So, I decided to take a mental health night tonight and stay home from school.
Truth be told, I am completely exhausted and was running late anyways because I went to the gym and got all caught up in watching Oprah (with Sex & the City girls on it!!!) on the cardio machines. I ended up doing 10 minutes running on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the elliptical, and 15 minutes power walking on a steep incline on the treadmill again. By the time I got back upstairs I technically could have rushed and gotten to school on time but instead I decided to just relax. I’ve never missed a day in the whole program and figured I deserved it. My day has gone so wrong it’s almost funny—-turns out I am allergic to the Jamaican cilantro plant I bought today and my hands have felt like I poured burning oil on them!! I took 2 benidryl, which seemed to help at first…but now they burn again. Moral of the story is that I’m pretty worthless. Who can decorate a cake when it hurts to touch anything?
Anyways, to back up a bit and explain to you the burning hands incident, when I found all those peppers at the market today I knew instantly that I wanted to make homemade salsa with them! I’ve never made homemade salsa before but when else is a better time to do it than when you can find a whole bushel of jalepinos for $1? So, when I got home from the market and the car accident and the bank robbing incident, I set out to make homemade salsa. I followed this recipe (link isn’t working–of course–here it is: http://vegncookingandotherrandommusings.blogspot.com/search/label/Lentils) but added in some crushed tomatoes and, instead of using dry cilantro, I used my new lovely jamaican cilantro leaves (bad idea. bad idea). The salsa turned out great but super super SUPER spicy, and I love spice! A little really does go a long way!! By the time the salsa was done my hands were starting to tingle but I attributed that mainly to chopping jalepinos so I disregarded it.
After the salsa was done and the gym was done I came back to make tacos for dinner using my new salsa! I followed another recipe on Jennifer’s blog (which I am obsessed with, btw) for Lentil and Potato Tacos. These were great!! VERY messy with the lentils and guacamole going everywhere, but the flavors really worked well together and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will be making a lot more Mexican food now that I found Jennifer’s blog–everything she makes looks so good and I already am planning on making her Sweet Potato and Quinoa tacos sometime next week!
After I ate dinner (+ salsa with cilantro) my hands really really started to burn. I decided to take a bubble bath to calm down and that made it 100 times worse! My neck was burning, my hands were burning, my thigh was randomly burning…what else to do than call your mom and cry? She told me to take 2 benidryl (sp? I’m loopy enough after taking 2 of these….) and drink some water so I did and the pain subsided for a little bit (just long enough for me to bake a batch of Super Charge Me cookies!) but now it’s back full force. I think the only safe place for me to go right now is my bed, with Dexter and a book. Goodnight!