May 29, 2009

Our alarm didn’t go off this morning again (didn’t I just buy a new phone because of this?!?!?!) and I knew there was no way I could get to work on time, so I didn’t!  I called in sick.  I have 6 days left in my bank and I know I won’t be coming back next year so I might was well use them.  I’d like to say I did something fun with my found time but what I did was much more necessary – catch up on sleep.  I called in at 7:30 and got back in bed until 3:30!

When I woke up, 1 full school day later, I breakfasted on what I had packed for lunch, museli.


TJ’s Nonfat Honey Greek Yogurt, 4figs, a few walnuts, and a chopped pear.


I mixed/stored it in a leftover salsa jar.


Very tasty.

I’m not sure what the plan for the rest of the day is I want to go to the gym and there are several movies we want to see.  I’ll let you know in the evening, Happy Friday all!

Marybe wanted me to share my piercings, so here it goes –

  • when I was 7 or 8 (mom?) all of my friends had there ears pierced so my mom finally caved and let me get mine too, which was fun because my best friend’s mom was a jewler so she did it for me
  • a few years later (13? I have no memory) I got a second hole on each ear
  • and when I was 15 my grandmother took me to get one more, on my left ear.  My parents said I couldn’t get another one so my grandmother said I could only get one!
  • my 6th piercing is my belly button – when I was 15 my parents said I could do it if I attended Saturday math tutoring; Thank God math tutoring was canceled 2weeks after I got the piercing done!
  • finally, my parents let me get a tattoo for my 17th birthday – I have a small star outline just below my left hip.  I didn’t realize at the time how common star tattoos are (I lived on an island, I was shocked when I got to college and saw that every girl at UM had a star tattoo!) but I’ve never regretted it for a moment, I love my tattoo.

What tattos or piercings do you have?

Back to Basics

May 26, 2009

After all of the indulging over the week (and the last week/month/year!) I was more than ready to get back to the basics today.  I’m often torn – I know I’m probably leaving nyc in July and I want to experience as much as possible, but at the same time this is my life and I’m getting tired of feeling out of shape and out of sorts.  Two of my best friends are coming to visit in 10days and I know we’ll be doing lots of eating and drinking so this is a good time to get myself resettled.

A and I could not get out of bed this “Monday” morning – we stayed in bed past 7!  I woke up at 6 and then proceeded to have a terrible nightmare while I snoozed.  My dream was so upsetting I actually felt out of it my whole way to school.  My Boomi Bar did snap me out of it a little though 🙂


I tried the Macademia Paradise today, even though this is my least favorite flavor of the three I tried so far it is still good!

For lunch I prepped a museli last night,


Nonfat plain Oikos Greek yogurt, 1/4C oatmeal, 1small banana, and some Nuts Online dried blackberries.  My parents bought me these berries as a gift so I’ve been trying to enjoy them but I’ve decided that they are inedible; they were so sour I had to eat around the parts of the mix that they touched.  It was still delish though.


I also packed a blood orange but I was so busy helping kids that I never got a chance to eat it, it is on my desk for tomorrow.

I stayed after school for about an hour helping kids and when I got downstairs I got the fun news that final grades are now due on Thursday.  Yes, that is Thursday as in all of my final grades are due 2 days from now.  Yes, that is Thursday as in we will be having a month of school in which the students will not be graded.  Fun stuff.

I was super hungry when I got home so I made the mother of all “snacks,” this thing had courses!  1st course – the last scrapings of the Smuckers Natural Honey Peanut Butter jar, about 1.5T total.


2nd course – sliced pear with walnuts and blue cheese crumbles.


This was very tasty – the only improvement could have been a little drizzle of fresh honey but unfortunately I’ve been out of that for months.


3rd/dessert course – strawberry chocolates and my vitamens.  The candies kind of look like carrots, which makes me smile.  But the picture will not load, which makes me not smile.

I did some stuff for school applications (I am hitting all sorts of walls!) and then A and I headed to the gym.  I went to a 60minute Pilates Mat Class that kicked my patootie.  No matter how busy life is the last 5weeks of school I am making a commitment to fitness, I never want to be this out of shape again.

We took a long walk home to pick up Emily crack, a.k.a. diet soda, and then got started on dinner.  I based my meal around this More Than Tofu Spicy Thai Tofu.


I baked my tofu for 30minutes at 475*.  A chopped yam joined tofu in the sauna, along with some purple asparagus.  Meanwhile, we heated some frozen collard greens in a pan uptop.  I seasoned my greens with maple syrup and red pepper flakes, then topped them with yam and tofu.


My bowl had half the tofu package and half of the medium yam – so tasty! 


I ate the roasted purple asparagus as my side.


And a tall glass of skim milk.


All together.


It was a pretty great dinner if I do say so myself!

