Posted by Lauren

So, hey. It’s February. And, on the off chance you clicked over from Jenn‘s fab collection of WIAW posts, welcome!

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Nicole and I keep up this blog haphazardly, sometimes posting within 5 minutes of each other, other times asking “can you post? I don’t feel like it.” Nothing is forced over here, there isn’t really a format, and 85% of the time I post to simply journal my week-to-week activities (Vegas trips, donut cakes, my favorite Bay Area restaurants, some runs…).

There are some negative thoughts about WIAW on the internet centered around two arguments:

  • food looks disgusting
  • meals/snacks are repetitive

Well, hopefully you keep reading because something unusual happened irrespective of WIAW (heck, I didn’t even realize it was time for WIAW until Nicole sent me a text about it!) But first, let’s get through today because a few odd things happened!

Breakfast: Repetitive! (Ha… sorry.) See my last post if you care.

Before lunch, I biked ~1 mile to our headquarters. I gingerly balanced my heavy gym bag (containing my laptop) in the basket of the cruiser. I also carried on a conversation with Kyle. My motor skills + phone operating abilities are quite extensive.

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Lunch: Tuna sashimi bowl with veggies, sriracha, and I added Hawaiian pulled pork/steamed veggies…

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Midday snack: Lots of grapes, some cheerios, a few M&M’s + yogurt pretzels (while chatting with Krish in the kitchen)… and this not-so-good cupcake.

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As the proud owner of Boo Radley’s Cupcakes, I make it a point to sample other cupcakes as “research” research. This one had a few symptoms of a sad cupcake:

  • identity issues – with frosting barely covering the top I had to wonder if it was actually a muffin
  • crumbly
  • dry

Oh well! It was better than nothing! Eventually the time came to return to my building. Sadly, I could not locate one of the communal bicycles, so I chose to scooter my way back. Folks, scootering is so much fun! When was the last time you went on a scooter ride??

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Now let’s talk turkey. I came home from a long day at work, a tough scooter ride, and all I wanted to do was be lazy. My mom used the blender to mash up chilies for her dinner, so I decided that instead of chopping my turkey + tomato + romaine lettuce, I would pulse them in the blender for a second or two.

That didn’t really work out. But, I am so glad it didn’t!

The pulsing instantly over-mashed my turkey, to which my mom asked “are you making a turkey smoothie?” (sorry Nicole, it’s part of the story, please don’t gag).

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Determined to make the most of it, I took my mom’s advice to make turkey salad. Think: tuna salad, egg salad, curried chicken salad. Good thing mom is always right, because “turkey salad” turned out delicious!

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Turkey Salad

Serve with crackers or in a sandwich

  • 2 thick slices deli turkey (use more if you have thin turkey)
  • Romaine leaves or spinach leaves (add to your liking)
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend/process until it reaches the desired consistency. Top with blue cheese crumbles and walnuts (optional). Serve with crackers or in a sandwich.

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If tuna salad sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches are so popular, why can’t it be kind of normal to make a turkey salad sandwich. Nicole seemed skeptical when I talked to her on the phone about it, but I promise it tasted surprisingly good!

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You can’t say you’ve seen turkey salad on WIAW, right?

After dinner I went to get frozen yogurt at Yogurtland with Katie G and Megan to discuss The Lucky One, our book club’s January pick!

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My mix: vanilla, peanut butter, yo frappe (caramel/mocha/java mix), and chocolate milkshake froyo flavors with muddy buddies, gummy bears, cheesecake bites, and Butterfinger.

January Book Club: The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks

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“Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero…believes he’s found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he’s never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured…..” blah blah blah (Source)

Our thoughts on the book were all over the place. Megan was disappointed that the main character was another I’m-so-pretty-and-perfect-everybody-loves-me kind of girl. She appreciates it when the heroine’s have a bit against them. Granted, Beth is a divorced, single parent. Katie appreciated the less suspenseful ending, because high stakes plots make her a little anxious. I thought the book lacked a lot of plot build-up. At the end, there was nothing that tied me to any of the characters. I rooted for Logan and the evil Sheriff equally. Does that make me heartless? No. I think it means Nicholas Sparks needs to do a better job on his next made-for-movie novel.

Oh, and the “climax” of the book reminded me a lot of the 1990 movie Mermaids (starring Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci) – where Ricci’s character falls into a river (around 3:00 in the vid) while Ryder’s character gets her V-card swiped. Anybody else?

Questions: Last time you rode a push scooter? Last time you watched a movie with Winona Ryder? What sounds more appealing: a turkey salad sandwich or a turkey smoothie?

p.s. Nicole hates the phrase “turkey smoothie” – I just couldn’t resist.

-Lauren

 

5 Responses to WIAW 2/1: Turkey Salad… I’ll explain

  1. Turkey smoothie. Oh goodness, Lauren.

    it was hard enough for me to wrap my mind around throwing spinach in the blender. Now meat?

  2. Haha I think I have to go with turkey salad sandwich over turkey smoothie! Very creative!

    I guess I do sometimes think that my food looks less than appetizing, but I’m not running a restaurant, so I’m not really that big on presentation. Interesting that people find it so offensive, haha.

    Happy Wednesday!

  3. Tara says:

    Haha I agree, Turkey Smoothie sounds disgusting, but turkey salad is really good! Gosh I can’t even remember the last time I rode a push scooter. I used to ride it in the kitchen and it drove my mom crazy!

  4. Is it weird that the idea of your turkey salad doesn’t really phase me?? In fact, I think it sounds delicious! I don’t like egg salad or tuna salad and chicken salad always has so much mayo so this sounds like a good option! And omg Yo Frappe is officially my favorite Yogurtland flavor- I officially need to go get it asap. Interesting report on The Lucky One– the story doesn’t really grab me but you know I’ll be seeing the movie version the second it comes out, aka I’m a sucker for romantic comedies.

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