Overwhelmed + Unprepared

by Holly on November 16, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,Indian,lunch,recipes

I am completely overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of love, support and linkbacks you have given to me and to the people of Cambodia. When I decided to announce the fact I was raising money to build a well in Cambodia on the blog, I thought maybe I would get a few donations. As I type this, I have already received $155.

And that doesn’t count the money I will put in, or the money put in by family for Christmas + my birthday, or any other family + friend donations.  Thank you to all of you who donated and know how much it means to me.

I will definitely be pimping out the cause through Christmas, so there is lots of time to donate.  For more info, please visit my last post here or my donation page.

Back to the eats…

1/3 cup oats
2/3 cup organic skim milk
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. pure maple syrup
cinnamon, nutmeg + ginger
1 crumbled Pumpkin Molasses Cookie
drizzle of AB


This glorious bowl of oatmeal was actually yesterday’s.  This morning, my oatmeal did NOT turn out well.  I ate it, but it wasn’t pretty and had to be covered in LOTS of nut butter.


This morning, I had the most crunchy, tart and delicious organic Braeburn apple.  Apple heaven.


Despite the fact I dropped $40 bones at the grocery store this weekend, I did not do adequate prep.  Therefore, when I woke up this morning, I had nothing to eat for lunch.  Bad Holly.

Instead, I spent $8 on an Indian food cart on Vegetable Curry + Chana Masala over Basmati rice.


Yes, I ate the whole thing, and yes, it was worth it (to me at least, maybe not my bank account).

The afternoon involved obsessing over this Glee song and listening to Christmas music.  Then at 4pm, I skedaddled because the PT job had me scheduled at 5pm.  WTF?!?!  I told them 5:30pm at the earliest.  Ugh, people don’t listen.

In other words, I scarfed a yog mess on my way out the door…

3/4 cup plain Greek yog
1 sliced naner
Dylan’s Cranberry Walnut Chia granola
almond buttah


Delicious, but it did NOT fill me up.

I brought another banana + my almost empty jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams PB to work for a snack.  When it came time to snarf, I realized there was not a knife or utensil in sight.  So I did it.  I stuck my hand in the PB jar and scooped out DCD for my banana.  No shame, no shame.

Now I am home, drinking coffee, blogging and making some roasted brussel sprouts + cheetahs.  It may or may not be a long night ahead of me.


Tomorrow I am holding myself accountable for a flossing + yoga challenge update!


Is there a certain charity you hold dear to your heart? Besides Sustainable Cambodia, I think two of my favorite organizations I’ve worked with are Children’s Heartlink and the Special Olympics!

Are you already listening to Christmas music? Obv, yes!


Evan Thomas November 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Congrats to the money raised!
Your WF eats look delicious
And christmas music all the way! I think I’ll run to some tomorrow

katherine November 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Even though it’s a big charity, I hold Livestrong near and dear to me as my brother-in-law had testicular cancer five years ago. Thankfully, he and my sister are expecting their first child later this week/month!!!

Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) November 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Yay Glee! Wait, which Glee song have I not been obsessed with? Right none. Yeah so my playlist rotation is mainly Glee songs and Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. Yes that’s right.

Erica November 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Are you making the brussels sprouts like the most recent post on Danica’s Daily?? Those looked great.

Allison R. November 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm

YES I AM LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC! My roommates think it’s stupid to do so until AFTER Thanksgiving! Psh…

Matt November 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Congrats on raising all that money. That is awesome!

Lizzy November 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

i’ve been listening to christmas music for 2 weeks now. i know i know i’m crazy but i can’t get enough!

My job sometimes does that to me too, they’ll schedule me when they know i’m not available! uhhh if only they new that we need time to eat and get there! tehehe

have a great evening my dearest!

Jenna November 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm

lovely bowl of oats!
and no i don’t start listening to christmas music until the day after thanksgiving!!

Amy November 16, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I had just made myself a panful of roasted brussel sprouts and cheetahs before reading this. Great minds…

Andrea@WellnessNotes November 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Great post yesterday and awesome idea! I truly think traveling so often puts things into perspective… I’ll visit the donation site in the next few days and will also link back to it soon.

