The Fastest My Heart Has Ever Beat

Posted on May 21, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m pretty much the textbook runner in a medical sense: low weight, low resting heart rate, low blood pressure, etc. Even when I “run”(more like jog), I’m not pushing it too hard to strain myself. But last night–well, first there was oatmeal.

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple

Because warm carbs and Mighty Maple are a good way to start any time. So what made my heart beat so fast? Well, if you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure I annoyed you with my constant updating of the Grey’s Anatomy season finale. It was a good one. I’ve got it on Tivo and might watch it again. This was pretty much me the entire time:

Nervous

Nervous

And I was SO relieved at the end when they didn’t kill off anyone worth it. In the 2nd half, I’d say I needed this dark chocolate to pull through some of the scary moments.

Alter Eco And Trader Joe's Chocolate

Alter Eco And Trader Joe's Chocolate

That would be 10 squares Dark Chocolate Mint by Alter Eco, which is amazing, and 8 squares of Trader Joe’s knock-off chocolate which is “meh”. Dear Trader Joe, please stop making borderline infringing products that aren’t even as good. Like your milk chocolate peanut butter eggs that had hardly any peanut butter? Yeah, don’t do that again.

Well I made it through Grey’s, and got to bed eventually(which wasn’t easy). For the record, as ridiculous as I’m sure I appeared to everyone else around here, my dad walked into the room at 9:30, saw one shooting, and said he couldn’t handle it. So at least I watched it.

Maple Salmon, Soy Sauce Broccoli, Antipasto Bar Selection

Maple Salmon, Soy Sauce Broccoli, Antipasto Bar Selection

BBQ Popchips

BBQ Popchips

Breakfast was, well, not. Oatmeal and yogurt weren’t on the top of my list so I decided to have “a real meal”. It might have all been an excuse to eat Barbeque popchips. Maybe. And now I feel like I’m missing that sweetness of breakfast. Boo šŸ˜¦ Breakfast for lunch? That could be on the menu to make up for it.

What television shows do you get invested in? Do we have time to list all of mine? Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, and Big Brother, just to name a few.

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Take Your Time

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday was great, not for any other reason than I had time. Yes, it seems like something so simple. But think of the origin of stress in your life and I bet 80% of it would be solved if their wasn’t an ever present time crunch over our heads. It’s a vicious cycle, mostly because we all want time but put pressure on each other. So I ask you today, if you’re in the leadership position, to tell someone to take their time. Or if they say “I just didn’t have time”, rather than roll your eyes, tell them you understand, because I bet you do. All it takes is a few outliers to break the cycle and get the motion rolling in the opposite direction.

After Mid-breakfast, I left my dorm Ā little early to give myself time to get coffee and make it to class a little early(normally both do not happen). I think I managed a few odd looks walking around with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon; people need to read more blogs. When I got out, I was nice and full from my oats; this gave me the time to go back to my room, read a little(blogs, not books ;-)), and let the rush at the dining hall die down. Eventually I went and got some food, and then came back and took the time to make a quintessential Evan lunch.

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Flamegrilled Gardenburger, Sauteed Spinach, Steak Sauce

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Flamegrilled Gardenburger, Sauteed Spinach, Steak Sauce

There’ something really great about sitting down to a meal where you know all the flavors and you know you’re going to love them. Unfortunately, this meal reminded me how low I am on 365 steak sauce; add that to the weekend grocery list. I took my time eating this to the tune of Days Of Our Lives. When Rachael Ray came on, I asked myself what I really wanted to do for the day. Well that was obvious–go grocery shopping, of course. But did I have time? I just told myself “You have time because you’re going to make time” and headed out. I was working with an October food budget of .92 cents…. Yeah–not going to happen. Just because I wasn’t going to stick to it didn’t mean I would go nuts; I decided to dip into November but only buy what was on sale, I had coupons for, or I really wanted.

