State of (hair) emergency.

I am kind of obsessed with my hair. Sure, it’s a superficial obsession, but I don’t care. That’s how I roll, or blow-dry with a round brush.

This obsession has led to a ridiculously large file on my computer where I store pictures of cute hair cuts as I find them. I pick my favorites the day of my new-do and bring in my MacBook Pro to pull ‘em all up. Why waste printer ink on subpar representations of what I want? The color shows up much more vibrant on my computer screen. So while this might seem a tad overkill to you, it helps me get exactly what I envision.

Last night I spent more than a few minutes pouring over my hair cut file and found some of the images below to guide my oh-so-fabulous hair gal, Kim. I was referred to Kim by a co-worker five and a half years ago and refuse to go anywhere else. She rocks. Even when we lived in San Diego I wouldn’t venture into a new salon. I came to her during my vacation, complete with split ends and pathetic roots.

Currently I’m obsessed with Mama Pea’s bangs. Aren’t they cute?

I’m also digging these do’s (can’t credit where I found them though…no clue!)

This is always a fall back.

Or maybe I’ll just go crazy, and talk Kim into doing this instead.


I love this color.

This one too.

But on Saturday night I told Kim I was bored with my hair and wanted her to just decide what to do. Tonight I only came armed with this photo of Sandra Bullock on my iPhone.

I wanted her bangs, and the rest was up to Kim.

Here is a sneak peek of what I walked away with.

So I bet you’re wondering, how exactly does hair relate to food, Leila? Well my little blogets, you’ve got to properly propel your body with protein in order to have great hair!

Today’s meals totaled 54 grams of protein, and my daily “goal” (set forth by – my online food journal) is 85. I’m not setting out to meet that goal every day, but I generally eat a fair amount of hair growing goodness.

Brekkie included oats with almond milk/water, blueberry craisins, cinnamon and chia seeds.

Lunch was an apple, a sammie on Dave’s Killer Bread with roast turkey, laughing cow and stone ground ‘tard, an apple and a spring mix/spinach blend salad with some homemade dressing. (hey look, my camera is back!)

Snack o’ chobani

Dinner was some blah leftovers of penne, basil, spinach/feta chicken sausage, sauce and some romano. Plus a side of roasted broccoli.

I’ll show you the new do tomorrow, which is supposed to include SUN!

So soon Sunday?

Why do weekends have to end?

Yesterday was so relaxing, I want to bottle up the feeling of my carefree Saturday and spritz it throughout my work week.

Last night’s festivities were quite enjoyable.

Seaweed salad,


and soosh were consumed.

John and Kim’s looked a lot more exciting than ours.

We skipped across the street to Nectar and cleansed our palate with their Last Sip.

The hubs was very excited that I Love Lucy was on in the background, (he has five sisters, yes five…hence the enjoyment of the Luce).

John + Kim

Me + Tim

Me + Kim

And the Shameless Hussy…

Upon arriving home we split the Elvis cupcake, (banana cupcake, peanut butter/chocolate frosting and bacon on top)…

The verdict? Not a fan. But I will give their Maple Bacon cupcake a try next time I see it in the shop.

While Saturday’s always have to end, one member of our family thoroughly enjoys Sundays.

Every Sunday morning the hubs tosses the newspaper aside and Rikka takes residence on the cartoons. She stays crouched like this for hours.

Until, of course, a wandering animal spikes her curiosity.

Rilo also wanted to see what the big fuss was.

This morning’s breakfast was another attempt at pseudo 3-day oats (oats/dried apricot/chia seeds) and a spinach pancake.

The hubs prepped himself a more manly meal.

The sunshine brought us outdoors for 2.78 mile run walk/jog.

Clear sidewalks & streets!

And blue sky, oh my!

And p.s. we still have our wreath on our door…but it still smells amazing, so I’m not taking it down 😉

After our endorphin rush I assembled a lunch of pickle spears, orange slices and a turkey/laughing cow/dijon sammie on Dave’s Killer Bread.

And a friend’s fb status this morning encouraged me to pull out my crock pot for an easy dinner. I used this recipe as my inspiration to create my own Sante Fe Chicken.

Doesn’t my crock pot look pretty?

