Sunday, June 29, 2014

Handling Change

It was both a busy and tough weekend, so I don't have many images for you.  On the positive side, my parents and I helped move my brother into his first post-college (read: living alone) apartment.  He didn't have too much to move, and will need to fully furnish it once we return from England.
(Staying hydrated during the move.)

Also positive: on Saturday night, a friend asked me to try out Pho 95 - on the rougher side of town, so we'll not go there too often! They are the only other Vietnamese restaurant I know who offer a veggie broth.  Here is their Pho Chay (the broth was spicy and delicious!)
I think I like our usual haunt better for the tofu to noodle ratio.  This probably had a head of broccoli in it, and five large tofu chunks, and very little noodle.

Both weekend days I enjoyed homemade waffles, but this morning I added a pb smear:

The tough part of the weekend came this afternoon: I went into the spin and yoga studio to clean (next weekend is exactly one year since my first class).  I was texting with the owner about supplies, when she asked if I had a second to chat. So, she called me.  If you recall, back in May some issues arose causing all but one location to close.  Now, this location and the existence of the studio as a whole (it would celebrate five years of operation in two weeks) will be decided by the end of this week.  As in, a great likelihood that the studio could cease to exist by the end of July and she would be forced out as the owner, turning it over to the investors who would not try to keep it open. 

I'm still not great at "feeling" my emotions, so it took a couple of hours - but I cried, am crying.  I'm really broken-hearted over this as I've built friendships with the teachers and clients.  Sure, free classes for working is fantastic, but the community of people filled a hole in my heart that I didn't know was there.  On average, I was inside one of her studios five days a week over the last year.  That is a lot of time to spend somewhere outside of your home and work.  It's just as well that the trip is this week.  The thought of starting over my yoga practice at a new studio is pretty overwhelming, and I have no idea about spinning classes.  In the meantime, I'm grieving the death of my favorite place to spend time. It really sucks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Double Up

Meals and such from both Wednesday and Thursday! Only the restaurant meals were taken with iPhone, the rest with the Canon - for your consideration. . .
Wednesday: The second half of the Vega Natural Flavor Packet, frozen banana, frozen mango, unsweetened almond milk.

Thursday breakfast:
Lunch both days: fajitas (three just like this)

Wednesday night, I left the studio early and met a friend for dinner at Native Foods (her idea, and she is a carnivore!).  We met a location closer to her, and their menu was different than the location near me.  I seized the opportunity and ordered the Yo Amigo! Taco Salad.
Tonight, I met up with a dear friend who lives in Fort Collins.  We've been trying to catch up since January, and this was our second reschedule! So glad it finally happened.  We met at Rock Bottom Brewery, where I had the Waldorf Salad with no chicken or cheese, and balsamic dressing.  They made up for those ingredients with a lot of apple chips.
Remy was very busy today: he went to the groomer's and got stung by a bee (I had to pull the sucker off of his leg while he wailed! I almost cried!).  Poor baby.  It happened tonight, and I called his vet's emergency line to see what I was supposed to do.  So far, no hives.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Entertain This

Disclosure: all pictures minus one (in Trader Joe's) were taken with the new camera!

I found a packet of Vega Natural Flavor, added unsweetened almond milk, frozen strawberries, and a frozen banana.
 A couple of hours working on administrative projects (scheduling classes) with the owner of the studio, followed by a 45 minute Ride HIIT class, and I was ready to eat my arm.  Luckily, I made fajitas instead.
Portobello mushrooms, green and red bell peppers, onion, sauteed in fajita spices.  Avocado, Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, salsa, corn tortillas.

After lunch, I cleaned up a bit as my neighbor and Frankie were coming over tonight for snacks, drinks, and details for housesitting/flower watering while I'm away.  I already had carrots and crackers, but needed dip and dessert.  Thus, I went to Trader Joe's.  SHEN, LOOK WHAT I FOUND:
So while I found out the edamame hummus I wanted was recalled (listeria outbreak?!), and I didn't like the sorbet flavors - I went ahead and spent money. 
 Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches (new to me!), snap peas, popcorn, cookies, watermelon, Meatless Meatballs.

I went to Sprouts to see about their hummus and sorbet offerings:
Forgive me for not snapping a picture of the final plating, but I ran out of time! Carrots, snap peas, crackers, hummus for the savory side - and sorbet with cookies for dessert.  Vodka Lemonade served in mason jars.

So, what do you think? How are the photos? I'm going to do a double post on Thursday, allowing for more comparison.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Make it Official

Happy Summer Solstice weekend! I am excited that summer is officially here, and my trip to England is right around the corner.  I've already had an anxiety dream about not being ready and missing flights. Ha!

The summer festivities kicked off a day early when I had a friend for snacks & drinks:

Pineapple Rum Cocktail recipe here.

