Snacking and sleeping

Yesterday morning I got some great news from my doctor! He gave me a plan of action and I should be all better in a few weeks. For some reason after my appointment, though, I still had all this anxiety and nervous energy pent up!

tumblr_mekn1yFJMt1rm4qs9o1_500I called my parents and had a nice long chat with them and it really seemed to help. I’m still feeling kind of nervous and unsure but I think that it is going to take a few days for it to hit me that this isn’t going to turn into some huge deal! I’ll just be patient.

After my appointment I hit up the grocery store to load up on healthy ingredients for the next few weeks. I bought apples, grapes, a rotisserie chicken, some veggies, and a huge box of spring mix. I’m planning to fix some big salads every day for lunch to get lots of fiber and protein!

cpks-provencal-saladI have to admit my eating the past couple weeks has not been the best. I’ve been really stressed and not sleeping, so I start out with a healthy breakfast but become a snack machine as the day goes on. When I’m so tired my body craves things like sweets and simple carbs, so I really need to get back on the wagon. Now that I know what’s going on with my health and can start sleeping again it will be easier to get back to tons of fruits and veggies and only 1 or 2 snacks a day between meals.

Thank you for all your well wishes on the job interview yesterday! I think it went really well. It was pretty short and all the questions were basic so I think I presented myself in a good light. I was in a rush to get there though so I only had time for hair and not makeup.

IMG_4177Oh well! It’s too hot for makeup anyway, right? After my interview I headed off to nanny until the early evening. Two girls I used to babysit in Great Falls are staying with the family I work for this week and it’s been wonderful to see them again. They’re turning into such neat people!

Last night I went to bed super early and took some Zzzquil in order to fall asleep. It really helped me! I think when we get too exhausted our bodies have trouble letting go. All day long you’re fighting off sleep and it’s hard to make the switch to relaxation when you lie down at night. The Zzzquil helped my body realize that it was okay to sleep now and sleep it did! For almost 12 hours.

tumblr_m5y6obla3N1rt7j2bo1_500Today I have work at 1:30 and some chores to get done before then! I’m planning to start documenting my food on here again, just so that I’m being mindful of what I eat. Hope you’re having a great day!

Do you crave anything when you get too tired? 

Serene Saturday

Yesterday I actually slept in until 9am, which is really late for me! It felt good to have a peaceful, relaxing morning. After taking my time over breakfast, I headed across the bridge to Albertsons to deposit a check at the ATM. While I was there I decided to take a walk along the path that runs behind the store.

IMG_4163I walked for about 30 minutes and once I got back to my car I decided I didn’t feel like going home yet. I drove downtown, parked, and started wandering into every store on the main street.

IMG_4167I almost bought the “Be Kind to Yourself” magnet. I wish I could find a poster with that design, I think it’s so cute!

I stopped at Taco del Sol for lunch and opted for a shredded chicken taco with a side of rice and beans.

IMG_4164I didn’t realize how much food it was going to be! I ate the taco and saved most of the rice and beans for dinner. After shopping around for a couple more hours, I bought a magazine and a cup of coffee to enjoy at The Break coffee shop.

IMG_4170I got home around 3:30 and Gavin came over shortly after and we headed to a 4pm showing of “The Way Way Back.”

banner-the-way-way-back-banner-the-way-way-back-banner_1I loved this movie. Some parts had me laughing so hard I could barely stop and others had me tearing up. It’s well written, poignant, and it seems real. Not everyone is a supermodel and not every conflict comes to a perfect resolution but it’s so enjoyable to watch. Go see it!

Happy Sunday! Have a great one! 😀

A to Z survey

I just love surveys!

A. Attached or single? 

ASingle. Maybe this is why.

B. Best friend?

BI’m blessed to have several people who I call my best friends, but my sister Halley and I have been thick as thieves since I was born! She’s one of the best gifts God has ever given me.

C. Cake or pie?

CCake. When there is cake in the house I literally get so excited about having it for breakfast that I can’t sleep.

D. Day of choice?

Hmm..that’s a hard one! I like the social and relaxing aspect of Saturdays and Sundays, but I like my schedule on weekdays too.

E. Essential item

eMy phone. I talk to my family all the time since they’re so far away from me right now and I love how technology these days makes it so easy to keep in touch.

F. Favorite color? 

FRed!

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Neither. I don’t like candy unless it has chocolate in it.

H. Home town?

Great Falls, MT

I. Favorite indulgence? 

Taking a day to read, watch movies, and just relax after several busy weeks.

J. January or July? 

JJuly! I prefer warm, sunny weather over cold.

K. Kids? 

Not for a long, long time!

