Monday!!

Happy Monday, I think.  It’s still too early to tell.  This weekend flew by, as usual, and it’s the start of another crazy week.  I wish it wasn’t a workday, but I feel good about my weekend, so right now my coffee is getting me by.

Friday night I went out for a friend’s birthday and discovered two new bars.  One is a block from my apartment, so that’s super cool.  Late Friday night when I couldn’t sleep (maybe I didn’t really need the extra scoop of New York SuperFudge Chunk after I got home?), I did a mental reset.  I’m really trying to look at what I’m eating, and how much.

I had an awesome workout at the gym on Sunday.  It’s great how empty it is on the weekends, and I was able to be in the weight room without all the sweaty dudes.  I’m really loving lifting lately.

I also got back in the kitchen and tried out a few new recipes which I will share with you all this week.  My roommate says they’re yummy, so you have that to look forward to 🙂

I rediscovered my love of hummus – seriously, it’s awesome, and bought some tahini and oat milk.  We’ll see how long that lasts.  I might love my dairy too much to stick to the oat milk.

Hoping I’ll have time for a walk during my break at work… it’s so peaceful in the countryside!  Plus I know I’ll end up caving and buying bakery bread on my way home tonight, so a walk would be nice to balance out that. The bread is so yummy though!!

What are your plans for this week??  How was your weekend?  Do you have any healthy-eating tips to share?  I would love to hear them!

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La Bella Luna

I’ve missed you guys!!  I haven’t been far and I’ve been checking in, but I haven’t had anything new to say this week, and then, my Internet was out all day.  You don’t realize how dependent you are on something until it goes away.  That’s not to say I can’t fill my days without my computer.  In fact today I made two trips to the supermarket, mailed some very important stuff at the post office, bought new pillows, made three trips to two different banks, and baked muffins.  All in the pouring rain.  Again I say that the rain in Spain absolutely does not fall mainly on the plain.  Whoever made that up was seriously misinformed.

The thing is though, a big part of my fabulous Wednesday morning-no work routine is making a nice cup of coffee in a quiet house and reading through all of my favorite blogs.  And today I couldn’t do that.  I couldn’t Skype anyone from home, or watch TV online, and while I did read books for fun for a good hour this evening, there’s a certain amount of isolation that comes from living in a foreign country and being unwillingly cut off from your lifeline for a while.  I practically bounded up to my roommate like a puppy when she got home today, I was so happy for human interaction.

In honor of my newly reinstated interaction in society via the Internet, I’m sharing some pictures I took last night of the moon.  I don’t know why it was so spectacularly big and beautiful last night, but it was.  It’s hard to pick just one moon photo, so here are a few.  After seeing it, I even went home and started watching Moonstruck again over dinner.  That movie never gets old.  I hope your week has been good {and if not, you’re more than halfway done}.  Enjoy the moon, and take the time to reach out to someone you don’t talk to enough, if for no other reason than because you can.

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Jet Lag or Insomnia?

It’s Wednesday morning on Mallorca, and I have thankfully had two nights of uninterrupted sleep, where, when I wanted to, I actually fell asleep.  Sunday night I wasn’t so lucky, call it jet lag or what have you.  Last night I found out my roommate had also been awake until after 4 in the morning – maybe it was the heavy Spanish meal we ate at the bar below our piso, but nobody knows for sure.  Not sleeping when you want to has to be one of the worst feelings, but, as other people’s discomfort is usually more entertaining than your own, I thought I’d share the thoughts going through my head for your entertainment.  I wrote this Monday morning, so the time frame is now a little off, but you get the idea.  Enjoy!

Things I thought of last night when I was lying awake/miss from home. Last night was oddly reminiscent of my first days in Palma back in October. I think I was jet-lagged and in denial about it. I would lay and bed and try to sleep against the backdrop of street people outside. Everything was quiet last night, except for when someone went to the bathroom upstairs around 3:30 (a long number 1). I tried to sleep for approximately 5 and a half hours, from 11 to 4:30. And then again from 6 to 8. I finally fell asleep after 8, when my alarm was going off. I did try and cry myself to sleep, but just ended up crying over the lack of sleep. There was no sleep. A non-exhaustive list:

  1. Bagels – I may or may not have brought 19 individually food-saved bagels in my suitcase.
  2. Decent pizza
  3. Whoopi Goldberg
  4. George Stephanopoulos – we got up at the same time today, an ocean apart.
  5. My bed.
  6. My cat.
  7. Showers with consistent temperature.
  8. Mueller’s
  9. Cheese claws
  10. Crumb cake
  11. Six Brothers Diner
  12. Running up big hills.
  13. Running
  14. Not running enough
  15. 3sixtycycle
  16. The gym.
  17. Basketball
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Public safety
  20. Eddie the Mailman from undergrad
  21. South America
  22. My job
  23. Renewing my job
  24. Not renewing my job
  25. Part time jobs I could do at home while I find a job job.
  26. Jennifer Aniston
  27. Why round trip plane tickets are cheaper
  28. The Boardwalk
  29. Jon Bon Jovi
  30. Fire by Bruce Springsteen
  31. Faith
  32. Where George Michael is today.
  33. Biting my nails.
  34. Jackie on Roseanne
  35. Why Jackie and Fred didn’t stay together
  36. The new Becky
  37. Scrubs
  38. What Zack Braff is up to now.
  39. The time until I have to wake up…

Repeat.

