by Holly on March 1, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch

Every once in awhile, there is this game I play. It’s not really fun or entertaining.  There is no real reward at the end of the game, and quite frankly, no one ever wins.  In fact, it’s a game that is almost always played solo.  And let’s be real…what’s the fun in that, right?

What is this game you ask?


When I woke up this morning and had to run errands BEFORE work, I knew it was going to be a doozy of a day.  While eating a fabulous bowl of Classic Banana Oats this morning, I was also simultaneously packing my lunch, checking my e-mail and doing dishes.  In other words, it was the grand return of Mary Effin’ Multi-tasker.

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 egg (whisked in)
pinch of salt
1 smashed banana
NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops
drizzle of maple syrup
drizzle of almond butter

Literally, I did not read one blog, celebrity gossip, online newspaper or anything today.  That never happens.  In fact, I should receive some kind of award for that.  Oh wait…I guess I kind of already do.  It’s called my salary.

Even though my co-worker Natalie’s birthday was two weeks ago, we finally got all of our schedules to match and went out to lunch to celebrate the glorious day of her birth.  Since we are classy and swanky like that, we headed to the Capitol Chophouse downtown for lunch.

Starting with a mini-chop salad

…proceeding to the Cranberry Sage Flatbread (crispy flatbread, cranberry goat cheese, butternut squash + caramelized onion)…

…and tastes of each of everyone else’s dishes (ancho mole chicken tacos, philly cheesesteak sammie, chicken panini + a strawberry cheesecake to share)…

…and of course, a birthday dessert for the birthday girl!

Twas’ a fun, revealing lunch. Let’s just say we shared our rebellious high school pasts, and it was hilarious.  I had no idea I worked with such insubordinates (myself included).

The rest of the afternoon revolved around beaching myself at my desk and catching-up.  Lunch was ridonkulously filling, and even after I got home from work at 6:30pm, I was not hungry.  However, my healthy self knew it best to eat something, so I whipped up a lil’ Berry Banana Smoothie, which I am currently sipping on…

1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/2 cup POM juice
3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 banana
2 cups baby spinach

Because it tastes so good when it hits your lips.

Now, I am contemplating baking up some cheetahs while I get to work a monster to-do list, consisting of:

  • tarea para la clase de espanol (ahem, Spanish homework)
  • e-mails…lots of them
  • edit my sister’s scholarship apps
  • edit my other sister’s resume
  • put away my laundry
  • start freelance writing project
  • dishes
  • unpack my weekend bags
  • finish Away We Go (which I have been trying to do for more than a week…)


With that, I’m outta here.

What is your favorite board game to play? LIFE, Sorry and Double Trouble top my list.

What is the most rebellious thing you have ever done? In high school, my friends and I had a vandalism group called L.M.B.B., a.k.a. Lick My Butt Bandits.  We vandalized people’s cars, yards and what not.  The best part?  We were all pretty good kids, so no one suspected us at all.  Mu ha ha!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Your oats look like some of the best I’ve seen – they look amazing. I haven’t played board games in FOREVER but I love good ole’ checkers or Monopoly. :)

Evan Thomas March 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Don’t you just love the game of Life? No ones ever a winner :-) LOL how pessimistic.
My fave boardgame is easily Monopoly. Do you know how hard it is to get a bunch of people to play that through?
And when I was in 4th grade, I was a real smart-alec. I would not listen to the playground watcher, and boy did I get in trouble for it

Jess March 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I think I’m going to make that smoothie! I just need some bananas!!

Glad you had fun with your friends! I love stories from the past. Favorite board game HAS to be candy land. :)
<3 jess

Jenny March 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm

ugh playing Catch-Up is worse than curling…. unfortunately, I’ve had to play all week. Meh.glad you managed some time to “play” with your amigas this weekend though :) sounds like a yummy good time!

K March 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Errands before work?! Work all day without a blog break?! Both of those should be illegal! What a day!!

1. Life!! I love that game!
2. I used being in NHS as an excuse to get out of class and leave school early :)

Susan March 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

That cranberry sage flatbread just blew my mind. So many wonderful flavours happening on one flatbread!! Hopefully your Tuesday is a little less hectic :)

1. Favourite board game is Scattergories. I’m a word geek, and sometimes people come up with hilarious stuff.

2. Oooohhhh, I used to be SUCH a rebel. Most probably shouldn’t be discussed on the internet :P Although, when I was 14 me and my best friend took the bus to a city 2 hours away without telling anyone. A huge deal when you’re only 14 years old! And there were many nights where I scrambled out of my basement window. Lord help my future children, they ain’t getting nothin’ past me :P

Matt March 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Sounds like quite a day!

1. Monopoly!
2. I go to work early, clock in, and sit there doing nothing until it is time for my shift ;)

Katie March 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

YUM YUM YUM! That birthday cake looks mighty fine.

1. Monopoly!
2. I’m gonna save that one for gchat ;-)

I watched your 15 minutes! Looking mighty fine, lady! Was that Rosedale in St. Paul?

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I love Life! When I was in high school my friends and I were really into playing truth or dare and once on a dare a friend of mine and I had to go through a Burger King drive through naked…

Megan March 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I cant believe you revealed our name…that was top secret!!!

Jenna March 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Flatbread looks ahmazinggg!!

