Archive for September, 2009

More Good Eats: Meatloaf with Barley

September 27, 2009 - 2:39 am 1 Comment

I saw this recipe, again on the Weight Watchers website, and thought it sounded really good. When I started the program my dad, who had been on it for awhile, told me the things that he missed the most were comfort foods, like grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese. For me the ultimate comfort food is meatloaf (although, really. I hate the name!) Anyway, this recipe sounded interesting so I tried it tonight.

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Here are all the ingredients, set out and ready to go.

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This recipe for meatloaf uses cooked barley instead of bread crumbs. Here I have the pearl barley cooking on the stove. That took about half an hour, but towards the end there I also started sauteeing my veggies to go in the meatloaf as well. I added a clove of garlic, which was not in the recipe.

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Here we have everything in my bowl, sans the ground turkey, ready to be mixed up. After I added the turkey I put it in my loaf pan, but forgot to take a picture!

Here is the finished product. While the meatloaf was in the oven I cut up some zucchini that I forgot I had and sauteed it in a pan with a clove of garlic and 1 tsp olive oil and a bit of lemon pepper.

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This is by far the best Weight Watchers recipe I’ve made yet. It was really filling, and each meatloaf has six servings, with each serving being 5 points, for the people in my life who are doing this with me.

Katie and Richard’s Song

September 21, 2009 - 2:58 am No Comments


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Good Eats – Bulgar Salad with Mint and Feta

September 21, 2009 - 12:44 am 1 Comment

I pulled this recipe from the Weight Watchers website a couple of weeks ago and thought it looked SO GOOD, and filling, too! I had a heck of a time finding bulgar, as they didn’t carry it at Costco, Safeway or the Stadium Thriftway. I got a tip from Angela (the former roommate) that a person could buy bulgar in bulk at Fred Meyer, so on my way home from work today I picked up a pound.

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All of my ingredients set out and ready to go!

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Pouring the bulgar into my boiling, salted water.

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Interestingly, the bulgar does not cook on the burner. After the water is boiling you pour in the bulgar and let it sit, covered, away from the heat for about 15 minutes.

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While my bulgar sat I poured out all of my other ingredients.

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When mixing the salad I did it in this fantastic Pyrex bowl. I have a set of three, and I love them because they come with plastic lids, so I can cover up the leftovers and put them right in the fridge.

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Who’s hungry?

The nicest thing about joining Weight Watchers is that they have recipes online that have the points per serving size. So convenient! 2/3 cups of this salad is only 3 points!

He really was my first love.

September 17, 2009 - 4:29 am No Comments

I’m crying over here, folks. Lame.

Unmotivated.

September 16, 2009 - 5:47 am 1 Comment

I can’t be bothered to do anything lately. Since I’ve come home I have basically let the clutter build up, and it’s becoming more than I can stand. I want to take a day and clean it up, but once I start it only takes seconds to lose my motivation, and then here we are. Sitting on the floor of my apartment on the computer when I should be in bed, with dirty dishes in the sink, an open bag of dog food just hanging out on the counter, and a bathroom that begs for reorganizing. Not to mention the dog hair that needs vacuuming off the floor. I just picked up the big clumps, and have left it at that.

But I did do laundry. I hate doing laundry. I don’t mind it at all when I have my own washer and dryer in my apartment. I hate doing it in the laundry room in the basement. It’s too much pressure.

So I went to the doctor today where a really weird nurse told me to get on the scale, and to get used to getting on the scale everytime I came in for a visit. I was like, um, okay, and then found out that I’ve lost a total of 9.5 lbs since I started Weight Watchers two weeks ago. Outstanding.

That nurse was really rude, and later, when she gave me my Gardasil shot, she kind of gave me this challenging look. I looked back and she said, “a lot of people have been complaining that this hurts. I don’t know why. It doesn’t look that thick to me.” Meanwhile my arm started throbbing and went dead for a minute or two.

That nurse was weird, and thinking about her now makes me laugh.

I should go to bed. This whole blogging thing still feels weird. I don’t know.

reality check.

September 14, 2009 - 4:08 am 2 Comments

I’ve been reevaluating my life plan, and some of the decisions I’m making are kind of a surprise to even myself. I know, that’s vague, but they are largely work related, and work and the blog shall not be made acquainted.

I have to weigh myself tomorrow. Mondays are starting to feel like a mix between Christmas and Parent/Teacher Conferences. A little bit of eager anticipation, and a little apprehension, because there’s no way to know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to get too excited and jinx anything. I also don’t want to continue to weigh 7000 lbs.

I wish that Weezer would stop saying exactly what he knows I don’t want to hear. I think he does it on purpose. He says stuff, and then he laughs. He’s joking, but still? That’s annoying. I want to punch him. I’m not enjoying this conversation right now. But that is pretty much his MO. Big step forward, mini freakout, couple days of teasing, and we move on. It’s tedious.

I don’t want to go to work tomorrow, but I don’t really want to stay home, either. And I really want to earn some cash. I just got paid, and the entire check is already gone. Suck.

I’m just not in a good mood right now. I don’t know what to do about that. Is this really my life? Cause it’s kinda boring.