I can’t really start grades until tomorrow because kids still are handing things in and I know tomorrow night is going to suck so tonight I’m going to shower and watch Adult Swim!  I hope everyone else had a pleasant start back to the work week.

How do you balance fun foods with real life?

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

April 19, 2009

…these are few of my favorite things!  None of them have been tied with string, but I have received quite a few exciting packages lately.  Oikos coupons, Dr. Kracker samples (the review is long coming, I want to try all of the flavors first), pasta samples from FoodBuzz, POM samples, and the wheatberries I won in Sarah’s contest.  I can not even tell you how grateful I am to be able to try all of these things!

For accountabilities sake, I should mention that I ate 8 (1.5servings) of A’s mini pb eggs last night.


I started this morning with my Oikos.  Stoneyfield Farms sent me tons of coupons along with information about their products.



Did you know that Oikos is the only organic Greek yogurt on the market in the US?  According to the literature,

Organic refers to they way agricultural products – food and fiber – are grown and processed.  It is an ecological system that at its core relies on healthy rich soil to produce strong plants that resist pests and diseases.  Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals in favor of more “earth-friendly” practices that work in harmony with nature.  In the case of livestock, antibiotics are prohibited, opting instead for preventative measures for keeping animals healthy and productive.  Organic production also prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).

I tried a nonfat plain one this morning with a small banana and some Stonewall Kitchen Carmel Apple Butter.


My thoughts.  I love the fact that Oikos is organic, because that fits into my goal to eat more (all) organic dairy products.  The plain nonfat Oikos cups have 80calories and 15grams of protein.  The flavor was the same as every other nonfat plain Greek yogurt, with the tanginess we have all come to love.  My only complaint was that the consistency was slightly less thick than that of Fage (my favorite Greek).  Overall, the organic products outweighs the slight difference in consistency for me – I will be purchasing Oikos whenever my store has it.  I also have some nonfat flavored ones I am excited to try.

After breakfast I put my nose to the grindstone.  Thank God this is an easy week (the kids have a field trip and I have some pds), I managed to complete all of my school to dos.


In between planning and grading A and I walked to Staples to get my copies done.  We are seriously enjoying this gorgeous weather!


When I got home from my walk I snacked on a Dark Chocolate Cherry Chewy Kashi bar.


And later on I used a teensy sweet potato to make myself some oven baked fries (preheat oven to 450*, wash and slice ‘tater, spray a foiled baking sheet with cooking spray, sprinkle slices with salt, cook 20minutes).


Served with ketchup.  Yumtastic!  I always love to roast veggies but sweet potatoes in “fry” form are to die for!  If you don’t make them, start!


I managed to finish all of my school work by 4:30, in time to make it to a 5o’clock yoga class!  I took Virgin Yoga at Crunch, a 60minute beginners class.  I am 100% to get back into the gym swing!

When we got home from the gym, A and I split a pear and I ate a few Cheddar Pumpkin Seed Doctor Krackers.


I did some organizing, lunch packing, showering, etc before it was time to make dinner.  I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have to cook my first few days back at school so I made something with lots of leftovers, stir fried rice.


I didn’t follow a recipe, just kind of thought about a few recipes I had in my head.  The proportions really don’t matter at all.  Basically here are the “directions”

Very Veggie Stir Fried Rice, 5 servings

  • 4C cooked brown rice (prepared a day in advance)
  • large onion, chopped
  • carrots, chopped
  • defrosted frozen broccoli rabe
  • red pepper, chopped
  • fresh basil
  • evoo
  • 3eggs
  • fish sauce
  • 2limes, quartered
  • egg tomatoes, chopped
  • bunch of scallions, chopped
  • **A cooks chicken and adds it to his at the end
  1. (A day before you plan on making the dish) prepare 4C cooked brown rice.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat a little evoo.  Cook the first set of veggies until soft.  I wait to add the basil until the last few minutes of cooking.
  3. Remove veggies from the pan, replace with rice.  Heat the rice for a minute or so, stirring to distribute heat evenly.  Add a little bit more evoo at this point.
  4. Mound the rice so that there is a hole in the middle.  Crack the eggs into the hole.  When the eggs are mostly firm, scramble and stir them into the rice.  The timing of when you stir in the eggs will determine how dry your final dish is, so follow your own tastes.
  5. Add the cooked veggies back into the pan and stir.  Squeeze in the juice of 1lime, along with 4-6 shakes of fish sauce.
  6. Add the second set of veggies, stir once, and remove from the pan.
  7. Additional lime juice can be squeezed on at the table.


Yum!  I love stir fried rice.


I ate my portion along with a juice cocktail; 1part POM and 2parts club soda.



When I received my package from POM the other day I was pretty psyched; A goes through these things like nobody’s business!  A drinks them straight, but I like them best mixed with club soda or incorporated into a recipe.


