Thursday, February 26, 2009

RIP dear plant...

I watered you.
I fed you.
I indirect sunned you.

Why? Why?? What am I doing wrong? Why is my thumb black, not green? How can you turn so quickly from this to this:

Goodbye. RIP.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This Is What Exhaustion Looks Like

*Warning! This post is long! Sorry!*

Planning for our honeymoon was so much fun! We knew that we'd have about a month but how we decided upon going to Thailand, I can't even remember. We've travelled a lot of Europe, so that was out. Australia for a honeymoon didn't appeal to me all that much, and everyone we talked to who'd been to Thailand loved it. Okay, so that was an easy decision.

With views like this, how can you resist Thailand?

Our flight each way had a layover in Tokyo, so we figured we would spend a few days in Japan on our way home. This was the best idea we've ever had. Japan was great, I can't wait to go back.

While I was doing research about things to do in Japan, I found out that the official climbing season for Mt. Fuji is during the months of July and August. Perfect! I talked M into it, figuring this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and so it was a go!

From Tokyo, we took a bus to Fujikawaguchiko town, which is at the base of Mt. Fuji. Then we took another bus up to the the 5th station, which is the most popular starting point for climbers. This was at 10:30pm. We had read that the ascent takes about 6 hours and we wanted to be at the summit in time for sunrise.

So, off we went. Within the first 15 minutes, I tripped over a rock and twisted my ankle. I was pissed. And in pain! Well, on we went, and I would say the first 2 hours were great! I thought this was in the bag! It wasn't TOO steep, just sorta slippery with the tiny rocks the paths are made up of. We were going at a fast pace and didn't want to stop because each time we took a break my ankle would start throbbing.

Well, during hour 3, things started going downhill with M. I think he got some altitude sickness and kept having to stop because he was nauseous and dizzy. Also, the nice paths pretty much disappeared and big rocks appeared in their place. Silly me, I didn't actually think I would be "mountain climbing". I thought it would just be a steep hill the entire way, but oh no... at some points I remember I was on all fours, searching for the next safe place to put my foot.

Around this time, it started getting very busy with people on tours who were blocking the way. There is only so much room, people, step aside! This slowed us down a lot and we would often be standing in the same spot in queues for long periods of time. So annoying!

Just standing around and moving so slowly meant we got cold real fast. I had brought with me a long sleeved shirt, or possibly two, a raincoat, a hat, and gloves. I was wearing all of the clothing I packed and I was still FREEZING!

We finally reached the top around 3:30am and had to wait just a bit for the sunrise. I quickly found a spot to sit, while M did his husbandly duty of taking pictures. I was so cold I was shivering and my feet were numb, it was ridiculous. At this point I just wanted the damn sunrise to be over with so we could leave!

Get me out of here! NOW!

I think I'm about to die...

We were at the top for maybe 45 minutes and wanted to get a head start going down so we didn't have to fight the crowds. Physically, the climb up was fairly demanding - I was breathing steady and hard for a lot of the heavy climbing, but at this point I was fairly fit and was used to climbing a lot of stairs. I thought the worst part was over, but let me tell you, going down was a million times harder.

Yay! We look happy but we're really in pain!

M compares the descent to what he thinks childbirth would be like! Bhahaha!! Just imagine slipping and sliding down a steep hill in the scorching sun, with your toes ramming into your shoes with every step you take. We thought our toes were going to be black and blue, but luckily that didn't happen. A month later, M's big toenail did fall off - a coincidence? I think not! (7 months later and it's almost grown back!!) The pebbles are so slippery, you are literally sliding with every other step. Your knees just kill and pair this with no sleep - we were a mess! M was is so much pain - it's kinda funny to think about it now, but at the time we just wanted to sit down and cry. There were no benches to rest on and the only bathroom was near the bottom. I can't even explain.

Here is the line of people still waiting to get to the top!

After about 3 and a half hours we finally made it down, caught our bus back to the hostel, and went to bed! It wasn't until I saw Mt. Fuji on a postcard a couple of days later and thought to myself - holy shit, I climbed that sucka! And survived!!

The Japanese say that "one who never climbs Mt. Fuji is a fool, and one who climbs twice is twice the fool."

Never again, never again!! BUT, it was so worth it in the end!

