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This… what I’m doing right now:

Snugglin’ with this goofy lookin’ guy and catching up on blogs. Aren’t we quite the pair?

I was just reading Julie’s sweet post about how, no matter how foul her mood, she is always cheered up instantly by her Viszla pup, Sadie. While I’ll admit that having two cats can sometimes be a slight (okay, a huge) pain in the ass, I’m still thankful for them most of the time. They are such sweet, playful and cuddly kitties, and they are always there when I need company or just a good snuggle buddy.

Okay, I know — I am a crazy cat lady. Bear with me anyway?

I’ve been very stressed out this week due to my shifting living situation. The apartment that I will be moving into (or would like to be, at least) isn’t 100% available yet (the current tenant is still waiting on word from her new apartment…it’s so complicated!), so I am on pins and needles waiting to hear that my rental will go through. If it doesn’t, I may be homeless in a few weeks!

It is also the last week at my current job, which I absolutely love, so I am stressed and sad and not handling it very well. I’m so grateful and thrilled to start my new job, but it will be hard leaving a place and group of people (I’m looking at you, Kara) that I have grown to love.

Thankfully, though, the gym is always there. After receiving a particularly horrible text message from my particularly horrible roommate, I was furious, stressed out and wanting to strangle someone. So I hopped on the treadmill, turned up my iPod and ran my fastest mile to date! It was awesome. I have never felt my blood flowing through my body like that, and I felt like I could squeeze every ounce of energy from the day’s stress into energy for my legs. After two more, I hopped off feeling lighter — physically and mentally.

Sweat > therapy.

I have been lazy and haven’t been cooking anything exciting this week. I’ve also been eating much less than usual due to stress (this is unusual for me — it takes a LOT to get my mind off of food!), so I don’t have too many exciting eats to share this week! On the way to a friend’s house tonight, though, I did stop at WF and picked up some delicious-looking and in-season strawberries and mangoes! I also grabbed some salad fixins. VERY excited to incorporate those into some meals, ASAP — my body needs fruits + veggies, stat.

While I was strolling the lovely WF aisles, I also snagged a quickie dinner at the hot/cold bar. I had some marinated green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potatoes and carrots, a bulgur + quinoa salad, some rosemary-garlic tofu and some yellow daal. The daal was definitely my favorite! It was so flavorful and creamy, I wished I had gotten more. Next time! I also sipped a guava Kombucha. All was scarfed up much too quickly to snap a pic :D

Thanks for hanging in here with me while I get my life figured out, guys….I hope I haven’t bored too many of you to tears! More fun stuff to come soon, I promise!

April 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm 2 comments

Fancy Schmancy

Oh yeah. Check THIS out…

I swear I’m not a crazy cat lady.


hi, mama

Okay, maybe just a little bit.

Camera is way neato. Still trying to learn how to use it though.

Here’s the eggplant parm I made the other night!


It was SO GOOD. I used this recipe. The only difference was that I cut the recipe in half and didn’t use the crazy huge amount of tomato sauce they called for. I also had some sauteed brussels sprouts on the side.

With lots of garlic gold sprinkled on top, of course! I will absolutely be making this again soon.

Sorry the pictures are still so amateurish…still learning!

Had a great weekend full of fun…including more tasty food and the ballet! Details to come, enjoy the rest of your weekend!


February 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm 1 comment

Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your aunt or, How to Salvage a Ruined Batch of Soup

I was looking through some Google results on The Magic Bullet for this post when I came across this site (which supplied this post’s title) and it had me nearly doubled over in laughter. If you’re looking for a good mid-day laugh, or just want to know what the hell the Magic Bullet is (a “Cuisinart for hookers,” obviously), you’ll want to check it out.

So having been inspired by Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake, I have begun trying to eat and shop a little more cheaply. I always have tons of halfway used bags of food in my freezer and pantry, so I decided to try my hand at making a quickie vegetable soup.

One of my favorite “office” lunches during the colder months (aka most of the year) is soup. Part of this (okay, a huge factor) is that I am lazy. I usually forget or don’t take the time to make a lunch the night before, so I’ll walk to the grocery store nearby and pick up a can of healthy-ish soup and a cucumber and piece of fruit to cut up. BAM. Healthy lunch, minimal effort.

Unfortunately, though, this tends to get expensive. While some soups are on the cheaper side, I try to get  either something organic, or at least lower sodium, high-veggie, low-cal, etc. Those usually run $3-$4 a can. CRAZY, right?

