If I’ve noticed anything in the past 48 hours it’s that I’ve been feeling some kind of intense emotions. I can’t exactly pinpoint what they are but I’ve been overcome with intense urges – for Thai food, cleaning, nesting, clearing out clutter, and focus. The things on my to do list have not stood a chance!
The lunch I had packed with me yesterday did not sound appealing at all when noon rolled around. Instead I decided to take a short stroll to pick up some Thai food – pad see eiw with chicken. I had about 1.5x what you see here and it was delicious and exactly what I wanted.
The perk – I was full all afternoon long! After work I hit the gym for 35 minutes on the elliptical followed by 10 minutes on the stationary bike! I haven’t been on the bike since I realized it aggravated my stress fracture and I’m ecstatic to report that I felt no foot pain!! After the gym I munched an apple on my way to run a quick errand.
By the time I got home I wasn’t too sure what I wanted for dinner. Upon peering into my fridge, I discovered mushrooms and grape tomatoes that needed to be used up. I decided to make a ragu to serve over some polenta.
20 Minute Tomato Ragu
- 1/4c onion, chopped
- 1c sliced mushrooms, chopped
- 1 container grape tomatoes (I recommend crushing yours before getting started. This is not what I did and I have the splatters all over my kitchen to prove it!)
- ~1c frozen kale
- Italian seasoning to taste
- 1/2c water
Chop your vegetables and crush your tomatoes. In a non-stick sprayed skillet, saute the onion over medium heat until they start to turn translucent. Add in mushrooms, tomatoes and their juice, kale, seasoning, and water. Stir and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until tomatoes soften and loose their peel and mixture has thickened. Serve over top of your favorite grain or veggies!
My evening wasn’t quite done after this though. I cleaned my kitchen, led a conference call, and took care of a few more things.
This morning I woke up 15 minutes before my alarm which was fantastic!I did notice that I was really sore and did some light stretching before starting the day. I also declared it a rest day after 3 consecutive workout days. I had an egg white with 1/2 a slice of lite Swiss on an English muffin and frozen raspberries and blueberries topped with a spoonful of plain yogurt and a pinch of chia seeds.
For lunch I had brown rice and Cuban black beans mixed with a ton of frozen kale.
I picked up a bag at Whole Foods this past weekend and have been enjoying adding this power green to meals for bulk, nutrients, and taste. I also thought I’d show you guys the look I was rocking this afternoon when my boots got too hot. Yes, that’s socks with ballet flats. #Iamsexy
My afternoon snack was cucumber slices and hummus.
After work I high-tailed it to Target for some necessities as well as a few impulse buys. I picked up new dish towels and this padded kitchen mat. I’m loving the brighter colors and the cushion that the mat will provide me when washing dishes and cooking!
I was starving when I got home and threw together a very quick meal. I sauteed in a skillet one carrot, 1/5 onion chopped, and frozen veggies – broccoli, bell pepper strips, spinach, 1/4c lima beans, and corn with garlic powder, thyme, and a few glugs of soy sauce. I ate half of the batch over some leftover buckwheat with a serving of baked beans on the side.
I also had the last serving of my broccoli soup which I’ll spare you the picture of since it’s not the most appetizing ;)
Right after dinner I got back to work, cleaning and organizing. Maybe it’s my longing for another Snowpocalypse or something but I’ve been craving order and less clutter everywhere in my life, especially in my apartment! I cleared out a bunch of old things, cleaned and organized my socks (I clearly live a very exciting life) and tossed any with holes, and reorganized my drawers and my storage closet. I’m feeling proud of these accomplishments, even if I’m the only one who’ll enjoy them.
I’m not sure what the rest of the night holds but I’m craving a piece of fruit and maybe some reading? We’ll see.
If I didn’t convince you I was a nerd at the beginning of this post…
How do you deal with weird moods? Clutter vs. organization – which do you crave?