House Keeping.

Excited as I am for school having finally started, this week doesn’t really count. This is the house keeping week where professors explain the layout of the class, tell us which textbooks we need (always the expensive ones) and spells out the NO. CELLPHONE. POLICY.

Sunday breakfast: Overnight oats

1/2 c. oatmeal, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 2/3 c. almond milk, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds}Soak overnight
+ bananas, raspberries, nectarine and grapes

Lunch

Spinach, roasted green beans, roasted beets,  Sweet Dijon Salmon, goats cheese, hummus and crackers

My house has been a construction zone for the past two weeks. My lungs are coated in saw dust, wood staining fumes AND paint fumes. But my house looks fantastic. I’ll put up pictures when it’s not in shambles.

Because of renovations, my parents had to camp out in the living room right next to the kitchen. Obnoxious as I am, I couldn’t bring myself to bust out the blender when they were still sleeping ten feet away.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sunday night they moved back into their bedroom and Monday morning after a sweaty 6 am spin class, I blended 1/2 banana, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1 c. almond milk, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1/2 scoop vega sport performance protein, and ridiculous amounts of spinach.

It’s getting cooler in Calgary so though delicious, I had to crawl under the covers for a bit next to the space heater for a while. I have Raynaud’s phenomenon, when the cold causes blood vessel spasms and blocks the flow of blood to your extremities. After this smoothie my fingers were ghost white and numb. Worth it.

I spent the bulk of the morning putting my room back together (I was living out of my laundry basket in my basement for the last two weeks) and made a quick lunch before heading to school.

Brown rice tortilla, tempeh, tomato, spinach, hummus and Dijon mustard with grapes and snap peas. The Brown rice tortillas are awesome for quesadillas or tortilla pizza type things but are not meant to wrap things up.

Have I mentioned how obsessed with my schedule I am? I love it. After class yesterday, I headed to Yoga Passage for the 5:10 Ashtanga 2 class. It’s a shorter class, 60 minutes, opposed to 75, but perfect after my morning spin class which twists knots in my hips every time.

I think that catches us up!

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I’m starting to notice a pattern here

Another weekend bites the dust.

On Friday I went to a orthodontist appointment to pick up my stylin’ new retainer. Fact: I wore braces for seven years, plus two years of special retainers and head gears. Every time someone tells me I have a nice smile I reply with a snarky “I had better have a nice smile after all the years of torture I went through” It’s very unbecoming of me but I can’t help myself.

I went to work at Yoga Passage for the afternoon. It was my first solo shift and just when I started to get a little bit anxious, I heard an OM from the studio behind me and a sweet yogi gave me a Vegan, Gluten-Free cookie and tea. I could get used to this.

Typical Friday night.

On Saturday I was up early, double fisted a smoothie and tea and went to the Ashtanga 2 class before working.

I had a birthday to go to later that night so I did my hair, put on a uncomfertable outfit and even worse shoes and then proceeded to fall asleep (fully dressed) on top of a pile of laundry. I guess the week caught up with me. I felt awful when I woke up to my friends text that read “Heyy how far are u

This morning I had breakfast with my friend Natradee, we enjoyed a spread of yogurt with fruit and granola, peanut butter on toast and a boiled egg. It felt like a hotel breakfast.

Afterwards we went to Body Combat, where the instructor cruelly added plyometric lunges and donkey kicks to the mix. Grunting. Lots of grunting.

As much as I wanted to stay at home for the rest of the day and watch more Mad Men, I knew today was really my only chance to make a significant dent in my research paper that is due on Thursday -silent sobs- so I packed my bags and set up camp at Higher Ground Cafe for some work time.

Feminism + Fuel.

More Fuel.

This is my life. Cookies, Wine, Exercise, Work. I’ll take it.

Do less. While it’s still an option.

I played a little mental catch up this morning. I skipped my planned 9:30 a.m. yoga class in favour of taking the morning to slowly enjoy breakfast, watch some TV, and read some articles for my research paper. Every single day of the next two weeks is booked morning to midnight so I’m going to enjoy any down time I can get.

Yogurt, banana, blueberries, granola, peanut butter

I had class from 12-3, followed by an appointment and then I parked it at Higher Ground Cafe to get some serious work done on my paper. I am so tired of reading about feminism! (does that make me a bad woman?)

