hanging out

Hello

Sorry for abandoning you yesterday.

I have an excuse.

I was having a “girl day”.

For those of you who don’t know, a “girl day” is one of those days where you hang out in bed (or on the couch…one in the same, in my case) and watch sad movies and read chic lit all day. I don’t really have these days very often, but sometimes, they are completely necessary. The whole holiday season is kind of bearing down on me, and I didn’t really decide on a “girl day” in advance…my body and mind demanded it yesterday upon waking up.

I started off with breakfast.

That would be an egg white, turkey bacon sandwich on whole wheat bread. I put a little canola mayo on there, to keep it from being dry. There is also a slice of Kraft Fat Free American cheese. I have no idea when the last time I purchased American cheese was….hmm…

After breakfast I wound up thinking about RENT again, so I decided to watch the movie. Upon opening up my DVD drawer, I learned that I actually have a copy of the final Broadway performance on DVD…unopened. I debated watching that instead, as the stage play is much better than the movie, but I still was focused on Adam and Anthony, so I decided to stick with the movie.

Always makes me cry!

Then I decided to have a snack. I had a bowl of Cheerios with a banana. Then I decided to have a date.

I had never eaten a date before, but I picked this package up a couple of weeks ago at Trader Joe’s. Yesterday I learned something that I didn’t previously know:

I don’t like dates.

Something about the texture. I didn’t really like the flavor or sweetness either. I may try to make something with them and see if I like them better as an ingredient than as the main event. Some things are better left as supporting players.

After my failed date attempt, I decided to read for a while. As a woman who holds a bachelor’s degree in English, I really love to read. I always have. I do go through cycles, however, where sometimes I read constantly and then other times I barely read the ingredients on my food labels. Earlier this year I re-read all  of the Harry Potter novels as well as all of the The Dragonriders of Pern series, minus the last couple of books. This means that I read 19 of those books, but fell into one of my non-reading stints during “Dragonsblood”.

Yesterday, I perused my book shelves for something that fit my mood. My eyes caught on these:

These would be the “Jessica Darling” series by Megan McCafferty. I read the first three books in the series a couple of years ago. They are actually considered young adult fiction, which according to Wikipedia means people from the ages of 14-21. I, am 28, and even a couple of years ago I would’ve been beyond the ages described. Oops.

Although I did find the first book difficult to trudge through because of how teenaged and whiny it was, I got sucked in anyway. I just like Jessica Darling. Her sarcasm and attitude actually remind me a lot of myself and despite the fact that I was 10 years ahead of her in “Sloppy Firsts”, I still enjoyed reliving the terror that is high school through the character’s eyes. Plus, Marcus Flutie. What a head trip.

Anyway, I’ve had the last two books in the series waiting on my shelf since I finished the third. I had actually tried to read “Fourth Comings” before, but my head just wasn’t in the right space when I had tried. I decided it was time to revisit Jessica Darling once more. I’m enjoying it a lot more this time around. Maybe it’s because it’s about that time after college where you just don’t know what to do with yourself. I can completely relate. Nevermind that Jessica is recently graduated at 22 and I’m 28 and 5.5 years out of college. That is completely irrelevant!

After reading for a bit, I knew it was time for a movie. Two out of my three Netflix DVDs had been returned, so there was only one in house…and luckily it was a chic flick. I had read this book several years ago and I had really loved it. I remember having difficulties putting it down and I remember how I cried at the end. I was interested in seeing what they had done to the story to adapt it to the big screen.

Unfortunately, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” was completely awful as a movie. It lacked so much of the emotion that the book had. It cut things out and changed scenes that I felt were important. I remember being completely in love with the character of Henry. Not so much on the big screen (er…well…my 26″ Sony Bravia…). I did really enjoy the performance of Ron Livingston as Gomez though. I found myself more endeared to him than to Henry.

But the movie served its overall purpose.

Despite its inferiority, I bawled uncontrollably at the end.

Yes. Crying is the goal on “Girl Days.”

After more reading and putzing around it was dinner time. I spent a lot of time debating what to eat. I considered cooking up my spaghetti squash, but really, to be an official “girl day,” you must eat take out or delivery. Preferably Mexican food. So I wandered up to The Little Chihuahua. Their food is completely delicious and while it is a little more “California” than I would usually prefer, it’s totally a winner. I got my usual:

The most gigantic tostada known to man kind. Pricey? A little. But. So. Freaking. Good.

