Beam Green

June 25, 2009

It is much much too late so this will be a quick post (I am sorry it’s been so sporadic lately!).  This morning for breakfast I had a Cashew Cookie Lara Bar on the train.

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This flavor was only ok.  It doesn’t even come close to pb cookie!

For lunch I packed a Jazz Apple and a lowfat strawberry yogurt.

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The yogurt was Wallaby.

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It was pretty tasty, and I liked the chunks of strawberry, but it was too thin for my liking.  I also ate a serving of Doctor Kracker Cherry Seminola Crisps.

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Today was a ridiculous “school” day.  We were told point blank not to teach this week and babysitting is getting pretty boring.  I did manage to clean/close up my entire room today though, so that’s done.  I brought in Newman-O’s to bribe my kids into cleaning.

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I enjoy these, but stuck to one cookie.  They taste like Oreos but have a deeper flavor, like the cookie is dark instead of milk chocolate.  I’ve also been carrying this tin of mints around this week and it’s been rocking my socks, they have the perfect amount of cool mintiness.

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Plus, my nickname for A is Ice Bear so the tin alone makes me smile.

After a lazy hazy school day things got very busy after school.  I rushed home right at 3 for a dentist appointment.  My mouth is in good shape but I do need to make flossing more of a priority.  Next up was a trip to Dashing Diva; my eyebrows were so out of control I didn’t even want to attempt to deal with them!  I also got my nails done.

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Bright purple to celebrate a fast-approaching summer!  My final event was Beam Green in Manhattan.  I stopped and got a pizza toastie for the train ride up.

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This is basically just a pizza sandwich style – sourdough, marinara, mozzarella.

I am saving my thoughts on the event for tomorrow, but for now I’ll mention that I had a green juice and it was delicious.

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A met me at the Subway when I got home (at 11!) and we made a quick stop and I picked up dinner.

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I ate about half of this Vegan Chicken Lo Mein for a 300calorie serving.

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And now I need to shower and collapse into bed.  Tomorrow will be better, I swear!

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“School”

June 16, 2009

It is a late, late night.  I was at school for more than 12hours today – eeek!  I will try to keep this brief, I am long long overdue for cuddling with A.

For train breakfast I went with pb cookie bar version 2.0 –

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Luna Bars are good, but this flavor is better in Lara Bars.

“School” (lets add some “”””””””””s) was ridiculous today.  There was not 1 single teaching period.  1-3 were used for predictive testing.  4-5 were graduation practice.  6 was lunch.  7-8 were for handing out yearbooks/caps & gowns.  The super fun part was that 4-8 I was in the library with all the kids who will NOT be graduating – good times.

Lunch went the museli route again.

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Nonfat Plain Fage, 1/4C oats, 1/4C unsweetened dried blueberries, 1t triple berry preserves.  I love using leftover salsa jars as my to-go containers.

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I also packed an apple to munch.

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After “school” there was an awards ceremony from 6-8 so I stayed there.  I walked 8 blocks (through the serious ghetto) with 2 kids to pick up the balloons for decorations.  Picture the whitest girl you know walking through the yard of a housing project carring 25 shiny balloons.  Oh yeah.

While I decorated I snacked on a serving of Doctor Kracker Cherry Seminola Crips with 4 figs.

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And around 5 Mr. B and Ms. M and I knew we needed to have a quick escape so we headed to a nearby diner for dinner.  The options were typical diner food and therefore dinner was lame.

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I ate about 3/4 each of the chicken fingers and the fries.

I had a good time at the awards ceremony, it was fun to see some of the kids all dressed up.  I presented a set of awards but mostly I sat in the audience clapping loudly.  I shared these Sour Patch Kids with a coworker.

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I didn’t get home until after 9 and then A and I had a loooong conversation – I have very interesting news that I will hopefully be sharing by the end of the week.  While I typed this blog post I ate three (a serving) strawberry chocolates.

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And it’s bedtime.  Sweet dreams!


Drag Me

June 2, 2009

Sorry for my two day absense – my obsessive need to be near A has lead me to make some stupid (but fun!) decisions.  I’ve done a LOT so this with be a slightly less detailed account.  It’s been a great two days, but I’ll backtrack…..

