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Well, it worked

21 Sep

I got the job that I applied for last wk!!! I was waiting for the bus after work and got a call from the recruiter and they decided to extend an offer to me! I will still be working for my company but for a completely different department doing a completely new job function and I even got a raise! I start October 18th and cannot wait. Thank you thank you thank you everyone for your warm wishes and thoughts, it worked!!!! I’m free!

Some notables from the past two days have been:

Roast beef and provolone on a sun dried tomato wrap courtesy of the deli at Bloom. They have $2.99 sandwich specials for 6 inch subs and for wraps each day. This was a fabulous meal for super cheap. I love Harris Teeter because they also have a $2.99 sub of the day and you get a point for each one you buy then when you get 15, you get a free footlong sub however I may start patronizing Bloom more often now that I know they have this deal.

I finally caved in and bought a microwave on Sunday. I thought I could get more creative in the kitchen by not having one but some days when I get home from work I just don’t feel like cooking so I am psyched to have one again.

Spirutein Blueberries and Cream Protein Powder. Yay for new protein powder that isn’t vanilla!

Leftovers for lunch. What is about Chinese and Mexican food that makes it even better the second time around?

For dinner last night, I make pork chops with a cranberry sauce made from cranberry preserves, water and agave nectar. As that was finishing up on the stovetop, I added some xanthan gum. I added a little more than desired which kind of made it into a jellylike substance but it was still tasty.

I had some shroomies and spinach cooking on the side while the pork was baking and then paired it up with quinoa on the side

I am sure everyone has heard about the Police Chief’s Daughter that went missing last week in Charlotte . This story really hit home since the bar that she was last seen in is one I frequent quite often and sometimes go alone (I know not a smart move on my part). I just can’t believe that it happened here and especially in a part of town I know so well. One of my co-workers is really concerned about me since she knows I go out all the time and started crying yesterday when she was talking about it and didn’t want to see my wind up like her. Given, I’m not 23 years old anymore, I wasn’t the smartest 23-year-old when I was. I *may* have left the bar a few times with guys I didn’t know too well which again, not a smart move on my behalf. But now, I am ultra paranoid.  I live in a very nice, happening area right outside of the Uptown area and have never felt like I had to question my safety while walking around at night. But last night I went on a walk and couldn’t help with checking over my shoulder a few times when I thought I heard something behind me. I stayed on a route I know that was well lit with a heavy traffic flow and didn’t wear my headphones but hate when things like this happen and make me question my safety. I was watching her dad on GMA yesterday morning and it was just horrible. I can’t imagine being a parent and losing a child like that but thank God they found the guy and I hope he gets what he deserves.

I was dragging this morning and apparently so was Lincoln. I didn’t even have the energy to wash out my coffee pot however I had enough energy to make a green monster-wtf?

I made one with strawberries, spinach, almond milk and my new Spirutein Blueberries And Cream Protein Powder.

Can I say how much I love this stuff? Their Cookies And Cream is my absolute favorite but I usually made fruity smoothies so it wouldn’t taste too good with the Cookies And Cream. But now I’m thinking about more savory green monsters combinations such as with that, Chocolate almond milk and peanut butter. Hollar!!

Anywho, me without coffee is just no bueno. When I rolled into work, people could tell I hadn’t had my coffee yet and when they tried to talk to me, I was just wasn’t comprehending anything said to me. Thank God Starbucks is in my building —I quickly went down and had my morning java and all was right again with the world.

I went to visit my hippies this morning and stopped by Einsteins because I had a coupon for a $.50 pretzel bagel that is expiring this week. I love pretzels and love bagels even more so the two together are just a heavenly combination for me.

While walking back over to the hippies, I noticed a bake sale going on. A couple of girls who I used to work with were running it and everything was $2 —we’re talking cupcakes, brownies, cookies, etc and ALL proceeds were being donated to the Susan B Komen for the Cure. Eating sweets for breast cancer research? Yes please! I ended up getting a bag of cookies since I didn’t want to be walking around with a cupcake (let’s be real though, it would’ve been gone in three bites). When I got back to my desk, I made one of my co-workers take one so I wouldn’t scarf them all done in 60 seconds.

I like to think since my money is going towards a good cause that the calories don’t count. Sigh, I wish. They were absolutely delicious and I hope they do it again!!

