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Qdoba and I are breaking up

19 May

 That’s right…Qdoba and I are no longer friends. I had such a bad experience there today. I had a BOGO coupon for their Craft Two (similar to a Pick Two option) so one of my coworkers who I haven’t seen in a while and I  decided to hit up the new Qdoba that opened uptown.

I am a pretty spazzy person but it was complete sensory overload there. Music blaring, bright lights and then the big one…..employees yelling all kinds of stuff out. Now, just a little bit of me….I’m the loud girl. I know it and have been this way for a long time and not changing anytime soon. I’m not obnoxious or anything but let’s just say my voice carries. I ordered the Craft Two nachos and taco salad. Then the line of toppings came and suddenly being asked all kinds of things black or pinto beans? Chicken, steak or beef? Cheese, sour cream or guacamole? It was a tad off putting and left me frazzled.


They ended up giving me the normal size of nachos instead of the mini size and mini salad. They have a lovely outdoor patio so my friend walked out there and I hit my tray against a chair and it was like a taco salad pinata exploded! I am talking lettuce black beans corn salsa EVERYWHERE! I was in a skirt so didn’t want to bend on over and pick it up and thankfully, an employee came over and cleaned the mess up. They made me another salad and I got it to go for later, which once I opened it up at my desk for a late snack, noticed that it had three pieces of lettuce.

That is not a salad in my book. It was tasty but the chicken was too salty and again, no lettuce.

And success with another Diet Coke-less day! If I go out to a place that carries Coke products I always get Diet Coke to drink but I got water instead. I don’t have a problem with drinking the water( I usually down 100 oz at work alone) but it felt good to go without the soda. I could also really get used to this whole taking a lunch business as well. Which I will be doing a lot more now since we got EXCELLENT news this morning……we are getting a member from another team in our department to join our team temporarily AND a summer temp (which I hope he or she doesn’t start a fire ALA The Office). But wow, I am so excited. They finally acknowledged how busy we are, how exhausted we are and how much work is coming our way.

 I love how in the meeting Stinkalicious was going on and on about how wonderful this is going to me. Hi Stinky, I do double the work you do each day, don’t get complaints about the work I do, don’t take four smoke breaks a day or a full lunch along with that, I don’t take a full lunch like you do and ask for help. If anyone is getting help, it’s this girl. And don’t even ask me how Stinkalicious has a job still, it saddens me that upper management doesn’t see this at all.

A huge headache hit me on the way home (which is still lingering) and I wasn’t too hungry but wanted a snack. I broke into my Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus that I bought yesterday with half a pita pocket.

Holy WOW. This was just fabulous. It was rich, creamy, fluffy and everything I thought it would be. This is going to be a new favorite of mine. The wheels are turning as to what I can add this to cooking wise.

After that I cut coupons and laid on the couch watching Family Guy. Say it, you’re jealous of my single gal life style, I know. I didn’t want to get off the couch but it hit 7P which is past my dinner time and needed something other than beer and ice cream (I was seriously contemplating this for dinner).

I made an easy dinner—a grilled turkey and hot pepper cheese sandwich and a sweet potato.

My sweet potato is all about the love

A great, easy, savory meal! It was a bit too much and only finished half of the sweet potato though. And Lincoln is being a bad baby. He isn’t listening to me, is barking his balls off and won’t cuddle with me. Sigh.

And can we talk about Lost last night? What. An. Episode. I need to re watch soon but Desmond was so deliciously evil, I can’t wait to see the last (again, sigh) episode on Sunday. Speaking of delicious, I enjoyed these delicious strawberries during Lost last night

Breakfast was delicious this morning as well—-rich, creamy oats with banana, peanut butter and unsweetened coconut

I’m still not gaga about peanut butter but it’s starting to grow on me. I can see how someone can dig it but I had a negative experience back in high school. It was when Reece’s Pieces came out with their peanut butter cereal and I was hooked. I ate that every day along with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each day for a month or so and overdid it. Until recently, peanut butter has just skeeved me out (peanut butter and chocolate combo is exempt though for obvious reasons!). One of my roommates used to grab a jar, take a spoonful and just go to town and it grossed me out so much.

Ok, lots of random things in this post. Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Wednesday!

Hippies+ Hummus =Happiness

14 May

Hey all-the wknd is here-woo hoo!! I racked up nine hours of OT this wk so suffice to say, I’m happy this wk is over. Let’s go over some eats and things from the past two days. And on a side note, having MAJOR issues with Photobucket and my pictures tonight and am slowly going crazy.

I had a savory bowl of oats yesterday at work with a baked apple and chunky  peanut butter. This was one of the jars of Crazy Richards that I won and really don’t eat pb too much (blasphemy I know) so I decided to take it into work and add into my daily breakfast routine.

