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Mountain Love

I may have stayed up slightly past my bedtime last night, but I guess God decided I needed a little extra sleep last night, because my phone died during the night (okay, my bad, I forgot to plug it in) and my alarm didn’t go off!

Instead of waking up at 8am to have a nice morning to get ready for work, I woke up at 9:28, woke up Keenan, and started running around frantically.  The ferry I should have taken leaves at 9:45, and I usually leave the house at 9:30.  Obviously that wasn’t going to happen, so we decided to make the drive around, which gave me a few extra minutes to change, brush my teeth and touch up yesterdays makeup that I didn’t wash off before bed last night.

I grabbed an apple out of the fruit bowl and took off.

We ran down to the yoga studio to grab a chai and see what vegan treats they had for the day.

After I took the picture of my “chai”, I took a sip and realized that something was wrong… she gave me a latte!  I was pretty sure that she had at least gotten the soy part of the order right, since she had asked me whether I wanted plain or vanilla soy, but this was definitely not the spicy deliciousness I was hoping for.  Since I was in a hurry, and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, I decided to just drink the latte and let it be.  No drama.

I also got an energy bar, which was really good.  Lots of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

After the breakfast stop, we got on the freeway.

I had my favorite road trip buddy in his usual spot on my lap.

After a while he woke up from his nap to share my apple with me.

Sleepy face!

This dog loves apples!  It’s crazy!  Most of the time I actually just bite off little bits of apples and give them to him.  Almost makes me feel like a mama bird, but slightly less disgusting. (Only slightly.)

The view driving through Tacoma was pretty spectacular.

In Tacoma, we jumped onto I-5 to head back up to Seattle.

Problem with living on a peninsula is that you have to drive all the way down to the closest bridge, which connects us to Tacoma, which is still a half hour drive from Seattle.  Missing the ferry is no small deal.  It takes about half a tank of gas to get to Seattle and back, not to mention the $4 toll at the bridge. Boo. 😦

Driving past Boeing, we got a great view of the other set of mountains, the Olympics.

I must say, I definitely chose a great day to miss the ferry.  It was gorgeous, so getting to enjoy some different scenery was a major treat.

Soon, we caught sight of the city.

I love sky line shots.  And Seattle.

The two large buildings in the foreground are Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, and Qwest Field, where the Seahawks and the Sounders play.  I also went to see Kenny Chesney and the rest of the group touring with him back in like 2006.  It was awesome.  Any other country music lovers out there?

I made it safely to work right on time.  Thank goodness I didn’t wake up any later than I did!

Work Food

In my rush, obviously, I didn’t have a chance to grab any food for my meals at work, so I had to do some sleuthing in the hospital cafeteria.

On my first break, I decided to mow down on these crunchy tacos.

With black beans, brown rice, lettuce and fresh pico de gallo, they were even reasonably healthy!  Win!

My second break, I grabbed some sauteed chard and veggies from the line.

No offense to my wonderful co-workers, but this was awful.  It had been sitting out for too long, and just wasn’t palatable.  I gave up after a few bites, and moved on to the Thai burrito that I bought to go along with it.

The ingredients were great, and so was the taste.  It was quite peanut-y, and every once in a while I would get a bite that was nice and ginger-y. Yum!  It was also quite filling.  And check out the nutrition info!

Notice the 19g protein and 39% iron!  That certainly won me over! 🙂

My final at-work meal was a big bowl of the vegan chili.

This was so spicy that I was almost sweating by the time I finished it.  It was sooo good, and veggie packed.  I heart chili.

I finished up work, and took the bus down to the ferry, as always.  The sunset was breath-taking, so I figured I’d show it off to you guys a bit.

I must mention, that any pictures that I post of any of the mountains in the area are nothing compared to the real-life view.  Sometimes it feels like you can reach out and touch the peaks.  I will say it again, I love living in the northwest.

And another sky line shot, just for good measure. 🙂

I picked up an extra shift tomorrow afternoon, so I’m going home to get my sleep on.

Have a good night and good eats!

❤ Lindsay

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Oreos are Vegan

Guess what?

Oreos are vegan!

Now, I don’t advocate eating sugary sweets, but sometimes it just happens. No need to fight it 100% of the time! 😉

Look at that sexy man cooking me dinner! I’m so lucky!

He’s in the process of making slow-cooker chili in this picture. I swear, he is the best chili maker ever. Hands down. Especially the kind with no planning whatsoever that end up including everything but the kitchen sink.

This one has kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, quinoa, potatoes, snap peas, celery, carrot, tomato, sweet baby bell peppers, onion, cayenne, chili powder and Cholula. This may be an incomplete list, as I was not the cook.

We each ate at least two bowls last night.  The bf even ate two bowls for breakfast this morning!  I just brought some with me to take for a snack later tonight.

Side note: I really like the round Ziploc containers with the screw-on lids for transporting soups and chilis to work.  I once had a regular container open up and dump soup all over my backpack before.  Not cool.  Screw-on is the way to go.

This morning I woke up and knew I was going to go running.  It just had to happen.  I ate a Mrs. May’s bar for fuel, forced the bf out of bed and got out there.

Garmin Stats:

(I wear my Garmin on the inside of my wrist, because otherwise it bumps my wrist bone, and it actually gave me a bruise when I first had it!)

After my run I sipped on some coconut water with a yerba mate tea bag.  I got that idea from Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier, a vegan triathlete.  It’s supposed to be an electrolyte energy drink.  I seriously looooove coconut water.

I’m currently drinking a green smoothie.  It’s a slightly strange combination of mango, orange, chard, plain protein powder, hemp seeds, almond milk and water.  We’re currently out of most of the usual smoothie fruit, so this was an improve.  I still haven’t really had a chance to get to the grocery store recently.

I also made a delicious salad, that began as an attempt to recreate the Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu from Love Veggies and Yoga.  While my product was pretty darn foodgasmic, it didn’t hold together as well as it was supposed to, so it was more of a tofu mash.  However, I decided that it would make a great salad topper.  I just tossed the tofu on top of some greens with a bit of sesame oil, and a beautiful salad was born.

This was the salad I made with it last night.  Today’s salad is quite a bit bigger, since I usually take the beasts to work.

Well, I hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!

Buy yourself some flowers!

I did! 🙂

I feel like they make my house look a little happier.  Or at least makes me a little happier. 🙂

❤ Lindsay

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