Archive | April, 2010

Crack Bagel

29 Apr

I hate my job sometimes.

I really do…

…Especially when marketing reps come into the office toting goodies from Panera, Dunkin’ Donuts or the like.  I hate it even more when my own co-workers turn against me and suggest we get our own goods.  I try and try to resist, and lately I’ve been so strong.  In the past month, I’ve turned down: baked French toast, various fruit cobblers, donuts, take-out from our favorite greasy spoon, Chinese food, and a pancake casserole.  But today?  I just didn’t have the strength or willpower to refuse.  I could hear the Panera Asiago Cheese bagel singing my name in a sweet little harmony.

Oh, sweet baby Jesus, it was worth it.

For lunch, I had some of last night’s leftovers:

This Chicken-Broccoli-Cheese-Rice-Curry-Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink-Casserole is a recipe from my friend Kate that she always raves about and brings to work for lunch at least once a week.  I had a minor freak out when I put it in the oven and realized I forgot the fat-free mayo.  I had intended to replace the mayo with greek yogurt, mostly because I abhor mayo.  In my post-gym hunger-stricken insanity, I forgot one of the main ingredients.

Side note: I have a hatred for most condiments actually (weird, I know).  When I see mayonnaise, to me, it looks like what would come out of my ass if I had liposuction.  Disgusting huh?  And now you know why I don’t like mayo.

Back to the recipe.  Upon realization that I’d forgotten this crucial ingredient, I paced the kitchen frantically.  I texted Kate to see if the casserole was going to suck.  Sadly, she thought so.  I apologized to Brandon profusely in advance for my sub-par dinner, and I insisted my feelings would not be hurt if he didn’t eat it.  I even offered to make him a sandwich instead.

Lo and behold, it didn’t suck.  It was actually pretty good!  So good that we barely had enough leftovers for us to bring for lunch today.

Last night I hit the gym for some strength training punishment.  I did the same routine as last time, and I’m planning on doing it again Sunday.  If I can get in 4 days of running and 2 days of lifting a week, I consider it to be a massive success.  Lately, I’ve been doing great with the running, and per usual, struggling to fit in the strength.

How many times a week and what types of workouts do you have include to feel as though you’ve had a successful workout week?

The Power of (Glee and) Madonna

28 Apr

Firstly, I apologize for my hiatus. I have a few half-written posts saved as drafts, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish them. They either felt totally vapid or completely shameless attempts at sympathy. I’ve seen blogs go down that path, and I really don’t want to be that girl begging for a pity party. So I won’t.

I do have one post explaining the situation that I’ve composed, but I don’t feel its quite ready for public display yet. I promise to post it soon though.

And now back to regularly scheduled programming 🙂

In case you missed it:

  • our house has had some major progress in the past week.
  • I also had an awesome trail run over the weekend (and have another one planned for this weekend!)
  • And Sunday, I went to brunch with some awesome ladies:

Then I disappeared into an abyss.

But whatever.  I’m good now.  Last night, I came home with the mindset of running the “big loop” in the neighborhood.  The big loop is basically 4 miles, with options up to 10 miles.  I popped in my iPhone headphones and jammed out to the Glee Power of Madonna episode tunes.  I must’ve been in a serious trance because the Power of Madonna powered me through the best 4 miles I can remember!

  1. 11:25
  2. 11:07
  3. 11:21
  4. 11:37 (including a 1-minute walk break.. What?!)

Holla!  Loved it.

UNF Nature Trails

24 Apr

It is a BEAUTIFUL Saturday! We’ve been spoiled with so many beautiful weekends in North Florida lately.  Its fantastic, and I wish it was like this all year long!  Okay, 11 months of the year.  I’d like a month of cold 😉

Thanks to Twitter, I made a running date with Lauren for this morning.  I’ve been dying to hit the UNF nature trails, but I’m paranoid to run in strange places by myself.  You always hear about runners getting killed on trails, so I’m a Paranoid Polly!  I know, I probably need to quit watching so much Law & Order SVU.  Whatevs.

To fuel my run, I ate peanut butter toast, a Fuji apple (my favorite kind!), a big glass of OJ:

Then I drove the 15 minutes to the UNF campus and parked at the nature trails:

Lauren showed up a few minutes later, and we agreed to try 5/1 intervals.  I’ve been really considering switching to the Galloway method for my long runs.  I feel like running straight through is so hard on my body, and this run only further supported that thought.  The trail was beautiful and nicely shaded, but it was a little muggy outside.  We did two loops for about 4.21 miles in 54:40.  We could’ve gone faster, but sadly, my stomach decided to wage war against me.

I’m so excited for the rest of the weekend.  We’re having a couples dinner at La Nopalera tonight, and a big girlfriend brunch/mimosa-fest at Billy’s tomorrow morning.  Can’t wait!

Lemongrass, A Restaurant Review

22 Apr

I had a hot food blogger date with Dawn from Florida Coastal Cooking today.  I was so excited when Ashlee introduced us because Dawn is a fellow FSU Alum!  Jacksonville is very much in the “Gator Nation” (I hate that term.  The “Gator Nation” would be a jorts wearing, mullet sporting, third world country, in my opinion), and finding fellow ‘Noles is always good thing!

