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Lazy Day

Let’s just start off by saying that I did not sleep well last night. Which basically means I felt entirely too lazy today. But what’s life without a lazy day now and again (or as often as you can get it)?

My lovely day started off with my usual lovely breakfast…

Wake up!

… of Greek yogurt, Diet Coke, and a banana. Does anyone want to help me break my (terrible) habit of 2+ Diet Cokes daily? … Bueller?

After that, I headed off to yoga. I was a wimp and didn’t drive there… or back. I was tired and crabby and it had been a week since I last drove. Oops.

There were a lot of people at yoga today. New Year’s resolutions in full force, I expect. And I have to say, my legs were sore afterwards. Really sore. I should probably work out more often…. something I notice every time I work out… 😉

When we got home, I walked up the stairs and collapsed into bed. I was seriously exhausted. When I woke up, my parents and Pippa were taking a walk, and it was time for my lunch!

I was (not surprisingly) craving veggies. Desperately.

Behold…

Big bowl, big flavor, big nutrition!

… the giant weekend salad! In the dish:

  • 2.75 c. baby spinach
  • 1 oz. baby carrots
  • 1 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 25 g. Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 100 g. chopped cucumbers
  • 2 slices of the Braeburn apple I had on the side
  • 1 T. Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

And my full lunch looked something like this:

Happy lunch

I ate a 100% whole wheat Bagel Thin and the rest of that apple on the side! Tasty stuff.

Dad and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, and to give me a chance to drive this afternoon. In-town driving is just so much fun. No, it’s actually not that bad at all. Just a lot of construction around here. Like Daddy said, “When you’ve graduated college, gotten married, and had a few kids, all of the construction should be finished.”

Basically, it’ll be a while. 🙂

When we got home, I was quite hungry. Probably the lack of protein in my lunch. So, I satisfied my hunger with Fiber One cereal and a new flavor of Greek yogurt!

Times 2!

New flavor? Whaaaa?

While we were at Kroger, we decided to pick up a few extra cups of Greek yogurt to hold me over for a few more days. I had my usual vanilla and honey flavors in hand when I noticed this stuff. Cranberry-fig Greek yogurt? Hm, I’ll try that. Oh, look! There’s also black cherry and strawberry-mint… Why not one of each?

And after I finished talking to myself, I picked those up in addition to my standbys.

I didn’t really think the cranberry-fig was too different than strawberry. Maybe I’m a freak. It was a little tangier, and maybe a little more exotic (not that that can be defined/measured), but not too different.

I got sidetracked by hockey and football during my snack. I had intended to start my newspaper layout for February. That didn’t happen. Instead, dinner happened!

In the form of tacos!

Twice as nice 🙂

I had two Chi-Chi’s taco-size flour tortillas, topped with taco-seasoned ground beef, a few tablespoons of Mexican cheese, a few tablespoons of chopped white onion, some sliced cherry tomatoes, some shredded spinach, and two large spoonfuls of medium Wholly Salsa. Delicioso.

After dinner, I got serious and started my layout. Hmmm I could be in trouble this month. There’s a little too much white space… like, a quarter of a page too much. Ah, this happens every month. It’ll be fine. Right???

Right.

After finishing the one real school thing I have to do this weekend, it was time to catch up on Parenthood. I love this show. It is hilarious and adorable. And my parents like it, so we watch together.

During the shows, I had a mini-feast. Or a big snack. Either way. 😉

So much goodness

On the menu:

  • a Jell-O Chocolate-Vanilla Swirls pudding cup
  • 2 t. unsweetened cocoa powder (to make the pudding taste less sweet)
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo bar

And it was all delicious. The perfect combinations of creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty, and slightly-tart. Great snack!

Now, it’s time for some serious sleep. Good night!

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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…

Classics

… 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…

Typical

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: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/garlic-steak-onions-107312.aspx). 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…

Chocolate!

… and a Braeburn apple with strawberry Greek yogurt second!

Standby

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.

Perfection

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…

Ohmygoodness

… 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!

Food & Family

Chipotle is awesome. If there was a god of it, I might worship said god. Maybe.

My bowl:

Yum.

I’m not a huge fan of rice in general, so I get my Burrito Bowls as salads, which are basically the same thing without rice. I had lettuce, black beans, chicken, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, and cheese (Chipotle has great cheese). This was perfectly meaty, salty, and cheese. Perfection – and it totally satisfied a craving. For a few days, perhaps. 😀

I love my family. We had such entertaining conversations at dinner, covering everything from guns to medical marijuana to the perfect tortilla. Yep, we’re strange ones.

When we arrived back home, I started on some Spanish homework that I’d been neglecting. It’s done now.  Procrastination = over!

While watching some Blue Jackets hockey (they gave up 2 goals in about 2 minutes at the end to lose it – classic Jackets), I fixed myself a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch covered with 1% milk. It had been a long time since I had it, and it was tasty.

Crazy squares 🙂

I was still hungry after this (what a shock), so I had a more typical snack.

Crunchy + creamy

I mixed a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder into vanilla pudding to cut the sweetness and add the chocolate. I’m loving this stuff. It tastes so creamy, rich, and chocolaty – like a super-thick mousse. LOVE. Braeburn apples are my absolute favorite and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

I followed this snack with a piece of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate.

Mmmmm

And now I am off to bed. I’m exhausted and I have a presentation and a speaking test in Spanish tomorrow. Then, it’s time for the weekend. Which will be full of studying for exams. But then there’s winter break. And I can always look forward to that. Good night!

