Oct 072015
 

Hey there! Happy hump day. 🙂 Yesterday was a little different from my usual Tuesday since it was my annual doctor’s appointments day! Every year, I try to schedule all my annual and semi-annual doctor’s appointments on the same day so I can get them all over with at once. It doesn’t always work perfectly, and this year I was able to get two appointments on one day but have another one next week. Oh well, close enough.

It was really nice not having to go into the office yesterday, and I was still able to get a lot accomplished. I liked being able to switch things up!

First up was a dentist appointment in Arlington at 8:30 am. I was in and out in no time, and luckily didn’t have any cavities or issues with my teeth.

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Oh, hi!

I’ve never had a cavity or really any dental work done at all other than cleanings, and my dentist actually said there wasn’t “a whole lot going on” in my mouth, meaning I’m a pretty boring patient for them. Haha! I’ll take that over an “interesting” patient any day.

Most of my doctors are still in Arlington since we lived there for so long, and although it’s a little out of my way these days I like all of them a lot so I’m not planning to switch anytime soon. Since I was already in Arlington but didn’t have my next appointment until 1:00 pm, I decided to get some work done at Northside Social. When I was there for a short period of time on Sunday I noticed lots of people working in the cafe, and when I arrived yesterday it was no different. Almost every table had someone camped out with a laptop! It was the perfect environment for getting some work done before my next doctor’s appointment.

Since I didn’t want to mooch too much off the free WIFI at Northside Social, I decided to order a cappuccino (I had eaten breakfast at home before my dentist appointment).

While I waited for my drink I saw this awesome sign:

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Beer and cookies?? How great is that combination? I will definitely have to go back to try that, probably when it’s not 10:00 am. 😉

Soon enough my coffee was ready! Yum.

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I spent the next few hours working away on my laptop, and I got so much done! The annual meeting for my organization is coming up soon (it’s the first week in November in LA) which means I have a lot of writing to do. Even though work is busy right now, it’s my favorite time of year because I get to read and write about the latest weight loss science!

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Yesterday I read and wrote about how parents who are under a lot of stress are more likely to have overweight children. So interesting!

A little while later I drove into Rosslyn to meet this handsome guy for lunch! (I think he’s handsome even when he’s taking a gigantic bite of food! Haha! He will probably kill me for posting this…love you honey!)

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For our lunch date we went to Brown Bag, a little cafe that Fabio has raved about for a while now but I had never been to since they are only open during the day.

I ordered a chipotle chicken sandwich (per Fabio’s recommendation) which came with real carved chicken, mozzarella, spinach, avocado, and chipotle mayo.

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It was SO GOOD. I meant to only eat half, but it was so delicious I wound up eating the whole thing. Yum!

After lunch I headed to my second doctor’s appointment of the day where I received another clean bill of health. Hooray! Then I headed back home to finish up work and say hi to Jack. 🙂

As soon as my work day was over, I drove over to Eastern Market for a 5:35 pm class at Pure Barre.

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This was actually my first time taking a class at Pure Barre, and I have to admit it was just ok. Of course it had my muscles and shaking and burning the way any good barre class does, but for some reason I didn’t enjoy the class as much as others in the area (Barre3, FlyBarre, Barre Tech, Xtend Barre, etc.). Still, it was a good class so I’m sure I’ll be back. My behind is definitely feeling it today!

Fabio had a volleyball game after work, so I got dinner ready while watching Friday Night Lights (obsessed) and then popped everything into the oven when he texted me saying he was on his way. On the menu: hummus chicken with goat cheese and acorn squash, all drizzled with peppered honey!

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Here’s a quick run down of how I made it:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees; spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Chop up half an onion and a small acorn squash. Toss both in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and about 1/2 tsp. of sugar.
  3. Dump the squash and onion into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on top of the squash. Top each chicken breast with one or two tbsp. of hummus each.
  5. Bake the dish for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
  6. When the chicken is almost done, heat up about 4 tbsp. of honey in the microwave. When it’s melted, add 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper and stir to combine.
  7. Take the chicken and squash out of the oven and drizzle the honey and pepper mixture over everything.
  8. Optional: Top the chicken with goat cheese.
  9. Eat!

This might sound like a weird combination of flavors, but I got the idea from a sandwich I made a while back that was based off of this recipe from Kate at Framed Cooks. I don’t know where Kate came up with the idea to mix hummus, honey, pepper, but it just works! Fabio and I both gobbled up this meal, so I’d call it a success.

We finished off the evening with a Yankees playoff baseball game (for Fabio) and some time reading Circling The Sun (for me). I was in bed before 10:00 pm and it was glorious.

Question of the day: Do you have good luck at the dentist or are you cavity prone, like Fabio is?

 Posted by on October 7, 2015

  5 Responses to “A Different Sort of Tuesday”

  1. Your sandwich looks divine! I am going to have to start watching Friday Night Lights. I’ve always kind of wanted to but so many other good shows on right now. I went to the dentist a couple weeks ago and I have a cavity because a filling leaked or something. So basically I’m getting the same tooth refilled some years later. Lame! I hate the dentist.

  2. i remember brown bag! i often stopped there after a long run for a bagel and coffee :). great spot!

  3. I had good luck up until I left to transfer to my 4 year university. It’s been all downhill since then 🙁 AND I’m deathly afraid of the dentist. For reasons unknown, I just hate that places. But now my good friend is my hygienist, so it’s much more fun!! Your dinner sounds very interesting!! Xoxo, ganeeban

  4. Oh lord, I haven’t been to the dentist in like…3 years? That’s so bad I know. But my teeth every single time were fine and I’ve never had any cavities or issues. I know, I know, I should go just in case.
    Is it a US thing to have an annual doctor’s visit? We tend to just go if we have an issue (we go to our GPs – General Practitioner and he’ll then refer you elsewhere if it’s something he can’t deal with or just prescribe medicine for you).
    That photo of Fabio literally made me laugh out loud.

    • In the US you are supposed to see your general practitioner every year, but I don’t know how many people actually do that – maybe like 1/3? Every year I go to the dermatologist (usually after the summer so she can check all my moles and make sure there’s nothing going on that shouldn’t be) and my gynecologist so she can give me an exam and refill my prescription for a year. Then I go to the dentist twice a year (which is pretty standard).

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