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Turkey and Spinach

Wednesdays are starting to get busy, too.  Blah.  I’m ready for a break – so glad spring break starts next Friday!

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I had a lot of things to do today.  Here’s how it went.

  • 9:00am: HACE class – skipped because I slept in.  Haven’t been sleeping well lately.  Not good.  Instead, showered and ate breakfast.
  • 10:10am: Sexuality Class – came in a little late and so the LGBT question panel had already started.  Had to sit on the floor next to the see-and-eye dog in training.  He was cute but had his vest on so I couldn’t pet him.
  • 11:15am: Work – I spent a couple of hours sorting mail, walking up ten flights of stairs to put up flyers, being the office flunkie,  and had lunch.
  • 2:30pm: Family Systems class – another group had their presentation today so I worked on another project for my direct study since they gave us print outs of the notes.  Yay!  :0]
  • 3:30pm: Direct study meeting – Talked about what I’ll be doing tomorrow when the team goes to a training.  Also talked about a possible intern position for the summer.  Yesss!
  • 4:20pm: Library – Finished my HACE homework and submitted.  Wrote a paper about research in the popular press for my presentation that is tomorrow.  Thought about giving blood but since I’m starving and therefore a little woozy, thinking it may be a bad idea.
  • 5:30pm:  Do blog while waiting for Alec to leave lab.

Whew.  Long day.  And now, for pictures of food!

PB on honey wheat bread, per usual.  Alec was actually kind enough to make it for me while I packed for the day.  I snapped this photo without really paying attention so I’m surprised it’s not all blurry.

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Turkey, spinach, green onions, and mustard sandwich on honey wheat for lunch.  I don’t know why but I woke up this morning and thought that deli meat would be a great lunch.

Yuck.

I only like to eat deli meat when it’s still cold – out of the fridge cold – so by the time I ate at one-something, it was lukewarm.  I ate it anyway, mostly because I was hungry, but I didn’t really enjoy it.

Random insert:  My uncle just called me to ask what Java was on the computer and if he really needed to update it.  Gotta love older relatives! :0]

With my sandwich I had a Minute Maid juice box and . . .

Dos-si-dos!  Mmmm!  I love these little things.

By the way, I don’t love how my camera didn’t want to cooperate today – most of my pictures were really fuzzy!  Not cool.  Not cool at all.

Now I’m sitting here, waiting to leave.  I was originally going to go home after my meeting and do my paper but ended up coming here to wait on Alec instead.  Stupid mistake.  Oh, well.  This is how the rest of my night should go:

  • 6:00/6:30-ish: Alec will leave lab and we can leave campus to go buy a cookie cake!
  • 7:00-7:30ish:  Drive to the Mexican restaurant to celebrate my brother getting his licenses today [yay!!] with the family.  Present the cookie cake to said brother.
  • 9:00-ish:  Hopefully drive back home.
  • -9:30-ish and beyond!: Get home and do home-like things.  Pack lunch, pack for weekend at Alec’s dad’s place for Alec’s mom’s wedding [it’s complicated] since I wont be here tomorrow night to do it.  Print off paper, article, slides, and everything else for both presentations tomorrow.  Read for class for a little bit.  Go to sleep.

At least, that’s the plan!  :0]  See you later!

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It’s a Beautiful Day

Oh my, today is gorgeous! The sun is out, only a few clouds dot the sky, and the breeze is sweet and gentle.  Perfect day to have lunch outside!

Simple food for a simple day.  I swear I planned it that way.

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I had natural creamy peanut butter on honey wheat bread.  The same cran-grape juice as last week – the last one before I start on a new pack of juice.  I had a kiwi for lunch, too, but I forgot a knife to slice it up.  :0[  I was thinking about just eating it with the skin since I’ve read that you can but I don’t want my first kiwi of the year to be fuzzy.

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For breakfast, I had an orange.  I was planning on eating breakfast/lunch with my dad and brother but they couldn’t make it.  So I broke into my lunch a little early and had the orange.  No picture because I just forgot to take one but I think I caught it a day before it started to turn – it was a little sour and tart, like an orange tastes right before it goes bad.  It was still good and fulfilling but not as sweet as I like them.

I love sitting outside.  It’s so peaceful and a great time to people watch!  It’s obvious they most people don’t look up the weather before dressing – most of these kids are wearing heavy coats and fuzzy boots!  You probably only need that type of outer wear for three weeks out of the whole year here.  Then again, others were deceived by the sun and wore shorts and tank tops – totally not warm enough for that right now.