Monday morning I ate a Cookie Dough Balance Bar for my train breakfast.

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I try not to eat Balance Bars all the time because they do have 2.5 – 4grams of saturated fat, but they sure are good!

For lunch I packed a Fiji apple,

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a TJ’s Nonfat Honey Greek Yogurt,

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and 1serving of Doctor Kracker Fire Roasted Crisps.

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The apple was super mealy so I only ate half but the crackers and the yogurt hit the spot.

After school I rushed around trying to get some program applications (I’m going to try to post about this on Thursday) filled out and faxed.  It was a lovely spring day and I was glad I dressed in season for school.

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The picture is blurry but here is the flowery fabric –

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I love this shirt, I got it and the same but in black from H&M last year.

With more rushing, I even managed to make it to the gym for a class.  1st I did 15minutes (2walk/13jog) on the treadmill to warm up.  I did 1.6miles.  Then I headed into a 30minute Abs and Stretching class .  Holey Moley, I couldn’t even finish all of the sets!

Next up, making dinner.  I did some snacking while cooked, I serving each of turkey pepperoni and salted peanuts.

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It is also possible that I ate an ice-cream Snickers bar.

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Yums.

Dinner was very veggie,

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baked tofu in a sea of roasted brussels sprouts with a small pile of coleslaw.  I had never eaten a brussels sprout before this year but now roasted they are one of my favs.

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The tofu I drained, pressed, sliced, then drizzled with evoo and a sprinkle of dried mustard and paprika, baked for 25minutes at 475*.  My eyes were bigger than my stomach, I only ended up eating 2slices (1/3 of the package).

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And finally was homemade cole slaw, recipe below.

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All together.

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The cole slaw was inspired by this sale item at the grocery store –

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Cole Slaw Recipe

  • 4C shredded cabbage
  • 3T mayo
  • 3T apple cidar vinegar
  • 1t sugar
  • 1/2C raisins

Mix to combine and Done.  I’m sure this will be even better leftover.  I love raisins in cole slaw.

Somehow after dinner A convinced me to see a 10:15 showing of “Drag Me to Hell.”  Drag me to Hell is right – Worst.Movie.Ever.  Seriously, I don’t know if you guys remember the year in the ’90’s when 80 movies in a row were terrible (Godzilla, Breakdown, etc.) but this movie was worst than all of those movies combined!  Even scarier was what I ate during the movie (I always eat a ton during scary movies) – an entire container of pretzel bites with fake cheese and a box of cookie dough bites.  Seriously, I’m glad I don’t have pictures.  A calls me a goldfish, I actually made myself nausous.

This morning I was still feeling so gross from the movie-crapfest that my train breakfast didn’t get eaten until well into 2nd period!

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch Clif Bar.  This wasn’t bad, but it was my least favorite flavor in months.

Lunch was a total bust – it seemed like such a good idea at the time, but it just didn’t come together.

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The idea was Pre-Smooshed PB & J Museli: Greek yogurt, oats, raspberries and peanuts.

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Doesn’t that sound good?  Well, no, no it was not.  I took about 2 bites before I decided I’d rather be hungry.

I stayed after school to conference with some kids then rushed to the post office to main in an application.  A was my knight in shining armor today – it was pouring and he came and met me at the train with an umbrella.  Even better, he let me talk him into a meal at Sweet Melissa!

It was wet and chilly enough out for a hot drink so I took full advantage, Sugar and Spice Latte.

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A caramel latte with nonfat milk and homemade cinnamon sugar marshmellows.

For eats I got the Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich.

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It came with a green side salad,

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was served on a crossaint and had green apples and golden raisins in it.

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Delish.  Usually I don’t eat the bread on restaurant sandwiches (and I never eat crossaints) but today I ate the whole thing and it was delicious.

