Los Días Numeros Uno y Dos

May 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner | 11 Comments
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Day 1 of Summer Vacation was definitely busy and productive!  I cleaned my entire apartment, ran errands, did laundry, sorted through all my school things, wrote a letter of recommendation for a yoga student, did a 75 minute yoga podcast (Dave Farmar – you are AWESOMENESS!), and even made time for Harry Potter #99238548934… aka The Deathly Hallows Part I

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this newest Harry Potter.  The last couple just haven’t done it for me, but this one was actually really good!  It was almost 2.5 hours, which I could never sit still through, so I did take a “yoga intermission” halfway through the movie.  But other than that I was completely entertained and truly enjoyed it!
 

I had some eggs that needed using up, so for my during-movie-dinner I made 2 over-easy eggs; with organic baby carrots, a sliced organic pear, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk on the side.

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I woke up at 6am this morning to get a few things done before my parents came to visit.  Breakfast was a bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart (it’s been FOREVER since I had this cereal and it used to be a staple in my diet) topped with unsweetened almond milk, and an organic banana on the side.

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Apparently my parents and I are on very different schedules and my “Would 8am be ok?” text was answered with “No. Too early. Text in morning. Love u.” from my mom last night.  They ended up getting here at 9:30am and stayed until noon.  My dad fixed my bike, pumped up the air in my car’s tires, and cleaned out my computer.  It was nice to see them and catch up again!

I gave my parents a bunch of “stuff” that I didn’t want around my apartment anymore (The books in back are for me to return, not for the ‘rents to take, and the Barbies were for a Design Studies project, I promise!)…

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… and they gave me these goodies in return.

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My shaving cream that I can’t find in Madison, an ink cartridge since I use these things up way too quickly, and some coupons for summer shopping I need to do next week.

 
I’m going to try to keep the rest of my Saturday pretty relaxing – nap, going for a walk, returning my books from the semester, and teaching a yoga class tonight.  LOVE that I don’t have any more schoolwork to think about! Smile

  

  

 

Heather

  

   

When You Start Making Goals About Sleep…

May 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Snack | 11 Comments
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… You know it’s finals week.

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(Thank you Matt for teaching me the Snipping Tool! Smile)
 

Finalsofficially” started today at UW Madison, but I’ve been lacking in the sleep and general life department for the past 2 weeks or so.  I just have to hang in there until Thursday, and then I’ll be free until June 13 – when my summer classes start.

 

This morning I had a 7:45am exam for my Intro to Buddhism class.  I’ve been joking that I’m studying for my Monk Exam to get into the monastery, and the 7:45am exam on a Sunday morning had to do with rebelling against Christian church services. Winking smile  Luckily, I’m pretty sure I made it into the monastery – aka passed the final!
 

Before my exam, I had a breakfast of a bowl of Kashi GoLean Cereal topped with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.

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Pre-exam coffee and computer entertainment.

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I tried to relax a little today since it was SO nice outside… I was wearing shorts and a tank top and was totally comfortable!  I went for a 6-mile walk this afternoon and studied for a bit outside in the sun.  LOVE IT!
 

Later this afternoon and I had a snack of organic raspberries (it’s been forever since I’ve had raspberries!), Fage 0% greek yogurt, an organic kiwi, and a Trilogy Kombucha.

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Thanks to everyone for hanging in there with my sporadic posts lately – I promise I’ll be back to regular blogging once all this finals business comes to an end!  Hope everyone had a wonderful first weekend of May!

  

  

 

Heather

   

     

   

Unplanned

April 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Grocery Shopping | 16 Comments
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This morning was completely uncharacteristic of me. 
  

It started out normal – I got out of bed at 5:45am and went right to the kitchen to have breakfast… 

Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs topped with organic raw pumpkin seeds, unsweetened almond milk, and cinnamon, and an organic banana on the side.

Pre-cinnamon:

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Post-cinnamon:

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Yes, I like to pile on my cinnamon. 😉

    

After breakfast, I started thinking about getting my day started, but then I realized how tired I was, and all I wanted to do was crawl back in bed. Being a Saturday, a figured what the heck? and crawled back in here until 9am.

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When I finally got out of bed for the day, I was wide awake and ready to get started on this…

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…and this.

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It’s always good to have a few extra hours of sleep! 🙂

   

It’s a decent Spring day in Madison, so after lunch I was ready to get outside and go for a 4-mile walk.  On my way back from my walk, I stopped in the grocery store and bought a few staples.

