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So Much to Smile About :o)

Posted Feb 02 2009 11:42pm

Today has been one of those days where everything has gone right. I feel like I have to hang on for dear life to this moment because I have a tendency to blow up the bad days so that they are bigger than they really are. I need something to put everything into perspective, and this is it!

Here’s a little list of things that make me happy right now. Feel free to skip down to the food pictures if you’d like. This list just helps me remember to smile when the going gets tough.

1) I have been thinking about the ballroom dance class all day long! It was so much fun last night. We learned how to do the basic fox trot and at the end we started to try turns. Bobby and I are starting to get a rhythm going. It’s not perfect yet, but we really had fun with it. My friend and her boyfriend had a great time, too. I can’t wait for next week!

2) I just received word (aka at 3:30 pm) that my newscast has moved into the Blue Ribbon round for the student Emmy awards! You may recall that my roomie and I entered our show into the contest last month. This is the final round, so we’ll see what happens! It’d be nice to receive confirmation that all of our hard work paid off in a big way!

3) I’ve eaten some delicious food. Always something to smile about, right?! Since that is the focus of the blog, I’ll get to that now :)

Before the ballroom dance class last night, Bobby came over for dinner. We just went the simple and easy route.

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We made black beans + brown rice to have together (I had 3/4 cup beans and 1/2 cup of rice) and then I heated up a Quorn cutlet and topped it with (what else?) Annie’s BBQ Sauce.

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Then we pretended that we were on Dancing with the Stars;) So fun!

This morning I woke up early and did my usual P90X thang. I promise I will get the workout summaries up on the blog this weekend! After the session, I was on the toast kick again, but I did something new with my Greek yogurt. I’ve seen bloggers such as the lovelies Erin and Gina add protein powder to many things (oatmeal is my personal fave), and have always been intrigued by the thought of it in yogurt.

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I added 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp. ground flax and 1/2 sliced banana to the yogurt. I stirred it all up and…it was so tasty! I like the way the powder is a little bit chunky in the yogurt. I didn’t even need to add maple syrup, which is very rare for me! Thanks, ladies!

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I also had the “usual” 2 slices of toast with Promise and strawberry jam.

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And you KNOW that there was some Coffee Cocoa goin’ on…

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I spent the morning catching up on a couple of things around my place and then it was time for my day o’ class. I grabbed a Chocolate Peanut Butter protein bar. This is definitely the best of all the Pure Protein flavors. It’s the least fake tasting, anyway!

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Classes went well and were interesting, as usual. Now I just have to actually start thinking about the three papers I have to write this weekend (one for each class). I’ll just take it one day at a time. I came back to my apartment and made myself a “second lunch” to complement the bar. I wasn’t too hungry since I had just eaten it an hour before.

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But I managed to get a filling lunch in anyway! I heated up a sweet potato in the microwave and topped it with 1/2 cup cottage cheese and some organic ketchup. Yum!!

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I also made myself another Coffee Cocoa. I think I’m starting to drink too much coffee. My tum wasn’t right this afternoon :( But it’s just so hard not to in the winter because it’s FREEZING! I wish that I could learn to like tea. Any tips for liking tea when you have a gigantic sweet tooth?

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Then the roomie and I got the EMMY NEWS!! I can’t even tell you how happy it makes us. There aren’t enough words to articulate it. We had so many ups and downs (mostly ups, thankfully) with our shows last year and it means so much. I better stop now before I start tearing up ;) I’m emotional!

We decided to celebrate by going to one of our favorite eateries: Mr. Panera!! I had the You Pick Two with chicken tortilla soup (love this new one!), the Fuji Apple Chicken salad and a whole grain baguette. Ahh Panera, you are so wonderful.

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Then the roomie and I were off to the newsroom to crew the sports show. We also got our DVDs together to ship off to the Emmy council. We will hear the final results in just a couple of weeks! Keep your fingers crossed for us, please!

When I got back, I decided to treat myself to one of the food blogger favorite desserts: a VITAMUFFIN!! I’ve never tried one before and couldn’t wait to have my first experience. I also decided it was absolutely necessary to top it with 1 tbsp. Barney Butter!

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All I have to say is…wow. This was such a treat! It really feels like you are eating peanut butter chocolate cake! I would never guess that it was even remotely “healthy” as far as desserts go. I can’t wait to try the other Vita flavors! To all the lovely blogs who have featured this delicious dessert at some point… THANK YOU! It’s the start of a beautiful relationship, methinks.

Random Presentation

The very generous Allison from Green Dog Wine was kind enough to send me an email this morning in response to my dilemma with the PowerPoint yesterday. She helped me out big time by actually taking the screen shots for me, and I now have some pictures to show you! Thanks, Allison! You are too kind :) First of all, I wanted to show you the title slide. I took my name off for obvious reasons, but perhaps you can see what it’s meant to resemble.

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I cut and pasted the Whole Foods logo and various pieces of their grocery bags and decided to incorporate the grocery bag theme throughout the presentation. I figured it helped demonstrate environmental consciousness ;) And here now are some of my favorite content slides. I won’t bore you with everything - these are just the most relevant!

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I also had a “whole” theme going on in the title of the slides.

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There were about 7 slides between the previous picture and the next one that discussed their marketing objective, the typical Whole Foods consumer, etc. I’ll skip to the end of the presentation now! Here is my idea of their “positioning” within the market. The left side shows where they are currently and the right side shows where they need to be in order to meet their objective in the very center.

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And finally, how they could/should go about achieving their goals!

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I had a lot of fun creating this presentation. I hope I didn’t bore you all too much ;) I really think that the marketing, PR and/or media communications fields are where I feel most at home. Now I just need a job and I’ll be set.

I hope everyone has a Fantastic Friday!! There may be a slight posting delay for me this weekend, but it’s for a REALLY good reason, which you’ll find out about soon!

P.S. Per my newest obsession with white chocolate macadamia nut EVERYTHING, check out this post from ZestyCook yesterday. Mmmmm :mrgreen:

      
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