the enemy

I know the first thing that you’re thinking is, “how could Char ever have an enemy; she’s the nicest person ever!” And to that I respond, why thank you.

But, this is a different enemy. Not like the girl you hate for stealing your barbies when you were younger.

Or, the kid who tattled on you for taking the last cookie.

Or even the kid who got you sent to the corner for a ‘timeout’ because the teacher didn’t believe your ‘he tripped’ story. He actually did trip, for your information.

No, this enemy doesn’t even brush close to these people. It’s actually not even human. My enemy is an inanimate object.

Go ahead, laugh. But the truth is…

I hate needles. Or rather, the thought of needles. They make me faint. So when I put off getting one for almost three weeks, the idea of actually getting it today started to freak me out a little bit. I wanted to run away, but that’s what scaredy cats do, and I was not going to be one of those…anymore.

I got in there (read: hesitantly approached the nurse), took my spot lying down on the table (sitting is not an option at this point in my needle career), closed my eyes, covered those closed eyes with my hand (this is serious), and got it done.

Did I faint? Surprisingly, not! Which means, my enemy will soon be the one sitting in the corner with the time out…take that!

For being so brave, my husband rewarded me with Starbucks – an iced coffee from Starbucks to be exact.

And, Chelsey was right…it’s legit crack. I’ve never had an iced coffee from Starbucks before, but it totally kicks my $1 iced coffee [from McDonald]’s @$$.

After conquering the enemy and finding a new iced coffee addiction, I got suckered into the whole fall/pumpkin thing, with these:

Pumpkin Pie Oats

These are creamy, not too sweet, part of the trend (since pumpkin will pretty much explode in the blogging world – starting today) and perfect for the approaching colder days. They might just make you feel peachy err, pumpkin-y.

Ingredients

~1/2 cup rolled oats
~1/4 cup spelt bran
1.5 cups water
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 scoop vanilla Sunwarrior
1 tsp brown sugar
splash of vanilla
splash of maple syrup
toasted walnuts

Directions

In a small saucepan, add oats, bran, water and pumpkin. Over med-high heat bring to a boil and stir until thick (5-7 mins). Once thick, remove from heat and add in the flax, cinnamon, nutmeg and Sunwarrior; stir until everything is mixed together. Transfer to a serving bowl and add the splash of maple syrup, along with the walnuts. Enjoy!

Now that the the enemy is officially going down and the growl in my stomach has diminished, it’s time to get down to business and figure out my goals for September. I’ll make sure to get right on that while my cake pops set.

Question of the day:

How do you feel about August being over and preparing for the fall?!

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exercising self-control

So I had a mean sweet tooth craving after lunch, which always exercises self-control a little bit.

I’m not saying lunch wasn’t good. It was actually so good that I had to share this pic.

A veggie sandwich on sprouted grain bread, composed of: garlic hummus, shredded raw carrot, shredded raw beets, cucumber slices, tomato slices, avocado and spinach.

Dream team sammy.

Even with this combo…I wanted a little more. So I had some leftover sorbet and a cookie (for convenience reasons). After having a few too many bites of the cookie than I really wanted to have, I started thinking about the creative ways I keep myself from eating regretable foods – a few might entertain you.

Some of the things I do to prevent me from having an, “I regret that” moment later.

If super lazy, push item that I’m eating out of hand-grabbing reach.

Throw item into garbage – this way, I know I won’t be going back for seconds…or thirds…or twentieths, unless the garbage is clean (kidding!)

Stare it down until it eventually blows up.

Make the hubby eat it.

Workout beforehand.

Promise myself I’ll workout after I eat it…never happens.

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I think my fave by far is the push-away test, which I used yesterday with rice chips while reading blogs. But, I guess it’s only effective if you don’t lean over so the chips become within arms reach again…hmm.