Yes, of course it was worth it! Look at me, I'm on Mt. Fuji! Unreal!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What is a Slippery Drink?

Let's face it, out of an entire year, Toronto gets maybe 4 months where the sun shines on a consistent basis. This is purely a guess. Do you think it is about right? When I asked M. what he thought about this statement he got all analytical on me and started talking about daylight savings and cloud coverage.

Where I am going with this is... Vitamin D. Many doctors say we do not get enough Vitamin D especially in the winter months. Okay, fine, so I started adding it to the daily vitamins that I take.

I bought Vitamin D in tablet form. Big mistake. You know what this means right? Stickage in the throat. The Vitamin D tablet is literally the smallest pill I've ever seen, but the other morning, a horrible thing happened. It got stuck in the roof of my mouth and fully dissolved. I didn't know what to do. I started gagging and other unpleasant things happened. I have been traumatized!

my hand is MASSIVE!

What is my problem! It's a tiny pill! How could it possibly get stuck? I believe I have a phobia of pills dissolving in my mouth, and it makes me all stressed out... When I'm about to swallow the pill I get nervous, and it ends up getting stuck somewhere. What is a girl to do?

I brought this situation up in the staff room today. Here are the suggestions:
1) take pills with "slippery" drinks (????)
2) shove the pill into your mouth when there's already water in there and then take another sip (done and done)
3) throw your head back like in the movies
4) dissolve the pill in water in a shot glass, then chug it back

Any suggestions? Or just get Vitamin D in capsule form next time?

Monday, February 23, 2009

I Miss Good TV

I am so annoyed with TV lately. No shows are able to hold my attention right now. There are some "okay" shows that I will half watch, a couple of "good" shows I will watch (all in repeats right now of course), but nothing that I feel is "great". There's something nice about being excited to watch your favourite show on a specific night and looking forward to it all week. Does this just mean I have an extremely boring life, or does anyone else feel the same way?

Back in the good ole days I remember being so excited for Full House and TGIF. Then it turned into Wednesday nights for 90210. In university I loved Sundays because of Alias.. and now, well.. I got nothin.

There is hope though! Do not fret! I have a new possibility for a good show by Joss Whedon called Dollhouse.

This week will be the third episode and it airs on Friday nights at 9 on FOX. Not the best time slot, for sure, but if you have a PVR, you're good to go. Maybe I like it because it reminds me of Alias. The show is about "an underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas." They get hired by rich clients and go on crazy outings. M thinks I like it because the main character is a girl, and I'm all about girl power. True, true.

Here's hoping for the best!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Listen to Oceanship

Last night M. and I went downtown to the shittiest of the shit holes, Holy Joes. This whole place is quite disgusting and because it was snowy, the stairwell had puddles everywhere. Ew. To get to Holy Joes you have to walk through the Reverb, which seems to feature screaming bands a lot. I was scared. It sounded demonic. M quite enjoyed it.

Anyway, once you get into Holy Joes it's a little better and there's couches and chairs and Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling. And no screaming, thank goodness. We were there to see one of our favourite Indie bands, Oceanship. Here's the video for one of their songs, Hotblack.

We've been listening to this band for many years now and this was the first show they played in Canada for a long while! So good. Carly is absolutely amazing on the piano, I just like watching her fingers the entire time.

They have been played on The Edge a couple of times now, will be playing live at 228 Yonge soonish, and have a free show at The Horseshoe on April 14th. Who wants to go?!

Breakfast Quinoa

For breakfast yesterday I tried making a recipe from this food blog. I changed it just a bit and used raisins instead of cranberries, like it called for. Cranberries would be good too, I just didn't have any on hand.

I cooked the quinoa a tiny bit too long - I think it's better when there's a really small amount of liquid left. That way it doesn't get too mushy.

I liked this, but did not love it. It's something different, which is nice. I do like that I can keep it in the fridge and it'll be easy to heat up while I'm rushing around in the morning.

Here's the recipe.

3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed well and drained)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
a bit of allspice and nutmeg

1. Bring milk and water to a boil. Stir in quinoa and raisins. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
2. Remove from heat and stir in spices.

Nutritional Information:
This recipe made 4 servings, each about 1/2 cup. One serving has approximately 125 calories (23g carbs, 5g protein, 2.25g fat). This has almost the exact same percentages that the oatmeal and blueberries I often make has.

