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Easy Week & Nervous for Nothing

I just got back from a fabulous dinner at Gordon Biersch, where we celebrated my uncle, Kyle’s, 21st birthday… and his first legal drinks…

Let’s quickly scroll through the last two days before that, though!

January 4, 2012

Breakfast should be obvious to you at this point…

Banana + honey Greek

… a large banana, a cup of Greek yogurt, and a Diet Coke! Followed quickly by these lovely friends…

Cereal ♥

…some Fiber One Original Bran cereal.

On this particular morning, I was rushing out of the house and forgot to snap a picture of my lunch. Sorry! However, I had a cup of blackberries, 3 oz. baby carrots, a pack of chunk white tuna, about a quarter of a whole-wheat pita pocket (it was quite stale… oops), and a few Sour Patch Watermelon candies.

This was the “official” start of the second semester (weird that it starts the day after the first day following break), so we had a couple of new members on the school newspaper to introduce. That was fun, since we got to talk about what we do as a staff. I absolutely adore being a part of the paper, so I naturally love talking about it.

When I got home, I had my second dose of Fiber One, and then I worked, worked, worked on homework. Unfortunately, this took me right up until dinner. We planned to have steak, but none of us were really feeling it, and I was feeling crappy. So, cereal-for-dinner happened. Oh, well!

Sweet 'n' crunchy

I had about a 1.5 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats and .75 cups of 1% milk. It had been quite a while since I’d had it, and it so hit the spot.

I know that cereal isn’t an ideal dinner, but I also know that “well-rounded” is a most of the time requirement. Sometimes, that goes out the window, and that’s totally okay. Sometimes, it just feels better!

The rest of my evening was pretty relaxed. Later, for my snacks, I made myself a smoothie-in-a-bowl…

Pretty color 🙂

… containing:

  • .5 cups Fage plain Greek yogurt
  • .75 cups Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • .5 cups fresh black berries
  • 1 t. xanthan gum
  • Crushed ice

I also had a solid snack…


… composed of a Planters Heart Healthy Mix NUTrition pack, a large Braeburn apple, and a pack of Oats ‘n’ Dark Chocolate Nature Valley crunchy granola bars.

And off to bed I went!

January 5, 2012

The morning started off like so many do, with…


my breakfast of champions! I had some Fiber One after that.

I had a pre-calc test that morning (which I did extremely well on, by the way 😉 ), but it was an otherwise uneventful day at school. My lunch was…

A departure from the usual

… a handful of cherry tomatoes, a clementine, and a sandwich made with 5 oz. Dietz & Watson Santa Fe Turkey and an Aunt Millie’s Multi-Whole Grain English muffin. It was really quite tasty. Hm, maybe I should do that more often!

I had zero homework/studying to do last night, so I mostly rested and read. I had a couple of pieces of Sour Patch Watermelon candy after school, along with a Twizzler, and a Dove milk chocolate snowflake. These little snacks were followed by my second serving of Fiber One cereal and a 100% whole-wheat Bagel Thin.

Toasty and chewy!

Dinner was what we planned on having the night before – steak!

Good stuff. Good stuff.

We had grilled top sirloin steak with onions sauteed with garlic and Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato vinaigrette and topped with Parmesan cheese. (The recipe is this one, from Kraft: We replaced the steamed broccoli with steamed cauliflower topped with a little unsalted butter. It was quite the tasty meal – and it was easy!

After a little more reading, it was time for my snacks. I had an Oats & Chocolate Fiber One bar first…


… and a Braeburn apple with strawberry Greek yogurt second!


And it was off to bed with me!

Today – January 6, 2012

I had the same old stuff for breakfast. And Fiber One for my morning snack.

Well, I like it!

I was honestly kind of nervous going to school today, because I received a note yesterday, saying that the principal had requested a meeting with me. Okay. I did nothing wrong. But then some other members of Class Cabinet said they had gotten those notes, too. That made me feel better – until I realized that mine was at a different time. I could only think that maybe there was a separate meeting for the president. Still, though, I had no idea what the meeting was going to be about.

It wasn’t bad at all! All of the cabinets had been summoned, and my meeting was just for the presidents. We were asked to be part of a decision-making process. That was really cool, to be blunt.

I knew when I joined the cabinet that I would be in a leadership group, and I knew that our main goal was making money for our future prom. I didn’t realize we would get to help organize a policy that would be implemented in the school for the future. Granted, we probably don’t have too much say in whether this policy is put into action. We do, however, get a little say in how it works. And that’s kind of awesome.

