Oh yeah, this past week

18 Dec

I got all wrapped up in my posts about my birthday trip, Chobani giveaway and Frugal Friday, I really haven’t mentioned what’s been going on this week.

Sadly, not alot’s been going on. Just getting back into the swing of things at work, eating, going out and relaxing with my pup.

I did get to take a picture of something very random, that I am sure Amy will appreciate

I saw a picture of a computer chair in a parking garage that Amy snapped in her post on Wednesday. I commented saying how it reminds me of the extra chair in the handicap stall of our bathroom at work. Why an extra chair in there? No one knows why it’s there and I find it a bit odd. I like to think that some high-powered VP put it in there and makes her assistant sit in there with her while she does her business and spats out things that need to be done ASAP to her assistant. I drink a lot of water hence I run to the bathroom a number of times during the day but never heard anyone talking from that stall. Regardless, I want to get to the bottom of this because it makes me scratch my head each day.

Just ate some quick meals

I did a little bit of cooking since I had no frozen meals or anything on hand. I can do a frozen meal here and there but not every day. I made whole wheat spaghetti with a ground pork, spinach and onion sauce.

I browned the ground pork then carried over to a different pan where the spinach and onion were cooking with garlic, red pepper flakes and  extra virgin olive oil

Added the sauce to the mix to warm it up

And voila–dinner is served–topped with grated parmesan of course. Everything is better with grated parm!

I received some Christmas goodies from business partners I used to work with on Wednesday. I thought it was an adapter I needed for my second monitor but it turned out to be a huge basket full of chocolate. I automatically put a majority of the contents of the basket in the middle of the room for all to enjoy but had to take the non pareils and Coffee Go!

I went to Dolce Vita Winebar on Thursday night. They have sushi on Thursdays and Saturdays and it’s some of the best I’ve had in town. However, I don’t think a lot of people know about it which is totally fine with me–less time I have to wait for my fishy fish! I ran into Jessie after parking my car as her and her husband were just leaving from there and said the Avant Garde roll with spicy tuna was excellent (they put regular tuna on the roll) so I went in with an idea of what to order. I tried the Hawaiian Tropic roll last time I went but am always looking to try something new. Seeing it was Friday Eve and all, wine was definitely in order. I have two glasses of their Merlot. Umm, I seriously just typed it out as Merlow. Wow.

Hit. The. Spot. The thing I like about Dolce Vita is even though they are a wine bar, the selection isn’t overwhelming. They tend to carry one brand or each wine which is perfectly alright with me since I tend to spend a long time deciding on one thing.

I went with Jessie’s suggestion and ordered the Avant Garde Roll with spicy tuna on top along with a Salmon Avocado Roll.

Both were absolutely delicious and very fresh. You could tell it was good because pre-sushi the conversation was flowing and our table chatting up a storm. The food came and we all went silent except for a few “Oh my Gods” thrown in there.

On Friday, I met up with one of my old co-workers for lunch since I have a BOGO coupon for Qdoba.

I am trying to be more aware of what I take in as of late since the last few months have done nothing for my physique. I don’t even want to talk about how much weight I’ve gained but point is….I’m not happy about it. Looking at recent pictures of myself brings me down a lot and I am starting to see the girl I don’t like.  So, no more nachos, beer and other bad stuff that I’ve been indulging in lately and I am going to start tracking my food again on Livestrong.com so I can get a better picture of what my intake is each day. When I did this, I lost weight. I stopped because I thought I could handle it but my gut (literally my gut, not a gut feeling) says otherwise.

I ordered a taco salad with grilled chicken, black beans and guacamole. So I know I just said I am going to be more aware but I laid off the sour cream and cheese and avocados have the good fats right??

With another week under my belt, I was excited to do absolutely nothing on Friday night but relax with Linky. But I has a super surprise waiting for me at my door–my secret santa gift from Tina’s Blogger Gift Exchange!!

My secret santa was Anna from Active Fingers! I was excited to see this b/c I’ve never read her blog before and love finding new ones!

I wanted to rip  through everything to see what kind of goodies I got but I read her notecard of course where she told me what everything was and get this—all home made—love it!!

