Zoom, Zoom, Zumba

Hello there blog readers! Hope you all have had a good start to your weekend. My Saturday has been jam packed with all sorts of interesting events. I’m fading fast here though, so hopefully this doesn’t take too long to type out 🙂

I had somewhat of a sleep in this morning, but not my usual late weekend wake up call. I had somewhere I needed to be. But not before getting in a hearty breakfast.

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These oats were oatmeal raisin cookie inspired. Which, when you think about it, isn’t exactly a stretch for oatmeal.

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup Earth’s Own Almond Milk
  • 1/3 block Mori-Nu Silken Firm Tofu
  • raisins
  • cinnamon
  • pecans
  • maple syrup

I whipped the ‘fu in there as good as I could, but since I had cooked the raisins with the oats, I didn’t really want to blend the whole thing up, ya know?

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With a glass of jewel-toned cranberry juice.

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Breakfast basking in the morning sun.

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So, what was a fuelling up for? I was off to a Zumba class! My gym is starting to offer Zumba classes, and they were having some free trial sessions this week, so my mom signed myself and my sister up to go with her. It was pretty fun – although, let’s be honest; I have no Latin rhythm whatsoever. I wanted to sign up for the 6 week package, but since I’m volunteering at the Olympics, I would end up missing half of the classes, which hardly makes it worthwhile. They said they were planning on doing consecutive 6 week sessions though, so hopefully I’ll be able to sign up next go round.

We got home just in time so I could watch the end of the Canucks game (serious – who schedules hockey to start at 10 am? Sure, it was 1 pm in Boston, but damnit, that’s still too early!). We ended up coming from behind and winning in a shootout, so that just made this Saturday a little bit better 🙂

I made use of some leftovers at lunch – the dinner I wasn’t home for last night.

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The family BBQ’d (yes, outside – our weather has been that good lately) some hamburgers, so I reheated one with some Swiss cheese.

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Served up in a whole wheat kaiser, with avocado, lettuce, onion, and mustard.

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My sister wanted me to share her lunch creation as well – she was also on the leftover train, and used up the black beans and millet I’d cooked up, and made her own Tex-Mex mix with some tomato, green onion, spices, and cheese.

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She’s not exactly one to cook that often, but she was pretty proud of her lunch. I had a bite, and it was tasty. In her words: “It’s a keeper!”

We then shared a persimmon for lunch dessert.

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Yes, it was that sunny today. Loved it!

Eventually I made myself presentable, and grabbed a wee bite to eat before heading out the door again.

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The last little bits of the container of Liberté Greek Yogurt with some peanut butter, raspberry jam, Kashi GoLean Crunch, coconut, and chocolate chips. Random, but good.

Where was I off to? My final training session for the Olympics! I got myself suited up in my official gear, and made my way down to Canada Hockey Place. Of course, I made sure to get down there a little early, to take in some of the sights.

Sochi House – the Russian pavilion for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games (located at Science World).


View over False Creek of BC Place, Canada Hockey Place, and the province pavilions (the one with the big Q is Quebec House, or La Maison du Québec en français).


Looking back over False Creek at Sochi House and the Vancouver Olympic Village.


Training wasn’t overly exciting. A lot of basic stuff, just specified to the venue. The best part was getting to tour around Canada Hockey Place, to orient ourselves in the building. Sure, I’ve been there plenty of times before, and even been behind the scenes, in the media centre, skated on the ice, etc, but things are pretty different now. Getting to the building, finding the right entry/exit, all the changes to the concourses – it’s like a different place. They had just put in the hockey ice surface today, so we were able to see it.


I would give anything to get to go out there and skate on it 😉

After all our touring and whatnot was done, I made my way back to the train, but not before I took a couple more pictures – everything is lit up at night!

The Canada Hockey Place sign. It cycles through different shades of blue and green – the colours of the Games. I believe all the venues have these signs.


And looking back out over False Creek at Sochi House and the Vancouver Olympic Village again.


You could also see the light show from English Bay – Vectorial Elevation – over the stadiums. So cool!

Needless to say – I’m totally spending all of my free time downtown over the course of the Games. I want to check out all the free events going on – there is so much to do! I’m already planning on some adventures on Thursday after my last midterm, and have a friend coming over to visit near the end of the Games.

By the time I was done training, it was 9 pm. I was what you might call hungry. We can’t bring food into any of the venues, and the only thing they had for snacks were these cookies.

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Yes, I took the gimpy looking one – but it was the only dark & white chocolate one left. Let’s just say, it doesn’t exactly rank high on the nutritional scale, but when it’s the only food item available to you over the span of 6 hours, well, you take it.

I finally got home around 10 pm, and stood around in a foul mood as I tried to figure out what to have for dinner. The family had chilli, which just isn’t my thing. Although the fridge has lots of food in it, nothing was appealing to me. Finally, I just decided on an old standby – soup & sandwich.

I made a grilled ham, white cheddar, and red pepper jelly sammy.

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And some cream of mushroom soup.

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To be quite honest, the whole thing was pretty meh. I really wanted some sort of fancy, filling salad, but we just didn’t have the makings of one in the fridge. Plus, it was after 10 pm. I was more concerned with the food entering my belly than satisfying my taste buds. So I guess it did it’s job.

For all the things I did do today, I did not accomplish anything related to school – like studying for those 3 midterms coming up. Hence why I should find myself in bed, so I can wake up and hit the books (and maybe the gym) tomorrow. Night!

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Categories: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Olympics, Snack


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6 Comments on “Zoom, Zoom, Zumba”

  1. February 7, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    I can’t WAIT for the Olympics!! How exciting! In a few months I may have to become a Canucks fan…ughhhh to the Wings!

  2. February 7, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Zumba does sound like it would be fun! OH man! OLYMPICS are so close now. 😀 yay!

  3. February 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Zumba! I want to try that out one day, but I have no rhythm. The venue looks amazing, can’t believe how it’s all come together. I hope I have some free time to check out the sights during the Olympics.

  4. The Brunette
    February 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    I find myself in the same food situtuation at work sometimes. And you’re right, you just have to roll with what’s available.

  5. February 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    The Olympic Venues look amazing! You are so lucky for this opportunity. 🙂

    We BBQ right through winter at my place. Our BBQ is in the garage so my hubby just opens the garage door pulls it close by. At our old place he stood in the shed to BBQ! Hard core… 😉

  6. February 9, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    I’ve been contemplating giving Zumba a try, I bet it’s a great way to try something new!

    I think what the best part about your involvement at the Olympics is that you have all that “VIP” access. Pretty awesome 🙂

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