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Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in Dear Diary, Food | 1 comment

Die, Traffic, DIE!

I love living in Northern Virginia. I really do. Well, I love living in Falls Church. It’s just so quaint and adorable! It has all the conveniences of the Big City a few mere miles down the road, but in the 2.2 square miles that is Falls Church City your life is filled with boutiques, restaurants, dog-walking pedestrians, and community activities like Taste of Falls Church (not to mention the best Farmer’s Market in the area!)

However.

I do not love Northern Virginia traffic. In fact, you might say that I, like many others, hate it.

This morning I had to drop something off for wo

rk at the hotel that our employee event is being held at on Saturday. The hotel is in Baileys Crossroads, I live in Falls Church, and my office is in Tysons Corner. You could draw a straight line down Route 7 and hit all three of these places – FC is basically smack-dab in the middle. I work pretty early hours at this job (which I started at the end of July after a yearlong stint at another job that, well… didn’t end up agreeing with me so much. Much love to my Cvent homies still working for the man!) so I generally get to work around 7 AM and leave at 3:30 PM. This means I fortunately get to miss the brunt of Route 7 traffic. This morning after I left the hotel, however, it was PRIME TIME. And I seriously must have hit every. single. stoplight in between Baileys and Tysons. That’s 9 miles of stoplights! In case you can’t do the math, that is A LOT. OF. BRAKING.

Anyway. It’s almost 1 o’clock now and I’m finally beginning to get over it, haha. In other news, yesterday I got a fun surprise:

Apparently I receive Martha Stewart Living magazine now! I’m definitely not complaining – I love this magazine! It’s so full of amazing recipes and DIY’s. It’s just also really expensive. But for some reason now I get it, at my work address no less, despite not having ever subscribed. I’m not complaining! This happens periodically – it’s how I got a few months of US Weekly and Marie Claire (which I’m now boycotting due to the whole hating-on-health-blogs article fiasco) despite not having subscribed to or paid for those either.

For dinner last night, I was inspired by Project Food Blog’s 5th challenge that I first read about on Angela’s blog. The challenge was to rework a classic recipe: pizza! While I don’t think this little self-made flatbread pizza that I concocted is a reimagining of any kind, I still thought it was yumtastic.

I started out with a Light Italian Herb Flatout Flatbread. These things are awesome. 90 calories, and they’re really generously sized. Plus 9 grams of fiber each! Isn’t that crazy? They come in lots of different flavors too, and I don’t think I’ve seen a single one more than 100 calories.

To top my healthy pizza, I smeared on some pasta sauce, a minced clove of raw garlic, some deli turkey (weird? Maybe. But I had to work with what I had, and I was too lazy to cook up some chicken), sprinkled with mozzerella and topped with organic spinach, a wee drizzle of EVOO, and some red pepper flakes! I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for like 8-ish minutes. I should have kept it in there longer so the crust could get, well, crusty, but I was impatient and hungry! What do you expect? Anyway, next time will do longer or higher temp (but I always say that, don’t I?) Regardless, it was de-lish.

It was sooooooooooo filling that even though I ate it at like 5:30 I wasn’t hungry again until the morning! I did eat a tiny bit of cottage cheese with apple butter as dessert, but only to push me up closer to 1500 calories for the day. Guess I should have kept yesterday’s count down though, cause I was a little piggie at lunch today (darn you generous coworkers who always bring in food to the office!)

Anyway, I’m super excited because I went grocery shopping yesterday and picked up some canned pumpkin!

I’m seeing pumpkin EVERYWHERE in the health blogosphere and I knew I had to pick up some cans to experiment with before pumpkin isn’t the ingredient-du-jour anymore. So hopefully some fun and delicious things will come out of that — stay tuned!

1 Comment

  1. Those flat breads look tasty, I might need to find them.

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