Archive for October, 2009

A little bit of everything…

October 27, 2009

I am now realizing the impossibility of taking delicious pictures of my eats while I am in the middle of moving! Creative is not a word I would use to describe my menu as of late. Boring might be a better fit. So…You’ll just have to hang on and read about my everyday life ramblings until I am settled into my new place and take over my new kitchen.

My weekend has been filled with packing, eating, chick flicks and good friends. Friday night I came across a VERY unsettling discovery……You know that time every Spring when these little pieces of heaven hit the shelves? And you just can’t help yourself from picking up a few bags? Because…hey, they’re only available for a limited time…..Well…..

They are now available ALL YEAR ROUND!! This mean trouble. I LOVE mini eggs. To prove it? I blew through half of a big bag on Friday night. Between myself and two other friends we had no trouble at all polishing them off. Yowsa. Need to come up with a strategic defense plan against these little devils. Ideas?

In other news, I picked up my new wheels on Saturday morning! It’s been a while since I’ve had a car of my own. I think the last was my 89 Mercury Topaz. I negotiated (which some help) a sweet deal on a 2005 Honda Civic. I will be living about 3 mins from work once I move next weekend so I really just needed something to get me around town. Nothing fancy, no bells and whistles but I do love it ūüôā

Work has been keeping me busy and I just got home from a 2 day trip to Bathurst NB. Luckily I was travelling with my health¬†conscious boss so between the two of us….we made some pretty good decisions food wise (with the exception of his sweet potato fries last night…I just had to try a couple.. Yum!) Lunch was a little late today by the time we rolled into Moncton so I

grabbed a turkey wrap from Subway (no combo for me!) It was stuffed with veggies to I was F-U-L-L until about 15 mins ago when I decided that I needed a little snack.

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I decided to test out Jamie’s idea and threw a diced granny smith apple¬†into a frying pan. Added a little margarine and in lieu of cinnamon (already¬†packed for the move this Saturday) I added a little pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar. Topped over fat free Vanilla yogurt and voila! A perfect snack for a cold autumn evening. I then realized that this would be a perfect topping for Vanilla ice cream…..luckily I didn’t have any in the house (there’s a reason for this!) Thanks for the delicious idea Jamie!

And finally, we spent Sunday and Monday dog sitting for a co-worker. She just got her pup from the animal rescue league about 2 weeks ago and her hubby has yet to warm up to having a dog. She was heading out of town for a few days for work and didn’t want to leave the pup alone with her hubby so we offered to take her in for a few days. She was going to take her to a kennel but we all agreed that having just come from the ARL, it might be traumatizing. Holy energy batman! Yowsa! Oddly enough, her name was Maggie which is our dogs name. They had soooo much fun and were fast friends in no time. They played for hours upon hours but finally wore each other out……Blog 024

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How cute are they? They alternated pretty frequently between playing and running around and power naps. So cute!

We are moving this weekend so I’m sure it will be a bit of a rollercoaster week. We are mostly packed up and seem to have all of our bases covered but¬†emotionally, I’m sure it will be quite draining. I’m extremely anxious to move in and get settled. Living among boxes is for the birds. It will certainly be a rough week but I just keep taking deep breaths. Deep, deep breaths.

Hope you are all having a great week!




October 21, 2009

I’m inspired today.

Anything is possible. Everything is possible.

And thank you to Jenn for leading me to Operation Beautiful.

This project is simply….amazing. How often do you look in the mirror and see that freckle that¬†is out of place? The pants they have grown a little tight? The legs that are too big? The hair that is out of place? The teeth that aren’t perfectly straight? The arms that aren’t toned? The nose that is too big? The lips that are too small? That wrinkle that is becoming more noticeable? The wrong hair color? The wrong face shape?

Too often.

So today I look in the mirror and I see……beauty. I see all that I have accomplished. I see a proud, confident woman who is ready for a new life. I see¬†a positive, optimistic attitude and a kind, gentle spirit. I see a woman who loves surprises and even better, loves surprising someone she cares about.¬†¬†I see a woman who is mature and responsible but knows how to be silly and have fun. I see a woman who would do anything for her family and friends and maybe even the stranger on the street. I see a woman full of compassion and someone who loves with all she has. I see me, and I am beautiful.

What so you see when you look in the mirror?


Bringing Balance….and a new blog!

October 20, 2009

So in light of my new life……

I’ve decided to start fresh. Brand new me, brand new blog.

So here I am. On my own for the first time in, well……ever. My goals? Hmmm…where do I start?

Let’s start with….

  • maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is SO important to me. My philosophy is to eat well, whole, balanced foods with a little indulgence thrown in on the weekends.
  • Exercise! Oodles of exercise. Unfortunately this priority has been nonexistent over the past 7 months. Oh how I miss the gym and my workout routine. I wonder if the gym misses me too?
  • Blogging! I can’t believe I let go of this amazing support network for the past 7 months (not to mention all the incredible recipe ideas I’ve missed out on!)

I’ve decided to join the not-so-secret society of food bloggers and will be posting pictures of my eats as often as I can. I figure if I am too¬†embarrassed to take a picture of it, I probably shouldn’t be eating it right?

You’ll have to give by a little leniency today since it’s Day 1 back on my journey to a healthy lifestyle. I blame Costco for coming up with these little gems…

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Mmm Chiabatta….

I’m sort of glad that the nutritional info isn’t included on these little guys. But maybe that’s a bad thing….

Dinner tonight? Grilled chicken and veggie¬†chiabatta sandwiches. Chicken, green pepper, onions, black olives, tomato, topped with skim Mozza and a dab of southwest sauce and fat free ranch dressing. The result…this DELICIOUS sandwich. Yum!

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Until tomorrow…..