I can’t hear what she’s saying but I wonder if she knows that yelling at him over the sound of their lawnmower makes her voice carry up to our window?  It’s pretty obvious she’s annoyed at him about something!

Ahhhhh suburbia.  Don’tcha just love being only 8 feet away from your neighbors?  🙂

So, mid-afternoon the munchies hit…as always when I sit at my desk all day…so I decided to put some of the fresh berries to use.  In the bowl: sliced fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries (perfectly ripe!), the leftover bit of Liberte vanilla yogurt, and half of a crumbled up oatmeal chocolate chip bar.  (OK, you caught me, I ate the other half!)


After work I discovered FH snoozing on the couch so I took that as a sign that he wasn’t waiting around for dinner and used the opportunity to do a session from yogadownload.comDetox Yoga #1.  I thought I had done it before, but during the practice I didn’t recognize it so I guess it was one of the ones I downloaded and never got around to.  I quite enjoyed it, except I’m still terrible at Warrior 3.  I’m trying though!

When I finished FH was awake so I put him to work grilling up some steaks.  He’s in charge of steaks.  :)  Such a guy thing!  I don’t know what he seasons them with, but he always makes them super tasty.  (Veggie-heads close your eyes…red meat photos coming your way!)

To go with the meat I boiled up some more corn on the cob, and prepped a zucchini for grilling.  Easiest meal I’ve made in ages!


Cute little tenderloins…mine was only about 4oz…just perfect pour moi!


A la Amy, I topped my zucchini with herby goat cheese (insert drooling here).  And of course rubbed some real butter on my corn because margarine just doesn’t fly in this situation.  🙂

See, he grills the perfect medium-rarish steak!  (I like it soft and pink, but not running juice).


The sun came out again this afternoon and made for a lovely evening so we went for another walk around the neighborhood.  It’s not a big area but there are lots of different routes to walk so I’m happy FH is interested in going with me!  Afterwards I watered my lawn and checked on my little garden.  It’s coming along great!!  The new grass is starting to sprout…I’m very please with myself!

And now a movie with the mister.  He brought me a little treat from the movie store and I’ll happily enjoy a few of these:

027   Cuz when the sugar crash comes, it’ll be bedtime anyway!


We woke up to continuing dismal weather.  Boooo.  Bring on Spring!  We want to get out in the yard and start getting a few things done (ooooooh, the joy of digging up dandelions!), but it’s tough to do when everything is soggy.  The forecast says tomorrow will be nice…we shall see!

So we enjoyed a leisurely morning sipping coffee.  FH has many PVR’d F1 races to catch up on so while he watched those I blogged from my laptop on the loveseat.  Funny how annoyed I was to buy this silly thing, but now I love having the second computer for using in the living room.  We are ridiculous really…we each have a desktop (mine in my office, his in his den) and now we both have laptops in the living room.  LOL.

The weather left me with the urge to bake.  Now that FH is home to share the baked goods I feel a little more like doing it.  When I’m here on my own, I tend to eat all of my wares!

First, yoga.  Sitting in the theatre last night wreaked havoc on my bad shoulder (which wasn’t bugging me much at all until that damn plane trip to and from Victoria) so I did a session of Yoga for Back Pain from yogadownload.com.  This series totally helps.  I can’t tell it’s helping while I’m doing it, but about an hour later my shoulder/neck/back feel amazing! 


Then lunch…no breakfast today.  I decided to make a smoothie (I’m working on an idea for a “smoothie week” next week!).  Today’s mix was my usual, but I added some PB2 for fun.  I won’t do it with particular mix again…the flavors didn’t jive for me. 


In the blender was:

1/2 ripe banana

4 frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

1 tbsp flax meal

1 tbsp PB2

3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk

1/4 cup water

Served up with a Nature’s Path waffle topped with almond butter and the other 1/2 of my banana sliced up.   


