Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Mess No More

THIS just totally made my whole day:

Might not look like a lot, but this morning when I left my tiny kitchen was a watery, smelly MESS! The sink was full of dirty dishes and water and even though I knew the plumber was taking care of everything, I was not looking forward to coming home and dealing with the mess leftover. But then, behold! My landlord actually washed all my dishes for me, cleaned the whole kitchen and took out my garbage!!!!!! The place was spotless when I got home tonight and I almost cried. Thank youuuu!
So, to back up a bit, this afternoon I snacked on my favorite bar while at the studio

And then took a 90 minute power class at 6:00. Okay, so some days you are on and some days you are off and tonight I was totally 100% OFF like a light. I felt incredibly weak during the whole class, sweat like it was going out of style and couldn’t focus to save my life. As frustrating as that was, I know that classes like that are the ones that cause you the most growth because they are the most humbling. I surrendered myself into child’s pose many a time during class and at the end, was literally shaking in sweat.
I was looking forward to this when I got home:

Never tried these before and had heard great things. I heated one up real quick and put it atop a big salad with 2 spoonfuls of hummus, sriracha and some kabocha squash:
The verdict? FREAKIN AMAZING! Oh man, were these ever good. Between these and my clean kitchen, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I loved the flavor and texture of these….so good. You must try them stat.
Dessert was a pear:
To be honest, I wasn’t even really hungry but I was craving this pear like it was nobody’s business….I think because I was thirsty after sweating out like 12 lbs in water during class tonight. It tasted delicious to me!

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  • Marissa
    January 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Glad you liked it! Yay for plumbing working!

  • adrienmelaine
    January 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    You deserve such a lovely end to your day!

    Isn’t it so wonderful how nice people can be sometimes?! Tears of joy over dishes being done– I get it.

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Wow, I want your landlord! That was really nice of them to clean things up for you.

  • Mama Pea
    January 20, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Your landlord just did more housework than my husband’s done in six years of marriage. Congratu-frickin-lations. 😉

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Ah yes! Those are awesome! My husband and I are big fans of Quorn! Glad you got your sink fixed up — sounds like we had similar evenings. 🙂

  • bec
    January 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I am glad you got such a nice surprise when you got home 🙂 Thats one the things I love about yoga, it is never the same experiences and it constantly reminds you that you always have room for improvement. Some days I have amazing classes where I feel so strong and the next day I can just be off and struggle to hold even my fav postures.

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    January 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful landlord! At least that part of the day went better than planned 🙂

  • Ameena
    January 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    What a great landlord! A clean kitchen is the best gift I could ever get.

  • Samantha
    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Kudos for sticking it out through class. It’s encouraging for those of us not nearly as advanced in our practice to see that even the best have their off moments.

    I’ve been wanting to try the quorns but no one carries them on island. Your salad looks sooo yummy!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    January 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    What a nice landlord you have! My roomies cleaned the kitchen tonight so I came home to a clean kitch too 🙂 Your next yoga sesh will be that much better girl!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Wow, what awesome landlords you have. I couldn’t help but notice that we have the same bamboo cutting board : )

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    January 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    You have the greatest landlord in the world! I have a problem getting a minor trash schedule from mine! I know what you mean about being off/on for yoga. There are some days that I am so tight that I’m falling all over the place and I can’t keep my balance. Those classes are very humbling indeed!

  • Michelle
    January 21, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Wow! You have an amazing landlord! That was such a nice thing to do!

  • simpledaisy
    January 21, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Wow…what a nice landlord!
    I know what you mean about not being 100% on during exercise sometimes! I hate when that happens but I always feel so good afterwards….that I stuck with it and finished even though I didn’t feel like it! Most people would have just thrown in the towel! Way to go…..

  • christie, honoring health
    January 21, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Wow, that was really nice of your landlord! Glad everything is working properly again!

  • Karla
    January 21, 2010 at 3:26 am

    What a wonderful landlord! That’s so nice! I woke up this morning to find the dish rack empty! That never happens! I guess my roommate took not of my frantic cleaning last night!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 21, 2010 at 3:31 am

    You’ve got a great landlord! I don’t think even the nicest landlord would do that in NYC, haha. Congrats!

    I totally hear you on the yoga front. If the force isn’t with you, the force isn’t with you. While it’s great to explore your edges in practice, it’s also great to accept your body’s limitations at times and just release the force. I think the humility that arises from that does cause the most growth.

    I need to pick up some quorn cutlets. Stat.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 21, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Your landlord is great! That was so sweet!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    January 21, 2010 at 3:54 am

    That is so nice of your landlady!!! What a lovely surprise for you! 🙂

  • Lauren
    January 21, 2010 at 4:09 am

    I know what you mean, sometimes you are just not feeling it! No matter what kind of workout it is. We really can’t expect to be on 100% all of the time, that is just plain unrealistic. Don’t worry, you’ll be back in top shape tomorrow.

