Janetha at Meals and Moves did a great a to z this week and thought I’d play too. It’s a rainy, rainy Tuesday morning here so posting some fun me facts was just what I felt like.
So here goes……
A is for age: Wouldn’t it be great to be 5 again and spend all day singing songs, doing art projects, and playing on the swings. That’s not the age I am, but the one I’d like to be today
B is for breakfast today: Cereal! This is a rarity, I don’t usually have cereal for breakfast but it hit the spot this morning. Special K with a banana and almond milk.
C is for currently craving: This. Will you make it for me, please?
D is for dinner tonight: Not sure yet, but it will def involve a sweet potato cause that’s my other “currently craving.” I’m getting a glass of wine with a friend tonight, but will have to wait to eat dinner until I’m home since we’re not eating out this month.
E is for favorite type of exercise: Swimming. Love. It clears my head and my whole body feels great afterwards. Not to mention, swimming means a post-workout dip in the hot tub, which is soo nice.
F is for an irrational fear: The bridge collapsing while I’m driving over it. Ever since that bridge collapsed in Minnesota a few years ago, I hold my breath when we drive over one here, convinced it might collapse. Totally irrational.
G is for gross food: Blue cheese. Disgusting. I can’t even eat anything that has touched blue cheese. So gross.
H is for hometown: A subburb near San Francisco.
I is for something important: Family. Puppy. Spending time outside. Appreciating the simple things in life.
J is for current favorite jam: “Stronger (what doesn’t kill you)” by Kelly Clarkson. I can’t help but feel more positive when I hear it.
K is for kids: Yes, eventually. But just one for now, my loveable pup, Charlie. He has a blog too…
L is for current location: I’m at work, sitting at my desk. Hate admitting that, as I should probs be doing something other than blogging…..
M is for the most recent way you spent money: A tall coffee from Starbucks, sipped on my commute to work.
N is for something you need: A haircut. Hello split ends.
O is for occupation: Manage a nonprofit program that helps homeless kids. On weekends, I’m a juggler (aka, juggle doggie, friends, family, exercise, etc). I’ve had a few other professions (politics, teaching, etc) so we’ll see what other occupations I’ll eventually add to my list.
P is for pet peeve: This is really random, but lately it’s my pet peeve when I see people feeding stale bread to the ducks. I know you MEAN well, but come on people, it makes then sick! And then they poop all over and it’s just disgusting.
Q is for a quote: I’m obsessed with quotes, so there’s no way I can pick a favorite. My mom sent me this one recently: “Friends are like bras. Close to your heart and there for support.” Lol
R is for random fact about you: I wear flip flops just about all the time (unless I’m at work….but even then I sometimes keep them on). It’s not that I mind other shoes, it’s just that I like the feeling of my toes being free and they are so comfy. I’ll probably regret this later in life, but until then, flip flops are my shoe of choice. It’s rainy today and I still haven’t put my other “work” shoes on yet….
S is for favorite healthy snack: Almonds and raisins. Though I usually eat too many, so they probably can’t be considered healthy anymore.
T is for favorite treat: Chocolate ice cream. In a cone, of course.
U is for something that makes you unique: Freckles! Maybe you can’t tell from my pics, but I have a lot of “angel kisses” as my mom used to call them.
V is for favorite vegetable: Broccoli. Roasted, steamed, stirfryed, anyway you cook it up, just give it to me!
W is for today’s workout: 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning….while watching a Bethenny Ever After rerun (she’s getting to be a bit of a diva, don’t you think?).
X is for X-rays you’ve had: None, no broken bones (knock on wood). I did get a cat scan once….I’m a little bit of a hypochondriac and was convinced my headache was a brain tumor. I’m fine, of course, lol.
Y is for yesterday’s highlight: I went shopping and found some cute shirts on sale. Morning swim. Cuddle on the couch with J.
Z is for your time zone: Pacific. We’re just waking up when you guys are well on your day.
Ok, your turn! Pick a letter and tell me something about YOU
Have you added a mango to your green smoothie yet?
Well if not, then YOU MUST
They add a tropical, sweet, deliciousness.
Trader Joes sells great frozen mangoes and it couldn’t be easier. I think Whole Foods sells them too. Who knows, maybe even Safeway?
This smoothie was THICK, let me tell ya.
My great morning……..
I went for a 3 mile run, made some coffee, blended up my smoothie…..and then, crawled back into bed to drink it while I read Sophie Kinsella’s new book, “She’s Got Your Number.” She’s such a good, easy read relaxing author. It was really cozy…..
Awww, cozy good morning. And somehow, I wasn't even late to work.
