29 August 2007

A Whoopie! Wednesday

It's been a full day today! And Brad is still at his fantasy football "meeting" (I'll just never get it), so I thought I'd sit down with a glass of chocolate soy milk (my new favorite), watch a little Last Comic Standing, and reflect on my day.

First I must say that Heidi and I just had a lovely walk. Although we didn't see her boyfriend, Dodger, she did get Eskimo kisses from a teeeeny miniature toy terrier named Lola.

Remember a few weeks ago when I didn't feel well, and I said the worst thing that could happen to someone like me had happened? When I didn't feel well and didn't want to eat? Well, the other worst thing that could happen happened. My camera broke. As in died. And Brad is making me send it in to get fixed rather than just buying a new one. Silly sensible husband. Luckily for your sake, I remembered we have a web cam, but it's still just not the same. Oh, by the way, Heidi says hi.

Today I finally made it back to the Farmer's Market with Krissy and Bava after a month's absence (mine, not the market's!). I must confess that since I was sick, I've wanted to eat nothing but mac and cheese and cookies. While I haven't totally given in to that, I certainly wasn't eating that great. But today, after going back to the Farmer's Market, I think I'm back on track. Seriously, it was like a completely new market, and it was stuffed to the gills with food, even at noon! The changing of the seasons brings all sorts of goodies, and I was giddy with all the buckets of new peppers. And, of course, one of the vendors said the magic word ("stuff!"), and I wound up with the most adorable bucket of mini (mini mini mini) peppers -- and they're colorful! I can't wait to stuff them with goat cheese. Little pepper poppers!

Today I also made my first trip to Whole Foods -- while I love my little Fresh Season's market, it doesn't have much selection, and it's on the pricier side, so I figured why not? Off I went to Whole Foods... alllllll the way on the other side of town (a rumored second store at "Cranbrook"?? in Ann Arbor is "in development" - fingers crossed!), in traffic, so of course it took forever. But I finally made it and WOW. It was way different than I expected. It was HUGE and super overwhelming and crazy crowded. But they have so much stuff! And so much to choose from. And so many great things for people with gut problems (all sorts of wheat- and gluten-free products). While I actually gasped over the price of organic avocados ($4!!) and the final tally for my 1/4-full grocery cart, I reminded myself that that's just the price you pay for taking good care of yourself and felt a little better. Some other goodies worth noting: super yummy herb turkey lunchmeat (sage, rosemary, etc; I had some with dinner), all-natural gingersnaps, low-fat and natural chewie chocolate cookies, Michigan blueberry wine, and some pesto/sundried tomato pita chips (thanks for the rec., Rachel, they're awesome!). I have mixed feelings (sticker shock, soooo huge and crowded vs organic everything), so we shall see. But I'm glad I finally gave it a try because the store philosophy is definitely one to support. Now I want to go pick up Organic Inc., which I set down about a week ago and haven't gotten back to yet. Tonight might be the night!

PS. I made cous-cous for the first time tonight. So easy, and so tasty! I mixed it with a handful of cherry tomatoes from the Farmer's Market, some Greek olive mix (from the olive salad bar at WF), and some shredded mozzarella. Mmm!

PSS. Back to Whole Foods, I found this really interesting. Down with aspartame! (although the inclusion of fois gras seems kinda random.....)


Rachel said...

I'm glad you survived! Although you picked a crazy week to go. It's move in week, so students abound. I've found Wednesdays later (around 7) to be ok as far as crowd control goes. Also, Monday nights have often been tolerable.

So glad to hear you're eating/feeling better. I've also had that conversation with myself about sticker shock vs. eating healthier. The chewy peanut butter cookies are super good, too (but don't really count in the healthy arena). Next up, I'll convert you to the bulk bins! All kinds of work-worthy snackies. ;)

Rachel said...

P.S. I think you should start your own fantasy pool boy league.

Tough Cookie said...

Our house is within walking distance of Whole Foods, so we're lucky enough to be able to go there on foot or bike, but the parking lot is utter misery. When I'm not looking for produce and just want some healthy prepared, canned or frozen foods, I go to Trader Joe's instead. They have a lot of the same stuff for half the price. But the Food Hole (as Brad calls it) does have the best cheese selection in town!

Sara said...

I'm on the fence with Whole Foods because it seriously adds up fast, but there isn't one close so it really isn't even an option. But, Rachel's right, the bulk bins are where it's that. When I'd go it was either for that and/or naturally raised chicken. And then I'd get suckered into the beauty products before checking out.