Monday, February 13, 2012

monday morning musings

easing into the week
good morning, monday. i think that rather than starting off with a harrying traffic-filled journey into lab, i might begin this work week from the comforts of my apartment. i have plenty to do and will save an hour of commuting time, which i can use to do actual work.

home office

saving gasoline, the earth, and my sanity all at once . . . i definitely do not do this often, but sometimes on days where i am supposed to be in lab AND at duke for part of the day, i think i need to remember that i'm going to work to GET THINGS DONE -- not just to fill up space or look busy. if i can be more productive in front of my computer on certain occasions, i am not going to feel bad about remaining there for a morning every so often.

especially since it will be impossible once there is a baby in our midst :)

hexapuff
my [awesome] sister came over yesterday and we started setting up the nursery! don't get too excited -- this mostly just involved the annoying part where we moved josh's desk OUT [where it belongs] and assembled our guest futon/breastfeeding couch.

right now, i am not at all focused on decor -- i just want to get the room to be functional! i think that josh and i have both realized that it's not going to be easy to keep the baby stuff contained neatly in our 2-bedroom apartment, but we're still going to put in a valiant effort.

i have no photos of our progress, but check out my sister's latest knitting project! these are called hexapuffs:


apparently, this pattern is all the rage in the knitting community. i just like the cute little colorful hexagons!

busy but worth it . . .
we followed our apartment rearrangement and cleanup with a marathon trip to target and whole foods for guest essentials [and food for the week]. i think i spent the entire day on my feet, but it was worth it! we are now equipped for guests [my parents are visiting this weekend], and i'm ready for another week.

we celebrated with a quick dinner in front of the grammy awards:

beef / veg / rice bowl loosely based on a recipe from this month's clean eating mag

here's my version of the recipe for anyone that needs a super-easy but nutritious dinner option:
makes about 4 servings

the essentials
~1 lb ground beef [we used local grass-fed]
green bell pepper, diced
frozen peas
14 oz can of diced tomatoes
frozen brown rice

the flavorings
~1T worcestershire sauce
generous dousing of cumin
balsamic vinegar
salt
pepper

accompaniments
plain yogurt
blue corn tortilla chips

the instructions
brown beef in large skillet [i added a bit of safflower oil at CE's suggestion to keep things from sticking]. once cooked through, add green peppers, tomatoes, peas, and worcestershire, and let it simmer for a while [ie, for about one grammy performance]. add spices and rice; cook for a few more minutes while wondering how anyone can still tolerate chris brown. serve with accompaniments in a bowl and enjoy on the couch!

prenatal BONUS: an iron boost from the ground beef and vitamin-C-containing tomatoes [helps with absorption].

a sad loss
finally, i had to finish with a shout-out to 1987-era whitney. i totally had this tape -- although i have to admit my copy was dubbed from one at the library. still sounded great, though! i had it on heavy rotation with tiffany, madonna, janet jackson, and belinda carlisle.

we will miss you!