Issues (Think About It)

by Holly on May 19, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,rambling

Most of the time, when I sit behind my computer to start blogging, I know exactly what I want to write about. Many times, I’ve actually spent my work day concocting posts in my head. However, If you didn’t catch it, the key phrase here is, “Most of the time.”

Then there are days where I look at the mind-numbing vortex that is McMac and not one measly thing pops into my right-brained head. Sometimes I think to myself, why even blog? If you have nothing of importance to say Holly, you should probably shut your yapper for once.

But then I remember blogging is an outlet. Or, as I like to think of it, cheap therapy.

Honestly, I think everybody should see a therapist. We all have issues. And better yet, we should all deal with our issues. That’s one of the few things I know for sure in life. But in this American climate of ridiculously paltry health care coverage, seeing a therapist isn’t always possible.

In these cases, blogging will do.

I hardly doubt I have any deep-seeded issues with PB+B toast anyways, but if I did, I could hypothetically blog about them right here and now.

In fact, I don’t really have issues with homemade banana bread + free iced coffees either.

I swear I did not force our office intern to go and buy me coffee. It was of her own free will. I mean, that’s if you call threatening her with writing the worst recommendation letter ever if she didn’t go to a specific coffee shop (Espresso Royale), hand grind the beans herself, place each grain individually into the machine, brew the coffee herself, wait for it to cool and bring it back to me with crushed ice free will.

I kid, I kid.

Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t currently have a therapist. She might take that joke as some sort of subconscious sign of pent-up frustration and force me to deal with my deepest, most darkest issues.

My deepest, most darkest issue being that I don’t actually love pasta.

It’s deep; it’s dark; it’s true. Pasta just doesn’t do it for me like say…a Smile Sundae or a doughy, carby bagel or a hugh jass Sun Bun?

But I’ll still take the Diet Coke, thank you very much.

I don’t have issues with 99% of veggies, just two of them: cooked carrots and mushrooms.

Luckily, those carrots weren’t cooked and cherry tomatoes are not mushrooms.

And neither are yog messes.

That would be 1 cup 2% plain Greek yog + 1/2 cup strawberries + 1 crumbled Dark Chocolate Muffin. Instead of waterbeds (ya know, that 1980s have-to-have-it phenomenon?), don’t you think they should make Greek yogurt beds?  I have a feeling that would be the comfiest thing ever.

Anyways…at 5pm, I skedaddled out of work, walked home, talked to one of my besties, realized my legs feel pretty dang good after running 10.5 miles yesterday and basked my ghost face in the sunny, 70-degree heat.  I planned on having a salad for dinner, but when it came time to eat – it was the last thing I wanted.

What I did want: Savory Oats.

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 egg (whisked in)
pinch of salt
1 oz. shredded Bellavitano cheese
1 handful spinach
3 Flax-Encrusted Sweet Potato Balls
1 sunny-side-up egg
pinch of garlic salt
pinch of crushed red pepper

Mega-Pimped-Out Savory Oats is more like it.

You can bet me an hour-long therapy session I popped that yolk.

Upon arriving home, I also found the most gorgeously wrapped package from Japan…

Hmmm…that could only be from one person and one person only: Miss Molly!

Thank you Molly Girl! This girl sent me a plethora of Japanese tea – Kumquat Green (!!!) – since she is teaching English in Japan for a year. And we are from the same hometown in Minnesota. But we met through the blogosphere.  How crazy is that?

Now, I have come to the end of this post and realized I have rambled about therapy, health care, intern abuse, pasta, Greek yogurt beds, savory oats and Japanese tea successfully all in one post.

But that’s what therapy blogging is for, right?

P.S. Go on over to Salty Tooth and show newbie blogger Kristin some love!


Little Bookworm May 19, 2010 at 5:43 am

Great post! That yoghurt mess looks amazing. The savoury oats look interesting, maybe I’ll have to try them soon.

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

Your yogurt and savory oats always look so delicious. That is therapy enough for me.

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self May 19, 2010 at 6:01 am

Haha – love the slippery slope between blogging and therapy! You’re totally right, in both cases you’re allowed to spew forth whatever craziness you’re currently experiencing, and then have a somewhat random person on the receiving end listen contentedly and remind you that in the end, all is well. Unfortunately even with health care reform I fear therapy will remain out of reach for many Americans, but blogging is pretty darn inexpensive. :)

Erica May 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

You hate mushrooms too? I can’t stand them (the smell, the taste..ugh!). I wish I liked them though…because they are in SO many vegetarian dishes. Nothing wrong with your love of the PB&B toast either- that looks like some good-ness right there. And how do I get an intern so I can make someone get me coffee too? I need one! Pasta isn’t my biggest carby love either. I prefer bread. mmm bread. Hope you have a good rest of the week. Any fun weekend plans yet? Am I the only one who starts thinking about the weekend on Tuesday?