After my brain and ovaries could take no more, I headed to Yoga Passage for a late, hot class — I do not recommend an iced Americano pre-hot yoga.

I’ll leave you with this song I have listened to 1000 times today

Alone no more

Now that my family has finally joined me back in Calgary, I am free to post on the internet that I no longer have my entire house to myself. Criminal Minds has scarred me, I take my personal safety against psychopaths and serial killers seriously.

Coming home to a dark and empty house after a week away, I imagine myself in a poorly cast horror film, reluctant to look at my reflection in the window, just anticipating that there is a masked murderer lurking over my shoulder.

Aside from the fact that I find it necessary to sleep with a pair of poultry shears underneath my pillow when home alone, I really do enjoy the solitude in the early morning and in the day light. I am free to belt out David Gray to my heart’s content, drink tea on the nice couches, and narrate myself aloud in a British accent when cooking myself a meal.

Though one further setback of coming home solo after a week on Vacation is a barren fridge. (not including the broccoli that liquified over the past seven days). Tumble weed, y’all.

I managed to scrape together a few reasonably satisfying meals from the contents of my pantry and freezer. But now that my mother and her credit card are back in town, I do declare a shopping trip is in order.

Dough-boy smoothie

rolled oats, frozen banana, chia seeds, almond milk, cocoa powder, peanut flour topped with cocoa bliss and granola

Egg-wich

fried egg, raspberry jam, delectably sharp cheddar with a side of peas and frozen grapes (read: the only green things in my house right now — aside from a moldy lemon that I simply refuse to touch)

In other news, I have conquered my post-vacation exams. They both went extremely well as far as I’m concerned, aside from my sleeping in this morning (JET LAG !!!) and waking up a mere hour before my English exam. These things happen in real life!? Coupled with the fact that it is a Saturday and busses run much less frequently on the weekends, I was out the door within 5 minutes of waking, making it to my exam right on time.

Over worked, unfed and caffeine deprived, I treated myself to a well-deserved late breakfast of steel-cut oats with coconut, craisins, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter and banana slices followed by a Yoga marathon at The Passage. It’s good to be home.

Breakfast Nostalgia + Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

I do this thing where I find a breakfast concoction that I love and eat it daily –sometimes twice a day if it’s a breakfast-for-dinner situation– for weeks, even months on end until one day, the thought of it makes me want to hurl. I move on to a new breakfast obsession and make sure to avoid my previous flame like the plague. Then, one day, I remember my old favourite breakfast and invite it back into my rotation.

I ate this breakfast daily at a HORRIBLE time in my life that I would never want to repeat. Remember that one fateful month that I decided to take a semester’s worth of Chemistry in four weeks? It was positively miserable. But here’s what fueled me through it.

Toast, banana, peanut butter, raspberry jam, chocolate chips, granola, coconut

I’m currently in the last couple of weeks of school, so basically, this is my life right now…

I’m not complaining, though. I love all of my classes. I’m writing a research paper on blogging communities and studying the Confucian Analects. Life is good.

Sad but true: I had a dream about spinach artichoke dip on the train ride home the other night. Sad but true: If I am in a moving vehicle, there’s a very good chance that I am asleep.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Serves me. 

  • 3 c. fresh spinach
  • 1/2 c. canned artichokes (rinse well), chopped
  • 1/4 c. carmelized onions, chopped
  • 1/3 c. cottage cheese
  • 1 laughing cow wedge
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • black pepper to taste

In a small sauce pan, heat the vegetable broth with the spinach until it is just wilted. Add onions and artichokes, heat through. Stir in cottage cheese, laughing cow wedge and pepper until everything is well combined. Sprinkle with parmesan and broil on high for five minutes

I ate it all. Straight from the oven. Didn’t come up for air once. The entire inside of my mouth is scalded. So… there’s that.

Looks like we made it

Friday daaaaaaannnnnce! This week felt so long. Likely a combination of getting back into my regular routine as well as ensuring enough preparation for this weeks exams. But we made it to the weekend!

It’s a GOOD Friday, too! I had my last midterm this morning, meaning I have a very relaxing weekend homework wise. Some easy reading is all I have on the schedule.

