Bad news: My digi camera is about three food photographs short of biting the blogging dust.
Good news: Until I can save up enough Benjamins (a.k.a. dolla dolla bills a.k.a. $$$), I have my trusty iPhone camera. The quality isn’t as good, but a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do, right?
Bad news: I was completely out of fresh fruit this morning to complement my breakfast.
Good news: This insufferable circumstance has lead me to the discovery of a very important new combination in my life – Sweet Potato Breakfast Fries! Yes, fries. Drizzled in peanut butter and topped with cinnamon, these dessert-like fry wonders paired perfectly with PB+J+DCC (peanut butter, jelly + dark chocolate chips) on an Arnold’s sandwich thin.
Bad news: I got poured on for the 2nd consecutive day in a row walking to work. And for the 2nd consecutive day in a row, I’ve also been forced to take shelter from the incessant rain in the alcove of a building next to the same homeless man who I’ve awkwardly been forced to talk to twice now.
Good news: Daddy Everythingtarian was swinging through Madison today and decided to stop to treat his favorite daughter to an early lunch at Marigold Kitchen. Eggs, bacon + toast for him while yours truly ordered a bowl of fruit alongside a bacon + fried egg sandwich. And coffee. Always coffee.
Bad news: Due to some extremely tight financial constraints (more information to come in a Reader’s Request: Budgeting post), I have $20 to spend on groceries until I get paid August 1st.
Good news: The blogging gods are watching over me, and for some karmic reason, I’ve received some killer product samples to review for zee blog. First up, the Canadian-made Simply Bar, which I first tried last month hiking it up in Banff.
Bad news: The bars didn’t actually come with a subscription to The Onion (which for the record, IS the world’s finest news source). Did you hear that Arizona high schools are now going to teach Spanish completely in English?
Good news: Simply Bars are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and low on the glycemic index, all for just around 150 calories a pop!
Bad news: Some protein bars tend to not really fill me up, so I am skeptical. Very skeptical.
Good news: With varieties like Lemon Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cinnamon and Cocoa Coffee, my desire to taste these Everythingtarian-approved flavors overrides any skepticism I may have.
Bad news: The protein source is soy. Processed soy (especially soy milk + soy protein powder) is about one of the only things my tummy does not handle digesting well.
Good news: The stats on this bar rule, as does the ingredients list. I mean, 17 grams of protein and ingredients I can actually pronounce? Screw my digestive tract. I’m eating them.
Bad news: I almost dropped half the bar on the floor, because it was flimsy and broke pretty easily.
Good news: The Lemon Coconut flavor was DELICIOUS! It was lemony without being fake and the chunks of actual coconut in the bar were a welcome surprise. The texture reminded me a lot of Rice Krispies – pleasantly crunchy and airy. I gobbled this up in about 45 seconds flat.
Bad news: After I ate it, I definitely could have still eaten more.
Good news: Despite the fact that it didn’t feel filling, it held me over for two hours until I was able to whip together a quick + healthy dinner using up what’s left in my fridge.
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup crumbled tempeh + 2 T BBQ sauce
1/2 cup zucchini
1 oz. finely cubed cheddar cheese
drizzle of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
3/4 cup baby carrots
Bad news: It’s Friday night, and I am completely devoid of cool girl plans.
Good news: Shopping, Whole Foods, The Tudors: Season One and an early A.M. trip to the farmer’s market, here I come!