Color me pink

June 1, 2010 § 5 Comments

When I was small I used to be a very girly girl. I played with barbie dolls, loved wearing dresses, liked to don on princess constumes and run around the house or to the playground in them, adorned myself in all sorts of fake (toy) jewelries I could get my hands on, and would sneak into my mom’s makeup bag and smear lipsticks on my tiny lips.

Needless to say, my favorite colors were red and pink to represent my ultra-femininity. Or girliness, if you will.

Since my girly childhood years, I’ve grown to embrace other colors as well, alternating between blue, teal, purple, and pink. Nowadays, I like all sorts of colors. One day I would be totally obsessed with yellow, and the next week I’ll be adoring purple, then maybe switch to a soft green the next.

Today, I’m feeling pink (has anybody else wondered how they ever ended up with so much clothes?!). I think in my heart, I’m still a little girl who adores pink. And so, I dug through my wardrobe and found this:

Pardon the spotty mirror! Look it alsoΒ  matches my water bottle! Ironically with my yellow bag in the background.

I also used to own a pair of K-Swiss shoes that had light pink bottoms and I even replaced the white laces with hot pink laces.

See those shoelaces? ❀ ’em! This picture was taken 2 summers ago (2008) while I was vacationing in Canada with my family. Look at that wild long hair! πŸ˜€

Did you know that different colors have different meanings?

For example, pink usually symbolizes:

  • happiness, and sometimes seen as light-hearted
  • youthful, fun, and exciting
  • romance

The effects of the color pink:

  • stimulates energy
  • increases blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, pulse rate
  • encourages action & confidence

And…a very interesting one…

  • used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior

Here are a couple of fun facts that I found highly amusing:

  • Some studies of the color pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the color.
  • Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave sugar.

If you’re a pink fan like me, read more about the color pink here, which even includes the history and origin of the color! In my opinion, pink retains the sexiness that red evokes, but adding a little more playfulness (think Victoria’s Secret). Did I get that right, ladies? πŸ™‚

Anyways, on to eats. I had something brown for an afternoon snack:

A Caramel Nut Brownie Luna Bar. I’m usually not one to like super sweet stuff, and Luna Bars tend to be on the super sweet side. However, I seem to be able to take on Luna Bar’s taste. I also really like the Blueberry Bliss flavor πŸ˜€

I would love to have me some pink dinner, but besides salmon and half-cooked chicken breast, I couldn’t think of anything that is pink and dinner food-esque. Being the vegetarian that I am, salmon and chicken are out. Maybe I’ll have a pink smoothie made with frozen strawberries as dessert?

My little helper got to work for dinner:

While my hardworking elf is concentrating on his dish, I made Lemon Garlic Pasta that I saw from Dreena Burton’s Eat Drink & Be Vegan book. After about 30 minutes of tinkering around in the kitchen, we had our finished products.

First up, Dmitri’s garlic bread:

And my Lemon Garlic Pasta:

The garlic bread was really good. Beats restaurant-style garlic bread! πŸ˜€ The pasta was also very light and refreshing, and I especially like the added crunch from the toasted walnuts that were tossed in there. I think some fresh basil or parsley would add to the flavor, but I only had dried parsley at hand.

Dmitri and I are now comfortably seated on the sofa and watching 17 Again off his laptop. Not a big Zac Effron fan, but the movie is something light and does not require the brain. Ahhh, so is vegging out on the couch!

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+ What is your favorite color? Does it change according to your mood?

Pasta to the rescue

May 27, 2010 § 2 Comments

Holy moley, this week has been craaaazzzzzzzzzyyyy! Anyone feel the same? It’s been like chop chop everyday in lab this week, beginning from Tuesday’s late night to today’s standing for 8 hrs straight and only 25 min lunch break. Although my mornings always start like this:

Peaceful, quiet, calm. Like this Eeyore on my fave mug! Even though Eeyore usually isn’t quite that happy, but he sure does look like he’s in a blissful state here! I think mornings are my favorite time of the day, not just because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but also because I always feel so grounded in the mornings. Mornings are when everything is just arising to and waking up. I love the feel of the first rays of sunshine upon my face, breathe in the fresh dew of the morning, and the quietness that mornings provide. Mornings mark the start of a new day. Whatever happened yesterday remains there, whether it be that you get a crap ton of junk, or that you said something horrible to a person and you didn’t mean to. Today you get to start afresh, with a fresh new face, spirit, and mindset.

Needless to say, by the end of the day everyday from lab, I’m like this:

Pooped n’ tired. Lol my boyfriend took this picture with my Canon EOS 450D and didn’t really know how to use it, so everything turned yellow. I’m camouflaged! πŸ˜€

So today, after having stood and ran around in the lab for 8 hours, I was less than psyched to cook a full-blown dinner. What’s a girl gonna do when she has a hungry boyfriend lurking around with starving eyes and when she’s just plain exhausted?

Pasta! More specifically, organic whole wheat spaghetti with Sprout’s Mushroom Marinara Sauce! On the side we had some roasted broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers. Sometimes the simplest dinner just hits the spot! I’ve also been craving green smoothies this entire afternoon. So I ate my spaghetti with a green smoothie that I made with lettuce. Yup, you heard me right, lettuce. I didn’t have spinach, and the only leafy veggie i have is lettuce. So lettuce it was! I could not taste the lettuce at all though. The banana and chocolate whey protein powder and strawberries must have masked the lettuce taste! I still think I’d continue making my smoothies with spinach, as they are more nutritious. Yep, drink up those iron, niacin, zinc, vitamin A, C, E, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.

That was probably more info than you needed to know. I didn’t know half of those were high in spinach myself!

Phew, am I glad that tomorrow’s going to be a Friday! Alrightey, I’m out. Gonna go relax with some tv or a book!

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+ What’s your favorite “lazy person’s” meal?

+ Are you a morning person?

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