Now I was all limber and full, so it was time to bake.  I made a batch of Tina’s Oatmeal Raisin Bars…but instead of 1 cup of raisins, I subbed in a 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (FH doesn’t like raisins).  I also made a dozen of my Banana Oatmeal Muffins, but turned them into banana coconut oatmeal muffins by adding 1/2 cup sweetened coconut (I also dusted the tops with the coconut).

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Baking puts me in a great mood!

Once everything was out of the oven and cooling, I headed off to the grocery store (again!).  Got a few snacks for this evening when our friends come over, plus the ingredients for a decadent pizza we plan to have for dinner tomorrow night (stay tuned!).  I forgot to get yeast for the pizza dough though so I’ll have to do that tomorrow when we do our errands.

Now it’s just a relaxing evening…we’ll do a bit of vacuuming and dusting before our guests come and I think I’ll have a fruity snack to tide me over (FH made himself a huge late lunch, so dinner on the menu today).  Considering the dismal weather, it’s turned out to be a lovely Saturday!

As much as I loved my trip and wish I’d had more time for my family and friends, I am sooo happy to be back with my own kitchen.  I know I could have bought more “me-friendly” groceries or made better restaurant choices while I was away, but I didn’t and that’s something I will work on.

Due to sleeping in way later than I’d planned I didn’t need breakfast today.  I did preset the coffee maker to brew so I attempted a couple of cups of joe but didn’t finish either of them.  Water was definitely my drink of choice. 


About an hour after I got up and got to work (I’m not way behind but I’m certainly not on top of things either) I decided it was time for breakfast…er, well lunch actually.  :)  Oh, Liberte Svelt vanilla yogurt how I missed you!  In the bowl was 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup raw oatmeal, 6 huge fresh blackberries, 4 fresh strawberries, and 4 chopped almonds.  Deeeeelish.  The raw oats are my new favorite yogurt mix-in for sure!


Dinner was the leftover Amy’s soup and veggie quesadillas I mentioned in my previous post.  No need for an afternoon snack since my meals ran so close together.  I did take in a lot more water and my vitamins and calcium supplement (I forgot to pack these on my trip).


After dinner I returned to the computer for a little more work, some photo sorting (450 vacation photos…eeeeek), and some blogging.  I then put my computer to work offering me a downloaded class of Yoga for Back Pain.  Bliss I tell you, just bliss!!  A week of couch surfing and missed workouts has left my back and shoulders screaming for attention.

Oh routine, you are a good friend.  🙂

Now that is what I call a grrreat yoga class! Last night Angie and I finally got our buns to another warm yoga class at Breathing Space (they call it hot, we call it warm because it’s not hot like Bikram or Moksha). They’ve changed their schedule for Spring and we like the new time slot for this class…the Sunday class is great too, but inevitably it’s tough to get to a 3:30 class on a day that is often dedicated to errands, chores, etc.

Our class was small, so our instructor (Shelly, who’s actually the owner) really took a lot of time to focus on form and positions. Loved it. Every time I take a class I feel better and better about my form and to have someone really take the time to go over it was awesome. I sweat buckets during this class, but never once felt exhausted or like I was overexerting myself (unlike other classes I’ve been to with different instructors). I was really able to get into it, accomplished some new poses, took on some previously difficult poses (take THAT warrior 3!), and learned a modification for back bends that really worked for me. Often when the teachers are offering bolsters, blocks, etc I don’t take them up on it…but Shelly just plunked a bolster down on my calves for camel pose…and who knew it was just what I needed to help support my weak lower back!

Today I’m definitely feeling the muscles that don’t always get attention at the gym, but my back feels good and my core feels strong. I am looking forward to trying her class again!!

A little something from our instructor….

“Buddha was once asked if he was a God, he said no.
Buddha was once asked if he was a Spirit, he said no.
So then he was asked ‘what are you then?’
He answered ‘awake’.”


