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Working for the weekend

March 26, 2010

I’m so ready for this day and week to be done. I’m working on a project that gives me a LOT of anxiety. I worked on the first wave of the research last summer…there were a ton of moving pieces and little details to keep track of. I messed up on something and my boss ended up yelling at me, I ended up crying (not in front of him) and it was not a good time. He did end up apologizing but ever since this project started up again I’m freaked out I will make a mistake. Any tips on controlling anxiety in the workplace?

Like I said earlier, I was hungry a lot of the day yesterday so I bulked up my snacks. I packed a cut-up apple,


and a 100-calorie pack of almonds.

Lunch was the same salad from yesterday, and another Gardenburger on an English muffin.

It cleared up this afternoon for a little so I managed to bike home and walk the dog. Luckily I had some extra bike pants in my office, because the pants I wore this morning were still soaked! My shoes were definitely still wet and now my feet are cold. I took the bus back to the office because there is a high probability happy hour is happening after work. Don’t drink and bike, kids.

The plans for the weekend include:

-Happy hour with my co-worker
-Long-ish bike ride Saturday, with a stop at Eastern Market
-Dress shopping for our wedding party
-Planning our honeymoon in Spain (we have the plane tickets but nothing else worked out)
-Putting together a registry
-A trip to home depot
-House clean-up
-Swim on Sunday
-Quality time with Neil and the pup

I will also have to do some serious meal planning for next week because it’s Passover so I can’t eat regular bread, pasta, etc. I’m actually not a religious person at all (I have a tattoo in Hebrew, which is completely against the rules!), but for me being Jewish is more like being Irish or Italian. These traditions are important to me to carry on the culture since there are (relatively) so few of us out there.


Rain rain go away

March 26, 2010

FRIDAY! Hope everyone’s last work day goes by quickly.

So far today has been interesting. I took the dog on a walk, but no dog park because it would be muddy from the rain last night. It wasn’t raining on our walk though.

I had egg white omelet with spinach, red onions and provolone and a Thomas mutli-grain english muffin. Since I was so hungry yesterday I decided my breakfast and snacks need more bulk today.

Then I got ready to head out on a bike ride. Taking my own advice, since it looked drizzly out I wore a bright jacket so drivers could see me.

A few minutes into the bike ride that smile would be wiped off my face because it wasn’t just drizzling, it was really raining and cold! Usually I feel “hard core” when I work out in the rain, but when I’m going to work I don’t really want to get soaking wet.

By the time I got here I was drenched and mascara was running down my face! Thank god my clothes in my backpack weren’t too wet, that I had an extra pair of underwear in there and that I had the office gym locker room to dry off in.

I hope it stops raining by lunch so I can go home and walk the dog!


March 25, 2010

The rest of the day was pretty standard. I lifted around lunch time. My strength routine was a quick 25 minutes – I go right from one exercise to another without any rest. Moves included:

-bicep curls
-assisted tricep dips
-overhead presses
-front raises
-lateral raises
-lat pulldowns
-side-lying leg lifts and leg circles
-hip lifts on the ball
-glute extensions
-hip lifts
-ab machine
-sit-ups and obliques on an exercise ball

Let me know if you have any questions about these moves. I do 3 sets of 10 for most of them.

By 4 pm I was starving and knew I would need some fuel for the bike ride. Luckily the office was having a little party so I got a plate of snacks: pineapple, a slice of cheese, a couple pita chips and veggies.

After work it was time to get a bike ride in. I had forgotten my Garmin (again!) but luckily was able to download a GPS app for my phone to track my workout. I just bought my phone, a Google Nexus One, a few weeks ago and I cannot recommend it enough!

Working downtown is nice because I get to pass some beautiful sights that I often take for granted. I stopped to snap some pics on my phone (almost all the pics I took today were on my phone, so sorry for the low quality!)

I headed down toward the waterfront and then up Rock Creek Park Trail. It took me by the zoo and out near my neighborhood. I finished up at 7 miles in less than 45 minutes. Not bad considering I had to deal with traffic. I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some essentials. Neil cooked while I rested my leg. Dinner tonight was a defrosted black bean burger on an english muffin with sprouts & provolone…

Half a sweet potato topped with salsa

And sauteed kale and spinach.

I took Quinn’s post on sitting at the table to heart and we ate dinner at the table tonight.

It turns out my friend who was flying in from Maine tomorrow had to cancel because her fiance’s mother is very sick 😦 Instead, I’ll probably go out with my co-worker and get errands done at least.

Have a great night! I’ll leave you with a cute picture of Leela.


March 25, 2010

While yesterday didn’t go according to plan, it was great to see my family and have a celebration dinner. My dad turned 67! He doesn’t seem that old though…he’s in great shape and most people are surprised when I say that’s his age. He loved the oatmeal cookies. His mom used to make him oatmeal cookies so I bake them for his birthday every year.

Dino was good, but nothing spectacular. If you are in the Cleveland Park area I would recommend Palena instead, or even the Pho place. Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures (I’ll work on it – I swear!). I ordered two appetizers: a green garlic soup and baked winter vegetables. They were both really good but I was stuffed to the brim after. I HATE that feeling.

Today will be a much “cleaner” day of eating. I’m thinking of journaling all my food here to keep me accountable. Usually I eat relatively healthy: tons of fruit and veggies, whole grains, beans, not much dairy. But I really want to cut back on processed foods. I have a weakness for the hot cocoa machine in the office and even if I only have it every couple of days it’s completely unnecessary.

