Just . . . Wrong

I was happy to see that we only got four inches of snow the night before last.  What I didn’t expect was that it would take me nearly 90 minutes to drive the 15 mile drive to work.  Some roads were fine and I could drive at nearly the speed limit, and then all of a sudden the roads were covered in slush and cars were flying into ditches on the side of the road.

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I texted my peeps and told them I was on my way in, it would just be a while.  One of my bosses called and said that the heat wasn’t working right on one side of our office and to handle it first thing.  Another boss texted me to say she was freezing and I needed to fix the situation immediately.  Duh.   I walk in, call the landlords and within 15 minutes the furnace seems to be working – crisis averted!  Oh wait, nope – two of the phones in the office aren’t working, so I spend another 20 minutes with our phone provider – in the meantime my one boss reminded me about every 10 minutes that her phone was still not working.

Next up?  Two of the stalls in the women’s bathrooms are leaking every time you flush the toilet.  Lovely!  I call the landlords and they have a plumber coming in the afternoon.  By the time I heated up my breakfast, it was nearly 10:00 a.m.!  Breakfast nachos!  Thumbs up

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So filling and delicious – that plate comes in at 345 calories and 27 grams of protein – nice!

Then just when I thought the rest of the day was going to go alright, the microwave at our office finally died.  They are replacing it, but not until next week, so until then I have to either fix sandwiches or something that can be put in the toaster oven.   Most of us brought food that had to be heated in the microwave, so we all decided to order Chinese food from across the street – best decision ever!  I ordered the small wonton soup – 2 wontons and broth.  Not to worry – no green onions were digested by me at any moment during lunch.  Whew!

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I ended up adding some sriracha to the broth – that kicked it up nicely.

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My main dish was the schezuan green beans.  I didn’t eat the fried race and gave it away to one of the attorneys who didn’t read the memo that the microwave was broken.  It was chock full of onions!

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With so many work distractions, I never made it to the gym.  When it was time to drive home, the roads were pretty well plowed, but for some reason it still took me 50 minutes to get home.

I was going to make a healthier version of this bay scallop dish for dinner, but Tony wasn’t feeling that great, so it was Biz food!  Spicy pork and noodle soup!   I heated up one cup of chicken broth, and soaked my yaki soba noodles while I put the rest of the soup together.  This package comes in three individually wrapped noodle pouches – fully cooked, you just have to heat them up.  Each package is 150 calories.

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While the noodles were soaking, I heated up 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in my wok.  I added one small zucchini and water chestnuts and cooked those for a minute or two.  Next, I added the chicken broth and noodles to the wok, then added 1/3 cup of light coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of sambal oelek, and 3 ounces of this super thin pork.  I got this from the Japanese grocery store near my diabetes doctor.  I bought it to make Nicole’s Sweet and Spicy pork with noodles, but never got around to making it so I pulled this out of the freezer.  It’s so thin it thawed pretty quickly in the broth.  Then I finished it off with some chopped red cabbage for some texture.  So flippin good.  Although when I walked into the living room to eat, he said “that smells like shit!”  I told him it smelled and tasted delicious!

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This was the perfect soup to have on a cold night.   I love my photo styling with this picture – I think it really elevates a dish if you have a bottle of Windex multi-surface cleaner in the background.

Speaking of cold, we are back below zero again.  Seems the pattern of late – snow/bitter cold/snow/bitter cold.  My count down has already begun to daylight savings – March 9th!  Maybe by then I won’t see snow on the ground?

I may just hit up the salad bar at Mariano’s for my lunch today – don’t need to heat that up and I think my body could use some vegetables!  My boss has a brief due today, so today will be crazy but I still hope to make it to the gym at some point.  Wish me luck – and hopefully not too many things will go wrong today!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1337 calories, 31 fat, 173 carbs, 67 protein, 9 fiber
  • 56% of calories from carbs, 22% from fat and 21% from protein
  • average blood sugar 109
  • no exercise

And I am off!  Question of the Day:  If you could cook just for yourself, what cuisine would it be?  I’d have to choose ethnic food – like Indian, Thai, Mexican . . . and of course PIZZA!

