Two Weeks To a Healthier You!

Two weeks in to the New Year and my inbox has yet  to stop presenting/bating me with tips and guides to a new/skinner/healthier/more active me. The thing is, I keep clicking on these damn emails and then clicking on the damn links inside them, hoping to discover some new secret. But the truth? They’re all the same. Drink more water.  Eat lots of berries – they’re full of anti-oxidants. Don’t forget your veggies! Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Walk everywhere. Keep refined sugar to a minimum.

In other words, get your butt off the couch and eat good food.

Got it.

Luckily, red wine [in moderation] is considered good for you….

‘Coffee keeps me going until it’s acceptable to drink wine’

(saw it on Pinterest, naturally)

Anyone else feeling the New Years Resolution themed guides/emails/advice hate?

Tombstone + Pasta + Wine = A Pretty Great Night

I hope you agree. And if not, then you might be reading the wrong blog.

Things are happening around here. Good things.

And I’m not just talking about my new lipstick, which I love. (In case you care- it’s Chanel. It’s part of their Rouge Allure line and the color is “Incandescente.” In short, it’s amazing!)

Summer has been lovely, but I can feel the [Santa Ana] winds changing and I’m happy. I’ve had a great few months, but they have nothing on what’s to come. So far, as I have mentioned on numerous occasions, 30 has been mighty fine. Apart from the pressure I feel to apply a heavier night cream, not much has changed. Except for the fact that I have a great introductory sentence to all opinions…”Now that I’m 30 years old…*

So apart from spending my nights eating pasta, drinking wine, and watching Tombstone, what has changed? For the first time in MONTHS I feel like cooking. And even more surprisingly, I have the urge to put on my sneakers and run. I recognize that most people are more active in the summer than any other time of the year. But for me, the opposite is true — I just want to sit in the sun and drink margaritas.** Now that the first signs of fall are starting to appear, I feel like I’m waking up from a long, lazy hibernation.

And it feels so good.

*I recognize that this is going to get old. Quick. But now that I’m 30, I don’t care.

**Note: I WANT to do this. It doesn’t mean I necessarily do.

280

That would be the total amount of payments I have left across all of my student loans before I can say I’m debt-free.

To put this into perspective I’m 29 years old and 4 year out of law school. (Where has the time gone?!) Age of estimated pay-off puts me in my 50’s.

And you wonder why I drink so much wine.

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I Love My Boyfriend And I Love Wine

And not necessarily always in that order…

This weekend, I spied with my little eye a keychain from a winery that my boyfriend’s mother had for her spare key. Nothing flashy, just a wine cork with a “thingy” drilled into it so you could attach a key ring to it. (“Thingy” is a technical term of art, in case you were wondering.)

I asked my boyfriend if he thought he would be able to make me one when we got home. He took a look at it, disappeared into his Mom’s garage and 5 minutes later I had my own!

Somebody just earned a backrub.

I know, it’s not anything special. But it makes me so happy. Sometimes, it really is the little things.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Love Is In the Air

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Once again, mine was  invariably centered around food. It’s a modern miracle that I don’t weigh 200 lbs, because I eat like it’s going out of style.

When we weren’t eating, Adam and I did make it to the movie theater to see The Grey. Think: Liam Neeson stranded inthe  Alaskan wilderness while being chased by wolves. I’m so serious. I’m also surprised how much I enjoyed it. Then again, I had a nice little stash of miniature wine bottles in my purse. (What?!)

From the top, clockwise: Quick snapshot from my Saturday run, purse filled with adult beverages for the movie theater, the most delicious bacon cheeseburger and garlic parm fries from the Spot in La Jolla

Don’t worry, most of the wine was left untouched. I’m not that bad.

And even though Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I feel like we adequately celebrated yesterday. We dined on pulled pork tacos, a massive amount of guacamole, an easy-peasy dessert that even I couldn’t screw up, and finished Season 1 of the Walking Dead.

Nothing says romance like zombies.