Yesterday was crazy busy….I’m  talking ridiculously crazy busy. On average, I will close 50 to 60 trades but yesterday—-117. WTF?  So more than double that I normally do and still kept my sanity (somewhat). Sucks though because it was an absolutely beautiful day and I felt cute.

Really digging this whole wearing skirts business, why did I go so long without wearing skirts?

Another BIG Salad for lunch (I am really die hard about celebrating National Salad Month) with baby spinach,carrots, mushrooms, tomato and chicken salad that I made the night before. I usually chop the chicken but mixed celery, onion and chicken in the food processor and the consistency was like KFC’s cole slaw (one of my most favorites ever) and I loved it. I topped with T Marzetti’s Honey Balsamic.

I needed an afternoon pick me up which could only mean one thing—half priced frapp! Due to the bad day, I went all out……Grande Coffee Frapp with whipped cream and caramel drizzle–awww yeah

I went to Copper last night with my networking group. I’ve only had Indian food once before and had anything involving curry so I was a little weary to try it again but was pleasantly surprised. I was in MAJOR need of an alcoholic beverage and went with King Fisher Premium Lager (x3)

We started out with naan (which I loved and could eat all day long) and various dips such as a mint and cilantro chutney, yogurt with carrots and another orange jellyish one that tasted like duck sauce. I had to stop myself from gorging on that alone because in my book beer and bread is totally a legit meal.

I was going to go with the tiki masala but ended up getting a spiced duck dish which was marvelous

 I just love when food is also artwork. All in all, good times had by all! It was nice to get out and try something different for once. I can’t wait until I move since it won’t take me a good half hour just to get to places like this restaurant (which is conveniently located in the neighborhood I am moving to).

I was completely dragging this morning but had the light of the tunnel which is the wknd in mind so I rallied and pulled through.

I tried out my Liberte Yogurt-Plum and Walnut for breakfast.

I added banana, coconut granola and unsweetened coconut to it

The one thing I forgot? A spoon to eat it with. So I had to eat yogurt with a plastic fork. Good times.

I got a little break in work today so not terribly busy but not peaceful but I did get some good buys from my hippies

Their cilantro bunches were only $1 and it’s all I could smell the rest of the day. I loved it.

I polished off the last of my hummus which was bittersweet.

 

I had a weakass lunch of chicken, cheese, rice and tomato. Such a shame to because it looked pretty. I ate everything but the rice, it just tasted nasty.

I stopped at Trader Joe’s on the way home and picked up their Kalamata Olive Hummus

I took a much-needed nap when I get home and had dinner around 830P which is super late for me. I had Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken with peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms and peas.

And a funny flick for my entertainment

I was planning on catching up on blogs tonight other than that but this post has taken me two hours to post so now I’m extremely frustrated. And I’m waking up at 7A tomorrow so yeah, I need rest.

Hoppy Day!

4 Apr

Happy Easter everyone! And for those who don’t celebrate Easter-Happy Passover. And for those who don’t celebrate either-Happy Sunday!

Another gorgeous day in Charlotte. I woke up a little late and wanted to go for a run/walk but needed some food in my system ASAP. I decided on rolled oats.

Cooking in almond milk, water with apple spice seasoning.

 But sometimes beautiful things turn into a hot mess.

A hot mess of goodness!!! Sorry things took a turn for the worse for you, Lindsay.

This consisted of one banana, two tbsps unsweetened coconut and mini morsels and two tbsps of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter. I previously said, that this bowl was the best I have but the breakfast today trumped this!

I chugged a bunch of water and brought a bottle along with me and was off to the greenway. It was so sunny and not too many people on there. I walk.ran but when I ran my heart rate was going out of control.  I am talking 200+ plus my lungs weren’t wanting to cooperate with me. I speed walked most of the way but ended my session on my heart rate monitor after 1.5 miles when I stopped to get some more water and use the restroom. 447 calories ?? Nice!

There were also so many dogs on the greenway and I call dogs babies–I kept saying aloud “Look at all the beautiful babies here” like in Swingers. I am sure Amy will appreciate that.

I walked pretty much the rest of the way back besides a few minutes of running. I just couldn’t do it and figured walking is better than nothing (and I had to get home somehow). I got home and checked my heart rate monitor yet again and this is the beauty I saw:

451 calories!!

So my question is, is it really possible that within an hour I burned almost 900 calories from primarily walking with a bit of running threw in there?  That just doesn’t seem possible and I’ve never burned that many before even when I did more running.

Oh….and Lincoln likes to attack my face when I get back because I am all sweaty. Little dirty dog!!

