Friday, November 20, 2009

Follow Friday: in photos

after an exciting night out with work friends last night, i awoke with a bit of a wine headache.
this means that for today, the key is simplicity.

The list of bloggers to tell you about seems to gets longer just about every day. [I am always up for adding someone to my google reader if one of the people I read finds them interesting. There are SO MANY brillant, creative, unique, and FUN people sharing their lives out there.] So, since I'm keeping it simple today, I thought I would give you a little list of 3 who I read every single day.

Three [more] Healthy Living Bloggers I simply just adore:

Carrots N Cake
Lives in Boston.
Adorable pug, Murphy.
GREAT reviews.
Just announced she has a book deal :)

Lives in Florida.
Shares GREAT details on being vegan.
Sweet kitten named Harvey.
Posts often leave me deep in thought.

Lives in NYC.
Trains people for a living.
Always offering GREAT tips and tricks.
LOVE her mini-workout posts.

What blogs to do you read that you think I would like to add to my Google Reader? Like I said, I am ALWAYS up for trying out a new blog; who is your favorite blogger?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vegan Sneak Attack

This week, I brought a co-worker an apple.

He swore to Jen and I that he only liked Red Delicious apples and that he would never like another kind of apple.

Then Heather Said, "Ummmmm....hello??? Are you doubting the power of the Honeycrisp?"

So Tuesday, I brought him a Honeycrisp and SURE ENOUGH- he now likes "two kinds of apples, afterall."


Last fall, when my former fiance and I were deep in the midst of wedding planning, we discussed a cookie/coffee bar at the reception. I had high ambitions back then (hell- I had a future husband back then ;) ) and I was planning on baking all the cookies by myself. In order to decide what kind of cookies to include on the bar of yumminess, I started experimenting with every recipe that looked fabulous and took them to work to be taste tested.

Soon, cookie testing days started falling on co-workers birthdays, becoming duel purpose treats and not too long after cookies became cupcakes, brownies and other treats.

It didn't take much time before I was unofficially declared the birthday baker, bringing treats to share in order to celebrate the birth of each of my co-workers.

After the whole apple lesson, we got in a bit of a discussion about my baking lately. We have an office birthday to celebrate tomorrow and the 'what to bake' conversation was in full force. I'm pretty sure there were some comments made regarding my wanting to "make everyone healthier" in the office. (While I was not the one to make said comments, I will not deny that this would be nice: how much easier would making healthy choices be if everyone around you made healthy choices too? THIS is one of my favorite things about talking to healthy living bloggers everyday.)

As the conversation continued, I mentioned something about vegan treats. Everyone in the room looked grossed out and two guys asked me what 'vegan' means. After some discussion, I was informed that my coworkers would NEVER eat, let alone enjoy, a vegan baked good. No dairy? No eggs? That must mean dry and tasteless, clearly! As many of you know; NOT THE CASE. The challenge wrote itself- afterall -even though I'm not participating, it is Blogger Vegan Week hosted by Michelle and Katy, and Thursday is Blogger Vegan for a Day. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to spring a sneak attack on my coworkers.

I turned to everyone's favorite vegan baker, Angela of Glo Bakery and Oh She Glows fame. I remembered two posts from several weeks ago that seemed to be ALL THE RAGE when Ange first posted them; her Glo Bites posts!

So tonight I got to work on both the vegan spiced pumpkin and PB&J glo bites
along with some chocolate vegan cupcakes. And, of course, being the trickster that I am- I don't plan on saying A THING about the vegan-ness of the treats until Friday :) (I am tricky like that!) Stay tuned for details on how it all pans out.

Have you ever tried to "trick" friends or family with a healthy version of an often unhealthy treat or snack?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday

1. As I've mentinoed before, this week at work is "Super Crazy Busy" week. We are hosting a training at our office, which means we have a bunch of extra guys here, learning things. And it means I have been up REALLY early in order to get to the office REALLY early in order to unload my car and prepare everything that needs to be done for their classes.

2. I am RUNGRY. Do you remember when I posted about being rungry? Well, it's back. I want to run SO BADLY right now. I had planned on running last night, but my plans got changed because of catering arrangements and luncheon pick ups and such. I wanted to run this morning, but I was already planning on being at the office WAY before the sun was rising, which meant a REALLY early wake up. I want to run this evening, but I am scheduled to work at the mall. So - tomorrow night I am DETERMINED to have a great run. I can feel the need to run down to my BONES. and i love love love LOVE that I have come to love running so much that I truly miss it when I've gone more than 2 days between runs. [my last run was a 5 mile interval run in the rain Saturday morning.]

3. Also- as i've talked about a few times before, usually, I spend evenings alone. Most of the time at my apartment. Besides working at the mall, I don't really have a lot going on with my peers- and lately, my nights are filled with keeping up with my long distance friends, clearing out the google reader (an always reappearing todo list goal), and whittling my middle while watching some sort of hour long TV drama [mondays it's the WB, thursdays it's ABC]. But THIS WEEK IS DIFFERENT. My week is JAM PACKED- and that's aokay with me.

4. Yesterday, as I've mentioned, I had to take care of some stuff for the training, and I also had a very quick, and very fun dinner with Jen. Tonight, as previously mentioned, I work at my part-time retail job. Tomorrow night I'm attending an open mic night at a coffee shop near my house. Thursday I have the training is over celebratory drinks and dinner, followed by a group of us going to see Alfred Hitcock's 39 Steps at the Proctors Theater [I am VERY excited about this!]. Friday night I work at the mall again. I SERIOUSLY can not remember the last time all 5 of my week nights were booked in one week. I'm pretty excited because I have a feeling this means the weekend will get here VERY quickly.

