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Tales of a fourth grade nothing.

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:04pm

Be sure to check out my latest Baby Steps to Body Love Challenge update and see my new challenge!

I spent Friday night fixing Colorhungry mama’s birthday present.  What was it, you ask?  A cake plate!  I decoupaged it. I absolutely LOVE decoupaging. I’d decoupage my bedroom walls if I could!  Here’s the finished product:

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I’m starting to exercise and be more active again- and of course, this means that it’s playlist making time! When I was a kid I sang along with my parents’ antiquated CD collection and memorized every word of songs from the likes of Michael McDonald, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, Boston, and Air Supply. I listened to them non-stop.  To this day, if I happen to catch an Air Supply song on the radio (don’t laugh- this actually happens on occasion), I still anticipate the next song on the CD it came from.  While I was growing up, though, we rarely listened to the radio in our house- my parents were both deaf and didn’t have much use for it. I got a rude awakening in the fourth grade when I was introduced to Ace of Base- up until then I believed I was pretty posh with my musical taste.

As I’ve gotten older my musical tastes have grown more diverse, but according to various sources, I still have some majorly cringe-worthy songs in my iTunes repertoire.  I was putting together a playlist to run on Saturday night and came across all sorts of nostalgia inducing goodness that I will share with you.  Let the ridicule commence:

Best of Air Supply Album- featuring “All out of Love”

Barbie Girl- Aqua

My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion (ok, I confess- there’s a lot more Celine than this.)

Shadow- Ashlee Simpson (there’s just no excuse for this one)

Bodyguard Soundtrack

Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time

Belinda Carlisle

 That’s just a small sampling.  There are much worse things than that.  I think there’s some Hilary Duff on there somewhere.  Accidentally.  On purpose.  Anyway, what did I end up with for my playlist? 

 Champagne Supernova- Oasis

Keep on Your Dress- The Pigeon Detectives

Leave out all the Rest- Linkin Park (Twilight song!)

Emergency- Paramore

Walk On- U2

City of Blinding Lights- U2

Everything we Had- The Academy Is

Franklin- Paramore

The Pretender- Foo Fighters

Rascal Flatts- No Reins

21 Guns- Green Day

Three Libras- A Perfect Circle

The Way You Make Me Feel- MJ!

 What are your current workout playlist must haves?

 Food-wise it was a good weekend.  I’ve been rediscovering my love of whole, healthy foods and cooking.  When I take the time to prepare a meal for myself, I find that I’m acutely aware of what I am eating and I really savor it more.  What’s really amazing is that I feel good about what I am putting in my body and that makes me feel better about myself. 

 Now, without further ado: Weekend (ok, and Monday!) Eats.

 All day Friday I had a hankering for breakfast for dinner.  I got home and knew EXACTLY what to do.  

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Pumpkin maple French toast topped with bananas, warm apple cranberry butter (thank you, Trader Joe’s!) and just a couple of dashes of organic powdered sugar! It was incredible. So seasonally appropriate.

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Ok, so maybe the plate wasn' t very seasonal...

Saturday was off to a late start and I ended up having a makeshift brunch.  I started off with some muesli and banana with extra raisins, and when I realized that the muesli from the grain bin at Whole Foods wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I finished off the banana and dried fruit, before chucking the rest and making myself an overeasy egg on whole wheat with soy mozzarella.

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Of course it needed ketchup!  For me, it’s gotta be Heinz- and the organic has no HCFS.  Delicious!

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Ok, this was cheesy, I admit it. *sheepish grin*

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The perfect accessory...

Dinner Saturday night was a bit of a lonely affair, but I managed to throw together a nice brown rice pasta with lemon pepper garlic shrimp, basil, kalamata olives, and some feta cheese.  It was exactly what I needed to fold some laundry and watch the fights on CBS!  Woo hoo, Strikeforce(because there’s nothing better than seeing two men beat the crap out of each other, obviously)!  Yes, I know- I lead an exciting life. 

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I went green for breakfast on Sunday morning- lots and lots of spinach sautéed in garlic with kalamata olives, tomatoes and a couple of eggs- all scrambled up and topped with just a dash of leftover feta. The whole wheat toast on the side is topped with some fat free cottage cheese and it’s a surprisingly tasty combination!

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Lunch was simple- grilled soy cheese sandwich (no butter, just some TJ’s olive oil spray) and some tomatoes and cucumbers. 

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Then it was off to my aunt’s in Rhode Island to celebrate Colorhungry mama’s birthday!

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Hard to see and get a picture what with all the dim light, but we had sausage and meatballs in homemade marinara, spinach and mushroom lasagna, salad, roasted asparagus and a salad. It was delicious!

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It was a really fantastic time.  My aunt is a wonderful cook and it was so fun to see my family- we’re Italian (hence the Italian feast!)- and loud(aren’t the two synonymous?).   

I’m also really happy to say that for once, I didn’t completely hate every single picture of myself.  This is some serious progress for me because in general, I either hide my body or cover my face in some way, if I’m not avoiding the camera altogether! 

 And finally, we’re at Monday night. Tofu and shrimp stir fry with a homemade t eriyaki marinade, over wild rice and topped with half a tbsp. of chopped almonds.  I’m really getting into a tofu groove and enjoying working with something that I never had any inclination to voluntarily ingest in the past.  I’m pretty pleased with this fact.  What’s your favorite tofu recipe?  Any suggestions?

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WHEW!  This is a long post- I had a lot stored up over the weekend, but I don’t have internet at my apartment yet, unfortunately.  If you’ve made it this far, thanks for hanging in there!

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