Day off? Not so much.

30 Jan

I feel like today has been crazy and hectic-just like a week day for me but hold up, it’s Sunday. I have tomorrow off from work yet again for more dental work. Yay. I have to get a crown and my appointment is in the afternoon so I just figured I should take the whole day off instead of going to work, cramming to get a bunch done and then leaving again for the day. I already had a ton of things to get done on Thursday afternoon that was going to be pushed until Tuesday so I went into work today. Ugh.

I wasn’t too thrilled to go in but I knew if I held off on this stuff I would be behind the rest of this week plus I wouldn’t have any distractions from other people, emails, calls, IM’s, etc. I knocked alot of stuff out-of-the-way but didn’t catch up completely. This week will go a little smoother for me though since I finished some of the major things I needed to finish. It was nice to have my Pandora playing without a care if someone didn’t like the song it was on and it felt wonderful to do some stretching and yoga moves in my cube while printing something out. When I was done, I went to Starbucks just to say hi to my baristas and they asked if I wanted any coffee. Naturally, the answer was yes so I scored a free coffee without even asking for it. I love my baristas!

It was another gorgeous day in Charlotte-sunny and 70–what what?? Global warming, you’re a tricky little minx but I’ll enjoy the nice days you give us in January. I drove around for a bit without a plan-I could go back home and do nothing. But it was around lunch time so I went to Panera (since me going twice in one day last week wasn’t enough). I went to a nice one to spice it up a bit and got the Pick Two combo with broccoli and cheddar soup with the smoked turkey sandwich. Classic, simple, yummy.

The food was enjoyable however I had horrible luck with seating. The booth in front of me had an older couple and the woman was on her phone the entire time—like before they even sat, through their meal and when I left. Hello rude! I wanted to invite the older gentleman over to my booth to lunch and we could talk about whatever–WWII, Jersey Shore, Obama, you name it. The ladies behind me were talking about their “friend” who has ugly children. And both tables were extremely loud and not trying to mask their volume whatsoever. I just don’t get it. I may take a quick call if I’m out with someone but I will step away and make it quick. How can someone have the nerve to be on their phone through an entire meal? Even though I was dining alone, I flipped through this cookbook that my sister got me for my birthday

There’s too much in this book that appealed to me and I forgot my mini post it’s which I always stick on recipes I want to try it. Still, it was fun to finally sit down was thing and see what it’s all about.

I got back home, hung out with Lincoln and took him out for a 30 minute walk then came back home and was restless. I couldn’t relax or sit back yet I really didn’t have anything that needed to be done right away. I flipped through the channels and nothing was on–which proves my point of Sundays suck without football. I ended up going to the gym even though I intended to have a day off. I did a 35 minute interval session on the Precor Crossramp. I did the entire session striding backwards which is surprising even to me since I rarely do an entire session going backwards. I’ve never done the interval session but actually enjoyed it and felt like the time breezed by!

I felt like doing a little more afterwards and did hip adduction (110 lbs, 2 sets) and hip abduction (135 lbs, 2 sets) sets then leg presses ( 180 lbs 14 reps, 2 set/220 lbs 14 reps, 2 sets).

Quite a nice burn–especially since I wasn’t even planning on going to the gym today!

Dinner was all Trader Joe’s tonight. I had a few pieces of Mandarin Orange Chicken that I wanted to use up

While I let that bake, I threw some mushrooms, red onion and sweet peppers into a pan and let cook with red pepper flakes, garlic, black pepper and soy sauce.

I had frozen broccoli warming up in the microwave and once that was finished, threw into the pan and let cook with spices and sauce

Soon, the veggies were finished and ready to eat!

Then, threw the chicken on top and a quick, healthy meal was set!

I grabbed my chopsticks and chowed down-this was a delicious meal even sans carbs!

30 Day Challenge. I’m choosing to answer there whenever as I’m not a girl who is disciplined and can stick to a plan.

Day 4-Your views on religion.

Religion is a touchy subject and I’m not a very religious person so this is going to be short and sweet. I pray every night but don’t go to church since I feel like I don’t get anything out of it. I don’t mind people who are ultra religious since they have that right to be but like anything, when you try to push your beliefs on me, that’s where I cross the line. Everyone deserves to have an opinion that should be respected but I hate when others try to push their beliefs/views on you.

All this being said, I’m tired. I feel like today wasn’t even a day off and I’m completely wiped. Explains the lame post huh? Hope everyones Sunday was a bit more exciting than mine.

*Do you dine solo?

*Ever try one of the Hungry Girl recipes? If so success or meh?

25 Responses to “Day off? Not so much.”

  1. thehungryscholar January 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    I go out to eat by myself a lot. I bring a book usually. My friends all run on different schedules so it happens more often than I like. I’m use to it now, though.

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  4. genesis January 31, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    i hope your dentist appointment goes smoothly and i am way jealous of your weather. it snowed today in my neck of the woods…so depressing.

    i have the regular HG cookbook but havent had a chance to try anything.

    • simplyshaka January 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      Seriously, we need to trade places. I want snow.

