Saturday, August 31, 2013

Staycation Day 1, Part 3

Today, I got my ass kicked at UNO by a 6-year-old repeatedly (don't worry--I got him too!). We have no integrated sound effects & theme songs into the UNO experience. On the way home, I stopped at Sweet Freedom to order my birthday cake, & I also had a brownie! When I got home, I had some edamame.

Then, Kristin & I went out for drinks (I had 2 sangrias) at Jones where I also enjoyed buffalo tofu "wings" (amazing) & mango-lime sorbet w/ a pizzelle cone (delish!).

I refuse to use a flash in a restaurant.
Wow. So far this staycation is off to a great start! I had an awesome & non-stop day! I think it's time for just one episode of Mad Men! G'night!

Staycation Day 1, Part 2

Total walkage so far today: 4 miles.

When last we met, I was on my way to acupuncture, but first, I stopped by my friend Jess's place. She's my massage therapist --I bartered her my bicycle (which I'm too scared to ride in Philly) for massages, so we just worked out a schedule. I'll be getting deep tissue work (and/or Reiki and/or Thai massage) every other week (opposite of acupuncture weeks). So excited: consistent massage is going to do wonders for my posture, my chronic pain, & my overall health. And it also means more time hanging out with my friend--post massage dinners, of course!

Do you ever get massages? What kind do you like? How often? What benefits have you seen?

Or have you NEVER had a massage? If not, why not? What are you waiting for?

On my way home, I stopped at Italian Market for some produce, & then at Whole Foods for more produce & other snacks. I enjoyed a Chia Seed Kombucha (I know, I'm weird) on my walk home & then I had Channa Masala + Rice.

Have you seen these in your Whole Foods? They're near prepared
foods/specialty in mine. Very tasty + all REAL ingredients.
Now I'm on my way to a playdate with nephews & I may stop at Sweet Freedom to order my birthday cake! YAY!

Staycation Day 1, Part 1

The day started with a smoothie, then it was off to Flywheel! I KNEW those last 2 rides this week were the bike needing a tune-up & not me suddenly becoming weak, because not only did I PB today, I kicked my old PB's ass by 6 points (in total power, also bested in my average torq)! Thank you, Hanna, for exactly the class I needed!

Now I'm going to have a quick shower, then head on down to South Philly for acupuncture. Afterwards, I have a playdate with a certain nephew of mine. I am looking forward to Legos or Yahtzee or an ass-kicking in UNO!

Have a great day!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Night

My vacation from work officially began with me teaching yoga...which I get paid for, so it's kind of work too...hmm...I might be doing this vacation thing wrong? Nah!

Tonight was the first time since I've been subbing that I decided to just wing it & teach without a lesson plan, which is how I used to teach back in the day when I was teaching 7 classes a week (& somehow teaching AP English Lit at the same time...I don't even know how that happened). I had a general idea of the sequence in my head--I knew for sure that I wanted to do hip openers & it really just flowed organically. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it & my playlist rocked!

Every time, my playlist is ONE song too long. Tonight, I
had to skip "I Am Woman." I'm guess I'm OK with that.
I think I might want to start teaching yoga again on a regular basis. Once a week is enough, I think. It's funny, I'm not really feeling my own physical practice, but I'm loving the teaching. Something for me to think about.

After yoga, I went to Govinda's with my friend Kristin for a chicken cheesesteak & some juice that was so terrible that I should have ordered water (2nd ingredient sugar...if I'd wanted sugar, I would have gotten a Vegan Treats Cannoli & brought it home for later).

Oh wait! I DID get a cannoli!
Now it's time for some Mad Men, then early to bed. Busy day tomorrow, including a playdate with my favorite 6-year-old!

An Idea.

I'm thinking that I'd like to get back into vlogging. I've been thinking about something on self care or minimalism or both.... Or maybe something Philly themed?

What would you like to see? Comment or tweet @ me!


Four more hours & I am done with work for NINE DAYS! So excited! Can you tell how badly I need this staycation?!

Here are some of my plans:
  • Flywheel every day.
  • Cleaning my apartment (that'll take like an hour, LOL)
  • Repainting my bathroom (maybe)
  • Massage
  • Mani-Pedi
  • Turning 40!
  • BFF visiting me from Florida
  • Silly touristy fun
  • Epic 80s Karaoke Birthday Party
So far today, I've had a smoothie, a banana w/ coconut-peanut butter, & some spicy-mustard chick peas. Not sure what's coming later. I'm teaching tonight at Yoga Garden (5:45-7pm--great playlist & some juicy hip openers coming your way!) & then going out with friends.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Mostly, I'm just thankful that tomorrow is Friday & my impending STAYCATION, but here are a few more:
  • I'm feeling a lot of gratitude for my building managers. I love my apartment, even the squeaky floor & the wonky light-switch that you have to pull a certain way for it to work. I'm so glad I don't have to move.
  • I'm feeling gratitude for everyone who works at Flywheel. Really great people. Is it weird that I want to be besties with all of them? (Probably. But I've gotten this attached to yoga teachers & personal trainers, too. So maybe it's normal for me?) And speaking of Flywheel, great class today, another personal worst, hahaha, but I'm pretty sure it's just the bike that needs tuning up (watch me rationalize!). 
  • Lots of gratitude for my friends & family. I'm getting very excited for my birthday party next week & all of the people who will be celebrating with me.
  • And finally, gratitude for Ryan at Juju Salon + this crazy humidity for my awesome hair day.
Oh & while we're here, I have gratitude for the food that I ate today:
  • smoothie
  • faux tuna + rice crackers
  • banana w/ coconut peanut butter
  • more faux tuna + rice crackers
  • spring rolls
Have a great night!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Drinks & Dinner w/ a Friend

This day was crazy & things at work made me angry. People were mean to me & mean to my teammates & I've just had it. 2 more days. 2 more days. 2 more days. I really need this vacation, can you tell?

The day really got away from me in terms of remembering to eat. After the smoothie I had this morning, the only other thing I ate was a banana w/ coconut-peanut butter. So I showed up to a Yelp Elite event on an empty stomach & in uncomfortable shoes. I had 3 drinks & 2 little crostinis. The drinks were tasty & pretty light on the booze, because I barely had a buzz. I'm already a lightweight when it comes to drinking, but on an empty stomach...I should have been on the floor. Glad that I wasn't!

