How ‘Bout No?

08Dec09

What up, Snack Pack! How are we doing this fine day?

This is from Sunday, but it's almost as exquisite today.

Today is swell, as was yesterday.

I arose to the chilly air at 5am, early enough for a routine workout and Jerz Guid scope out. Fantastic. They were ripe for the picking Monday. Unfortunately, my camera skills were embarrassingly horrid. Also, the one I was trying to capture could have eaten me.

A sweaty workout was had thanks to the elliptical and abbage work. For those who wonder, I did 40 minutes on the elliptical at intervals of five and 10, switching every two minutes. When I’m feeling Olympian, I kick the highestΒ  level up to 12. This is happening less frequently at the 5:30am to 6:30 hour.

Showered, makeuped, straightened and capped (I wore a hat!), I fetched the train. This is what I’ve noticed about people commuting, both in the morning at night: Everyone looks exhausted, depressed or pissed, or some combination of those. It makes me a bit sad. I realize we can’t all be perky to the point of obnoxiousness (and who would want that anyway), but I wish to always enjoy a day, a job, an environment, a commute…everything. Please tell me I won’t forget this in 10 years.

Once at the office, I was thrilled to bits to make oatmeal. In attempts to save money, I bought a box of the microwavable grain for $2.99. Having pre-sweetened, prepared oats at the ready make it even cheaper, as I don’t have to buy as many oat fixins. This is all that went in:

Banana, Hemp Plus oats and peanut butta.

With a guesstimation of water, this turned into a creamy delight. Creamy is such an iffy word. Moving on:

Amazing. Forgot how delicious oat packets can be!

This breakfast held me over until 1:15pm, and even at that time I wasn’t starving. When I eat a bar in the morning, no matter the bar, my stomach is audibly begging for food by 11-11:30am.

The morning passed by quickly as I called chefs yet again. I’m starting to feel annoying.

When I broke for lunch, I wanted nothing but soup. I walked my hiney a handful of blocks away and picked up a V, L, D soup from Hale and Hearty. V, L, D indicates that a soup is vegetarian, low-fat and dairy-free. How bossy is that! The low-fat thing is irrelevant to me because I figure anything plant-based is magical for my bod.

I loved how easy it was to select a simple lunch:

Blurry Tuscan White Bean zupa with blurry 7-grain bread.

The soup and bread were so good that they were definitely worth the $3.47. Shockingly, this tiny cup of soup kept me full all afternoon:

Maybe 8 oz. AKA Smaller than anything else I eat.

I also worked on drinking more water yesterday, and that may have had something to do with my satiety levels. What I can’t stand about drinking water is how often I have to jet to the john.

At 5:15pm, I walked to the train, got back to Hoboken and picked up some groceries. Because I’m trying to hold myself accountable for my purchases this week, I’ll be sharing monetary deets witchoo. For two apples, one orange, three bananas, one kabocha squash and one bag of kettlecorn, it cost $8.80. This would have been worth it had one of these products not been horrendous. More on that in a bit.

Before prepping dinner, I had a photo shoot for the day’s fit. First up, I was woman enough to wear a hat. For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always felt insecure in hats. I bucked up. I didn’t don the hat all day, only when outside:

I enjoyed it!

Over the weekend I bought two things I’ve wanted for years: a skinny belt for the waist and an oversized cardigan. I found both at Forever21, and the cardi was from the guys’ section. First ridic picture:

I make that face all day, erryday.

Second ridic picture because I was getting down with my bad self:

Love the badge on the sleeve.

You can’t see, but I wore the ankle-length cigarette pants with zippers at the ankle and black ballet flats.

After having fed my inner model with a photo shoot, I thought it best to feed my hunger with a feast. The first course:

Getting the greens. And fibahhh.

In the mix: baby greens, cucumber, pickles, salsa, tempeh and ginger-soy vinaigrette. Isn’t it ironic to have both cucumber and pickle slices together on a salad? OK, maybe I’m the only one who finds that funny.

I was most excited for the second course. It was to be my first reunion with kabocha since the summer. The squash was gorgeously orange and looked delicious:

Still looking forward to a kabocha belly at this point.

