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Distracted

12 Apr

So a little late for a weekend recap post but better late that never right? Yet another unexciting weekend and I am fine with that. Sometimes, I just want to do nothing social and get stuff done around the house.

  I think by the end of the weekend, Lincoln was ready for me to go back to work. Maybe because I  made him partake in a photo shoot?  Since he is a part Poodle, I figured he should sport a beret to show off his heritage!

Ok, I could see how he hates me doing stuff like this but it’s just too adorable to pass up. And this is what I do when I’m bored. I really do need to pick up a hobby.

Saturday night was spent in, which worked out perfectly since it was raining cats and dogs. When it’s raining, there is no way you can get me to go out, I am completely fine with staying in.

I had a dinner of leftover pizza along with a salad and some vino

Two glasses deep, I had the grand idea to make 3 Ingredient Muffins.

I used Spice Cake instead of the Devil’s Food Cake it calls for and used 1/4 bag of chocolate chips.

I love the Spice Cake addition and will use it again!

On Sunday I got alot of errands done in the morning then went to the gym and had a killer workout! I did 35 minutes on the Crossramp, doing weight loss interval with a resistance of 7, 10 minutes rowing then did an upper body workout including:

shoulder press (15 lbs 13 reps x3 sets)

bicep curls (15 lbs 13 reps x3 sets)

side bends (25 lbs 25 reps x 2 sets)

tricep extension (15 lbs 13 reps x3 sets)

concentration curls (15 lbs 13 reps x3 sets)

I felt great after this workout! I came home and replenished with a smoothie made with almond milk, ground flax-seed, fresh strawberries, frozen strawberries and Spiru-Tein Blueberries & Cream protein powder

Holy yum, this smoothie was fantastic! I love the combination of fresh and frozen strawberries and slurped this down! Oddly enough, I didn’t even get a brain freeze so that was a bonus.

I made chicken stir fry for dinner in an attempt to use up some of my quinoa that I bought last summer. I swear, I feel like I’m never going to go through this four pound feedbag but I have definitely put a dent in it. I wanted to use the quinoa for two reasons 1) obviously to use it up 2) to add some more protein to my meal since it packs an average of 14g of protein per cup.

I cooked two chicken breasts then set aside while the veggies were cooking. In the mix-snap peas, broccoli, bean sprouts and mushrooms. I whipped up a quick marinade of soy sauce, garlic, red pepper, black pepper and ginger and poured on the veggies while cooking. When near done, I added the chicken back in to simmer with the soy sauce mixture and soon enough it was done.

I laid the veggies and the chicken mixture over the quinoa. This tasted just like take out and filled me up for the rest of the evening–success!

Also, I’m distracted as of late.

Why you ask? Here we go……

*Work

I am getting ready to give my portfolio  away at work (about 150 accounts) so I am trying to make sure everything that needs to be done is done. I went into work for three hours on Sunday to play catch up and still didn’t get everything done so I am going to try my best to get it done within the next few weeks. And I have a few people that I am supposed to screw over tomorrow and not looking forward to it.  So, if you have seen an increase of drinking on my behalf, the job is why.

However on a brighter note, only 13 days left!  Along with that, I have an internship that I am starting so that’s starting to take up some more time in my schedule. It’s unpaid but it will give me some experience and will be able to put it in my resume. So, if I don’t post as much as I normally do, that is why.

*Family

I talked to my parents on Sunday and they told me that my dad was in the hospital last week since he was feeling dizzy so they wanted to check his blood and his heart. I love how they didn’t tell me this until four days after the fact.  I didn’t catch the whole story from him but they want to run an ekg on him to check on his heart and there is a chance he may need a pacemaker. He had a heart attack three years ago so this worries me and to top that off, my parents don’t have health insurance so that is just one more thing to worry about. 

*Boy drama

An ex boyfriend of mine may be coming into town next month. He says he is going to but I have a feeling he is going to bail given his track record

*Location location location

My lease is up in July and I still have no clue where I am going to end up. Originally I thought I wanted to move north but now that spring is coming around, I’m not so sure about that. I definitely don’t want to stay in Charlotte but want to get out of the South and move somewhere reasonably priced. Unfortunately, the areas I would really love to move to on this coast cost an arm and a leg (Chicago and DC) If only I could afford to live in San Diego!

