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Long time no see :)

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment


Busy does not even begin to describe the last few days! Work, school, paper writing – oy! I wrote a paper Sunday and that afternoon spent some time cooking!

I made Spinach and Orzo Soup with Turkey Meatballs!

and to think it all started with some chopped garlic!

To make the turkey meatballs I did the following after looking up some different recipes and mixing them up!

1 12oz package of lean ground turkey

1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

A lil’ salt and pepper

1 egg

1 tablespoon of pesto (no parsley…i figured it might work well…and it did!)


Then I did the fun part and got messy!

ignore the sugar in the back….definitely not included in this recipe!!

Aren’t they purrrrdy? 🙂

I think my nonna would be proud!!

Next, I sautéed a shalot, some garlic and some celery. Then I added a mix of chicken and vegetable broth.

I also added orzo! Then the meatballs to cook!

They popped to the top when they were about done! ps. I added a spoonful of tomato paste for flavor and color!

Lastly, I added spinach!

It’s delish!


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There’s nostalgia in my soup!

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey everyone!

Last night I went to dinner with my friend Hannah and my roomie Chuck… Hannah (so wise this girl) suggested the Kickin’ Chicken Corn Chowder and it did not disappoint. In fact, the only thing disappointing about the night was the teeny tiny amounts of salsa they provided for us! haha.Don’t get so cheap on us Chevy’s!

Anyhoo hanging out again with these pals from college was fun and made me totally nostalgic for so many things,especially college…I miss the carefree innocence I had…I miss G Street and walking home at one in the morning and beer pong and being more present and in the moment. I feel I wind myself up now with all the things that must be done today, tomorrow and a month from now. Of course, it’s the responsible thing to do, but sometimes I feel I’m missing out on the now – having coffee, hanging out, breathing and being a pal and a good daughter. . We all change and move on, hell, you kind of have to, but sometimes being a 21-year-old, singing some Cher at a pub and being with her friends sound like a little slice of heaven. Maybe the lesson is to take more time to have fun, spontaneous times with friends so I feel more balanced out instead of a being a big stress ball.

But back to today’s plans….

Today I will be writing 2 papers…A case vignette for my law and ethics class and a vignette for my psychopathology class…can’t wait? haha. Both are very interesting, but I feel a little slow., so I am determined to understand what is going on!

Until later friends!

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Life Changing…

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I was going to wait to post until later, but on my break I looked at my local news online and saw the headline, “Alicia Parlette, who wrote of her cancer, dies”…Curious, I clicked the link and within the last hour, I met, loved and lost Alicia Parlette, a writer who wrote about her cancer diagnosis at the age of 23 and her journey with Cancer. I’m still choked up by reading it, but her faith, her story, and her life have touched me so much. It makes me not want to waste a minute…

It’s an emotional read, but her courage is inspiring. Her favorite book was To Kill A Mockingbird and she quotes Atticus Finch who is telling Jem why Mrs. Dubose was courageous…

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.”
– spoken by Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
I urge you to read her story:

She had a blog as well!

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Jazz is home.

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I am currently drinking some iced coffee, listening to Jazz, making a quiz and blogging. haha. Multitasking much?

Last night, the traffic to get home was just horrendous. It took way longer to get home and by the time I did, I was pooped. My roommate offered to make all of us steaks, so OF COURSE I said yes please!

Things have been crazy lately. with school and work being super intense lately, I have felt like I am barely keeping up. That’s life I guess. I just want to be good at everything, have enough time to eat well, work out and sleep 8 hours a night. OK, yes this is unrealistic, but we can all dream, right?

Until the cow jumps over the moon and all of those things are possible, I have jazz music. I listen to jazz and all the stress and anxiety dissipates and I feel relaxed. I grew up with Frank and Dino at my nonna’s house and my dad listening to jazz ( Al Jarreau anyone?) in the car. I still think the coolest thing ever would be to be a JAZZ SINGER! The one thing standing in my way is the fact that I can’t sing at. all. haha. I think some of my fondest memories are of sitting in the front room with my nonna listening to Sinatra sing “Wee Small Hours” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. I still think of riding home in my dad’s Volvo and listening to Jarreau sing “After All”. I guess in a way, jazz is my soundtrack to life. It’s quirky, you don’t always know where it’s going, it’s not so mainstream, but it is real,  lively and lovely. Whenever I need time to just breathe, jazz is a way for me to do it. Jazz is home.

How do you soothe yourself when you’re stressed? What’s your soundtrack?

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even the best laid plans…

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

so…I got home late and now my roommate is making me some steak….haha.

There’s always tomorrow!

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What to do for dinner?!

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

ok, ingredient mash up…I currently have the following at home in need of being cooked!

– Ground turkey (enough for 2 different recipes) –>i could freeze it, but I’d rather not.

-Tomatoes –>must use ASAP.

-White Beans


I was thinking of doing a white bean and spinach soup with ground turkey…

My other option is to do a risotto recipe (I’ve never done it, but there’s a first for everything) with shrimp and do a side of sautéed spinach and white beans. What to do?! Both will take a while..and since I won’t get home until about seven, I’m just thinking about which one will taste more delicious! 😉

I promise to take pictures of my culinary experiments, good or bad…yikes!

until later friends!

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April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey guys… instead of reading for my next class I am in the computer lab about to vent a little about my day. I brought an old book with me to work as it was  ironically about self-esteem (I was looking for  some guidance with some of my students). When I took the book out of my purse during my prep, 3 or four pictures fell out, and they left me kind of shocked. I picked them up and they were of me from high school. Thin, long-haired, beautiful me. Oy. I hadn’t seen those pictures in forever and  just as I start to put my appearance aside to enjoy life, there in my hands were pieces of my history I pushed back in order to be able to deal with where I’m at now.

I have to be honest….I wasn’t healthy in those photos no matter how much I want to think I was … I wasn’t comfortable in my skin at all, and constantly felt like someone would realize I was a fraud and wasn’t Naturally thin or pretty or blond. Ok, well, it think it was obvious I wasn’t blond a day in my life (haha). Even though I have come to terms for the most part with who I was 10 years ago, I can’t help but make comparisons. I feel unrecognizable when comparing myself to the pictures… It has become very clear to me that somewhere along the line I stopped caring. It’s a fine line for someone with an eating disorder; hell, caring too much was how my ED began. I think though, once I realized I couldn’t maintain the diets or the exercise, I just gave up. I LET MYSELF GO. I don’t want to be that person. This blog has been a way for me to express my goals and who I want to be, but I got a not so  gentle reminder that baby, I’ve got a long way to go!

The most interesting part about those pictures is that I have no desire to be as thin as I was. It was unmanageable and unhealthy. I feel that same way sometimes now. In my head the best me was the size I was before I began dieting. My body shape isn’t waif-like and never will be. I  Looking back, I think I was beautiful…I just wish I had known it. People can say something nice a million times, but I remember the one negative comment and believe it. As different as I look now, there are moments I look in the mirror and say, “damn you’re cute.” It’s not often, but enough to make me feel that I may not be thin, but I have and am constantly changing my relationship with myself. Now I have to do it with food….

I am glad I saw those pictures because in my head, 16-year-old me was a little too glamorized for her own good. I needed the reminder that looking good does not equal feeling good and that instead of being all or nothing when it comes to myself and food, I need to live it up in gray more.

hmmm….A lot of thoughts….

Have a good night everyone…All of this self-realization has got me beat!

A’s game tomorrow!

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