what i ate wednesday: oh, sugar, sugar

I have a gnarly sweet tooth and it seems to present itself in a lot of ways that aren’t always that obvious—extra honey in my tea, a cup of flavored yogurt, or a granola bar for a snack. Now all of these things alone don’t mean much, but when you add it all up in… 

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things i’m digging…

cascade ice water1. Annie's Lite Honey Mustard Dressing. This stuff is so crazy good. It makes me actually want to eat salad. Which is a feat, trust me. Usually I eat salad out of obligation only. 2. Having a tan. For the longest time, I was kind of a shut-in. I didn't like my body, so I stayed inside on the couch. And when I did go outside, I wore pants and cardigans even in the middle of the summer so I. . .
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crispy baked fried chicken drumsticks

chicken basketsMy parents and I went on a camping trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the summer after my senior year of high school. It's one of those trips that will always stay with me. I was in one of those big major transition periods in life (although, like always, I didn't recognize it at the time) and a trip with my parents to a beautiful part of the country was just the thing I need to feel safe, secure and ready. . .
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confessions…

Screen shot 2012-05-23 at 6.21.52 PM1. I love Pizzeria Pretzel Combos. They are probably my favorite junk food ever. 2. My ranking of Rory Gilmore's boyfriends goes like this: (1) Logan (2) Jess (3) Dean. I understand that's probably a really unpopular way of organizing them, but Dean's hair is too annoying for me to appreciate any of his redeeming qualities. (source) 3. I'm nervous about the weather forecast for this weekend. I've been to some really, really, really hot Indianapolis 500s (like 2006, when I actually. . .
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yogurt-hummus potato salad

potato saladI freaking love Memorial Day weekend, friends. Since I was a wee one, it's meant a lot more to me than just the start of summer. The Sunday before Memorial Day has always meant waking up at the crack of dawn, packing a backpack full of sunscreen, and heading to the corner of 16th and Georgetown in Speedway, Indiana. This weekend will be my 17th Indianapolis 500, and just like I have (almost) every Memorial Day weekend since 1994, I'll. . .
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things i’m digging…

51-SWu7wOXL1. My pink hair! I hit the salon late last week and had my favorite stylist cover up my faded red with a deep red-violet, pinkish color. I wanted to go pink  for the Avon Walk, but I was worried the pink would be a little juvenile (says the girl with glitter nail polish), but my stylist managed to do a pink that works on an (almost) 29-year-old. I love it. Love it. Love it. And, it's always nice to spend. . .
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a day in my life: May 20, 2012

A Day in My LifeThe last two times I did ADIML post, they were work days. I figured this time around, you guys might be interested in seeing how I spend one of my weekend days. I try to keep a nice balance of work (gotta get stuff done) and some relaxing down time before "real" work starts on Monday. So, here is my Sunday, May 20, 2012. I woke up (without an alarm) at around 6:30am—which is pretty normal for me. I spent. . .
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baked falafel lettuce wraps with tahini sauce

falafelLast week, my friend/colleague (friendleague? colliend?) Mary, came into the office with an armful of grocery sacks stuffed with fresh bibb lettuce from her garden. Apparently she'd gotten a little overzealous with planting and needed to thin out her bed and us co-workers became the lucky recipients of her over-planting. Woohoo! Free produce! Even if you don't grow a garden yourself, you can pretty much always guarantee some surprise produce from co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers during the summer in. . .
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