stressful week


I like this time of year in Portland. It’s fairly dry and while it’s cold, the sun is often out. I will take sunny but cold any day! The rain usually starts around January and doesn’t let up until sometimes July. The leaves are almost done falling too. Everything is just bare and spindly. I think it’s also time to start decorating the house for the holidays! I’d planned on decorating the house on Thursday but that plan changed.

Michael had a stressful week so he suggested we go out to dinner. I offered to make dinner and do all the cleaning but I think he just wanted to get out of the house and break up the monotony of the work week. I totally get that. My poor guy!

I suggested we check out Manao since we had a Living Social deal for it. Manao is the new Thai restaurant in Sellwood from the owner of the amazing Pok Pok. I love Pok Pok, so I had high expectations about this place. While it fell short of Pok Pok, it was still decent food.

The place was pretty empty when we got there but a few more people showed up and it was about half full. We started with a small appetizer of fried caramelized tofu with sweet and sour sauce. It was pretty good, even though I’m not a huge tofu fan.

We ordered two entrees to share. The one I wanted was the PAD PAK RUAM.  My dish was stir-fried chicken with Chinese broccoli, carrots, cabbage, onions, and green onions served with jasmine rice. The sauce was mild but delicious and I absolutely loved the crunchy cabbage and carrots!

Michael got the PAD KII MAO. It was stir-fried wide rice noodle with pork, red bell pepper, onions, mushroom, and basil in soy sauce. The noodles were a bit slimy and hard to eat but they were delicious. Michael ate all the mushrooms. 😛 Yuck!

I liked the food. It was pretty spicy but not sweat-inducing spicy like Pok Pok was! I enjoyed one glass of chardonnay with dinner and that helped with the spice a bit. I had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Even better!

My only complaint about the restaurant was the table cloth. They were a black and white gingham pattern that made both Michael and I nauseated. I felt dizzy because the pattern was so crazy! My suggestion would be to get rid of those and make them a solid color. Ooof.

I really wanted to stop for frozen yogurt on the way home. I’d left the coupon for the place near our house at home so we didn’t stop. Once I was home I was tempted to go back out and get us dessert. So tempted. I debated with myself why I should and shouldn’t go. I decided not to. Skipping dessert was okay. I didn’t need to go back out, especially since I was pretty full from dinner. Non-scale victory!

Sometimes it’s nice to just get out of the house and change up the routine.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite cuisine? 

Stress Eating Done Wrong

Tuesday I was home again from work. I woke up without a voice and had been up all night coughing. I made a doctor appointment, went back to sleep and slept until 11am. Doctor diagnosis? Bronchitis. Fun times! My lungs are clear, I feel okay despite the coughing (not run down at all). She gave me antibiotics but said she wasn’t sure they’d even help. I decided to take them (even though I hate antibiotics) just in case I also had a sinus infection and woke up today feeling a lot better. Hmmm. I guess they worked?

This week can take a flying leap as far as Michael and I are concerned! It’s just been one crappy thing after another in a litany of crappiness and illness. Michael and I are good, don’t worry. Sometimes your partner needs some cheering up. Even though I was sick and not feeling great last night, I did my best to cheer him up.

I stopped at World Market on my way home from the doctor and pharmacy and picked up a mini summer sausage, smoked gouda cheese and a discounted box of Valentine’s chocolate covered fortune cookies.

I wrote a little note for Michael to cheer him up and included this fitting quote:

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford

The smoked gouda was delicious and the sausage was a bit spicy. It really cheered him up.

After our snack I started making dinner. I seasoned the last of our salmon fillets with salt, pepper, a little bit of lemon pepper seasoning and dill.

I sliced up a lemon and topped each salmon fillet with that. The fresh just makes it better.

I added some defrosted green beans to each of the foil packets to cook along with the salmon. It was a super easy way to cook dinner.

I baked it for about 22 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees. While dinner was baking we ate small Caesar salads. The dressing was even better a few days later.

Dinner was good. It was also really simple: bonus!

We sat by candlelight and ate dinner, then had dessert.

Now to the stress eating…Being sick and having massive stresses this last week led me to make some not great choices yesterday. I woke up at 11, skipped breakfast and ate the last of the brownies instead. Probably the equivalent of 1.5 brownie.  I ate lunch and then was good the rest of the afternoon.

Then when I was making dinner I ate one of the cupcakes I made. Like seriously. Why? I was making dinner. I’d be eating it within 20 minutes…I couldn’t resist a cupcake and wait until after dinner? Ugh. And guess what? I still ate dessert!

After dinner Michael and I both ate one brownie cupcake (the last of them) and then we split one of the chocolate covered fortune cookies. Bad, bad choices on my part.

QUESTION: Are you a stress eater? How do you prevent it?