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Lunch: Leftover vegetarian curry. Hmm, hmm, good.
Afternoon snacks: Dried apricots and a large apple

55 minutes at the gym (stretching/abs/core/legs/some arms)

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It’s good to be back! My last full post was weeks ago, or so it seems. Not quite so much busy as lazy…..but I’m back in action, blogging away as I listened to a burned CD that I bought in Paraguay 9 years ago. Alejandro Sanz. Love, love, love his voice.

Mood (update):
Much better, thank you. (“What’s wrong Grumpy Pants?” texted my little sister, Jill)

Afternoon snack: Large apple. Crisp and delish.
Afternoon snack, Part Deux: tea and a slice of banana bread

(Green heart: reusing paper by writing on the other side of printed documents)

Tea in a teaspoon.

We bought this loose leaf tea at Central Market. It’s good! The tea, not Central Market. Central Market fails to impress me. It’s fancy and all, but lacks a good selection of organic products. For that reason, Whole Foods holds my heart.

It helps to place the tea leaves into measuring cups and to let them steep there. When ready to strain, it’s easy to pour into teacups or mugs because of the measuring cup’s spout.

Do you like the pretty mat? It currently sits atop the coffee table. I bought it in Spain for less than 2 euros. It doesn’t serve it’s purpose as a pillow case because none of our pillows fit, but it makes a great decoration and/or place mat. I’d bought three in different colors, only I wish I had bought more. Super cheap and great little pieces to brighten up a room.

As per usual, Lucas made the banana bread. Not his best (he concurs*)! But I blame it on our oven; it’s not that great and the temperature is difficult to regulate.

*Concur. That’s a word that I learned from that Leonardo DiCaprio movie where he plays a smooth con artist. I forget the name. It’s the scene where he plays a doctor, and he asks the nurse or someone if they concur with his diagnosis…I think that’s the way it went……I don’t know how old I was when that movie came out, but I suppose I was quite more than old enough to where I should have known what “concur” meant. Ah well.

And now to the fun stuff. Fun for me at least. You’re already here, so while not stay a bit longer?

Here are a few of my favorite things about our new digs!

Vintage door knobs…

Palm fronds…

Our little garden…

The natural light in Lucas’s art studio that lends a hand in inspiration….(Toy Story is also there to help)

The huge living room window…..

Kitchen nooks and crannies like this one….

Reading corner (on a mission for a more proper reading chair!)…

Charming archway….

The faux fireplace that serves as a bookcase…

..and it’s mosaic tile floor…

Just a few of my favorite things!

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Breakfast: A cup o’ tea and a toasted onion bagel with two generous tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. I almost never eat bagels anymore, but I do love them, and when I saw the rows and rows of bagels (cranberry, chocolate chip, jalapeno, honey oat, you name it) staring at me from behind a glass case at Central Market, I had to take a couple home. I adore the onion & peanut butter combination. This stems from the days back at home when my Dad would buy the Blue Light Special onion bagels at Super K-Mart and would slather them with crunchy peanut butter. It’s a weird combo, but my tastebuds are in love.

Yesterday recap:
Lunch: Half of a leftover brie & smoked turkey sandwich, half a cup of chicken tortilla soup, a side of butter & sugar sweet potatoes.
Snack: Apple slices topped with creamy peanut butter and raisins.

Dinner: Half of a pork fajita burrito and chips and salsa at Chipotle
Dessert: Candied pecans and half of a chocolate wafer; tea

Nothing since Wednesday (I’m counting moving day as a day of mega fitness)….I plan to go on a run today in the new ‘hood! The big idea was to go for a run this morning, but I just got so into unpacking…aiming for the afternoon now.

Green heart:
Makes my heart flutter: Chipotle shares not only our food philosophy but also a love for Mother Earth. I snapped this photo, although my operation was soon shutdown by an off-duty employee….”Chipotle doesn’t want to have pictures all over the place.” Whatever, man. It’s called free publicity! Don’t you know I have thousands following this blog? Well, maybe it’s more like four people, but whatevs….I still love you, Chipotle.