Groceries

Groceries

Mission greatly accomplished. I got everything you see above plus an acorn squash(who apparently missed the photo opp or is blending in with the background so well I can’t even see him) for 3.54. Impressive, right? My momma didn’t raise no fool. The Oikos, Stonyfield, and Lightlife tempeh all fell under coupons. The soy yogurt was a sale item; normally I would have gotten plain but they didn’t have any and the sweetened form only has about 5g more sugar anyway. And the pumpkin, Z-bar, and acorn squash all fell under the “I’m going to be kicking myself in 2 hours if I don’t buy these” category. Since I dont plan on winding up at a grocery store today, I think I did reasonably well for October. Of course, I made a snack within minutes of entering the door.

Oikos Parfait With Mini PB Cups And Vanilla Sugar

Oikos Parfait With Mini PB Cups And Vanilla Sugar

How funny that I had this right after thinking to myself “Why is it that I’m always buying yogurt at the grocery store?” This was such a sweet treat. Maybe it was the hefty does of vanilla stevia I put in… I love the Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups; I cut each one in half so they were all crumbly and it reminded me of getting a Reeses mix-in at Coldstone. More yogurt like this to come? I think so. I took the time to work on my email stuff, and then set aside the time for homework; I think setting them aside rather than rush at everything at once, as tempting as it is, really cuts the stress. And when you really want to save time, what’s better thanĀ prepackagedĀ oats?

Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

I love the combo of vanilla on vanilla; what can I say, I’m just a vanilla(bean) kind of guy šŸ˜‰ I’ll spare you the gory details of the time I spent studying for my history midterm, and skip ahead to dinner. I told who I was going to have dinner with earlier that I would be too busy studying to eat at the cafeteria. It probably would have saved me time to just go to The Ratty, pick up a plate of food, and walk back to my dorm with it. But sometimes we need to make time to do the things we love, and I love making my own food. I was feeling a BBQ mood so I went for a real western meal.

BBQ Tempeh, Acorn Squash, TJ Mac N' Cheese, Zevia Cola

BBQ Tempeh, Acorn Squash, TJ Mac N' Cheese, Zevia Cola

Yeehaw! What a fun meal this was. It was my first time trying this Lightlife tempeh; you can read my review or get a sense of how it was by me being happy I still have 1/2 the package left for another meal šŸ™‚ The acorn squash was fun to prepare and delicious to eat; I cut it, scooped out the center, and microwaved this 1/2 for 4 minutes. I love how this squash tastes a little buttery without actually needing butter(I don’t eat butter. I know it’s all-natural and certainly has simple ingredients but I just don’t touch the stuff. It’s not a diet or health thing, it just gives me the willies.). And of course any BBQ needs soda and a mac n’ cheese dish to round it out. Now if only BBQ’s had natural diet soda and whole grain pasta more often…

I swear I do study sometimes. Like all through Survivor, for instance. I know I must have been focused on something other than the show because I wasn’t sure who to expect being voted off at the end. I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard this from my dad: “I had my oatmeal in my maple almond jar today.Ā  The jar was good for oatmeal but that almond butter just clumps.” We’ve infected the general population.

October 28th 003

Carrot Ginger Muffintop With Smart Balance And Chocolate Chips

I think I’m getting back on my muffin top obsession, which means muffin bottom yogurt to come. Also, my Smart Balance obsession hasn’t left, just switched jars. I’ve gone from agave sweetened to molasses sweetened; it was hard to tell how “funky” the flavor here was because the chocolate chips also sweetened it. Clearly I’m not tooĀ concernedĀ with the GI load of agave vs molasses if I’m throwing chocolate on top… Grey’s Anatomy was as good as ever last night; did you know that surgery of Dr.Ā Sheppard’s was based on a real medical surgery that was deemed as equally impossible? It’s great seeing art imitate life.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Pepita Sun Butter And Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Pepita Sun Butter And Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I couldn’t decide what to do with my last whole wheat cinnamon roll so I let it go both ways(TWSS). I find adding a bit of real vanilla sugar to the stevia, cream cheese, Oikos mix gives it a purer flavor. And that pepita sun butter is plenty vanilled-up already. One last snack rounded out the night:

Chocolate Br

Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

When I buy something at regular price “because I really want it”, I need to eat it the same day, right?

