|June 12, 2012||Posted by Sophia @ Raven Waves under condo, dinner, fitness, recipes|
MIA doesn’t even begin to describe me right now. But after a little over a month, I can happily say that Paul and I have moved into our condo. I’m going to hopefully take some before and after pictures this weekend, but let me just say that having your own home is so much fun…and so much work.
Laundry, washing dishes and cleaning isn’t even the half of it. Paying the bills, cooking breakfast and lunch and dinner, and then just all the random things that happen day-to-day are exhausting.
But I’m fortunate that my boyfriend is very helpful. He doesn’t mind cleaning and he’s put together an insane amount of furniture. Damn you IKEA gods! Honestly, I wish I could be just a fraction of how handy he is. I almost got a blister when I tried to help.
So in short, that’s what my life has been for the past month. Moving in and getting settled. We still have lots more to do, but that’s the gist.
In terms of exercise, my mileage and work outs have definitely slipped since we started living here. I guess that’s to be expected. I get home a little later every day compared to before, and I have to cook dinner for two people. It makes me want to wake up earlier and work out, but eesh. That’s just so not appealing.
I’m starting to accept this though and I’m hoping that in a couple months I’ll be used to this new schedule and back to normal exercise wise. Baby steps!
Before I go, I want to share an easy dinner recipe with you. Since I’m cooking almost every day now, I’m hoping it will mean more blog posts!
Easy Chicken Caesar Salad
- 3 C. chicken breast, cooked and chopped
- 8 C. Romaine lettuce leaves, torn
- 1/2 C. yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 C. croutons
- 2 Tbs. parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs. feta cheese
- 1/2 C. light Caesar dressing
Toss lettuce with chicken, croutons and cheeses in large bowl. Add dressing just before serving; mix lightly.
|May 1, 2012||Posted by Sophia @ Raven Waves under condo|
I hate the feeling of going into work on a Tuesday when I’ve taken Monday off. Brutal. So many emails and projects to catch up on. I barely had time to breathe all day and ended up eating at my desk. Not the best way to start the week, but definitely expected.
But at least my day started calm with some Greek yogurt and an English muffin topped with apple butter and raspberry preserves. A green pear satisfied my morning fruit craving at 11 am. And lunch was a good one.
I stuffed a wrap with spinach, tomatoes, pieces of sausage and honey mustard. Sides were some cottage cheese and a Kashi granola bar. I had my snack around 3:30 – chopped red bell pepper!
After work I was rushing to get a workout in at home before running to the condo to get our kitchen countertops measured. I ran 3 miles and jumped on the elliptical for 10 minutes.
Yep I’m a sweaty mess! But it felt good to get a workout in on a busy night.
After one of the fastest showers ever, Paul and I met at the condo with our countertop guy, also named Paul.
Here’s a before pic of our kitche:
We’re going with black galaxy granite, bullnose edges and 1 1/2 inches thick. We’re also going to be redoing the sink. The estimate comes tomorrow and I’m expecting between 1,000 and 1,500. We shall see! Either way, we’re doing this. The kitchen is the one part of the house we’re okay with splurging on.
Now that I’m home I’m munching on dinner. My ma made pizza and I added some leftover broiled veggies on the side. I’m going to miss these home-cooked meals very, very soon!
Off to relax and watch the Derrick Rose-less Bulls! Have a good one!
|April 30, 2012||Posted by Sophia @ Raven Waves under condo|
After months of searching, deliberating and decision making, Paul and I closed on our condo today. It was a long and exhausting day, but so worth it.
We both took the day off of work so we could go to the walk-through at 9 a.m. and then the actual closing at 10. I set my alarm for 8 just to be safe, but didn’t realized that it was 8 PM! Thank goodness my mom called me at 8:20 to wish me luck.
So I rush, rush, rushed to get out of the house by 8:45. An apple and some pomegranate Chobani hit the spot!
The walk-through went smooth. The place was empty, but in need of a good scrub down.
Then we scurried on over to the real estate attorney’s office and signed our lives away. Hah! Just kidding. It was pretty painless. Just a lot of legal jargon that I didn’t understand. The whole process took about an hour and a half, and then Paul and I headed to each of our homes to grab cleaning supplies and change our outfits. We returned to our new home and got right to work.
Seriously, we cleaned for four hours straight. I put on Pandora, and we barely even spoke. Well, except for a couple yays and ew this is gross.
But now all the fun stuff begins.
We’re hoping to get a guy in to measure the kitchen countertops this week and we’re definitely going to Sherwin Williams on Thursday to buy paint.
I’m so excited and so nervous. I’m actually an adult now and I don’t really believe it yet!
Have a good night!
P.S. I have no words to express how upset I am that Derrick Rose’s season is over. I haven’t felt this bad since…November, when Jay Cutler broke his thumb!
|April 16, 2012||Posted by Sophia @ Raven Waves under breakfast, family, food, restaurant, reviews|
After four glorious days off of work, I’ll be returning to the office tomorrow. And get this…I have to be at my desk by 6 am! Earnings press release is distributed then, and it’s always utter madness. But on to happier things:
Easter was a ton of fun! We had almost 40 people at my house, and we maxed on lamb, pastitcho, dolmades, bread, cheese, olives, tiropites, sausages and so much more. Here are just a couple photos:
We also had so much dessert. I seriously think my mom and aunts outdid themselves this year. Cookies, cheesecake, chocolate cake, Greek pastries, baklava and more. I ate like a pig, and loved every second of it.
To make it up to myself, I ran four miles on the treadmill this morning and signed up for the Tone It Up Second Annual Biki Series. I doubt that I’ll actually do it all, but it sounds like a fun thing to try.
Since I took today off from work, Angie and I headed to a restaurant called Prasino in Wicker Park. I’m guessing the owners are Greek because prasino means green in Greek, and it seemed like a relatively green place.
I ordered the Veg-Out omelette, which was filled with spinach, tomato, zucchini, onions, peppers, mushrooms, jack cheese. It also came with breakfast potatoes and toast. I thought the omelette was decent, but a little too over-powered by the cheese. The potatoes, on the other hand, were spot-on. They were super crispy, just the way I like ‘em. The toast was fine too. I spread some jam and butter on my pieces and got my grub on.
Our waiter was extremely nice, but it took him a while to get to us. And it wasn’t even crowded!
Overall, I’d give it 3.5/5. If Angie and I go back, I think we’re going to try the lunch/dinner menu.
So my extended weekend is finally coming to a close. Since I have to be at work so early tomorrow, I’m going to try to force myself to sleep around 8. Maybe I’ll take some Nyquil…
Have a nice night, folks!