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sleep, yoga, family and fresh veggies

Hey friends!  Time for me to play major catch up.  I have been MIA all day – today flew by!  Jon and I pulled our usual stunt by falling asleep on the couch last night and waking up at 2 am with cricks in our necks. lol.  Off to bed we went, where our smart little pup was already curled up in a tight little ball fast asleep.  She looked at us like a mother looks at her teenager coming in past curfew.

Because of our late night shenanigans, we slept in until about 10:30.  When I woke up, ma belly was calling for some food!

Peach flavored soy yogurt hiding under raw oats, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and Puffins!  This was my first time to try the peach, and it was a win!  It even had little slivers of peach in it.  Yum!

One of my biggest struggles with going vegan has been giving up Greek yogurt.  I’m a big fan of plain yogurt, and I cannot find plain flavored soy yogurt in our little city:(  Last week I did sneak in a few servings of plain Greek yogurt and it was heaven.  Oh, how I miss it.

After paying some bills and other adult like tasks, we headed to the gym.  I did about 2.5 miles running/walking, but mostly running.  I have currently misplaced my iPod (boo!), so I watched a documentary about conjoined twins, which was rather interesting….and impressive.  It definitely served as a great distraction!

Lunch couldn’t come fast enough after we got home because it was already 2:30!  I threw together a black bean burger pita.

whole wheat pita, hummus, Morningstar black bean burger, spinach, broccoli slaw crunch!, onions, pickles, ground red pepper, tobasco sauce!

Yoga time!

After lunch, I piddled around the house a bit more and finally made it to my yoga mat.  I did this youtube yoga series that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. I really enjoyed this one.  I practiced a couple of poses I’ve never done before + I liked the way she flowed through the poses at a fairly quick pace.  I still have so much to learn, but the more I learn the more I love :) I do have to say that today was nothing like participating in a yoga class, unfortunately.  Oh how I wanted it to be at least almost as good, but it just wasn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, it was worth doing, and I definitely appreciated it for what it was, but it just wasn’t anything compared to being in a live class.  Surprise, surprise, right?

The rest of our night was spent hanging out with these guys again

Ironically, this picture is recycled from last year; however, we did go to Orange Leaf tonight as well.  It looks like somebody was also wearing the same shirt tonight (see below)…I’m not sayin’ any names;) Also, I may or may not have had yogurt the last three days in a row.  *sheepish grin*

We also ate some din din of course.

I stuck with my old favorite – fajita pita with beans instead of meat, hold the sauce, add a side of salsa, steamed veggies instead of fries.  poor waitress:)

The best part about them coming up is that they brought me these

My mom’s husband has a garden and they brought me fresh grown corn and green beans!  I was just ranting to Jon this morning about how we don’t have a very good/extensive farmer’s market or any way to get homegrown veggies, aside from planting our own garden.  Then lo and behold I got my own little delivery.  yay!!  These will definitely be hitting the blog this week.  I’m super stoked!

Sleep, yoga, family and fresh veggies – doesn’t get much better!

I just noticed that some of my favorite meals/snacks have been quite elusive on the blog the last couple of days, so I’ll leave you with some tasty pics!

stir fried cauliflower, spinach, corn, peas in pesto sauce over brown rice – oooh, hot and steamy

smear of pb and sliced banana atop a Van’s whole grain lite waffle…truly blissful.

Friday night cheeseless veggie pizza (x3)

I hope everyone is having a rockin’ weekend!  I’ll see you tomorrow!

Have you ever tried yoga?  Why or why not?  Do you think yoga has to become a lifestyle?  Or do you think it can just be isolated physical activity?

Do you have any “at home” yoga that you love?

I would love to hear your thoughts!!!!

Oh, shoot.  I almost forgot this!  welcome to our home, little mobile :)

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what a dad!

Yesterday we had such a great time.  My FIL has two favorite restaurants, so he very graciously let me choose between them for lunch. Between IHOP and Golden Corral, I went with GC and ended up being pleasantly surprised!

