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In Need of Some Quiet Time

This week I found out I didn’t get a job after a phone interview and two rounds of promising in-person interviews. I’d been checking my phone obsessively for news for weeks, and while I was incredibly disappointed that day, it was a bit of a relief just to know either way.

The day before I found that out, I had a phone interview and have spent most of this week working on a proposal for another job–one that sounds right up my alley. Please send good thoughts my way!!

(Job searching is stressful. No wonder my stomach’s been bothering me.)

So I escaped to NJ for a little bit of downtime in the midst of all of this stress.


My mom and her friend had come into the city for a doctor’s appointment, so I met them for lunch and then they kidnapped me. We went to Coliseum, because it’s right by the doctor’s office, and I had a turkey burger with avocado and sweet potato fries (apparently it’s an annual check-up because I went with them July 14 last year too, and ate the same thing), and it was delicious. I could live on turkey burgers and sweet potato fries, I think.




For dinner, we went to the golf club. The food isn’t so great, but the ambiance is nice–when we sit outside. (When we sit inside, it feels like a nursing home.)



Not surprisingly, there aren’t many healthy options on the menu. I am more than fine with not eating healthy sometimes–as long as it’s because I want to, not because I don’t have any other choice. I got the chicken thighs with vegetables and (an unidentified) rice and was underwhelmed as usual.

I’m glad to have this proposal done so I can focus on some fun things coming up:

What fun stuff do you have coming up that you’re looking forward to? Also, what food(s) could you live on forever?

Miracles in Manhattan

Last night, as I was making my egg wrap, I grumbled to myself that I didn’t have any meat ready to cook. The eggs were a decent source of protein, but eggs are no meat. I poked around my freezer, scowling at frozen chicken and turkey burgers and willing them to defrost. When they didn’t immediately defrost, I moved the turkey burgers to the fridge and vowed to make them tonight.

As I prepared to leave work tonight, I did my usual scanning of food blogs for good ideas/contemplating how good some sushi from SeamlessWeb would be. The only recipe that looked good to me was Anne’s chicken fingers, but I remembered my turkey burgers and decided to stick with them but still go with the healthy comfort food theme.


I had no veggies at home, so I stopped at the grocery store and got two frozen things of veggies, baby spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli and those Jala frozen yogurt bars. I don’t always write about dessert, but I usually do have some sort of small-ish dessert after dinner. When I was losing weight, a nutritionist I saw told me I could have 200 discretionary calories to eat whatever I wanted, whether that was having a bigger dinner or having small dessert. Having the small dessert gave me something to look forward to all day.

This bag of groceries only cost me $20! I have no idea how that would rate outside of Manhattan, but $20 for any bag of groceries feels like a miracle to me. I really need to remind myself every single time I shop, that I really don’t need that much food. Just the broccoli, sweet potatoes and things of frozen vegetables are enough veggies for at least 4-5 meals. I really realized how little food I need when I made a big portion of soba noodle stir fry last week and ate it for quite a few meals last week. While, yes, I do try to eat in more sometimes, it’s really just cutting back on takeout that I need to do. I am young, single and living in one of the best cities for food–I’m okay with eating out a bunch as long as I don’t spend too much money and as long as I keep it healthy.


I roasted sweet potato wedges and broccoli and had them with a turkey burger on a sandwich thin.


I’m settling in with a beer to get some work done now…