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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***

Happy Feet

18 Aug

Happy Saturday! It’s a serious glorious day, weather-wise in Washington and it felt so nice to just walk around and enjoy the sunshine and accompanying breeze. I woke up this morning and has a pretty unexciting breakfast of Honey Nut Cheerios and an apple before heading out to the gym for my Muscle Up class. I added a kilo of weight (for some reason they’re measure in kilos instead of pounds?) to each side of my bar so the biceps and triceps were a little rough today, but the chest press was fine.

Only the walk home from the bus stop, I passed by people handing out free peach popsicles and I had to grab one! It was part of a campaign for a climate change organization, called the Climate Reality Project, so it came with an ‘I’m Too Hot’ sticker.

The popsicle was from Pleasant Pops and was seriously delicious! I had absolutely no problem eating it before it started getting melty. Check out their story on their website, it’s fabulous – they use all local ingredients from nearby farmers. After I finished, I was greeted with this message on the stick:

Yikes. I know that it has been a rough summer for many parts of the country, but drought in over 50% of the country? That’s some serious stuff.

After working out, I went home and took a quick shower before heading out with my friend Cassandra for a girls’ day out! First stop was the spa to get pedicures, which, in my case, was desperately needed. I can’t even remember the last time I had a pedicure and my feet were looking a little rough. The place we went to was so nice! They offered us magazines and a selection of beverages while we were getting our feet scrubbed. I chose an OPI polish called ‘Houston, We Have a Purple’ which I am really happy about, and so are my feet.

I was so, so hungry by the time we were done and so we immediately went in search of a restaurant. We ended up near Dupont Circle at a Thai/sushi restaurant, where I ordered the phad see ew with tofu and Cassandra ordered the miso soup, edamame, and a gorgeous plate of sushi. The phad see ew was really good, I love me some wide rice noodles!

After Cassandra’s plate had arrived, however, I kind of wished I had ordered sushi…

After a fabulous day of spa-ing, sushi, and singing in her car, she dropped me off at my house after lunch and I packed some clothes before heading over to Stef’s. I brought a nicer outfit because we are going out to dinner this evening and I wasn’t quite ready to change into heels – my shorts and flip flops are so comfy! Definitely not appropriate for dinner, hence the change of clothes.

What’s in store for your Saturday night?

Empty Telephone Boxes

25 Jul

Good evening!

I had a long day today, but it was fabulous! I had another day of training at work and my boss took the outgoing assistant editor and me out to lunch – Thai food! I had Thai food on Saturday with Stefano, but I’m never one to turn down some pad see ew, which is what I ordered again.

It was really yummy – I seriously can’t get enough of those wide rice noodles. One day I will make my own so there’s not so much sodium and whatever else they add in. Plus then I can add more veggies…I think I only got like, six pieces of broccoli. My boss ordered their lunch special which came on a super cute tray that reminded me of a Japanese bento box.

Sorry for the dark picture, I was trying to be sneaky.

My co-worker ordered the pad thai with chicken and it looked really good, though he avoided all the vegetables – why do people not like veggies?!?! I would have gladly eaten his, but I think it would have been weird if I had asked…

After work, I had a little bit of time before the volleyball open gym so I went to change my clothes and then had a nice chat with my mommy! On the way to the gym, I stopped by the drugstore so I could grab a quick snack because I knew I wouldn’t be home until almost ten and I had lunch at noon. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any fresh fruit or veggies, which bummed me out, but I did find some trail mix and pretzels!

The trail mix was the ‘tropical blend’ so it had coconut shavings and pieces of mango in it…mmm. I haven’t had pretzels in FOREVER. One thing I forgot was how dry they make your mouth feel, I must have guzzled a liter of water after eating them. The walk over to the gym was so pleasant; Washington was having one of its not-so-humid days, and for that I am grateful. I passed by a beautiful little garden, filled with flowers of differing shades of purple.

Aren’t they just beautiful? Purple is my favorite color and all these shades are so lovely! I also passed an English-style telephone box! …With no phone inside?

I peeked in and looked all over, but there was no phone to be there. I am sure there is a story behind this – anyone know what it is? It’s the telephone box in Foggy Bottom, near the GWU campus.