Matt May 19, 2010 at 6:17 am

Mushrooms are the worst! I do love cooked carrots though ;)

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 19, 2010 at 6:28 am

Haha! As it stands, I only use my blog for recipes, but this post is a great argument for some therapy blogging. Your writing is always so entertaining! Also, I clicked on that link to your Sun Bun, and it looked ridiculously amazing. Wowie zowie.

Whit May 19, 2010 at 6:36 am

I would so sleep on a greek yog bed.

Coco May 19, 2010 at 7:02 am

There is a coffee shop here in Boston called Espresso Royale too! However I don’t think I would go there and grind my coffee beans myself. It hasn’t reached that level of awesomeness yet. I totally agree with you about pasta!!! It really doesn’t do it for me. I love a big bowl of it from time to time, but I would much rather have a squishy yummy bagel or 5 slices of banana bread such as yours. That stuff looks BOMB!!!!
If you haven’t already please come pay a visit to my new blog!!!! I had to get a new blog because my old one got infested with spam. I would love for you to visit! Have a glorious day my dear!

Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

Hooray for Japan, I’m going there next week for the first time, which is sooooooo scary for me!

Susan May 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

Blogging is such a “therapy” for me as well. More often than not I know the content of my blog is probs not the most exciting, but sometimes the simple and well-rehearsed habit of posting pictures and remeniscing about my day makes for a relaxing evening (or early morning). It kind of reminds me that things aren’t so bad. Or that even though I’m a little loony, the fact that I can handle a computer okay means I’m not completely incompetent.

I’ll take the waterbed and store a waterbed’s worth of Greek stuff in my fridge for lifetime consumption.

Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 19, 2010 at 8:13 am

Blogging is cathartic, no doubt about it. Even for people who have issues with cooked carrots. :) I don´t like them either.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 19, 2010 at 8:21 am

I’m glad you confessed to not being a huge pasta person because I’m not either. ;)

lo May 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

omg cooked mushrooms hardly do it for me, and i cant really stand cooked carrots…or dry broccoli for that matter. One thing I do love? How we both had breakfast for dinner last night! twinsies….. BTW, u could blog about garbage and it would be interesting. No matter what, you always have insightful posts.


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

Heeeeeey, I didn’t know I had a fellow cooked carrots & mushroom hater on my hands?! I HATE THEM!!!

What a fabulous package, all the way from Japan!!!!

Rachel May 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love reading your blog even when you don’t know what to write. :)

I seriously thought that yog mess was an oreos blizzard!

janetha May 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

Hahahah put me on the list for a yog bed! Agreed, we all need therapy. And blogging definitely comes in handy. And free. Ill eat your pasta! Xo

brandi May 19, 2010 at 9:02 am

:) Those posts when I have no idea what to write often turn out the best! I’m like Michael Scott: “Sometimes I start a sentence and I have no idea where it’s going…”.

And i totally had a dream that we were meeting up last night! In my dream, we were in college together and were finally going to meet up for dinner but it was like an I Love Lucy episode and everything kept going wrong! Sadly, I woke up RIGHT before you came over. Sad. But it was hilarious, and I was cracking up when I woke up this morning :)

We do need to make it happen for real sometime.

Happy Humpday girl!

Evan Thomas May 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

Bahaha, the greek yogurt bed idea made me lol

Angharad May 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

Mmm. Runny eggs. I had some ‘a those for breakfast on sourdough toast. I think I could eat eggs everyday. In fact, I know I could! Eggs make everything a meal. Delish.
P.S. Banana bread is my jam!!

Kailey (SnackFace) May 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

In a bed of Greek yogurt, would we sink or float? Either way, I WANT.

Your yog mess with the muffin looks like a Blizzard! YUMS.

Sometimes I have no idea what the H I want to post about. As soon as I have a title, though, it all comes together.


samantha May 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

therapy is my JAM.

mm savory oats. if i weren’t forcing my roommate to make me dinner tonight, i would make dem dose dere. nothin like a good eggie!

Danielle (Coffee Run) May 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

That’s such a nice package! (heh heh…I’m really immature)
And yes, blogging is great for therapy because a lot of the time, people can relate :)

Kristin (Salty Tooth) May 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

Thanks for the shout out!

The savory oats look so good, I plan to drool over the pictures all day!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) May 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

I don’t like pasta either!! Weird for a marathon runner, yes?

I do like mac and cheese though. And pad thai.

Hooray for blogging therapy. Sometimes it feels SO good to vent it out.

