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Fish Cause Me Stress

12 Oct

I haven’t cooked a salmon steak in a while, months an months I think which is sorta weird since for a while I was eating them at least 2 times a week. I buy them from M&M Meat Shops and they are way delish, they come in a variety of flavours (different sauces) and in my opinion are a win-win option for dinner cause they are easy to cook (for someone who isn’t me lol), taste great, are only 3 points and are the perfect size for your protein. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my dilemna when it comes to cooking the salmon steaks though, I suck at cooking! and when it comes to cooking meat, poultry or fish I have stress because I worry I am going to poison myself by not cooking it through properly. I have no desire to be throwing up my dinner due to my inability to cook the meat, poultry or fish properly…does anybody have that desire? Doubtful! ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, tonights salmon steak had a sauce that is freakishly similar in colour to the colour of the fish…uh, durn. That’s problematic. sigh.

Part of my stress comes from my stove, it cooks hotter then it should so for everything I put in it the temp is 25 degrees lower then what the cooking directions instructย (so instead of heating the oven to 450 I heat it to 425) and I always cook/bake the food for anywhere from 2-8 minutes less then what the cooking directions are. I know I have to do this or risk whatever is in the oven becoming a blackened lump of charcoal, ick. Well, the act of cooking an animal product for less time then what the package says to causes me worry cause in my head if the package says “cook for 17 minutes” it should be cooked for 17 minutes or there is risk of my dying…dramatic? Yes. So what? lol

The salmon steaks are supposed to be cooked for 17 minutes but I always put them in for 15 minutes and they turn out fine. This evening though something just didn’t seem right…When I took the fish out of the oven it looked not as cooked as I recall the other salmon steaks looking. Normally some of the sauce is burned around the circumfrence of the fish but not this time…at first I thought score! I finally didn’t lose any sauce due to burning it! Yah!

Well, by the time I got part way through the fish I was noticing the colour and texture of the fish didn’t seem quite right…it was reminding me of sashimi (the colouring anyways) and wasn’t very hot. I put the not-hot issue down to me eating my rice and mixed veggies first, shrug, figured the fish cooled down quicker then I expected but the colour…well…no explaining that away lol It got to the point where instead of eating the fish I was pulling it apart trying to figure out if the funny colour was the sauce, or the lighting, or my cooking…in the end I couldn’t tell and didn’t want to risk eating even more of it in case it was not properly cooked so in to the garbage it went…which sucked cause I was still hungry! lol

I had a bowl of cereal afterwards to make up for the smaller then planned dinner. ๐Ÿ˜›

Today I ate:

1 Hearty Medley’s = 3 points

1 fried egg = 2 points

1 cheese slice = 1 point

1 piece toast = 1.5 points

1/2 C maple baked beans = 2 points

1 salmon steak = 3 points

mixed veggies = 0 points

1/2 C brown rice = 2 points

1 tbls soy sauce = 0 points

55 g Flax Plus cereal = 5 points

1/4 C 1% milk = 0.5 points

1 pckg Special K Fruit crisps = 2 points

1 Weight Watcher’s one bite coconut chocolate = 1 point

Total Points Eaten = 23

Exercise Points Earned = 7

On the acting front my agent is already proving her worth. ๐Ÿ˜€ She called me today to find out what I am doing tomorrow and on Monday, there was a toothbrush commercial she wanted to submit me for. Like I was gonna say I was busy? lol I told her I was available so she submitted me. Unfortunatly I didn’t get the audition. Now, before you think my not getting the audition is my fault let me explain how this whole system works. Your agent gets informed of a production that needs actor submissions, they contact their actor and make sure the person is available, they submit their actor, the casting directors receive like 300 and up submissions all for one part, they go through them in the order they receive them and once they have about 20 actors chosen to see they stop looking at the rest of the submissions. By choosing 20 actors to audition they are booking themselves for an entire day which is why they don’t look at more then that. So even though my agent was on the ball so are other agents in this city and more then likely I was in the group of people that didn’t even get looked at. Lame huh? The only hope is that the people they audition they don’t like so they will do a second round of auditions, lol,ย if they do that they look at the original submissions so maybe they will choose me then. But really, it’s one of those don’t hold your breath situations. lol.

