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.

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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?

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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.

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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!