Posts tagged ‘three-mile thursday’

June 30, 2011

Good Things for Thursday (and a giveaway!)

I know it’s usually “Three-mile Thursday” around here (and yes, I still went for a run this morning), but today it’s “Good Things Thursday!”  Who doesn’t like good things?!?!

1 – Yesterday, I treated myself to a non-office coffee.  I’ve stated my distaste for the hot mud work coffee, so this is a treat.

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That's a happy thumbs-up stick Tiff, not an angry, obscene-gesture-making stick Tiff.

Today I got more non-office coffee since I worked out at home instead of the gym, thus giving my access to both my shower and my coffee maker.  Simple pleasures…

2 – I came home to a whole lot of awesome yesterday.  Leia was pretty pumped about the greatness.  Food Should Taste Good was kind enough to send me 5 bags of goodies to review.  Wowzers – that’s a lot of chips!

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Can I Has A Chip? Nom Nom Nom

Food Should Taste Good allowed me to choose which of the flavors I wanted to review, and trust me, it was no easy choice.  Their flavor lineup includes Multigrain, Sweet Potato, Olive, Jalapeño, The Works!, Chocolate, Lime, Blue Corn, Cheddar, Toasted Sesame, and White Cheddar.

After work, I savagely tore into opened, White Cheddar and Jalapeno.  The White Cheddar flavor was very tasty.  The chips are very crunchy, like regular corn chips, but there’s an added grainy texture, which I happen to like.  No greasy chip fingers here; they are like cracker/chip hybrids.  White Cheddar is not loaded with flavor, like Doritos or Cheetos, but your mouth and fingers do not turn florescent orange.  Score!  There’s just enough cheddar flavor to be satisfying.

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Naked Chip - No Dip Needed

I think I prefer the jalapeno chips.  They are still very crunchy and grainy, but the extra kick is really nice.  It’s the tip-of-your-tongue hot, not wasabi all-up-in-your-buggers hot.  Neither chip will satisfy a salty craving, just FYI.

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Nutrition Info Available on Company Site

Lucky for me, I happened to have an amazing pairing on-hand at home.  Now, I’m not saying you need beer, a dip, or anything else in order to enjoy these chips.  However, I recommend having water handy if you have a low tolerance for spicy.  They’re not that hot, but there’s my warning.

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Read Below + Hear Me On This One!

Pairing a chip with a beer might sound… different, but let’s face it, pairing this flavor with a great craft brew like Victory Hop Devil (which scored 99/100 on Rate Beer and A+ by “The Bros” at Beer Advocate) is definitely a good thing!  Neither bitter beer nor spicy chip overpowered the other, and while the malt balanced the spice, the light hint grapefruit makes the pairing like a cabana party in my mouth.

  • Note, I only had a few drinks of Kev’s beer – one of those babies clocks in at 215 calories per 12 oz.  Yikes!

3 – The last good thing for Thursday is a giveaway!  Hooray!  Food Should Taste Good is giving away 5 more bags of their goodies to one lucky reader.

You want to win this; the company representative told me their “our all natural tortilla chips are made from real, simple ingredients. All of our chip varieties are free of cholesterol, preservatives and trans fat, and do not use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).  They are also certified Kosher and Gluten Free, lower in sodium, and are a good source of dietary fiber.”

All you have to do is follow me on Twitter, and leave a comment telling me two things: (1) that you follow me on Twitter and (2) the flavor interests you the most.  Do this by Monday, and you could be the winner!

Good luck!

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June 23, 2011

Ding Ding Ding Da-Da Ding Ding

Ding Ding Ding DaDa Ding Ding… Under Pressure… Ding Ding Ding DaDa Ding Ding – Sorry, I was channeling David Bowie this morning.  This post is about being under pressure.  No, nothing big is really weighing me down, and no monkeys are riding around on my back.  However, there are a few of life’s pressures worth mentioning (three to be exact).

1 – Do you ever put pressure on yourself to push yourself to the limit, even when it may not be the best idea?  My three-mile Thursday run today got me thinking again.  I have been pressuring myself lately to do a half marathon.  I want to do it.  I do.  But that’s a lot of running.  I know the cons outweigh the pros on this one.  I don’t think my knees or my patience could handle all that training.  Training would also lead to weight gain since I’d be eating to fuel my running.  So why am I even considering this?  Pride issues?  Probably – but I still want to do it.

2 – Do you feel pressure to be more polite than confident?  I do, and I think I’m not the only one.  In a way, that’s a good thing – otherwise we’d all be a bunch of jerks.  However, try and tell me you haven’t’ done or at least heard this before…

  • You look great in that dress!
  • Thanks.  I hate the way it tightens around my ____ (insert perceived flaw here).

 The other day I told Kevin that he has great dimples.  You know what he said?  “Yeah.”  Imagine that coupled with a sly, dimple-showing smirk.  I had to laugh.  That was a good response, but I’m not used to hearing responses like that.  I usually compliment my girl friends, but the feedback is generally negative.  How is he so confident?  More importantly, how can we all be more like that???

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I’m confident enough to leavethe gym like this…

3 – Do pretty pictures in store flyers pressure you into buying things you don’t need?  Nope, this pressure is definitely not weighing me down, but I’m still totally serious.  I saw party supplies on sale in my local Target flyer.  I want to have a party.  My parties are usually epic fails, but Kevin’s good at throwing parties.  Why do you think I was attracted to him in college?!?!  Just kidding!  We got a kegerator back in January or February, and we’ve only had one party and one keg with it.  Instead of getting beer for a party, I think we need a party to justify getting beer!

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Yup... Just Checking... Still Outta' Beer

On a side note, I had a nice workout yesterday.  I did 30 minutes on the arc trainer (not my fav) and an arm workout.  Today I completed a 3.27-mile run and some abdominal work.

Have a great Thursday!  It’s my Friday – no work for me tomorrow.  Woohoo!  Don’t worry, I’ll still get up early and hit the gym, but you already figured that, didn’t you?

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