Month: September 2011

Into the weekend

Into the weekend

It’s already a month into the semester, and I feel like I still haven’t gotten back into the swing of things yet, academically. I need some motherfucking to-do lists up in this joint to spur some productivity! Wednesday Clean kitchen Complete Stats homework #5 Study […]

Detox: Day 3

Detox: Day 3

I might as well update with the end of my detox, since I’ve finished it! Here’s what I ate: Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, hash brown patty, coffee with almond milk, 1/2 banana (other half fell on the floor, sad face) Lunch: NOTHING, too busy working, grar […]

Detox: Day 2

Detox: Day 2

Detox Day 2: Lunch

Day 2 went a little something like this:
Breakfast: EGGS! And coffee with almond milk.
Lunch: Salad from home, as seen above, with romaine and spinach, salt, pepper, sunflower seeds, and craisins. This was actually a delicious combination, and I treated the craisins as I do the marshmallows when I’m eating a bowl of Lucky Charms (or, at least, how I used to, gelatin blah blah blah): I spaced them out so that I’d have a little bit of sweet/tart craisin with each bite of salty, savory salad. Yum.
Snack: More coconut milk ice cream from yesterday, as a nice treat after work
Dinner: Masala! I went to dish with my friend Heather about nursing (school+work), and I got pakora and vegan coconut curry. I cut up the pakora into smaller pieces, and then drizzled the curry over the top, using it as a sub for the rice that I usually use as a filler.

I did a little bit of research before going to Masala, and found that pakora are breaded in gram flour, which is actually made from ground chickpeas. Not a grain! WOO! So, that’ll be good for future reference, when I’m trying to take it easy on grains, especially if I end up hitting Masala more than once in a week (not so unlikely).

I was still feeling irrationally angry at everything today, which isn’t a nice feeling, especially when I can rationally look at myself and wonder WTF is wrong with me that I’m feeling that way. I hope it gets better tomorrow.

The calorie count for today came in at approximately 1,171, which is still too low, but getting better.

Detox: Day 1

Detox: Day 1

So yeah, I started my detox today, after not planning for it WHATSOEVER, OMG. Guess what! There’s dairy/eggs/grains in everything! Here’s what I ate, figuring it out on the fly: Breakfast: Mixed fresh fruit cup, banana, coffee with soymilk Lunch: Big-assed salad, with romaine lettuce […]

OMG, shoes

OMG, shoes

These, my friends, are my shoes. Do you see how the tennis shoes (almost entirely skate shoes) outnumber the cute ones? This needs to be remedied, posthaste. But first, I really needed to organize my goddamned front closet. I know I need to get rid […]

Makeup bonanza

Makeup bonanza

So, this happened last night after work:

Makeup bonanza

I asked my friend Amanda to do a makeup intervention on me, since I’ve never actually learned how to buy, put on, or wear makeup, and she’s a bit of a girly-girl. She suggested that we go to a fancy department store to get face makeup skin-matched, and then we can get the rest of the fun stuff at Target on the cheap. We started at Younkers, at the Clinique counter, and picked up some foundation and under-eye concealer. Then we skipped on down to Target and picked up a bunch of Sonia Kashuk goodies. As we were heading back through the mall, we saw a cart advertising “Bonus Days” at the Clinique counter in Dillards, so we stopped in there and I picked up some tinted moisturizer and got my bag of free samples. YAY, MAKEUP! Here’s the list:

  • Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in “Rose”
  • Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara in “Very Black”
  • Sonia Kashuk’s Beautifying Blush in “Pink-14”
  • SK’s Eyeshadow Palette in “Eye on Neutral – 02”
  • SK’s Eyeshadow Quad in “Paris at Night – 09”
  • SK’s Eye Definer eyeliner in “Plummy Bronze”
  • SK’s eyelash curler
  • SK’s synthetic concealer brush
  • SK’s blusher brush
  • SK’s synthetic foundation brush
  • Clinique’s Liquid Makeup in 02 “Fresh Ivory”
  • Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in 02
  • Clinique’s All About Eyes concealer in 03 “Light Petal”
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Commander in Chic”

And then the free stuff!

