Keepin’ It Real…Simple
A solid five hours of sleep flew by before I was harshly jolted awake by my alarm clock. I saved a project till last minute, cranked it out, had enough time to get seven hours of sleep, but decided staying up until goodness-knows-when to read blogs. I felt so out of the loop!
Breakfast was a clear choice this morning. I needed warmth, sweetness and nuttiness. Hmmm, that could describe so many things. But of course I mean oats:
Foods sound so much better when you give them a title. In the bowl: 1/2 C oats, 1 C water, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/2 naner, spoonful Smucker’s All Natural p.b. Though these tasted banana-ey and cinnamony enough, the texture was way off today. Almost like gelatinous eggs. Whatevs. I ate them.
I left my house early today to take care of some biznass. First, I stopped by the gas station to purchase gum and exchange a dollar for dimes. The dimes were necessary for the next daunting, hellish task: photocopying.
Now, I’m not sure whether it’s just my ineptitude, or whether I just have bad luck with technology. After printing off several copies of a department query letter (for magazine feature writing class), I tried to make six copies of a page from a magazine. This took 20 minutes, two people, two dollars and a near conniption fit. I had to calm myself: “Kailey, it’s only the beginning of the day. You can’t be upset now. You have eight hours of class still. Stop being a baby.”
The pep-talk worked. In magazine class we had to read our work to the class, then get into small groups to evalutate one another’s writing. This always gets me hot and bothered (and not in a good way). I start to sweat a little as people read over my work. For anyone who is a writer, I’m sure you know what it’s like to have someone analyze your baby and dismember it. Actually, for anyone with any passion, you probably know that uncomfortable feeling. Thankfully, I received positive feedback from both my classmates and professor, and all had excellent suggestions.
Before I knew it, it was time for my early-bird, 11:30 a.m. lunch. The fridge was bare and sad, and I scraped together what I could. Eats today were rather simple. Simplicity, however, is often surprisingly satisfying.
For lunch I had the rest of the produce in my fridge: cherry toms, carrots, sugar snap peas. The wrap was a delight today. I heated up some chickpeas in the micro with garam masala, then mashed them with a Laughing Cow on a Flat-Out, dotted it with mustard, and rolled that baby. It desperately cried for spinach or some green crunch, but I was pleased nonetheless. To get some fruit in (other than the toms), I cracked open these little naughties:
I actually had a couple last night, but wanted to share that picture. Doesn’t it make you want to sink your pearly whites into them immediately? Yeah, me too. As I said, to round out my lunch I had one:
These are chewy, dense and not as sweet as Fig Newtons, which I find enchanting. Something else I find enchanting is walking in the rain 20 minutes back to campus. Not. At least it’s not 2* out and pelting ice nuggets at me.
Classes were the same as usual: entertaining. I am so fortunate to finally enjoy all my classes. I get to chat about cultures and novels, play with Photoshop (oh nelly, I am so bad at this right now) and write magazine pieces. Yes, I am bragging 😉
To keep me hopping like a happy bunny throughout the block of 1-7 p.m. classes, I had these snacklettes on hand:
The naner with almonds were eaten after the 1-3 p.m. class, and the TJ’s CrackBars were eaten after the 3-5 p.m. class. This held me over juuust long enough to make dinner.
Dinner was a bit of a challenge. I really wanted a salad. No lettuce. No tomatoes. No cukes. What do I always have on hand, though? At least one giant sweet potato. To accompany it, I made some blah lentils with broccoli.
While the taters were baking, I thought it would be good to work on a protein. Into a pot went 1/4 C lentils, 1 clove garlic, garam masala, crushed red pepper and cumin. I brought it to a boil and then let it simmer with broccoli until I could wait no longer. It doesn’t look too bad…
It’s hard to go back to plain, simple lentils after you’ve had the vegan delicacy that is Veganomicon Snobby Joes. I ate a few forkfuls with broccoli, but couldn’t finish it. I did manage to eat the Great Wall of SWEET POTATO! Please be assured that I ate HFCS-filled Heinz ketchup with my wall.
After dinner I rushed around Wal-Mart, quickly scooping up fresh produce. I didn’t purchase anything too exciting, or else I’d share. Most of it was lettuce, apples, naners, strawberries, broccoli slaw, things of that nature, tofu, Kashi Heart to Heart, Stoneyfield Fat Free Plain Yogurt (switch to organic dairy, just do it), OH! and some Luna bars and a Clif Mojo (they are too good to pass up).
Tuesday is going to be oddly busy. I am interviewing sources for a couple stories I’m working on (cringe at ending the clause with a preposition, but I’m moving on now). The interviews are at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. To fit in a workout, I’m getting up early to get it out of the way before the choppy schedule. By the way, these are much more “conversations” than they are “interviews.”
I’ll also be doing research all week for a department piece I’m writing for magazine feature writing. My research entails eating vegan in Athens restaurants. Yessss!!!
Alrighty pudding pops, it’s time to get my SnackFace on while reading about your days. Love you long time.
Ciao for now,
Question: When you dine out, what do you look for in a vegan or vegetarian dish?
I tend to go for things I know I already like, such as Mediterranean flavors, salads and soups. Sistah needs to branch out.
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