We don’t drink a lot of juice because I think you are better getting the fiber from a piece of fruit instead, but POM is a “worth it” situation to me.  Here is some of the information the company provided me with that I found interesting –

    • Pomegranates are one of mankind’s earliest cultured fruits.
    • Many scholars now suggest that it was the pomegranate, not an apple, depicted in the biblical Garden of Eden.
    • POM Juice is the only juice guaranteed to be made exclusively from “Wonderful” variety pomegranates.
    • [Their] pomegranate orchards are looked in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley.  [They] never use imported juice.
    • POM Wonderful is the only juice whose health benefits are backed by $25million in medical research.
    • [In a study in which participants drank 8oz daily] after only three weeks, blood flow to the heart improved approximately 17% in a a group that drank POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice, but worsened approximately 18% in the placebo group.
    • Drinking 8oz of 100% pomegranate juice per day for two weeks lowered the incidence of LDL oxidation, believed to be a key factor in arterial plaque formation.
    • Hundreds of scientific tests also show POM to be a superior source of antioxidants, with more and better antioxidants than red wine, grape juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, green tea, vitamin C and vitamin E.

POM juice is also shown to improve prostate health and erectile function, but I don’t think those figures are of much use to most of my readers! (You seem to be young and female, but if any grandpas are reading please give me a shout out!)

Tomorrow is my first day back to school after Spring Break, tear!  On the agenda for tonight?  Relaxation.  I have a new episode of Scrubs to watch online and a serving of Jelly Bellys calling my name, zzzzzzZ.

Don’t forget about my first giveaway ever, ending Weds!

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

April 16, 2009

My final flights went well yesterday and we made it home by 1am.  In spite of the late bedtime I hopped out of bed at 8:30 this morning for Spring Cleaning!!!  Here are the to-do’s I have accomplished so far today:

  • dealing with the mail that came while we were away (reviews to come – POM, Doctor Kracker)
  • putting away the groceries delivered from Fresh Direct
  • unpacking our trip stuff
  • cleaning the bathrooms, mirrors, floors, kitchen
  • reorganizing my entire closet
  • swapping out winter items for spring items
  • creating a huge pile of things we no longer want
  • taking one gigantic load of clothing to the dry cleaners
  • taking another gigantic load of clothing to the Salvation Army
  • getting the rest of the groceries and using some coupons (review to come – Oikos)
  • taking care of random businessish e-mails

Whew!  I have a ton more to do tomorrow but I’ve definitely gotten a very good start.  For eats I packed this snack while A and I were carting our stuff all over the Slope.


1serving of Doctor Kracker Apple Crisps and a large pear I split with A.  The dry cleaner is the opposite direction of Salvation Army (which is the opposite direction of the grocery store) so we ended up doing some trekking.

When I got home I opened my fresh, cut papaya from Fresh Direct.


I ate about half of the container.  I love tropical fruits (starfruit, passionfruit, mango, guava, aloe) but I think papaya isn’t a favorite of mine.

Tonight I have more fun in store, I was invited to a blogger event in Manhattan at 6.  I’m not quite sure what the deal is but it sounds like fun (it’s at a Spa!) and I’m taking a co-worker from school.  A and I are also hoping to catch a late movie.

There are hors d’ouevres served at the event so I’m not sure what my food situation will be before the movie, but I’m sure I’ll do some snacking!  See you later!

What is your favorite *tropical* fruit?

Have you done your spring cleaning yet?

What’s your AIM?

March 30, 2009

Especially for a Monday, it’s been a good day!  Per usual, I have to do a quick post before bed.

This morning for train breakfast I did a Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar.


I love this flavor!  I had moved away from Clif bars for a while but they really are one of my favorites.

For lunch I packed a butter popcorn pudding, a red Bartlet pear, and a yogurt.


I actually ate the yogurt during my 9:30 prep because I found at I was meeting with the literacy coach at lunch and wouldn’t have as much time to eat.  It was a seasonal flavor from Stoneyfield, apple pie.


When I ate the pudding at lunch I crumbled a True Delights bar into it and it was divine.


(Especially for a Monday) my school day was pretty good.  I got through an entire lesson/activity about making predictions with all of my classes.  Plus I (decided over the weekend and) announced today that I created an AOL Instant Messenger name for my students to ask me homework questions on.  They were all pretty excited about it.

I stayed after school to call some parents and then came home to 1C Kashi Go Lean with skim milk.


Halfway through my bowl of cereal I realized that I was home early enough to make it to a 5:45 class at the gym.  I ran the .6miles to Crunch and took a 30minutes Abs and Stretch class.  A and I ran some errands on the way home and then I made the posters for the week that I neglected yesterday.  While I worked I ate some baby carrots with 2servings of hummus.


Then it was time for dinner.


We made a Rachael Ray recipe from my magazine binder.  I’ll post the original recipe, and my substitutions, both are good!

