Internet addict

Morning! I am in a fantastic mood because it’s FRIDAY. Not only is it Friday, it’s Friday before a long weekend. Man, concentrating today at work will be tough (although I have a lot to do so time will probably fly by). :)

So I wanted to talk today about something that I recently noticed about myself… I am a true Internet addict. Yes, many of us spend quite a bit of our time online (especially bloggers!) but for me the problem is that… once I pop, I can’t stop! 😉 Okay, maybe that exact expression is more fitting for chips, but seriously… if I allow myself “just 1 minute” to check the email, several hours pass by and its way past my bedtime. I check an email – that leads to a website, or twitter… and you know where that gets you. Twitter is not exactly productive. 😆 I’ve been trying to set a strict “bed time” but it’s not working. Anyone else is an Internet addict? I know at least a few of you are. Any tips of how to take it a little easier, or at least help with the whole “get in bed at a reasonable hour so you don’t look and feel like a zombie in the morning”? 😀

You know what helps a bit in the morning though?

BREAKFAST!

How do you like that segway? Oh I crack myself up…

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2 When Pigs Fly maple, pineapple, raisin with toasted sesame and ginger toasts with crunchy Barney Butter and a kiwi

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Yum, yum, yum. Sweet and sour. Time for work!

MID-MORNING SNACKS

Shelling peas and 1 almond stuffed medjool date (unpictured – I’ll snap a few photos of my new date stuffing method for a future post).

WORKOUT

So Wednesday was my first workout in a week. Yikes! 😳 I took a super hard spin class and vowed to never take such a long break from working out again. It was due to a combination of going away for the weekend and work being super busy. Yesterday, I went back for more – this time for an abs + RIPPED class. Basically a crazy awesome bootcamp that I totally thought I couldn’t handle but somehow came out alive out of. The instructor was making fun of me a bit because I kept screwing up. She knows I haven’t been there in a few weeks and we both saw the pretty obvious consequences of such actions. She’s out on vacation next week, but I am going to ace these bootcamp classes again. I used to be one of the best in the class. I want to feel super strong again!!

LUNCH

We had no produce in the house, which meant a quick trip to the farmers market was in order. Here are my 2 favorite booths at the Prudential Center farmers market (open on Thursdays only).

Samira’s Homemade

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The 3rd one down is my beloved baba ganoush. They sell it at Whole Foods but it’s cheaper at the farmers market since it cuts out the middle man. I stocked up! :)

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Hehe, the guy that was working there wanted to be in the picture I think. Here you go, sir – your moment of fame. 😎

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Spring Brook Farm

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This is definitely one of my favorites at our local farmers markets. I love that the girl that runs it is very knowledgeable about their farming practices and chicken raising (they sell their own eggs – from range free chickens that have their beaks for only $3.50/dozen – that’s cheaper than organic eggs at a super market!!).

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I also love that their gorgeous produce is significantly cheaper than anywhere else. I think they actually watch their competition and try to undercut it a bit. Hey works for me. It’s still not cheap (i.e. I know they are well paid) but it’s more affordable compared to others for sure.

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I bought SO much stuff there yesterday. It was pretty much a 1 stop shop. :)

… oh yeah, about lunch. I got a sandwich from the Iggy’s stand. They have the chewiest baguettes. LOVE.

Fresh mozzarella, organic tomatoes, organic basil with white vinegar dressing on buttered ficelle (I could do without the butter 👿 )

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So fresh and delicious. It also held me off for hours, without making me feel super stuffed. Perfect!

DINNER

How could I forget? CEiMB meals are back! This week’s dish was penne with roasted tomatoes, garlic and white beans (recipe here). I got the tomatoes and basil at the farmers market for it so I felt it still utilized some local produce. I like really centering my meals around that.

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This took quite a bit of time to make (not active time, just waiting for the tomatoes and garlic to roast) and I’m not sure that it was worth it. Maybe I overcrowded my tomatoes (I nearly double the amount based on reviews online) but they kind of came out stewed rather than roasted. This was a little on the bland side (again, maybe I should have doubled the garlic and oil too to compensate for the extra tomatoes?). We enjoyed it but I won’t be making it again.

Dessert: Russian apple cake made by my mother in law:

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Adam and I each enjoyed a little slice with what was left of the greek yogurt froyo. I need to make another batch!!

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Are you an Internet junkie like myself? Make me feel a little better – let me know :)

Any fun plans for the weekend? We have so much going on. It also happens to be our 2-year wedding anniversary this coming Monday and my dad’s birthday so there is lots to celebrate. See you tomorrow morning with a post. 😀

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23 comments to Internet addict

  • I’m not as bad an addict as I used to be. I’m lucky that when I run lab tests at work I can go on the internet until they’re done. That’s how I do most of my blog reading. I used to read blogs and Twitter at night, but I became a zombie and my bf got annoyed with it so I completely shut the computer down at 6 before dinner and then don’t turn it back on until my morning cup of coffee. It’s helped a lot!

    Happy 4th!

  • Hello, my name is Bianca and I’m an internet addict too 😉 I actually work for an online advertising agency so I am required to be on the internet during work hours. Then during my free hours/personal time, I’m also online, reading blogs, writing, Facebook-ing, etc. Like Melissa, I’ve been better lately because I don’t want to annoy my bf :p I’ve also given myself a computer shut-down time (9 pm!)

