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On the way to yoga this morning, I grabbed one of these fruit leather things I bought at Trader Joe’s over the weekend:

I may or may not have fifteen new cavities because of this. It was insanely sweet, but I ate it anyway.  It’s a good thing, too, because the woman next to me started snoring during relaxation pose at the end of class, and without the extra energy from this bar, I might have suffered the same fate.

This afternoon, I made this dessert out of banana, chunky peanut butter, and chocolate chips, and told myself it was a snack:

And that, my friends, marks the end of this blog.  This was so good that I’m going to have to eat it every day from now on, and that just wouldn’t be interesting for you.  I’m sorry.


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Getting it right

Man, this was good:

I have no idea what to call it, so we’re going to go with shrimp and rice salad.  Chris wanted me to name it “Shrimp Surprise.”  He’s quite creative.

Anyway, the recipe.  I made it up as I went along but I think I have the proportions about right:

3/4 cup brown rice

1 or 2 cloves garlic (I used two but I kind of love garlic)

1 cup seeded and diced tomato

1 bunch basil

3 scallions

5 or 6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced

2 oz goat cheese

1 lemon, zest and juice

6 oz cooked shrimp

Salt and pepper

Cook the rice and let cool.  Chop garlic, basil, scallions, sun dried tomatoes.  Mix together with rice, tomatoes and shrimp.  Add the lemon zest and juice, and crumble in the goat cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Probably makes about three servings, although Chris and I finished it off.

The lemon juice and goat cheese kind of makes a sauce, and it’s all garlicky and basily and let’s be real, anything with shrimp tastes good, am I right?

I had to taste it like 67 times while I was cooking, just to make sure everything was coming together alright.  You know how it is.  So I was pretty full after eating, but then we went on a walk with the pup and I managed to make room for some chocolate chips:

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Seriously, did I eat eight servings in two days?

Apparently, according to Yorgo’s.

But I couldn’t help it.  This stuff is so good.  And healthy.  Especially when eaten in mass quantities with my cucumbers.

Anyway, I ate the last of it while I was waiting for my fake bacon to cook for my BLT sandwich that I had for dinner.  I didn’t take a picture of it because we’ve all seen sandwiches before, although maybe I should have because this was a particularly good one.  I managed to squeeze half an avocado on that bad boy.  It was pretty amazing.

Then I had a teeny tiny bowl of ice cream with some chocolate chips on top:

It really was tiny this time.  Like two tablespoons or something.  Of course, I thought I was eating two tablespoons of hummus at a time too, so who the hell knows.

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Vodka

That’s how I would sum up last night. Vodka. The party I went to was sponsored by Skyy, and there was lots and lots and lots of vodka there. Good thing, too, because I had to mingle with strangers, and I need lots and lots and lots of vodka for that. I don’t really like talking to people I don’t know.

This one guy asked me what my favorite band is, and I totally panicked because we all know I don’t have a favorite band because I don’t really understand music, at all, and I couldn’t think of a single band except for Third Eye Blind, which was my favorite band in high school, mostly because all of my friends liked them and Stephan Jenkins is pretty cute. But I couldn’t say Third Eye Blind, because to people who know about music, I guess they aren’t very good. Or at least that’s what Chris tells me.

But aside from the mingling, it was a fun night. The bar was actually this really cool, semi-new place called 1 Oak that I’ll unfortunately never be able to afford to go to again. The two coolest things about it? The DJ looked exactly like Rainn Wilson, and I do mean exactly, and the mint/gum/lotion table in the bathroom had Snickers bars. I have never seen this before. Altoids, sure, but Snickers? Who is the genius that came up with this idea?

No, I didn’t eat one. Mostly because I refuse to tip those bathroom people because I am a grown up and can get my own paper towels, thank you, and if I’d taken a Snickers, it would have definitely required a tip.

As for the food I did eat:

Yesterday afternoon I was having one of those moments when I just really wanted some chocolate (like I don’t eat enough of it, I know) and I knew that I could try and try to eat broccoli or carrots until I turned into a vegetable and I would still end up eating the chocolate in the long run so I just went for it and had some chips:

They are on a magazine article I was using for work. My food styling skills are off the charts, I know.

