Mary Effin’ Sunshine

by Holly on January 20, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,Mexican,recipes

This day can end.  Like now.

Just a bursting ray of radiating, luminous sun, aren’t I?  I did just get off the phone with Mama Everythingtarian where I proceeded to rant to her regarding various issues, including how: effing cold it is out, the wind feels like death, our health care reform is poo and crabby I am as a result of these (among other things). And yes, now I do feel slightly better.

Key word: slightly.

The day started out with promise however…the promise of a protein-packed Bananakins Oatmeal brekkie!

1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups water
1 packed Banana Spirutein protein powder
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tbsp. sucanat
lots of cinnamon
drizzle of maple syrup
dollop o’ peanut butter

One word: voluminous.

Now, I just wish I could use that word to describe my chest and not my oatmeal.

Work was hectic. Everyone needed to be in four places doing six different things while talking to three different people and in the midst, five people stopped by the office carrying nine things and well, it was crazy.  So I ate an apple.

I swear it made me feel so much better.

Especially since soon after, I ate a spinach, green pepper + cilantro pesto hummus wrap for lunch along with some carrots + cilantro pesto hummus.  After eating lunch around noon, I couldn’t wait to enjoy my orange.  So at about 12:30pm, I finished ‘er off!

P.S. Many of you asked for the cilantro pesto hummus recipe – it’s just 1 cup chickpeas + 1/2 tbsp. tahini + a few glugs of olive oil + 1 tsp. salt + 2 heaping tbsp. prepared cilantro pesto all mixed up in the food processor.  Wham, bam, thank you ma’am…the cilantro pesto hummus is served!

P.P.S. Mama Everythingtarian’s brother used to EAT the orange rind growing up – disgusting, no?

I got classy (and happy) late in the afternoon when I enjoyed some Wisconsin Raspberry Bellavitano cheese with some Ak-Maks – which are Armenian stone ground whole wheat crackers with sesame seeds.  One word: SOGOOD.

After work, my friend Steph suggested a gym workout, which I wasn’t going to do because of aforementioned crabbiness but went anyways.  So glad I did.  The 30 minutes on the elliptical (cross-train, level 10) + 15 minutes of stretching definitely felt good.

When I arrived home, I wanted dinner to be ready seven minutes ago.  Thanks to a Ghetto Mock Chipotle Bowl, it was.

1 cup brown rice
1/4 diced green pepper
1/4 cup red onion
cumin + garlic powder + s/p
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup salsa

The planned addition of an avocado didn’t quite work out when I opened it up to find it all brown.  Damn you fresh produce!

Now, I am sipping tea, attempting to bring my rage level down, eating another orange, munching on a square of dark chocolate, remembering that I have a lot to be thankful for, dreading doing the dishes in my sink, looking forward to the bath I am going to take after I finish posting this, staring longingly at my bed, contemplating having a cup of coffee, trying to shake off the brain freeze from being behind a computer all day and just being.

Who knew someone so crabby could do 11 things at once?

Mary Effin’ Multi-tasker is more like it.


Lauren January 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Oh girl, let it out! We all have days like this. In fact, I think there is at least one a week that is just so blah. Good thing there are usually more good days than bad to balance it out! :)

Have a good night sweetheart. Get some rest, tomorrow will be better! :)

Low January 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

OMG I just wrote about how I eat apples when I’m stressed in my post today. We are such the long lost twins. I am sorry about the crabby/crappy day. Mine was similar. :( There must be something in the air!

Hopefully today will be muuuuch better. Hugs!!

Whitney @ Lettuce Love January 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Eating the orange rind — I didn’t even know that was possible!

Erica January 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Well the good news is, tomorrow is Thursday (aka almost Friday). Both the oats and the cilantro hummus look so delicious. You always have great days of eats. Feel better girl

Erin January 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Eating an orange rind sounds disgusting for sure! I love your AkMak and raspberry cheese snack – I love my AkMaks with Laughing Cow Lt. Swiss. Sorry to hear you had a craptastic day…my Monday was like that this week. Hope that hot bath made it all better!!!

