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Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Dear Diary | 16 comments

Oy

Oh, the day I’ve had today. Aren’t Mondays supposed to be bad enough normally? I’m dealing with a whole truckload of crap having hit the fan today, so instead of going into it too much just yet (need… time… to process…) let’s just go over the pretty pretty photos I took at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, yes?

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Fluffiest. Dog. Ever.

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The absotively wunderbar Jessica met up with me at the Farmer’s Market because she is an angel. She offered to bring me a few cupcakes she had made because I was sick all last week, and when have I ever said no to cupcakes?

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They were swearword-worthy amazing. Moist and dense cake that was not crumbly in the slightest, and perfectly sweet-but-not-too-sweet frosting. Strawberry cupcakes with elderflower icing AND mango with coconut cream cheese icing. I think. All I know is they looked and sounded fancy, so I might have gotten the details wrong. Either way, they were FANTASTIC!

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They did not last the entire weekend, and that’s all I’ll say about that.

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Though I will say, I kind of wish I had saved at least one for this absolutely abysmal day. Though I am trying really hard not to use food as a crutch for my emotional issues (of which there are many, but at least the ones today are justified). Then again, I have had a REALLY crummy day.

Oh, choices, choices!

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Posted on Jul 4, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 6 comments

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend (provided you, like me, got today off!) and are doing up Independence Day in style. 🙂 So far the weekend has been a blast! You are already up to date on the cupcake and pizza extravaganza from Friday night, so here’s the lowdown on more of my weekend shenanigans!

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Saturday morning kicked off bright & early with a trip to the Falls Church Farmer’s Market with Jenn!

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We met at Fitbloggin’, and she just moved to the area (yay!) so it was really fun to get to show her a slice of my little city.

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Since I am really lame, I forgot to bring cash with me to the market! So Jenn, kind person that she is, was kind enough to buy me a crepe for breakfast.

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Nutella, banana, and coconut – oh my!

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‘Twas obviously delicious. On our way back from the market (haha, I love saying that!) we made a pit stop so that I could pick up some cash to pay her back… and a little something else.

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Teehee.

After such a great morning, the afternoon had some big shoes to fill. Luckily, Panda and I had some superawesomefunness on the docket: a picnic on the lawn and Mamma Mia on the stage. I love Wolf Trap!

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We had lawn seats, spread ourselves out and had quite the feast! Unfortunately it was unbearably hot sitting out there under the sun. No shade in sight! I definitely got sunburnt on my back despite my best sunscreening efforts, too. Ah well, totally worth the dehydration headache for the company, fun music (hello, ABBA!), and gogo boots. 😀

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After baking in the sun for, ummm, many hours, it was time to refuel:

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I downed an entire Robek’s Pina Koolada smoothie in record time. I needed my energy back to last me the trip up to Columbia I made right after! Daxter and I were paying a visit to his new li’l cousin (and subsequently would be dragging both him and my sister back down to FC with us the following morning.)

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Vino was consumed. Sleeping occurred. And the next morning (Sunday!), bright and early, Jenny dragged me out on the 20+ minute run I was desperately trying to avoid (well, more accurately it was a run, then walk, then run, then walk, then sprint, then die.) We covered slightly less than 2 miles before heading back down to Falls Church where I had plans to meet up with fellow blogger Stephanie for brunch!

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I dragged her out to Natalia’s where I feasted on a portobello mushroom and goat cheese crepe, with a yumtastic salad on the side.

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And an iced coffee, natch. Y’know, since Daxter decided to wake me up at 7:00 AM. For this being a holiday weekend, I haven’t exactly been catching up on my sleep. Worth it for the company (we talked blogging, weight loss, and life for almost 2 hours!) and the deliciousness. I don’t think my family would disagree either, based on what I came home with…

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A cherry almond tart, a raspberry almond meringue bar, and a gluten-free chocolate pistachio bar, shared amongst many. Yum! Afterward we let the dogs work off our treats for us at the dog park, but since this has already been quite the lengthy holiday post, I think I’ll save those pics for later. After all, you already know my proclivity for photo overloads when it comes to the D-O-G-P-A-R-K, hehe.

Happy Fourth, Friends! Weigh-in will have to wait ’til tomorrow, seeing as it’s a holiday ‘n’ all. 😉 Enjoy the day!

PS: Don’t forget that my EatSmart Scale giveaway is still open! Get your comment(s) in for your chance to win!

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Posted on Sep 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lions and Tigers and Pandas, Oh My!

