12 Mar

 I’m a jittery person. Most of the time I’m on edge due to the amount of caffeine I take in during the day and kind of like the shaky feeling I get with it. But today, I’m a different kind of jittery and not in a good way.

I ran a bunch of errands this morning and was about five minutes from my house when I was driving on the loop around the city-277. I merged and when I did, the car in front of me came to a fast break and Iwasthisclose to hitting him. I quickly swerved left through two lanes and was fish-tailing around. Thank God when doing so, no one was behind me but I thought I was going to wreck or even worse, die. I’ve never had a driving experience like that before and am still shaky, four hours after the fact. I quickly got off the loop at the next exit and felt sick to my stomach, I couldn’t believe what had just happened. I came home, couldn’t sit down or even process what had just happened and couldn’t concentrate. I am still in shock of what happened and am very on edge right now.

I went to the gym about an hour after I went home and tried to work out but my mind was not all about that. I did 10 minutes on the Precor AMT and couldn’t stop shaking and all looking around me as if something bad were going to happen. I did some strength training afterwards but was still jittery-I spilt water all over one of the machines and ran smack dab into a guy while walking upstairs. I did another 10 minutes on the Precor Crossramp but that was a struggle to even do that. I had a decent work out but my heart wasn’t in and I just felt nervous the entire time.

I drove to CVS after that and broke down crying in my car in the parking lot. I just couldn’t believe that had happened earlier and how lucky I was to be ok and ahem, alive. I guess it just put things in perspective for me, how quickly something or someone can be taken away from you.

Just a bunch of rambling going on here but I just had to put down what happened this morning, more for my peace of mind than anything. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.

Now back to some normal Simply Shaka blog stuff.


I’m getting back on track with my meal planning and this past week was a great week! I tried Rachael Ray’s Chipotle BBQ Chicken recipe that I saw in her magazine. I don’t really cook with chicken thighs too often but it was fun to mix it up with the thighs this time around plus you get so much more flavor with bone in chicken.

Chipotles cooking with garlic and onion

I let the chicken cook for a few minutes in the sauce to brown them a bit

Then transferred to a baking dish and let cook about 35 minutes. The recipe calls for 30 minutes but I don’t have a meat thermometer and get skeeved out by the thought of chicken not being cooked all the way.

I heart beautiful poultry!

I made some mashed potatoes when the chicken was cooking and they turned out, um, pink?

Nothing wrong with pink potatoes right? The plan was definitely not for them to turn out pink but when I was mashing them, I realized that I had red food dye on the masher and forgot to wash it off, oops. Oh well, they were festive and tasty! Instead of cream, I added a Laughing Cow wedge to the potatoes along with butter and pepper.

I made banana bread so I could have a quick breakfast throughout the week. I saw Christina make it on Hungry Meets Healthy awhile back so I decided to copy her and also leave out the chocolate.

I love that the recipe didn’t call for oil but used yogurt instead and egg whites. It is absolute perfection and I think I’m going to make another loaf this upcoming week!

On Wednesday night, I got home from work and was about to start cooking chicken but then I remembered it was Ash Wednesday! I’m such a horrible Catholic. I was quick to look through my cupboards to find something veggie friendly and settled on a refried black bean cheesy salsa tortilla bake.

I spread the refried black beans, salsa and cheese on a tortilla then topped with another tortilla and repeat

Baked at 400 for 15 minutes and there you have it-a deliciously cheesy meal!

Seriously, I don’t even know the name of what I made it was absolutely tasty and perfect for a Mexican meal in a pinch!

Thursday night, I attended a Yelpy Hour at Bask on Seaboard–they provided a spread of appetizers and drink specials.

 Offer free food and I am there! Offer free food and discounted drinks and you have my heart.


Jalapeno Poppers and Pita Chips with Black Bean Hummus

The poppers weren’t the best I’ve ever had-they lacked flavor and spice but the black bean hummus was off the hook. I would definitely go back for that alone. What I like about Bask is that they offer simple, classic dishes with a mix of comfort at affordable rates. Not like Denny’s rates or anything but reasonably priced for the quality of ingredients they offer. Their menu isn’t huge but just the right size and they offer medium and large-sized platters.

Random question of the day-Anyone go from a WordPress blog to being self hosted? How big of a pain in the butt is it? I’m thinking of getting my own domain!

PS-If you won my I Love My Dog giveaway-I sent out almost all the bumper stickers today. Sorry for the hold up, I really didn’t forget about you all! I have been working almost 50 hours a week, so that with social events factored in things get hectic and busy–thanks for your patience!

26 Responses to “Jittery”

  1. Elin @andserenitytoo March 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Oh no, that sounds like a terrifying experience! Things like that can really put everything in perspective like you say… Really glad you’re ok.

    Love those pink mashed potatoes by the way 🙂

  2. It All Changes March 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    So thankful you are okay. Driving is scary but situations like that are scarier.

    Black bean hummus is my favorite…it looks like a good way to relax.

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness March 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m thinking pink potatoes are pretty fab. Although I have a softness in my heart for anything pink…

    • simplyshaka March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      Me too sister, I want to make more pink stuff now!

