Good evening and happy end-of-the-weekend! I hope yours has been lovely, and you are looking forward to September. I know a lot of you are starting school tomorrow, so, if that means you, have a great first day!
The last two days have been pretty crazy, but filled to the brim with fun and friends. Yesterday, I started my day with a Chocolate Fig VitaMuffin.
This was good, but I’m a bit of a fighead and wish there had been more fruity chunks! I still made a pretty bomb-diggity parfait, layering TJ’s Organic Nonfat Honey-Flavored Greek Yogurt, the muffintop, and a banana.
I also had some carrot juice, which I was pretty excited to spot while on the checkout line at Trader Joe’s.
And a morning is never complete without my daily dose of buzz.
I spent the morning cleaning and doing some work; a few hours after breakfast I had two flattened bananas, one with almond butter and the other with peanut.
I didn’t have too much time, but after I did a little cleaning I squeezed in 20 minutes of Heart-Opening Yoga. I could have done with a longer practice, but I still noticed a definite change. I’ve been feeling a little anxious recently, and even this little bit helped relax me a little.
After yoga, I set out to make a good lunch, even if I had to eat it on the fly. I decided to have a second go at making my own nori wraps! This time, I did a little research and knew to use the stove’s flame to toast the seaweed.
I used equal portions of almond meat, sliced beets, and sprouts….
… and using wet hands, tightly rolled it all up.
I also packed up a hugh jass salad of one heart of romaine, beets, and carrots.
Gina‘s been raving about goat cheddar and goat jack cheese for so long that I finally got my act together and bought some at Trader Joe’s. I cut myself a piece and plopped it on top of the salad for a treat.
I packed up my things and went to my parents’ house, where I assembled my meal. I guess they’d heard my cries, because there were some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes waiting for me in the fridge.
I always go for the odd guys, so I sliced this one up and topped it on my salad.
All of the good stuff got hidden underneath!
We were low on mustard, so I just used the jar to mix my dressing. I used mandarin orange vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and grey poupon mustard.
I was still a little jittery, so I tried to completely unwind and enjoy a TV lunch. However, I can’t seem to ever “turn off” completely, and kept my phone by me. Do you have a hard time powering down your electronics? Do you have any rules about when to turn them on and off? Unless Ari is coming home late, I try to turn my phone off before I go to sleep.
I had a sliced plum for dessert, then hustled into the shower to get ready for the show.
Elise, her sister Laura, and fiancé Kyle (who I creepily recognized first, from his Facebook picture) were totally awesome and came out to the Upwelling show. Elise is one busy lady, and was so nice to take time out of her weekend off and visit with her sister. She’s also gearing up for two half marathons… I need to find out what water she’s been drinking. Sadly I lost sight of them after the show, but hopefully we’ll be able to meet up again soon!
The show itself was AMAZING. The room was packed, the music was rocking, and we all had a swell ole time. Papa Veggie was equally awesome and used his beautiful camera to take beautiful pictures of the beautiful band 🙂
We migrated to the after-party…
… and reconnected with old friends
A good Lilveggiepatch is always prepared with her emergency snack:
Lyle and I went home to my parents’ house for a sleepover just like our Paris days. When we woke up, my parents had gone but left us a delicious breakfast.
I had a bowl of Chobani with a plum, honey and cinnamon:
We split a Silver Moon chocolate chip brioche… my old favorite. I literally used to eat these every day for breakfast before high school!
I washed everything down with coffee and Advil… it was the ultimate Sunday morning breakfast.
This girl needs to move to new york, STAT.
After we finished up breakfast and made ourselves presentable, we packed up, got on the subway, and parted ways. I went home to find Ari, and we both rallied ourselves for a short run. Before we left, we split a banana. (I read once that the guys in Franz Ferdinand eat bananas before every gig, so I always feel kind of rock’n’rolla when I eat these guys.)
We ran an easy two miles, then showered and went to see District 9 with Ilana. On the way out, I grabbed some carrots and hummus…
and packed us baggies of gummy bears from Berlin.
I also made Ari a PB&J (he prefers Skippy) sandwich on Faux-zekial, and sliced myself a little piece 😉
I liked the movie… there was a lot going on, and it was very violent, but I think I would recommend it.
When it was over, we all went to Winegasm for a bite to eat and some vino. (I forgot to bring my camera, so the rest of the pictures were taken with Ari’s phone, which doesn’t have a flash.)
I ordered a white flight: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Monopole Rioja Blanco, and Leon Bayer Pinot Blanc.
I always like to order flights when they’re available, so I can taste more things 🙂
Speaking of tastes, we shared some warm spiced olives…
Truffle-infused mac ‘n cheese…
… and fontina & mushroom crostini, which was delicious but didn’t make it to digital. We got Coldstone for dessert… making that twice in one weekend! I switched things up and got a small cup of sinless sweet cream with toasted almonds, fudge, and cookie dough. Eh. I think I’ll stick with my usual peanut butter goodness.
This was a monster of a post, and it’s time for some quality shut-eye. Have a great night!