Seriously - I'm Still Here

I know. You wouldn't know it by my stagnant blog posting habits. But rest assured, I'm still active on this blog. In fact, I've slowly and steadily been working on something. It's hard to be inspired to make things after a long day of work, which concludes with me making our dinner, my lunch for the next day, catching up on blog reading, and an hour of television of watching before I head to bed. (And in case you're wondering, my bed time these days is around 9:30, but more on that later.) So I leave art creation to the weekends. This piece is about 3' x 5' - that's pretty darn big. As you can see from sneak peak shot above, it doesn't just entail slopping on a coat of paint.

As you can surmise, I'm nowhere near finished, so there's no mashup to post. I figured I'd take the time to tell you about the other things I've been up to during these last few weeks.

First, I've become consumed/obsessed with shopping in the bulk bins at Whole Foods and putting my purchases in mason jars. Dried beans, lentils, flours, nuts - I think I have a sickness. I can't stop. But thanks to Whole Foods, I've learned that I have a new love of raw cashews (I was originally a roasted girl) as well as eating medjool dates stuffed with walnuts and these Energy Chunks as a pre-workout snack. I love the Cacao Gogi Berry and Cha Cha Chia bars, but sort of wanted to puke up the Mixed Berry Blast (those will be thrown out soon).

The pre-workout reference leads me to my next activity. For the past two months I've been working out at 5:30 am before I go to work (hence the 9:30 pm bedtime). What a change that has been. Getting up at this time means no meal before running/biking/stairclimbing/weightlifting, because that would require me getting up even earlier. So now I pop in a date or an energy chunk on my way the gym, and I have to say, they oddly do the trick. It's amazing how your body can adapt to a workout schedule if you stick with it. I really like working out that early pre-breakfast and work. It definitely makes me ready for the day.

So onto breakfast. The next big change has been my abandonment of eating cereal. For six years, I would have a bowl of Kashi Go Lean with banana, blueberries, and raisins. FOR SIX STRAIGHT YEARS. During this past spring, my body suddenly starting rejecting the kashi. I felt gross at work and sluggish. These feelings, combined with my desire to decrease/ween off any processed carbohydrates has led me to abandon all cereals. So what do I have now? I have this.

A smoothie usually filled with vanilla protein powder, rolled oats, chia/flax seed, some greek yogurt, spinach, bananas, peaches, mango, pineapple and fresh ginger. It may not look too appetizing, but it tastes amazing and makes me feel totally energized. I am never going back.

The single-serving smoothie blender is also key - super easy to clean and prep. Along with making my lunch at night, I also prep my smoothie (minus the frozen fruit).

[I need to thank my sweet friend JL of JL Goes Vegan for clueing me in to medjool dates and green smoothies!]

Next up: I bought a new "used" car. It's a sage green 2008 Nissan Altima (my previous car was a '99 Altima) and I'm in love with it. No seriously - LOVE. I want to cry every time I sit in it. It's the little things, ya know?

And finally, Pat and I made it to the Big E. It was what I always expected - lots of food I would never want to put in my body (e.g., fried dough, fried twinkies, fried kool-aid, the "Craz-E Burger" comprised of a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two halves of a glazed donut. Barf.), people who would be classified as "real lookers," and freak show exhibits of epic proportion.

I actually took a photo of the Hercules Unicorn Cow, but it was so horrible to see that I feel terribly guilty posting it.

Despite these oddities, we had a pretty good time. We went with some fine friends, rode on some rickety fair rides, got a good dose of carnie-sightings and spent a nice, hot (and super humid) day outside.

Marvel in my productivity! I will be back soon - I promise.