Fish and a Movie

June 15, 2009

It is obviously quite late so I will try to make this a quickie (hehe).  A and I had a good walk finish our errands.  I even took a shot of my tootsies because the fabulousness of the Chanel nail polish my mommy gave me needs to be shown.

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When we got home we got down to dinner making.  My father and I have been talking about cooking fish (my parents’ new routine is fish every Sunday) and he generously offered to have A and me use his credit card to buy some.

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Mahi Mahi is my favorite fish other than salmon.  We were hungry so we did things quickly.  First we did a three minute marinade,

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2T mayo, juice from 1lime, and a big sprinkle of paprika.  Then A cooked it on the stove top for about 8 minutes, delish.

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We also had oven roasted asparagus,

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and sweet potato with Smart Balance Light.

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All together.

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It was a really nice meal – thanks dad!  I had a small glass of A’s beer too.

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Our big after dinner plan was gelato that my girlfriends left but we had the fun discovery that our freezer had completely defrosted – woo who!  So we went to the movies instead 🙂  We saw The Hangover which 100% rocked my socks.  While we watched I had a regular sized Jr Mints (as in not movie biggie sized) that I bought at Staples today,

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and 2 handfuls of caramel corn.

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I like having small hands, my palm can’t physically hold more than a .5C serving.

And now it is totes time for bed – peace!

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When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

May 18, 2009

First things first – if you had the same kind of crappy eating day as me and are actually feeling crappy about it please stop over to this fabulous post a la Caitlin.

For train breakfast this morning I had an Odwalla Chewy Nut Bar (am I the only one who giggled there?  anyone?)

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I am a fan of this, I like any nut-heavy (more giggles) bar.

School was interesting.  For some reason the copy room didn’t make my copies (that I put in 8am Friday!) for first period and I had to totally change up my lesson.  Next my boy’s class was completely and typically out of control.  Atypically, I made the principal come in and confiscate everyone’s cell phones and ps2s – there are now a lot of angry 8th graders.

The collection/complaining lasted through my lunch so I ended up not eating this random assortment until the end of the day.

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I tried a So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt in Pina Colada.

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I love this quote.

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For fruit I had an Odwalla (I’m not sure why I had so much Odwalla today) Orange Honey Passion Juice.

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And dessert was a pb candy cane from my Blue Apron spree.

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Yum!

I stayed late after school to redo my bulletin boards and meet with some students.  What is going to be sucky when I quit my job is that my hyper-critical administration actually likes me.  Apparently my old administrator was having a convo with the guidance counselor about how sad she was I was off the floor because I was available to the kids instead of bolting after school (I moved floors this year from 7th-8th grade) and then he came upstairs and saw me meeting with kids.  Actually, I wish they liked me less, then maybe they’d believe me that I have zero control and actually Help me!

By the time I finally got home it was after 6:30 – boo!  A was a sweetheart and met me at my train and I went to Barnes and Nobel and spent way too much $.

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The third book was free!  On the walk home I ate these bbq Popchips.

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Once home I had some school work to do and I decided it was absolutely necessary that I read my new issue of Health with Mariska Hargitay and Sarah Chalke!  I also snacked on A’s leftover pizza crusts.

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I dipped them in Diet Dr Pepper Cherry – I always dip my pizza crusts in soda, I also dip pretzels.  What do you dip?

Later in the evening I ate this SWITP sample – a Belly Bar.

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It was meh.

And much much later, too late, I decided to make dinner.  My favorite cooking method is oven roasted so that was the focus – sprayed foiled pan, chop food, baking spray and salt, 30minutes at 475* – perfection.

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I did 1yam baked fries, cauliflower, and the leftover half block of tofu.

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The tofu I sprinkled with this.

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And I made DIP out of a lot of ketchup and a little maple syrup and Tabaso Chipotle.

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And now it is fully time for bed.  Sleep tight!

Random BAM pics:

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Took the Cake

May 5, 2009

Happy Monday everybody!  Today was actually a really nice day of work.  My kids were well-behaved and we got more done than usual (although still not as much as I would like!).

I started my morning with an Apricot Almond KIND Bar, my fav.

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A walked me to my train so I was in a big bliss cloud for most of the ride!

