The Quest to be Fit

Tracking my journey to better health

Creepy crawly June 29, 2009

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Have you noticed many more bugs in your house the last few weeks? I know I have 😦  The spiders have moved in recently, and I fear we have a moth problem brewing in the living room.  Given that I don’t like using pesticides in the house, or in the yard for that matter, I usually squash spiders by hand and use the “clap’n’kill” method for moths. Suddenly I’ve seen 4 moths in the last 3 days, and I’m starting to freak out.  I just put out birdseed moth traps–a savior for anyone who has cereal moths in their home.  I also need to investigate the source (move furniture, pull cushions out of couches, vacuum like a maniac….).  Grr, just what I was hoping to do during my relaxing evening…

Anyhow, let’s review the last few days.

Sunday

My bed said it was glad to have me there, and I slept in until about 9 :0 

While outside with Lily I spent time appreciating the wildflowers now in bloom, including this magnificent red poppy.

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With all this fruit in the house I opted for an all-fruit start to my day.  First I cut up the canteloupe, then enjoyed a big plate of strawberries, cherries, blueberries, grapes, banana, and canteloupe.

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Lunch was a nice change of pace: toasted peppercorn focaccia bread with goat cheese & balsamic (mixed and smeard on one side), avocado, mushroom, yellow bell pepp, and romaine.  Tasty!!

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Not pictured is 1/2 a nanner I snacked on while neck deep in yard work.  Chris and I were out there for over 3 hours and I feel like we barely dented the weeds and other maintenance.  Arrrrrrrrghhhhhhh!  It never ends.  Yes, my choice not to use herbicides is making our endeavor harder this year, but I feel better knowing the nearby river doesn’t receive nasty runoff from our yard.  I mean, we go and swim in that water during the summer, our drinking water comes from it (upstream), and Lily drinks out of it when we’re there.  I hate thinking of all the shit that flows off of people’s yards and into storm drains….

Dinner was a visit to Fajitas.  I was uninspired and opted for the veggie quesadilla again, easy on the cheese, with olives and jalapenos.  I drank too much of my Cazuela and was rather buzzed! 

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My night was spent doing housework–washing all the produce, vacuuming, mopping the floor…. before I knew it, it was bedtime and I never got hungry.

Monday

A fabulous start to my day involved this bowl of granola with cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and almond milk.  OHhhhhhhh yeahhhhhh. 

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A hot morning passed by (more on that in a minute) and before I knew it we were eating lunch.  I opted for a salad (big surprise) with romaine, goat cheese, yellow bell pepp, grape tomatoes, avocado, carrot, apple, chow mein noodles, balsamic, and a Boca burger.  I had a few bites of pineapple and canteloupe on the side.

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Mid afternoon I munched on cherries, strawberries, a carrot, and an apple. 

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Chris and I have noticed our offices become really warm quickly if we shut the door (no good when you gotta shut the door for a client meeting for like an hour!), and we weren’t sure we had any air flowing in there, ever.  Turns out the damn vents to our offices were shut off at the main air supply duct, but now we have cool air blowing over us thanks to Chris calling in the maintenance dudes.  Finally, amen!  We are also rather private and prefer to have our office doors mostly closed during the day, but we were paying the price with the air stagnation.  No more, I say!

On the way out I chugged the rest of my almond milk from breakfast.  Man, I love that stuff.  The flavor, consistency, and aftertaste leave me smiling every time 🙂  I prefer Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla–the refrigerated version. 

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Dinner was a multi course journey that started with a wedge of canteloupe to quell the hunger while prepping my b-nut chips. 

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Then something newish:  BBQ’d red bell pepp and mushrooms with Bragg’s, balsamic, and Northwoods seasoning.  Not too shabby, but not hot enough.

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Here’s my b-nut chips prior to applying their seasonings.  Turned into a pretty pattern I didn’t intend!

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Dammit, I took them out too early and they weren’t crispy enough.  They tasted good, but I wanted that crispy texture, dammit!!

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Then on to some BBQ steamed corn with Smart Balance Light.

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Sadly everything was just kind of meh 😦  I think my taste was sort of off or something…

After a 50 minute stair mill sesh at the gym I was feeling hangry (seems to be happening a lot lately).  I opted for a small Genisoy protein shake with almond milk and cocoa, and that perty bowl of mixed fruit.

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And now I’m off to bed!  Giddyup!