From top left, clockwise: breakfast bagel, homemade guacamole, valentine's day inspired desert, pulled pork tacos

In other news, I was extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Whitney Houston this weekend. I’m sure you’ve read and heard all about it ad nauseam, but I feel like she’s deserves some space in my little online world. She was an amazing singer and I hope that continues to be recognized. I was a child in the 80’s and her music was a big part of it. In the small amount of time since her death I’ve seen several posts/comments to the effect that it’s a shame people are making such a big deal about her death while American soldiers die every day. I’m sorry, but that assertion bothers me. I understand that it’s frustrating that we live in a world where the Kardashians or kids from Jersey Shore are celebrities. Celebrities that garner headlines and make national news, no less. But Whitney Houston shouldn’t be lumped together with those people. She was one of the most successful recording artists of all time and she had talent. Real talent. That’s something we should embrace and I’m not ashamed to say that I was sad to hear about her death. (Confession: my friend Mike started this line of thought today and it’s got me all fired up!)

No doubt you’ve heard this song hundreds of times, but take another listen. What makes this song so incredible to me is the first 30 seconds or so. It’s a Capella. No instrumental backing, no auto-tuning, just her voice. And it’s an amazing voice.

Lastly, I want to make sure I’m not giving the impression that I’m not sympathetic or not interested in stories about our soldiers. My brother and my cousin are both U.S. Marines and I could not be prouder of both of them – especially my cousin who is currently deployed.

Phew!

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, remember – all that candy in the grocery store will be on sale come Wednesday 🙂

A Serious Complaint

I’ve been holding onto this one since I moved to San Diego (almost 7 years ago?!?!) – Pacific-central tv time sucks. Everything is on so late!

To illustrate, let’s say I wanted to stay up and watch Letterman. It doesn’t even start until 11:30 P.M! I’m old! I fall asleep early. In Arizona, it’s on at 10:30PM. Likewise, in Arizona primetime television starts at 7. Not 8.

Alright, I’m feeling petty right now. Maybe a little cranky too. Definitely sore (training for my upcoming half-marathon started this week).

That’s what happens when you spend an hour looking at lovey-dovey pictures on Pinterest while listening to Adele, buying cheese-for-two-but-really-just-one, and suddenly realizing you’re about to spend your 3rd evening in a row in your pajamas, reading your book, without a stitch of makeup and the closest thing to a date being a slobbery, furry beast (sorry Tino!). I may have also found a grey hair. Speculation, of course.

My boyfriend. He needs a bath.

Rant over.

Off  to enjoy a glass of wine and some more cheese 🙂

I Drank Too Much Wine

And gave myself bangs.

Respect.

And took weird kissy/tween pictures of myself.

It happens.

Oh. Em. Gee.

You’re going to have to act quickly, because every moment you spend not making these delicious spiced candied walnuts, will be a moment you can never get back.

Trust.

Yesterday I was feeling especially snacky,  and because I can never seem to get it together in time to put together a proper meal when I’m on my own for the night,  a plate of random bits and pieces it was. Enter my new favorite snack plate.

Spiced Candied Walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup halves walnuts
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 splenda packets or 1/2 tsp sugar
  • dash of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread walnut mixture on a cookie sheet and allow to bake 7-8 minutes, or until slightly toasted.
  4. Cool and serve!

These walnuts are flavorful and satisfying on their own, but would be an excellent addition to a salad. Also, as with ALL of my recipes please feel free to tweak according to your own personal tastes. Remember: a pinch or two of cayenne goes a LONG way (I always seem to forget this!).

A glass of wine, some DVR action, and my night was a success.

How To Have a Successful Ladies Night

Make sure there is cheese.

Lots of cheese.

Some bruschetta, wine and Michael Buble playing in the background doesn’t hurt either.

Last week, my roommate and two girlfriends gathered to enjoy an evening of all the above. We also did a little cooking, putting together this little dish. I highly recommend it. Do not skip out on the saffron!

One last tip – want to make sure that it’s truly a successful night? Do NOT forget to take pictures of yourselves! (derrrrrrr!)

Nordys

Saturday morning, after I had decided that I as going to spend the day cleaning and watching old reruns of Beverly Hills 90210 (Thank you Soap Network!) my girlfriend Lauren called and wanted to see if I would like to accompany her to fundraising event at Nordstroms with her. Would I???

Being Breast Cancer Awareness month, there was pink everywhere. In addition to the beverages and snacks (unpictured) there really was a fundraiser going on. All bra purchases made resulted in a portion of the profits going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Lauren and I were happy to oblige.

And since we were already there…a stop was made at the Nordstrom Cafe. Loooooove.

The swag

A little wine, a little pizza, a lot of talk. It was a good day.

We were happy ladies.

Very happy ladies.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend!