17 Jun

Happy Thursday! Thursday is my most favorite day of the week by far maybe because I was born on a Thursday or memories from college when it was ladies night?  We used to go out at 9p to catch all the specials—some had free drinks, some had specials from certain hours but we always got our drink on. One of the places had free wine and champagne for ladies from 9p to 11P and we thought we were so classy drinking that stuff since it wasn’t Natty Light or the Beast. Sad thing is that it was Franzia and probably champagne from Big Lots. We would go to the bar, grab three or four glasses and stock up. They also had $3 Captain drinks that night also so Friday morning was never a happy site. A normal view of our table on Thursday nights.

 I added half a packet of Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion to my green monster this morning which made all the difference today. I felt like I was drinking an iced mocha and enjoyed it down to the last sip.

I was sitting at my desk noshing on apple pieces debating whether I wanted Starbucks or not (and I was not smoking crack, some mornings I have to think really long and hard if I want some joe or not). One of my co-workers came over to my desk with a bowl of something—turns out she made breakfast for me. Hello, I could really get used to that! She brought in some steel-cut oats, which I’ve never had before but read about all the time in the blog world and cooked with raisins and added fresh blueberries, Trader Joe’s blueberry flax and unsweetened coconut (I keep a stash of the last two items in the break room). I enjoyed this a lot, I don’t think I could eat it everyday but it was a nice change from the regular instant oats I eat most of the time

Shit went down in our meeting today. We have a roundtable at the end of each meeting and one of the girls on my team who is just as bogged down with work as I am said something about it. And I had her back 100%  but was trying to be civil about it. I keep a lot of things build in me and  I know it’s not healthy but that’s how I am. Plus, I am Italian so I kinda have a temper but have learned to keep it as minimum as I grown older. I basically said how it’s really not fair how some people (glaring over at Stinkalicious) take three or four breaks, a lunch, etc while the other girl and I barely have time to get up to walk to the bathroom(I have toyed with the idea of Depends). I offered some suggestions how to help, even if they just have 15 or 20 minutes out of their day. By that point I was talking really, really fast which with me either means A) I’m super excited! or B) I’m enraged. Guess which one it was? I shut up after thaton cool down but my manager brought us cookies, so that was nice and helped my mood a bit. I wasn’t going to have one but it would be rude for me to turn down a cookie from my superior right? Right. They were my favorite kind—chewy chocolate chip ( I don’t like hard cookies thanks to my sensitive teeth). You could totally buy me loyalty with baked goods.

But on a lighter note, our manager told us we have to start taking a 30 minute lunch b/c it’s kinda state law. I told her I really don’t have time to take one and she said someone will cover my work for so I can so today I got to take two breaks and a lunch! It was like I’m a normal human being who can step away from my desk, it was fabulous 🙂

I had some free time this morning and I went to Reid’s yet again. I heard a rumor that they were giving away free lunch today but asked three different employees and they knew nothing about that so whoever told me that, can suck it. I picked up a 6 pack of Diet Coke, kiwis, bananas, spring rolls and eel sushi –all for $11—not bad at all! I am cleaning up at Reid’s while I can, that really sucks for y’all who said places like you don’t do that when they are going out business!

I had the grilled chicken salad I picked up Reid’s yesterday for lunch today. I brought in my own dressing-T Marzetti’s Light Ancho Chipotle Ranch to top with. I think this may be a new favorite of mine. I love ranch dressing however as of late haven’t been really digging it on my salads. Now fries, pizza crust, sandwiches is a completely different story b/c those items just taste better with ranch. And I wonder why I gained so much weight eating all of that!

A close up of the cucumbers for Amy. Forgive me, I could not resist.

This was by far one of the best salads I’ve ever had. The grilled chicken was blackened which really added some zing to it and all the veggies were fresh. Along with a nice portion of shredded cheese? Yes please. The dressing is what really made the salad though, like I said before, this is a new favorite of mine.

I was jamming to my Pandora at work set on The Killers station. I just love when a song I haven’t heard in forever comes on and takes you back to when you first time you heard it or when it was popular. This song takes me back to senior year in college.