A and I hung out at home for a bit and then he said he was going for a run.  Well, my plan for June is to slowly get back into running shape doing intervals but I’m a crazy-face who misses my husband all day so I jumped up and said I’d go too!  We did some loops in Prospect Park and a few little loops in the Slope.  And get this – in 35minutes (I ran the exact time of my 35minute gym playlist on my i-pod, which was an exciting coindence) we did 4.4miles!  Not only did I know think I could run for 35minutes straight I never thought I could do more than 3miles this out of shape!  Other than a few quick stops for boob adjustment (holey heck I need new sports bras) we ran the entire time.  And my ankles/knees don’t even hurt yet (keeping my fingers crossed)!  I can not even describe to y’all how excited I am.

And then it seemed totally normal to tint my hair…..with Kool Aide (oh yeah!).

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I used 4C of h2o and three mini packets to dip my hair into.  The end result?

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Pretty much zilch.  It’s a little bit darker and it smells fantastic!  In retrospect, when I did this as a teenager I had blonde highlights.  I’m glad I tried though.

Now it’s time for a sweet (smelling, literally) bed time.  I hope everyone’s week has started without a hitch.

Have you ever used food for beauty?  How’d it go?


Doubles and Debacles

May 16, 2009

I realize I’ve been away three days, but this post is a double because it will just cover the last two.  I’ve been super busy (and tired), but I’m sorry I’ve been a boring blogger.

Thursday morning I had the best train breakfast ever.

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Boomi Bars (maple pecan) officially rock my socks!  This was crunchy is the most amazing way and the flavors, salty and sweet, were perfect.

For lunch I packed the 2nd serving of my Pimento Shmento Red Pepper Spread,

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along with a serving of Doctor Kracker, a mini almond sample, and a small apple.

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I also ate this SmartFood sample for dessert, tasty!

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I had to stay late after school for a Smart Board training, and I didn’t get home until after 6.  Somehow I managed to make myself do schoolwork (I’ve been rocking it out this week) before A convinced me to get Thai food for dinner.  We just got a big $ refund from A’s grad school so it seemed like a good way to celebrate.

I went veggie-crazy for dinner.  I had steamed veggie dumplings,

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and a carrot and cabbage spicy salad.

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So good!  The dumplings were nice and chewy and the salad was like a super spicy (non-mayo-y) slaw.

After dinner we went to the grocery store (at 11:30pm!!!) to do our shopping for next week.  On the way home I rounded out my small dinner withmore veggies, this time the unhealthy kind!

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The pizza place we are obsessed with makes the best fries.

For dessert I broke out a grocery store purchase (with a coupon from SWITP)

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Jell-O Sugar Free Banana Fudge Supreme Pudding.  I had a cup with Oreos crunched in.

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You can also visualize an extra 5 oreos, oops.

Friday morning had a bumpy start – my alarm on my cell phone didn’t work and I way overslept, I ended up throwing my cell phone and breaking it in half!  Yes, I do have a temper, but I was particularly angry because I’ve spent so much time this week doing work in advance for next week and I was so proud of myself for getting up early on a Friday.  I hated myself for the last 1.5years because I always oversleep and this week I’ve been actually getting up and then the alarm doesn’t work!?!

I was 15minutes late to work and I didn’t get to eat anything all day.  After school I came home to meet A to buy a new phone and then I finally got something to eat!  A was super excited about the Grand Canyon Dinner for some reason so we went there.

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I ordered the New York Pannini – turkey, bacon, tomato, American cheese, and roasted onions with a side of Russian dressing.

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I modified my order for turkey bacon and no butter on the bread.  It was pretty tasty.

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A’s meal came with dessert so we split the blueberry pie.

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I’ve never had canned pie filling before and I was pretty surprised at how sticky it was!

After dinner we walked home and I fell asleep, at 7o’clock!  I must have been exhausted because I was O-U-T out!  I woke up this morning and got started on work, which is why I am not talking about today until later.  I will however tell you a story…..

The Dumpling Debacle

Or as I am calling it, the Foie Gras Faux Pas.  As you guys know, I am semi-vegetarian.  I eat fowl and fish but haven’t eaten pork or red meat (mammal) since the summer before 8th grade.  As it is, I don’t eat a ton of fish and not all that much fowl, I eat a lot fake meats.  But I especially, do NOT eat duck, as they are my favorite creatures on Earth.  I ate duck at a fancy Chinese restaurant once when I was 13 and my aunt and uncle had taken me to NY for my birthday and I cried for days!

