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It’s TIME…..

Hi there readers!

I am finally leaving this blog behind, and working strictly on the new and improved “Dine and Dash!

Please use the following link to get to the new blog and bookmark it for future use!


My Dirty Thirty Bucket List

I know I just turned 27  but I’m a “list” person and while I made my “Dirty Thirty Bucket List” a while ago, I still glance at it from time to time. I’m not moving as quickly through the list as I would like but I thought I would share it with you guys anyway…

Run a Half Marathon

See the Sistine Chapel in Italy

Stand in a red phone booth in London

Take a mother/daughter and father/daughter vacation

Get my MBA

Marry my dream man (almost there!)

Have a child with my dream man

Become a triathlete

Learn to Ski

Learn to play the guitar

Own all the Beatle albums

Sing Karaoke

Go parasailing

Ride a mechanical bull

Learn to shoot a gun

Go on a cruise

Go on a cross-country road trip

See the Grand Canyon

Go to Oktoberfest in Munich Germany

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

See Mount Rushmore

Climb up the Stature of Liberty

Visit Disney World and Disney Land

See the Eiffel Tower

Take up photography

Take a cooking class

Learn to Garden

Watch the 10 greatest American movies of all time (as ranked by the AFI)

Build a Habitat for Humanity Home

Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Mentor someone at work

Get an article published in Glamour/Cosmopolitan or Self

Act a part in a play

Start a Blog

Learn Italian

Swim with Dolphins

Dance on a bar

Go to Spring Training in AZ

Visit Chicago with Betsy

Wine Taste in Napa

Purchase a really nice, expensive piece of furniture

Learn to change a tire

Frame and Hang my Degree

Own a home

Plant a tree

Go to Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo

Raise money for a charity

Climb a Mountain (even if it just Crowder’s)

Some of these I plan to knock off this year but others (like the travling) I’m trying to save for. Some of you might call my list “anal” but I like to keep track of goals and how I’m choosing to live my life. It really helps to quiet the anxiety that sometimes lives in me. In a dream sceneario I would leave this earth scarred and worn down, having taken advantage of everything it has to offer-and sometimes I need a list to remind me of that.

Do any of you have lists that you have made? What do they have on them??

All Shook Up!

I can’t believe my last post was on January 21. Who am I and what have I been doing?

The answer to that question-is a lot and nothing.

What I have been doing in recent days:

  • salsa dancing
  • working non-stop
  • watching the playoffs
  • celebrating birthdays
  • Working on the “new and improved” dine-in-dash!
  • wedding stuff…

What I have not been doing

  • Taking pictures

Hence, the lack of blogging. Sorry guys, sometimes life just calls but I hope to take the last week in January to post lightly because I’m trying to finish the layout of the new blog in time for February!

Stay Tuned!!!!!!

Things I miss…

I miss Chick-fil-A scratch that…all food I am used to eating.

I miss 2% milk and yogurt.

I miss my aunt Sue and little sister Cammie! Who are both having birthdays this week.

She’s one in a million, that one.

I miss my spot on the couch where I spent hours on end watching my favorite shows and unwinding.

This one is a triple whammy: I miss beer. I’m not even going to try to pretend that I don’t, and summer… and summer concerts. Sigh. Is winter over yet?

Trying to cut out meat and dairy from my diet has been tricky! It took me 2 hours to grocery shop! You really have to do your research. My mind is spinning from so many things to consider. I miss the days where I naively threw in Cheetos into my cart and kept moving, without so much as a thought about preservatives, ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, digestion or fat thighs.

I’m glad I’ve had this week of “practice” detox because I have the feeling the next three-week are going to be hard…speaking of that actually, I have some bad news…

Can’t blog about Kimberly Snyder’s book as of right now. Her publisher’s actually contacted me and regretfully asked that I keep my enthusiasm down until the book was actually released. 🙂 I honestly tried to be conscious of what I was and wasn’t posting, but I’m actually kinda thrilled that this ol’ blog I started not even a year ago was on their radar.  Long story short-go buy it!