Chicken breasts nustled in for a daytime nap…

My house smells so good right now. I cannot wait for dinner. If I enjoy it as much as I think I will I’ll share the recipe sometime soon.

Coo Coo for Cupcakes.

Today was a very exciting day, but it all started with yesterday’s cupcake trivia. Every Friday Celebrations Sweet Boutique throws a trivia question up on the ‘ol fb. Yesterday the owner was stumped for a question, so the first 50 people who responded with their favorite cupcake flavor won happy hour prices all day long ($1 per cupcake – no limit!). I was number 46 -score!

We purchased a few (ahem, 9) and will be storing nearly all of them in the freezer for some tasty treats later on. But later tonight I will probably give into temptation and dive into this little banana/chocolate/bacon number.

Prior to cupcake purchasing I attempted to re-create my 3-day oats by assembling my oatmeal and allowing it to sit for an hour and a half before I cooked it. The oats turned out quite well if I must say, (and no explosion in my microwave!).

Don’t oats look so much prettier prior to adding liquid?

Today’s mix included oats, almond milk/water, cherry craisins and chia seeds. Nothing crazy, but I am loving these cherry craisins. I really should have titled this post coo coo for craisins.

I ate ‘em while I watched a little Jersey Shore. I’d never seen Jersey Shore and decided it would be like an indulgent Saturday morning cartoon for adults. Which, by the way, cartoon characters are really sending the wrong message to kids these days.

Umm Garfield’s dad, what the fudge have you been doing?

Lunch was spread throughout the day and included a Kashi Crunchy! bar and a few Costco samples, (umm yes, we go to Costco A LOT). While at Costco we picked up this beauty.

So excited to play with it!

This afternoon I had a little girl date with my buddy Crissy. We stopped by Fringe & Frey to check out their one-year anniversary sale.

I didn’t find anything, as I was in just one week ago, but I did enter into their drawing. Crissy scored some cute 7 jeans and some fun tops.

But they did have cupcakes! Double the cupcakes, double the fun.

While waiting for her to pay I snuck over to The Rocket for a little afternoon pick me up.

I love that their fixin’s bar is an old dresser, so homey. I used to live in a super cute apartment across the street and would spend hours sipping away and utilizing their free wireless internet.

Then on over to Vintage Carousel, where Crissy again scored and I walked away with nothing.

Sigh. I did see some very cute Betty Drapperesque dresses, however, and I may be picking one come wedding season this summer. Oh wait, I don’t know anyone getting married. Ok, maybe I will just get one to wear around the house to cook’n’mix cocktails in.

I was totally in love with this (not my size) dress.

And I tried on another in the ever so cute dressing room.

Then I had to meet my mentor Marla because we switched debit cards last night! We have the same credit union and didn’t think twice when our waitress brought our tabs at Left Bank last night. She discovered this accidental swap when she tried to pay for something this morning and her card was declined. Woops!

Since I was already out and about I decided to swing over to Sun People Dry Goods, a new organic store in a less-than-savory area of downtown. Spokane has really been trying to transform its downtown over the past few years. When I moved here nine (wow, nine!) years ago I hated Spokane. I was here for one reason only: school. But over the years I have come to love Spokane and am thrilled people are supporting all of these new local businesses that seem to be springing up every day.

I am also a sucker for free parking.

And for bike racks made from recycled bike frames.

Inside I found some fun (but overpriced) items.

I know these prints are for a kids room..but I really want them in mine.

Free coffee while I shop? Yes, please.

I also accidentally stumbled into a staging area for next week’s First Friday, and was allowed a sneak peek at the art. I’m really loving this Oh, I have a blog response when people ask me why I am photographing random things.

After arriving home I assembled this kick-arse salad of mixed greens/spinach, goat cheese, avocado, tomato and cherry craisins. YUM!

I only recently discovered that goat cheese is lactose-free. I’ve been missing out for years!

Tonight the hubs and I have some fun plans with our friends John and Kim. We’re having a late sushi date at, which ironically does not have its own website. After some cheap (but definitely delicious) sushi we’re heading over to Nectar for Last Sip. I had so much fun last weekend I wanted to go back as soon as possible. Sadly we will miss their Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil tasting (it ends at 6), but I’m sure our taste buds will still be tempted with other treats.

Food blog FAIL Friday.

