Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Well, not really.  They kept calling it a blizzard but it was really just snow that kept coming so it accumulated over three days into a ton of snow.  For our first snowfall, it was a doozy.  I decided to take advantage of the blustery weather and stay in for the whole weekend (except for spin class).  The snow was supposed to start falling Friday overnight.  I headed to the grocery store to buy stuff to make a bunch of food for lunches and supper.

Thankfully, I didn't really need all that much.  I like that after trying more than a few recipes from a cookbook, you tend to have many of the spices etc on hand.  I was also very lucky to not need much so I could go through the self-checkout of 25 items or less.  Even that took 15 minutes.  The lineup for a regular cashier was AN HOUR!  I took a picture.  The line went across the front of the store to the far aisle and all the way to the back of the store.  I guess everyone had the "better shop before the blizzard" idea.  Funny thing is, I bet most people could eat out of the freezer and cupboards for two weeks.  They needed those signs like at Disneyland "it is 30 minutes from this point".  It looks like just shopping but it's an actual line.

So I ended up making Creamy Carrot Soup, Curried Sweet Potato Soup, Red Lentil Dal, African Kale & Yam Soup, Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits, and Pumpkin Bread.  Oh hell yeah!!!  I also managed to do all my laundry and some tidying up.  
Sweet Potato Soup & African Kale & Yam Soup

And finally, the Pumpkin Bread.  Funny story though, I was all excited to make it and the first instructions are to mix the wet ingredients, okay done.  Then mixing the dry ingredients.  The last ingredient on the dry list was baking soda.  Couldn't find it anywhere so either it's still hiding or I actually finished it or tossed it at some point.  So I put a lid on both bowls and put the wet ingredients in the fridge until Monday when I went out again and got some baking soda.  Funny now, not so funny then.  Ah well.  

Workout wise -- doing pretty good.  Alright, I suppose.  Last Wed, I did Core & More, Thursday was spin class and then Friday, I knocked it out of the park.  I did boot camp and since most of my department was out at a buffet for lunch, I stayed for the second class as well, which was Fusion.  Holy crap was that challenging.  It's Pilates & Yoga I believe.  Much of it was completely new to me and I can sum it up as this -- get yourself into the most awkward position ever and then hold it balancing on one foot for the next couple of minutes.  I think I sweat more in that class than I did in bootcamp and my legs still hurt all weekend.  Saturday morning, since there was only 10 cm of snow at that point, I headed out to the Y to do some weights and then spin class.  Awesome as usual.  Being Remembrance Day, the store wasn't open so there was no run club.  I didn't go to running clinic on Monday night.  I woke feeling blah blah blah.  Can't quite put my finger on it but it went something like this -- alarm goes off, snooze, alarm goes off, snooze, alarm goes off, oh my head hurts, i feel stuffed up, i'm exhausted, i'm pathetic, why am i so tired, cry, reset alarm.  I probably wouldn't have gone to running clinic anyway because it's a nightmare running on the road before the snow clearers have been out.  Especially with that much snow.  I should have gone to the gym and used the treadmill though.  My bad.  Today was Sculpt at lunch and spin class at the Y tonight.  I was dragging in Sculpt.  She had a few new moves and one killed my butt.  I wasn't the only one either.  Spin was awesome as usual.  I love it.  

And for the television . . . I'm behind on some shows and some shows, I think I'm willing to let go.  Revolution is one of them.  I was really excited about this show and it started off strong and now I just feel like every episode is the same.  So I may give it one more week or just drop it now.  If I heard it ends up turning out awesome, I can always catch up next summer if I decide to pick it up again.  Okay, decided.  Deleted from my pvr.  I'm loving Parenthood as usual, I'm liking that new one Emily Owens, M.D.  As usual, loving Survivor and Amazing Race.  I'm excited that Bachelor Canada is over in a couple weeks.  It sucks so badly but I have to stick it out now.  I will not watch any future Canadian version of this show.  It's terrible.  Modern Family makes me laugh out loud.  

My niece had party number one for her 1st birthday which is next week.  She sure does like cupcakes!  Hahaha - I love this picture!!  I think she gets that from me. :) Can't wait to have her party here!!  

Now onwards to a good week of eating all my delicious food and seeing a loss on the scale!


  1. Way to rock it Michelle!! Sounds like a great weekend to get stuff done. All your soup sounds so good! We've been working our way through the ones I made a few weeks ago. I love the convenience!

    I stopped watching Revolution too, for the same reasons. I'm almost at that point for Last Resort too.

    Your niece is so adorable! Hard to believe 1yr already!

    1. I know! i can't believe it's been a year already too! Blows my mind.

      I was relieved to delete Revolution. I just saved 45 minutes a week. :) Loving the convenience of having food ready. I came home from run club tonight and was eating dinner within 5 minutes.

  2. It has yet to snow here, but ohhh I know it's coming.
    Your food looks ridiculously delicious, and your niece is ridiculously cute!

    1. Thank you!! I really don't mind all the snow, it's just that first week when the city is trying to get used to it that's tough. Gotta find my snow feet and work on my balance!

  3. Mmmm the soups looks delish! what a great way to spend a snowy day in. DANG that was a long line!!! What a cutie, lucky girl 2 parties :D Have a great week.

  4. Gah, she's ADORABLE! Happy belated birthday to her! <3

  5. awesome blog ....great pics.....keep up the hardwork and dedication!!!