*Myself

I’m going through some personal issues with myself right now and doing a lot of self-reflection of who I am and where I am in life. Bottom line is, as much as I love myself and think I am bomb.com, I’m not 100% happy with the person I’ve become-inside and out. I have a lot to work on in that aspect. I choose not to talk about it on here because it would be Debbie Downer  and I really don’t want to get into details but that’s what’s up for me.

*Oral hygiene

Part of my molar fell out the other day, I don’t know how or more importantly, where it went?. WTF?

So that’s whats going on with me, what’s distracting you lately?

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Crouching tweaker, hidden weirdo

17 Mar

So, I think I have a sign that is invisible to me but reads loud and clear to freaks to come talk to me or be near me.

Example 2,484–the gym on Tuesday night.

I got on one of the few Precor ellipticals that were open and was on my merry, ellipticaling way. I was taking it easy because my knee was still hurting quite a bit so I did a lower speed with a higher resistance. Don’t know if that’s a good system or not but it was the least pressure and pain on my knee. The elliptical next to me was soon free and enter the weirdo.

The guy who got on seemed normal. Around my age with heart rate monitor and iPod in tow. He started his workout slow and soon he was moving right along quicker than me, which was fine. But then he starting leaning towards my machine, overlooking to see how fast I was going and when he saw that, he started going quicker. Then he grabbed the elliptical handles (we were on the ellipticals with moveable arms) and started to crouch down and whooshing like he was skiing….all the meanwhile he kept peering over at my machine and how fast I was going. I don’t go to the gym to race, I go to the gym to get a workout and mind my own business. Then I looked over to see what he was doing and he was still crouching down and ellipticaling his little heart out and scratching himself profusely. His neck, his arms, his legs, you name. Tweaker, weirdo or someone with a strange medical condition? I have no clue but when my 30 minutes were up, I was happy to hop off and do some upper body strength training.

I made the purplest of purple green monsters afterwards with coconut milk, strawberries and Spirutein Blueberries N Cream protein powder

Not only was it purple and delicious, it was Lincoln approved!

Speaking of Lincoln, he had a relaxing day at the spa today and got pretty!

When I picked him up, I barely recognized him! Maybe because once again he looks like Mr. Bigglesworth?

For dinner, I enjoyed a taco salad, second one in the past two days. I love taco salad since they are so easy to make and I generally have all the ingredients on hand.

Oh, I love the irony of having Mexican food on St. Patrick’s Day. And I will probably have corned beef and has on Cinco de Mayo because I’m spicy like that. At least I read up a bit on why we celebrate St. Patrick, get I got a holla for history!

Instead of going out tonight, I went to the gym. My 21-year-old self would be looking at me like I was a nutcase for going to the gym on one of the party nights of the year but I got up early today, was tired and didn’t feel like drinking much less dealing with the cops that are going to be on the prowl tonight. And of course, I picked an elliptical with another weirdo…..one who was singing Rod Stewart….the entire time I was on mine. I cannot stand Rod Stewart. I respect his music and all but my dad used to listen to his music all the time and a girl can only handle so much Rod Stewart in a lifetime. Along with that, I had uncomfortable underwear on. I hate when I don’t switch from work underwear to comfy underwear when I go to the gym. Um, does anyone else do this or am I the only person with work underwear….besides a hooker?

All in all, it was a good workout, I was shocked to see that the gym was packed! I thought everyone would be boozing it up or getting their last Shamrock Shake of the season but I had it all wrong.

Gym freaks-how do you handle them? Can you ignore them or do they drive you crazy?

Also, I’m looking for people to guest post for a few days next week when Lincoln and I go up to Pittsburgh. If you want to guest post, please let me know, it’s a great way to get exposure for your blog 🙂

Springing Sunday

13 Mar

Sunday was a much better day than Saturday. I’m feeling back to normal now but still a little spooked by the driving incident. Thanks all for your kind words, I really appreciate and you know how to make a girl feel good! It was a good day, even if it was the day where we sprang forward (Arizona excluded of course, I didn’t like not changing time when I lived there and still get confused if they are two or three hours behind the East coast). When I woke up on sunday, I was groggy as all hell but was quick to get ready because I had plans for brunch at Terrace Cafe!