So the other night, I simmered some onions and garlic with olive oil, added some veggie broth then cooked about a serving’s worth of pearled barley in the mix for an hour-ish. Turned out great…next step, add frozen veggies that I have hiding throughout my freezer and stealth canned goods from the pantry.

In the mix:

  • Trader Joe’s fire roasted peppers + onions
  • TJ’s cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
  • Muir Farms diced tomatoes (no salt added kind)
  • huge bag of Whole Foods’ new leafy greens mix, with kale, collard and mustard greens

Sounds delicious, right? Well…let’s just say I underestimated the size of the leafy greens bag. I dumped the whole thing in, thinking I could save some freezer space. Bad idea.

The soup turned into a big, mushy blob of cold leafy greens with a little bit of broth, beans and veggies floating around on top. It almost spilled over because the addition of the greens filled up the ENTIRE POT. I am really dumb, fo real.

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I should have taken a picture to really emphasize the mess that was this soup, but I was too frazzled to even think about grabbing my camera. (Plus, my flash card reader hasn’t come in the mail yet). I tried manually scooping out some of the mess, but I kept getting bits of roasted peppers/onions and barley with it, and didn’t want to take out all that good stuff too.

After adding more water and veggie broth to effectively split the batch into two pots, I eventually gave up after scooping out maybe a cup’s worth of greens, packed the soup up in a container, and went out with a dude for some drinks. Although the individual ingredients didn’t cost very much, I was still mad at myself for wasting all that food, as well as doing something silly like dumping an ENTIRE package of kale into the soup without thinking about it. I tend to do stupid things like that sometimes. Welcome to my life.

But then, I had a brilliant idea. Since the soup was essentially ruined anyway, why not try one last ditch effort at salvaging it? I portioned out a small amount of the wet, goopy mound of kale mush and plopped it into my trusty Magic Bullet. (For those of you who are wondering, a Magic Bullet is a COUNTERTOP BLENDER/FOOD PROCESSER. I have made the mistake of referencing my “beloved magic bullet” in the presence of people who don’t know what it is, and needless to say, they thought I had an oversharing problem).

With a few quick pulses, the little blender whipped everything up into a smooth, creamy vegetable soup with lovely color and thickness, but still left some chunks of veggies and whatnot in tact. I was a little nervous about blending the mix because it seemed really odd to blend barley, plus I would lose the texture of the whole beans, but these were desperate times, people.

The true test, though, was of course the taste. I popped the little blender cup into the microwave (microwave safe, baby!) and brought the pseudo-soup nearly to a boil (things always taste better when they’re hot, in my opinion), took a deep breath and took a sip.


It was good! I had salvaged the unsalvageable! The Bullet left enough texture but still blended the greens into the brothy part enough to disguise their overabundance. It was a bit salty, rich but not fatty, smooth, creamy, delicious and best of all, INSANELY healthy. Really. I only used about 2 T of olive oil and three grinds of sea salt for two huge pots worth of soup.

I am a genius. Just wanted to share with you. That is all.

February 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm 2 comments

Super wha?

Hello friends! It’s been awhile and I apologize; my epic snow-blogging experience took quite a bit out of me (okay, perhaps it was the being sick part and not so much the blogging). Nonetheless, I just somehow couldn’t find the motivation to write anything decent for y’all.

Post-snowpocalypse, my week was still somewhat busy. Since I was out of commission for a full workday mid-week, I felt behind and really rushed to make my deadlines by the end of the week. Luckily I was given some (much-needed) leeway due to the storm and my illness, but that didn’t make missing deadlines feel any better.

Let’s get crackin’

Another unfortunate consequence of being sick last week was being unable to get to the gym. All things considered, the timing was probably perfect, as right before my food poisoning/flu/mystery illness hit, I began having some pretty painful recurrences of a knee problem. Although I’ve seen a doctor and a physical therapist for this knee pain, no one can really seem to figure out what it is or what is causing it. Several doctors have suggested IT band issues, but I had read that IT band-related knee pain is usually on the side of the knee, while my pain is throughout the kneecap and on top. It’s also very sharp and painful, and occurs when I’m going up or down stairs, or putting a lot of weight on it (treeking through a snow drift, for example).