If you decide to make some breakfast quinoa, let me know what you think!

Friday, February 20, 2009


Have you ever heard of quinoa? This is supposedly how you say it: keen-wah. It's really yummy and it's a "superfood"!

I bought this at a health food store. You can probably find it somewhere much cheaper.

It looks like a grain and tastes nutty like a grain, but it's actually related to the spinach family. It's interesting that even the label says it's a grain. I want to start eating more of it because it is full of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and a bunch of other good stuff that fights off disease. You can read more about it here!

Last night I made a recipe for Black Bean Quinoa Pilaf. It's so delicious. I didn't have about half the ingredients it called for, but it still turned out well. So far I've had some for last night's dinner, today's lunch, and a little snack after school! This stuff multiples when cooked and half a cup of quinoa made way more than I expected!

This weekend I'm going to try a recipe I saw that uses quinoa as a breakfast cereal with lots of nice spices and some dried fruit. If you ever happen to try some, let me know what you think!

I'm sure my dad will be all over this stuff!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Tribute to my Bestie

I am so thankful to have my BFF, M.T. in my life! Coming from a family with only brothers, I have no idea what it's like to have a sister, but I think it would be similar to having a best friend.

M.T. and I met on the first day of grade nine in gym class. I think the first time I slept over at her house she told me I fell asleep during the movie and started snoring. How embarrassing. I basically lived at her house during the summers, where we spent a lot of time looking out her front window at the boys across the street. And other fun things I'm sure.

It's sometimes surprising that we're still friends. I switched to a new high school in Grade 10, went boy crazy and kinda abandoned her in Grade 11, a few years later went away to University, then moved away to Toronto, etc. etc. etc. She moved to London, we each had a new group of friends, grew apart, but eventually found each other again. I am so glad we did!

M.T. is beautiful inside and out. She has the cutest giggle that is contagious and she really should be a comedian. She is so generous, understanding, a great listener, and I could keep going on forever. Her family is so wonderful. I love going over to her mom's house and just sitting and talking for hours!

See, she makes me laugh a lot.

She is also a great mom and her son is one of the cutest little boys ever to exist. He takes after his mom.
Look at those cheeks.

If I can count properly, I think we'll be coming up to our 14th anniversary in September! That calls for a celebration!

Now... if only she had a computer so she could read all about herself on my blog!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Heli of a Ride!

Here's a short video showing part of our helicopter ride in the Grand Canyon!

The Film Club

My 36 in 360 goals are coming along nicely! I have officially completed 5 of my goals, with many more in the works.

One of my goals is to read five non-fiction books this year, mainly just to broaden my knowledge and force myself to read books that I normally wouldn't pick up.

My brother G. suggested checking out "The Film Club" by David Gilmour because it has been shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize this year (winner to be picked on March 3rd).

I liked this book quite a bit! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. The story is about how David allows his 16 year old son to drop out of school, with the agreement that they will watch 3 movies a week together. It was a quick, light, humourous read. And I now have a list of 16 movies that I want to watch! It might have been better if I was an old movie buff and could relate to what they were saying about the movies, but I still really enjoyed it!

Many people on Goodreads gave this book terrible reviews, saying it was "a self-serving craptastic piece of writing" or "God awful" or "pompous". I passed this book on to M. to read, so we'll see what he thinks when he's done! Go see for yourself!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What Happens in Vegas...

It seems that the main things you can do in Vegas are:

1) Gamble - We stayed at the MGM Grand, which seems to be one of the biggest casinos in Vegas. The first night, I thought wow, this is pretty cool. Then we went to New York, New York and that casino looked exactly the same as the MGM, just with a different style of tacky carpet. Then we went to Planet Hollywood, and surprise surprise, they ALL look the same! There is only so much slot playing you can do in a smokey casino. At least the drinks were free.

2) Walk - We walked for many, many hours each day. At night there's just so many people, it takes you forever to get anywhere. At least I burned off some of the food I ate.

3) Eat - There are so many places to eat, it's not even funny. I am proud to say that we stayed away from all the buffets and only really indulged at the Cheesecake Factory! Mmm.

Chocolate peanut butter cookie dough cheesecake.

