Those Extra Miles I Didn’t Know I Had

Posted on April 5, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don’t know what it was, but after this morning’s post I had no motivation for running :-/ I could feel the energy from the maple sugar leaf(drool), but something wasn’t clicking. I even sipped on half a can of Zevia Twist–no clue why! Finally I just threw myself out the door and hoped something would happen. At the very least, I had 3 new songs on my ipod to listen to. And I’ll say that the first miles were tough. Nothing was achey physically but mentaly something still hadn’t clicked. Trucking along I got more and more into it; before I knew it, I threw myself onto the long route I did Saturday without my Garmin.

13.23 Miles In 1:52:04

13.23 Miles In 1:52:04

And it was long! This is definitely my furthest distance running. And even though I was mildly tired by the end, mentally I was ready to go further. Do you ever feel like you need to get going before you really get going? I don’t even know how to process being able to do runs this long. And enjoy them! If only they didn’t drain time from the day. After that, lunch was canned.

Tuna And Chickpea Dill Salad, Raw Broccoli And Nut Cheese

Tuna And Chickpea Dill Salad, Raw Broccoli And Nut Cheese

Literally. I made a salad with the leftover kale, chickpeas, tuna, and lots of dill seasoning; dill is my favorite for fish and this was just like my favorite salmon burgers which I’m sure there’ll be plenty of in the Summer. And did you catch that other plate?

Raw Broccoli And Nut Cheese

Raw Broccoli And Nut Cheese

A lot of you had good guesses as to what was in that jar on the last post; the answer was nut cheese! Cashew cheese, to be exact. I’m definitely no expert and won’t even bother posting a recipe or how-to as of yet, because I’m still learning. The texture was perfectly airy and delicious. The flavor was more meh; it tasted like cashews. I think it needed to culture more, though–again–I’m so separated from the science of all of this.

Gingerberry Kombucha

Gingerberry Kombucha

This afternoon was spent procrastinating/packing more/etc. Instead of randomly snacking, I sipped on a new flavor of Kombucha. Among the benefits of kombucha is “weight management”; I would take any and all claims of the “health”iness of this drink with a grain of salt. BUT I will say that sipping on this throughout the afternoon definitely eliminated any random snacking and was far more tasty(OK, this is a preference). have you tried kombucha yet? Why do you drink it, if so? For me, it’s all about the flavor and probiotic boost.

Giovvana's White Chocolate Cranberry Gelato

Giovvana's White Chocolate Cranberry Gelato

Normally, I like low-fat fro-yo, or rich, fatty vegan ice creams. I forgot about this gelato buried in our freezer. I don’t even like gelato normally but this local brand has won my heart. It’s a lot softer in texture than what I think of as gelato. The white chocolate flavor is incredible; it’s a little curious the ingredients are “whole milk, cranberries, white chocolate, emulsifier”, but the brand is local and food-conscious so I wouldn’t question them. It’s so hard to track this down, though!

Cantaloupe, Honey Dew, And Watermelon

Cantaloupe, Honey Dew, And Watermelon

After my extended Spring Break, we really needed to pack it up and hit the road tonight. On the way, I snacked on some melons from Easter tossed with a little sea salt. Salt makes sweet fruit sooooo much better. Try it if you haven’t!

Roasted Carrots And Broccoli, General Gao's Chicken, Golden Sesame Tofu

Roasted Carrots And Broccoli, General Gao's Chicken, Golden Sesame Tofu

And dinner was at one of the best restaurants in town: Whole Foods. OK, there are better restaurants, but this is fast, easy, and everyone can get what they’d like. I had some roasted veggies, of course; these always taste better when you don’t have to roast them. And then I got a strip of General Gao’s chicken and golden sesame(fried) tofu. I know I’ve asked a lot of questions, but here’s what I really want to know: What do you get at the salad bar, Whole Foods or not? The last few times I got pretty boring stuff; what I really like to get is nasty, greasy stuff like I did tonight. I love it because I know it’s just as unhealthy but I feel better eating it because it’s from Whole Foods; really, what Chinese restaurant do you know that guarantees naturally raised chicken?

OK, my bed looks like a disaster zone because I just threw everything that didn’t need refrigeration on it and started blogging. I need to work on that and hit the hay for 9am class!