This morning I gave myself time by setting the alarm a little earlier for my long run. I’d been having trouble with pace and this morning I finally settled it; I just accepted that while my outside pace is 7.5mph my treadmill pace is more 7mph and to push it everyday is just not the way to go. I let myself go at my new pace and just kind of enjoyed the morning, watching the crazy costumes on the Today show. I did 12 miles in 1:43:18, which was actually my first time ever running between 10 and 13.1 miles.

Banana Goodness Bread Toast With White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Vanilla Oikos With Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate And Dried Cherries

Banana Goodness Bread Toast With White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Vanilla Oikos With Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate And Dried Cherries

Clearly, I took all that time and put it into making this breakfast, and it was well worth it. I just looooove dark chocolate and cherry. How could you not? I also like cutting up a square of chocolate so that it gets unequal and crumbly and looks really “professional”. I’m not sure how big a fan of the toasted banana bread I am; somethings are just meant to be soft and mushy.

Today has so much excitement. It’s Cookie Friday! I’ve got some ideas, but we’ll have to see how the day plays out. It’s also the day before Halloween, so I’m going to all 3 of my classes in full costume. You’ll have to wait and see what that it šŸ˜‰ And I have a history midterm! That one’s… not so exciting.

Sodastream giveaway! I might no drink the soda but I would looooove those flavor essences–it’s been so long since I’ve had seltzer why is that?

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Never A Wasted Meal

Posted on October 2, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday, I had a million ideas for breakfast, and this morning I was scraping the bottom of the barrel. What’s up with that? Back to yesterday, I still had a good part of my Elvis Parfait to chomp down on by the time I got to class, but I mixed it all up so I don’t think anyone cood tell I had (fakin’) bacon in my yogurt. Some people just aren’t as opened minded as bloggers šŸ˜‰ I can’t believe I’ll be having my first test of the school year in that next Tuesday; didn’t I just move in? Time is a flyin’. I’ll be studying, but I’m not going to burn myself out in any one subject. I love being in college, because it really feels like the grades don’t matter and I can learn for the sake of learning. The internet was tame when I got back to my dorm; what’s up with that? I almost caught up to Google Reader before lunch. That shouldn’t happen:

Vegan Bacon And BBQ Baked Beans, Snap Peas, Broccoli, Artichoke And Chickpea Salad

Vegan Bacon And BBQ Baked Beans, Snap Peas, Broccoli, Artichoke And Chickpea Salad

Nothing really appealed at the diner until I found the vegan BBQ baked beans; I don’t remember I had baked beans, and I don’t even think these were originally from a can! I added 1 1/2 strips fakin’ bacon since I’m clearly addicted to really give it a smokiness. The side was good old steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, and some artichoke/garbanzo bean cold salad that I’m sure had too much EVOO but don’t want to know(hey, that rhymed!). I think the baked beans were dense, more than I realized because I felt like a 300lb trucker after finishing off the bowl. When I did and there was a commercial, this happened:

Broken Bowl

Broken Bowl

Way to go, Evan. It might not had been so annoying if I dropped it after scrubbing the thick sauce from the sides, but no luck their either. Now I’m a little annoyed because I already thought that bowl was on the larger side and the 2 others in the set are larger; I do not need 30oz of soup. I guess a Bed, Bath, And Beyond trip is in my near future.