Kristin & I then left the happy hour & walked over to Chinatown for dinner at Veggie Lovers. I ordered a coconut bubble tea, hot & sour soup, a bunch of appetizers (spring rolls, dumplings, & scallion pancake). I didn't finish any of them, except for the bubble tea, because they were all kind of meh. I felt like everything was very under-seasoned. Meh. Well, at least I didn't binge.

Everything you see on this table is better at New Harmony.
We ended up cabbing home because of hurting feets--3 miles is too much walking in boots not made for walking. Now I'm happily home, barefoot in a bathrobe, & about to watch an episode of Mad Men. Have a good night!


I may or may not have eaten the whole box of Flackers last night. So yeah, I won't be buying them anymore.

This morning started with a smoothie. I'm trying to grade, but an idea I was excited about just got shot down/crapped all over by some colleagues, so I'm not thrilled. 3 more work days to get through until vacation.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday Afternoon

A quick post while I start catching up on Mad Men (season 5, I'm really behind). 

What I ate today: leftover caulipots. Then I went grocery shopping! I snacked this evening: flackers (flax seed crackers!), edamame, & a Hail Merry Miracle Tart (yum!).

3 more work days til vacation!


I connected with my building manager & we worked out a deal that will allow me to stay in this apartment that I love so much but spend a little less each month. I am thrilled because moving is a nightmare & because there aren't any places out there that I love as much as this one (except for that one...someday). They were SO happy to help me & SO happy that I'm staying. That means I have to keep being an awesome tenant, heehee.

I had a weird smoothie this morning because when I woke up I discovered I was out of kale, & also, almost out of spinach! I made do with what I had (a little bit of spinach, a carrot, frozen peas?! + the usual fruits & almond milk), & it was pretty tasty.

After my smoothie & a lot of paper grading, I headed over to Flywheel, where I had a Personal WORST! (Do you think it was because of the lack of kale?!) I really struggled on the bike this morning, but Nicole led a great class & I still had so much fun & a great workout. Yes, I DO love seeing & downloading my stats, but I'm not going to obsess to the point of losing sleep over them!

I got home, had the rest of the eggless egg salad w/ rice crackers, & later a banana w/ coconut peanut butter. My goal now is to get at least 30 calls done for work, then do a serious grocery shop!

3 & 1/2 more work days until vacation!!!!!

Monday, August 26, 2013


I saw 2 apartments today. Well. The lobby of one, but they double booked my appointment & they wanted me to just sit & wait for 1/2 hour. Rude. So I left. And then another apartment that was OK but not great.

I think I might have to suck it up & stay where I am for another year. Because really, this apartment IS awesome & I DO love it. I just really wanted to save some money. Argh. I'm going to try to renegotiate my lease. We'll see what happens.

Also, I may or may not have just emailed the owner of the dream apartment that I didn't get to ask him to please keep my contact information & let me know as soon as it becomes available next year. Of course, a lot can change in a year, but I have a feeling that I'm still going to want that apartment. It's the only apartment that is better than this apartment & less money than this apartment. I can wait.

So I was really in it today. So much stress over this apartment situation. But I think I was OK with what I ate. The following was normal portions throughout the day:
  • smoothie
  • eggless salad + rice crackers
  • banana + coconut peanut butter
  • eggless salad + rice crackers
  • banana + coconut peanut butter
  • caulipots + spicy mustard chickpeas
  • banana + coconut peanut butter
I also walked a total of 2.2 miles & got a ton of work done. Here's how I'm going to look at this whole apartment situation. I've been TRYING to change things that don't necessarily need to be changed right now. It's exhausting. I'm going to chill out & let what's meant to happen just happen.

Wow, blogging every day really gives you what may be too much insight into my life. How ridiculous the past week & a half was for me. I admitted to making bad financial decisions, & then I made myself crazy. There's got to be a better way to improve this situation than by moving. My stepmom had some suggestions. Lots to think about.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Apartment hunting is the WORST!

But at least I'm out getting fresh air & exercise. I saw 4 apartments today. Total walkage = 7.5 miles! I saw one that I think I like--gorgeous kitchen, amazing floor & bathroom, lots of storage...but it has no bathtub & it's really dark because it's on the ground floor (read: kind of a basement). After only 9 months with a bathtub (after 6 years without), I'm not ready to give it up just yet...& the idea of a dark apartment, even with the cool light fixtures I have, just doesn't sit well with me. Except...
...THIS is the stove.
So I'm still searching. But this one is definitely a contender. I can visualize my stuff in here, but something about living pretty much underground makes me really sad.

During my apartment quest today, I had a bubble tea at Vegan Tree. Then I found myself near Honeygrow, where I had a stirfry, which I didn't finish. I've been disappointed by their stirfy the past 2 times I've been there, I may have to revise my Yelp review.

When I got home, I had another banana w/ coconut-peanut butter (uhoh) & now I'm about to make some eggless egg salad & eat some w/ some rice crackers while I relax & watch some Netflix.

Have a good night, & please send some good apartment hunting juju!

Getting Back Together with Yoga

My day started with a smoothie, then I went to check out an apartment (no) before heading over to Yoga Garden for Betty's gentle class. It felt so good to be back on the mat & my friend Jess was on the mat next to me! My goal for now is yoga once or twice a week, just so I don't lose the flexibility & strength I have from that practice & because really, I love it so much. Every time I think my yoga days are over, it comes back to me. I thought my shoulder would NEVER get better, but now it's better! I'm working on an arrangement with my massage therapist (my friend Jess mentioned above) & it all just feels like a good balance to what I'm working on at Flywheel. I know that more weight/resistance training should be part of my regimen. I'm sure that will come too.

After yoga, I had a little snack of a banana w/ that Earth Balance Coconut-Peanut Butter. So tasty. Working really hard to not binge on that is so yummy that I might not buy it again. It's potentially dangerous for me to have it in the house. We'll see. I'm on my best behavior with it right now.

I'm headed out to see a couple of apartments right now. The one I'm really excited about is tonight at 6:30. Fingers crossed!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday part 2.

I finished up the pasta & sauce, then later I went for a walk to pick up a few things at Whole Foods. I made the mistake of shopping while hungry AND tired, but here is why today was different than other days.

