Ups and Downs

The most prevalent thing on my mind right now is in bitterness so I’m throwing it down first before moving along, which I promise will be more chipper. :)
It’s just emotion rambling so feel free to skip the following blah section heh.

I went out last night with some friends and it was supposed to just be a fun night of dancing to start off the holidays and I mean, it was… but I ended up seeing someone there who I was hoping not to see. It wouldn’t have been a big deal but against the better judgement of myself and of my friends, and with the aid of that liquid stupidity stuff, I decided to go talk to said person. I’m not going to bother getting into the details of the whole situation because it’s dumb and not worth talking about anyway, but I’m just bringing it up because it killed the end of my night a bit and it’s still bothering me right now. Anyway, it’s not like I said anything overly stupid but it just ended up making me upset and I shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. Dumb. Sigh. So I came home, raided the fridge, and cried on my brother’s bed until he carried me out so he could go to sleep.
In conclusion, guys suck. Unless they are your brother and in that case they’re pretty darn cool.
I’m kidding. Not all guys suck. Just the ones I encounter apparently.

But because I will not bother you poor people with the complaints of my (pathetic) emotional hullabaloo, let’s move on to the POSITIVES of the day right?

Positive #1
“Fried” Oatmeal as inspired by the lovely Erin, which I saw her post about the other day.

I cooked up a batch of pumpkin banana oats, and then threw them in a pan with some SF maple syrup and flipped them until they crisped up a bit. They reminded me of the crust stuff that forms when you overcook stovetop oats a bit, you know? Or I guess in a sense it’s like an oatmeal pancake… ha anyway, good stuff!
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I did a good, quick workout on the treadmill, some cleaning etc.
And then it was time to brave the insanities of the mall for some Christmas shopping with friends. I was slightly dreading it but I like shopping and I wanted to see my friends so I figured I might as well.

First I threw down some lunch, which was whatever I could grab. I don’t even remember because I completely inhaled it and it was probably the fastest lunch I’ve eaten in ages but I know it involved veggies, an apple and some peanut butter.

wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Phew. I didn’t have to kick or elbow anyone at all! I didn’t really manage to purchase anything at all though in the three hours we shopped. For some reason I’m just so unproductive gift-shopping-wise when other people are with me. I need to do that kind of thing solo: just go out, grab what I need and get out. Hah oh well, I guess I’ll have to venture back out today!

By the time I got home dinner was ready. Half of a sweet potato, meatloaf, cauliflower and raw veggies.



but I forgot the other massive NEGATIVE of my day. How could I forget…
My car has NO BUMPER. Some iiiiiidiot was pulled over in the right lane (on a main road, like stopped in the lane. Hello? Dumb idea in the first place), didn’t check his stupid blind spot and decided to pull out and into my lane (I was in the left lane). Makes sense? No. Not so much. I saw him start to pull out just as I was driving by so I swerved (luckily there were no cars coming in the opposite direction towards me…) but he still managed to clip my back end, taking my bumper completely off.

Luckily there was no other damage (at least that I’ve yet noticed…) and no one was hurt in any way but seriously, check your blind spot! He’s going to pay for it though so it’s ultimately not a huge issue. My car just looks pretty darn ugly right now without a bumper. Siiiiiiiigh.

I made Magic Santa Cookie Bars.
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Basically this recipe only I found it in a magazine, the ingredient portions were slightly different and the one I used also called for dried cranberries and mini marshmallows.
SO good.

I was going to use this can of condensed milk that had been in the cupboard but it was in there for literally years and it was looking a little funky… apparently tasting a little funky too after my mom decided to brave a sample. Terrible idea… so she ran out to get another can at the store but they didn’t have any of the low fat kind (unlike the funky can that was low fat) so I couldn’t even make these remotely “healthy” so to speak. Oh well, it’s holidays right? ;)

Anyway, I just made a bowl of oatmeal for brekkie…014
…but it was lame so I didn’t finish it. I think there was too much water, the banana tasted funky and the oats cooked weird… so I think I’m going to go have some yogurt or something.

And then maybe do some cleaning and baking!
And maybe some more Christmas shopping!
And there are probably about a million things I should get done today so I need to stop rambling and get on with it!


14 thoughts on “Ups and Downs

  1. Sorry about the ups and downs, I hate when potentially fun nights get filled with least you had a sweet bro to cry to…haha mine had to come GET me from the bar the other night. Brothers are the best!

    Good luck with being productive today, and if you’re not, no stress, it’s the holidays! :)

  2. AH sorry about the guy fiasco- damn that alcohol…That’s so awesome you have a cool bro to cry to and carry you around :D I’m sure you looked super hot regardless, and today is a new day!

  3. Wow, sorry to hear about that bumper incident. That sounds intense. And least you were able to try to dodge it, considering that if you didn’t, I think matters would have been worst. So, cheer up!

    And by the way, delicious delicious eats, mmmm!

  4. UGH! A bunch of nasto all at once! But let me say one thing. First, what you were describing isn’t dumb at all. That shit matters! I don’t think you should downplay the importance of human interaction that made you feel bad! It’s important. YOU’RE important.
    Second – I love the fried oatmeal! But I’m sorry the condensed milk didn’t work out right. I guess the full fat prob tasted better.
    Third! So sorry about your bumper! Who lets these loserfaces on the road?!

  5. ah babe, i’m sorry about the crappy experience w/ said person…i’m totally in the same boat…it’s too bad you live in canada, i in ca and meghann in FL cause i think we all need a good night out! hehe.

    have a great monday babe!

  6. Bummer about all the negativity! I’m sending good vibes your way! *blows some vibes* :D

    Hopefull today will be a MUCH better day!

    ~Erin @ “Vegan & the City”

  7. I 2nd Jenny! Bros are the best!! And that is so lame about your car bumper! I am so sorry!!! Even if he is paying for it…just having to deal with taking it in and getting it fixed is always a pain in the bum!

    I love how your wrote your positives out…I think I need to do that more often. It is such a great way to look at it!! And those Santa cookies sound amazingggggggg! Want to send me some my way? haha

    The fried oatmeal is something I have to try too!!

    Happy Tuesday Kristie! Hope things brighten up for you!!

    P.S. I am the same way with shopping…I usually have to do it alone to be productive!

  8. i hate when you run into people you dont want to see.

    i have never heard of fried oatmeal, but I just might have to try it now!

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about the situation last night. But I was happy to see that your bro was so comforting – brothers can seriously be the best, can’t they?

    I’m definitely going to have to give fried oatmeal a try sometime. I love burnt stuff, for some reason, so I’m sure the crispiness would be yummy!

    I’m so sorry to hear about your car – thank goodness he’s going to pay for it! That was really lame of him though. Geez.

    But hey, I like how you wrote all of those positives out. Did you find that helped? I’m always reading stuff that says you should write the good things down but never do it so I don’t know if it really works! Regardless, those Santa bars are AMAZING! Excellent job, Kristie!!

    And I leave you with this: Girls rule, boys drool :) I’m mature.

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