    I’ve seen these before and I have been so tempted to buy them. Now I have a reason!!! Can’t wait to try.

    Hope you have a wonderful day hun!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 21, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I love fruit after a sweaty workout. It’s always so refreshing! 😀

  • Rachel
    January 21, 2010 at 4:32 am

    I felt like that during a yoga podcast a couple nights ago.. I was falling out of every pose and getting so frustrated. but it’s true that’s when you can grow more in your practice and use more of the mental side of yoga to stay calm and relaxed and do what we need to do. Glad everything worked out with your sink 🙂

  • PippaPatchwork
    January 21, 2010 at 4:37 am

    We definitely all have days like that, when any kind of exercise kicks your butt way more than normal! But those really are the times that help you grow–mentally and physically.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 21, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Whew, you must be relieved to have the plumbing issues sorted!

    And I always crave a piece of juicy fruit after dinner, even if I’m not very hungry. At least it’s a healthy craving. 🙂

  • kara
    January 21, 2010 at 4:48 am

    yay for your landlord being great! I am sure you have mentioned this before, but where do you get all of your frozen meals? They always look WAY better than anything they have at my grocery store….

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    January 21, 2010 at 4:50 am

    what a great landlord! mine only gives me dirty looks…jk!

  • eatmovelove
    January 21, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Great that you got your place sorted out.
    How many hours do you have to devote to the studio for practice? Is it busy or can you work on your book?
    Your dinner looks simple…wish I could keep it like that instead of piling it on …

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 21, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Yay for plumbing! Glad you got it all worked out 😉

  • amanda
    January 21, 2010 at 4:55 am

    wow your landlord seems super nice! Also a pear does sounds really good, while at the store today I might just have to pick one up.

  • Michelle
    January 21, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Tonight was the first night that I stopped a full on binge and the insurmountable regret after eating WAY too much ice cream w/ yoga.

    I put on a 1 hr flow class and sweat, cried, and kept going. I wanted to quit, but the shake/flow/strength I got from it is nothing like I’ve ever felt before.

    It was the best hour I’ve had all day.

  • Jenna
    January 21, 2010 at 5:01 am

    What a nice landlord!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    January 21, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I am so glad your sink got fixed, and your landlord sounds like a great person to have done all of the dishes – that’s such a kind thing to do 🙂

  • Sara
    January 21, 2010 at 5:09 am

    If I could keep my place as clean as that – well I would be happy all the time. That pear looks good – makes me want to go buy one right now.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    January 21, 2010 at 5:14 am

    That was so kind of your landlord!!! Someone who knows how to keep happy tennants 🙂

  • Jil
    January 21, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Aw, what a nice landlord! and hooray for fixed plumbing!! Your dinner looks delicious.

  • ellen eats beets
    January 21, 2010 at 5:17 am

    pears are always the most refreshing!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    January 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Wow, that was so nice of your landlord!
    I love random acts of kindness 🙂

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    January 21, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I really liked hearing about your humbling experience, I get a little nervous before every yoga class I go to. I know it’s going to be a challenge and I get scared to even try which I know is not good but I manage to talk myself out of one to many classes. I know you’re more advanced then I am but it’s still helpful to know that no matter what level you are at you may find yourself in child’s pose often. I’m sorry your class as difficult, but it’s helped encourage me to head over to yoga again soon.

  • Danielle
    January 21, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Hate and LOVE practices like that! Where within the first 5 minute its like, uh…oh…. maybe I should have NOT come tonight! But you are right, they humble you and make you stronger emotionally and physically.
    You are very fortunate to have such a great landlord!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    January 21, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Well, that was a nice end to the day! Nothing like coming home to a clean kitchen! I know what you mean about just being off and I completely agree that you grow more and improve more when your body has to work at it more! I think that is why I do so well working out early in the morning. I crave fruit all the time just for the freshness. I am an apple girl though!

  • The Paris Food Blague
    January 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    pears have a funny way of making you crave them, even when you’re not hungry. good thing they’re so healthy!

    a bientot!
    The Paris Food Blague

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 21, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Don’t move. Ever. That landlord is one in a gazillion. How sweet!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

    How nice of your landlord! It really is the “little things”.

  • Jessie
    January 21, 2010 at 6:24 am

    What I nice landlord!

  • jenna
    January 21, 2010 at 6:25 am

    wow what a really sweet landlord! you don’t find those too often! 🙂 glad your waters fixed!