And she brought her dog:

I spent the first day of summer meeting with my brother, finalizing everything we need for our trip.  I still need to work on our walking itinerary for our London days, but what else will I do on the plane? (I'm a light sleeper, so rest is difficult).  A couple of my purchases:

 Yes, that's a new camera! 99% of the photos you have seen on here since last fall have been on my iPhone.  My seven year old digital point and shoot hasn't been up to snuff for a while.  Considering that I take pictures nearly everyday, I've been thinking about purchasing a better camera for a while.  Why not add to my vacation debt, and get one?!

Non-summer type meals happening this weekend, both from Whole Foods:
Matar Soy Paneer and brown rice

Kale salad with cashew dressing

The reality that I'm starting week three of summer break, July is next week (as is my trip), and that there is still so much I need to do - it's all hitting me! See you on Tuesday...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Hike

This morning I awoke and decided it was time to put hike #1 in the books. I brainstormed where to go, and quickly chose to head 40 minutes outside of Denver to Boulder.  Specifically to Chautauqua (Shuh-talk-wha) Park, as it sits on the outskirts of Boulder proper.  I lived a half mile from the park entrance during my senior year of college, but was too busy drinking studying to hike it regularly.
I called a friend (who is also on summer break), inviting her and her dog to join us.  The trail was busy with families, trail runners, and dogs.  We did an hour long hike with beautiful 80 degree weather and a cool breeze.

(Remy and Clemens - as in Samuel Clemens)
(Boulder above, Flatirons below)
Remy is now sleeping, and probably will for the rest of the afternoon. I'm going do some yoga to make sure my joints aren't too tight, as I haven't hiked since last October.  You can expect to see more, soon! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lazy Visit

No working out today, just tackled one household organization project and tidied up a bit as Remy and I had an afternoon visit from my cousin and her husband.  They were passing through Denver on their way to a week long mountain getaway (they live in eastern Kansas) with their two chocolate labs.  We caught up for about two hours while Remy continued to let the dogs know this was his house. Ha! Even though I didn't grab a shot of them while they were here today, use this shot from a year and a half ago to remind you of Cash & June:
Prior to their arrival, I started with the Detox Drink and a bowl of strawberries and banana.

They selected Silver Mine Subs for lunch, so we brought sandwiches back to the house.  I selected the "build your own" option with lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, and avocado on wheat. And a kosher dill.
Dinner was inspired by the Farmer's Market veggies I picked up on Saturday.  Oven roasted red potato, carrots, and green onion (tossed in grapeseed oil and black pepper), and a Chickenless Patty.  Dollop of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream.
It's a good thing Sweet Action Ice Cream has vegan flavors I'd rather not have tonight, as I've been thinking about going all day. ;)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekend Greatness

I can't believe one week of summer break has come and gone! No! Go slower!  Luckily, this weekend was a productive one and enjoyable. Here are some highlights:
 Farmer's Market:

$5 for everything you see above.  Organic strawberries were $1 per box!!!

Final flower arrangement:

Native Foods:

For Father's Day lunch, we went to Golden and this was the view outside of the restaurant:

The restaurant choice was Ali Baba Grill.  Review: Great hummus, cold pitas, fantastic falafel, too much salad dressing.  I didn't have an entree, but the family said it was decent.

Bonus photo: Terra is doing great.  Loads more energy, eating a lot, and sassy as ever.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Yard Work

After a mid-morning Align & Flow class, I set to work on one of my summer projects: the yard.  I started with the fun part - shopping for flowers (and more mulch for the front yard).
 (Chain store above, local store below)
 I picked up the mulch and potted plant (purple & white flowers) from the chain, and the pallet of marigolds from the local store.  Remy was not picked up at any store.
 After weeding a little in the front yard and putting down mulch around the bushes - I realized three bags was not enough.  So, that will have to require a continuance - as well as trimming back bushes and trees.  It's pretty hot today, so I'm going to wait until the evening to put the marigolds in the ground (in that stretch of earth below Remy's chin).

On a side note, we went to Remy's grocery store for what could be the last time.  This local store is moving to Arizona, so we'll have to find another local shop to support!

P.S. Why are hanging planters so effing expensive?! In my experience, they are such a gamble: they could dry out or fail to thrive very easily. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


My eating pattern today was a little bit scattered.  It started with a Detox Drink (half of a lemon squeezed, water, ACV, cinnamon, cayenne, maple syrup).

 I had some errands to run, and took a little longer than I had expected and my tummy drove the car to Whole Foods for breakfast.
Small Banana Walnut Oatmeal and a "Cool Hand Cuke" freshly pressed juice (cucumber, green apple, lime, and mint).

I took a noon HIIT Ride class, and met with the owner of the studio to work on a couple of projects afterwards.  Thus I brought a couple of snacks with me:

I didn't make it home until after 4pm, and while I was hungry, I didn't want to eat dinner so early.  So, I ate half:
 Coleslaw mix with mandarin oranges and leftover Asian Dressing from last week's salad.

A couple hours later, vegetarian baked beans:

Hopefully my next post will have more organized "meals"! Ha!  See you on Thursday.