3 Reasons I Dislike Shopping During the Holidays

Starting with Reason #3: I don’t know what to get!  Each year I struggle with what gifts to purchase for coworkers, husband, family members(especially dad).  Honestly, the people on my list don’t necessarily need anything, but of course I want to give them something.  I want that special something to be a gift that they can actually use, not just shove in a closet never to be seen again until they themselves need a gift to give.  Re-gift anyone!?!  After all, I don’t want my gift to be the talk of the White Elephant Party.

Reason #2: People are nuts!  Shopping during the holidays means crowded aisles of stores where rude consumers push, shove, fight over the last medium sized shirt on the sale rack…where they refuse to say excuse me if they cut you off or bump into you (I personally must have said excuse me at least 20 times on Friday)…where they steal your parking spot as you wait in the lot with your blinker on. Or where they park their cart directly next to yours facing the opposite direction and proceed to take your cart with your purse sitting at the top of the basket in the child’s seat and only notice after being chased by the screaming woman (ME) saying, “Excuse me, ma’am; excuse me ma’am, you just took MY basket!”  I swear she appeared to have a wig with a hat on and is sure to be a scammer.  I would be the naive one that gets scammed by the woman who accidentally took the wrong cart.  Luckily she didn’t steal anything and maybe my analysis is completely off basis.

Reason # 1:  Because of the two latter reasons, my mind gets lost in the madness.  I forget to eat…I forget my budget…I forget who I need to buy gifts for…mainly I forget that the down escalator takes people from upstairs to downstairs.  On Friday I literally stepped onto the downward escalator tripping over my feet and after a few seconds I realize…I am on the wrong escalator.  So I turn around and see adults and children laughing.at.me.  So I shake my head, laugh, and say out loud, “I’ve lost my mind!”

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Likewise, today my mind got lost in the holiday luncheon held at work and I failed to bring my camera, err iPhone.  I will say I had a plate full of a scoop of red beans and rice, 4 seafood salad finger sandwiches(two too many), a deviled egg, marinated veggies two ways, 2 pinwheels, 2 mini meatballs and  2 mini sausages plus I went back for some salad and a scoop of decadent, rich Butterfinger brownie pudding trifle with douses of whipped cream.  Honestly, with all that I wasn’t overly stuffed; I definitely could have gone back for seconds on some things but withheld. 

I did eat a solid breakfast of oatmeal, banana, milk, water, cinnamon, vanilla, cottage cheese, peanut butter, granola, and raisins.

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With hot gingerbread tea.

Dinner was eaten out with the sister and her two babies.  At Sake Cafe I had a salmon avocado roll, California roll, and snow crab roll after a cup of miso soup.  I couldn’t finish all of the rolls eating 4 pieces of salmon and California rolls each and 2 of the snow crab, but they were tasty as usual.

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Once home I snacked on two dough balls which taste like chocolate chip cookies in case you’re wondering.

Do you have any bad shopping experiences to share? 

It Was A First

I am ashamed to admit it, but I have succumbed to the temptations of the online world of shopping.  I am not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I am leaning towards the latter.  Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers is giving me lots of ideas lately.  The other day I joined RueLaLa after it being mentioned on her blog; it’s a two day sale on different designers and boutique style clothes.  The clothes (there are also shoes, jewelry, home, stationary, and other types of boutiques as well) are often half off or more, and each day new boutiques are added.  So I’ve been checking them since joining last week and wasn’t  too keen on anything just yet, due to the fact that I check it later in the day and what I like is already sold out.  But today was the day that I made my first clothing purchase via the world wide web all thanks to my earnings at the Gold Party last night.  I am looking forward to getting my tops and shorts some time next week.  Hopefully everything fits because I am really bad about returning things at a regular store much less an online store.  If you want to join RueLaLa to see what the hype is all about you can get there at http://www.ruelala.com/invite/mlay06.

Onto the real point of this blog–the food.

I woke up pretty late in the morning so I chose to make a peanut butter banana smoothie to share with the Hubby.  I added two frozen bananas, 2 tblsp of peanut butter, 1 cup of milk, 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and about 4 ice cubes to a blender.  Using the ice crush mode, the smoothies were blended to a thick, creamy consistency.

I should have gotten a pic of all the ingredients, but I forgot.

Next up, lunch = leftover beef terriyaki over 1/2 cup of whole grain brown rice.

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A while after I ate an orange, but again forgot to snap a picture.  I gotta get used to capturing all my eats on camera.  Orange you sad I forgot to take the picture? 😦

I finally made it to the grocery after a visit to the gym consisting of 15 mins. on the elliptical, 30 mins. of weights, and 15 mins. on the treadmill, in that order.  Once I got home it was time for some dindin and my stomache let me know.  I wanted something fairly quick to cook while I loaded and unloaded the dishwasher.

Again, Julie at PB Fingers introduced me to roasted rutabaga.  I’ve roasted asparagus, sweet potatoes, and eggplant before, but never rutabaga.  Heck, I’ve never even eaten rutabaga.  So tonight it was a first–for the veggie and for the roasting of the veggie.  I sliced it as Julie suggested into fries to make rutabaga fries.  They look an aweful lot like french fries and I, since a kid, always and forever will be a lover of the french fry.  However, I don’t eat them often.  But I tell you, as I was indulging in my rutabaga fries along side my veggie burger I felt like I was eating french fries.  That makes me really HAPPY!  🙂

Take a look at ’em!

Into the oven they went at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes flipping every 10 minutes or so.  To prepare them I simply splashed them with olive oil and sprinkled them with black pepper and Tony’s creole seasoning, then tossed them to coat evenly.  Here is the finished product.

I heated a veggie burger and topped it with reduced fat swiss, tomato slice, romaine, dill slices, mustard and ketchup piled atop a Nature’s Own whole grain sandwich round.

It was a great meal and I will definitely have a second go at some point with my rutabaga fries.