Terrace Cafe was voted best brunch in Charlotte and heard about it from Diana when she came to visit Charlotte and my sister. If out of towners are telling me how good this place is–I had to try it out! The thing I was looking to most was of course was the infamous Red Velvet Waffles but they also have S”mores french toast so I was conflicted on what to get. Sweets like those or savory like their breakfast casserole or Eggs Benedict? Sweet wins all the time and I went with the Red Velvet Waffle with fresh fruit (in an attempt to get some vitamins in at brunch) and a skim latte.

The waffle was out of this world amazing but it was so sugary and rich I could only finish 3/4 of it.  The drizzled sauce on it was a cream cheese sauce–yeah, you can only imagine how good that was. The fruit was amazing as well and I had a fully belly and a smile on my face when I had to be rolled out of there.

After the food had digested, Lincoln and I went for a 30 minute walk. It was the perfect day—70 and sunny and there were so many people out with their pups, Lincoln got some play time in there as well. I went to the gym shortly afterwards and had a good workout. I don’t know what’s up with my left knee but it’s starting to act up again and the front lower part of my knee has been killing me whenever I go on the elliptical. I finally found the right stride and resistance on the elliptical  that wouldn’t kill my knee and ended up doing the Precor crossramp with a 8-11 resistance going backwards. I did 30 minutes of that then did various leg strength training—leg press (240 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets), leg extensions ( 80 lbs 13 repx x4 sets), hip adductors (140 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets) and hib abductors (110 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets)

I did some cooking as well but not as much as I wanted since it was gorgeous inside and didn’t want to spend the day inside. I made cole slaw pasta salad with cole slaw mix, spaghetti, black olives, mushrooms, green onions, parsley, mushrooms and feta cheese. For the dressing, I kept it pretty sour with a mix of extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and red wine vinegar.

I’ll probably cook some chicken to add to the mix so I enjoy as a quick-lunch this week.

Dinner was leftover Chipotle BBQ Chicken with cole slaw pasta salad

That was the last of the chicken, le sigh.

I made cranberry walnut bread using the banana bread recipe I used this week. I just subbed out the bananas for dried cranberries and walnuts. And you know what? It was a HUGE fail.

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take me a good five minutes just to pry that brick out of the pan.

Hmmmm, looks burnt and tiny. Does not look edible.

But when I cut it open, it was absolutely gorgeous on the inside. I guess looks can be deceiving and I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…..

I texted Leila to tell her about my cooking fail and she said perhaps it was because bananas are wetter and it didn’t need to cook as long and that made sense to me. Any other thoughts on where I went wrong? I tried a slice and it was definitely edible but not the easiest thing to chew, I figure if all else fails, I can use as biscotti!

I really don’t want to go back to work tomorrow–where the hell did my weekend go? I had plans of going into work today to play catch up but that obviously didn’t happen and just hope this week goes by quickly. Pretty soon I am handing in my two weeks notice—cannot wait!!

Breakfast–sweet or savory?

Slap me on the butt and call me Miss Productive

7 Mar

For many people, Sunday is a day of rest but for me, it never is. I feel like it’s a day to get everything that needs to be done, done and I prefer to have my Saturdays as my rest day. On Sunday, I started the day with a cup of coffee and went to work for three hours. I hate going into the office because I am already working a good 45+ hours week but sometimes I just need to go without any distractions and knock out a bunch of stuff. Plus the fact that I can listen to The Killers Pandora station and do yoga poses in between files printing out doesn’t hurt.

I met up with a friend at the Y afterwards and did 35 minutes on the elliptical then did lateral pull downs (70 lbs, 13 reps x  3 sets), row (80 lbs  13 reps x  3 sets),  chest press (35 lbs  13 reps x  3 sets), overhead shoulder press (40 lbs  13 reps x  3 sets)

Great workout! No sign of douchey men who can’t handle when they get spray on them either-score!