So today we visited the National Zoo! After a little bit of a fiasco finding a parking spot and then trying to walk to the park FROM the parking spot, we made it in, and I got to see a few animals. Unfortunately the pandas AND elephants were all inside each time I went to those exhibits so I didn’t get to see any. If that wasn’t enough, the sea lion and otter habitats were closed for construction too! But I did at least get to see some Asian Small-Clawed Otters (river otters) which were soooooooo adorable. Alas, I forgot to take pictures while I was there, but they were super cute. It was also a really beautiful day today, and between the zoo and the parking situation I got a LOT of walking in.

After the zoo, I headed back to the house to rescue the pupsters, chilled for a bit and then walked them (more walking!!) over to my parents’ house since some relatives were in town. So we grilled out with my uncles and aunts and the parents and the sibs (and the pups) and ended up randomly watching the Thomas Crown Affair on TV. Such a clever, engrossing movie but I had totally forgotten just how much you see of Renee Russo’s boobs, hahahahahaha. I did end up indulging a little in a small slice of blueberry pie after dinner with some vanilla fro-yo. A sweet way to end the day though, and hey — blueberries have antioxidants! 😛

Anyway, to recap the rest of this nice weekend, yesterday morning I went to the Farmer’s Market with my mom and aunt and picked up some delicious fresh produce:

I got some interesting items, too! A white eggplant, an assortment of peppers (including some hot chilis that will be interesting to play with!), some more romano beans (love), and a few summer squash which includes a half-yellow half-green one that I had never seen before!

As I walked home (even more walking!!) I passed by this small (and I mean TINY) Asian grocery store and decided to check it out. I’m always driving by spice stores, small grocery stores, etc, and saying “I need to check that out!” and then forgetting about it. So this time, I made good on that thought and stopped in! It was, as I mentioned, really tiny but I did find some great sauces that my mom keeps at home.

I love these sauces! And they’re definitely the kind of thing that you never think about actually buying until you see them. So very happy with that discovery. I also picked up some shrimp crackers for Ben (my brother), which considering he finished the entire bag in one sitting, I’m assuming was much appreciated. Haha!

While I was at the market, Ben and his girlfriend (Taylor) headed to Ikea and bought some new furniture. We got a couple of awesome shelf units for the kitchen, and now I feel it looks so Better Home & Garden!

Any excuse to class up my kitchen! Anyway, we filled it up with knick-knacks, and still have a couple of empty shelves but I really feel like it adds a lot to the kitchen. I’ll have to post a few full-kitchen pictures at some point to give you all an idea of what it looks like. There’s still a lot to be done to truly make it a domestic haven! After all, the prettier the kitchen, the more time I’m going to want to spend in it cooking healthy meals!

Anyhoo — tomorrow is Monday, and it’s Labor Day, which means I don’t have to labor and in fact get to do NOTHING! Which I am exceedingly excited about, in case you can’t tell. I look forward to sleeping in and relaxing before hitting the work week again. Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday weekend!!

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Posted on Aug 22, 2010 in Food, Weight Loss | 3 comments

Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious!

So, as you may have guessed from the title, I went to see Mary Poppins at the Kennedy Center this weekend!

My mom recently came home after spending several months in Houston taking care of my grandmother, so we spent a day as a family (my parents, brother, sister, and me) and went to dinner and the show!

It was super fun, and the production quality was pretty outstanding. The set pieces alone were just fantastic! Plus, I just love, love the Kennedy Center in general. Below is a photo of me on the terrace overlooking the monuments!

As part of our family-filled Saturday, I also spent the morning at the Falls Church Farmers Market with my mom and my sister! I got a pretty good haul – some fresh eggplants, bell peppers, onions, and some new kind of green bean that I forget the name of. Rivancolo or something? Anyway, I’ll post a picture whenever I end up cooking those so maybe you can help me re-identify them.

To update you a little on the week prior to Saturday, Thursday my friend Amanda came over and we made a nice healthy dinner together. It really is more fun to cook with a friend!

We made a raw summer squash salad (yellow squash and zucchini peeled into strips and tossed with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper), and some steamed broccoli, and took inspiration from fANNEtastic food and did a Balsamic Glazed chicken (marinated a chicken breast in some balsamic vinaigrette and tossed it in a pan – it caramelizes deliciously!) It was extremely satisfying and very healthy, too!

Anyway, weigh-in tomorrow morning (!!) and I know not to expect anything close to the difference in my last weigh-in, I am still hopeful that some progress has been made. Also, it’s been hard due to my ankle and not being able to exercise. I have plans to reattempt Zumba this Wednesday though, and we’ll see if I can do some light gym time tomorrow. So that’s something to look forward to! Well, maybe not “look forward” but… you get the idea, haha. So for now, I’ll leave you with what I consider to be a hilarious picture of my brother’s and my lite grocery trip from this weekend. Note that the groceries on the left are his, and on the right are mine:

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the difference in our nutritional attitudes! 🙂 Until next time, my friends!

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