5. Did you think I forgot about the 101 in 1001 list? Well, good news- I didn't forget. The last race I ran, the one I've YET to recap, I wore a ribbon in my hair:

But I'll fill you in on the details of said ribbon when the recap happens. You are probably thinking that I am a procastinator and not posting my recap becauseof it. (ok- i admit it- i procrasinate. often, even.) But truth be told, I'm waiting for someone else to upload her photos from the race, since my camera's batteries did not last. [consider this a gentle reminder ;) jk- no rush!]

6. I have been on the look out for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabar since I first saw Tina post about it this past summer. FINALLY, I found it last night at a local Hannaford grocery store.

7. Remember when Meghann [and a few awesome other bloggers] entered the Sam-E Good Mood Gig contest?? Well, Meghann made it into the top twenty and therefore is now in the finals for the contest. Please, take a few minutes and Vote for Meghann here! You can vote once every day- so if you wanted t0 add a bookmark and visit everyday, I'm sure that would be a-okay with Meghann!

8. Have you heard about the Bloggie Secret Santa? Find out more info here or here. [or both!!]
9. Perhaps you know these two girls. Nicci and Kelsey. These two lovely bloggers live in Denton, Texas, which just so happens to be the town where my parents and younger brother now call home. Since I will be in Denton for the weekend of Christmas, we are arranging a blogger meet up - and I am STOKED.

source: you can read all about her and Nicci's last meet up here and here!

Do you live in the Dallas area and want to meet up with us? PLEASE let us know- we'd love to meet you!

10. On a normal day this is what i would eat at work:

breakfast (sometimes before work- sometimes at work): oatmeal- prepared with 1/3 c oats, 1/3 c water, and 1/3 cup soy milk. Topped with something yummy. For example- my fav combo as of late is 1 TB grapenuts, 1 tsp maple pb, and 1 tsp brown sugar. tea or coffee. usually in a latte form.
snack: fruit and cheese. yogurt. bar. carrots and pb. etc.
lunch: salad or leftovers or sandwich with one fruit or one veggietable serving on the side.
snack: something I can trick myself into think its dessert: such as a larabar, a pear with choc PB, or piece of cinnamon toast.

Now. This is what I have had today.

before i left the house: oatmeal mixture mentioned above.
in my morning meeting: pistachio walnut muffin and chai latte.
mid morning: about a cup of red grapes.
late morning: pomegranted chobani with 1/4 cup granola.
noon: piece of italian bread dipped in sauce.
currently eating lunch: salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber w/vinegar dressing), baked ziti, two more pieces of bread. [from our luncheon]

It doesn't really seem like a lot of food right there, and it's nothing I'm freaking out about, but I'm just curious by it;

I think that I may be having a "stress eating" problem. I feel like everytime I slow down today, I'm starving and needing to eat something ASAP. This interests me. Have I been doing this my whole life? Is this where my struggle with weight gain came from in my late teens/early twenties [when my "stress" levels also seemed to increase]? Am I allowing food to comfort me even if it's not what I would call my "comfort food"? And if so- why?

Let's discuss this:
Do you turn to food for more than just nutrition and fueling your body? Does food fuel your soul or is that a myth we tell ourselves and grow up thinking is true?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bloggie Secret Santa

You can expect this post to be updated early monday morning with links and photos and general goodness- but for now I wanted to get this info out there ASAP for you all- so it's coming to you via blackberry :) aren't you excited??
EDIT: I am here. on a computer. making edits. You are even more excited now than you were before, right?

Remember Thursday when I mentioned a blogger secret santa swap?? Well- it started as a twitter poll and after MANY positive responses, I posted an "upcoming" post regarding the plans being in the works.

Friday morning I woke up to SEVERAL more comments, emails and twitter DM about the Secret Santa idea- and I was stoked!

Then Meghann twittered about a Secret Santa exchange. I was excited that word was spreading so quickly; but when I uploaded the link in her tweet, I was brought to Danielle's Blog.

Apparently great minds think alike, because Danielle was dreaming up a Bloggie Secret Santa as well.

After a quick twitter conversation with the fabulous Kat, I sent Danielle an email suggesting a merger; a double hosted blogger secret santa- and she happily agreed. A few emails have been exchanged, and we have decided to forgo the online exchange programs and hold an old fashioned "pull the name out of the hat" system.

You can read Danielle's gift exchange post here.

Would you be interested in participating this season? Danielle and I are excited to make it happen, and we are hoping YOU will join us.

If you haven't already done so, please email Danielle your name and address at with "Bloggie Secret Santa" in the subject line.

Just as a few guidelines, suggestions and extra info:

-Gifts can be homemade, and after reading all the comments & emails from you bloggers, I'm guessing a lot of gifts will support our "Foodie" namesakes ;). Some may consider some specific store items (as Danielle says- if only we all had a TJ's in our reach). And some may be something completely random that you know your receiver will love after spending time catching up/reading their posts- afterall, we have the BEST resources at the tips of our fingers to do some research to find the perfect gift!

-It's important to remember that it isn't the size of the gift, it's the thought that goes into them.

-While shopping, please keep in mind that you are in charge of postage prices; the heavier the package the higher the postage.

We encourage you to use your imagination and special blogger creativity to send along your absolute best to a fellow blogger.

We will be announcing the swaps two weeks from today on November 27th.

P.S. Would your blogging friends and/or readers like to join as well? Just link to this page and/or Danielle's page to share the love.

Have Fun with this and Happy holidays!!!

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