We tried out Lemongrass, a Thai Restaurant.  Lemongrass is actually owned by the same people as Thai Room, and so I had some lofty expectations going into the restaurant.  I got a little scared when I walked in at 1:30 and it was practically empty.  Being in a restaurant all by yourself can be a little unnerving.

Thankfully, Dawn showed up a few minutes later and we quickly got to chatting.  We ordered some fresh spring rolls to start:

I felt like such a food blogging failure when I whipped out my camera and the batteries were dead.  Fail!  Thankfully, I always have my iPhone around to function as a backup.  The spring rolls were crunchy and the vegetables tasted very fresh.  It was nice to step outside the fried spring/egg roll box.  Also, the peanut sauce complimented the veggies perfectly!  But then again, you can put peanut sauce on pretty much anything and I’ll like it 😉

I know I talk all the time about my love affairs with specific foods, but seriously, I love pad thai.

The flavor was absolutely amazing, but I wish it had a little more veggies in it.  If I threw in some julienne carrots and broccoli, it would’ve been perfection on a plate.

Overall, the Lemongrass was very appetizing.  I’ll definitely keep it on my list of close-to-work lunch spots!

The Longest (2) Mile(s)

21 Apr

My run tonight was brutal.

Now that I’m back from my strength training hiatus, I forgot how hard it is to run when you’re stiff and sore from a good lifting session. I plodded along for 2 miles (24:01 – 12:30/11:31) and every step was a reminder of my hard work yesterday.  As soon as I got home, I grabbed my foam roller for relief:

I rolled my quads, my hamstrings, my calves, and my IT bands.  Oh, sweet, painful relief.

At least my day started out nicely:

I scooped out the second to last tablespoon of almond butter, and we all know what that means:  Oats in a Jar tomorrow!  Woo hoo!  If that’s not reason enough to get up and go to work (cause my oatmeal and almond butter are in my desk) then I don’t know what is!

Even though it’s warmer outside, I wanted soup for some reason at lunch:

I tend to avoid soup in warmer months.  Shocking, I know. I can’t imagine I’m the only person who does that 😉 But I always love a good beef and barley soup. With it, I had a cheddar biscuit from Red Lobster.  A dozen of them showed up in the office kitchen during lunch and I could not resist.  I haven’t eaten at a Red Lobster in probably 15 years, but goodness, those biscuits are GOOD!

After our run, I came home and made my Mom’s Red Beans & Rice and Cornbread Casserole:

While I’ve promised not to share the Red Beans & Rice recipe, I can share the Cornbread Casserole recipe:

  • 1 Box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 2 packets of Splenda
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Mix it all up, spread it in a 8×8 or 9×9 pan, and bake in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!

All in a Day’s Eats

20 Apr

It’s Glee Day! It’s Glee Day! Yay!  So.. if this post sucks?  Its because I’m attempting to write it during the Glee commercials.  Sorry!  I suck, I know.

Gotta love any morning that starts with an egg white and cheese honey wheat English muffin:

And a Starbucks Skinny Latte:

I’ve got this habit of chugging Starbucks lattes.  I don’t sip them like I do with normal coffee.  I make like a frat boy and CHUG.

Lunch consisted of some leftover Asian slaw and Morningstar Farms Chik’n Nuggets:

I’ve been trying to increase my fruit and vegetable intake lately.  Because my breakfast was lacking, I made sure to get in an extra serving at lunch:

I’ve decided I need to do a little more strength training to tone up.  Instead of just going for a run tonight, I ran to the gym.  The mile to the gym?  Yeah.  I ran it at a closer-to-Brandon’s pace.  Ouch.   He chatted my ear off and I huffed and puffed.  But, I’m sure that somehow, some way, it was good for me 😉

Once I got there, I did this workout from Women’s Health Magazine:

Holy mother.  I was TIRED by the end of it.  My legs were wobbly and my shoulders were exhausted… and I still had to run home.  Shit.

The run home was MUCH slower.  And it came to a complete halt at with a quarter mile to go.  There was a gorgeous white dog standing in the middle of the road.  He’d obviously gotten out, but he wouldn’t let me close enough to check his collar.  I tried to keep him out of the road, but he just kept growling and barking at me.  He just didn’t want to be my friend.  Eventually his owner came out and collected him.  I told Brandon about it, and its not the first time this dog has been loose in recent days.  We even saw him again on the side of the road coming home from dinner.  People in this neighborhood are so awful about letting their dogs run loose.  It infuriates me.

I have a serious love affair with Mexican food.  If it’s Mexican, I pretty much like and crave it like crazy.  And we hadn’t had Tijuana Flats in a while……

So yeah.  Hello, Chicken Quesadilla.  And just because… some sad Cosmo:

G’night!

Snack Monster

19 Apr

I swear, I can’t stop eating today. I haven’t really had any “real” meals…. but I’ve done a lot of snacking. It started with a banana and some dry oat-topped yogurt:

And continued with nacho cheese rice cake minis:

And chocolate covered pretzels and a Diet Coke:

And some unpictured fruit snacks and an apple. Yeah. I don’t know. I just wanted to snack all day long today.