Chaturanga on the bedroom floor and various wedding updates.

There is a lot of noise going on outside of my bedroom. It hits 40 degrees and suddenly people are outside all night again making noise. Lame. Moving out of Bloomfield in 158 days! In case you’re wondering, that’s also the number of days until my wedding. Wooo!

Anyway, I haven’t blogged since Thursday or Friday sooo the weekend went like this…

Friday after work I went to Whole Foods and dealt with that madness for a little longer than planned because I love grocery stores and ended up buying way more than I planned… Ohh well. I could have a worse shopping addiction. Aaron and I had plans of making shrimp fajitas for dinner Friday night. He came over around 7 and we got to work deveining shrimp which is pretty freaking gross. I deveined about half than started to get horribly disgusted so Aaron took over. He doesn’t want me to stop eating seafood too… We sauteed a whole onion and two whole bell peppers, marinated the shrimp in an organic fajita seasoning packet and then cooked it all together until the shrimp were opaque. I also heated up a can of vegetarian refried pinto bins and cut up some grape tomatoes and lime. We also had some Pace Salsa on the side which I received from Foodbuzz to sample as part of their Tastemakers program. It was Pace Chunky Salsa in mild. The salsa is pretty good — simple ingredients and I like that it’s not too thick but I’m definitely not a mild salsa person. Bring on the spice. But regardless, free salsa, thank you Pace!

I had my fajita on an Ezekial sprouted grain wrap and Aaron had his on two whole wheat wraps.

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My fajita plus we both just started eating the filling right out of the pan.
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Afterward, Aaron did the dishes:
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We went to bed early Friday night because Aaron was feeling a little sickly and we’re old.

Saturday we were so productive. Wedding things that were accomplished:

  • Being VERY displeased with the service at the Mens Warehouse outside of Ross Park Mall looking for tuxes. DON’T GO THERE. They’re rude and condescending.
  • Being much happier with the service at Tuxedo Junction at Ross Park Mall.
  • Picking out tuxes for the wedding — Aaron got fitted and we’re both pleased with the tux.
  • Eating at Brueggers before attempting to register at Target for the wedding/bridal shower.

We both had the half and half thing. I had half a veggie sandwich on a whole wheat bagel and half a side salad.

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Aaron had half of a bacon/turkey sandwich and some white bean chili:
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Then we registered. It was a good time though the scanner gun sort of stopped working halfway through. We registered for 37 things and decided Target is going to be the only place we’re registering. Everyone keeps recommending Bed Bath and Beyond but I seriously dislike that store. Not sure why.
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We also checked out diy wedding invitations and I think we decided on doing that. Target had some nice ones. I think we’re going to use these, have them printed at kinkos or some other printing place (instead of fighting with a printer at home) and then punching holes in the top and tying on our own ribbon. It’ll end up saving us about $150 and they’re really good quality!

  • After registering, we went and picked out and purchased our wedding bands! Aaron’s was engraved with Aaron & Pam 6/26/10. Mine was too narrow to be engraved but I love it!   

Sunday morning, Aaron had to be at church at 8 to practice with the band so I headed to the gym and ran three quick (for me) miles and then met him at church at 10:30. Afterward, we went to Pamela’s in the Strip District for breakfast. This was my second time going there. The first time was Aaron and my first date. Unfortunately I don’t really like their food. It’s typical greasy, diner food which isn’t really my thing. Aaron likes it though.

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He had the morning after special or something. Eggs, bacon and pancakes. I’m not sure what they do to their pancakes to make them rough around the edges like that. Fry them?
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I had a veggie omelet which I only ate about 1/4 of. It had mushrooms and peppers inside and wasn’t good so I didn’t really eat much of it. Sigh wasted food.
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I was hungry when I got home so I made more food. Leftover fajita and the side salad that I didn’t eat from Brueggers Saturday.