However, when she called to tell me she hadn’t heard back in regards to the submission for the toothbrush commercial she let me know she had a voiceover job she wanted to submit me for and was I cool with that? Of course I said yes! lol.

Two submissions in one day and I haven’t even been signed with her for a week – awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ Even if I don’t get an audition for the voiceover job it’s all good cause the more times she submits me for auditions the more casting directors see my portfolio and the more likely they will eventually be all “let’s see what she’s got”. Also, a lot of casting directors like to wait until you have been submitted for three projects they are working on before calling you in for an audition because they want to see that you are persistant and serious in this business…they don’t wanna take their time giving an audition to someone who is only “trying out” acting and not serious about it…it’s the Rule Of Three.

I figure I didn’t poison myself with the fish as I haven’t had to go running to the bathroom so bonus there and while I’m a bit bummed I didn’t get the toothbrush commercial (I have really good teeth and a decent smile!…thanks to my parents paying oodles of money to teeth people over the years lol Thanks mom and dad! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I’m hopeful another audition will come up soon…least my agent is actively working on my behalf – so she’s already doing better then the last agent I had lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ Score!

Tuesdays Are Now My Fave Day!

7 Jun

Wow, I loved today. ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish I could wake up tomorrow and it would be today again just so I could relive it! Extreme? Maybe. Do I care? Nope. lol.

It’s not like the day started off amazing or anything, I had to be up a bit earlier then normal cause I had a first stage job interview conducted over the phone. So there I was, up and fed reading a book when the call came through, it took a bit over an hour and I think it went well. shrug. I’m not all that excited about the job (aka, I don’t think I really want it but am going through with the interviewing process just because lol) but even though I don’t want the job doesn’t mean I wanted to totally tank the interview, it’s good to know that the interview went well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I hiked, did some free weights, ab work and stretching – I’m sure you’ll all be super duper excited to hear my sit ups are getting easier to accomplish, lol. That was sarcasm, in case you couldn’t tell, lol, it’s sometimes hard to tell when it’s in writing… I still can’t do a lot of them, weak core muscles, sigh, but I did 20 full sit ups and 20 angled ones (you know, the kind where you only go up as high as the bottom of your shoulder blades and angle so your right hand touches your left knee and your left hand to your right knee). I feel the angle ones more which I am surprised at but I struggle more with the full sit ups…oh, and did you know if you drink water before you start your sit ups you can hear the water jiggle around in your tummy each time you go up and down? It’s true, it’s happened to me 3 times in 4 days, lol.

After exercising, which while I hate exercising I have to admit itย does leave me feeling good about myself, arg, I ate a yummy meal which I’m not sure if I should classify it as late lunch or early dinner…I think early dinner. The reason I had to eat an early dinner? Acting Class! wOOt! ๐Ÿ˜€ I wanted to make sure I was fed early enough before class I wouldn’t be making any digesting noises during class, or feeling really full, but I couldn’t eat so early I’d get hungry in class…a fine line! lol.

Acting Class rocked! Totally, absolutely, 100% ROCKED! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Can you tell I’m excited? lol. This is why I love tuesdays – cause I have acting class. ๐Ÿ˜€

I worked on one of my scenes for my demo reel, I need two. I was worried about my choice of scene, I’m used to working on really deep/emotional/disturbing scenes, I love those scenes don’t get me wrong, I’m really good at them and there is such a sense of accomplishment when you finally get a hard scene nailed down but this scene is a comedy, more light hearted, and I was stressing it would be considered too, um, not flighty, uh…shallow? That’s the best word I can think of right now. Well, I was wrong, and soooo happy about that! How often isย a person happy they are wrong? lol

The scene went great, I got some awesome tips and suggestions from the teacher (who I totally trust about this), the feedback from the other students was helpful, and…I found out my eyes aren’t too big! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ok, I can see your faces now, the confused look, the “huh?” noise you’re quietly making, you don’t know what I look like so you don’t know what I am talking about. Lemme try to explain, my eyes are really big, you know how Julia Roberts has a huge smile that overshadows the rest of her face? That’s my eyes. shrug. I don’t mind too too much, I usually play up my eye makeup and downplay the lips and cheeks cause if I have a feature I might as well use it right? The only problem is that’s all people notice when they look at me, especially when they are seeing me on screen, I have been told by acting teachers in the past to never roll my eyes on camera, not blink so often…all kinds of stuff cause it draws too much attention to my eyes. Do you know how hard it is to control your blinking?? I finally got myself out of the habit of rolling my eyes on screen, now, none of the characters I ever play rolls their eyes which is a little sad imo but oh well.