Much to my dismay, the first bite was horrendous. I tried to mask it with raspberry fruit spread, but it couldn’t be assuaged. The squash tasted…green. It wasn’t ripe or something. Do you know how heartbreaking it is to throw away a freshly roasted squash?

Wallowing in self-pity, I ate an apple as I tried to figure out what else I could eat:

Arty.

And then I turned to what I’d been craving for a solid three weeks:

Kettlecorn!

Ike & Sam’s kettlecorn is outstanding! There are four ingredients: corn, corn oil, sugar and salt. It tasted almost like lightly salted caramel corn, sans the burnt caramely taste. The pieces of popcorn are large, too:

The look like mini cauliflower. Or tots. Or another body part that comes in a pair...

A whole bag of that popcorn makes for a very satisfying dinner. I’m not kidding. (Hey, I’ve never claimed to be a health-food blogger, ya dig?) I didn’t even feel uncomfortably full afterward. Score.

Properly fueled, I texted homegirl for final words of advice as to what to do about Hot Bartender (proper noun, as that’s now what I’ve named him). You all gave me wonderful and hilarious advice, but I was still torn. Brookie and I decided a text would be sufficient.

My text: “Hey, this is Kailey, the tall blonde from the restaurant Saturday night.”

The text back: “123-456-7890* is a landline #…” (*Number has been changed to save him from harassment calls from y’all.)

SKETCHTASTIC. Who has a landline anymore? Rather, what male in his twenties has a landline?!

My final decision regarding calling Hot Bartender? How ’bout no. Absolutely not.

Relief washed over me and I continued watching the tube, talking to Muffin and thinking about what a skeeze this guy probably is. It was a great night.

Ciao for now,

Kailey

QUESTION: Thoughts on the landline? Also, how do you feel about eating bags of popcorn for dinner? Kidding. But isn’t it so satisfying to just dig in to something like that for dinner (or dinner, part two in my case)?

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58 Responses to “How ‘Bout No?”

  1. That is very weird about the landline. I would agree and say no thanks! Love your carnigan. I need to go to Forever 21. I had the same oats this morning and was thinking of going to Hale and Heart for lunch!

  2. Landline equals “oh hot damn, have you gotten past dial-up internet yet??”

    P.S. Love Forever21 shopping! It’s all I do too!

  3. 3 Sam

    It’s a little odd but hey maybe he can’t afford a cell. But I think he should have came over and talked to you in the first place instead of giving you a note.

  4. 4 Natalie

    yo girl you pulled that hat off! supa cute! also, landline= creeper style. that sucks but as my boy hova says “on to the next one, on to the next one.”

  5. 5 ajoyinclass

    I actually am rushing out the door and only skimmed this post, but I saw the title of and it made me so happy. Made me think of my brother and I quoting Austin Powers movies like it’s goin out of style.

    “How bout no, Scott.”
    (must be said in the dr. evil voice for the full effect.)

    Um…this was a random comment.

    Hope you are having a lovely day, lady!!! xoxo

    • 6 snackface

      ajoyinclass- Hahaha It reminds me of MamaJ, Matty Rich and I quoting the movie, too! Glad you enjoyed that bit!

  6. I can’t believe that was a landline. How weird!!! I don’t do landlines.

  7. Landline?!?!?! bahahaha. sketchball.

  8. 9 Susan

    Nature’s Path does make some bang-a-langin’ instant oats!
    I just got a red beret like that too! Love that it keeps my head toasty warm + it’s prefect for bad hair days.
    I need to go to Forever 21 badly (winter break can’t come soon enough!)
    Have a good day at work girlie!

  9. Love the red hat!

    A landline?! WTF, hahaha πŸ˜€ Drop him.

  10. 11 Lauren

    Haha so I think the landline means one of two things. #1…Guy is cheap, doesn’t have a cell and was using the bar’s phone for his extra circular activity or, #2…still lives at home wit his Mama!

  11. LOVE the hat!!!

    Sorry bout the squash! I know I’d be bummed!

    I would prob suck it up and give him a call if it were me. You could always meet him in a super public place (like for coffee) and then determine if he’s super sketch..?

