Monday, June 28, 2010
Anyway, I drove up to St. Louis without her knowledge. I called Andy when I arrived at midnight, and he took their dog outside. I went back in with them, and I ran into the bedroom where Cary was sitting on the bed. She screamed and may or may not have let an expletive escape. Apparently, though, it's scary when an unidentifiable person wearing a baseball cap jumps on your bed. Hopefully, she was excited after the initial fright.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Fortunately, I do have the natural desire for my family and me to be as healthy as possible. And if I read (and then research) about something that ISN'T good for me, that's all it takes. I don't want it anymore. The thought of eating something artificial or with trans fat, etc. sounds gross to me. I'm not tempted in the least.
This was our stash from Whole Foods last Saturday. Doesn't it just look beautiful? We bought much less processed/boxed food this time. I have a very bad habit of buying produce and letting it get buried and rotten in my fridge because I'm tired at night and reach for frozen Amy's burgers instead. I'm proud to say we ate almost all of it this week (and what little remained - juicing carrots, a couple of limes, etc. - is still fresh). One of the things that really helped was spreading it all out like this to dry (to keep the fridge stuff from going in wet and molding).We even had to go back to the store several times throughout the week for more fruits and veggies.
We've been having lots of smoothies and salads, and we've also made "spring rolls" using rice paper wrappers. If you have never worked with these, they're really cool.
On the side: Kristen's Cheezy Hemp Sauce, which I've mentioned before that we love. Also: brazil nuts, which are high in selenium and good for your prostate.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I sampled a little bit of the peanut butter parfaits, chocolate pie, and cheesecake we were going to share for dessert. What none of us liked was the watermelon juice...I love watermelon, and I've never tried a juice I couldn't drink...but I couldn't get this one down. (It was free, though, for signing up for a Native Foods customer program.)
The weather was PERFECT. We couldn't have asked for a better day.
So...Ryan asked me before we got on the boat if we should be concerned about seasickness. Tornado and I are the ones who usually get motion sickness. I told him we would probably be fine. For the first hour, I was thinking he had worried for nothing. And then it set in...ugh, I felt very seasick. I think if I could have just sat down the whole time, instead of walking all over the place, keeping up with the kids, I would have been okay. (But they did NOT fall overboard, Mom.)
Tornado started feeling woozy right about the same time that I did. He had to go to the restroom, and while we were in there...he puked. It made him feel a little better, but he was still a little out of it, as you can see (above). I think he even fell asleep on our way back into the harbor.
They even had soft-serve! It was delicious!
We got back into the car for our (approximately) 5 hour trip up to Sequoia National Park. We stopped at Whole Foods to buy the food we would need for the next couple of days. (I wasn't relying on there being anything for us to eat up there.) I was trying to hurry, but it's really hard for me to hurry in a health food store. I love checking out all of the new products.
It was dark by the time we made it up the mountain...wow, it was an incredibly winding road. I'm glad we got to drive the road at night, actually, because it just seemed so enchanting. We were surrounded by these abnormally large trees and deep ravines. There was just so much wildlife and just so much green everywhere, lit by the moonlight...we half expected an elf or a Hobbit to pop out at any moment. It definitely made us excited for our next day.
That's Dash standing in front of the General Sherman, the world's largest tree.
The largest Whole Foods in SoCal is located in the same shopping area as Veggie Grill. I ran inside and stocked up on a few items for our apartment. Like I said before, I hate having to rush while in a new Whole Foods. I would have liked to mull slowly down every single aisle, looking for products I've never seen. I actually didn't see that many new and different things. They do sell Daiya cheese, which was thrilling. They also had fresh pizza made with Daiya. And I had been wanting to try Amy's new rice macaroni and cheeze (also made with Daiya). It was delicious, but I only ate 2 bites because it has 520 calories and 22 grams of fat in one container. It was great for the kids, though.
I was disappointed in my ordering choice at RFD. I got the burrito, which I thought was going to be more like an enchilada covered in sauce. But really it was just like a burrito I eat all of the time at home. It wasn't that it tasted bad at all; I was only disappointed that it wasn't what I expected. It was huge, and I didn't eat much of it (getting to the end of our trip, and I'm starting to feel a little full).
Our last morning we spent packing, tidying up our apartment, and trying to eat up what was left in the fridge, etc. Ugh, it is so depressing to throw away good leftovers, etc. (It's also depressing to throw away a whole, perfectly-good bottle of water before going through security at the airport - only to walk 30 feet and have to purchase another bottle.)
Before we left, we went up on the roof of our apartment building to enjoy our last ocean views of the trip.