I was at work later than normal tonight (but it’s all good b/c I got a new job!!!!) and was starving when I got home so I decided to the try the pretzel bagel from Einsteins. When I opened up the bag, I was kinda bumbed  because it was a bagel with the salt on top like a pretzel and not so much a bagel. I topped it with sliced chicken deli meat, provolone, mustard and baked in the oven for 10 minutes to create some ooey-gooey goodness

On the side, I threw in some Jay’s Potato Chips—-the best potato chips in the world. We had these in Indiana when I was growing up and then we moved to Florida and never could find it there. I don’t know what it is about these chips but they bring me back to my childhood and put a spell on me.

On another note, anyone know how to add a video into a blog post? I keep trying to upload a video from my files on my computer and it won’t recognize ir and tried adding it to my media on wordpress but same thing. It’s a tad frustrating.

That being said, I’m exhausted. And kinda dirty. I haven’t washed my hair since Saturday and my dry shampoo only works to a certain extent so I gotta go lather up.

I got a new job—–ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Sorry, happy and in shock still!

I Like It

18 Sep

Happy Saturday! I had a fabulous Friday and a little something something to look forward to.  Diana was in town from Texas visiting her boyfriend who is doing a month-long rotation here at the hospital and we had plans to meet up. Lily was also in town and was staying with Diana overnight so they could wake up and do the Rock and Read 5K in the morning to support our local library system. Thanks out of towners for supporting our public library!!

We had plans to go to Soul Gastrolounge for drinks and sushi but when we got there, saw it was packed with over an hour wait. No thank you. One of the beautiful things about Plaza Midwood is you can walk to different shops, restaurants and bars so walking we went. We decided to try out Dish (mostly b/c Diana wanted me to decide and once I told her it was on Food Network, she was sold)

Ok so it looks a little hood but it’s a great place……really.

We started off with the black eyed pea hummus with a tangy chutney on top (excuse the back and forth pictures with flash and no flash). I thought it was fabulous–I’ve  had black bean hummus but never black eyed pea hummus and I loved it!

Once again, I was flip flopping on what to order, they offer southern dishes but surprisingly offer quite a bit of vegetarian dishes as well such as veggie burgers, veggie plates and more. I couldn’t decide on something so I decided to go with the old standby of a cheeseburger but jazzed it up by getting a Pimento Cheeseburger with mashed sweet potatoes

Great burger all in all but it could’ve used a bun the size of the patty and you can’t go wrong with mashed sweet potatoes.

 Diana was talking about ordered dessert  and while I love me some dessert, I never really order it. I told her that if she ordered something I would definitely have a bite or four. She ordered the Chocolate Pecan Pie and we all split it.  From the picture, I think you can tell it was absolute delicious.

Lily, me, Diana

Ugh, I feel like my belt was going to pop off from all that food.

All in all, a fabulous evening. It was so great to meet this ladies and enjoy a nice meal on a beautiful night! I’ve been reading Diana’s blog for a while so it was nice to see her face to face and see what she was like. She is leaving on Sunday though which sucks b/c I would have loved to hang out with her some more!

I started the morning off with a green monster with almond milk, banana, spinach and vanilla protein powder

So fresh and so green green!

Let’s talk about the deals I got this morning

All of this? $25! Harris Teeter had double coupons up to $1.98 so I went through their circular to see what was on sale then went through my coupons that are over $1. I got quite a number of this stuff for free such as the Activia Yogurt, Kool Aid Mix and Pillsbury Pizza Dough. I got the 2 Best Life Butter products for $.17 each and Food Should Taste Good Chips, Terra Chips, Ritz Munchables and Lactaid Cottage Cheese were all $1 each. I stocked up on beans and soup since they all came to under $.60 each as well. My total was $60 but with the coupons and specials brought it down to $25–holla!

So…….the Ritz Munchables. I’m a bit perplexed by the box and stared at it for a few minutes in the kitchen today. What does the picture of the two dudes grabbing hands have to do with the munchables? Are they enjoying them but just not pictured and somewhat implied? Is the unity of the two different skin colors similar to the combination of pretzels and Ritz crackers? Confused.

I went to Ulta after Harris Teeter and got a concealer, lip liner and nail polish for $7

All that shopping made my hungry! I got home just in time to watch football and made a turkey pepperoni and artichoke pizza on Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.

Nom nom.