Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day).
Sometime between 7:30 – 8:15am – Wake up.
Make and drink coffee, read, do some cleaning. Sometimes I blog in the morning (like today).
This coffee has ground cardamom in it, Columbian-style. I went to Juan Valdez cafe a couple weeks ago and discovered this delicious trick.
If I have time, maybe I make lunch or do some food prepping. This morning I was up around 6:30, which is earlier than normal. I was able to make 2 different soups based on recipes in the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook (carrot soup and butternut squash soup).
^^ Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – had it for breakfast! ^^
^^ Blending the carrot soup ^^
(Recipes for both to come.)
9:00am – Wake up Bobby and give him his coffee (in bed! spoiled).
9:15am – Do makeup, straighten hair, and get dressed for work.
9:25 – 9:40am – Leave for work. I walk to the subway (~10 mins) and take the train. It’s not a bad commute – on a good day it’s about 20 minutes and on a slow day it’s around 30. Sometimes I like to pick up a Kombucha on the way! (Need to get these in bulk; can’t keep spending $4 on each one.)
9:50 – 10:10am – Arrive at work.
Check emails, make a to-do list for the day. I usually eat breakfast at my desk but sometimes I have time to eat at home before I go (though I am not usually hungry until after 10am). Start real work – code.
On MWF, I’ve been leading training sessions for our team in India, so at 11am and 3pm today, I will have hour-long training sessions.
Coding, check in on reporting, check in on dev team requests.
Sometime between 12:45 and 2pm – Grab lunch if I didn’t bring it. If I did bring it, I try to go outside for a short walk anyway.
Code more, do another training (3pm if it’s MWF), a few days a week sync up with coworkers to make sure deliverables for the day can be completed.
^^ I look at stuff like this most of the day, only not the language shown (that’s CSS). I code in PHP and MySQL mostly. Coda is my favorite text editor. ^^
After 5pm I am very focused on whatever project it is that I’m trying to complete that day. I think this is my most productive time of the day.
Sometime between 6:30 – 8:00pm I leave the office.
I get to a yoga class after work about 2-3 times a week (I go to Pure Yoga on the UES). Today is Wednesday and I want to get to Tanya’s 7:30pm class. Bobby goes with me if he can get out of work in time.
Sometime between 8 – 9:45pm – Eat dinner (if I have time, I make dinner).
After dinner I read, futz around on the computer, clean, hang out with Bobby and the cats, maybe I blog. I usually shower or have a bath at night too. I’ve been meaning to play piano more but have not actually done it
We found a bed and breakfast using BedandBreakfast.com: The Williamsburg Manor. The place was amazing. I would definitely recommend it and we will certainly be back. The owner, Laura, was attentive and helpful. The innkeeper (the woman who cleaned and made our breakfasts), Stephanie, was also great. She gave us so many good recommendations for places to go and things to see.
After settling in, we went out to dinner at the Blue Talon Bistro. I got the Nicoise Salad, Bobby got the Hamburger, and we split a “side” of grilled cheese. The side was huge though – we couldn’t finish it together. I grabbed a gigantic cookie on the way out. It was some kind of chocolate-nut thing and it was incredible. Too buttery for Bobby, but not for me.
Breakfast is served at 9 on Sundays, so we were up bright and early.
Before going down to VA, I looked up a Quaker meeting to go to Sunday morning. We went and it was a very small group of people (maybe 10?) but everyone was so nice. After meeting (1 hour) we ended up staying and chatting for nearly another hour.
After that we walked around Colonial Williamsburg for a couple hours, just looking at the old buildings and window shopping.
That night we took a ferry across some body of water and went out for seafood afterwards at Harpoon Larry’s. Killer seafood!
Breakfast is at 8:30 every other day but Sunday, so we were up even earlier.
A little while after eating, we got massages at Serenity Spa. Bobby’s was good but mine was not. My guy did not do any pressure even though I asked for it. Bobby’s woman was really into Qi Gong and recommended we check it out later.
After lunch at The Carrot Tree, we went to another touristy place – Historic Jamestown. We wandered the grounds of the very first settlement and spoke to a volunteer who gave us a great history lesson. We also watched some glass-blowing.
That evening we ended up at a local bar for dinner and they happened to be having Trivia Night, so we stayed for it. We almost won, too – even though our team was only 2 people. The winning team must have had about 15 people on it so we didn’t feel too bad.
We woke up and ate a delicious southern breakfast. It was a biscuit (no gravy! ), a porridge of rice/grits/corn cooked in chicken broth with heavy cream, scrambled eggs, and fruit. I think I went back for more eggs but I do not remember. Coffee, on the side, of course.
Then we started on our 6+ hour drive home to NJ. Nothing too eventful happened on the drive up except for a stop at Chik-Fil-A (our favorite fast food joint, even though I don’t agree with their politics). At Chik-Fil-A I managed to spill an entire cup of carrot salad all over myself.
That is actually about it for the trip! I’m sure I’m forgetting bits and pieces but I think I remembered most of what we did. Now I’m off to work…
What is your favorite breakfast? Do you eat breakfast?
I just about always eat breakfast. Today I had some gluten free toast with butter on it, and coffee with cream. Other favorites in the rotation are oatmeal, grits, and yogurt with fruit.
A few weeks ago when my in-laws were visiting we ended up out in Flushing. Flushing (a town in the eastern part of Queens) has a huge Korean and Chinese population. We stopped into H-Mart (a Korean grocery store) just before heading back to the city and I ended up with quite a large haul. Queens prices < Manhattan prices.
One thing I picked up (it was on sale and I was curious) was ‘fern bracken’.
When I got home I discovered that ‘fern bracken’ is actually just another term for fiddlehead ferns. Fiddleheads always pop up at the farmers’ market around April. It’s good to know I can get them year round at H-Mart if I need to. If you’re familiar with Korean food, these bracken ferns / fiddleheads show up in Bi Bim Bap as well – they are the brown pieces of veggie.
Fiddleheads are high in antioxidants, and are a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. As most vegetables, they are high in fiber. They also happen to have vitamin A, niacin, vitamin C, riboflavin, phosphorus, and even iron.
1 bag of boiled bracken fern (750 grams or 1.65 pounds). I know they sell bracken fern in a dried form, but I have not tried this recipe with the dried fiddleheads.
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or more, to taste)
1 tablespoon of ground black sesame (toasted pre-grinding). Feel free to substitute regular sesame seeds, and the grinding is optional.
Drain the bracken ferns and thoroughly wash them.
Chop the fern pieces into 1-2 inch pieces. Add the garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and make sure all the pieces are coated in the sauce.
Heat a wok on high heat. You do not need to add any oil, since there is oil in the ferns already. Saute on high heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently (I like to use chopsticks for stirring).
Add about 3-4 tablespoons of water to the cooking ferns, turn the heat down to medium, mix again, and cover the wok. Let the ferns cook for 10 more minutes to get nice and tender.
At the end, there may be a little bit of water left – you can either continue cooking to let it boil off (uncovered again, and high heat), you can leave it in, or you can dump it out. It’s ok for this dish to have a little bit of water.
Turn off the heat under the ferns. Grind your black sesame.
Serve the fiddlehead / bracken ferns topped with sesame; mix before serving.
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Have you had fiddlehead ferns? What’s your favorite way to prepare them?