Looking forward to your update on the other challenges! ;)

Erica November 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Seriously- that is like the best looking bowl of oats I have ever seen! Nice work chicky. Glad you’re getting the support you deserve for your amazing cause!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I think my favorite charities are:

– NYRP (Bette Midler’s environmental organization. Man do I love that lady.)

-Human Rights Campaign Foundation (Because I believe in spreading tolerance like nut butter, and I really want to be able to see ALL of my friends have the right to marry the people they love.)

Your Indian splurge looks worth every cent and bite. Yum!

Katharina November 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Girl I be checkin’ my mail urryday! I’m sending yours out tomorrow – finally! I went to the post office on Saturday but I didn’t realize they close at 12.

I laughed outloud at the hand scooping the pb. I would totally do the same. Then you can lick your fingers clean :D

there’s an Indian food cart by you? My friend talks about this one Thai food cart at the medical campus downtown. There’s one food cart on campus called nate’s tacos. Doesn’t that sound like it’s from a movie?and he’s got a skydiving bumper sticker (I definitely wrote that number down).

Today when I went to the Apple store they were playing Christmas music throughout the mall :)

p.s. I have a surprise I want to send to you but it’s down in Florida. So it’ll wait till my Thanksgiving break. Love you, Holly!

Kailey (SnackFace) November 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to belt “Defying Gravity” in the car and completely blown my vocal chords. I get so carried away.

OMG yog mess. Need one. MamaJ may have bought me two little cups of Greek yog for this week…naughty.

How are you such an effervescent person after working non-stop? I’m amazed.

Oh honey, you know I’ve been listening to Christmas music since September because I’m sick. Cannot help this.

I’m a turd and have no fave charities, but my heart’s tied to anything having to do with MS or breast cancer (familia background :().

Wish I could come over and help you with your shiz! Love you!!

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I force myself to hold off on Christmas music until after Thanksgiving! What are your personal faves? I was raised on the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album (ohhhhh yes, they made a record, and it is amazing).

BroccoliHut November 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Just picked up some organic Braeburns myself today…I can’t wait to dig into my stash after seeing this post:)

maria November 16, 2009 at 11:31 pm

I started the Christmas music today. I usually HATE Christmas music because the stores start playing it too early and completely ruin it for me. But so far this year I am loving it. Probably cause there’s most certainly no Christmas music blaring in any Japanese stores!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 17, 2009 at 5:40 am

I have been listening to Christmas music for over a week now! My favorite charity would have to be the special olympics, because my little cousin participates.

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes November 17, 2009 at 5:58 am

2 questions:

Are those stupid little labels on the apples safe?

1. If you happen to bite around one of them, chew it thinking it’s just skin and swallow it will you die?

2. Even if you remove the sticker is the glue residue left on the apple still edible and safe to eat?

Lauren November 17, 2009 at 6:13 am

That’s awesome!!!! I am so proud of you for raising so much money for such a worthy cause. Good for you hun!

Charities that I feel so good about are Children’s Miracle Network, Compassion and Share our Strength. I’ve also helped with Special Olympics and loved that as well. I wish I could make a career out of giving- it’s the best feeling in the world.

Take care hun!

insideiamdancing November 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

$155 in a day? Awesome :D I haven’t posted since, but will be sure to link back.

YAY curry! Now I am craving Indian food…mmm…(and listening to GLEE!)

Mellissa November 17, 2009 at 7:43 am

Just wanted to tell you I am very proud of you for raising money for such a great cause!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) November 17, 2009 at 8:02 am

Yay! I’m glad the fundraising is going so well!

Katie November 17, 2009 at 8:04 am

You are amazing being so generous for a cause! Good luck!

I have never had Indian food, but it is obviously all the rage!

Susan November 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

My oatmeal this morning was a fail too, luckily I ate it out of an almond butter jar, so there was lots of nut butter to make up for it ;)

My office doesn’t have any utensils or dishes, so I always have to remember to bring them from home. I’ve resorted to eating a lot of foods with my hands because I forget all the time. No shame Holly, no shame.

1. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Free The Children. First one because my mom had breast cancer when she was younger than I am now, and second one because I was a member of my high school’s chapter.

2. NOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo

April November 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

I’m so happy you’ve already raised that much money! That’s so neat! Your such a great gal Holly!