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Produce EXTRAvaganza June 27, 2009

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Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, I bought like 28 pounds of produce today! (And I eat nearly all of that within a week, sans rinds/seeds/pits of course!)  I have never added up the weight of the fruit and veggie goodness that finds its way home with me from the store; it was quite astounding to do so.

Buying organic on my trips to Costco ain’t happenin’ much, esp. b/c the prices have been great on their awesome offerings.  Costco’s selection varies between organic and non, too.  I almost need to go to Freddy’s first to check pricing and availability, then Costco, and then Freddy’s again. 

I’ve been really interested in reading other bloggers’ food cost analyses, finding out how much their grocery bills are, etc.  For your enjoyment, here’s what I brought home today and the total cost (I hope this doesn’t bore the shit out of you):

Costco: $26.95

  • 3 lbs cherries $5.99
  • 4 lbs strawberries $4.99
  • 2 lbs blueberries $5.99
  • one whole pineapple $2.99
  • 2 lbs grape tomatoes $6.99

Fred Meyer: $40.15 (including BYO bag refund and $0.50 coupon)

  • two Silk Vanilla Creamers $3.98
  • 2.4 lbs butternut squash $3.10
  • 4.79 lbs canteloupe $1.77
  • 2 ears yellow corn $1
  • 1.04 lbs carrots $0.61
  • .18 lbs soy protein powder $1.62
  •  6 peppercorn ciabatta rolls $1.50
  • 1.28 lbs organic broccoli $1.27
  • 1 red bell pepper $1.50
  • 1 head romaine lettuce $1.00
  • 1.08 lbs flank steak $8.63
  • .86 lbs bananas $$0.51
  • .32 lbs cremini mushrooms $0.96
  • .91 lbs organic Fuji apples $1.52
  • Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub $7.99

Yowza, excluding the face scrub I spent $59.11, and we don’t have enough protein for Chris to last the week.  My add’l produce intake over the last month or so has increased our bill a bit, but what’s a fruit-addict like me gonna do when all this insane summer fruit is around? 

Do you use a fruitwash and/or wash your produce methodically?  I do, but didn’t get around to it for this batch of stuff, yet.  I’ll be standing in front of the sink for an hour or so tomorrow washing, rinsing, and spinning my produce to squeaky clean perfection.

And now for my predictable trusty content:

An early breakfast of vegan French toast with Garden Sausage, blueberries, and syrup at Bob’s Red Mill 🙂  And coffee, of course.  (Don’t hate me Andrea, I decided to do this late last night and used it as some alone time before the packing and sorting fun at my mom’s.)

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I came home rather hangry and threw together a big salad with some fruit and veg on the side.  Salad had: romaine, grapes, apple, yellow bell pepp, carrot, avocado, Boca burger, chow mein noodles, sliced almonds, goat cheese, and balsamic.

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I had to force in the last few bites of salad and saved the side fruit/veg for later, after my grocery shopping. 

Chris and I visited the gym for a few hours, where I busted out legs, triceps, 25 minutes of running & walking on the treadmill, and 28 minutes o’ sweaty fun on the stair mill.  I was getting hangry again at the end of this sesh, and was glad to quickly move on to….

Dinner was a repeat of a simple, voluminous veg fest:  steamed corn with Smart Balance Light, steamed broc, and oven roasted butternut squash chips.  Oh. So. Good.  I’d already had loads of protein early in the day, so I didn’t feel too bad about not having much with dinner.

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I knew a fruity treat would be in order later on, and when the time rolled around I threw in a little crack as well.  Oh, bowl of fruity, granola-y goodness, how I have missed thee.

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I’m ready for bed, but is it ready for me?  I’ll check it out and report back tomorrow 😉  Enjoy your Sunday!

 

June 26, 2009

We interrupt this program for a brief reflection…

It’s really hard to believe Michael Jackson is dead…at 50 no less.  He had such an intense life and influenced so many.  I remember when Thriller came out and I watched the video on MTV.  It kinda scared me, but I liked it.  RIP Jacko. 

It’s also hard to believe Farrah Fawcett died yesterday, too, at 62.  I feel so bad for her because of the type of cancer she had and how strong it was.  I didn’t watch Charlie’s Angels, or other projects of hers, but she did have the hair that changed the world.  RIP Farrah. 

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Ah, Friday is over.  My day was rather quiet, successful, and seems short looking back.  It started with a massive headache from allergies and dehydration, but thankfully I kicked that around lunch time.