Instead of eating my Go Max Go Twilight Bar while I walked home from WF, I saved it for later & [tried to] savor it. Instead of buying 2 Candle Cafe Frozen Dinners & eating them both in one sitting, I bought & ate just one (mac & cheese). Same stuff, different process, I think it's better.

And yes, it's Saturday night & I will probably be asleep by 10:30. Yoga tomorrow morning. 3 apartments tomorrow afternoon, one that I have a really good feeling about.

Good night!

City Fit Girls Wellness Retreat

I have been looking forward to today since I heard about it. My friend Kiera is the founder of City Fit Girls & I am so impressed with her passion for wellness, her networking skills, her positive energy, & her ability to bring people together.

My day started with a cold shower (our hot water was out this morning, ooops), & a smoothie, then I was on my way!
Kiera & Me Full of Smiles
Kiera welcomed us, then led us through a few stretches, then it was Zumba time. SO much fun! I LOVE the Zumba clothes & it was definitely a great workout...& I totally resent my Cuban ex-husband for never teaching me to dance.

After Zumba, there was a short break & then another workout full of squats & lunges. I missed part of that one because I was getting a super-deep triggerpoint/myo-fascial release 10 minute MASSAGE. You know how much I love being beaten up by massage therapists--I made an appointment with her for a week from Tuesday.

Then, there were green smoothies made by my friend Takia of Uptown Soul Food. SO good! And there was a wonderful speaker--she spoke about conquering fears & finding motivation. She was incredibly inspiring--I even shared!

Then we tried Insanity/P90x. Whoa. They gave us modified options, which was really nice. I need to be careful with all that jumping around because of my knees, but I was really glad I got to try it. The last workout was a nice yoga sequence. It felt good to be on the mat, & it motivated me to go to class tomorrow morning. We ended the day with Takia's sweet potato kale wraps. I love Takia's cooking & I worked really hard to earn such a yummy treat!

It was really a great day! I worked out, ate well, made some new friends. When I got home, I unpacked my swag bag! We were given a book called 100 Smart Choices. After just flipping through it briefly, I'm really excited about it! Then there was napping & showering. And now I'm going out for a walk.

Enjoy your Saturday night!

Friday, August 23, 2013

One. More. Work. Week.

Yay! I made it to Friday! Another hard work week, being pulled in a lot of directions. A couple of my Teamies also had really hard weeks, which is hard for me's hard to watch people I love struggle. I've got just one more really difficult week to get through, then I have a week's vacation. I can get through it. But for now, I just get to enjoy Saturday & Sunday.

Today, I had a lot of meetings, I made a lot of phone calls, & I walked a lot of errands. I started with a smoothie, of course, then after grading papers, I saw 2 apartments. (1. Hell no. 2. Actually maybe.) Total apartment searching walkage = 2.13 miles.

I had some pasta w/ sauce for lunch...while on a conference call, then I had a banana w/ that coconut-peanut butter while on another phone call. I worked all afternoon, then at the end of the day I had to run some errands. I got cash for the City Fit Girls Wellness Retreat tomorrow (SO excited!), the perfect shirt for my birthday party (YAY!), & then I had dinner & dessert from Govinda's (yes, Philly vegans, it's true, they finally have a website!)...a chicken cheesesteak & a slice of cookies & cream cake (I actually threw away most of the frosting). Total errand walkage = 3.36 miles.
Yum 1.
Yum 2.
I started watching George Carlin here at home, but then I went to Jeffrey's (YAY!) & watched George Carlin with him & Nikki. Also how cool that my brother lives .2 miles miles from my apartment...that's a factor in apartment huntage! (Total brother's house walkage = .4 miles.)

It's time for me to get some rest because I'm going to get my ass kicked at City Fit Girls tomorrow morning...& afternoon! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I didn't get the dream apartment. The other person put the deposit down first, the owner wanted to honor that. I think that's fair & the right thing to do, but that doesn't mean I like it. I know that I will find the right apartment for me, but the wound is still fresh, so I'm having a hard time with gratitude at the moment. It will come....
I don't even know how this happened. But I may or may not
have licked it off the desk. Gratitude that I didn't spill it on
the computers or my clothes bathrobe.
Today, after my morning smoothie, I went to Flywheel. Amandah led an awesome class, as always, but I didn't come close to a PB. It's the 1st day of my cycle, so I am proud of myself (& have gratitude toward myself) for even getting there, getting on the bike, & doing the best I could!

I had a meeting after Flywheel, ran some errands this afternoon, including the post office, where there was a gift from my dad for which I have gratitude. Then I went to Whole Foods while hungry. I had the hot bar for a late lunch.
Gratitude that I got out of WF w/ only 1 shopping-while-
hungry impulse buy!
Tonight, I had some pasta w/ the sauce I made yesterday, some edamame w/ lemon, & now, after hosting a webinar for work, I'm going to sit down on the couch, eat a Granny Smith Apple w/ some of that yummy pictured above & watch Miss Representation. Gratitude for Netflix.

See? I told you I'd find the gratitude! What about you? How was YOUR Thankful Thursday?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Apartment Hunting

So I fell in love with an apartment last night. Built in 1855. Amazing details...inlaid wood, glass cabinets, high ceilings, decorative wall molding. Lots of storage. Kind of old, small kitchen, but I can make it work. Could use some upgrades, but I actually kind of like the mustard yellow bathtub & I definitely like the subway tile. Also, it has a private deck. It's an amazing apartment. It's very me. At a price I can afford.

But there was a miscommunication. I never should have been shown that apartment. Someone else had already made a deposit. But I refused to give up. I made a deposit. And now we're in a battle of the credit scores. And I wrote a letter pleading my case. And I'm good at letters.

The landlord emailed me tonight about another apartment. Same building. Same price. I went to take a look. Totally redone. Parquet floors. High ceilings, decorative wall molding. Lots of storage. Communal outdoor living space. PHENOMENAL kitchen. Granite countertops. Stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is unbelievable. But I'm not in love with it. It is, indeed, possible that I am insane.

So I sent another email. And I am not to proud to beg. And now I spend another night with insomnia decorating the first apartment in my mind.

Total apartment hunting (& haircut getting) walkage today: 4 miles.