  12. 13 Nel

    What’s with the hate on landlines? They’re usually part of a bundled package you can get from your cable provider, and not everybody wants to shell out $50-$60 a month for cell service. Doesn’t mean he’s cheap, either. His cell could be dead, whatever, you don’t really know, so it really comes down to whether you’re interested or not and since you’re a total babe I imagine you have other options ;).

    But I’m kind of weird, I hate texting, it feels so high school to me. If I got a text from a guy I’d think he was kind of a coward for not just calling me. Like I know that’s how everybody does it now but it’s so easy, like there’s no effort involved at all.

    • 14 snackface

      Nel- You know, I’m being completely ignorant about the landline thing. There could be instances where it’s more affordable/whatnot. My initial instinct with the texting thing is that it’s elementary, but I figured he wrote me a note and had someone else deliver it. Eye for an eye, no?

  13. It’s probably his parents’ landline!!!

    In the hopes of staving off a world cucumber famine, I only ever have pickles OR cucumbers on my salad. It is seriously a mental choice I make each day. I’m glad I’m not the only one πŸ™‚

  14. Good call on nixing the landline call! That’d be an awkward convo for sure.

  15. My parents and I would have weekly movie dinners consisting of a giant bowl of air popped popcorn (w/butter, soy sauce, tabasco, salt and nooch) with peach milkshakes (milk, frozen Palisade peaches & vanilla extract). So good!

    Good call on the “no” regarding hot bartender. Plus, it’s not like you’ll be in the area too long right? No need to start anything with someone for just a couple weeks.

  16. okay landlines are so last century!! hahah thats weird! maybe his parents would pick up if u called..bahah

    love that salad BEASET.. i would totally have pickles and cukes together!

  17. Ok totes just tried kabocha squash for the first time yesterday and I thought of you! And it was glorious. No worries…I used to eat bags of popcorn for lunch in the dorms. Easy peasy!!

    Have a fabuloso Tuesday darling πŸ™‚

  18. I totally wish I could rock a skinny belt like you…they just look awkward on me when I try to wear them. Maybe I should send mine your way because you definitely own the look. : )

  19. cell phones are expensive yo… was gonna be 400 for the actual phone i wanted. PLUS 75 on top of that and other hidden charges.. no thanks. I’ll stick to my cheap landline πŸ˜‰

  20. Im all for a bag of popcorn for din din.. sounds lovely actually.. great idea! πŸ™‚

  21. 24 Jaci

    That landline biz is sketch. People in NYC DON’T have landlines. Its unheard of. I technically have a landline (because of my cable bill bundle package nonsense) and don’t physically have a phone to hook it up to because I would never use it. Based on the grammar of the note alone I wouldn’t call him AND he has a landline!? All signs point to no. PS Hale and Hearty is BANGIN! Best for winter and something quick in the city! And your cardigan is wicked cute!

  22. You’re hilarious. I’m not going to say I’ve never gotten the “landline auto-text” back…and like you, I was perplexed.

    Sorry about the squash and the sketchball.

    Keep rockin’ the hats!

  23. Omg. I adore that hat on you!! Adore.
    And I love the skinny belt and oversized sweater!! I’ve been wanting to find a good pair sooooo badly! I’ve got a few sweaters, but want more oversized ones…and a cute belt to match πŸ™‚

    Jealous of your maranthana pb. I’ve been using tj’s crunchy peanut butter since being back at school. its good, but not nearly as sweet as my beloved maranthana! getting that the second this is out though, fo sho.

    And bartender story is hilarious! He WOULD give you a landline…..the kid’s not worth it. Maybe work on getting that number of the guy who’s been making your heart flutter?? πŸ˜‰

    PS-you and your popcorn comparisons are dirty. HAHAHAHA, love you!

  24. OK–is it sick that I was HAPPY when I read that you didn’t like the kabocha? Allow me to explain. As soon as you said that one of your purchases was a disappointment, I got REALLY nervous that it was the kettle corn. Esp. if it had been Jolly Time!! So, I was weirdly relieved when you revealed the kabocha to be the disappointment. I get way too into your posts.

    You know how I feel about whole bags of kettle corn for dinner/dinner numero dos. Dietary staple in my book.

  25. What kind of sketchy dude has a landline? The texting was a good idea and now you know that he’s some kind of techno-phobe weirdo.

