Cruisin’ for a snoozin’

Woke up at 5:04 5:13 today.  Apparently hitting snooze is something I can’t do cold turkey. I’m okay with this. I still made it to the gym by 5:45, so all’s well that ends well, right?

I’ve already blown my mini-goal for the week, so I’m changing it to: only hitting snooze once. Clearly I can make this mini-goal a reality. Maybe next week I’ll tackle no snooze.

Last night I had a ridiculously hard time falling asleep. I would usually attribute this to caffeine, but I finished my coffee by 10 a.m. so that wasn’t the culprit. I’m exhausted now, so I’m hoping to get a good nights rest tonight.

I’m also kind of hazy, which apparently I have been since coming back from winter break. I’ve been marking all the books due in 2010. While last winter was lovely and mild I need to keep moving forward with 2011, (and cross my fingers that it doesn’t snow EIGHT inches tonight).

Today’s menu:

Nothing exciting about the gym, just 60 minutes on the Adaptive Motion Trainer. I love this machine! It is like a cross between a stairstepper and an elliptical, and easier on my joints than the Arc Trainer.

My brekkie consisted of oats, almond milk/water, pepitas, chia seeds and brown sugga.

I definitely made my coffee this morning and left it on the counter. Sigh. Luckily the Y has the Service Station inside and I was able to grab a 20 oz drip w/no-fatty milk and some raw sugar.

And I also nibbled on a very, very sad looking nanner.

Lunch might look familiar. It is the exact same thing I ate last night for dinner: lemon basil chicken quinoa,

with a side salad,

and an apple.

Ok, so I didn’t have an apple last night. I guess I am changing things up, living on the wild side.

I also had a little tea to get me through my late night.

Numi Decaf Black Vanilla is pretty tasty, and even though it is decaf it gives me the late afternoon pick-me-up I would love to get from coffee 🙂

Tuesday’s I keep the library open late for kids to do homework, read and play cool math on the computers. The kids have to read for 20 minutes before they can get on the computers, so I always join them in a little Silent Sustained Reading (SSR). Today I started this book.

Have you read it? I think it is going to be a quick read, and I hope it is as compelling as they* say.

*Who are they, anyway? I guess the gals on the Nest Book Club chat board. The people who made it an ABC movie of the week. All those critics too, I suppose.

After SSR some very sweet girls helped me organize a ton of books and textbooks. Not only did they help, but they were enthusiastic about it. Why can’t all kids be this way?

Since I neglected to leave tonight’s recipe for Libb, we decided to have an easy dinner that didn’t require defrosting anything. I picked these babies up at Costco last week.

And I had this jar of sauce in the pantry.

Which is surprisingly tasty (I prefer it over Classico and Newman’s Own), and it has a great list of natural ingredients. Although I don’t really know what the natural flavors actually consist of.

Looks pretty tasty.

Take a wiff…

The verdict: not so tasty. Dang! I have been looking forward to them since last week. My side of roasted veggies (broccoli, sweet onion and portobella) was much more enjoyable.

I really want some banana soft serve, but I’m too lazy to clean the blender. I also want to soak in the hot tub…but it is too cold to walk from the back door to the tub. Humph.

I guess I’ll have to settle for some Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and call it a night. Why am I never at the restaurants when they’re filming?

Insane in the membrane [turkey] burgers.

The hubs and Libb love red meat. I do not. Whenever I make a vegetarian (and sometimes poultry centered) dish Libb’s response is, “it’s good, but it could use some meat!”

I had little hope of finding a turkey burger recipe that would satisfy these meat-lovin’ gentlemen. But these turkey burgers do not disappoint. They are bursting with flavor pockets that make you go mmmmm. In fact we actually make these patties more than beef ones! I never thought I’d see the day.

Insane in the membrane [turkey] burger patties

Adapted from: One Bite at a Time 2nd Edition cookbook, Turkey Patties

Nutritionals: Cal: 160, Fat: 5g, Carb: 2g, Pro: 23 g

Makes 5 patties

Ingredients

1 package ground turkey (roughly 1.25 pounds)

1/2 cup minced sweet onion

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 TBS minced garlic

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp crushed fennel seeds

1 tsp dried oregano

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

olive oil for pan or grill

Cheese (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl combine the turkey, onion, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, fennel, oregano and red pepper flakes. Mix well. Shape into 5 patties (quarter pound each).

Heat a grill pan brushed with oil and brown the patties over medium heat on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Cover and continue to grill for 3 more minutes until cooked through.

OR, if using gas grill…

Prep grill for cooking. Set to medium-high heat and oil grate. Place patties on grill and cook 5 minutes. Turn patties and cook 5 minutes. Place cheese on top and reduce heat slightly, cook another 2 minutes.

Serve on your favorite bun or kaiser roll. I like to top with avocado, horseradish, tomatoes and sweet onion.

Enjoy!

Thanks a latte.

You know your day is going to be good when a co-worker brings you a treat from the bux.

Vanilla non-fat latte? Don’t mind if I do.

*sidenote: it is really hard to take a picture of yourself drinking coffee.

I paired my drink with a peach chobani…packed full o protein and ready to rock’n’roll.

It is a good thing this latte was delivered by my thoughtful co-worker because the day didn’t start off as planned. I definitely hit snooze this morning. FAIL. Although I did manage to only hit snooze once, which, compared to my usual 3 smacks, is quite the victory.

While at the gym I was dragging during my morning workout. I was sweating away on the elliptical, watching CNN (the Beckim’s are expecting their 4th child, yes, very newsworthy) and all of a sudden DJ Shadow’s Sandstorm came on the shuffle. This song always provides the burst of energy I need to get me through a boring workout. It also propels me back to my Sophomore year of college, shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch. I keep pace with the beat* and imagine myself running away from their creepy plastic-looking models.

*the pace bumped my reps per minute from 110 to 158!

After my latte and yogurt I was going along my merry way when BAM! I slammed my hand into the corner of the counter with a very heavy cart of books. I don’t deal with pain well and my usual reaction is to curse incessantly until I am dosed with an excessive amount of ibuprofen. Since a class was walking into the library this wasn’t an option. Instead I chose to show off my rapidly growing blood blister to the students and was met with, cool, gnarly*, and awesome! While my hand was throbbing, my ego got a boost.

*Yes, gnarly is back. Well, at least for 12-14 year old boys.

The rest of the day wasn’t as exciting.

Lunch consisted of leftover gourmet bean soup,

topped with some fage and cilantro.

This meal was much prettier last night.

I had some snackies…

Nanner & pb.

And veggies w/homemade dip.

Dinner was a little of this, little of that, empty out the fridgeness. I created a delightful meal combining fresh basil, chicken, bell pepper, onion, shroom, feta and quinoa in a lemon/garlic/stone ground mustard/olive oil sauce. I’ll definitely be making this again.

With a side salad.

Want to know how to make cute strings of basil?

Roll up your washed/dried basil leaves, forming a basil burrito.

Slice thin.

Ta-da!

And now I’m munching on some skittles, prepping myself to get my head in the game and not hit snooze in the morning. Eighty-percent is better than none, right?