So, besides that they taste yummy, WHY EAT MANGOES you’re wondering?
Well, did you know:
- Mangoes are the world’s number one fruit and are now (finally?) gaining popularity in the US
- There are dozens of types of mangoes and they are the state fruit of India.
- Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins A & C– A ripe mango gives you THREE times the recommended daily intake.
- Australian mangoes provide more Beta Carotene than any other fruit.
- Mangoes also have a ton of potassium and some B-6 vitamins.
And the real reason (in my opinion), they taste delicious!
Do you like mangoes? Do you put them in your green smoothies? What else do you add them to?
I’m spending the first part of the morning sitting at Starbucks and sipping on a tall coffee with soy milk. Their vanilla soy milk is the best.
This whole month, I was never given one of their cute Valentine’s Cups. Very disappointing.
Anyways, I wasn’t going to blog this morning, but as I was sitting here doing other stuff, I started thinking about how much Starbucks has become a part of our culture, especially the Blogger’s culture. Seems like every blogger mentions their favorite starbucks drink at least once per week.
And it’s extra interesting that all the Starbucks look alike– I’m in SF right now, but I could be in the middle of Kentucky and the Starbucks would look almost exactly the same. 30 years ago, this so wasn’t true– we would all be at our little corner coffee shops (per-wifi though, so we probs wouldn’t even be there). Think we’ll still be at Starbucks in 10 years? Or will something else have taken over?
My sbucks this a.m.
There’s also a weird Starbucks culture. This homeless guy has been standing (not sitting or leaning, just standing) near the bathrooms staring into space for the past 35 minutes. Trying to get warm? No idea. Last week at Starbucks, this guy started snoring LOUDLY in one of the chairs. And the week before that, a guy came in and started putting pounds of coffee into a garbage bag, not even trying to hide the fact that he was stealing. It was bizarre. The 18-year old barista just politely asked him to put them back and leave. I guess this is the life of a Starbucks in the City. I’m doubting this happens in the suburbs? Or maybe I’m just generalizing.
Oh geez, as I was writing this, Jared coincientally sent me this article about the first SKI-THROUGH Starbucks. Craziness!
Anyways, I looked up fun facts about Starbucks and found this great article.
Here are some facts for you:
1. There are over 87,000 drink combination possibilities.
2. The Cinnamon Chip Scone has more calories than a Quarter Pounder.
3. Starbucks opens 2 or 3 new stores EVERY day.
4. Most stores are designed in one of three layouts.
5. The name came from a character in Moby Dick.
6. Smiling is part of the employees job description. (Makes sense doesn’t it? The baristas always seem happy and smiley)
Okay, your turn:
- What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
- How often do you go to Starbucks?
- Think the Starbucks “phenomenon” is here to stay….or we won’t be spending our time or money here in 10 years?
Farina made from brown rice (from the WF bulk bins), chia seeds, a pear, blueberries and a splash of coconut milk. Coffee with almond milk. I put coconut milk in my coffee at first and had to dump it- tasted really gross.
Have you had coconut milk? I bought it once before, but this was my first time with So-Delicious’ brand. It was a little sweet, should have gotten the unsweetened version.
I like trying something new, but didn’t love the coconut milk. I prefer almond milk and when I compared their nutritional stats, the coconut milk didn’t wow me. But coconut is pretty new to the grocery shelves and there seems like a lot talk about it. There was an interesting article in the LA Times, that you can read here. Kathy wrote an interesting post about it here as well.
I think it’s good to switch it up a bit and change my milk rotation. I’m not so into soy anymore (except at starbucks, I love putting it in my coffee there!) and rice milk isn’t my thing either. I put regular milk in my coffee when I’m at work or somewhere without a soy option.
How about you? What types of milk do you drink? Do you like coconut milk?
And lastly, for Fun Facts Friday, here are some things I read in “Open Exchange,” a free SF healthy living monthly magazine.
Average American Lifestyles:
– The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar EACH day. (holy cow!)
– The average American consumes 110 pounds of red meat yearly.
– The average American watches over 4 hours of TV each day.
– The average American exercises almost 20 minutes a day, but there really isn’t an “average American.” Most don’t exercise AT ALL, while 17% exercise over 1 hour.
Sheesh. Cheers to being NOT AVERAGE! (unaverage? what’s the proper grammar?)
Not sure how many teaspoons of sugar I eat, def don’t eat 110 pounds of red meat (eat more like 6 oz once a month), I probably watch 1 hour of tv/day, and exercise 45 mins/day.
Do any of those stats surprise you? Do you think you fit or don’t fit them (do you watch 4 hours of tv a day? any guesses on how many teaspoons of sugar you eat?)