I got home and was ready to get my grub on!

I had a late lunch of mini pizzas with vodka sauce, feta cheese, black olives and mozzarella cheese

 

Then, it was time to get to some real cooking!

First thing on the agenda was 3 Ingredient Muffins I saw on Will Jog For Food and again on Peas and Crayons. Many of you know, I am not a baker so I try to stay away from adventures in baking but three ingredients and none of them are eggs, water or oil? This has to be fool Tiffany proof! The cake that was supposed to be used was Devil’s Food Cake mix but I didn’t see any at the store and wasn’t sure if Angel’s Food Cake would do so I just stuck to the standard yellow cake mix and also added 1/2 cup of shredded coconut that I wanted to use up and used peanut butter & milk chocolate morsels.

I filled up the cups and still had a good portion left of batter so I went ahead and stuck that in the freezer to use at a later time

Baked for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and came back to these beauties!

So, they didn’t out the color that were supposed to thanks to the Devils Food Cake mess up but I love my Oompa Loompa muffins–they were absolutely fantastic! I really like the pumpkin flavored, it was overpowering but it kept the muffins moist (eww, sounds so naughty) and the coconut was a great addition to give it a little texture. A perfect snack and food to take on the go for breakfast!

The next recipe on the list was supposed to be Pizza Pasta Salad but those plans soon diminished after I got home from Wal-Mart and realized the deli guy didn’t give me salami, he gave me pastrami and no–I’m not adding pastrami slices to a pizza pasta salad. That’s just nasty and too salty for my taste. I also forgot to get mozzarella, basil and sun-dried tomatoes and realized this as I was checking out. Since it was a Sunday at Wal-Mart, I  wasn’t in the mood to go back and fight the masses. Wal-Mart is horrible but they are cheap and a one stop shop and they also offer wonderful people watching. I saw a 40 something year old woman sucking on a pacifier–wtf? If she would’ve had glow sticks in hand I could understand but a pacifier, really?

But back to the pasta salad, I improvised when starting to prepare it. I cooked a package of mini shells and let cool in the fridge. Then I chopped up some onion, black olives, parsley and mushrooms

Added the shells and feta cheese to the mix

Then added slices artichokes, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, red pepper flakes and oregano then let chill in the fridge

Apparently, I was thinking of summer because I made bbq chicken with a side of pasta salad for dinner

After that I cleaned, did laundry and felt like I had a very productive Sunday.

Do you rest on Sunday or do you go crazy getting stuff done?

Comfort me, hold me

2 Mar

A few things gave me great comfort today after a horrible day at work

* Pringles coated fried chicken bit dinner

I remember seeing this recipe in the Hungry Girl cookbook and was too lazy to look the recipe (much less find where the cookbook is in my house) but it turned out fantastic. I coated them in BBQ Pringles, fried those bad boys up and paired with Steamfresh veggies for a simple dinner

The best part was the cheese sauce seeped over to the chicken–cheese covered fried chicken? Can we say bring it??

*New additions to the workout playlist

(this is my favorite Strokes song of all time-why was it not on my playlist?)

*A great workout

I did 40 minutes on the Precor elliptical doing an interval session. What didn’t comfort me? While watching Sex and The City on E! the very young girl on the machine next to me asked if I was watching Gossip Girl. I shit you not, a little piece of my heart died when she asked me that. Afterwards I did the leg press (240 lbs), hip abduction (110 lbs), hip adduction (140 lbs) and leg extensions (80 lbs)

*Beautiful green monster with kale, coconut milk and Spirutein Blueberries N Cream protein powder

*Lincoln

Seriously, how could someone NOT love this dog?

*You guys

Yeah you. Thanks for everyone on the props on yesterday’s post regarding my goals. I can’t say how much I appreciate the kind words and support. Checking my email every day and  seeing supportive and funny comments is one of the highlights of my day– you all rock!

What gave you comfort  today?

Cursing the Swedes

6 Feb

Greetings from Panera!

I’ve currently loafing off their free Wi-Fi they offer here….one of the many reasons I love Panera so.

Blarg-why am I up so early??

