Monday, May 9, 2011

At such great heights....

Mother's Day has come and gone. It's was an action packed day of going to my favorite restaurant with my family, hitting up a nursery on the way back, working on the yard, grilling for the first time this year and watching a movie (a boring and confusing movie). I was so tired by 9pm I was practically in tears before I could get to my pillow. I find, as of late, having a hard time of having a positive mindset when I lay down to go to sleep. I could just be PMSing (something I have a habit of doing once a month) but if something really upsets you is it negated by the fact that Aunt Flow is coming to town? My tolerance may be hair-trigger  but the underlying issue is still there and not being dealt with. I wouldn't even know where to begin.

I find when my outlook on life seems dismal my OCD (or as my Mother calls it.... OCDC.... Hehe) kicks in. I'm sure it's a way to take control over my life when I feel like there is none. So after a full nights sleep I woke up at 7:00AM and it was on like Donkey Kong. Breakfast for the monkey and me, I juiced for later, dishes done, fridge cleaned out, laundry in the dryer, the Monkey to school, me making a second trip to the school because we forgot to pack his snack, planting some of my herbs and veggies and attempting to remove the nasty stump from the back yard (unsuccessfully). It's now 10:40AM. *sigh*

But on a more positive note... meet my little Monkey:

He loooves strawberries.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I can see Canada from here!

What a crazy weekend! Wooo! One of the best things about being a hairdresser is the continuing education. I spent the weekend with my salon mates in Niagara, NY learning, drinking and laughing until my face hurt. You know you are a hairdresser when you get into arguments with other hairdressers about how much formaldehyde is released into the air when using a straightener. Seriously, this happens. It was a heated discussion (HA! Get it?! Heated! Gosh I kill me!). I didn't get a lot of pictures because I'm still working off my cellphone but here's a little bit of what I saw:

The buildings in the distance are Canada

 6am view from my 11th floor room. 
 I gave her a new haircut. But I forgot to take an after picture. LOL
This is my year of traveling. I really missed being able to get out into the world and explore. I feels like it's been a while since I have been able to do this. Between the education and visiting with friends out of state my luggage bag hasn't made it back into the closet yet this year (plus it takes me two weeks to unpack) and I don't have any plans of sitting still.

On the working out/eating healthy side of my life..... I may or may not have drank my lunch and dinner one of the days I was out of town. After being on top of eating and drinking so well my body more a little more than miffed at me. So to apologize to my tummy for my grievous actions I fed her this:

Nom Nom Nom... this is my go to meal most days. I had to add another meal into my day as opposed to just fruit in the morning. Though I wasn't very hungry until noonish I found that by 5 or 6 I'm dying for something hearty to eat and I ended up eating anything that would fit in my mouth. By adding a light high in protein, low in carb breakfast after my green lemonade I wasn't so mindlessly hungry later in the day. Plus, along with the boys large meals that I {try} to make ahead of time I've been whipping up a yummilicous soup and having that most meals that aren't the salmon salad. Its cheap, quick and full of flavor. 

Quick Taco Soup 
4 cups of low sodium chicken broth (eye ball it)
1 can black beans drained
1 can white hominy drained
1 1/2 cup of your favorite fresh salsa
1/2 lime juice
1/2 small white or red onion diced
1 lb ground chicken or turkey
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp powdered garlic
Brown the chicken/turkey with the onion till cooked through then add everything else and simmer. You can always add more veggies depending on what you have on hand. 

Thank god my hunny will eat just about anything because there is usually a supply of this soup in the fridge!

What is your go to easy meal?