… shaking it off… and heading out in search of balance…

Archive for February, 2010

a day in eats…

i figured, more for myself than anything else, it was time to document a complete day of eats. but before i dive into that, a little randomness:

i hope no one missed the “double mctwist 1260” wednesday night!?!?!

shaun white kicked some serious olympic bootay in the halfpipe… he is unbelievable!!

JUST SAYIN

ok that’s all… let’s get to the grub!

well i started with a cup o’ sludge in the awesomely tacky square dancing mug!

the other day when my friend nakia and i went on our whole foods lunch adventure, i picked up a few little things, one of them being chobani. i see it all over el mundo de blogs, but i had never tried it before (i usually eat stonyfield oikos or TJ’s greek yogurt), but since i was at whole foods i figured i’d give the chobani a whirl.

0% pomegranate chobani, 1 serving bare naked fit vanilla almond granola, and a few frozen organic cherries (also from whole foods)… overall a good combo, but i think i would have preferred it with regular yogurt instead of flavored.

i know i’ve said this before, but the bear naked fit almond vanilla granola is so good… check out the whole almonds in it!

nakia and i went for a walk during lunch today. look what greeted us!!!

the sun found portland!!

you know you’re from portland when……. you encounter the sun shining in february and say, “whoa, where did that come from??”

the 45 minute walk or so made for a great lunch adventure. adding that to the interval elipticizer workout i did at the gym this morning, i’m going to go ahead and admit that i feel good about my activity level today!!

i hadn’t packed lunch, so after our walk i stopped at Spoons and got their veggie wrap, which they say is served on lavash, but once i got it back into work and opened it up it was actually just a wheat tortilla… LAME!

despite getting screwed with the tortilla, this wrap was really good. they put a light curry sauce on it… i ate the first half with the tortilla, but the second half i opened up and just ate the guts.

about 3 p.m. i started to encounter a gentle but increasingly annoying growl in the tum, so i silenced the lil buggar with the other half of my pb&j larabar

yes, i had it closed up with a binder clip… i am so totally opposed to stale food… i don’t even like to risk it. SEAL IT UP!

when i got home i was hungry, but not quite as hungry as porter…

(no charge for the shot of my super cool retro kitchen floor)

he cracks me up when he eats!
totally sprawled out, face straight in the bowl…

the boy has no shame!!

anyhooo… i didn’t want to eat dinner at 5:30 b/c there’s no way i would last the rest of the night without getting into snack after snack after …. you get the idea.

so instead i had a snack

baby carrots with mango/peach salsa.

it was good, but random, and awkward to eat. baby carrots don’t scoop salsa very well…

i also had an un-pictured Tj’s light string cheese.

i knocked the last real world off the dvr, did some other stuff, ummm i guess i can’t really remember. clearly all i was thinking about was dinner, which as it turns out… was part deliciousness, part random.

random:

we love these little chippers! i suppose we should run it by the undisputed chip queen at GDW, but my guess is she would give them a thumbs up…

and for chips, i don’t think they have bad stats

and the deliciousness!!

dave’s killer bread, organic dijon, TJ’s artichoke hearts, TJ’s fire roasted red pepper, and feta mixed with a tiny bit of light sour cream (helps the feta become more like a spread, rather than crumbling and falling all over the place)

this sammy was really good! i had seen caitlin say a couple times that artichokes had a meatyness (obviously i’m not quoting her given that “meatyness” is definitely not a real word) that made them super satisfying. she’s right! plus they just taste so rich, even though they are so low in calories!

YUM!

i polished off the evening with a mock POMtini… sometimes you need a real POMtini… but tonight, just a little soda water, POM and splash of lime did the trick!

so there you have it… a day of every single thing that made its way into my belly.

how’d i do??

not so mad iPhone skillz

sup suckas!?!

so last night, the teen was monopolizing my right arm (aka macbook) so that he could get his homework on… i had a brilliant idea to just post a little blog entry from my iPhone. OMG i’m a genius!! i’ve got mad skillz!!

ummm i either couldn’t or was too dumb to figure out how to post photos from my iPhone… a blog post with no photos? PASS

so here i am this morning to do a quick recap of yesterday’s happs… my hair is wet and i’m supposed to leave the house in about 20 minutes, so this is going to be snappy and most likely, kinda lame.

don’t say i didn’t warn you!

breakfast…

desk drawer oats, splash of ff hazelnut creamer, dollop peanut butter… i stirred in the PB before i thought to take a photo

lunch

i took my friend nakia on her first tour de whole foods during lunch, and we partook of the HOT BAR. chile verde chicken over lettuce with cheese and cilantro/onion…
O
M
G
if there’s chile verde chicken perfection, whole foods found it!