When I got to the gym, it was two hours of pure volleyball – my favorite. There were fewer people at this open gym, which was great because it meant that we were always on the court and didn’t have to spend a lot of time sitting out. The highlight of my evening was blocking this huge guy hitting against me. For those of you who have ever played on a men’s net, you can appreciate how high someone my height (5’9″) needs to jump to get her hands far enough over the net to block. Any volleyball player will tell you that stuffing someone is the best feeling. I was riding that high for the rest of the evening!

When I got home, I thanked myself for preparing a big batch of pasta yesterday, as it was almost ten when I got home. All I had to do was pop some in a bowl and stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Love me some carbs!

Now it’s bedtime! It’s amazing how quickly the day goes when you work from 9-5… I hope you all had a wonderful day and I will catch you in the morning!

A Day (and Night!) on the Town

22 Jul

Happy Sunday!

The sun has finally decided to come out over here, after a weekend of gloom and grey. Stefano just took off for Philadelphia again – when he comes back next week, he’s here for good!!! Since he didn’t arrive until Saturday afternoon, we had just over 24 hours together, which flies when you’re having fun.

Since Saturday was not a nice day to be outside, we decided to do warm food and do indoors-y things, namely the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian and then going to see the Dark Knight Rises that night. Before we left for the museum, I cooked us up a vegetable marinara pasta, using lots of frozen veggies and a can of tomato paste, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and dried basil. It was the perfect, stick to your ribs kind of meal for a cool, wet day.

After lunch we were off to the Air and Space museum! One of my favorite things about Washington D.C. is the abundance of museums and cultural events that are free to the public. The A&S museum is included and it is perfect for a day when you just want to be inside. Stef and I had both been to the museum before, but not for many years and it was fun to see all the cool airplanes and see the exhibits the depicted the evolution of flight.

Stefano was happy that the original Flyer, built by the Wright Brothers, was on display.

One of the exhibits was about the stewardesses in early flight. There was a section where you could see if you fit the strict guidelines to become a flight stewardess in early 50’s. Unfortunately, I would not have been among the few than 2% selected, as I am too tall.

So disappointed

Unfortunately, Stef and I are not very good at spending all day at the museum, and after a few hours we started lagging and stopped paying much attention to the exhibits.

We suck at staying on task.

After wandering the museum awhile longer, we decided to go grab dinner. We were both feeling Thai food and luckily, there was a Thai restaurant really close to the movie theater where we would be watching the film that night, so we decided on that. We started off with some yummy dumplings as appetizers and both ordered drinks – Thai iced tea for him and a “Sassy Strawberry” for me, which was a combination of strawberry puree, orange juice, mint, and club soda, which was delicious and refreshing!

Stef snagging sips of both!

We were famished and totally tore through the dumplings. Is it anybody else’s pet peeve when they give you an odd number of appetizers for two people? Luckily, Stef and I know how to share and split the third one down the middle. For our entrees, both of us wanted the pad see ew, which is wide rice noodles with your choice of meat and broccoli, but we always like to order different main courses, so we can share try different things! I ended up ordering the chicken pad thai and he ordered the pad see ew with beef.

Stef ended up enjoying my pad thai more than I did and I was really digging the pad see ew, so we did a switcheroo – though I kept picking off of his plate!

We inhaled our dinner and were finished way sooner than we had planned, so we had lots of time to spare before the film started. We decided to have a walk around the neighborhood and stopped by a CVS to grab some snacks for the theater (shh!). I was so excited for Milk Duds, so you can imagine my devastation when I saw this:

So tragic.

All gone!!! While on the hunt for a suitable substitute, I came across these:

Girl Scout cookie Crunch bars!?! I was so tempted to buy one of the Samoa knock-offs, but decided against it. Has anyone tried these? If they taste anything like the original Girl Scout cookies, I am in major trouble and should probably not even tempt myself by buying them.

After loading up on snacks, we made our way to the theater and got in the line for our showing (there were 5 different showings!). We were second in line, which means we got our selection of seats once the theater opened.

We chose our seats, got our snacks out, settled in, and then it was show time!

So excited for Batman. It was a great movie, definitely worth watching! I love anything with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, though, so I might be biased. The movie was nearly three hours long, so it was late when we got out and hopped on the Metro back to my house, so it was straight to bed when we got home.

Did anyone else see Dark Knight Rises this weekend? What did you think?

 

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