I had a 32 oz bottle of water and handful of Peter

JK I had a handful of cashews

I started to prepare my dinner in the crockpot. Ribs were on sale and I haven’t had some good ribs in forever so on we go!

I lined the crockpit with the marinade-John Boy and Billy’s Grilling Sauce

I browned the ribs before placing them in the crock

And placed in the crockpot on low to cook. Whoever created the crockpot, I love you.

Hello fat babies. I cannot wait to eat you.

For lunch, I made deviled eggs….a first for me. I followed this recipe from Cooking Light

 I spent some time on the patio reading and Lincoln was wanting in on the action as well.

Hope everyone’s day is going great thus far!!

i love cheese

31 Mar

Payday is on Friday and we can view our paychecks online two days ahead of time to see how much our check will be, see any errors if any,etc.

I looked at my paycheck and was looking over the fields I get paid for such as regular, holiday, sick, etc. and saw this

Well, smack me on the butt and call me The Situation!

What is GTL? And why am I getting paid for it? I don’t go to the gym anymore, don’t tan and do laundry on Sundays so that can’t be it but now I am curious…..

Today was quarter end which is normally madness but it was pretty quiet but the floodgates will open up tomorrow.

My breakfast was oatmeal with sliced peaches, half a baked yellow apple, unsweeted coconut and a dallop of Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt

I will never tire of the hot/cold combo of oats and greek yogurt. And I don’t know if I can ever eat regular yogurt again after being exposed to the thickness of the greek….man!!! LOL JK Greek Yogurt, just seeing if you’re reading.

 This morning was uneventful. I went to the Bucks and got a Venti Pike with soymilk and two pumps sugar free cinnamon dolce.

Now that I think about it, that’s the most interesting thing that happened.

The nice thing about quarter end is that our department caters lunch. We had Boston Market this time which was awesome since I haven’t had it in forev!!

My beautiful plate with chicken, slice of turkey, slice of brisket, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing and a cookie.

I wanted to run away with the pan of macaroni and cheese but thought that wouldn’t be a smart move with our site manager in the room 🙂

Cheesy goodness

 Even Lincoln will be eating good tonight!

I stopped at TJ’s after the bus ride home to pick up bread, salsa and these babies which I read about on Danica’s blog.

Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn Snack Bags!!!

These are the perfect size, only 110 calories per bag and have four ingredients—popcorn, sugar, sunflower oil and salt. The shorter the list the better!

I’m not feeling so hot and my throat has gotten worse as the day has progressed.

I needed something easy and hot for dinner and decided on Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

I broke out my Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I love this stuff! I think the regular tomato soup brands out there are too sodium ridden and I don’t need anything helping me with feeling bloated

I used Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Bread

The statement I love cheese may be an understatement! I used Kraft Singles and shredded cheese for the grilled cheese

Grilled for seven minutes while the tomato soup was heating up and behold, the beautiful outcome:

I don’t even want to admit that I was singing “Cheese-a-licious” to the tune of Fergalicious while diggin in

My version:

It’s Cheese-A-Licious

It’s melt-y

So delicious

I grill the cheese on whole grain

Cheese-A-Licious

I never claimed to be normal 🙂

I sprinkled some pepper on my soupn for extra flava

A perfect meal and I will be having dessert later!

If I want to go to Indiana, I need to get better by tomorrow. If not, no dice. I simply cannot go be all high energy and make an 18 hour trip by myself if I am sick. Boooooooo!

But then on the flip side, if I do get worse I will have to go see my hot doctor who is a younger and less white-haired version of this fella

I was reading.watching Kelly’s Blog and Vlog last night and she was talked about how it’s the end of the first quarter of the year, what have you accomplished? She made a terrific point of how we are evaluated at work on our performance by month.quarter.etc. but do ever evaluate our accomplishments, things we can work on, etc. when it comes to our health and fitness? I never thought of it that way and I think it is a totally valid point. I know I say I am going to eat healthier, work out more, etc. but how am I accountable for that? I am going to think about this further when I don’t have a horrible headache and feel like I can breathe and figure out what my goals for the second quarter are going to be health and fitness wise.

What I accomplished in the first quarter of 2010

*Bought a kettlebell

*Tried many new foods such as

-Brussel Sprouts

-Tempeh

-Baby Spinach and Green Monsters

-Incorporate more fish in my diet

-Spaghetti Squash

-Rolled Oats

*Ran my first 5K!!!