    I’ve been finding myself gravitating more towards the mens section for comfy sweaters recently. My absolute favorite cardigan is a mens buffalo plaid sweater that I snagged out of an Urban Outfitters sale bin. It was just awkward once when I wore it to a party and there was this guy wearing the same exact one…it made for an awkward but hilarious conversation starter.

  26. 29 shell625

    i looove kettle corn! it is amazing πŸ™‚
    & i think it was probably a good decision to not cal him, but what do i know?!
    & i love your outfits- you are gorgeous!!
    that salad looks sooo good

    xoox
    shelley
    http://findinghappinessandhealth.wordpress.com

  27. 30 Jennifer

    I agree – it’ s his mommy’s landline.

    Next!

  28. 31 Lizzy

    I cannot believe that hot bartender guy has a land line. wtf?? hehee…..

    That popcorn looks amazing, and i LOVE kettlecorn. You know what i do with regular popcorn if i dont have kettle around, i just use splenda packets and pour them over the popcorn and shake it up, and i swear it tastes identical!

    HOpe your havin a good day lady love! πŸ™‚

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  29. Snack Pack = haha, I love it! Your commute observations are why I couldn’t do a desk job. I realize that not all of those commuters are 9-5ers and I realize that not all people holding a desk job feel depressed/exhausted but I have to be stimulated all the time. Hence teaching! Those kiddos will keep you on your toes in a good way!

    That hunka burnin’ love bread is calling my name! Glad you went with How ‘Bout No on the bartender – landlines are so 90s πŸ˜‰ Unconventional dinners are ze best!! I give you mondo props on your kettle corn dinner!

    Loves!!

  30. I have a land line!!

    Well, okay, fine, it isn’t mine, it’s technically my parents’. And I never answer it because if someone wants to talk to me, they’ll call my cell phone. But still. :p

    ❀ ❀

  31. 34 dorothy

    yum kettle corn is delish! love that packaging too lol im a sucker for good marketing

    i prb would have done excatly what youdid with mr. bartender
    im fine wiht texting but i prb wouldnt call. hey, at least ya tried!

  32. I love your hat and cardigan x x

  33. kettlecorn looks so yummy!
    jenna

  34. A landline?! Seriously?! Wowwwwww.

  35. Hm, the landline situation is definitely iffy…maybe he has a cell but doesn’t have text? (which is sketchy these days too)…but if you’re feeling unsure, then I think you did the right thing, and hey, he could have had the balls to actually ask for YOUR number, like a gentleman πŸ˜‰

    bummer about that squash, I would have been devastated!

  36. 39 elise

    whoa, shade-master-flex! what dude in his right mind would fake digit (or landline #) your tall hot blonde ass!?! his loss, fasho.

    im all about popcorn/pretz/snackage dinners.

    the reason there have been no dinnah pics on the bloggie as of late is bc there is ZERO interesting about an entire bag o pretz and hummdaddy 3 days in a row. seriously. three days. thats a lot of pretz.

    i need to hit up hale and hearty, ive always wondered about that place. you like?

  37. Hmm, maybe he lost his phone? Or there is some reason he doesn’t have one. Yes, it’s weird, but I wouldn’t write him off because of it.

  38. 41 ajoyinclass

    Ok….I’ve read the whole post now…..not just the title πŸ˜‰

    First off, while you are in NYC you MUST visit the Dale and Thomas store in Times Square. Most amazing gourmet popcorn you will ever eat in your life. Take advantage of their generous taste offerings, and don’t be afraid of the more crazy-sounding varieties. Gotta say though…the gingerbread flavor might’ve been my fave. Also loved the pb drizzle (this might be a Snackface staple after you try it).

    Last winter when I was in NYC for a long weekend, I definitely did not eat a whole bag every day. Definitely not.

    Also, I have NEVER gotten a text from a landline. WEIRD. I am actually not against them as a backup, because sometimes cell phones suck and sometimes you need an emergency form of contact….like, what if your phone gets stolen and there is no way to reach anyone? But to give your land line out when you’re trying to score some, I mean that’s just dumb.

