It’s hard to believe it was nine years ago already.  At the time I worked in Chicago, at a law firm on Michigan Avenue about 3 blocks from the John Hancock building.  Living out in the “sticks” my commute was a long one.  I took the 7:15 train that got me downtown at 8:25, and then I had to either walk for 20 minutes, take a bus or a water taxi to get to Michigan Avenue.

If I took the water taxi (which I thought was fun!) I still had a six block walk to get to my office.  So on a good day – I’d leave my house at 7:00 and get to my desk just before 9:00.

On 9/11 as I was walking through the train station I saw all these people crammed into one of the coffee places that had a t.v.  I had no idea what they were looking at, but I didn’t want to be late to work so I just kept going.

Once I got to my desk everyone was like “did you hear what happened?”  We all set in one of the conference rooms and watched the footage on t.v.  It was then decided that they weren’t sure if the terrorists were going to attack more major cities, and 15 minutes after I arrived at work, we were sent home.

It was a sea of humanity at the train station.  Tony was so worried about me and just wanted me home.  Because there were so many people, no trains were express so we stopped at every stop.  By the time I got on a train that wasn’t full, I finally made it back to my train station at 12:30 p.m.

It was that event that we both decided that I shouldn’t work downtown anymore, and within three months I found a job in the suburbs.  Where were you on 9/11?

Check out Joanne’s blog – she was in high school at the time three blocks away!

It was bagel day at my office, so instead of my english muffin, I scored half of an everything bagel – I seriously need to make some bagels!

With some Tabasco cottage cheese on the side:

I knew I wanted soup for lunch, but I didn’t have any made.  So in my lunch bag I threw in a jar of chicken broth paste, a handful of peapods, a piece of chicken that I had defrosted for our pizza last night, a jalapeno and thai noodles.  I figured I’d just make it at work!

First I sauteed my chicken in 1 teaspoon of sczechwan sauce.  In a second pot, I had two cups of chicken broth (2 cups water with 2 teaspoons of chicken broth paste) simmering with the sliced jalapenos.  In yet a third pot I brought water to a boil, then added my thai noodles – you just turn off the heat and 8 minutes later they are perfect.

At the very end I added the peapods because I still wanted a bit of crunch to them.  I am sure people in my office think I am ridiculous, but I take full advantage of our office kitchen!

While it doesn’t look attractive, I assure you that it was delicious – I love spicing up broth with fresh jalapenos!

So we had party pizza Friday!  This time I decided to make a Mexican pizza.  First I make the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package yeast

Mix together, put on your counter and add up to 1/2 cup more flour to get the right consistency.  I pre-baked my dough for 5 minutes on the lowest rack of my oven at 425.

The base of my Mexican pizza is 2 tablespoons taco sauce, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce and 1/2 cup refried beans:

After the dough is pre-baked, add the base:

While the dough was baking, I sauteed a chicken breast on high heat with taco seasoning.  On my side I also had corn and pickled jalapenos:

And then a mixture of cheddar cheese and queso fresco cheese.  I put the pizza back in the oven, off the pizza pan and directly on the lowest rack of my oven.  I likes me a crispy crust!


And after it cools for a couple minutes, I finish it off with shredded lettuce and crushed tortilla chips.

I had three slices it was so good!  And guess what?  Tony liked it too! 😀

Kelly at Happy Texans tagged me!  She asked me these questions:

1.  What was the catalyst that made you decide to lose weight/get in shape?

  • In 1999 I had no idea I weighed over 200 pounds, let alone 210!  But I realized it when I got into my car one day and my stomach actually touched the steering wheel, and I was the only one who drove my car!

2.  What do you like best about yourself? (could be a physical trait or a character quality)

  • That’s a tough one, but I have to say that I can roll with the punches pretty well!

3.  What is your main goal with weight loss/getting in shape?

  • My main goal is to keep my diabetes in check so that I don’t get complications later on in life.  It saddens me when I see people with diabetes not take care of themselves today because they don’t feel the damage that’s going on, and by the time they start getting complications, you can’t undue the damage.  And I’ve promised Tony that I have to outlive him because he says he can’t live without me! 😀

4.  What rejuvenates you?  In other words, what do you do to recharge your batteries? Relax?

  • Cooking!  Seriously, like many of you out there, I think about food all the time.  When I finish lunch I start thinking about dinner!  After a day sitting at a desk all day, I come home, kiss my family, put my pajamas on (yep!) and start cooking dinner.

5.  What has been your greatest accomplishment so far in your life?

  • My daughter has to be my greatest accomplishment.  She has been such a joy in my life and I really can’t imagine my life without her.   I was pretty much a party animal when I got pregnant with her.  She grounded me and made me grow up much faster than I probably would have otherwise!

6.  For fun, what is your favorite food?

  • Pizza! 😀

Enjoy your Saturday!