  • Clinique Superbalanced powder makeup in 02 “Natural”
  • Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in 10 “Dark Chocolate”
  • Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in “Black”
  • Clinique lipstick in “A Different Grape”
  • Clinique Moisture Surge extended thirst relief
  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
  • A little flat Clinique brush

Yowza. That’s a lot of crap. I’d better get playing around with it!

Cleanse Me

Cleanse Me

So, I’m thinking of doing a cleanse. I know. I KNOW. I know what you’re going to say, just hear me out. Basically, I need a mile-marker. I’ve stop-started this whole “change my eating habits” thing so many times, the lines between healthy eating and […]

32 Before Thirty-Two

32 Before Thirty-Two

So far in my life, I’ve made two attempts at broad “life lists”: the 101 things in 1001 days list, and the 30 Before 30 list that I put here. Both had pretty sad, pathetic results. So I should obviously try again, RIGHT? Right. I’m […]

2 Dogs Pub in Iowa City

2 Dogs Pub in Iowa City

IMAG0221Last night, we decided to try out a new beer/food joint in town before heading to the grocery store (who wants to shop on an empty stomach?), so we headed over to 2 Dogs Pub on 1st Avenue in Iowa City. They bill themselves as having a sports-pub theme, but as not being a full-blown sports bar, so my expectations weren’t super high. I was pleasantly surprised.

A few weeks ago, we decided to walk downtown from our house to have beer-dinner at a local sports bar, The Vine, since it was closest to our house and has a semi-okay beer selection. The Vine in Iowa City is a pretty good illustration of that type of place: basement atmosphere, dark wood, dark paint, lots of tvs, a couple of non-Budweiseresque beer choices on tap, and passable food. I used to love the place a lot when I still ate meat, since their wings are city-wide famous, and back when I didn’t have very good taste in beer, but my palate has since matured.

This new joint was nothing like that! Bright and airy, with a sort of divider between the back bar area and the front, which probably makes the front more family-friendly. They have a great fucking beer selection (24 taps for draft beer), with plenty of microbrews and a nice representation of Iowa-brewed beer.

We seated ourselves and were served promptly. I picked a pint of Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter, a favorite of mine, while Kevin chose some Iowa beer that neither of us can recall now. We both decided on chipotle-black bean burgers with fries: I had mine “Animal Style” with Thousand Island dressing, caramelized onions, lettuce, and American cheese (trying to recreate my usual wrap from Baldy’s, RIP), and Kevin chose the “Border Crossing”, with salsa, jalapeno slices, pepperjack cheese, and garlic aioli. The burgers were delicious, perfectly cooked with really good flavor profiles. The fries were perfectly fried, not too greasy, not too salty. For dessert, we split a tiny funnel cake, which came with fudge sauce and raspberry coulis for dipping. YUM!

The place had high ceilings, so at first we were afraid that sound might echo (have you been in the new Noodles & Co. yet? Ugh, impossible to have a conversation!), but I didn’t notice a problem with noise at all, and the place was fairly busy. It might be a little ruckus-y if the joint is full, but that’s to be expected. There were several TVs scattered around, but they were at that perfect height on the wall where you don’t notice them if you’re not looking for them. They were also all blissfully silent. Classic rock played softly from speakers overhead.

Overall, we both dig the place quite a lot. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a quick bike ride from our house. For two people, where we both ordered burgers, beer, and split a dessert, the bill came to $29. Not bad at all.

Bag fetish

Bag fetish

I think I’ve got a problem. A hoarding problem. A hoarding problem concerning bags. Thank goodness my tastes (or, rather, my self-limitations) run toward the cheaper end of the spectrum where bags are concerned. I’ve got a long history of carrying little Dickies purses, or […]