While I’m gone

Warning: this is going to be a long post! Feel free to read it in pieces over the course of several days because I might not be back for a while (ahhhhh final papers). You can even comment multiple times if you get overwhelmed. I won’t mind πŸ˜‰

Yesterday was a looooooooooooong day full of unfixable issues with families. I wish I had a magic fix-it button because some things are not fair. At least my office knows the healing powers of food. I’m way luckier than I deserve! πŸ™‚

Before the office and after the gym, I had breakfast at home and used up some things I’ve had hanging around. I toasted the little piece of ciabatta with tomato pesto (from the sandwich leftovers Emily gave me in class on Monday) and topped it with a hard-poached EB egg (and sprinkles of cayenne and freshly ground black pepper).

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On the side, I mixed the apple half I forgot to eat yesterday morning with half of a banana I had languishing in the fridge and topped it with 1/3 cup yogurt-PB2 sauce and cinnamon/cardamom:

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I washed it all down with soymilky almond sunset tea and iced white peony tea.

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At the gym, I did 20 minutes on the new arm-y elliptical, hips and glutes on the Cybex, and 20 more minutes on the regular elliptical, plus abs/stretching and the walk there and back. Stats: 1 hour and 8 minutes, 339 calories, ave hr 116, max 155.

First snack of the day at work was my yogurt (plus ricotta, flax, and sliced banana) which, if you can recall, I had topped with the other half of my Just Fruit Munchies from Just Tomatoes when I packed lunch on Thursday.

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Because I had placed this freeze-dried fruit on top of the yogurt, half stayed crunchy and half got soft. I loved the textural variety! Plus, it got all swirly when I mixed it in:

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Lunch was leftovers from my dinner Thursday night. I cooked up 1/2 cup of dry lentils to mix with the cup of couscous I brought home in order to convert it into a nutritional powerhouse. I had about 1/4 cup of the couscous-lentil mix with the little piece of salmon from Gina’s meal:

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Along with a cup of the veggie stew:

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So good! Leftovers are the best.

Nydia also brought in a TON of beans, rice, and pork for me to taste (made by her very culinarily-gifted mom). These containers were FULL when they arrived with Nydia this morning:

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I didn’t want to put off eating the salmon because fish leftovers don’t stretch as long as other foods, so I packed up a bunch of this masterpiece to take home and shared the rest with everyone else. I also had several spoonfuls. So good! You’ll be seeing more of this soon, for sure.

Beryl wanted me to take a picture of her spicy chickpeas from the Indian restaurant, so she let me have a tasty tasty tasty tasty bite πŸ™‚

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We ate lunch during the every-other-week optional staff brown bag, so desserts also made an appearance. I had a piece of cinnamon sugar muffin, a piece of chocolate-tangerine cookie (and another piece unpictured), more muffin, and a piece of oatmeal raisin cookie:

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Later in the afternoon, Belkis split an extra orange and gave half to Jessica and half to me:

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And Carlos came around selling chocolate bars for his son’s school. I did not buy any, but Rosalie (aka my chocolate fairy) bought two and materialized at my desk asking which I wanted: chocolate almond or chocolate caramel. That’s right — she was offering me an entire bar! I opted for half and half, so we split and shared each bar. I had a square of each (no, not the whole thing!):

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The rest is now safely in my freezer πŸ™‚

I also ate the orange I had packed. Peeler in action:

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At 4:30, one of my favorite announcements of all time came over the loudspeaker: Attention staff, the informal staff gathering in the lobby has begun! I don’t know how I wasn’t aware of this one in advance (especially after the sushi success at the last one), but it was definitely news to me! I grabbed Katty, and I think it took us negative 10 seconds to fly down the four flights of steps. Here’s what was waiting:

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YES, homemade taquitos (“por favor, dos por cada persona”), fresh salsa, fruit, cheese, crackers, crudite, chips, cookies …

Here’s my first plate:

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And my second plate (don’t tell!):

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Check out the expertly crunchy wrappage:

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I also had a slice of cheddar. It was so sharp it made my jaw ache. I LOVE good cheddar.

That was obviously dinner, but I still had room for dessert (number 3?) when I got home. I finished off my yogurt (1/4 cup), my chocolate-pb-flax egg custard (2/3 ramekin), and my last bits of Holiday Inn cinnamon bun (1/2 bun). It’s a dessert jungle!

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Frostiiiiiiiiiiing:

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Perfecto. I spent the rest of the night sipping tea and NOT eating any leftover pieces of Easter candy or anything … Umm, right.

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And a late-night snack of 1/2 cup Kashi golean crunch with 1/4 cup soymilk and water:

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I’m off to my second (and last) Physique 57 class followed by free tangomonium (thanks for the tip, Kate!). From there, I’ll be disappearing for real into a black hole of final-paper-disastrousness, probably until Monday morning. Don’t miss me too much!

What will you be doing while I’m gone?

P.S. I’m famous!

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20 thoughts on “While I’m gone

  1. verbalriot says:

    I said it once, I said it twice, pass on my resume to this internship you’ve got, ’cause the free food just flows out of there! hahah

    Oh, I’ll be doing homework alright. But let’s rejoice! Soon enough, it shall be the end of May and we’ll be eating Ethiopian food in NYC πŸ™‚

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  2. coco says:

    Your daily meal seems a big feast to me.. how is that possible you lucky girl?! πŸ˜€
    good luck with your final papers and I’ll be thinking of the big feasts that you have when you’re gone! πŸ™‚

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  3. Christina says:

    good luck with the final papers! you’ll be done before you know it πŸ™‚

    Your blog is totally motivating me to get a job.. I can’t wait for office food!

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  4. MaryBe says:

    Ha you’re famous for your balls! Wait that doesn’t sound right!
    I am really impressed at your food recyclabilities! Hey that’s not a word either 😦

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  5. homegirlcaneat says:

    That choco bar looks so scrumcious! And I’ve never seen that blog stalking blog before..he’s hilarious, I love it!! Have a lovely lovely weekend!

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  6. broccolihut says:

    I’m glad someone else appreciates the wonders of cardamom!

    Oh, and can I have some of that veggie stew, please?

    See you Monday!

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  7. carolinebee says:

    ooooooo 3 taquitos you rebel!! Your job sounds awesome…and I’d prob have my wealthy benefactor take me to eat lobster πŸ˜€ I’ve never had it in my 22 years of life- someday!!!

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  8. sue says:

    hope your paper writing is going well! those are some great meals- especially homemade taquitos! i’d never be able to stick to just two either!

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  9. Gina Boland says:

    Blog Stalker is hilarious! I might need to start reading that. I spent all day Friday reading Theatre Blogs…most of which I had never read before! And you know how I spent Saturday…sorry for my drunken texts and call (we didn’t talk, did we)? I have lots of McLanahan pics for you!

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