Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Counting down to the end of 2010

I can’t believe 2010 is almost over. It wasn’t exactly a big year for me but I’ll recap some significant happenings:

  • Went to my first baseball game
  • Went to the 2010 Massachusetts Dietetics Association conference
  • Went to the Food For Your Whole Life Symposium in NYC and saw Dr. Oz!
  • Went to Lake George for my grandparents 50th anniversary
  • Peach picking for the first time
  • Worked at NuVal over the summer
  • Did my first “modeling” shoot
  • Went to Saratoga Raceway for the first time
  • Started my thesis this fall
  • Got my lipid panel checked for the first time
  • Saw Jason Michael Carroll in concert
  • Got CPR certified
  • Went to my first live comedy show
  • Went to ADA’s FNCE
  • Got my first massage
  • Road tripped to Michigan
  • Ran/Mostly walked my first 5k!

So that is kind of a lot I guess :)

For my last Wednesday of 2010 (and my parent’s anniversary!), I had a pretty leisurely day. I woke up early but hung around watching the Today show for a little while with a cup of coffee and a green monster.


Wednesday’s are my days off from work which is nice. I made it to the bank today finally. Then I headed off to the gym for a 45 minute total body strength workout followed by 45 minutes on the elliptical. Great workout today! I was starving by the time I got home though.

DSC01573 Tuna melt on a sandwich thin (topped with goat cheese), carrots and celery with hummus

I had some bananas that needed to be baked with so I made Banana Pumpkin muffins this afternoon as well.


My brother thought they had no flavor but I thought they were good. Very moist!

I was hoping to go snowshoeing with my mom again today but she didn’t get home until it was near dark so that didn’t happen. :( Oh well. It’s my parent’s anniversary though so my mom decided we would have a nice meal of filet mignon, mashed potatoes, and green beans with almonds. I chipped in and made the garlic mashed potatoes.


It was quite the delicious meal!

I’ve got to be at work early tomorrow and Friday since my coworker is taking her vacation days. Two long last days of 2010 ahead of me!

Are you ready for 2011? I’ve still got to come up with a list of goals for the year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Blogger’s First Christmas

I’ve been away from blogging and my computer in general for many days now. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!


Last Tuesday was my grandpa’s birthday so after work I went to Red Lobster with my family. I had only been there once a couple years ago! Happy Birthday Grandpa!

DSC01528  1/2 Cheddar biscuit

DSC01529 Tossed salad with Oil & Vinegar

DSC01530 Garlic Shrimp with Rice Pilaf and Asparagus (I finished half and took the rest home)


Wednesday was yet another busy day. In the morning, my mom and I headed down to the spa for pedicure’s and facial’s! Remember we went for massages a few weeks ago? Well we had to finish up the rest of our gift certificates before they expired so we squeezed it into our schedule hehe. Then in the afternoon we finished up some very last minute christmas shopping. All that running around required re-fueling with an applie pie larabar :)

My mom had also planned to have our annual “kids dinner” that night so there was no rest for the weary! She likes to have a dinner with all of us a couple days before christmas so we have time together that isn’t hectic.  My brothers requested enchiladas so I helped my mom make them plus I made guacamole which as usual turned out delicious! I love love love guac. I broke out 2 bags of Food Should Taste Good chips to try out (full review of the flavors I received coming soon).





DSC01537 That’s not sour cream! It’s plain greek yogurt! (Perfect sour cream substitute)



Back to work. Oh I also forgot to mention that Monday-Thursday last week I made sure to go to the gym every morning! Making use of that 1 month membership :)

DSC01539 OIAJ for breakfast

DSC01540 Spinach and Bell Pepper salad for lunch

DSC01542 Pineapple with Yogurt for lunch (Chobani hidden underneath!)

DSC01544 Leftover shrimp, cauliflower & carrots, + a huge pile of sweet potato mashed with cinnamon

Raf came around dinner time so afterwards we headed to the movies to see Black Swan. It looked so good in the preview and had a great rating on IMDB. However, I found it to be too predictable and Raf hated it. Oh well………


Christmas Eve! I had to start the day off right :)


I was making homemade presents this year and finally got all my pieces together to start making them. Lavender bath salts for the girls and a spice rub + homemade thin mints for the guys. (Whoever brought the homemade thin mint recipe to the blogger cookie swap – thank you! they turned out great!)

I was busy busy all day! And the best part?

