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Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

Instead of another macrobiotics post, I thought I might share what I was up to this weekend. I am so glad springtime is finally around the corner.

Friday night I was able to leave work by 6pm. I meandered home and cooked up some sweet potato gnocchi (Trader Joe’s) for myself. Bobby ended up having to work late so I was on my own. I just played around with a couple of website ideas I’ve been thinking of… overall a relaxing evening. I also read The Help (my current book). It’s really great; I definitely recommend it. I have not seen the movie yet but I will when I finish the novel.

the help book Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

The Help was really popular back in the summer of 2010. I remember being on our honeymoon in Maui and it seemed like everyone around the pool was reading it as they basked in the sun. At the time I think I was going through some Michael Crichton books and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series and forgot to put The Help on my list. I found the hardcover copy at the thrift shop last week for $4 and picked it up and I’ve been reading it every spare moment since.

Saturday… we got up early and I cooked us brunch. I made myself an omelette. I happened to bust out the brewer’s yeast and my hubby discovered that it’s his new favorite food. So since then he has been putting it on every meal.

brewers yeast Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

This is the brewer’s yeast that I have. Apparently it is made from beets so it is not bitter like normal brewer’s yeast. It has about 40 different vitamins and minerals; if you want to see the whole list (nutrition facts), click {HERE}.

On Saturday afternoon I got a bunch of house stuff done. I put up a shelf that has been sitting on our counter on the end of our cabinets (it was out of stock and came in after renovations were done, so I had to install it myself). I put up some wall shelves to use as a spice rack. I painted the trim of the doorframe in the bathroom. I think we also had a late lunch at some point (random leftovers).

By the time I finished all that, it was nearly 5pm, and Bobby and I headed off to Pure for a yoga class. I was expecting a gentle flow, but the class was killer! Bobby is sore today; I’m not, but I was exhausted after class last night (Saturday).

After yoga we had a friend over and cooked in (tofu scramble, rice, and massaged kale salad; Ben and Jerry’s for dessert). We also started to watch Girls. Have you guys seen this show? What do you think? I’ve only seen two episodes and I think I like it so far. I like the fact that the characters look like real people and not perfect Hollywood people.

Today we were supposed to go to Staten Island (brunch with a friend) but we ended up rescheduling. After brunch at home (leftover tofu scramble, omelette), Bobby worked more while I did more house stuff (fixing up my paint job from yesterday, cleaning). Around 2pm we took a Zipcar up to Westchester just for fun. We ended up in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Got lunch at this place: Sweetgrass Grill.

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(Grits pic source – New Forker)

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(Thank you Foodspotting for the soup picture. I forgot to snap pics before digging in.)

I got the mushroom soup (with a few crispy kale chips on top) and Bobby got the Grits with poached eggs and goat cheese. The grits also had mushrooms, spinach, and essence of tomato which is just some kind of tomato-y juice. We shared with each other. Both dishes were incredible! Bobby got a beer as well (I drove, ha).

After wandering around Tarrytown more (we got coffee {HERE}), we headed home, but stopped at Trader Joe’s for a major haul on the way back. When you are a New Yorker and you have a car you can bring home groceries in, you don’t hold back.

We cooked in again (using the TJ’s stuff we just got) and then (as if we didn’t do enough this weekend), we headed off to Terminal 5 for a concert. We saw Alt-J. They recently won the Mercury Prize. I thought they were great! Bobby was not as happy as I was with the show but I think he enjoyed it overall.

I think that is all of it. Finally, finally, we are home (though we stopped for a slice – Bobby – and some garlic knots – both of us – on the way back). And now I think it is sleepy time! There is a slight chance I will be up early enough tomorrow to go to yoga before work. A very very slight chance. Anyway, here are some questions of the day…

What was the last concert you saw? What were you up to this weekend? Do you like brewer’s yeast?

{Fun} Birthday Quiz & Perfect Weekend

I saw this survey on debbie’s blog a few days ago and I couldn’t resist. It was my birthday yesterday so I have been thinking about time, how things have changed, my hobbies and habits over the years, and just remembering fondly times of old. One thing I used to do back in high school – it must have been high school? – is fill out surveys like this. My friends and I all had Xanga’s and we would all take silly quizzes like this and post them and then comment on each other’s answers. There was also Xanga drama but that was because we were high schoolers and high schoolers looooove drama.

So here is a little quizzie-survey thing. Feel free to do it yourself!

The Birthday Quiz

A. Age: 26 as of yesterday.
B. Bed size: Queen.
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the litter box. (Thanks hon, for relieving me of this duty 9 times out of 10! Love you much.)
D. Dogs: None. (2 cats!)
E. Essential start to your day: Stumptown coffee with milk and stevia; toast with butter; alone time.
F. Favorite color: Purple.
G. Gold or Silver: Platinum. I’m not being spoiled. I just can’t decide. I like both gold and silver, though I prefer white gold to silver so I guess I like gold better.
H. Height: 5’10″
I. Instruments you play: Piano (but not lately) and I sing soprano in 2 choirs (sop 1 in one choir, sop 2 in the other).
J. Job title: Software engineer. (I’m a web developer at a marketing company.)
K. Kids: Someday… soon?
L. Live: NYC – UES.
M. Mother’s name: Same as mine! Different nickname though.
N. Nicknames: Maggie, Meg, Magpie, Mags.
O. Overnight hospital stays: None that I know of. When I was born I guess.
P. Pet peeves: chewing with your mouth open. Having to repeat myself because you weren’t listening. These are the general yous, not you the reader specifically icon wink {Fun} Birthday Quiz & Perfect Weekend
Q. Quote from a movie: “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” — Dumbledore (in the HP movie)
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: 2 – a younger brother (3 years younger) and a younger sister (6.5 years younger).
T. Time you wake up: Generally sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 am. Later if I had a late night.
U. Underwear: Uniqlo.
V. Vegetable you hate: Hrm… none? I used to hate baby corn but I love it now. I don’t really like mushy peas, does that count?
W. What makes you run late: Sometimes I start cleaning and I get distracted and I end up looking at the time and I should have left for work 30 minutes ago. Or getting back in bed in the morning to snuggle with Bobby before I go.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: At the dentist (many times – a little less than yearly I think) and at the chiropractor once.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Everything? Hehe – I kid, I kid. I made a pretty good broccoli soup last week, and I have been making some yummy gazpacho this summer. I make good eggs with goat cheese and I also make killer roasted veggies.
Z. Zoo animal: I don’t believe in zoos.

