Work is crazy – haven’t had a chance to write the second headphone review. If I don’t post by tonight, the contest deadline for a free set will definitely not be until at least Monday end-of-day, because I know the weekend is where posts go to die and I don’t want to exclude anyone.
I am gaining weight like crazy (see how disgustingly much I gained in just the first week of Swap Meet). I’m relying on this weekend’s Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa to fix that, but it can’t undo all the damage I did last weekend for Boyfriend’s birthday. Night of drinking for roomie’s bday + day of eating and drinking for Boyfriend’s roommate’s bday + afternoon eating batter and frosting when my surprise two layer German chocolate cake was falling apart and looked horrendous + night of eating and drinking for Boyfriend’s bday + day of eating incredible brunch with Boyfriend’s family for continued celebrations the next day = one totally failed weekend.
I’ve been working out a decent amount this week – two hours on the elliptical on Tues, one hour last night – but I’m not really going too light with my food. Yesterday I was all set to be good for lunch, but then I got hit with some BS about 5 minutes before, which pushed me to eat pizza to make myself feel better (granted, it was whole wheat crust that I made him go very light on the cheese and very heavy on the veggies, but still). If that isn’t emotional eating, I don’t know what is.
But since I’m so focused on food, let’s talk about my second favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving!!! (My favorite is Valentine’s Day, even when I’m single, because I am a total romantic). I’m going to be in Atlanta for Thanksgiving to run the marathon in the morning and then have dinner with my cousins at night. One of them is basically Martha Stewart (she’s perfect in just about every way and I strive to be like her – think Bree Hodge but actually more perfect and without all the crazy), so I’m expecting great things. Then Friday I fly back to New York, and on Saturday I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my apartment for Boyfriend and my mom! Boyfriend’s family is out of town and he’ll prob have to work on Thanksgiving, so this is his only Thanksgiving dinner and I want it to be perfect.
I love cooking for and preparing Thanksgiving. Last year I did most of it for a big dinner at my mom’s house, but was frustrated when other people brought dishes or tried to help (and obviously did it wrong). This year I get to be all power trippy and do it exactly the way I want! Thanksgiving food is my favorite “cuisine” – back at school, I would go to Collegetown Bagel year round to order the “Maggie’s Farm” sandwich, which was roasted turkey breast with spinach and cranberry sauce served on cornbread. Insider tip: it is no longer on the menu but they will make it if you ask.
Anyway, point is I’m obsessed with Thanksgiving food, and I’ve already made a list of dishes I want to include… unfortunately it is way too long for just three people. I’ve starred the items that are absolutely unnegotiable, but the rest are all things I’d still be really reluctant to give up. Assuming I don’t mind having tons of leftovers, how much more do I need to cut this list down? I’ve divided it into categories to make it easier to plan.
Butternut squash soup
*Apple sausage stuffing
Roasted root vegetables
Green bean casserole
Butterscotch tapioca pudding
After reviewing all that, all I have to say is it’s a good thing I am running a marathon the day before – I may have to run one that night as well. Alternately, with the way I am fattening up, it might be better to stuff and serve myself :)