Now, you remember the fabulous chicken dumplings from the FoodBuzz event.  The beyond delicious ones I ate two of?  I found out towards the end of the event that they were in fact chicken FOIE GRAS dumplings!  I ate tortured duck?!?!  And loved it!  I would never seek out foie gras (it is so inhumane that even some full-blown meat eaters are againstit) but I have to say, I’m a little glad I tasted it accidentally.  I am such a foodie and there are a lot of big items I’ll never try because I stopped eating “meat” so young – oxtail, marrow, proscutio, etc.  Don’t think I’m a monster!

If you are semi/vegetarian/vegan – have you ever had any accidents?


Long/Quick, Jumbo Shrimp

May 14, 2009

Hello there!  This could be a looooong post so I’m going to try to keep it brief as I recap the last 2days – I’ve been extra hungry so there’s been a lot of food! 🙂  I’m going to focus just on eats.

For yesterday’s [Tuesday] train breakfast I ate a almond sample and a Soy Joy Apple bar.

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I actually got this free in the park after SWITP.  It was very very tasty but I was surprised to see so much dairy (butter, parmesan cheese?!) in a SOY bar.

For lunch I packed a small apple,

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a Nacy’s Strawberry Yogurt,

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and an Ooba.

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All together.

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I love mixing jam into yogurt so I liked the idea of Nancy’s yogurt.  It was good, but better in theory, it ended up being a little sweet.  I think that is because I’m usually mixing into Greek yogurt which has more of a tang.  Ooba rocked my socks!  Jenna posted about this a while back and I’ve been jealous for months – when I saw it in a store here I practically peed my pants!  It was every bit as good as imagined – sweet without beeing too sweet, perfectly fizzy.

I was starving and lunch didn’t even make a dent so I ended up getting a single serving of Cheez-Its and a Strawberry Rice Crispies Treat out of the vending machine.

After school I rushed to the train to head to Manhattan.  My exciting event was the FoodBuzz 1millionth post celebration at David Burke Townhouse.  I got there a little early so I made a few fun Manhattan stops.  I stopped in at Dylans and bought A a gift.

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And I got a machta energy boost from Jamba Juice.

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Then I headed over to the amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic David Burke Townhouse.  I’m going to say in advance that my pictures (grainy and blury because of bad light) don’t even begin to do the food or decor justice.  The restraunt is modern American and the decorating is egg-cellent.

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There were a lot of people at the event – food buzz staff and bloggers – and I had some really great conversations.  I got a chance to hang out with Missy, Vani, Sarah, and Diana which was fun and I met Melanie for the first time.  I also spotted an instructor from SWITP and had a long conversation with her!

There were several bars around the restaurant and they had Prosecco (one of my favorites) and fabulous signature lychee martinis.  I had one of each.

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In the back room tables of food were set up that blew my mind:

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There was crab and tuna sushi, oysters, crab legs, HUGE prawns, lobster, and more.  Waiters were also walking around with trays of hot food.  Lobster was everywhere and the egg theme was continued in a truely impressive way.  Everything was basically bite-sized.  Here is what I ate:

crab leg, tuna sushi

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prawn, chicken dumpling (I actually had one more unpictured dumpling too, ask me about the dumpling tomorrow, I have a story)

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lobster scramble

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lox, cracker, creme fresh

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lobster flan

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crab sushi

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lobster dumpling

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 chicken and shrimp sate

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best crab cake ever

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crab leg, tuna sushi

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After dinner waiters came around with trays of amazing desserts.  Diana and I were laughing that no matter how full we were we would eat if something new came by (and I did!)  Here are my dessert eats, also all bite-sized:

apple tart

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strawberry cheesecake pop

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butterscotch panna cotta

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chocolate cheesecake pop

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donut thing – bombolini

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grapefruit bar (I wanted to love this – gold dust! – but I actually spit this out!)

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Also, instead of mints at the door they had peanut brittle!

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The even was 5-7 but I actually didn’t leave until close to 7:20 – I had a great time, thank you so much FoodBuzz!

It took me a long time to get home and an even longer time to wait for A to get home from the city and I ended up being hungry before bedtime!  I was super classy and and this turkey cheddar Lunchable.