I had a great birthday weekend. Friday night I took Friday Night Flow at Pure with my Ashtanga teacher (I haven’t been to ashtanga in a while). Then I met up with Bobby and we grabbed a quick dinner at Kobeyaki - think Chipotle but for Japanese food. I got the shrimp teriyaki on brown rice and a seaweed salad on the side. (B got the chicken teriyaki and a beer.)

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We later hit up Rockwood (a live music place with a bar) and saw the Delta Saints – I’d never heard of them but they were awesome. They are from Nashville, TN. I listened to their stuff online when we got back but they were much better live, so if you ever have a chance to see them definitely go. They are incredibly talented. The singer’s voice is great, the guitarist is great, the bassist too, the drummer, and there is another guy who plays a bunch of random instruments including harmonica – he was awesome too.

Saturday I went to hot yoga in the morning, sat at a bank doing stuff for my co-op (I’m on the board), and my mom came into town for the day. We got a delicious lunch at Pret a Manger – love this place. My mom told them it was my birthday (embarrassing! kind of) and they gave me a cookie. I got the turkey-basil-hummus wrap and a decaf.

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We went out to Brooklyn where we met up with Bobby’s cousins (from Japan). Walked around a bit, then came back to the city. That evening was pretty chill.

Then this morning we went to Le Pain Quotidien with my mom (I got a soft-boiled egg and bread) before she headed back to NJ. B and I went to central park and tossed a frisbee around and I did some yoga in the park. We walked around before coming home. It’s a gorgeous day in NYC today. Crisp and cool (not too cool), not humid, sunny – the perfect weather. We stopped at Williams Sonoma and got a few kitchen items, and grabbed dogs at Grey’s Papaya before heading back to our apartment.

Now that I’m home, honestly I want to take a nap! But I think I will do some food prep for the week and maybe do some reading.

All in all a lovely weekend. It is SO nice to have almost nothing planned for once. I have got to stop booking up my free time. I am very content to meander with my husband and just enjoy not having anything specific to do.

What did you do this weekend? Do you overbook yourself? What are your answers to the quiz?

February Goals + Meal of the Day #1

meal of the day #1 – february 6

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This was breakfast/brunch yesterday. I cooked up 4 eggs in bacon fat with onions and chopped Brussels sprouts (split between me and the hubs, I think he got about 2/3 of it), a cup of Irish oatmeal (he got more of this as well), nitrate/nitrite-free bacon (this is the “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s – it’s cheaper than the regular strips, but made of the same natural stuff – we split-ish, Bobby probably got a little more), and steamed kabocha squash (I took all the squash).

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Back in January I laid out some goals for myself for this year. I decided to take them one at a time, a month at a time – seemed more reasonable than doing 12398438 goals at once. My initial goals for January were:

  1. Food – Cut the artificial sweeteners completely
  2. Life – Read a book for 30 minutes a day.

january goals – update

Now, I don’t think I completely succeeded at either one, but I did make good progress. I think I read 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week for all of January, so I will call that a win. Nice! I’m still not finished with the book I got for Christmas (Bill Bryson’s Made In America), but I’m almost done.  I think I want to add fiction novels to the mix in February because I tend to get distracted when I’m only reading non-fiction.

I went in and out on the artificial sweeteners one. One day I would be adamant about not having Diet Cherry Pepsi; other days I caved. I’m guessing this was a 50% fail rate. So it needs work. One thing I noticed was that I tended to use the excuse, “I’ll have this soda instead of that cookie my coworker brought in,” but then I would end up having the soda AND the cookie! So that is not valid, not valid at all.

I didn’t have a good way of tracking these goals – so I will do that for my February ones.

february goals – food and life

  1. Food #1 – ditch diet soda (continued).
  2. Food #2 – no snacks 2 hours before bedtime (eep hard for me).
  3. Life #1 – keep reading 30 minutes a day; add fiction books.
  4. Life #2 – go to sleep by 11:00pm 5 nights a week (eep this is also a killer).
  5. (*general – track these in Google Calendar or a Google Doc – tbd*)

There is another thing I’m going to do in February but I don’t want to include it as a goal, because I don’t want to have more than 4 goals hanging over my head. It is to post one meal a day (see above) for the rest of the month. February is a short month so I only have 24 meals to post, including today. I have been taking lots of meal photos because of that Eatery app I mentioned.

Do you have any February goals? How are your new year’s resolutions working out?

P.S. Woohoo Giants! Who were you rooting for? I brought this large plate of veggies and hummus to a super bowl party last night and they were a big hit. The favorites were baby carrots and the peppers.

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