i have a feeling nakia and i will be making the trek to the hot bar more often, as she was pretty much overtaken with joy upon entering the healthy living mothership!

later i enjoyed half of my first ever larabar

after work i hopped the train and headed up to Portland State so my ol pal JR could give me a ride home since anne had a meeting, and i was therefore, stranded downtown.


i used to ride the train everyday when i lived in the ‘burbs… yesterday reminded me of how good the people watching and listening others’ conversations is on the train!! haha

walking to JR’s office i was also reminded…

i love these bikeracks that appear all over the city…

a lil bit of trivia for you…

did you know 30% of portland commuters do so via bicycle??

and while it has caused some “share the road” issues, i think it’s fabulous and i don’t mind sharing…

it was pretty much farley and i at home last night, so i made some dinner

tj’s whole grain bun, boca shroom/mozz veggie burger, pickle, spinach, feta

i added some carrots with a drizzle of low fat ranch

photo after my first bite… oopsie!

and a ginormous orange…

i watched the olympics (i’ve become a fan of snowboard cross) and farley…

well, farley was really busy…

the olympics… what’s your take? summer or winter? favorite events??

i used to love figure skating, but this time around i’m finding i am enjoying the skiing (with the exception of the event where they ski with the rifles strapped to their backs)… and i’m really excited for the half pipe!!

let’s go let’s go let’s GO!!

that’s what farley was saying this evening, when i strapped him into his harness for his FIRST WALK since having back surgery!!

we went for a short walk (although he wanted to cruise the entire city of portland)… i noticed after about a block that he was trying to go too fast, so he would kind of skip and pick up his right back leg b/c it couldn’t keep up. i decided that meant it was time to head back… baby steps little boy… baby steps.

if you look close, you can see the scar down his back… it’s no joke!

but that was this evening…

i really need to start with last night…

which is when some dudes came to deliver my new bed. once they got it set up i was thinking, ummm i’m not sure this is the bed that i ordered, but i second guessed myself, and didn’t say anything. so i went to bed last night, and immediately knew O MAR COD, this is NOT the bed i bought! it was as hard as a rock! i was SO annoyed, didn’t sleep well, and woke up this morning with a totally achey body!

i know, i know, such dramatics! but i am a soft bed girl, and simply cannot stand hard beds!

waking up on the wrong side of the bed on a wooden plank, i knew i needed two things:

SPICY OATS

COFFEE W/ ABE

work was nutso, so by the time i escaped to make the trek to khao man gai, i had no idea where my phone was, and never took a photo… but you can read all about nong and her vietnamese street food crack HERE, and it’s worth it… it was IN-CRED-IBLE, per the usual!!

i’d like to wipe the rest of the day from my memory, sooooo moving right along…

when i left the building today i was so excited to see some color sprouting from the bare wintery trees…

it’s mind bottling how you can see this…

then right next to it…

spring is a comin and there’s nada like spring in PTizzle!

i got home to find the bed fairy had solved our problems, and my SOFT heavenly pillow top bed was in the room and made… i seriously contemplated going to bed at 6 p.m.!

the new bed is significantly higher than the old one, so the side tables look lame, and the new bedding doesn’t really jive with the picture anymore (i know challise, the pictures screams IKEA)… so that needs to disappear too. it’s ok though… i am so excited about my new slumber zone!

farley on the other hand… he and monkey are NOT happy about the new bed height!

anne was one of the lucky ones today, and didn’t have to work, so she was kind enough to make dinner!

while she was doin her thang, my lunch was loooong gone and i was starvin, so i snacked on two sticks of crack

and some new baked chips anne scored today, with surprisingly decent health stats… for chips!

serving size = 20 chips
calories = 120
fat = 3
fiber = 2
protein = 2
(given the flavor is SALT n vinegar, we won’t talk about the sodium content… mmm k?)

i only had a couple chips b/c i wanted to make sure i was sufficiently hungry… anne was makin a bomb ass dinner!

from the new “cooking light“… anne made mine with feta (i don’t dig the blue fuzzy cheeses)

the buffalo “sauce” (anne made it more chunky like a pico/salsa) was SO good… and the brussels went perfectly with it (just cooked on the stove with a tiny bit of olive oil and salt/pepper)

delicioso!!!

well, that’s it! duty calls… i finally finished season 2 of Damages, so now i’m going to get a little closer to caught up by watching the first episode of season 3…

if you do not watch “Damages“… you need to get seasons 1 and 2 PRONTO. it’s genius!! and glenn close RULES!

