Monday, December 14, 2009


i need like nine different kinds of beauty help right now. one of the worst parts of end-of-semester-time (and wintertime in general, i suppose) is the total disaster mess i let myself become. i need a hair trim, an eyebrow wax, a pedicure, etc. i feel a total monster right now. though a hot shower after a trip to the gym has me feeling slightly less grotesque than earlier.

plus, there's the emotional ugly. it's the stacks of final papers and the sitting around in adidas track pants all day that does it. and INVARIABLY there's some student who doesn't remember when (and where) the final paper is due even though i've been plastering that information everywhere for weeks. this semester there were like 5 dudes who were completely clueless. all that wasted speaking. why did i even bother when they just figured they'd email me at the last minute anyway? sigh.

enough grouching. cardio blast was awesome today and i made a very delicious dinner that was grilled mahi mahi with an olive/caper vinaigrette (recipe for vinaigrette below), yukon gold mashed potatoes, and a happy little salad (with a squeeze of lemon and some feta, my new favorite dressing). very satisfying. i also vacuumed, did dishes, and tidied up around the apartment. which barely made a dent, but whatevs, don't hate.

before bed, i will read some more internet and then alphabetize my stack of final papers. everybody knows that's the first step in the grading process. the alphabetizing.

olive vinaigrette
(real simple wanted me put this on pasta with tuna fish, but i didn't do it. just put it on top of the mahi mahi instead. i also messed around with the measurements and ingredients a tiny bit, as usual. but this is what happened and it was damned good. and a little goes a long way.)

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp capers, rinsed, drained, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted, roughly chopped (i chose some that had been marinated and pitted)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
several good turns of black pepper

saute garlic in olive oil, add olives and capers and cook for a few minutes. add lemon juice and pepper and poor over something delicious. how easy is that?! (i guess that's the point of real simple, though, right? at least we know they're not false advertising or nothin.)


Trouble said...

i feel this post, man! lately i've been getting up, doing yoga, and getting dressed BEFORE BREAKFAST to avoid the total monster-mess that happens after days of working hard and not leaving the house. not that this motivation will still exist when i'm down in AZ with you guys...

jen said...

excess is definitely going to be happening in a few days, but i'm going to *insist* on some exercise excursions too! i am NOT toting back 5 lbs of christmas cookies on my ass to make me feel worse.