  • I’m a horrible addict when it comes to the internet, but now that I’m back in school I find I have very little time to spend on it. Though I’m free today, and save the time I’m going to spend reworking some papers, I’m going to catch up on my blogs, email, and news! :)

  • I’m a total addict too! Even though I spend all day at work on a computer, when I get home I still (at least once) have to check both my personal and blog email, my blog and Facebook. I hate being so addicted!

  • oh my gosh yes, i’m an addict. i’m online all day at work and i still come home and sit in front of my laptop..either in front of the tv or in bed. it’s an issue, i swear. and i have it on my phone!! it makes me go to bed so late! i know i need to put the damn thing AWAY!

  • Yummm that tomato-basil-mozza cheese sammich looks so colorful and tasty! All on a baguette!

    I totally know what you mean about being an Internet addict. I think I should limit my time spent on it so I can do other things : P

  • Your breakfast and your lunch look so good. I am a huge fan of the tomato/basil/mozzarella combo. The baguette looks just about as perfect as it could get. Drool.

    I am on the computer all day for work so I hate turning it on when I get home. I do have a blackberry, though, so I have 24/7 access to email, Facebook, etc. The blackberry is super slow when it comes to surfing the internet, so that kind of curbs my ‘net addiction. The other thing that curbs it is that my husband and I get very little time together, so our little rule is that when we are actually home together at the same time, neither one of us turns on the computer unless it’s absolutely urgent for school or for work. I imagine this would be hard for you, though, because you blog every day. Can you set a timer for yourself? I am a huge fan of my kitchen timer.

  • I was not an Internet addict before I started blogging – and now I am! And I just signed up for Twitter, so it’s only going to get uglier – oh my!

    I try to set limits, but it’s tough…

  • I’ve always been an internet junkie. I’ve gotten better at not doing it at night (I’ve been picking up really good books lately so night has been all about reading), but I will admit it distracts me other parts of the day. I really want to look at a time audit because it seems like we all complain we don’t have enough time but I’m guessing its probably more because I don’t use it wisely.

  • I must admit that I am a bit of an internet addict. I can’t help myself!

    I’ve never thought to put kiwi and almond butter together. Fabulous idea, I’ll have to give it a whirl!

    I am actually going to get my puppers and driving her back to MN! It’s going to be a great weekend. :)

  • i must admit, i am an internet addict. i can’t go a day without it! and if i HAVE to, i get withdrawl symptoms! it’s terrible!! it’s gotten even worse since i got my iphone a few months back!

    the russian apple cake is absolutely MOUTH WATERING!!!!! xx

  • Jen

    Oh my gosh, the same thing happens to me!!! 2 hours later…time for bed…

    Anyways, I love farmers markets!

  • I have told myself at 9:45 am, “Ok, in 10 minutes, you’re going to bed, and you’ll be asleep by 10:30.”

    Then, it’s 12:20 am and I’m on failblog.com or something ridiculous, or icanhazcheezburger. Like, seriously? >.< and then I wonder why I'm so tired the next morning.

    So I totally understand when you say you're an addict… I really need to work on being more productive when I'm on the computer.

  • Wait, I meant 9:45 pm. Not am. Lol.

  • I try to go upstairs and leave the internet downstairs for bed- but since I used my iPhone for an alarm clock, I sometimes sneak internet in bed as well. BAD habit, but I’m working on it!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • OMG, yes, I am a complete addict. So is my husband. It’s getting to bad lately that we don’t get to bed on time because we just constantly have the computer, laptops, iPhones, or iPad fired up. Gah! Modern technology is a blessing and a curse!

    Have a great holiday weekend, Elina!

  • i feel like a slave to the internet. but not in a bad way. i think its like coffee .. i have it in the morning and get a major boost. my life without internet..well lets no go there!

    xoxo <3

  • I am completely addicted as well! It’s becoming the bane of my existence :X

  • I was addicted and then I found food blogs and became even more seriously addicted!

  • Liz

    I am definitely an addict. I try to limit my time online, but like you said, it’s really easy to get distracted and end up spending hours instead of minutes. I don’t really have any advice there so if you figure one out, let me in on the secret :)

    Sorry you weren’t crazy about the CEiMB recipe this week. I’m glad someone else thought it was time-consuming. Several people mentioned how easy it was, but I just felt like it took forever. Did you follow the recipe online or in the book? I noticed the two varied quite a bit. I followed the book and thought it turned out really well. My only regret was not doubling the amount of tomatoes, but if I had done that, I definitely would have added more garlic.

  • What a fresh, summery bowl of pasta. I am looking forward to moving this weekend and then hitting up the farmers market to restock the fridge :)

    Our 2 year anniversary is just a week after yours. Time flies!

  • Elina

    All: looks like many of us are addicts. I definitely became one after discovering all the wonderful food blogs… and then starting my own. I’m thinking a cut off time should be in order. We’ll see how that goes. :)

    Liz – I followed the recipe from the book (I didn’t realize they were different). This was definitely time consuming; I wouldn’t say it was “hard” but definitely time consuming. I think more garlic would have saved it but it wasn’t special otherwise (the leftovers did taste a little better).

  • I totally agree with ya on this week’s CEiMB. I think the roasted tomatoes/garlic were total stars along with the lemon/garlic sauce but there needed to be more of them/doubled.

    Did you seed your tomatoes first before roasting? I know sometimes if I forget that part, I get stewed tomatoes.

    Your dessert looks awesome too 😀

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