I started off with a bowl of traditional oats with a little Silk Vanilla Creamer on top.  My kitchen scale went bonkers last night, so the proportions were a bit off probably, resulting in a goo-ier consistency.  I use the scale b/c it’s easy, and I can’t quite eyeball some things like 10g of protein powder, apparently.

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I’m diggin my lunch salads as of late since I’ve moved away from burrito gut salads.  Today it had romaine, yellow bell pepp, the last of my leftover corn salad, Fuji apple, avocado, chow mein noodles, goat cheese (had that yesterday, too, and forgot to mention it), Boca burger, balsamic, and sliced almonds.  Phew, everything but the kitchen sink!

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I had part of the fruit and veg for a snack mid afternoon, and the rest as a snack before dinner. 

Once home and outside with Lily and caught a few good pics:

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She loves catching the ball, so I figured an action shot was in order:

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The great people over at Blue Diamond sent me a little gift in the mail today–coupons for Almond Breeze and their other products!! Yippee!!  I went online and told them that I love their products, especially the refrigerated almond milk, and they sent me these as a way to say thanks 🙂

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Chris was hell bent on eating at Fajitas AGAIN tonight, whereas I wanted to stay home and BBQ or something.  I always give in to the man, cuz once he gets Mexican in mind nothing else is good enough basically.  I also didn’t have anything to cook for him, so this avoided a trip to the store just yet.

For dinner I had a vegetable quesadilla, light on the cheese, with a little bit of sour cream and guac.  Chips and salsa, a tiny bit of a Cazuela, and half of a La Casa were involved as well. 

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This bitch is getting tired of quesadillas and burritos.  At Fajitas there aren’t many other veggie options, other than cheese enchiladas, chile relleno, and other super unhealthy options I won’t go for.  I had better figure out something quickly because I don’t know if I can stand it much longer!

This lady bug stopped by to say hi 🙂

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Tonight I hit up the gym for full workout session:  upper body weights, abs, and 50 minutes on the mill.  This was my first full workout this week…oops.  An older man was watching me do my chest workout (not quite seedy/creepy, but nearly), and when I walked by him afterward he was like, “Ma’am, excuse me?”  He told me I’m doing well and to keep it up, and that I look good now but am on track to look even better if I keep at it.  He didn’t say it quite like it may sound; it came across very positively and I thanked him for the encouragement.  Alrighty then…

Post workout snack was a shake:  almond milk, Genisoy chocolate shake mix, flaxseed meal, cocoa powder, and ice.  Tasty dark chocolate goodness!

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And so I leave you.  It is already 11:30!  Shit, wish I had a little more time to just chill.   My plans changed a little for tomorrow morning, and I think I’d like to treat myself to a special breakfast, solo.  I’m heading to my mom’s house to sort through crap and pack stuff she’s keeping, so I wouldn’t mind some peaceful time alone and a nice treat beforehand. 

Oyasuminasai  🙂

 

Bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh June 25, 2009

Today wasn’t bad, just slow, rather laborious and allergic.  I also ate and drank too much at dinner and killed my chance of working out 😦  Boo.

This morning Chris got ants in his pants and was like “what’s taking so long?” while I made our lunches and my breakfast.  Um, your food!  It rather irritated me since I’m the one who does everything in the morning while he just gets ready and does his shit.  I think the torch hath been passed and he’ll be told asked to chip in more.

Once at work I had a bowl of NP Pumpkin Flax Plus granola with strawberries, blueberries, and half a nanner.  I forgot my almond milk at home 😐  Damn!  So I stopped at one of the coffee places in our office complex and got a cup of skim milk.  Definitely missed the almond milk…

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Lunchtime rolled around and I consumed the random mess that was my salad:  romaine, Boca burger, yellow bell pepp, leftover corn salad, avocado, chow mein noodles, edamame, balsamic.  I also ate some of the pineapple (SO tasty), but none of the other fruit/veg.

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That didn’t stick very well, as I was hungry what seemed like quickly (hour and a half? two?).  I had the fruit/veg and the rest of the milk.

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Dinner was a burrito with carrots, squash, cauliflower, green beans, jalapeno, olives, rice, whole beans, and verde sauce.  Oh, and a little bit of cheese that I totally should have passed on (not enough to taste = not worth it).   I forgot to take a pic of my Cazuela… I didn’t think I had that much but ended up with a buzz.  Oops!

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And about half of this sucker for dessert….

