lovable.oddity.

rejoice in the lovable oddity of things.

Roll, Pitch, Yaw.

This is what I did at work yesterday.

roll, pitch, yaw. confused? 🙂

Yep, I relearned which parts of an airplane control how it moves through the air. Ailerons, flaps, slats, rudder, elevator. Also, the ins and outs of jet engines, turboprops, reciprocating engines. Ah the joys of working for an air-taxi company. Actually, I find this stuff really interesting, and am glad our operations guy can dumb it down to a place I can understand!

Working for ImagineAir has been such a blessing for me over the past couple years. It was my first “big girl” job, and I gained valuable experience there back in 2009-2010. Then they came to my rescue again by letting me work part time before I begin Teach for America this summer. They are the best! Definitely check them out. Also, look what randomly got delivered to the office yesterday.

Yummm. 🙂

It was for Romeo’s Pizza, a new pizza place in Lawrenceville. What a great marketing strategy! I really want to try that veggie pizza. Eggplant and goat cheese? Yes, please.

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Happy Leap Year!

Happy Leap Year everyone!

So I’m not a vegetarian. I looove me some grilled or baked chicken entirely too much. Seriously, I could probably eat one of those rotisserie chickens from Kroger in one sitting. However, I have also discovered a recent love for tofu and am trying to incorporate it into my recipe experimentation as well! So that’s what tonight’s dinner consisted of. Vegan Pad Thai. Found this little gem of a recipe on Pinterest. Gotta love that site. 🙂

yummm.

I had to improvise a little on the recipe, as always. I used lemon juice instead of lime juice and chopped up a yellow onion instead of green. I also used one tablespoon less of each ingredient for the sauce, and it was plenty. Oh, and of course, I added 4 oz. of tofu! This was my FIRST try at cooking tofu, and to be honest, I probably should have cooked it a bit longer. But it was still delicious. I used this website to get me started.

My roommate is working late so I can’t catch up on The Bachelor quite yet. And there is absolutely nothing on TV I care to watch. Guess I’m going to pop in a recent fav.

Don't judge. I love JT. 🙂

Recipe Experimentation.

So our internet and phone lines have just gone out at work, and I literally cannot do one single productive thing. Except type up a blog post in Word. Duh. 🙂 Seriously, what did the world do before the internet? (just got home to actually post it!)

Anywho, food rut. I’m definitely in one. You all know what I mean. Eating the same thing for breakfast every morning (although giving up my Chobani yogurt is just blasphemy!), always taking the same type of sandwich or salad for lunch, and coming home after the gym too exhausted to actually cook anything that takes more than 5 min. in the microwave.

I think this realization is what led me to a weekend full of recipe experimentation. I mentioned making overnight oats on Saturday, but for some reason decided to experiment again around midnight with some leftover eggplant I had. And I really mean experiment! This is what I came up with.

Looks kind of disgusting, but it was yummy!

Roasted Eggplant Dip

1/2 eggplant

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

2 T minced garlic

1 can diced tomatoes

4 oz. fat free cream cheese

1/2 cup fat free mayo

1/2 cup mozzarella

1. Roast all vegetables until tender and lightly blend them together with the garlic. 2. Mix cream cheese, mayo, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne to your liking. 3. Add vegetable mixture and diced tomatoes to cream cheese/mayo mixture. 4. Put all into baking dish and sprinkle with mozzarella. 5. Bake until cheese is bubbly!

This made a ton! And the cayenne really added a nice kick to it. However, if you aren’t a fan of eggplant, you will definitely not want to try this.

Sunday morning rolled around, and of course I was awake by 8:30 a.m. no matter how hard I tried to sleep in (8:30 is extreeemely late for me). I wanted something other than yogurt for breakfast, so I decided to try Baked Cheesy Grits. A coworker brought them in last Friday for our monthly potluck breakfast, and I think I consumed half the dish! Cheese + Grits = Awesome. When I made them, I tried to healthify the recipe a bit by using almond milk and cutting out the butter completely. I’m not a big fan of butter on things. I’d much rather just add tons of salt. So much better for me, right? 🙂

Our breakfast club spread! I brought the fruit.

My version of baked cheesy grits along with an omelet and plum for breakfast.

Buuut I still wasn’t done trying new things. Later that afternoon, I decided it was time to use the bread pan I bought months ago and haven’t used yet. And out came Chocolate Almond Bread. The recipecalled for bananas and walnuts, but I didn’t have any, so I subbed part applesauce part Greek yogurt. I gave up chocolate for Lent, so I couldn’t actually taste the creation, but my coworkers finished it off by lunchtime so I guess it was a hit!

Chocolate almond bread on the left. Peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies on the right!

What I’ve learned…

So my roommate has officially been gone for 12 days now. 12! I’ve been going somewhat insane all alone in this apartment. Thank goodness I have a job (er..two jobs) and Cedar to keep me entertained. It doesn’t hurt that The Lion King and Aladdin are on ABC Family back to back tonight either. And yes, I can quote both movies in their entirety. 🙂

I began this blog almost a year ago with high hopes and failed miserably at updating. But this time around, I WILL maintain it. I’m still not sure what kind of blog I’m going for. I’m obviously interested in all things healthy living including trying new recipes and workouts, but not sure I could ever be a serious foodie or fitness guro like the bloggers I love. So stay tuned!

Here is what I have learned in the past 24 hours.

  1. Blogging takes some serious dedication and time. I have to realize that most of the bloggers I follow have been doing this a lot longer than me, and for a lot of them, it is their full-time job. But I will get there!
  2. I’m obsessed with Greek yogurt. No kidding. I’m pretty sure I went through 24 oz. since yesterday. There are just so many things you can do with it! Here is what I made today. PB Finger’s Overnight Oats! I didn’t actually let them sit overnight though. Oops! Side note..if you’ve never checked out Peanut Butter Fingers, do it now!
  3. I despise the elliptical. Good for you or not, I’d much rather run on the treadmill or do circuit training.

I also have an insane amount of things on my to-do list before I move next month. Iahhh! But more on that later. Here’s to a second try at this! 🙂

Here we go.

Six years since I’ve written a blog. Wow.

I’m not quite sure where this new endeavor is headed yet, but I’ve decided it’s time to branch out and try new things. Rejoice in the lovable oddity of life again. This blog is my attempt to do so.

I’ve got lots of ideas and plans, but in reality, it will probably just be random blurbs and rants from my day-to-day life as a graduate student/environmental policy newsletter writer/sales and marketing assistant/runner; activities that have pretty much taken over my life.

The inspiration for the blog title comes from an old book I found in England called Prayers of the Ark. It was also the inspiration for my latest tattoo (pictures later). I absolutely love this poem.

updated photo!

my new sidepiece tattoo!

“Prayer of the Elephant” by Carmen Bernos DeGasztold

Dear God,
it is I, the elephant,
Your creature,
who is talking to You.
I am so embarrassed by my great self,
and truly it is not my fault
if I spoil Your jungle a little with my big feet.
Let me be careful and behave wisely,
always keeping my dignity and poise.
Give me such philosophic thoughts
that I can rejoice everywhere I go
in the lovable oddity of things.
Amen

“There are lots of odd things inside us. Take a moment. Turn your attention inward and just notice all uniqueness, quirks, passions, curiosities, and eccentricities. We all have them. There are also a lot of odd people around us. Take a moment to just look around. Go ahead, look around the room at all the individuals with their quirks, gifts and peculiar ways of being.” – Doug Kraft

Relax, embrace, and love your oddities. That’s my plan.

So here we go. April 21, 2011. Nothing significant about this date except it’s the start of lovable.oddity. Let’s see what happens.

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