April 2009


  • my fresh haircut
  • the greenest, prettiest brussel sprouts ever
  • my kitty sleeping in a patch of sun
  • the tulips starting to bud in the garden
  • my awesome Greek salad
  • a walk around my neighborhood


These are just a few of the things I haven’t been able to post photos of because of my lost camera! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Yes, I’m on the hunt for a new one this weekend…I called the cab companies again and no luck so it’s time to suck it up. I’m looking for the Nikon Coolpix S230 if I can get my hands on one around here. It’s got that nifty touch screen…and if Ashton Kutcher likes it who am I to disagree?!

Conveniently I finally changed my address with the Canadian government (seriously thought I’d done that about a year ago…) and they’ve just deposited some back-owed GST rebate money into my bank account, so at least I’m not “really” paying full price for the camera. Found money!

This morning I got up early (and by early I mean almost on time for my proper start time of 9am), got some work done, then headed out to the hairdresser. Ahhhh….I love a fresh new haircut. Nothing special, just a cut…but it feels great! Got myself a Starbucks on the way home and enjoyed a few minutes checking out my front garden in the sun. I’ll be spending some time on my little patch of nature this weekend (rain permitting of course).

I then spent the rest of my afternoon tied to my computer, buried under a stack of paperwork. Boooooo. But before you all go on a tirade about what a horrible boss I must have….you can blame me. Remember my big paperwork project? Well, after sorting I sort of stopped. I cleaned everything up for Tiff’s visit, but I hadn’t actually entered any of the data into my computer or anything….and here we are on tax deadline day and I hadn’t done squat. Meh. I’m done now. I still need an accountant to review it, but I’ve filed and paid what I could figure out and I’ll get a professional to audit my last 4 years sometime over the Summer. (some bookkeeper I make eh? Can’t even do my own taxes properly!)

Activity: Walked around my neighborhood after dinner for a break in the paperwork. Only about 20 minutes, but totally refreshing. It’s very late, but I think a quick 20 minutes of hatha yoga is also appropriate this evening.

Eats are pretty good today, if I do say so myself…

– breaky on the go: chocolate soy milk drink box, Kashi granola bar
– venti Pike Place Blend coffee with raw sugar, cinnamon, and skim milk
– turkey melt: deli turkey on 7 grain bread w/ red onion, grainy dijon & light cheddar, toasted under the broiler and topped with tomato slices…served with carrot stix
– grapes
– banana stuffed with White Chocolate Wonderful PB
– Greek salad with lotsa light feta (so salty!), leftover 1/2 grilled chicken breast, 1 serving Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips
– dried fruit (apricots, cherries, yogurt cranberries)
Liberte Mediterranne blackberry yogurt with the last bit of dust from the Kashi Crunch box

I’m feeling the need to be overly descriptive since I’m not providing photos!

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I know you’ve all been waiting for this review. Sorry for the delay. I wanted to try the hemp milk in a few different situations before passing judgement….because upon first sip I wasn’t too excited to run over and tell you all about it.

I tried Living Harvest Hempmilk in Vanilla. I opted for the vanilla because that’s my favorite in anything, and I went with the sweetened version because I thought it would be easier to compare to soy milk or Almond Breeze.

You all should know that I only go for milk alternatives because it’s fun and some of them taste good…especially on cereal. I’m really a milk girl…a skim milk girl…and still crave me a glass of icy cold milk on a regular basis. I’ve mainly stuck with Almond Breeze because the unsweetened vanilla version is extra low in calories and makes a nice treat for cooking/baking/cereal/oatmeal. Soy milk has been making a regular appearance too because FH was using it for smoothies, as a way to get more healthy protein and omegas into his diet.

Anyway….Hempmilk, my review…

Upon first taste I thought it was chalky and maybe a bit bitter. Definitley not something I would enjoy straight up. Next up, I tried it over some sliced bananas. Still too chalky and didn’t like how it sort of separated in the bowl…I felt like I had to keep slooshing my bananas around. Third time’s a charm…cereal of course! Poured this over some Kashi Go Lean Crunch and it was fantastic. I guess it just needed something rough enough to mask the odd, chalky texture and maybe the extra sweetness of the cereal mixed with the hempy goodness to make this work for me. One out of three ain’t bad? Um, well it ain’t good either.

Nutrition wise, Hempmilk is a powerhouse. From their website:

What’s in a Glass?