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Productivity

Posted on November 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I guess my productivity is like condensation in New England: when it rains, it pours. Before i had showered, eaten, blogged, or even stretched yesterday morning, I had my laundry going. At 12, it was done and my bed looked like this:

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Unfolded Laundry

Amazingly, I resisted the urge to put on freshly washed pajamas. Don’t lie; we all want to do that when it’s fresh out of the drier. Instead, I folded and put everything away, and worked on the first of my 3 history midterm essays while I waited for my dad to come at 2. I would have thought I’d get hungry by then but I think I was so immersed in writing I didn’t notice anything. I did grab this for a little pep:

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Zevia Cola

Did you know all of Zevia’s sodas are caffeine free except this one? That’s because it’s naturally flavored and the kola nut naturally has caffeine. That really is making me wonder what’s in caffeine-free coke, though I suppose that’s so unnatural to begin with it doesn’t matter. When my dad did show up, we had a good laugh.

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Frying Pan

He brought a package that came for me in the mail over the week. Neither of us knew exactly what it would be or who it was from. It turned out to be a frying pan I won last month; doesn’t everybody need a lightweight frying pan for their dorm? We put it back in the box to bring home. Because it was 2pm, I started wanting lunch, so we stopped at Whole Foods to hit up the salad bar.

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Grilled Peppers, Lemon Rice, Gobhi Matar, Aloo Baingan, Chicken In Chettinad Sauce

Weighing food is the worst idea ever; don’t let me know if I’m about to eat well over a pound of sauce-laden goodness. This is actually one of the first times I ever had Indian; it’s not a common cuisine around my town and it smelled so good I thought I’d try it. I liked it but I bet there are better dishes out there to try. My favorite was probably the chicken, which was a very fatty cut of meat but very delicious as well. I consider eating ethnically to be productive because it’s expanding my horizon. I didn’t actually finish it all. I intuitively ate the first half, then ate another 1/4 because it was damn good 🙂

On the way home we also stopped by Market Basket; no matter when you go that store has the longest lines, and everybody’s cart looks like they’re coming from BJ’s. They didn’t have vitatops this time or the bread I was looking for, but we did get something for dinner, pumpkin for baking, gardenburgers, and Oikos and soy yogurt from Whole Foods. In the car ride I wasn’t able to write but I did come up with a decent thesis for my Epic Poetry paper.

When we got home I plugged in my computer and got to work(there might have been some Montana scrubbing in there somewhere). I finished my first essay and started on the next. Along the way, I needed a study snack.

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Vitabrownie And Plain Soy Yogurt

The hug was entirely K inspired. Note: soy yogurt doesn’t hug quite as well as regular yogurt, but it kind of looks like a pillowy cloud if you ask me. This vitabrownie definitely needed a hug because it got a little squished in the freezer. Time in the microwave was totally the medicine for that. I was a bit more productive(get the theme of this post?) until it was time for dinner.

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Mahi Mahi With Soyaki, Corn On The Cob, Beets

Wow is all I can say. It seems so simple and like the dishes I had all Summer but for some reason this was so much more welcomed yesterday. I think I haven’t had corn on the cob in months; talk about your whole grain. And the beets were fun if only because I haven’t had any in months again. They left behind a lot of red juice and I joked with my mom(sort of serious, though) that she should collect it to make red velvet cake. Did you know Whole Foods sells natural food coloring for the holiday season? Expect to see some come Christmas time. Also, the mahi mahi was much better than Friday’s chewier fish, and the soyaki sauce put it over the top.

Well what helps productivity more than a full belly? After dinner I finished my second essay(booyah) and printed some recipes I was planning to make, as well as catch up on DVRed shows. Like I said, when it rains it pours. Ice cream was a well deserved treat.

 

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Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Soy Ice Cream

Unfortunately, I finished off this flavor. This was definitely my favorite find from the Summer. And it seemes like they carry it at more and more stores these days! How exciting. I also had some coffee and worked on this blog post(see how productive I am doing things ahead of time :-)) Unwrapped was having a marathon on The Food Network = heaven. Heaven like these oats:

 

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Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, And Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Chocolate, maple, ginger, peanut, pumpkin, etcetera, etcetera. These were delicious fuel for… well lounging around and translating Latin. That takes energy, and plenty, trust me. My dad bought an 8oz container of chocolate butter toffee when he placed his Naturally Nutty order(ps. If my dad has placed an order all his own, what’s slowing down you cool cats?). It’s ok, but I think I like butter toffee peanut butter and chocolate chips better for the contrast.

 

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cream Cheese

One last snack and I was done. I wanted to try my dad’s maple butter he’s always loved that comes from our grandparents. There’s no butter in maple butter, it’s basically just crystallized maple syrup you keep in the fridge and spread like maple syrup. It was awesome! Though I could easily see myself going a little overboard with a tub of this in my dorm, haha.