During lunch I was busy setting up my SmartBoard and I didn’t get a chance to eat anything 😦  We had a faculty meeting after school, but I did manage to snag my baggie of green grapes before I went to that.

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After the meeting I stayed to clean up my room and call parents so I ended up not getting home until after 6:30!  I organized some things and cooked dinner while I waited for House to begin.  I ate this yogurt when I got home to make up for no lunch.

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Wallabyis a brand of Australian organic yogurt.  Nonfat Strawberry Guava was pretty impressive, I love the look of the containers too.  I also ate at least two bites of A’s junk food (pizza and a cupcake).

For dinner I tried out this new preseasoned tofu from More Than Tofu, in peanut ginger.

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I sliced it and baked it for 20minutes while I made a side using this stuff:

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Heat over low heat in a small pan; 1can seasoned greens + 1/4C blue cheese crumbles + 1/4 unsweetened dried blueberries = Blue Blue Greens.

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I ate the entire package of tofu! (360calories) 

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It said that there were 4 (90cal) servings but that seemed a little skimpy to me, although half a package would work if you’re not super hungry.  I made a sauce for the side out of stir fry sauce, Chipolte Tabasco, rice vinegar, and honey pb.

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Everything was hella yummy!

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After House (amazing!) I headed to the gym; I’m proud of myself for making it two days in a row.  I did 15minutes on the elliptical at level 10 and 15minutes on the stepmill at level 7.  I ended with 5minutes of abs/stretching on the mats.  I had a great work out but the bonehead on the machine next to the mats would not stop grunting!  I get that you might struggle at the end of a set but if you are screaming straight through 10+minutes of weights you are doing something wrong!  Even worse was the fact that he kept yelling at himself, berating himself anytime he stopped.  I felt bad for him because it was clear he had some issues but please live out your body issues quietly 🙂

A met me for the walk home and we took a walk around the neighborhood for funsies.  I might have felt the need to go back to Tea Lounge to buy the gigantic Oreo cupcake I was drooling over earlier in the day.

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I also might have scraped off all the frosting and thrown the cupcake away [carnage].

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I am fully aware that a. this is wasteful and b. it pretty much undid any calories I burned at the gym, but damn it I like cupcakes!  Belly full, I’m off to take a quick shower and snuggle into bed, night!

How do you feel about grunters at the gym?  What is the thing that annoys you while working out?


Sunday

March 1, 2009

I didn’t quite cross off my to do list – I have grading to finish in the morning and I never made it to yoga – but it’s been a busy day!

Post breakfast I worked on school work and worked and worked and worked.  I ate lunch over a couple stages – dried mangosteen and a cherry starburst,

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the last of the Kashi cheddar crackers (about a serving),

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and a sliced Sonya apple.

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Finally I packed up my stuff and headed out to my errands.

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I spent forever making copies!  Plus, a teacher at school gave me her extra overhead (YAY!) so I had to get copies onto transparencies as well!  Using some gift certificates and coupons I saved $40 at Staples today – I spend so much money there I’m up to a Platinum rewards card!

On the way home we stopped into the pizza place for a late lunch, I got a cheesy broccoli calzone.

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Which I paired with a handful of baby carrots.

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Amid work, I also watched “The Great Mouse Detectives,” which put a smile on my face.  (fyi: we watched “Stardust” yesterday and A and I love-love-loved it!  Highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet).  During the movie I ate an oooold Dr. Pepper ice pop from the back of the freezer.

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After more, more, more work it was time to start dinner.  I made salad as a first course while we cooked.

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This was an iceberg blend base with dried craisins, wasabi peas, and homemade dressing.  For the dressing I shook the remains of a mustard bottle with evoo, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of sugar.

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A’s was the same, but bigger, and with nuts (geez that sounds dirty!).  His and hers –

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For dinner we made Marinara Chicken.  I cooked four breasts (always skinless and boneless btw), seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika, at 375* for 45minutes.  Later they were mixed with this stuff.

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I cooked 1/2 the box of ww pasta according to the directions on the box.  In the last few minutes of cookie I stirred the chopped broccoli into the water.  After straining and putting the pasta-broc. mixture back into the pot I stirred in the tomato sauce.

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Finally I topped my serving with 1/2 of a sliced chicken breast and some part skim mozzarella.

