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Office Space

Hey guys!  How have you been??  Sorry I’ve been MIA all week.  It’s just been one of those weeks.

Since I last posted, I have worked a bit, played a bit, gone out to dinner a couple times (including a terrible experience at a restaurant with an incredible waterfront view that had something to do with an iceburg salad and a Boca burger. Ew.), and gone shopping with my wonderful boyfriend.  I got some new Toms! 

Oh em gee. I thought I loved my black Toms, but this is the real thing.  They’re amazing.  And bright.  And another little kid in a third world country got a new pair of shoes!  Toms may be cute and super comfortable, but really the One for One thing is really what makes me love them more than anything.

Today was a pretty typical work day.  I started out with a iced vente soy chai.

Then I got to work and realized how crazy the hospital was today.  Come on people, quit getting sick already!  You’re cramping my style!

Isn't the uniform adorable??

Thank goodness for breaks.  For my first meal I bought a bowl of Yukon Gold potato soup from the cafeteria.

I went back to work and sipped on some Tazo Zen green tea with lemon.

My lunch was a salad that had been waiting in the breakroom fridge for me since yesterday afternoon when I decided to buy something instead of eating what I brought.  I guess I was hungry, because I didn’t notice that I didn’t snap a photo until it was almost gone.

Spring mix, spinach, shredded carrot, cucumber, avocado, sunflower seeds and Goddess. 

I answered about 5 billion more phone calls in the office, then munched on some organic split pea soup. 

I still can’t remember the name of this soup brand, but it’s no salt added, and I DEFINTELY have to add my own salt.  I’m pretty sure Keenan put a bunch of sea salt on it before I left, but I tasted it, then ran and grabbed three salt packets and two pepper packets from the cafeteria condiments to add to it.  With my alterations it was perfection.  This may look like green mush, but like so many other foods (green smoothies, anyone?) appearances can be deceiving.

I finished up my work day, and headed out.  As soon as I left the office Keenan texted me to let me know that they let him off of work early!  Tonight’s looking to be pizza and movie night in our household!  Combine that with tomorrow being a day off, plus payday, and I am a pretty happy camper.

Do you have any packaged foods that you doctor up to make extra tasty?

I will definitely salt up my soups if necessary.  Added salt generally shouldn’t be a problem for you unless you have a pre-existing heart condition, which I do not.  Of course, you can also find me liberally adding hot sauce to many dishes, as well. 

Have a wonderful night!

❤ Lindsay

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Good evening!

Depsite yet another night with less than five hours of sleep, I actually had a pretty chill day.  I wasn’t even that tired, although I think it’s finally starting to hit me.

This morning, I purposely slept in and let myself make the hour and a half drive over to Seattle, instead of waking up early enough to catch the ferry.  An extra hour of sleep was definitely worth it, even if my hair did go straight out of the shower into a messy bun, and I’m not wearing any makeup.

Since I was driving, I stopped by Samudra Yoga before heading out of town to grab some breakfast.  I ended up with a 20 oz iced chai with rice milk.

Plus a vegan pumpkin muffin.

I really can’t get enough of their vegan treats.

On my first break I grabbed a coconut curry wrap from the hospital cafeteria.

I had yet another good experience with these wraps from Globespun Gourmet.  It was super yummy.

A bit later I had a salad that I packed for myself last night.

Spring mix, chickpeas, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, avocado, sunflower seeds, and Goddess.  I think the avocado plus my usual amount of dressing was a bit much though.  It was a bit too oily for my taste.  Still tasty though!

My last break I had a bowl of organic lentil soup mixed with some sea salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast.

That’s it so far for food today.  I’m sure I’ll grab a snack when I get home though.

Since I was in such a bad mood yesterday, I decided that today I would do a post about the things that I totally love at the moment.  I figure, if I force myself to think about positive things, then my mood will take a turn for the positive, and it actually did help!  Here’s the list I came up with:

1. My favorite boy, Keenan.  Well, duh.

Keenan and I at a concert back in September

2. My favorite puppy, Arlo.  Especially how excited he gets when I come home from work, and his awesome cuddling abilities.

