Monday crossed of the list

December 2, 2008

Did you have a nice Monday? Mine was busy, but ok!

Our VP is in town from NY, so our team went out for dinner last night. I had California Pad Thai with Shrimp. It was really good, but I ate way too much! It was one of those “it’s 4:30 and I shouldn’t eat a snack because we are going for dinner at 6 but we didn’t actually eat until about 7, at which point I was about ready to eat my arm” situations. Should have had my apple!

Once home, I had the last Caramel Cupcake.


Off to work shortly – have a great one!


‘Twas the day before Friday…

November 20, 2008

Happy Thursday, everyone! This was the scene in Mississauga today…


Quite a nice morning! I had the doctor at 9:15 [who sent me for an x-ray and told me to see a physio for my hip] and the dentist at 11 [just a cleaning]. I high-tailed it back to the apartment to work from home for the afternoon.

Here was my lunch…


That’s 1/2 c. oatmeal with 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. water. 1/2 a banana mixed in with cinnamon and walnuts, then peanut butter on top. The verdict? Not my favourite! Couldn’t finish it, to be honest. I found it too sweet with the PB, I think. I’m not sure I’m really able to eat oats anymore…

Sidenote: Sarah tends to eat things so often that she gets sick of them. And then cannot eat them anymore. This happened with peanut butter in high school. This happened with Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal during the first two years of university. This now has happened with oats/banana/cinnamon combination after eating that nearly everyday last year, from about September to May.

It pains me to say this, since Tina, Kath and Rose – all well known for their love of oats – all adore the oats and PB combo. Just not for me, I say!

My afternoon went ok… had the snow tires put on, read some of my book. Oh yeah, worked too! I snacked on crackers and some w.w. chips throughout the afternoon – not too much, though. Before I knew it, it was 7:35. I made a quick, if slightly less than satisfying, dinner…


And then, the most satisfying part of the meal…


So satisfying, I might have had a 2nd (smaller!) bowl.

Now, I am mid-way through CSI, tea in hand. I wanted to get a good post in before it got too late and I got too lazy.

The plan for the weekend? Graham comes home tomorrow – yay! We are going up to the cottage Saturday – Sunday. It’s supposed to be -6 in Huntsville. The cabin is heated by wood stove. BRRR!

What about you? Any great weekend plans? I hope so!

Night night!

Dinner with Friends

November 5, 2008

Evening all! We had dinner out with friends. I had a burger and fries and ate way too much!

This was my before dinner snack (also had some crackers and Cheerios!)…


Better pics, and food choices, tomorrow – PROMISE!

Night all! 🙂


October 26, 2008

Happy Sunday!

But, back to yesterday first… we had a very productive afternoon at home (cleaned a little, put summer clothes in storage and got out the winter stuff, etc…) before Graham’s old roommate and his girlfriend came over, and Graham’s mum too. She was coming to drop some things off and they happened to all arrive at the same time. Graham’s mum and his old roommate get along really well, so we all chatted for awhile. I made these muffins for them to take on their car ride back to Ottawa…

We have tonnes of pears to use up and Graham’s mum bought more! I really liked the fact that the pear was grated – every bite tasted so good, and it’s a nice change from chunks. I did half all-purpose and half whole-wheat flour, which was a great combo. Everyone thought they were tasty. We gave them some to take in the car, too.

Next it was on to dinner. The four of us went to Swiss Chalet – quick, tasty and reasonable. We had a really nice time, chatting and laughing. They needed to get back to Ottawa, so we were home around 9. I watched Lipstick Jungle (love, love, love the characters on that show!) and Graham looked up Land Rovers on the internet all night.

Now, today. We had… waffles with pears for breakfast. Yup, gotta use up those pears!

I put the caramelized pears on my plate after the photo. I also had an extra quarter.

Graham’s just getting showered and ready for the day now (wrote a really long email to his friend in Belgium), so I’m blogging and watching Thursday’s episode of CSI. We might go visit our mothers this afternoon (dads are both busy, so mothers are alone… we are good kids, aren’t we?!?) or might also go for a hike. The weather forecast does say it’s going to rain, though…

Anyway, hope you have a great Sunday! See you later!

No pics…

October 23, 2008

Sorry, loyal blog readers, you’ll get nothing from me tonight. I went out after work for mojitos and tapas with my colleagues. I’m home now, enjoying tea and a piece of peach bread, while Graham watches Top Gear.