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I also had Picnic bar (with peanuts and raisins!), my treat from Dylans.

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This morning I ate my EAS sample bar for train breakfast.

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And for lunch I packed the rest of the blackberries,

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and this strawberry yogurt.

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This True yogurt was vegan and very tasty, I loved the chunks of real strawberry!

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After school my insane hunger continued so I had several snacks.  I started by making lunch for tomorrow out of this stuff.

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*Note1, I bought Weight Watchers Mexican because it was on sale, my suggestion for the recipe is sharp cheddar.  Note2, I ate about 1/3C of cheese while I was cooking.

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Pimento Shmento Spread, serves 2 (x’s amounds as needed)

  • 1/3 C small chopped roasted red pepper – about 1 pepper, I patted mine dry with papertowl
  • 2/3C shredded reduced fat cheddar
  • 2t plain nonfat yogurt

Stir gently to combine.

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I ate one serving on a serving of Doctor Kracker Fire Roasted Crisps.

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I microwaved it for 30seconds – ooooh, melty! – and ate with a small apple.

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I also had a 1/2C serving of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry with unsweetened almond milk,

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and a spoonful of pb (I told you I was hungry!)

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Then I met A at the gym.  When I got there I really wasn’t feeling it, today left me in a really bad mood, but I am so glad that I stuck it out!  I did a 10minute run on the treadmilll.  Then 10minutes on the stairstepper at level 9; I didn’t love this, I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be staying “up” or let the pedals go to the bottom.  Plus I couldn’t balance without holding on and I know that decreases your actual work out.  Next I did 20minutes of arms on the weight machines, and finished up with 10minutes of abs and stretching on the mat.

When I got home I ate 1serving of jalopeno poppers,

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this dark chocolate flower from Godiva (from the Always Infinity event),

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and finally this frozen pad thai.

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In and of its self it was ok, but this was the worst frozen pad thai I’ve ever had.

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Also today, I wrote my plans for next week!  I’m ready for bed.  Sorry for the long/quick post, love ya!


Venting Like an Exhaust Pipe

May 1, 2009

Yikes, what a day!  I’ve been busy (and angry!) nonstop.  This is a bit of a vent post.

My camera/batteries were on strike yesterday so we are pretending that there wasn’t a Thursday.  I am so over my crappy camera but I don’t want to make any major purchases until I at least know where I am living next year!

A overslept this morning and since he was my wake-up today I overslept too.  Thankfully we were getting up super early and Friday starts later for me, but it didn’t put me in the best frame of mind.  After hopping up, speed-dressing, and skipping a shower (yetch!) I managed to type two handouts I need for next Monday so that I could get them copied at school rather than paying at Staples.  However, when I went to print, my computer/printer went wacko and were impossible.  A managed to fix it, but not before I said some serious expletives!

I made it out of the house on time but the stress made me less excited about train breakfast than usual.  I ate a small Sonya apple,

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and only half of this Clif Bar.

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My students were out of their minds all day and they drove me out of my mind.  One student (the same student who threatened to kill me earlier this year) was mad that I called his parents yesterday so he sat and loudly boo-ed me for the first 25minutes of class.  That was just lovely to teach through, I’m sure glad that security wasn’t right next door refusing to come take him out!  Then there was an unannounced fire drill that ate up more than half of the period.

Even more fun was the class I had at the end of the day.  Background – they are one of two classes in the 8th grade where 95% of the students are failing all but one or all of their classes.  Most of the class is 16years old or older.  Several of the students are seriously emotionally disturbed, and 3 of them were randomly turfed from special needs earlier this year.  Of 27 students 6 of them have parole officers and 3 of them were recently suspended for stealing electronics from the school.  Plus, one of male students has literally said nothing to me in the last month except for a. shut the f**k up  b. who the f**k is talking to you?  c. mind your f**king business.  Seriously, his average in my class is a straight zero, he has literally Never picked up a book in my room.  Awesome.

