Archive for May, 2009
I haven’t been having the best few days. My ear and throat infection is all cleared up. On my Friday off I wasted it by doing nothing I should have. I assumed I’d have all weekend to go foodshopping and do all the errands I needed to get done. But Saturday morning my mom got pretty sick and ended up going to the hospital. After a few hour wait she found out she needed her appendix out. I stayed with my sister all day while my dad waited with my mom she finally went in for surgery at around 8. She’s recovrring well and should be coming home today.
I didn’t take any pictures of my food and I’m about to go to the hospital to visit and wait with her until she can come home.
I’ll be back to regular posting tomorrow! Hope you had a great weekend!
Those are pretty much the only things I can eat, anything that gives any resistance when chewing makes my jaw scream in pain from the ear infection. Although almost everything I had tasted better it seems fruit and veggies are the major offenders in the taste category. Wonderful I’m craving a salad but the crunch factor and the taste factor have kept me away.
For breakfast today I stuck with another soft bar.
So good, and I could actually taste it, of course the flavor was not as strong as it normally would be but it was still better then no taste at all.
For lunch I had some pb on an Arnold Sandwich Thin and an orange. The orange tasted gross and I could barely taste the pb, I hope this infection clears up soon.
For dinner I didn’t know I wanted, I really need to go food shopping but don’t want to waste money on fresh produce when I know I’m going to be reluctant to eat it. I’m planning on going Friday no matter what because I can’t go this long with out a nice big summer salad. We decided to go to a local restaurant where they served breakfast so I could enjoy the french toast.
Nice and soft, it didn’t hurt at all to eat and I swear I could taste some cinnamon. I also got 3 pieces of bacon on the side and since bacon is such a strong flavor I could totally taste it, again not as strong as if I was completely healthy but better then most things. The bacon did hurt to chew a little, because of my ears but it wasn’t too bad.
After that we went to Andrew’s parents house to visit, and the to Petsmart to pick up some things for Geoffrey. I’ll take some pictures tomorrow of his new home because we just finished setting it up.
Well tomorrow is my Friday already! I love 3 day weeks! Have a great night everyone!
Wow I really disappeared huh?
First of all your comments were all so sweet, thanks for all the congratulatory comments on our engagement! I was so excited to share that news with you guys and your comments all made me smile from ear to ear.
I enjoyed the last day of vacation on Saturday and then Sunday we were in the car alllll day I took pictures of my eats but really don’t feel like recapping 4 days worth of food. Sunday after 8 hours in the car we were exhausted, we stopped by Andrew’s aunts house to see his family. They were all so happy for us, his family is fabulous and I’m very lucky to feel loved and welcomed by them.
Once we returned from his Aunt’s house we unpacked a little and then crawled into bed I was passed out shortly after 9, driving (for 3 hours this time!) and sitting in the car was so draining. Unfortunately I woke up at 3 in the morning with the worst pain in both my ears and my throat was completely swollen. I had a feeling I had “swimmer’s ear”. I was thisclose to going to the ER but talked myself out of it by reasoning that by the time I was even treated by the ER my doctor’s office would be open and I could save myself the $275 bucks. I fell back to sleep around 5, then woke up at 6:30 in even more pain. My doctor’s office was closed since it was Memorial day but the walk-in clinic they are affiliated with opened at 8. I woke Andrew up and asked him to go to the doctors with me, and we both sleepily walked out the door, I locked the apartment door behind me before I thought to check that Andrew had keys. Well he didn’t and we were locked out I started crying instantly I just wanted to get to the doctors and start feeling better. I called my dad and he saved the day with the extra key we gave them just last week. Talk about good timing, considering I’ve lived here for 2 years and I just thought to give my mom an extra key while we were on vacation. Weird.
So I get to the walk-in clinic and luckily got right in to see the doctor. Turns out I have a double ear infection and a throat infection! Are you kidding me?! It hurt so badly all day but luckily today I was feeling better and was able to go to work. I could not believe that I got so sick literally overnight but with the ear drops and antibiotics I’m already on my way to healthy.
The only thing that really sucked was because of the pain in my ears an throat I missed out on some delicious Memorial Day BBQing. Yesterday all I ate was a hot dog roll and an Italian Ice. Eating just wasn’t an option but that Italian Icee was better then any of the medicine I got for some instant relief. Everything I chewed hurt so I just gave up. Today although I was able to eat because of the throat infection everything either doesn’t have a taste at all or tastes down right disgusting. I forced myself to eat a little more because obviously I can’t exist solely on buns and Ice’s.
