December 15, 2008

new daily count system ~~

Bad (-1 point for each) :
  • Bad news about trip in China (my bf told me that the trip is canceled because of some schedule problems. :( So, I will stay only in Shanghai with my family.)
  • Got a speed limit violation ticket. $40 of fine! grrrrrrrr.........
Good (1 point for each):
  • No trip within China which means I'll spend more time with my family and more time to work.
  • Dinner was great. And I had a good ME moment reading RealSimple and my favorite dessert.
Sum: 0
I'll adopt this simple daily calculation of good and bad moments of the day. I think this helps me to have an overview of my day and not focus only on bad things. Although when I received those bad news, I was sad, but looking my day overall, it wasn't that bad. I'll definitely keep doing this. I think mi had something similar on her blog.

I worked hard today, almost 9 hours long which made me to have a terrible headache, but I'm glad that I did it. I want to have as much as possible done with work before I leave, so I can enjoy more time with my family in China. (although the probability of having to work there is very high).

Okay. Eats. Breakfast at 6.30am
  • 1/2 cup multigrain
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze
  • 1 large chopped apple
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • vanilla + cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fage
I've never had yogurt as topping...... it's delicious!!! It add extra creaminess!
Moring snack was two lindts. Chocolates are great to deal with research related stress. ^_^Lunch was last leftover bamboo chicken, sauteed romaine lettuce and rice. I packed two packets of BB for afternoon snack since I went to school this afternoon.Back home around 6.30 I was starving but really tired. I was struggling whether to cook dinner or just grab something quick. I decided to prepare a quick but delish meal to reward myself of a long day of work. I made a veggie-risotto-stirfry
  • 2 cup cooked barley
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1.5 cup mushroom
  • 2 cup broccoli
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • S+P
  • 1 packet Goya seasoning
Stir-fry barley with green onions, add veggies and seasoning. Really easy! The key was to stir constantly so all the extra liquid is evaporated.
I also made a seaweed, tomato, egg and sesame oil soup.
mmmmmmmm...............yum yum~~ I enjoyed so much. It was so good that added a point to Good thing of my day.
After dinner, I had my favorite dessert: frozen strawberries with fage, a peppermint tea and the new issue of Real Simple. I like this issue more than the previous one, specially the section of What's in your Not-to-do list for the next year?

Thanks everyone for my party-meal suggestions. Up to now, I have planned to do the followings: hummus with veggies, another bean dip, chipas, choco-nuts petit fours, casserole, apple crisp. I don't think these will be enough for 15 people, so, please more suggestions. And does anyone have good recipes for apple crisp and casserole?


VeggieGirl said...

Focus on the good things, girl!!

**Apple Crisp recipe:

Sharon said...

Good points > Bad Points.
And oh delicious eats for the day! I love Real Simple!

Meg said...

Love you daily calculation idea. Yummy barley stir-fry.

TheBoyfriend1124 said...

Enjoy the time in shanghai and some city nearby shanghai also will be great.

enjoy your work and enjoy your vacacion

Simple and Divine said...

DO IT! OVER 190 ratings and all are almost PERFECT!!! Reviewers DON'T lie and when they are not paid to review or forced to, YOU KNOW IT'S GOTTA BE GOOD!! :)


just me said...

ohhh..such great eats like always! i envy your cooking skills!

i've made this one and it rocks:

magpie said...

Oh no about the trip! But the dessert is definitely worth at least one positive :)

I thought of another appetizer for you - shrimp cocktail! My family always has that at Christmas.

Madison Song said...

I love your count system! Sorry about the cancelled trip, but thats great you were able to see the positives out of it!

i've never really made apple crisp or a casserole!! simple & divine's suggestion looks good though - 190 reviews!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your new point system is working for you! There's so much to be happy about in life and this looks like an easy way to see that. :)

Mariposa said...

im with veggie girl.. i love everything that the Neelys make. i love them! : ) maybe its just baised.. !!!

Maria said...

I hope the good weighs out the bad:) Focus on the good ones!!

Krista said...

I love the idea of a rating system! Nice job!

The Blonde Duck said...

Looks tasty!

Joanna said...

hey, what do you do for a living? it seems like work is your life!!! i would get so stressed out if i worked such long days.

your calculation system is neat. i do the same kind of thing when i need to balance my priorities. it's called the importance scale and it usually get's the job done.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Veggie Girl - focus on the good things, your glass is always half full that way!

Interesting soup combo!

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

That point system is a good idea. I bet if you thought hard enough every day would atleast even out, if not end up with positive points

Kelly Turner

Erica said...

I like the points system! Bummer amount the bf but always nice to spend extra time with the family! Tina (carrots n cake) has a great apple crisp recipe!

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