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  • Nature’s Path Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon
  • Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas
  • Smartwater
  • Oven Roasted Tofurky
  • Veggie Slices
       

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  • Chobani 0% Greek yogurt
  • Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • Organic bananas
  • Organic pears
  • Organic carrots
  • Organic Raw Gingerade Kombucha

 

Later this afternoon, I worked on a group project for my Environmental Science class.  We had to site an imaginary landfill in Door County, following a specific criteria set by the State to pick out the ideal location, write a cover letter, and fill out a form for submitting our proposal.  In class, we have to do a presentation on our landfill site and why we chose it.  Of my 3 other group members, only one guy showed up, so we ended up doing the entire thing by ourselves. This really doesn’t bother me since I know that if I’m the one who does it, I’ll make sure I do a good job, but I still think it’s pretty rude for the other guys to just not show up.  Either way, we finished within an hour and it feels good to have it done! 🙂

Do you run into the group project problem of group members not showing or just not contributing?

  

Tonight’s agenda is just some studying and yoga… weekends are the best!

  

   

   

Heather

    

    

    

Welcome to Wednesday

April 13, 2011 at 7:36 am | Posted in Breakfast, Snack | 24 Comments
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Welcome to another fabulous Wednesday everyone!

Fabulous being the key word.  It’s supposed to get up to 68*F today, and I plan on making the most of it, given that there’s SNOW predicted for this weekend.  That’s Wisconsin for you… 80*F and 30*F in the same week. 😉

 

Before heading to teach a Power Yoga class last night, I had what is a typical evening snack for me – Doctor Kracker Seedlander Flatbread, organic pink lady apple, and Stonyfield 0% plain yogurt topped with cinnamon.

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For years I have been obsessed with Doctor Kracker!  I love every single flavor of their flatbreads, and they also have amazing “Snacker Krackers” that are basically a miniature version of the flatbreads in cracker form. 

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The nutrition is also noteworthy on these, although I mostly dig them for the taste!

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This morning I had another bowl of Kashi Simply Maize (my review can be found here) topped with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.

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I was totally surprised and impressed that this cereal held me over 4-5 hours yesterday.  That’s definitely something to mention, considering I didn’t think it seemed like the most satisfying cereal right after eating it.  I still don’t think I’d purchase it again, but it’s good to know that Kashi is still coming out with quality cereals!

 

Another busy day ahead, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂
  

Have you tried Doctor Kracker products before?

 

  

  

Heather

   

  

   

Snap, Crackle, Pop… Corn Pops

April 12, 2011 at 8:05 am | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner, Review | 24 Comments
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Spring has finally made it to Wisconsin!  I’ve shed like 10 minutes off my “getting ready to go somewhere” time just by losing all the jackets, hats, gloves, etc.  It’s pretty great to not even worry about a jacket anymore! 🙂
  

After my afternoon classes yesterday, I decided a baked sweet potato was just what I was craving. 

Organic baked sweet potato topped with Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

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With a glass of unsweetened almond milk.

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After dinner, I went to a Power Yoga class which, as usual, was fabulous!  There’s something about actually being IN the studio instead of just doing a podcast in my apartment that helps motivate me.
 

Last night, I downloaded Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome to try out as new web browsers.  Matt recommended Google Chrome to me, and my dad (literally a computer expert) said both browsers are superior to Internet Explorer.  I figured I’d try them both out and see which one – if either – I like better than Internet Explorer.  I started with Google Chrome, and I’m slowly getting the hang of it.  What browser do you use?  And any tips for using Mozilla and/or Google Chrome?

 

I woke up this morning at 5:50am, just at the sun was rising.  Lovely start to my day! 🙂

I decided to try out the new Kashi cereal for breakfast that I had bought at Whole Foods on Sunday – Simply Maize.

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I topped off my cereal with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.

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When I first poured the almond milk in, I couldn’t believe how noisy the cereal was!  It was snap, crackle, and popping away!  Maybe it was the “snap, crackle, pop – Rice Krispies” already in my mind, but my first thought when trying the cereal was RICE KRISPIES.  I actually thought the cereal would be sweeter, being that it looks almost glazed, but it actually wasn’t very sweet at all.  In fact, the taste was a little plain and bland for me.  However, the texture was great and I loved how it stayed puffed and crunchy to the last spoonful. 

It wasn’t until after I finished the cereal that I was able to place the taste… CORN POPS!!!  Yup, this was basically a less sweet version of Kellogg’s Corn Pops.  It wasn’t the most satisfying or filling cereal either, so I’ll be curious to see how long it holds me over this morning.  Overall, it’s a good cereal and worth a try, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. 

  

I have a busy Tuesday ahead, and I am almost ready to head out the door to my Psychology Stats lab. Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!!

  

  

  

Heather

   

  

    

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