In other news:

Didn’t have time to make a batch of iced coffee before I had to head out the door this morning. This might explain the “gapping out” and excessive yawning. It also might explain why my brother-in-law only needed my help for 2 hours instead of 4 today!

Just goes to show that my iced coffee addiction is getting bigger than your weird distance aunt’s bobble head collection.

In order to keep my sanity in check…I won’t go past one iced coffee a day…I promise. But hey, I’m sure that’s what the aunt said after picking out a cute Justin Bieber bobblin’ head! 😉

Q: What are some creative/interesting ways that you battle the “I regret that” demon?


smoothies and iced coffee

There are a lot of issues I could address right now…

Like our stove cutting out mid preheat and never regaining life, forcing us to not prepare any cooked or baked meals for the past few days;

Or the temperature ‘feeling like’ 29 degrees C (or 84 degrees for the USAers) at 8am, with humidity of 70% for the day, with no pool insight;

Or starting a new addiction to iced coffee since hot tea just doesn’t sound so appealing when dealing with the above temperature.

Yes, these are all things I could go on about for (let’s face it) days, but instead I’ll leave my resentment where it belongs…in the lifeless oven.

Instead, I’m going to talk about some of the things that make the above issues bearable. Minus the new coffee addiction, because bearable is nowhere close to what that iced coffee is doing for me – it’s fixing issues and starting new ones!

My lack of work (17.5 hours this week, whaddup!), has caused me to look for other options to fill my free time. I don’t know if you’re like me, but if I’m working, I wanna work. So, only having 17 and a half hours to fill up my time is making me a little crazy.

I had been given the opportunity to pick up some hours at a local smoothie shop (I know the owner and she’s awesome), so I said yes with no hesitation!

Making ice-cold smoothies in the heat (fighting issue #2…check!) and getting a hopped up smoothie at the end of shift to combat hunger (sayonara stove!) are both no-brainers for some extra work. Not only is working in a smoothie shop super sweet, but totally helps with my foodie identification (open a smoothie shop…new goal?). The owner asked if I wanted to come back on Thursday; you know my answer…

Yesterday I walked out after work with this sweet concoction:

  • peach & apricot base
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 full scoop of protein powder
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • a little splash of rice milk
  • lots o’ ice

Blend. Enjoy. Drink responsibly. 

It was perfect for the hot, hot heat! Unfortunately, having finished work at 2pm meant I still had to think up something to prepare for dinner.

I had rinsed some black beans the other day in hopes of making a cold black bean salad (cause really, what other options am I left with…). So I traced back to what ingredients I was missing in order to make the salad, and headed to the grocery store to nab them.

And here you have it.

Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime

Taken from here.

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (or go crazy like me and add more!)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all together.

It was good, but totally should have adapted it.

Next time I would:

  • add mango
  • add avocado (this is a must in my opinion)
  • remove the oregano – reminds me too much of Greek, and with the black beans I think it should be more Mexican-y, and maybe even remove the basil
  • keep the cumin, and add some chili powder and go in that direction

It still was pretty good, just not my cup of tea for flavouring with the veggies and beans that went into the dish.

Speaking of tea, I totally ditched it for iced coffee instead. I’m a tea girl, but something about this heat made me think coffee today. Iced coffee. Then it was confirmed that this is what I must make when Julie briefly spoke about it in her post. Sign from the Coffee Gods!

Move over tea, coffee is here temporarily to stay! When your first attempt at iced coffee (and pretty much coffee in general – seriously didn’t know how much to put in to properly brew a good batch…scary, I know) taste this good, you know you have a new addiction coming on.

I used Nabob Medium Roast Breakfast Blend which is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

In a glass, I filled most of it with ice, pour coffee in (about 80% of glass), topped it off with some original coconut milk and a tsp of natural cane sugar.

It was delish to say the least. And I’m actually tempted to have a second glass before work. Now if I only had a pool to distract me from iced coffee, we’d be laughing.

I’ll be back later with my WHT! It’s a childhood one!