Sunday, March 24, 2013

Double the Fun

Yep - two posts in one day!

Tomorrow is going to be a long day: wake up at 4:15 a.m. to workout from 5:00-6:00, teach from 7:30-3:00, cook dinner, go to Spanish class from 7:00-9:00, pass out at 9:05 p.m.  Therefore, I'm not sure that blogging is going to happen tomorrow, and I wanted to be sure to tell you all about my day.

You're welcome.

I already showed you my breakfast earlier today, so here's Snack #1:

I chopped up a banana and paired it with two tablespoons of almond butter.  I know that lots of healthy living bloggers are huge fans of almond butter, but I am just not super stoked about it.  It's not creamy enough for my taste.  (That sounded funny.)  I guess I'll learn to like it...

A couple of hours later, I made lunch for me and The Boy:

We each had a can of tuna (and each had feline assistance near us for the whole meal) and mixed it with a fourth cup of cottage cheese, a celery stalk, and dijon mustard.  I toasted a piece of bread for each of us and paired it with a half cup of grapes.  It was really good and chock-full of protein.  I think I'd like to add more seasoning to the tuna, though -- perhaps some salt (yay, sodium!), some pepper, some cayenne, or some hot sauce.  It needed a little something else.

And, of course, I had tons o' water.

Side note: I am supposed to drink at least 100 ounces of water each day.  I know this is what I should be doing all the time, but I'm just wondering how it's supposed to work when the girls' bathroom is all the way across the school and I only have five minutes between classes (five minutes that are usually occupied by any number of students).  This will be tricky.

I actually skipped my afternoon snack (mozzarella cheese, tomato, and apple), but I think the only reason that happened was because I slept in a bit (hello, it's Sunday!) and therefore had fewer hours to eat.  (Too few hours to eat?!  When has that ever happened?!)  Normally, I don't think getting six small meals will be an issue.

The Boy and I just finished eating dinner:

We each had a fourth cup of brown rice, a small chicken breast with delicious marinade (Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, homemade "adobo" sauce, lemon juice), a scoop of mango-avocado-onion-lemon salsa, and a half pound of roasted asparagus.

Yes, you read that correctly: a half pound of asparagus.

What can I say?  I like my pee to smell funny.

I kid, I kid.

I actually don't think it affects my pee.

You're welcome.

For my evening snack, which will likely be in about an hour or so, I will have two pieces of string cheese.

Today was a productive day.  When The Boy got home from work, we watched the Iowa State vs. Ohio State basketball game (what a bummer), and then we got started on some housework.  Essentially, we totally scrubbed and reorganized the kitchen.  Check out the new shelves:

At the bottom right, you can see our "coffee/drink bar," as The Boy calls it.  He is so proud.
For those of you who have never seen our house before, this wall was bare.  Like, there has been nothing on it except for white space (can't paint the apartment) for the past six years.  And, the only reason we put up shelves was because of bugs.

Yep, you heard me correctly: BUGS.

I went to make pasta the other day (pre-Farrells, obv), and there were little bug shells in the macaroni.  So, I opened up a completely unopened box, and there were more bug shells.

Obviously, I was super grossed out.  I threw everything away, and then after researching the problem, discovered that there were probably more bugs where they came from.  Apparently, factories can have so many bugs/larvae/eggs in their product, and if the product sits long enough, the eggs hatch and out come little buggies.

So, I've been freezing everything for a couple of days so that the eggs don't progress (eww): flour, sugar, rice, etc., and then I've been transferring it to the glass canisters that you see on the shelves.  Then today, The Boy took everything out of the cabinets, stripped the shelf-liners, and bleached everything.  (Yes, The Boy was in charge of this task because I was too darn grossed out.)  We put the new, already-frozen flour and sugar (in their bags) in plastic, sealable canisters, and put them above the stove.

Please cross your fingers that this works.  Or, if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to throw 'em at me.

I swear: we are not grubby people and do not (generally) have a grubby house.  But these bugs sure make me think otherwise!

Wish me luck at our first workout -- bright and early tomorrow!


  1. No worries; I had the same bug issue several years ago. The only thing it didn't affect was my flour, because mom taught me years ago to just keep that in the freezer. I had to throw out EVERYTHING. Ugh. I did the same thing you did--put everything in sealed containers and then cleaned out the cabinets--and I haven't had a problem since. :)

  2. Asparagus makes EVERYONE'S pee smell funny. But not everyone has the receptors in their nose that can detect the smell. You're welcome.

  3. I'm a teacher and I have the same issue with the bathroom- there's literally not enough time. So I'm dehydrated for 8 hours a day and try to make up for it when I get home- probably not the best idea.

    1. I'm going to try and time it so that I chug a bunch of water before my planning period, before lunch, and right before school ends. I'll let you know how it goes. :)