peace

vday threesome

happy vday y’all!

so even though i’m generally opposed to this “holiday”, yesterday, i suppose we, in a way, celebrated vday… with a threesome!

bow chica bow wow

it was a really kinky fun day!

well, prior to hooking up the threesome, we started the day with breakfast froyo (that’s right. i skipped breakfast and begged anne to get me froyo, since we had to pop into the mall to get her mammy a bday present)

oh how i do love frozen yogurt… heck, it’s possible i like it as much as kraut

a new place opened near our house, “orange tree” and i’ve been dying to give it a whirl!

i got just enough to satisfy my craving (it was less than $2 if that tells you how little i got)… pomegranate/vanilla topped with a tiny bit of shredded coconut and granola.

how cute are their spoons!?!?

we snagged a bday present for sharona, and headed to her birthday lunch at mccormick and schmick’s, which is a somewhat popular chain in portland, yet this was to be my inaugural outing.

i had a spinach salad with fennel, craisins, almonds, and a really light dressing

i’m always a fan of the spinach/fennel combo!

then i randomly went with jambalaya (crab, shrimp, spicy chicken sausage, veggies)

not something i would normally ever order, but i didn’t want anything fried, and perhaps my impending vday threesome had me thinking SPICY???

it was pretty good (TWSS- yes i did)… no complaints.

then, b/c it was sharona’s birthday lunch, she ordered up some strippers desserts


bread pudding on the first plate, and then key lime, po de creme, and a chocolate tart on the other plate… ‘nuf said

there were five chicas at lunch, and we each enjoyed a couple bites of each dessert, which put us in the mood filled us up

sharona recently had foot surgery, so we were excited she was feeling up to having lunch, and was taking it all in stride (or crutch?)

then i went bed hopping shopping


did you know vera wang has a line of beds??

i wasn’t impressed (TWSS)…

nikki had to study, so with the bed purchased, we scooped up JR…

let the threesome begin!

we headed for a hotel room wine country

(even in the winter, the 15 minute drive is pretty)

we headed for apolloni… a local winery where we are members. we had shipments to pick up, and they just happened to be having a chocolate/wine pairing event. i mean, what are you gonna do? just grab your wine and leave? i dont think so…


i love the smaller local wineries b/c most of the time when you show up, the winemaker/owners themselves are there, like alfredo apolloni


and then, because we were feelin frisky in the neighborhood, we popped into purple cow too.

again, small local winery (you actually taste in the family’s living room) and gallo, the winemaker, was there to service entertain us

and thennnnnn… b/c we were wasted had a bit to drink, we thought one more position stop was in order…

sake one is the world’s only American-owned-and-operated sak√©ry and one of my favoritest places in the portland area!!

they too were having a dessert/booze pairing event



and we were so excited to see the place was packed!

i have learned everything i know about sake from the people at sake one, and if you are in the portland area, even if you aren’t sure whether you like sake, i would highly recommend you stop at sake one. there’s something so special about this place! or heck, if you know you do like sake, order some online… their flavored sake (coconut lemongrass is my FAV) is so good!

we got toasted toasted to our day with a glass of their sparkling sake (uhhhmazing!!)


and capped off the threesome day with a quick trip through…

WHA!?!? SERIOUSLY!?! (yes, the sign says what you think it does)

ok, we didn’t really go there… what kind of girl do you think i am!??!

but that place cracks me up every time i drive by it…

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

kraut fondness

Cam: My dream for him is that one day, he’ll be on the Supreme Court.
Mitchell: Why Cam?
Cam: So at parties I can tell people my partner is one of the Supremes.

Does anyone else love Cam from “modern family” as much as i do?!?!?!

wow, that was a random intro…

hi everyone!!

pretty sure i’m on a sauerkraut high… i’m not sure why exactly, but i busted into a jar of sauerkraut a couple days ago, and have not stopped yet!

the other night for dinner i attempted to create a kraut centered dinner. i think i had reuben in my head, but went with homemade russian dressing???

i’m not gonna lie… it tasted about as bland and disturbing as it looks! the dave’s killer bread was KILLER (sidenote: if you haven’t discovered dave, do it!!), but the turkey was dry, the dressing was weird.

FAIL

but there was a silver lining…

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

i have come to terms with the fact that i love sauerkraut… it took me a while (when i was young i pretended like i hated it b/c everyone else my age thought it was gross) but i am embracing my fondness for kraut!

a couple days after my fail, i was at one of my most favoritest places and saw that allie had properly created a healthy living appropriate reuben at home!!

omg it’s like she was speaking directly to me!!

so for dinner that night…

flat out reuben and salad!!

