So, I’ve been working on and off today on making my blog look nice.  I’m still having technical difficulties.  Since my morning coffee post, I had breakfast and a snack…

1/2 cup dry oatmeal, 1 packet of equal, cinnamon, frozen berries, a splash of milk, some crunchy fiber cereal from Trader Joe’s.  It still didn’t taste right, so I added some sugar free syrup after I took the picture.

Afternoon snack was salad.  I love salad, because I feel like I can eat as much as I want, without feeling guilty.  I’ve been stopping off at the dollar rack at the farmer’s market pretty frequently.  My latest find were peas in the shell.  I got a huge bag for only a buck!  It seemed fun, but I discovered that removing the beans from the shell is time consuming.  I just don’t have enough patience to do that when I am hungry!

These are what I extracted…

And here was the waste:

And the final product:

Salad mix from a bag, peas, a carrot, sunflower seeds, and homemade dressing, which consisted of honey mustard, balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, and parmesan cheese.

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Morning Coffee!

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Look at my delicious cup of coffee.  It’s got four shots of espresso, steamed milk with lots of foam, two equals, and a dash of cinnamon.  Just the way I like it.  My goal for this morning is to get this blog set up so it looks decent.  I don’t know why, but it’s been such a hassle for me.  I’ve been putting it off for so long that it’s discouraged me from doing daily posts.  Wish me luck!

Since I was laid off my job, I’ve had a lot of free time.  At first, it was a curse, because I became isolated and withdrawn.  All I did was excercise–that was my only escape from reality.  I fell into a slump; always tired and never had the energy to do anything or go anywhere beside the gym. 

Finally, about 4 months into unemployed life, I got a temp job, which lasted about 3.5 weeks.  Although I loved being busy all day, I also felt like I had no time left for me!  I was spinning my wheels.  I was getting up at the break of dawn to go to work, then to rush off to the gym, then home to pack my lunch for the next day, shower, and walk the dog.  I wasn’t getting home until about 8:30 at night and I had to be up by about 6:30.  I quickly realized that I did not want to live like that.

Fortunately, I am not temping anymore.  I’ve now realized that I need to start LIVING and not just letting life pass me by, especially since I can do whatever I want, now that I am not working.  There are so many things that I want to do, but never seem to get around to them.  I live in Portland, which is an amazing city, but I realized I really don’t know much about the history of this place.  There are also a ton of sights I’d like to see.  Being jobless (this time around) has been a blessing.  I’m using this time to catch up with old friends, try new recipes, start a garden, and to begin exploring everything that Portland has to offer.

So…tonight, a friend and I went to a concert at Sauvie Island!  It was unlike anything I have ever experienced.  Imagine a combination of a picnic in the park, a live band, u-pick berries, hay rides, dancing, and kids playing in sprinklers.  It was surreal; I felt like I was in a movie from the ’50s.  Everyone was so relaxed–nobody was on their cell phone or their laptop.  It was so nice to be in an environment where people were just there to have a nice time and enjoy the company of their friends and family.  The only downer was that I got ATTACKED by mosquitos. 

Hooked up with veggies! Can't wait to experiment with the beets.

 

My first hay ride.

About a month ago, the battery in my heart rate monitor died.  It’s taken me almost a month to replace it  because I could not find the battery size anywhere!  Today, I finally found a kiosk in the mall that specialized in watch repairs (they also specialize in gold teeth and really blingy “jewelry”). 

Tonight, I burned 632 calories!  After not having my monitor for so long, I have to say, it was so great to have it back.  Seeing how my hard work pays off at the gym is so rewarding!

How do you use your heart rate monitor?  Does anyone use it for other purposes, beside tracking the number of calories burned?

By the way, my hands are starting to look like my mother’s.  Look at all those scary veins!  I remember when I was younger, I used to push on her hand veins because they were so…weird.  Look at me now.  Hmph!