Productive Humpday

I’m having a very productive day so far! Let’s see…I ran my errands, returned library books, got out of a speeding ticket and already made my dinner for tonight and put it in the fridge! Now it’s time to blog, clean up a little and hit the gym. I love days like this when I actually feel like I’m accomplishing things! And of course the getting out of a speeding ticket was interesting, too. There was an unfortunate speed trap about 20 feet from the entrance to my apartment complex and, of course, I happened to be going apparently 48 miles an hour in a 35. It’s a strange area though and no one was on the road…and…well I guess I made a mistake! I got pulled over and he looked at my license, looked at me (while I was pleading and begging that I just didn’t know what came over me) and then handed back my license and told me to have a great day. Odd..but great! I used to be quite the speeder when I first got my license when I was 16. I’ve gotten my fair share of tickets..but for the past couple years I’ve been pretty good. Except for today. I learned my lesson!

For lunch I was really craving soup because its chilly outside! But…I didn’t have any and didn’t want to spend money by going out so I just made an open faced sandwich with a toasted Ezekiel english muffin and about 4 tbsp of hummus (I didn’t measure–just slathered some on there!). I had veggies on the side that I laid on top of my sandwich and it was quite yummy. And–I had my first good nectarine in weeks! For some reason they just haven’t been good at all lately and I have had to throw a couple away. This one was sweet and delicious. Very juicy!


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  • Meghan
    February 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I LOVE hummus. That hummus looks nice and hearty! I hate when hummus is sort of…well…drippy. It’s gross. So glad you didn’t get a ticket! I hope the rest of your day is just as productive as the beginning of it!

  • ecs
    February 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    *Random question: I’m looking for input on the link to asthma and dairy products. While there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence, there has been much written on milk (specifically cow) products triggering asthma. I’ve had asthma almost my whole life and about a year and half ago, I was put on two ‘maintenance’ medications by a specialist (in addition to my inhaler should I need that). While I feel my asthma has improved tenfold since the new medication, with the suggestion of a new doctor, I have weaned myself off one of the maintenance medications (didn’t want to feel overly medicated!). I’m an avid runner and am training for my first half-marathon and while I feel like my breathing/asthma are in check, I was curious to know if I started a milk-free diet if my asthma would improve further and perhaps, improve my running. Apologies for the long question, but I feel like so many people on this blog have really great, diverse diets, and a great outlook on healthy eating and was curious if anyone had any input! THANKS!

  • ecs
    February 27, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    p.s. forgot to add that i eat a healthly, balances diet and take a calcium supplement daily, so i get my daily intake with or without eating dairy. and while i love dairy, if it will improve my breathing, i’m totally willing to take it out and eat/drink soy products instead. Thanks again!

  • Betsy
    February 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    wow!!! i love chagrin falls, and obviously alot of girls from hb lived there. when did you graduate? i graduated in ’01. when i’m home, i always bike from CH to chagrin with my dad and we eat breakfast at yours truly. yum! oddly enough, my mom and her family is from charlotte, so i’ve spent TONS of time there as well-at least 4 times a year till i was about 18. I really love it, and am probably going to go sometime this summer. where do you live there? My mom grew up in the Foxcroft neighborhood on Abingdon Rd., and I know that neighborhood REALLY well.
    all these cleveland people! that new whole foods is great. I got to go for the first time over Thanksgiving when I was home. I haven’t gone much to the West Side, but love the close west side (ohio city/tremont), and who doesn’t love the flats!
    did you graduate this past year? Because my sister just graduated from HB this past June. I’m sure you know some of the same people!
    What a small world!!!

  • Emma
    February 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    red peppers……yummmmmm

  • VeggieGirl
    February 27, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Productive days are the BEST kind of days, for sure – so glad that yours is going well, despite that speed trap! :0)

    Oh my, that nectarine is gorgeous – thank goodness the weather is starting to warm up so that more produce can come in season!

    Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 27, 2008 at 5:29 pm


    I too have asthma – when I start to reduce dairy in my diet, my asthma symptoms GREATLY reduced (and this was before I became a vegan); and then once I cut it COMPLETELY out, I didn’t have to use an inhaler anymore!! There certainly IS a link between the two (at least, in my case!).

  • VeggieGirl
    February 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm


    I graduated in 2006. Small world indeed!! :0)

  • Tina Russell
    February 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tina Russell

  • Laura
    February 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    hehe you are a pretty blonde, of course you got out of it! ;p

  • ecs
    February 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    thanks so much, VeggieGirl! I had a feeling you would have some wise insight for me!

  • Jenn
    February 27, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    does anyone else have a short waist, and if so.. do you feel like this makes your stomach look “less trim”?

  • Lisa
    February 27, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    lol…I have long legs and a shorter torso…I do find I feel the same way sometimes depending on what type of top I wear or jeans. I just try to shop for my body shape the best I can to make me feel good and not worry about not looking as “trim” even though I know I’m in great shape. I can’t change how long my legs are or even how short my torso is so I make the best of what I’ve been given!!

  • ashley
    February 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Everyone!

    I’m signing up for a 26 mile marathon in June and I’d also like to do a half marathon at the end of next month in order to kind of initiate myself to marathons. I’ve never ran a marathon before, does anyone who has ran marathons have any training/exercise/food suggestions for me? Thanks so much!

  • Jill
    February 27, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Are you able to find local nectarines this time of year? I’m not in Florida, but the only ones I can find seem to be imported from Mexico or Chili, and I just cannot stand the environmental disadvantages with that, so skip them. I miss them so!

  • Anne P
    February 27, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    So, I’m making the olive oil cake tonight for my friend’s birthday tomorrow! I hope it turns out well… kind of nervous since I don’t bake very often, ha.

  • Maran
    February 27, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I graduated in ’01 too!! That is too funny. Do you ever go to Gamekeepers?? My dad owns it! I live in the Southpark area in Charlotte. I don’t think I am too far from Foxcroft. This is just too crazy =)

  • ward
    February 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    have you ever heard of babycakes vegan bakery in NYC.

    it looks SO cute. I would love to open a bakery similar to it someday…not entirely vegan, but offering vegan baked goods as well.

    anyway–i think you’d like their philosophy. they dont use refined sugar (sub. w/agave nectar), they have gluten free options, and they are totally vegan.

  • Mandy
    February 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Is anyone from TN??? I seem to be the only one unless I have missed it somewhere! 🙂

  • Ally
    February 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    All the talk about moving made me want to ask all of you who have moved: Have you found it somewhat difficult to be far from family and friends? How did you deal with this?

    PS…I’m from NY 🙂

  • arimcg
    February 27, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    mmm…babycakes is awesome!! their cupcakes are really, really good. not quite up to my favorites from billy’s, but definitely close!

  • Romina
    February 27, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Gosh hummus is amazing isn’t it??? I’d slather it on ANYTHING just to get it… sometimes I just eat it with a spoon. Yum!

  • Steph
    April 12, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I just started reading your blog and I love it!
    What brand/kind of hummus do you buy? It looks delicious.