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Sunday night Aaron and I watched the Shawshank Redemption which I had never seen but enjoyed very much! Good movie and totally kept my attention for the entire 2 hours and 20 minutes. I had off work today (bank holiday!) so I sat around drinking coffee in the morning and then started searching for a wedding photographer online. I found one that we both really like and she’s available and it fit into our budget! We’re going to sign the contract tomorrow. Her name is Jia and she has a beautiful website so check it out — JiaJia Photography. As part of the package, we also get an engagement session so we’re going to have moooore pictures of us. There will also be two photographers there the day of the wedding plus one at the rehearsal. Sweet!

The rest of the day was spent google chatting/napping/watching daytime tv and being super lazy. I napped twice. I fell asleep while watching a Hillary/Haylie Duff movie on MTV with no sound reading subtitles. I only have basic cable (like 20 channels) but for some reason get mtv with no sound. Yep.

I eventually got up long enough to do 1 and half 20 minute yoga downloads from yogadownload.com. I did Power Yoga #3 with Dave Farmar and about 10 minutes of a “vigorous” yoga for weight loss video. After hearing about Dave Farmar on a bunch of other blogs, I finally checked it out. I like him. He’s kind of funny. Talks a lot though. Anyway, yogadownload.com always has free 20 minute yoga videos to download or you can purchase longer ones.

Okay it’s almost 10:30 PM. Time for bed. Gym in the AM.

Goodnight!

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Thanksgiving & Save-the-Date photos

Good Evening!

I’m healthy again! The mono seems to be out of my system for the most part and I’m feeling normal again. Time to catch up with the blog now. Aaron is currently sitting next to me reading and making fun of the fact that I took about twenty pictures of my new running shoes. I’ll show you those in a different post. I have to break up the five million pictures that I took since Thanksgiving.

First of all, Thursday morning I woke up feeling a little better. Aaron and I had breakfast together (egg sandwiches on the George Foreman!) and then I set Ted (bread machine) to work on making dough for the dinner rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. We went to Aaron’s parent’s house first around 2 PM after watching Thanksgiving parades on TV. Look how pretty the table was! Dinner rolls came out well and are in the far right corner. I used this recipe from the King Arthur Flour website for soft white dinner roll with the exception that I used two tablespoons of raw, cane sugar and one tablespoon of honey in place of the white sugar. I also let them rise (second rise) for about 2 hours total.

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Aaron carved the turkey…sort of:
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Aaron’s brother’s girlfriend and one of his grandmother’s in this picture:
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Action shot of Aaron pouring gravy onto his plate:
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My plate = sweet potatoes/white potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, carrots, & brussels sprouts (+another serving of brussels sprouts):
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Aaron’s pumpkin pie which I tasted:
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I made Aaron’s mom a wreath and brought it along. I’ve had LOTS of free time while sitting around trying to rid myself of the kissing disease so crafting it is.
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After early dinner at Aaron’s parents north of the city, we ventured to the exact opposite of the city to my Aunt and Uncle’s house. We had cookies and coffee and sat around talking until about 8:30. I was EXHAUSTED by this point so we headed home. It ended up being a great Thanksgiving! Aaron’s parents house was lots of fun and the food was great and then seeing my family was great too. Aaron finally got to meet a couple of my relatives! I’m curious to hear what Aunt Isabel reported to my mother about him….

Friday I worked for a short amount of time then came home and rested some more. Monoooooo. Saturday was pretty uneventful. Aaron was in Toronto for a show and I was just doing some chores and attempted to Christmas shop unsuccessfully.

Today (Sunday), Aaron got back into Pittsburgh around 4 AM and picked me up to go to Church at 10 AM. He’s crazy. We went to church together for the very first time then came back to my house and decided to do our little Save-the-Date photo shoot for our wedding save-the-date cards. Fun!

Mini-tripod + ladder = this plus about 30 more pictures. We haven’t decided on the exact picture or card yet but hopefully will this week!
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Alright that’s about it for now. It’s almost midnight and I think time to get to bed. Back to work full-time tomorrow. Yay for the mono being gone!

Have a great week!

-Pamela

PamcakesandSTUPIDeggs

Well tomorrow is Friday. I actually didn’t want this week to end. Seriously. I’m a bit nervous about the 1/2 marathon Saturday so I’ve been appreciating each day this week. TIME TO PREPARE. Well, I’m done preparing now. I had my last run yesterday. Two days of rest and then run in the rain Saturday morning. It may not rain actually but we’ll see. I’ve been checking the weather 10 times a day each day this whole week… It said no rain up until yesterday I think.