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I’m tired, allergic, and impatient.  Oh, and PMSing.  What a glorious evening :-0

The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion is on (this time for real, not the Chelsea lately version ;))…d-d-d-d-d-drama!  And pregnant ladies!

Tomorrow is Friday 🙂 But I’m not sure why I’m so excited since this weekend will be chock full o’ busy-ness.  Glory. 

Off I go to try to get some much needed sleep.  🙂  Nighty night, yo!

 

Fo’ shizzle June 24, 2009

Whoosh, there goes Wednesday 😉  Pretty good day, but I was avoiding some not so good conversations at work. 

Started the day off with a glorious bowl of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus and GingerZing granolas with almond milk, 1/2 a nanner, some strawbs, and some bluebs.  (I feel silly saying “bluebs”…kinda like boobs.  Hehe, I’m a dork.)  I think I need to downsize this breakfast a little cuz I feel a bit tad full afterward.

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Lunch was really cool today–catered affair downtown at a mutual fund company where we heard from like 8 portfolio managers.  So cool!  My plate has:  vegetable pasta salad with pea pods, baby bell pepps, grape tomatoes, parmesan, penne; strawbs, mango, pina, canteloupe; spinach and strawberry salad.  Berry good! (Dude, I’m in full dork mode now…) I also had a cup of apple cinnamon tea that was nice.  Chris and I were early so I sneaked in the pic before others were sitting at the table 😉

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Since lunch was rather light and intellectually stimulating I was getting hungry once we got back to the office.  I finished up the rest of my fruit/veg from yesterday, and added some cheese cubes from last night.

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And then I went back for more cheese and antipasti:

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Love those balls!

Dinner was really yummy–a voluminous yet light mix of goodies to fuel my workout.  Butternut chips with organic ketchup, steamed broccoli, steamed corn with a tiny bit of Smart Balance Light, and a piece of New Seasons olive bread (toasted it and added a tad of SBL after I took the pic).  Lurved it all!!

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Chris was taking his sweet time digesting, and by the time we left for the gym I felt like I needed a snack.  I had half a nanner and some toasted almond bits.

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At the gym I did a good leg workout, a little bit of shoulders with Chris, and some fast and furious cardio.  Chris said the basketball situation was ridiculous (there were no balls to warm up with)and he didn’t feel like waiting around to get one.  I asked him to run with me for a little bit, and he did!  We both ran a fast mile and called it good.  I know, a whopping like 10 minutes on the treadmill, but at least we got a sweat on and pushed ourselves to run fast the whole time 🙂

I dreamed of a smoothie while getting cleaned up, and whipped up some almond milk, Genisoy chocolate shake mix, ice, and ground flax.  I was tempted to put fruit in, but opted to have it on the side.

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Et voila!  That’s all folks.  Hope your Wednesday flew by and that you’re ready for the homestretch.  Can’t believe the end of June is here…. yipes, where’d the time go?!

 

Go for it June 23, 2009

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That’s right, go for that little treat you want to eat right now, or go for that increased speed on the treadmill.  I have “gone for it” several times in the last two days and still feel good, in fact great in some ways.  I must admit a little part of me is afraid I’m going to balloon out when I miss a few days at the gym or eat a lot, but I’m not so afraid that I won’t partake. 

Here’s what I’m talking about:

Sure, throw some more berries in there and go to town on that fabu breakfast 😉  Now this is definitely not an indulgence that I normally avoid, nor is it unhealthy.  But it felt quite indulgent!

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Lunch at Typhoon! with mom and a friend who is in town from Amsterdam (he is from Seattle and lives there–so jealous!).  We started with a cup of the Lemongrass Clam Chowder.  Yes, more seafood–this chowder is insanely good.  This spring they had a vegetarian corn chowder, but no more 😦  I did avoid the clams, though. 

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For the main course my mom and I split Veggie Pineapple Curry.  I guess it has some fish sauce in it, but I still said go for it.  If there’s one dish I cannot stop myself from gorging on, it seems to be this curry.  I ate until I was full, but not gut-bustingly so.  Mmmmmmmmm.

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Some fresh fruit and a carrot during the afternoon was a nice treat:

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So was this half of a raisin cookie brought in by a coworker.  Soft and yummy!!  Now that I think of it, I’ve had more cookies in the last month than I have in the last year, I think.  They keep popping up in the office!  And I keep going for them 😉

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Dinner was a Mexican Feast at Si Senor–Ropa Vieja with beans instead of meat.  I can’t deny eating the crispy fried goodness of the tortilla shell… it calls to me…”Eat me….eat me….you know you love my crispiness and addictive taste!”

