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Hair Cut and Hump Day

Happy Hump Day all! How is your week going? My is kind of flying by – work has been very busy. I am also very excited for the weekend ahead, so I hope the remainder of the week goes quickly.

So here is Tuesday’s recap:

Breakfast was oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, almond milk and a squirt of agave.

For lunch I ventured outside for a salad and got my usual: romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, carrots, walnuts, dried cranberries and chickpeas with balsamic.

My first afternoon snack was Chobani pomegranate yogurt. I’d never tried this flavor before – it’s always sold out at the places I go to buy it. I really liked it – the arils were actually really good.

Later in the day I had two clementines. However, the second one I peeled was really tough and tasted strange, so I ate about two slices and threw the rest out – sadness.

I was still craving something sweet, so instead I ate one piece of Lindt Lindor Truffles – dark chocolate.

I may have had a few unpictured rice chips as well – bad I know.

After work I headed to a nearby salon for a hair cut. I am weird about getting my hair cut. I used to work in a hair salon as the receptionist from age 13 – 19, so the same two girls would always cut my hair and I trusted them implicitly.

Well, I don’t live in Upstate New York anymore and sometimes I can’t plan far enough in advance to make it upstate for a trim, and my hair was getting out of control. So I searched a few places near my apartment online, read some reviews and made an appointment.

All in all, the experience left me unscathed and hopeful that maybe I can go back to this salon. The guy was very nice and listened to what I wanted. I think he cut it a bit too short, but it will grow out. And I don’t get my hair cut all that often, so it just means I won’t have to again for a while. I’m terrible – I know. But I just hate it.

My one pet-peeve of almost all salons is the product pushing. That and putting gel, spray or any kind of “product” in your hair when you don’t want it. This guy didn’t push the products on me much at all – thank goodness. However, I did tell him right off the bat that I wasn’t much of a “product” girl, so he probably gathered he should tone it down. But that hasn’t stopped others in the past though.

I think I will go back – the price was reasonable, the guy was decent, my hair is in tact (if a bit short), and I didn’t feel that they were trying to “sell me” left and right. Another hair catastrophe diverted.

What about you – have you found “your” hair stylist? Have you ever had to find a new one? Does anyone else get as nervous about getting a hair cut as I do? You’d think I was going to the dentist!

After my hair cut I came home, started a load of laundry and contemplated dinner. It was getting late, I was tired, I was really into reading my latest book and didn’t feel much like cooking. Hence, my dinner turned out to be this:

Awful I know. I should be honest and note that I had two handfuls of chocolate chips. It was not a healthy dinner at all, but I was having some cravings and was feeling lazy.

So today I am completely exhausted because I was up till a little after midnight reading my book: The Weight of Silence. I was so close to the end, I just had to know what happened. So I finally finished it around the midnight hour and may have a review coming later today or tomorrow. It was a good one.

Do you ever find yourself up late at night when you can’t put a good book down? It’s happened to me many times.

Today I am back on the wagon: going to the gym after work, making a decent dinner and trying to get to bed before 11 p.m.

I probably could have finished my book earlier if The Biggest Loser and American Idol hadn’t been on, stealing my attention away. And why couldn’t they schedule their commercials to NOT be on at exactly the same time? It made flipping back and forth impossible!

Until tomorrow…


Ghost Town

Happy Christmas Eve!! I can’t believe it’s already here. Furthermore, I can’t believe I’m working today. It seems that everyone either has the day off or took it off. We get out at 3:00 p.m. and since all we have planned for tonight is an 8 p.m. Christmas Eve mass in Upstate NY and then relaxing with my parents, I didn’t see the point in taking a whole day off and using up my time.

Hence, I’m at work and the place is a ghost town. As was the bus and the subway down here. It’s an eery kind of quiet.

Do you have fun Christmas Eve plans?

I know people whose friends throw Christmas Eve parties, but my group has never really done that – Christmas Eve and Day are pretty much family-time for us. I am looking forward to a party on the 26th though! 🙂

So here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s eats:

Breakfast was a multi-grain English muffin with half peanut butter and banana and half cranberry relish I made the other night. And the remainder of the banana on the side, with a glass of light cranberry juice.

Lunch was leftover quinoa! It tasted even better the next day, I think because it was marinating in soy sauce all night.

My afternoon snacks were blueberry Greek yogurt with granola.

And a few chocolates. The first chocolate I chose had a cherry filling that I just didn’t like. I’m not a big chocolate and fruit person – are you? So I had to go back in for a different one…and then I may have had one more (unphotographed).

I had a bit of headache toward the end of the day, so I didn’t end up hitting the gym after work. Instead, I came home, made dinner and we watched a movie and then I sort of packed.

Dinner was grilled cheese with apple and a glass of wine. I was jealous that so many other people were already on vacay and I wanted to feel like I was too – hence the wine.

Close up:

Can ya see the apple? It was a wonderful addition to this traditional sammy.

What do you like to add to your grilled cheese (if you eat it)? I’m also a fan of adding tomatoes, not with apple though.

