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Operation Triple R

19 Dec

So, my weekend started off with a stake out. Not a fun boy-stalking stake out as I had hoped nor was it filled with coffee, cigarettes and discussion about life however it was my friends stake out and I just was there as the getaway car. She had a psycho woman follow her into the YMCA parking lot last weekend after a little traffic dispute then the woman blocked in her car, harassed and I believe threatened her. She wanted to get the womans license plate number just in case anything further happened. My friend asked if I wanted to tag along and of course I said yes!  The fact that she had an awesome name for the stakeout-Operation Triple R (Redneck Road Rage) may have swayed my vote a little as well. I wake up early on the weekend so I don’t mess up my sleep schedule too much and am always looking for something to do when nothing seems to be going on. We went to Dunkin Donuts, got some coffee and three munchkins for me (which the boy gave me for free–thanks DD boy!) and went to the YMCA to stake out. Originally, I had the idea of getting out of the car and hanging out in disguises in front of the Y. I wanted to dress up as a homeless person sitting outside the Y with a change jar and hidden walkie talkie. But she shot that idea down and said it wasn’t necessary-boo. So, we waited….and waited…..and waited.

We even had a canine friend in attendance

Yes, that would be Lincoln in my friends purse. Fear not, he wasn’t in there the entire time. I was in awe with the size of her purse since I believe in the mantra-bigger is better-and was joking around that Lincoln could fit in there so we packed him in. And you know what? He loved it! He was absolutely calm, appeared to be comfortable and am 99% sure he don’t go potty in there. It turned out to be a waste of time since No 1980’s something brown pickup truck was in sight. Oh well. At least I had a morning of good conversation and coffee right?

Saturday afternoon consisted of a lot of this:

While I updated my resume and searched for jobs, Lincoln napped and eventually I did as well. It snowed for about 10 minutes in Charlotte and I went out a walk but the afternoon mainly consisted of job searching. I got four inquiries about my resume between Saturday and Sunday so hopefully I am on the right track!

Saturday night I made tuna casserole. It’s been foreeeeever since I’ve made it and it’s a fantastic meal for when it’s chilly out. Nothing says comfort like noodles, fish and cheese. Ok, put like that it doesn’t sound good but combined together and baked, it’s super!

I took three cans of tuna fish and drained

Along with that ingredients were

 Half a package of No Yolk Egg Noodles (that I cooked earlier in the day)

 One can Cream of Mushroom soup

 1/2 shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

 Chopped onion

Chopped mushrooms

 One cup frozen peas

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp black pepper 

1/2 tbsp garlic

Then mixed together in a large mixing bowl.

Then transferred to a casserole dish, topped with 1/3 of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (if you are not a huge cheese fan, you can use breadcrumbs instead) and let it bake for 35 minutes

Delicious! Plus it gives me a couple of meals to bring to work for lunch this week (yes, I am the annoying co-worker who heats fish in the break room) and it’s perfect for freezing as well.

I may have watched this movie one two three times afterwards.

What can I say, when I like a movie, I really really like a movie.

On Sunday morning, I woke up had some breakfast and went for a 45 minute walk. It was just cold enough that I felt comfortable all bundled up but not sweating and I felt terrific afterwards.

I put some ingredients in the crock pot to make chili and then headed out to go to see Black Swan and shopping at Costco. Black Swan was absolutely fantastic, it was very theatrical and thought-provoking, a nice change from what I usually dig. My friend has a Costco membership so I wanted to tag along with her so I could get some goodies. I also wanted to try one of their churros since I hear good things about them and it was out of this world!

I was expecting it to be absolute madness on a Sunday afternoon but it was pretty tame for Costco. I will have to hit her up to see when she is going again since I found some great deals but didn’t get too much stuff since I’ll be going out of town for Christmas. For $44 I got  all of this and a bottle of wine:

Holla, I heart Costco!

When I got home, my house has the spicy aroma of chili in the air and I was ready to chow down! I don’t have a set chili recipe but mixed it up a little this time.

Ingredients:

One can diced tomatoes

One can tomato paste

One can dark kidney beans

One can navy beans

One cup Morningstar Veggie Crumbles (browned with tabasco sauce)

1 tbsp Chili powder

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Garlic

2 tbsp Black Pepper

1 onion chopped

3 Hungarian Wav peppers, chopped

It turned out great. However, the Hungarian Wax peppers made a world of difference! They were spicier than expected and that along with the tabasco Veggie Crumbles made my eyes water. Luckily, I like chili that hot but I think I will stick jalapenos in the future.

Everyone have a fun weekend? I hope more exciting with mine regarding the nightly activities, I am so lame some weekends.

If you haven’t entered yet–remember to enter my Chobani giveaway–it ends Monday night!

All Over The Place

12 Oct

I had yesterday off with no real plans so I went to Ulta and treated myself. I usually buy Loreal or whatever is on sale but that’s just not working anymore. With aging and damage from the sun, my skin is just not what it used to be. I’ve heard great things about Bare Minerals and curious what it’s all about. I got the full on demonstration from the makeup girl and loved it. I felt like I didn’t even have any makeup on but it make my skin illuminate and felt great.