Well remember how yesterday morning I had hoped to write 2 essays, pick a thesis, and translate 3 odes, and I thought that was a crazy amount? Well, I did everything but about 30 lines of poetry! I had no idea I’d actually get that much done. But I’m glad I did. What should I set myself for today? 1/2 my Epic essay sounds like a good goal. Let’s keep the productivity rolling. But first, this welcomed sight:

 

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Recipes

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Ingredients

 

 

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I Came, I Orientated, I Conquered

Posted on September 7, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Goodmorning! I hope you enjoyed the weekend of Product Reviews. It was a ton of fun to try out those foods, and I didn’t want to leave you hanging over the weekend while I was moving.

Friday night was a bit of fun, as my last night at home. I certainly celebrated with this:

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

Rum Raisin Gelato

Rum Raisin Gelato

The Banana bread with the NuNaturals baking blend turned out phenomenal. My whole family loved it. It’s meant to be used as a 1:! replacement for sugar, but since I do such low sugar anyway and this brings fiber to the table, I thought I’d double it. It made the bread nice and sweet without having a fake-sugar taste. I’m pretty sure my dad’s convinced I just added more sugar! And I follow the “No pint left behind” policy. I think Mr. Clinton’s down with me on that one. I finished off the Rum Raisin Gelato(which I started earlier that night) because it was sooo good. Raisins in ice cream? I didn’t think so either but it worked!

The next morning I ran a fast 5.3. I thought my legs would be shot after 10 miles but I really felt it and got home quick. i showered, made a day-starting breakfast, and we were into the car and off to Brown. We thought it would be packed, crazy-hecticness all around but it actually wasn’t that bad. We found some spots and started moving into the dorm room. It was definitely a work in progress for most of the day.

Working On The Dorm

Working On The Dorm

Can I say I felt a little embarrassed by how much I was bringing? It felt like every time there was another load from the car to be brought up. I’m pretty sure my roommate thought I was bringing my whole room! It actually wasn’t that much once we unpacked things, put them in their proper places, and figured out what really wasn’t necessary. When you start putting storage bins in storage bins, you know you’re all set. For lunch break we went to Whole Foods where I had my first ever salad bar experience.

Whole Foods Salmon, Quinoa, And Vegetables

Whole Foods Salmon, Quinoa, And Vegetables

So much talk goes on about the Whole Foods salad bar. I actually wasn’t all that impressed with this one. It’s a very small Whole Foods, so maybe that’s the problem. the salmon from the kitchen was decent, though. Too bad my college isn’t closer to the Dedham Whole Foods. I lost count of how many salad bars that place had–it even had trifles and bread pudding! Ridiculous.

Caesar Augustus

Caesar Augustus

I had to be a complete Classics nerd and take a picture of Mr. Augustus who is located on the greens right outside my dorm. No one tell him I wrote a thesis completely bashing him last year, k? thnx.

Around 4 we had a list piled for last-minute stuff from Bed, Bath, And Beyond, so we headed over to the Providence Place Mall. Wouldn’t you know who we saw on the way? Mrs. Hermoine Granger herself. We were also very non-chalante about the whole thing. I think we were yelling “nobody stare!” as we threw our heads out the window for a better look. I figure in a few weeks this is going to be such old news because everyone will have seen her around, but it was fun for the time. At the mall I had my first TCBY experience ever.

TCBY White Chocolate FroYo Soft Serve

TCBY White Chocolate FroYo Soft Serve

You just don’t get these in MA. It was really good, even though probably artificial and all. Gotta have a little moderation sometimes. I still prefer J.P. Licks for my artificialness splurging, though. Maybe some other day they’ll have Peanut Butter soft serve, yum 🙂

Grilled Chicken, Salad Bar Concoction

Grilled Chicken, Salad Bar Concoction

For dinner I met up with a high school friend at the main dining hall, which is also right outside my dorm. What was I to expect from college food? I think it delivered what the expectation was. i stuck with grilled chicken, since that seemed pretty untainted, and went to the salad bar where I got a little crazy. Of course, I followed Miss Holly‘s advice and loaded up on the sunflower seeds.

Honey Maple Peanut Butter

Honey Maple Peanut Butter

When I got back to the dorm I needed a little grain and nut-loving. I found this new one at Whole Foods–it’s a local! Made in Providence, this butter has 14 grams of protein per serving! Not to mention it was honey maple. Overall it tasted very similar to Butter Toffee Peanut Butter from Naturally Nutty, so I was quite pleased. We had some orientation games and safety briefings, and afterwards my friend from dinner came over and we caught up. I was ready to turn in by 11:20, but with my mind racing(not to mention the frats partying) I have no clue when I got to bed.

