Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dinner & Dessert

Today's Flex Day involved little to no work professionally, but I was quite busy otherwise: oil change, Zumba, one mile walk with Remy, afternoon iced tea (unsweetened black) catch up session with a friend, and dinner plans.  I'm just starting to watch the Olympics now - so behind!

A former co-worker turned good friend met me for dinner at Sputnik.  She had been there before, and I was eager to try it out.  I ordered the Tacos with Jackfruit (corn tortillas, pico de gallo, cabbage).  Yum.
 We split an order of Hush Puppies with jalapeno sauce (holy cow, it was hot! Still really good).
 She ordered the Summer Noodle Bowl, and said it was delicious. 

Since the portions were reasonable, I had room for dessert.  Menchie's Dairy Free Coconut Fro-Yo.
 A little melty after the car ride home, but you get the idea.

Another two days ahead of meetings and training. . .I hope you're having a great week!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Let's Eat

Back to school shopping: complete.
 V-Neck purchased at Cafe Press.  I can't wait to wear it when I move into my new classroom.

It was a long day, so I did not feel bad about going to an English Pub for dinner with a friend.
Three Lions opened last year, and I've been meaning to get here.  Thus, when it was offered to me as an option tonight, I quickly agreed.  It's known for good food, and a fun atmosphere.
 I checked the Vegan Beer Directory, and ordered a local favorite:  Fat Tire.   I don't remember the last time I had a beer, and today's conference was particularly tedious.  That's my excuse for having a drink on Monday.  ;)
Really, really delicious salad.  This is the Rice and Bean Salad.  I wish I was able to finish it, and sadly had only one piece of pita - I forgot about the fullness that comes with drinking a beer.

Tomorrow is a Flex Day, so I might be able to work on a presentation from home.  If that's the case, I'll squeeze in another post!  

Olympics Tonight:  So proud of our hometown girl, Missy Franklin, for winning her first gold medal!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekend

Saturday: lots of chores inside and outside.
Melon for breakfast. Cucumber, Tofutti, Onion bagel (toasted) for lunch.
 This is a small bagel, not giant cucumber slices. ;)
It was my brother's birthday, so we met at the Cheesecake Factory.
 Fresh Vegetable Salad (sans cheese).  My parents gave him the gift of skydiving.

Sunday:  two mile jog plus two mile walk with Remy.
 Mom's Best Toasted Wheat-Fuls with vanilla almond milk.

Errands, including Whole Foods - which means I have to have one of these:
This was on sale, so I decided to try it:
Thus, lunch: heated Gardein shreds and wilted spinach on whole wheat (toasted).
Dinner via Colorado produce:  corn on the cob, kale with hummus dressing (garlic hummus, nooch, sea salt, pepper, splash of water and olive oil).  A few water crackers with hummus also happened.
Olympics Today: I enjoyed watching the very athletic Men's Water Polo team.  Muscles + Speedo = Yes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Flipping the Switch

When people ask me what it's like to have a summer break as an adult, I say this: "It's like going from being the boss of a small company, to being unemployed.  Then, from being unemployed to being a boss, again, but with any entirely new staff."  It takes me two weeks to adjust on both ends.

Thus, today I "flipped the switch" and started preparing like I have a job to go to in the morning.  Laundry (time to find clothes that don't go with tennis shoes or flip flops), dishes (not happening in the morning), and. . .  packing a lunch (WHAT?).  Yeah, I'm not ready.

 Melon for breakfast, coffee.

Onion bagel (toasted) with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Cucumber.
 I intended to make it to Sweet Action for either of their vegan ice cream flavors (cinnamon roll or mint brownie), but after trying to find parking for 10 minutes (it's on a busy one way street with metered parallel parking - all full), I gave up.  Enter Menchie's Dairy Free Strawberry Fro Yo:

Dinner:  Field Roast Frank on Rudi's Whole Wheat, Ketchup.  Green bean fries (Farmer's Market green beans tossed in olive oil, sea salt, pepper - baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes).
Mostly, I am going to miss hanging out with this little guy all day.
If I don't go cross-eyed from reading power points and charts (I'm going to District meetings) over the next few days, I'll try to write a post.  Otherwise, it might be Saturday.

Wishing you a wonderful latter half of the week!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You've Got Mail

Wednesday sales flyer for supermarkets arrive in Tuesday's mail.  I'm happy to report that local farms are shipping in their produce (including two of my favorites - at reasonable prices!),
Olate Sweet Corn
 Organic Kale
Still waiting for peaches. . .any day now.

Once a year this arrives.  Yeah, buddy!

You have correctly guessed that I will use the BOGO and Free Chips/Guac with Purchase soon.

Outside the mailbox, here's what happened today:  two mile walk with Remy followed by a frozen banana, peanut butter, spinach, and rice milk smoothie.  Yum!
 One hour at Zumba (I've decided to buy another package, and go once or twice a week - but after today, it'll have to be in the evening).

