Thursday aka Almost Friday

I seem to really be getting into the routine of getting up earlier and I really like it. It makes the mornings go by so much easier. But an ironic thing did happen yesterday. Though I had blogged about the fact that I needed to get some grain cereal out of the freezerer, I still forgot! So, yesterday I ate some of dear husband’s live active cereal. It was pretty good, it had flakes, clusters dried blueberries and dried cranberries. I topped it with milk and some almonds.

quick breakfast

quick breakfast

The drive to work was pretty uneventful but once I got to work, everything began to unravel. The Pro and I were working on a big meeting notice when the copier decided to break. Yeah, at 7:30 in the morning, not a good sign. Then we realized we didn’t have enough envelopes so I had to run out to Staples to get some, otherwise known as an emergency staples run. When I was leaving, T came in and said that the emergency staples run warranted and emergency Starbucks run. So, while I was out, I picked up everyone’s favorite. I wasn’t in the mood for a latte so I got one of the new smoothies, mango banana or something like that. It was really good and so filling, they add some sort of protein/fiber powder to it. I was only able to drink about two thirds.

smoothie

smoothie

A couple hours after the smoothie, Chef asked me to have some of the soup of the day, he was worried it would be too spicy to serve. It had choirzo, chicken and lots of veggies, I had it with a yogurt and a peach. It was really good, just not that spicy like I had expected.

soup

soup

 

a great way to round out lunch

a great way to round out lunch

The afternoon unfolded the same way the morning did. We loaded up the printer with the new envelopes and low and behold we had to manually feed each one in, yep, all 425 of them. T and I took turns with this exciting task. Once all of the notices and envelopes were printed, we each took a stack and got to stuffing. We were on a good roll when T started putting postage on them and guess what happened? The postage meter ran out of ink. Seriously, what else would happen with this thing? I told T that I felt like this meeting is surrounded by bad karma! The project ended up taking up my whole day and I had only planned on it taking up the morning. So, I was able to leave right after finishing. By this time I was hungry already, I guess the soup just wasn’t very filling so I had a banana.

perfectly ripe

perfectly ripe

On the way home, I felt exhausted but I had to stop for my hair appointment. After the cut, I went home and made some dinner. I made salmon with orange chili glaze. It was a spicy sweet combo of soy sauce, orange juice, honey, thai sweet chili sauce and cilantro. The Chef at work had made this for T and I a couple weeks ago and I decided to replicate it at home. It was fantastic. I’m thinking that combo would make a good stir fry sauce as well. I served the salmon with BIG HUGE slices of hanover tomato and some broccoli that I sauteed in olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. I usually add crushed red pepper too but I didn’t want to overwhelm our palates with spice. It was all mighty tasty.

dinner

dinner

After dinner, I started to read and I fell asleep. Yes, at 7 pm at night, I fell asleep. I guess I really was exhausted from the day at work. I woke up on the couch around 8 and went directly to bed. Well, you know what they say, early to bed early to rise.

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Monday Monday

Monday, Monday. Gotta love em. Somehow, someway, I woke up earlier than I *have* to and still ended up running really late. Normally, I can everything I need to get done in about 45 minutes and still get to work on time, it seemed to be taking double that! Though I work in an environement that being a few late doesn’t really matter, I was still stressed. The breakfast was pretty typical for me. I had half a serving of hot grain cereal that has wheatberries, oats and bulgur topped with the last of the blueberries, ground flax seed and  almond butter. I also had a glass of milk and some water to take my morning vitamins.
a hearty breakfast

a hearty breakfast

The drive to work was horrendous, it was raining monsoon style the whole time. My commute is 40 minutes each way, thats alotta monsoon.  Once I arrived, it was pretty normal. I work for one of the countries best golf clubs and on Monday’s the club is closed. It’s just my boss, aka The Pro, my supervisor, aka T, and myself. We all work like busy little bees on Mondays because when the club is open, things get really out of controll sometimes. You would think in a leisurely industry the work pace would be the same. I assure you it is not, at least during the season.
Lunch on Monday’s is always The Pro’s choice. He seems to have some sort of complex about that, he insists every Monday on buying lunch. T thinks that it is because during normal club hours the staff is provided with free lunch of which T nor I partake. It is generally really heavy man food. Cheeseburgers, pizza, white pasta with white creamy sauces. So, on Monday he insists on taking care of us. Most of the time, his choice leaves plenty of healthy options and luckily yesterday was one of those days. He chose Firebird’s Rocky Mountain Grill
The Pro also decided that today he would pick up the lunch since he was going out anyway. I ordered the Mixed green salad with wood fired salmon. It has spring mix, jicama, tomatoes and a cilantro lime vinegarette. It is so good, one of my favorite Monday lunches.  
i puffy heart jicama
i puffy heart jicama 

 

Our lunch delivery also included a grande soy latte from Starbucks. Another one of those things he does that no one understands but we all appreciate. It was all mighty tasty though I think I drank too much of the latte, I normally get a tall but I think The Pro just likes to say the word grande :).

soy latte

soy latte

After lunch, the rest of the work day flew by as they always do during the season. I left without knowing what was on the menu for dinner. After a long discussion with dear husband on the phone, I decided that I would just cook whatever struck my fancy once I arrived home. It was a yoga night so I knew it needed to be quick. Once home, I was inspired by a jar of portabella mushroom sauce we bought at a local farm stand. I made some creamy polenta with parmesan, topped it with the sauce, some soy mozzarella and some fresh basil from the deck garden.  I served it with a simple green salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It was delightful, I think the basil made it.  

a quick weeknight meal

a quick weeknight meal

 

After dinner we watched Army Wives that was on the dvr and then headed off to yoga. Yoga class was great, the normal instructor was out and Sonja was there in her place. Sonja is the one who really gets you sweating. There is just something about her flows that you know you are getting an instense session. It is probably the sweat that is dripping all over the place. Though last night, she took it easy on us. There was a beginner in the class, only one yoga class ever and she had never even heard of vinyasa.  After yoga, we checked out Sonja’s new Smart Car and then headed home.

When I got home, I chatted with Monica about her teleclass tonight on cravings. I’m so excited for it, I hope to learn a lot about why I crave the things I do and how to battle those cravings. After our chat,  I caught up on blog reading, my secret hobby and then off to bed I went. 5:30 comes early, ya know!