Sort of (actually, not sarcastically) awesome, however, was towards the end of class when I recited a poem I memorized for them.  I was demonstrating a poetry in motion activity they could complete for extra-credit and they suddenly sat dead silent and stared at me through 5 straight recitations of Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice.”  They also got super super excited about the nonsense poem we read yesterday (I included it at the bottom of his post).

Also awesome is the fact that in the last week I’ve gotten a laptop cart and a Smartboard!  I don’t have internet in my room yet and the SmartBoard is totally not assembled but it’s still pretty dope.  Because I was running all over the building getting a project I never got a chance to eat lunch.  I packed a LeanCuisine and at the end of the day I had no desire to stay at school to microwave it so I left it in the freezer for Monday’s lunch.  I did grab my drink to enjoy on the ride home though.

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I spotted this Venga in a store the other day and got curious.  Good, but not good enough to justify the sugar/260calories in a full bottle.

When I got home I ate the first thing I could find which was 1serving of these Pringles.

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It did the trick and I was able to unpack without eating my own arm!

I am glad to be home, but still stressed because I need to make it to the gym (it’s gotten ridiculous, I’ve decided May officially kickstarts my welcome back to normal, healthy living) and cook.  I usually wouldn’t mind staying up late on Friday but I am attending a parent-teacher meeting thing at my school tomorrow from 10-2.

I’ve got to run, if I don’t make it to the gym that will be another thing on my angry list!  See you for a dinner post.

the poem my students loved

One fine day in the middle of the night,

Two dead boys got up to fight.

Back-to-back they faced one another,

Drew their swords and shot each other.

One was blind and the other couldn’t see,

So they chose a dummy for a referee.

A blind man went to see fair play,

A dumb man went to shout “hooray!”

A deaf policeman heard the noise,

And came and shot the two dead boys.

A paralyzed donkey walking by,

Kicked the copper in the eye,

Sent him through a 9inch wall,

Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.

(If you don’t believe this lie is true,

Ask the blind man — he saw it too!)


Swine Whine

April 29, 2009

If I had to use one word to describe myself today it would be hungry.

I woke up hungry so I packed an extra-large train breakfast,

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Gnu bar and a serving of smoked almonds my aunt left at my house.  I enjoyed having something extra to munch on but this left me a little too full.

My students were unbelievable today; ignorance mixed with ratings driven media is a bad combination.  My kids are torn between being beyond terrified of swine flu and walking around with their hoodies cinched over their faces (which does nothing to stop you from getting the flu) and making a loooong series of jokes anytime someone coughs or sneezes.  Fun day.  I even had 1child who came in with a surgical mask – when I called her mom about it she was pissed.  I even took the time to have the dean come in and talk to my kids about the precautions we would take, the fact that there wasn’t a problem, and the fact that covering your mouth wasn’t going to help – it was still pandemonium.  Disclaimer; I in no way mean to downplay the seriousness of the current medical issue.

They wore me out – good thing I packed a big lunch too!  Pink Lady apple,

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Doctor Kracker Hummus Maximus serving,

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fat free vanilla Oikos,

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Hersheys minis serving.

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I stayed after school to grade work, post student work, make phone calls, etc.  I’m a total heath foodie so of course I hit up the vending machines for an (unpictured) regular Coke and serving of Combos.  I rock like that.

I stayed a little too late and ended up having to grandma at the mall power-walk it from the train to my apt to my funevent of the day…..Brooklyn Blogger Meet Up Part Deux.

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Sarah, Vani, Dianiand I hit up Hancos for a fabulous dinner.  Both sets of camera batteries died today so these pictures are courtesy of the lovely Sarah.  I got a Thai iced tea bubble tea,

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and a SPICY tofu sandwich.

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It was soo good but soo spicy!  When the lady asked “you want spicies?” I brazenly was all “oh yeah, super spicy.”  I’m sure the other bloggers loved watching tears/snot run down my face all through dinner!

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For dessert Diani brought some yumtastic carob chip oaties she had gotten from Heather Eats Almond Butter.  Delish, kudos Heather!

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We had a great time chatting it up, but unfortunatly for me we talked about cupcakes so long I ended up having to walk most of the way home with Vani to Tea Lounge to buy a cupcake!

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Don’t worry, I split this monster with A!

What a day!  Is anyone you know wigging over swine flu?