So remember those mini-goals I wanted to attempt each week? I haven’t really talked about them much lately because I am still trying to accomplish the first one (get out of bed without hitting snooze).

I think the root cause of my ongoing snooze button affair has to do with my sleep schedule. I am the lightest sleeper I know. I sleep with a sleeping mask AND earplugs every night. No joke. And I still wake up to tiny noises. It is pathetic.


You would think that living in the dorms my freshman year of college would have cured my sleep issues. But no, they are still here, tormenting me every night.

I would love to have eight uninterrupted hours of sleep. Aside from giving up my morning cup ‘o joe, I can’t think of a way to make that happen. And no, I am not willing to get rid of that sweetness in my life, so you will have to offer up other suggestions.

Sigh, such is life. So here I was, again, hitting snooze…three times. I made it to the gym, but I was late, again, and I was dragging the whole time.

Oh and p.s. I forgot my friggin camera again in my desk. Again. Food blog FAIL! Lucky for you (or unlucky?) eat pretty much the same thing every few days so I have some unused pictures to at least kind of give you an idea of what my eating day looked like.

Coffee post workout was a must, and was paired with nothing less than a chocolate peanut butter Luna protein bar and a nanner.

Lunch was a less-pretty version of this spinach & feta sausage/quick’n’easy sauce/penne from last night…

and an apple.

I planned to have an afternoon snack but the classes went so quickly, before I knew it it was four o’clock and it was time for a snack-attack date with some of my former co-workers.

And by co-workers I mean they were in a paid position and I was a lowly student teacher. Who, ya know, paid to be there.

I met up with my fabulous mentor Marla and one of my favorite lunch buddies, and sixth grade teacher (now fifth), Jenny.

We wound up at my new favorite place, Left Bank Wine Bar, for some half-price pizzas.

We split a margarita and their combo (pepperoni, onion, olive, and mushroom).

Wow, my iPhone takes some craptastic pictures. I think I may need an iPhone 4. *hint, hint hubs*

I had the best time catching up with these lovely ladies and spent three (happy) hours laughing myself to tears. When I was student teaching this near-pee inducing laughter would happen daily in the lunchroom. I truly miss the noontime dose of laughter, and not just for the amazing abdominal benefits.

These gals are the only way I survived student teaching and the stressors that came with trying to understand how to run a classroom. I am so blessed to have had such a support system. Do you have amazing co-workers? Or have you had a great work-support system in the past?

G-O-N-Z-A-G-A Go Gonzaga!

Tonight my two alma maters face off!

I attended Saint Mary’s my freshman year of college and transferred to Gonzaga my Sophomore year. Tonight’s game is a big one, and students have been camping out in “tent city” since Tuesday.


I never participated in the camp out for games, I always had to work 😦

I missed the first 6 minutes because ESPN2 seemed to think showing the end of the UCLA v. Arizona game was more important. Sigh.

But back to the beginning of my day…I actually hit the gym for that treadmill date. I knocked out 2.19 miles in 30 minutes. Did I mention I am painfully slow?

A brekkie of oats were consumed during my normal Thursday meeting.

A mixture of old fashioned oats, almond milk/water, chia seeds, blueberry and cherry craisins, and pepitas.

So you know how I mentioned I make 3 containers of oats at a time? By the 3rd day the oats are kind of amazing. They soak up so much moisture that I have to add a tad more water to them. They cook better in the microwave this way and never explode (unlike my Monday oats). If you haven’t tried pre-making your oats, you should give it a shot.

Snacks included a strawberry chobani and a babybel.

Lunch was a freezer meal that looked a lot more appetizing on the box.

Real version.

If you must eat a freezer meal the Kashi are pretty good flavor wise and they don’t give you a stomachache or sluggish feeling afterward unlike lean cuisine/smart ones/healthy choice.

On the side I had a salad.

Yesterday’s salad was so much better!

I also was suckered into buying some World’s Finest (WORST!) Chocolate for a school fundraiser…

And Libb, my live-in sue chef, responded kindly to my 3:30 text (requesting veggies to be prepped for dinner). It is so nice to come home and have everything ready to go.

But first we had to make a detour to the goat. They are doing a “check-in” deal through facebook right now where you will earn a free app after 5 check-ins. Clearly we needed to partake. Funny thing, I’ve never checked in anywhere. Leave it to the goat to change my facebook ways.

