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Beautiful Day

24 Mar

What has two thumbs and had a fantabulous day? THIS GIRL!

Maybe it was because I finally chatted it up with the cute Josh Hartnett lookalike on the bus for almost the entire ride. He is just so cute and I kept smiling the whole time because he is that cute.  Turns out he was laid off and is going back to school and was formerly in the military. I will be getting more details from this slice of heaven. No longer are the days of acting aloof and uninterested like I was in my 20’s, I am in my 30’s now so bring it on!

Maybe it was because it’s spring time and absolutely gorgeous out. I love the tulips blooming all over uptown Charlotte

 Those two things just started off my day on the right step. I noshed on some oats, unsweetened coconut, flax and fresh strawberries for breakfast.

Confession time. I have not been tracking for the last wk on Livestrong.com and am starting to feel the repercussions of that. I am a grazer so occasionally will have some chocolate, salt and vinegar chips (I don’t know why I keep these in the house, I seriously need to throw out the bag). So from here on out, if it goes in my mouth, it’s getting a picture. I need to start tracking again and not justifying what I eat to myself or anyone else—-as crazy as said justification may be (ex. two desserts in one day). Sorry if seeing more pics if boring for you all but that’s how I am going to roll.

I got a grande drip with two pumps of sugar free cinnamon dolce and soymilk. I really need to start cutting down on my calories from liquids. I don’t like drinking my calories and should be savoring instead.

Anyone have any tips on transitioning over? I want to go black and never go back!!

I snacked on a granola bar before lunch

I had a great morning-got a lot done, caught up on emails and felt accomplished. This positive thoughts stuff is for real! I am trying to make a conscious effort to think positively about my day when I am at work. Bye bye negative thoughts!

I had the final piece of Danica’s Bubble Up Pizza Casserole I made a couple of weeks ago. I froze one last piece to see if it would be good and it was delish!

One of my co-workers went on a 25 minute walk this afternoon since it was so beautiful out. If I could just live in a place that was 70 and sunny year round I would be a happy girl! I needed a little pick up afterwards so we went to Starbucks and I got a grande iced coffee with soy milk and three splendas….for free!! The Starbucks people know me now and apparently that comes with perks 🙂 They saw me earlier today and just counted it as a refill–thanks fabulous Starbucks baristas!

I took one of the earlier buses home but no cute Josh Hartnett look-a-alike but oh well, there shall be other days. Lincoln and I went for a 40 minute walk on the greenway when I got back home and he got to socialize with other doggies.

He was happy when we got home!

I made kielbasa, grilled onions and the pierogies I made a few weeks ago for dinner.

I was planning on going for a run since I haven’t been in a week and a half but was still feeling a little off today and kind of light headed so I decided running wasn’t the best idea.

I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up some produce since I have close to zero in da house.

Reason #597 Trader Joe’s has my heart:

Pet Board!!! More like a dog board, which is even better 🙂 Who doesn’t smile when seeing these cute faces? And you bet your bottom dollar I am submitting a picture of Lincoln, this is out chance to get famous! I rolled out of there with tofu, oranges, potatoes, avocados, broccoli slaw, apples, greek yogurt, mushrooms and tomatoes along with this sweet treat.

I was putting the groceries away and came upon this mess

Beautiful. Turns out, my soy sauce bottle tipped over and spilled all over the place. I’ve been wanting to clean my fridge so this was a perfect opportunity to clear it out and clean it up!

All in all, today was a great day. I am a little groggy from this funky sinus cold/headache thing I have going on and am looking to getting a good night’s sleep tonight. I need to look cute in the AM in case Josh Hartnett look-a-like is on the bus 🙂

AND

 I have my year-end performance review tomorrow with my manager. I have been preparing what I want to go over (i.e. I hate my job and the don’t like the people I work with) and think I have it down pat where I won’t go off and start cussing or crying. I am planning on going over what I achieved this past yr, what I learnedI liked  doing (training other’s and work that is interactive), what I think we could use on the team to make everyone more efficient (seeing how my co-workers are always behind on their work and I always help them) and what I am looking for in the future. Wish me luck and any thoughts, comments, etc. please send my way!

Bottomless Pit

10 Mar

I feel like a bottomless pit today and cannot stop eating. I hate days like this but thankfully they are few and far between. I made the Red Pepper and Almond Hummus from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Does anyone else sing this to the tune of Dave Matthews Band “Tripping Billies”? No? I’m weird, I know 🙂

It turned out a bit chunky since my food processor is so small but great regardless!!

I paired it with Trader Joe’s Mini Toasts

And created a great snack!

I can’t wait to try it on a wrap or as pizza sauce!

So…… an Anna Nicole Smith opera is coming out?? Really? I guess it’s a dramatic story, which is good for the opera but I would have never bet money on an Anna Nicole Smith opera. I wonder if there will be a song called “TrimSpa Baby!”?

I have mad leftovers in my fridge so dinner was turkey kielbasa with sauerkraut, onions, mushrooms and yummy pierogies I made the other day. Fabulous and quick!

Got stuff to do-hope everyone is having a happy hump day!

Dobranoc

8 Mar

If you’re wondering what that means, it’s Good evening in Polish 🙂

Anyone watch the Oscars last night? I was flipping in between that and other stuff but naturally my favorite part is the Pre-Award show where you get to see all the fashion!