I wish I had some time to take a nap on the lawn but too much stuff to do right now.  :0[  I’ll just enjoy the next couple of minutes before I have to go back inside to classes.  Blah.

Tonight’s dinner should be exciting!  We’re cooking up something special for one of Alec’s projects.  I hope it goes well!

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The Royal Peasant Pub

I’m starting to think that Monday’s are just not cook days.  I think it could be the fact that it’s the longest day in the week for both Alec and I but cooking never seems to happen.  Okay, that’s a lie.  It usually happens.  But today, it just wasn’t happening.  Instead, we ate at the Royal Peasant, a little English inspired pub in the Five Points area of Athens.  I’ve been wanting to try this place after a few friends recommended it and tonight just seemed to be the night!

What can I say?  I had my “wellies” on, an over-sized “jumper,” it’s been English weather all day, and some fish and chips would hit the spot.

Okay, I’m ending the bad English vernacular.  Just doesn’t jive.

Courtesy of this Flickr since the restaurant’s website didn’t have a picture.

The outside of the pub is quite plain but if there’s one thing that a lifetime of food consumption has shown me, the most simple place has the best food.  We arrived a little early for dinner so it wasn’t packed or anything – just a few other customers were partaking in the food that the Royal Peasant had to offer.  The place is a little on the small side – seven tables on the inside, eight tables on the outside, and I think about fifteen chairs at the bar.  Tiny.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a sneaky picture I snapped while trying to be . . . sneaky.

We were on the opposite side of the building.  The picture is taken so that you can [kinda] see the other side of the building.  These are all the inside tables, all seven of them.  It’s a small place but it’s cozy with a dark wood furniture and bar, a dark red wall color, and a little bit of sports paraphernalia here and there.

I’m not going to lie – this is definitely a pub and not a restaurant.  It’s all about the beer and the football, both American and the rest of the World’s versions.  The menu is only a page long – appetizers, meals, desserts, and nonalcoholic drinks included – but the money is accompanied with a smaller page of just the available beers.

It was intense.

Being not-of-age, I can’t tell you how great/non-great the selections for alcohol were but what I can tell you about is the food!  Though, if the multiple frat boys coming in and out were any indication, I say it’s a pretty good one.

First off, sorry for the crap photos.  They looked good on my admittedly small view finder but on the laptop, they were way too dark so when I lightened them up, I saw that they were both dark and fuzzy.  Please forgive me.

Anyways, we started out with English Blue Chips, which are basically freshly made potato chips, which are sliced a little on the thick side, and a a sprinkle of blue cheese and chopped bacon on the top.  It was a good appetizer but it wasn’t warm enough for me – maybe it was left out too long?  I don’t know, I wasn’t in the kitchen but I may be insinuating that.

For my main meal, I was hoping to have London Broil but they were out of flank steak.

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I didn’t know what else I wanted but the waitress was kind enough to make some suggestions of different meals, even offering to give it to me at the same price as the London Broil if the new dish was more.  I ended up going with the Bangers and Mash.  Basically, it’s two pork sausages that have been grilled and placed on a mound of mashed potatoes with a glob of cabbage sautéed in turmeric piled on top.  A tomato gravy was spooned on the backside of the dish.

Oh, my.  It was delicious.

I wish I could have gotten a better picture to show you how amazing this was.  The cabbage was possible the best part of the dish – crunchy and sour and . . . yum.  That’s all I got.  “Yum” just about sums it up.  The sausages were crispy but insanely juicy on the inside.  Even the mashed potatoes dipped in the tomato gravy blew my mind – I may have to learn to make this wonderful gravy.

Alec had the fish and chips.  First off, I love that this dish and the crisps from before were both served on a wax paper made to look like a newspaper.  Too cute!  I tried his dish as well and it was yummy, especially dipped in the lemon dill mayo.  What I loved the most was that the fish wasn’t as greasy as some other places – there were no disgusting grease marks everywhere after he was finished.

The best part, though, was the bill.  We were both beyond full by the end of it and the check was $21.00, pre-tip.  It was awesome.  I would definitely recommend the Royal Peasant to anyone who comes into the Athens area.  The wait staff is friendly and helpful, something that is hard to find in the college town, and the place is just so charming.  It’s not exactly the healthiest food but it’s priced well and really delicious, especially on a cold, rainy day.

To round out my by-the-food-pyramid dinner, I had this little gem.