After lunch and Days my roommate was still around and I just felt like getting outside. Enter grocery trip! Why some people don’t choose to go to a grocery store every day I’ll never understand; it’s just one of life’s simpler pleasures. There was some good sales at Eastside Market:

Live Lobsters

Live Lobsters

As much as I love lobster, I wasn’t sure how bringing a new “pet” back and figuring out some way to boil him would’ve worked out. Shame, too. Oh well, I imagine they don’t taste as good as when you get them right on the shores of Maine like I’m used to. I’m also really excited because Eastside Market is moving all their natural frozen foods to the natural food section. Is this a weird thing to be excited about? Don’t answer that. I figured it was time to leave when I started browsing the ice creams even though I thought I wasn’t hungry and it is in no way ice cream weather(which is a shame because Breyer’s All Natural is 2.99 a 1/2 gallon this week). I ended up with some simple loot:

Libby's Canned Pumpkin

Libby's Canned Pumpkin

That plus a Rachael Ray magazine. The only two worth buying in my mind are Food Network and Rachael Ray(see a pattern?). I’ve heard rumors of a pumpkin shortage this year? Well it hasn’t affected Eastside apparently since they had a full stock at 2.39 a can. I was definitely hungrier than I knew so I made a snack:

Pumpkin Oats With Seed Butter

Pumpkin Oats With Seed Butter

This was actually using an older can of pumpkin I’m working on emptying before cracking open the mother of all cans. In case you missed it, the secret Naturally Nutty butter is a blend of flax, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds with vanilla powder and all spice; it totally hit my vanilla tooth for the afternoon. I had heard it would be available by now but it’s not on their website. I hope it comes out soon because I’m almost out and it’s too. good. for. words. I was so ambitious yesterday afternoon, even making up a little study area with all the essentials:

Study Area

Study Area

Decaf coffee is always an essential and don’t you forget it. In reality? I got a lot of… internet procrastinating done šŸ™‚ I think once you’ve read one dead language, you feel like you’ve read them all and just need a little break(i.e. any time you aren’t in class). I might not have had a lot of inspiration reading, but there was definitely inspiration in this snack:

Apple With Yellow Mustard

Apple With Yellow Mustard

So this has become one of my new favorite combos. I’m not sure what type of apple this was, but it’s a bit on the tarter side. It’s a shame that the cafeteria hasn’t had more Red Deliciouses for me to steal lately but the tartness worked wonderfully with the mustard. It might have been a Macintosh? Ok, you know you’re a blogger when you obsess not knowing what type of apple you ate. Anyway, my friend I was supposed to meet for dinner totally ditched me because he got an invite to a real dinner on someone else’s dollar, lucky bastard, so IĀ trekkedĀ over to the V-W cafeteria.

Seafood Gumbo, Sauteed Peppers And Asparagus, Cooked Veggie Medley, Tofu Pineapple Curry With Rice

Seafood Gumbo, Sauteed Peppers And Asparagus, Cooked Veggie Medley, Tofu Pineapple Curry With Rice

Well, neither dining hall really grabbed me last night but I thought I’d give this one a try. When I got there and made my plate, it still didn’t grab me. The shrimp in the gumbo were tough and it was pretty flavorless altogether. I’m also pretty prejudice… against white rice that is. I tried picking out the tofu and pineapple in the curry but there was so little compared to the rice I just gave up. After I took this picture, I realized I was going to be filling up on veggies, so I wanted to really full up. I went back and got another serving of the cooked veggies and 2 more servings of the asparagus and red peppers. On the bright side, the asparagus was actually properly cooked(!!). That in itself almost made the meal worth it.

A bad meal always feels like a downer to me–like I could have had something good but instead I wasted a meal on something unworthy. That’s not a good way to think about things, though, so I shaked that thought from my mind. I reminded myself: I eat a lot, and can eat whatever I want whenever I want, so nothing goes wasted, especially when you eat wholesome,Ā nutritiousĀ food. That thought made me feel good(and the coffee I grabbed on the way back made me feel that much better ;-)). I got back to the dorm, turned on the TV, rubbed my fiber/coffee baby belly, and put on my PJ’s to get some work done.