Some of my favorites were:

Go Mimi wearing something other than a mini skirt, halter and jean jacket!!

 

And how do these two always manage to look so elegant and graceful??

I happy Sandra Bullock finally won Best Actress for the Blind Side but interesting tidbit, she also won the Razzie this year for Worst Actress in  All About Steve which I can attest to was a horrible flick.

I hope everyone had gorgeous weather today! It started out cold but then this afternoon got into the 70’s which just made it absolutely perfect.

I started with an Iced Coffee Green Monster

And a granola bar while I caught up on last month’s Glamour, that I still haven’t had a chance to read.

Hehe, it looks like I’m feeding Posh the bar. Eat it girl—it won’t hurt you, I promise!!!

I started this article just a few minutes before I got to work and found it interesting. I used to go onto TMZ and Perez Hilton every day…..and check it eight+ times a day for updates but then noticed one day that there is just so much hate on there. In my opinion, Perez Hilton exists solely to make fun of others, saying they are fugly, overweight and such and then readers can comment with their own opinions…..which are too malicious for my taste. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, trust me I know that and am a big believer but when it’s  every single day and people are hiding behind a screen saying such mean things, I just got over reading it.

 Breakfast was TJ’s 0% Greek Yogurt with berries and flax.

Before

After

YUM! I hate Monday’s because, well, the obvious and it takes me so long to mentally wake up. I seriously don’t feel awake until 1P or 2P. But on days where I’m busy, it’s not too bad since I am keeping busy.

Lunch was leftover’s–Danica’s Bubble Up Pizza Casserole that I made yesterday and she was right, even better than yesterday!!

Melted cheese, meat, veggie, biscuit yummy goodness. I love the biscuit as the base of it, it’s something different and comforting 🙂

Side of collards with balsamic vinegar…..this could easily be a new favorite of mine

This afternoon was pretty smooth sailing at work. One of my co-workers and I went on a 30 minute walk around Uptown. It felt so nice to get out and not have to wear a coat, gloves or hat. Dear God—Can I please win the lottery so I could move to San Diego and be around that weather all year? You know I will donate some to various charities, pay off my student loans, buy my parents a new house and spend it wisely.

Our main system we use was starting to crash around 4P so I decided to get out of there early and catch the early bus. But bad karma has somehow tagged me again as I cannot find my bus pass. The one I just bought last wknd for the entire month of March—grrrr! I don’t know why I keep losing it. Maybe someone is trying to tell me not to go on the bus, like something from the movie Speed will happen. If there’s a cop who looks like Keanu, I’m willing to take that risk!

Rawr baby. Gosh, he looks young there-can you believe that movie is 16 yrs old??? I remember seeing it in the theater, it came out the summer of the Nicole Simpson.Ron Brown murders and I owned the VHS. I love how I remember random stuff like that but can’t remember if I turn the curling iron off in the morning. On another note, I’m gonna be saying “There’s a bomb…..on the bus” dramatically for the rest of the evening.

It was so beautiful, I got home, changed into comfy clothes and Lincoln and I trotted to the greenway. I complain alot about the greenway but I do love that it’s right across the street from me and perfect like days like today. We took a nice 40 minute walk, socialized with other fur-babies and got our cardio on.

And then it happened. I was doing sooooo good. I went until 530P without sticking my foot in my mouth—which is exceptionally well for me! Linx and I were on the greenway and this guy on a bike was approaching. A very cute guy…..alone……without wedding band. Anyways he smiled, said hi and passed us by then I was staring at him pedaling away and I just sighed and blurted out “Yeah daddy”. Loudly. As in, I think he heard. Maybe our paths will cross again, who knows?

Dinner time approached and I had no clue what to make. But then I remembered the pierogi’s and couldn’t let them sit in my fridge without attention.

I cut up some turkey kielbasa

Cut up some onions, mushrooms and popped open a can of chopped sauerkraut and mixed together on the stove top

Fried up the pierogi’s in some vegetable oil

Please don’t knock my smurf magnet! I collect magnets on my fridge doesn’t have a lot of room left so I had to put on my oven, I think it adds personality 🙂

And voila!

Note there were four pierogi’s frying and three on the plate. I just couldn’t wait anymore for the kielbasa mix to be done-sorry friends!

OMG. I vow right now, I will never buy frozen pierogi’s again. These? Were amazing! I had Greek Yogurt on the side to top the pierogi’s with then a genius idea came to me—add bacon in the pierogi’s next time-they will be like loaded baked potato pierogi’s with greek yogurt on the side!!! My work is done.

I was thinking about my Team Poland/Team Italy post from yesterday and sat in deep thought while eating this. I can’t decide on a winner, they were both marvelous in their own rite. But I am Polish and Italian and all around I am fabulous with those two combined and don’t believe one is better than the other, so there ya go.

I have no clue what I am going to do tonight since the Bachelor is no more. I guess I could clean, read or be productive but feel like lounging.

One of the reasons I am lounging is because Lincoln is sleeping on my feet and I don’t want to disturb him. If you can’t tell he is a tad spoiled:

That would be Lincoln sleeping in my arms earlier.

And resting before he made it to my feet

Off to find something to do, I may hit up some strength training, that was going to be the original plan but feel worked out with my walks today.

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Hope everyone is having a magnificent Monday!