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Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good looking, good tempered, well groomed and unaggressive. ~ Leslie McIntyre

Monday, November 16, 2009

What A Monday...

Hey Guys! Hope everyone's had a great Monday.
Things here have been dreary, cold and then - WOW! I'll start with the dreary and cold first...I woke up to the sound of rain at 5:30 this morning so no running took place for me and my body is feeling it! I am currently looking into a few different gyms near my house because the cold is settling in and pretty soon (if not already) running outside won't be happening for me. I'm a BIG baby when it comes to the cold and the rain and I know myself - I WON'T do it.

So I drug myself out of bed a little while later and got ready for work. It was that kind of Monday and I passed on the make up. Everyone kept asking me all day, "Maria, you feeling ok?" "You alright Honey?" Apparently Maria - makeup = sick! Who knew?

I made my usual Sunday oats today. They were really yummy. I'm glad I went with that instead of the quick bread I made yesterday because I worked my little tooshie off right up to lunch time and that bread would NOT have held me over.

I used 1 cup of Sunday oats, a handful of craisins, 1/2 of a banana, 1 scoop of smooth almond butter and 2 big scoops of pumpkin butter. It is such a comforting way to start out the day and adding a travel mug of hazelnut coffee makes it double comforting AND super yummy!

Remember on Friday when I told you about baking 30 pounds of butternut squash? Well, today I had to scrape and then puree that 30 pounds of butternut squash to make butternut squash soup. It took ALL morning because all we have at work is a home sized food processor. I brought mine from home to use also, but it still took me about an hour and a half! It was totally worth it though because the soup turned out GREAT! :) I was really happy about that and happy to see a lot of the kids eating it. I didn't get any photos of it because the day was just TOO busy, but I did bring home the small amount that was left. Jason really wanted some so I will take a pic of his bowl tonight.

My lunch was leftover's from last night's dinner. I have to admit that my Better Than 'Meat' Loaf was even better the next day and I am officially in love with the brussel sprouts. It was a great meal for such a crappy weather day!

I finished up my work for the day, grabbed Regan and booked it home. It has rained all day and there was a small break right at 3:00 (when I get off) so I wanted to get home while it was still sort of dry out. Jason managed to get off work in time to pick Linsey up so we just met each other at home.
While getting our snacks...

(such a great bar)

I got THE email. I'm so excited about this email, but I can't talk about it for about another week! It's going to KILL me to keep this secret.
(no - it's not a book deal. YET!)
As soon as I can tell you my news I will, but for the time being just know that it's super exciting for me AND a step in the direction I want.


ModernMom said...

Okay...I'm intrigued!

Elisabeth said...

Alright, you've got me on the edge of my seat, Maria! Can't wait to hear about the exciting news. Sounds like things are moving in the right direction. Congrats!

Side note- have you ever used Match Meat? It's made in St. Louis and it's *really* delicious. You can buy it at Local Harvest (love that store) and I The Royale in South City serves up a mighty fine burger made from the stuff. You should check it out!

RealFitMama said...

MondernMom: As soon as it's finalized I will let you all know. It's not a HUGE deal, but it's the beginning of what I hope are things to come.

Elisabeth: I have not used Match Meat, but we've used Seitan and I love that. I follow The Royale on Twitter, but we haven't gone to eat there yet. I really want to and probably will on our next date night. If you vouch for it...I'm in!

Elisabeth said...

Ah, you have to check out The Royale. It's one of the places I miss most about St. Louis. It's a great place to get mostly local food and the owner, Steve Smith is a badass. A really nice guy doing a lot of good in the city of St. Louis.

Also, have you been to Local Harvest cafe and/or grocery? You have to go, if only just for me. We went to The Royale and Local Harvest almost every weekend when we lived in St. Louis.

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