Lauren May 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

I don’t like pasta either!! It’s kind of like white rice…just doesn’t excite me. Unless that pasta is stuffed with something good, then I can get into it! :)

Hope your week is going well!

Therese May 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

Yea when my brain is mush I usually just don’t post…or I have my husband do a post ;)

Honestly I could take or leave most pasta too. It either doesn’t fill me up (if I have an appropriate portion) or stuffs me silly! I prefer my carbs of the bagel or chocolate or beer variety!

Andrea@WellnessNotes May 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

Unfortunately, pasta does it way too much for me!!! ;) I’ll have to try savory oats. They look amazing… Actually, they look so good that they could really get me into trouble…

Special K May 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I think everyone DOES deal with their issues…but boy, their ways are STINKY. Of course, some of mine STINK too on certain days. Holly… would you consider sending your pal Molly over to my GIMMIE YOUR STUFF page? I would love an exchange?

katie May 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

you get the reward for the BEST SAVORY OATIES EVAA!
hahaha love your therapy/bloggie thing!! amen sista!

Killian Fallon May 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Who says you need a reason to blog? Your blogs are always awesome anyways! See? Always gives me that much needed injection of humour into my day so thank you x Also a dark chocolate muffin in oats sounds like you should be knighted. By me. I knight you. There. Now you’re the fairest lady of the land. Hurrah hurrah. Also the fact that you dig raw carrots get my thumbs up so go you :) Hope all you Jappy tea makes you Happy :D Love the blog, you’re food is so messy and completely sploosh-altogether but I still admire your diet :) xxx faithful Killian

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) May 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Also HATE cooked carrots, don’t know what it is but just can’t do them!

Katie May 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

A Greek yogurt bed?? I absolutely love that idea.

Also, I don’t really like pasta either – so you’re not alone. It makes me fall asleep in about 5 seconds flat. I am not kidding.

Aaaand I think of you every time I walk to/from work. Lately, that’s at least twice a day. Holly on the brain…

Lynn @ The Actors Diet May 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

blogging is cheap therapy – true! but some days it’s best to leave my problems to the professionals!

Jenny May 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

mama I’ll be your therapist any day, insolong as you pay me in dark chocolate muffin messes. Deal? great.

I’ll be honest, I was never too impressed by savory oats but you’ve officially convinced me that they deserve a second chance. Wish me luck with that one!

love you, Hollaaaaaaaay!

Low May 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Mushrooms are a fungus, they don’t even deserve to be in the veg category. I loathe them. And cooked carrots don’t do it for me either.

Blogging is the best therapy!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) May 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm

ohh my those savory oats are PERFECTION!! i still have yet to master it! i think I much prefer them sweet style…i have tried them mixed with soem laughing cow and veggies and did nothing for me!

i also hate cooked carrots, well i take that back, I like them in whole carrot form roasted like carrot fries, but I hate them when they are steamed and all mushy! my g-ma used to make that all the time and I always had to just move it around my plate blehhhh

Molly May 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

YAY!!! You got it :D I’m so happy! I was a little worried b/c ‘communicating’ with the post office obviously creates some uncertainty of where exactly things will end up or how long it would take, but that was quick!…considering it took me 6 months to gather the goods and actually get to post office, oops. Hope you like you AUTHENTIC Japanese tea!!! xoxo.

Oh, and if strab’s weren’t $10 a carton, I’d consider that yog mess real fast…maybe I’ll have to splurge…pps…you traveled to India right?! Or I’m I making this up?

Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition May 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm

What a great package! My cousin is lving in Japan also right now

jenna May 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

wow! those savory oats look sooo good!!

Molly May 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Hi, me again!! So, I read on Kath’s blog and Caitlin from HealthyTP is speaking there too, but have you heard about the Healthy Living Summit: in Chicago. Last year the tix sold out in 20 minutes…I just ordered one ($75), but amazing experience…and I’m not even a food blogger, haha…but if you are going or know anyone who is…road trip!?!?

Rachael May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Your scope of subjects covered is impressive indeed. I’m with you on the cooked carrots – I was raised, poor white trailer style, on canned carrots gently heated a la microwave in dollar store margarine. I don’t even slice them these days- I gnaw on them rabbit-style- lest memories of that orange mush be tempted out of my subconscious.
I recently discovered kumquats, and a plethora of dirty, fourteen-year-old-boy-esque jokes about their name later, I’m in love. They are the perfect fruit, and apparently, the little rinds are fiber-riffic. Happy mouth, happy intestines.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

when I’m not feeling a post I just put up pictures. haha

Your posts are always amazing though. You got nothing to worry about.

Sissy #1 May 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

HAHAH I kid, I kid.

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