Success or Fail?

by Holly on January 8, 2010

in breakfast,lunch

Rolling over in bed this morning, I look at my phone: 8:30am.  Eff. I am usually at work by 8:30am. FML.  Oversleeping due to staying up way to late watching Jake Gyllenhaal for two hours onscreen in Donnie Darko?  Success/fail.

For breakfast, I had a quickie: 1 Oikos plain Greek yog + 1 diced mango + 1 Apple Cinnamon Clif Z-Bar.  In theory, this sounds like a delicious breakfast, no?  Fail.

It was definitely my least fave flavor of Clif Z-Bar + I had to eat watery yogurt (due to the mango juice). No me gusta.

Then, I thought my day was turning around with the realization I can drive to work this morning because my boss would be gone (a.k.a. I could steal her parking spot).  Well…30 minutes later, I finally arrived at work after needing about 20 minutes to brush off the eight inches of snow covering my car.  Fail. I can walk to work in less than 20 minutes.

When I got to work, I got into a long conversation with a co-worker regarding Netflix.  Success. I now have 10 more kick arse movies added on my queue.

Cassava chips + jalapeno cheddar focaccia sammie (J.C. focaccia + roasted garlic hummus + Sunshine breakfast veggie patty) all on a classy piece of tinfoil for lunch…success.

What are cassava chips, you ask?

There were several work fails today, which I am not even going to get into. Let’s just say I deal with people for a living, and when I can’t help people with important issues, it makes me sad.

It also makes me drink lots of successful cups of tea…

…but it also makes me eat cookies.  Yes, like seven of them. Fail.

I am all for eating sweets, but I know when I am eating sweets because I want them and when I am eating them because of emotional reasons.  Today was one of those emotional days.  I just feel unmotivated, uninterested and blah.

However, cleaning out my fridge before buying new groceries? Success.

Dinner? Fail. It was supposed to be a Butternut Squash Casserole.  Due to a defective squash, it instead consisted of jalapeno cheddar focaccia + hummus, cassava chips + hummus, kale chips and cookies.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, it tasted good. Successfully good.  But I wasn’t eating it because I was hungry.  I was eating it out of other reasons.

A lot of times when I feel like I need to refocus, listen to my body and increase my awareness, I turn to my quote book.  Yes, I have a book full of quotes I have written down.  For some reason, the perfect quote always helps me feel better, accept whatever situation it is and continue on.

Today’s successful inspiration…

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first,
some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

“Don’t wish me happiness.  I don’t expect to be happy all the time.  It’s gotten beyond
that somehow.  Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor.  I will need them all.”

“You can’t make someone love you.  All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to the person to realize your worth.”
(that one’s for all my single ladies + gents!)

Tonight, I need to complete two different freelance writing projects, which I haven’t started.  I can confidently say fail. They will not be finished tonight.

However, tomorrow is a new day, a road trip to the happiest place on Earth (hint: it’s NOT Disney!) and time to squeeze in a double workout in the morning.  Mama needs some endorphins to guarantee success.

Fails = 8

Successes = 8

Guess things have a tendency to even themselves out, huh?


Whitney @ Lettuce Love January 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hope you have a good evening. I hate when I have days that seem to be in the middle of success and fail — I always want every single day to be a major success but that doesn’t always happen. Those quotes are wonderful and I love the idea of a quote journal.

Evan Thomas January 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

The happiest place on earth? The Mall of America? Or maybe Whole Foods? That makes me happy

Jenna January 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Well at least your fails and successes balanced each other out :)
burger on focaccia and Chips sound like a great lunch!!

Katie January 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Oooh I know where you’re going, I know!! I won’t spoil your secret. ;-)

I really love that inspiration…maybe I should have that tattooed on my face so I see it as often as possible and remind myself that THIS…this right here…this is my life.

Maya January 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I LOVE the quote book idea! I legit am going to go out and buy a beyoooootiful book and fill it with quotes I like. It’s an awesome way to turn a frown upside down.

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans January 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

When I was in high school I was obsessed with quotes and would write them all over my agenda. Now a days I just appreciate the good ones when them come to me (such as yours of course)! I think if your successes and fails even out it should still count as a success, because at least you succeeded in not failing (right?)

