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a pile of spinach for dinner?

a pile of spinach for dinner?  That can’t be…

There’s something hiding underneath!  Fatigued from our weekend of traveling, Hannah and I decided to grab this pretty baby while grocery shopping last night.

A 12-inch “spicy vegetarian” frozen pizza pie for just under nz$8 sounded like a deliciously easy dinner. (And a bargain compared that to the pizza place downstairs – more than nz$15 for a pie!)  Also, I recognized everything on the ingredients list, so I deemed it nearly wholesome.  Of course, it was super tasty!  It really was spicy and the crust was perfectly crunchy – I guess our microwave/oven is working well!

My trick for healthifying pizza is to put a heaping handful of leafy greens on top of each slice.  It’s a great way to pack on some extra nutrients, plus I always pretend that it fills me up faster that way.  I am proud to say that I stopped after two slices!  (Especially because I could save the leftovers for lunch!)

Today was actually a pretty stressful day, I’ll admit.  Remember when I talked about my literacy paper being too long?  Well, I had Literacy class today from 8am-11am, and after sharing my concerns with my professor, she agreed that, yes, it was way too long. She was also very unhelpful with how I should shorten it.  All she did was reminded me that the assignment was to research write an 1800-word discussion on the quote:

“Reading is not a natural activity, but a set of gradually acquired component skills initially learned independently, but later integrated and automated.”

Of course, me being my over-achiever self, I researched more than was required and added a whole other component to my discussion that was not necessary.  I was particularly distressed because I was really proud of and excited about my discussion and I did not want to condense it!  I discussed how understanding the processes of literacy acquisition helps provide more individual support for struggling readers.  Absolutely something I will think about as a teacher of literacy.  Absolutely something I did not want to erase from my paper.

After a pep talk from none other than my Mommy and Daddy…

"You can do ittttt!"

I got to work.  And I am pretty proud of the finished product!

I managed to get it down to 1,819 words without completely trashing my (VERY RELEVANT AND VALID) discussion about struggling readers!

I celebrated finishing my paper in the best way possible: yoga and dinner at my favorite studio in Auckland: The Loft Yoga Lounge!

This is not your ordinary yoga studio.  All classes are from 6:00-7:15pm and are followed by a delicious vegan dinner and dessert!  And all for just nz$14!!!! (Well, for students.  Normal people have to pay nz$17.  But not bad either!).  After my first Intro to Ashtanga class (there), I was lucky enough to be asked to attend the advanced Primary Series class.  Don’t mind if I do!  I have been going every week and wishing I could go every night.  I have really been missing my proper full Ashtanga practice, but I am grateful to be able to do it once a week.  Plus, dinner there is the best meal I have all week!  Tonight, we had BBQ Eggplant burgers, split pea soup, and potato salad.  With carob cake for dessert.  yum-crazy-yum.

Have you ever felt like you worked really hard…for no reason?




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I’m back!  Where have I been? Traveling across the globe to Auckland, New Zealand, where I have been living in my University’s student apartments without internet for 2 weeks.  I am studying abroad here (primary education and Maori society) until July.   I’ve been dying to blog about all my health endeavors, and we finally have our internet back!!!!

So I’ll start with a look at just some of the DELICIOUS and affordable meals I’ve had in New Zealand over the past few weeks.  (Note: All prices are now listed in New Zealand dollars.  NZ$ 1 = US$ .75)

From Satya, an Indian restaurant on K’Road, the hippest district of Auckland.  This is dahi puri (crazy-yummy concoction of chickpea, potato, and yoghurt on a pappadam).  It was recommended from Hannah’s Lonely Planet guidebook, and it sort of weirded us out at first, we weren’t sure we liked it.  But we rapidly grew to love it!  We want to go back for more.  The best part is that it was only like $12!!!

Picnic lunch at the beach!  We packed pita with hummus, field greens, tomato slices, and cheese.  And, of course, some carrot sticks 🙂  Light and cheap!

This was the main course of our most EPIC meal so far, at Non Solo Pizza in Parnell, “the creative quarter” of Auckland.  (I didn’t have time to capture the bruscetta, we ate it too fast!)  This was a Sicilian pizza with olives, eggplant, caper, and who even knows what else but it was FANTASTIC.  It was $26 for this pizza, but it was absolutely gourmet, in such a cool restaurant, and it was the perfect sized meal for us.  Of course we split it right down the middle and ate the whole thing.

Zucchini-mint fritters with quinoa, all drizzled in a pineunt lemon dressing.  This is from Aleluya, a super cool cafe-bar on K’Road.  This was like $13.


At Auckland University of Technology, where I go to school now, they advertise free food as “free feed.”  Isn’t that so cute!  It makes us feel a bit like pigs or something, but hey, I guess that’s what we are underneath it all.  We lined up 15 minutes before 12 for this free Mexican buffet.

Here’s Hannah with her creation.  They gave us a tortilla with baked beans (? yeah they don’t really understand what Mexican food is, lol) and then we could add field greens, salsa, sour cream, and cheese as we pleased.


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