Spontaneous

I slept… until 1130am yesterday! I couldn’t believe it! Actually, I could. I’ve been taking cat naps the last few days and have been feeling super exhausted so it makes sense. I really must have needed some sleep.

I woke up feeling really great. I did 50 push ups and 50 crunches,  ate a yummy bowl of cereal with Kashi Go Lean, Fiber One Chocolate 80, and sliced strawberries, took a shower, tidied up a bit and waited for Barry.

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Barry arrived with my graduation present, which he had been waiting for from Fed-Ex. He got me  a new stethoscope!!! Woo Hoo! Its pink and engraved!

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After beating him at another game of Phase 10 (he got me my own deck), we decided it was time for him to experience a real Philly steak. I’ve said it before, but I’m definiatly a Geno’s fan. “Four wit with wiz, please, and a cherry soda.”  (I was buying for the folks back home, too). I told him he had to eat it with the provided cherry peppers, as well. Barry enjoyed his first experience with Geno’s.

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We took a visit to grandma’s house to drop off her coleslaw container, and her precious Spumante. She was surprised by our visit and stayed there chit chatting for a bit. My aunt, who lives with her also told us the news of her adopting two puppies from a shelter in Georgia. She explained that the dogs were brother and sister, had come from an abusive home, and were about to be put down. They are absolutely loveable! I believe they were dalmatian and bulldog mixes, but they looked a lot like pitbulls with spots.

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By the time we arrived back home it was about 830 or so. The day really flies when you  sleep until noon!

We, for some reason, were pretty sleepy, so we laid down until we heard back from our friends. After Lauren got off work, we met her and her boyfriend for frozen yogurt at Yogurt City. I got the usual. Also delicious!

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I just realized, after looking at the picture, that our bowls all really fit our personalities!

During the conversation, Barry said, “Its weird… the longer I go since I’ve eaten Geno’s, the more I really want another.” A little fact about Mike and Lauren: if you mention Philly cheesesteaks… we are getting Philly cheesesteaks. In this burst of spontaneity, we piled into Mike’s car and drove back to Philly around midnight. Although Pat’s was open, Barry wanted another steak from Geno’s. Despite my warning about the hot sauce, Barry put it on his steak. When they state “hot,” they really mean it! Thank goodness he had a cup of Sprite!

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Following, yet another delicious steak, we drove around Philly to kill some time. We finally made it back home around 330am! Guess what we did. NOT SLEEP! We went swimming in the pool and played a round of pool basketball. Can you guess who won? The Girls, of course!

Finally, being the sleepy party pooper, I initiated the mosey out of the pool. Finally, sleep!

If you’d like to learn more about the shelter, Middle Mutts,  or donate to help fund the adoption of other pups like Buster and Coco, please visit their facebook.

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

I spent the majority of my day at work. Unfortunately, no matter the holiday, there are always sick little ones. My morning began with a mug of Chocolate Cherry coffee that I got while at the Denver airport back in April. Sometimes coffee really just hits the spot. 

After completing my first set of rounds and bathing a few babies, I sat down to one of my favorites: nonfat coffee yogurt. I wanted something to crunch this morning, so rather than eating graham crackers, like usual, I sliced up an apple and dipped it into my yogurt. A surprisingly excellent combo!

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I attempted to keep busy the remainder of my shift, and while most of the girls ordered hoagies for lunch, I enjoyed a bowl of watermelon to hold me over until the end of my shift. 

I decided I wanted to grill some steaks for the holiday and enjoyed a very appropriate holiday meal with my guys (dad, Frank, and Barry): steaks, corn on the cob, macaroni salad, salsa,pretzels, and chips, and watermelon. YUM!

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To complete the meal with a red, white, and blue theme I mashed 1/2 cup blueberries in 1/2 cup fat free cool whip and dolloped it into four dessert shells. I topped each one with sliced strawberries.

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One of my favorite things to do on the fourth isn’t what you’d think. I’ve mentioned my dorky obsession with the Twilight Zone before, and every year on July 4th and New Years, ScyFy channel plays a marathon! I’m officially glued to my TV those days! 

After Barry left for work, I watch some Zone until 830pm. I headed over to Barry’s work, where he gave me a tour of the site.

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We eventually found our way to the roof of one of the buildings, where we stood and watched the fireworks. It was quite neat, actually. You could see multiple firework shows in various parts of the county all from this one roof!

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What are your favorite Twilight Zone episodes? 

I love “To Serve Man,” and “Night of the Meek.” I  really could make a whole list of my favorites!

What are your Fourth of July memories and traditions?

I can remember when I was younger, my mom and dad used to pack up a picnic basket with snacks. We would go to the soccer field a few blocks away, lay out the big red blanket, and eat hot dogs. 

Thanks to all the vets and active military! Its because of you that we are able to live safely and comfortable everyday!

Steak and Eggs and Tempeh

ImageStudying has ruled the last few days. Yesterday started with a delicious shake that kept me going and full for hours.

2 scoop Chocolate protein powder

Cherry Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt

bunch of spinach

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I can’t believe how good it was. I’ve made this before, but it was exceptionally delicious today.

The reminder of my day was spent at the kitchen table. studying. pulling my hair out.

I always like to eat a protein filled meal the night before an exam, so I invited dad over for steak and eggs. I feel breakfast foods should be eaten any time of the day!