Things that I could have done a better job on

*Work out more with kettlebell

*Have a more structured running plan

*Snack less

*Not buy 75% off Valentine’s Day chocolate

*Track what I eat

*Listen to what my body wants not want my head wants

*Stop making excuss or justifications for what I eat

*Drink less beer

I encourage you to check out Kelly’s blog. She is so high energy, motivating and I don’t really think she’s human since she seems to do it all! And I would give up cheese if I could have her arms and shoulders in return. And her vlogs are hilarious.

Question: What have you done in the first quarter of 2010 and what are your goals for the second quarter?

Swallowed your hollaback girl

29 Mar

You know it’s going to be a happy monday when you’re morning “coffee” is brewing at home and you forget to put grinds in the night before, waaaa waaa waaaaaaaa 😦

I had a Venti Iced Coffee with Soymilk and three splenda’s from the Bucks for a morning pick me up

I had a new concoction for breakfast–Chobani Strawberry, Sliced Peaches, Unsweetened Coconut and Fiber One Cereal

It was a party in my mouth–a lot of flavor everywhere!

I was evil again and loaded more chocolate onto my co-workers. I like how I am telling them what to do.

I had lunch with Gwen

Would have much preferred lunch with Gavin though…..hello daddy.

Sigh……ok, what was I talking about? Oh yeah….lunch. fun.

I love it when lunch doesn’t sound appetizing at all but then you taste it and find yourself wrong. I didn’t want my lunch today although it sounded good when I put it together last night….potato wedges,baked tofu bits, black beans, jalapeno, shredded cheese and a side of greek yogurt.

 I love when a meal proves me wrong. This was asbolutely fabulous.

For dinner I had baked panko porkchops and broccoli slaw with T Marzetti Honey Balsamic Dressing and tomato

I finally got off my butt to go run. I haven’t ran since my 5K……yeah over two wks ago. My knee and calves were hurting for the first wk and then last wk, pure laziness deterred me from workking out. I need to get on a consistent schedule again whether it be running, walking, kettlebell, etc. and stick with it. I feel so much better when I work out and only takes an hour out of my day. An hour which I have been sitting on my butt watching tv.

I went to the YMCA where I used to go to before they jacked up my rate to $65/month because I turned 30. Not happy about that. The YMCA was where I started my weight loss journey and was one of the only gyms in my life that I felt comfortable going to. I know it is just money and that I shouldn’t have stopped going but I basically lost motivation doing cardio only and the fact they jacked up my rate because I turned 30 really pissed me off. Basically, if I was married and had children it would have been cheaper per person but since I am 30, single and no kids, my rate gets jacked up. I have a reminder of that enough every day (and from my mother) that I don’t need that getting in the way of my gym rate.

Rant over……so I went to the YMCA I used to go to go because they have an outdoor dirt track. After 12 minutes I wanted to stop but then this track came on and made me smile

because it then made me think of this movie

And those two things just kept me going. I ended up walking/running for 35 minutes. Not too shabby for not working out at all in 2 wks.

I stopped at Harris Teeter on the way home and got some cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, apples and bananas for the week. I then went to Walgreens to get some bubble bath, which I couldn’t find. Weird. I went to one of the ladies who work there and asked where the bubble bath was and she had no clue what I was talking about. Which confused me because was in her 40’s and sounded like she was from here and I had to explain what bubble bath suds were and she looked at me like I was crazy for wanting to take a bubble bath.

Yeah, I am 29 30 yrs old and love my bubble baths, shoot me.

She then said they have Mr. Bubble where I shot back with “Mr Bubble sucks”. All said with a smile though since my humor wins everyone over 🙂 I ended up with bath beads which also sucks but oh well, momma needed a long soak!

I came home and made a green monster. I’ve had some morning green monsters the past two wks but was ready for a proper protein filled green monster after my run. In the mix tonight—baby spinach, blackberry kefir, vanilla whey protein and milk.

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This was a great start to the week! It is quarter end which is a super busy time for my line of business. Tomorrow should be another slow day at work then the craziness will resume on Wednesday. But I will be gone by Thursday afternoon on my way to Indiana! I am stopped and staying at my friend’s place in Charleston, WV Thursday night then drive the rest of the way to Indianapolis on Friday morning. Some things that I get excited about when going to Indianapolis:

Cafe Patachou: They have an awesome menu and great coffee–Highlander Grog is my favorite and I always buy a bag to take home with me!

Fannie May Trinidad’s—I will be stocking up

Meijer—so much better than WalMart and they always have cute sports apparel for cheap….along with scratch off lotto vending machines 🙂

 And my sister and my nieces of course 🙂 But those are a few of my favorite Indiana things.

 And Ricky Martin—you go! It’s about time and I always knew you were too pretty to be straight. You can officially drink from the cup of life, shake your bon bon and live the vida loca. But not too loca since you got the twins.