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  • Erica
    February 6, 2014 at 8:03 am Omgosh-what a crazy day. I hope todays better (despite the brief being due). I almost always make stir fry or mexican when its just me.
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:19 am Yep - tacos are always a good choice!!
  • Shelley B
    February 6, 2014 at 8:43 am This has been such a rough winter! We have sleet and snow (just a dusting, but hey, in Texas it's considered SNOW) this morning...wtf??? I'm with you - bring on DST and spring!!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:20 am I couldn't believe the ice you posted on your blog - so crazy! That should never happen in Southern Texas!
  • Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple
    February 6, 2014 at 8:48 am I'm impressed that so many of you bring your lunch. At least half of my office buys lunch every day.
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:20 am Well, it just happened to be that particular day - most of the time people get sandwiches from across the street.
  • Lynne
    February 6, 2014 at 8:58 am Here's to a better day...but time flies when you're having fun ;) When I'm alone - I almost always cook something with a Mexi-flair...tacos, nachos, huevos, etc. or some sort of pizza. I guess we could eat together Biz! However, I can pretty much cook anything, anytime and my husband will eat it. He loves to try new foods, veggies, etc. He works with many Indians and is always tasting their food. He may be a meat and potatoes guy at heart, but he's very adventurous and complimentary when it comes to my cooking - so I'd rather cook for 2 than just myself :)
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:21 am Well, when we eventually meet in person this summer, I don't think we will have a problem coming up with a restaurant that we both love!
      • Lynne
        February 7, 2014 at 10:29 am Sounds like a plan! Mexican or pizza...hmmm...how about a Mexican pizza - LOVE IT! Have a good day and a great weekend!
  • Helen
    February 6, 2014 at 9:35 am Completely and totally sick of winter. My only sadness about DST is that it's going to throw us back into darker mornings. I wish we could just pick a time style and stay with it. The people in your office sound like 2 year olds who are incapable of handling anything themselves!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:21 am Rats, I forgot about that - now it's going to be dark again - waa!!! I LOVED YOUR YOGA VIDEO!
  • Jan
    February 6, 2014 at 9:41 am I know this sounds whacky but I hear from my planetary friends that when mercury goes retrograde everything goes wrong, especially electronic things. It will pass Biz, you handled everything like a trooper! Glad you made yourself a nice meal, YOU DESERVE IT. My Hubby hates sushi so I would go for that!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:22 am Huh, never thought about that! Have a great weekend Jan!
  • Mia
    February 6, 2014 at 9:49 am I LOVE mitsuwa! Best grocery store ever. You should have lunch at their food court - there's a stall that makes fantastic spicy korean food!!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:23 am I know, every time I go there I think I should eat there - some of those spicy soups look so good!
  • Caron
    February 6, 2014 at 10:08 am I don't really like to cook, but I do it. When it is just me, I'm always looking for the easiest thing in the fridge. Yesterday was two boiled eggs for breakfast and a salad for lunch which included three ounces of leftover chicken and a dressing made from fresh salsa and mayo. My daughter was eating the leftover taco soup for dinner, and I had two big helpings of rutabaga mixed with some cooked kale and a very large piece of gluten free cornbread. Later I had an apple and a serving of peanut butter. No worries as today I'll be cooking up something. :)
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:23 am See, I love being in the kitchen so it doesn't bother me at all to work all day and come home and cook - makes me happy! :D
  • Heather
    February 6, 2014 at 10:10 am Mexican 100%!!! OMG, I love it so much. :) Hope today is better than yesterday!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:25 am Thanks Heather! Great job on your last cross fit challenge - you are my hero! And if I ever make it to Cleveland, we'll have to meet up for Mexican food :D I'll bring the hot sauce :D
  • Melissa @Tryingtoheal
    February 6, 2014 at 10:22 am Mitsuwa! Love that place for all my Japanese goodies ;) Your dinner looks amazing! And sad times about your weather, commute time and geez, all those things wrong at work! Sounds like me! Everything seems to be breaking down around me lately!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:25 am Well, today is a new day - happy Friday Mel!
  • Kim
    February 6, 2014 at 10:50 am Yikes - you had a day for sure!! Kind of annoying that they text you over and over about the same problem - don't they know you well enough to know that you are on it?! Your soup looks tasty!! When I cook for myself only (rare) it involves popcorn (and wine!).