4) See Shows - We saw Cirque du Soleil and it was really good. It had much more "dancing" than I thought there would be and less "flying". It should be the other way around. We went to most of the little shows the hotels put on - I loved the Bellagio fountains, it looked like they were dancing. We also saw Steve Wyrick's magic show. It was awesome.. I dare say even better than the Cirque...

5) Shop/Night Clubs/Drink/Girls Girls Girls/Sign up for timeshares

BUT the highlight of the trip was taking a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Yes, it cost an arm and a leg, but when else could you fly in a helicopter over one of the natural wonders of the world? Definitely worth it.

In a Nutshell

We are back from Vegas and I have so much to write about! We had FUN! There's no other place like Vegas, that's for sure, but I don't think I need to go back for a long time!

First we started in New York.

Then we walked to Paris.

Did a bit of this.

Won a bit of that.
Played a quick round with my new friends.

And oh so much more!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Long Weekend!

I am happy to say that I got great surprises from my Secret Valentine this year! My faith has been restored! Here are the pretty flowers I got one morning - I just love how they look when they're cut short like this. Next time I buy flowers, I'm going to do this!

I thought for sure the person who had my name was this male teacher, but I was wrong! As soon as I read the note below, I knew who it was! I have yard duty with the teacher who is in the room beside me one morning per week, so we talk about this and that while waiting for the bell. There was only one teacher I told about Vegas plus my bad experience with Secret Valentine last year, so I knew it had to be her! Very cute. And if you know my full last name, you will understand how it rhymes with afternooon-ee!

We also had a potluck lunch for Valentine's Day. It was yummy! Isn't ribbon jello the best? Here's a very flattering picture me, my chins and my favourite gal! It's just so typically her!

Happy Family Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What I ♥ #6

#6: Baby Bumps!


Okay, okay, don't worry, that is not me! This is my good friend, A.K. who is now five months prego! Isn't that bump so cute? I love baby bumps a lot. When I see them they make me smile, even when it's a complete stranger I'm staring at. I just love them. I think it's amazing and weird and exciting that a baby is growing in there.

This is one of my favourite pictures from my family's cottage holiday two summers ago. This is me, my bro G, my sister-in-law M.T. and inside is L!
You know how you go through phases in life? Most recently it has been the wedding phase where people my age are getting married. I am slightly freaked out that the next stage that is beginning is BABIES! I just found out today that another friend is due in August! Yay/yikes!

Now I need to stop the baby talk before my husband gets too scared.

What I ♥ #5

#5: Tim Horton's Chili

Tonight I treated myself and the husband to some Tim Horton's chili, mostly because I did not feel like cooking and the fridge is empty because we're leaving soon for Vegas!! This chili is not too healthy but it is super scrumptious and actually doesn't taste like typical chili at all (that is why I like it). I also love that there are mushrooms in it! If you're looking for a quick lunch or dinner, try some of this! I give it two thumbs up!


I find it amusing that on Virtual Tourist, Tim Horton's is the third restaurant listed in all of Toronto. That is just sad.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Secret Valentines

Secret Valentine time has come once again! Every year at work we choose names and give little gifts during the week leading up to Valentine's Day. This year it was optional and I was seriously thinking of not participating for two reasons:

1) Last year I got my Valentine cute things each day and did not get a single thank you in return.
2) The person who had my name last year gave me a super ugly dollar store candle on the very last day, when you are supposed to spend between $10-15 and spread the gifts out throughout the week. All week I thought my name had gotten lost in the shuffle or something, but no...

These reasons may make me sound very selfish, but it's discouraging when you put effort into your gifts and get nothing in return. It's not even the gifts that matter, as long as some thought is put into it. Okay, fine, I'm over it, but hopefully this year will be better! I almost erased that lady's name from the sign up list because I guess she spends only $1 each year, it wasn't just me.
Anyway, tonight I baked cookies for my Secret Valentine, plus a few other people, plus one for myself, and I saved a little cookie dough for M. It's harder to make heart shaped cookies than I thought!

What I ♥ #4

#4: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

I'm a big fan of these magic erasers and the Mr. Clean jingle, in general. They are indeed magic. I mostly use them for the bathroom and they work SO well. You can actually feel when the surface is clean because the eraser will run smoothly. If the surface is rough you know you have some more scrubbing to do. If only these were available during university - our bathtub would get so dirty and nothing (or nobody?) seemed to clean it well.