Recently, though, I read about Tina’s (from Carrot’s ‘n’ Cake) struggles with her IT band (seen here and here) and decided to try again, and this time with a chiropractor as she did. I’ve seen a chiropractor before so I knew that I enjoy and believe in their practice. My insurance plan is somewhat picky though, so instead of looking a practitioner up on my own, I took the less-than-ideal approach of asking my insurance for the name of someone nearby. I looked her up to make sure she wasn’t a nutjob, then called and make an appointment for Saturday morning. (It was initially for Wednesday night, but a certain snowstorm got in the way of that.)


This lady was certainly not the sort of chiro I was used to….I showed up, and her office was much more low-key than my last doctor, who had a very medical-office feel to his practice. This felt almost like it was set up in the back room of someone’s home, which made me nervous at first, but I gave it a shot. She explained to me that she has a very hands-on approach and believes strongly in deep tissue massage. For those unfamiliar with this, it translates to pain.


After I slipped into the standard issue backless/assless robe, she lubed me up with some baby oil straight outta the bottle (WHAT?) and got to work on my back and neck. Ow ow ow ow ow OW was all I could think the entire time — this lady meant BUSINESS! She told me that my right shoulder is ridiculously tight (duh) along with my neck, and that the alignment in my spine around my bra strap is also off (also duh). The duh’s are because a) I’ve seen a chiro before, and b) a friend of mine was in chiro school for awhile and enjoys adjusting me regularly :)

After some quick discussion about what was causing me problems (IT band), she sent in another woman who I hadn’t seen up to this point. She had a heavy Eastern European accent and asked me to point to where I was having pain, then disappeared for a minute only to return with an anatomical chart telling here where to apply pressure depending on which body part was experiencing pain.

At this point, I was thinking “Woah, woah woah — when did this become an open-book exam? Why do you need notes?!” I was confused and completely nervous, but once she started working me over, it became apparent she knew what she was doing. And again, let me repeat — this means PAIN. She started massaging my IT band and  literally had me writhing on the table in pain. She apologized and assured me that if the pain was a 5/10 I should tell her to stop. (Nevermind the fact that I have no idea how to distinguish this — all I felt was PAIN or no pain. How do you put, “OW, that fucking HURTS!” on a 1-10 scale??). I knew enough to know though, that if it hurt this badly, then it was badly needed. She then got to work on another painful spot on the inside of my knee, then one near my hip (she said my hip muscles are seriously shortened from sitting at a desk all day….I wish there was something I could do about that…)and finally, my personal favorite of the day — my GLUTE.

Yep, she massaged my ass. And it tickled. And hurt. And felt weird. I wonder how many other people have started laughing during this process? I hope I’m not the first.

Anyway, they sent me along assuring me that I would probably be somewhat sore the next day. And she was right.

I’ll be seeing them again, and I could feel some improvement in my knee already, so I’m hoping this will continue to help — otherwise, I have no idea how to fix this knee pain. I’ll also be using the foam roller on my IT band on my own, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out!

Aside from my chiropractic adventure, my weekend was mostly low-key. I spent some time reading, sleeping in, hanging out with the kitties and watching old movies. It was a little boring, but I think my body needed the rest. As did my wallet =/

I totally didn’t watch the Super Bowl.


Last week, I was seriously disappointed because the nearby grocery store (where I usually pick up a quick lunch if I haven’t packed anything) was out of stock of my favorite chicken burrito, so I picked up the closest equivalent. I’ll post a picture later, but it was Ian’s something-or-other, and it looked about the same, so I didn’t think twice. Bad move, because this bad boy was SIGNIFICANTLY less healthy! Gah! More calories (by almost a hundred!), more sodium, more everything. Not good. And it didn’t taste anywhere near as good either!

Thankfully, they had them back in stock today, so I made sure to grab two :) Along with my seriously-missed burrito, I had some baby cucumbers and a banana and an icy glass of Dr. Zevia.

Last night, I made a very un-orthodox trip to Whole Paycheck and picked up some goodies that I’m far more excited about than I should be. I also grabbed some pre-cooked rosemary chicken breasts and used one on a huuuuge dinner salad last night.

I’d love to share some pictures, but I can’t get my camera/phone to cooperate at the moment. Look for them tonight, as I will also be updating with 1) whatever I decide to do with a looooverly eggplant I picked up for dinner, and 2) what I should wear on an upcoming…wait for it…DATE! Tomorrow! Too little time to prepare, gah!

Adieu for now!

February 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Only noon and already thinking about dinner

Bought a spaghetti squash on sale at Whole Paycheck and have been daydreaming about what I’ll do with it. (Food porn?)

Decided I’m making this tonight:



Lovely, no?


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January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

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