  5. TheSceneFromMe January 31, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    I am definitely a HungryGirl recipe follower! I signed up and get daily emails from them too, which I just love as they highlight new things that are found in the stores. I have several of her cookbooks and she just started a tv show too in 2011 on Saturday afternoons.
    Great stuff!

    I do not dine alone often. I am somewhat of a homebody, so if I am going to eat out, I might as well get it and bring it back home to eat. But I do love going out with my friends, husband and family. I don’t really have a problem with dining alone, I just do it so rarely.

    Have a good day and good luck at the dentist today too!
    PS, Jealous of your weather. Snow and ice on the way for us tonight.

    • simplyshaka January 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      I just talked to my sis in Indy and she was telling me how bad it was….eek! Hope you stay safe and warm, you dont have to go to work do you?

      I have to look into those emails, I love finding out about new products–thanks for the tip!

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness January 31, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I can’t believe how people don’t have cell phone manners by now. Seriously. I still can’t believe it when I hear an obnoxiously loud ring at the library or something. I mean COME ON.

    Enjoy your lovely weather. We’re getting ready for a blizzard. Weeee….

  7. Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 31, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I think I have 3 of the HG books and love ’em. I think their only downfall is that it’ll call for like a tablespoon of a box of cakemix…leaving me to make something not so healthy with the remaining ingredients. All in all though…love their ideas!

    I used to love dining alone during lunches – I’d bring a book along, but would secretly be people watching 🙂 Good luck at the dentist!

  8. Kace January 31, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I eat at Panera and other fast food places by myself, that doesn’t bother me.

    Funnily enough (with cell phones), my Uncle’s went off right at the end of my Pop’s funeral mass. It actually provided a needed laugh; and the ring was not quite as disrespectful as his “son of a bitch!” exclaimation ha. The best part was? The call was from his pharmacy telling him his meds were done.

    Saw you got the delivery! Enjoy!

  9. Carly January 31, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    That Trader Joe’s frozen meal looks amazing! Ahh I can’t wait until Trader Joe’s gets here in July!

    I haven’t dined alone anywhere where I need a server, but I’ve eaten by myself plenty at places like Panera.

    • simplyshaka January 31, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      After the Forever 21 madness, I don’t want to know what the TJ’s opening is going to be like—eek!

  10. erica@fashionmeetsfood January 31, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I was at a fancy restaurant last week and the lady at the booth behind me plus her husband were both on the phone. It was so frustrating and I couldnt even have an enjoyable meal. People need to learn to not talk on their phones in restaurants.


    • simplyshaka January 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      I just dont get it. The worst was in college when I was a waitress and I had this couple I was waiting on. The dude was on the phone from the time they walked in until they lft and they were younger so it wasn’t business or anything, it was just like “Dude, I got so wasted last night” talk. I wanted to tell the girl to run…

  11. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident January 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I tried a Hungry Girl recipe from her first book; it’s Pumpkin Cranberry Bread and it’s really good! I should probably look through the book again for some new ideas, but sometimes I get turned off by how much processed and/or expensive ingredients she calls for. It seems most of the time she’s going for lowest calories possible and not focusing on flavor. And I have to give a thumbs down to her faux-fried recipes- Fiber One cereal does NOT make a good coating for onion rings or jalepeno poppers. Gag!

    • simplyshaka January 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      You know, I noticed the random ingredients like mixes or chips that I normally dont have on hand. She did have one for pringle coated chicken that intrigues me-that has to be better than Fiber One right??

  12. dianacheung January 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    i have made some of the hungry girl cupcakes at times but warning: although easy, quick, and cheap…it’s a TON of packaged products that the recipes call for…ie. perservative/bloat city. Anyways, so jealous of your TJ. I still need to send you a tj list swap so next time I go to WF I can get you stuff too….SEND ME A LIST! ANyways I’ve dined solo a few times and I get so bored!!! And everytime G and I eat out and we start checking our phones I start thinking we losing our “steam”…that’s why I tell each other we have to turn them off when we sit down!

    • simplyshaka January 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      Good for you for turning them off! When I see people out and they are both on their cells, I’m like whats the point?

      I havent been to WF in so long I have no clue what I like….except their salad bar of cour but you cant send me that!

  13. This Italian Family January 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Love me some 70 degrees! That’s fabulous, girl!

    And I love Hungry Girl! I’ve made so many of her recipes and they’ve all turned out so well for me! 🙂

  14. bigcitybabycarrots January 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    70 and sunny? Send some of that up to NY!

  15. Erin February 1, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I LOVE to dine solo. One of my fave things is going to a really nice meal in NYC with no one else. You get complimentary items most of the time! 🙂

    • simplyshaka February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

      Oh really? I may have to try that 🙂

  16. nic - the auspicious squirrel February 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Those stirfry veggies look good! I’m thinking of making stirfry again… I like the idea of throwing in some frozen broccoli! 🙂

    • simplyshaka February 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      It’s such a time saver plus it was BOGO so I had to pick up that and some new veggie mix!

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