I almost lost it. Within the black hole that is our couch.
Mornings before early-ish work= me not waking up until I have to. I truly hate being late and rushed, so I give myself a lot of time to prep for the day. But I'm not going to be waking up at the crack of dawn to have an hour-long sweat session. Ain't going to happen.
Voila- 15 minute strength/resistance session brought to you by my beloved BOSU ball, ball, and medium-resistance band. If I could, I would purchase so many more exercise goodies. But until I strike millions, I'm sticking with these babies. And a gym membership.
THRILLED the boys went to Costco the day before to obtain fresh vegetables that I have been craving for months. Well, not really. But it sure as hell seemed like it!
- Celery stalks (I ended up having two)
- 1/2 roma tomato
- 1/4 avocado
- Yellow + red bell pepper
- CARROTS thicker than a thumb!
- Cucumber quarter slices
- Salt for the avo + freshly ground pepper
- Pita bread
Oh, and the boys got BLUEBERRIES!!!!! Now, you don't know me well right now, but if you want to know one thing, I am insane for fruit. But most of all, for berries. I cannot get enough. Naturally I put a handful of them into my morning cereal. Plus some pom seeds for added color + antioxidants.
It was gorgeous outside- I can see Spring trying to peak around the corner already. But I know it's going to rain still (AHEM today--err---Friday). The changes in weather throughout the year and their often extreme differences make life all the more entertaining. Even the subtle altering of wind speed can put a smile on my face. I know. Weird.
Bored before my shift at work. Also thought I'd introduce you all to my funky facial expressions. I have often been told how expressive my face, and truly, all of me is.
I like to show Vince these kinds of pictures every once in a while to remind him of the strange creature he is dating.
Freaky event of the morning was: water. I had a feeling I should fill my Sigg bottle this morning and not take up the water at work. Well, came in for work- fine out that the thing is BUSTED.
Eerie, I know
I was lazy. Came home, was exhausted, and felt like having a meal with all one's dietary and nutritional needs wrapped in a blanket. That's right. Burrito fest.
Chaleteco's is right across from where we live, so we just take a brisk walk across traffic and grab some tasties. I prefer veggie burritos. And this one is one of the best I have ever had.
SO SO SO FRESH!! And a wonderful spicy cilantro green salsa that I wish I knew how to make. I guess I can wing it one day. Maybe.
On to _WEDNESDAY_
Sigh.. today was an emotionally-packed day. Testy customers and one of my favorite co-workers was fired (after he had worked there for 11 years). The whole crew felt like there was a heavy, emotional cloud over the whole day.Needless to say, when my lunch break came around, I took once glance at my pre-prepared salad, and knew that I needed something else.
Enter in: La Baguette!
Hello, camera string!
It's an itty bitty bit evil that this place is right by my work. I have self-control most of the time, but not today. Plus I have a sandwich punch card thing so I'll eventually get a free sammie. That's OK by me.
They didn't have my usual order, so I went with the Tuscan:
- Sun-dried tomato
- Some sort of vinaigrette
- uh...I don't know what kind of roll. I just ate it.
Told the boy to whip out a bottle of wine. I needed it. And while he did that, I went to Whole Foods to get a few things. Also an early birthday present for me!
- My heart cereal
- Organic onions
- Organic cheapo strawberries
- Cottage Cheese.. which I have been craving as of late
3 for $3 Annie's mac and cheese!
- Robert Mondavi wine (Vince's Uncle works there so he gave us a couple of cases- it's a good wine if you let it breathe for about 15-20 minutes. Otherwise it's a bit sharp and a slap in the face
- Annie's White Cheddar Mac N Cheese + TJ's Aged sharp white cheddar + Pepper
- My salad that was meant for consumption about... 5 hours prior
Can anyone see what we are watching in the background? Yet another beloved nerd alert :)
**Heavy workout in the morning with the roomie. From what I can remember (since I do sets of reps that switch between muscle groups often):
- 20 mins interval elliptical
- Side lunges + back and forth lunges
- 3 types of squats
- + squat with the back leg up on bench
- Lat Pull downs
- What I fondly call the "breast lifter" machine ;P
- Tricep dips
- Jumping Jacks
Sipped back a smoothie and an hour later tried out one of those new Luna Bars- Chocolate Raspberry. Verdict: Not too shabby! Reminded me of a wafer with the crispies, but my roommate and I both felt that there was a bit too much raspberry flavor. He said he could do without it, but I think it could have been toned down a bit and that's it.
Then I was aching for my go-to snack besides yogurt:
- TJ's Organic PB (UNsalted and CRUNCHY)
- Oregon Growers + Shippers Vanilla Pear Butter
- Whole wheat bread end
2) I weened myself off of PBs like Skippy while in college and ended up giving up the salt as well. I don't eat a huge ton of PB (until lately... mmm), so this jar does me just fine.
It was an amazing day outside, warm yet not too hot with a cool breeze. So while Vince was taking a nap, our roommie- Pete- and I went to do a few errands and ended up taking a leisurely walk around downtown Mountain View. Sans camera... the shame, I know. I found a used book store though, which excites me to no end. Used books have so much character to them and a history to boot.
We walked by a lot of restaurants and got an aching for.. CHINESE FOOD! Haha yeah, I know. I've ordered a lot of food in these few beginning posts, but they pretty much have all been cravings I've had for a good chunk of time. I must have it!
- Curried Prawns
- Brown Rice
- Chicken Chow Mein
- Broccoli Beef (a must have)
- Baby Bok Choi + shitake mushies in Oyster sauce (all miiiine.. of course I shared)
- Pot Stickers (at the boy's request...er...plead)
Seriously... the freshest, less greasy-est (poor word-meshing alert) Chinese place I have ever gone too. And good portion sizes as well! The (yellow) curried prawns were amazing with the bell pepper/onion, and the mushies were vegetable dish was. SO GLAD the boys assuaged my request for brown rice. They are absorbing my good food sense.
I have these babies for left-overs + the most of the brown rice. YUM-O!