Archive for March, 2010

Moving Day is Done!

Moving Day.

7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

I don’t know how many times I went up stairs.

I don’t know how many times I went down stairs.

I don’t know how many boxes I packed.

I don’t know how many boxes I lifted.

I don’t know how many couches I dropped. Oh, wait. Yes, I do. One.

There was the moving out, the moving in, the cleaning, and then, the eating.

The moving out…

The moving in….

The cleaning (of our “old” apartment)….

The eating….

15 hours of slave labor calls for a bacon cheddar burger with sweet potato fries.

Thank goodness for Kerby Lane Cafe being opened 24 hours! It’s midnight and we’re still here….waiting for some dessert…


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I’ve been visiting w/ family and in the process of moving, so I’ve been really lazy about my posts.

But I should be back up and running in the next few days!

Thanks for checking in!

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Even though I took off from work and went to bed relatively late last night (11:45 pm), I was up at 7:30 this morning. I still feel pretty well rested and love that I’m up and at ’em early to seize the day….well, seizing the day so far has been trying to get my work laptop to connect to WiFi in my parent’s house. Not working! What the cuss? My personal laptop connects just fine, so I’m not sure what the deal is.

Anyway, I took off from work because my crazy and fabulous jet-setting older sister is visiting from overseas. I haven’t seen her since last summer, so I wanted to maximize that quality family time. I’m sensitive like that. 🙂 Today should be pretty low-key….we’ll probably have lunch with my mom and then drive to the outlets so Jocelyn can get some new running shoes.

The drive to Corsicana last night was scary. The rain was pelting my car and the headlights were reflecting of the rain so I had to drive with my lowlights on, which are really weak, so sometimes I felt like I was driving in the dark. AND not to mention the dumb a$$ truck drivers who feel the need to ride your a$$ down the highway or barrel past you at 80 mph in monsoon like rains and douse your windshield so that you are blinded and scared out of your mind. Not appreciated.


Breakfast: I made a nice bowl of oatmeal. With the sweetness of the dried currants and banana, I didn’t need to add any agave nectar.

Recap from yesterday:
Dinner: Vegetable quiche, made by Lucas. I had two pieces.

And for dessert: sliced banana with cinnamon and agave and later a strawberry ice cream cone

Quick 20 minute circuit workout. Wasn’t that great.

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Grade A. Good night’s sleep. In bed at 9:45 and up at 6:45.

Breakfast: Lucas made me a glass of fresh juice (mostly carrots). I also whipped up a batch of oats-to-go and ate them at work.
Today’s oats:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/2 cup water
-3 tbs rolled oats
-1 tbs oat bran
-1 tbs ground flax seed
-2 tbs dried currants
-1 banana, sliced
-1 cup of carrot juice pulp
-2 tbs agave nectar
-a generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Recap from yesterday:

-50 minutes at gym (stretching, abs, arms, legs)
-4.5 mile run home (my first run in over a week. Felt good!)

Mid-afternoon snack: Granola bar
Pre-dinner: A handful of dried currants and a few forkfuls of leftover salad
Dinner: Spinach and mushroom quesadillas….spelt tortillas with spinach, mushrooms, and shredded cheese and Lucas’s homemade salsa. I had 6 triangles and a few swigs of beer.

Green heart:
I usually eat two meals at work, so naturally, I need napkins on a daily basis. But rather than use paper goods, I bring a cloth napkin from home. Reduce that paper waste!

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More photos from Spain….

We had lunch one day at a restaurant housed in this beautiful complex…

Hmmmmm. The fried calamari was my favorite…..

TGIV. Thank God It’s Vegetables. We didn’t see a whole lot of these.

Paella! Spain’s most famous dish.

Other than fish, I don’ t like seafood. I piled mine on a plate and gave it to our tour guide.

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Lunch: What an improvement from last night’s salad! The exact same ingredients, exact this time I tossed the spinach leaves in olive oil, salt, and pepper. It made a world of difference. I love all of the different flavors working together here. Delicious.

Strawberry Fields Salad:
-slice strawberries, mushrooms
-candied nuts, chopped or whole (pecans or walnuts)
-crumbled feta cheese
-fresh spinach leaves
-olive oil, salt, pepper

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Good. I went to bed at 9:00 (fell asleep on the bed–woke up at 1:00 am to brush the teeth!) and got up at 6:45.

I had 2 and a half spelt pancakes topped with sliced strawberries and agave nectar. The recipe was super easy, adapted from Angela’s of Oh She Glows.

Pancakes for two:

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 c whole milk (or milk of your choice)

-Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add milk, and stir well. Batter should be smooth and have a somewhat thick consistency (if you like your pancakes nice and thin, add more milk to the batter).
-Pour batter onto a greased skillet, over medium heat.
-Flip pancake once bubble appear in batter and edges appear crisp and firm.
-Heat other side, and serve with topping of your choice.
-Makes 5 big pancakes.

Dinner recap:  A bed of fresh spinach topped with…candied pecans…feta cheese…..

….as well as sliced mushrooms and strawberries.

To be honest, the looks and sounds a lot better than it tasted. It was kind of ho-hum, because the spinach was dry. I thought that with all the flavors in the salad (strawberries, feta cheese, candied pecans, mushrooms) that no type of dressing was necessary, but I was wrong.

Fitness? It’s been days since I’ve exercised regularly. I blame it on the trip to Spain and trying to get back into the groove of things here at home…. My goals today though are a workout at the gym and a run home.

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Lunch: Tofu lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang’s
Mid-Afternoon Snacks: 4 Medjool dates and an apple
Unfortunate Vending Machine Purchase: Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms. : ( Not BTGH friendly.

We are moving next week!


Our landlords are super nice. They new we wanted to plant a vegetable garden, so they offered to let us go over and get our garden started even though we aren’t even living there yet. How thoughtful is that?

Yesterday we made a stop at Shoal Creek Nursery and stocked up on plants! Lots of vegetable plans, herbs, and even a couple of strawberry plants.

This is the patch for the garden. We’ve just started breaking the dirt.

And here it is at the end of our shift…..

Can we say “PROGRESS”?

I’m headed over there again after work to meet up with Lucas and finish with the planting. Exciting!

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I feel like a human being again after an exhausting series of flights that made up my return trip from Spain. I was awake for 24 hours straight over the weekend!! I went to bed at 8:30 last night and got up at 5:45 this morning. I feel really good and well-rested.

More photos from the Spain trip to come….

Breakfast: A mug of fresh juice and later a bowl of oatmeal. Today’s oatmeal had:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
– a splash of whole milk
-1 tbs ground flaxseed
-2 tbs rolled oats
-1 carrot, finely shredded
– 1 tbs crunchy peanut butter
-1/2 banana, mashed
-a sprinkling of cinnamon

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Do I really need to use words?

Photos usually speak for themselves.

Plus, I’m exhausted!!! We’ve been going non-stop with food, wine, and sightseeing. (A girl can only drink, eat, and see so much!)

Here you go: Monday evening through Tuesday morning….more to come for the rest of the past few days…

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