I have been making Green Smoothies this week and since I had a “Green Monster” obsession last summer, it’s not really been much of a transition. The smoothie and some celery along with  some organic green tea make up my breakfasts these days.

Lunch & Dinner are always something green but at least at dinner, I able to pack in nutrients like protein that my body can better digest since I have been good to it all day! Meal planning has been a compromise. Last night we made a brown rice medley with turkey sausage, kinda like I made here. Tonight was strictly “sticking to the program” with some tofu scramble.

Chris is a good sport. For the recipe click here.

My schedule has been hectic. Work’s been busy the first of the year, our lovely Mexican wedding is only months away and an amped up work-out regimen have all kept me away from all things that I love.

Somebody tell me it will all be worth it!

Have you ever prepped for something big in your life? Any of you ladies have great stories of pre-wedding behavior? I’d love to hear I’m not alone!

Healthy Turning Point

I feel better, not worse! Yay!

Last night Chris and I stayed in and had a cheap date night. I swung by the Redbox after work and picked out Predator on blu-ray. I knew he had been wanting to see it and the last few movies were my calls, so fair is fair, right?


The movie was a bit cheesy to say the least and to top it off dinner was edible  but not good. Neither of us had taken anything out to be thawed so we decided on Quiche, hoping it would be quick and we were both craving something warm and filling. I threw in some veggies, cheese, eggs and milk but somewhere something went wrong.

It was just too fluffy and not dense enough. I’m assuming too many eggs?

This is what happens when I “wing” a dinner-I need recipes.

Chris ate it in about 2. 5 seconds flat, because he can eat anything and tried to make me feel good about the meal by letting me now it was just “like a yummy omelet with a crust.” I barely ate half of mine but I appreciated the lie.

Saturday morning I leaped out of bed to get to Group Power. Maybe my body could have used a little more sleep but I figured since I woke up at 9:59, it was a sign for me to make the 10:30 class.

When I got t0 the gym I was relieved that it seemed like I was actually going to get a spot.

After class I ran home to take Daisy for a little run and boy was it cold! I know she enjoyed it though, so it was worth it. While I was running I couldn’t help but think about what good breakfast I was going to make. My stomach was starting to growl and usually on the weekends I try to get more adventurous in the kitchen because I actually have the time.

Immediately, I checked Caitlin’s recipes on her blog, Healthy Tipping Point. She is basically a breakfast connoisseur so I knew she would have something good. Enter 15-minute scramble.

This was so quick. so good. so filling.

Potatoes (boiled in the microwave, tofu, spinach, eggs, chili powder, s&p, YUM!

Good thing this dish was filling because I’m about to start cleaning for hours! If you need me, I will be re-organizing my life!


I was a bad photographer/blogger yesterday. Work has been hectic and my to-do list has been insane.

Instead, I decided I would post about 5 things that I’m loving right now, but the catch is-they are ALL from the blogging community.

I don’t know where this obsession came from or when it started but reading blogs has become a serious past time for me and today I just wanted to share with you some of the down-right beauty and brilliance that comes from some of my favorite bloggers.

1. From Cupcakes & Cashmere-Framing your 2011 Resolutions. Genius. A great way to keep them from escaping your head is to frame them (decoratively) in your house.

2. From Simply Recipes-This is one of my go-to blogs for when I’m looking for fast, delicious recipes. Her pictures are so  beautiful sometimes I literally find myself salivating while reading.

3. From the Glamourai-Insane Architecture and Design Peeks, the same blogger does daily outfits as well and the chic, flawless way she puts them together is definitely a work of art.

4. From Meals & Miles-Pure Motivation from someone else’s success. Wow.

5.) From Gary Pepper Vintage-Awesome photography.