3.  My favorite role-models, the parents.

4.  My favorite shoes this summer, my Tom’s and my Rainbows.  I live in these (along with my Havaianas).

5. My favorite dressing.

6.  My favorite True Religion jeggings. 

7.  My favorite way to sleep in when the sun is shining in my window is using this eye mask. I got it at Victoria’s Secret a few years ago.

8.  My favorite vegan cookbooks.  I use post-its to mark the recipes that I want to try.

9.  My favorite sunglasses that I wear pretty much everyday, rain or shine. 

10.  My favorite water bottle, the 40 oz Kleen Kanteen.

11.  My favorite workout, running.

12.  My favorite weather, sunshine.

11.  My favorite storage device, Ball jars.

13.  My favorite days, “weekends”! 

Speaking of which, I’m about to go start my “weekend”!  I hope you have a fabulous week!

What are some of your favorite things? 

❤ Lindsay

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Runner Envy

Hola, mi amigos! How’s the weekend going??

Mine started out a little frantic. (Is this becoming a recurring theme??) I dropped my Blackberry Thursday night and after lasting me just fine through the last year, it finally decided to give up and give me the white screen of death. After shelling out $100 to the phone insurance company, I should have a new phone on Monday. Today, however, was not Monday. It was Saturday, I had to be up at 8, and I had no reliable alarm clock.

Last night when Keenan got home, around 2am, he set his phone alarm for me, and we went to sleep. We woke up this morning to Arlo puppy kisses, and I rolled over and asked Keenan what time it was. He checked his phone, and mumbled, “Oh crap.” We had slept in until 9. I promptly got up and starting scurrying around the house trying to get ready.

Luckily, I had tried to be a good girlfriend the night before, and had packed all my own food for today, plus Keenan had brought me some food back from the restaurant, so I was all set in that department. I was ready in half an hour, and made it to my ferry with no problem at all.

When I arrived in Seattle this morning, a surprise awaited me. I had completely forgotten that this morning was the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon, and I entered Seattle to the sight of a bunch of people in spandex with big yellow signs on their chests. Honestly, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I almost started crying. I was so jealous that all those amazing people were out there running their hearts out, culminating months of training, and living out their dreams. I wanted to be them.

I have been so frustrated lately with my crazy schedule, my complete lack of free weekends, and now having my boyfriend coming home in the middle of the night most nights because of his job. I’m trying to handle this stress as well as I can, but since I barely have time to run (my anti-anxiety drug of choice), it’s getting incredibly hard for me. I run as often as I can, but I itch for it every morning that I wake up and I know that I won’t have the opportunity. As I announced a few days ago, I am still planning on participating in the Whale of a Run on July 30th, and will be training as much as my schedule allows.  I’m also spending a considerable amount of time in serious thought about the direction I want to take my life right now, mostly career-wise.  Obviously, something needs to change.  I’m just not sure what, at this point.

Sorry, for my incredibly long rant.  I honestly didn’t plan on going that far into negativity town, but one of my favorite things about my blog is that it really does give me the opportunity to express myself, and anything that I’m feeling at a given time.  Thank you so much for your readership and support.  It means the world to me. 

On that note, let’s see what I took to eat at work today!

I downed a giant green smoothie for breakfast on the ferry this morning.  I made it myself, with coconut water, chai seeds, vanilla Sun Warrior, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, banana and spinach.  I added extra strawberries, so it was kinda brown, but EXTRA good!  I wish I’d had a chance to snap a picture!

My lunch was this amazing Mediterranean wrap that Keenan brought me home from the restaurant last night.

It was loaded with their delicious in-house-made hummus, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onion, and white balsamic dressing.

My salad for the day was a bit different than usual.

Spring mix, tomato, red onion, mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa, and Goddess.  It was definitely a good combo, but adding a grain (well, technically a seed) to the salad just made it a bit too heavy for me.  I love my afternoon salads because of how light and energizing they are, but this one didn’t have quite the same effect.  Definitely a good choice if you want something a bit heartier than a basic veggie salad though!

