Ups and Downs

by Holly on September 8, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes

Isn’t life just full of em’?  Today was no exception.  Starting at the beginning…

Up: Today is Tuesday, which means a short work week – an even shorter work week para moi because I am leaving early on Friday to head out of town for a wedding…woowoo!

Down: My alarm went off at 6:15am.  One word: EXHAUSTED.  I guess sitting on your butt and watching movies at home does that to a person.

Up: Perhaps my best yog mess ever (I know I say this a lot, but this time I totes mean it!):

1 cup 0% Fage Greek yog
1 slice
Walnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 sliced naner
dollop o’ raw AB (almond butter)
drizzle o’ honey



Up/Down: I really needed coffee this morning but refrained from buying it, because I knew my wallet would thank me later.  I am still waiting for my thank you.

Up: Rave reviews from co-workers on the banana bread recipe – a foodie loves to hear words of love about her creations.

Up: A-better-than-Chipotle-lunch.  Yeah, that’s right.  A bold statement but so true.

Annie Chun’s Sprouted Brown Rice Bowl
black beans + salsa (with a couple dashes of cumin + garlic powder)
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced red pepper
1/2 avocado
juice of 1/2 lime



Down: Even though I was fully satisfied from a tasty lunch, I wolfed down 1 MONDO slice (think 2 slices smooshed together) of more Walnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  Did it taste fabulous? Yes, definitely.  Did I feel slightly gross + guilty afterwards?  Yep.  Like I said, I’m human.

Up: Instead of dwelling on the above mentioned eating, I moved on.  I reminded myself I would only feel worse if I beat myself up about it.  I call that progress or maturing…not sure which one.

Down: Checking my mail, I found my first Internet bill which was a whopping friggin’ $140 dollars (1st month + cost of modem + installation).  Gahhhhhhh, I wish I could live without the Internet sometimes!  Haha, who am I kidding?  No I don’t.

Up: Also in the mail was this darling package from a giveaway I won on Lauren’s fabulous blog…


Up/Down: Not bad but not good 6-mile run.  However, the reason I give it a big ups was because I did it with my new friend/co-worker Brett.  He’s fab.

Up: Good running snackage – 1/2 Banana Walnut Gnu before the run and 1/2 after.


Down: Still haven’t stopped biting my nails.  Don’t blame me.  Blame the stress.

Up/Down: Even after the 6 miles, I wasn’t really hungry for dinner.  After running, I am either STARVING or NOT hungry at all.  Today, it was the latter.  Also, my tumtum didn’t like me all afternoon, so that probs had something to do with it.  However, I took a light dindin and ate this:

2 cups baby spinach
3 quartered fresh CA black mission figs
1/4 red pepper
1/4 cup onion
1/2 avocado
buttload of sunflower seeds
balsamic + EVOO

Two thangs: (1) how gorge are figs?, and (2) I had to use the flash – bad lighting.

Up: I was going to get some freelancing writing finished tonight, but I think I might save that for tomorrow evening and chillax with The Time Traveler’s Wife and perhaps an episode of Arrested Development to get my Daisy Duke jean shorts quota in for the day.  I <3 you Tobias Funke.

Alright kiddos, what was one up and one down from your day? Lay it on me…it can be anything mondo or super petty. It’s all about honesty up here in Everythingtarianville.


Susan September 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Ha, it took me forever to realize that the “Fibre 1” we have in Canada was the same as the “Fiber One” in the states :P

My ups included biking, yoga-ing, and unpacking my last box :) Down was learning my work scedule for the next week. Eeeekk…

Alison September 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm

First, I love your honesty about the banana bread thing and your take on the whole thing too. I have been there many times and it’s taken me a while to get the place to realize beating myself up about it isn’t doing me any good.

OK… my up? I seriously had a majorly productive day.

My down? a toddler who is dealing with control issues and has been melting down all day!

VeggieGirl September 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Up = Classes ended a bit early today.

Down = MASSIVE downpour/rainstorms all day today :(

Evan Thomas September 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Woh the figs make that salad pop. It makes me miss the fig and goat cheese pizza from Tomasso *drool*

Up: Signed up for classes and I feel good about them

Down: Living on the quad with the frats made sleeping a wee bit of a challenge

Lynn @ The Actors Diet September 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Up: had an audition
Down: don’t think i had a callback
Up: got your larabars!
Down: there is none to that last one….

