Work and Tuna and Friends

Been working a lot – it’s fun though!

When I was little I used to make a tuna concoction with my friend for a snack. Some of the common ingredients were…

  • tuna (duh)
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard, especially the kind with seeds
  • honey
  • egg whites
  • random spices

After work I went over to that friend’s house and then I walked home, which was a little over 2 miles. I actually walked to my friend’s after work while chatting with my mom, which was another 3 miles. Walking home was actually really nice. I haven’t been doing yoga much recently (because my mind is going too fast) but sometimes I need that time to let my mind go blank.

I’m having dessert now, which is a bowl of ripe kabocha!

What did you have for dessert today?

How to Cook Sardines

Tonight’s dinner was simple and quick. I cooked up some sardines (I got my fish in Chinatown) in butter and served them alongside some veggies, roots, and miso-tahini dressing. Macrobiotic? For me it is! It’s really all about balance.

Maggie’s Simple Sardines

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 3 whole sardines
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Prep the sardines – cut off the heads and gut them. I promise, this is really easy! Run a slit down the belly and just pull out the gross stuff. Rinse them in water and try to wipe off the loose scales.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute the sardines on each side for 2-3 minutes. You can put a cover over them and cook for another couple of minutes if you’re not sure they’re cooked through.
  3. Eat! You don’t have to worry too much about the little bones – those ones are digestible. Just don’t eat the backbone and the bigger rib-like bones.

My veggies included kabocha, purple sweet potato, spinach, burdock, and daikon. The miso-tahini dressing on top is delicious.

My boss ordered lunch for us today from New York Burger Company and I got the “Tropical Grilled Chicken” salad. It was a garden salad topped with grilled chicken, perfectly ripe avocado, fresh mangoes, dried cranberries, and a few stray chickpeas. I used the yogurt-dill dressing and it was absolutely divine. I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect salad… not to mention the sweet potato fries that rocked my socks.

Happy almost Tuesday!

Women’s Work and a Recipe: Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

I had a really wonderful chat with a friend tonight about women’s work and what that means. Did you know yesterday was International Women’s Day?

I don’t consider myself a feminist, at least not in the traditional sense. I don’t think that women should have to have high-powered executive jobs or wonderful exciting careers to prove that they are just as capable as men. I do think that the work women do for their families should be considered just as important as the work that a CEO does (if not more important, actually). I think the feminists of the 60s and 70s got it wrong, and I think they actually made life harder for women of my generation.

I have a few career goals, but I also have family life goals. And in the meantime, here are some things I might do if I could do whatever I wanted all day:

  • Review a macrobiotic diet plan (this was such a fun experiment).
  • Make new creations with PB2… (PB2, where are you?? I ordered a new box over a month ago.)
  • Experiment with rice cooker recipes (I’m on this weird mailing list for rice cooker recipes – I don’t know why they send me recipes all the time, but I’m actually kind of glad for it!)
  • Bake more! I have been meaning to make these black bean brownies that I made a long time ago.

In an effort to use my womanly baking skills and show off a bit, I made these cookies for my office last night. Monday was a rough day and baked goods are always good for cheering up. I enjoy baking even if it’s not as “important” as working in an office.

Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix everything together. You can mix the dry together and the wet together separately if you want, but I didn’t and they still came out good.

Drop onto a baking sheet – heaping spoonfuls – and bake for ~15 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn! Soft yet crispy – see:

What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted? I forgot to mention I would also play with my fats…

Fat cat in a bag (we didn’t put him in; he just likes it).

This is the other fat cat on a couch.

Anyway… What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted?

I Love Chipotle Burritos & Grits. And Wedding Planning.

Today I got Chipotle for lunch. My fajita burrito had…

  • Wrap (why don’t they have whole wheat yet?)
  • Rice (yum! I love the way they season and butter this)
  • Carnitas (shredded pork)
  • Extra fajita veggies
  • Tomato and corn salsas
  • Lettuce

I ate a little more than half and put it away (I was at lunch with Bobby). Five minutes later I was still ravenous (Bobby was just finishing up his burrito – exactly the same as mine but with beans instead of fajita veggies) so I finished it off. Yum.

