Friday, 6 August 2010

Thinking Optimisation Plan: Progress Report

Yesterday I broke down completely. As if, when trying to swich off a single light, I'd accidentally switched everything off at the mains. Lights out, fridge off, no hot water, no radio. I wasn't able to think or function. A path of destruction followed me around: the stone fell out of the beautiful ring that Daniel bought me in Ireland, my lunch was a soggy mess, I even burned muffins from a recipe in Nigella's 'recipes for kids' section. (Mum and Dad ate them anyway, which was very generous of them!)

Then, last night I slept for 8 hours. I haven't had more than 6 hours sleep in one night for months! I woke, bright and breezy, to a huge bowl of porridge (with real maple syrup from a recent trip to Canada - I love being home!) and enough energy to hit the hilly country paths in my running shoes. The sky looked fit to burst, so I ran in a waterproof, which I hate. I was sticky and tired after a couple of miles, soaking in a capsule of humidity on the hilliest route I've done since Keswick. Then, a gift from above the sky opened. I love running in the rain! The last few miles was just about all up-hill, and the wind against me would have made it even more unpleasant, were it not for this delightful cold spray soaking me through; such joy I wanted to sing!

I got home, soaking wet, and tucked into a huge bowl of fruit salad and yogurt. Another amazing thing about home: the fruit! I'm spoiled for choice; four different types of melon, three mangoes, pineapple, kiwi, grapes, cherries, raspberries...! Teamed with the 4.8kg of yogurt in the fridge and the selection of 12 different cereals, this makes for a lot of joyful snacking. Hurrah!

The couch is currently gobbling me up into its comfy underworld as I sit in old pyjamas sipping mug after mug of tea. Friday. Lasagne for tea. Bubble bath tonight. Wine in fridge. Life is good!

Progress: High.

Finally, some blanks, on my favourite topic ever: food!

1. Today for breakfast I ate porridge with banana covered in maple syrup! There wasn't really enough, but really there never is - I could eat porridge all day!

2. My go to/never fail recipe is rice. With chilli or curry or burgers, but the rice is the main feature. I love making huge bowls of spiced vegetable rice, it overshadows everything else on the plate (mainly because I always make too much, hehe)!

3. Something I eat that other people think is weird is 'uncooked' vegetables. My housemate used to complain that I never cooked the brocolli, but I can't stand soggy veg, so I just blanche them really quickly. If a vegetable doesn't crunch, I don't want to eat it! (excepting squash and parsnip, of course...!)

4. My worst cooking disaster ever was the time when I baked. Every single time. Maybe the time I made a birthday cake for my brother and it ended up like a huge flat biscuit, but we still put candles in it and sang - quite embarrassing!

5. If I could only eat one flavor of ice cream the rest of my life it would be ginger ice cream. I dislike ice cream in 98% of cases, but the time I tried ginger ice cream I managed to ignore the unpleasant sugary cold feeling and delight in the chunks of ginger. Yum!

6. One food I hate and avoid at all costs is meringue. Ick ick ick! And ice cream takes a close second place!

7. What is your favorite meal? Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Breakfast! I could eat it all day! I love breakfast foods, and I'm always so hungry in the early morning that I really could eat so much. I like the way that a decent breakfast pulls you so gently into the day. That being said, I hate cooked breakfasts; anything 'meaty' or eggy or cheesy and I'm happy to wait for lunch!.

Thanks Lauren! Have a great weekend everyone! I'll be back later as I've had an idea for an exciting new theme to post about!


  1. All that running must give you an appetite. It's a joy to sit at the table with you.

  2. 12 cereals?!
    You are just the healthiest eater ever!
    Lisa x

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  4. hooray to waking up in a great mood! Happy Friday!

  5. mmmmm....curry! i need to learn to make curry!