Katie September 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Yes for Tobias Funke. :-)
And to be completely honest, I can’t think of a down for this day. An UP that surprised me: I ate banana chips and enjoyed them. I usually gag at just the smell of naners! (But love banana bread…weird.)

Leianna September 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Up: started my new job/career today!
Down: not onee veggie in my mouth today and I’m feeling guilty/ still down from leaving my family, so my food is really suffering!

Love your yogurt mess, my favorite new thing!

April September 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Whoa the figs look like such a good addition to salad! I did the same thing with bread yesterday.. after my post I ended up eating wayy too many slices of bread with pb! Maybe it’s hormones? :)

Up: its a 4 day week!
Down: I had a super long day today!

Katharina September 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Bananas for 29 cents a lb. (compared to 49 cents) SCORE! I also got out of class early. BUT THE WEATHER HAS SUCKED SO MUCH!!!

Your eats all looks FREAKING awesome. Uhh I trust you when you say that’s your best yog-mess. Yummm.

Hope you have an awesome hump-day tomorrow, layday ;)

Kate September 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

UP! Sweet six mile run in the sun.
Doooown: working til 9:20pm and taking more work home!

Angharad (Eating for England) September 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Ahh Holly. I like reading your posts at bed time. Happy days.
Okay, that yogurt mess is the best I have ever seen you create so I believe you! Whenever I add homemade muffins to mine, it is the best thing ever!
I feel you on the guilt thing but like you’re honesty and lack of need to mush over the whole thing. You know I too suffer from these very human spasms but I also tend to linger on the feeling a bit longer….basically you rule.

Your dinner salad is a beauty. Oh gosh, I am the EXACT same way with running. I used to only lose my appetite but now it’s one way or the other!

My UP: getting groceries done and stocking up on fresh fruit and veg
DOWN: forgetting my shopping bags for the 8 bazillionth time. Ugh. I am single-handedly wrecking the planet!

Love you! xx

Tay September 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Oh great idea to put the bread in yogurt! I’ll be trying that with my new muffins.

Up: Got a run in!
Down: Spent mulah at the grocery store.

janetha September 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm

ah! i love that the ups outweighed the downs, at least it seemed like it, i didn’t count. i dare say that does have the looks to be the best G.Y.M. yet! so nomilicious! that A.F.S.S. is glorious and the B.T.C. creation is looking amazing. i hope you got all the acronyms in there…

up: new baked creation
down: missed the sold out show because marshall fails at life

janetha September 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm

oh and i love you and i forgot to say i watched those videos and LAUGHED MY ASS OFF at my desk no less, that shit at king burger had me in tears. i love you.

BroccoliHut September 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Pretty much everything in this post is calling my name, but I esp. like the figs!
Up: no class
Down: computer is all wonky again

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Yes, life is full of ups and downs…

Up: Got lots of work done this morning
Down: Wasted a lot of time this afternoon…

Whole Body Love September 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Don’t feel bad, I have never been able to stop my nail biting for more than a week! Oh and that may truly be the most yummy-looking yogurt mess ever!

Brooke September 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

UP: Your posts because they are the best and so colorful and wonderful and show your true personality.
DOWN: 2 hours and 45 minutes of modern european thought history class.
UP: Running 3 miles
DOWN: It smelled like cow
UP: Eating a chobani!!!!
DOWN: Wanting tofu

Loves to my fav new FB FRIEND

Nicole September 9, 2009 at 12:15 am

Up: getting errands done
Down: getting stung by a wasp twice while running errands
Down: not being able to find my military ID after dumping out my purse on the commissary conveyor belt, and freaking out because I had tons of groceries (you can’t buy on base without your military ID!), and people behind me
Up: finding my ID on the floor of my truck, and running inside to buy my groceries!
Down: getting hair removed at spa
Up: eating french chocolate and beef stroganoff for dindin ;)

Jess September 9, 2009 at 4:56 am

UP: Delicious greek yogurt mess
DOWN: two big assessments in school this week…

Love your yogurt mess!!
<3 jess

Rosey Rebecca September 9, 2009 at 5:56 am

I wait for my wallet to thank me for not buying coffee all the time.