– 800 mg Omega-3 with SDA
– 2600 mg of Omega-6 with GLA
– All 10 Essential Amino Acids
– 4 g Digestible Protein
– Vitamins A, B12, D, E, Riboflavin & Folic Acid
– Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron & Zinc
– 40% Daily Value of Calcium

Awesome. However, for the difference between this and all the other options out there for milk and alternatives, I doubt this will become a common item in my refrigerator. It was considerably more expensive than Almond Breeze, and it’s limited use as only a cereal topper leaves me thinking it isn’t worth it. I can get my omegas and aminos from my healthy diet and daily vitamins.

Sorry Living Harvest, this one just didn’t do it for me. I’m anxious to try other hempalicious products though so I will certainly keep my eyes (and mind!) open for more trials.

People. You neeeeeed to watch Cupid. I actually laughed out loud at this week’s episode (did you seeeeee the moonwalking? hysterical I swear!). Who knew how freaking adorable Bobby Carnavale could be?! I sure didn’t. But I’m now in total LOVE. (This show better catch on, because every show I’ve liked for the last three seasons hasn’t made the cut!)

And while I’m talking about television love….Adam on American Idol. If that dude doesn’t take the win I’ll be shocked and horrified. Show.Man.Ship. And he can sing.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled blogging….

Another nice day in Halifax, but it certainly wasn’t the 28* degrees we had yesterday. I think maybe around 15* today with wind of course. Needed my sweater when I went to the gym this time.

Treadmill: identical to yesterday… 2 minute walking warmup, 8 min run, 2 x 4 minute run, with 1 min walking in between, 5 min cooldown (25 mins, 1.80mi, 215 cals)

Upper Body: 10 minutes rowing machine, 3 sets of 12 tricep curls, bicep curls, shoulder presses (all 15 pounds)

Finished with a full set of Eurydice’s bum exercises, because my hips were stiff from yesterday and the leg extensions totally help with that. Not to mention the plank position for the arms.

Today’s eats were totally random but I think pretty good…let’s see…

– coffee x 2
– toast w/ White Chocolate Wonderful PB, grapes & watermelon
– leftover tuna salad with
Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips
– dried fruit (cherries, apricots, yogurt covered cranberries)
– tiny serving Kashi Crunch w/ vanilla hemp milk about 40 mins before gym
– banana bread Larabar post-gym
– 1/2 grilled marinated chicken breast, steamed brocolli, slice of 7 grain crusty bread w/ Olivina
– banana chips
– and now I’m going downstairs for a glass of milk and a tasty treat 🙂

I promise product reviews are coming soon. Stay tuned.

So yesterday wound up being a whopping 29*!! Fabulously sunny. And it stayed that way all day. Seriously people, we rarely get days that warm even during actual Summer so to get a random Spring Tuesday like that is very exciting.

Of course, most of us were stuck inside working. Booooo.

I did get out for a trip to the chiropractor though. Sunroof open, tunes on. First time I’ve been excited that my chiro office moved an additional 10 minutes away. I will take the 20 minute drive on a day like yesterday. 🙂 After my appointment, I decided that since I was already 3/4 of the way to Bedford (neighboring town) that I should head there to Pete’s Frootique for a few fresh veggies. Well, it ended up being a long trip because traffic was almost at a STANDSTILL. I thought there would be an accident up the road or something, but nope…just slow traffic. Oh well, fun in the sun…even if I was in the car. After shopping I decided I’d better go the other way to get home since I still had a ton of work to do and I’d been gone for a while but I don’t go that way very often and I missed my exit! (In all fairness, everything is a bit confusing and the signage isn’t great….or at least that’s the story I’m sticking with!). So I had an extra 10 minute drive to the next exit where I could get off the highway and turn around. Whooops. 🙂

So due to my little adventure I had to work a bit late to make sure I was all caught up. I had a lot of little things hanging around from last week since I wasn’t working full time while Tiffaney was here. I think I’m on top of it all now though.

I ended up heading for the gym around 6:30. It was still sooooo warm out! My workout was good but not as good as they were pre-hiatus. Hopefully I can get back on that running groove I was on! I want my 21 minutes back! 🙂

Treadmill: 2 minute walking warm-up, 8 min run, 2 x 4 min run (1 minute walking in between), finished with a full 5 minute walking cooldown (25 minutes, 1.78 miles, 210 cals)

Abs: 3 sets of… 15 regular crunches, 15 reverse crunches, 15 v-sits, 30 second plank, 15 second sideplanks (each side), 15 hamstring curls on the ball

I was wiped. Back this evening for a better run and upper body strength.