I graduated in December however the day after the ceremony, they told me I really didn’t graduate and still required one class–accounting. I was a journalism major so I was a little perplexed by that but since it was a core class, had to be completed. When I heard that, I was completely bummed because I had an internship set up with the minor league baseball team in Indianapolis and had to bail on that. I stayed an extra semester just taking that one class and waitressing the rest of the time. That’s also when I discovered the wonderfulness that was Dawson’s Creek. My sorority sisters used to watch it all the time and I would of course, make fun of them b/c thought it was so cheesy. Then TBS started playing two hours of reruns in the mornings and that’s when I got hooked. Team Pacey foreva!!

I dated a guy two summers ago who was a Pacey lookalike and that was a beautiful vision. Too bad he was addicted to the ghanga and smoked it when he woke up, in the middle of the day and at night while watching tv. And he brought some over to my place on the second date. Who does that?? If you smoke the mary jane, rock on, however I never even mentioned it and just brought a bag over like it was a bottle of wine. Sigh.

I snacked on some grape tomatoes on the way home

Dinner was an oldie but goodie–chicken tacos! Well, kinda chicken tacos. Maybe four or five little chunks on each topped with a crap load of veggies. I used Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Flour Tortillas.

Those Trader Joe’s tortillas? Sucked. They kept falling apart and taste like cardboard. Thumbs down, TJ’s, what are you doing to me?? You’re breaking my heart over here.

I had a fabulous workout after:

Kettlebell-20 lbs

Upright Deltoid Row (12 reps, 2 set)

Side Bends (20 reps, 2 sets)

Swing (20 reps, 2 sets)

Step Ups (30 reps, 1 set each leg)

Dumbbell-15 lbs

Close Grip Dumbbell Bench Press (13 reps, 2 sets)

Dumbbell Bench Press  (13 reps, 2 sets)

Shoulder press (12 reps, 2 sets)

Curls (13 reps, 2 sets)

Dumbbell 10 lbs

Tricep Dumbbell Kickbacks  (13 reps, 2 sets)

Zottman Curls (13 reps, 2 sets)

Tricep Extensions (12 reps, 2 sets)

Reverse Fly (12 reps, 2 sets)

Front Lateral Raise (13 reps, 2 sets)

In between sets, I did a bunch of jumping, kicking, calf raises and reverse lunges.

Dear old self who paid $50 a month for a gym membership and would only go on the elliptical  b/c you thought that was the best way to get a decent calorie burn—suck it.

And can I just say I totally aspire to be like Jenn one day? Her KB workouts amaze me and are straight up gangsta, she truly is a girl hero!!

It was time for green monster #2 of the day—with the rest of the packet of  Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion, 3/4 of a packet of Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter  and almond milk

Now, I’m sitting here enjoying my tasty chocolatey beverage and listening to U2 and remembering how much I love The Joshua Tree cd. Anytime I hear U2 it takes me back to college, to the first man (I am being nice by calling him that) who broke my heart. Every night, I have the tv on but don’t really watch it and is on more for background noise. However, after reading this post by Shelby, I turned off the tv and have been listening to music. It’s so peaceful not listening to canned laughter, annoying advertisements that are played on a loop and so on.

Have a terrific night!


26 Responses to “Memories”

  1. thehungryscholar June 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    What a great day!

    oh, and is this a new blog design. I love the colors! Perfect for summer!

  2. dianacheung June 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    first of all IT IS the law to take a break. thank goodness you guys finally sat down and spoke about those SLAVE conditions. Good for you for sticking up! BTW I cry when I’m talking fast is NOT BAD AT ALL. Also…I’m probably going to charlotte in spetember..i’ll let you know FO SO in a few. Also I was obsessed with Dawson’s also…do you remember when they showed 4 episodes on TBS a few years back? Yeah..I watched 4 EPISODES A DAY!!! Ps. best brand of dressing evahhhh

    • simplyshaka June 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

      Your slave conditions comment kept me laughing all day so thank you and you will sooooooo need to let me know about September—exciting!! If you’re here the right wknd there’s a Greek Festival which you know means tzaziki aplenty!

  3. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl June 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    So glad that you are finally getting a bit of a break at work!

    I need to try that ranch dressing…I’ve seen it on blogs, but need to make a better attempt at finding it in the store! It looks amazing!

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:07 am #

      It’s amazing, you will love it. I found it in the produce section in the refridgeratated area and there are usually coupons for T Marzetti’s so yay for saving money!