Then before I ran out the door I grabbed a Z Bar because I wasn’t sure when we would eat dinner and chocolate chips are not the most filling snack in the world:

Look at that pup in the background! He thinks he might like Z Bars.

And then for dinner we went to a sandwich place by my friend’s office and I was still kind of full from the bar so I just got half of a portobello mushroom and tomato sandwich. It was pretty good. No cheese. I like cheese.

Right now, I am recovering with some coffee:

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I got busy with work toward the end of the day, so I figured I’d just post this afternoon and tonight all at once…

For lunch I tried one of those roll-up wraps again.  I don’t get why they are better than round ones?  Can someone explain this to me?  Because I lost half of my vegetables out the end.  You can’t fold it in at the bottom like you can with a round wrap.

Anyway, I also stuffed it way too full, and I could hardly close it.  I like them other than the stupid shape, though – they’re thicker than regular wraps and they taste more substantial.  Or that could be in my head.  Either way, they’re pretty good and also quite healthy. I used hummus, lettuce, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, mushrooms and feta cheese in this bad boy:

As you can see, it turned into a huge mess and I ate it mostly with a fork.

With it I had some yogurt with flax and brown sugar:

And a kiwi:

I also had a few grapes, but I guess I didn’t take a picture.  Thought I did, sorry.

And then for a snack I had the other half of my toffee Clif bar and some broccoli:

Not together.  I was still hungry after the bar so I made the broccoli.  With some parmesan cheese.  It might be my favorite thing that’s not a dessert.

And speaking of dessert, I’m now eating some chocolate chips:

Sorry this is short, but I’m tired!

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So needless to say I woke up with a headache this morning and had a ton of stuff to do like errands, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc. For breakfast I had the same thing as yesterday, minus the banana because we were all out:

Then we walked Jack to the other end of the neighborhood to buy some Scoopies, these environmentally-friendly plastic glove-shaped bags that we use to, you guessed it, scoop shit. After, I ate this last Z Bar because we had to go to Trader Joe’s and that takes about two hours on a good day:

It didn’t matter, though, because by the time we left the grocery store I felt like I might be starving to death, so I had to eat half of this Clif bar:

This kind is really good if you like toffee; we got a bunch of the peanut crunch chocolate chip too, which is really my favorite, but I’m a little bared out at the moment.

When I was in the deli line at that other grocery store we go to, because TJ’s doesn’t sell things like Sun Chips and American cheese and Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime, which are essentials in Chris’s life, I saw these square whole wheat wrap things and decided to impulse buy them. For lunch, I made one into a pizza:

Doesn’t it look good?? It was a little soggy. I think it needed to cook longer but I am impatient.

Then I cleaned like a champion, gave myself a little buzz from too much Tilex and not enough ventilation, went on another walk, and ate some grapes:

And then, I made the best thing for dinner: a Mexican tofu scramble!

I’m posting the recipe, which I made up so it’s really easy. It’s also really filling – I couldn’t eat all of this.

Okay, then after dinner we had about half a bottle of wine left from another night, so I had part of a glass, but wasn’t really feeling it after last night so I didn’t finish it.

But I am eating about a tablespoon of chocolate chips right now:

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Chris is at a meeting tonight, so I made one of my favorite things for dinner that he would hate: toad in a hole! My mom used to make this for me all the time when I was little, and I loved it.

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It’s not what you might call photogenic. I actually didn’t make the hole in the bread, because I thought about it, and what’s the point? I mean, why waste the bread, especially when it’s my favorite part? So this is non-traditional. I’m a rule breaker, you could say.

I also had a salad:

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This is Trader Joe’s Just the Leaves (the best thing that ever happened to my salad intake), tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, walnuts, honey and balsamic vinegar.

And some chocolate chips:

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I am eating these right now. Mmmmm…

Oh, and I was hungry after a walk with Jack this afternoon, so I had a pear:

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Let me tell you, walking this dog is quite a workout. Usually I just take him on two walks and then I just go along with Chris on the third, but today I was manning the leash on all three. He does not know how to walk, so you have to drag him and yank him down the street. Either you’re pulling him to slow down, or you’re yanking him away from the random food object/piece of trash that he’s attempting to eat. Yesterday we had a lengthy fight over a gummy worm in the middle of the sidewalk during the morning rush.

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