I can’t believe today is my 150th What I Ate Wednesday post. What’s especially crazy about that is I don’t think I missed many—if any weeks. Out of 150. And neither has the lovely host, Jenn of Peas & Crayons. I love that one blogger was of getting a look at what she was eating turned into a fun weekly link party. If you want to see more WIAW from other bloggers, take a little visit on over there.
It’s kind of amazing how much has changed since Week One, back on April 14th, 2011 (yes, I had to go look back in the archives—I’m terrible at remembering dates). Here’s what my day of meals and snacks looked like: Read the rest of this entry »
So, this isn’t just any What I Ate Wednesday, but it’s also my last day at my old job. The past few weeks of training at the new one on weekends and days off has been nothing short of exhausting, but in the grand scheme of things, totally worth it to me. For this week’s post, I thought I’d share a day of weekend work meals. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!
I realized as I was posting that these are quite similar to last week’s WIAW eats. Whenever I’m starting something new (work wise), I tend to go on autopilot, working with what I know travels well and things I know will keep me satisfied for the right amount of time. What can I say—I thrive off routine, especially when I’m getting acquainted with a new setting.
- Breakfast: Greek yogurt with flax & cinnamon, a banana
- Lunch:A giant salad; hummus on the side for dipping
- Snacks: an unpictured hard-boiled egg before an early morning gym visit; carrot chips; a green apple; avocado toast when I got home from work; unpictured cottage cheese with cereal before bed (was so tired I forgot to take a picture)
- Dinner: Red lentil chili (this incarnation had pumpkin instead of squash, and a little bourbon cooked in for a kick); an unpictured bottle of ginger kombucha and square of dark chocolate
Do you ever put your meals on autopilot?
This December feels much busier than last year! Where is the time going? What I Ate Wednesday? As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!
Since I don’t feel like I’ve shown you a work day in a while, how about I share a few highlights from early this week? Behold…
- Breakfast: Pumpkin cranberry oats in a nearly-empty peanut butter jar Tuesday morning
- Lunch: Leftover tempeh & mushroom stir-fry over greens with other veggies mixed in
- Random: Tuesday there was cake to celebrate my birthday and a co-worker’s upcoming marriage. Because two cakes is probably not in the budget, there was a universal cake.
- Snack: Greek yogurt with cranberry sauce and cereal Monday
- Dinner: An ahí tuna salad while in a restaurant with my family
- Snack: Ugly but satisfying cottage cheese with a drizzle of maple syrup before bed
Is your December really busy too this year? What’s on the menu this week?
Happy Wednesday. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful week so far. Ready for a little birthday-themed What I Ate Wednesday? As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!
I don’t know about you, but over the years, my birthdays have been so different from one another. Last year was a lot of fun, and the year before was nice and relaxing. 25 was just kind of sad and bizarre—I knew I wanted some big changes to happen, and I knew those changes were not going to be easy—even if I made it sound all sunshine & vegan rainbows in my post about it. If memory serves, 24 was objectively lame, but surprisingly, I didn’t even mention it on ye olde blog. Haha that means it must have been pretty awful! I do have to say that it was a real trip for me to go back in time and see how this site has evolved over the years!
This year started with an early hot yoga class with my mom. Part of me was annoyed that the instructor (who opened the class by rapping—I kid you not) kept picking on me, but I told myself that her comments were intended to be helpful, not hurtful. I actually managed to surprise myself a few times with poses I’d never been able to get into before, so hey.
After getting packed up and ready, my mom and I headed into the city, where we grabbed lunch at Le Pain Quotidien and then set about working on a few things around my apartment—hanging pictures and a couple wind chimes and brainstorming some ways for me to rearrange the furniture to improve the flow of energy. I know, I know, but I think that stuff can make a huge difference!
A little later, we met up with my dad and sister for dinner at The Smith, where we enjoyed a lot of delicious food and drink. My dad got a kick out of the fact that I have a favorite bourbon. My dad barely drinks at all, but he thought it was so hilarious, he said that if I got a bourbon he would get a shot of tequila. So that happened. At the end of the meal, they actually got away with telling the server to put a candle in the cake. And a lollipop—nothing says, “You’re getting old, kid” like a glorified bank lollipop.
After dinner, my sister and I hit up the sale at Urban Outfitters and went to a concert. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday this year. And here’s the reason d’être of this post: what I ate.
- Breakfast: Made some pumpkin cranberry oatmeal at my parents’…and poured it into a too-small bowl. Whoops!
- Snack: Leftover squash & greens
- Lunch: My mom and I split two salads: one was the quinoa tabouleh, and the other was a smoked salmon one—so good!
- Snack: Split this chia pod with my mom. It was new to both of us, and we agreed it was delicious!
- Dinner: Started with prosecco, oysters, and fried calamari with marinara; For my main course I enjoyed filet mignon with salad and some of the brussels sprouts we ordered for the table. Oh, and bourbon. I like mine neat.
- Dessert: A few bites of this delicious chocolate cake. I also tasted the toffee pudding (I think that’s what it was) my sister ordered.
All in all, it was a really good day, complete with delicious food.
What’s been your favorite birthday so far?
When I started my job, free breakfast and lunch were offered to food service staff. While I can’t say it was gourmet cooking, on days when I didn’t have anything to pack, it was nice to be able to count on grabbing something at least slightly edible in the cafeteria. I also came to rely on the free—if nasty—coffee.
Predictably, budget issues have dictated that free meals will no longer be available. Ditto free sh!tty coffee. Actually, I lied—we’re allowed to get free fountain drinks, and we also ask for a mix of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber from the salad bar. I think sandwiches may be available as well at a reduced cost. On the one hand, I appreciate the company trying to still provide something, but on the other, I’d kind of rather it be all or nothing.
This chickpea stew was way better than it looked, but, well, yeah. The dietitians were chatting about how maybe this will motivate us to try some new recipes and get more creative. So we will see. Good times. Always an adventure.
What’s the lunch situation like at your job?