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Curry for three

My other little sister, Showbiz Liz, dropped by to borrow some 10 pound weights, which naturally I no longer need, because I am like, totally buff. Or lazy. One of the two……Ok….The latter. Just the latter.

There was plenty of curry to go around, so we tolerated her company at dinner.

Food:
Dinner: Curry. Lucas gets 100% kitchen credit.  Again. What have I been making lately? My breakfast. That’s about it. I have been slacking in a major way…..I had one bowl of curry, which included coconut milk, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and ginger. The coconut and ginger had me at hello.

Dessert:
On the agenda: a cup of tea and a slice o’ banana bread

Fitness:
I ran to the Capitol and back….a little over 7 miles at an easy pace.

Green heart:
Rather than taking our other car with Lucas, yesterday I took the bus to pick up our car from the mechanic. (Well, not really the mechanic. It was serviced by an Austin Community College auto class. We paid for the part, which was about $100, but the labor was virtually nothing: $25. Niiiiiice).

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Mood:
Content

Food:
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

Fitness:
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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Mood:
Ok. I got enough sleep (10:30-6:30) but I feel kind of tired and have had some work-stuff on my mind.

Food:
Breakfast: A bowl of steel cut oats with 2 tbs Ezekiel Original, 1 tbs oat bran, 3/4 tbs flaxseed, 1 tbs dried currants, 1 tbs agave nectar.

Kind of looks like a big oatmeal cookie! (Use your imagination.)

Today:
-work
-gym workout
-practice piano
-creative writing assignment
-housecleaning

Tomorrow:
Cirque du Soleil!!!

Green heart:
I’m saving a big plastic container (from salad) that was in the fridge at work to take home to recycle.

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The Evening Post

Yawn. That 5:30 wake-up call is catching up to me.

Food:
Dinner: Lucas made a delicious vegetable quiche. Really, the man is amazing. He made the whole wheat dough from scratch! Am I lucky, or am I lucky?

The quiche had leeks, green onions, eggs, and corn (frozen).

I had 1/4 of the entire quiche. And I wolfed it down because I was anxious about something. When I’m anxious, I inhale my food. Not a good habit! But, it brought me one step closer to…

Dessert: I just finished off the milk chocolate bar from last night. I’ve been a dark chocolate girl for many years, but this milk chocolate is growing on me fast.

I’m on an ongoing quest for good chocolate—do you have any recommendations?

Fitness:
Combined my commute with my work-out today! I ran 4.5 miles home from work. A dog tried to bite me, but luckily he only managed to slobber on my shorts. Whew.

Green heart:
I took the last of the bottled waters out of the cabinet as I was setting up for a meeting at work. The bottles had been sitting in a cardboard box, which was wrapped in a big piece of plastic. I chunked the box into the recycling bin, and was about to trash the plastic, because I didn’t think it would be recyclable. But then I decided to check just in case, and it was! So I saved the plastic to take home to recycle, since I’m pretty sure they only recycle plastic bottles at work.

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Lucas has been living in the U.S. for more than four years. He likes it here, but like any good countryman, son, and friend, he misses his homeland, his family, and his buddies. We’ve traveled to Argentina twice since he moved here; it’s a long trip and the roundtrip airfare ain’t cheap, so we haven’t been able to go back as often as we would like.  Luckily, there is a little piece of Argentina for him here in Austin when he needs that taste of home.

We had breakfast at Buenos Aires Cafe. The cafe is charming–hardwood floors, lots of windows, bright-colored oil paintings, and naturally: cowhide seats (Argentina is known for its beef). The cafe specializes in lunch and dinner, so when we went–10:30 on a Wednesday morning, it was empty, which meant we got great service!

We ordered two cafe au laits, one alfajor, and a piece of pastafrola. The coffee was ok, it tasted a bit watered down, but the pastries were spot-on Argentina.


On the left is an alfajor…..on the right is the pastafrola. Hmmm.

Food:
Breakfast: 1.5 cups of cafe au lait, half of an alfajor, half of a piece of pastafrola

Mood:
Fine and dandy

Dilemma:
Fitness vs. Green heart! I got an offer in the mail for a 1-year subscription to SELF magazine, for a mere $10! Good deal. But Lucas brings up a green point: a big waste of paper. We do have piles of TIME and The Week and Shape already…and yeah,  you can recycle, but it’s not reducing by any means….I don’t know. I’m leaning towards getting the mag, since it is just once a month, and I usually save all of my fitness magazines anyway. They are good resources for not only exercises, but also healthy recipes, health lifestyle tips, etc. I don’t know though. We’ll see.

Green heart:
A few days ago, on our way back from Corsicana, we stopped in Waco at the new Collins Street Bakery location. Liz, Lucas, and I each sampled a piece of fruitcake (yuck), which was served in a little plastic cup. Rather than tossing the cups, I saved them, brought them home, and today (finally) tossed them into the recycling bin. Of course I didn’t save the planet by doing this, but its the thought that counts, and I believe small thoughts and small things can make a difference in the long run.

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Squeaky Clean

You know that feeling of taking a shower after 3 days of camping with, well, no shower? You experience the “ahhhh” moment. You are fresh! You are clean! You are new!

Well, after 4 days of artificial this and genetically modified that, after cups of sugar and mounds of chocolate, I have finally experience my “ahhhhh” meal moment: a simple, home-cooked meal of entirely organic, unprocessed foods. My system is deeply thanking me while at the same time scolding me for having put it through such nutritional torture. (Call me sadistic; I kind of enjoyed that torture!)

Mood:
Hmmm. Nutritionally satisfied. And…yea! I’m about to indulge in a candle-lit, pink bubble bath. What a fine way to end the day.

Food:
Dinner: A big ol’ salad of mixed greens, chopped apple, carrots, and sunflower seeds, followed by a plate of oven-roasted potatoes and onions, prepared with olive oil (not organic) and kosher salt (not organic).

Fitness:
Oh, did I ever battle back and forth with myself today. I wanted to work out, really I did, but….but….Myself and I finally reached a compromise: an at home workout of toning exercises, with a focus on abs, core, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and hip flexors. 60 minutes.

Green heart:
Did you see the black heart from yesterday’s post? Well…I have gone and totally redeemed myself! I gathered a plastic bag of would-be garbage from my mom’s kitchen this morning and took it home to Austin to recycle. Glass jars, a wine bottle, plastic bottles, soda cans saved from the landfill!

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