Have you ever been to a Golden Corrall?  If not, let me paint a quick picture for you.

Walk in.  Get drink.  Pay for buffet.  Find booth.  Go wander through the endless buffet.  Try to narrow choices down to what can fit on one, possibly two plates.  Sit down.  Eat said plates of food.  Go back for more if you’re so inclined. Try to narrow down from dozens of dessert options.  Eat said dessert.  Waddle out.

I ended up with two plates full and a side of fruit.  I was a bit nervous about finding healthy options, but there was no reason to be afraid.  Check it out.

Plate 1:  huge pile of romaine, green peppers, onions, zucchini, carrots, grilled red and yellow bell peppers, steamed baby carrots, steamed brussels (yay!) and a side of honey mustard dressing

Plate 2:  peas, corn, baked sweet potato w/pico, more steamed carrots, guacamole, best tasting roll ever

grapes, mandarin oranges, watermelon

I ate almost all of the salad, most of plate 2 minus about half the sweet potato and a good portion of the fruit.  Even though I had no room left, I managed to savor two bites of carrot cake, which was just meh, and two bites of apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.  I’m sure you can imagine how I felt by this point….oh buffets.

We spent the afternoon going to bookstores and then, believe it or not, stopped for some froyo a bit later.  What can I say?  We gotta treat our dad right.

All in all we had such a fun time, and I am so thankful to have Brad in our life.  A few fun things about my FIL: he loves God, he loves to take random candid pictures, he is always there for us, he loves dots (the candy), the Beatles, golf and Ernest Tubb.

Thanks, Brad, for being such a great father and father-in-law.  We love you!

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a family affair

Today started off with a bang when Jon and I headed outside for a sweltering 20 minute run/walk.  It has been so hot and humid here – it’s nearly unbearable.   I think I might be hitting the gym to spend some time with the big T tomorrow morning.

I inhaled a bowl of this new (to me) cereal with chopped banana and soy milk.  The verdict?  Amazing.  Exactly what I’ve been looking for in a cereal;)

We were busy bees today as we went to church and then headed to my hometown for my little cousin, Addie’s, 15th birthday party.  Before heading out, I reheated the second half of my leftover vegetarian burrito from Chipotle.  I refuse to post a pic of it due to the fact that it was probably the most offensive looking meal I’ve photographed since the beginning of time ChiaSeedMe.  I’ll let you use your imagination:)  I also was later accused by my loving husband of violating the “no eating out for a week challenge agreement,” but I set the record straight.

Instead, please enjoy a few pics of my beautiful, if not a bit goofy, little cousin.

And now for a funny tidbit about my cousins.  Addie’s brother, Ashton, just graduated from high school a year ago and has now finished his first year of college.  During high school he was the cool guy emo type, dressing in skinny jeans, rocker shirts and converse.  Over the past year, however, he has made this out-of-the-blue transformation into mister country boy (also the name of the grocery store in my hometown).  In this process he has aquired a coon dog named Red, about 5 chickens, 8 baby chicks and two cows.  Yes, cows.  So, today I was lucky enough to get to meet two thirds of his new brood.

This little guy not to be confused with the baby chick I bought on a whim during my crazy freshman year of college, only for it to die a matter of weeks later and be buried on our campus library lawn after being held hostage in a cardboard box in my bedroom.  Please don’t judge.  I feel bad enough already.

After touring the “farm,” eating some fresh fruit served by my aunt, watching Addie open her gifts, Jon and I made the trek back to Stillwater.  This is where I must brag just a bit.  By the time we left my aunt’s house, we were famished!  Usually we would have no doubt stopped at the Subway on our way out of town or at least grabbed a lil something on our way back into town.  But we held strong and waited until we arrived back home before cooking up our famous vegan enchiladas (recipe here).  Pat us on the back!

So far, we have succeeded in our “no eating out challenge.”  Today, we passed up dinner out and Starbucks, which must already by a savings of about $30.  Crazy.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  Stay tuned for tomorrow as I’ll be back to posting vacation recaps!  G’night!

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no more plastic

Good evening!  Guess what?!

Tomorrow is my last day of school!  I honestly cannot believe that my first year of teaching is finally over.  It has truly been the most stressful, tiring, time consuming, emotional, roller coaster of an experience that I have ever been on.  Through all the mountains and valleys, I have honesty learned so much – about myself, but mainly about teaching.  When I started this year, I walked into such the unknown.  Even though I student taught for three months in 2007, the two years separating then and now might as well have been ten years.  Our year spent in Thailand was a hazy dream that divided all prior experiences from my current reality.  Last August, I walked blindly into two preps, 150 16-17 year olds, two hours of commuting each day and quite literally scrambled each and every minute to figure out what I needed to do and how to do it.  There were many tears shed and many sleepless nights.  But I did it.  I accomplished it.  And I have to say…I’m so proud of myself.

I also have to pay tribute to my sweet husband who so graciously and patiently put up with my rants, my stress, my total neglect of wifely duties and, at times, my withdraw from normal life.  I cannot even begin to explain how loving Jon has been throughout this year.  He did laundry, cooked dinners, washed dishes, cleaned the house, helped me with school projects, went on Starbucks runs for me and encouraged me during the times I needed it most.  And get this – he got up at 5:30 am every morning this entire school year and made my green monster, made my lunch and helped me get my stuff out to the car.  Unbelievable.  I most definitely could not have made it without his love and support.  And to think he wrote me a sweet card and bought me a massage, manicure and pedicure as a reward for getting through my first year.   He is truly the one who deserves the reward.  My absolute world, that boy:)

And my mom.  So many long drives home of her listening until my little heart was content.  She’d give me advice, we’d hang up, and I’d call her right back for more.  She never shows that she is weary of listening to me or helping me gain perspective.  She has supported me so much through everything this year, and she’s always on my side.  When I think of my mom, I find myself searching for a word deeper and more thorough than – thankful.  There is no one quite like her and no one who could take her place.

All that to say…tomorrow will be a sweet day.  Not only because the year is over, but also because there will be no more of this:

lunch for tomorrow – Amy’s Split Pea soup


some spinach and artichoke humms with Rye Crisp crackers…
and Greek yogurt with sliced almonds, cinnamon Puffins and a sprinkle of unsweetened dried cranberries for a snack

Plastic!

From now on, my daily eats will no longer be housed in plastic containers or plastic baggies.  I will also no longer be eating half my meals in my car.  It’s time for some real honest-to-goodness ceramic and silver!

My plan for the coming weeks is that I will be posting regularly to CSM and also that I’ll have time for more blog worthy meals…among other things of course. I’m in such anticipation of what is to come!

And let’s be honest, for starters that is Europe.  Only 5 days and counting!

And with that, I’m off to bed.  Apologies for this post being a bit heavy and non-food focused.  Just had to go with what was on my heart:)  G’night.

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pushing through

Hi!

After another mini hiatus, I’m back again.  I have been a terrible blogger, and I take full responsibility.  Even tonight I’m under a time crunch, and I’m going to have to make this short.  I just HAD to say a quick hello, though.  I miss blogging tremendously, and I cannot wait to blog like a madman this summer.  Only 2 more days of school and the chaos will settle.  Then it’s off to Europe in 6 days!

Here’s a quick little update of what I’ve been up to the last week.

Dodging tornadoes

We had a serious tornado scare last week.  This is the line of cars trying to get into the parking lot of our campus (Oklahoma State) basement.  Finally, people just had to ditch their cars and run!

And taking pictures of the aftermath.

I’ve been making lots of these for lunch.

Posing for Jon in the morning before work.

Going to visit family and getting PeiWei to go on the way there.

Cooking healthy fare with my sweet MIL.

Sharing meals with Jon at Qdoba.

And drinking way too much Starbucks (as if there’s a such thing!).

I miss everyone, and I’ll be back full swing asap!

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