This morning for breakfast I had something I found on vacation!
I should have saved it until I could actually say whether or not it tasted good, but the texture heated up was easy enough to chew and swallow. Oh, the “that’s what she saids” I could throw into this post.
For lunch I went with something also easy to eat.
This tasted absolutely disgusting to me, I knew it was just because of being sick but both these items were waging war on my tastebuds. Ick. Even drinking water after this tasted wretched.
Later on I was obviously still hungry so I went with another soft bar.
This is an example of something that had absolutely no taste to me what-so-ever.
For dinner I was trying to think of things that were soft and tasted neutral enough to not inflict the nasty taste. I settled on eggs and cheesy toast.
I had 2 scrambled eggs, (another example of no taste), 1 sandwich thin with mozz cheese, and one with mexican blend. The mozz one had no taste but the mexican blend tasted disgusting. I took one bite and was literally chugging water to get rid of the taste.
I got some exciting mail today though! I won a giveaway on Erin’s blog, and was lucky enough to recieve some fun products from Doctor Kracker.
Just look at all the flavors of crackers I got!
I can’t wait to dig into these but want to save them until I can taste them! Thanks so much Erin for giving me the opportunity to try these products!
Well I’m off to get drops in my ears and chug some cough medicine. Have a great night!
Oh and just a note I haven’t really been commenting I have way too many blogs to catch up on but just know I’m reading and hope to get back to my usual commenting self soon.
I can’t believe tomorrow is my last day already, we have to leave the house early Sunday morning. I’m nowhere near ready to leave! This place is so amazingly relaxing. The only good thing is next week because of Memorial Day and my Friday’s off I only have a short 3 day work week ahead of me. Should make it a little more painless.
Yesterday was a really great day we woke up hung out by the pool a little later my dad made some delicious blueberry pancakes.
Since we had a late breakfast I wound up snacking on an unpictured orange later in the day and never ate a real lunch.
We hung out by the pool for most of the day.
I can’t tell you how many pictures I have of me walking, I never know about them until I upload my pictures.
Later on Andrew and I went for a bike ride down to one of the beaches.
Afterwards we came back and had dinner. I had some leftovers.
I had the chicken leftover from the night before.
The last piece of corn on the cob.
And a salad:
After dinner Andrew and I took a trip to Jockey Ridge State Park. It is the largest natural sand dune on the East Coast. Climbing up those dunes is tough but it is the most amazing view, on one side you have the ocean and on the other you have the sound. It’s absolutely breathtaking. And it will now forever be a very special place to me.
People looks like ants from the top.
As we were walking along Andrew stopped hugged me and got down on one knee, he pulled out the most beautiful ring in the world, and I started crying instantly. I knew it was coming but he had tricked me into thinking it wouldn’t be for a little while. I had always said I didn’t want a lot of people around when he proposed especially strangers, and as we were walking up the dunes he kept pointing to areas where there weren’t a lot of people, and he continuously was scoping out the area around us. I had a feeling it was coming but wasn’t sure. I never thought I’d be one to cry I though I would be far too excited, boy was I wrong. We left the park just as it was closing and decided to celebrate with some ice cream.
I wanted to post so badly last night but needed to call family and friends first, I’m sure you all understand.
I would post today’s eats but it’s getting late and I’m exhausted, plus they were pretty boring. I have a ton of leftovers from our dinner out tonight but will post them when I get around to eating them.
Without further ado the winner of the Souvenir Giveaway is:
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17. Jenn@slim-shoppin | May 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm
I used to spend summer vacation there growing up. Most of my relatives are on the East Coast. When we were younger and would tell our friends we went to the Outer Banks (I’m from Chicago) they would say “Where?”
Awesome place to visit and great place to vacation!!
Thanks to everyone who entered I loved reading your favorite vacation spots, I hope to travel to some of those one day!
Jenn send me an email email@example.com with your mailing info and I’ll get these out to you as soon as I get home! Congrats!
I’m not sure I’m going to be posting tomorrow since it’s our last day so I might not be around until Monday since we’ll be in the car all day Sunday. I hope you all have a fantastic holiday weekend!
First off don’t forget about My First Giveaway you still have 2 days to enter!
