Quick Fix

18 Apr

So, it seems like we are equally divided on the Bieber. Some of us love, love, love him while others are not so fond of the Biebs. I’m secretly  hoping that when he is 40 years old there will still be a thing called reality shows around and there will be a show like the Bachelor centered around him called “Somebody to Love”

As long as he doesn’t end up like Leif Garrett, I will be a happy gal


Sometimes, a quick fix is just what I need.

In the morning when I don’t feel like washing my hair, I sometimes need a quick and easy.

Or when I need to bring some color to my skin but don’t want to spend hours sitting outside

Sometimes I need a quick fix for meals.

Enter dinner last night.

  I had some romaine that was about to go bad along with a surplus of veggies like cucumber, red pepper, carrots, tomato and onion. I also had a couple of pieces of steak defrosting in the fridge with no direction of how to use it. I marinated the steak in Paula Deen’s Peach BBQ Sauce for a half hour then cooked on the stovetop

Oh how I long for a grill. Stovetop steak is just not the same as grilled steak

I wasn’t sure what kind of dressing I wanted to use so I used lime juice and hummus to top it off with. It was a great pick since the hummus didn’t overtake the flavor of the meat.

After having that, I made a quick stir fry with peppers, onions, zucchini and steak. I mixed garlic, red pepper flakes and soy sauce and poured on top of the steak while it cooked. I removed the steak then cooked the veggies in the same sauce then added all together.

I had a container of cooked spaghetti in the freezer so I defrosted that to make a quick meal for lunch on Monday.

Suck on that Lean Cuisine.

A quick fix for exercise today was taking a 20 minute walk on my lunch break. It was a gorgeous day—74 and sunny (sorry Chicago peeps who are getting snow!) and it was a nice way to break up my day. Until walking back when the pain in my knee became almost unbearable. I don’t know what’s up behind my knee but it is no bueno. It hurts when I have my leg bent sitting down and when I get up, it kills me to walk for the first few steps.

Which led to a quick fix for what my behind the knee pain would be on Livestrong. which then led to me quickly freaking out that a strain, a cyst or a tumor. If anyone has any tips on behind the knee pain, let a girl know. It’s horrible and I feel like I can barely walk a mile anymore due to the pain.

Some interesting headlines I saw today:

I saw this article on the Huffington Post today about how Australian retailers are going to tack on a fitting room fee to try on clothes since their sales have dropped by almost 5%. However, if you purchase the items, the fee is then refunded.  What do you all think about this? I think it’s a creative way to bring income in but they will see a drop in sales regardless.

In other news, a study came out saying that  coffee drinkers are more loyal to McD’s than to Starbucks. I would be too if I could get a decent cup of joe for $1. Unfortunately, I am lazy. There is a Starbucks in our building at work and it’s the closest thing to me so why walk three blocks away to McD’s to get a coffee? I’ve also been spoiled by the coffee since Starbucks coffee is stronger than others so if I were to go to McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts, I would have to drink two of their coffees to give me the jolt that Starbucks does. I prefer to grow some hair on my chest with my morning cuppa joe, thank you.

Is it wrong if I want to try the Doritos Taco Shell at Taco Bell? I may need to make a trip to Toledo soon….

And wth is up with my former employer,  Applebee’s  serving a toddler the hooch? My favorite part of the article was after the toddler drank some of the margarita that was supposed to be apple juice “The little boy reportedly began hailing strangers, too” Hakuna matata little boy, I do the same thing, little boy.

What are you quick fixes in your every day life?

Survey: How many of you know who Leif Garrett is without Googling him?


24 Responses to “Quick Fix”

  1. Amanda April 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I have been cracking up this entire post! I love the link to the Applebee’s story! Too good. Seriously had to show Andy that one.

