Realistic TV vs. Unrealistic TV

Saturday was reserved for Whole Foods.  As much as I love living in the Hampton Roads area, I’ve complained often about our White Bread region.  We lack decent ethnic food restaurants and hippie grocery stores.  I appreciate that we have a Trader Joe’s locally – but they sell “their” brand…which is processed on the same equipment as nuts, so it makes it pretty much taboo in our family.  I get a few things there, but there’s little I can’t get.
I woke on Saturday with a plan.  I’d drive the 2 hrs to Richmond, visit Whole Foods (it’s my closest), hit the Williamsburg Outlet Mall on the way back, and make my way home later.  Alas.  Part of my day went as planned.
I left around 10 am to head to Richmond.  I stopped in Newport News to get a Smoothie, and then headed up the rest of the way to my favorite grocery store.  I listened to my audio book the entire way, so 2 hrs felt like 2 minutes.  Yeah!
I got to the store, and then wandered around as slowly as possibly for a little over an hour.  I picked up some fresh fruits and veggies, tempeh, tofu, wine, vegan “butter”, and some amazing chocolate mint soy milk (which is probably the yummiest thing I’ve ever had).  They also have an incredible buffet line of salads, cold dishes, warm dishes, and soups.  I picked up some sweet and sour tofu, egg rolls, and curry cabbage salad.  After checking out, I sat in the cafe, read, and ate my buffet lunch.  It was wonderful, and I can’t imagine living near a Whole Foods and not taking advantage of what they have (hint hint to my family in WI….you have one in Brookfield…go soon!).
I eventually started making my way back to Williamsburg to do a little Christmas shopping.  I got off the highway, and after a half hour of trying to find somewhere to park (and police blocking the parking lot, and tow truck’s hauling away vehicles parked in nearby lots), I decided it wasn’t worth it and headed home.  I eventually got home around 4, and D decided he wanted to go to the mall.  He was really searching for some jeans, but turns out our closest mall doesn’t have a Gap (who knew??).  We did some shopping, picked up a few gifts,and headed to El Loro for some dinner.
At dinner, I begged D to get a hobby.  He’s extremely difficult to buy for, and I figure if he develops an interest other than computers and video games, I’ll at least have something to focus on when buying him gifts.  He promised he’d work on it!
I have to mention the argument (aka…fun discussion) that D and I had as we were going to bed.  We were all bundled up and deciding what to watch as we fell asleep.  We’re caught up on everything, and it was a toss up between Castle, Burn Notice, Cougar Town, and NCIS:Los Angeles.  I like the NCIS shows, and while D doesn’t like the original show, he’s told me that he likes the LA one.  He made it my choice, so I picked NCIS:LA.  This is when he started complaining about how “unrealistic” the show is.  Really?  I told him he was like those snobby film students who are always looking for enlightenment and realism, and that he can’t appreciate a show for it’s pure entertainment value.  THEN…he said that Stargate is more realistic than NCIS!  That Stargate…once you got past the alien races, teleportation, etc…is more grounded in reality than the ridiculous technology that Naval Investigative Services has…and that their chasing of terrorists in LA is more preposterous than any Stargate episode.  I was pretty much in hysterics by then…both arguing with him and laughing…that I told him I was going to blog about his and there was nothing he could do about it.  Someday…I’ll have to tell the story about his theory of why the cat used to sleep in our son’s room.  Alas.  That’s for a day when I have little to say…
I woke around 8 this morning and made some coffee.  I decided that today would best be spent cooking.  After catching up on CSI, I started going through a couple of cookbooks and taking inventory of what I had in the house.  As usual, I used my little sticky notes to mark the recipes that I planned on making.  I also marked some online recipes, and got busy.
  A few of my cookbooks from today.  The Candle Cafe Cookbook, 1000 Vegan Recipes, and Veganomicon.
  My roasted Acorn Squash prepped to make the acorn squash alfredo sauce that I’m so in love with!
I shuffled D out of the house around 11, and he went to the mall.  While he decidedly sucks at shopping, it was nice to force him to leave the couch.  He did great buying some jeans and clothes for himself that he desperately needed (I think I’ve bought ALL of his clothes since we got married), and he even managed to get some Christmas gifts and some groceries.  Woo hoo!
On Halloween, I made some cranberry and apple chutney.  Mixed with cream cheese and served with pretzels, it’s absolutely awesome.  A took some to school last week, and was asking for more.  We were out, so I made a new batch.  See below.  It’s a chutney of cranberries, apples, and spices.  Yum! 
  Cranberry and Apple Chutney as it’s finished simmering on the stove.
I spent the rest of the day cooking.  I made a spinach and tofu phyllo dish, Israeli couscous with basil sauce, and a black bean and millet casserole for dinner.  I also made two loaves of pumpkin/cranberry bread for desserts.  I also made several mimosas, but that’s besides the point 🙂
The kids played around both inside and outside, and overall had a good day.  R decided to stack all the green-room sofa pillows in front of the computer desk and sat on that instead of the desk chair.  She was very proud of herself.
So that’s been my day.  Lots of cooking, and little else.  I had a lot of intentions of working out, but didn’t quite get there!  That’s okay.  I have the rest of the week to do that!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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