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo beautiful girl!!!! ps….why is the link to my blog not showing up? Is it just my computer? Am I doing something wrong? Am I “special”? freakin a…. http://www.ajoyinclass.wordpress.com

    Love,
    Katie

  39. Love the hat, girl! You totally rocked it. πŸ™‚

    No landline for me. Cell just makes so much more sense – and I totally agree about digging into something like a bag of popcorn for din din. So satisfying.

  40. Love the sweater. It looks so cute on you.
    It’s not that weird that the guy has a landline, but it’s weird that he didn’t just give you his cell. Maybe he’s crashing at a friend’s house or living with his parents. Totally wouldn’t call, though.
    Love that you ate all the popcorn, too ; ) I bet it was delicious.

    • 46 snackface

      Sarah- Thanks for the sweater props! And all the popcorn definitely was delicious–every last kernel πŸ™‚

  41. 47 Laura

    Is it weird to have a landline? I seriously don’t know anyone who DOESN’T have a landline. I never use my phone for anything but texting; it’s too expensive to make calls on it unless I’m actually out somewhere. Maybe it’s a New Zealand thing. πŸ™‚

    • 48 snackface

      Laura- Haha no, it’s not weird. My family actually has a landline.

  42. 49 Anne Marie

    heyyy snackface! Soo this is probably semi-creepy when people do this (especially people who don’t have blogs) but my name is Annie and I used to follow your blog during the summer when you were in SF which is where i’m from!! (east bay, actually) But, then I moved to NYC to go to NYU and got super busy but I just noticed your in NYC! Lucky you, getting to travel about! So I had to finally comment and give you a tip: if you happen to be around Union Square on Mondays or Fridays, there is an AMAZING booth called Body&Soul at the Farmer’s Market and he has the most delicious Vegan Turnovers at $5. The Black bean one is good and so is the Spinach portabello! You must try while your in town!! Enjoy the big apple :))

    • 50 snackface

      Anne Marie- I don’t think it’s creepy at all! I love it! How crazy is it that we’re in sync, travel-wise!? Thanks for the awesome turnover tip! What time is the market open? All day?

      • 51 Anne Marie

        We ARE in travel-sync! How is NYC compared to SF for you?? I miss the baayy and sunshine! The greenmarket opens in the A.M at like 7? I live right on U square so i see them setting up early.. and it closes around sundown.. If you go to this booth around 5, he gives you a few $ off!! hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

  43. 52 Sara

    The funny thing is that if you had called him instead of texting, you might not have known it was a landline! Anyway don’t hate on landlines…try calling him from work and pretend you got a chef and see how he reacts/if that accent was fake hahaha. then all yous gots to do is say “Oopsies! I must have dialed the wrong number, sorry ’bout that Damien ;)” Or you could cut out the last clause πŸ˜›

  44. 53 Hattie

    You’re such an inspiration to me! I hope this doesn’t freak you out but as a recovering (vegan) ED sufferer I find it really difficult to find a balance between healthy eating and obsession. You seem to have found that perfect middle ground! You eat healthily but don’t worry about indulging yourself every now and again. I like. πŸ™‚ On the topic of your question… the landline thing doesn’t seem that odd to me… but I’m from England. I guess it’s completely different where you’re from!

    • 54 snackface

      Hattie- Wow, thank you so much for opening up to me. Trust me, I’ve been in a place where I would have thought eating a big bag of sugary popcorn for dinner would be the end of the world. What I’ve learned is that your body is smart. If it doesn’t like something, it will spit it back out in some way. If it likes it, you’ll be nourished, both physically and mentally. That’s really confusing, but what I mean is that “indulgences” ( I don’t even like the word) and healthy fare are both exquisite. My main goal with food is not heath, it’s to eat what is truly delicious. I’m glad I can help in any way!

  45. Love the hat! I always feel self-conscious when I wear them too, but I’m going to need it soon in the freezing cold weather!!

  46. 56 MattyRich

    I would actually wear that sweater………. and i would make it look goooood. lol

  47. Ahh too bad the bartender scenario didn’t work out–obv he’s not up to date anyway, so no big loss there πŸ˜› WHO HAS LANDLINES?! Lol!

  48. i love that sassy hat! come to SLC and frolic in the snow with that hat.. and me πŸ™‚


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