Haleigh September 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

I love how you were being honest about the slice of banana bread. It’s true, we are all human.. food bloggers or not.

Jenny September 9, 2009 at 6:36 am

Mmm, that chocolate chip walnut bread you made does sound amazingingly delish, glad you dedicated your last post to the recipe :)

Down: my nose is stuffy and my throat hurts
Up: It ain’t keeping me down, bring on the multivitamins and I’ve been a productive busy bee! :)

Mia {runs & rests} September 9, 2009 at 8:04 am

Life would be boring without the ups and downs. ;)
Ups: Belgian chocolates, warm tea, taped running
Down: Still waiting for an email

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) September 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

Ugh, cable and internet bills are the worst. The technician came to our apt for 10 minutes and charged $80 in installation fees ($40 to install TV, $40 to install internet). Grr…that was definitely my down!

But on the bright side, my UP was an hour long run this morning and a fabulous pumpkin granola breakfast!

Your banana bread continues to make me drool. So jealous.

brandi September 9, 2009 at 8:41 am

1. that yogurt mess DOES look amazing!

2. your salad is so beautiful! Why have I never tried figs?

Yesterdays’ UP: yoga + froyo tie

Yesterdays’ DOWN: funky stomach stuff after dinner. boo.

Lizzy September 9, 2009 at 8:46 am

I feel ya holly! totally alot of ups and downs in my day yesterday too!!!!

Today will be better! i promise :)

Nellie September 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

stop it with how good that yogurt mess looks! i want to bake your banana bread just to eat that breakfast!

insideiamdancing September 9, 2009 at 9:49 am

I love reading the ups AND the downs :D Yogurt messes- nothing beats them. Internet issues…gah, don’t get me started ;)

Doing this for today because yesterday was not fab.

Ups: My delicious Lara snack and seeing the card you made me up on my bulletin board :D
Downs: The sole fell off my shoe!

Thank you for your comment- meant a lot to me. Have a lovely Wednesday- almost the weekend!

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

ughhhhh figs, figs, figs!! I still have never tried fresh ones – I MUST find a way!!

Up from yesterday: Had a great run
Down from yesterday: Stayed up way to late the night before an am still dragging two days later…rats!!!

Erica September 9, 2009 at 10:33 am

haha- ah the ups and downs of “Mondays”. Very fun that you have a short week and such a pretty looking dinner. I love winning blog contests! Glad your coworkers enjoyed your bread creation. Up from my Tuesday: Teaching Body Attack, Down: My check engine light in my car came out- yikkkkkkkkes!

jessica September 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

Shoooooo Holly! You always know how to keep the posts interesting, I love it. SO happy that you had the best yog mess EVER. Any sweet loaf of bread or muffin will always make a bowl of oats or a yogurt mess absolute BLISS, no?! ;) I say throw some of that banana bread over oatmeal tomorrow!!! DO IT!

Up: I just devoured a delicious bowl of oatmeal w/ tj’s trail mix and raw ab.
Down: class is in half an hour!

K September 9, 2009 at 10:56 am

Arrested Development – LOVES!!! Your Greek yog mess sure looks like one may-jah, mondo up in my book :)

For today…UP = return of carob oats
DOWN = paying $270 for one book, damn you science classes!

Jenny September 9, 2009 at 10:58 am

ups: bangin’ pumpkin oats
downs: now they’re all gone

lovelovelove ya senorita!

Low September 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Ups: READING YOUR BLOG (even though I did it today and not yesterday when it was written), your delicious looking bread, your witty bloggy, and other yummy foods. Also watching trashy TV with the roomy with a yummy glass of wine.

Downs: My run sucking the big one

Faith September 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Wow, I’m jealous over your dinner salad! I haven’t seen figs that gorgeous in a while!

Lainie September 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I hear ya about the ups and downs…if only life could be all ups! That’d be pretty amazing. The up in my life today was that my husband returned home from a business meeting after being gone for a week. Yay!

Matt September 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Yum I love figs! But I can almost never find them fresh. Are they in every grocery store in the midwest or something?

Jenna September 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Yayyy midwestern buddy!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, hopefully you keep coming back :) I can’t wait to read up on yours too, you are going on my Google reader pronto!

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