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She’s just a smart girl with red boots

19 Feb

Lame Friday night here. I just woke up from a nap and still feeling groggy. I haven’t been sleeping well this week and think it finally caught up with me. I got to leave work early though so I could go to  my laser tattoo removal appointment. I got a tattoo when I was 16 years old (which was a huge mistake) and have been in the process of getting it lasered off for the past two years. It was a four-leaf clover and of course, green is the hardest color to get off so this is the eighth time I have gone and it is still not gone completely but it has faded alot.

Here are some comparison pictures

Before (2006ish I think?)

Before my session today:

Eek! So my resizing on my pics totally isn’t working but you get the point. It has faded a lot but a tad green left and it is raised a bit. After I am done with the laser removal process, I will have to get it micro-dermabrasioned down. In other words….why didn’t I listen to my mother?

I woke up at 5A today and started the day with a Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar for some much-needed energy

I took Lincoln out for a long walk, got ready and jetted to work. It was nice to actually drive to work for a change. I’m so accustomed to the bus that driving isn’t second nature to me anymore. It was great being able to jam, sing as loud as I want, cuss at bad drivers (I am not even going to mention the number of times I dropped the F bomb in a 20 minute drive)

I parked about a mile from work and walked over to get some exercise for the day since I knew after the tattoo removal I wouldn’t want to do anything (forward to me sitting on my couch in sweatpants typing this). Something unexpected happened–I got catcalled my construction workers!!

I remember watching movies in the 80’s and they always depict construction workers as catcaller but you really don’t see that anymore? Maybe the Construction Workers Association of America wanted to do away with the bad rapp? All I know is  I never see this happen anymore and it’s been awhile since I have been catcalled by a construction worker so bring it on. Must mean I was looking fiiiiine! I have a bad happen of walking with my iPod and sashaying to the music so maybe that’s what did it? Or they can’t resist me, who knows?? 🙂 

I love these tips for guys who like to catcall and definitely agree with #5

I rolled into work a little before 7A and situated myself with a beautiful bowl of Oikos Greek Yogurt, frozen strawberries, flax and coconut granola

Day from hell at work! Super duper busy but that helps the day go by quickly right?

Leftovers of tofu stir fry for lunch

By the way it tasted, I felt like I overloaded this portion with too much Sriracha. I downed a 32 oz bottle of water four bites into it!


After that, I went to the doctor, got my tattoo lasered, drove home without too bad of traffic and came home. I had these babies waiting in my mailbox

Yay for Barney Butter! I have heard great things about this product and got my free sample and can’t wait to try it!

The plan for dinner was black bean quesadillas but my can opener is caput and I didn’t feel like cooking so nachos it was!

Or chips and melted cheese with a few jalapeno sporadically placed on it…..not sure what the exact definition of nachos is but these are ghetto nachos in my opinion. Luckily, I am a ghetto-friendly girl so I enjoyed them.

Now I am watching All About Steve with Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock

Ummm, this is painfully bad. If I weren’t so lazy and in pain right now, I would turn it off but I am a bum. Seeing this though reminds me that I need a cute pair of rain boots. And if they turn out to be red (or black with cherries!!!) that would rock. I haven’t had rainboots since I was a little kid so maybe this will be a treat for myself this wknd.

**********Click here to enter to win a sample pack of 12 different fruit crisps from Brothers All Natural. All the flavors look interested but I am interested in the pear!

That’s it for now…..I feel like I am going to either pass out or be wired for the rest of the night. Lincoln is getting pretty tomorrow since his grandma will be in town next wknd! Happy wknd everyone 🙂

FML? How about LOVE my Life?

18 Feb

Let’s see…. this morning-lost my access id to work. Which if I was a normal person, would not be an issue. However since I am Miss Unorganized 2010, I keep my bus pass and Starbucks gift card in the plastic access pass envelope as well. God forbid, I take five seconds each day to put it in my wallet….GRRR.

I went to the Charlotte Transportation Center to check the lost and found. To get a visual of this place disregard this picture and picture a bunch of people who look like they are going to riot at any second. Each of them are smoking or drinking something and yeah, that’s the fabulous Charlotte Transportation Center for you.

Or as I like to call it, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. After waiting for the Lost and Found to open, I felt and smelled like I had been in a bar all night. And it was only 8AM. The girl at the Lost and Found was something pleasant but forgot to say something like “Hi”, “How may I help you?” or something of that nature. She just stared at me shocked that someone was actually in there (yay for my tax dollars being put to work) But no go on my id being there so I gave her my phone number but don’t expect to hear from her.

I walked over to my building to find the only comfort that I could at the moment-La Starbucks.

 I love the baristas at the Starbucks in my building and they always put me in a good mood. When it was my turn to order, they asked me how I was doing and of course I asked “Do you want to real or the fake answer?” and they said “Real” which always makes me happy and spewed off my issues.