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Girl Friday


30 minute run in the neighborhood hills

Breakfast: Oatmeal (1/3 cup steel cut oats, 1 and 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup soymilk, 1 tbs flaxseeds, 2 tbs dried currants, 2 tbs rolled oats, 2 tbs Ezekiel Original, 1 tbs agave nectar, 1 large carrot, finely shredded)
Snack: Apple slices with cinnamon
Lunch: 1 slice of leftover vegetable quiche

Happy Hour:
Blue Star Cafe! Can’t wait!

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Apples & Oats

Yea! Almost Friday.

Breakfast: I ate apple slices with cinnamon while I washed some dishes this morning; it held me over until I was able to eat my oats-to-go at work.

This morning’s oats-to-go:

1/3 cup steel cut oats
1 and 1/4 cup water
1/3 cup soy milk
1 tbs flaxseeds
2 tbs dried currants
2 tbs rolled oats
2 tbs Ezekiel Original
1 and 1/2 tbs agave nectar

Happy Jueves!

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-Ran 30 minutes in my neighborhood hills. Saw a gorgeous sunset and some cute deer.
-My Netflix workout (40 minutes boxing moves & abs)

Afternoon snack: 2 teensy-weensy pieces of dark chocolate…and…. 4 Medjool dates. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. They taste like PASTRIES!
Pre-dinner: A large apple
Dinner: I made chicken tacos; I had two. Ezekiel tortillas topped with lemon-pepper chicken, spinach leaves, and sauteed onions. Fabuloso!
Dessert: Peppermint tea and a thick slice of banana bread

Weekend Recap:
Where did we leave off?….Here’s a nice little summary for you.

Fitness: Day off
Afternoon snack: Lucas and I shared an oatmeal raisin cookie and large coffee with half & half at JP’s Java.
Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Dessert: Strawberry gelato sweetend with agave nectar—made in our juicer! That juicer can do anything. Ate my gelatto while watching “Amadeus.”  I forgot how long that movie was–but it’s so good! So is the song from the 80s. We were singing it all weekend thanks to the movie!

Fitness: 10k at Town Lake
Brunch: Whole Foods: A breakfast taco (spelt tortilla with vegan chorizo, black beans, cheese) and later Lucas and I split a humongous Carmelita bar. Ooooohhhh my goodness. The best. Hands down. Ammmmazing. I love WF Carmelita bars.
Pre-dinner: Salad greens with Happy Rice.
Dinner: I made oven-roasted vegetables (potatoes, Japanese yam, onions, carrots) and Kale Chips.

Kale Chips!! Don’t be fooled by their healthy, green appearance. Kale chips = potato chips without the guilt.

Kale Chips!! Finally I know what all of those food bloggers have been fussing about.

Kale Chips are nothing short of a miracle. Basically, it’s kale (a leafy green) tossed in salt and olive oil, topped with some Parmesan cheese, and baked in the oven. After baking, they become potato chips. Basically. If you blindfolded me, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two. Honestly. Try it. Do yourself a favor. You will be amazed. Really!

Before the oven….


Light, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth salty goodness. Unbelievably tasty.

This is a recipe I got from Kath’s blog:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Use about 1 OXO salad spinner’s worth of kale (which was a stuffed grocery store veggie bag). Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, Asiago or your seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved in pan.

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50 minutes at the gym. 15 minutes stretching/abs,  20 minutes on legs, 12 minutes on arms, 3 minute stretching

Post work-out snack: I was starving, and wanted a little something to stave off the hunger for 30 minutes before lunch.  An adorable little apple and a dried Cali fig.

Lunch: Uh-oh. Am I in trouble?

These are not whole foods.

These are not healthy foods.

These are processed, artificial foods.


It get’s worse.

There’s a Diet Coke.

