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Today has been a better day.  I chatted with my sister for a couple of hours this afternoon, and she pepped me up a little bit.

Somebody please explain to me why I need to be told to quit analyzing everything and MOVE ON! I am trying to cut myself a little slack because this has been a really serious and hard decision.  But now that the decision has been made, there really is no reason to dwell on it.  It is just a work in progress methinks:)

I’m realizing how much of an emotional person I really am through this process. I no sooner sat down in my principal’s office yesterday than I got all choked up.  I couldn’t even get a word out!  While I was a little bit mortified, I also really wanted to express to her how much of an attachment I have to the school.  Mission accomplished. I mean, if she doesn’t know that I care at this point, then I don’t have two webbed toes.  did I just say that out loud?

Annnyway.  Before I left to meet up with Mohammad earlier (the student I’m tutoring), I somehow forgot to grab a snack.  I didn’t sweat it too much though, figuring I would be distracted enough during our meeting.  However, after receiving a phone call 5 minutes after I arrived at the coffee shop saying he was going to be an hour late, I knew I wasn’t going to make it.  So, I rushed home and grabbed this

Van’s Lite Waffle covered in almond butter

I really love these waffles.  The flavor of them is just too good, and the ingredients are great.  Plus – they only have 70 calories per serving (1 waffle)!  Win, win, win!

I tried to be at least a little productive before heading back to the coffee shop, but there just wasn’t enough time to get much done.

Thank you Mohammad for virtually taking up 2.5 hours of my afternoon.  At least he’s funny, though. Today he asked me if he could come live with Jon and I…at which point I about fell out of my chair.

I had an exchange student, K,  from Germany last year, and at one point during the year she was having trouble with her host family.  The exchange student coordinator emailed me one day and asked if K could come live with Jon and I.  Really?  Shouldn’t you have some experience raising kids before you take on a full-blown teenager?!

I politely declined.

I digress.

By the time I got home tonight, it had gotten rather late, and I was trying to think of something for dinner.  I wasn’t feeling very inspired, so I defaulted to Mexican.  Easy. Cheap. Tasty.

First this…

black beans, pinto beans, corn, rotel, cumin and sea salt – all mixed up!

Dun! dun! dun!  We were out of bit sized pasta, so we went with spaghetti!  Whole wheat of course.

hot and steamy

Toss! toss! toss!

Delicious.  Maybe not the most glamorous or creative meal, but it always hits the spot.

Unfortunatly I realized I am out of my favorite spice ever…so I had to forgo the ground red pepper.  boo:(

Oh, my gosh…I totally forgot!  I got a call for an interview today! I mentioned in my post yesterday that I might have an opportunity to teach ESL classes part-time.  Well, today I got a call and I’ll be meeting with them tomorrow.  I’m excited about this opportunity because it will enable me to have more time for the things I want to do and will give us a little extra moolah in the meantime. Plus, I love working with international students. So, I’m hoping it goes well.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What is your default/go-to meal for when you aren’t feeling inspired?

Do you love mexican food as much as I do? If not what’s your favorite ethnic food?

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my husband bought us a mobile

Hey everyone!  TGIF, right?!  Per the usual Friday syndrome, I haven’t been super productive today; however, I was able to get caught up on some tasks built up from shopping with my mom all day yesterday, so it’s all good.

Speaking of yesterday (how’s that for a creative transition;), we had the best time.  It is rare that mom and I spend time just the two of us, but I’m always so thankful when we do.  Our day primarily consisted of talking, shopping, eating, eating…..and well, eating.  Wahoo!  My kind of day.  Unfortunately I didn’t get home until late and then spent the rest of the night cuddling with the husband, sooooo I didn’t do my online yoga.  Tomorrow.

Onto lunch

Black bean soup + whole grain baguette (my Panera usual) = not the most photogenic fare on the block

Strawberry Poppyseed salad (mom’s meal) = at least not a total fail in the looks dept. *ahem, iceburg lettuce*

I love that I now base my feelings about my food as much on how well it photographs as I do on how it tastes.  Priorities, right?!

Anyway, after shopping around for another few hours, we stopped for a snack

Oh for the love of all things good and holy.

Not sure why, but this yogurt was the best I’ve tasted in years.  And it was completely sugar/artificial sweetener free (not dairy free, but who needs to know that?)!

Insert more shopping…aka exericise;)

And dinner.  My step-dad drove an hour to the city just to meet us to eat.  He likes to do nice things like that (line stolen from my FIL).  Although, I’m not quite sure whether the company or the food motivated him to be so kind.

Appetizer – corn tortilla with spicy carrots, onions and tons of salsa.  Just a side note, when eating Mexican, I try to eat fewer chips, instead replacing them with a corn tortilla or two.  Saves in the calories dept. as well as your health!

Wanna know one way to keep it vegan and still enjoy Tex Mex?  Order tacos with black beans instead of meat (you will most likely get a strange look for this, at least in Oklahoma) and hold the cheese.  Also, make sure and check with the server because re-fried beans (cooked in lard ewww) and mexican rice (cooked in meat stock) are often not vegetarian.  I find that there usually is a vegetarian bean option, even aside from black beans – all you have to do is ask!

My mother and her charming husband

It was a fun day indeed.  And can we say relaxing?  Thanks mom!

Not sure what Jonathan and I are going to do tonight.  Actually, I do know one thing we’ll be doing.  My ever so creative husband ordered a mobile for us.  No, we do not have a little bundle of joy on the way.  This mobile is more of a mobile for adults.  Hmmm…that still doesn’t sound quite right.  Either way, after we assemble it we’ll be hanging it in our office, and I’ll just have to show you pics tomorrow.  Simmer down, guys.  Don’t get yourselves overexcited now.