SO GOOD!

i’m not gonna lie, last night, after porter’s sisters beat up on him in puppy class…

i may have possibly might could likely ate…

oh, does that look familiar??

this morning i was thinking there’s probably a way to have kraut oats???
but i chillaxed and went with something basic, but delightful

i was actually running so far behind this morning, that i didn’t arrive at work with breakfast. so i popped into the newly remodeled little store in our building and figured given my procrastinating prowess, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep some oats in my drawer at work…

i took an early lunch so i could scoop up farley boy and take him to the dr. to be de-frankensteined…

we waited for the dr… and in true farley fashion…

he was totally obsessed with the fact that he could hear noises on the other side of the door, but could not get out there and see what was goin down!?!?!

the dr. removed all of farley’s staples (bye bye frankenstein) and was so impressed with how quickly he’s recovered (his pimp walk / limp is almost completely gone)… that he doesn’t have to go back for any followup appointments!

with the good news we jetted back home. i had to make something pretty quick for lunch, and anne was sending me incredibly subtle hints like, “you have time to make me one of those flat out reubens, right??”

so… welll…..

hey, i didn’t have the salad with it, so it was like a totally different meal!!

and the best part…

the jar is not empty yet!!

dinner was royalty… BAMBOO SUSHI… nikki and jr had a gift card AND a coupon.

things started like this…

and b/c nikki and jr were still stuck in traffic, i did this…

(it’s how they pour sake… they overflow it into the little box below… something about signifying abundance… ok ok whatever, just drink it!!)

then the rest of the dinner was pretty much like THIS

i came home to catch up on modern family since i missed it last night

and b/c i was really good and did not have dessert at the restaurant, i whipped up some impromptu magic bullet ice cream deliciousness

– almond milk
– POM juice
– banana
– splash of vanilla extract
– lots of ice

magic bulleted to perfection

then thrown into…

my almost empty sauerkraut jar… HA! kidding.

we’re not there… yet!

so tell the truth… do you like sauerkraut!?!? are there any foods you always liked, but were afraid to admit it b/c you knew people would think you were weird/gross… ????

p.s. speaking of foods i love… anne is giving away some new chobani for kids… cruise over… you too could be a CHAMPION!

back to liiiife, back to reality

anyone remember that song!??!

we all survived the drama of the past couple weeks, and are getting back into the swing of things at home.

i dumped over 200 photos off the camera (don’t worry i’m not in turn dumping ALL of them on you)… so i figured a post of updates at random is in order:

RANDOM outdoor fun in cle elum, washington





grandpa denny’s pups

ray (known as “all the way ray” given that he’s rockin 3 legs)


zoey

and belle, she was grandpa denny’s favorite pup… she went everywhere with him…

she’s SO cute… i wanted to bring her home with us so bad…

salads



anne’s hilarious/adorable nephew david requested a photo shoot





a kiwi’s first trip to the states… first pup snuggle, first snowmobile, first snow, first family memorial




(above is proof that no matter what country you’re from… the women will bitch at you if you mess up their photo)

our cute doggies





and… shout outs for denny

the day denny passed away, anne and i enjoyed a tanqueray and tonic in his honor…

his memorial was in cle elum, washington… a place quite different from portland… many a 3/4 ton pickup truck etc.





(i learned that the huge stump at the entrance of denny’s property was actually on his old piece of land… he thought it was so neat that he had his guys haul it over when he bought this new property)

it’s been a crazy couple weeks, and while it felt odd to not be posting anything on a regular basis, i felt like i needed to devote time and energy elsewhere for a while.

but now we’re all getting back to reality, and i’m looking forward to getting back into a normal routine… which included getting back to the gym this morning!

and on that note, i must get to sleep so i can get my morning sweat on again tomorrow.

i leave you with this lil gem….

there are popular bumper stickers here that say…

KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD…

i’m not sure if it’s good or bad, but i’ve never had to stop and think about what that bumper sticker means…

see you tomorrow!!

dear 2010…

dear 2010… SUCK IT!

obviously i’ve been MIA for the last few days. so far, 2010 has been lame and i feel mentally exhausted all the time.

as if doxie back surgery wasn’t enough, anne’s dad passed away at about 2 a.m. tuesday morning. he was diagnosed with cancer in the middle of december. it was a short, but rough battle, and while it was expected, and is better now that he isn’t suffering, it has taken the wind out of our sails…

i got on the computer to scan some photos for the slideshow we’re putting together for his memorial, so i thought i’d post a few here, as a little tribute…

rest in peace denny…