Day in the Life

IMG_3331Yes, I’ve picked up some of the best fashion tips by living in New York City.  This is one of my very best looks when I’m trekking through the subways on my way to work.  Attractive, no?IMG_3323Breakfast the most important meal of the day and pretty much always eaten in front of my computer.  I’ve been on a yogurt kick and even keep a bag of granola in my desk to top it all off.

Work, work, work.  Meetings, excel, phone call, powerpoint, screenshots, tracking reports, phone call, AIM (throoooowback), meetings, etc.  I’d actually much rather be busy than bored.  The thrill of accomplishing your work and checking off lists.

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Recently there hasn’t been much time for the hour lunch in the cafeteria so I’ve stuck to grabbing a quick salad and hopping back to my desk for more work. With March Madness around the corner and Nascar races picking up, my schedule has been packed.

Lunch – Risotto, cauliflower, tempeh, carrots, and brussels sprouts – so much more fun than packing my own bland salad.  It’s the little things that get me through the day and I swear it tasted much better than it looked.  Salads and hot bars get a bad rep because they aren’t as photogenic as sandwiches.

I may have said this before but I used to make fun of the people who were so stressed they weren’t hungry or forgot to eat.  Well, I know what it feels like and realized the times I eat more are actually when I’m bored or trying to avoid a task. IMG_3325As of late I leave the office between 6:15 and 7, heading south to my gym for an hour or so and then walk home for dinner around 9.  I’ve realized that this probably isn’t the best idea seeing that I eat lunch at 12:30 and I’m starving by the time I get home.  Luckily I don’t run into anyone on the walk home because by this point I hit the “hangry” stage.  Slight exaggeration but all is good and well once I’ve eaten 🙂

Dinner – This cheeseburger was uhMAZING with grilled onions, melted cheddar and paired with carrots, tomatoes, green beans, and a hippo pretzel.  Yep, I made a pretzel in the shape of my spirit animal.

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Dessert – I’ve been in a hot chocolate phase, using a generic Nestle brand in my cup of skim milk.  Perfect for ending the night on my new couch.

With that my friends, I leave you with the most clear and concise WIAW post yet.  

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.”
– Marva Collins

WIAW #48 – Good Eats on Lake Mead

WELCOME WEDNESDAY!  It’s that time of the week to share some fun eats.  I know the title of Jenn’s posts are called “What I Ate Wednesday” but I’ll be honest, I usually forget to take pictures on these days.  Shocker, I know.  I’m the type of person who has the iPhone at the ready to capture any piece of food that passes through my presence.

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Bliss of the Sierras

There’s just something about being in the high sierras.  I don’t know if it’s the clean and crisp air, the fresh pines that surround every turn, or the authenticity of the people walking through town or hiking the surrounding trails.  It’s one of my favorite places to escape to in the summer.  Even when we were little and were bouncing between soccer tournaments and cross-country practices, we made time for this altitude getaway.

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Bodie always enjoys a walk through the village where the locals and tourists are enjoying one another’s company alongside a Mammoth Brewery ale.
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If we’re lucky, our trip is accompanied by a tart caramel apple or maybe sample of the famous Ben & Jerry’s shop.  No Vermonster for us, but maybe a scoop of our favorite – Coconut Seven Layer Bar.

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Most trips are packed between running, hiking, biking, and then collapsing on the porch with a good book.  We usually pack in most of our groceries, relying on Trader Joes from home, but often have to pick up some last minute essentials from the only grocery store in town. Sure the restaurants in town are one of a kind, but we prefer to make some of our Fuelling favorites – tacos, enchiladas, taco salad, fajitas…get the picture?  We are certainly a Tex-Mex kind of family, especially with our close connection to the Lawry’s brand.  But that’s a story for another day.

Speaking of favorites, who says you can’t have two favorites?  I mean, would your parents say they favor one sibling over another?  If they do, that’s just not fair, but it’s a whole different issue in itself.  I think it comes down to the fact that just like people, products have their special qualities that make them unique.  It’s how Meghan and I are quite opposites but have learned to create a balance in our household.  (Note: this took YEARS to achieve)

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I’m talking about yogurt here.  For example, you’ve seen how much I love Chobani products.  I’ve used them in countless recipes (great substitution for butter, sour cream, mayo), eat it for breakfast topped with granola or fresh fruit, eat it as a snack in the afternoon, or topped upon my favorite dinner – sweet potato.  Goodness knows the rest of the blogging world is hooked as well.  How they blend flavors seamlessly together, emphasizing the richness and creaminess of Greek yogurt, I have no idea.

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However, I’ve also cultivated my love for another yogurt – Noosa.  This Australian yogurt found a new home in Colorado and countless grocery stores across the states. My mom, who has a great eye for finding the tastiest products, first introduced it to me.  When I first dipped into the tub (because eating out of the container tastes better), a new world was opened.  Noosa reaches a new level of creamy, adding fruit and flavors to the bottom of the containers without all the extra sugars of some yogurts.

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So, when we made our first trip to Vons, it was a no-brainer to throw both Chobani and Noosa in the cart.  How perfect would a bit of tart Chobani + blueberry Noosa go with Shea Schats granola. For those who are not familiar with Mammoth, Schats is THE bakery to go to for a loaf of Shepherder or sourdough bread, or a doughnut (a treat from our childhood).

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Let’s just say I had this planned from the moment we left the store.  I even dreamt of the layers of sweet maple granola amidst creamy and protein dense yogurts.  When I shared my enthusiasm with Meghan, she just looked and me and said, “you’re such a geek.”  Aw thanks for the love Meghan.

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While putting my breakfast together, I had an epiphany.  Apparently photographing food in the daylight presents a much better, if not delicious image, compared to my usual fluorescent pictures.  Also, while I usually rely on my iPhone because it happens to be on my person at all times, using an actual camera, like my Canon, makes a world of difference. Feel free to roll your eyes and utter a loud “duh” because I think that was my reaction.

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What are some of your favorite products?

*Neither Chobani nor Noosa have endorsed me for the review, so the thoughts found above are those of my own. 

WIAW #41 – Santa Clara Eats

One last WIAW of school and here we go. Thank you Jenn! Not much is new up in Northern California besides the fact I have picked up my cap and gown, am struggling to write a final religion paper, and that in two weeks I will be leaving Santa Clara! How’s that for a surreal moment? Continue reading

WIAW #39 – Crazy Quarter Concoctions

Just another week on the quarter system.  BOY WE ARE GETTING CLOSE TO GRADUATION!!! Yikes.  That’s all I have to say on that front.  My dad asked me if people are excited and I just said I didn’t want to talk about it.  Ok, I lied.  I’m very excited for the opportunities that lay beyond this small college campus, but am not sure about leaving such a life style yet. Continue reading

Carmel A.K.A. Must Love Dogs

If you didn’t know already, Carmel is dog central.  I swear, throughout the course of 4-5 hours, I must have seen over 100 dogs between walking the streets with their owners or wrestling each other in the ocean or running along the beach.  Since you probably missed me yesterday (joke), I’ll give you a complete rundown of my weekend.  Continue reading