Danielle (Coffee Run) January 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Sometimes when you’re feeling effing aweful you just gotta vent! Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow.
I eat the skin of most fruits…but I think eating the orange rind is taking it a littleeee too far

Shelley January 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

ah i am bad at multitasking but always think it is a good idea anyways..yeah not smart. and i should try to make homeamde hummus sometimes- it sounds pretty simple! hope you have a great day tomorrow :)

Evan Thomas January 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I am right there with you. After too many nights of successes with the food processor at night, my luck just caught up with me. And then I got to clean it all up afterwards. Erggg. Oh well, the day’s almost over, right? (well, it’s more almost over here on EST)

Mel January 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Oi, I know exactly how you feel. I’ve had a day today as well. Hopefully, it will all be well tomorrow…

Jenna January 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hope ya get a good nights sleep after today!!

Kim @ Total Fit Girl January 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

We all have those days – it always helps to vent! I’m a huge multitasker and am constantly doing a million things at once!

katie January 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm

sorry you have had one of those days…tomorrow is a new day and it will be mucho betteer!

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans January 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Some days multitasking makes me feel like the queen of the world and that I can accomplish anything and other days it makes me feel like a crazy lady who is about to punch someone in the face. Get yourself some carrot cake ice cream and watch all the musical numbers from Glee!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I had a really crabby day too. Thank god its over.

LindsayRuns January 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I don’t know if I should be proud or sheepish, but I totally eat orange, lemon and lime rinds. Everything w color is fair game!

Sorry your day was crappy.

Katie January 20, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Dearie, anytime you wanna call and vent you know my digits. (Or maybe you don’t?) It’s been one of those days, I think. Or weeks. Here’s to a better tomorrow!

Susan January 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Glad you talked to your mama – it’s one of the only things that seems to help on those rare days where a good mood is just not an option. Tomorrow will be brighter!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) January 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Ah, I hate days like that. I typically find a cup of hot chocolate (even the instant kind) makes the world a warmer place.

Feel you on the rain–it’s torrenting here. Blah.

Mama Pea January 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Want to know what’s worse (slightly)? Having conservative FB friends post messages celebrating the lack of health care reform. Seriously?! Thousands of children are without even minimal health care…YAY!!!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Mary Effin’ Sunshine = My Name :)

Voluminous = your day tomorrow when the karma heavens shine down on you and things will be better :)

hugs honey :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

p.s. I have major medical issues and am embroiled in such an f’ed up situation with Blue Cross you’d never believe it if i even told you. I am about to go off. But I wont :)

Sarah (Finding My Balance) January 21, 2010 at 3:11 am

oi, vey, what a day. sorry everything was so stressful and busy and make-your-brain-melty. i hope that you feel better soon, holly! i mean, mary….

oh, what i wouldn’t give for a chipotle salad… ahhh….

Lexi January 21, 2010 at 4:16 am

Glad you’re feeling a bit better!

Your oats look heavenly!!!!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 21, 2010 at 5:48 am

Ah, lady. Hope you feel better! I know how it feels to be on edge all day. I usually just sleep for a good 10 hours when I have days like that, or call my Mom and vent. :) You got that covered, though.

Also, regarding your chest/oatmeal quote and the word voluminous:

“Now, I just wish I could use that word to describe my chest and not my oatmeal.”

You don’t want it, trust me. Big boobs are like large sand bags that hang around your neck and never leave. They make creepy men stare, runs nearly impossible, bra shopping and dress shopping a nightmare. Plus, if you had big ta-ta’s, you’d never know the freedom of going bra-less. I would love to be at least two cup sizes smaller.

Your lovely and amazing as you are!

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes January 21, 2010 at 6:19 am

“Just being” is the best choice and, really, the only choice you have cuz we are human beings, that is we are all humans-being. Some times we are thinking about being in the past, some times we are thinking about being in the future, some times we are thinking about being some where else, but that still is “being” where you are.

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) January 21, 2010 at 6:28 am

Sometimes you just got to get it all out! I have my episodes of venting. Thank goodness for a mom’s listening ear, right? :D

Hope today is looking much brighter and cheery for ya, Holly!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 21, 2010 at 7:21 am

Ugh, yeah. I was wayyy cranky yesterday as well. I skipped the gym, watched the Hannah Montana movie, and ate s’mores instead. That helped slightly.