The first item was a gorgeous green scarf that she crocheted herself. I love love love scarves and green is one of my favorite colors (if you can’t tell by the shirt I am wearing or the background of this blog)

I’m not afraid to admit it ….I’ve worn it since last night with the exception of showering. It is that comfortable.

Then I saw a jar of homemade salsa—maybe she saw I make Mexican all the time? I am so happy to have some new salsa with me and love that it is fresh.

Next item was chocolate granola. I imagine this being gone very soon!

Then I saw some gifts for my little man! This makes me happy because he is the apple of my eye.

He scarfed that bad boy down in less than two minutes.

He also got a tiny ball to play with that jingles. Yay for distractions!

We love our gifts—thank you sooooo much Anna for putting together such a kind, home-made gift basket for us!

The rest of Friday night was pretty blah. I have some funky sinus thing going on right now so one side of my nose is stuffed while the other is runny along with a scratchy throat and watery eyes. It’s hot. I turned to instant gratification for dinner and went with an easy meal of soup and crescent rolls.

Such a fabulous combination and took no time to make. Yay for easy meals!

After that I watched some tv and then got motivated around 9P to clean out closet with stuff that I am donating to Good Will or Salvation Army.  I donated alot this summer when I moved but apparently, I have more crap that I don’t use. I wound up with this beauty of a pile:

Along with a vacuum and a shoe rack that aren’t pictured. Now to itemize everything and pack it up, ugh!

Do you make donations to thrift stores? If so, do you write it off on your taxes or don’t bother?

And remember, Monday night is the deadline for my Chobani giveaway–if you haven’t entered–what are you waiting for?? Unless you’re lactose intolerant of course or don’t like yogurt.

11 Responses to “Oh yeah, this past week”

  1. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    What fabulous gifts!!! And a gorgeous scarf. Wow!

  2. Diana@mymarblerye December 19, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Do what you have to do to feel better about yourself but just know we still heart you!! Ughhhh I haven’t had sushi since thanksgiving!! I.need.it!! Or mediterranian….anyways I wish I had participated in the exchange! Look at all those homemade gifts! Good luck in everything I read on twitter! ;) and I donate a ton of sh!t to salvation army…but don’t bother with the tax forms

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 19, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    homemade salsa is the BEST!

    And I love the chair! ha ha ha… I can totally see someone sitting there all prim and proper taking notes. :p

  4. OliePants December 19, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    That sushi is sorta rockin my socks right now!!!!

  5. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Ummm…totaly agree that chair is weird. And WHY is it so close to the toilet. Is it just me, or is that disgusting? I have issues with toilet flush splash. That chair must be COVERED in it.

  6. Neyal Ammary-Risch December 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    I need to take you to the sushi place that i sent you the picture of the Spicy Tuna Cocktail from the other night. Fun.

    So my theory on the chair thing is that is someone has a disability, they may have a hard time getting up and down and may use it as support.

    Thrift shop donations: yes! I always write off on my taxes. Save where you can.

    Don’t be hard on yourself. You’ve made amazing progress and you look amazing. I know you want to feel amazing, too. So just keep up the good work and know you’re human (and female) so it’s essential to eat chocolate. :)

    Secret Santa box: Fun!! Love that she sent stuff for Linky!

    • simplyshaka December 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      I was just thinking earlier today about that place again, I definitely need to go next time I am there! Look at you serving me for making fun of the chair—you are probably right b/c that sounds more logical than my theory.

      And you always know what to say, that’s why you’re the crab to my rangoon!

  7. activefingers December 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Isn’t it crazy how fast the weeks fly by? The sushi looks amazing! I was just at a sushi place this weekend and this makes me want to go back and eat more spicy tuna!

    • simplyshaka December 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

      Seriously, the older I get, the faster it goes by. I am not a fan!

      I am stoked about going home for Christmas b/c my dad has fallen in love with sushi so I will be getting my sushi on this weekend. Hope you get yours too!

  8. Monique December 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    AWESOME swag! i love homemade gifts! the scarf is totally adorable!

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