Happy President’s Day!
I actually had to work today, even though many people had the day off, so I just made a quick breakfast of Power Toast – Whole Grain Goodness base with chia seeds and sesame seeds on top.
And then it was time for work. I even put dress pants on today! No crazy bag lady here today – I managed to get my stash down to 2 bags. Hazzah!
Work was long and it was especially hard to concentrate considering how GORGEOUS it was outside! I think it hit 75 degrees F today. Don’t even get me started on the cheerful sunshine and vibrant blue skies!
I had more toast for a pre-workout snack. I really wanted oatmeal, but I was wrapping up a couple things for work (yep, brought my laptop home to work after work) and ran out of time. Toast to the rescue! I also had some coconut water to hydrate up before…
My favorite songs tonight were:
- Cose Cose Cose (a fast and fun salsa)
- Sweet Dreams
- Luv Me, Luv Me
Zumba always gets my week started off on the right foot.
I came up and whipped up a quick dinner of chicken bites with garlic and white wine, asparagus, saffron rice, and multigrain rolls (baked from frozen).
I’ve been craving froyo like mad lately and haven’t seemed to have the chance to get any. So, tonight, I remembered I had some mochi I picked up awhile back from Trader Joe’s and dug in. I tried the mango flavor. It was pretty good, but I think I like my mochi the way I had it the first time – green tea mochi. Not sure if that’s the traditional flavor. Of course, I could always…I dunno…just get some froyo! lol
By the way, have you seen my latest recipe yet? Mini Matcha Green Tea Banana Nut Muffins!
Be Astonished by Everything
I’m excitedly waiting for Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations new season to start. It’s coming up in one week. Yay! Anywho, one recurring theme I’ve noticed on the show is related to life. Anthony often asks people featured on the show for tips on things beyond food. More than one of the people Anthony has interviewed has recommended to remain child-like. Yes, they suggested you act more like a kid! One man from the episode when they were in Harbin, China said “I want to die young as late as possible.” I totally get that. I’m not sure I’m achieving that, but I understand. And just tonight, a woman from the epsiode from Spain said, “It’s important to be astonished by everything.” Wow. That’s deep, don’t you think? I’m totally in love with this quote now. But seriously…When you’re a child, you are astonished by everything you see. Everything is magical and wonderful. When I was a kid, the smallest things would light up my eyes. I thought bird feathers were one of the prettiest things ever – the way they were green-ish blue in just the right light. But I don’t look at bird feathers the same way now. It’s as though as you proceed through life, that you get de-sensitized to the things around you. You take them for granted or are too busy to notice them.
I definitely think I could improve on allowing myself to be astonished by more things around me, but I do notice things once in awhile. Just today, I was driving through a neighborhood on my way home, and as I made my way down the wide road, everything was lit up with golden sunlight glowing through the tall sprawling trees lining the street. The warmth in the air, the kids playing in the yards, and that sun – everything seemed so wonderful in that moment.
When was the last time you were astonished by something?