Look at this cool thing I found at Harvest Wholefoods over the weekend:
A dairy-free cookie called “Emma’s Delight!” I knew I had to get it for myself so I could be delighted. It’s made from brown rice flour, sugar, dairy-free chocolate chips, eggs, shortening, tapioca, and baking soda. It boasts that it’s 90% organic! Close enough for me! 😉
This morning, after breakfast (oatmeal with oatmilk, bananas, cinnamon, and a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter–YUM so filling) I skyped with my mom and dad for an hour and a half. Phew! I really needed a nice long chat with them. While they had dinner, I was had morning tea:
The cookie wasn’t very delightful, I must admit. It was hard, like all biscuits are here in New Zealand, and it was sort of flavorless. It needed more chocolate flavor, the brown rice flour was pretty dominant. It was made slightly more delightful when I dipped it in my tea!
Then it was work, work, work, work, and work some more on my literacy paper.
I only stopped to prepare a working lunch. I quickly heated up leftovers from Sunday night by sauteeing it with chopped watercress. I ate it on top of some cold lettuce for a warm fish salad. That lettuce is seriously the most delicious lettuce I’ve ever had! I got it from the Framer’s Market, of course 🙂
Since the cookie was such a disappointment, I decided that I should probably have a brownie square.
Heated up and enjoyed with a fork. Not THAT’S delightful!
Here’s a silly blogger thing I do:
For the best lighting, I often photograph my food while it’s on the windowsill in my room lol. The sandals are there drying out (they got a bit wet over the rainy weekend) and to the right, there is some seaglass I found on the beach while kayaking!
Since I talked to my parents so long, I missed my morning run and, true to form, I didn’t feel like doing it later in the day. I was feeling pretty anxious for some reason (probably all that researching!), so I did do an intense little yoga sesh.
It’s cramped in here, but I’m making it work! Since most studios allow you to borrow one of their mats for class, I wasn’t planning on buying a yoga mat while I’m here in order to save a few bucks. But I was noticing my home practice fall by the wayside, so I finally broke down and got one at the Warehouse for nz$19.99. It’s a fine, standard Gaiam mat, but I always make sure that the side with the name, “The Firm” lol, is facing the ground.
I kicked my own butt during my home practice today. It only took 20 minutes, but I was shaking and sweating like a beast afterwords, which is a good workout in my book! Here’s what I did:
5 Suryanamaskara A (Sun Salutation: A Form)
5 Suryanamaskara B (Sun Salutation: B Form)
5 Navasana (Boat Pose) with lifts in between (when you go back to seated, you push off the ground to lift your bum)
I spent the rest of the afternoon researching, finally stopping to make dinner: brown rice with sausage, sauteed chard, and mixed beans. Plus salsa on the side 🙂
(Confession: I did have another small brownie square after dinner =D)
lol, Hannah. This week we came THIRD-to-last instead of the usual second-to-last! We are moving up in the world! But, we had a particularly good time at trivia because we met up with a lot more friends than usual! It was good to spend some quality time with the friends we’ve made here. We don’t know them very well, but we always have a good time when we run into each other!
In case you were curious, Hannah and I sang “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell at karaoke. We laughed our badonkadonks off as two of our friends sang their very German hearts out to “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. Some lady was bringing down the house with “Love Game” by Lady Gaga and apparently she heard us singing along like crazy, because she came over and gave us the mic to us for a verse!
Forget running, a fun night out with friends is the true cure to homesickness 🙂
What song would you sing for karaoke?