 I woke up at 5A this morning for no reason whatsoever. And when you live in Charlotte, that blows because nothing is open and seeing that it’s Sunday, a majority of businesses don’t open until after noon. Seeing that I am not a churchie, this doesn’t fare well for me but god bless Panera for opening at 7A! I got the Breakfast Power Sandwich to start off with. I’ve never had this before and was pleased with it for the most part. It seemed to be a little soggy on the bottom but it comes in at 330 calories so I can deal with that.

I also got a free coffee thanks to MyPanera rewards club. If you haven’t joined–what are you waiting for? Not only have I gotten free coffees, lattes and teas but I’ve always received free pastries and bagels. Sign up now!

Check out the swag I got! You can’t take me anywhere…..

 I’m really stoked to try that mayo. I don’t ever buy mayo since I’m not addicted to it or anything but if I have to use it, I have tons of packets on hand.

Yesterday was interesting day so let’s just start with that. I woke up at 6A on a Saturday-completely meh worthy. I didn’t have any plans for the day and the Y doesn’t open until 7 or 8 so that wasn’t an option. And it was miserable outside. I don’t mind the rain that much but when you had a skiddish dog who dislikes the rain, it can be a bit difficult to deal with. Especially if it’s more than a steady drizzle out there because once we get back in, I have to towel dry him since he doesn’t reek of wet dog.

But he is pretty damn cute so I guess I can deal with it.

 I remembered a Groupon for Luna’s Living Kitchen I bought a couple of weeks ago. Luna’s is not only a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, they also offer raw options as well. I’ve heard good things about this place and switching it up with something vegan or raw could be an interesting switch up from the normal eggs or oats I have for breakfast on the weekend. Plus cold, rainy, dreary weather is totally an ideal let’s-go-get- hot- breakfast setting. 

I ordered the Bombin Buckwheat Blaster (with fresh kiwi, apple, banana, blueberry and raspberries) and a cup of coffee. About $11 for that…..breakfast for one person. But Groupon was paying $10 for that so only $1 and some change out-of-pocket. If I didn’t have a Groupon, I would definitely not pay that much for a bowl of buckwheat. Free refills on the coffee so at least I had that working to my advantage. 

Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?  There were so many bright, colors in front of me, I felt like I had to wear sunglasses. It was a big, hearty portion with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a  wonderful breakfast to start a cold, rainy morning off on. One of the employees dropped by, asked how everything was and if I’ve been before. They are so dang friendly….and dare I say natural….there, I love it and wish more places employed people like this. I really like how they have fresh fruit sitting out by the window in the front and the staff will walk back and forth from there and the kitchen picking what they are about to use in a dish, that’s just cool seeing what’s going into your food. All in all, a great experience however I will only be going back to Luna’s if I a have coupon (lucky for me, I bought two Groupons) or want to splurge. Their prices are just too high for my budget with eating out but I really love their concept.
I got back home and it was Bob Vila time

Which naturally, I sang to “It’s peanut butter jelly time”. Whatever happened to him by the way?

I wasn’t doing major home renovations or anything, just fixing my bed frame. Which that itself is a huge project since I am really not a home improvement kind of girl. It took me about 15 minutes just to find my hammer and screw drivers so yeah, this was going to be interesting.

Basically, what happened was Ikea sucks.

No, just kidding that’s not what happened but they do kinda suck.

My bed frame broke…..and not because of anything fun. It broke because it was $90 and I had to put it together at home instead of ahem, a professional bed frame put together-er doing it.

So I’ve been ghetto-fab taping it up with duct tape

Classy I know. So naturally, my thought is “Ok, the duct tape and rockiness are ok for me but what if I meet a gentleman caller soon?” Not like I will meet one soon because this is one of the slowest seasons I’ve had and haven’t even been on a date since August-meh! But still what we to happen, things get saucy, then hi-come to my broken Ikea bed because that doesn’t make me look like a whore or anything.

So I lifted up the mattress to see what exactly was going on with this stinky bed frame and found the root of the problem

Hmmmm…..pretty sure that it shouldn’t look like that. I removed the ladder thing from the bed and found that the actually frame was really shaky. So I grabbed my screwdriver to see if I could tighten things up a bit. Then I remembered that Ikea has their own little do-hickeys to use when putting together their furniture so a regular screw driver was going to be of no help to me.