Kristie March 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

We could watch Away We Go (or finish it up) after the run… I definitely own it. ;)

katie March 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

i LOVE life!!! ohh yeah! and apples to apples-but i guess that aint no board game
most rebellious thang-GET A TATTOO on my right butt check! whoo!

Carbzilla March 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

That is some crazy-ass flatbread but I bet it was delish!

I snuck around with an older man the summer after my senior year in high school, but it was fairly innocent (compared to today’s high school girls) and it didn’t last long.

Em March 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm

My friends and I always play Clue, Life, then Apples to Apples (in that order)

ellie March 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm

That flatbread looks incredible!

Not a board game, but I LOVE Scattergories. Cranium is also good!

Most outrageous- the week before my mom’s wedding when I was 17, I got my hair dyed jet blac and had streaks of brigh red through it.

Lo March 2, 2010 at 12:03 am

omg i love that lunch! the cheesecake looks sinfully amazing. I need to hear some Lawyer boy news stat. Also rebellious thing? Pribs doing mushrooms at a summer music festival a few years ago….whoops. dont tell mama nut :)

miss u boooooo.


Shelley March 2, 2010 at 12:15 am

the capitol chophouse sounds awesome!! that flatbread especiallyy. your oats look awesome too by the wayy, as always :)

Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES March 2, 2010 at 1:43 am

I maaay have gotten kicked out of camp when I was 13 for sneaking to a boys bunk. My b…

And I’ll do yo tarea if you’re overwhelmed, hermana :)

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 2, 2010 at 6:25 am

You’re one awesome multitasker. I can only focus on one thing at a time (and even that’s pushing it on some days…haha ;) )

Sarah (Finding My Balance) March 2, 2010 at 7:25 am

that looks like the best work lunch ever. i want your salad. i want your flatbread.

1. scrabble. durh.
2. this wasn’t in high school, and wasn’t that rebellious, but in my 1st year of college, a few friends and i started a little thing called p.o.o.p. groop (people opting for old-fashioned pranks) where we made hoax calls and did silly little pranks to everyone around us. l.m.b.b. reminded me of our groop. hahaha.

Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

I think all the “good” high school kids were always the ones causing trouble…me included ;) I would love Monopoly but it takes SOO long to play. I’m blanking on the name but I like that one where you have to act out things or mold things in clay..

samantha March 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

lick my butt bandits??? i WISH we coulda been friends in high school, that is unreal.

i think i snuck out of my house every night of highschool…… parents never knew. muahaha!

Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

I am a scrabble addict for sure! And my rebellious actions are not fit to be posted ;-)

Tina March 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Favorite board game – Cranium! Best. Game. Ever.

Most rebellious thing?? – I’m not sure. Maybe cheating on someone for a year…or when I would go out 5 nights of the week, skipping classes in the process during college. Not too smart. Yet somehow I still got A’s. LOL

And you’re welcome for my other comment – I meant every word. :)

Maura March 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I love LIFE! I need to own that game! Oh, and my most rebellious thing? I was forced to go to an all-girls sleep away camp in NH (don’t ask, my fam loves tradition). Half way through the session I just couldn’t take it anymore so I contacted my cousins who were staying down the road at my summer hose. They came in the middle of the night and busted me outta there!! I rode through the woods toward freedom on the pegs (‘member those) of my cousin’s cute friend Tim’s bike. Needless to say, my parents weren’t exactly thrilled & I was banned from camp. Whoops ;)

Angharad March 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

You are probably going to hell. I hope you know that.
Playing catch up is always a bit of a b*stard, no? I am doing that all week before my trip. You know how it goes: “oh you’re going away for two weeks? Can you make sure you just get these 17,000 things done before you leave? K, thanks!” BLEUGH.

Love all those lunches. I want a big work lunch and soon. and chipotle doesn’t count.

Fave board game(s): a bunch of British ones you have never heard of cos they are hokey and local, scrabble, boggle and cranium!

Allison March 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time and I think it’s GREAT! I’m a fellow Madisonian and I can’t wait to read more!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Oh girl, I know all about catch-up….I think it is a perpetual game for me. Your butternut squash flatbread looks divine!

Fav board game: Life!!

Most rebellious act: In high school I was on the cross-country team and on the day of the big district meet, my friend and I stuffed oreos in our sports bras. We broke them out around mile 2 and offered them to our competitors. We thought it was hilarious, but unfortunately our coach did not.

Susan March 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm


Your weekend sounds like it was fab – and now you are basically a celeb since appearing on the news. What could be better? Umm, maybe that flatbread you had for lunch. Good luck with the “goal list”; I know you will push it real gooddd.

I watched “Away We Go” this weekend and loved it – can’t wait to hear what you think!


Gabriela (froyolover) March 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Holy Moly!
Delicious eats ;)
Looks like you´ve had a great time!
Have an awesome week, girl.
Brazilian XOXO´s,

susan (stepping off the coaster) March 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm

OMG i laughed outloud when i read “it tastes so good when it hits your lips”… FRANK THE TANK, FRANK THE TANK

see, that’s why i love you!

favorite board game is definitely scattergories… all the girls in my family play scattergories during the holidays, which usually involves booze, which means the game turns into “porno scattergories”

Therese March 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

OMG a runny egg on a breakfast sandwich???? Why have I never thought of that?

Umm LMBB? You are waaay too badass for me. My parents thought I was the spawn of satin because I hid vodka in my closet and snuck around with boys. I guess not much has changed…except the vodka is in the freezer and I lost the ‘s’ in boys :)

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