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New Year, New Job

Hi blog friends!! I just got off the phone with my mom blabbing about my first day on the new job. I hope you don’t mind I spilled the beans to her first ;)

For those of you who may not know, I got offered a job in the communications department at my old university right before Christmas. I left my job as radio reporter a month ago, and majored in journalism/communications, so the position makes a lot of sense for me. It’s a four-month contract, and will fill the gap perfectly from now until I get my personal training certification!

My work day now starts at 8:30 am. I decided to skip a morning workout so I could have a relaxing morning before I had to be there. I slept okay, but was feeling a little nervous! Mostly about meeting all my new coworkers. I know I can do the actual work, but getting to know all the new faces always makes me feel anxious!

Breakfast was served the most comforting way possible – in a big mug.

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  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 whole egg (whisked into pot at start)
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • chopped dates
  • cashew butter
  • unsweetened coconut

One great thing about working on a university campus is that I’ll be close to a couple decent cafeterias. I’ll have access to some pretty healthy options on days I don’t feel like packing a lunch.

In the bag today…
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  • Tofurkey, hummus and swiss cheese sandwich
  • Cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and baby carrots with more hummus
  • Three carrot cake protein squares
  • One cheese string
  • Apple
  • Yogurt/muesli cup

I had the apple and cheese around 10:30, the sandwich and veggies + hummus around 12:15 and two of the carrot squares with the yogurt close to 4pm. My appetite has been off all day, I think my nerves suppressed it a little!

The day itself went really well. I met with my new boss first thing and went over some of the basics. The girl I’m taking over for spent the morning showing me the key things I’ll need to know. Then this afternoon was spent puttering away on some small projects.

Remember how I said in 2009 I learned to follow my gut? Well my gut feels good after today! First and foremost, I think I’ll really enjoy doing the work. I’ll be doing a lot of writing for the school’s website and various publications. My boss is really good about assigning tasks, so I’ll always have something to work on (I can’t stand being bored at work!).

All the people there seem really nice. It’s a small liberal arts university, so the “community” feel spills over into the staff and faculty side of things as well. I ate lunch today with the girl I’m taking over for (who took a job in recruiting), my new office-mate, and another girl who works in alumni affairs. It was nice to be accepted into their group so quickly, and made my day of transition that much easier :)

Oh! And speaking of my office – I have one!! It’s shared with a really nice girl close to my age. I have my very own desk, which is kinda big for me. Newsrooms are notorious for playing musical desks (ie, I’ve never had one to call my own). After work today, I stopped to pick up some office-y things.

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  • Small clock radio. Office-mate says she has no problem with listening to the radio quietly, I need background noise! (Canadians – I am in love with the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi)
  • Hand cream
  • Post-its
  • Pens
  • Notebook (I’m an obsessive note-taker & list-maker)

I skipped my planned spin class today, well, because I didn’t feel like it! I’m mega sore from my living room workout yesterday, and really craving some down time tonight after my long day. Yeah, first day of my new workout schedule and I’m already switching it up. Ahh well. I’m going to try getting up at 5am tomorrow to do 40 minutes treadmill, shoulders + abs before work. I feel like I function much better when I get my workout in before the start of my day.

Anyways, I spent a lot of time wandering around the store and didn’t sit down for dinner until 7pm. So unlike me!

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Real hamburger with lots of mustard + pickles, and ketchup, onions, tomatoes, spinach. Sweet potato cheetahs seasoned with salt, chili and cajun for my fries. Love my simple dinners :)

Now I’m off to do some chores and catch up on a few blogs. Got an early day tomorrow. And oddly, I’m excited that I already have a list of things to do when I get to work tomorrow!

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Here’s to the start of a new adventure! :D

 

Question of the Day: What’s the thing you dislike the most about starting new jobs? Anything you love about it? As I mentioned, I get really nervous about meeting and working alongside new people. It takes me a long time to warm up to people I don’t know. If anything though, I find I’m always just anxious to settle into a routine at my new job.

Random Facts

Hola blog peoples! Wow, today has been a day of playing catch-up and I still have tons to do! Never leave a messy house when going on vacation. My apartment is a disaster, the last thing I want to do is come home and clean it!

Seemed like the only uncluttered spot in my apartment was my fridge. In fact, it was bare! I got up early to do a little cardio and lifting. Nothing fancy, just wanted to get my joints and muscles moving again. I of course wanted waffles when I came home (it is Waffle Wednesday after all!) alas, that was not an option.

Instead, breakfast was inspired by this…

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Starbucks Via instant Colombian coffee. I picked up a little package in Detroit. I’m not a huge instant coffee fan, but I knew the Starbucks stuff would at least be strong tasting. Of course, what fun is just plain ole’ coffee?

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Mocha oats!

  • 2/3 cup oat bran
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1 package Via instant coffee
  • chocolate chips
  • roasted almonds
  • coconut

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SO good! Usually I’m rushed to down a big bowl of hot oats with my mug of coffee in the morning. It’s too many hot things at once and makes me break into a sweat. This way I killed two birds with one stone. One tasty stone :P

Another new (to me) product I tried today was a white chocolate Clif!!!

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I’ve been trying to track down this flavour in both the Clif and Luna for-ever. I found this hidden at the local bike shop.  I popped it in the microwave at work for 22 seconds to make it all warm and gooey (the only way I eat a Clif now). It was deeee-vine! Not sure if it topples Maple Nut on my list, but a well deserved second spot perhaps ;)

After work, I proceeded to the grocery store and spent SO much money on groceries. I can justify that by an empty fridge, right? I was craving one of my favourite healthy meals after my weekend of indulgences.