So moving on, I didn’t post any of my meals yesterday so I figured I’d post lunch from yesterday. I made a little tuna salad with 1/2 can of albacore tuna (because clearly I haven’t been getting enough mercury lately), broccoli slaw, a few remaining survivors from my grape tomato plant, mustard and hot sauce. It was pretty delicious. I put it on Nature’s Pride Whole Wheat bread that I got from FoodBuzz. I also received a loaf of the 12 Grain bread which I finished and never blogged about! It was delicious! It was dense, chewy and there were nuts in it. It was very filling. I have to say I’m a little disappointed with the whole wheat after the 12 grain. The whole wheat just seems a bit dry and flavorless. It’s not bad but I don’t know if I’d go out and buy it. The nutrition stats are good though. 110 calories per slice, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.

I also microwaved some kale with more broccoli slaw and red pepper flakes for a little veggie side.

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After work, I REALLY didn’t feel like running. During the day I moaned and complained to my coworker about it and she said, “just put on your running clothes and shoes, go out there for 5 minutes and if you still don’t want to run, then don’t.” Soooo I did that and I told myself, it’s only 3 miles, I’ll be done in half an hour. Well I went out there and ran 3 miles faster than I’ve probably ever run. AMAZING. Uhhh normally, my legs would be laughing at me. Every once in a well (like very, VERY rarely) my legs are okay with running fast. Normally they balk at anything under 9:30/minute.

Long-sleeve running weather!

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I got home, went to Trader Joe’s for a few things and then ate EIGHT CUPS of spinach. Haha. Yes, that’s a whole bag of microwaved spinach with broccoli slaw and egg whites. I’m weird.
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I added every high sodium condiment in my fridge.
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I’m supposed to be getting extra sodium in preparation for my run right?? Check that off the list.

Sooo that was last night.

I got a new cereal at TJ’s yesterday. It tastes like Life! On the cubicle window sill at work. Because everyone carries a box of cereal into work with them. And then photographs it.

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Nutrition info for you:
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And the ingredients. All natural Life pretty much.
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Close-up with the last of my Kashi Honey Sunshine also:

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Work was okay today. I pretty much stared at spreadsheets for about 8 hours. Typical day in the office. I did have a discussion with a coworker about sewing little wings on my socks for the race and shaving lightning bolts into my hair. I run like LIGHTNING.
Farmer’s market Thursday!!! Brussels sprouts and a big onion. I’m looking forward to some fresh Brussels sprouts in my life for part of tomorrow evening’s dinner.
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So I got home from work and checked my email. GUESS WHAT??? I got my first hate comment on the blog! Exciting right? I feel like the real deal now. I won’t tell you exactly what it said but it did include pamcakesandSTUPIDeggs. lol. Of course they pointed out typos too. Please friend, continue to proofread my blog posts for me because clearly I do not.
Dinner tonight was random as always. 1/2 a giant acorn squash (with brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed fake Life) plus a piece of bread with Greek yogurt and strawberry preserves on top. I also ate two carrots and a banana. Now I’m drinking some decaf Earl Grey tea and waiting for Aaron to come over and potentially get me sick. He said he has a tickle in his throat. I threatened him yet he’s still coming to visit. Must not get sick before the race! I’m taking a vitamin C supplement right now.
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Okay let’s bring this blog post to an end. I’m SO nervous about the race. I hope I don’t embarrass myself.

Have a nice evening!

NO MORE SNOW.