Last Hours of Freedom

I’ve spent the afternoon going through old all of my AP US History (APUSH) notes and assembling a timeline of what feels like every single thing that happened in the history of American religion. Yeah, I only made it through religion. I still have rebellions (and Americans seem to be really good at those, so there are lots) and the beginning of our foreign policy. Hmmmm. At least it doesn’t have to be done for a while.

During all of this, I really wanted high quality chocolate. But I don’t have it right now. Hence, my Fiber One and Hershey snack.

The Mint Truffle Kisses are actually pretty good, I must say. Then it was back to work with me. After plowing through all the religion material, I decided that dinner sounded pretty appealing. Tonight I made panini. The only bad thing about these is that we don’t all three get to eat at the same time, since the panini press is too small. Other than that, these are melty, gooey, cheesy goodness.

Look at all the texture!

My sandwich was composed of Giant Eagle Multigrain Tuscany bread (the best), Dietz & Watson turkey breast, mozzarella cheese, and Stonewall Kitchen Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce. On the side I had two stalks of celery (broken into more manageable pieces) and some Kettle-Cooked Lays chips. These might be the best potato chips ever. Just sayin’. While I was making the sandwiches, I had some Vlasic Bread & Butter Pickle Chips. I enjoyed my meal with SoBe LifeWater Black & Blue Berry.  So delicious.

I’ll probably lay off the work for the rest of the night since I do go back to school tomorrow. I’ll just enjoy my last night of break with my family and Pippa. 🙂 After all, with Harry Potter and Blue Jackets hockey, how can you go wrong? (You can’t! :D)

Pippa and Pizza Dinner

This, ladies and gentlemen, is…

She's a snuggler!

Pippa!

She isn’t exactly named after Miss Middleton, but she looked a little more boyish than girly to us, so when we said she was a salt-and-pepper color, we thought of naming her Pepper. Since that isn’t exactly gender-specific, we settled on Pippa. Gender problem = solved! And, pop culture references aren’t bad, either. 😉 She is quite lovey-dovey, but she is pretty stubborn – and loves to walk. She’ll be keeping us quite active, I imagine.

So, we spent today gathering supplies for our first dog. Mom and I went to PetSmart and Target and dropped Pippa off to be groomed. The above picture is post-grooming; she was very shaggy before. While we were out, I snacked on a Milky Way bar.

Chocolate, caramel, nougat, and more chocolate! Yum!

Since grooming takes about two hours, we came home to eat dinner before picking Pippa up again. Daddy ordered us a large Works pizza from Papa John’s and some cheese sticks.

Cheesy deliciousness

It’s been a while since I’ve had pizza and it tasted good. During dinner, the groomer called and said they were done. So, we got back into the car and loaded our nice, neat puppy back into the car. She is so calm and she didn’t make a peep the whole way home. She must be pretty worn out – it has been a long day for her. Now, she’s lounging around the house getting acclimated, and so are we. We’re introducing Pippa to Mr. Harry Potter tonight, watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Last night, we watched Sorcerer’s Stone.

My evening snack is a multiple-parter, so I’ll probably eat it in rounds, but I’ll just take the one picture. It includes:

Nice spread 🙂

  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 2 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. Fiber One Original Bran cereal
  • 1 sugar-free Jell-O Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Snack with 1/2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder (to bring the sweetness factor down a little)

I might enjoy a few pieces of candy later, but I’ll post those in the morning. Off to find the Chamber of Secrets before I get some much-needed sleep!

Into the Swing of Things

Today, I will start posting everything I eat. The past two days have been full of family, fun, and food, and I have not taken pictures, so I won’t recount everything I ate, just the highlights. On Thursday, my family and I went to my dad’s parents’ new condo for a big Thanksgiving feast, complete with:

  • Turkey
  • Corn pudding
  • Veggie casserole
  • Rolls
  • Sausage stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry-applesauce Jell-O salad
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Homegrown-apple pie (The last one ever. My grandparents just moved away from their old house, where they had a huge vegetable garden and an orchard. We used to get a lot of their produce and apple cider. This pie used up the last of their apples.)
  • Ice cream
And it was insanely delicious. After much catching up, watching football, and playing ping-pong and pool with my grandparents and great-uncle, we left that evening feeling stuffed – in a completely amazing way! And we had leftovers. Even better.
On Friday, we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a 50th anniversary with my grandma’s family. Lunch was late, so I ate a turkey sandwich before we left the house, and then snacked on some more food once we got there, including:
  • Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips and Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Delicious cake
  • Deviled eggs
  • Cheez-its
When we got back home, my mom and I went out to run a few errands. While we were out, we grabbed dinner at Noodles & Company, where I got a regular-sized order of Japanese pan noodles and sauteed shrimp. A little while later, we went for dessert at Menchie’s (a frozen yogurt shop). They have the most incredible devil’s food cake yogurt, so I had some of that, topped with dark chocolate chips, strawberries, and hot fudge. De-licious!

Now that the holidays are over for a month, I will focus more on the blog, get into the swing of things (taking pictures, writing, etc.), and by the time Christmas rolls around, I’ll be an old pro. Or not.

Anyhow, breakfast was my usual one – I’ll explain why I keep this meal more or less the same in a few days. But, hey, there is still a picture to go with it. ☺

Honey Greek, Diet Coke, big banana

I am also trying to start working out regularly again, since I feel so, so much better when I get moving. Today I’m off for a Vinyasa yoga class! That should feel amazing after all the sitting I’ve been doing lately!

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