Crunch Time, Bitches!

No, not those crunches. I have 4 weeks left of class. In that time I have A LOT to do:

  • Lean Applications reading assignment – I just have to read a WHOLE BOOK, NBD.
  • Lean Applications Final Project & Presentation – This can be a research project or literature review.  Oh wait, I HAVE TO READ A WHOLE OTHER BOOK, NBD.  GAH.
  • Lean Applications Final – You know, that large test.  Covers concepts from the whole course.  OI.
  • AND 2 more regular homework assignments for lean.

That’s one class.  And you know what the other class is.  Or you probably don’t, because it’s like not a regular class.  Optimization and Complexity, motherfuckers.  The bane of my existence.  I have 4 more homeworks and as many extra credit problems as she assigns.  My grade is up to a 70%.  It just needs to reach 74%.  SO CLOOOOOSE.

This morning I realized that I will not be home for breakfast, lunch and dinner any day this week until Saturday.  I also didn’t exercise yesterday.  I did, however, go to physical therapy today and she had some interesting insights.  She thinks most of the pain I’ve felt and am feeling is from tendinitis, not the torn ligament.  So, we’re working on.  I’m keeping this place in business.

Sorry, I’m a little manic.  I think that will be my general state for the next 4 weeks.  And then I’ll be MIA partying for probably a week.  This is all to say, I’m throwing any form of a blog post schedule out the window.  I’m rolling with the mania.

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Makeup Monday – Tarte Tinted Moisturizer

Two weeks ago I discussed my quest for a new foundation.  Last week I mentioned that I had to return something to Sephora.  This all brings me to telling you about how I bought, and got stuck with, a $38 tinted moisturizer instead of a full coverage matte foundation.

I went to Sephora to test out the Clinique foundation in better colors.  None of their lighter colors worked on me, which is probably how I ended up with too dark ones in the first place.  They were light enough, but not the right hue.  So, I tried some other things that were recommended by the Color IQ of my NARS Siberia because they didn’t have the original NARS that I wanted.  I was deciding between Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Ivory and Make Up Forever Mat Velvet in Warm Ivory.  I ended up going with Tarte on essentially a coin flip.

I didn’t realize until I got home that I had purchased Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer ($36).  It has very little coverage.  Since I had tested in the store, I was convinced that I tested the right product, but the wrong box was behind it.  When I went back to say as much and hopefully exchange it, I saw that I had actually tested the tinted moisturizer.  Since I was focused on finding the right color, I don’t think I paid attention to coverage.  I also already had make up on that day, so it was probably hard to tell.  Since I realized this was all my fault, I didn’t bother trying to exchange it (even though they probably would have).  I suppose I can use a good tinted moisturizer?  I am going to purchase the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet soon because I need to cover up this zit on my chin.  It’s not cute.

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The tinted moisturizer is applied on the left side of my face, but not the right. So you can see the lack of coverage, since you can’t really see a difference in my complexion.

 

 

Five Thing Friday

  1. Still matching my dress to my sneakers.  Baller status.
  2. Ignore my cuticles – all that extra nailpolish I waste comes off in the shower.  I swear it looks much better, now.Which is why I’m wondering why I took the picture when I did.  Anyway.  I painted my nails one of my favorite Essie colors, Go Ginza ($8.50).  It’s this beautiful, almost white lavender that’s perfect for spring.
  3. Made the most delicious, ridiculous dessert this week with shit I have in my pantry:
    1. 1 scoop peanut butter
    2. 1 bigger scoop of fluff
    3. 1 scoop of chocolate chips
    4. 1 scoop of Life cereal
    5. Mix all together as best you can in a bowl and eat with a spoon.
    6. Immediately soak bowl in warm soapy water because fluff is a clingy bitch.
    7. Yes, it’s period week.16 Things That Inevitably Happen When You're At Work And On Your Period
  4. Weekly commuter rant – a guy next to me on the bus smelled bad.  I was getting nauseated.  This complaint sounds very run of the mill, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what he smelled like!  Until it hit me all at once – the dentist!  He smelled like the dentist.  I don’t know if it’s the fluoride or the cavity filler, but the smell makes me want to vomit.  I hate the dentist and I hated that man on the bus.
  5. My coworker has a cold and people keep telling her to take Vitamin C and Vitamin D and Zinc and whatever other natural remedies there are.  She loves it because real meds don’t do much for her.  I’m the opposite.  None of the natural remedies have ever done anything for me.  I need pharmaceuticals.  If it doesn’t require your license to buy it, then it doesn’t work for me.  (<– This is something I would tweet if I had a Twitter…just so ya know.)

Blue Apron Review – Part 1 of 3: Salmon, Fennel, & Farro

My friend gifted me a free Blue Apron delivery.  I’d tried Plated in the past, also a free referral.  One delivery = 3 meals for 2 people = total cost of $60.  The catch is you don’t get to pick the meals, so I had no idea what was coming until Monday morning when they told me.  Given the surprise factor, we made out pretty good.

First up is Roasted Salmon, Fennel and Castelvetrano Olives with Cara Orange, Farro, & Salsa Verde.  The prep work was A LOT.  Especially because it told you to do it all at once.  Well, I don’t have 9 different small bowls to put stuff in like I’m on a fucking cooking show, so I essentially had to follow along backwards.  This way I was able to group things on paper plates.

First bad thing was some bad fennel. I don’t really know what bad fennel looks like, but part of this was brown and mushy. I cut that part away.

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Then the recipe card calls for 2 teaspoons of orange zest. I barely got 1 t.

After much chopping and prepping, I cooked the farro and roasted the fennel and salmon.  Then you mix in the Cara Cara orange and zest into the farro.  I haven’t eaten an orange in 20 years (that statement makes me feel old).  I hate the way the little fibers break apart when I bit into them.  Same goes for shrimp.  Anyway, I had no idea how much I was going to hate it.  Turns out, I didn’t hate it.  The texture is still very unpleasant, but the flavor was phenomenal.

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Cara Cara Orange Farro

 

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Here’s the delicious (but very small portioned) salmon.

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Topping (they called it salsa verde, which it is not – more of a parsley pesto), fennel pollen, and fennel garnish

The topping was the holy grail: sliced almonds, garlic, parsley, capers, and olive oil.  It was tangy, salty, crunchy, savory… I want to make a giant batch and put it on EVERYthing I eat.  I did garnish with the fennel pollen as instructed.  Couldn’t tell if it made a difference.

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The Complete Dish

Overall, the recipe was really good.  It was different.  There were A LOT of flavors, but they all worked well together.  The BF thought it was basically the best thing I ever made (besides funfetti ice cream cake).

Portion-wise, it wasn’t enough.  Yes, the meal was just enough, but no leftovers.  There’s not technically supposed to be leftovers, but with Plated, we had a ton of leftover sides, so I at least got a lunch out of it, too.  The ingredients didn’t seem as fresh as Plated, either.  My coworker used Blue Apron once and her whole basket was rotting, so that doesn’t bode well.

You can sign up on their website to get a weekly newsletter that includes recipes.  Given how surprisingly good this was, I would at least recommend that.

One meal down, two more to go!