Tonight we sampled the McLellan Rocks Spuds.

And I definitely ate more than my share of the arugula clump in the middle. I’m fairly positive it is supposed to be garnish. I don’t care, I’m an arugula freak.

Arugula pesto is bomb.

More please.

Upon arriving home I whipped up some Barilla Plus whole wheat penne and basil,

and a quick sauce of onion, shrooms, garlic, diced tomatoes, crushed red pepper, oregano with spinach and feta chicken sausage all deglazed with some chardonnay.

Pretty good, but I don’t think the whole wheat soaks up the sauce as well as regular ‘ol enriched pasta. The Brailla Plus brand is the best, but it still isn’t the same as the less nutritious kind.

I’m really hoping my Zags win, I can’t face the taunting from my Gaels if they don’t!

Weigh in Wednesday 5: I’m a chickpea.

Holy potholes, Spokane!

The worst intersection I encounter on my route home is Monroe/Garland. I can’t swerve and miss ‘em anymore and I am not going to be thrilled if my car needs to be realigned come spring.

Another thing that might need realigning is my eating. I let Saturday’s festivities slide into a rather unhealthy Sunday and possibly yesterday as well. Nothing overboard (portion wise), just not the best choices.

Back on track today though. A little stat attack for ya:

Start weight: +21

Goal weight: -21

Last week: -6

This week: back at -7

next week’s goal: -8

But…next week I am going to start tracking my measurements. I may switch my goals from weights to measurements, but I’m not really sure what to aim for on a weekly basis. Since weight fluxuates hourly I don’t think it is the best indicator of what’s going on in the ol body. So I’m going to do a little research…what do you think? How many centimeters per week is a good goal?

On to my daily routine…I definitely left my camera in my desk at work…again. Sigh, that is what afternoon meetings do to me.

The gym was a bland 40 minutes on the adaptive motion trainer. I need to give the treadmill a go tomorrow. I keep putting it off because I am so tired in the morning, but I know once I get going it will actually be okay.

And, I need to at least attempt it even if I prefer outdoor running because I am going to run Bloomsday for the first time ever this year! Bloomsday is a 12K, and rumor has it it is the largest (total runners) road race in the United States. I don’t know if that is true, but it will really test my claustrophobia limits!

Two of my besties from college, Ali and Reese, are going to make the trip to Spokane to run it with me. And by run I mean slowly jog 🙂

Reese, me, and Ali summer 2009.

pssst if you register by February 13th you will be entered to win an Apple iPad.

Today’s oats were delish: old fashioned oats, almond milk/water, 2 TBS blueberry craisins, 1 TBS pepitas and 1/2 TBS chia seeds.

Lunch was also amazing: spinach salad w/cherry craisins, goat cheese, red onion, tomato and homemade dressing. Whole wheat english muffin w/laughing cow wedge.

Snack-a-roos were a jazz apple and some lemon oregano roasted chickpeas. Mmmmm, chickpeas make me smile. See below for recipe.

And dinner….mmmm wraps. Steak, avocado, tomato, sweet onion, light sour cream all inside tortillaland flour tortillas. So content right now.

And here is the recipe that turned me into a chickpea this afternoon…

Lemon Oregano Roasted Chickpeas.


1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed & drained

1 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1 TBS lemon juice

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cumin

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Rinse/drain chickpeas. In medium sized bowl combine extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic powder and cumin. Add chickpeas to bowl and stir well, coating the chickpeas. Spray jelly roll pan with cooking spray or mist with olive oil spray. Spread chickpeas on jelly roll pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy! I offered some up to my co-workers during our meeting (in place of the pretzels/ritz/candy) and they just laughed at me and told me I eat too healthy. They don’t know what they’re missing!

Super cute, right? Me loves.


Tall Girl Tales // Stella & Dot Giveaway!

I’m excited to announce my very first giveaway thanks to the oh-so-thoughtful Katie from Stella & Dot. I’ll be giving away this lovely, versatile turquoise necklace (which I had recently posted), on Monday to one lucky reader!

To enter, all you need to do is reblog this post by Friday, January 28th!! Winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday!

Best of luck!