L. Life wouldn’t be complete without?

LMy puppy Alice! It’s no secret that I’m crazy in love with this dog.

M. Marriage date? 

idris-elba2Idris and I are planning a Spring wedding.

N. Number of brothers/sisters?

1 sister!

O. Oranges or apples? 

Apples, you can just grab them and eat! Oranges take a lot of work and are messy.

P. Phobias

PI don’t have any true phobias, but if I ever got kidnapped I would not be cool, calm, and collected.

Q. Quotes?

“Nothing ahead of you is bigger or stronger than the power of God behind you.”

“It will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

“Carpe that fucking diem.”

“You’re kind of a big deal.”

R. Reasons to smile? 

RI have countless, but right now I can’t believe how excited I am to be living in the same city as these two beauties!

S. Season of choice?

Spring. It’s sunny, not too hot, there are flowers, and everyone is happy.

T. Tag five people. 

Um..no.

U. Unknown fact about me? 

I have to cut bangs periodically just to spice things up. I always hate them and get annoyed by them, but I just have to do it to reconfirm that I still don’t like them. Plus my hair kind of always looks the same so I like variety.

V. Vegetable? 

I like all vegetables except zucchini and tomato. The other day I made a zucchini and tomato gratin. Shockingly, I do not like it.

W. Worst habit? 

I forget to close cupboards and I let my gas tank get to empty before I fill it up.

X. X-ray or Ultrasound?

I’m tired of both.

Y. Your favorite food? 

YIndian food. When I go to India someday I’m going to gain 10 pounds, and I’ve already accepted that fact and made peace with it.

Z. Zodiac sign? 

Virgo.

Natural Grocers and Dream House Game

Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon with my cousin Phoebe and we had a great day! I was craving a smoothie from Starbucks, so we headed there first. Their Vivanno Chocolate smoothie has an entire banana, protein powder, milk, and a a little chocolate syrup in there. Not too unhealthy!

IMG_6086After enjoying our drinks we headed to Natural Grocers so I could pick up a few things. Phoebe has been telling me to go there for ages, and I fell in love one step inside the door. They have tons of organic produce, as well as a plethora of fun treats that fit any dietary restriction you could imagine.

IMG_4063Not to mention great prices and tons of sale items! I scored an organic lamb curry meal for only 2 bucks! I also picked up a gluten free ginger cookie to enjoy for breakfast this morning.

IMG_4069It was soooooo delectable. I microwaved it for 30 seconds and it tasted like a homemade cookie fresh out of the oven. Best breakfast ever!!! Well, maybe not ever, but it was a fun treat. And only $1.50! I’m definitely planning to do all my grocery shopping at Natural Grocers from now on.

Once we were done obsessing over food (haha) we headed back to Phoebe’s house for a while to catch up on some Kardashian episodes. It’s both our guilty pleasure…I know, I know. Dinner was a classic favorite of mine, Mackenzie River!

IMG_4068We split a gluten free Cottonwood pizza, which has chicken, garlic, basil, mushrooms, and tomatoes. A small is the perfect size for two people and it tasted like heaven.

IMG_4067We parted ways around 10pm when I needed to do some homework and go to bed! This morning I woke up at 6:30 so I could get out for a walk before the heat of the day made it impossible. When I walk I like to play a game, I try to find a house that’s as close as possible to my dream house.

I’ve always been in love with southern plantation homes.

5-quintessential-little-rock-homesThose big white columns and huge lawns…I have never seen a style of house I loved more!! This morning’s winner of closest match was:

IMG_4070Cute house, right?! I could easily make that work!

Do you have a type of dream house? Is it modern or classic? 

What’s your favorite grocery store chain? 

Decadent French Toast Topper

Yesterday was one of the best days I’ve had in a while! I got some work done in the morning and then my friend Gavin picked me up for lunch at 12:30. We headed to El Cazador since I’ve been craving Mexican food like crazy, and it was delicious!

ElCazador-BOM2012That guy wasn’t there though. Sad day. I had a bean enchilada on a corn tortilla with some rice, yum 😀 After lunch we walked around downtown for a while before stopping at the Big Dipper for ice cream.

BigDipper2copyrightmargaretdewilliamhorton-300x200This place has some of the best ice cream around and if you walk by around 7 or 8 on a summer night, you wouldn’t believe how long the line is. Luckily we didn’t have much of a wait at all and I got my white chocolate oreo scoop in a snap!

