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Sunday already?

Looks like today is going to be another beautiful day!

Comparable to the weather outside

Breakfast: Lucas made me a fresh juice of carrots, oranges, and ginger. Absolutely delicious. The ginger gives it some kick!

Recap of Yesterday:
Check mark for everything on yesterday’s agenda!
-bike ride to Mount Bonnell (the ride there had a few hills, but it wasn’t too bad. The neighborhoods are beautiful and the street is shaded by large trees, it’s a pleasant ride. We made it to Mount Bonnell it no time–maybe 15-20 minutes! It was cool and sunny, we perched ourselves on a couple of rocks and enjoyed the incredible view of the turquoise river below. This place is one of the many reasons of why I love living in Austin).
-run 30 minutes in neighborhood hills (I was dragging on the run, I felt really slow and heavy and the hills were killing me, but I’m glad I did it. I was seriously debating it as it was sandwiched between the bike ride and the soccer game).
-soccer game (We won! The bonus was that it was great soccer weather, not cold, not hot, no wind!)
-attend a friend’s photography exhibit at Studio 2 Gallery (she wasn’t there, but we saw her  photos. And yea for the man that walks around with the little tray offering wine)
-dinner at The Clay Pit (word to the wise: make a reservation! I don’t know what I was thinking–of course there would be a wait! We waited at least an hour and 15 minutes. The food and service was good overall, but nothing really stood out).

-30-40 minute easy-paced bike ride (break in between)
-30 minute run in the neighborhood hills
-outdoor soccer game (I played half a game, maybe a little more? 40 minutes total at least)

Green heart:
My soccer game was in southeast Austin, about a 25 minute drive from where we live in northwest Austin. Rather than drive all the way home to shower, then drive back down to South Austin for the exhibit, I planned ahead to pack stuff for showering and changing and did so at a Gold’s Gym location in South Austin. I saved time & money and reduced emissions!

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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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I’m loving this weather!

Warm temps and sunny, blue skies are overrated! 🙂 Bring on the bleak!

Breakfast: Oats-to-go!

I made a batch for Lucas and me:

-2/3 cup steel cut oats
-2 and 1/3 cups water
-2 tbs flaxseeds
-2 tbs dried currants
-4 tbs rolled oats
-4 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1 large carrot, finely shredded
-2 tbs agave nectar

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Mid-morning snack: More tea and banana bread.
Lunch: Leftover baked veggies (Japanese yams, potatoes, carrots, onions) on a bed of salad greens

At work I like to have either New Age (Sky FM) or Classical (KMFA 89.5) playing on my computer….New Age makes for great background music, but well, sometimes, it’s very kooky, and I have to smile. The one song that just finished playing had dogs barking and owls hooting. Hahahaha!

Green heart:
Today I finished a second draft for a student pre-departure handbook, and I printed it out on paper that had already been printed on one side before.

Tonight I will post some of the meals from the weekend—and the recipe for Kale Chips, which I have just discovered and will try desperately to get you to make them, because they are just that amazing!

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Good, but a little tired. In bed at 10:15, up at 6:15.

Breakfast: Oats-to-go….
-1/3 cup steal cut oats
-1 and 1/4 cup of water
-1/4 cup of soymilk
-1 medium to large carrot, finely shredded
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1 tbs oat bran
-1 tbs flax seeds
-1 tbs agave nectar

1) In a medium pot, add steel cut oats, flaxseed and water. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
2) Add milk. Stir.  Continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring a few times.
3) Add Ezekiel Original and oat bran. Stir.  Continue to cook for 3 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring now and then.
4) Add agave nectar. Cook for 2 more minutes.
5) Add the shredded carrot. Turn off heat. Stir, then let oatmeal cool for a few minutes. Ready to eat or to take on the go.

Delicious! I loved the nutty flavor that the flax seeds gave the oatmeal.

Friday! Oh thank goodness!

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Blah. Overslept.

Breakfast: A variation of carrot cake oatmeal:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 & 1/4 cup of water
-2 tbs rolled oats (non-organic)
-4 tbs Ezekiel Almond Cereal
-1 medium carrot, finely shredded
-1/2 cup whole milk
-1 tbs agave nectar

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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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Breakfast: I made a variation of carrot cake oatmeal. It was lacking in the flavor department this morning! Maybe it was the turbinado sugar that I used instead of the agave nectar (it wasn’t as sweet today) or a watery carrot? Can carrots be watery? Too much soymilk? As far as oatmeal goes, it left something to be desired. Oh, the tragedy!

I ate breakfast on our balcony this morning. I love the balcony. Even though we live in a condo, it’s like having our own private backyard. In the Spring, when the trees are green with thousands of tiny leaves, it feels like we live in a treehouse. You can literally reach out and grab a branch, and the leaves are so thick you can’t see the backyards of the houses that are on the other side of the creek below.

But we are looking for a change and some more space, and will be leaving our dear little place:

I’m super excited though about a potential home we have found! It’s not a house, per se, it’s a duplex that’s for rent in a great neighborhood just north of the UT campus. We can walk to grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, ride bikes in the nearby trendy Hyde Park, hop on the bus and be downtown in 10 minutes. We haven’t signed a lease yet, so nothing is set in stone as we are still trying to sort out a few things with the landlord, but the idea of living there is exciting.

This all brings me to my beef about Craigslist etiquette, or lack thereof. We are trying to rent out the unit where we live currently, so we posted an ad on Craigslist. We have posted ads on Craigslist plenty of times before to sell this or that, and it never ceases to amaze me (or tick me off!) that people lack the basic courtesy of communication. You know, returning an email? Canceling with a phone call if there is a change of plans? Just common decency, not a lot to ask. We had a guy write to us about the condo, saying he was very interested and wanted to see the apartment the next day. We wrote back and said that would be fine. What time? No answer. Ok. We prep the house later that day, make plans around the fact that he might be coming by, etc. Still no answer. We wait a day or so, and write back to say we have posted a link of pictures if indeed he is still interested. No answer….I mean, really. Just send us an email that says “Hey, I’ve changed my mind, thanks anyway!” It’s not difficult. Not at all!

So, my PSA to you: be courteous to your fellow Craigslisters, be you buying, selling, casual encountering, whatever. It’s the right thing to do. 🙂


How about some breakfast?

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Mostly sunny

Working towards the 9 pm – 5 am sleeping schedule has been going pretty well overall. Last night I was in bed by 10:00 and asleep soon after.  I set the alarm for 6:00, but I was not ready to wake up when 6:00 came around. Following a series of snooze-hitting and alarm-resetting, I finally rose at 6:55. But that’s ok–after my measly four hours of sleep yesterday, I think my body needed the extra time.

Breakfast: a) Lucas made me a juice from carrots, celery, apple, lemon, and ginger.
b) I made some oatmeal to take to work (I put it in a travel mug, which did a great job of keeping it warm). The oatmeal had about a cup of pulp leftover from the juicing process.  The pulp alone doesn’t have any taste, but it’s pure fiber, which is good. I mixed that in with the 1/3 cup (dry)  of steel cut oats, 2 tbs (dry) of rolled oats, 2 tbs of Ezekiel Original, agave nectar, and cinnamon. I like the Carrot Cake Oatmeal more, but this was good, too.

What’s up with this warm weather in January? Oh, that’s right. This is Texas.

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