Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Review, New Recipe, Concert.. Spinning My Wheels

I’ve felt super overwhelmed this week – TOO much to do and NOT enough time to do it. I hate that feeling but have just been having a hard time prioritizing and that makes me miserable!! Anywho, deep breaths, Wednesday was a good day – just lots of running around, squeezed in a haircut, raced home, got ready for the concert and then wanted to RELAX. We had a great time at Chastain and enjoyed the concert – loved seeing an old school favorite. I mean I LOVED Collective Soul back in the day – it really took me back!

Early on before sweating a lot!


A bit later!

They invited everyone to come to the bottom for the last song - so sweet.

We're cheeseballs! Love it!

Enjoyed myself so much that I stayed up too late. Not good! I must say, it was worth it though and fun to go out just me and Austin! I ended up at 2,050 calories, 174 carbs, 50 fat grams and 111 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Thursday I was SO busy with work. Ended up working through lunch and had a headache all day. GRRR. No workouts, just work, work, work. Then errands – dog food for Reuben, batteries for my scale, a gift for this weekend - too much to do! I never marathon cooked this week so threw together a new pasta from Biz’s Cook’s Country magazine!! I made Feta, Chicken & Tomato Pasta. Here’s the recipe I followed (adapted a bit) for FOUR servings (picture to come - sorry!):


8 oz. pasta
16 oz. chicken, diced
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
4 oz. fat-free feta cheese
1 cup tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp fresh basil, finely diced

Cook pasta according to instructions, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Cook chicken in a large pan over medium heat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta, cooked chicken, feta, tomatoes and bail to a large bowl. Stir in pasta water, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Nutritional Information: 399 calories, 45 carbs, 6 fat grams and 41 protein grams.

Review: SO good, very fresh and very simple to make – I think it will reheat great and would be good hot or cold. The pasta water melts the feta and it makes a creamy “sauce” that tastes like it would be SO fattening – love it! I think short noodles do the best. Also, the recipe called for parsley instead of basil, and olives, which I omitted since Austin dislikes them!

After dinner, I got back online to do some more work, gathered library books to return, made a list of all the junk I need to do tomorrow and got in bed to read around 10:30. I ended up finishing Leslie Meier’s Star Spangled Murder. I liked the story a lot – there were a lot of plotlines and the murder could have gone a lot of different ways. However, the way it went was random. And not something I could have solved you know? That kind of disappointed me. :( I normally love her books and will definitely try more, but this one wasn’t a great one for me. I’d give it a 2/5. It just needed a better story in the end – it’s like it was all leading up to something that just never came to fruition.

So yes, Thursday was just kind of off for me. I hated missing workouts. Hated not having time to blog/read blogs. Hated having to cook during the week and just felt like I was spinning my wheels and not really getting anything done – sad!! I know today will be better though! I ended Thursday up at 1,692 calories, 227 carbs, 39 fat grams and 97 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Q: What makes you feel better when you’re feeling overwhelmed?

Q: What’s a fun “old school band” you would love to see in person?

15 comments:

Christina said...

when i feel overwhelmed i just have a quiet night in! i'll cook something new for fun, watch a movie, and have a big flat glass of wine!!

Staci Dombroski said...

I used to love Colletive Soul!!! Oh the memories :) Have a wonderful weekend!

homecookedem said...

Sorry you've been feeling so overwhelmed. Good news, it's almost the weekend!! :) Glad yall had such a great time at Collective Soul!! I love Chastain. Such a great place to see a concert.

april said...

I'm sorry your feeling overwhelmed! Usually a nice bath helps me out! Oh, and talking about it!

Melissa said...

I cannot stand feeling overwhelmed!! I try to avoid by doing as much ahead as possible but it's not always avoidable. If the unavoidable happens, I fix it with wine. :)

Mica said...

I feel overwhelmed all the time. It helps me to make a checklist and then cross of things to help my sense of accomplishment.

The chicken pasta sounds great.

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

You look so happy in all your concert pics!! And by happy I also mean gorgeous.

When I'm overwhelmed I take a nap. Maybe that's counterproductive, but I always feel better after a quick one hour nap and then I'm ready to take on anything!

whataboutsummer said...

I love that venue!

haute.teapot said...

When I feel overwhelmed I love doing yoga or going to a class at my gym. Or listening to music--my ipod, Pandora, iTunes radio. :)

So glad you had fun and you look fabulous!

sweetandfit said...

you two look adorable! you look great in yellow, you should wear it more often.

whataboutsummer said...

I love that venue!

Melissa said...

I cannot stand feeling overwhelmed!! I try to avoid by doing as much ahead as possible but it's not always avoidable. If the unavoidable happens, I fix it with wine. :)

haute.teapot said...

When I feel overwhelmed I love doing yoga or going to a class at my gym. Or listening to music--my ipod, Pandora, iTunes radio. :)

So glad you had fun and you look fabulous!

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

You look so happy in all your concert pics!! And by happy I also mean gorgeous.

When I'm overwhelmed I take a nap. Maybe that's counterproductive, but I always feel better after a quick one hour nap and then I'm ready to take on anything!

Staci Dombroski said...

I used to love Colletive Soul!!! Oh the memories :) Have a wonderful weekend!