Anne January 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Haha, at least you didn’t have more fails than successes today! And I soo love that santa mug–and eggnog tea. Have a great night, Holly!

emily January 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

As far as reading this post goes: You *sucessfully* made me laugh, but also made me go get a cookie to eat, *fail* :)

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Have a great time on your trip!! :)

Faith January 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I love that first quote. Lately I’ve had a lot going on and have been feeling more than a little overwhelmed. (All I can say is that Mike is a real saint for dealing with me at times, lol!) But really, sometimes I need to stop and put things in perspective.

By the way, eggnogg’n is my absolute fav tea! I just stockpiled 3 boxes over the holidays, since that’s the only time of year I can find it in the store. :)

Gina January 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Those quotes j, which was pretty much an epic fail, a whole lot better. Great post, Hol. :-)

Gina January 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm

My post got cut off for some reason – another fail! Here’s what it should have said…

Those quotes just made my day, which was pretty much an epic fail, a whole lot better. Great post, Hol :-)

Jenny January 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

am I crazy or does the eggnog tea taste like butter? okay, I might be crazy. Don’t answer that.

and the apple cinnamon zbar suckssssss.

love you pumpkin. Sending successful vibes your way! xo

Jess January 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I LOVE the apple cinnamon z-bar!! But I still love you :D Sorry about all the fails, but I think your successes negate the fails ;)

<3 jess

crunchy granola gal January 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm

totally have random dinners like that from time to time. gotta clean out the cabinets, ya know? (orrr my emotions get the best of me. grrrr. happens to the best of us).

i dig the third quote. definitely needed to be reminded of this after a bizarro/ upsetting few weeks in the romantic realm of my life. so thank you. :)

have an awesome trip!!

Natalie January 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. it’s the bad days [or blah days] that make you truly realize how much of a blessing the good days are!!

Jennifer January 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I just wanted to let you know that I really like your quotes. They are very inspirational and I think you should consider posting more!

LindsayRuns January 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had a fridge that empty! I’m such an ingredient stocker, I have to have tons of things on hand at all times. Sorry your day was so mixed, I love those quotes!

Rebecca January 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm

At least it’s a tie! Glad you didn’t get in trouble for being late to work! Those chips look amazing!

PS I am giving away 5 bags of Dove PB Milk Chocolate promises on my blog if you’re interested!!

katie January 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

haha guess it balances out!
have fun on your road trip!!!!
those meals look ballin!

Low January 9, 2010 at 12:06 am

Sorry about all the fails :( But Netflix is a major success. I heart it.

I LOVE those quotes.

I can’t wait to see where you are going tomorrow. Enjoy it my love!

BroccoliHut January 9, 2010 at 1:23 am

You said it–things even out m’dear. I must agree re: the Clif Z. Nothing compares to the Chocolate Chip flavor in my opinion.
Cassava chips sound pretty awesome. Where did you find such gems?
Love your quote selections. As always, your post is a bright spot in my day. Have a fab weekend, chica!

Erin January 9, 2010 at 1:51 am

Not a big fan of the ZBars, my son won’t eat them. But he will steal my Larabars…

You have a quotes book? Wow, so I’m not the only person this planet to keep one! That’s reassuring! :-) The simple fact that you HAVE a quotes book is a complete and utter SUCCESS!!!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 9, 2010 at 2:53 am

True dat, True dat! :) Let me translate that. That quote is so true!! Sometimes you just need to be reminded of things like that, you know?! Well, I hope that today brings more successes! Have a great weekend!!!

Erica January 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

These posts always make me laugh. I hope you say success or fail outloud after each of these occur ;) The chips look delicious. And sometimes mish mosh dinners are the best. Hope your whole weekend gets a big success

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes January 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

Failing is a form of falling. It’s okay to fail and fall, that’s the embodiment of a life lived. Failure is not getting back up and face the test of failing again. Just because you lose the lyric doesn’t mean you can’t start the song over again or find another song to sing.

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) January 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

Some days just need to have some successes and fails in order to balance out and make the good days *amazing.* I’ll bet tomorrow (or today?) will be a fantastic day. :D

Have fun on your trip, Holly!!

ellie January 9, 2010 at 7:23 am

I love that quote so much :D Hope your weekend is a success… :D

Susan January 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

Those Cassava chips sound stellar. I think it’s the same thing as a yucca?