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

As it turns out I tried to go for a walk but it was way too windy. I made it to the mailbox and back (barely 1/2 block) and was almost a windblown popsicle. I suppose I could have bundled up in a coat and mits, but that just seemed to go against the walk I was hoping for. So instead I came inside and did 30 minutes of Power Yoga #3 from yogadownload.com. A couple of bends that weren’t sooo great for my tailbone, but otherwise a good session with A LOT of downward dogs.

I did however manage to notice this when I was outside. Lookie here! Those are the tips of some tulips trying to poke through in my front garden! yaaaieee—come on Spring!

And this is the little crocus I noticed in my neighbor’s garden. I wish we had crocuses cuz I’m jealous that she’s got actual flowers already! haha.

For lunch I just wasn’t feeling anything in the fridge so I opted for a big bowl of cereal instead. 1/2 cup each of Organic Daybreak, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and Cinnamon Puffins. Topped with 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze. Tasty!

Our dinner plans for this evening might have fallen through due to our friend being sick. They are going to call back in a little while and let us know if he’s feeling up to it, but if I was him I’d just stay home and we’ll do it some other time. If that’s the case, I’m not sure what we’ll do for dinner. Something quick and easy…maybe FH and I will still go out. We shall see! I actually have some errands I could run since the stores will all be closed tomorrow so maybe I’ll take advantage of the cancelled dinner and do those.

Or I suppose I could go to the gym…although now that I did that session of yoga I certainly don’t feel so bad about missing my treadmill run. 🙂

Didn’t get near as much accomplished today as I’d wanted to, but I guess that’s my payback for the crazy sleep in. In fact, my last stop was supposed to be for cat litter and I totally forgot…it was the main reason I went out! Ha. Guess I’ll be going out again tomorrow. I also couldn’t find the piggy banks I was looking for….I have two baby gifts to get and my gift of choice is a cute silver piggy bank. I’ll have to head over to the other mall.

How to keep yourself from giving in to Orange Julius at the mall? Bring snacks!

Salsa Verde Riceworks Chips, a few dried apricots, water

I bought some daffodils in support of the Canadian Cancer Society while out today. The Cancer Society is my charity of choice (in fact, watch for a Relay for Life notice coming soon!) and it was a great day to buy Spring flowers. The sun came out by the end of my shopping trip!

In my travels today I landed up at Planet Organic looking for the ellusive Coconut Creme Larabars (I got only ONE…gah!) and while I was there I picked up a few other treats…including this Guiltless Gourmet Chipolte Wrap which I cooked up for dinner. I’ve had these before and they make a good easy-prep meal. Served with my usual salad mixed with salsa & light sour cream. Topped it all with a bit of finely shredded light monterey jack cheese.

Unfortunately I completely missed my workout. The day got away from me, so I had thought I could go this evening. But sure enough I waited too long and it turns out my gym closes at 8pm on Saturdays….grrrr….it’s open til 10pm Mon-Fri so I just assumed it would be the same hours tonight. Oh well. Last night’s 45 minute session of hatha yoga from yogadownload.com was excellent, so I may repeat it. I’m going to be up late anyway due to screwing up my sleep schedule last night so I might as well make good use of my time. Should make for an interesting morning since I got an email from FH saying they may be home as early as 9am tomorrow…meaning I have to be awake and ready to go get him. At least I’ll probably get breakfast out of the deal. 🙂

After doing some chores this evening I treated myself. Eggies are my FAVORITE Easter treat!

And then while watching some TV I was feeling munchy, so rather than head for chips or popcorn I grabbed the last container of strawberries and canteloupe and topped it with a dolop of HEAVENLY Coconut Liberte yogurt. That stuff is TO.DIE.FOR. Amazing. (sorry no photo…I gobbled it up too fast!)

Tomorrow is a mystery since I haven’t a clue when FH will actually arrive, but I have lots to keep me busy…hopefully including a 3pm warm yoga class that I’m just dying to go to. Between our vacation and my bruised tailbone it’s been a month since I’ve been to class and I miss it!