My only semi-complaint is that they don't last all that long - basically long enough to clean one bathroom, because they start falling apart and ripping. That's a-okay with me though - who wants a dirty magic eraser sitting around waiting for the next cleaning to happen? Because at my house, that could be months!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Multicultural Lunch Day

Today at my afternoon school it was "Multicultural Lunch" day. I told this to M. who was confused and questioned whether or not everyday is multicultural lunch day when you're in Toronto. This much is true, but today was special.

All of the parents brought in a dish from their culture and set it up buffet style. There was so much food, it filled 3 cafeteria tables. There were little signs to tell you what the ingredients were and what the food was called. So well organized, I couldn't believe it. I can't even imagine this working at my morning school. Although the schools are only 2 minutes apart, the communities are completely different.
Below is a picture of the dessert table. Craziness! I finally got to try these little gelatinous ball thingies that are filled with red bean. M and I were just looking at them at an Asian grocery store on the weekend and I've always wanted to try them. They were pretty good!

Usually I am a germaphobe and don't like to eat food that is made in other people's homes (that I don't know), but I tried hard not to think about that. I was so happy not to make a lunch today! We are having a pot luck at my morning school on Thursday.. oh dear, not the best week for clean eating! But I did lose 2 pounds last week!

What I ♥ #3

#3: Pomelos

Pomelo, or sometimes pummelo, is a delicious fruit that's a mix between an orange and a grapefruit. It's more sweet than acidicy and seriously yummy, if you're into that sort of thing. These suckers are heavy and the rind is very thick. It takes me a long time to peel the entire thing, maybe half an hour, but the overall reward is worth it!

One pomelo gives you about 5 cups of fruit. Depending on the season, they aren't always readily available - well at least not in the low budget places where I shop. So, go ahead and try one! If you really don't like it, you can always send it to me, I won't mind!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

What I ♥ #2

#2: Bubble Baths With Warm Vanilla Sugar

Mmm, there's nothing better than a hot bubble bath with candles and a good book. I don't often take baths because baths = cleaning. Tonight I worked out hardcore, and when I got out of the bath I felt so relaxed, it was great.

The only thing that can make a bath better is using warm vanilla sugar bubble bath from Bath and Body Works. That is one of my favourite scents. Sometimes if I wake up in the middle of the night, I put this lotion on my hands and go back to sleep, dreaming of warm vanilla sugarplums.

What I ♥ #1

Since it is Valentine's Week I am going to share with you some things that I ♥, other than my husband! Thanks S.R. for telling me how to make that heart, now I'm going to use it all the time!

#1: Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (try and say that 5 times fast!)

If you enjoy chapstick as much as I do, you must give this a try. Since using this for the past couple of years, I have not bought any other brand, that is just how good it is. If you know me well, you would understand how much willpower this has taken, because I love me some chapstick!

It is perfect in every way - it has that nice sting when you put it on that means it's really working! It's minty and cool and non-sticky, which is essential in a good chapstick. Typically I like to have 4 of these on the go - one for each of my desks at work, one in the car, and one in the purse. That's a little extreme, I know. Sadly, I have been down to one tube for a while now, I must fix that asap! Mmm, I need to go put some on now...

6 (Wonderful?!) Years

Happy anniversary to us! I have officially been with my Buddy for 6 years today although it feels like 60! I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing! Have we changed much?

Winter 2003 at M.'s house on Erb Street

Summer 2008 in Thailand

Today we went out for lunch to celebrate - although I didn't realize we were supposed to be celebrating until after we got home. He's the one who likes numbers, ok, not me! Do people still celebrate their old dating anniversary after they have a new wedding anniversary? I like to celebrate just about anything, so I don't mind having two special days... as long as I can remember them...

Tonight we went out for a friend's birthday and it was fun.. except the guy sitting beside me did not say one word the whole night and was using his blackberry the ENTIRE time. I noticed he suddenly put it away after we were discussing how rude it was.. but maybe by that time he was finished his important business.. people these days.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jumping on the Bandwagon

Okay, here are 25 perhaps not so interesting things about me! Enjoy.

1. I am proud to be part Belgian! Many people have told me I am the only Belgian they have met! And then they ask me if I like waffles and chocolate.

2. I once had the nickname "Three Mile Smile". I was not happy about it. Why didn't my parents give me chapstick?

3. I often spell words inside my head over and over again. It's comforting.

4. M. tells me there is a spot on my tattoo that needs to be touched up but I don't want to go through the pain again - plus I never get to see it up close.

