‘Blah’-me it on the Rain

by Sarah on December 28, 2011 · 11 comments

I don’t know where my inspiration for witty rhetoric and creative culinary commentary has gone, but I’m taking a note from Milli Vanilli and blaming it on the rain.*
*Perhaps I’d be more accurate in blaming it on the holiday-induced lethargy combined with the growing anxiety over my now only days away move and new job, but I’ll stick with the rain for now.
So, although I have been messing around in the kitchen quite a bit, I lack any chutzpah for coming up with a quirky theme for a What I Ate Wednesday post today. Maybe next week I’ll make like Zac Efron circa High School Musical and get my head (back in) the game, but this week, the attendees at Jenn‘s weekly blogger cocktail party will have to deal with my rainy day straightforward “blah.”^
most of the photos being the tungsten-infused, overcast environment kind.]
Although I managed to make it to the gym, where I flipped through a Women’s Health magazine and tried to keep up with the Kardashians in their Glamour cover article, the Creme Brulee flavored coffee I had there may have been the most exciting part of my breakfast.

Due to my inability to resist eating some Limoncello Tiramisu at Christmas dinner, and my decision to sample some of Future Stepfather Smart’s ‘famous’ steamed shrimp on Monday night, my stomach was not so happy with me come Tuesday, and it wasn’t until very late in the morning that I even wanted to eat anything. And the plain Jane oat-and-oat-bran combination was about as blah as the rain outside.
I had planned on getting a lot of packing done, but once the rain started, it seemed like my idea of the days progression would have to shift a little bit.

I settled down with a mug of cinnamon-sprinkled coffee and my book: Special Topics in Calamity Physics. [Mama Smart is re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird…how literary of us all!^]

^And I apologize to you, Ms. Lee, for using your book as a coaster.
Since my book is a mind maze of verbosity and metaphorical allusions, it requires lots of focus*…which I rarely seem to have these days. I had to take repeated breaks to send an e-mail, or upload some photos, or mess around in the kitchen a bit.
*Thus making me understand how confusing it might be for y’all to read MY work.
Some apples were munched…and a test batch of Roasted Banana Gingerbread Cookies was made.
Thus, my daytime snack was a whole lot of cookie dough [slash] batter.
(Don’t worry, I shared with the reindeer.)

After trying–and failing–for the 500,000th time to finish my book, my moving-induced anxiety resulted in attempts at loading some more boxes into the car during a break in the rain. By the time that was over, I was cold and hungry and needed some soup and Trader Joe’s Quinoa Bread toast.

‘Soup’ being a rather broad term meaning “microwaved low-sodium V8 spiked with all-purpose seasoning and nutritional yeast, with some spaghetti squash and peas dumped on top.
And yes, I did say V8.*
*Whatever, y’all. V8 is essentially just watered-down tomato and vegetable puree. And that, my little chickadees, is the same thing as soup.

Does anyone else use towels instead of oven mitts?
So much easier for holding on to hot, microwaved bowls, isn’t it?
A shower, some sweatpants, and endless photo uploads later, I decided it was time to teach Mama Smart about kabocha.
We had found one at the local ShopRite,* and, of course I had to bring it home. I sliced it up and cooked it in my favorite sugar-and-spice way, substituting the Worcestershire for a dash of low-sodium soy sauce.
*I swear, this store has everything…even Biscoff!

I cooked it at a little too high of a temperature by accident, so it was a wee bit more dry than I would have preferred, but Mama Smart seemed to enjoy it.

Since my meals had been a bit delayed today (as they always seem to be when I’m home all day…I just get so ‘busy’ with distractions!), I wasn’t quite ready to eat dinner when she got home, so Mama Smart and I began Water for Elephants instead.*
*Like my food, and my day, it was kind of boring. Enjoyable enough, but boring. (Or maybe it was because I just couldn’t pay attention?)

After a bit, it was time for a “Sarah can’t focus on a movie for longer than 30 minutes at a time” break and, therefore, Dinner: Part One.
I ate some of the veganized Sugar-and-Spice Kabocha moons, alongside the truRoots Organic Sprouted Bean Trio (mung, lentil, adzuki) that I’d cooked with tons of curry powder. [I also drizzled a bit of Newman’s Own Lighten Up!* Honey Mustard Dressing on top, just because.]

*Looks like Paul took a note from the Kashi playbook regarding exclamation point usage as a branding tool. [See: GOLean Crunch!]

When it was time for Dinner: Part Two, I just wanted some crunch, so I made a salad mountain topped with Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus, and more of the Newman’s Own Honey Mustard Dressing. (There may be a minor obsession developing…)
I starting working on this blog post, I attempted to read some more…and then I gave in a watched Once Upon a Time on abc.com.
Of course, TV watching requires tummy feeding.*
*For me, AND the reindeer. 😉

A mug of concentrated chicory coffee mixed with vanilla almond milk, and a bowl of Life and Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch were the perfect starter, but now there are some jars of nut butter and a chopstick calling my name…

So we have reached the end of this blah and boring post. Hopefully I get my blogging bad-a%$-ity back tomorrow. Until then, let’s just be glad I don’t post food diaries every day.
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Shannon December 28, 2011 at 5:15 am

Your eats always look so good! :) This post wasnt boring at all! <3

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

Towels, oven mitts paper towels, my hands (stupidly)… I have a bad habit of using anything near by. Poor, burned fingers.

Fran@BCDC December 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

We all have blah days and I can certainly understand your moving/new job anxiety. Don't worry, even a "blah/boring" post from you is more exciting than some other blogs on a good day! Stay out of the rain!

Lauren December 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

I still haven't seen that movie yet! Hmm delish eats as always! :)

Tricia @ saving room for dessert December 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

Traveling husband (a/k/a blog Dad) and I watched Water for Elephants on Monday night! No you were not having an attention deficit, it was a little slow, but enjoyable. I kept asking my husband if it was almost over, as it seemed to be about 2 1/2 hours long. Maybe the book was better :( Lovely squash, the rain is gone, and the sun is out today! Happy packing.

Tiff December 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

The rain put me in a funk too. I'm glad it's gone. (That or it's my extra pms water weight weighing me down, but don't get me started on that… ha)

sarah @ sarah learns December 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

even if YOU'RE feeling blah, i don't think your posts ever are! i'm feeling extra thankful for the sun here today though. i am sick of gloomy skies…

Christin@purplebirdblog December 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

My WIAW is uninspired too, totally at the hand of my missing camera… cell phone pictures are totally BLAH, at least from my cell phone.

caloricandcrazy December 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Your eats look so creative. Sorry about the gloomy rain ;(

teabagginit December 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm

the rain puts me in a serious funk. it puts people around me in a funk, too. mainly because i become a total b*atch. :) your food looks good and i love the kabocha pictures!

Jessica December 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

Kambocha is one of my favorites, but I haven't had it in forever! Your pictures left me craving it!

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