Still Alive… Sort Of

Hey, all! I just wanted to give a quick shout to announce that I’m still here, living life at a mile a minute of course!

It’s been a few weeks since we got back from Australia, and in true F-Family fashion, we decided to throw a wrench (or four) into our lives just went things started to get back to some sort of normalcy. We put our condo on the market, had it under agreement within two days, and are currently on the search for a new place to live. Throw a horrible head cold flu and some serious work developments in the mix, and you betcha my day-to-day has gotten just a wee-bit cray-zay.

I barely have enough time to sleep, never mind blog, and I can only breath through one nostril right now. I promise (and hope) that we will be back to a state of relative calmness soon because I have some blogging I need to catch up on!

[What I Ate Wednesday #43] Time Traveling

For the better part of a decade, I’ve done a fair bit of time traveling. Now before you jump to any conclusions and call me crazy, I don’t actually think I jumped into a time machine… It only comes with the territory of flying to Australia every year or two for the last eight years. Leaving Australia at 10am on a Saturday and arriving in Los Angeles as 6am on Saturday sounds kind of cool, doesn’t it? (Humor me.) Well let me tell you what isn’t quite as cool: crossing the international date line with a baby. Holy jet lag, Batman. I am tired! My now 6-month old has reverted back to the sleeping and eating habits of her 3-week old self, and I’m eating like I’m 30 weeks pregnant again. Must eat allll the food at 2 in the morning. Speaking of food, let’s talk about what you came here for: my Monday eats! If you’re not quite sure what’s the deal with all these shenanigans, go take a stroll on over to Peas and Crayons to find out what this WIAW party is all about. [Breakfast #1] The first meal of the day consisted of scrambled egg substitutes with mozzarella and hot sauce and an unpictured naner! [Snack #1]  My morning snack was a handful of chips and a healthy serving of salsa. Not your typical morning snack, but I’m not ashamed! [Breakfast #2] Second breakfast was an english muffin with crunch peanut butter on one half and Nutella on the other. I haven’t had second breakfast since I was preggo but this silly jet lag has my body all sorts of confused! WIAW43_1 [Lunch] My mid-day meal was a can of Campbell’s Italian wedding soup. I was trying to limit my salt intake to get rid of some of this bloat from vacation, but we were running a little low on lunch foods so I had to make do with what I had! [Snack #2] My second snack of the day was a bag of honey dijon chips. My low salt intake goal for the day went straight out the window after that! [Dinner] My last meal of the day was a simple and easy chicken stir fry we whipped up using my homemade teriyaki sauce recipe. We washed that down with a Healthy Choice fudge bar after dinner! WIAW43_2   It feels so good to be back into relatively healthier eating habits. Sure I had a few slip ups this week, but who doesn’t make a mistake every now and again! On that note, my next meal of the day and a rolling baby awaits me off the internets!

Now tell me…

What was your favorite thing that you ate this week?

Mine was definitely our last family dinner last Friday in Australia. It may have just been take-out, but it’s the company you keep that counts!

[WIAW #42] Aussie Eats, Part 2

We leave to head back to Boston on Saturday morning, so you better believe we’re making the most of our meals to make sure get in more of our favorites before we go. Here’s a little sampling of our eats this week!

(1) I had a club sandwich with gherkin and chips for lunch while catching up with friends at the Melbourne Zoo. |  (2) I’ve been drinking boatloads of herbal tea on the daily over the last couple of weeks. When in Rome…  |  (3) I also had my first beer in over a year since before being pregnant!  |  (4) Mini Oreo cheesecakes were on the menu for a family get over last weekend. They were just as delicious this time around.  |  (5) Rice crackers are all the rage over here, so I paired them with baby spinach, cashew, and parmesan dip a few times this week. I’m adding this dip to my list of foods to recreate at home!

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(6) More rice crackers for snacks but paired with plain hummus. Yummy!  |  (7) Rather than spend $5.50 at Gloria Jeans, we decided to recreate the infamous Tim Tam milkshake at home. Way cheaper and much healthier!  |  (8) I was on my own for lunch one day this week, so I had a ham & cheese sandwich with a side of coleslaw.  |  (9) Although I wasn’t a big fan of cereal in the past, I developed cravings for it while I was pregnant and they never went away in my postpartum days.  |  (10) I had my first taste of sticky date pudding and holy yum am I glad I tried it!! So tasty. Luckily baking isn’t my thing, so I can’t make this every weekend!

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(11) Nando’s is by far my favorite chain here in Australia, so of course I had to have my go-to Nando’s favorite: chicken tender wrap with a side salad and I also noshed on Rich’s side serve of chips with peri-peri salt. Nommmm!

WIAW42_3That’s all I have for you this week. This time next week, we’ll hopefully be back to our normal healthy eating habits. I wish I could say the same for our sleeping patterns!