Retail to the Rescue
Buongiorno, beautiful people! I hope everyone had a splendid weekend. Mine was, well, different. I can tell it’s time for me to be with my family. Sunday was spent doing things that remind me of home, which I’ll get to in a bit.
First up, the rest of Saturday was a delight. I came home after getting produce, blogged and then ate a quick snack:
Drawing inspiration from the hummus queen and a favorite blogger of mine, I’ve been dying to try VeganRella with apple slices ever since she first pictured it. My first experience with the cheese wasn’t very good. It hadn’t had time to get firm in the fridge after being in the heat for the hour or so I was shopping. This left it crumbly and unlike any mozz I’d had before. Still, I felt it had potential.
After eating, I changed into my bikini and trotted to the beach. It was gorgeous! Unfortunately, I’m really bad at laying out. I get antsy, plus I knew I needed to pack, plus it was starting to get cold. I lasted 40 minutes.
I mosied home and got straight to packing. With tunes bumpin’, I managed to finish this in maybe 90 minutes. Not bad at all! When I was finished, I received a call from my Ohio roomie and we caught up. It felt so good to hear her voice again! We can go for months without talking, but the moment we see each other or chat again, it feels as though no time has passed. That’s how it tends to be with all solid relationships, I think.
Dinner was in order as soon as we got off the phone. A fresh supply of kale left me with no other choice:
In the mix: kale, cucumber, tomatoes, balls, chia seeds, pepper and a drizzle of spicy peanut vinaigrette. Parma was added after the shoot, and re-applied with each layer of untouched kale. I followed my salad with a bag of Salt + Pepper PopChips that my sister, K, graciously sent to me. Thanks, boo!
Later that night, I went to go shower and get ready to meet up with Abby and her roomie Mark. I started to undress and I noticed something:
What I learned yesterday: California sun and Ohio sun are not the same thing. I was ridiculous and forgot to put on sunscreen before heading to breakfast. Mistake. Pay attention to the right shoulder (well, your right, my left):
There are lines from my halter-topped dress and then there is a thick line where my purse was. WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! Just a PSA. (My face was saved because my moisturizer has SPF, thank goodness.)
Once I finally showered and got dressed, I headed over to Abby’s. Her apartment is incredible! It’s huge and they have more rooms than they know what to do with. I had a blast with them, and due to unfortunate circumstances (cough, someone forgot his or her I.D., cough), Abby walked me home at 1am.
Staying up till 2am snacking on Wasa crackers and peanut butter wouldn’t have been a problem had I not needed to get up at 7am today. I don’t think I clarified this earlier, but a cleaning crew was coming into the apartment today (the apartment is supplied by VegNews and they’re prepping it for the new interns). I had to be out by 9am until who knows when.
The uncomfortable part of this week is going to be that I’ll be the creepy ex-intern living on the couch when the new interns move in Monday afternoon. My flight isn’t until Wednesday. That was a huge brain fart on my part with the flight planning.
Anyway, I kicked off the morning with a green thang:
In the smoothie: spinach, banana, pumpkin pie spice, chia seeds, almond milk and water. It was meh, but I didn’t really mind.
The weather today was awful! Cold, windy and fallish. For some reason, I think this is what made me really miss home today. I grabbed the L to downtown and the first thing I did once there was hit up Starbucks. Because that is something MamaJ and I would to together.
With a medium coffee with an inch of steamed soymilk and a dash of cinnamon, I meandered to Borders. I went straight to the magazines, collected a pile and completely escaped into the world I love:
I was pleasantly surprised by Shape’s vegetarian coverage. I was puzzled, though, as to why they chose Lauren Conrad as the September cover. Not that I didn’t watch The Hills regularly or anything…
The magazine and coffee routine is something I’d do at home, so it helped me feel a bit better. I looked at all but the In Style because I had to pee so badly.
Finally, retail had opened by the time I left Borders. Shopping and trying clothes on and imagining the banging wardrobe I could have offers a complete distraction from any ick feeling. Retail certainly came to my rescue today. Shopping was my cardio and coffee was my Powerade. Or, coconut water or Clif Shock Bloks or what have you.
Gap had the perfect pair of jeans that I plan on buying when I return to Cinci. MamaJ noted when she was here that the Gap clothing was a bit pricier here. I believe her. I could also believe that she’s slightly nutty and could be wrong 😉 Straight fit, you’re mine.
I had my smoothie at 7:45am and when I was Gapping I noticed how hungry I was. It was noon, so no wonder. I went to Westfield Centre’s food court because it’s huge and has everything. The only thing that was calling my name was this Greek salad (I remembered to ask for no cheese this time- woopwoop!):
The salad was a mix of greens, red pepper, kalamata olives (five, judging by the pits I left behind), tomatoes, cucumber, onion and pita croutons. I didn’t eat the pita bread because it was dry and hard, not warm and fluffy the way I like. For those of you with dirty minds, do with that last sentence whatever you’d like.
It took me a good 30 mintues to eat that and afterward I was freezing for some reason. Like any addict, I went for another coffee. This time it was officially a cafe au lait (soy, obviously).
Then I did some major trying on of clothes at Mango. Whoah, some fitting rooms have the worst lighting. “Since when has that been there? Whaaa?” I didn’t purchase anything there.
I did a lot more roaming and walking throughout the rest of the afternoon, eventually buying a tank and a tee at Urban Outfitters. I bought them because they were on sale. No other reason. I did try on some shorts I loved, but they were $58. Who spends $58 on distressed denim shorts? Not this chiquita. I’m hoping Matty Rich (my 18-year-old brother, for those of you who are new readers) has some jeans he won’t mind donating to me so I can hack ’em up.
I went back to Borders to get a movie to watch tonight because I have nothing! After all this, I was completely wiped. I went to the Muni station and snacked on a Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar at 3:45 as I waited. Those things are amazing.
I made it home by 5pm, checked my email and promptly passed out. Fifty minutes later, face dabbled with drool, I awoke very hungry. Dinner time, fa sho:
This is normal SnackFace eating, which most of you haven’t seen. I love snack plates, but they’ve disappeared since having started at VegNews. Normally, my lunches look a bit like this when I’m at school.
Anyway, if the above plates aren’t blog-inspired, I don’t know what is. I had Kathed kale chips (just sprayed a pan with nonstick, spread kale on, popped it in the oven at 400* till they were crispy), the gorgeous GC’s veg, all eaten with K’s beloved salsa. We know where the cheese is from (which was great this time around), and the balls? I think most people who try them enjoy them.
I ate this while watching one of my all-time favorite movies, French Kiss. This is another comfort of home, as it’s really one of MamaJ’s favorites. Please rent this! It stars Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, both of whom are outstanding actors. Ryan’s physical comedy is out of this world, and Kline is simply a genius. And it takes place in France. I mean, come on. Perfection.
At some point I had a couple squares of dark chocolate and this scrumptiously ripe nectarine:
And now it’s 10pm and I’m hungry again. No surprise there!
I apologize for the downtrodden mood! I just know I’m so close to seeing my family, but I have to make it through a couple more days, and that’s throwing me off. I also have no idea what to do with myself the next two days. I’ll figure something out, I hope.
Well puddings, this tum’s rumbling and I have another movie to watch. Have wonderful starts to your weeks!
Ciao for now,
QUESTION: Have you ever been homesick? When? How did you cope?
I’m not sure if it’s homesickness or loneliness.Probably the latter. Either way, I need outta my funk!
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