My dinner was more quinoa, with kidney beans, frozen veggie mix (broccoli, caulifower, and carrots) and tamari.  By the time dinnertime arrived the veggies had thawed, and I just warmed it all up in the microwave, as usual.  It was a great combo.  Unfortunately, I forgot to grab pics before it was gone.  My bad…

Time for me to head home and try to go to sleep with my Ar dog, so I can try to have a slightly more sane day tomorrow.  I just have to keep telling myself, it’s almost Monday!  Keenan and I are both going to have Monday and Tuesday off.  I really excited to have a whole “weekend” to spend with my amazing boyfriend. 🙂

Hope you have a great night!

❤ Lindsay

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Vegan Stereotypes

Hey you!  How are you tonight?  Fabulous, I hope! 🙂

I started out this morning in a bit of a rush, and downed some Tazo green ginger tea with Truvia and a green smoothie in the car on the way to work.  Have you noticed that mornings really aren’t my thing??

When I got to the hospital, I quickly scarfed down a tray of french fries with ketchup.  I was in enough of a hurry that I didn’t bother snapping any pics.

When my first break rolled around, I quickly searched the cafeteria to see what the vegan offering were for the day, and ended up with two hard-shell tacos containing black beans, brown rice, lettuce, pico de gallo and hot chipotle salsa.

By the time I finished the shells, my plate still looked like this.

So, of course, I just shoveled the rest in with a fork.  Can’t miss any of that delicious good-ness!

After answering phones for a couple more hours, I got another break and ate my lovely salad.

Keenan actually surprised me today, by making me a Mexi-salad, in place of my usual.  Not much of a change, but he used salsa in place of salad dressing, and loaded me up with some tortilla chips to munch along side.  Or on top.

It was sooo good.  Props to Keenan for the great idea!

On my last break, I found some brown rice with onions and peppers that looked really yummy.

And it really was yummy!  I didn’t get anything more than that because (1) nothing looked good, and (2) I knew that I’d be munching more at home tonight, as I always do.  I actually usually snack quite a bit at night, even though I almost never post my nighttime snacks.  That could be a fun post one of these days…

Vegan Stereotypes

Ok, so this isn’t some full-blown awesome post on the different sterotypes that vegans receive, but I do have a fun scene to share from the movie Grandma’s Boy, that shows how most of America reacts to veganism.  This clip is R-rated for language, so if some cussing (including an F-bomb) will offend you, please cease and desist!

I hope you enjoyed the clip.  While it may be frustrating that that is how most people tend to view our attempts to live a healthy, peaceful life, it’s still pretty hilarious.  Not to mention, David Spade is toooooo funny!  I love him.  I actually used to watch Just Shoot Me re-runs almost every night on the WB back in high school.  That was some good stuff. 

I hope you all have a lovely night!  I’m off to enjoy the beginning of my weekend!

Have a good one!

❤ Lindsay

 

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I Love You, Daddy!

Hello!  Hope your weekend is wrapping up well!

Today’s kind of an important day, because it is a day all about celebrating our dad’s.  I don’t know about you, but my dad is awesome. 

My dad and I at a Montgomery Gentry concert in 2008 (ignore the stupid hat).

He’s 69 years old, is retired, golfs multiple times a week, drives around in either his Corvette or his big ol’ truck, volunteers, chills out with his fat cat, Scrooge, and makes me laugh every time I talk to him.  He has a pretty sweet life, and he worked really hard to get it.  Keenan even aspires to be as cool as my dad when he’s “an old guy”.  My dad is absolutely the greatest,  totally my hero, and even though I didn’t get to see him today, he was definitely in my mind and heart.  I love you, Daddy!!!! 

Since I was hanging out at the hospital all day working, instead of hanging out with my dad, eating some delicious BBQ or some homemade soup (he might just be where I got my affection for all things soupy), I have some nice boring work food to show you!

Of course, I started off with a nice big salad. 

You know what’s funny?  Earlier I mentioned that I woke up with a nasty headache.  Well, it continued through work, up until I went on break and ate this giant bowl of raw veggies, and then it disappeared.  Coincidence?  I think not.

A bit later, I sat down and enjoyed this wonderful frozen meal from Kashi.

Quick, easy, delicious and vegan.