I can get a dose of all of the above just while drinking my morning hot-chocolate (since we all know I don’t drink coffee). Most the blogs I come across almost always have something great to take away from and a few select blogs can change the way you view the world.

I will leave you today with a great little video on fashion & NY by the blogger behind Song of Style

Simple & Fit while dining out…

It’s officially 2011 and every one is back in full force! Colleagues, customers and traffic. The holidays are over and while I always get a little sad, it’s somewhat of a relief. Now comes the long stretch of the coldest months, followed by very little time off work.


On Sunday I had to work all the live long day but first Chris and I went out to breakfast. We were looking for something cheap and close and settled on an IHOP. I just needed something to pick me up and didn’t feel like cooking breakfast, nor did he. I searched the menu for something healthy and came across this on the menu-

I opted for the whole-grain wheat french toast and turkey bacon. I’m glad more and more restaurants are getting on board with healthy alternatives, but this menu actually gave you some sound advice on how to be proactive in your ordering. Swell!

I decided I would try to find more helpful hints to give to you readers but also to remind me of what I can be doing over these next crucial couple of months…

Before You Order

  • If you are familiar with the menu, decide what to order before entering the restaurant. This tactic will help you avoid any tempting foods that may not be so healthy.
  • If you are trying a new restaurant, take time study the menu in order to avoid making unhealthy decisions.
  • Have the server remove temptations (butter, for example) from the table.
  • Drink two full glasses of water before your food arrives.
  • Avoid foods described in the following way: buttery, buttered, fried, pan-fried, creamed, escalloped, au gratin (with cheese), or a la mode (with ice cream).
  • If you want to eat bread, choose Melba toast or whole-grain rolls without butter or margarine.

When You Order

  • Order foods that are steamed, broiled, grilled, stir-fried, or roasted.
  • Order potatoes baked, boiled, or roasted instead of fried. Ask the server to leave off the butter and sour cream.
  • Order first so that you will not be influenced by other’s choices.
  • For appetizers, order broth-based soups such as minestrone or gazpacho.
  • Choose seafood, chicken, or lean meat rather than fatty meats; remove all visible fat from any meat.
  • Order broiled, baked, grilled, steamed or poached entrees
  • Ask the server to substitute low-fat foods for high-fat foods. For example, ask for steamed vegetables instead of fries.
  • Ask the chef to remove the skin from poultry and to prepare your food without butter or cream sauces. Or ask for the sauce on the side so you can control how much you eat.
  • Ask the server about ingredients or preparation methods for the dishes you’re not familiar with.
  • Order vegetable side dishes without sauces or butter or ask them to put them on the side.
  • For dessert, order sorbet or fresh, seasonal fruit without whipped cream or a topping.

I tried to take this crash-course in ordering with me when I went to the mall for job #2. I was in the food court filled with Sbarros, Chick-fil-A (a favorite) and some greasy chinese. I opted to go with a burrito place but only because the burrito pictured looked somewhat healthy.

Inside: rice, chicken, broccoli and carrots-essentially in a wrap or tortilla. It wasn’t that flavorful but at least I didn’t feel gross after eating it. I even opted out of the making it a combo meal with tortilla chips. Go me.

I worked most of Sunday. It was not great but I made lots of sales and at least I get to roam around and look at pretty things in my down time.

I came home and Chris had made dinner. We had some leftover Prime Rib from the holidays so we ended up cooking that. I’m not the biggest fan of prime rib, but this dinner was good. It was hard to resist more pieces of the bread with honey butter but I did it!

After a long day I didn’t feel like ripping down the tree and putting away my holiday decor. Instead, I opted to leave it one more day (it’s trash day tomorrow anyway) and enjoy it for one last evening.

Lastly, a little wine on the couch put me right into a lazy Sunday coma that I enjoyed for a few hours before going to bed.

I’m looking forward to getting my laundry, house and bills in order this week. I don’t work my other job till Saturday and I’m excited about what I can do with all my free time!