  • Jill
    January 21, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Now that landlord is a keeper~pay it forward 🙂

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    January 21, 2010 at 6:51 am

    So nice of your landlord! I love good deeds 🙂 I also love gruyere cheese, so that chick’n looks great!!

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters
    January 21, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Man, and I thought my landlord was awesome. Yours is amazing! Never move! 😉

  • marisa (vinyasa mama)
    January 21, 2010 at 6:54 am

    wow – thats so nice of him!!!

    totally know what you mean by being off in yoga. for all the days when it seems like you are just in the groove, there is bound to be a day when you just arent. frustrating….yes, but it makes you (or at least me) appreciate the “on” days so much more!

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    January 21, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Those chicken things look great! Glad your sink is fixed 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    January 21, 2010 at 7:09 am

    yeah for clean kitchens! by the way, can i have your landlord??

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    January 21, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Wow! Your landlord is absolutely amazing! Seriously!!!!!!

    I know what you mean by being OFF during a workout. Sometimes it’s such a struggle to make it through a class or workout that you completely effortlessly just days prior. It can be so frustrating, but like you said, you can certainly grow from the humbling experience. That is a great way to look at it!

  • MMiller
    January 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

    It’s the little things that make all the difference! And even better when you were coming from a not so awesome class! I’m sure it made your day today start even better too!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 21, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Awww your landlord is so sweet!! 😀

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 21, 2010 at 7:15 am

    what a great landlord! that was super sweet of him/her 🙂

    i hate yoga classes like those, but you’re right – it’s totally humbling which allows room for growth. hope you have a good one today 🙂

  • Sarah
    January 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Wow – you must have the best landlord ever!

  • Kelly B.
    January 21, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Holy Cow…what a nice landlord! Don’t ever move!!! 🙂

  • Casey @ Spicy&Sweet)
    January 21, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Classes like that are definitely frustrating. But sometimes, you do have to just go through that, and it makes the next class that much better!

    Can we trade landlords?! 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 21, 2010 at 8:17 am

    That is soooo nice of your landlord. I would have been thrilled. I’ve never tried any Quorn products. I guess I’ll put it on my list.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 21, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I LOVE a good, clean kitchen. That is SO sweet that your landlord cleaned it for you. I wonder if I could get my husband to do that? 🙂

  • Ashley
    January 21, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Gruyere cheese is my favorite!! And i don’t eat meat so those sound amazing!! Where did you get them??? Whole Foods? Trader Joe’s?

  • thedelishdish
    January 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

    i love those raw chocolate bars…they’re surprisingly tasty!

  • Janice (O.S.M.B.)
    January 21, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I’m totally with you on the yoga class. I feel the same way, and love your attitude. I tend to get frustrated and not enjoy it as much, and am now going to try a lot harder to look at it as an opportunity for growth. The same thing happens on the climbing wall, so I can use it in both places 🙂

  • Kathleen
    January 21, 2010 at 8:53 am

    What an amazingly kind gesture! That is one cool landlord!

    I am so glad your day turned around!

  • Tara
    January 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    love Love LOVE QUORN! I have been a long time fan of their Chik’n products and just recently fell in love with their Turk’y Burgers…you must try them!

  • katherine
    January 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

    What a sweet landlord!!

  • Mindy
    January 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

    WOW you have an AMAZING landlord!! Seriously, it’s incredibly hard to find a landlord who cares so much! =)

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

    You must have the best landlord on the face of the planet, seriously! But great that the situation got fixed!

    I’ve been looking for that product forever.. it sounds so good!

  • Jenny
    January 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

    So glad your water is fixed, and wow, what an amazing landlord!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

    The crispy slices of kabocha squash look so good. That’s so sweet that your landlord took care of your dishes and garbage!

  • Laura Georgina
    January 21, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Those cutlets are great, aren’t they? Yet another tasty delight that I can’t get here (papayas yes, Gruyere cutlets no).

    You seriously have the best landlady! That, and she probably knows the good things that come from your kitchen and she’s buttering you up accordingly…

  • Heather
    January 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    My landlord actually washed all my dishes for me, cleaned the whole kitchen and took out my garbage!!!!!!


  • Shawna
    January 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, I just read an article on an interview with Carrie Underwood and she said she loves snacking on quorn! I don’t even know what it is, but I really want to try it after your recommendation 🙂

  • Jenna
    January 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Wow those cutlets look great! I have to pick some up next shopping trip.

  • Julie
    January 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Holy cow! You have the best landlord ever! You can never move!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

    That is one awesome landlord! I’m sure she felt bad for you having to deal with it.

  • Claire
    January 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I totally feel you about all the plumbing issues….I had some of my own here….and it ended in a cracked trap after trying to fix the leak! BF – who broke it – got a new one right quick, but it sure made for an interesting morning!