I didn’t really realize this until I looked back through my pictures…but today had its fair share of mediocrity…mainly due to me thinking I’m being creative and exploratory. Lesson: Don’t be creative, or exploratory.
Luckily, there was more than enough good to balance out the bad.
Things That Are Always Good:
1. Overnight Oats.
Namely, overnight oats with banana. Except, we already know that breakfasts are never just okay when it comes to that combo.
To sit overnight, I mixed in some “antioxidant blend” frozen berries. In the morning, I stirred in some Greek yogurt, and heated a small ripe, sliced banana…
and then everything played together with some wheat germ, ginger preserves, galaxy granola, and sunbutter.
2. Iced Coffee.
3. Cute Ponies.
Has anybody seen Teddie?
I was bummed when I first got to the barn and discovered that there was no early morning lesson after all, which meant that I could have worked Teddie today…
Never mind, I found him!
But it was just as well. This was a morning that totally reminded me why I ride. (not that I’d been questioning that lately.) I spent half an hour just standing there, scratching all his scratchies. He loved his crest scratched especially 🙂
Every time I would go to stop and leave, he would keep making these soft little whickers – sometimes, he is just too dang adorable!! I don’t know how I did it, but eventually I left to get my behind in to work.
4. Busy work days.
Like today! I love staying busy.
5. Day-Old Banana Bread.
Even better than fresh banana bread is day old banana bread. It is the perfect mid-morning snack, if you ask me. Even though lately I haven’t been needing much of a morning snack – I still tend to want a little something when I have work. I think it might just have to do with the fact that I eat breakfast an hour or more earlier than I would if I’m not working?
I was pumped to discover that my co-op now sells dried dates. I’d usually have to go to Hannafords just for dates, and they’re usually pretty dry and…well, old. These ones, however – are amazing. Since I went to pick up a few things on my lunch break, I ended up having some of the dates I bought for snack instead of the Larabar I packed!
7. Coconut water.
I tried coconut water for the first time today! Of course I couldn’t leave the co-op without a couple of unplanned goodies, right? Hey – it’s better for me than an iced coffee that was waiting for me in the fridge! Instead, I drank electrolytes and potassium!
This Taste Nirvana coconut water was really good! I was a little apprehensive when I first smelt it – it smelled so starchy or something! I can’t quite put my finger on it. Doesn’t this one with the pulp sound really good, too?! And has anybody ever drank aloe vera? Based on what I’ve read, coconut water is a great way for keeping your body fueled, cool and hydrated. They’re low in sugar – and look at the solitary ingredient… it’s probably better for you than most electrolyte drinks out there, too! If you’re not looking for rehydration, though – coconut water is also said to be helpful with carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells and fighting off viruses. And that’s just the beginning.
8. Co-ops in General.
…I found some new, yummy looking granola!
I wish there was an ingredients label because I don’t really know what’s in it other than goji and mul-berries, almonds, and I’m assuming rolled oats. And I’ll just assume it’s one of the better-for-you granolas out there than most that seem to be taking over shelves 😛
In any way, shape, or form. Today, however, I was reminded of how good Granny Smith apples are.
Good ol' Granny.
Not to mention I came home to find my mom up to her armpits in fresh picked blueberries! I’m sure you can imagine what dessert entailed.
So, all that looks pretty stellar, right? Unfortunately, you’ve gotta take the bad with the good. Unfortunately, the bad ended up being the main parts of my meals.
1. Dry sandwiches.
So…not bad…but for some reason, this sammie just needed something! I think part of the problem is that the bread is getting old…the other part was that the egg yolk made it seem drier than it was, and the last part being that I didn’t use enough hummus 😦 It just needed more hummus and some tomato sauce! I packed it last night, though, and didn’t want a soggy mess.
2. Grilled Veggie Sandwiches from Delis in “my” city.
I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner all day, and at one point thought I was going to be working a half hour later than usual, too. So I decided I was just going to splurge and get a sandwich from the same deli I get my bread from. I’d been eyeing their grilled vegetable sandwich for a while – and I won’t lie…I had really high hopes. I don’t know why…I mean, I make grilled veggie sandwiches all the time!
Their grilled vegetable sandwich had grilled portabella, bell pepper, zucchini, and fresh tomatoes and red onions with a garlic mayo. I swapped balsamic vinagraitte for the mayo, though…and that was probably the best part 😦 It felt a little too food-truck-ish to me, I guess? The grilled portabella was quite tasty, though. I added some corn from a cob my mom saved me, and rather than having one huuuuge sandwich, took off the top [really soggy] slice and ate it open-faced. I should have gotten the dressing on the side so it wouldn’t be soppified, but oh well. It just reiterated what I’ve been telling myself: I can make better what I’d want to get out, anyways.
I ended up scrapping almost everything except the bread, tomato, red onion, and portabella. I can’t bash too much – I think it was just as much fault of my own. I was thinking of grilled as in…grilled on the grill veggies. This was moreso sauteed in olive oil veg.
Do you eat out often? Do you usually get what you can make yourself anyway, or go all out?
3. Short changing people.
I was mortified – when I went to pay for the sandwich, she said $7.15. I even had her say it twice cause I wasn’t sure I heard her the first time. I counted my money twice. Why, then, did I think I was giving her $8 when I gave her $7?
There was totally an awkward moment that in hindsight, was her waiting for me to give her the rest of her money. She goes to get “my” change out of the tip basket, and I think “that’s weird, but maybe she doesn’t have quarters or something.” So tell her I don’t need the change anyway, I was going to put it in the tip basket.
It then becomes apparent to me that she was simply trying to find the $0.15 I shortchanged her. I apologized profusely, tried handing her another $1 that she refused (obviously I just left it in the tips basket) and scurried out as fast I could.
I totally have this thing, too – where I’m always worried I counted my money wrong or something (even though I’ve never done so.). That totally rubbed salt in the wound.
Yeah, tahini. The whole reason I went to the co-op on lunch today.
I. am. so. bummed. Major disappointment. Except I’m hoping maybe it’s just spoiled tahini – it’s got a bitter aftertaste to it! Or maybe it’s not spoiled, but that’s just how unsalted or sweetened tahini is? I know I don’t care of unsalted almond butter in the least. Anyone wanna weigh in?