After dinner, Hubby and I watched Revolutionary Road and had mixed reactions. I didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it either. I thought it was an interesting view of suburban married life and I thought Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio gave wonderful performances. It was a little dark at times, but that didn’t bother me. Hubby thought it was very slow and boring. We agreed to disagree on it. 🙂

Then I read my book for a bit and went to bed. This book, Ahab’s Wife, really has me hooked. Every few chapters I keep being utterly surprised by what happens in the main character’s (Una) life and how she copes with it. There have been a few moments that have caught me off guard with the amount of crudeness discussed or displayed, but the way it’s written allows me to digest it, accept it and move on. In this respect, the book reminds me a bit of John Irving’s style of writing where the absurd is never shocking and the shocking is never absurd.

I also think it’s got to be hard for writers to convey the “shock factor” in a novel. In movies, the visual aspect is key in getting this across, but in books, less is sometimes almost more, as it allows the reader’s mind to fill in the gaps.

Anyway – enough book rambling.  I’m really excited to head upstate tonight after work and see my family. The Murph is coming with us in the car – that’s always interesting. When he was a kitten he loved the car, but as he’s gotten older he seems to have developed car/motion sickness. So we have to keep him in his little carrier and not let him look out the window.

Happy Christmas Eve all!! Safe travels and maybe I’ll post tomorrow – maybe not. We shall see.

Blogger Award and TV-free Tuesday

It’s Hump Day! We are continuing to inch along.

I want to start off today’s post with some inspirational bloglife. We all have our favorite blogs we read on a daily basis, but let me tell you that I had one of the best feelings yesterday when Katherine passed along the “Beautiful Blogger” award to me. The award was initially passed to her from Gena. I’ve tried to trace the award back to its roots and so far this is what I’ve got: Katherine > Gena > Michelle & Lori > Robyn > Betty > Jolene > Taylor > CaSaundra > Kelly > Shannon > Brandi > Olga > Mica > Caitlin  > Missy > Fei >Louise > Jo > Sarah > Eliza … and this is where I gave up. My gosh – that was like tracing a family tree! Anyone know where this award originated? I think this is such a wonderful and inspirational idea. I love that this award has been making the rounds and want to give credit where it’s due.

This award asks me to share seven random things about myself with you all, so here it goes:

1. I’m an only child and for that reason, I’ve always secretly wanted about 5 children. I once shared this idea with my husband and he nearly fell over. We may compromise on two.

2. I have a not-so-secret obsession with John Irving – he’s been my favorite author for years. This fall, when I found out he was coming to NYC for a Times Talk event, and there would be a few tickets available at the door, my friend says I acted like a crazed fan trying to get into a rock concert and she was scared I was going to bum-rush the door. We got in – it was amazing.

3. I don’t like bagels. Yes, this makes me a bad New Yorker. I can eat a bagel if it’s all there is, but I would never willingly choose a bagel for breakfast.

4. I have some bad food obsessions: namely cupcakes and nachos. I once went on a cupcake excursion throughout NYC and for the first few years I lived in NYC I also hunted for the perfect nachos. (Favorite cupcake place: Sugar Sweet Sunshine on Rivington; Nachos – TBD)

5. I’m a Great Aunt at 27 (through marriage of course, since I’m an only chid – see #1). I think this is hysterical. Great Aunts sound scary and old to me.

6. I’m allergic to my cat. I take allergy medicine every day to cope since I refused to give him up. He’s my little musher.

7. I love white chocolate – this is one of the strange things my husband and I share.

Now time to pass the award along to seven other beautiful bloggers. I shall pass it to:

1. Tina
2. Becky
3. Rachael
4. Dori
5. Britt
6. Chelsea (I know you already got it!)
7. Megan

This award has been around for awhile (I traced it back to October), so who knows, more than just Chelsea may have already received it!

Now for yesterday’s eats:

Breakfast was oatmeal with smashed-up banana and pumpkin butter.

I was thrilled that there was some yummy pasta salad leftover from the previous day’s potluck lunch. My co-worker Tiffany made this (she’s shown up a few times on here before). The addition of artichoke to the salad was wonderful. Great idea.

Perhaps I should have just had this the day before?! 🙂 I also had some blueberry Greek yogurt with granola.

Afternoon snacks included a piece of fancy gourmet chocolate from my chocolate box I received at yesterday’s holiday lunch/secret santa, and two clementines. My clementine kick is back!

I ate the piece in the upper right with the chopped nuts on it. YUM!

Dinner was a quinoa dish. No real recipe on this, just 3/4 cup cooked quinoa with sautéed green peppers, onion, carrots and broccoli with soy sauce. It was very filling.

For dessert, I decided to finish up the cranberries in the fridge and make cranberry relish in the microwave again. I ate only a bit of it and saved the rest for later. I used 4 packets of Truvia and half a teaspoon of agave to sweeten it up.

The Hubby had his work holiday dinner, so I was in the apartment alone with Murphy. After dinner I vacuumed and tidied up a bit and then considered turning on the tube…but decided against it. I had a lovely t.v.-free Tuesday night and it was rather refreshing.

After cleaning, I grabbed my book and read from about 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then fell asleep. It was nice to turn off all the noise for one night. Plus, there really isn’t anything I’m much into right now on t.v.

How bout you – do you watch t.v. every night, do you take a break every now and then, or do you not watch at all?