Long, But Not Longer

Good morning and happy Monday! Are you a Monday lover? Or maybe it’s that dreaded day that sparks the work week for you? I’m a big fan of Monday’s myself; to me, they’re the time when things “normalize”: The gym is open at 6:30 again, the TV shows get better, I do my laundry, etc. It’s just a great day to get back at it! I’ll rave more about Monday when we get to that point. But first, Sunday night I had a lot to look forward to, too.

Trader Joe's Bed Time Tea

I tried this new tea from Trader Joe’s. Of course, since it was TJ’s, it was a cheaper knock-off version of some chain’s flavor. But it was also ridiculously good! It had plenty of chamomile and vanilla going for it, which tasted like a sweet treat with stevia. Mmmm. Beyond that, I opened up a new pint.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Soy Milk Ice Cream

Not that kind of pint; this kind! Although to get to this in the common room fridge, I did have to walk past a group of guys playing beer pong in PJ’s. LOL! Some might find that a little awkward but I’m comfortable in my own skin(or pajamas) and will jump through hoops for my ice cream! I love how this had a Gluten-Free seal on it, as if gluten is a creeper that would crawl up the sides and slip on in :-)

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Yum! So good. I can’t even count how many pints of this flavor I’ve gone through. Incidentally, I’ve also lost a few scoops to stealers in the dorm in the past :-( That won’t happen again, hopefully.

This also led me to question whether this conflicted with my Lenten give-up of pre-flavored soy products. My answer: No. I really wouldn’t say soy milk or soy ice cream counts very well as “food” to begin with(as opposed to tofu and tempeh). The point of giving up what I did was to take away a convenience food–2 key words there–and not to take myself off of trivial desserts. I don’t think it’s very “Lenten” to banish unhealthy food as if another excuse to diet. That’s my 2 cents; check out this post for what I think sounds like the best and toughest give-up by a blogger.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Blueberry Jam And Mighty Maple

Later on I had some very New England oats while watching Brothers & Sisters. Warm jam? Heck, yes. I’m glad Brothers & Sisters is back. Last night’s episode was incredible and next weeks looks good, too. I just wish it was actually played on Valentines Day, which would have made it more effective. I was not a fan of that crazy ice dancing; seriously, the aborigines?

Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

For 3 weeks now, Sunday has been the hardest night for me to get to bed. Maybe this time it had something to do with the people singing Bohemian Rhapsody a few floors down–don’t know. I had to stay up late, watching something about King Tut on the Discovery Channel, and chowing on this Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar I found in my stash. I forgot how good these are! Too bad I don’t think I have more :-(

Newman's Own Organic Decaf

Back to why I love Mondays;. For one, I got to open this new bag of coffee which we bought at Stop & Shop yesterday; it’s one of my favorites! I got up at 6:50 so that I could be at the gym at 7:15, which I find is the perfect time for me to start running. Recently, Mondays have also been my “long run” which has so far been 1 mile longer than the one the week before. That would have put today at 11 miles. Well, my heart was just not that into it today. So I decided I’d still do a “long” run of 10 miles–just not a “longer” run.

10 Miles In 89:49

That took 89:49, in which time I had the good company of The Today Show, Cartoon Network, my gym friend who works for the college, and the local news. Apparently, it’s going to rain Tuesday-Friday straight! If that were snow, I’d be happy as a clam, but rain has me frowning :-( At least it’s sunny today? Before breakfast, I also squeezed in a trip to a campus store for yogurt, a shower, and stuck my laundry in the machine. Needless to say, I was ready for fuel when I sat down!

Pomegranate Yogurt With Dark Chocolate, Pumpkin Oatmeal With SB PB And Nutritional Yeast

Pomegranate Yogurt With Organic 70% Dark Chocolate Shavings

Mmmm, yum yum yum! I would call this a sweet and savory meal. For savory, we have the pumpkin and nutritional yeast combo with Smart Balance Peanut Butter; I swear it tastes like cheddar cheese crackers with peanut butter on them, and it’s a vegan dish! Perfecto! For the sweet, I bought a pomegranate yogurt this morning and topped it with 1 square of the 1.4oz organic dark chocolate bar by endangered species; this is pretty much my favorite dark chocolate–very deep in flavor, hard texture, and entirely organic.

So, have I convinced you of Monday’s greatness or not? Answer quick because my laundry comes out of the dryer in 20. Or, if you want to rant about Monday in the comments, I don’t mind that, either :-D For my part, I’ll rant that I have a paper due Wednesday for which the writing fellow was no help with and a Greek test on Thursday I feel under-prepared for. To all that, I just have this to say: Que Cera Cera

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  1. Heather Eats Almond Butter 22. Feb, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    I like Mondays too. Of course, I don’t work an 8 to 5 job, and so I still get to sleep in. :)

    I really need to try your pumpkin oats with nooch. Sounds so good Evan.

    The no stevia thing is getting easier. My cravings are starting to diminish as I knew they would. However, I won’t lie…those first few days were rough. Thank goodness for dark chocolate! I love the Endangered Species Panther bar.

    Enjoy your week and good luck with your paper and your Greek test!

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  2. Madeline - Greens and Jeans 22. Feb, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    90 minutes on the treadmill? I seriously have no clue how you do it. Even with the Today Show, E News, and Pandora radio I am still dying!

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  3. Chelsea Ward 22. Feb, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    I agree with Madeline, your 90 minute bout with the treadmill stupefies me. Kudos!

    Ummmm, snickerdoodle ice cream????? You should put a bike lock on that so no one steals it again. That sounds DELICIOUS.

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  4. Chrysta 22. Feb, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    rock on hon! I love 90 minute cardio sessions. Always makes ya feel awesome after! I love Mondays actually. I dont know why but for some reason I always feel rested and ready to go. The end of the week is usually where i get super tired and drained. Snickerdoodle ice cream sounds amazing by the way! Awesome stuff! Good luck with your tests and paper!

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  5. Kelly 22. Feb, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Right there with you…LOVE Mondays!

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  6. Christine (The Raw Project) 22. Feb, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I’m warming up to Mondays, trying to view as a fresh start to a week with many possibilities and not the start of another grind cycle. The ice cream looks heavenly.

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  7. kristin pizzi 22. Feb, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    great run Evan! On a monday morning too!!!

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  8. Abby 22. Feb, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Im a big fan of TJs tea.. I just got a huge box of green tea bags for like 2 bucks!

    Any clue how to delete those pics to make room for more?!? Im an idiot when it comes to computers…

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  9. Errign 22. Feb, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I love Mondays! I generally don’t dislike one day of the week over another, not really sure why :)

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  10. Anna 22. Feb, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I actually like Mondays, too! I like being back on a regular schedule after a few days off :-)

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  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 22. Feb, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    Snickerdoodle Ice Cream. Nice.
    The Z Bar, duly noted. Everyone raves about those but when i get to the store i forget what flavor is the preferred go-to :)
    The choc shavings 70% AND the coffee…good stuff. Except it’s decaf. I need full strength baby!!!! :)

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  12. marathonmaiden 22. Feb, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    i’m a monday lover although monday might just be my longest day. but the feeling of accomplishment at the end of it is great :)

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  13. Jessie (Vegan-minded) 22. Feb, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Yum, I love that snickerdoodle ice cream! It tastes just like an iced cinnamon bun to me. :)

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  14. Matt 22. Feb, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I am still confused about your living situation. Are you in a small room that has a large common room for the whole building or are you in a suite style room that has a common room for just a few people?

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    The first one

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  15. eaternotarunner 22. Feb, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Great run! and that ice cream does look pretty amazing :-)

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