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Monotonous

2 Nov

It’s the end of the week already? I guess when you get a hurrication, a three day week goes by really quickly. I am looking forward to actually getting outside this weekend and shaking off those last bits of cabin fever from the storm.

I arrived a bit early for volleyball last night and the team playing the match before mine needed a sixth player, so I got to play two matches last night! Great workout + lots of volleyball = win-win situation. Because I had a late game, I didn’t get home until ten o’clock and as such, I had dinner and then called it quits for the night, which means that I haven’t started my novel for NaNoWriMo…already 1,700 words behind – shoot. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight?

I went out for Thai food with my boss at lunch yesterday and ordered pad see ew with extra vegetables. Despite the addition, I still think the vegetables were a little on the skimpy side…

Love those wide rice noodles. Maybe I’ll get some at the store and Stef and I can make our own this weekend. Then I’ll be able to add all the veggies I want!

I didn’t do the best job avoiding the Halloween candy at the front desk at my office, but I did try to stave off the cravings with some Halloween-themed pretzels, instead.

Bats and jack-o-lanterns to start November off right.

While I was eating my yogurt bowl for breakfast this morning (half plain/half honey Greek yogurt, chia seeds, Kashi GoLean, and some chopped apple), I realized that I am in a food slump and my meals are being to feel pretty monotonous. Exhibit A:

Have  you  seen  this before?

Ugh. I know I’m a person of routine and that it’s easier and less time-consuming to eat the same thing repeatedly, but I want to explore all the different foods out there! I’m really not a picky eater and so I feel like I really need to take the leap and venture into a different realm of food. So, I’m going to start by setting a very achievable goal: no yogurt bowls or peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast next week. I hope by posting this on the blog, I’ll be able to hold myself accountable and try out new and different foods for breakfast.

This weekend I’m hoping to get in a few workouts to make up for Monday and Tuesday. I want to go to my usual Saturday morning class (that I’ve totally been skipping out on), but after the end of the week, I really just want my Saturday mornings to be lazy. I’m thinking that Stefano and I should get a hike in at Rock Creek Park before the weather reaches full-on winter.

Hope you all have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Food For Thought: What are your favorite breakfast foods? Do you have a go-to meal that you eat on a regular basis?

***Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help***

We Made It

31 Oct

Well folks, I am happy to say that I survived my very first hurricane. The storm wasn’t nearly so bad in Washington as was predicted and most people didn’t even lose power.

At one point, Stef and I ventured out to the grocery store to escape cabin fever and get some grocery shopping done. Grocery shopping during  a hurricane makes it obvious what the choice foods are in a storm.

 

The peanut butter shelves were practically cleaned out and we were left with a brand I had never heard of called Peter Pan.

 

Bottled water was the other hot commodity.

We had bought our own bottled water, but it didn’t end up being necessary as the storm felt just a bit windier and rainier than usual.

There was, however, one little surprise outside my front door.

 

I am so thankful that this was the worst of it for us and I am thinking of all those people who have been so affected by the hurricane in New York, New Jersey, and other parts of the northeast. One of my friends lives on the Jersey Shore and his town has been utterly wrecked. If anybody feels so inclined, here’s the link to the Red Cross hurricane aid page if you want to make a donation to help them out. For those of you who got caught in the storm, I hope you and your families are safe and well!

Stormy weather makes for a great time for comfort food. One of my favorites this weekend was a cauliflower pizza bowl: mashed cauliflower mixed with pizza sauce, some turkey pepperoni, and melted mozzarella cheese.

It was a great way to get the comforting flavors of pizza without all of the excess bread from the crust. Yum.

Monday and Tuesday were days off from work because my firm was closed and I spent most of yesterday doing laundry, cleaning my room, and all the other things that never seem to get done during the week. While cleaning, I was greeted with a happy surprise in the mailbox: my ballot had arrived! I am voting absentee in Washington State and I was nervous that my ballot had not yet arrived, with the election coming up so soon. I was so thrilled that it finally arrived, though it looked like it had been caught in the hurricane and was pretty damp.

Nothing a little blow-drying can’t fix. It’s a big ballot for Washington State this year, so I am even more excited to vote!