Also: “One word: voluminous.Now, I just wish I could use that word to describe my chest and not my oatmeal.”

True dat.

Therese January 21, 2010 at 8:21 am

Awww beans! I’m sorry you’re feeling pooey! I was a serious crabasaurus Rex yesterday so I feel your pain.

Every single day I get home from work wishing dinner was ready 2.2 minutes ago. Hmm maybe our afternoon snacks need to be bigger?

<3 you! Feel better

Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

Hope today is a better day than yesterday! Your eats look pretty great though ;-)

Maya January 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

What’s your secret to such voluminous oats?

My mom is the best person to vent to. For serious it’s how I stay sane. Thinking about the state of political affairs lately is particularly depressing. So I’ve been ignoring it. Which is awesome for someone thinking of studying political science.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

Lemon juice sister! Spray it all with lemon juice (and a sprlinkle of salt to retain flavor) and it all looks fabulous and fresh hours later!

Whit January 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

here’s to a less crabby today. :D

Jenny January 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

How in the HECK do you get your oats to be that voluminous?!

I ranted to my mom for about 30 minutes on the phone last night…about everything. And my day wasn’t that bad, I just needed to. So go right ahead! Hope today is a good one :)

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats January 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

I think having a crappy day yesterday was in the cards for a lot of people…damn universe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamie January 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

AWw HOlly I hope you have a better day today… sometimes a good night sleep can make everything look/seem/feel better? maybe??

Danielle January 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Sorry you had a crappy day! There are certainly things to complain about, but think of the other things in your life like a great workout, a scrumptious bowl of oats, and the blog world that you live in with all it’s love and support (case in point: read comments above) and in my case, optimism :). Because what I have to say about the small ta-tas, is, me too. And lucky us, because we can buy tops and dresses without having to worry about it not fitting right as a result of a burgeoning bosom, or perhaps an un-classy amount of cleavage, we can workout without having the most state-of-the-art sports bras to keep the girls in place, and one day, when we’re old and gray, at least we won’t be saggy to the point of torpedo-status. How’s that to brighten your day ;)

K January 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I hope there was a hefty D word let out at some point during your day.

My cure: Find Johnny’s new show, watch, die of laughter :)

Chrysta January 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

oh man i hear ya. We all have our crabby days. Sometimes though it just makes me more determined and I get a heck of alot done. Sounds like despite everything you are still rockin out. Great post of just letting it all out. Venting really makes me feel better. I hope you are having a better day soon!

janetha ann benson January 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm

hahah you are cute and funny and sassy when you are angry :) god, orange rind? sick. for sure. hope today is going better for you.. and your voluminous chest. i sure love you!!

daintyvegan January 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Since he ate the orange rind I’m guessing he enjoyed the taste.. which baffles me. But hey, to each their own. :S

You did do pretty magnificently for feeling crabby. I know that when I’m in a perpetually pissy mood, nothing seems to get done. :I

Jenny January 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

you are officially the only person who possesses the ability to be so damn charming, even while angry. Smile for me, snooks!

rebecca lustig January 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

hope youre day is going better lovely lady <3

Susan January 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Aww Holly, I hope your Thursday was better! One thing that sucks about work irritations, is that it’s hard to get into it on the blog, and few other people in your “real life” can really understand what your job entails and the frustrations that come with it. On the bright side, work days usually come to an end at some point, and (hopefully) you have more good days than bad :) Love ya!!

Angharad January 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hey crab-meister H! Breathe…breathe…ok good.
We need to chat it up asap. We never finished our weekend chat and I have news (you can probs guess) and I want to know the source of all this crabiliciousness. XXX Love you!!

BroccoliHut January 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

WHOA. That is one bangin bowl of oats. And I just so happen to have some banana Spirutein in my cupboard right now…I wish my chest was more like your oatmeal too;)

Lindsay January 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Oh my gosh you just made my ‘effin day by crackin me up! Great blog, great food, great humor!


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