Sunny Side Up!
Ay baybays! Thank you all SO MUCH for reading my magazine feature piece. It means the world to me that you read it and thought it was somewhat decent. It shouldn’t work this way, but it takes reassurance from others to feel great about my own gifts. Anyone else like that? Anyway, Friday was wonderfully sunny and happy, and today has been as equally splendid. Let’s play catch-up!
I woke up ravenous and immediately got to work carefully dicing, slicing, piling and stirring my breakfast:
In the bowl: 1/2 mango, 1/2 naner, 1/2 C fat free plain yogurt, kamut puffs, Kashi Go Lean, flax sprinkles and Naturally More peanut butter. I was wary of the mango-peanut-butter combo, but let’s be real. Peanut butter loves anything sweet, and so does SnackFace.
I hung out in mi casa for a couple hours, digesting and reading blogs when a package of VitaMuffins arrived. YES! I finally get to see what these little discs are all about. Excited, I got ready for the gym and headed out.
The sweatfest was marvelous. I read a music magazine, Bust, while ellipticizing and did some abs-tacular work. MisterMan picked me up from the gym (and my roomie, coincidentally) and we stopped by the barber shop so I could give them a copy of the story. I walk in and Alan says, “you know this man,” and points to his left. Hmmm, nope, no clue. Turns out, he was my magazine professor’s husband, and he had read the story! Alan was teasing me and saying they had the inside scoop–supposedly I received a good grade. Who knows!
But anyway, look at this PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE Alan made for my family:
I think I’ve eaten fudge once or twice before, but I am not messing around when I say this is the most incredible fudge. Ever. It tastes like Reeces peanut butter. Not the cups, but the peanut butter inside. I had a few pieces throughout the day 🙂
MisterMan and I had poolside plans, so I made a quick snacky lunch to take with me:
In the smoothie that totally got stuck in my teeth: enormous handful of spinach, 1/2 mango, watermelon, 1/2 C soy milk, 1/2 C water, spoon of flax, blueberries on the bottom. It was delicious and perfect for…:
Take a closer look at that pool. It’s half full! Haha, I didn’t mind. I felt as though I was at a hotel anyway, when it was really just MisterMan’s apartment complex. It got so hot it was almost unbearable, though, and we left after an hour and a half. I can’t stand just lying there for much longer. Oh! And I was SPF-ed.
My lovepie drove me home and I finally showered my stank away. I ate a scrumptious dinner before I packed up to go home. First, I needed to use up some chickpeas and romaine before I left. Okay, no. I just wanted a salad:
The greens: romaine, chickpeas, corn, green bell pepper, celery, roasted almond slivers. This was dressed with pink raspberry vinaigrette after the photo. The second component was purely out of craving. It needs no explanation:
Surprisingly, I was somewhat full after that, but the freezer was calling my name. Must. Try. VitaTops! Double Chocolate, here I come:
At 100 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, this was a delightful way to end a meal. Yes, it was a little SnackWells-tasting, but I also kinda liked that about it. It was also dense and chewy, easy to pop in the micro and rather filling. My concern is that they have 2 grams of sugar alcohols in them, and I can’t figure out from what source that comes. Anyone know?
After dinner I packed my thangs and hopped into Muffins car. I love our long car rides home together! I hadn’t seen her in five or six days, so we talked, laughed and sang our ways to Cincinnati.
Popsicle met us outside my house when we came home, and Poppy and I shared a huge bear hug. LOVE my Popsicle! MamaJ, Matty Rich, Popsicle and I spent the night catching up and loving one another’s company.
I stayed up super late and SnackFaced my way through Grey’s Anatomy episodes. I am caught up to watch the finale tonight, and I know I am going to be a slobbery, snotty mess after this. Snacks included chips and salsa and generic Wheat Thins. With White Chocolate Wonderful. I hit the hay at 3:30 a.m.
MamaJ woke me up at 10:30 a.m. so that I had ample time to schedule classes for fall quarter (my time was 11:30 a.m. and it’s always a hot mess trying to get into classes). My little Peanut, Cia (her real name), also hopped on the bed to sniff me and wake me. She’s a tiny 13-year-old basenji puppy. Can a dog be 13 years old and still be called a puppy?
After I scheduled, MamaJ and I went to Kroger to get fixins for brunch. Oh my gosh was it ever amazing:
MamaJ was inspired by a Food & Wine recipe for grilled pound cake and peaches, so she spun it breakfast style. For the pancakes she used Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Buttermilk pancake mix, which is dense, chewy, crunchy and nutty. She brushed the peaches with a combo of butter and maple syrup (both real) and grilled them on the Foreman. Incredible:
Not once did I feel weighed down by this plate-sized pancake breakfast, but it kept me full for more than four hours. This is HUGE, as I am hungry all the time.
MamaJ and I spent the afternoon:
-catching up on The Hills
-talking about how I need to replace my ProActiv with something more natural and less expensive (ADVICE???)
-droppin’ the top of her Benz and rollin’ around Cincinnati
-shopping for a dress for her to wear tomorrow
When my personality disappears, I know I need to eat. This happened when we were shopping for groceries at Bigg’s (grocery store), so MamaJ told me to select a bar. This took me at least 10 minutes, but I made the best choice. I may seem dramatic in this post, but I had the best bar I’ve had in a very long time. KIND bars, I love you:
KIND, I thank you for making this piece of glory. It was as though I was eating an enormous, chewy, and sometimes crunchy, macaroon. Pure ingredients, pure nutrion, pure deliciousness. Because I enjoyed this so much, I am going to share the ingredients and nutritionals. Well, only the nutritionals at which I look.
-Ingredients: almonds, honey, shredded coconut, coconut chips, glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin.
-Nutritional Stats: 190 cals (though the wrapper printed 200), 4 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 4 g protein.
MamaJ now is cooking dinner, Popsicle is grilling, Matty Rich is playing video games and I am sipping Blackstone Riesling 2008 while blogging. I cannot wait to sit down to a lovely family dinner! Tomorrow marks the graduation of my baby brother, and, of course, some following celebrations. Therefore, I may not back until Sunday. I’ll miss you, sunshines!
I hope you’re all having beautiful Fridays and weekends!
Ciao for now,
QUESTION: What skin care products do you use?
I know people have asked what I use, which is ProActiv, but I am looking to change this. My skin isn’t as crazy hormonal now, and it’s time for something less expensive. I have somewhat sensitive skin, so I’m unsure of what to try! OH! And for those who have asked for a makeup post, too, don’t you worry your pretty little heads. I’m meditating on it for a while in order to deliver the best directions, etc. Love you all, pooks!
p.s. As I edit this, I realize I should note: the title isn’t directly related to the contents of this post, other than the fact that it has been sunny, which is up!
Filed under: Uncategorized | 24 Comments