Before I blog a single thing, (other than that first sentence..and this parenthetical phrase,) there is a song that you MUST download right this instant. “The Brightest Lights” by Loveblood featuring Mumford and Sons. Also, do yourself a favor and download the entire Imagine Dragons LP. It will creep into your brain and heart, and nestle there like a cocooning bit of warmth and renew.
Moving on from my lastest obsessions…
Coffee. Do you drink it? It’s my favorite drug, personally speaking. I am not one for taking many, but I take that one as dutifully as if it were anti-rejection medication. Which it is, of course. You would reject my personality, if it weren’t shaped by the coffee’s caffeine. It’s a completely legal drug, which, when intertwined with its aroma and flavor, make for an intoxicating brew that at once calms me and spurs me on. I wholly rely upon it to be sane and conscious.
I also wholly rely upon a great deal of other things, I realize. I am sickeningly attached to my kindle and my iphone. I have a near fatal attack of panic each time my phone reads “Battery power now below 20%”. I leap to its rescue like it’s some sort of dog who has found itself in an icy pond. I am surprised I don’t coo baby noises to my kindle as it charges. “Yes, baby, drink up that power for Mama, you can do it!!” I am sure I am one step away from bathing with my phone, because, damn, there HAS to be an app for that! (lift leg, apply soap, lather, rinse, repeat.) I mean, there are MULTIPLE sexytime apps, and last time I checked, that was an instinctual thing. (Though a position named the “pretzel cracker” seems hardly instinctual…or natural for that matter.)
The one thing I never thought I would be relying upon, I think I am more attached to than even my precious Starbucks gold card; is gym classes! Who’d have thought that possible? I switched gyms, and have been working like a maniac, so I am having to get used to a new schedule, and I can’t.handle.it. I have become so gym-dumb that I have NO clue how to lift weights without someone telling me exactly what to do and when to do it. BodyPump is so integral in my life, that it’s become indispensable. It centers me, and keeps me from the “I’m going to get fat again” freak-out that I have once a week(ish).
I rely on too.much.stuff. Nary is there a day where I simply rely fully upon myself to achieve my goals. I am all for expanding my knowledge base by reading and the like, but, I need and want to also be able to rely upon ME and not a class. I have many other people in my life who rely upon me for their needs, why must I rely upon THINGS? I need to get a bit “back to basics” with some areas in my life, my weight lifting needs to be one of them. The crazy thing is, I’m going to need a trainer to get me through the first few times in the weight room again. A person is not “stuff”, thank goodness. I am going to apply the same cold logic to building muscle, which I so desperately need for a role, as I do to studying a new script or text. Learn. Memorize. Apply.
I will know I am good enough to rely upon myself for the things that I need.
Full-disclosure, I’m going to a GIANT bodypump class tonight. When I get back to my home gym, I have an appointment with a trainer, and a bunch of MizFit’s mantras I’ve printed out. I’ve decided to pick one a day to focus on. If you don’t read her blog, you’re missing out.
I am actually excited at the prospect of making the weight room my bitch. Would it be too much if I drop a 5lb weight on my way out, and yell “BOOM! Owned!” and walk into the ladies locker room in my pink Lucy racerback tank? No? Good. Done.
Moving on again!! It’s What I Ate Wednesday, thanks to lady webmistress mcJennyPants at Peas and Crayons for hosting it.
When you look at my eats for the day, remember I was working, and I ate a lot more, I just couldn’t whip out the old DSLR and snappy snappy, k?
The muffins from yesterday, grilled peaches, jalapeno edamame dip, chinese beef and green beans over brown rice, and grapefruit chips. I also had mucho cucumbers, watermelon, and CHEESE A PLENTY. I blame Jenn, she talked about spicy cheddar cheese, so I needed jalapeno jack, apparently.
For now….GRAPEFRUIT CHIPS. They are the perfect combination of spicy, salty-sweet, and sour. They’re fantastic eaten all by their lonesome, but mannnnnn are they good on top of ice cream, or a salad, or crumbled in yogurt. They’re also ridiculously easy.
It almost looks like stained glass, right?
Keywords: appetizer condiment salad side soup/stew
- grapefruit, sliced EXTREMELY thin, about 1/8″
preheat the oven to 350F
layer the grapefruit slices on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet
drizzle with a tiny bit of honey
sprinkle with salt and pepper
bake for 25 minutes
drizzle opposite side with honey
sprinkle with salt and pepper
bake another 30+ minutes, checking every 5 minutes
remove when shiny and starting to wrinkle