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I seasoned some london broil with montreal steak seasoning and pan-fried it. Then I combined 1/4 cup egg beaters and 1 egg, and while in the pan, fold in a slice of Bordens fat free PepperJack cheese. Slice up the meat. Top a toasted english muffin with the eggs and meat. Lastly, I sauteed some onions, peppers, and garlic for garnish.

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Dad ate a sandwich, while I kicked it topless… that doesn’t sound right…

I followed dinner with some more food: apple, cinnamon, and cottage cheese

This test day began with Raisin and Spice oatmeal and some Dunkin Donut coffee.

I studied all morning, treating my stressed out self to a chocolate chip cookie before the exam.

I managed to pull out a B! Woah! That exam actually gave me a stomach ache!

To take my mind off things, mom asked me to dye her hair. Its nice to have a mom who was a cosmetologist  I’ve never had to pay for a hair cut or dye, and shes been teaching me!

Dinner, tonight, was delicious as well! Tempeh is one of my favorite salad toppers, as are roasted vegetables. Roasted artichoke hearts, onions, carrots, and Sesame Garlic Tempeh tickled my fancy this evening and I did not regret it! Wow-zah! MMMM Good!

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My girlfriend, Meaghen, got me hooked on tempeh when I was in New York with Barry’s Tempeh! Ever since, I’ve had tons of tempeh recipes in the making in my head. I can’t wait to make them and share them with you!

Cottage cheese and apples made another appearance as dessert. I’ve been doing a lot of stress eating the last few days, but I’ve recognized it each night, which I’m happy about and have been able to stop.

I remember, now, that this is how I gained so much weight in the first place; not just stress eating, but eating when I’m not hungry, or just because the food is there.

But, alas, although the exam is over, this semester is not. I have two projects and two exams to complete for the big G-Day (graduation)!

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3:35am- dad calls, “Are you up?” “5 more minutes”

This sleep deprived lady woke up, threw he last minute items in her bag, made some coffee, and was out the door to catch a 6:30am flight. Whenever I catch a flight, dad and I always swing by Dunkin Donuts for their latest breakfast. This morning, we split the new Steak, Egg, and Cheese wake-up wrap. I was surprised how tasty it was.

After a big hug, I boarded the plane. A little over 5 hours later, we landed in Las Vegas. I was definitely bummed that I was in Vegas and didn’t even get to get off the plane. I was able to sleep for about an hour or so on the first flight, but as soon as we took off from Vegas, I was out! As for on board snacking, I had brought some bars to hold me over. Can you guess what flavor my taste buds were wanting?

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I went with the South Beach bar. It tastes like a cookie! I wound up making friend with the gentleman next to me ans we worked on sudoku and crossword puzzles. I was surprised that the airline actually had 100 calorie packs… bring on the Lorna Doones!

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Once my grogginess wore off and I entered the San Jose terminal, we grabbed the rental car and headed for a late lunch, which was really our dinner. I was stoked to head to Johnny Garlics. This restaurant was a must on my trip. Its Guy Fieri’s restaraunt.

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We were greeted with a basket of the best focaccia I’ve ever eaten. It was much softer and airier than any focaccia I’ve ever tried and it was seasoned with tons of garlic and herbs. I saw Guy talk about some dishes on Diners, Drive- Ins, and Drives, and ever since I saw it, I knew I needed to try it. The dish that I chose is actually an appetizer, and I rounded it out with some grilled asparagus. Sashimi Won Tacos! Marinaded Sashimi Ahi Tuna, in a fried shell, topped with mango jicama salsa, and drizzled with a wasabi soy mayo. They were all served over a bed of shredded cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper. Wow! The tuna had almost a teriyaki flavor, and the sweet fruits of the salsa paired with the heat of the wasabi perfectly!

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My chapter advisor and her husband, who joined me for lunch, got the Roasted Garlic soup. I love garlic soup, so I tried some of hers and it was fabulous and topped with grated cheese! My advisor got the Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, and her husband opted for the lunch special of half a Sonoma salad and half a Cajun Chicken Fetttucine.

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We finally checked into our hotel and I dove into my bed. But I needed to go register for the convention. Afterwards, I headed back to the room to unpack and call the parentals (theres a 3 hour time difference). We found out that there is nothing but restaurants in Downtown San Jose, so we had to drive to a SafeWay to grab some water. While I was there, I also grabbed some fruit to keep in my room along with two bottles of wine to bring home…

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Yeah… they sell liquor next to the rolls!

After a shower, I was ready for bed!

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V Day

V- Day…. Sounds an awful lot like D-Day, doesn’t it?

I’m really not that cynical when it comes to February 14th. I’m just not too pleased with the result of my exam today. In fact, I came home thinking I did pretty well, checked my grade, and dug into to PB for emotional support.

So I met my girlfriends at Dunkin, as I do every test morning and enjoyed a small coffee and oatmeal. I ate Better Oats Fit Cinnamon Bun oatmeal. It really hit the spot! Before the exam, popped my Russell Stover’s sugar free Mint Pattie.

Apparently, the grades of the exam were all over the place! Luckily, I had my valentine dinner to look forward to.

My Valentine

My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is the one day a year, dad and I make sure we get to eat steak! We headed to Texas Road House! YUM!

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Dad can’t resist the onion blossom.

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Me? I love picking out my own steak! I got the

Dallas filet with some amazingly bright and crisp streamed vegetable and a side  salad.

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Dad got the country-fried steak with a side salad and bleu cheese and mashed potatoes with gravy.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!