5. I don't like teaching kids over the age of 9.

6. I can't wait to be pregnant but I don't want kids for another couple of years.

7. I think hockey hands is one of the worst smells EVER.

8. I don't like talking on the phone to people I don't know well - I'd much rather email.

9. I am addicted to reading blogs! There are about 20 I check on a daily basis!

10. I can't go to bed without gouping vaseline all over my lips and hands.

11. I wish I lived much closer to my family and friends.

12. I could probably eat sushi everyday for a year. Not the chewy stuff though.

13. I hold my nose under water by scrunching up my lips to cover my nostrils. Therefore, I hate when people use goggles because they probably notice how weird I look.

14. I think my parents are the best parents in the entire world.

15. I still rock out to "Zombie" by The Cranberries whenever I hear it.

16. I am not used to saying "husband" yet. It makes me feel old.

17. I wear my Lululemon pants practically every day after work. Best investment ever.

19. I would like to throw our TV out the window most days.

20. I will make sure my kids know the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire theme song. For the longest time I thought the words were "In West Ville Anelvia".

21. Dallas Green speaks to my soul.

22. I would gladly rid myself of all material possessions in order to travel around the world.

23. I like flat pop.

24. One day I hope I get chosen to go on "What Not To Wear".

25. Ear plugs are one of the best inventions ever made.

Wow, that was painful...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is This Real Life?

M. showed me this HILARIOUS YouTube video last night. It shows a little boy going home after dental surgery and it reminds me of how M. was acting after getting his wisdom teeth out. If you have two spare minutes, check it out, it is great.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Hockey Star Husband

Tonight I went to see M. play hockey again, what a star. First, we got to the arena as the game was starting because the highway was so backed up. Then M. forgot his hockey clothes at home, so he had to wear dress socks in his skates. Luckily he got to borrow someone's "Choppers Forever" t-shirt after his shower. It would have been funnier if he walked out of the change room topless, but the skeleton riding a motorcycle on the shirt is pretty sweet.

His team is not what I would call good, and M. says the picture above "shows how thirsty I was after my team hung me out to dry". Poor Buddy, I've never seen so many breakaways in my life.

Anyway, I made an amazing discovery tonight! How did I not know about this magic little button until now?

Monday, February 2, 2009

X-ing Away The Days

Is it bad that my favourite thing about work this year is crossing off the days until summer? It's especially fun on Mondays when I can cross off the whole weekend! You wouldn't believe the joy it brings me each day. The current countdown is actually till Las Vegas (8 more work days) and then after that it'll be for the March Break (20 work days). Whatever gets you through the day, right?

This weekend, I finally went to see "Slumdog Millionaire". Oh. My. Gosh. It was so good. If you haven't seen it yet, go now, before it leaves theatres! I liked everything about it. We were talking about it during lunch today and the word from some is that it has "restored my faith in movies."

"Paul Blart Mall Cop" on the other hand, was absolutely terrible. I was excited to see this movie because it looked so funny, but it was NOT, at all. There was basically only one 10 second clip that I thought was good. Don't see it, don't even rent it. Has anyone actually seen this and liked it?

And oops, I almost forgot... drumroll please... I have lost 4 pounds since last Monday! yay

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Recipe #3: Blueberry Pancakes

I found this recipe on a nutrition message board that M. and I used to read. They are supposed to be pancakes - but they don't REALLY taste like a normal pancake since there's so much egg in them. They are still pretty tasty though, just a different texture than you're used to in a pancake.

-1 cup egg whites
-1 cup oatmeal
-1 cup cottage cheese
-a dash of vanilla and cinnamon
-100 g blueberries
-1/4 tsp baking powder

1) In blender, mix egg whites, oatmeal, and cottage cheese until smooth.
2) Add in baking powder and mix for a few seconds.
3) Add in blueberries.
4) Cook them like a normal pancake!

Nutritional Information:
This recipe made 16 flat (but still yummy) pancakes! I will eat 2 per serving, which adds up to about 95 calories in total (12g carbs, 9g protein, 1.3g fat). Add some fruit, a dab of yogurt, or even applesauce - syrup could work too - and you've got yourself a nice little breakfast!