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Lots of Updates!

Happy Thursday – we are almost at the weekend! I definitely need a break. I’ve been exhausted this week and super busy. My morning run did not happen today, so it’s off to the gym for me tonight.

Updates! Updates!
Before I recap yesterday’s eats, I wanted to point out a few updates on my blog. First, there is a new section on the top navigation bar called “Reviews.” This section will be for book reviews, product reviews, restaurant reviews and anything else I can think of. And in that section, I just posted my latest book review of The Historian. I also updated my “Currently Reading” page. You should check them all out!

Secondly, stay tuned for my very first product review to come shortly. My food recap will give you a nice sneak preview.

Breakfast yesterday was delish – oatmeal with banana and almond butter.

I snacked on a nice big apple around mid-morning (no pic) and then for lunch I had chicken breast deli meat with mustard, a slide of American cheese and baby spinach on an Arnold’s sandwich thin.

I also had a Chobani blueberry yogurt with some granola.

The granola in my yogurt was this kind:

Galaxy Granola
I received a sample package of Galaxy Granola on Tuesday evening and gave it a try with my yogurt. Galaxy Granola is baked in fruit rather than oil, which means it has 70% less fat than most other granola. The sample pack Galaxy sent me to test out had three flavors:

Vanilla with almond, cranberry orange and not sweet vanilla. I tried the not sweet vanilla first (blue bag) and used it in my yogurt. I was expecting that it might have a less-flavorful taste, but it was really good with just the right hint of sweetness, but not overpowering like some of the more sugary granola out there. I’ll have a full product review coming soon!

This granola also has no artificial ingredients, no oil, no corn syrup and no processed sugars – nice! Galaxy recently started a blog called fruitnotfat and they are on Facebook and Twitter. Plus, in honor of National Nutrition Month, they are giving away a bag of their delish granola to the first 50 people to contact them. So head to their site quick – it will probably go fast!

On to my afternoon. I completely forgot that I had signed up for another camera class until I got the reminder on Tuesday morning from Adorama. The class was from 6 -9 p.m., so I knew I would need some snackies to hold me over.

Around 4 p.m. I ate a Larabar and some veggies with balsamic vinegar.

This Adorama class was called EOS Discovery Day and it was all about the basic functions and tools of an SLR camera. This class was much better for me than the last one I took. The instructor was great and talked about so many things: ISO, shutter speed, aperture, auto focus, exposure, flash and helpful photography tips. They also provided us with a great booklet filled with helpful, digestible info (not like a camera manual). That booklet really made the class worth the money for me. I took a lot away from the class, but now it’s really going to be about practicing what I learned and getting comfortable with all the settings.

I was seriously wiped out and hungry after that class and finally got home around 9:45 p.m. I snacked on some triscuits with cheese and also ate a big bowl of blueberries and blackberries.

I set my alarm last night for 5 a.m. with grand plans of going for a morning run, but I was zonked out. I plan to hit the gym tonight to try to squeeze in 5-7 miles.

Have you ever taken a camera class? What’s the most helpful tip anyone has given you about an SLR camera (from a class or anywhere)? How long did it take you to get comfortable with your SLR options and move away from the automatic mode and into the “creative modes” (as the instructor called them)?

Have a great Thursday all – talk to you on Friday!! 🙂


Friday Never Felt So Good

TGIF and it feels wonderful. I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and comments yesterday. It was a tough day and all your support really helped a lot. I was sort of wary about posting what was going on, but I’m very glad I did. The support I received from my husband, colleagues, friends and blog friends was wonderful – so thank you all.

I have good news to report on my Dad. He had two stents put in yesterday and will likely be able to leave the hospital today. I talked to him yesterday after the procedure and he said he was feeling okay – just tired and very hungry. My mom tells me he is an unwilling guest at the hospital and has been ready to go home almost since he got there. I’m sure he is counting down the hours till his release today.

It was definitely hard being so far from my family and many of you said you could relate. I’m only 2 1/2 hours away from my family, so if need be, I could certainly hop on a train and be there somewhat quickly. But I can’t imagine living on the other side of the country or even just a few states away.

I’ve decided not to head up there this weekend, because as my mom said, there really isn’t anything I can do at the moment. My Dad just needs to rest and recover from this. And eventually start exercising and changing his diet. I’ll be heading up there next weekend for a wedding, so I’ll be able to spend some time with him then.

So for now, I’m just thankful that he is okay and am waiting to hear that he’s gone home from the hospital. Despite my anxiety yesterday, I tried to eat normally and not let stress affect my foods. Here are my eats:

Breakfast was oatmeal with dried cranberries, walnuts and agave.

Then lunch was leftover couscous with carrots and grape tomatoes added and balsamic vinegar drizzled over top.  

My snacks for the rest of the day included Chobani yogurt with a mixture of granola and Kashi Go Lean cereal added in.

A small bag of grapes…

A KIND Fruit and Nut Delight Bar and an apple.

It sounds like more snacks than usual for me and there was a reason. I had signed up for a camera class a while back and it happened to be last night. I definitely did not feel like going, but as Hubby said, it would help take my mind off everything for a little bit.

So I headed to my “Getting to Know Your EOS Rebel” class at Adorama on West 18th street.

The class was helpful in some respects, but not entirely what I was expecting. I need tips on shutter speed, apertures, ISO, etc., and this class focused more on some of the camera features and settings you might not normally explore. Toward the end of the class, myself and a few others started asking questions about shutter speed, ISO, etc. and the lady who runs the workshops, as well as the instructor, suggested we sign up for the March session they are offering. I really wish I had known more about what last night’s class was and was not going to focus on, because I would have skipped it and just gone to the March workshop instead.

Anyway, I guess I did get some basic info, but now I’m likely going to sign up for the March class as well.

After my class I talked to my mom again for a little bit and she gave more details about my Dad, his diagnosis and next steps. Then I headed home – I was exhausted.

I got home from the camera class at about 9:00 p.m. and was starving. I’d had a lot of fruit throughout the day, but I was craving more veggies, so I made myself a big salad with lettuce, carrots, grape tomatoes, raisins and goat cheese. I sprinkled some Newman’s Light balsamic vinaigrette on top and mixed it up.

After dinner, I watched Grey’s Anatomy, read my book for a bit and pretty much passed out. This has been a short week, but it’s also been exhausting. On top of the stuff going on with my Dad, I felt like I was trying to cram a lot of stuff into just a few days.

Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done?

Lately, I’ve been shocked by how fast the days are over and how little I feel like I’ve accomplished. I was having this discussion with a few of my friends who are feeling the same way. Maybe it’s the lack of daylight or maybe we just try to cram too many things into our already busy schedules.

Anyway – Friday truly hasn’t felt this good in a long time. I’m looking forward to a low-key night tonight, my friend Lauren coming down tomorrow, and I am even kind of looking forward to the NYRR Half Marathon on Sunday (maybe it will help release some tension), but I am also kind of dreading it as well. 😉

Again – thanks for all the support yesterday. The blog world is truly an amazing community of caring people. And much love to my husband (for dealing with my grouchiness and tears) and my friends for the emails, texts and calls. Love you all and love you Dad and Mom!