I wanted to squeeze in a little workout before my exam so I went to the University gym for some incline walking with my flashcards and back and bicep’s weights. I’ve switched from regular barbel curls to bicep 21s. They had my big scary muscles screaming.

Before the gym I made a big breakfast of Weetabix with granola sprinkles, cinnamon, banana, strawberry, peanut butter and almond milk

After my exam I headed to work for the day and ate this lunch at my desk

Medi-egg salad with a couple wasa crackers + strawberries, which tasted so good.

It was a pretty busy day at work and by the time I got home, nothing sounded better than a grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of wine. But there was no wine to be found! Oh well, one for two, not so bad.

Fresh sourdough, Dijon mustard, cheese and tomato slices fried in a smidge of butter. For a little extra flavour, once you’ve grilled your sandwich, rub a raw clove of garlic on the outer sides of your bread. I cannot wait for the day that garlic breath is socially acceptable.

Off to do a whole lot of nothing! Hey, weekend.

Thursday

Thursdays are my loooong days.

Class from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. and then right away off to karma cleaning at The Yoga Passage. I usually stick around for the 4:10 class afterwards but I have a midterm tomorrow and really needed the extra time today to start studying review

Rewind to my quickie breakfast of greek yogurt, granola, banana slices, strawberry preserves and peanut butter .

This breakfast will never get old.

Insert hours of lecture + note taking, last-minute readings and several cups of coffee here.

Once I got home from Karma Cleaning I parked it on the couch to get some studying done aaaaand promptly fell asleep. I should have just stayed for yoga! By the end of the evening I was restless so I jumped onto the treadmill for a little incline walking with my flashcards. I may or may not have done my workout in pj pants. Something > Nothing

 

Shades of Brown

Happy Wednesday!

Cereal, it’s what’s for breakfast.

I always hear people complain that one bowl of cereal does nothing to fill them up in the morning. To this I say: whole-grains, fruit and fat! I had a very brown bowl of weetabix and granola clusters, banana slices, cinnamon, dried cranberries almond milk and a big spoon full of almond butter for maximum rib-stickage.

The rest of the day was… well, a day. I have managed to lose my student I.D. after a whopping TWO weeks at the University. Not ideal as I need that card to get into the gym and ride public transit. Forced rest day, I’m sure it’s for the best. The remainder of the day continued on a wonky path but thank goodness for deep breaths and soy-mistos and chats with friends, funny how the little amazing things can so easily cancel out the little annoying things.

Little amazing thing: Grabbing a raw, vegan cookie dough ball only to find that it has attached itself to a friend.


Thursday Highlights

Good day!

It was a strangely tired day, I napped at every chance I got! On the bus, at Starbucks, on my yoga mat before class started. What is this!?

Yogurt mess: Greek Yogurt, banana, strawberries, agave, raw oats, granola, walnuts, peanut butter

Highlights of the day: Hilarious teacher’s assistant who will be leading my Thursday morning English tutorials, 75-minute vinyasa flow, Robinson Crusoe + coffee, CHRISTMAS PARCEL FROM BFF PREEYA

I miss my friiieeend.

Trashy tv + Dinner

Tandoori Chicken, whole-wheat couscous, pile-o-kale

Thank you and good night !

Feet on the table

Hi!

It has been a funfunfun couple-a days around here. It is my first week back at school and I am loving every minute. I’ve gotten lost on campus more times than I can count, ran into friends from highschool and consumed copious amounts of coffee, not because I need the energy, because drinking coffee while reading textbooks is what students do, right !!?

I’ve gone through the tedious introduction classes for the  courses that I’ll be taking this semester and I’m ready go. My schedule has me schooling in the morning and working three afternoons a week. Plus yoga/ gym/ cooking/ socializing/ and house work that I have no intention of actually doing.

Nothing too exciting on the food front, although my mom made some delicious coconut-plantain soup last night, which I inhaled a big bowl of after a day of school->work->gym

It’s not winning any beauty awards though…

Since I was a wee-little thing, I’ve had this tendency of propping one foot onto the table while eating.

It’s just more comfortable! I don’t do it all the time, but it just feels right when I do, I need to dig through my old photo albums and find the picture of me as a toddler, in my diaper with one foot on the table chugging a glass of chocolate milk

Off to read some things! wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee