Wednesday, November 18, 2009

House Stuff, Good/Bad News, 4 Miles and a New Recipe

Good News: I got the house bug again - yay!
Bad News: I haven't taken any pictures or really finished any projects.

Good News: I bought new end tables for the seating area!
Bad News: They need to be on a rug... and I looked everywhere for a rug. For reals, Friday I went to Ikea, Target, Ballard Designs, Home Depot, Rooms 2 Go, Home Goods, Pier 1, J.C. Penney and Pottery Barn. (also hit up the bank, Radio Shack, etc. blah)

Good News: I found a rug and bought it today!
Bad News: It won't be delievered until "2-3 weeks."


Here is a photo of the end tables and of the rug. Hopefully in 2-3 weeks you can see the final product!

I got this in an 8 'x 11'... I'm nervous I'll hate it in person! haha But they did free shipping and to take it back I just have to take it to the store which is, conveniently, 15 minutes from my office and my house!

The end tables. LOVE them. They're already out but I think they'll look a bazillion times better once they're on the rug above!

Good News: I got a new iPhone.
Bad News: My computer isn't recognizing it so I have no music, photos, phone numbers, etc.

Good News: Aside from the rug and end tables, I got 3 gallery lights to hang above art in the living room and den, 2 condiment trays with tiny square dishes for dips, a mirror for the half bath, two new throws for the living room and den as well as 2 diploma frames.
Bad news: The lights have yet to be hung... the dipoma frames have yet to be filled... and I need to take a picture of the mirror (LOVE it though, friends). I'll do a before/after.

So, to go quickly to usual programming, not much has been up here. The weather has been dismal, my motivation has been obsolete and I'm wondering if I have SAD (or if i'm just a big whiner). Monday I still had an achey tummy which ruled out exercise. Blah. I did use my lunch break to continue on my rug quest to no avail. I went straight home from work and got in bed with a bottle of pepto, pupper, Austin and a new book: Meg Cabot's Big Boned. My eats were random at best (probably not helping said tummy troubles), and I ended up at 1,623 calories, 172 carbs, 64 fat grams and 84 protein grams. Here's what I ate.

Tuesday I felt much better, and TOM was officially gone. Yessss. I walked 4 miles during lunch burning 245 calories. I then worked, carpooled home and got to cooking this week's meals. Yum. The cooking included a new recipe that i'm loving: Baked Shrimp in Tomatoes and Feta. I found this on Aggie's Kitchen, where she got it from Ellie Krieger/Craving Ellie in my Belly. Here's my version of the recipe for FOUR servings:

1 tbsp olive oil
½ cup onions
1 tsp minced garlic
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their juices
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely diced
1 tbsp fresh basil, finely diced
2 tsp dried oregano
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 oz. crumbled Fat-Free feta cheese
8 oz. angel hair pasta

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, until tomato juices thicken. Remove from heat and transfer to 8x8 baking dish. Stir in parsley, basil, oregano and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle feta over the top. Bake until the shrimp are cooked through and cheese melts, about 12 minutes. Serve with pasta. Nutritional Information: 419 calories, 52 carbs, 6 fat grams and 39 protein grams.

I loved it! I think it's going to reheat well, too (even though I used angel hair pasta which sometimes doesn't heat up the best). Definitely going in my recipe book FOR SURE! After dinner I just lounged around and prepared for the day, then fell asleep around 11 - nice! I also ordered me and Teresa's Twilight tickets for Saturday - yay!! I ended up at 1,779 calories, 238 carbs, 44 fat grams and 101 protein grams. Not bad! Here's what I ate.


Anonymous said...

I know about the waiting game! My husband and I searched and searched for a dining set we both liked.

We finally found it, they told us the shipping date and it wasn't until we got back in the car after paying cash for it, that we would have to wait SIX WEEKS!

I love it. Just wished we used it more often!

Pining for Pinterest said...

Wow, that looks really good!

Sweet As Boys said...

Love that rug, it looks fun! Can't wait so see final pics when it's all put together :)

Anonymous said...

I like the rug alot! Looks cute! :)

homecookedem said...

Ohhhh yum!! That dish looks fantastic!!

Glad you were able to get a new phone! Hopefully you'll figure out a way to fix everything else.

laura dishes said...

I love that rug! You're a woman on a mission... you hit so many stores in search of it!

I also love the pictures that you new camera is taking. :)

Erica said...

CUTE rug and side tables. But seriously, when are you coming to decorate my house for me? ;) I stink at it.

Great shrimpy pasta. Joshers would LOVE this dish.

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

We are waiting on couches at the moment! Luckily, they come next week.

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

I love those tables and the rug! You have such an eye for decorating and fashion!!

I hope that you feel better soon and can get back to your exercise routine. Take care of yourself!

Pam said...

I am loving that recipe, Aggie's great. I also think the table is cute too. :)

Mica said...

The recipe sounds fantastic!

And I like that rug; I bet you won't hate it in person.

Shelli said...

I wanted to let you know I started my first audio book! You inspired me! :)

Lee said...

Love the end tables.

That recipe has been on my fridge for like two weeks waiting to be made!

haute.teapot said...

I love your good news/bad news lists! It was quite entertaining. :) I know what you mean about ordering online...I was going to say we once got an amazing rug at Ethan Allen that we kept for years, if that doesn't work maybe check them out? But yours looks super cute. I love your home pictures so hopefully you can do a before and after once it's complete!

Samma said...

I just got a coupon for a free pound of shrimp from Earthfare- perfect Friday night dinner!