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At the gym Monday I decided to run for awhile, and ended up going between 5.0 mph and 6.5 (!) mph.  I didn’t think I had it in me!!  Running faster felt better, but I didn’t have the stamina to do it the whole time.  After half an hour of walking some and mostly running, I hopped on the stair mill for 20 minutes of fast intervals.  Sweaty goodness abounded.  Phew.

I’m not sure I was very hungry, but I ate the rest of my fruit and carrot with some goat cheese as a snack late last night as I made a classical music playlist for tonight’s workshop.  I’ve missed classical music and really enjoyed hearing it as I ripped the CDs into iTunes.

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Tuesday:

A sunny (and unfocused) bowl of standard oatmeal. 

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I got to “meet” Jordan today on the phone!  She is awesome and I’m glad to have learned more about her and hear her thoughts on blogging these days.  What she said really made me think about my own blog and why I do it.  I enjoy journaling what I’ve eaten and my activity, but I wish I had more readers sometimes.  But not so much that I’d leave fast, thoughtless comments elsewhere just to get clicks back to my page; does that make sense? 

My blogging is for enjoyment, not for business, and if I don’t get 1000’s of visits per day that’s okay.  I really appreciate my fellow bloggers who take the time to read my posts and leave comments, so ultimately I think I’d like to stick to quality and not quantity.  Thanks for spending so much time on the phone with me, Jordan!!  Your thoughts and observations are right on!

I had a late lunch of a random salad and some fruit and carrot.  The salad had leftover spinach, yellow bell pepp, avocado, orange, corn salad (corn, herbs, goat cheese, walnuts, olive oil), balsamic, and a Boca patty.  There is a carrot buried under those blueberries 🙂  Damn cherries have gone to pot and are tasteless now 😦  Booooooooo!

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While at New Seasons picking up our workshop eats, I snacked on this tasty fontina and garlic asiago bread sample 🙂  Oh, that was good.

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I was too busy to take pics of our platters and wine, but everything was great.  The deli accidentally made us an antipasti platter instead of charcuterie, so they whipped up the latter and gave us the former for free!! 

After the workshop I went for it: fresh mozarella, garlic goat, swiss, cheddar, and brie cheeses; kalamata and green olives; cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple; olive bread times like 6 slices; and a glass of white wine.  It felt like quite the decadent spread.  Ohhhhhh yeaaaahhhh….chick, chick-a chikaaaa. 

Of course I snacked while packing up the leftovers, too.  A few pieces of fruit and some more olive bread just fell right into my mouth.  Couldn’t see that coming…

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And thar she blows.  Well, not really.  Just sounded funny.  Aren’t I a gas? “Well, not really.”  Don’t worry I’m not offended :-0

OMFG!  Chelsea Lately is doing a mock up of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion–tooooooo fucking funny!  Do you watch Chelsea? Other E! Network shows? 

Peace out 😎

 

Father’s Day Feasting June 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kersten @ 10:31 pm

Sunday was a glorious day of food–nothing too heavy, most things just right, and several new things.  I wrote down something to get my dad for Father’s Day, then couldn’t remember where I put it the note or what it was all week long.  Oh well, my daddy still enjoyed me cooking up a feast for him 🙂

The Quick’n’Dirty special:

  • Red Robin now has a ‘natural’ burger on their menu–no cheese, crazy toppers, sauces, or other flair–just a bun and veg on the side.  I ordered mine with a Boca patty and gave it a good squirt of ketchup 😉
  • Lily likes to surf in my car–she puts her front feet up on the armrest between the front sead and stands with her big ol’ body there, looking out the windshield, leaning in turns and everything.  Crazy girl! (Safety note:  I’m a bad dog mom and don’t harness her in the car 😦  I don’t let her stand up in the car when I go fast.)
  • Salmon just isn’t for me.  No matter how I try it, the strong fishy taste just doesn’t do it for me. 
  • Berries = love 🙂
  • In laws sometimes = suck.  First thing out of Chris’ mom’s mouth was, “You look tired, Chris. And you, too, Kersten.”  My reply was, “Thanks for the compliment.  Nice to see you too.”  Zing. 
  • Grilled corn taken off the cob + herbs + olive oil + toasted walnuts + goat cheese = crazy good corn salad.  MMmmmmm!
  • Lee Berry Farms strawberry rhubarb pie….’nuf said!
  • I love my dad 🙂