Having a big breakfast on the days I work the market has been key.  Still happy I never had to make a stop at the grocery store this week, and ended up making breakfast tacos.  I shredded some zucchini and scrambled that with egg whites and a bit of pepperoni and pepper jack cheese for the filling, then Pam fried them with kiwi and grapes on the side.  This breakfast came in at 10 smart points.

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Wednesday night I was sweating balls, and yesterday at the farmers market I saw Mom’s carrying babies with hats on their heads!   When I left for the shop, it was overcast and 68 degrees.  And while it looked on the verge of raining at any minute, the rain stayed away.  I saw this cute dog at a stop light on my way.


We were at the city market yesterday, and traffic through Chicago is hit or miss.  As it turns out, we got there about 2:45 and the market didn’t start until 4:00, so it was a nice leisurely set up.  It didn’t really start to pick up until 5:30, but we sold a lot of wraps.  My partner ended up doing the cooking because he didn’t feel like talking to people.  He’s 21, and his girlfriend just broke up with him, so he’s having a tough time.  I didn’t mind though, as much as I love cooking, I think I almost enjoy talking to the people more!


I never even noticed this huge mural on the wall of this building the last time we were here.  I’ll have to get a better picture when there aren’t tents in the way next time.  I ended up eating my lunch before the market officially opened:  a turkey sandwich on low cal bun, banana and grapes.


As always, the time flew by.  I didn’t get home until nearly 10:00 p.m., all I felt like was simple spaghetti with butter.  I used Ronzoni smart pasta (7 points for 1.5 cups) – higher fiber – and melted a tablespoon of I Can’t Believe its not butter (1) and added dried parsley, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.  This hit the spot!


I still want to thank everyone that reached out to me about my panic about not being able to make a living doing what I love.  Your faith in me is overwhelming, and it lifted me up just when I needed it.  To my friend Jacky, whose celebrating her son’s wedding reception this weekend, but still left me a message on Facebook – thank you!

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Then this morning, this popped up on my Timehop – I need to take advice from myself sometimes!

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And then I saw this on Instagram this morning:

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So I have renewed faith that I will find something that I love.  I am going to try to push away the self-doubt and fear, try not to dwell so much and what could have been with Tony, and take each new day as it comes and make it the best day I can.  I hope you make it a great day!

I have an early market tomorrow, but my saving grace is that it’s close to the shop, so it won’t be too bad, and I think I am doing it by myself which makes me happy!  Then Sunday I am with my buddy Alberto – he and I work very well together – he’s a cooking machine and I am a selling machine, so it’s the best combo.  Let’s hope I don’t run out of product 2 1/2 hours before the market ends though!

See you on Monday!