Tuesday, January 19, 2010

supermarket sweep

grocery explosion
siobhan commented while she was visiting that my meal-planning/list-making looked like it took a lot of time. while there certainly is a weekly time investment, i find that for me, meal-planning and buying groceries ahead of time are the keys to healthy eating -- something that i value highly and really do enjoy. most of the time, i have the process down to somewhat of an art form. i even wrote about it in detail here.

sometimes, though, i get a little crazy. it started off innocently enough:

but then i had the brilliant idea of going to harris teeter instead of my usual (beloved) WF. this way, i rationalized, i could pick up the non-food items on the list and the regular groceries in one go.

after all, one cannot live without these essentials. or at least i can't.

but then, this happened:

i spy . . . many non-listed items.

oh well, it was fun. and we are stocked! of note, there will also be carrots, broccoli, apples, pears, and sweet potatoes on our doorstep later today from our local and organic weekly delivery service, bella bean.

um, anyone want to come over for dinner? you're all invited.

i feel like i spent a fair chunk of yesterday lounging around (read: whittling down a large number of unread posts on google reader), but looking at the checked-off boxes in my planner, it appears that i got a lot done after all: 12 mile run, presentation (finished!), groceries shopped for, recycling/fridge cleanout, and a quick post-office run.

i even made some banana bread.

i think mondays should always be a catch-up day. wouldn't that be fabulous?

by request: name pronunciation guide
maelie: maya-lee seems to be the leading phonetic spelling after much intrafamily debate. i really love the name! and no -- she's not named after ms. cyrus. although that would be cool, too! (aside: 'cyrus' is actually one of my favorite boy names, although i don't think josh is on board.)

miss maelie's mother is french (as in, born and grew up in france), so the name which is also french in origin meaning 'princess' fits nicely. i also think it goes beautifully with her sister's name, which is margaux.

ciaran: keer-an is pretty much how it sounds to me. its origin is irish/gaelic and it means "black", according to babynames.com. siobhan is half irish, so this is also very appropriate!

(and for those wondering how to say her name (also irish in origin) . . . well, i can say it, but i don't even know how to write it phonetically and i don't want to do it wrong! s, feel free to weigh in here.)



workout: 12 mile run with 4 miles at race pace
well, i didn't feel great on this run, and i'm hoping that race pace will be faster tan the middle 4 ended up being! i just felt like i was lumbering/slogging along, and the whole thing felt harder than usual. overheating in the 60 degree sun? maybe.

miles 1-4: 9:18, 8:43, 9:00, 9:12
miles 5-8: 8:21, 8:45, 8:29, 8:28
miles 9-12: 9:16, 9:17, 9:15, 8:59

i also think i need to recalibrate my footpod. yes, again! sometimes i envy garmin-users . . . satellite is definitely lower maintenance.

dinner date: well, not "date" exactly -- josh was at work. i met up with a (female) williams alum who is in the area and found me via the blog! it was a lot of fun to reminisce about college -- we definitely knew a lot of the same people.

we had intended on going to six plates (haven't been back since the big blogger get-together!), but they were closed. improvising, we headed to piazza italia nearby. i don't always LOOOVE their food, but the atmosphere is nice and i figured it would be easy to get a light dinner there.

glass of italian pinot: totally answering my red-wine craving

spinach salad with mandarin oranges, gorgonzola, and pecans to share

also split: delicious bruschetta topped with parmesan, tomato, basil and finished with balsamic syrup

i think we made our waiter sad with our economical order (he was REAAAALLY trying to sell us some steaks!), but it was tasty and i think we both enjoyed it.

reading: finished my PCOS presentation! here's a little graphic sample:


  1. shi-vaun :) i hate that spotty looking ovary - mine had about half those spots.. i very much admire your ability to be so productive though - perhaps i can be more mindful with my list making! interesting note - we have a friend in france who had a son named mael.. i think it is actually of celtic (breton) heritage too.. like my and ciaran's name!

  2. I think planning out the week is definitely helpful, but sometimes I just don't do it.

    I know a Kieran - pronounced the same way.

  3. i am on week #3 of meal planning and strategic grocery shopping and it is going SO WELL. it also means i always have leftovers that are good to eat for lunch at work! (no days of just cheese and crackers) so far i have been doing as much prep work on one of the weekend days as possible to make for quick evening suppers - but i think that is mostly for wintery meals. in the summer when our weekends are busier, i shouldn't have to spend as much time making soups and stews etc.

    kieran is a gorgeous name! also maelie. love it.

  4. Anonymous10:36 AM

    i went grocery shopping the other day and i think i should just not even bother making a list anymore because i end up with too much stuff off of it! i make the darn thing so i know what i have and don't but as soon as i get to the store it's like: do i have enough of this? and this? and before i know it i have enough food for a month! haha

  5. I have several friends with PCOS so it's intersting to see the ultrasound.
    When I grocery shop I always end up with several items that I didn't plan on getting!

  6. Wow...that is an impressive ovary! I know someone whose child is named "kee-vah." I wish I could remember how it's spelled because it does NOT look like it sounds. It has a Gaelic spelling.

  7. The best and worst thing about shopping at Trader Joe's is the lack of selection. On one hand it's frustrating when they're completely out of something like tomato sauce and you have to make a separate trip. On the other, how many choices of mustard do you need?

  8. Anonymous12:18 PM

    I don't know if I've ever gone grocery shopping without buying a least a few things that aren't on my list.

    I actually have always wondered how to pronounce Siobhan.

  9. I always buy off of my list, it's not a good thing!
    one of my best friends is a Siobhan. I call her Cee-o-be-han!

  10. Your blog is making me hungry. And I am jealous of your multiple commenters...commentators? Commenters.

  11. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Looks like you only went off your list a little bit!! However, all good stuff so no worries:-)

  12. Haha, I go nuts at the grocery store all too often! I just can't resist tasty healthful food!

  13. atilla5:15 AM

    that"s my kind of shopping

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