The rest of the night was just a bit off. Throughout all off Survivor I didn’t even have an appetite for dessert. That’s not like me. Speaking of Survivor, what is with doing yoga on a deserted island in the middle of a competition? That’s not right. And how are these people being played by Russell so well? I need to be on one season so I can show them all how to really play the game. At 9 I had to make a heart wrenching decision: Grey’s Anatomy or The Office? I chose Grey’s Anatomy since I was in more of a drama mood and know that the Office will be on nbc.com later today. I like this season of Grey’s so far. It’s a bit dramatic and out there, but that’s totally why I watch the show. About midway through Grey’s things got more normal and I got a bit of hunger:

Double Chocolate Dreams Vitatop With Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Yogurt With Figs And Vanilla Sugar

Double Chocolate Dreams Vitatop With Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Yogurt With Figs And Vanilla Sugar

Can I tell you another weird thing about last night? I peed 4 times before any dessert and at least 1 more time later on and drank nothing after my coffee. My fiber/coffee belly must had been bigger than I realized and I was carrying triplets or something. I love my vitatops but one thing I don’t like is thereĀ inconsistencyĀ in toppings. This literally had 2 white chocolate chips–that should happen. At least that way it didn’t interfere with my Rapunzel Nut Butter. And the vanilla sugar went perfect in the yogurt. Before I mixed in a little bit of my NuNaturals vanilla stevia and with the sugar it had a really authentic flavor. By 10:30 I still didn’t have much of an appetite, but I did not want to wake up feeling like crap because I didn’t eat right so I made what bit of a snack I could talk myself into:

Muffin Butt With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Muffin Butt With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

For every muffin top there has to be a muffin bottom, right? I may be prejudice against white rice, but not against muffin butts.

After falling asleep to some LOUD ASS frat parties, I woke up this morning not feeling great but not feeling bad either; I was more or less apathetic to running. That meant to me just do it, so I hit the gym and decided an easy-paced 8-miler was what the doctor ordered. I don’t think I looked at the stats for the first 7 miles; at one point I thought I might as well make it 10 but my shins and what felt like a bloody toe snapped me into reality and I settled for 8, finishing in 67:44. Again, I came back to more or less no appetite. What the hell? I don’t believe in forcing one’s self to eat, but there are certain times when one would be a dumb ass not to do so, so instead I like to think I “convinced” myself into these:

AppleBerry Vitatop, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Apricot Jam And Cream Cheese

AppleBerry Vitatop, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Apricot Jam And Cream Cheese

Fig And Vanilla Sugar Yogurt

Fig And Vanilla Sugar Yogurt

The vitatop was an easy bargain; that flavor tastes fruity and delicious and perfect for fall, not to mention you get way more than 2 toppings. I had the last of my english muffins :,-( And believe it or not there wasn’t a nut butter I really wanted so I stuck with cheese and fruit. The yogurt combo was all I could think of; if you heat your figs in the microwave for 20 seconds they get extra juicy and very flavorful. I poured out a glass of carrot juice to go with this only to find out my carrot juice is not so fresh after a few weeks in my fridge. I still love the flavor of carrot juice and appreciate the post-run energy it has to offer but I’ve cut back way on my consumption and definitely don’t feel like I need it anymore, especially if it’s only going to go bad by the time I get around to it.

I started the week thinking TGIM and now I’m all about the TGIF. I feel like I have so much to do I’m going to be happy to just finish with classes for the week. Like I mentioned, The Office is top priority, above all that essay stuff. And I want to find out the weekend sales at Whole Foods which those sneaky people don’t disclose on their sites. Who knows, maybe I’ll even run in to Emma again? šŸ™‚ Crossing my fingers!

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Our Desserts Are Not Normal

Posted on September 25, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Like all Thursday mornings, yesterday was rush rush rush. I actually finished my breakfast in under an hour. I literally can not think the last time I ate that fast(because a fly usually can be born and die while I eat a meal). Greek class was pleasant as always. Another gem of a quote from my professor(this one’s mostly sane), “A coffee addiction is a terrible thing; I have to wear a lot of Brown clothes”. Too true. And unfortunately for me, decaf stains and burns the same. I grabbed lunch at the Ratty and came back to this horror:

Google Reader

Google Reader

You all keep me busy; please keep it coming. I pretty much tore down what I brought from the lunchroom and rebuilt it into a more decent meal:

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Savory Spinach, 3 Bean Salad With Steak Sauce, Mustard, And Maple Syrup

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Savory Spinach, 3 Bean Salad With Steak Sauce, Mustard, And Maple Syrup

What did I learn at this meal? Let’s see. Broccoli from salad bar steamed in a little water in the microwave is beast. My microwave’s potato setting actually does a decent job but this could have used a bit longer. “Savory spinach” is just spinach cooked down. And cheese can easily be picked out of 3 bean salad which can then be sauced however you please. I thought the steak sauce, mustard, and maple syrup would make a nice flavor together. It was OK, but not as great as I had hopes for. Anyway, I ate this and worked worked worked my way through google reader, watching some quality Days. I planned to give my legs a complete rest yesterday and just mostly hang around. I’m not good at following the itinerary, because at 2 I was headed out the door with this in hand:

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

Coffee and chocolate make a mocha heaven, that’s all I’m saying. In case anyone’s ever wondered what this Midnight Moo stuff I talk so much about is, it’s Trader Joe brand organic chocolate syrup. It’s very well priced compared to the competitors and all natural, so definitely pick some up if you’re lucky enough to live near a TJ’s. Where was I headed and why? I think this sums it up:

Black Mission Figs

Black Mission Figs

1.88 a pint for black mission figs. Curse you, Eastside Market, for ruining my rest day with such a great sale. How could I say no? And of course while I was there I had to shop the whole store AND the Whole Foods right across the way. I knew once I started looking at 1/2lb blocks of raw cheddar cheese, I needed to get out of there with my wallet in tact. Well, I actually kept my spending really modest after all.

Pint Of Black Mission Figs And Peanut Butter Z-Bars

Pint Of Black Mission Figs And Peanut Butter Z-Bars

With sales and coupons, that was all 3.80. I would call that a success, wouldn’t you? I hear Spooky Smores Z-Bars are out there now; if you’ve found them, I envy you. I saw them on their website over the Summer and was unsuccessful in tracking them down thus far. I have high hopes for the Halloween season but not if the only stores I can get to are Eastside Market and Whole Foods. Anyway, I decided to watch How I Met Your Mother when I got back and make a study–wait for it…–snack:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

I do not understand Smart Balance Peanut Butter–I just slip my spoon under it and eat it. It doesn’t have any fun flavor, and it’s made to be healthier, so how come it tastes so funky fresh good? The mysteries of life… I really liked that episode of HIMYM and the show’s progression. Robin and Barney are too cute together. After this I finished up all my homework for Friday(impressive, no?) just in time for dinner:

Brussel Sprouts, Hugh Jass Salad, Vegan Chili

Brussel Sprouts, Hugh Jass Salad, Vegan Chili

I totally got the “why is that guy taking pictures of his food” look for this one, but it was worth it. I was not feeling the protein or veggie option tonight. So, when in Rome doubt, I made a sald. Let me tell you what went down in that. I started with some spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Topped that with broccoli, onion, shredded carrots, and shredded beets. Finished with the jalapenoes and sunflower seeds. Can we say winner, winner, no chicken in that dinner? I’ll have to remember that long ass combo. When I was finished my mound of green and my friend his white cake with chocolate pudding frosting, he asked me why I never eat dessert there. Rather than open up the whole can of worms on eating unrefined, all natural, food that actually looks appealing, and all that jazz, I told him I have a lot of desserts like oats and peanut butter when I go back to my room. He told me that wasn’t “dessert”. Oh no? I think someone doesn’t read enough blogs…

