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Tuna steak and cupcakes, but not tuna steak cupcakes

Rain was pouring down in the city off and on all day. I had the pleasure of getting stuck in a downpour on my way back from lunch. I didn’t have an umbrella, but I did have a cardigan. I ended up wrapping it around my head Fiddler on the Roof style and running back to work.

Rocking the babushka.

After work, the rain let up, so naturally it was time to take Hadley to the dog park.

Chris's sister took this picture on her last visit, but this is his typical dog park look.

Then, I made my way to Pilates. My Pilates instructor told me that it seems like I’m getting a lot stronger and that I’m keeping my legs straighter during the exercises. Success! I felt pretty dizzy during class, though, but I’m pretty sure its because I have to exercise without wearing my glasses. Once I put them on after the workout, I was fine. How do other glasses wearers deal with this issues? Unfortunately contacts aren’t an option for me.

I was super hungry after Pilates. Guess what I made for dinner …

Ceasar salad! But not just any ceasar salad, I made tuna steak ceasar salad. A friend recently convinced me that tuna steak is super easy to make. It turns out she was right. I bought two frozen tuna steaks from TJ’s, set them out to thaw while I was at Pilates, rubbed them with salt and pepper, and then cooked them in a frying pan for 3 minutes on each side. I added one steak to my ceasar salad. Instant fancy ceasar salad! Tomorrow, I’ll enjoy the second steak in a sandwich.

Tuna steak makes my salad seem fancy.

Learning how to make tuna steaks was a good lesson for me. Even if something seems hard to do in the kitchen at least check it out. It may be a lot easier than it seems.  I always was afraid to try cooking tuna steak, because it seemed difficult to cook it just right. Now I’m thinking about taking on homemade pasta this weekend, but we’ll see.

I spent the rest of my night watching HGTV. Kelley recently introduced me to this channel, and I’m hooked. Even though Chris and I are still ions away from buying, it’s fun to watch other people find their dream homes.

I winded down the evening making a batch of cupcakes to bring into the office tomorrow.

They all couldn’t fit into the container, so Chris and I were forced to eat one each. Such is life.

Want one?

What is your TV guilty pleasure?

Mission Eat the Perishables

After work yesterday, I fed Hadley as usual. I’m getting to the point where I have a lot of things in my fridge that need to be eaten, so I decided to spice things up for him by mixing in a veggie Big Frank’s hot dog. Does anyone else’s dog like vegetarian meat? Hadley loves these “hot dogs”.

What do you mean it's not a real hot dog?

After taking care of Hadley, I went to Pilates. We did something new since we had a small class of only four people. We were each given two small rubber balls. We went through our movements and had to either balance a ball on our stomachs while doing positions (seriously hard when you are bicycling your legs) or place them between our ankles or thighs and keeping them there during our movements. I actually really liked the challenge. I felt my ab muscles more than usual, since I was concentrating on my placement so much. Also, it felt like I was playing some sort of human arcade game, so the workout went fast.

All about ball control.

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Post working out, I was starving. Our visitors went into the city to meet Chris to have a “man dinner” at Keens Steakhouse. That left me to my own creativity for dinner. I had nothing in mind to cook, so I played a game where I put all the food that needs to be eaten before it spoils out on my counter and stared at it. Like I said, a lot was getting ready to go bad soon.

Hmm ...

When the food didn’t cook itself, I (wo)maned up and did it myself. This may be one of my more interesting concoctions, but it was good. I took the baked potato and zapped it up in the microwave. I know that baking a potato in the oven tastes much better, but it also takes forever, so I usually rely on my microwave here. While it cooked, I sautéed the red onion, broccoli, asparagus, and tofu together.

Still not really sure what I'm making.

My initial idea was to stuff the potato with the vegetables. But then I would be neglecting the refried beans, and they really did need to be eaten. So I chopped up the potato, added a layer of refried beans, mixed some shredded cheese in with the veggies through in some avacado and olives and created some sort of large skillet like dish. I naturally topped it with my go-to low fat sour cream. I think there was some hot sauce, too. Judge away, but this creation was filling, delicious, and full of veggie goodness. What weird but yummy kitchen creations have you made?

 

You can't even tell all that's going on that bowl.

 

I wound down my night watching Grey’s Anatomy. I was so sad I was watching it alone, because it really deserved both a viewing party and a glass of wine. It was their musical episode, and I really wanted to hate it, but I was actually pretty amused by it. I especially like that while everyone else was singing, they had Meredith and Derrick out of the scenes. Maybe they are tone deaf like me? Did you watch the Grey’s Anatomy musical last night?  

 

Stop what your operating on and sing your hearts out.

 

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Greek Ends, Life Goes On

If you don’t watch Greek or haven’t watched the finale, go ahead and skip this first paragraph:

Anyone else a huge ABC’s Family Greek fan? I cannot believe it just ended last night. I understand that all good things must come to an end, and I will even give you that this show was coming to its logical end, but I really wish they were given a full season to wrap things up. It seems like the show was cancelled a few episodes in to this season, and they had to tie up all their loose ends. Fast. And they made all lawyers look evil in the process. “You have to choose between your future and your friends.” Really horribly unrealistic law professor? But I digress. Ignoring the bit where they sent Casey and Evan to law school and didn’t know how to handle it, I found this to be an amazing season. The entire show was a surprise to me. It was the little show that could, with great characters that evolved over the series, witty jokes, realistic and unrealistic college moments alike, and their running joke with the Plain White Tees as frat brothers. When the show began – and even up to mid-way last season – I didn’t want Casey and Cappie together, but by the end they proved that they deserve to be with each other. The last two episodes were rushed and somewhat messy, but overall Greek stands tall as one of my favorite shows. Now Army Wives is my favorite hour long show on TV. How sad is that?

Back to your regularly scheduled program:

Pilates felt so difficult last night. I think it’s because I used my ab muscles a lot when I was running on Sunday. I felt beat and so darn hungry by the time class was over. When I came home, I immediately made dinner. I combined left over veggie fried rice from a nearby Malaysian place with a bunch of tofu. I know a lot of people say that tofu unseasoned has no flavor, but I really enjoy it. I was still hungry after dinner – why am I just ravenous some nights – so during Greek I enjoyed some frozen yogurt. After dealing with the end of Greek, I ended the night by starting a new book.  I am only two chapters into The Circus in Winter, but I can tell this is going to be a good one. My goal is to read 25 books in 2011, and so far I’ve gotten through 6. The last book I was reading, I had to abandoned because it was still boring me 200 pages in. I hate giving up a book, but sometimes it’s just not worth the effort.

Any book recommendations?  

It’s Fro Yo Time

It was either wine or fro yo to say goodbye to Greek with tonight. I went for fro yo. Tonight’s mix is mint and vanilla frozen yogurt mixed with granola, chocolate sprinkles, and a little bit of smashed up Oreos. Now if only it would give me the strength to push play on my DVR. I don’t want to say goodbye!

I think they'd agree this is a fro yo moment. So sad!