After the meeting, though, I had a really bad headache. So, I asked my mom to come pick me up. She had intended to go to Chipotle for lunch, and I wasn’t arguing. We just picked it up and came back home so I could rest.


My bowl contained Romaine lettuce, chicken, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and cheese. Great deliciousness, it was.

I did a little work throughout the afternoon, slept a tiny bit, ate some more Fiber One, and then we headed out to dinner. As I said, today was my uncle’s 21st birthday. And Gordon Biersch was in order. My parents and I met up with my grandparents, Kyle, and Kyle’s girlfriend, Anastasia, at the restaurant.

I had a piece of their fresh French bread before my meal, but I was saving up as much room as possible for…


… my Lobster & Crab Cake Sandwich. With GARLIC FRIES. Well, the fries weren’t actually that great. But the sandwich was incredible. I could eat it forever. Probably not, actually, but it was really good. I only ate about half of the fries with a little dab of ketchup. Not a huge ketchup person, but I use a little with fries only.

We also had dessert, which was also pretty amazing. I had about a third of an order of their Triple Chocolate Brownie, which is not only a brownie, but also vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and hot caramel sauce. Delicious. Sorry about the lack of a picture. Ummm… when dessert rolls around, I tend to dive right in… 😀

I am absolutely exhausted, and I plan to go to yoga tomorrow morning. So, I’m going to hit the hay. Good night!


Changes in Plans

Pippa and I were going to go for a walk. And then the downpour began, leaving me with a whining dog who desperately wanted to go outside. She’s spoiled. 😉

After petting her for a little while, I decided I could use a little pre-workout fuel in the form of…

The snack that smiles back 😀

whole-grain Goldfish! I notice no taste difference between these and regular Goldfish. Not that the nutritional stats are too different, anyhow.

The rain had let up by that point, so my mom took Pippa for a walk while I worked out. Afterwards, we started a black bean soup mix (a pack of ingredients and a lot of water) and I prepared panini. I was informed by Daddy that the soup was…. not his favorite. That’s scary. Turned out, he was right. All we could taste were spices and water, not the beans or bell peppers. So, I figured I needed a new plan for my dinner sides. Since my sandwich was already done and cooling quickly, I chose to eat dinner in two parts.

Part 1: Sandwich

A glimpse of the inside

It's bleeding!

This was quite similar to last week’s panini:

  • 2 slices of Giant Eagle Multigrain Tuscany bread
  • Dietz & Watson turkey
  • 1 slice of mozzarella cheese
  • About a tablespoon of Stonewall Kitchen Maple Chipotle Barbecue sauce (this does tend to bleed through the bread, but it’s so good!)
  • Extra virgin olive oil brushed on

This hit the spot, but I needed more. Hmmm, what to have?

Colors! Produce! Deliciousness!

  • About 3 oz. baby carrots
  • 2 large stalks celery
  • 2 clementines (They’re back! I adore them.)
  • About a tablespoon of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus

This was a nice, filling addition to my hot sandwich.

Christmas tree decorating is not happening tonight because my mom has finals this week and is working on a bunch of school assignments. Fun. Maybe Tuesday?  I have finals next week, so I should probably study some, too. More fun.

My mom and grandma went shopping for more Christmas presents today. Mom came back with a treat from Sugardaddy’s. Apparently, they make incredible, creative brownies and blondies. I didn’t imagine how good they would be when I decided to incorporate them into my evening snack. I could have eaten them for dinner. Maybe tomorrow…? 😉

The whole shebang

Since the brownies are super-rich, and I had an overripe pear calling my name, I had a pretty well-rounded snack. I sliced up the pear and grabbed a container of honey Greek yogurt. The yogurt’s tanginess was the perfect compliment for the ridiculously-sweet pear. But let’s get back to the stars of the snack.


These brownies are what Sugardaddy’s calls “pocket change”. They’re smaller, crumbly, fudgy chunks of brownie. This flavor is called American Beauty and is a semisweet chocolate brownie swirled with peanut butter and topped with peanuts. It is perfectly sweet and salty and rich. I don’t even know what else to say. Pictures can’t do them justice. Neither can words. Go order something from Sugardaddy’s. Now. They’ll ship your order to you. Just do it. You won’t be sorry.

Alright, now I should get some sleep. There is, of course, school tomorrow. Good night!

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