Happy almost Friday! Back tomorrow with photos and hopefully a workout!

Busy day!

September 21, 2008

Ok, I have many great photos to share with my loyal readers!

I drove down to the Yonge/Eglinton area to do some shopping. I stopped at Restoration Hardware, Toys R Us (for a birthday gift for Graham’s nephew), Kitchen Stuff Plus (picture of my new purchases coming!), Roots, Sporting Life… lots of looking, not too much buying. While out and about, I had a Granny Smith apple and a few bites of a Pistachio Larabar. It was good, but I just wasn’t in the mood…

Then I went to the grocery store. And here’s what I came back with – my first grocery trip photo!

I won’t bore you with the close-ups, but I will tell you that chicken breasts were on sale, so I got two packages. And milk was buy 1, get 1, so I got 2! lol (and, by the way, I picked up oatmeal, peaches, blueberries, apples, cheese and a few things that I’m forgetting yesterday…)

I goofed around on the internet a little and snacked on a little TJ trail mix, with the last few Life. Not too exciting – it’s like my standard snack these days!

Next up was baking. As I mentioned, I saw many good recipes over at Closet Cooking and I happened to buy peaches yesterday… so Peach Bread it was!

My banana obviously wasn’t ripe, but I figured since I was only using one, and it wasn’t the focus of the recipe (like, if it were Banana Bread, not Peach Bread), it would be ok. Finished product coming up!

Then, after the bread finished, I started on dinner. Graham called to say he was an hour away and wanted a chicken salad for dinner, so I put three breasts in the oven – we’ll eat the other two after Running Room on Tuesday. I made myself a quick dinner – but an excellent one! Quesadillas! With photos! Exclamation Mark!

And tada! My new purchases! A vanilla scented candle and new placemats! Now, I have a story for both. Graham has always said that candles are a waste of money and space… you just get too many and you don’t want them and they’re not good for anything. But Graham said the other day that we should have a candle! And, as I think I’ve told you before, Graham believes in only having cork-backed placemats. I was a rebel today, so we’ll see what he says when he gets home. But these ones are really pretty! Much more suitable for fall, over the sunflowers. What do you think?? Can’t we have a place on our table for fabric and cork-backed placemats?? I think so too.

Now, the final photo of the evening – the Peach Bread!

Rough, right out of the oven! Should have re-plated it, but ah well. It’s the somewhat ugly side to baking – a round cookie sheet and lots of crumbs! But, it’s tasty and that is the most important part!

Told ya – giant post! I’m watching the Emmy’s for now, but I’m actually waiting for Graham to get home because I have so much to tell him. Are you dreading Monday like I am? Enjoy the last few hours of weekend freedom! 🙂


September 18, 2008

My day started off well. I had two packages of the instant oatmeal again, and took a photo!

Here is the box, so you can see which one I am having.

Pretty soon after that, my day headed down the terrible path. The kind of day where you just want to bury your head in the sand (or hide under the covers). But you know if you do that, your problems will be one hundred times bigger when you resurface. I pretty much felt tense and nervous all day. And am still feeling that way.

But, along to lunch. I had a smoked salmon wrap, with a smear of avocado, lettuce, green pepper and cherry tomatoes. I also had plain yogurt with raspberries and a little honey. So tasty! I took a photo, but it was absolutely terrible. Sorry.

Now, on to my snack. I discovered Heather and Mark’s blog, Hangry Pants, and while reading it, came across this post. Heather was talking about snacking and her great readers were giving great advice. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. If I am running or going to spinning after work, I will sometimes have a snack (banana or something) mid-afternoon. Then I might have something when I get home. If I’m not working out, I will come home and eat, eat, eat, pretty much. If I’m in the apartment after work and before dinner, I just can’t help myself. A great tip that I saw from one of the comments was to leave your snack out so when you’re home, it’s right there. Pre-portioned. I think that’s a really good idea! I didn’t really practice this today, but I do intend to start doing that. Today, I had a banana around 3:15, then this snack when I got home…

That’s Trader Joe’s Simply Almonds, Cashews and Cranberries Trail Mix. Graham and I are going out for a run soon, so that’s enough for now.

I’ll be back after dinner… see you then!