Monday, April 16, 2012


I have been drooling over this this pretty food blog for the past few days, so when presented with my own especially delightful breakfast this weekend, I felt compelled to take a picture of it:

My photo is not that great, but the meal was. Cristina's eggs: Crunchy toast with a bit of olive oil, topped with charred tomatoes, spinach, and poached eggs, and then finished with sprinkles of balsamic and parmesan.

Now go check out Simply Breakfast! It makes me wish I had leisurely mornings.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mission 6: Take a Multivitamin

Take a multivitamin every day.

I do this already. Plus I take all kind of other supplements depending on what strikes my fancy on any given week. I have high blood pressure so I'm taking some Omega business and some COQ10 business... and I can't even remember why I'm taking bee pollen right now. Energy? Anyway, I take plenty of vitamins, including the regular multivitamin. Done!

Next mission: "Keep the Outside Out." This involves removing our shoes at the door and creating "a transition space to minimize unwanted outdoor pollutants in your home." I like the thought of this, actually - spring in this snowy town is a mess. There is mud and sand and road salt everywhere, the dog hair is everywhere, dust and leaves are flying around... I would love if it would be possible to keep some of that to a minimum. Will try to implement with my family and will report back! Stay tuned!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mission 5: See the Glass as Half Full

I think it's become obvious by now that I am not "making changes" once a week. I'm okay with that. It's mainly the blogging assignments that define my schedule on this project and sometimes I just can't blog once a week. So... it's going to be 52 changes over a general period of time, then. Okay?

Mission #5: Develop an optimistic outlook.

This has actually been a good lesson for me, and one that I do keep thinking about every day, which is good, I think. The objective is to see the glass as half-full. Now, I am simply not myself if I am not worrying or stressing about something, so I have been trying to channel that worry and negativity into more positive thoughts. Recent examples:

(a) My condo complex just took away half our parking spots and we basically have to compete for the few spots there are or else park 3 blocks away. Everyone races home at 5:00 and peels around looking for one of the empty spots. It's pathetic and demeaning. I want to move.

New outlook: My condo is actually quite nice, once you get inside. Walking three blocks is not a huge nightmare. At least I don't live in Syria!

(b) When I'm at work, the incompetence kills me. I have one co-worker who has, on more than one occasion, literally laid her head on her desk and started snoring. I know I should just worry about my own work and not worry about anyone else, but how is this okay?!

New outlook: I am lucky to have a job. I do like my job, aside from some of the people around me. If I lived in Syria I wouldn't even have a job.

(c) My husband and I went to the desert for Easter weekend last weekend. We stayed in a friend's gorgeous condo, we had a really nice time, and yet I cried all the way home because our 4-day vacation wasn't longer.

New outlook: Be thankful you got four lovely days of vacation instead of none. Syrians don't get vacations!

(d) OMG it is so fucking cold in this town.

New outlook: But at least it's pretty!

I'm (sort of) kidding about all the Syrian stuff, but really, I am trying to be thankful for what I have instead of being sad about what I don't have. It's a good lesson. I have been consciously thinking about this every day. Hopefully one day I will become more naturally grateful, even without this assignment.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

fabulous palm desert weekend

sunny breakfast spot

grapefruit from the tree outside our door!

checking the score, even on vacation

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mission 4: Keep a Food Journal

Keep a food journal, and track everything you eat and drink each day.

Forget it. I'm definitely not doing the food journal.

The next mission, ironically, instructs me to BE POSITIVE.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mission 3: Keep Off the Couch

Apart from exercise, incorporate regular and routine activity into your lifestyle.

I am coming to the realization that these missions are clearly taking me more like 10 days to wrap up instead of a week. I can't seem to get started on time and then I just can't get to the blog often enough. So bear with me on that.

Anyway, "Week" 3. Really, all I have in my life lately is "regular and routine activity", and no actual vigorous exercise. I walk the dog a few times a day, I live in a three-story home so I am up and down those hideous stairs all the time, I walk to run errands. I am fine with "routine activity", I think. But getting exercise, on the other hand? Total bust. I did not exercise once this week. On the other hand, I stress about exercising pretty much constantly, so there is really no danger of my not being worried about this part of my life.

Onward! Next mission: Start a food journal. Ugh! I hate food journals!! How can I possibly conduct my secret binges on Double Stuff Oreos (or pretzels dipped in peanut butter) if I have to write about them?! Or, to be honest, just feel guilty because I am totally not going to write about them!? Ugh. Food journals.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

purse pause

Excuse me, can we please just take a moment to admire this Alexander McQueen clutch? Sigh.