So I started to curse everything Swedish….

Ikea

Meatballs

(source)

My ex boyfriend who was Swedish

I cursed everything Swedish….. except Abba of course

(source)

Dear ABBA: I love you and owe so many mornings to you since your Pandora station is always there to properly wake me up!

Soon enough, I got everything in check. Turns out the middle partician was wobbly so I taped that bad boy up and then taped up the corners as well.

I got the mattress on and it was Lincoln approved!

Afterwards, I made the mistake of turning on WE, then getting sucked into the Joan and Melissa Rivers reality show then Ghost Whisperer. I’ve never seen GH but I actually enjoyed it–besides the fact that I was crying every other minute. Hello emotions–it’s nice to see you come out and play while I try to kick back and watch tv! One of my friends texted me asking me if I wanted to meet her at the Y for a workout so I jumped at the chance since I needed to get away from the couch and crying.

I met up with her at the Y, I’m not used to working out with someone so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We got machines next to each other-she ran, I ellipticalled for 35 minutes (is that even a verb? If not, I’m making it one), then I rowed for 10 minutes. When we were both finished with cardio, we did some leg presses and leg extensions then I did some side bends with a 25 lb weight. And you know what? Had such a good time! Working out with someone made the time fly by and it was fun to catch up, gossip, talk about boys, etc. I can’t wait to meet up with her again for a buddy-workout!

I had plans to meet up with some friends at Big Daddy’s for dinner and was stoked to go. I am always down for a burger and fries and Big Daddy’s is one of the best in town. I walked over there because I figured the walking would cancel out maybe a slice of cheese I was going to devour on the burger and every little bit helps right? When I was about a block away, my friend told me they weren’t going to make it since they were fighting. Hooray for less awkwardness come dinner time but boo for cancellation at the last-minute. I wasn’t so gung-ho about it that I had to have a burger so I ended up turning around and going back home. I toyed for a few ideas of places I could carry out from but really didn’t want to spend the money. I would’ve made something  but was feeling too lazy.

Enter in the solution:

Times like these are why I buy frozen pizzas!

Holy cheesy yum! It was difficult to have only three slices and be satisfied, I could’ve downed the whole pizza. Instead while cutting up my slices for dinner, I sliced the rest of the pizza and put in the fridge asap so it wasn’t as accessible to be.

I had the last of my pumpkin ale.

LOVE THIS STUFF! I need to re-stock asap.

A good day all in all……I’m a little less hateful towards the Swedes than I was at the beginning of the day.

Ikea-Love it, hate it or *gasp* never been??

I’d like to buy the world a Linx

26 Jan

 I love my dog. I think you all know that from all the stories about him, the pictures and his own page on here. The boy just makes me happy….especially when I come home from work. He is so damn happy to see me every time no matter what and he never lets me down with lack of enthusiasm. I walk through the door and he starts to hyperventilating while jumping around and attacking me with his halitosis puppy kisses (don’t worry, working on getting him into a normal dental regime, we do things as a team here!) Then he sniffs me to see if I’ve been out with another doggie and once he is done with his assessment, he can breathe again.

When his breathing is back to normal, we finally go outside and he sashays down the street, hopping around like a deer and one would think he is the happiest dog ever. I live off of a major street so when I get home from work, people are stuck in traffic and just look downright depressed. Then they look at Lincoln hopping around without a care in the world and smile and some people even roll down their window to tell me how cute he is (Tell me something I don’t know people)

Seriously, how could you not love this face?

I always tell Lincoln that everyone loves him and he is so cute but it never goes to his head. I like to believe that his enthusiasm and general happiness make others feel good and smile. When we get home, he gets a treat if he goes potty and then we play. His favorite game is the dead game. I drop down on the bed face down and he hops over me like I’m a hurdle. It’s more fun that you would imagine. Then he burrows under my body trying to get to my face so he can give me kisses and will dig into my hair so I look like I have JBF hair. Fun. I’d like to buy everyone a Linx so he could bring them joy every day.