So today, the teacher brought up my eyes, made a comment about them which opened the floodgates for all the other students and the comments went like this “I am always staring at your eyes”, “I can’t look away from your eyes” etc etc. Not negative comments but all the comments were about how large my eyes are, how that’s all they noticed, blah blah blah. lol. Not like I don’t like compliments but I don’t feel like these are compliments, I felt like they are warnings, red flags being waved! Ack, be careful it’s the girl with the too large of eyes! ๐Ÿ˜› I made a comment back about how my eyes are too large and mentioned how JB (the teacher from the past) gave me a list of rules about my eyes, like never rolling them, because the movement becomes too large on screen and RH (the current teachers) response was this: “Bull Shit! I call bull shit on JB!” ๐Ÿ˜€ How great was that?!?! *giggle* RH and all the other students agreed that my eyes aren’t too large, yes they draw attention but it’s just a matter of learning how to use my eyes and not let them take over the scene – that I can do! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, not only did I get some great help for my scene and am that much closer to being ready to film my demo reel I feel better about myself because some self consciousness I was feeling (and not really aware of) in regards to my eyes has been soothed. shrug. May seem silly, that all it took was one teacher and 4 students to all agree about my eyes not being too large to help me feel better but hey, I’mย a shallow creature and I get my self worth from others (in some ways, not all my self worth cause that’d just be crazeee! lol).

After getting home from class I found in the mail room a door hanging thingy for me saying I have a parcel waiting for me at the nearest Canada Post office, it’s from my cousin DA in England and I am psyched because it contains what will be super yummy junk food that I can’t get here. lol. Yeah, I know, junk food? I can’t eat that! But it’s English junk food, it’s special. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, that’s my day, the day that I loved and wish I could repeat cause I loved it so much. Oh, and bonus, I earned 8 exercise points today and only ate in total 21 points, so, I only ate 1 exercise point. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love when I don’t eat them all. lol. I’m tired from my hike earlier, being up earlier then what I am used to, and the decline of my adrenaline (always happens after acting) so I am gonna go to bed which means I won’t even cave and eat something else thereby eating more of my exercise points. Score! ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, fyi, I didn’t put my food list today because this post is long enough but I had a stuffed Ricotta and Spinach chicken breast for my early dinner from M&M’s Meat Shop that was freaky good and only 3 points. Yum! I’ll talk more food stuff tomorrow.

Boy, I sure hope Wednesday brings something awesome with it cause it’ll take a lot to surpass today. ๐Ÿ˜€

Bad Strawberries! tsk tsk, go sit in a corner!

12 Apr

Oh the sadness of fruit gone bad – not visible bad so you know just from looking to throw it out butย  the you pop it in your mouth and chew and are immediately disgusted by the gross taste that is now covering your poor innocent taste buds – oh the inhumanity! That was me with my afternoon snack of strawberries today – lemme tell you, most disturbing taste evah! It was like overly sweet yet sour and reminded me a bit of wine, not yummy wine, but wine…what’s with that?? *shudder*

So yeah, was lacking in my snack and really, after that train wreck of a tasting I didn’t want anything else in my mouth for a while – I think my tastebuds were banding together to stage a coup (I swear I felt picket signs being raised on my tongue) but I soothed them with tea – ah the wonders of tea! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I ate:

1 apple = 1 point

1 pear = 1 point

1 banana = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

2 pieces Bodywise bread = 1 point

2 cheese slices = 2 points

2 slices turkey meat = 0 points

baby spinach = 0 points

1 tbls light miracle whip = 0 points

1 tsp mustard = 0 points

1 stuffed potato from M&M’s = 3 points

1 tbls light sour cream = 0 points

1 blueberry toaster strudel = 4 points

1 Eat More choc bar = 6 points

Total points eaten = 21

Alright, fine, I shouldn’t have eaten the chocolate bar, I could have easily not screwed up my points and gone over by getting any number of healthy snacks that are in my kitchen but well…the chocolate bar was closer…lame, sigh, I know…I’ll do better tomorrow!

