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Guess who’s back…

Hello blog friends! Wow, it’s been awhile. I took a much-needed hiatus. To be real with you guys, my life is sometimes boring. Like…really boring. I mean, not to me of course, I love the routine! I’m such a creature of comfort, you know? But, 2011 is coming up and I need to get out of the comfort zone and get a move on. I have lots of things in store for the upcoming year…but first….what have I been up to? Well, I served jury duty (first time! And yes, I enjoyed it and yes, I’m a dork like that. I may or may not have spent the whole time singing the Law & Order theme song in my head).

I found this little guy chillin’ in the jury pool room. Only in Hawaii, huh?

I also went to my office Christmas party. I enjoyed a pre-party cocktail with my love monkey beforehand…

Finally, a martini on here! I’d like to rub in the fact that I am sleeveless. It’s one of the things I do love about this place 🙂 Christmas was a balmy 75-89 degrees:

I was bummed that I didn’t get snow for Christmas…for five minutes, and then I got in the car for a sunny cruise, moved on over to Lanikai Juice for a Dr. P.A.G.O. (pineapple-apple-ginger-orange juice) and took in the sunny day. Ben (the husband – there’s only so many euphemisms that I can use. Here at the house, he’s Benino, Ben, Monkey (which oddly enough turned in to shmunkey for a minute there) or Pumpkin Pie Spice, FYI.) got me an iPod nano (pink 🙂 touch-screen, glorious), Ferrero Rochers (I love them), an iTunes gift card (I immediately loaded up some 80s tunes, Bond, Portuguese techno, Eminem…you get the drift, all over), fruity candy canes (I hate peppermint), an iPod sensor for my Nike+ shoes and a gift card to the mall:

You can actually purchase mall gift cards. Our mall is THAT monstrous. I immediately took said gift card for a cruise around Ala Moana Shopping Center:

I picked up Charlotte’s book “The Great Fitness Experiment”, some Lululemon Wunder Under crops (because I can never convince myself to spend $68 cash on workout pants), a bunch of workout shirts and running socks (they have separately marked ones for each foot, weird, but cool).

I’ve also decided to do my first half-marathon!! I’ll be running this little beauty. Ben’s gonna train with me, but he refuses to run it. For all the female-specific activities that he does with me, I won’t begrudge him sitting this one out. I’ll enjoy my tiara and hot pink boa solo 😉

I also picked up RevAbs. If anybody looooves Beachbody products as much as me, I’ll keep you updated once I start it. I don’t want to overdo it with my running and everything, but I’m excited to try it out and also, maybe, become Mrs. Brett Hoebel.

It’s late here so I’ll leave you with a Hawaiian sunset and I promise I’ll be back sooner than last time! Good night!!



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Hey friends! What a relaxing day. I didn’t do a dang thing and I’m so happy about it 🙂 I’m more of a gotta-clean-gotta-run-gotta-grocery-shop kind of person, so putting my craziness to the side and really enjoying today felt good.

Breakfast was a new concoction, inspired by the blogosphere’s pumpkin explosion:

Pumpkin pie oaties! Simple, too. I made 2 servings of oaties, put protein powder in my husband’s, put 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin into each one, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, a scoop of peanut butter and a sprinkle of pecans. It was good. It needs something sweet (we’re thinking sucanat) but I can’t have that right now, so just keep it like it is.

I then proceeded to scan some blogs and then laid in bed for maybe 2 hours finishing the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but I didn’t write it so who am I to judge 😉 Then, I had to fuel up, I was starving. The husband and I hit the road in the pursuit of hot bar food, new bras (for me, not him) and a birthday present for our friend’s kid. This was demolished at the hot bar:

Curried cauliflower, curried cabbage with potatoes and peas, garlic broccoli with scallion hummus, artichoke hearts, some dolmas and Moroccan couscous. It was phenomenal. I love the hot bar, though, so I didn’t expect less than perfection. After that, we cruised around Diamondhead and took in my favorite lookout point (I always think of them as miradors, because that’s what we call them in Portugal).

It was kind of cloudy, hence the gray gloominess, but still beautiful. We headed over to Nordstrom, where a very sweet girl made bra fitting as comfortable as can be expected. I scored two Calvin Klein bras that were 25% off and also found that despite losing 20 lbs, my boobs stayed the same size! SCORE!

We then hit up Barnes and Noble for gifts; I do not give money. I just don’t, that’s not a personal gift. I give books 🙂 I love them and so should everyone else. Speaking of loving books, I may have gotten In Defense of Food…my love was feeling generous today. We spent so much time at the mall, we had to zoom over to the party. It was pretty standard – LOTS of food (Filipino food that I wanted to eat, but couldn’t. Remember my love for pancit? Yep, there was mountains of it.), karaoke and tons of kids. Get togethers here revolve around food. That’s the first time where I felt almost guilty about my food choices. When you say no, no matter how friendly, it seems to hurt your host. We had to escape the (delicious looking) food and get some healthy fare.