It snowed today! AH. I hate snow. I did take a pretty picture though.
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Look I wore the bracelet Sam made me to work today. Pretty! Full of hope like Obama. The little silver thing says hope.
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I got to work and made oats with Barney Butter! I also added a tiny bit of pumpkin because I don’t stray far from my roots. Surprisingly, I could definitely taste the Barney Butter. It made these oats GREAT.
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Finally a good pear.
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And some melted strawberries:
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The morning was kind of, sort of busy but I still managed to snack even more. Dry Puffins.
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I decided against going outside at all during lunch today. I was pretending it wasn’t snowing and didn’t want to go outside and see what was really going on. Unfortunately, I HAVE A WINDOW in the cube. Cubicle +

Lunch was another giant salad. This time, I used balsamic vinegar and honey mustard for the dressing. Honey mustard in the background.
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The afternoon wasn’t so busy. As the week progresses, it’s going to get more and more quiet in the office. Lot’s o’ vacations and things.

Afternoon snack was some TJ’s Greek and Puffins. I’m a cereal junkie.
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After work, I gymed it up. I took the T to the gym from my office.. haha. I avoided the outdoors as much as possible today. I got on a treadmill, started my run playlist (which includes Melissa Ethridge) and set off for 3 miles. I warmed up for a quarter of a mile then ran for the whole 3 miles at 6.4-6.9 mph then cooled down for another quarter of a mile or so. It felt good. I did the 6.9 mph for the last half mile.

I got home and put some veggies in the oven and then made some hummus because I had a lemon in the back of the fridge that was withering away. Into the food processor went:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Dash of salt
  • Lots of pepper
  • Juice of 1 whole lemon
  • Tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp peanut sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Few tsps water

    These things:
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    Made this:
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    And were dolloped on these:
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    Then I showered and pulled the veggies out of the oven. We have 1 whole sweet potato, some butternut squash, 1/2 a small onion, a few remaining pieces of broccoli and 8 brussels sprouts. I roasted them at 450 for 13 minutes then flipped and another 13 minutes.
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    Alright I’m working against the battery life of my laptop right now so I have to go. Maybe more later? We’ll see. I’m going to eat more so there’s a chance.

    NO MORE SNOW.

    BYE.

  • Fancy Salad & Squash & Rolls & Pinot Grigio = Saturday Night

    andyAndy and Ime decided to have people over for dinner a while ago and I’m finally getting around to posting about it. I have about 4 more things that I need to post including a recipe involving clams and my Italian grandmother. I’ll get there. Trust me. Anyway, I should be posting holiday cookies today I guess but I started writing this one about a month ago and I’m just finally getting to posting it. I had some picture orientation issues. I also never got Andy’s recipe for the squash. squashI should. It was good.
    Anyway, moving on.


    The inviting people over thing didn’t really go according to plan but we went along with it anyway. It turned out alright because it was a good opportunity to experiment with some ingredients that I wouldn’t ordinarily use. My salad involved pomegranates and beets. My fingers were purple by the end of the night but I learned how to open a pomegranate (via YouTube video tutorial) and how to cook/peel a beet.

    Fresh beets were cooked: beet1
    And went into this salad: jewel-salad


    Red Jewel Salad
    Adapted from the Cafe Flora Cookbook


    Serves 4
    1/2 pound beets (about 2 medium) unpeeled, with 1/2 inch of the beet top left on
    2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
    2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    Salt and pepper
    2 tangerines or oranges or some other random citrus hybrid
    10 cups mixed salad greens
    1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/2 a pomegranate)
    2 ounces crumbled blue cheese

    Roast the Beets: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash the excess dirt from the beets. Put the UNPEELED (don’t do what I did…) beets in a lidded baking dish with 1/2 inch of water and cover. Roast until tender, so a sharp knife easily pierces the beets, about one hour.

    While the beets are cooking, whisk together the sherry vinegar and oil in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Segment the oranges.

    When the beets are cool enough to handle, rub them with a paper towel or your fingers to slip off the skins. Cut the beets into 1/2-inch wide sticks or wedges and set aside.

    In a large bowl, toss the greens with 2 tablespoons of the dressing until they are well coated. Add another tablespoon of the dressing if you want. Taste a leaf and add salt to the greens if needed and then toss again.

    Put the beets and orange segments in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the dressing and toss gently to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Arrange the salad: Place some greens on each individual plate, arrange the beets and orange slices, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and blue cheese.
    Note: watch a YouTube video on how to open a pomegranate if you’ve never done it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    Also, this recipe will dye your fingers red.