Actually, my desserts did start out pretty normal by all standards:

Fig And Almond Blondies, Black Mission Figs

Fig And Almond Blondies, Black Mission Figs

I defrosted one of my fig and almond blondies which was perfect for the night. If I go home this weekend, I’m definitely grabbing a ton of figs and baking a big old batch. I love that they aren’t too too sweet but the honey is definitely prevalent, and how incredibly moist they are. Figs are a funny thing, I must say; when they’re ripe, they’re perfection, but when they aren’t they’re just bland. Some of these were ripe; some of these were bland. I was pretty enthralled in Survivor while eating these. I thought the entire show was ridiculous and hilarious in a “laugh at not with” kind of way. Russell finding the immunity idol without any clues kind of p-ed me off since I hate him, but that has to be one of the greatest Survivor moves out there. And when he and his tribe mate were being racist–priceless. Not good, just good TV that makes them the people you love to hate. After Survivor, it was new show, new snack time:

English Muffin With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread And Fig Preserves

English Muffin With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread And Fig Preserves

I don’t care if you’re a healthy eater or not, how can white chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, and fig not be appealing as a dessert? Seriously, normal people aren’t normal. I was super excited for the 2 hours of Grey’s Anatomy. No surprises with George being killed off; I was surprised how not sad that all seemed. I liked the story line progression. To be honest, my favorite scenes have always been the one’s where Chandra Wilson’s and Sandra Oh’s characters have broken down and gone apeshit crazy. I’m looking forward to what’s to come with the hospitals merging, but I hope it doesn’t get too too dramatic in a soap opera way(though I do like my Days). I would have made some delectable oats during the second episode, but my roommate and his friend were around, and I didn’t feel quite like breaking out the food scale and measuring grains in front of them. Instead I stuck with toast with the best jam in the world, a peanut butter Z-Bar, and some more of these:

Black Mission Fig

Black Mission Fig

This morning was about as “5 more minutes of sleep, mommy” as I get. I really didn’t want to get up, nor go to the gym, nor do a damn thing. On top of that, I was feeling a little hungry which was a sign to me that yesterday’s fueling was not enough. As I snacked on some figs and peanuts, I thought about whether or not I wanted to run this morning. I realized the shirt I was wearing was my Nike shirt from the Olympic collection which says “Just Do It” on it. How could I ignore that? I went to the gym, got on the treadmill, and just ran. There was a giant EXIT sign in front of my machine, but that’s one sign I ignored. Half an hour in, I got off to turn on the TV, because running without it is just a sin. I surprised myself by doing 7.34 in an hour flat. That’s a much better pace and further than yesterday, all on a day when I wasn’t feeling it. Needless to say I was pretty cocky proud of myself. After I showered I was ready for the oats that never were from last night and more:

Fluff And Fig Oatmeal, English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Carrot Juice

Fluff And Fig Oatmeal, English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Carrot Juice

Nothing was bad about this meal. I baked the figs in the oatmeal which diffused the flavor well. If anybody wondered what kind of Fluff I use, it’s by a local company called Tiny Trapeze, and it’s all natural and vegan. The almond butter is Naturally Nutty. It’s definitely not one of my favorite flavor of theirs, but that’s just because they make so many other great flavors this one gets swept under the rug in comparison.

TGIF! I’m so ready for this weekend, not like I have any clue what I’m doing as of yet. I’m excited because one of my favorite shows, Ghost Whisperer, comes back on tonight; I think Jennifer Love Hewitt makes an excellent dramatic actress. I need to decide if I want to take a trip home this weekend, which seems sensible since my roommate and best friend will both be out of town and wild atlantic salmon is on sale at Whole Foods. Ok, I’m more persuaded by the latter argument, I’m not going to lie. Have a good Friday!

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