All in a Day

When I was employed, I dreamed about having days to do whatever I wanted, to make my own schedule as I pleased.

The grass is always greener on the other side. I’m not getting bored by any means, but I absolutely miss having a set schedule.

However, the lack of regular schedule has made for some interesting days.

Today I walked up to Columbus Circle to swim at the Equinox up there, and I was walking back, I saw this on the side of the Hearst building.

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And this is why a layoff is like a breakup. Just as you’re going about your day, there’s something that reminds you of that person/company and it hits you like a ton of bricks. It’s not always a bad feeling, but it can definitely be a shock.

Seeing these magazines on the newsstand hasn’t fazed me for some reason, but this did. It’s like when I’m waiting for the caffeine from my coffee to take effect and I see a former coworker on the Today Show. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a reminder of how my life has changed.

But back to the swim. I did 1400 yards, which is longer than I’ve ever done! I did: 100 yards, 200 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, 300 yards, 400 yards, 100 yards. And now my ears hurt a little bit.

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I ran home and ate the quickest lunch ever and ran out for another interview. On my way home, I got to walk on the new section of the Highline, which was really pretty.

And now I’m in NJ so that my mom and I can head down the shore for a little sunshine tomorrow. My mom asked what I wanted for dinner, and I requested food on the grill, since my little grill pan ain’t quite the same.


Turkey burger on an Arnold whole wheat bun.



And some grilled veggies.



My dad stole my camera while I was eating. He thought you all might want to see their flowers on the patio?


My humoring him face, apparently.


We also grilled sweet potatoes, and they were honestly kind of a fail. I had read somewhere to boil them first, so we did for a few minutes and then placed them on the grill (in this foil, with olive oil and salt and pepper), but they never got crunchy.

What’s your favorite on-the-grill food? That’s one downside to living in NYC—not nearly enough chances to grill in the summer.

15 comments on “All in a Day

  1. Tropical Eats

    oh man i feel ya on that.

    used to work for Kraft before I moved up here, and every time I see an oreo cookie, mac and cheese box or oscar meyer weiner i get this funny feeling inside.

    you work so hard for a company and then bam, your whole life changes.

    Hope you have a fun weekend with the fam!!! 🙂

  2. Alison @ The Peacock Diaries

    SO many things taste great on a grill…I love a good burger or steak. But I think corn on the cob is on top of my list. My absolute favorite thing is to make it Cuban style, with cotija cheese, lime, and a touch of chili. OH. MY. GOD. it is the greatest thing. Man, I really want some of that corn right now.

    I think your breakup comparison is a great one. You need a little more time to mourn and heal…but you’ll fall in love again 🙂

  3. Debbie

    try cutting them in thick slices, boiling them for a few minutes, then brushing them w/ olive oil & seasoning & then placing them on the grill, flipping them occasionally until you get a nice crust on them. the problem w/ foil packets is youre really only just steaming your veggies & not getting any of that great grill flavor. you can also get an insert pan for your grill for those smaller veggies that can slip through the grate.

  4. Cait @ Beyond Bananas

    I am going home tomorrow to visit my fam.. and they always want to know what I want for dinner.. and you’ve helped me answer that question! SOMETHING GRILLED! It stinks not having a grill.. espesially when I see all the yummy grilled foods on people’s blogs!

    Hmm, i think I am going to request grilled shrip..veggies.. maybe even grilled corn!

  5. Samantha

    I’ve been reading through some of your more recent posts and appreciate your transparency and honesty about your unemployment. I am recently “unemployed”–except mine was by choice. Although I chose this, it is such a huge transition from going a million miles an hour to living the slow life and not knowing exactly what is in store for me next. You seem like an incredibly smart and talented woman, I am sure you will find a new position soon–hell, it may even be a way BETTER gig than your last one.

  6. Rebekah

    Hey, first time visitor to your blog. The food looks delicious! I don’t know the back story about your job but I’m so sorry for the situation. That kind of story is actually what inspired me to write my blog. I’d love to have a guest post or something. Let me know 🙂 (

  7. Hilary @ The Big Weight

    Hopefully this comment doesn’t make you feel bad Theodora, but I really do love Woman’s Day magazine (even though I’m 27 – I get made fun of often by my friends – “That’s an old lady magazine!”) – but I just find the info so practical and useful!

    Have fun at the beach!

  8. Nancy F

    I live down at the Jersey shore and love it! Glad you are down to enjoy our beaches. You really need to grill directly on the grill and skip the foil. The foil just bakes the veggies. Try cutting them a bit thicker, brush them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill away! If you are worried about the food falling in the grill you can get a grill pan or just use skewers. I promise you, you will love the taste difference. 🙂
    By the way, great job on the swim!!


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