What I ate (please consider the stress of the above story + my impending moon): smoothie, GF pasta w/ sauce I threw together today (tomato sauce w/ shallots, garlic, mushrooms, peas, spinach), rice crackers w/ more sauce, an ice cream bar, a cupcake, & a cakeball from Sweet Freedom, & more plain rice crackers right now because I just don't even know.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Really Quick Post

I think I saw like 10 apartments today. Lots & lots of walking (this is the kind of day that it would have been awesome if I had remembered to use Map My Walk, I'm going to guess, total walkage between 5-7 miles). Also, I went to Flywheel this morning. Here's my stats for another PB:

Today, I ate a smoothie, tofu scramble, granola w/ banana, blueberries, & cashew milk (I realized too late that I was out of almond milk, hurried to make some cashew milk, & didn't really enjoy it, so I ended up eating maybe half of the granola...bummer), more tofu scramble, & then I had a kombucha at Whole Foods.

Also, I think I found a really rad apartment, but I'm battling someone else for it. Send me good juju, dear readers!

Monday, August 19, 2013


So the rest of my day was super busy with work & apartment hunting. I looked at 3 places today: an "are you fucking kidding me shit-hole," a "meh," & an "OK, I'll put in an application for this place." I have appointments tomorrow night & this weekend to see more & I think I emailed about 20 more places this evening. I'll find & get exactly what I'm looking for.

I was still pretty snacky today, probably because I walked about 4 &1/4 miles today on the apartment huntage. I had some edamame & more black bean hummus & rice crackers. Later, I made a tofu scramble in the wok. It turned out great, & I'm psyched for leftovers tomorrow.

Post Title Inspiration Right Here
There were things that pissed me off today, but I stood strong with my Something New, & I didn't drop the H-bomb (or any synonyms) at all! Have a great night!

Feeling Snacky & A Little Story

I've been noshing all morning. As of this moment, it's only 12:30pm. I've had a smoothie, rice crackers & black bean hummus, & a bowl of chocolatey cereal. I think my moon is coming soon (based on recent frequent headaches & the new pimple on my chin that I woke up with this morning), so I'm just going to use that as an excuse.

So here's something about me that I feel like sharing. I was raised upper-middle class (closer to upper). As my dad used to like to say, I've "never wanted for anything." The only debt I had upon finishing grad school & college, is the debt I accrued myself through ridiculously stupid credit card spending. While my friends dealt with mountains of paperwork & long lines for financial aid, my dad just wrote a check. And since then, in the 15 years since I finished grad school, when I've had hard financial times, my parents have always helped me.

I am VERY lucky. But I also still really have no understanding of the value of a dollar, & I have not really made any good financial decisions in my adult life. Here's the best (worst?) example: I got some money in my divorce. I used it for a downpayment on a condo in South Beach in 2006, the height of the market. That property is worth about $75,000 less than I paid for it, & is currently in a short sale situation. Soon, thank goddess, it will be out of my life forever...with no money in my pocket to show for it. So much for "investing" in property.

So that was my biggest baddest financial decision. I promise there were many, many more on a smaller scale. Take my word for it. What all of these bad decisions had in common is that they were impulsive...I should really work on thinking more before I spend.

OK, here's one more. This apartment. Everyone knows how much I love my apartment. What you don't know is that I totally cannot afford this apartment. So, I'm apartment hunting now. Same neighborhood. Major downsizing. Proud of myself not only for admitting this, but for making immediate changes.

Yes, finally, now that I'm almost 40, I'm making a grown-up financial decision. Why am I blogging about this? Because it's a wellness blog, & financial wellness matters. Just coming to this decision has taken a load of stress off of me. Admitting this flaw (& my willingness to change) publicly is also helping.

So what's the takeaway, dear readers? It's never too late to turn your shit around. Learn to budget & be realistic about it. Don't spend time regretting decisions in the past, just go on with your life. It will get better. And one of my favorite quotes: "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." Yay, that after years & years of mistakes, I am FINALLY learning!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's been a little over a month that I've been blogging again...

...& it still feels pretty good. Sometimes it feels boring, like, OK, here's what I ate (channa masala, 2 bowls of vegan chocolate cereal, yeah, it's Sunday afternoon), but that might just be because life is busy & I don't have a lot of time for in depth posts. Though I feel like some posts on how I take care of myself beyond eating, bathing, exercising, & sleeping are on their way.

So I'm working on my Day Zero List right now, checking a few things off that I feel are either complete or habit now. Like "31. move every day"--habit. Or "37. stop bingeing"--I have a real handle on that now (eg, I ate 2 bowls of cereal this afternoon, not the entire box).

I'm also going to check off "54. read 52 new-to-me books in a year beginning August 2012," because the year is over. In that year, I read 41 new-to-me books. I also reread at least a few Tom Robbins books. I came really close to my goal, & I feel great about it.

I also updated/added a new item to the list. "96. stop using the word HATE...again." I worked on this years ago, & it lasted a while, but the word crept back into my vocabulary again. I'm not going to use any synonyms for HATE either, no LOATHE, no ABHOR, no DETEST.

So that's my Something New this week. No more hate. Words have power, & I'm not giving mine to that word anymore. Anyone want to join me?

So I'm 83% complete with my list & feeling great about it. I'm super proud of myself for following through, & I'm already excited about starting my second list about 7 months from now!


First of all, I'm incredibly impressed with the customer service at Juju. I let the owner know that I was disappointed & we both realized that my appointment was probably with the wrong therapist for me & together, we came to a conclusion that made everybody happy. There is something to be said for positive, personal communication. Would a nasty, negative, public Yelp review have yielded the same results? Probably not. I used to be a really negative, sad, angry person. I can see the difference between the way I used to be & the way I am now, not only in the way other people respond to me, but in the way I respond to myself. There's a Life Lesson here: Kindness Matters.

When I woke up this morning, all I wanted was to finish the leftover calzone from Blackbird, but I knew that would NOT be the breakfast of champions to get me through Flywheel. So I made a healthier choice & had a smoothie. You do realize that this is a big life-changer for me, right? To actually show some self-restraint is HUGE.

I had an amazing Flywheel class this morning. Amandah & Nicole co-taught, & it was a blast! This was my first time flying two days in a row. I gave myself a pep talk on the way there, knowing I might be tired & that it was OK if I was really far away from my best. Well hello there, only 1 point lower than yesterday's PB! YES! I am SO proud of myself.