Ah, here was my breakfast today – grits with coconut oil and maple syrup. My dad used to make grits all the time when I was growing up. Actually – he still does. Every time Bobby and I go to New Jersey he makes us fried grits and they are amazing.

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I have been very busy wedding planning this week (did I mention I’m trying to plan a wedding in 5 months?). Luckily it’s a simple wedding and I already have the dress ordeal behind me. It was not an ordeal at all.

Anyway, I didn’t get to do my walking yesterday and then I didn’t walk again today (raining). So tonight I plan on doing my Diane Von Furstenberg exercises (sometimes I call them DVF exercises or dvf stretching). I haven’t been into yoga lately but that’s okay. My interests come and go in phases (not that yoga is going – it’s just not top priority right now).

What’s your favorite burrito? What do you put in it? Where do you get it?

intenSati Closing Thoughts

As you guys know, I participated in the intenSati Warrior Challenge this month. Sunday was the closing ceremony. It was a really inspiring last class, and I am so glad that I went. When I got there I hung out with Missy (we did the challenge together).

I am going to lay this out the same way Missy did.

Summary of the closing event:

It was scheduled for 2 hours (1 – 3pm on Sunday). The first 20 minutes or so we mingled around and then we sat down and people shared some of their experiences. I did not have any major life changes during the challenge, but I was still happy with it. Some people did though! I loved hearing about all the courageous acts that people attempted. IntenSati has a way of really helping to clean up your life.

Then we did the class. I think it lasted a little bit more than an hour. First Natalia taught her segment, then Lindsay jumped in, and then Patricia did the last part (slow lower body stuff). Patricia actually did the first 2 parts that Natalia and Lindsay taught and I think she realized how hard intenSati is! After the class was over she made a comment about how difficult the workout was. I was impressed.

Some of the closing affirmations were: “I love you I love you I love you I love you” (said to yourself in the mirror); “I bow to the beauty within you”. I do not remember the rest. I really liked the lower body section though – it was all about loving yourself.

Then came the slightly awkward part. We had to find a partner (I picked Missy, which is kind of a cop out). Then we had to do the lower body workout while facing the partner. This was fine. THEN we had to stare into each other’s eyes for a few minutes. It was hard! I never realized how difficult it can be to hold someone’s gaze. I started worrying about whether I looked goofy or Missy thought it was silly; it was actually a really eye-opening experience. I tend to doubt myself and be self-conscious, but I really shouldn’t do that. Afterwards we gave each other a hug and said how much we believed in each other. It was really nice.

Then we had another sharing session and they gave away prizes (I didn’t win anything). The girl who did the most classes did 29 classes in the 30 days. Crazy! She did multiple classes a day sometimes. After the sharing we heard from Laurie of the Handel Group, which was very cool. They seem like a great organization.

So here are my pros and cons (not comprehensive at all – just what’s on my mind right now)…

The Good:

  • It is AWESOME to yell positive affirmations 3x a week for an hour. It is a major energy booster.
  • Bobby came with me to a writing workshop and he got a lot out of it!
  • I got to meet a lot of amazing instructors and fellow Warriors.
  • I learned a lot about myself.
  • I started to set goals for myself, and actually started to make plans to get those goals accomplished.

The Bad:

  • I gained 5 pounds. I’m hoping they will come off soon!
  • I was hungry all the time and I ate more than I needed to.
  • My knees hurt (this happened to Missy too). I think all the jumping is a little bit too much for my joints – so I will tone it down when I do intenSati in the future.

Overall, I LOVED my intenSati experience. I can’t wait to take the occasional intenSati class (I’m hoping once a week!). There is another Warrior Challenge coming up, so if you are in the New York area and want a free month of Equinox, GO FOR IT! Check out the intenSati website.

I think I am going to get some sleep. I did another class tonight and I’m very tired! I’ve had a really awesome week so far though and I want to keep it up.

What made you happy today? What made me happy was realizing I can choose to be happy any time I want.