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Yesterday was supposed to be a Good Day.  It started out well – running with momentum from the weekend and Monday, I woke up in the morning and went immediately downstairs to make pizza dough with my spankin' new Kitchenaid stand mixer.  It went fantastically, and was in the fridge before I went to work, to be ready to bake at dinnertime.

A few minutes after I arrived at work, loud things started happening around me.  This is normal – I sit with design, art, and marketing, in addition to being about 10 feet from the kitchen and bathrooms.  Today, however, people were running through the area, in addition to the regular chatter.  The water valve on the urinal in the men's bathroom was broken, and wouldn't stop running.  The men's bathroom has no drain.  The water was leaking out to the carpeted hallway.  Sigh….it was gonna be one of those days.

Someone grabbed a screwdriver and shut off the water to the broken valve.  I'm not sure whether or not it got fixed; I was trying to ignore all the noise and get my work done.  The rest of the afternoon was pretty uneventful until I heard about this:

Northbound 101 closed at Redwood City

I decided to take 880 North to the San Mateo Bridge to get home instead of my usual route, knowing in advance that all possible detours would be overrun with commuters trying to do exactly the same thing.  It ended up taking me almost an hour just to get *to* the peninsula, and when I got there, I realized that they had closed Southbound 101 as well.  No gym for me.  I went home to get a jump on delicious homemade pizza dinner.

I threw some herbs and tomato sauce together to simmer on the stove while I prepared the crust.  It wasn't quite round, but it was mine.  I dusted my NEW pizza spade peel (whatever it's called, the wooden thing that you use to get pizza into the oven) with cornmeal, just as directed, and put the dough on top.  I topped it with the sauce, cheese, and even some thin-sliced tomatoes and chopped basil.  Beautiful!  The oven finished preheating, and I slipped the pie into the oven.

At least, I tried to.

The pizza was too heavy, or something, to slide off of the wood.  I tried shaking the spade peel, like they do at CPK – all that achieved was getting the tomatoes and cheese to start sliding off.  I grabbed a wide spatula to help slide the pizza.  The dough actually started to wrap itself around the spatula.  I went to dislodge that, and tomatoes and cheese started falling off – onto the stone, onto the floor of the oven, everywhere.  DAMMIT.  I wrestled to get it out of the oven, and yelled to Jon, “I broke the pizza.”  He came into the kitchen to look; I think he was holding back chuckles.  I was almost in tears.  I haven't actually ruined dinner (to the point where you can't finish) in a very long time.

I felt silly being so upset over this.  I think it was so hard for me because these were all my new toys – the mixer, the spade peel, the stone – and I was really excited to play with them.  We munched on raw pizza for a few minutes (not too much; I don't know what uncooked dough does in your body), then Jon made some hot dogs for himself.  I was too worn out from the day to eat, though I eventually had a bowl of Cheerios.

I worked on my quilt a little and watched American Gladiators, then played some Boom Boom Rocket (new song pack, yay!) before going to bed.  These things cheered me up , thank god 🙂

p.s.  No, I didn't take any pictures of the broken pizza.  It was too sad.


Written by Sarah Levantine

January 30, 2008 at 10:31 am

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Skinny Jeans, WOOOOO!!

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I don't know how much I weigh today – I know where I was last week, then I went to Phoenix to visit one of my very good friends from high school (we are very good friends now – senior year in high school, we were *best!* friends.)  I ate a lot, but most of it was very healthy vegan food.  I skipped the gym yesterday so I could run some errands and clean up the house a bit, so I wasn't able to see what the trip had done to my diet.  This morning, though, I thought I might try on my “skinny” jeans – and they fit!  No muffin top sticking out above the waistband!  WOOOOOO*!!

*I insist that I am not, by nature, a “Girl That Goes Wooo.”  In general, GTGW annoy the crap out of me.  This, however, is exciting enough for me that I couldn't resist 🙂

Written by Sarah Levantine

January 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

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Old things are new again

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I went to ballet class today, after not practicing for, say, two years?  It was awesome – my legs were shaking by the end, but I feel great.  Turns are rusty and flexibility is down, as expected.  Those will come back with practice.  I hope to be able to go to the classes once or twice a week – it just means not being able to sleep in on the weekends anymore….


Written by Sarah Levantine

January 12, 2008 at 5:50 pm

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The spark has been lit.

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I don't like New Years' Resolutions.  I do, however, love the feeling of renewal that comes on January 1st.  It is naturally a time to reflect on the last year and your life in general, and to evaluate where you are with where you really want to be.

I've made some changes, some experimental, some as quasi-resolutions – we'll see what sticks after a month.

  • Shower at night – helps with the morning routine if I don't have to worry about drying my hair.
  • Hit the gym (almost) daily – with my new commute, it is very hard to find time to go to the gym for my traditional 60-90 minute total-body workouts.  Instead, I am promising myself to exercise for 20-30 minutes, 5-6 days a week.  I just stop at the EA gym on the way home from work, then shower when I get home (it all works together, see?)
  • Go to work earlier – so I can leave earlier, so I can go to the gym before dinner, etc. etc.
  • Get better at time management – if something needs to be done, just do it.  I have historically been a *huge* procrastinator, and things like home maintenance typically fall by the wayside as a result.
  • “Improve” eating habits – work on portion sizes and snacking habits, mostly.  This is really difficult at work, although of all the things on the list, it's the one that will bring the most benefits if I can keep it up.

On that note, today I signed up with SparkPeople (username “saralah”) to help me stay on track.  The web site really allows you to customize how you use it achieve your goals – you can use the tools just to track your own progress, or you can follow diet and exercise plans they've laid out according to your goals.  I'll probably fall somewhere in the middle, tailoring my program to fit my busy lifestyle, and using the site for advice and inspiration.

The time management goal has had some weird consequences….  I get home from work after the gym, have a bite to eat, feed the cats, take a shower, clean up the kitchen and other common areas, and then Poof! the evening is gone.  I have been only watching The Daily Show and then going to bed.  I do miss having evenings to work on my crafts, and I *definitely* miss having time to make and sit down to a proper dinner.  The weird bit, though, is that I seem to have more energy when I'm running around like this than I do when I ignore the chores and take “me time.”  I suspect it's something about not stressing about all the things I should be doing.  Hopefully my hobby time will still exist on the weekends.  Although I feel better right now, after having done this for a week or so, my time is being soaked up by just doing the things that need to be done every day – work, gym, chores, sleep.  I don't know if I can keep this up in the long term if there's no time for the extras that make life special.

I feel pretty good about these new habits.  I don't want to change a tremendous amount, I just want to be more energetic, productive, and get rid of that damned muffin-top that sometimes sticks out of my jeans 🙂

Written by Sarah Levantine

January 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm

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Happy New Year!

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Just a quick update –

Hawaii was fun…
…pictures here….

…No resolutions…


Back to work tomorrow 🙂

Written by Sarah Levantine

January 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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