Feelings Check

by Sarah on September 12, 2010 · 4 comments

During one (or two?) of the many summers I spent on staff at my summer camp, the Program Director at the time would have “Feelings Checks” at the beginning (or end?) of staff meetings. These came to be a sort of mocked institution, but were really just an opportunity to vent feelings, both negative and positive. [Although, let’s be real, y’all: it’s hard to vent negative feelings to your boss.]

Anyways, I am calling a feelings check* regarding this weekend and the status of The Smart Kitchen in the blogosphere.

*I would like you to know that I imagine feelings check with an exclamation point at the end of it and yelled following a shrill whistle blowing in which my feelings line up in a neat line by their cots, army-style, and yell out, “Sir, yes, sir!” [Or, “Ma’am, yes, ma’am!” as the case may be…]

I started the morning content, because I had a delicious CFY with plain y(ogurt), a f(ruity) mix of strawberries and green/black grapes, and the usual c(ereal) blend-of-the-moment [or past few weeks].
I am frustrated because I cannot reply to your comments directly on the blog, unless I can get to your blog, or find your e-mail via a blogger account. I don’t want you to think I am ignoring you if I don’t answer your question right away! [For the reader who asked about my overnight oats blend, check out the glossary for details, or this post for a good visual of the process. :)]

I am excited, because I have been working on my first entry for foodbuzz‘s Project Food Blog, the voting for which starts next Monday. You can clink on the link* to the right to see my Contestant Profile, and you’ll get to see my “introductory post” [slash] Challenge #1 here in the next couple of days, when I finalize it. Who knew it would be so hard to encapsulate my blog into 1,000 words or less? Or even at all? I just don’t know if there is a simple way to describe it.

*I went back and reread this, noticing the typo, but decided I liked the rhyme too much to change it.
How would YOU describe The Smart Kitchen? What do you like about it? What makes it different? [Hopefully at least one of you comments on this question or else I will feel like you don’t actually like it….]

Speaking of foodbuzz….I’m curious to know if anyone is planning on going to the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco in November? I have always wanted to go to San Francisco….perhaps now is the time?

I am happy because I found my new favorite restaurant in Austin…
…where bizarrely I felt like I had just entered a heavenly home of culinary comfort. [It deserves (and I have made) its own post. Get ready for that!]

I feel prepared for the week (at least food-wise…) because I have undergone my usual Type-A “food prep for the week” [The 3 Ps!] and made fixins’ for three lunches…
…including two identical salads (well, except for one has Penzey’s Northwoods Seasoning and the other has the Bavarian)…
Romaine + arugula +spring mix topped with raw zucchini + yellow squash + mushrooms + bell peppers
…and cottage-cheese-and-hummus (HEB brand cottage cheese is SO creamy y’all, and I am loving their store brand roasted red pepper hummus as well).
I’ll also either bring some chips, or bread, or perhaps one of these:
For day #3 (also known as Wednesday, unless I decide to take it tomorrow or Tuesday instead…oh the suspense!), I put together a PVP (personal veggie plate) “to go”…which I may complement with a veggie burger and some yogurt.
I feel good, however, that I still have freedom to make some last minute decisions when I pack everything up in the morning. :)

I was amused to find a giant baby carrot in the bag!
Yes, I know they are just “real” carrots cut small, and this one was just a fluke….but whatever. It made me smile. :)

I am eager for breakfast already, with the four overnight oats I have already made…

dried apples, plum, raisins, and walnuts
strawberries, peaches, goji berries, and walnuts
dried apples, banana, maple, fig preserves, and walnuts
strawberries, orange marmalade, and almonds

I feel rebellious, because last night I CRASHED A WEDDING!

…and ate delicious cake….
More on that later. :)
Month-of-Me Celebration #12

Today I celebrate the feeling that I am right where I need to be.

It may have been a crazy gut feeling that made me move to Austin after having spent only 5 or so days here, but I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. So…I celebrate the fact that while I might agonize over which cereal to purchase at the grocery store or what to order at a restaurant, when it comes to the big choices, I know how to take a leap of faith!

Me. Leaping. Literally.
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kitty September 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I would describe your blog as half focused on healthy eating, and half focused on your lifestyle as a girl trying to eat healthy. and also trying to have fun. i definitely want to hear about that wedding you crashed!

is foodheads on 34th street? i recently tried salvation pizza, i think theyre right next to each other. looking forward to that post as well :)

Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life September 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

I loved those "how are you feeling" charts!! :)

Did you really crash a wedding? Because that's awesome 😉

Yummy looking eats!!

marie September 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I LOVE it. Your food is a great mix of healthy variety with some real food and splurges mixed in. Your honesty comes across loud and clear as does your passion and vitality for life. Your students are lucky to have you as is Austin.

Jacqui September 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Love the carrot comment because for awhile Hubby thought baby carrots where something special, like a different type!

I love the randomness and cost saving ideas on the blog!

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