I also got one of these, but regretted it. I had never had the mango flavor, and it was good, but I just found it too sweet.

Overall, I had a great day. It felt good to have nothing planned and to just hang out with my cat and relax. I’m sure there won’t be too many more days like this during this last 5 weeks of 2010.

What do you do on a veg day? Read? Watch movies?

I must admit that reading everyone’s posts and tweets about the Food Buzz Blogger Festival has been really kind of depressing. You see, it was held right here in San Francisco, but I didn’t attend. It was partly because of cost of registration and partly because I work weekends and would’ve had a difficult time getting this one off. I’m not super sad about missing out on the festival itself, per se, as I’m not a huge foodie or specifically a food blogger. I am, however, sad about missing out on the opportunity to meet some of my favorite bloggers in real life. I keep seeing all of these pictures taken in my own backyard, and I can’t help but feel sad that I’m missing out!

Luckily, I didn’t miss out completely. Stepfanie (SP_STEPF on Spark) from SparkPeople was in town for the festival and she and I decided to meet up for a walk and some coffee. I was totally excited!

Unfortunately it was kind of rainy and dreary in San Francisco today. I lazed around in bed for way too long getting caught up on Glee. Before I knew it, there was a text message to meet up. A quick shower and I was out the door, walking down to Union Square. I was feeling a little bad that I was running late, but walking had seemed like the best course of action given Sunday bus schedules. I also felt a little stupid when I walked into the Westin St. Francis lobby and didn’t see Stepf waiting as she said she would be. After checking my phone, I realized she was at the Sir Francis Drake….up the street! D’oh! So, sorry for making you wait an extra few minutes on me, Stepf!

We ended up walking down to the Ferry Building, and luckily it wasn’t raining too badly. After getting there, Stepfanie needed to get some coffee/food, so we headed to where everyone seems to go when they want to achieve this purpose at the Ferry Building…

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Yep. You guessed it.

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I think I must be the only blogger alive who has been to San Francisco and had never been to Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Sure, I’ve heard of its greatness, but I just never seem to be in the need of caffeine when I’m in the area. That, and I have a really unhealthy attachment to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I know, I know. Blue Bottle is on a whole other level. I totally agree…but really, PSLs are like crack to me. You’re not going to be able to pry me away from Starbucks until January!

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All that being said, Blue Bottle was awesome. They make all of their drip coffees right as you order them. I ended up having a nonfat latte, and they even do the pretty foam presentations (see above). The only other time I’ve had pretty foam was at Dynamo Donut, which by the way, is fantastic. If you eat meat, go there and get the Maple Glazed Bacon Apple Donut. No really, go there. If you don’t eat meat, they have many other choices, so go there anyway! The Food Network does not lie!

After we achieved some caffeine, we wandered around. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any general seating in the Ferry Building…it is all attached to the various restaurants and cafés. Normally, one would just go outside and find a bench, but with the inclement weather, that just wasn’t an option. Stepfanie stopped off at Far West Fungi for a mushroom macaroon (I can’t remember which kind) and I picked up a Cinnamon Sugar Pepples Vegan Donut for later.

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Then, since there was nowhere to sit, we wound up in the lobby of my gym, which was the only place I could think of in the area that was out of the rain and wouldn’t make us buy something. We hung around and chatted for another 15 minutes or so, and then it was time for me to head to work, and Stepf to make her way towards Dim Sum.

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to connect with people whom I only know from the internet. Whenever I set up a real life meeting, I always have a little anxiety about it, but it is never necessary. You find in life that people are generally good and connecting with people is a lot easier than it would seem. I really enjoyed talking to Stepfanie about Spark, healthy living, not so healthy living and just random things like me touching Jakob Dylan and her love for the Indigo Girls. Fun times! Glad we were able to get together!

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I’m also a little excited about the surprise SparkPeople swag I scored:

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I ❤ t-shirts! I also could use a little help from Coach Nicole on getting Fit, Firm & Fired Up!

Even better than the above were these:

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(the label got a little wet from the rain. oops.)

Holy deliciousness! These almonds are off the hook. I just cracked into them a little while ago and they are seriously dangerous…in the sense that I could eat them all in one sitting if I didn’t restrain myself! I’m definitely going to try making them myself sometime.

Have you ever met an internet friend in person? How’d it go?