Breakfast this morning was spinach, red onion and three scrambed egg whites, topped with Frank’s Red Hot.

When I got to work this morning I went to Starbucks for coffee/gossip with a co-worker. I got my staple – Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte.

Snacks are a cut-up apple and baby carrots.

Lunch was a spinach salad with sprouts, summer squash, zucchini, red pepper and Annie’s dressing…

Plus a Gardenburger for protein…..

and brown rice for carbs.

I really feel the need for exercise today since I hardly had any activity yesterday. Practically the only moving I did was walking to the dog park in the morning and that is NOT enough. I’m hoping to lift during the day and then go for a bike ride or the gym after work. I have a friend visiting this weekend, so I won’t be able to go on a long bike this weekend like I usually do. We’ll probably go to the gym one day though (I love having healthy-minded friends visiting!)

P.S. This post took forever to put up because I couldn’t upload the pics. Does anyone else have this problem with wordpress?? Kept getting error message..grr

The best laid plans…

March 24, 2010

Today the sun and warm weather decided to come back. I’m so pumped for this winter to be over. Unfortunately I was stuck inside all day – no time for a lunch break even 😦

This morning I woke up and took the dog to the dog park per usual. When I got home, instead of making my lunch I had to quickly make the batter for oatmeal cookies. Monday was my dad’s birthday and Tuesday was my parents’ anniversary so we have reservations for dinner tonight. My dad’s fave cookies are oatmeal, so I wanted to bring them as a present.

I couldn’t get away from my desk for lunch and was planning on working out after work, before the birthday dinner tonight. However, at 4 pm my stomach started killing. I have a generalized stomach problem – and I get really bad pain and bloating when it kicks in. I have medicine that helps with the pain, but I had left it at home like an idiot. So Neil ended up picking me and I left work early.

I took my meds, and now I’m reading about moving to and trying to rest before dinner. I can’t tell you how annoying it can be to have this stomach problem, but I’ll post about it one day when I’m not in pain!

Tonight we are going to dinner in Cleveland Park at Dino. I’ll write up a review later. And hopefully I will feel better and can do some light strength training tonight.

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March 24, 2010

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My Elopement Story

March 24, 2010

I thought I should share the story of my wedding since it’s a little unusual. Plus we got pictures back Monday so the memories are flowing 🙂

As I mentioned a few times, Neil and I eloped on January 15th, 2010. We had gotten engaged less than 3 weeks earlier.

As soon as my mom began planning things, and everyone I knew began giving their two cents about what I should do, I knew a traditional wedding wasn’t for me. I was never the girl who dreamed of the white dress and the big wedding. Also, I have been to a ton of weddings since I graduated college and to be honest they started to feel the same after a while.

Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE going to my friends’ weddings and this is in now way an insult to people who have traditional weddings. I usually tear up at the ceremony and am always so happy to see two people get hitched. But both me and Neil are a little uncomfortable with all eyes on us, so a ceremony in front of tons of people just wouldn’t be “us.”

So a few nights after the engagement I woke up in a panic, thinking about how this was going to turn into some huge, traditional wedding completely out of my control. I was tossing and turning in bed, wondering if we could elope. Then it dawned on me that we had a trip to Portland, OR planned in just 11 days. About 4.5 years ago we introduced my high school best friend to Neil’s high school best friend, and they have been together ever since. They (Lauren & Dave) are now living in Portland together. How perfect would it be if we could get married while we were there?

On Monday (Jan 4th, so cutting it close to our trip Jan 14th) I called the relevant office for getting a marriage license in Portland. They had a three-day waiting period for licenses, but that could be waived if we asked for it! After that I began calling judges. We would need to do it Friday in the courthouse, unless we wanted to pay for a location for the judge to come on Saturday. Judge after judge was booked. Finally I reached the last judge on the list – who would do after hours on Friday at the courthouse – and he was available! The stars were aligning.

It was hard not to tell my family and friends the days leading up to the trip. The weekend before Neil and I went shopping for clothes for the big day. I bought two sundress-type dresses, but wasn’t in love with either. Two days before we left I ordered a dress from J.Crew in a panic with overnight delivery to Lauren & Dave’s, which is what I ended up wearing.

My mom and I are super close and she asked me a few times if I was planning something, but I played it off. I told her that we might elope but we could still have a party to celebrate later. We got into Portland late Thursday night. Dave and Lauren surprised us with wedding goodies and flowers.

Friday, the wedding day, was a busy one. First Neil and I had to pick up our marriage license.

Lauren and I got manis/pedis and got our make up done.

Lauren and Dave were the best hosts ever – they got us a room at an adorable bed & breakfast for the night AND hired an acquaintance who is a professional photographer!

We got ready at the B&B and took pictures.

Then it was off the courthouse! The judge actually had a very moving speech and I teared up a bit. Dave managed to videotape the entire ceremony. And afterwards, we broke a glass (Jewish tradition) in the courtroom hallway for my mom.

We called our folks, who were shocked but excited. I think that’s the number one question I get – were our parents mad? I think they understood that this was the best way for us to do it. Plus my mom said she would have embarassed me and cried too much if we had a big ceremony!

The rest of the night was spent at an amazing dinner then out to a bar with friends. It was a great night and if you are considering eloping I can only say good things! We are still planning on having a party in June, but it will not be like a wedding in anyway, just a big, crazy party.