When You Notice the Reception In Your Bathroom Sucks….


Yesterday was an epic food folly.  I fell off the bandwagon, and holy poo, did I pay for it.  I’ve taken for granted how good my body has felt since giving up gluten, but yesterday I was put to the test.  And failed.  Never again will I suffer from lack of planning.

D and I did our anniversary trip to Busch Gardens.  I had a good breakfast (Vega One and a banana), but didn’t really prepare for eating up there.  At a theme park.  Stupid me….

I did have a salad at first, which was OK but not remotely filling enough.  After not finding anything and getting hungrier by the minute, I ended up with a grilled veggie panini.  A few hours later (safely at home), I was in belly hell.  This reminds me of first being veggie and needing to plan in advance when I traveled or ate out.  This is no different, and I need to be more diligent about both researching options for where I’m going and bringing food with me until I’m comfortable ordering out again.

On the plus side, today rocked.  Breakfast was a BAS with romaine, marinated Italian tofu, red onion, and topped with some homemade Italian dressing and the mediterranean brown rice salad I made the other day.  Yum!

a really light, but hearty breakfast salad. Really got me going this morning – and felt cleansing at the same time after yesterday.

For lunch, I made a tofu “eggless” salad.  I often add turmeric just to color it, but seriously didn’t even care today.  I made a tostada (in honor of Taco Tuesday….and my love of all things on tortillas), layering some romaine lettuce, eggless salad, and sprouts.  It was absolutely yummy.  I ate two 😉

this is the tofu I use for this dish. It’s totally different from what I normally get, but it works perfect for eggless salad.
it has a very “hard-boiled egg” like consistency. I cube it up, and put it through the egg slicer.
here’s what it looks like before the mix-ins
I add some veganiase, dijon mustard, agave nectar, pickle relish, red onion, and salt and pepper. I’ve made it before with dill or curry as well, for a slightly different flair. It’s really versatile, low-fat, and filling.

I made a batch of blueberry-chia jam!  Very fortuitously, I read Oh She Glow’s post today about making a jam with blueberries and chia seeds.  I was running out of time to use the tons I had, and this was perfect.  It came out awesome too.  My oldest told me she made a mid-day snack  of a toasted bagel and smothered it in this.  I’m thinking it’d make great pie filling too.

For dinner, it was a blended meal of things I made, and things D made.  I made some tempeh tacos, served on a lettuce cup.  A simple dish – I boiled the tempeh cubes for 15 minutes or so (allegedly helps in the digestion), and then did a quick marinade in fresh OJ, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, ancho chili powder, and adobo seasoning.  Stir fry it up, and eat!  Simply topped with some red onion, they were simple and filling.  D grilled up some corn and veggies (red potatoes and broccoli), and that rounded out my dinner.

my Taco Tuesday Fusion supper 🙂


Yesterday I hit up a 6am crossfit class.  I knew that I wouldn’t work out if I left it later to the day, so I got up at 5 (I was actually already up), had some coffee and a banana, and headed out.

The 6am class is much bigger than the evening ones….and much more subdued.  They were a great group though, and we pushed through a run, warm ups, weighted push ups (hello….who ever came up with doing push ups while having weights stacked on your backs….either should be shot or given a medal), and then the WOD of wall balls and kettle bell swings (10-20-30-20-10 reps).  It was tough, but felt great to get done.


Yesterday was D and my anniversary.  We always say that we don’t need a date to commemorate how we feel every day.  We’re fortunate to be happy together pretty much all of the time, and aren’t one of those couples that requires frequent “date nights” in order to be stupidly happy (though we do go out once in a while).

We did, however, celebrate anyway.  We did our annual trip to Busch Gardens to drink beer and ride roller coaster (and yes…Budweiser products are considered gluten-free….so I was good with the Michelob Ultra for the day.  Sorry Dad….).

We had an absolute blast!  We only rode 2 coasters, but spent the day walking around, talking, holding hands, and having a really, really great day.

D while waiting in line to ride in the front row of the Griffon

I’m glad I didn’t start feeling icky until that night.  That’s when I discovered the wi-fi and cell reception in my upstairs master bathroom leaves much to be desired.  I won’t get into gory details about WHY I was there long enough to notice…but let’s just say it’s frustrating when stuck there and my iPad just didn’t connect to anything….

Today was work.  Not a heavy meeting day, so that was good.  I got a lot done to prep heading into budget season.

Today was also a mid-year Christmas!  All D and my Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Anniversary gifts came through the miracle of FedEx and UPS (except his anniversary gift to me, which is a couples spa day this coming weekend)!  First of all, D’s new phone got here.  He’s been wanting one for a long time, and we made a deal when he got the new iPhone earlier this year that once his coveted phone came out, he could get it, and then he’d give me his new iPhone.  So really we both got something today.  He got the Samsung Galaxy S3, and he gave me his 5-6 month old iPhone 4.  And I have a Chelsea FC case for it, so it’s even doubly awesome 🙂

D’s new golf clubs came today too!  They are left-handed, and for a tall guy.  He totally killed some weeds in the back yard with his 5 wood….


And most importantly.  My new camera arrived!  It’s a bit overwhelming, but I really can’t wait to start taking beautiful pictures with it.  Between the botanical gardens, the beach, Disney next month, my kids, my Godson, and my food, I’m going to be a picture-taking fool!  I have two instructional DVD’s and two books, and am looking at local camera clubs.  I’ll try to not post a billion here, but plan a LOT of Flickr albums I’ll link to.

Yay! I finally have a big girl camera!!


So yay!  Not-Quite-Christmas-In-July at my house 🙂

I leave you with random pictures….

R hiding in the golf club box…..(this was taken with my old Samsung point and shoot).


playing with the sport mode on my camera, and catching R kicking the ball to M
R petting Sammie
my honey, getting his portion of dinner ready
cooking up the veggies!
last one, I promise….



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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.

9 thoughts on “When You Notice the Reception In Your Bathroom Sucks….

  1. Breakfast salads are so great. I love them. Mori-Nu tofu is one of my top brand favorites. I have always hated eggs. When I was little, I told my mother that if God intended us to eat eggs he would have made eggs come out of the chicken from another place than the bum. Clearly, that little field trip to a farm backfired on her!! So, when I first heard about tofu-salad sandwiches I was thrilled. I also love tofu “omelets”.

    ANYWAY, I am jealous of the camera. K is having our first grandchild in August. I NEED a big girl camera so I can be THAT kind of G-MA. You know the kind, “have I shown you my brilliant G-Baby, here I have 5,000 pictures of him”.

    Happy Anniversary to you both. I think I said this on Facebook, but it was so great meeting D at the wedding in March. He really impressed me.

    I am sorry you had an icky ending to the day though. I have a similar issue, although not related to gluten, which causes me to spend quality time in the potty after a meal sometimes. SO, I empathize. Still happy that it did not ruin your big day!

    1. I tend to use the extra firm organic tofu in the produce section more than the mori-nu off the shelf, but it’s definitely the best for the eggless salad!
      I’m loving the camera – though totally overwhelmed by it. I picked up a few books, but really need to get some lessons and just get out and take pictures. Congrats on the soon-to-be-here little one! That’s so exciting – is this your first grand baby?
      And thanks! I’m impressed by D every single day. He’s an amazing person, and I’m the luckiest woman in the world 🙂

      1. I get a organic tofu from the co-op that is so amazing. I cannot remember the name. The texture is wonderfully dense.

        Yup, first grand-baby.

        I forgot to mention the jam looks amazing.

      1. For some reason, I am reminded of the scene in French Kiss when Meg Ryan’s character eats all the cheese and has a lactose intolerance moment.

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