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I watched Dawson’s Creek almost every morning while getting ready for class when I was in college as well… 🙂

    I can be bribed with cookies,too. Probably not a surprise.

    I miss college town specials. $10 bottomless cup for 3 hours… what???

    And I don’t know if I’ve said, but I love your new pic on your site.

    And this is sorta long… And now that I’ve been made aware of that, I’m super self-conscious about it.

    Uh… the weekend’s almost here!!! Holla’!

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:06 am #

      Awww thanks, thats my Hollywood glam pic 🙂

      I do that all the time and will write a super long comment on someone else’s blog then think, “Why am I writing a novel on their page?” And then get self conscious but it’s all good, more stuff for me to read!

  5. christina June 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    brought weed over on yalls second date?! hahaha that’s awful!! wine, weed, no difference. haha wow

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:00 am #

      Well the best part is he whipped out a book and I was thinking “why is homeboy slice bringing me a book on a second date? I like to read and like presents but this is weird” and then he told me to “open it up” and it was a pot stash. Lovely.

  6. genesis June 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    good for you for being able to finally take a break 🙂

    yum, summer rolls. i tried to make it once but it just tasted really wrong.

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:01 am #

      I saw a recipe in my everyday food magazine or whatever Martha Stewarts magazine is for the rolls and was contemplating trying them out but figure they probably wouldnt turn out as well as store or restaurant bought ones. Still thinking about it though!

  7. Karla June 18, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    You don’t take breaks!??!!? Lady you deserve one!!
    That sounds like a rockin’ work out! Great job!

  8. terri June 18, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    i love your new blog look! too cute. and that pic of you in your sassy shades is way adorable!!!
    i listen to pandora all day at work. my bitchy boss ‘took’ my internet radio service away from me, so i can no longer listen to that. lets say ‘evil whore’ together. um. ok….sorry that was brutal…
    anywhosies, happy friday, tiffany!

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:02 am #

      Thanks girl and evil whore-hahahahhahahahaha. A bit brutal but we all know it can be true sometimes—hope you have a fabulous wknd!!

      PS–can you get to other sites or is just pandora blocked??

  9. April June 18, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    I was born on a Thursday too and used to LOVE throwdown Thursdays at Circle Centre Mall in Indy.

    I love your new blog layout…it’s classy which I know you’re not buahhaa…

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:04 am #

      I love that mall!!! I am going to Indy and may need to hit that up. Are you going to be around late July? Maybe we can meet up!

      And no class, no argument there. I know what I is!

  10. teneightsixfour June 18, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    I agree! I love the new blog design!
    Good job with sticking up for yourself…you needed that! 🙂

  11. Jenn June 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    You’re too sweet. That’s a helluva calorie burn girl! Your pretty gansta yourself. 😉

    I’m totally the same way with music. Joshua Tree is a GREAT album and probably the only U2 album I really like. :-/ Radiohead’s Ok Computer takes me back and fills my head and heart with so many memories. LOVE LOVE LOVE that album. Hubby used to be (Still may be) into Audioslave. 🙂

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:09 am #

      Great album (I feel so old school saying album!) I completely forgot about that one.

  12. June 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    thats a type of salad i would totally love!! looks really good girl 🙂

    everytime i see one of those pb squeeze packs i get so jealous! i would love to have those around and ready when i need it! so FUN ❤

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:10 am #

      That’s sad, do you not have them up there? I am not a huge butter fan (unless it’s covered in chocolate) but am trying to incorporate more into my eating. Each time I go to the supermarket they are only $.99 so I grab a few for the convenience of them.

  13. Fit Chick in the City June 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    So nice of your co-worker to bring you breakfast! Steel cut oats are delish!

  14. Angela @ A Healthy Fit June 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    Your job sounds like mine when I get busy. I usually almost pee my pants too!! Yeah for breakfast being made for you and for yummy cookies!

    • simplyshaka June 19, 2010 at 12:11 am #

      Seriously, it’s horrible. One lady saw me the other day and didn’t know I still worked there since I never have time to get up to go to the breakroom, restroom, etc.

  15. coffeeismycarrot June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Freakin lovin the “brought it over like it was a bottle of wine”! Laughed out loud!

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