Wednesday, April 25, 2012

She's a Pro

Today! (small pause)

I'm a professional.

An "administrative professional" - to be precise. I had a free lunch @ Laura Albert's to prove it.

Greek Veggie Wrap (hummus, mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion,
feta, and balsamic vinaigrette on a whole wheat tortilla) made way more
cool with chicken. & a side of veggie cous cous
 Twas nom. And free. FREE FREE FREE. the best kind of anything there is - unless it requires a dr's visit and an uncomfortable conversation with a loved one...

Laura Albert's Tasteful Options on Daniel Island is legit. Get there early (before 12) though, they're always busy at lunch!! They also do this "dinner to go" thing which I'd like to try. It's reasonably priced considering the level of effort to get myself unhungry.

Last night I had a pint of ice cream. No, not the whole thing - I saved a 1/2 serving for Stephen to try and that was really the only reason I didn't race across that finish line to Fat Town. The worst thing about this ice cream is the entire pint is only 400 calories. Seriously, I would use it as a meal replacement. Stonyfield - the maker of delicious Oikos Greek yogurt - makes this magically slammin frozen yogurt. I grabbed the After Dark Chocolate flavor which really just tasted like regular chocolate but had the texture and flavor of some of the best REAL chocolate ice cream I've ever had. I think next time I'll swirl in some peanut butter - and perhaps I'll serve it to myself from a non-cardboard product bowl that cannot contain an entire pint. Portion control FTW.

Yes, I realize the picture of a cow above the phrase "organic" is quite off-putting, particularly since chocolate resembles the color of shit - yeah, I get z'joke. However, I can assure you the ingredients didn't list, nor the did the entire container taste, like shit.

I know Publix carries this. I can only hope Harris Teeter does as well since that will soon be my new neighborhood g-store. Fingers crossies.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rainy Weekend

Stephen and I took what would have been a crappy rainy weekend inside and made it less crappy by incorporating porch-side margaritas and going to the pool when it wasn't raining that badly. We only included the boys in one of those activities; don't guess which and show your opinion of me ;) While we took the easy road for Saturday night dinner ("hello, Papa John's - yeah, it's us. again.") we did whip up a fantastic version of last weekend's Thai coconut curry shrimp dish.

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The flavor was admirable but the shrimp was giant in comparison to its roommates in the pan. This time we boiled chicken, shredded it, added new veggies - based on a dish Stephen had a few days prior - snow peas, red bell pepper, and asparagus. I also tossed in some mushrooms and we omitted the fish sauce. The shredded chicken was on-point in regards to not dwarfing the other ingredients. Next time we're tossing in pineapple and red pepper flakes.

I managed to sneak in 30 minutes of cycling on Sunday. Nothing strenuous, just 4 miles. I was pretty indifferent about the ride altogether - my ass hurt but I felt better about myself for actually going. Also, I picked up the new issue of Self magazine - new love! - and it mentioned HIIT training, or running or something like that. It's High Interval something Training where basically you sprint for a minute, then walk for a minute. Repeat until you feel like you're about to die. or 8x. or until your shoe rubs the skin off your Achilles tendon. whichever comes first. Mine were the first and 3rd options combined. But I felt great and was a little sad that it was wiser to stop than to continue to punish my lungs (and feet) for merely existing.

Only the boys went to the pool on Sunday, I went grocery shopping for the aforementioned curry dish for dinner. 

Russ in his new shark bike helmet.


Buttered Toast

As I sat (sit, technically) here facebooking and eating my red curry chicken leftovers for lunch, I saw a new friend (hi, Natalya!) post a link to her blog and it reminded me that I wanted to start one, too, you know – to post things like how awesome my dinner was last night (the same one that I’m even more excited to have for lunch today.) And to post pictures of … stuff. I love taking pictures; I keep a point-and-shoot in my purse and bought my cell phone based solely on the fact that it had the most up-to-date camera and video capabilities. I think I subconsciously have the need to photograph things as I’m sure that my memory will fail me and I will be sad old person with no cool shit to remember. I also have difficulty finishing projects.
So there’s Stephen, Josh, Jack, and Russ (in order by age) (oh, and I’ve moved on to a new subject. tada!) that (very welcomely) occupy my time. (And there’s a new dresser that’s occupying my time as I try to refinish it. pics of that later, inevitably as it sits in the fire pit because I’ve sworn it to hell.) Josh and I are moving in with Stephen this summer, that will be such an exciting adventure – living with another responsible adult – and one that I’m absolutely in love with and adored by. It’ll be crowded quarters every other weekend as we’ll have Jack and Russ to hang out with (“parent”). The three of them are great kids with great sets of parents (IMO) and I’m quite excited to see them develop into fine young men like their daddy : ]

So I plan on posting some crap about crafts and projects, some frustrations or braggings of gardening and crafts and projects, pictures of my kids crying because I think it’s cute when kids cry, food stuffs, my trying relationship with evil exercise, and our general day-to-day awesomely boring life together (the family, not the exercise and I).

Buttered toast has nothing to do with this post, btw. It was just the first thing that I thought of after the suggested “hello-world” didn’t do it for me. Buttered toast does, though.