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The Saturday Market

Happy weekend everyone! I’ve been workworkworking away. ‘Tis the tale of my weekends. But worry not, I’ll be livin’ up on my days off mid-week when all you normal folks are back at it ;)

Last night was my first “early night” in the new place. Ugh. Chris text messaged me and woke me up at 9:30, then the people upstairs started vacuuming at 10 pm. Needless to say, it was not awesome.

You may have heard me complain in the past about working every Saturday morning during our city’s Farmer’s Market hours. Well, a co-worker gave me the great idea of rearranging some of my work tasks in the morning to clear up time to go. Genius!

I really wish I’d taken pictures today, but I was too focused on getting food and back to work on time. So I present you with photos taken circa March 2008 for a photojournalism project I did on the vendors of the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market.

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That was fun actually! Brings me back to when I shot these photos. All super nice people. That old lady just warms my heart. Also, that juice man refused to stop juicing so I could take his picture. He was in “the zone” I guess…

Anyways, here’s my loot!

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  • Plums
  • Kale
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Blackberries
  • Purple potatoes
  • Zucchini
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  • Pita bread
  • Dolmadas (stuffed grape leaves)
  • Baba ghanoush
  • Smoked liverwurst

I actually went there with the goal of getting smoked salmon, but I came across this liverwurst and remembered loving it when I was a meat eater.

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Immediately brought me back to eating it on crusty bread when my family and I travelled around Germany and Western Europe. Yum!

The other items were bought at the Lebanese stand, which is always my favourite at any market. The baba ghanoush is the good stuff, made with eggplant and tahini, and not eggplant and mayo like many store bought varieties.

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Kinda like the eggplant’s version of hummus :)

I put many of my market goodies to use for dinner.

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Lets get a little closer, shall we?

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I stuffed a chicken breast with baba ghanoush and grilled it on my new George Foreman. Then I finally tried some of Kath’s kale chips. I tossed kale in a little olive oil, kosher salt and parmesan then baked at 350 F for about 15 minutes. They really did turn out crispy! Except, I accidentally over-salted, and didn’t end up eating them. I should have known better, I don’t like salty foods!

I did however eat these up, plus some :)

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I was pleased to find a few chickpeas in there! I dipped them in plain yogurt and went back and got the two extra ones since I didn’t eat my kale. Sosososo good. My dad used to buy Lebanese food at my hometown market., so I grew up loving this stuff. My mom always joked he was having an affair with the old lady who was Lebanese vendor :P

 

While not eating (or having power naps) I spent the day cleaning and unpacking. I didn’t realize how much I still have left to do, even though all the important items are unpacked. I started decorating too!

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This one’s for Janetha’s roommate who also loves elephants! That’s just a snippet of my elephant statue collection.

Some of my favourite art…

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I have a rule that I only hang prints of paintings I’ve seen. Impressionism is my favourite, so I’ve always gone out of my way to check out exhibits when they come here or when I’m travelling. I’ve got way more too, but you’ll have to wait until the official tour ;)

It’s no secret that I’m a messy person. So I want to work really hard to keep my new place clean. Health comes from many places, including the environment you live in. So want to surround myself with things I love and treat them well!

Question of the day: What are some of your favourite items in your home? Obviously, I choose my prints. But I also love having my instruments on display, music makes me happy!

And with that, it’s my bedtime. One of my neighbours is playing club music. Ugh. I may have to invest in earplugs…

Nightynight!

Greetings from the homeland!

Happy Saturday! :) I can say that this week, cause I’m not working!

Made it to my mom’s place safe and sound last night, despite some tricky weather.100_6663
Can you see the rainbow? Yeah, it eventually turned into this…

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And then the heavens opened up and I got stuck in a torrential downpour. I almost pulled over, but I instead just decided to drive through it. My old car had winter tires on it, so it handled quite well in the rain (yes, I kept the snow tires on all year). But my new car is a hydroplaning machine, so it’s a little unsettling! Luckily, I had the Pixies Doolittle album to sing along to and keep me calm :)

I slept for a whole 8.5 hours last night, it was wonderful! I almost had a PB&J as my pre-workout snack, but I had a banana that was on its last leg instead. I need more PB&J in my life soon though! (maybe with grape jelly?)

Anyways, I headed down to my mom’s gym which lets you pay per visit. It’s brand new and full of shmancy equipment. I did my usual gym workout.

Warm-up:
5 minutes easy on the elliptical

Cardio:
15 minutes HIIT on the elliptical
15 minutes on the rowing machine

A1 – Deadlift:
3 sets @ 60 lbs x 8

B1 – Incline dumbbell shoulder press:
3 sets @ 20 lbs ea x 8

B2 – Step-up:
3 sets @ 25 lbs ea x 8

C1 – Horizontal woodchop:
3 sets @ 25 lbs x 8

C2 – Back extension:
3 sets @ 25 lbs x 8

C3 – Plank
3 sets @ 90 sec

Duration: 1:09
Avg HR: 128
Max HR: 166
Calories: 433

 

Stellar workout! Great way to start my day home :) Afterwards, I wandered down to the Farmer’s Market which was only a 5 min walk away. I tried to take a picture inside, but it was packed!!

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One of the reasons why I don’t like the market. I do not handle crowds well at all.

I did however find what I was looking for – Middle Eastern food!

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As if you’re surprised ;) This is what they called a “meat plate.” Aka, rice, sliced chicken, tabbouli, chickpea salad topped with a little lettuce, tomato, black olives and homemade tzatziki. Mmmm… This was HUGE, and heavy! A great post-workout meal. I ate all the tabbouli, most of the chicken, about half the chickpea salad and barely any of the rice. I saved the leftovers for some future meal…

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I of course also picked up some local produce.

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  • Gooseberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mini carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginormous zucchini

I was most excited by the gooseberries since I’ve never tried them before. The lady assured me they were picked very ripe and not too bitter.

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It was kinda like a more sour and softer version of a grape? I need more time with these…

I’m staying at my mom’s house all by myself. My mom, her partner in crime, his kids, and the dogs are all at the cottage. So it’s just me and Fergus holding down the fort. Poor Fergie has been left to his own devices and was getting lonely. He’s been rubbing up against me and pawing at me like mad. He even slept right next to me last night!

I’ve been trying to take a picture to show you guys how handsome he is, but he won’t stop lovin’ me!

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Finally!!! He may be a little chunky, but my mom and I think he’s the most beautiful cat we’ve ever seen ;) And yes, I was hanging out on my mom’s kitchen floor. It’s always so clean and inviting! :P

Okee, I’m off to go shopping, maybe stop by my Nana’s place, then I’m off to my dad’s for a barbecue! He’s making steak, but I told him I don’t like steak, so he’s picking up pork chops for me instead. Going to be another meat experiment for me!

Have a great day everyone! :)

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