Yesterday’s eats were really good until late evening…

– coffee x 2
– tuna melts (1/2 can tuna, squirt light mayo, green onion & pickles on fresh 7 grain bread, topped with light cheddar and broiled) w/ pickles and baby carrots
– lemon Liberte yogurt & chopped strawberries
– small bowl Kashi Crunch w/ vanilla hemp milk
– post-gym: chocolate soy milk drink box
– scrambled eggs w/ mushrooms & brocolli, side of roasted brussel sprouts, multigrain Tostitos & salsa
– small slice 7 grain bread w/ White Chocolate PB, grapes
– damn Dairy Milk chocolate bar

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That cutey-patootie Vanessa over at Last Night’s Leftovers had this great idea for all of us food bloggers to get together and show off our kitchens. Time to see where all of that deeeeelish food comes from!!

Funny enough I randomly took some photos of our house just last week before my house guest arrived so I can actually participate in this show-off. Had I procrastinated on the picture taking as per my usual method of operation, I wouldn’t have these photos due to the loss of my camera (are you getting sick of hearing about that yet?).

Anyway, on with the show!!

This is the first home I’ve owned. We moved in January 2008. We looked at a dozen houses in one day (haha, military house hunting trip), this was the third house we saw and we knew this was it by the time we got to the sixth one. It’s a little smaller than we had originally hoped, but the basic amenities are exactly what we needed. I gave up a bit of kitchen space and FH gave up rec room space. Fair is fair.

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We LOVE the paint and the flooring. 12 x 12 terracotta tiles, which the previous owners matched with a terracotta paint. Even though it’s got a couple of dings, we won’t be changing it anytime soon. Funny enough, they actually had exactly the same dining set so we knew how great our set would look here.

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The downside is counter and cupboard space. I know it looks like a lot of cupboards, but honestly they are all odd sizes and don’t accommodate our dishes and glassware very well at all. All of our plates, bowls, etc are in that glass fronted cupboard because it’s the only top cupboard that is deep enough. Forces me to keep things tidy though. Thankfully we got the sellers to include their pantry with the house and that houses ALL of our dried goods (except spices which are in the skinny cupboard to the left of the stove).

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As for counter space, all of the chopping/prepping action happens in that corner space. It’s the only area conducive to working with the stove. The big area under the microwave is annoying because of how the microwave shelf sticks out. I do use my Cuisinart Griddler there though!

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Oh, I wanted to jump on the Kitchen Aid bandwagon too!! Several years ago an ex-bf bought me the blue stand mixer…you can see it perched atop the pantry (with a stuffed lobster hanging out!). I never use it. I find it cumbersome when I’m just throwing together cookies or muffins. But it sure is pretty!!

And last but not least…what I would love to have….dark cupboards, stainless appliances, granite countertops. Not much, eh? 🙂

Today was a day of playing catch-up. Sleep, work, chores, diet, yoga.

I got back from dropping Tiffaney off at the airport around 5:30am and climbed back into bed with the idea that I would get up at my normal time to start work at 9am. Boy was I surprised when my alarm didn’t go off and it was after 11am when I woke up. Ooooops. Sorta blew my daily schedule out of the water….but I sure needed those zzzz’s.

So I had to forfeit my plan to hit the gym today. Such is life. Today makes exactly one week so getting there tomorrow seems like an appropriate fresh start. Aside from writing a fairly lengthy blog this morning I worked solidly between noon and 6pm, then came back around 8pm or so to tie up some more loose ends. Still not totally caught up (you’d think I took more than a day and a half off!) but I’ll get there tomorrow.

During my little break, I had a healthy dinner and got some chores done. We didn’t use the kitchen much this last week, and Tiff was a great houseguest in that she washed dishes and cleaned up after herself so thankfully the downstairs chores were really easy. I only have left to vacuum and do a runthrough upstairs. She even pulled all of her sheets and towels together before we left at 4:45 this morning!

Since I didn’t get to the gym, and my body is a little stiff from so much driving and a long day at my desk I’m going to get in a yoga session here shortly. I am thinking about the Yoga for Back Pain because I did it the other day and quite liked it. Can’t beat yogadownload.com.

Today’s eats were pretty good…

coffeeeee w/ skim & demerara
Kashi bar, lemon Liberte yogurt, watermelon & grapes
smidge of leftover hummus/tzatziki/feta dip with 3 leftover pita triangles, a few crackers, baby carrots & celery sticks
– snacked on a half glass of white wine and a serving of Buffalo Blue Kettle Chips while making dinner
– “on the fly” dinner creation: low fat sundried tomato turkey sausage sauteed with mushrooms, red onion & carrots, tossed with 1/3 cooked Smart macaroni and homemade tomato parmesan cream sauce (for the sauce I used skim milk & Olivina to keep it light)
– strawberries & more lemon Liberte

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