Sorry I disappeared yesterday, I’ve been trying to enjoy vacation now that I’ve only got 4 days left. This week is just flying by! It’s been a lot of fun though and we’ve pretty much done everything we wanted to do while here except for one more thing that we’re planning on doing tomorrow night. Other then that it’s going to be a lot more relaxing on the beach, by the pool, and some bike riding thrown in.
After posting the other day we had dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. It was a cold rainy afternoon so it worked out perfectly.
I also had a side salad of romaine and cucs.
With some of that light balsamic that’s peaking over the bowl.
Later on Geoffrey came out to play. I had no idea hermit crabs were nocturnal but they definitely are once the sun goes down they come out to play. For the past 2 nights we’ll go to bed and hear Geoffrey moving around, in the morning we’ll see that rearranged all his things in his cage.
Later on while watching TV Andrew, my parents, and I all split a 100 calorie bag of popcorn.
The next morning we woke up and I had a smoothie that contained skim milk, pom juice, high fiber cereal, raspberries, blueberries, banana, and pb.
After breakfast Andrew and I went on a quick 6 mile bike ride to the neighboring town of Duck, NC.
It was a windy day but bike riding was a good option for something to do outside.
Once we got back we ate a quick lunch. I had a random mix of things I found in the fridge.
I had 1/2 an Arnold Sandwich thin with a string cheese to make a piece of super cheesy bread.
I also had left over rice from the other night.
And for some crunch I had 1/2 a green pepper.
Later on we did a little more shopping (I actually bought nothing!) But Andrew did buy some local made fudge and I of course helped him eat some of it.
For dinner last night we had some home made burgers.
On the side I had some Food Should Taste Good Tortilla chips.
We also had some corn we picked up from a local stand.
I of course had another apple cider on the side.
We went to bed pretty early last night and I was excited to wake up and see the sun shining bright. It was still a little windy but it was a good day to lay out in the sun and go in the hot tub. I had some cereal and yogurt for breakfast.
We spent the morning out in the sun before we decided to take a short drive to Manteo for lunch and to walk around.
We ate lunch at a 50’s style diner, it was so cute.
There wasn’t many choices unless I wanted something fried or another burger, so I played it safe with a grilled chicken sandwich.
Then we walked around the very scenic town of Manteo.
I’m a rebel and climbed to the top even though it was blocked off.
We came back to the house and the wind had died down enough to swim and I stayed in the pool for an hour or so before we had to get ready to go to dinner. We went to a restaurant we really enjoyed last year and decided to visit again.
I decided to get the St. Lucia Chicken because I had that last year and loved it, and even though I had a chicken for lunch I decided to have it again because it was something really really good.
After ordering some really delicious bread came out.
And not long after our dinners came out.
I ate one piece of chicken, most of the beans and about 1/2 the rice. I brought the one piece of chicken home to eat for lunch tomorrow or Friday.
Well that’s everything up till now! I’m going to try to update tomorrow so I don’t have to do a marathon post like this again! Hope you are all having a fabulous week, see you tomorrow!
I’m so excited to have my first giveaway! Let’s get the eats out of the way first.
After blogging yesterday I had a banana with pb.
You probably didn’t notice but the house we’re renting has the same plates my mom has at her house. Weird.
Then Andrew and I did some more shopping. The rain never really slowed down yesterday so we watched Little Miss Sunshine after returning until dinner time.
For dinner we were going to have grilled chicken but with the rain my dad didn’t feel like going outside to cook, so we baked it in the oven, it was marinated in Italian dressing.
On the side we had broccoli and Near East Wild Rice in the Garlic and Herb flavor.
And to drink with dinner I had:
Last night we went to bed nice and early, when I woke up this morning it was raining again. The good news is the weather is supposed to be really nice the rest of the week, so we used today to do some more shopping. Before we left I had a Peach Chobani with cereal.
I love cereal/yogurt messes.
We went to do some more shopping today at the outlets. In addition to some clothes that I purchased, my SUPER wonderful mom bought me a gorgeous new Coach bag!
I love the blue color! I have the best mom!
Between stores I had a Clif Chocolate Chip Z bar.
On top of my Coach bag from last year.
Andrew and I also made a special purchase today. I’d like to introduce you to our new pet, Geoffrey.
He is a Hermit Crab with a Giraffe painted shell. Giraffes are by far my favorite animal and if I can’t have one of those as a pet, a hermit crab with a giraffe shell will have to do. Apparently he is tired from an exciting day he was climbing on the side of his cage for a while on the way home but now he’s sleeping, I’m sure you’ll see plenty of pictures of Geoffrey in the future.