A plastic fork, styrofoam plate, foil. Green heart = black heart!

A few times a year, I get the Fried Rice Combo (fried rice, egg roll, medium soft drink) from the cafe in our building.  Bad as it is, I love it. This morning I was so excited, and so anxious because they seem to run out of this dish at lunchtime, that I went down to the cafe at 8:30 to pre-pay and reserve the FRC. Then I went back at 11:30 to remind the lady (of course she must think I’m completely crazy) to save me a FRC and that I would be back at 12:00…When I came down at 12:00, she had the dish already prepared for me and wrapped up to go. How sweet is she!

Anyway, I enjoyed every bite and drank every last drop of the Diet Coke. Truth be told, Diet Coke makes me feel like crap. It makes me bloated and I feel like I have liquid metal running through my veins. It’s a weird, and uncomfortable, feeling. And when I drink it with food, even worse. For the most part, I avoid drinking liquids with my meals because it impedes proper digestion. As you can see, today I made an exception (several). I don’t regret it, but I definitely feel the effects of the Diet Coke and fried food bubbling around in my stomach.

This was a pre-meditated violation of eating whole, healthy foods.  Not only do I confess, but I accept all punishments and penalties. I do not condone eating this food, but I do give myself a free pass with CULINARY CRAP every once in a while.

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“Uh apple”

Afternoon snack: Tea and a banana
Post-run snack: 1 large apple, sliced and sprinkled with cinnamon, warmed for 3 minutes in a toaster oven

-30 minute run in the neighborhood hills
-3-minute core work (planks)

Green heart:
By not using a plate and eating the apples directly from the pan, I saved water…one less dish to wash and rinse! (Honestly though, I did it to have one less plate to wash/rinse, not because I was thinking of water conservation).  🙂

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Where did the day go? I did some writing, I made dinner, ate dinner while watching a documentary (Austinites, this is a must see: The Unforseen). All of a sudden, it’s 10:30! What the cuss? I still have papers to file and an apartment to clean. Wah!! Will it be a long night, or an early morning? We shall see.

Dinner was tasty, but there were a lot of mixes of foods going on (hot, cold, protein, carb) and it’s not sitting so well with me now. Ouch. I’m going to have some peppermint tea.

Speaking of tea, let me just say, I can be such a space cadet. I put water on to boil. And then I forgot about it. I remembered just now. Where is the kettle? Oh, look, there are the tea cups with the tea already steeping. Lucas. Thank you, dear husband.

Yeah, well, Lucas isn’t perfect either. Tonight he got a fire going in the fireplace…and forgot to open the flue! Luckily that was  short-lived, but still. We had to open all of the windows and turn on the fans to get the smokiness out. We had to freeze to get warm. Ironic.

I’m quite the rambler this evening. Shall we?

Pre-dinner: Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Dinner: Salad greens with a chopped hard-boiled egg and a finely shredded carrot, tossed in a honey-mustard dressing. On the side, sweet potato “fries” and oven-roasted onions.

One of my new goals is to focus on portion-control. Most days, I eat the same amount as my husband. Which I suppose would be fine if I was actually hungry enough. But usually I give myself a big serving, when I should start out small, or I go back for seconds, when I should wait a while to see if I really want more. Kate gave me a good portion tip today: eat what you can find into the palms of your cupped hands. I need to actually give it a try!

I’m kind of thinking it’s going to be a late night rather than an early morning….I’m way too full to go to bed now.

Buenas noches!

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A little bit zombie

Breakfast: A fresh juice of carrots, orange, apple and ginger. I want to go for a run soon, so I’m keeping it light.

Woah. The colors are so different. The one on the right is more accurate. Inaccuracies like this may soon change!  A new camera for my birthday is in the works! Very excited.

-10K at Town Lake
-meet Kate at Magnolia Cafe
-Phase 2 of Apartment Purge
-finish creative writing assignment
-work on blog updates

Hasta la vista, baby.

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