One great quote I love is by Winston Churchill: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” I always remind myself that I’ll never succeed if I can’t first move past my failures :)

Can’t wait to hear about where’ you’re going this weekend!! Have fun lady!!

Emily (The Experimentarian) January 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

I can’t wait to hear where you are headed on your trip! Oh and you KNOW I am addicted to tea! It’s so good! Sometimes when I am trying to cut back, I will just have hot water with lemon it it. Still good! P.S. you are always a success in my book babycakes! xoxo

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love the quotes. A good quote can really change my outlook… I usually start my classes with a quote but have gotten a bit lazy. I have to get back to that!

Much success this weekend! :)

Susan January 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

The scales at least balanced out! You’ll be back on track this weekend, I know it.

Git it gurlllllll

Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) January 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

8 successes and 8 fails?! So you broke even – I call that a pretty good day! Have fun tomorrow wherever you’re going – can’t wait to hear where it is!!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

It’s all perception! I hope you cheer up a bit and realize life is freaking amazing if you let it be:)

Enjoy your weekend!

btw, I giggled about the watery yogurt fml. haha

Shelley January 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

hahah cute post- funny how things even out :) have a great, relaxing weekend

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner January 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Good work on the fridge emptying the fridge, I can never do that well!

janetha January 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

crap; you didn’t tell me where you are going! failll. i love tea. i love cookies. i love santa mugs. i love snow. i love your tin foil placemat. i love those freaking yummy looking chips. i love the weekend. i love that you overslept and made me realize if you do itonce, then it is not that ridic that i do it 4 times out of 5 a week….


love you

Kate January 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

jake gyllenhaal = yummy!

hope your road trip is going well.

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) January 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Sorry breakfast wasn’t so good. I’ve never had the apple cinnamon Z bar . . . I always go after the ones with chocolate!

Whit January 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Oy! I hate oversleeping…blah.

Um well at least the successes and fails ended up evening out. Soon we must gchat and plan a meet up, no?

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats January 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Me = old person = fail. I had to google what FML meant. I laughed out loud when I found the answer though… HAAA!

Hope your day today was filled with more successes than failures!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Wonderful quotes my lady. I really like the idea of keeping an inspirational quote book. To this day, at my dad’s house, my old room is still perfectly in tact. I taped my favorite quotes all over the walls. Whenever I go home to visit, it’s refreshing to see them still there, still inspiring.

That love quote in particular was wonderful and VERY reassuring. :) Thank you, Holly Ringwald!

Have a fabulous, safe road trip! Can’t wait to read all about it!

Paige (Running Around Normal) January 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I overslept on Friday too! Getting to work an hour late? FAIL. Getting two extra hours of sleep? SUCCESS ;)

Lo January 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

nothing in life is a fail. You are always a success in my book. I mean if u want to discuss life fails, lets rewind to last night, when i didnt get home and go to bed until 230 PM…yes that is the afternoon. I also had to call into work. whoops. maj fail. BUT it was a success bc i met an awesome DJ, danced all night and had blasty times til the week afternoon hours….see successes all around. enjoy ur weekend holly pie. loveeeeeeeee u.


ps donnie is effing bombtastic.

love that movie

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 10, 2010 at 6:23 am

I understand the emotional cookie eating. That’s basically been me since umm…November?

Love those quotes! You need to add another success to the day – Your awesome blog!!

Jenny January 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Gotta love that balance my friend :)

Thank you SO much for those quotes. I love them, so inspirational and much appreciated!!

Jessica January 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Care to share these kiss-ass movies with us?? :)

But sorry you’ve been feeling emotional and blah… :( Anything i can do to help?!

If the happiest place on earth isn’t disney…it must be whole food’s!!!!! am i right?! hahahhha

And oh my, i love that quote….esp. the part about having the ability to BE loved, instead of trying to make people love u. YOU’RE AMAZING!! LOVE U! XOXOXO

Bekah January 12, 2010 at 12:25 am

if a bar doesn’t include some kind of chocolate or chocolate flavor, i say its worthless. have not tried the apple cinnamon zbar.. and def not going to now. :)

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