I also stocked up on some Sexy Hair products (Buy Two, Get Two Free) and a new dry shampoo to try

I made Chicken and Spinach Casserole for lunch. As you all know I like a deal. When I am looking for a rotisserie chicken, I go to the supermarket after 7P and they have the rotisserie chickens at a discount. I went Sunday night and picked one up for $4 which will give me a few meals packed with a bunch of flavor.

I’ve been eyeing this recipe since I saw it in this month’s Martha Stewart Everyday Food and figured, I have all of the ingredients on hand at any time all I need is the rotisserie chicken and I’m set. I have it in the magazine but can’t find it anywhere online which kinda stinks but I made some modifications with mine.  Basically you start with tearing up bread pieces (about 1.5 cups) and tossing in extra virgin olive oil and salt in a bowl and set aside. Then you take a couple of handfuls of spinach and cook in extra virgin olive oil until done and take off from the heat. Take one chopped onion and cook in the pan along with garlic then add white wine, 1 cup half and half, 1 tbsp all purpose flour and mix together until thick then add chopped rotisserie chicken last.

 Transfer to a baking dish, top with the bread pieces and bake for 10 minutes or until bread is browned and voila-a meal.

 Ok, so it really doesn’t look too appetizing but it’s tasty, I promise!! It would be a perfect meal if it wasn’t 85 degrees out but it was still delicious.

 I had a nice workout in the afternoon

Kettlebell 20 lbs

Shrugs (12 reps, 2 sets)

Sidebends (20 reps, 2 sets)

Upright Deltoid Row (12 reps, 2 sets)

Step Ups (25 reps, 2 sets)

Dumbbell 15 lbs

Curls (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shoulder Press (13 reps, 3 sets)

Front Lateral Raise (13 reps, 2 sets)

Misc.

Donkey Kicks (13 reps, 2 sets)

Push Ups (15 reps, 2 sets)

Crunches (20 reps, 3 sets)

Lincoln and I went to Freedom Park afterwards and enjoyed the day. We walked around for a little bit then sat under a tree and relaxed. I had a lot on my mind so it was nice to sit in silence and think about things. Basically, I am not happy my routine lately. I haven’t been focusing on my health at all and you can see that through what I’ve been eating and drinking along with my lack of exercise. I just feel unmotivated at this point and I can see the weight coming back. I don’t feel comfortable in my skin, don’t feel pretty and just feel blah. I suffer from a case of high self esteem so when something like this brings me down, it brings me down in a major way. I don’t want to go shopping for new clothes because the last two times I did, nothing looked good. I just want cooler weather to be here so I can hide in my sweaters and be motivated to work out again. Unlike others, I am not motivated in the hotter weather to work out nor do I lose weight in the summer months. I am driven to work out more in the winter and often drop lbs in the cooler months. My social calendar has picked up since I moved to my new place a few months ago but with that comes more dinner, more drinks and more hangovers resulting in me not wanting to do anything the next day.

With that, I’m frustrated. And sad. And angry with myself. I don’t like the way I look and just not happy with myself and  this needs to change.

 I need to go back to the girl earlier this year who cooked more, moved more and drank less.

I like to keep things light-hearted on here but sometimes I just gotta keep it real and that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Rant over. Thanks.

Anywho, when I got home from the park,  I walked into a house smelling of barbeque sauce and pig. I had a half rack of spare ribs thawing out in my fridge for the past day and was cooking them in the crock pot for dinner. I cooked on high for four hours with KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce and took a few for dinner and then saved a couple for later this wk. I brushed on a little more bbq sauce to make it gooey. I also had roasted red potatoes and a side salad for a filling meal.

Even though it was Monday night, it still felt like a Sunday night. Don’t you hate that? I was restless about going back to work but it’s all good since this is my last week at my job. I’m really excited to start next week but at the same time I’m nervous since I’m pretty comfortable in my current role. I am the rock star of my team and the go to person whenever someone has an issue and I won’t lie, I like that. I am anxious to learn something new but just nervous that I won’t catch on or be the best (I’m super competitive).

This morning, I was out of it. I got a good nights rest but was in a daze. I forgot to put coffee in the coffee marker and woke up to brownish hot water. However, I wasn’t going to let them bring me down. I was determined to have a good day since it is one of my last! I pretty much spent the entire day renewing my benefits and transferring any relevant emails to our N Drive then zipping the files. That’s how four years worth of emails folks, not fun.

Lunch was basic yet yummy-salad topped with leftover rotisserie chicken and soup that I made last week.

I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner since I had no plans. My headache was killing me from doing mindless work all day and I wanted something quick and easy. Maybe it was the smell of bacon on the bus this morning that inspired me but I decided to have a BLT on a spinach wrap with some Trader Joe’s Kettlecorn Popcorn b/c I’m random like that. I spread a  Laughing Cow Bleu Cheese wedge on the wrap for a little umph.

Le sigh, I wish I could roll well.

I also picked up an oldie but goodie at the supermarket the other night.

I used to love Yoplait but then I discovered the wonderfulness that is greek yogurt so I don’t eat Yoplait that much anymore. It’s too runny and too sweet for me. Luckily, my vote can be swayed and I have days where I want runny and sweet. And Black Forest Cake flavored? Holy schnikes-that stuff is gooooood.

I think I’m gonna follow this guys lead and get under the covers and veg.

Peace out.