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:26 am Hey Kim, nothing wrong with popcorn and wine!
  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    February 6, 2014 at 11:05 am You are SO funny with your onions! Not even green onions??? That day at work sounds like a nightmare. I thought yesterday would be like that because literally half of our department called out due to the snow, but it ended up being pretty slow. I guess all our customers were dealing with it too. Worked for me! I hope you get your new office microwave sooner rather than later!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:27 am Nope, not even green onions - they quickly went into the garbage! And I have to tell you - all the shoveling you are doing certainly counts as exercise!
  • SuziCate
    February 6, 2014 at 11:17 am While snow is pretty it sure messes everything else up.
  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    February 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm I have to ask....couldn't one of your two bosses have picked up the phone and called the landlord to fix all the morning problems instead of texting you asking you to do it? Ugh. That would drive me nuts! Power/control is really shown in some people:(
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:28 am My one boss is the office manager, and when she's out - it all becomes my problem - I don't mind though, just annoying sometimes!
  • Lori
    February 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm Seriously Biz - what is the problem with the people in your office that they can't handle anything themselves. Once you become a famous cookbook writer, they are going to have to deal on their own!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:28 am Ha - love it Lori - I'll leave them in the dust! :D
  • Tami@NutmegNotebook
    February 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm Gosh I can't believe how dependent your bosses are on you for every little thing! I guess that's job security! Your weather sucks! I hope things improve for you soon!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:29 am Thanks Tami - but it looks like we'll be in the deep freeze through next week - but I guess that gets us closer to March and April!
  • Kym
    February 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm I'm an Indian & Thai girl. I love anything with lots of flavors. So glad you made it to work and back safely. I'm hoping your Friday weather will be sunny skies and NO more snow! Glad you don't have to wait too long for a new microwave. Maybe you can add a blender, sandwich maker and a few others to the list so you can take your small appliances back to your own kitchen.
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:34 am Kym, you should have seen me at our old office - it had a FULL kitchen and it wasn't unusual for me to bake bread in the morning and do stirfrys on the stove at lunch while everyone heated up the Lean Cuisine's around me! And just to let you know - I have a panini maker, a blender, and a crock pot at the office now. And as soon as the weather gets better, I'll buy another gas container for the outdoor grill! #spoiled
  • Alice Phillips
    February 7, 2014 at 4:57 am Holy crow but you had a day! Just one thing...how come everyone had to wait for you to get to the office to make a phone call to get the heating fixed? Ditto the phones and toilet? This post makes you sound like the maintenance woman.
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:35 am Basically because I am a superstar Alice! :D (and yes, sometimes I feel like the maintenance woman!)
  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    February 7, 2014 at 5:59 am Some days just suck. Thank goodness there is always tomorrow.
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:35 am Abbe, I am so sad to hear about your dog George - that was the best tribute to your dog!! Hugs!
  • Fran
    February 7, 2014 at 6:32 am Food: mostly Italian, Indian, Thai. I don't think I would eat Dutch dishes anymore then. Holy moly, how old our your bosses? I hope they can go to the bathroom on their own or do they need your help with that too? I do recognize it though, if the coffee machine or copy machine doesn't work here, people ask me too. And I work on a floor where 90% is a man!
    • Biz
      February 7, 2014 at 10:36 am Ha - love it. If we ever met in real life we would have the best eats with all the ethnic food!
  • Aimee
    February 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm You had quite a hectic day! They would lost without you. Your soup looks incredible. I am on a major soup kick lately. Cold temps call for hot soup. If I could make any kind of food for myself it would be Mexican. I could eat Mexican food every day!
  • Laura
    February 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm My boyfriend and I like all kinds of food from "traditional American" to ethnic. We just need to be better planners about it! I like Asian, Indian, & Mexican food.