Lots of veggies, whole grains, protein and fiber.  I’m a fan.

Now it’s time for me to head home to spend a nice evening with Keenan and Arlo, and to prepare for my day off from work tomorrow!

Have a good night!

❤ Lindsay

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Tortilla Soup Recipe

Sup Bloggies?  I hope you’re having a great night!

I’m off of work early, and headed home to….well, I dunno.  Probably just going to sit around the house bored until I decide to go to bed.  Can I repeat enough times how much it’s driving me crazy not to have Keenan at home with me in the evenings???  I will definitely survive though.  Gotta get money somehow.

Work was pretty average, and raced by.

I very much enjoyed my pre-made salad during my first break.

I took a bit of a break from my favorite Annie’s Goddess dressing in a last few weeks to use a Miso Vinaigrette that I bought at Safeway, so it was great to have the Goddess back in action.  It’s just so good!  I can’t even describe it.

During my second break I got to dig back into the tortilla soup that I made last night.  It was definitely still amazing.  Tons of flavor. 

Last night I promised the recipe (my dad actually texted me to ask why it wasn’t in my morning post ;)), so here it is!

Tortilla Soup (adapted from Chile-Lime Tortilla Soup from 1000 Vegan Recipes)

Ingredients

1T olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 serrano chiles, seeded, 1 minced, 1 cut into 1/4-inch slices
3 cups veggie broth
3 cups water
8 oz Easy Baked Tofu, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 (4 oz) can mild chopped green chiles, drained
Sea salt and pepper
1t dry cilantro
3T fresh lime juice
3 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 avocado

Directions

1.  Preheat the over to 350F.

2.   In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, cover and cook until softened, or about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and serrano chiles, then stire in the broth, water, tofu, tomatoes, canned chiles, plus sea salt and pepper to taste.

3.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.  Stir in the cilantro and lime juice.

4.  While the soup simmers, prepare the tortilla strips.

Spread the strips on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, until crisp.

Slice the avocado.

5.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips and avocado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should definitely try it.  It was great with the jalapeno cornbread muffins that I made with it, and I also think it would be great with a side of rice and beans.  Anything Southwest or Mexican would probably be a great accompaniment, actually.

With that, I will leave you to your Saturday night!  Hope it’s a great one!

❤ Lindsay

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Salad Prep

Good afternoon from the Washington State Ferry system! 

Overheard from the ten (literally) small children sitting in the seat across from me, “This is only your first time on the ferry??  This is my one billionth time!”  Kids say the darndest things, right?  About five minutes later, I heard one of them talking about having Wi-Fi on the ferry, and I realized that when I was their age Wi-Fi didn’t even exist!  I’m old.

I’m currently munching on the other half of my Subway footlong from yesterday afternoon.

It held up surprisingly well in the fridge overnight!

I’ve also got a green smoothie to drink once I finish the sandwich.  Not sure of the combo, but I know it has frozen strawberries, so good enough for me!

Pretty good lunch, if you ask me!

One of the things that I’m having to adapt to now that Keenan is working full-time again, is that he is generally too tired in the mornings to get up and prepare all of my work food for me.  I’ve been so spoiled for the last few months, that letting go of it is a bit hard for me.  However, last night I was playing around in the kitchen, and I decided to try out a tip that many bloggers have given in the past. 

Salads are probably the most time-consuming part of the lunch-making process, so why not just prepare a large batch of salad ahead of time, then dole it out into a smaller container as it is needed?  It was the perfect idea.  It would save both Keenan and myself extra stress in the morning, and keep me eating healthy.

I threw a bunch of my spring mix and some garbanzos into a large plastic bowl with a lid.  Then, I proceeded to chop red and orange bell peppers, Roma tomatoes, and cucumbers and tossed them in as well.

This morning, all I had to do was grab a few handfuls of the mixture, throw them in my handy dandy salad container, and toss a couple tablespoons of sunflower seeds on top. 

That, plus filling the cap with dressing, and I was set!

I have a feeling that I’ll be using this tip quite a bit in the future to make our lives a bit less stressful. 

How do you save time with meal prep?

Have a terrific day!

❤ Lindsay

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