Today is “Poem in your pocket” day, one part of National Poetry Month. This poem always meant so much to me – it was beloved by my Great-grandma Sara and Grandma Sugarplum, and I had a printing of it next to my bed in college. It seems a worthy reminder in these tense and troubling times that all we have – really – is today and what we do to it. So from me to you, I hope you look well to this day.
Look to this day
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
~ Ancient Sanskrit poem ~
Do you have a favorite poem? Share it in the comments!
Aka reason #45978 why I love my work
I am the definition of a breakfast person.
I could eat it three times a day – eggs for breakfast, cereal for lunch, crepes for dinner. Bring me to a diner at any hour and I am 99.9% likely to order hash and poached eggs. I simply can’t live without a good meal to start off my day. But when I combine my love for breakfast with my tendency to hit snooze a million times (right family?), it gets to be an expensive habit that ends up with me stopped in at Dunks on my way to work.
Luckily, I saw this pin the other day and decided to whip up some planned-ahead breakfasts so I could save some money and time in the morning. These tartlets came out great, and in 45 minutes, I was able to pack up 6 healthy breakfasts to eat and freeze for the week ahead.
Quiche Breakfast Tartlets
- 5-8 oz of baby spinach
- 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
- 2 links chicken sausage (optional)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (low-fat preferred, or another kind of shredded cheese works too!)
- 3 eggs and 6 egg whites (I use them from the carton) (alternatively, you can use 5 eggs)
- Dash skim milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a frying pan, heat up 1 tsp olive oil and cook the mushrooms. Cut the chicken sausage into small pieces (1/2 dime sized or so) and add to mushrooms, browning lightly. Remove from pan. Wilt spinach in frying pan. add to mushrooms and sausage.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into lightly greased muffin tins, making sure that each section has all types of filling as well as some liquid.
- Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, until edges are browned and tops are solid. Remove from tins and let sit before freezing/storing.
By the end, you should have 12 muffin-sized crustless quiches (mine actually made 5 mini muffins as well – use it all up!) which are each worth 2 PointsPlus each (I recommend two as one serving). In one travel-sized bite, you have cheese, eggs, meat, and veggies, or as I like to call it “perfection.”
These quiches are super versatile to whatever you have in your kitchen – asparagus and red pepper, cheese and more cheese, garlic and onion, you name it. My recommendation: go light on the fat, especially in the cheese. I only had full fat cheddar around, and these were a little more oily than I would usually eat, but they’re still quite healthy and definitely delicious.
What’s your go-to breakfast food?
What’s better than helping cure blood cancers?
Curing blood cancers WHILE drinking beer WHILE playing pub trivia right in your own city!
Join me for a night of Geeks Who Drink Trivia to benefit my race for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Trivia is free, and for $5 a person you can win cash prizes and support my race for LLS. It’s the perfect win-win-win-win all night long!
What: Trivia to benefit cancer research
Where: Hong Kong, Harvard Square
When: March 26 – trivia starts at 8:00, I recommend getting there by 7:45. I’ll be there before then!
Questions? Leave me a comment here!
Hope to see you there!
PS: Want to know more about why I’m running in the first place? Read more here!
That’s kind of how I feel right now. How exactly does one balance all this, you may ask?
- Training for a half marathon
- Working my butt off at work (seriously, no butt left)
- Being a bridesmaid in two weddings this summer, and attending two more, AND helping plan another two for next summer
- Traveling down the California coast with my sis
- Spending time with my family, including future in-laws (once Kat and Wes tie the knot)
- Surviving endless snow storms
- Hunting down Girl Scout cookies
- Sharing gossip over wine with best friends
- Hosting a rockin’ Oscar party (stay tuned for more on that later this week)
- Doing my taxes
(Would you be surprised if I told you that one thing on that list might be neglected, and it’s the most expensive item possible?)
Anyway, life has been a serious trip lately. A good one, but an exhausting one too. More on all that, especially the party and road trip, later this week – scout’s honor! What’s new in your life as we transition from winter to spring?
I’m on vacation in California with my little sister – currently recovering from a freezing hour on the beach by curling up with a soy mocha and the second Sookie Stackhouse book by the fire at Hearst Social Hall at Asilomar. If this isn’t the life, I don’t know what is!
(Out of 24 Oscar categories, but who’s counting?)
Our fourth annual Oscar party was a huge hit. We had food in honor of every best picture, and then some (thanks Nate, for inspiring the mid-ceremony guacamole), talked over all the misogynistic commentary, cheered for our Boston boy Ben Affleck, and sang along with the musical tributes. More on all the recipes later – lots of important and delicious stuff is ahead!
As we’re all getting back into the flow of work, I hope you find something you can be excited about – even if it’s only halfway as thrilling as this kiddo thinks this song is. My favorite part: her big sister laughing in the background. Love it.
More later – life has been mega busy but good, now that I’m over my latest cold and dug out of last week’s giant snowstorm!
Proof that just because you’re coworkers doesn’t mean you can’t be wild and crazy friends, too!
Yesterday, I attended the 2013 Yelpies, the annual awards celebration for fellow Yelpers at Abby Lane in downtown Boston. I’ve been an elite since 2010 when a friend of a friend took me behind the curtain to see the great community and free parties that come with joining this club. (You can check out my many reviews here!)
This year, the party took on a renewed purpose – it finally gave me an outlet for the super sequined dress that I bought for New Year’s Eve but never got a chance to wear. I will toot my own horn and say I rocked this $80-turned-$18 steal – feeling like a bombshell made up for the fact that the drinks came a bit slowly and my heels were not quite as comfortable as the last time I put them on (about a year ago), and I didn’t even care when a few threads got caught or when my lipstick rubbed off because I was so confident in my new sequined skin. Lesson learned: dress like a star (literally, sparkle away!) and the feeling will follow. Surrounding yourself with free booze, tasty food, and amazing friends doesn’t hurt either!
Super thanks to Jill (of Jill’s Closet) for her fashion advice/pushing me to find a place to wear this, and Grandma Boo Boo for her enthusiastic response when I showed her this dress for the first time (and for passing on her love of all things glittery).
Coworkers who are friends who are foodies make my life complete
Letting my sparkle shine through – this dress was too much for NYE, but it was perfect for the swanky, celebratory Yelpie awards.
Silver sequins for the win!