Which gets into another rant of mine for the day…..this whole FML business

I know I can be negative and snarky however try to keep a positive mindset. But when my friends are updating their status on facebook saying stuff like “Woke up late today, fml” “just got cut off in traffic fml” it really bothers me. FMH (Hour) I can understand but your life really?? I think that’s a tad dramatic. I could totally say fml about losing my access id, bus pass and Starbucks card but I choose not too. What brought this to mind was a facebook status from a co-worker from Phoenix who I started the bank with. Today is the third anniversary of her daughter’s passing. Her daughter died suddenly from an asthma attack and was only nine years old. Her facebook status was in memory of her daughter’s passing and with my foul mood today plus the crappiness of losing those items this morning, it really put things into perspective. Those were material possessions that I could get back right away however for her to have to bury her own child and me sit here complaining about losing that stuff is just ridiculous. Not sure if this makes any sense written out but in my head it does.

I know I sound like
but needed to get that off my chest.

Breakfast was cold vs hot with my baked apples over Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt with some flax. I love this combo, it just tastes decadent compared to the usually cold berries and greek yogurt.

Lunch was spaghetti squash that I made last wknd that I thawed out with Morningstar Veggie crumbles, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, evoo, red pepper flakes, oregano and garlic. I wasn’t sure if it would be good after being frozen but I actually liked it more since it was mushier. I had ¾ of this because I was so full.

I went to the library and picked up Eat Drink and Be Vegan for some ideas since I am not going to be eating chicken, pork or red meat for the next 39 days!

Yay for new things!

Dinner was sad for me. My friend, my only friend in Charlotte who actually wants to do stuff and no boyfriend, fiancée, husband is moving. She is leaving this wknd so this was out last dinner together. We went to Pei Wei which is one of my favorite chain places! Every time I go I really attempt to try something new but just can’t do it. I am a risk tasker but what if the new dish isn’t as good as old faithful? But then, what if it is so much better? Ahhh decisions!

Started off with some edamame

And then onto the main event-Tofu Pad Thai!

Good -bye friend.


After that, I decided to head to Target. I was sad and full and Target always makes me feel good!

Is this heaven? No, it’s the Target Valentine’s Day Candy Clearance Aisle

 I could have gone buck wild but went with one bag of Hershey’s Hugs Raspberry Kisses–$1.44/bag–holla!

 And Friday is right around the corner-yay! Fortunately, I get to leave work early tomorrow. Unfortunately, it’s because I have a laser tattoo removal session. More to come on that tomorrow….

Diagnosis: Allergic to Valentine’s Day

12 Feb

I got to thinking today that this was the first Valentine’s Day period I have worked in six years. I seem to get sick every year with either strep or bronchitis and nothing this year so far (knock on wood). I don’t know if it is eating better, working out or taking a good multi-vitamin  but I am feeling great so far! I am just not used to working around this time and think about years past when I was bed ridden. Until now I could say that I was allergic to Valentine’s Day but maybe allergic no more since I turned 30?

I had something new for breakfast -baked apples (well nuked in the micro for 2 minutes) with Greek Yogurt and flax

I got this idea from Janetha and it was amazing. I love the combination of hot and cold and it was like a magical party occurring in my mouth!!

Another deep thought of mine was what if It was structured that you were only allowed to eat one color of food and that’s it. No mixing or anything? This was inspired by my colorful salad at lunch. I brought one of the last chicken tamale casseroles for lunch but was feeling meh about I so walked over to Harris Teeter at lunch.

I would definitely have to go with either brown or green-brown would be meats, potatoes, whole wheat pasta (it’s a shade a brown right?!) but then greens would be apples, spinach, celery, broccoli, peppers, grapes but not much protein I would imagine. Interesting thought nonetheless!

Got that salad but also picked up some other goodies that were on sale suck as tofu, baby spinach, frozen spinach, greek yogurt (Oikos on sale for $1 each plus I had a $1 off coupon!), beef broth, cucumber and peppers.

And I am proud today was a stink-free today. I didn’t have to deal with stinky person at work and could breathe through my nose-life is good!

On the way home, i was being a smart a** and updating my facebook saying that I love bus drivers who ignore rules of the road and blah blah blah. And what do you know, we got in an accident! Nothing major though, some dude was trying to cut in front of us and it was snowing out (i.e. the city of Charlotte completely shuts down) and we had to wait for the cops and the next bus to show. Side note, I need stop drinking water an hour before I leave work 😦

When I got home, it was really coming down and time for Lincoln to venture out into the snow

He loves the snow

And it makes his momma happy also 🙂

I wasn’t terribly hungry so I munched on some sliced red peppers and ranch dip when we came in

I then went to have some Kettle Brand Spicy Thai Potato Chips which were outta this world compared to their Jalapeno cousin. I would have a picture but I ate them so fast I couldn’t catch one. Oops!!

Dinner was a baked potato with cheese. I have a piece of catfish defrosted but wasn’t feeling it

 I am so psyched to have a three-day wknd (one of the perks of working for the bank) but have absolutely no plans. Except buy a cookie cake for myself (although I will only have a piece or two). All my friends (who I never really see anyways) are with their boyfriends, husbands, etc. this wknd. Pet peeve of mine-when friends start dating someone and they can’t hang with their friends anymore. Sad to say, some of the people I really don’t consider friends anymore just acquaintances.

 Annnnnnnd, to make things worse, my one single friend is moving from Charlotte. She has had a string of bad luck (well, more than a string) involving unemployment, townhouse flooded, car, computer and laptop getting stolen and is moving back to her hometown. She is the one friend who keeps me sane here and who I can call to go have coffee, dinner or a drink on the fly. I feel like I am being dumped. Add another item to the list of why I want to move.