DSC01554 Lena in her Christmas outfit!

DSC01547 The sweater was a little tight but that’s because she’s gained 5 lbs this fall. eek!

We had dinner at my grandparents like we do every year. It was so sad to be just us though. We used to have such huge family celebrations on Christmas eve. Now it’s just my parents and myself (plus Raf this year).

DSC01555 Grandma’s meat pie (It’s a french thing)

DSC01556 Bowl of fruit

There was also a deli platter so I had some meat and cheese (no bread).

Mass was at 10pm and not many people came. What do they expect from older people? They don’t want to come out that late. My church is mostly elderly which shouldn’t be a surprise. There really is no one my age and only a handful of younger people. I sang “Oh Holy Night” and even with the few people there I could feel heat radiating from my face because I was so nervous. I love to sing but get nervous every time! I just can’t help it. After all was said and done though, I was fine.


Merry Christmas! We opened presents at my house and then headed over to my brother’s for our family gathering.

DSC01559 Breakfast smorgasboard! French toast strata, Egg strata, homemade hash, etc.


I got some really awesome gifts this year including:











Did everybody get what the wanted for Christmas? I sure did!


Most of my day was spent babysitting my nephew. No pictures snapped! Also the blizzard in the northeast started!


Snowed in! I was supposed to go to work today but there is so much snow blowing around. The wind is a big issue today causing all kinds of drifts. I’m now home and haven’t quite decided what to do with my day. Work in internship applications perhaps?

DSC01561 Banana oatmeal with almonds for breakfast

Maybe I’ll even pull out the snowshoes for this afternoon!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Never a minute spent at home

I’m so ready for Christmas right now.


Saturday morning I headed to the gym before work where I did 45 minutes on the elliptical. I haven’t used an elliptical in a while so it was nice. I love them! I never snapped a pic of breakfast but I ate it in the car between the gym and work. Larabar + string cheese. I worked from 9-3 and don’t even remember what I had for lunch! The exciting part happens after work though. I headed up to my first blogger meet-up!!! Heather invited me to the CDNY Eat Drink Blog Cookie Swap. Except that it was kind of last minute and I didn’t have time to make cookies or a dish to bring up for dinner. I felt bad for not bringing any cookies so I didn’t take any home but I took a bunch of pictures of all the goods!













Heather was such a great hostess and I has so much fun meeting other bloggers! Hopefully there will be another meet-up while I’m home for winter break. :)


Back to the good old usual breakfast:



Then church. When I got home I started making some Bean and Barley soup to have for the rest of the week. It wasn’t ready for lunch though, sadly. Instead:


DSC01521 Chia bread w/ Teddie unsalted p.b. and cinnamon

DSC01522 Plain 0% Chobani w/ ground flaxseed, blueberries, and strawberries

I wasn’t home for long before I was once again out the door. I swear lately all I do at home is sleep! I headed down to my friend Eva’s to spend the afternoon with her since I hadn’t seen her in forever. We watched Rudolph and Santa Claus is Coming to Town and drank tea. Her parent’s also made a delicious dinner: Roast chicken, sweet potato, acorn squash, zucchini, and her dad’s creation: greek enchilada (= awesome!)



Oh how the weekend passes so quickly. Well obviously when you work on Saturdays, then the weekend isn’t really a weekend. I was so tired from all this driving around (both the blogger meet-up and Eva’s house are over an hour drive for me). So this morning I forced myself out of bed (slowly) and headed to the gym. I ended up getting there a half hour after I planned to and thus was a half hour “late” for work. I say late in quotations because I don’t really have to be there at 9 but I like to be. My schedule is pretty flexible which is great!

I did 45 minutes on the elliptical again. And forgot to take a picture of breakfast, again. This time it was a banana and a slice of chia bread. Lunch also went unpictured but was a bowl of Bean and Barley soup, a string cheese, and a bunch of strawberries. Today was a pretty good day, uneventful, which at this point I was glad for.

I had to inhale dinner in about 10 minutes when I got home. Egglplant parm and salad.



Then once again I was out! This time for a couple hours of church choir practice. It was long. Too long. I basically can’t function at this point I’m so tired. To make matters worse tomorrow is the long day at work. We are open until 7 instead of 5:30 so I will be working a 10 hour day. I think I need some gel insoles for my shoes because standing all day is killer on my feet!

Alright I’m done whining. Goodnight!