Around 3:30 Gavin and I met up with some of his friends from the football team along with some of their sisters/girlfriends/friends who are girls, ect. We floated on the river (I’m not sure which river it was…hmmm…) for a few hours just enjoying the sun and the cool water. There’s really no better way to spend a summer afternoon than being lazy on a river.

clarks-fork-river01All the boys had to be back for football practice at 6, so I went home to make myself dinner. Organic beef, roasted sweet potato, and peas were on the menu. I was super hungry and everything tasted great!

IMG_4055After I ate and showered, Gavin came back over and we watched “The Intouchables” on Netflix. It’s in French with subtitles so you have to pay attention, but this is an awesome movie. I was laughing SO hard at some parts and crying at others. Watch it!!

The-Intouchables-French-Movie-PosterThe fun continued today when I took the girls to the library and met them for lunch at the Tamarack with their mom, Jill. I had a salmon caesar without croutons and left happy.

lThe rest of the day has been spent doing homework, lounging around, and waiting for it to cool off a little so I can go on a walk. I wanted to share a little recipe I accidentally came up with for dinner tonight, though.

I had french toast with my gluten-free bread and was going to top it with strawberries and some marionberry syrup. Well, I over microwaved the strawberries and they got mushy and runny, so I just mixed two tablespoons of syrup right in!

IMG_4060The result was a decadent topping for my french toast. Um, yum! Just microwave 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries for 2 minutes, then stir in any fruit syrup of your choice. Pour over two slices of french toast and enjoy!

Summer Leisure

Yesterday was a great day! Nannying was a blast as the girls were super excited for the big BBQ they were having at their house later that night. I had to make sure the house and yard stayed shiny and clean, so we did lots of crafts and also some baking!

IMG_4040That was messy, but it was so much fun I didn’t mind cleaning it up. The girls got to mix the dough with their hands which they thought was pretty much the best thing ever. I managed to finish the cookies without eating the majority of the batter…win!

My ‘work’ day ended around 4pm and I swung by the Good Food Store to pick up a goodie that Food Farm doesn’t offer.

IMG_4041My friend Faith suggested I try going gluten free for a while and see what happens with my stomach. Her daughter, Hannah, had very similar symptoms to me that were completely resolved when she gave up gluten. I have to admit I’ve been a little judge-y of the vast amounts of people swearing off gluten, but if there’s a chance it will work I have to try! For 5.99 a loaf this stuff is bound to do something.

At six I picked up my grandmother and we drove to Bonner Park to enjoy some opening night concerts of the international choral festival.

IMG_4044The festival boasts choirs from Australia to Japan and everywhere in between, and is designed as a way for different cultures to bond over music. It was a perfect evening to be outside, listening to great music, and enjoying summer.

IMG_4045Once the concert ended, I planned to meet up with my friend Jordan at Starbucks before catching a late showing of White House Down. However, we didn’t know there were two Starbucks in town so we sat alone and enjoyed beverages while waiting for the other to show up.

IMG_4047I finally texted her and asked if there were two..haha! Oops! At least I got some fancy water out of it.

White House Down was really really good! So much better than I expected it to be.

white-house-down-poster07It wasn’t just 2 minutes of back story followed by 2 hours of shooting. There was a lot of suspense, behind the scenes action, family relationships, and a great script. If you wrote this movie off as a cheesy action movie and haven’t seen it, I’d suggest giving it a try!

Do you know anyone who is gluten free? Has it eliminated any negative symptoms for them? 

What is your favorite type of movie? 

Life from my iPhone

Here are some random snapshots that highlight what I’ve been up to this week!

IMG_4009{I’m house sitting for my Aunt Caroline and family and have been enjoying having animals to cuddle with! The cat, Wilson, and the dog, Maisey, always come sit with me when I watch movies.}

IMG_4010{I was walking back home one night when I ran across a mama raccoon and her two babies! See the heads poking out of the drain? I crossed the street and went way around them because Buddy the Elf taught me how dangerous they can be. Seriously, when I saw them the first thing that crossed my mind was Will Ferrell getting attacked by one.}

IMG_4017{I’ve still been dealing with a lot of constant, burning pain in my abdominal region and so I went to an acupuncturist on Thursday. She was so great! Apparently my large intestine is very swollen and there’s just a lot of inflammation in my gut in general. Turmeric is supposed to be very anti-inflammatory and it’s not hard on your stomach lining. I’m excited to see if it works!}

IMG_4019{I took the girls to Bonner Park on Friday. Stunning out, no?}

IMG_4020{This is the dish I cooked for my employers! They loved it and saved me some to have for lunch. I’m going to be making this one at home for SURE. So healthy and tasty.}

IMG_4021{I got this email this morning. Backstreet Boys and Pauly D?! In what world do those two things go together…and what is that audience going to be like? Hmmm….}