giveaway time!

June 7, 2010

a little something to brighten up your monday
you all give me so much in the form of your comments and feedback — i appreciate it more than you know! i thought it would be fun to celebrate the new work week (err . . . why not?) with a little mini giveaway.

unfortunately, i don’t have financiers providing lavish prizes for shubox readers — so no vitamix or iPad will be offered up for grabs this AM. however, i hope that perhaps some of you are in the same mindset as i am when it comes to delighting in smaller things — particularly when they are cute and made of paper.

as many of you already know, i swear by this little pad:

it is an integral part of my weekly meal planning ritual. since i know most readers (by natural selection) are probably all over anything related to organization, food, or (more likely) both, i thought it would be fun to share the β™₯.

so: this little guy is up for grabs!*

all you have to do to enter is:

leave a comment on this post describing your favorite organizational or time-saving tip. i need to collect these for my HLS talk and so i’d love the inspiration!

for a second (optional) entry,

mention this contest on your blog or twitter and leave a comment saying you did.

a winner will be picked by random number generator on friday. happy monday!!

* just for clarification, this contest is not sponsored by the company; i bought it myself.

happiness project, week 3
time flies when you’re being happy, i suppose. thus far, i would say the first two weeks of my personal happiness project have been a success. i decided i would spend this first month focused on mindfulness, with weekly goals to think about as well.

for week 1, i aimed to delight in the mundane.

for week 2, i had a singular mission, which was to truly R E L A X and just see where that got me (it worked).

for week 3, my goal will be to focus on one thing at a time. as usual, i will report back throughout the week on how this is going.



workout: 6 miles outside, 9:30/mi (at finish, 9:15 am: temp 81, realfeel 92). i could blame the heat for my lackluster speed, but the truth is i am definitely not in the best running shape right now! honestly, this is fine with me – i am welcoming the chance to rebuild my speed and endurance. and my hip felt 100% fine the whole time!

clean eating project: my plan to cook through the june/july issue of CE was off to a tasty start last night. i made trout with green bean succotash and felt like i was enjoying the season’s bounty.

here is the recipe as i created it:

succotash: wash + trim fresh green beans; boil for ~ 7 minutes. during the last 3 minutes of boiling, add the kernels cut from 2 ears of corn. drain and rinse under cool water, and then combine with 2 chopped, cored + seeded tomatoes.

dressing: combine lemon juice + lemon zest + ~T olive oil + salt + pepper + dried dill to taste. toss with veggie combo above.

fish: brush with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt + pepper, and broil, skin side down (i used white trout filets that still had skin — the whole foods guy said to leave it on while cooking!). this took about ~7 minutes.

sweet potato: bake at 400 for about an hour.

aaaaaaannd, you’re done. bonus is that i have some kickin’ lunch leftovers for today – and, miracle of all miracles, JOSH even took some to work, too!