Seasonal Organizing

I took the day off from work today. I didn’t have much to do, so it was a little bit silly for me to go into the office to do an hour’s worth of work! Instead I stayed in bed reading (Lipstick Jungle), did an exercise video, and organized my inbox. Now it’s a 4-day weekend.

Exercise of the day: Dance Off the Inches: Fat Burning Jam via Netflix free streaming (I think they should pay me for how much I promote them). It’s a 35 minute routine – a warmup, 3 different dances (“Shake Those Hips”, “Latin Spice”, and “Jazz it Up”), and a cooldown. I wasn’t super-sweaty but it was worth my 35 minutes. I’ve done it a few times before and I’m not bored of it yet. Stella, one of the backup dancers, is cute and funny. (I also just like the name Stella.)

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After the video I worked on my inbox for almost 2 solid hours. Google has this great new feature in “Labs” called Nested Labels. Apparently it came out in April and I didn’t know until now! I have been waiting so long for this. I had wanted Gmail folders, but this is so much better (you can still have emails categorized under multiple labels). It looks like this:

So I completely redid my labeling system and went through finding things without labels and so on. I feel very satisfied now.

Instructions for using Nested Labels: just go to the “Labs” tab in your Gmail settings and enable it. You create subfolders using “/” in the name of a label – like “Health/Yoga” and “Recipes/Vegetarian”.

I also signed up for Evernote, a site that helps you save things that you want to remember/organize. I think it might be like Springpad (which I signed up for and then never used). I’m hoping to compare the two and pick the one I like better.

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And now I am headed down to the Union Square farmers’ market to do some seasonal grocery shopping and maybe hit up Whole Foods which is right next door. I came up with this great way to menu plan that will please both me and Bobby (I hope). I’m going to have different types of dinners – salad, sandwich, pasta, seafood, pizza, and breakfast (plus one “going out” night). Each week we’ll have a new dish for each type – so like for salad this week we can have Asian chicken salad, then the next week Cobb salad, the next caesar, etc… I’ll do a post on it if it works out 🙂

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What did you get at the farmers’ market this week?

Vietnamese Food Favorites

Two huge things happened this week.

One: I finally got over the flu.

Two: I have more time to blog again. Maybe daily. And maybe even comment on all of your beautiful blogs.

Anyway, I’ll explain more later. Here are my eats for the day (this first picture is from last summer’s juice days):

Breakfast was a green juice with lemon and ginger from The Health Nuts. Yes, this juice is $5.99 (a large), but that’s actually cheap when you consider the fact that The Blueprint Cleanse is about $75 per day (6 juices – one of which is simply water, lemon juice, agave, and cayenne pepper).

After breakfast I did a killer kickbox workout from Netflix (you can work out when you’re sick as long as the cold is just in your head – this made me feel better). It’s called 10 Minute Solution – Kickbox Bootcamp. The workout was good, but I didn’t like the instructor that much.

After I did this one I did a few minutes of Crunch: Super Slimdown which I really liked. I’ll definitely finish it tomorrow. It’s a combination of yoga and pilates (so far). This instructor, Ellen Barret, had a gorgeous figure.

Both of these videos are free with Netflix streaming. We have an XBox hooked up to the television so I can stream them right to the tv. We don’t even get cable anymore because Netflix is easier and cheaper. (And cheaper than a gym membership.)

Lunch was a salad ordered out from Cafe Metro: romaine base, smoked tofu, egg whites, avocado, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, mandarin orange, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers, sliced beets, and sprouts. I got it chopped with dressing on the side – Chipotle Ranch. It also came with a whole wheat bun, which I had a little later.

Lunch dessert – these chocolate powerberry things from Trader Joe’s. Just a handful. Or two.

For dinner we went out to Thai Son in Chinatown, which is actually Vietnamese. I got the papaya salad – green papaya, shrimp, peanuts, and the Vietnamese dressing with fish sauce. I had some of Bobby’s beef pho as well. This is my ultimate favorite meal.

Dessert – Chinatown cherries. Two pounds for $3. Now they are gone.

My brother is coming into the city tomorrow to get lunch so that should be fun. I also scheduled a facial now that I’m over the flu.

If you had to eat one meal forever, what would it be? Mine would be papaya salad. I don’t even think this would be a hardship for me.