This is how you know you’re getting old

Adam and I went lighting shopping today. Um yeah, it is the most boring thing EVER. And stressful. Lighting is not fun at all. The woman at the store quoted us $2,500 for the track lights we wanted (tiny little things; seriously nothing fancy. I just didn’t feel like throwing up after looking at them). I felt like someone punched me in the stomach after hearing that quote. NOT fun. In fact, lighting is so not fun, I actually got excited looking at bathroom vanities. This, my friends, is how you know you’re getting old. Bathroom vanities seemed excited. Yup. Sad day 😆

What wasn’t sad was today’s food. I started the morning with a quick trip to the grocery store for some oikos for some muffins. By the way, have you ever been to a grocery store on Saturday morning? It is awesome! I felt like I had the whole store to myself. 😀 Anyways, back to the muffins… I followed Kelly’s recipe for blueberry peach muffins, subbing raspberries for blueberries (that’s what I found at the farmers market), nonfat plain oikos for sour cream and used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour and 1/2 cake flour instead of all-purpose. They came out delicious! This was probably the last baking project with local berries. Seriously, where did the summer go? :(

Breakfast: 1 raspberry peach muffin + oikos with raspberries and peaches + coffee

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I love this picture. Looks like the muffin is eating a piece of the peach 😆

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Each muffin with my modifications is 220 calories, by the way.  I counted because I really had no idea how many calories it was and wanted to know if it was an acceptable snack in the future. It is.  Sweet! :mrgreen:

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Then we were off to the lighting store. After a few hours, we stopped by one of my favorite pizza joints in the greater Boston area – Pizzapalooza for some lunch. Their pizzas are really great, but I actually decided to get my favorite panini from there – panino tuna putanesca – thin-sliced crusty Italian ciabatta bread, grilled with fresh vine tomato, fresh mozzarella, sliced basil, EVOO, graded Pecorino Romano cheese, Italian style tuna, black olives, capers, sliced tomato, and oregano.

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So many fresh flavors. The sandwich was gigantic but I had a hard time stopping. It was just perfection in a sandwich. I probably ate 75% and gave the rest to Adam :)

The sandwich was good shopping fuel because it held me over very well until dinner time. Even then I only started cooking because Adam was hungry. Good job, tuna panini! For dinner I made something I’ve been meaning to make forever – Ellie Krieger’s zucchini ribbon pasta. I was hoping to have had a mandoline by the time I make this but I got impatient, so this was quite a bit of knife work. All worth it, though. This was spectacular!!!! The garlic and EVOO really infused the zucchini and pasta and the parmesan cheese put it over the top. I used 2 oz of pasta/serving, and this was still a giant portion… actually what you see here (and what I ate) was possibly even less than 1/4 of what I made.

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Caitlin, I bet you can like veggies in this form! 😀

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A bit after dinner I met up with my best friend Katy and a few of her other friends at Clery’s. Clery’s was hopping!

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I had some Magners. You know I can drink Magners like it’s my job, but tonight I had less than this bottle (I think it was 21 oz) given my 11 miler planned for tomorrow morning. I had to behave 😉

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Speaking of the 11 miler… I better get to bed. See you tomorrow with the promised recap of our Friday night and Sunday’s eats and words of wisdom. Ha, words of wisdom. I’m funny. 😀

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9 comments to This is how you know you’re getting old

  • You’re not old; I prefer to call it “sophisticated.” :-)

    Dinner looks good!

  • Ok, I am totally making that pasta sometime soon. I think I would like it a lot more than 100% zucchini pasta. Your photo of it has convinced me to try it :)

    I agree, you’re not old, just an official grown up 😉

  • sister inna

    mmm man! i remember pizza palooza. we used to go there on our lunch breaks remember? meeemorieeesssss
    !yum!

  • Katy

    That pasta looks AMAZING- hope the run goes well this morning!

  • Tiffany

    1.) That sandwich looks ridiculous. I might have to go get one tomorrow because…
    2.) I work one block away from Pizzapalooza, which sometimes can suck because….
    3.) My bathroom lightening just highlights that fact all the more so…

    Clery’s is a lot of fun, but only if you’re there early enough to snag a table. I was really surprised at how packed it gets.

    And look at you, Ms. Go-getter: 11 miles would kick my wimpy butt!

  • My husband found some lights on the Internet. He gets excited about buying boring things if he finds a good deal.

    Sorry about your earring. I thought I’d lost an expensive necklace we bought on our honeymoon one time. I couldn’t find it for a few months. Luckily it turned up in my backpack where I’d put it going to the gym. Maybe you’ll get lucky with your earring. But I know how awful it is to lose things. It feels like a personal failing…even though it happens to everyone.

  • Eew, lighting sounds SO boring. That muffin looks fabulous, though. Yum! So does that delish sammie. Hope the run went well!

  • Elina

    Angie – I like that… sophisticated 😉

    Lara – I think you’ll really like it. The zucchini is not meant to replace the pasta – it’s just a fun veggie that’s part of the dish.

    Innz – I was totally reminiscing about the past while eating that sammie (I know it used to be your favorite!)… not that I prefer working at LNT over what I do now. Haha.

    Tiffany – you should go to Pizzapalooza. I love that place! Oh and don’t worry – 11 miles whipped my butt too 😉

    Alison – haha. I think I’m at a point where I get excited about good deals like that too. I’m going to go with Angie’s suggestion and say I’m sophisticated like that. 😆 Glad you found your necklace after all! 😀

  • […] We have light in our living room now, and for a little over $200. Go Home Depot! Forget you, lady from the ghetto looking lighting store who quoted us $2,500 for lights. […]

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