  2. vixter2010 April 19, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    I need to start making lunch, yours looks good. I have no idea who that is, I shall Google now 🙂 One of my fixes is coca-cola, gives me a pep up when I need it!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      I LOVE original coca cola. I indulge every now and then since I can’t stop at one! Like crack, that stuff.

  3. Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest April 19, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    My friend loves that dry shampoo. Once mine runs out, I’m going to buy it.

    That fitting room idea is crazy!

    I prefer Starbucks over McD’s and DD coffee too.

  4. Natalie @ will jog for food April 19, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I knew who Leif Garrett was, woohoo!!

    The charge for fitting rooms is insane.

    It would be interesting to try the dorito shell..but it might take away from their “meat product” haha! I love a good Chalupa on a late night, yummy.

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      OMG its been ages since I’ve had a chalupa!!

      I’m happy someone else knows who Leif is 🙂

  5. dianacheung April 19, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    quick fix: whole wheat wrap+veggie burger+hummus=DONE.

    or eggs…eggs and the kitchen sink.

    Anyways, the saddest childhood crushes were bran renfro and jonathan brandis RIP.

    BTW the fitting room fee? Ridic and won’t become popular in the US cause we are spoiled. My parents always say that in china you can’t return sh*t and you can’t try on sh*t! BAsically, don’t buy sh*t!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      I still can’t believe Jonathan and Brad have passed…sadness.

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness April 19, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I honestly didn’t know much about his “teen fame”, but know him as the dude with the messed up forehead who shows up on occasion on bad reality tv… :p

    Dorito taco bowl? What???

    Doritos should really come out with their own brand of seasoning… seriously. I would use it.

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      Haha about Leif. Him and Bonaduce should have their own reality show.

      I would totally be down for some Doritos seasoning

  7. christina April 19, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    a fitting room fee? that’s so dumb! if i don’t try something on, i can’t buy it. wtf!?

  8. Carly April 19, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I’m a big fan of dry shampoo. I hate, hate, hate blow drying, so some days I just give myself a quick little spray of whatever magic is in that can. Ha, hopefully nothing dangerous!

  9. OliePants April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I absolutely need to get some dry shampoo!! I’m in need – desperate need. Like right now.

    My quick fixes are always sandwiches. PB&J all the way!

  10. According to Gus April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try dry shampoo! I think I’ll have to buy a bottle before our trip. I have a feeling there will be lots of mornings when I’ll be way too lazy to go wash it!

    Gus snuggles are part of my daily routine. 🙂

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      I don’t blame you, I would cuddling with Gus all the time 🙂

      Definitely look into dry shampoo, its been a godsend. I’m super lazy when it comes to washing and drying my hair.

  11. Jen@jensdaily April 19, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Dorito shell @ Taco Bell?! Wow…I may need to check that out!
    I used to work at Applebee’s too, and I was a bartender. Pretty dang hard to mistake the two, but whatever. I didn’t know the part about the toddler hailing toddlers. Hilarious, but I would have been pissed if it would have been my toddler.

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Hooray for Applebees alum. Applebees…teamwork!!

  12. Monique April 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    DUde, and Olive garden gave a toddler sangria!
    When i dine out, im gonna ask for the sippy cup with *wink* apple juice.

    I cant deal with McDonalds coffee. Or DD’s. I like to taste the bean in my coffee… not watered down versions of java. no bueno.

    Hope your knee feels better dearies!

  13. Alyssa April 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    I am SO TEMPTED to get some dry shampoo! does it work? I’m a baby powder user… heh.

    and I’m so sad I didn’t think to include you in last weekends meetup. HOW DID I FORGET YOU LIVE IN CHARLOTTE? say you’ll forgive me and meet up with me on my next visit? yeah?

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      It is soooo much better than baby powder (I used the baby powder for a little while until I discovered dry shampoo)

      Deal on next time you are in…if I’m still here that is:)

  14. Suzy Eats April 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    LOL…this made me laugh….wonder where justin will be in 20 years 🙂

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Seriously! I hope he stays successful.

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