You may be wondering about that toaster strudel – wellllll, I bought them on sale 2 weekends ago, one box was $2! One toaster strudel is 4 points (same as a pop tart, fyi) and what can I say, the marketing got to me. Lately where I live there has been aย crazy increase of toaster strudel ads on tv – when I was in junior high (grades 7-9) mom would sometimes buy them and I loooooved them. Everytime I saw an ad I thought about how I used to eat them and not worry about my weight and how I just enjoyed them and for some delusional reason I seemed to think I could get them now and eat them and not worry about the calories…stupid I know. *flared nostril face* Now I have a box of frickin toaster strudel (minus 1) in my freezer and it’s gonna take me for ever to finish them cause I’ll hafta eat them so sporadically, arg!

Oh, another fyi, they don’t toast all the way through, as soon as I started eating it I remembered this problem from all those years ago. lol. Part of it will be uber hot, part of it a perfect temp and part of it still cold…er…what’s with that?? So, shrug, next time I pop one of those suckers in the toaster I will stand nearby and flip it around mid toasting…maybe that will help…oh yeah, and another thing, it tasted really good…long as you like processed sugary goodness – which I sooo do! lol. ๐Ÿ˜›

Oh the poor poor veggies…

9 Aug

There I was all worried about how I’d deal with 22 points of food on a work day and everything turned out perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ The veggiesย I tookย really rounded out my lunch and helped keep me full throughout the day so I wasn’t starved and low in points by dinner time. Yah!

On top of all that I found out that a friend of mine actually reads my blog, hi R!! ๐Ÿ˜€ lol. I know people read this, hello? I have a stats page but now I have a face and name to put to one of my readers.

Oh and on top of that, lol, I keep getting giddy when I think of my last weigh in which I gotta say, is often. I am not obsessed in a bad away about my weight (at this point anyways-teehee) but I keep thinking of how I am getting lower in weight and how I haven’t been this light in years and what can I say, it makes me grin. I grin even wider when I get dressed and notice how my clothes are fitting differently. It’s not like I need to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe or anything but pants fit looser and so do my hoodies and work shirts. It’s awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

me as a food nerd thinking about what else but food? lol

Ok, enough with my gloating, I am just so excited that weight watchers seems to be working I keep concentrating on it, lol, I am becoming a weight nerd! Is there already suchย a thing or am I the first one? I should start a facebook group…:P

Today I ate:

2 weetabix biscuits = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 1/2 cup strawberries = 1 point

1/2 cup Heinz Maple Flavoured Baked Beans = 2 points

1 piece toast = 1 point

2 triangles Light Laughing Cow cheese = 1 point

mixed raw veggies = 0 points

1 Chicken Breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese = 7 points

grilled veggies = 0 points

1/2 cup mashed yams = 1.5 points

2 Maple cookies = 4 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

That puts me at 21.5 points, I don’t have anything that is half a point and no way am I going over so I will stick with being half under. ๐Ÿ™‚

The grilled veggies were not good tonight, they are the same grilled veggiesย I raved about in yesterdays post only problem with them today is they got burned to a crisp…literally. It’s my fault, they cook at a higher temp for less time then the chicken and I thought if I put them in with the chicken they’d be ok since they were cooking at a lower temp for not a crazy longer amount of time. Unfortunatly, I failed to take in to account that my oven cooks hotter then what it says and well, geez, checking on them to see how they were doing didn’t really cross my mind. Ooops! So some of the veggies were alright but most were charred which isย  a pisser cause they are so yummy when cooked properly. Ah well, better luck next time!

The chicken was from M&M’s Meat Shop, it’s a single serving boneless, skinless chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese and battered. You stick it in the oven for 30 mins at 400 degrees and presto! Dinner! It was really good too! Nice and tender, the meat was moist and practically fell apart when you cut it. The filling was really tasty and the batter was light enough to add flavour and texture without making you feel like you’re filling your stomach with fat. All in all, I totally recommend them even if they are 7 points each. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just don’t cook your veggies and your chicken breast on the same baking tray at the same time…or if you do, check on the veggies! lol.

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