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

Posts tagged ‘the whole bowl’

dorm room fever

stay tuned for why i’m convinced it’s a real danger!

as for us, we’ve been kinda occupied…

i call him fuzzy…

there has been breakfast…

potty training…

getting to know each other…

really delicious lunch…

-one slice ezekiel toast with a wedge of laughing cow, avocado slices, and frank’s
-one slice ezekiel toast with almond butter and a drizzle of honey

then this afternoon haley told us all her classes for tomorrow were cancelled, so we decided to grab what i’m certain was a healthy and super nutritious quick and fake afternoon pick me up…

and made the trek to oregon state to get haley!!

upon our arrival haley informed us she had to register for classes so we could just come up to her room real quick and wait for her.

something immediately kind of churned inside me… i didn’t realize right away what it was, but upon entering haley’s room i realized it must have been my gag reflex getting limbered up!!

dorm room fever… here is why i believe it is
a) something you can really contract,
2) something that should be feared, and
d) THE reason i will never go in haley’s dorm room again!

BEHOLD:

not SO bad you say?? wait, here, come in closer…

O…..M…..G ‘nuf said!

i said, “RAMEN NOODLES???” and she proudly said, “i traded an easy mac for a ramen!!!”
ohhhh, wellllll, you are quite the master barterer!!

she saw me taking this photo and said, “hey, i have 8 a.m. class. i NEED coffee” … umm ok sure, i am not going to judge anyone for drinking coffee, but are you collecting cups to sit on the corner in hopes of making some extra money??? THROW THEM AWAY HALEY!

can you guess whether this bag ended up in the back of my car for the trip home… have you done even one load of laundry since september haley???

and finally… the real GEM…

so do we think they wash the utensils prior to eating with them, or just use them right off the floor!?!?!?

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speaking of eating… while all i really wanted to do was find the nearest clinic and get a tetanus shot, we decided to grab some dinner before making the trip back to portland.

haley may have subjected us all to dorm room fever, but she did come through with a dinner recommendation.

cafe yumm is a cute little place right off campus, and it was YUMM (go figure)… i’m not sure what came first, the chicken whole bowl or the egg cafe yumm, but they are pretty similar, and equally yumm.

i would say cafe yumm might win simply b/c you can buy their yumm sauce to take home with you and enjoy whenever you want!! so of course i snagged two…

YUMM!!

i can eat the “whole bowl”???

so i’ve been absent a couple days. the short story is that it’s been a rough weekend, which started with too much of this:

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and ended with GUILT and FRUSTRATION… no photo necessary there.

anyway, i took some time this weekend. i know i have to give myself a break and just keep trying to do better, but sometimes it’s HARD. so i did some relaxing, thinking, and attempting to get back to center.

i did have a review of sorts to discuss though! i said a few weeks ago that i wanted to make an effort to lead a much healthier life, but that i did not want that quest to mean i had to give up being a part of the culture and the city that i love.

i reviewed an aspect of portland culture -here-, and had so much fun with it that i wanted to do it again!

enter, the whole bowl

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i’d heard a lot about this portland food cart, but decided it was time to give it a whirl!
so anne and i braved a portland downpour, and headed that way for lunch.

the whole bowl is pretty much just that…

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it tells you what’s in it…

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– brown rice
– sour cream
– olives
– avocado
– cilantro
– tali sauce
– cheddar cheese
– salsa
– black & red beans

so i ordered it straight up (no additions or deletions)…

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i mixed it all together, and dove in…

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i was a little worried about the “tali sauce” given that it’s a “secret”… i wasn’t sure if it had any sort of cream in it, which would make it a little heavy for me… but i heard the guy behind me order it “dairy free” and that only eliminated the sour cream and cheese. i was curious about the “tali sauce” so i read up on it and it seems it is vegan as well as gluten free!! i was SO excited to hear that b/c i knew that meant it obviously was not made with a heavy cream, and that’s excellent news b/c the tali sauce IS EXCELLENT!

i was also a little worried about whether the one bowl of food would be filling… ummm no problems there! i was completely full, and stayed that way for a long time.

yep, i ate THE WHOLE BOWL, and it was fantastico!!

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i said above that i took some time to CENTER this weekend, so i want to close with the following:

i actually started thinking about this the other day at work when i was looking out one of our office windows.

i looked east and found:

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extremely stormy weather

then to my surprise i looked west and found:

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beautiful blue skies!

i sat there for a minute thinking about how much prettier the blue sky was, i even started to zone out, when someone else came into the room and called me out on my window gazing. i pointed out to him how strange it was that the sky looked so miserable to the right, and so beautiful to the left.

and then he said, “yes, but look at what is straight ahead”…

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the rainbow

i realized i’d been so wrapped up in considering blue skies v. thunderstorms that i completely missed the center, which was right in front of me.

so tonight i leave with this:

i have to remember that balance is the center. i too often get caught in the extremes… feeling dark and stormy and then wanting to swing completely the other way and find bright blue sky.

when in fact… the rainbow exists between the extremes… in the center