All Good in the Hood
What up boos? I’m winding down after a hectic and fun day at the VegNews office! It wasn’t all that hectic, actually, but I did end up staying till 7:10 p.m., when I’m supposed to be finished by 5:30. I enjoy it so much, though! So we have some catchin’ up to do!
After I blogged I went on a long walk throughout the local hoods. I had the intention of going to Walgreens to fill a prescription, but, being the airhead I can be, I left my prescription at home. Oh well, I needed razors to tame my furry legs anyway. Then I wandered throughout streets, stopping in a market that had $.59/lb sweet potatoes, but calculating that I spent $90 on Saturday, I seriously avoided spending money. You know I’ll be going back.
When I made it back to my place an hour or so later, I was hankering for lunch. I had an apple while I walked, but that didn’t last long. Here’s a TJ-full plate:
On the plate: a spinny pita with TJ’s cilantro hummus, cucumber and mushrooms; broccoli; carrot nubs; the pineapple salsa that’s half gone already. Not a minute after I finished eating Charlotte arrived!!! YAYYY for having a roomie!
What can I say? So far she seems to be great! She’s nice, respectful, humorous, we get along… Couldn’t ask for much more! We chatted for a bit and then I had a pounding headache and took a nap. Something is wrong with me. I don’t do that!
I slept for a half hour, then read 20 pages of Becoming Vegan. I can’t wait to get past the history stuff. Gag me with a spoon.
When dinner time rolled around, I was stoked to use some new produce, dressing and Praegers. Doctor Praegers sounds like “preggers” in my head, so that’s what I’m calling them from now on. Just a warning:
In the salad: romaine, celery, tomato, mushrooms, chickpeas and Sesame Ginger Soy Vinaigrette. Excellent dressing! The Preggers tastes like veggies and broccoli with a hint of soy. All good in my book.
After dinnah I got SnackFacey and had zeese:
Please know that I went back to the box after eating this because those crackers are so darn good. But here’s more almond butter love:
By 11 p.m., Charlotte and I were in our respective beds and ready to pass out. I don’t know who this sleepy person is. At school I sleep, at the most, five or SIX hours a night. Sunday I got a solid eight. Hollaaaa.
I awoke at 7 a.m. to my ringing alarm, sore shoulders and a full bladder. All fun, right? I got moving and made breakfast:
In this divine bowl: 1/3 C oat bran, 1 C water, 1/2 naner, couple spoons of unsweetened shredded coconut, pumpkin pie spice and a spoon of crunchy almond butter. The coconut got nice and chewy and the banana got soft and candy-like. Yes, please!
Then we were off to work! The morning flew by as I fact-checked, emailed, everything else. Charlotte and I set the table for lunch at 12:50 p.m., and the whole crew sat down at 1 for an incredible meal:
Joe cooked this amazing meal from The Accidental Vegan. He’s working on reviewing it, and lucky us, we get to help taste the recipes! On the plate: basmati rice with cinnamon, almonds and raisins; Afghani Stew; some other side dish that had red beans and coconut milk and all other sorts of things. Basically, I loved it all! It was Elizabeth, the managing editor’s, birthday over the weekend, so Colleen baked a cake for her. Look at THIS:
What is that glory, you ask? Just a strawberry-coconut-shortcake masterpiece. Have I told you I love my workplace? Oh yes, that’s right. I’ve said that a billion times already. I can’t help it:
I had about 3/4 of it and then I thought cake was going to come out my nose. Good stopping point. It was my turn to do the dishes, which took forever because we had a table of nine today! One of our guests was the creator of vegweb.com. I cannot believe she was running that site all by herself for so many years!
Eventually I got back to fact-checking and writing. One of the recipes I fact-checked was by Terry Hope Romero. Am I a huge nerd for thinking that’s cool? Anyone who thinks so can suck my big toe. Whatevuh.
I had dessert number two at five-ish, when Charlotte and I did work on a Cowvin (a.k.a. two oatmeal cookies sandwiched with lovely sweet cream). I need to start bringing fruit or something for the afternoons, because this other sugar tastes divine, but it gives me headaches. Or maybe I should just bring ibuprofen…
As I said earlier, I worked till 7:10, writing news pieces and contacting the people at EA Games. All I can share is that I’m interviewing a producer of Sims 3. Sorry!
As soon as I got home, I changed into my running gear (old yoga pants, tee, sports bra, enormous OU sweatshirt, 4-year-old running shoes) and ran my booty off. The first two miles flew by! Then, as I was nearing my turning spot, I was hurtin’ for certain’.
Ever since I left Cincinnati, something to the left of my tailbone has felt out of place. Either my hips aren’t aligned, or something’s out of its socket. I don’t know, but what I DO know is that I need to see a chiropractor, pronto. I mostly ran home because walking hurt more than running. To Do: get new shoes, see doctor.
It doesn’t hurt when I stand on my left foot, but my left side kills when I stand on my right foot. Make sense? Anyway, I came home, stretched and did ab workouts and planks while I caught up with Charlotte. I assembled dinner soon after:
I hope the different lunches are at least entertaining; I realize dinners are a bit repetitive. I love ’em, though! In the salad: romaine, spinach, celery, cukes, mushrooms, broccoli, chickpeas and Sesame Ginger Soy Vinaigrette. Hideous preggers on the side. Focus on the beaut of a salad:
I love chickpeas so much I could eat a whole can. But then I run into that GasFace issue and that will not fly in the office. And I don’t want to wake Char in the middle of the night.
SnackFacing ensued, and I finished the last of the TJ’s Wheat and Flaxseed crackers. I HIGHLY recommend them! Now I’m off to bed. I hope to awake with a magically healed hip/back/bum area. But that’s been my holistic mindset for a week now. Something must be done!
Ciao for now,
QUESTION: Tell me what you think about me, I buy my own diamonds and I buy my own rings. Only ring your celly when I’m feelin’ lonely, when it’s all over please get up and leave. Okay, that’s not a question, but that is exactly what I do in my head every single time I write “question:.” REAL Q:
WHAT SHOULD I MAKE FOR MY VEGNEWS CREW??? Ahhh!!!
I’m scurred. It’s my turn soon, and I need to make something vegan and delicious. And I can’t do cheetahs ’cause we don’t have an oven in the office! What’s your go-to recipe? Can it be vegan-ized if it’s not?
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