Spinach Ricotta Pie

  • 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and sqeezed out
  • 15oz container ricotta cheese
  • 8oz garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1C chopped marinated artichokes

Grease a 9in pie pan with evoo.  Preheat the oven to 375*.  In a large bowl, whisk together both cheeses and the eggs.  Add the spinach, artichokes, 1/2t salt and 1/4t pepper and stir to combine.  Pour into prepared pan and bake until golden, about 45minutes.

My Substitutions

  • I used 10oz of collard greens instead of spinach
  • I used fat free ricotta cheese
  • I used 7oz of Farmers Cheese instead of the garlic-herb spreadable
  • I used an extra 1/2C of artichokes
  • I had an 8inch pan so I made 1pie and 5 “muffins”


Very tasty!  For my substitutions 5 (huge) servings have 225calories each.  I ate about 1/4 of the pie tonight.


We watched “House” while we ate, so I was pretty much in heaven.  I also broke out these mini fruit slices for dessert.


Nothing sour about them, but still pretty tasty.  I ate two servings.


All in all, a pretty good day!  P.S. It’s also possible I demolished 3T of chunky pb straight from the jar before my shower.

Do you have an aim?  I remember this being so popular in high school/college, but none of my friends use it any more.

Do you make substitutions to recipes or do you follow to the letter?

CONTEST CONTEST –  Melissa is giving away bbq sauce.  Sarah is giving away Bob’s Red Mill goodies.  Strawberry Shorstuff is giving away some bars and cute t.

Back to Back-to-Back

February 24, 2009

I survived my first day back at school!  It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible, and I feel like I’ve done a really good job at changing how I respond to the situation.  My father always used to tell me that the only thing you always control is your reaction.  It pissed me off as a teenager but I’ve really taken that idea to heart over the past two years.

I had so much trouble sleeping last night (I guess I’m still not controlling my reaction that well if I have so much pent-up anxiety!) that we got up early this morning because we were just already up!  Leaving early means that A gets to walk to the train with me, which makes my day ❤

I had a train breakfast of an Odwalla chocolate chip peanut bar.


In college I had an obsession with the Odwalla banana bars, and then one day they suddenly tasted gross to me.  I adored my bar this morning though so maybe I’ll give them another try.  I am a big fan of the Odwallacompany, and if I do ever drink juice it is only ever Naked or Odwalla.

I based my lunch around this monster –


Even sharing with a co-worker this bag of Asian Pear slices took forever to munch through! 


I also had a Stoneyfield Farm fat free yogurt.


The new pomegranate berry flavor was enjoyable, but nothing is ever as good as the Greek yogurt.

I stayed after school until 5ish setting up new bulletin boards and doing grading – tomorrow is Parent Teacher Conference Night!  Tuesday is 5:30-8pm!!! and Thursday I have a half day for conferences.

I was super hungry by the time I got home, but “thankfully” A felt the need to stop at McDonalds and he brought me back his leftovers.


As far as fast food goes I basically only like Wendys and Taco Bell but I’m pretty much a nugget whore!

After more school work I ate 1T of natural chunky pb before heading to the gym. 


I had so much fun at Crunch, for someone who never goes to the gym, I actually enjoy it more than the average person!  I did 25minutes on the elliptical (with my playlist) at level 8 and then did 22minutes on the treadmill (2min warm up, 18minute run, 2minute cool down – 2.1miles).

As so as we got home it was back to work – I created a sample essay for my students to use as a guide tomorrow and made some academic achievement awards for the last quarter.

I never actually got to eat dinner but I am so tired I would honestly rather shower and go to bed!  I’ve got to skedaddle, I’m sure I’ll be dreaming of breakfast!

What is your favorite machine to use at the gym?  What do you typically do on it?

My Timing is Right on Target

October 4, 2008

It’s been a good day, filled with lots and lots of errands.  There were too many stops to recount, but the highlight of the day was Target.  We went to get a space heater and I ended up with two new cute sports bras and some Halloween stuff for my students.

While we were there A insisted we eat at Pizza Hut, so we shared a personal pizza and breadsticks.

On the walk home we stopped at a pet store hoping to pet some dachshunds and now A is pissed that I wouldn’t let him make this $900 purchase:

Between errands, I also went to a 45minute Pilates class at Crunch.  As I said when I began this blog, I had recently gained some weight and lost some fitness.  Currently I’ve lost a few pounds (putting me about 4 over normal and 14 over where I want to be), but have gotten even more out of shape.  I’m definitely feeling uncomfortable in my own skin.  It’s time to step up my efforts.

I’m ending this post with what I’m currently snacking on while I do my internet stuff,

baby carrots with a tbsp of chunky ranch dressing, a Red Bosc with a Babybell lite mini, and some Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten free caraway crackers.  I’ll be back for dinner, but for now, go buy yourselves some of these crackers – yum!