Thank goodness for early Easter candy.

Oh, that creamy goodness!  I am so in heaven right now.  Come check up on me in about an hour and a half when I’ve just finished working out.  Yeesh.  That sausage probably wont help my week-long absence.

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But first . . . a little bit of Tarzan with Alec and Harper.  :0]

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Craving Sprite

Man, I’m really craving some Sprite right now.  Do you ever do that?  Just crave for something?  I haven’t had a soda in a long time but for some reason, a Sprite sounds just about right.  Hmmm.

For lunch, it was Jimmy to the rescue!  I ordered via the website while in my internship class, putting that I needed the sandwich to be delivered between 1:00pm-1:30pm.  Of course, I get a call around 11:30 from Jimmy John’s that they were waiting to give me my sandwich at my work.  I was still in class.

Oops.

Luckily, since it was their mistake, they made me a new sandwich and delivered it again – still thirty minutes before I wanted it but at least I was there this time.  For my sandwich, I ordered a “Turkey Tom” with turkey [duh . . .], lettuce, tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, extra alfalfa sprouts, oregano, oil, and vinegar.  All of this was placed on multi-grain bread that was sliced in half.  I was so happy that they finally got my order correct after almost two years of ordering from there.   Then again, I also ordered the “skinny” chips but they sent me regular.

Sigh.

Next time, I will most definitely be getting the sandwich without the peppers.  I was thinking they would be banana peppers or bell peppers but these were most definitely hot peppers soaked in jalapeno juice.  It was a scorcher.

In other news, I just got a call from Kroger saying those delicious Health valley bars I started eating last week have been recalled due to possible Salmonella.

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I’m at school currently but when I get home, I’m going to double check to make sure.  Of course, the one time I venture out and buy something new, it gets recalled.  Blah.  But I still think they’re delicious!  Kudos to Kroger, though, for calling me to let me know!

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Food with Friends

I knew we would go somewhere fattening but it was expected so that’s all right!  I was craving for a burger.

We went to Fuddrucker’s near the North Point mall in Alpharetta, Ga.  Once again, I’ve never gone but it was pretty good, all though I think it was a little too much for a hamburger.  I got a 1/3rd pounder with grilled onions, lettuce, relish, banana peppers, and a tomato.  I was sharing my fries with a friend who wasn’t hungry but she changed her mind and got her own basket of fries with Nacho cheese on the top.  I snagged a couple of them before calling it a night.

We were planning on going to a movie after a while but decided not to at the last-minute.  Instead, we walked around the mall, just doing the “girl” thing, basically.

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I was happy since I ended up getting a pair of $50.00 jeans for twelve!  It was awesome.

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After that, we went back to a house to watch that night’s Olympics.  I had a couple chocolate chip cookies at the house but nothing else.  Unfortunately for my granny self, I didn’t leave until 11:40-ish, which means I didn’t get home until almost one.  Of course, I might as well have stayed at my friend’s because my upstairs neighbor decided to have a party for about twenty people.  Let me set the scene.

Our apartments are less than 400 sq. ft., there were twenty something people in her place, the music was blaring, people were screaming, and it was one o’clock.

I was very unhappy.

Luckily, around two, the lady that lives underneath her went berserk and went outside and yelled at the party people to shut up.  I was so happy.

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Grits for Lunch

This morning, I was really digging some grits but since I had already had my breakfast, I decided that grits for lunch were just what I needed!

These are instant bacon grits from Quaker which means they’re fast and delicious! I made two packets instead of one and then nuked them in a microwave for a minute and fifteen seconds. It definitely hit the spot!

With it, I had two oranges and another bottle of cran-grape juice. The first orange was insanely sweet but the second one was kinda bitter. Of course, that’d be the one that I ended my lunch with.

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When I got home, I had two dos-si-dos for a snack. Delicious.

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Well, just wanted to post this before my computer died! See ya after dinner!

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What a Wonderful World

My breakfast is always so boring.  I keep having the same thing.

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I need to come up with something different.  Challenge for next week, maybe?

So, yeah, I had my classic “natural creamy peanut butter on honey wheat bread” breakfast, except I had two slices since I woke up starving this morning!  I’ve already gone to one class this morning and about to head to another one that starts in about five minutes.  Then work.  Then class.  Then home!  Yay!

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By the way, I love walking around campus with an iPod – especially when it wants to play Michael Buble, John Legend, and the like during the walk.  Makes me a happy girl.

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Off to class!

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