Getting On My Green Monster

Made a deal with my co-worker we’d both make a Green Monster for the morning. We even took a trip to Trader Joe’s at lunch to pick up some extra stuff. I gave her some tips about making spinach ice cubes and then we thought also you could do that with almond milk probably.

So I prepared my Monster before I went to bed last night and here is what I put together:

  • 3 cups spinach (spinach ice cubes to be exact)
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 cups bananas
  • 2 cups (or rather just a whole can) of coconut milk
  • Flax seed
  • Vanilla protein powder

 

All my fruit is in my freezer, I even cut up my bananas fresh and put them in the freezer so I can make this whenever I want and not panic trying to make it before stuff goes bad. Anyway, the result, it was perfect and delicious.

 


This Winter Is Torturing Me

Our driveway cannot fit more snow and still fit our cars.

When you walk out of our back door there is a WALL of snow.

I left work early the other day only to get stuck in the brunt of the storm and the visibility was so bad I took the wrong exit and wanted to die.

I am running out of ET at work (Earned Time I can use to take days off) and will probably lose actual pay at this point.

Snow got stuck in the wheal or something driving in on my birthday and I burst into tears because it seemed my car was fucked up and I had just spent a ton of money to fix it last month.

I have given up going to the gym because I can barely get out of my house. So I’m either stuck at home by the snow or working extra hours and too tired by the time I’m heading home.

We only need a little more snow to not be able to see our back deck anymore.

Why did my parents have to raise us in New England? Why couldn’t it have been like…Hawaii?

 


Top 5 Feel Good Shows

These are the shows that I watch when I’m moody or just want to escape the world. These are shows I’ve watched several times.

5. Gilmore Girls - I put this at the bottom of the list because it’s not available for streaming on Netflix or Hulu, so that means you have to find another way to spend a Saturday watching it. Someday if I have any money I might buy the whole set but that’s a big undertaking. Still, the show is charming and genuinely funny.

4. New Girl/The Mindy Project - These shows are seriously funny but both pretty new and similar in the style of the show. A nice day would be to watch both shows, mix it up. Also the lead of both shows are quirky girls I can relate to and they are surrounded by cute/funny guys. Win!

3. Skins - I love this show it can be really fun and really great as an escape (as I’m not British or a teenager) however it can be very dark and I’ve cried several times on this show so I usually only watch a few fun shows of this at a time if I’m in a blue mood. Maybe not season 4, that one was not much fun at all.

2. Greek - I never in a million years thought I’d like an ABC Family show about Greek fraternities and sororities (I’m not a fan in real life) but the show is so fun and easy and lighthearted.

There aren’t really any funniest moments of Greek on youtube (total shame) so here is a fun clip I love.

1. Veronica Mars - I wasn’t sure about this show given how dark it can be but somehow I feel good watching it, probably because it’s really funny and Veronica is just as sassy as it gets. Luckily I own all 3 seasons so you might have to buy it yourself (you should) or just rent it from the library.


The Little Things – Part One

Idea from Schmutzie.

There is a lot of crap going on in my life lately but I don’t really post about it because it’s depressing. Basically chronic back pain, weight problems, work commute problems, no money and me the only one with a job. So that’s all just kind of a given at this point in my life. I do try to take time to appreciate the little things in my life that make me happy and I’m so glad they are there otherwise I’m not sure what I’d do.

1. A day home with nothing to do but watch fun shows (often shows I’ve seen several times before).
2. One of my cats wanting to actually spend time with me or maybe even cuddle a bit.
3. Homemade nachos.
4. Being snowed in with no responsibilities other than shoveling.
5. Casually doing chores like laundry and cleaning because there is no pressure so it’s kind of fun.


Best Store Bought Mac & Cheese

Let’s not pretend that any of us really want to make this stuff from scratch. I realize how awful the Kraft Mac & Cheese is but it’s so damn good. Something my husband and I learned over the years (as we’ve had night we don’t want to cook and want something easy and yummy) that Mac & Cheese is an easy option to choose. We try not to choose it to often but in the winter it happens more than I’d like to admit.

Something we learned recently was that there is one kind of Kraft M&C that is FAR better than another kind and I was thinking everyone needed to know this STAT. We used to always get the original brand, because that’s what you get.

Then I remembered that once I had the Three Cheese shells and loved it so even though my husband was skeptical we got a package of the shells just to give it a try. We both agreed the shells were far superior to the original elbows and we still comment sometimes about how much better the shells are and why anyone would bother with the stupid original kind.

Three Cheese Shells

Maybe someday when life calms down a bit we’ll try and find a recipe that we can make, that’s a bit healthier, that is similar to the store bought three cheese shells. For now, these do the trick when we need it.


How Pinterest Has Made My Life Easier (or just more fun)

It’s funny because now in my life if something doesn’t work right I go to Pinterest to figure out how to make it easier. I love simplifying things and finding an easier way of doing things. I’m someone that continually tries to find the quickest and easiest way to drive from one place to the next.
So here are some of the things from Pinterest that have made my life easier:

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I have a lot of hair elastics and they end up all over the place. I like to carry a bunch with me in my bag but trying to fish one out can be annoying. Then I saw this idea on Pinterest and I was like duh, this was a really obvious and genius idea!

Using rings (Pinterest suggested shower rings but I used binder rings because I had them) to hang up tank tops in the closet. I hate folding tank tops and putting them in drawers because then I go searching for a tank top and end up messing up the whole drawer, this works nicely.

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This was a cute bracelet idea, which I have yet to give to my friends. It’s pretty easy but the board the clip were a way to make it just a tad easier to put it down in the middle of working on it.

I saw this one day and thought, well this isn’t something we need but kind of a cool idea. So now we have a place to put a nice book for guests.

