Sorry guys, but I’ve had a No Good Very Bad Day. I’ll do my best not to project my sour mood on all of you, but let’s just say, the happy, relaxed Meghan from yesterday had to snap back to reality quickly after a 10 hour work day.
I’ll tell the story through my eats of the day. I kind of love this part of WIAW, how you inadvertently recap your entire day. Fun stuff!
Nothing out of the ordinary here, just your every day breakfast sandwich.
Lunch today was very similar to last week, a big ol’ salad with lots of veggies and some turkey meat. I’ve been craving this like crazy lately, which is so out of the ordinary for me. But anytime I’m craving veggies, I totally go with it! It doesn’t happen often.
I also had some string cheese and grapes on the side.
Afternoon Snack 1
Early in the afternoon I snacked on a couple of these yummy no-bake oatmeal peanut butter bites. Seriously, to die for. I followed the recipe from How Sweet exactly, except I didn’t have any mini chocolate chips and I didn’t roll them in any fancy ground almonds. Go make them!
Afternoon Snack 2
I had to do some field work in the late afternoon, environmental engineering stuff I won’t bore you with. This is where my day started to take a turn for the worse. Lots of little things and big things went wrong, and I was looming on one of the worst sneaky hate spirals in recent memory. Then, the straw that broke the camel’s back:
It down poured. Like crazy.
I was outside—had to be outside—for another hour and a half. I was freezing, wet, and hungry.
I don’t think this picture captures just how awful and gloomy it was. But I tried.
Thankfully I had my car to take mini breaks in. Including one to eat this yogurt. I went with the Trader Joe’s version today because I didn’t have time to go to more than one grocery store this week.
When I finally got home, I was drenched, exhausted, hungry again, and emotionally drained. Some other work related stuff was bothering me (which I won’t get into) and it was just a terrible day overall. I really wanted to binge. It was the first time I’ve wanted to in, I dunno, two months? I’ve been doing really well.
I grabbed a pumpkin pie muffin (still owe you guys that recipe, I’m working on it), and snacked on that. Then I stepped away for a minute and thought about why I wanted to binge. After a bad day, I tend to get into a frame of mind like “Forget everything, I hate everything, I’m just gonna sit here and eat.” It’s bad news.
I didn’t let myself do that. I thought about what was really bothering me, and what I could do to change it. Well, duh! Step #1: Put on some dry clothes!
After I changed I felt like a new woman, so much better. The urge went away. Then I started brainstorming about what I wanted for dinner. I still needed something comforting. Enter pancakes!
I made a variation of my Four Ingredient Pancakes, this time with a few more ingredients to make them gluten free. I’ll share the recipe very soon They were delicious, and I got to use the xanthan gum I got last week! I topped them with some peanut butter, maple syrup, and half a banana.
After dinner I needed to run some errands. Once I was out and about, I decided a little retail therapy was in order…
Oh TJ’s, how you brightened my day! Here’s what I got:
Some hairspray (I was running low), flavored coffee (caramel fudge brownie, what?), brown leggings, two tops, and a long slouchy sweater I’d been wanting all season! I had a couple gift cards from my birthday, so I only spent $30. Oh and while we’re on the topic of TJ Maxx, here’s some cute fall decorations I got for the apartment on my last trip.
I feel so much better now! Enjoying a hot cup of tea while watching Halloweentown with Andrea.
How was your day? I just realized how awful it is to complain about a little rain when people all over the country are dealing with severe flooding, tree damage, and power outages! Sorry guys, I know I don’t have it too bad over here. I’m being a brat.
Anyway, what are your go-to comfort meals after a bad day? Do you know what I’m talking about when I say sneaky hate spiral? It happens to the best of us!
Oh and, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!