Because this class was a special event, there were juices supplied by Pure Fare. I had the Pineapple-Beet-Lime. Holy Moly! So good, I slurped that down so fast! Also, they were having a sale on Flywheel apparel. Too bad the tie-dye hoodie & the sparkly headbands weren't on sale! Me & my expensive taste!

When I got home, then I enjoyed the leftover calzone. SO tasty! Thank you, Blackbird for not just one meal, but two meals & a snack! Life sure is better when I'm not binging!

Now I need to get ready to head over to Juju for a trim with Ryan. Yay for my bangs being bangs again!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Lovely Saturday

After a lovely acupuncture session, I mistakenly bought a chocolate flavored coconut water at Essene. It was kind of weird. Like YooHoo. I drank it anyway. Then I headed into my massage at Juju.

I guess I'm getting picky about my massages. I thought I had scheduled a deep tissue massage. But I had to ask for more pressure & I still didn't really get it. In the hour & a half, he didn't really work on my trouble areas, & it was certainly not deep tissue. It was a nice massage, it felt good, but I don't feel like it will have any long term benefits. I don't feel like I was taken apart & put back together again. I'm pretty bummed about it. I may actually call them tomorrow to say something. I didn't get what I asked for. But, like I said, it was still a really nice massage, just not worth it since it wasn't deep tissue.

After the massage, I headed over to Blackbird for a calzone. They recently added them to the menu & this was my first time to try them. The base is daiya & tofu ricotta. I added seitan sausage, mushrooms, roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, & spinach. They come with marinara for dipping. AMAZING!
I only ate half of Blackbird.
I'm really proud of myself for not binging. It was tasty, but I took my time. A few hours later, I had maybe 1/4 of the 2nd half at home. But I still have some yummy leftovers for tomorrow. This is amazing. You realize, I could eat (& have eaten) an entire pizza in one sitting.

I gave Map My Walk quite a workout today. From my apartment to acupuncture to massage to calzone to home. And then out again to scope out a few apartments in my neighborhood (& get a kid's size chocolate water ice on the way!). Total walkage: 5.4 miles.  And don't forget I went to Flywheel this morning & earned a PB!

Now I'm home, watched a documentary, & I'm about to take a bath & read. Another day full of awesome tomorrow. I live for the weekends!

Have a great night!

I may have a problem.

In my Yelp review of Flywheel, I got all swoony over the ability to download my stats to an excel spreadsheeet. Today, I hit a personal best! 264! Thank you, Hanna, for a great class! Three points up from my last PB! And only 36 points away from my goal! I may or may not be sorting & color coding every column of my stats. And I may or may not be thinking about how I've already earned that calzone from Blackbird that I'll be treating myself to later today!

After Flywheel, I had a quick snack of rice crackers & hummus & now I'm getting ready for the rest of my day. Acupuncture, massage, & a calzone! Whoot!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Happy Saturday!

I love Saturdays. They're a day mostly reserved for taking care of myself. Today started with a smoothie, of course, but that's where the similarity to the week days ends.

I forgot to take picture at the beginning of my smoothie
Oh wait. Except that I'm going to Flywheel at 9:30. I do that on week days too. OK, but THAT'S where the similarity to the week days ends.

After Flywheel, I'll stop at my brother's to water the plants (& hopefully NOT set off the alarm this time). Then I'll go home for a quick shower, & then walk to South Philly for acupuncture. After my treatment, I'll head to Juju Spa for a deep tissue massage. I am of the opinion that if a massage doesn't hurt, it's not worth it. Give me some deep myofascial release, baby! Take me apart & put me back together again!

What awesome things do you have planned for your Saturday, dear readers?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Night with Friends

I taught yoga tonight at Yoga Garden. I thought that I wasn't in the mood for it: I haven't been practicing (though my shoulder is finally feeling a lot better!) & I felt like a hypocrite. Who am I to be teaching yoga when I can't even get on the mat myself?! I've been worried that my yoga life was over, & I've really been trying to come to terms with that.

But then, something magical happened. I don't know if it was the awesome Elvis & Madonna playlist I made, or the energy of the students--especially 5 of my girlfriends who were there! Whatever it was, I had an amazing class tonight! I screwed up some instructions but I totally laughed at myself & it felt great. 

I need to get back on the mat. I'm ready. It's happening this week. 

After class, I went with my friends Kiera, Takia, & Becca to Vegan Tree. The woman that works there is so sweet. And a little silly. I like her. I had a mango smoothie bubble tea & a noodley dish with some vegan chicken that Kiera recommended. Yum!

Now it's time to curl up with a good book! I'm reading Orange is the New Black on my kindle!

Have a good night!


Oh thank goddess, it's finally Friday! Two more ridiculously busy work weeks coming up, & then I have a week off! YAY!

I'm teaching yoga tonight at Yoga Garden (9th & South St location) from 5:45 to 7pm. I've got a great playlist honoring The King of Rock N Roll (36th anniversary of Elvis's death) & The Queen of Pop (Madonna's 55th birthday), & a fun asana sequence planned. Hope to see you there!

So far today, I've enjoyed a smoothie for breakfast, some rice crackers & black bean hummus for a snack, but I just realized it's lunch time & I'm super hungry!

I added a little more lemon & a little more salt & pepper to the stirfry I made on Monday before reheating for leftovers. Because honestly, if I had been thrilled with the taste, I would have eaten it all days ago. It was MUCH better now, but still disappointing. Oh well.

Later, I had a bowl of granola w/ blueberries, bananas, & almond milk. And now, I'm about ready to head out & teach some yoga!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Night Market

My first Night Market moment was getting to glue a few tiles onto a Philadelphia Magic Gardens mosaic, which was RAD! (I LOVE the Magic Gardens, highly recommend doing the tour!)

oooh! shiny!
Then, as soon as I tweeted that my opinion of Night Market was that it was crowded & not very vegan friendly, I happened upon the Sip N Glo Juicery's booth. I've been meaning to try their juice, so tonight, I finally did! Everyone around me enjoying wine & beer & cocktails while I was enjoying an orange-carrot-lime juice. Slurp!