Can you relate??

Here’s to warm glasses of milk, kicking anxiety out of your bedroom, and a good night’s sleep!

A Trip to the Motherland

The girl is officially back out of Jersey.  I went home for Christmas and New Years, and loved every minute of it.  Even when I got sick on the way home after being awake for 30 straight hours, it was so nice to be sick at home.  Chicken soup really is so much better when your Mommy makes it for you!  And makes you feel better so much more quickly.

The rest of the time I got to spend much needed family time and catch up with friends.  It was so nice.  After flying back Friday into Saturday, and of course not sleeping much on either plane, last night I fell asleep around 9pm Spain time and slept for 14 hours.  Today I’m feeling so lazy, but I know I have to get a run in if I want to fall asleep tonight.  Tomorrow I’m back to the factory – up at 5:30ish to be out of my apartment in time to catch a 6:30am train.  {Actually, 6:35, but I tell myself 6:30 so I have a better chance of getting there on-time.}  Also, 6:30 in Spain is not like 6:30 in Jersey.  At home, people do get up early to get into the city and into work.  There’s a 5:45 train, and I’ve taken a few fairly-full 5:30am spin classes.  Here though, the only people out are the street cleaners and, before I switched apartments, the prostitutes.  {I’m not sure who their market is at 6 in the morning, anyway.}  I pass easily 5 or 6 bakeries on the 10-15 minute walk to the train, and only 1 is open.  And, after the train ride through darkness, waiting on the platform to be picked up by a teacher from school, the first roosters of the morning start to crow around 7:30am.  And the sun finally rises around 8.  Which is all to add to my rant that 6:30 in Spain is butt-early.  I’m calling it 4 or 4:30am Eastern Standard Time.  And I’m not trying to be the George Stephanopoulos of Mallorca.  {If you missed it, he wakes up at 2:15 every morning before work.  And 2:15 is early anywhere.}

This past break, anyway, was lovely.  Lots of good food, both Jersey favorites and holiday goodness.  Some new recipes that I still have to share – new Christmas cookies, a very special eggplant parm, and I received Dominique Ansel’s new cookbook.  This is going to be my year of the Cronut.

Here’s to hoping Mallorca seems more welcoming once the jet lag has worn off.  Yesterday I wanted to go to Ikea and join a gym, but realized I shouldn’t let myself make any big purchases after I impulse bought a mop at the grocery store.  Granted, it’s a Swiffer knock-off, which I’ve needed, but still.  I also bought all the vegetables and ate a whole bag of arugula last night.  While I’m looking back at a great Christmas this year, I’m still looking forward at trying to do more clean eating.  I’ve got some lofty running goals on the horizon, and I don’t have a choice.  Chocolate pastry only gets you so far.

*After my run, Mallorca does seem more welcoming.  You can only stay so grumpy when you’re wearing shorts and looking at palm trees and the see when you know everyone back home is wearing no fewer than 16 layers.  Here’s some pictures to enjoy – I’m trying out a new watermark this year!  Let me know what you think – right now I’m not giving it two thumbs up because on some pictures it’s definitely bigger than I’d like, and also, whenever I upload iPhone photos from my computer and not my iPhone, they lose a lot in the way of quality.  It’s really frustrating.  Any WP advice is appreciated!!

How was your holiday season?  What do you have planned for 2015?

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Christmas down the shore!

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decorated by some festive folk

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a dreary day at the beach is still beautiful

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Tuna melt with Swiss cheese on homemade pita bread with half regular fries and half sweet potato fries from my diner. The best the end.

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Mountain of meatballs for a dinner with friends!

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Butter cookies! Please note how I took the time to separate North and South Jersey visually, using red and green sprinkles. The divide is in different spots on all of them, but I had to sneak it in 🙂 {I love all Jersey, but how do you not take a NJ cookie cutter that step further?}

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Missing Thanksgiving means missing pie. I had to fix that.

Overnight Oats!

Hi everyone!

I jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon last week.  I even bought chia seeds.  It sounds a little crazy, and a little trendy, but they’re absolutely fabulous, and make my mornings a little bit happier.  What is better than throwing ingredients together in a jar before you go to bed, and waking up to oatmeal?  And you can put stuff in it that make it tasty, so it’s not overwhelmingly oaty.  Just make sure your jar is big enough for the oats to expand overnight.

Ingredients:

  • Equal parts oats to yogurt to milk.  I use:
    • 1/3 cup rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/3 cup milk
  • Fun mix-ins.  I like:
    • 1 tsp Chia seed
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • You can also add:
    • Fruit.  Sliced bananas or apple pieces.
    • Berries if you like them.  Personally I think blueberries go squish, but I know they’re really good for you!
    • Peanut-butter or other nut-butter.  A good helping of protein!
    • Nutella.  It’s just delicious.

Directions:

  • Measure the ingredients into the jar.
  • I layer yogurt then oats then milk, and pile the mix-ins on top.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, you can grab and go or enjoy right at home.
  • I like to microwave my oats to warm them up, but don’t microwave them longer than a few seconds, or else your yogurt will separate and it gets cottage cheesy.
  • Give the oats a good stir, and enjoy!

Do you make overnight oats?  What kind of mix-ins do you use?  Do you have a favorite jar?  I used to use tupperware, but I use an old French jelly jar now, because it’s pretty 🙂

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