How do you healthify Mexican food restaurants?
What plans do you have for the weekend?

Have a great Friday night, friends!

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runnin’ just as fast as i can

This morning I hit the gym for a quick 5k and some weight machines.  As mentioned before I have lost some of my running endurance, and I am now on the road to getting it back.  I took one walk break smack dab in the middle of my run this morning, so my final time was about 35 minutes.  Not that impressive, I know, but I’m just happy to be running!

Oddly, I wasn’t too hungry when I got home, so I held off awhile before fixing this for breakfast:

grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich on Ezekiel

This was my first time for a grilled pb and b, and I loved it!  Will definitely be making this again and again.  I simply spread a layer of pb on one side of a piece of Ezekiel bread  (toasted for about a minute to thaw it out).  Then I sliced a half a banana in half, laid it on the bread and put another slice of toast on top.  I then lightly buttered each side of the sandwich with Earth Balance so it would cook better.  Then threw it in a skillet and grilled away!

A few hours later I decided to make something fun for Jon since he was coming home for lunch.

For the bowl, crumple a piece of foil into a ball and lay a whole wheat tortilla over it, pressing it down over the ball.  Bake it in the oven at 400 degrees until the edges are slightly browned.  Spread the tortilla with refried beans and sprinkle on brown rice.  In the meantime, sautee green bell pepper and onion strips in seasonings until soft, then add them to the bowl.  Finish it off with rinsed black beans, cheese, salsa and homemade guacamole.  Jon could not stop raving over how delicious this was.  By the time he got home to eat, I was a bit hungry so I made one for myself as well, minus the tortilla and cheese.  Heaven in a bowl:)

Today I’m working on getting our office organized, which is proving to be quite a feat!  There is layer upon layer of stuff to go through, everything from college projects to current bills.  It feels like it’s never going to be done, but I know it will feel so good and be such a pleasant place for J and I to work once it’s all cleaned up.  We’re planning on rearranging and doing some more decorating as well…there will be chalkboard paint involved!

That’s all folks!  Hope you’re having a great Monday.  I’ll leave you with a quote I saw on a friend’s twitter earlier:

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage!

Amen and amen!

Also, stay tuned later for my promised juicer review as well as a recipe on these vegan beauties

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a fun reunion

Hi!

Tonight’s post is going to be a quickie.  I have had a lot on my mind lately, resulting in a lack of productivity this evening.  O’well.

This morning Jon and I headed out early for a run – we finished about 3 miles (dead Garmin!) despite the heat, so I was perfectly happy with that.  We ended up on the college campus mid-run and took advantage of the fountain on library lawn by splashing it down our necks and backs.  Even the distance between the fountain’s pool and our bodies proved too far for the water to keep its coolness, but once we were off again, the breeze felt so refreshing on my damp skin.  Best part of the run:)

When we got back I sewed a couple of missing buttons onto Jon’s shirt, and he was out the door to work.  I made myself a quick green monster, then hit the shower.  I won’t bore you with pictures of my gm again.  It was delicious as usual, though, and got my morning off to an energetic start.

A few hours later, I fixed a little snack to tide me over until lunch.

Whole wheat pita stuffed with hummus, broccoli slaw and sprouts.  I have a serious crush on broccoli slaw right now. lol.  It adds a nice crunch to almost anything!

As mentioned this morning, I worked on getting our budget set up on mint.com.  I think I’ve got it pretty much figured out, but let’s just say that anything having to do with numbers budgeting eludes me so it’s going to take some practice.  Gotta start somewhere, though, eh?

Guys, I had the best time at lunch today.  Not only was my meal out of this world, but my company was even better. Let’s start with the food

I ordered the Veggie pita, which was a whole wheat pita, literally stuffed to the gills with grilled red pepper strips, romaine, onions, bell pepper, cucumber and tomato.  I asked for honey mustard on the side, which I later drizzled over the veggies.  With a side of fruit.  It was so much better than I anticipated!  I felt so great afterwards, too – don’t you love the feeling of being full on fresh, clean food?

I met Tracy many years ago when we were probably sophomores in college.  We were both English Education majors, and we both got placed at a school that was an hour’s drive away for our student teaching.  So, naturally we commuted together.  She was my saving grace during that time.  Those long drives to and from school were filled with venting, encouragment, advice and just good girl talk.  After college Jon and I moved away and now that we’re back she has moved.  We hadn’t seen each other in ages, and it was so refreshing to catch up.  I honestly love this girl, and seeing her made my day so bright.  She just got a job teaching English as a second language to sixth and seventh grades, and I know she is going to rock it!

When I got home I was craving a little somethin’ sweet, so I indulged in this piece of dark chocolate I had stashed away in the fridge.

Because Tracy and I couldn’t peel ourselves away from each other for almost three hours, I didn’t do much else before Jon got home from work.  We stuck to our favorite for dinner and whipped up some vegetarian burritos.

I started by sauteeing some green pepper strips and onions in some Mexican seasoning for about 5-7 minutes.  Meanwhile, I heated up some canned refried beans and cooked some brown rice.  Once everything was ready I simply spread a spoonful of refried beans around on the (heated) tortilla, sprinkled on some rice, added a layer of veggies and a sprinkling of soy cheese.  I then topped it all off with salsa, rolled it up and had a little fiesta in my mouth:)  Simply delicious.

Now that it’s after midnight, I’ve got to be off to bed.   I’m planning on going to Piyo tomorrow morning and may try to fit in some running on the treadmill as well.  We’ll see how it all pans out in the am.  Happy Friday!

Btw, I’m currently listening to a new album by Diane Birch, and I’m loving it!  If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should!  Let me know what you think if you do;)

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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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