Paige (Running Around Normal) November 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

Woo!! Congrats for raising all that money:) So great :D
Those molasses cookies look stupendous! Yum
My favorite programs are Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Humane Society.

brandi November 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

I hope today is a good one!!!

I am so, so excited for you and that so many people have donated already! I wish I could find something like this that would work for the orphanage.

Anywho – you know how I feel about it, and this encourages me to find out more things I can do to help our boys :) i’ll be donating as soon as I pay the bills for this half of the month!

Right now, we mostly give to our church and the orphanage and the nutrition clinic in Honduras. Not major charities, but we know exactly where our money is going and I would move to HN in a heartbeat if they had a job for me there. I want to really support something I wholeheartedly believe in, and this is it.

Love ya, girl!

katie November 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

girl- DEF no shame in sticking your hand in the PB jar.. i do it all the time!
all of your pics are always sooo pretty!
i had indian food the other night and def had major indian burps..it was worth it tho

Runeatrepeat November 17, 2009 at 10:14 am

Very cool cause :) I’m sending good karma your way!

Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 17, 2009 at 10:23 am

Pumpkin molasses cookies in oats! Genius :-D

Rosie’s Place (a shelter for women in Boston) as well as the Susan Komen foundation are my two favorite charitable causes…

Therese November 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

Wow your selflessness this holiday season is amazing and inspiring!

Oh and every morning should start with a cookie in your oatmeal…yum!

Jessie November 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Ronald McDonald House Charities and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are both charities very close to my heart. In fact I have a walk support St. Jude this Saturday in Charlotte, NC!

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I’m so glad to hear the fundraising is going well for you!
And I love picturing you dipping your hands in the nut butter jar!!!! :)
I have not yet listened to any Christmas music but was singing some the other day…not sure how that happened?!?!? xoxo

Faith November 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm

That’s awesome how well your fundraising is going! In the car today I was actually flipping around the stations trying to find some Christmas music! (And I did find some! ;) ) Hubby says I’m crazy, but what does Scrooge know anyway? ;)

janetha November 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

LOVE PIE! hi hi. i just read 4 posts. time for a list.
1. congrats to your winner.
2. your mom sounds like she is amazing, i can see where you get it.
3. half days rule.
4. garbage salads rule.
5. donating right away, i LOVE this idea, YOU are amazing!!
6. pumpkin molasses cookie! um that reminds me of that recipe you posted awhile back.. were they these? i need to make them. nom nom nom.
7. how funny.. yesterday i declared to marshall that braeburns are my new fave apple. they have offish trumped honeycrisp!
8. your curry made me groan out loud. yum.
9. sorry i took so long to catch up!!!

off to donate! hope to chat with you soon you amazing lady you!

Jenny November 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Wow so happy that you have so much support already, congrats :)

I def need to get crankin’ on the christmas music, I’m usually WELL into it by this time in the year!

Angharad November 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm

That curry is outta control. End of! Ugh. I am so pumped to eat out tonight. Love love love!
No christmas music yet – it’s not even thanksgiving yet! I reserve all christmassy stuff for December :)

Neela Marijana November 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

i will be letting some friends of mine know about your charity. most of them are very aware of the wok that is being done to help the people in cambodia and i am sure they will support you as well.
and i love your curry ;)

Low November 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Love you dear! So happy to help!

That Indian just made my droooool. Yum!

Bekah November 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm

ahhh your pumpkin oats+ginger cookie looks insane. and i’m sure your other bowl, couldn’t have been THAT bad.

and charity over blogs is so cool! love what you’re doing. happy wednesday!

Lara (Thinspired) November 18, 2009 at 5:33 am

Hey girl, I think it is so wonderful that you are helping this cause. I will try to find some room from now until the holidays to make a donation. Things are really tight for us this year with the move, but I will try! Just wanted to let you know :)

Katie November 18, 2009 at 6:36 am

Congrats on the success so far! As soon as I get my bank statement, there will be cash flowing to you :-)

All of the cancer foundations are near and dear to my heart.

Jenny November 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm

God gave us fingers primarily so we could scoop PB straight out of the jar, duhh ;)

hope the $$$$$ keeps rolling in!

p.s. I’ve been listening to christmas music since september. Is that awful?


glidingcalm November 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Indian food IS ALWAYS worth it!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAMMY

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