  4. Kelly Olexa March 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Girl, I have been through a crazy “near miss” car situation like you and I know how jittery it can be. (((hugs)))
    Also– I’m biased because I use them but checkout Squarespace for your blog. You can use my code kellyolexa and get 10% off for the life of your blog (I don’t earn any $$ for this) and I LOVE their customizable format. Then YES GET YOUR URL and do a redirect like mine so folks don’t see the .wordpress.com or .squarespace.com. Just a thought!! 😉 XOXO

  5. 40daykedge March 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I’m in the midst of doing it behind the scenes. My friend is a WordPress expert I hired him to show me how to change the free way via wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com. If you want I can put you in touch with him, please e-mail me privately. I can go into the details of what the differences are etc. offline so that you can make your choice.

    On another note, I saw an accident where a pedestrian got struck, I was driving by as the paramedics were scooping him off the ground. That was enough to make my heart race. I’m glad you are OK.

    • simplyshaka March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      Thanks for the info-I will hit you up.

      I cannot imagine seeing something like that 😦

  6. According to Gus March 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Eeek! Sorry to hear about your scary experience. I’ve had a couple myself and my heart raced for hours after.

    You can continue to be hosted through WP and still buy your own domain (it’s a cinch). The upside is that there are zero hosting fees, the downside is the WP restrictions. Good luck with whatever you decide!

    • Valerie Furnas March 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      Oh my lands that sound terrifying! I had something kinda similar happen to me but not nearly as scary and felt like I couldn’t breath for hours. It was awful.

  7. Heather (All Sizzle No Steak) March 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Thank goodness you are safe! What a terrifying experience!

  8. lookingupwhileslimmingdown March 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    So glad you’re okay! I know exactly that sick feeling you are talking about. I couldn’t shake it for 2 days after that car hit me last year and totaled my car. It’s very scary feeling how things can change in an instant. Again, glad you’re okay!!!!!

    Banana bread does look great. I’m going to have to try that recipe. And I LOVE your pink potatoes. At first I thought maybe you used red skinned ones or something.

    I’m curious about the question you posed, too. Chris and I were actually just talking about that today.

  9. vixter2010 March 13, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    That sounds scary, I’m glad you’re okay. I’d be jittery after as well! Maybe a good stiff brandy is on order …
    The pink mash is hilarious, you should try out some other crazy coloured food 🙂

  10. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 13, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Yikes– so glad you’re okay!!! Situations like that are so scary!

  11. Natalie @ While I Breathe March 13, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    omg girl that’s so scary!!! i hope you have recovered… i get anxious like that too and it usually takes copious amounts of chocolate to calm down…

    the food looks awesome! love the refried bean lasagna thingy lol…

    when are you heading to pittsburgh btw…

  12. Amy at TheSceneFromMe March 13, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    That’s a great black and white picture of you!

    Wow, how scary. I would be just as jittery as you if that had happened to me too. Thank God you are safe.

    The banana bread looks scrumptious! And what a good idea to add Laughing Cow cheese to mashed taters, love it!

  13. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident March 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Glad you’re ok! Sounds like an awful experience.

  14. Laury @TheFitnessDish March 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Oh, Tiffany, so sorry that happened to you! I would have been so shaken up too! Glad you’re OK! You poor thing 😦

  15. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your driving scare! I, too, am a bad Catholic. Totally didn’t know it was Ash Wednesday until 12 noon the day of!

  16. adrianna March 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    catching up on blogs, and i’m sorry i missed this yesterday. i’m so glad you’re ok! it can be so scary to be close to a huge wreck. *virtual hug*

    glad the rest of your weekend was nice, though. i’m w/ ya on how fast they always go…dreading work tomorrow :/

  17. dianacheung March 14, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    bad drivers can ruin a day!! Why the f*ck did he break? Glad you are okay!! 😦 I’ve gotten into ALMOST fender benders before but if it involves a highway it’s way too scary. ::Huggssss::

  18. Monique March 14, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    OMG i am so glad you are okay!
    I dont know why i had to read this right after i called to make an appt for my first driving lesson… eeek
    Im glad you are okay
    The pink mashed taters look like puerto rican potato salad. (they put beets in it- turns everythign pink!)

    • simplyshaka March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      I am so not a beet person but if they make things pretty, I am all for them!

      I am excited for you to take driving lessons!!

  19. Ashleigh March 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    That sounds really scary… I am glad to hear that you are ok! Car accidents freak me out so much.

  20. leashieloo March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Urgh, that is so ridiculously scary. I’ve had a lot of close calls, but have been lucky up to this point. Keep driving defensively girl, there’s a bunch of crazies on the road!

  21. Katie H. March 15, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Oh my gosh that is so terrifying! I am so glad that nothing happened. So so scary! I hope you are feeling better. I’ve had some near misses and witnessed a horrifying motorcycle accident- I was scared to drive after that for awhile.

    I just moved over to self-hosting but someone did it for me- I have no tech skills, yo. So far it’s been pretty painless!


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