I walked past many, many, MANY food trucks & booths...saw very few vegan options. The lines were too long for the cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries & roasted corn on the cob, & the streets were very crowded the further east I walked, so I turned around & made my way back to Zea May's Food Truck for a plantain & coconut milk empanada. SO good! SO glad they were there!

I love empanadas!
So that was my evening! (total walkage = 2+ miles) Time for a bath & then bed. And tomorrow is Friday! Have a good night!

My Thursday

Whew! What a Thursday! I had a smoothie for breakfast, got all of my grading done, then headed to Flywheel. I tweeted Amandah after class something that amazes me about Flywheel--even though the workout totally kicks my ass, I am cheesy grinning throughout the whole class. I just love it so much! Here's how I did today:

PB on the max rpm today!
As soon as I got home, I had to log into a meeting which was kind of unpleasant. During the meeting, I had some rice crackers w/ black bean hummus. About 1 & 1/2 hours later, I went for a quick walk over to my brother's house to water their plants. This quick chore suddenly turned into a chaotic adventure when I set off their alarm. Between my brother's house & my apartment just happens to be Sweet Freedom Bakery where I stopped in for a chocolate cupcake. So yummy. And so easy to rationalize due to being vegan, allergen free, & gluten free.

Hello there, chocolatey goodness!
Later, I found myself hungry for an actual meal, so I took a little work break & made myself some spring rolls.

Now, I'm getting ready to host a webinar, then I'm going out for Night Market South Street as soon as I'm done! More updates later!

Thankful Thursday

I woke up feeling really happy this morning. I also woke up with a headache. There is no correlation here, I'm sure. But it's still good. I'll be at Flywheel in Amandah's class in just a couple hours. Great workout = goodbye headache. Gratitude.

I made a vision board last night. I love how a vision board comes together. I had an idea of my goal, ripped a lot of words & images out of magazines on Tuesday night, sorted through them last night, & was amazed by how easily my vision took shape. It gave me a lot of insight into what I want out of my life & career at this point. It seems like it was a good project for me to do right now--3 weeks out from my 40th birthday. And I've already texted a pic of it to Meg & Jenna, my manifesting mofo sisters. Insight into myself, a plan for my future, & friends to share it with? Gratitude.

I have a friend in Miami who is helping me manifest something else that has been coming for almost a year. It looks like it's finally happening. Deliberately vague for now, but.... Gratitude.

I had a good & productive work week that was infinitely better than last week. AND, the work week is almost over. Gratitude.

I could go on, I'm feeling really grateful & happy this morning. But I have papers to grade. What about you, dear readers? Please share. I'd love to know what you're thankful for on this lovely Thursday.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I think I overdid it today.

I wonder if I was just rebelling against yesterday's My Fitness Pal debacle. Or maybe I was just hungry. I don't think I was comfort fooding for any reason. Whatever the case may be, I definitely overdid it today.

You already know I had a smoothie for breakfast from my previous post. For lunch, I had spring rolls. I just bought new wrappers that are brown rice. Yeah, that's me shaking things up, living on the edge. I finished a package of the white rice papers & had one of the brown rice today--they're just as tasty!
one of these things is not like the others...
I took a little walk to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries (total walkage = 1.05 miles), then had to rush home for a meeting I forgot I had because it was something annoying & not important to me. During said annoying & unimportant meeting, I nommed on some black bean hummus & rice crackers.

Later, I had some edamame. And later, still, granola w/ blueberries, banana, & almond milk.

After work, I went out for another walk (it was too gorgeous not to, total walkage = 2.78 miles). I scored a great jean jacket at a consignment shop & some fishnets at a stripper shop. What? It's South Street! And for my birthday party!

Then I ended up at Blackbird Pizza where I had a mushroom salad. It always cracks me up that my favorite dish in a pizza shop is a salad, but it's damn good!

the only salad I love besides my own
And then, on my walk home, I couldn't resist a chocolate water ice, but at least I got a kid's size!

Tomorrow will be better. For now, it's time to work on a vision board & then take a bath. Have a good night!

Thinking about Portion Control

After my epic fail of an experiment yesterday with My Fitness Pal, I'm slowly starting to make some changes. For example, instead of THREE dates in a smoothie, I can just have ONE (which I, of course, just had for breakfast). Instead of 1&1/2 cups of almond milk, I can have 3/4 cup & add water instead. Trying to find a balance between adding enough greens to be beneficial & enough sweet to taste good, but not be too sweet (read: too heavy on the calories). I have a pretty serious sweet tooth, so it's a work in progress.

So. Just another thing for me to be more conscious about, but not to the point of My Fitness Pal obsession. It's not for me. But simple portion THAT, I can wrap my mind around!

In other news, my Something New of taking a bath every night is going VERY well. It's so nice to just sit & soak & let the stresses of the day wash away. And my low back is feeling better today too.

OH! And one more thing! If you're in Philly, I'm teaching yoga again this Friday night at Yoga Garden. Because it's August 16th, Madonna's 55th birthday & the 36th anniversary of Elvis's death, my playlist will be all Madonna & Elvis! Come rock out on your mat, 5:45-7pm! See you there!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First & Last Day for My Fitness Pal

I woke up with some low back pain, not sure what that's about, it's giving me a craving for a yoga class, which is a nice thing to feel again. My relationship to yoga is so complicated. I mostly love it, it usually makes me feel good, & it's given me an authentic spiritual life. But, it's been part of my life for so long--both practicing & teaching--that I get bored. But, with my shoulder still healing & my Flywheel obsession...well, I think I'm ready to get some Yoga Garden back into my routine.

For now, though, I'm sitting here with some castor oil & a heating pad on my low back. Apparently, this is what 40 feels like.

So...this morning, I had a smoothie. It was sort of a different experience than usual, because with My Fitness Pal, I obsessed about calories. I already feel that this might be a Something New that is actually NOT good for me. I'll give it a few days before I decide.

Then I went to Flywheel. I didn't come near a personal best today, but I had a really fun class. I'd been wanting to take Nicole's class for a long time, & I'm SO glad I finally did. She's awesome, I recommend her class very highly.

After Flywheel, I came home & I was RAVENOUS. I ate leftover stirfry from last night (I actually made up a number in My Fitness Pal, yeah, this definitely isn't going to work for me), and then honestly, what seemed like just a few minutes later, I had granola w/ blueberries & banana (does it count if I just eyeball the measurements?)