For lunch we stopped at Sonic. We don’t have any Sonic’s near us so everyone wanted to try it, I was going to wait until we got home to eat but we still had more shopping to do. So I got a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo.
It looks like a whole wheat bun but I can’t be sure. It was pretty good.
Now that I have caught you all up on the past few meals it’s time for…
My First Giveaway!
One of my favorite things about vacation is buying my friends souvenirs. It’s always so fun to come home from vacation and share something from your time away with your friends. You girls have all been really good friends to me since I started this blog back in January so although I can’t buy something for everyone I’d like to give you each the chance to have some great souvenirs from The Outer Banks! I bought a few things to give to one lucky reader.
Here’s each item in the giveaway.
First up is a T-Shirt. It’s a size small but it looks like it would fit most people, if you win and you require a different size I will gladly exchange it before sending it to you. It looks pink but it is tan with green writing.
The next thing is a magnet clip.
The next item is a coffee mug.
And the last 2 items are some local treats.
I love salt water taffy and I found a cute little tote bag stuffed with some salt water taffy.
Last part of the package is a can of nuts from a local shop that’s called Try My Nuts. I picked out a can of peanuts called Dirty Nuts. They are seasoned with salt, paprika, black pepper, garlic, onion, and chipotle. I was able to sample them while at the store yesterday and I can tell you they are really delicious.
Here’s the package all together.
I am on the lookout for a nice big tote bag for the winner as well so I’ll be adding that to the prize as well, and will share it with you as soon as I find and buy it.
I’m giving you a couple ways to win:
- Leave a comment (on this post!) telling me your favorite vacation spot.
- Link back to this on your blog, if you don’t have a blog send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to let me know if you linked it in the comment section.
So there you go! I’ll announce the winner Friday afternoon so you have plenty of time to enter!
ZAand it wasn’t from Subway. But we’ll get to that.
Yesterday was spent like any first day of vacation, hanging out by the pool, going to old favorite spots from the last time we were here, and of course napping.
For breakfast yesterday I had a cereal/yogurt mess. It included vanilla chobani, 365 high fiber cereal, and Kashi Island Vanilla shredded wheat.
There is yogurt under there somewhere.
Then it was swimming time. We hung out in the pool for most of the day.
Even Bailey enjoyed her time by the pool.
Here’s a picture Andrew snuck of me enjoying the sun.
I went in the hot tub for like 2 minutes but it was way to warm I felt like I was boiling in a soup pot.
After swimming and sunning we were hungry and we decided to go to one of our favorite local hamburger/hot dog joint.
Last year when we here for 2 weeks (oh and by the way “here” is the Outerbanks. I didn’t realize I never said where we were until Caroline asked), and we came like 4 times. The chili dogs here are the best I ever had, and we had been talking about going again since my parents booked the trip. And I decided to have the special of the day a $5 footlong with fries and a drink. Actually my entire family and Andrew had the special. Go big or go home right?
I ate and loved every bite. Spankys is a cute little place that has monkey’s just about everywhere.
Once we came back it was raining so we hung out on the screened in porch until the rain stopped and we went right back in the pool. Then it looked like rain again so we came in and I fell asleep for a couple hours.
After I woke up refreshed and ready for to do some food shopping. As soon as we got back I made myself a big salad and was going to have a pb sandwich on the side but wasn’t that hungry, that footlong really filled me up.
It was romaine and cucs with Newman’s Own balsamic vinaigrette.
This morning we thought we would be waking up to rain but luckily it was sunny until early afternoon, we went for an early morning swim, and then I attempted to catch up on your blogs. Once everyone was up and showered and dressed we went out to breakfast. We went to a buffet called Western Sizzlin’.
I got a little of everything.
First to attempt to eat some healthy food I had some fruit.
Then I had a big plate of all the breakfast goodies.
A French toast stick ( I went back for a couple more of these).
I also had some homefries, bacon, a biscuit, and eggs.
There’s a piece of toast under there but then saw the biscuits and decided to eat the biscuit and not eat the toast. I can’t remember the last time I had a biscuit and I can have toast any time.
Breakfast was of course wonderful, and then I did some super secret shopping, you’ll read about it soon enough (HINT giveaway tomorrow).
After returning back to the house we did some more swimming and then it started to pour. We’re inside now, but as soon as I post this we have some more shopping to do.
Hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday!