WIAW: A Dialogue With Old Man Winter

As you may recall from previous WIAW posts, I’m really picky when it comes to winter: I want it to go big or go home. If it’s going to be cold, I want it to be snowy. If it’s not going to be snowy, I want it to be in the 50s and sunny. (I know, I know. It’s the most wildly unrealistic attitude ever, but for whatever reason, that totally doesn’t stop me.)

Weeeeelllll…it looks like Old Man Winter decided to come through for us in DC. If I were to put it into an imaginary conversation, it’d go a little something like this…

Old Man Winter: So, I hear you’d like either a nasty snowstorm or the arrival of spring.

Me: YES. This winter has been seriously lacking. It’s been cold but not snowy, and to me that just seems…sad. What’s the use of cold when there’s no snow?

Old Man Winter: I know. Sorry. I decided to take this year off and go to Barbados instead. I had to see what all the fuss is about, y’know? And as it turns out, it’s awesome there! I drank fruity drinks with little umbrellas in them, I got a tan, I was able to relax…it was fantastic.

Me: I’m glad you were able to get some R&R — we all need to recharge every once in a while. So does this mean you’re peacing out until next winter?

Old Man Winter: Well, before I do, I figure I’ll whip up that snowstorm you’ve been hoping for. How does this sound: a big storm, centered over DC, and perfectly timed so that the powers that be have no choice but to close the office for the day? And then, just as abruptly as the storm arrived, the cold air will flow on out and the weekend will be sunny and in the 50s?

Me: Omigod, that sounds amazing. Are you serious?

Old Man Winter: Yeah, dude. Check the forecast and the government’s operating status.

Me: *Does epic happy dance*

Source: GIFSoup

Anyways, I have big plans for my day off (and by “big plans,” I mean “stuff I was going to do anyways, but with more free time”): write an article for Girls Gone Sporty, hit the gym for today’s sweat session, work on some other writing projects, cook dinner…and, of course, partake in What I Ate Wednesday! This lovely cyber-potluck is hosted by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons — go check her out, because she’s awesome. 🙂

Peas and Crayons

This is kind of a random compilation of things I’ve eaten during the last week — I am, however, a creature of habit, so a lot of these things made appearances almost every day. I always have toast with coffee when I first wake up; I’ve been in a state of gluten-free, caffeinated bliss each morning when I have my Rudi’s GF multi-grain bread and Almond Joy coffee.

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Breakfast: Green smoothies abound! I think I have an addiction to these things, especially when I get back from the gym and am a sweaty mess. I’ve been known to chug them straight out of the blender before remembering that I need to act like a civilized human being and use a glass.

dsc00680I made a turkey, Swiss, and spinach quiche this weekend, so I’ve been chowing down on that for my mid-morning snack. Other snacks have included blueberries with granola and Greek yogurt, apples with almond butter, and carrots with hummus.

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dsc00668Lunch! My lunches have largely consisted of leftover turkey-veggie taco chili. It’s hearty, filling, warm, and perfect for my oh-so-luxurious lunches at my desk.

dsc00675Dinners have varied widely this week — we’ve had a quinoa, chicken, and grape salad, as well as an amazing risotto with Italian chicken sausage (the recipe is from the Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook by Mary Capone; this cookbook is frickin’ amazing, and I highly recommend it to all my fellow GF’ers!).

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DSC00729Desserts have been remarkably consistent: either Cinnamon Chex (ok, did they put crack in the recipe for this stuff? Because I swear, once I start eating it I can put away the entire box in one sitting) or TJ’s fro yo.

DSC00712Do you have a favorite go-to dessert? And, in keeping with the coffee theme of the blog title, do you like flavored or regular coffee (and if flavored, what kind)?

I hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday!

6 thoughts on “WIAW: A Dialogue With Old Man Winter

  1. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 6, 2013 / 1:53 pm

    Almond Joy coffee?? I had no idea that existed. It sounds tasty! 🙂 I am loving the looks of that quiche, too. Eggs are just amazing!

  2. riversidebaking March 6, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    I am totally the same with the weather unfortunately in the UK we generally just get grey and light showers! Enjoy the snow. throw a snow ball for me 😉
    Your food looks amazing, I have a crustless quiche coming up on my meal plan – its my first crustless one!
    My go to dessert is a cookie, I make a big batch of dough and then freeze the balls so I only bake 1-2 at a time when a sweet craving hits!
    Coffee I like mine regular, although I’ve been enjoying instant with a splash of hazelnut milk recently and its great!

  3. cjoye7 March 6, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Good thing my snow dance worked last night! There may or may not have been burning of sage involved… 😉
    My favorite dessert is Trader Joe’s Just Mango slices. They are currently out of stock and I swear I’m having the shakes as a withdrawal symptom. Currently on a gingerbread coffee kick (thanks again Trader Joe’s deliciousness) and my go to hazelnut creamer. Which I am currently putting in the French Press thanks to the snowquester. Thanks Old Man Winter!!

  4. chasingchels March 6, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Bahahahaha still cracking up from your convo with old man winter…glad he had a good time on the islands 😉 and that quiche sounds fabulous! I love quiches and haven’t made one in ages so that needs to change! Have a terrific snow day love! Live it up for me 🙂

  5. Alex @ therunwithin March 6, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    go to dessert.. mm I don’t know. I am more of a salty person so I go for the popcorn or pop chips variety. however, I do love my froyo.

  6. aftertheivyleague March 6, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    Excited for snow? Eek, I’ve had my fair share up in New England and can’t wait for spring. I totally get what you mean though, if it’s gonna be freezing there may as well be snow on the ground! I’m gonna have to keep an eye out for that cookbook! Always on the lookout for good GF recipes.

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