Vacation

September 12, 2009 - 12:50 am No Comments

Well, I’m back home from my mystery vacation, and it feels like I’ve been home for ages, instead of just two days. I went to Nashville last Wednesday to visit Weezer, and had a really good time. I got in late Wednesday night, so we didn’t really do much that first day, but it was good to see him again, instead of just talking on the phone. I won’t recap the whole visit, but some of the highlights were:

Shakespeare in the Park at Centennial Park. We saw The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. It was my third time seeing it, but watching it outdoors was definitely a different and enjoyable experience.

Thunder Storms and Tornado Watches. I live in Washington, so I think I’m used to rain. Turns out I’m not so much. Sure, it rains here often, but not too often am I completely drenched through my clothes seconds after getting out of the car. It was intense. I was kind of bummed that the tornado during this particular storm didn’t make it as far south as we were, as I have never seen a tornado before. By myself a tornado would be scary. With Weezer? I guess it would be an interesting story.

Labor Day BBQ. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for the last two weeks (I’ve lost 8lbs so far, yay!) so a BBQ? In the South? Yeah, that was a real diet vacation. I get 28 points a day and 35 bonus points a week. Um, high. On Labor Day I ate 59.5. It’s not a moment I’m proud of. :P

There were of course tons of other great things, but those are too personal to share on the internet, especially since when I do the internet drama tends to make it’s home in my lap. No thanks, folks.

Back home now, and back on the diet. Making barley with mushrooms and onions for dinner, and so far it smells good! I was supposed to be on my way to Oregon tonight, but I am quite behind at work, and will be going in this weekend. Ah well, it had to end sometime, I guess.

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September 9, 2009 - 7:53 am No Comments

Well, I’ve had a good week. Vacation ends tomorrow, or later today, I guess. I should get back into Seattle at about 10:40 pm, which is terrifically late. I’m excited to see the puppies, and very excited to sleep in my own bed, but I’m a bit apprehensive about returning to work at 7:30am on Thursday morning. Man, that was poor planning. I hate being away from work for a week. All I can think about is the mountain of work I am coming home to. Yay.

So I started Weight Watchers, thanks to my dad (who bought me a three month membership to Weight Watchers Online) a couple of weeks ago, and I’m really wishing I were asleep right now, instead of awake and hungry. And can I just say? Weight Watchers on vacation is a challenge. It’s doable, but it’s so much easier to stay in control of my diet when I’m doing all the cooking.

I am going to be sad to go home, though. It will be nice to decompress, sort through my stuff, post pictures, etc., but you know. I also don’t really want it to end.

Something to look forward to: getting the internet in my apartment, now that I have my new, super cute pink computer!

the fungus.

September 8, 2009 - 6:21 am 1 Comment

So I’m having a really hard time just leaning back and relaxing into this vacation, and it is for one stupid reason: my left foot. You see, I have little hairs on the knuckles of my big toe, and you know? Every so often I get a little bump, a little ingrown hair, in that area. It’s a pain, because it makes it hard to wear my work shoes. But typically a little warm water and some pressure = problem solved.

Not so, this time. Not so.

And you see, I have a hard time wearing any sort of walking/running/athletic shoe. They hurt my feet. If I’m not at work, it’s almost a guarantee I’m wearing sandals. Unless of course it’s cold out. Then I’m wearing Uggs. So when I packed for my trip I packed two pairs of sandals: some rubber flip flops and these godawful, super comfortable crocs:
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I know. Crocs are ugly. But these are really comfortable. I can go hiking in them. I often do. Except that when you have an ingrown hair right underneath that first band? It irritates it. And makes my foot want to cry.

So when we decided to go for a walk the other day I wore the flippers. And this (again, something I do all the time) became my pedestrian downfall. Because now, not only do I have this giant, increasingly infected because I can’t stop playing with it spot on my big toe that is incredibly sore, but the space between my big toe and it’s neighbor is quite swollen, with a big oozy blister underneath it. Thank you Victoria’s Secret Love Pink flip flops. Go die.

We’ve been trying to pop the ingrown hair. It was probably a bad idea. I think I’m going to get some evil disease and lose my foot. I want to cry.

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Do you think if I lose my foot I will get a discounted price on my pedicures?

It’s like coming home!

September 6, 2009 - 10:28 pm 1 Comment

It’s kind of funny. I’ve been sitting here for ages without a blog it feels. I mean, okay. My computer died in April so I was only really going online once a week, from my mom’s house, if that. But I feel like writing these things? It’s like your muscles. If you stop being active you get flabby and lame, and working out is painful. Right now? My writing is flabby and lame. Also, my blog has kind of been in a holding pattern as Weezer prepared to move it off of the server I was using to his server, which is fine with me. I don’t care who hosts it. :P All in all, though, I’ve been neglecting this blog, and yours, painfully. And I’ve missed everyone I’ve met through blogging.

My computer arrived on Friday. We put a new Inspiron laptop on Weezer’s Dell account, a pink one, and I am really pleased with it. It’s nice to have a brand new laptop. My last one was slightly used by my dad before he gifted it to me. Either way, I’m back online and slowly getting used to my sluggish internet ways. I’ve been farming on Facebook, Stumbling like crazy, and looking for new blogs to add to my reader. The only thing that I was waiting for was for my blog to be up and running. I’ve actually been aching to blog. And now it’s here? And I have nothing to say.

It is funny.

I’m on vacation. I’m excited to post pictures and tell you all about it, but I think I’ll wait until I get home for that.

I’m glad to be back.