I had these pair of pants that the zipper would always slip down but the pants were still in great condition and ones I wore to work often. So I looked it up on Pinterest and Voila! This is an easy fix and works perfectly.

We love making new recipes and we tried to keep recipes on cards in a recipe box thingy but that just didn’t work for us. So then I saw an idea on the magic website about printing out recipe cards and putting them in a photo album.


Fake Apple Cider

Yeah I’m a bit annoyed that I wanted an apple cider from my beloved Starbucks and got hot apple juice. Why is this even an option? Why is there no apple cider?!? I live in New England, how can you not offer apple cider?

Here is there Caramel Apple Spice:

I did order this without the caramel sauce and without the whip cream. To be fair I was in a haze after my chiropractor appointment and just wanted something to warm me up. Sadly the hot apple juice was really disappointing.

Apparently this is something I “should have known” as people who troll the Starbucks page on Facebook told me. I guess it didn’t say Apple Cider and on the website it clearly states it’s not apple cider, so that was my bad. I still claim it’s shit, having this mock apple cider drink instead of actual apple cider.

But that’s life, you don’t always get what you want. If Starbucks ever listened to me they’d still have the salt for the salted caramel mocha latte and they’d have the option for almond syrup for drinks. Alas, life goes on.


2013 Wrap Up

Thanks Adam for the idea, I like to process stuff and this is a great way to process the last year.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Spent time with my stepdaughter. Lost weight (I’ve done it before but not significantly in a VERY long time). I’m sure there was something else but I can’t think of it.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t think I made one, if I did I don’t remember what it was.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, in fact it happened right after this photography session with my friend Ice I’ve known since kindergarten. I think we can all agree they should have named him after me.

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4. Did anyone close to you die?

Uhm, nope, I don’t think so.

5. What countries did you visit?

I did not leave the US, unfortunately but I watched so much British television that I mentally went to England several times.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

More patience, I’m always working on having more patience. Learning to accept people as they are and what they can give me. Letting go of the things I can’t change.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day I met my stepdaughter, for real.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Meeting my stepdaughter. Taking control of my health (losing weight, going to the gym more and starting to see a Chiropractor about my back).

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being able to resolve my lower back pain.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Mostly just my lower back pain and I’m still in pain, right this moment. I suffer daily and it runs my whole life.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Probably my Motorola Razr M, so glad I got this instead of the iPhone everyone else buys into. See: Apple is Evil.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Huh?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A few people, no point in dredging it up and going into detail. However the tea baggers of this country regularly drive me insane and make me depressed.

14. Where did most of your money go?

To the house, food, gas and bills, never quite enough to pay them all regularly.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Veronica Mars movie going into production!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

I’d like to say Royals but Blurred Lines is probably more accurate.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • happier or sadder? Happier
  • thinner or fatter? The same? Thinner but I have a long way to go.
  • richer or poorer? Poorer, very much so.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Worked on repairing relationships but I suppose it’s a 2-way street. I wish I’d spent a bit more time outside in the spring/summer but I always say that but I just love being inside all snuggled up.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stressing and being hurt/angry.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Home with my little family that I love, they are the best company.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

I’m always falling in love with characters on tv, here are a couple I fell in love with this year:

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Oh hell, that’s like asking me which is my favorite child. My favorite new program however is My Mad Fat Diary. As far as in 2013 I’d have to say Breaking Bad.

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23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t really hate anyone but there are people I gave up trying to care about.

24. What was the best book you read?

It’s a tie between The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Maybe just that Idris Elba can rap and does it well…and very sexy.

26. What did you want and get?

The Veronica Mars Movie going into production. Of course I also got to meet my awesome stepdaughter.

27. What did you want and not get?

My stepdaughter to visit our house and meet Aurora and Miles. I also wanted my husband to get hired somewhere and that didn’t happen.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Silver Linings Playbook.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

What did I do? Not sure I did much, I think we went out to the awesome Groton for dinner and I turned 35.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

My husband getting hired. I’m so sick of how hard he tries to get work and how nobody will give him a chance.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Basic with a mix of quirky.

32. What kept you sane?

My husband, my cats and my friends.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I didn’t have one main crush this year but Jon Stewart did make me a bit hot a few times.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Probably basic ignorance.

35. Who did you miss?

Not as much as I usually do, I was very socially networked this year.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

I suppose my friend’s son Cormac.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

That some people are just angry and want to blame everyone else but themselves. You can’t do anything about these kind of people, you just have to walk away and wish them the best. I’ve also working on trying to make the most of what I have and enjoy the good things in my life and learn to love moments more than tangible things (see: I don’t have a tablet but that’s ok, I can cuddle my cat all night and watch a movie with my husband).

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son
I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one


2013 Year End Report – Dailymile

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So I was pretty pleased when I saw this but I’m actually 5 miles less than 2012, however I had 12 more workouts in 2013. I think this probably means I did more gym and less like hiking and day outs, probably because of my back. I big month in 2012 was March and 2013 was July, probably because of the heatwave because it was a way to having air conditioning during the day.

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2012 Sunday was also my best day and the seasons were pretty much the same.

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Distance 2012 was 42044897 while the workouts was 7300026 and the donuts burned was 26672809 (which is a BIG improvement for this year).

THIS is why I track my workouts, so I can see how I did month to month and even compare the years.


Perfect Honey Mustard Sauce

I love honey mustard sauce, particularly with chicken. Often at a restaurant I will order Honey Mustardchicken tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce or I’ll get a grilled chicken sandwich with honey mustard sauce (often extra on the side as well). So I looked up recipes and decided this was the easiest/best way to make it so I thought I’d share it.

 

  • 1 part honey
  • 1 part spicy brown mustard
  • 1 part mayonnaise
  • 1 splash vinegar (to thin it)

 

That’s it, super easy.