This morning it was back to work and I tried to go back to my normal routine, despite starting mid-week. My breakfast was a usual yogurt bowl and some peanut butter on a toasted sandwich thin.

I am all about the hot tea this morning, both at home and at the office. Since the storm passed, the weather has been downright chilly and the tea is more for warming my hands than anything else! Time to stock up on some new flavors!

While I managed to get in a workout at the gym in Stefano’s apartment building on Monday, I haven’t really had a good workout since Thursday, so I am antsy to get back to the gym tonight. On the books today is Body Pump, followed by a Zumba class for some cardio.

Food For Thought: What are you favorite tea flavors? Is there a specific brand and flavor you prefer?

Right now, I am totally into Caribou Coffee’s Hot Cinnamon Spice – with the combination of  cinnamon, cloves, and orange peels, it absolutely epitomizes the season of autumn for me.

 

 

 

Frankenstorm

29 Oct

Good morning, everybody! I’m writing to you from home, because work was canceled today, due to Hurricane Sandy. My office follows the federal government for closures, so we closed after the government made an announcement that their offices would not be operating. Hurricane Day!!!

It’s like snow days in high school. Despite the closure, the weather in Washington is still fairly mild – it’s not very windy right now and the rain is pretty light. I hope all of you in the northeast and mid-Atlantic are being cautious and have prepared yourselves for the storm. Stay safe, everybody!

We’ve got the Weather Channel on and are tracking where the storm is headed. It looks like we could get quite a bit of rain, but the winds won’t be nearly as high as those in New York or Connecticut.

Let’s backtrack to the weekend. My office threw me a surprise party for my birthday! I didn’t see it coming at all, but was so pleased. One of my co-workers even made adorable mini-cupcakes.

I’m so thankful for the wonderful people I work with for making me feel so special.

Saturday was a nice, long walk all over the city with Stefano. Our first stop was to Eastern market to check out the fall foods.

The market is chock full of homemade cheeses, sausages, baked goods, along with fresh produce of every sort imaginable. For lunch, we stopped by the bakery to get lox bagels on fresh bread. A strawberry smoothie made an appearance, too.

On our way to the market, we stopped by a cute bookstore that was tucked away in a small courtyard, complete with fountain.

We popped in, but I didn’t see anything that caught my eye. Kindle or no Kindle, the real things are still #1 in my book (Ha!).

After grabbing lunch at the market, we moseyed over to the Capitol building, which was surrounded by tree in the middle of changing colors – so beautiful!

Stef and I spent a long time playing in the leaves, throwing them around and making big piles. We’re really mature.

That evening, we went to a friend’s Halloween party. Neither of us were really planning on doing Halloween this year, so we scrambled to come up with costumes. He ended up as an Italian soccer player and I dressed up as Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. I even had a bag of cheese puffs. Our friends took some pictures, so I will post those when I have them

Speaking of friend, I told you guys last week that I had some visitors in town. Their last day was Sunday, so we went out to brunch at Busboys and Poets near U Street. I have been there several times and each time, I love everything I eat! That morning, I ordered their Oaxaca omelet with home fries.

The omelet was so flavorful and creamy, thanks to the black beans and guacamole inside. The potatoes were just wonderful! I could have eaten a plateful of those.

After brunch, Stef and I had just enough time to do a Costco run while the girls were packing and returned home just in time to see them off. Luckily for them, they were on one of the very last flights out of the airport before it was shut down for Hurricane Sandy. They let me know that they got home safe and sound, though the flight itself was a scary one – they must have hit part of the storm while they were flying!

Today looks like we’re going to stick out the storm, though the power is still on and it just feels like a gloomy Sunday. Stefano is hard at work grading papers and I will probably dive back into a book I’m reading called ‘Sex and World Peace’, which is about how microcosmic events of gender inequality affects national security on a macro level. Yes, it sounds textbook-y and yes, I’m a total nerd. If any of you have read ‘Half the Sky’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, check this book out!

Food For Thought: Are any of you in the line of the hurricane? What have you done to prepare?

Being from Seattle, I really don’t have any experience with major natural disasters, so I wasn’t sure how to prepare myself. We’ve got candles, flashlights, and bottled water so hopefully that will be all we need!

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