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Just Like That

I got news.  Big news.

I’m not pregnant.

I’m somewhere between ecstatic and near vomiting.

Again, I’m not pregnant.

Let me tell you a couple of stories.  They’re good – I promise!

Things happen for a reason.  I am not one to believe it, but everything that has occurred in my life has been screaming otherwise.

Story 1:   When Binks and I started our own firm, we started office sharing in a conference room with another business.  It was small and tight (“tight” in a can’t fit way, not in a cool way – I’m old).  We threw out the option of finding our own space but never found the time to look or the right fit.

One day for lunch, we randomly went out to eat at Jason’s Deli.  I remember I had to beg to go because Binks was set on eating the sandwich we brought for lunch.  He finally gave up and agreed to go.  After eating and as we were walking out, we saw a beautiful office tower, and randomly decided to go walk inside.

Lo and behold, a whole floor was being renovated and spaces were plenty.  That was how we found our office.  Just like that.

Story 2:  Binks and I live in an apartment.  With starting a business, funds were tight and we wanted something that didn’t come with a 30-year mortgage commitment.

Time went by.  We were in a position to buy.

We made an offer on a house.  We didn’t get it.  We made an offer on a second house.  We didn’t get it.  I was losing hope because in between the first and second, there were other houses that just got away from us.  People are crazy for real estate!

We found the third house.  We made an offer.  Someone made a higher offer.  We didn’t get it.  That was November 20th.  We were set to go to India on December 1st.  I was truly disappointed.  I loved this house and I couldn’t get it out of my head.  I decided to forget about the house search altogether, and have a good time on vacation.

So, December 1st came, and as you may remember, Binks lost his Visa.  We were stuck in Houston for 2 daysI was mad. On December 1st, we traveled to Houston.  On December 2nd, we waited in line at the Visa office – only to be informed that it would take another day.  I was livid.  I cried.  I yelled. It was not pretty.

We left and walked back to the hotel disappointed.  I checked e-mail.  The first and only e-mail was from the real estate agent for House 3, and I had the expectation that she was attempting to be our buyers agent.  The email went a little something like this:

The previous couple could not get the loan approved.  My sellers have requested to extend an offer to you.

Just like that.  We got a house.

I’m happy.  I’m nervous.  And, I’m pretty sure I’m broke – just like that!

🙂

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Easy and Comforting

As it continues to be cold (yes, even in Texas), I really do crave the comfort of a warm meal – at every meal.  So, I put aside my love for salads and switch to soups.  I put aside overnight oatmeal for the warm version.  Then, when the warm version gets to be what’s on the menu everyday, I switch it up without losing the comfort of a warm meal.  Enter – baked oatmeal!

Have you had baked oatmeal?  It’s delicious.  It’s a mix of oatmeal, cereal and dessert rolled up into one vegan breakfast!  Well…vegan after I got a hold of it.

Start with the dry.

Mix in the wet.

Add in the fun.

Bake and there ya go!

Enjoy alone or if you’re like me, add a splash of So Delicious Coconut Milk (it’s one of my new favorites) and grab another square! 🙂

It was just as delicious the next day for breakfast!

Did I mention it’s vegan?  Look at me go!

Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup + 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used the So Delicious coconut milk)
  • 1 flax egg (or a real egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (feel free to use whatever you want here)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to  350 F.
  • Mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  • Add in apple sauce, milk, flax egg, vanilla extract and stir until combined.
  • Add your mix-ins like cranberries and sunflower seeds.
  • Spread into an 8×8 pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

I should have added spoon to my ingredients list.

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Welcome 2011!

Happy New Year everyone (albeit late)!  Hope you had  fantastic and safe New Year celebrations!

Binks and I had a low-key celebration this year, which involved us driving to downtown Dallas to see the fireworks with our puppy.

I have been reading a lot of blogs that reflected on their last year to determine if, how, when and where each of them met and exceeded their goals.  As I just started blogging, I thought this would be the perfect time to not look back but to look forward and to be able to reflect in 2012 at the things I will accomplish in 2011.  Here is what I will do (some big and some small):

1.  Drink 8 glasses of water a day:  I used to be religious about this.  Not because I was forcing myself but for some reason, I would just always make it a point to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.  I have no idea how it worked but it did.  Now, I think with work and work at home, I just find myself replacing water with food.  Instead of recognizing when I’m thirsty, I’ll eat.  This year, I’m going to keep hydrated and make conscious efforts to recognize when I’m hungry and when I’m thirsty.  Do you drink 8 glasses a day?

2.  Finish the C25K:  I was doing really well with the C25K and then India and its preparations happened and I got sidetracked.  I could beat myself up over it but I chose to look forward and try again.

3.  Blog regularly:  I have been increasing the frequency of my blog but I realized that I’m not consistent.  I don’t blog at regular times or days.  I need to have consistency to help myself out and also my readers.  With that said, I also will stop blogging at work and make it a point to either do it before or after.  I’m assuming after as I am definitely not a morning person.  Are you?  When do you blog?

4.  Cut down on meat:  Towards the end of the year, I was really good about not buying any meat or cooking it in the house.  I have to say that just not buying meat has tremendously cut down our grocery bill! Now, I realized that I need to take the next step and make efforts to cut down on meat in general.  I actually find it enjoyable to find delicious and healthy vegetarian or vegan recipes.  However, when we do the parent visits or go out to eat, I usually end up eating meat.  I need to make changes by picking the vegetarian option at a restaurant and just opt out of meat dishes at family gatherings.  I do not have any intentions right now of cutting out meat altogether, but just want to make sure I incorporate more veggies and fruits into my life.

5.  Cut down on sugar:  I would like to blame this on the holidays, but it’s me.  I crave sugar – and I know it’s not going to get better on its own.  I am a dessert/baking person, as you know, and I love sweets.  I crave something sweet after every meal.  I have to stop this thought process and make dessert a “sometimes food”.  Or make healthier options like dark chocolate squares or fruit.  Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so, how do you satisfy your dessert craving?

6.  Exercise 4 times a week:  I was doing really well this (again with the C25K and some exercise videos), but after India and the holidays, I got off the train and need a ticket back on.  Since, I can’t figure out what program I’m going to do, I’m just going to move.  I’m going to run 3 times a week and do something else the 4th day.  Whether it be joining Binks and his yoga or putting on my pilates or my Shred DVD, I’m going to do it.  I just need to move.  Exercise provides quick results!  I notice that I sleep better and have less stress throughout the day when I exercise.  You can’t beat that! 🙂  What exercise program are you doing for 2011?

7.  Make weekly goals:  I read Beth‘s blog regularly and she is awesome at doing this!  I have noticed that setting short-term goals helps you really get ready for the long-term goals.  Do you make weekly goals?  Monthly goals?  How does it help you?

8.  Prepare lunches and snacks:  I have been lazy in my terms.  I have not been focusing on lunches or snacks, and just relying on frozen meals for lunch, which are great in a bind but I want to get into the habit of having lunch prepared the night before so I can grab-and-go with something healthy and nutritious options!  What do you usually do for lunch?  Do you prepare it the night before?

This is my 2011 list, and I am ready and willing to get started!

What’s on your 2011 list?  What are your goals?

Happy New Year!


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