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December 23, 2008

Whew, I’m exhausted! I spent a good 4.5 hours just walking without sitting down once! I slept in because I watched Gossip Girl until 1 am…. guilty pleasure guilty pleasure… then I walked into my mom’s study to check on her to find her watching the SAME THING (but a few episodes behind me)!!!
Because I slept in so late, I had a relatively light breakfast: cottage cheese with a little yogurt (not Greek, which is rare), 1/2 banana, blackberries, grapenuts, pecans, and sliced almonds.
I needed to get out of the house… this is what happens when I sleep in– I feel like I’ve wasted the day! I decided on a whim that Jewish or not, I would be celebrating Christmas this year by buying people presents! I braved the freezing cold weather in my warmest clothes, gloves, a scarf, and a hat, and took the bus downtown. I spent ages gazing at presents I knew I couldn’t afford, but eventually I was pretty successful. I left at around 11:45 and I didn’t get home until after 4:00. I didn’t stop for lunch or anything! I did, however, grab a quick nonfat decaf mocha (not pictured… I didn’t sit down, remember?), which warmed me up considerably.
However, when I got home, I was STARVING! I scarfed down the rest of the lentil chestnut soup, graham crackers and peanut butter, and an apple.

This still didn’t really fill me up (moral of the story: bring a snack), but I knew dinner would be relatively soon, so I didn’t eat anymore. It’s a good thing I didn’t, because tonight’s dinner was fantastic!!!
I only really need to eat latkes once or twice a year, due to being so rich. Tonight we had latkes with homemade apple/pear sauce and Greek yogurt (full fat because when you just have a dollop it makes all the difference… I wish it had been sour cream, though, for the full Jewish effect).

We also had a beet soup with beet greens, like a faux borscht, which we also ate with a little yogurt.

I had 1 1/2 latkes, and believe me, I was stuffed! These latkes still weren’t as greasy as most, though, which is why they’re not 100% golden and crispy.
On the side we had an arugula salad with candied walnuts.

My parents thought this was a weird meal because there was no main course, but that didn’t even occur to me! To me, it seemed perfectly balanced and filling. I didn’t even think of having dessert.
But I did have a tangerine.

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