday was ice cream.  I had a little bit.  Maybe half a cup.  This morning, an email came out saying that art was throwing a pizza luau for lunch.  On the calendar for the afternoon, monthly birthday cake.

I had already brought my lunch to work, so I decided beforehand that pizza wasn’t worth it.  I often get into the habit of eating stuff around the office because either it’s just there or because everyone else is and I’m trying to be somewhat social (which is something that I struggle with sometimes).

So, instead of eating the pizza, I just stood around and chatted, which was a little awkward, and then when people seemed to be finished eating, I popped the lunch that I brought into the microwave.  Did I wish I had eaten pizza?  No.  Once I got past the awkward feeling of standing there while most everyone else was eating and I wasn’t, I didn’t miss anything.  I decided that I didn’t really need the cookie cake either for that matter.

That’s not to say that I think I should never eat the treats that are in the office.  I did have a mini-cupcake that someone’s wife made.  I just feel like there’s a major difference between a homemade baked good, and a small one at that and a Domino’s Pizza and a Publix cookie cake.  I’ve had both of those things a million times (they do the cookie cake every month), I don’t need to always have them because they’re there.

After work, I went to a 6:45 spinning class which meant that I didn’t get home until 8.  Murphy needed to be walked so by the time I did that, it was 8:15.  I was hungry and had a few Triscuts while debating what to make.  It was getting late and my first instinct was to make…wait for it…a frozen pizza!

But then I thought about how I was pleased that I didn’t eat the work pizza just because it was there so why am I going to now eat a frozen pizza just because it was getting late?

Look at that, it’s not frozen pizza!

Peanutty soba noodles

And who knows, maybe the nutritional information is similar.  But I know that I feel better mentally when I make myself a real dinner.  I feel better about myself when I eat with intention.  When my intention is to eat a healthy meal, than I should do it and not let other factors get in the way!

(Recipe for Peanutty Vegetable Soba Noodles is here!)

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