Good Sunday, y’all. How are you spending the last hours of your weekend? Dinner in bed? Catching up on shows from the week? It’s 8:30 and I’m just getting dinner ready, and will spend the rest of the night doing some internship stuff and possibly watching Thursday’s episode of Gray’s Anatomy.
I have a confession: I’ve been putting off blogging all day. Why? Well, I’ve been in kind of a weird place the last few days, and haven’t wanted to whine about it. But whine about it I must (for a few seconds), or I have a feeling I won’t post for days. Either that, or I’m having a blogging identity crisis.
There’s only so much time one can sit in front of the computer applying for jobs and reading blogs. I haven’t been exercising at all… the thought of sitting on a stationary bike makes me cringe (and it’s a 45 minute ride to the gym, each way) and I haven’t been able to find enough energy, motivation, or opportune time to try a workout DVD. I feel like my muscles are weakening and that by the time I can run again, it’ll take me months to build back up to where I was. There was one instance yesterday when I seriously thought about just going for a quick two mile run to blow off steam. I’m not proud about it, but didn’t run, and won’t until I’m given the okay. But frankly, what it comes down to, is that I’m just plain bored. Bored and broke.
As happy as I was about quitting my table-waiting gig and spending that lost time looking for a “real” job, I think it’s gotten to the point where I might have to start looking for something like that again. Hopefully it will be temporary, but I’m not generating any income and it’s getting pretty tight over here. I haven’t started looking for another waiting position yet, but I really think it’s in my future again, unfortunately. Unless I win the lottery… I never bought a ticket on my 18th birthday, and have put off doing so because I think I know that in the back of my mind, when I do it will be the winning ticket. Good logic, eh?
For now, though, I think the key is to just do something outside of the house every day. If I have to read, I should find a place to read. Preferably near the gym, so that I’ll get myself moving again. Things will look up, but I have to set that process in motion. Ho, ho, ho!
Self-pep-talk over, I promise.
Breakfast yesterday was inspired by Katie‘s “brulée” style oats. I zapped this banana in the microwave for one minute:
I combined it with a serving of steel-cut oats, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and almond butter. A sweet and rich way to start the morning!
Ari and I spent the morning running errands, going back and forth between the city and home. We got a lot done! I knew lunch was going to be late, so I snacked on some Greek yogurt to tide me over.
When I did get around to making lunch, it ended up looking a lot like the killer salads of recent days, and it was mighty fine. I think I’ve figured out the formula for a perfect salad: plenty of greens, a variety of other veggies, fruit, savory protein, and a unique salad dressing.
This was made of:
- shredded carrots
- red onion
- 1 Gala apple (yep, the whole thing)
- meatless meatballs
- Dressing: raw agave nectar, olive oil, rice vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & pepper
A little later, I snacked on a couple chunks of energy.
Dinner was another nod to college life; this time, I made a batch of Annie’s Mac & Cheese and mixed in a mashed sweet potato and black beans. The result? Delicious! And oh so festive with the Halloween colors. I realize you might not all be sold on this one, but try it!
If it’s not 100% obvious from the above photo, he is a total fox. And a ridiculously talented fox at that, so ladies, should you decide to join the ranks of rockstar girlfriends, he earned my seal of approval.
After the show I met up with Ari and Ilana, and we all went home together. I wasn’t really hungry, but all I could think about when I opened the front door was how much I wanted ice cream.
Phish Food isn’t as good as I remember it being… I think there needs to be some peanut butter in there.
A few days ago, a reader asked for the recipe for my miso soup with collards and seitan.
It’s easy peasy: Simply take 1 cup of spicy miso soup , eliminating the tofu, and pour it into a pot over four loosely chopped collard green leaves, until just covered. Steam until leaves turn bright green, about 4 minutes. Add 1 serving chopped seitan and heat through. Serve and enjoy!
I’m off to get some work done. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!