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Delish!

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I drank a virgin mojito with my dinner.

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Made out of club soda and a stirrings mix.

It’s far too late, so I’ve got to split like a banana, have a good night!

P.S. In the am,

  • fight bpa’s by winning this contest.
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  • fight peanut butter boredom by winning Barney Butter here.
  • and break away from your Lara bar rut by winning here.

Best of Intentions

February 22, 2009

Not much school work done today (I know, I know!) but I did make it to the gym!  I ran the .65miles there because I’m always late to warm up.  Then I took a 45minute Pilates class, which I adore even though I’m out of shape.  On the way out I spotted a “People: Style Watch” and convinced myself to do 15minutes on the stepmill at level 7.

When I got home I found out that friends in Williamsburg wanted us to come up for drinks so I had to take a quick shower to get dinner started in a hurry.

We had quite the spread:  Salmon Patties, Roasted Purple Cauliflower, and since you always need something fried with a burger, Oven “Fried” Okra.  The cauliflower was roasted in the usual way, and the okra recipe can be found here, but here is the recipe for the patties-

Salmon Patties, 2 servings

  • 2cans (6oz each) of boneless skinless salmon
  • 1t Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 a small onion, grated
  • 1/4C Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  1. Mush all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Once everything is combined form 4 patties.
  2. Cook with 1t evoo in a pan on medium high heat, time will depend on your settings

The cauliflower tasted just like the boring kind, but it looked much prettier.

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And the okra was fantabulous.

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I made a dipping sauce of ketchup, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar for the side.

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And I took the two smaller patties so A could have the bigger.

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All together.

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After dinner I was still ravenous.  I can’t understand why I’m so hungry!  I ate some Liberte Low Fat Honey Flavored Goat Cheese as dessert.

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Just kidding, I don’t know why they call it cheese, it was basically just Greek yogurt.

After dinner we headed off for the long trainride to Williamsburg.  We stopped to get a to go small skim hot chocolate for the commute.

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{Caution: Contents of this cup may be very delicious!}

We had a great time seeing our friends, we went to a couple of cute bars in the area; I really love Williamsburg.  Plus, for some reason we all decided it’d be good to walk the 20+ blocks to the 1st bar instead of renting a car, so I got to treck!  I had, unphotographed, a glass of red wine at our friend’s apartment and a Red Stripe at one of the bars.

On the way back to the Slope (much too late!) A had to pee so badly he made us get off the subway!  While we were out we ended up getting YUMMY pizza.

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Tired and stuffed, we fell into bed without even setting alarms which is why my post for Sunday will be rushed this evening! 🙂


I’m Too Tired to be Clever

February 9, 2009

It’s been a busy, busy, busy day!  This will be a quick post because I am still not quite ready for bed!  After my Larabar ode it was time for breakfast.  A cup of eggnog’n tea.

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1/3C of oats, topped with 1t butterscotch chips, a heaping tspoon PBCo chunky pb, and Kefir lowfat cappuccino.

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I did not like Kefir on oats, this will not be an addition you will see again!

For lunch I made a savory pb&j.

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A mini ww bagel with PBCo spicy pb, homemade strawberry jam, and 3slices of chicken.

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Alongside my last clementine.

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All together.

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Later on for a snack I ate 3T of paperbag popcorn (also my favorite Fiona Apple song).

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I also nibbled on 3 of these throughout the day.

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We did not realize that they were 70calories per cookie, excuse me Oreo, size matters.  You are not big enough to pack such a caloric punch, even if you are yummy!

Dinner:

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We made 2.5servings of ww pasta, cooked with 1 big head of chopped broccoli.  After draining, toss with sauce – 2T tahini, 1T lemon juice, 1T apple cider vinegar.  Top with a block of tofu that has been sliced and sauteed.  This makes 2.5 yummy servings.

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Today has been pretty much all schoolwork, the only time I left the house was to sprint to Staples to get copies 😦  I’ll be blogging more tomorrow about why today was so ridiculous!  On my list of accomplishments, however, was making 10research folders stocked for an upcoming project,

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and making a prize bag for the student in each class with the highest average (my new thing this quarter will be annoncing the top and bottom of the class every Monday).

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I’m plum tuckered, sweet dreams all!