Food Randomness

Today I filled all of my free time with 2 things: cleaning and beauty parlor. I’ll get into that as I share my very poorly planned meals.

Breakfast on the go:

Egg whites on toasted pumpernickel – boring. I didn’t even spread any jelly on it.


Does anyone else think it looks like my windshield wiper thing is grinning at my breakfast sandwich? I think it wanted a bite or something…

Anyway, the sandwich held me over until my lunch break. Went home and made a supa-fast random (emphasis on random) pile of ??? with a side of eggplant.


The pile of ??? was sautéed onions, mushrooms, and gimme lean sausage – with black bean and corn salsa mixed in last minute.  I topped both the eggplant and the ??? with grated white cheddar cheese and actually enjoyed it. I do have to admit it looked pretty nappy, but I definitely didn’t have time to stop by the store – had to make do with whatever we had on hand.

Here’s where the cleaning came in. My parents just decided yesterday that the carpets upstairs are going to be cleaned on Thursday, which means everything has to be off the floor by then. The upstairs of their house consists of my room, my sister’s room, a guest room, and a play room type deal in the middle. Doesn’t sound like much, and it’s not – if you don’t use the play room as storage and your sister isn’t away at college. So, it is inevitably my job to get this done, and I can’t complain since I’m living fo free under their roof for the next few months.

I was determined to get it done today so I didn’t have to stress about it Wednesday night and spent the last part of my lunch break and 2 hours after work running around like Rosie.

Rosie jetsons maid

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I did skip my workout (again), but I’m alright with that since I successfully cleaned the entire upstairs.  WOO HOO!  I loathe cleaning and get a totally unnecessary sense of pride whenever I do it. I guess it’s sort of how I feel when I accomplish a daunting task, and cleaning is definitely daunting to me. I’m going to have to get over that REAL quick…

Back to food –

Dinner was just as random, if not more, than lunch. I took steak, sautéed corn, onions and peppers on top of lettuce over to Melonye’s (one of my very best friends) house, where she had spaghetti squash with homemade marinara sauce and brussels sprouts – that I helped myself to.


Again, the pile of randomness was actually really satisfying.

After we finished eating, we played beauty parlor (her favorite game) to test out some hair do’s for an upcoming par-tay this weekend.


She called that a “rose bud” and I called it a “low side bun.” Either way works. We did have fun though…I haven’t played with makeup/hair since, well, ever. I was quite the tomboy growing up, and she was more of the beauty parlor/house/school type. I’ve learned a lot from this gal over the years – WAYYYY more than just make-up and hair tips…

I’m going to bed on that note. Tootles!

Cooking Eliminated

Whoa. I think I should go ahead and forewarn those of you who read JALO for recipe and/or meal ideas: I will not be making anything scrumptious this week. I literally have something to do almost every second of my not-at-work time so I’ve eliminated cooking – have to prioritize this week. However, I’ll still try to update once a day – just in case you’re curious what I’m using my “free” time for.

By the way, I don’t know if updating is more for me or y’all. Reflecting on my day is a great way for me to unwind and prepare for the next day, especially when I have a lot I need to do.

I’ll start with this morning’s breakfast:

Kashi Go Lean Cereal with banana slices and light vanilla soy milk – topped with chia seeds:




These pictures are actually from Saturday before I went to babysit, but I did have the same exact thing this morning – in a plastic cup, with a plastic spoon, on the way to work. I was in a rush this Monday morning…surprise.


I enjoyed my lunch break with Grandmama for a trip to Stax Billy D’s. I got one of the Monday lunch specials: Grilled Salmon Spinach Salad with a warm rustic tomato sauce, feta cheese and lemon & oil dressing.



It was such a perfect lunchtime salad that even kept me full until dinner!

Soup Toto made, with a side of asparagus:


Please check out who else wanted some…

Oh and before dinner, I made a trip out to the mall to see if I could find something new to wear to a holiday party we have on Wednesday night (and skipped a yoga class I planned to attend). I didn’t have much luck on something new, but I was able to find a couple of gifts.

I also finally settled on a new skincare regimen at Clinique. I’ve been weighing options for about 3 months now, reading reviews for countless products. And I’m so glad I made a decision tonight. Probably my most exciting accomplishment of the day. I’ll have to elaborate more on my skincare choices tomorrow because I’m about to pass out.  Hope you all had a fabulous Monday!