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Maple curry salmon on a garden salad with balsamic vinegar as dressing.

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I just pan fry the salmon in some cooking spray and curry powder. About 6 minutes on each side. I always cover the pan, I find it locks the juices in that way :)

And what’s a dinner without a sweet treat after?

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M&Ms! What can I say, I fell victim to the Halloween candy at the grocery store.

And because it is Waffle Wednesday, I found a picture of the waffles I had before I left on Friday. I forgot all about them and they were so good!!

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That beautiful icing on top was a mix of ricotta, cashew butter and maple syrup. Not to be dramatic or anything, but it was mind blowing. Just putting that out there.

Apparently my bloggie friends were feeling quite generous while I was away because I got an award!

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Brie and Hallie, two of my favourite bloggers passed this on to me. Not without an assignment though! I must share 7 random facts about myself:

  1. I have to eat the second I open my eyes in the morning. I often get started on breakfast before I even use the washroom.
  2. It still amazes me that cucumbers and pickles are the same food. For the longest time, I thought they were two separate vegetables.
  3. I think music videos are really, really boring.
  4. I never played sports as a kid, but I did do highland dancing and synchronized swimming.
  5. I don’t like ice cream.
  6. I played guitar in an all-girl punk band called The Brats.
  7. I’m a natural blonde.

Okay, okay, enough about me. What’s one random fact about you?

Walkabout

Hellooo… How is everyone’s weekend going? Mine started with work. At 5am. I spent so long going through old pics for Flashback Friday last night that I didn’t have time to prepare a breakfast cookie! So I microwaved oats at work instead…

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One packet of President’s Choice multigrain instant oats, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp soy protein powder, cinnamon, shredded coconut, 4 dates, cashew butter. Oats never keep me full on these early mornings for some reason. My tummy was growling less than two hours later. Ohhh the mystery that is my tummy…

Lunch was also microwaved.

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Campbell’s herbed chicken with brown rice. I “beefed” it up with some leftover tofu from last night.

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And then some watermelon. 

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It was a crazy busy morning. One of those mornings where I found myself running down the hallways and reading newscasts out of breath. Ahhh…deadlines. I did however find time to scoot on over to the market and get a bounty of goods!!

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  • Romaine
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Purple “green” beans (purple beans just sounds weird…)
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • sliced Smoked Montreal beef
  • Cabbage roll

Despite all my wonderful fresh food, I was having a major hankering for chocolate. So I snacked on a chocolate chocolate chip crisp Myoplex bar.

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Well, it was definitely chocolatey! I found it was a little dry and mega rich, but still good. The cinnamon flavour is still my fave!

Oh, and I also had the world’s gooey-est fig.

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Bursting with yumminess!! I wish I could find fresh figs around here, I’m curious as to what they taste like…

I’m running a 5k race tomorrow, so I wanted to keep my exercise today light. I opted for a walk downtown so I could pick some stuff up. The weather was gorgeous!

Wanna come with?

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I started on the trail across the street…

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And continued along the river…

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Until I got downtown.

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Passed a few familiar buildings, like the courthouse where I spend many days reporting.

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And city hall, where many late nights are spent covering council.

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Then it was off to Victory Meat Market.

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Ironically, I was there to pick up some of their cheap fruit! :P

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Cantaloupes for 99 cents. Suh-weet deal.

Then it was off to the Running Room in search of some Gu.

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Luckily, I got there just as they were closing, otherwise I would have easily dropped money I don’t have on expensive running gear :P

And my final stop before making the trek back home was Second Cup.

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I wanted something to quench my thirst, so I got myself a little treat.

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Sugar-free strawberry Italian soda. Basically sucralose in club soda :P

The other wonderful thing about the river route, is there are gorgeous homes on the other side of the road.

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I’m partial to this one because I have extended family that used to live there. It’s beautiful (and huge) inside.

And then home!

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Overall I covered about 5 miles (8 km) in two hours. Much longer than planned. I live an extra 15 minute walk from my old place, I forgot to factor that in!

I was starving by the time I got home. It’d been a long time since my 10am “lunch.” I threw together a meal made up of my market goodies.

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Haha, that cabbage roll looks so gnarly, but it was delicious! It was filled with rice and ground beef. Bought from my favourite Lebanese stand :) There’s also a cucumber salad made up of just cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill.

Finally, the green stuff! Those are the greens from my beets!! I couldn’t just cut them off and throw them away, especially since there was so much. So I cooked it my favourite way to eat greens, sauteed with garlic, olive oil and parmesan. It was delicious. I couldn’t really distinguish a huge difference from spinach. It’s maybe a little less “tough” and didn’t dry my mouth out like spinach always does.

Dessert!

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Dates + cashew butter. This is a combo that was just meant to be. I don’t know what it is but the two flavours compliment each other perfectly, more than peanut or almond butter!

I’m starting to get pumped for my race tomorrow! I kinda feel like a huge loser because I’m doing it all alone. But it’s at 2pm, and I work till 12pm, so I figured I might as well go run it seeing as I’m always working during the morning races. I don’t have any huge expectations as I’ll likely be sleep deprived and coming off a full day of work. I just want to go run my little bottom off and have a good time! :D

See ya for the recap tomorrow!!

Question of the day: What’s your favourite kind of “ethnic” food? I’ll gobble up anything Greek, Lebanese or Moroccan. Yum!

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