Before I hosted a webinar tonight for work, I had cheezy broccopots from Appetite for Reduction. I made just one potato's worth. So tasty! (I don't even know about My Fitness Pal. I was annoyed just trying to find the right potato & non-frozen broccoli.)

I find it actually hilarious that I loathe calorie counting. I'm so OCD about stats & a million other things, but calorie counting?! Nope. Except that I think that I should. Or is it society that thinks I should? I'm thinking I'm not going to bother. It seems counterintuitive in terms of positive body image, but also seems necessary because I do not feel my healthiest at this weight.

Screw it. App deleted.


Whoa, another Something New this week! Can you handle it? Due to the influence of my brother Jeffrey & my friend Jenna, this morning, I started using My Fitness Pal to count calories. I thought I was eating so much more healthfully, but based on my smoothie alone (& the fact that I'd already plateaued in less than a month), I'm pretty sure I was still overeating. So, I'll experiment with this to get a better feel for portion control.

My goal for this morning is to get all of my grading finished before I leave for my 9:30 Flywheel class, so this post is pretty short.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday, Monday

My day started out in the usual way: a green smoothie & lots of paper grading. It took me a long time to get all that grading & other emailing done & I forgot to take a picture of my smoothie (I'm sure you know what it looks like...look back through my blog, if you don't, hahaha).

By the time I was ready for lunch, I realized I didn't have much in the house & I needed a Whole Foods run. I went in to WF incredibly hungry with no list, but I did pretty well! I did end up with some Beyond Meat & Roasted Potatoes from the hot bar & a ridiculously expensive (yet ridiculously tasty) Cashew Mylk, but here's the positive spin. As I was enjoying my little meal in the cafe, I ran into a friend of mine. We got to talking & I ended up walking an extra 2 blocks to hang out with her longer. Woohoo for 1.25 miles walked so far, which is lucky on a crazy busy Monday!

I did have some stuff in the house about ready to go bad, so for dinner, I threw together a stir fry w/ leeks, carrots, mushrooms, kelp noodles, chickpeas, & I think that's it! It was a tasty dinner.

stir fry goodness
I just got home from a 2.6 mile walk in an area I hadn't really explored yet (Graduate Hospital) & am enjoying a snack of granola w/ blueberries & banana in almond milk. It was a nice little walk & I was able to clear my head from work & find my angle on a writing project which I need to get to right now...or after my bath.

Have a good night!

Baths. And something new.

I love baths. So much better than showers. I love to sit & soak. It's relaxing, good for my aches & pains, & somehow nostalgic. Baths are a time to slow down, to rest, to take some time to be kind to yourself. You can read in the bath, listen to music, drink wine, light candles, have bubbles. You don't want to rush through a want to savor a bath.

so relaxing. also, I'm really tan!
When I was looking for an apartment in Philly, I had three requirements: wood floors, a gas stove, & a bathtub. What made me choose this apartment, as opposed to the one across the hall, was the depth of this tub. It also has jets, but I never use them. They're actually loud & disturbing to my relaxing bathtub soakage.

Here's what I add to my bathwater to make it more soothing & pampering: epsom salts (about a cup, great for my chronic aches & pains), sea salt (just a handful, for spiritual cleansing), bubble bath made for me by a spiritual guide at Harry's Occult (especially if I'm in the midst of a manifesting ritual). And then I just soak & enjoy & the water heal me.

What about you? Do you prefer baths to showers? When was the last time you enjoyed a good soak?

Ah ha, and here are a few Something News for this week. My social media fasts have been epic fails for the past 2 weeks, so I'm shelving them for now, though I have other ideas for accomplishing them more realistically in the future. For this week, though:
  1. I will make time for a bath every night.
  2. I will have 2 blog posts per day: one in the morning about something on my mind, one in the evening about what I ate & how much exercise I got.
And here's another question for you, dear readers! What is something new that you are going to try this week? Comment or tweet @ me! And have a great day!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday down the shore.

My day started with a smoothie. Then, there were a lot of hours spent on the beach, frolicking in the ocean, picking up shells, & reading Fight Club (good book, cool picking up on all the foreshadowing because I knew the ending).

I really had a great day with family & friends, & I enjoyed these raw cacao macaroons from Pamela's out on the sand. Later, I had a bagel & hummus back at the house.

Tonight, I went out to dinner with Jeff, Nikki, the boys, & my mom. We went to Miyako, a great little sushi joint that we seem to go to or order from pretty often. I had seaweed salad, edamame, veggie dumplings, & 2 kinds of veggie rolls. 

Then we went to Dairy Bar. Did you know that Coconut Bliss makes a salted caramel ice cream?! I had a kid's size with hot fudge. OMG. SO GOOD!

And now I'm sitting in the Atlantic City train station ready to head back to Philly. Great weekend, but ready to be home. 

How was your weekend? I'd love to know about what fun YOU had! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday afternoon down the shore.

The ocean was a little cold today, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't get in & frolic in the salt water, so I'm having an awesome post-beach hair awesome that I even took a selfie. Crazy, I know.

sexy beach hair
Lots of post-sun noshing--bagel w/ hummus, pistachios, chips & salsa, edamame. Then we went to Dairy Bar for ice cream--they actually carry Coconut Bliss! I had a kid's size chocolate hazelnut fudge with hot fudge & peanuts. Yum!

I'm having a wonderful relaxing laughter-filled Saturday. How is yours?

Saturday morning down the shore.

I love that I opened the door to the fridge this morning & discovered that Nikki already had almond milk in the house (I have the best sister-in-law ever...yes, you should be jealous). It's the little things. Smoothie success!

Oh. This is my view as I write this post. 

Yes, of course I'm eating kale chips on the beach. (I also had a small coconut water & a package of seaweed snacks--I walked (total of 2.5 miles) to the cute little health food store where I stocked up on supplies--if you're ever in Margate City, NJ, check out Pamela's Health & Harmony.)

I really needed to get out of town. I'm really glad I'm here. Hope you're also enjoying a relaxing Saturday. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

At the beach house!

"Dinner" was a banana & some carrots w/ hummus & edamame. And beer. Happy weekend!

I needed this.


It's been a long & terrible week, but I had a meeting this morning with my new boss that gave me some hope. And then, after that meeting, I went to Flywheel. It felt so good to be on that bike, to get into the music, & to just GO!

not a PB, but I still kicked ass!
I'm busy busy busy as I will be for the next few weeks, but I'm getting ready to go down the shore for the weekend. I'm going to be so happy to see the ocean & my nephews that I might cry.

Today, I ate: a smoothie for breakfast, crackers & hummus for a snack, & leftover caulipots for another snack, & I'm about to have some granola w/ blueberries & bananas.

More later, perhaps from the train, perhaps from THE BEACH!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday night.

I'm so tired that I don't even really know how I'm functioning right now. I promise I have a list of great post ideas, but for the moment, all I can do is be thankful that I have this venue to share what I ate (rice crackers & hummus...caulipots...granola w/ blueberries & banana) & how much I exercised (only about a mile walk today). I've been at my desk almost all day & my phone has finally stopped ringing.

I just need to get through tomorrow then I have 2 days down the shore. Can't wait.

Thankful Thursday

OK, before I get into all of the gratitude I'm feeling today, here's what I've eaten so far today: a smoothie (gasp!) for breakfast & leftover pasta from last night for lunch.
  1. I am so incredibly thankful not only that I still have a job, but that my entire team still has a job, after the layoffs. Though I learned this week that "survivor guilt" is a thing, I am so proud of my Teamies for their amazing work, especially this week as they inherit students from teachers we've lost throughout the organization. I am really honored to work with the people I work with.
  2. I'm thankful that the work in my powder room is done. I still want to repaint, but the floor is beautiful. It's come a long way since the mold growing out of the old tile. Seriously. There was a mushroom. So grody. 
  3. I'm thankful that Jeff & Nikki have a beach house in Margate. Though I have to take work with me this weekend, I'm thrilled to be getting out of town. After this week, I really need to be able to frolic in the ocean. And, I miss my family. I'm glad to spend a weekend with them, & I'm really looking forward to when they get back to Philly full time.
  4. I'm thankful that I'm going to Flywheel tomorrow. I wish I had time to go today. I need to MOVE!!!!
  5. Finally, I'm thankful that people, YOU, actually read this blog. It's so encouraging knowing that you're out there cheering me on as I get stronger & healthier.
So now it's your turn, all you awesome mofos mentioned in #5. What are YOU thankful for? I really want to know! Please share in the comments or tweet @ me!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It's getting better.

I had a most excellent productive afternoon. I finally decided to give in & take some ibuprofen (I fight it every time, so ridiculous), & it really helped (of course it did).

I took a little field trip to Whole Foods (total of 1 mile walk, to & from). When I got home, I had a bowl of granola w/ blueberries, blackberries, & banana (you're shocked, I know). Shortly after, I had some edamame. I think I need to work on eating better/more in the mornings so I'm not starving by evening.

Tonight, I threw together a little gluten-free-pasta dish w/ garlic, mushrooms, chickpeas, & peas in marinara. It was really tasty. I've been buying Rao's "Homemade" Marinara lately. Of course I doctor it up with herbs & nooch, but I really like the small jars & it just tastes yummy.

I think I must be known for my really bad food pics.
Don't care. It tasted GREAT!
I'm going to relax now, away from my computer. Either going to work on getting caught up on Mad Men (I'm 2 seasons behind, I think?) or find a good documentary. Have a good night!

Not a lot of time for blogging today.

I woke up with a headache. I'm in so much pain in my neck & shoulders I can barely function. But somehow, I AM functioning. Grading papers & making phone calls like a boss!

I had a smoothie for breakfast. Later I had some rice crackers with nothing on them because I have nothing snacky in the house. I'm sure the not eating is adding to my headache but I don't feel like cooking & I have too much to do to go anywhere at the moment, so yeah, this is where I am right now.

It will get better. It always does.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's still only Tuesday?

Well, the early morning workout had me needing a nap before noon (or it might have been the crying over sad work-related news), but after a 1/2 hour power snooze, I felt better & I made some yummy spring rolls. I used the leftover mustard sauce as my dipping sauce. DELISH!

This afternoon I made the spiced mashed sweet potatoes from Veganomicon but with only one big sweet potato. Still a certain level of comfort food, but definitely an upgrade from yesterday.

Then tonight, for dinner, I finally tried the caulipot recipe from Appetite for Reduction. What was I waiting for?! Except that I used purple potatoes because that's what I had in the house. And I actually combined the broccopots recipe with the cheezy 'pots recipe. So I had purple cheezy broccopots. I also made Happy Herbivore's spicy mustard chickpeas because Meg recommended them recently. And holy moly, these 2 dishes were PERFECT together! I loved my dinner.

purple cheezy broccopots & spicy mustard chickpeas

Did you notice the texture of the snack I had & part of my dinner? Yeah, I'm still comfort fooding. Food texture is a really big deal to me. I feel the way I feel about the foods I love & the foods I hate often because of their texture. And I love the texture of mashed potatoes. Oh yes, yes I do.

Now it's time for some Netflix'ing. Have a great night!

A New Day

I'm known for not being a morning person. I've had days where I've hit snooze for an hour. Many days. I live in a loft with 12-foot east-facing windows for a reason--the sunshine forces me out of bed (or deeper under the covers, depending on the day)

But going to bed by 11pm has started to change that. And this morning, I was out of bed by 6:12am (I did hit snooze once, but I planned in advance for that last night) and on the bike at Flywheel 6 minutes before Jess's 7am class began.

I hadn't had breakfast. I was sleepy as I walked to class, & honestly, a little cranky. I told myself, "LJ, it's OK if you don't get near your personal best, just get through the class, do the best you can, it's OK."

But then, once the music started & I started peddling, & Jess made us up the torq & up the rpm...& up the torq & up the rpm...I was suddenly FIERCE! Not a PB this morning, but I still kicked ass & took names! And I feel fantastic!

Then I came home, showered, made a smoothie, & started my work day. Early morning workouts may very well become something that happens more often for me. We'll see!


Monday, August 5, 2013

I'm OK with this.

Govinda's Vegan Chicken Cheesesteak. Root beer. Death by Chocolate Cake from Vegan Treats.

comfort food is comforting

I didn't eat it all at once. The cake waited a couple hours. That's progress.

Also, it was a sad day. It was a hard day. And comfort food IS comforting. I'm OK with this.