Two part lunch: melon. . .
 And my very first Field Roast Frank on Rudy's Whole Wheat with ketchup.
I know I'm late to the party on this one, but this was a fantastic frank!

Dinner:  I would have had Chipotle, but I wanted something cold and light.  So, Whole Foods Tofu Salad Rolls happened (not shown: peanut dipping sauce).

Last day of summer break is tomorrow. . .maybe I should eat ice cream at all three meals.  No?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Lunch & Country Music

Today's lunch was at Mattina 2240 Cafe.  I ventured there with the desire to try their egg-less egg salad.
 Much to my disappointment, it is now off the menu and they are no longer carrying the ingredients to make it.  So, I had the Vegan Delight wrap.
 In addition to less than stellar service, there was no pickle.  But I wasn't going to ask, considering it took three requests just to get a glass of water - not refilled, just the first one.
Meh.  I could have made this at home.  My brother (who I wrangled into joining me) said his Chicken Pesto sandwich was great.

In other news, on Saturday Remy went for a sleepover at my parent's house while I drove two hours north.
To here. . .
Luckily, it did not rain (even with those threatening clouds) as I went to visit a friend in Cheyenne, and our plans included an outdoor concert.
 The Band Perry, above, was really good.  They opened for Brad Paisley (below).
I wasn't super familiar with their music to begin with, but I left as a fan.  Brad Paisley has great interaction with the crowd, and is such an amazing musician (a guitar solo in almost every song).  Both artists acknowledged what happened in Aurora, and it was really touching.  Brad sang this song (also acoustic) in remembrance, and I'd recommend taking two minutes to listen just because his voice is that fantastic.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Last Week of Summer

This week featured a couple of doggy playdates, a couple of chats with friends - but mostly it was mellow due to the hot temperatures outside.  My adventures were mostly in the kitchen.
 Whole Wheat/ White Flour combo waffle topped with heated blueberries (previously frozen).
Cheezy Kale Chips - recipe for "cheese" is spot on, but these suckers did not take 45 minutes at 200 degrees.  More like two hours and 15 minutes.

In terms of adventures in restaurants, I didn't have any  - just a trip to Chipotle for a burrito bowl.

To end my summer break posts, let's revisit my "Summer List" to check for completion.
1. Visit and document vegan friendly restaurants 
Vegan Van, Fire on the Mountain, WaterCourse Foods
2. WWI Picture Project
Nope
3. Closet and cabinet clean out
Almost finished
4. Crafts (painting, jewelry, et al)
Nothing
5.  Workout in the morning (preferably first thing)
Yes, I did and nearly every morning!!
6. Complete 5k training program (again - it's been a while)
Almost finished
Yes I did.

I am determined to work on and finish the WWI Project by the second week of August, as I want to send it to my grandfather (they are his father's pictures) sooner rather than later.  In terms of crafts - why didn't I do them? I think they will be great stress relievers during the school year, so I know I'll get to it.  I am most excited about converting myself to a morning workout  - well done, self!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

City Park

Breakfast Wrap and Coffee
 Whole Wheat tortilla, tofu, spices, spinach, Daiya Jack, hot sauce.
 We've returned to the high 90s and 100 degree days, and I have a rule:  if it's 80 degrees or hotter at 8am - I don't run.  So, Remy and I did a 35 minute walk at City Park.
 Back of the Boat House
 Path along the lake
 Front of Boathouse, Denver Skyline, Rocky Mountains 
 One hour Zumba class. Unsweetened Black Iced Tea afterwards.

Lunch:
Rosemary Sourdough (toasted), Follow Your Heart, Tomato, Cucumber.

Leftover coleslaw (about 2/3 cup) as a snack - coleslaw mix, cashew cream (not pictured).

Dinner:
Potato Kale Salad (dressing: Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, Follow Your Heart Cream Cheese, Italian Seasoning, sea salt, pepper).

And that's how I spent my last Thursday off till Thanksgiving.  *Sigh*

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Actions & Eats

Two mile jog.  Dog park.
 Copycat Starbucks smoothie: banana, chocolate rice protein powder, coffee, rice milk, ice.

One hour at Zumba - she's changing the choreography, so I'm feeling it!
 Quick clean up, shoved some Tamari roasted pumpkin seeds in my face, and ran out the door for a one hour massage (thanks to Groupon.)
Late lunch: toasted Rosemary Sourdough, Follow Your Heart Cream Cheese, cucumber, tomato - au natural, no seasonings today.

Eight water crackers with my favorite garlic hummus a while later.

Dinner:
Coleslaw mix, peas, homemade cashew cream (soaked cashews, water, sea salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning).  Two small-ish ears of corn from the Farmer's Market.  Either my taste buds have been brainwashed by the supermarket corn, or this wasn't very good. Hmm. . .