This salad will be in my dreams tonight – mixed greens, tomatoes, beets, carrots, mushrooms, black olives, red cabbage, kidney beans, red onions and artichoke hearts. I even grabbed some grilled squash and some cold grains. My husband mentioned that while the food at the party would have knocked him on his butt, this meal made him feel better and I have to agree.

Since I’ve eliminated meat, dairy, added sugar, leavening agents and caffeine, I’ve been performing better, I don’t get afternoon slumps, my skin is beautiful and I feel like I may even be sleeping better. Once I’m back to my normal eating, I’m not sure what to keep and what to change 😦 I’m knocking out caffeine in the mornings anymore. I’ll treat myself here and there, but no more dependency. I’d like to cut down my meat consumption and find plant-based alternatives more. I didn’t even REALIZE how much SUGAR is EVERYWHERE. Yes, I’m shouting. It’s in canned foods, sauces, dressings, everywhere. I’d like to continue to avoid it. And, although I love cheese and ice cream, I’m going to continue to avoid a lot of dairy. These are just things that I think are not worth the effect on my body. We’ll see, but even my husband agrees that the healthier food makes him more energetic (which I’m not complaining about 😉 ).

Now? Snack time and then we’re hitting the movies. I’ve been really wanting to see Life As We Know It. Hope you guys are having a great weekend! See you tomorrow, as the vacation continues. Good night!


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CSA submission…

Good evening guys! Thanks for saying hi; I love hearing from everyone.

Today started out like usual, oaties with bananas and carob chips. I packed up our lunches with a special snack:

New flava! This will be repeated. I like them way better than the curry ones. Work was back to usual, thank God. 11 and a half hour days do not make for a happy Shayna 😦 Lunch was photographed:

Chicken Madras leftovers and the crossword puzzle 🙂 My favorite kind of lunch.

I was expecting a CSA out of the ordinary after looking at their blog. They give you a list of what’s coming your way, like the usual suspects:

Salad, arugula, basil, lemons, tangerines, radishes and beans. It also shared something new was coming my way:

Taro leaves (lu’au leaves), sugarcane (honua ula), banana (mai’a) and taro (kalo). The CSA that I belong to, Ma’o farms, is located on the west side of Oahu. It’s based upon a deep love for the land (‘aina) and wanted to showcase that in this box. I, however, had to admit defeat and tap out. I delivered the taro leaves to my neighbor, an awesome Hawaiian guy who knows what to do with these things. Why? Because every website I saw said that if you cook taro leaves incorrectly, you get an immensely itchy throat. Yeah…not gonna happen. I will conquer this guy:

Here, the taro root is boiled and pounded into a paste called poi, which is served as a gelatinous starchy side dish here. I cannot stomach the texture. It has the same consistency as phlegm. I’ve tried it and I don’t like it. So, I’m going to mash it with milk and buttah like potatoes! I will defeat this thing!

There was more cooking tonight. I hooked us up with a bean soup for next week; it’s cooling and about to be frozen. I also roasted lunch for tomorrow:

I blanched those crazy purple beans (which turned green, boo!) and the string beans that came this time. I put ’em in that dish with half an onion and some radishes. A little Spike, a little salt and pepper and:

Yup, that’s exactly what you think it is. BACON! I partially cooked a package of bacon and put that on top. Put that baby in the oven at 425 for around 20 minutes and you are good to go. I’ll serve it over quinoa. This will serve us tomorrow and the next day, so don’t you worry about me eating a whole package of bacon (although, the temptation is there).

What’s up now? Well, I just finished Hawaii 5-0 (did you think I’d miss it? I’m in love with McGarrett and Jin Su Kwan, er, I mean, Chin Ho Kelly. Whatever, same shooting location, same sexiness). I give them props this week for mentioning malasadas, Kuhio Street, pronouncing Hawaii correctly (the w sounds like a V. Ha-va-ee), and having McGarrett lose the shirt 🙂 It’s also reigniting my interest in surfing. While I fear sharks and random ocean-induced staph infections (loyal readers, I am a hypochondriac. I am ok with this. It’s not debilitating), I’m ready to dive in and try it.

Now? Freezing some soup, showering my stinkiness, reading more Hunger Games (it’s good so far), and sleep time with my honey. Tomorrow? Biggest Loser and a home workout while I watch. Dinner? Collard green enchiladas and yes, there will be chicken and cheese in it this time. Come on back for the recipe. Good night!


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