But then I saw this on GMA yesterday and was sucked in watching it (which made me a little late for work), sleeping with your pet can be bad for your health?

Mama, I’m tired. No way I’m leaving this bed!

He is my little portable heater and my cuddle bug, no way that’s stopping. I don’t care if it does make me sick, there have been numerous studies that pets are good for your health. Then to make it worse I perusing the news online and saw  a SC woman was charged with killing “ devil dog” because the dog chewed her Bible. Check out the article, she doesn’t look deranged or anything.

Regardless I was in a super happy mood yesterday morning and actually excited to go to work—what’s up with that? I was smiling from ear to ear and had no clue why. Maybe it was laying the best of my worst dates out on the table or delirium from lack of sleep but this girl was in a great mood! My co-workers must have thought I got some the night before but sadly, not true. I was just in a good mood and didn’t even have a sinking feeling in my stomach like I always do on the way to work. Unfortunately, that changed towards the end of the day in a meeting. I won’t go into details but I basically got called a moron and a spazz all in one. The banking world doesn’t like spazz’s (spazzi?) Again, tell me something I don’t know regarding the spazz part.

I’m glad you all enjoyed the post on Monday on the bad dates, 30 day challenge and all that. It’s nice to know that some of you can relate with me on the bad dates. The sad thing is that’s just some of them! I think I’ve pushed all the other bad dates into a corner of my mind I don’t wish to revisit. But maybe one of these days…..

So let’s go over the eats now…….

For breakfast, I mixed it up with nut butter. I don’t like nut butters and don’t go ga-ga for them like many other bloggers do. I just don’t get the appeal of it unless it’s covered in chocolate of course. I am trying to like it since it’s packed with protein and you can vary up a lot of different things with it but still not a fan. I used half a packet of Justin’s Honey Almond Butter that’s been sitting in my snack stash drawer for awhile, spread on an English muffin and topped with bananas. A simple breakfast, can’t go wrong there.

Lunch was leftovers of my last bowl of chili. Always delicious and this one had my mouth on fire! Love it!

When I got home from work, I was spent. But I kept on truckin and made the dinner I planned on making–Greek stuffed chicken with sweet potatoes.

I pounded one chicken breast until thin (very good release after a frustrating day)

I mixed hummus, kalamata olives and red onions in a separate bowl

I spread one wedge of Laughing Cow on the chicken then spread the hummus mix on it

Then folded over and toothpicked that sucker up. Lots of cussing was involved as always since the chicken was not too keen on cooperating with me

I massaged with extra virgin olive oil and black pepper then let that bad boy cook!

I don’t know if it was because the stuffing wasn’t solid enough but the chicken didn’t hold too well together but still turned out tasty.

It was good but not as good as the stuffed chicken I made a couple weeks ago.

Afterwards, I was feeling meh. I was full, cuddling with Lincoln and the last thing on my mind was the gym. It was cold and raining outside and I just wasn’t feeling it. But I made the mistake of posting on Twitter, I was going to the gym and I had some ladies call me out on it, so yeah, to the gym I went.

I had a decent workout, I did 25 minutes on the Precor AMT with a resistance ranging from 7-13 then did 10 minutes of rowing. I had a calorie burn of 400 and felt great afterwards! All I needed was a little push to get me there and even though I didn’t go balls to the walls, I had a nice workout.

And now for Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge-Where you’d like to be in 10 years

10 years? Wow, I have absolutely no clue. All I know is I will be 41 (ay effin chihuahua) I would like to have traveled to Europe at that point. I want to have my student loans paid off and have a nice retirement nest egg by then (which I am well on my way to the way my 401K is growing!) I don’t even know where I will be in six months so 10 years is hard to say!

On a fun note—another one of my closest friends has joined the blogging world! She popped her blog cherry Monday night so please stop by and say hi at Looking Up While Slimming Down! While you’re at it, check out my best friends blog–she ran her first half marathon over MLK weekend in the PF Changs Rock N Roll Half  and wrote a wonderful (and inspiring) recap!

*If you have a pet, do they sleep in bed with you?

*Do your close friends blog?

Happy hump day everyone!