June 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Where have I been?  IknowIknow.  I can recap the missing days with just a few words:


Final Exam







Well, how about a few more words…


I conquered my Spanish final and left the class feeling pretty wonderful.  The sky was blue, the birds were chirping, I was done with linguistics and I was off to meet my man for lunch.  We ate at a local sandwich cafe to celebrate the end of my first year as a returner learner.  If you’re new, I’ll catchya up quick:  I already have a college degree — but when I graduated, I left a Spanish major unfinished.  Since returning to work at my alma mater, I’ve decided it’s important to me to finish that degree…and maybe go for a master’s ;).  Maybe.  Yes, definitely.

Anywho!  We split a piece of cheesecake for celebration’s sake.  Because there needs to be a reason to eat cheesecake *pbbbpt*.


After a full day at work, I stumbled home with the mother of all migraines.  Oh me oh my.  Light sensitivity, nausea, dizziness, the whole nine.  I rarely get migraines anymore (I just to get them about once a month), but this one hit me smack dab between the eyes.  I took some meds and fell into bed.  When I awoke, I had a dog on either side of me.  I think they were so concerned by my state when I got home, they took it upon themselves to make sure I didn’t tumble out of bed. 😉  Sweeties.


After a few years of super hard work and determination, my brother-in-law graduated!  I’m so proud of him.  Steve changed majors and it created some serious obstacles, but he stuck to his dreams and kept on truckin’.  Weaker souls would have folded under the weight of number two pencils, bluebooks and all-nighters.  Not Steve.  He was still smiling even after all that hard work. 🙂


A special celebration took place Sunday for a very special man.  We celebrated Sam’s grandfather’s 80th birthday (a few days early).  We did this by inviting him over to our house for lunch, but not telling him it was a birthday party.  In hindsight — yelling “surprise” with party whistles and hats at an octogenarian may not have been the smartest choice, but he’s got a good ticker, so we’re in the clear ;).  It was a wonderful time.  12 people + 4 dogs + 1 awesome birthday boy = good family fun.

So that just about brings you up to speed.  I know I don’t usually disappear like that and I’m sorry I couldn’t find the time to pop in, but as you can see, it was an incredibly busy few days.  Besides (and I know the fellow bloggers out there will probably nod to this), sometimes you just need to step away from the computer.

Am I right? 🙂

But I’m back.

Eats for today:

Coffee and Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch cereal…channeling my inner 6-year-old.

Watermelon a co-worker brought in.

Half a PB and Blackberry Currant Jam on whole wheat.

Fruit salad.

Spinach salad with feta cheese, Craisins, walnuts and EVOO/balsamic vinegar plus a little cantaloupe on the side.

Dinner of party leftovers: delicious homemade ribs, corn on the cob, roasted broc/cauli and a rollllllll.  Ah, leftovers.

Today marked a very important day: THE START OF MARATHON TRAINING. Fo’ real.  Fo’ really real.  I am pumped.  I am also pumped that the training started with a rest day…haha.  In future posts expect to see something like this up at the top:

Training calls for: Rest

Miles Run So Far: 0

Days to Go: 126

Okay, so obviously, today’s entry isn’t that impressive, but just you wait.  These sneaks were made for running and that’s just what they’ll do…better move outta the way before I zoom right past you!

See you tomorrow…yes, really.  I’m done with this hiatus thing.


April 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Tonight’s dinner was especially special because….

It’s this big guy’s 24th birthday.  That’s my brother-in-law, Steve.  Steve is funny, loud, caring and spontaneous — time spent with him is always a good time.  That’s his friend, Steph, in the background.

We met the birthday boy, his girlfriend and their roommate for a birthday dinner at a local Silk Road Cuisine restaurant called Salaam.  Salaam specializes in cuisine from the Medittereanen, Middle East, Balkans, North Africa, Thailand, India and Pakistan.  Quite a collection and definitely something different to me!  I’ve been to Salaam twice before, but always played it safe.  Tonight, I wanted to try something new!

One of the best things about reading healthy living blogs is you can get an idea of what a food looks like or tastes like without having to do the tasting or cooking yourself.  Bueno!  Because of The Fitnessista‘s Indian Food love, I know a little bit more about Indian food.  Caitlin at the Healthy Tipping Point likes Thai food, so I’ve seen some on there.  It’s all eye-candy. 🙂

After some bread (sorry for the dark photo — mood lighting, I guess)…

And hummus…

I ended up ordering the Coconut Chicken Curry.  It was “mildly spiced and served with basmati rice, coriander chutney, toasted coconut, cucumber raita and warm bread”.

It was okay.

I wish I could say it was world-rocking, but the truth is, I felt like it was missing something.  Maybe I should have ordered one of the spicier dishes.  I felt the same way about the hummus.  My farmer’s market hummus is probably going to beat up the leftover Salaam hummus in the fridge tonight while no one is looking.

The atmosphere was nice and the wait staff was friendly, but overall, the experience didn’t leave me wanting more.  I think I’ll probably eat elsewhere in the future. We waited too long for just “meh” food.

I’m so glad I got my head wrapped around all that I have to accomplish between school, work, home and vacation.  Making my list earlier today really helped put me in a better, more centered mood AND I was able to come to dinner tonight to laugh, eat, celebrate and enjoy and NOT to mope and worry about everything I “have to do”.

Those lists are crucial to me, peeps.

Welp, I’m off to bed with a belly full of bread and a dream of spicier curry in my head.

Tell me something you’ve eaten lately that was outside your usual box…:)

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