Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Giveaway winner + bar swap!

I used to generate integer 16 as the winner! Congratulations, Michelle!

Michelle said...

My favorite ways to get fiber are fruits and veggies and cereal! And Fiber One bars don't hurt either. :) I linked back to your post on my blog, and you're already on my blogroll! Have a great night!

I'll send you an e-mail to find out where I should send the deliciousness to! :)

My exciting news of the day is that the lovely and talented Mi from Whole Foods For Whole Me and I are doing a bar swap since she lives in England and I'm in America and there are some bars that are only available on one side of the Atlantic Ocean. So we're buying for each other and swapping! (I absolutely adore trying foods from other countries! I lived overseas for most of my life--MORE ABOUT THIS IN AN UPCOMING BLOG--and it instilled in me a huge sense of appreciation and love for other cultures. If I happen to have any other readers from other interesting parts of the world, I would love to do a similar type of exchange with you!) Anyway, I received her package today!! She is so generous and wonderful! (Don't worry; yours is on its way!) She sent me the following:

Plus an adorable and perfect card!

Obviously she spoiled me, and I hope she loves the things I'm sending her as much as I love hers! Thanks so much, Mi!!

I baby-sat this morning for two hours and then went straight to the gym. I did 20 minutes of running/walking on the treadmill and then 30 minutes of upper body lifting. Needless to say, my arms are sore now. ("What? You mean I have to lift the violin up?! Crap!") I had a Tide Me Over South Beach Drink on the way home from the gym (can you say "ravenous"?!) and at home I made myself an amazing lunch:

The burger is a smoke grilled chicken breast on a wheat bun (not whole wheat, and not my first choice, but I had them at home). With lettuce, tomato, and Sierra Nevada mustard. It's about time we worked beer into mustard, right?! ;-)

The side dish is this corn and black bean salad from Rachel Ray. (I don't ever watch any TV, and definitely not the food channel [I did enough of that with my ED--I'd rather be more fully engaged in life!] but I googled for a recipe and this one looked good.) It turned out great and it's super easy and super healthy! I highly recommend it!

I packed quite a lot of food to teach on, since I thought I might be hungry after the workout.

I had to try one of Mi's bars right away. On the drive to teach, I savored this guy:

I also packed:

A cheese sandwich. Half is full fat cheddar, half is FF slice. I only ended up eating less than half of this and throwing the other part away because it had been sitting in a fairly warm car.

(Didn't eat any of the above picture's contents).

I drank about half this bottle all night while teaching. It's pretty delicious! (Also, teaching all night made it so that I culdn't watch any of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game! But they won their 4th game against the Carolina Hurricanes, so now we're just waiting for the Western Conference finals to end and then the two teams will comete for the Stanley Cup! Yippee! GO PENS!)

I ate all of these veggies after teaching.

And some random pictures on my camera.

My roommate made these cookies and I cannot stop eating them. They are small and reasonably healthy so I grab one almost every time I'm in the kitchen. But seriously, they have some pretty awesome ingredients. Ww flour, coconut, applesauce, etc.

(Picture that time 15 in the past two days--like I said, they're small and it was also the majority of my food intake on Monday! Haha, whoops!)

Today was ridiculously busy for me! The summer wedding season has started and I'm talking to so many people about playing at their weddings! I sriously talked to like 4 different people tonight, plus got texts and voice mails from a few friends. Do you ever have those times when your phone just doesn't stop ringing? Being an extrovert, I really enjoy it! I feel blessed and honored that people would trust their wedding music to me! And I definitely don't want to let them down so I make sure I take all the calls and do the very best I can for every single one!

Do you have a favorite wedding song? If so, what? If you're married, what was "your" song, or the song of your first dance?

I'm exhausted and heading off to bed. Today was a really good day though! I had a great time teaching and it felt especially rewarding today! I am also getting ready to go out of town again for two days, this coming Thursday and Friday to play more shows, so sadly, there will be a few days without blogging coming up. But I'll be back late on Saturday and I'll try to blog tomorrow also! Tomorrow I'm meeting a friend for breakfast at a local Crepe shop (so excited!) and I'm teaching from 1pm-8pm! So it's a fairly long day as well. I'll "see" you all soon though!


  1. hi! I've been reading your posts for a little while now and I always enjoy what I see. YAY for the package! That's really exciting and I just wanted to tell you how happy I am for you. It's always so wonderful to receive things in the mail. Have an amazing night!

  2. The bars you received look great - I love a lot of the treats from the UK, I have to admit!

    The fact that you are making a living as a musician really inspires me - I have no ambition to be involved in music professionally, but seeing someone so completely surrounded by it motivates me to go practice some more! Thanks!

    Have a great (few) day(s)!

  3. Wow, those goodies look great! I'm glad you're getting so many wedding gig opportunities :D I'm happy you had such a good day, and have a great Wednesday, too :)

  4. I love seeing British bars on US blogs (I am American but living in the UK and very homesick for my favourite foods!) Makes me feel better knowing our stuff here is equally awesome ;)

    that mustard looks delicious!

  5. Yayy for more bars!!!

    Have a great day! :)

  6. now that is one great bar stash you've got there!!
    so jealous :) love all of your eats!

  7. Hey, that's me! I've never won a blog giveaway before, I am sooo excited! :) Your "across the sea" bars all look really good! Is your crepe breakfast at Pamela's?? I have been craving some yummy pancakes.

  8. yummy! question- how'd you cook the veg? looks like a stirfry with soy? yum cabbage. my fav. i love it steamed.


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