Sunday I woke up early by chance and decided to stay up. I organized my desk a little before a run:

Desk Area

Desk Area

Don’t it look spiffy? I went out not really knowing where I was going or what I was doing. Turns out Providence is hilly! I ended up going to the State house, the Whole Foods from yesterday, and up and down Thayer street, totaling 5.2 miles. A bit slow because I didn’t know where I was going, but fun nonetheless. I decided to “eat in” so I could catch up on my ridiculous emails and google reader.

Yogurt With Microwaved Banana And Granola, English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Blueberry Jam

Yogurt With Microwaved Banana And Granola, English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Blueberry Jam

My first breakfast as a college student, and it felt good! I will say the oddest thing I miss is a toaster. Really? Are toasters going to come alive and hold the dorm hostage or something? I just want my bread hard and crispy, it’s not a crime! But besides that, I will manage.

Mid-morning I went for a walk to try and find the other Providence Whole Foods. It took quite a while and I half wanted to turn around midway through. I mean, check how scary these Providence streets are:

Scary Sign

Scary Sign

This sign had me laughing out loud shaking in my boots. I was so happy I kept going, though, because this Whole Foods is full sized deliciousness. I didn’t even have anything I really needed, but I bought some bread to make it all worth while. 3.89 for a loaf is going to make this an expensive habit, but I’m way too picky to be satisfied with the stuff in the dining hall. Man was I spoiled over the Summer. When I got back I had plenty of computer issues to deal with, so I took my lunch from the dining hall to-go.

Veggie Burger With Black Beans And Salsa, Brown Rice, Green Beans

Veggie Burger With Black Beans And Salsa, Brown Rice, Green Beans

I’m getting better at navigating the dining hall and picking out the stuff I feel good eating about. Sure, this wasn’t a gardenburger and it definitely didn’t taste like my beloved griller’s vegans, but I worked with what I got.

Afterward my parents dropped by(living 45 minutes away has its ups and downs, but for now this was an up). We hooked up my TV so I can obsess over crappy shows when I should be doing work. After they left, I sat down with a snack:

Microwaved Banana Goodness Bread With Vanilla Chobani

Microwaved Banana Goodness Bread With Vanilla Chobani

This wasn’t bad(of course it wasn’t bad, that banana bread is the shit best). It just wasn’t frozen yogurt 😦 I can maybe squeeze a small pint in my freezer; I just have to convince my parents that their poor college student needs ice cream to study.

For dinner we met up at 5 to eat. Wtf? Does anybody in their right mind under the age of 60 eat dinner at 5? I wasn’t hungry, but look what was on the menu!

Salmon, Lentils, Peppers

Salmon, Lentils, Peppers

Salmon and lentils! Ok, they weren’t very well cooked, but I sooo didn’t care. It was just refreshing to know that the dining hall had these foods. I ate it up. After dinner. I felt rebellious. Normally I’m Mr. follow the rules, but just not today. You know what I did? I went out and bought a toaster. I know this is serious stuff I’m dealing with: a toaster. I could kill thousands with it sitting under my bed. But I really really needed a good piece of toast, which is exactly what I had.

Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter, Kashi Vive

Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter, Kashi Vive

Crisp. Hot. Burnt. Delicious. It was way overpriced considering how bad quality it is(13 dollars for what?!) but it was very much worth it. I also opened up my Vive cereal. The little vanilla nuggets all sunk to the bottom but I fished them up. This cereal is one of my favorites already. Just the smell is like Smores at a camp fire. The vanilla nuggets are kind of overrated, but I’m sure they’d be better in milk. I really like the flakes in this since they have a slightly cinnamon tone to them. I don’t eat cereal much, but I love using it for granola, and this seems like a perfect topper to any vanilla yogurt.

After that I went out to the official New Class festival where I got my picture taken with the Brown Bear! Haha, I’ll share that in a little bit. I didn’t get much sleep the night before so I went back to my room. I didn’t think I’d fall asleep so quickly but I know my tv timer hadn’t even gone off by the time I was out like a light. I should have checked my alarm, because apparently I hadn’t set it and woke up scrambling at 8:17(the one day we have something at 9am required). Clearly I couldn’t run so I showered, threw together a breakfast, and now I’m off. Catch you all later!

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