Stress Relief

June 27, 2008

Tic tock. Tic tock. Scribble scribble. Clickity clickity.

That’s all you could hear here today – the sounds of thinking, writing, and calculator punching . I worked from 8 a.m. to 4:30 straight through, only pausing to make another great wrap. I got 2 papers done and about 75% of my chem test. I didn’t even shower – which is a big deal for me (had I known I wouldn’t get to the gym until 4:30 I definitely would have this morning!)

I decided to put salmon salad into a wrap.

The mix:

  • 1/2 can salmon
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 chopped celery
  • 1/4 chopped bell pepper
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 tbsp light mayo (we’re out of yogurt)
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • Sprinkle fresh dill from the garden
  • Sprinkle red curry powder (I can’t eat salmon salad without it these days!)

On the side – the other half of my carrot and a handful of cherries

The yogurt-pumpkin-granola-walnut-flax combo from this morning was a SUPERSTAR breakfast . It held me well pass my normal stomach growling hour. Must have been the perfect combo of nutrients.

Around 4:30 I was in desperate need of some stress relief and couldn’t wait to get to the gym with a new magazine (taking a day off of Sports Nutrition text reading for some me time). I had a great workout (Stairmaster, squirrel and lifting) and a subsequent great shower . Feel SO much better now that I was able to stretch my legs and sweat out of frustration.

The husband is making dinner tonight – he has something special planned. I’m off to work on yet another assignment. I’d love a glass of wine , but I’m saving that for tomorrow night when – hopefully – I’ll have everything but studying for Monday’s test done.

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1 BethT June 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Hopefully your trip to San Francisco will provide much needed R&R. Have you given any more thought to a Bay Area reader get together?


2 Brittney June 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm

You are seriously super woman. I don’t think I could ever be that productive in a day. That could be because I’m a huge procrastinator, though :)


3 Kath June 27, 2008 at 6:01 pm

BethT ,
There’s no room in my brain for extra thoughts these days!!! But I’m looking forward to it! Can you come up with 3-4 places near Union Square (we won’t have a car) that are wine bar-ish where we might be able to get together? We’re arriving mid-afternoon on Wednesday and have all day Thursday to play. The conference is all day (and night) Friday and Saturday, which does mean we’ll have to do KERF stuff mid-week. Any ideas of good downtown group places!? I would definitely be interested in a run on Thursday morning too! I’ll do a call for emails around July 11 to coordinate details with all who might be interested.



4 Maureen June 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Relax, you should have a glass of wine – you deserve it after a long day, and a long week.


5 VeggieGirl June 27, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Hello, VeggieGirl here :0)

Yikes, sounds like you had quite a day!! Take care, and enjoy your Friday/upcoming weekend.


6 laura June 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Blimey, am absolutely shocked at the comments you received re your soup kitchen post. Am just now getting up to speed from London on all the recent posts (and after a 250 ml glass of wine, since I am several hrs ahead of you all time wise) and have to say I can’t believe how quickly such a supportive group of readers can turn nasty. It is an interesting study on human nature. Good on you Kath for even volunteering! All I can say is WTF?


7 Saima June 27, 2008 at 6:35 pm

wow!! you got SOOOO much done!!


8 tracy June 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

VeggieGirl is back! Sorry about Kiwi.


9 melisa June 27, 2008 at 7:03 pm

One thing about your visit to San Fran… bring a jacket!!! Not sure if you’ve been before but everytime I go there (even in the summer) it is SO cold!!!


10 Clara June 27, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Wow, it must feel so good to have gotten all of that done :)

Ahh your coming to the Bay Area – too bad that’s a little too far away for me to make it down for a reader get-together. I’m way up in northern CA and it’s a big state!

Can’t wait to see what the husband whips up! How nice of him!


11 Alyssa June 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Have you ever tried putting the wrap in foil and then heating it in the oven to warm it up, kind of like a foil packet? By the way, I agree with Brittney, you are a superwoman in more ways than one! Enjoy the weekend, you deserve it :)


12 Suzanne June 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

hooray for you – you got A LOT done. :)

Just a quick question: How long does a jar of capers last in the fridge? I bought capers from Trader Joe’s many weeks ago – maybe more than a month?

They have these funny little green spots on them. But I can’t remember if they were there when I bought them. I figured since they were in a brine (is that the right word?) – they would be good for a while.

But since you are the expert on capers – I figured I’d ask you. Otherwise, I need to get a new jar tomorrow.


I’ve never been to San Fran, but my friend just moved there. I’m looking forward to what you do and where you eat – so I can get some ideas when I go visit my friend. :)


13 BethT June 27, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Suzanne, I’m not a caper expert per se, but I have kept them for several months and they are fine 😀 Maybe just check if the jar has an expiration date?

I live in SF and have tried a ton of restaurants since moving here if you or your pal need tips! The food is THE best part of living here IMO.


14 sarah June 27, 2008 at 9:00 pm

hi :) i am also impressed with your productivity. and san fran sounds like it is going to be awesome! and also, i will try the foil wrap trick with a packed lunch in the near future . . . .

hope you have a fun weekend planned!


15 Kath June 27, 2008 at 9:16 pm

We were there in June for the honeymoon and it was a bit chilly – I hope I’m not too cold!

Alyssa ,
Thanks! I was going to try the heat-foil-in-oven today but I was too lazy to wait :) Someday soon…

Suzanne ,
If I can recall from my intimate moments with capers, they are a bit…speckled. I wouldn’t worry – they’ll last forever like pickles!



16 BethT June 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm

We’re averaging temps in the upper 50s to low 60s lately…just bring a fleece or jacket and you’ll be fine! Layers are the way to go.


17 Suzanne June 28, 2008 at 6:36 am

Thanks, BethT and Kath for the caper answers!

We won’t be going to San Fran for a while, but I’ll be sure to ask you for those recommendations when we do go. :)


18 Natalie June 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm

The Salmon Salad sounds great! I love dill…it must be SO nice to have some in your garden :)


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