. thinking out loud .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 11, 2012

1. Sometimes I get hit with a mad case of writer’s block. Today is one of those days, thus making today’s post nothing more than a numbered collection of random thoughts like this one: I think I need to cut my bangs…

2. Today is October 10, 2012 which makes it 10/11/12. Kinda neat.

3. Seeing as it was a special day, I put a little more effort into making breakfast this morning (actually, it was just cold and I wanted something warm). I went with spelt flakes since I can’t use my beloved oats, and it pains me to say that it’s not even close to being the same. Looks like I’ll be sticking to cereal for now. I miss my oats :(

4. I also miss the sun… a lot.

5. Snacking on frozen fruit is not a good idea when you’re already freezing cold, but this blend from Europe’s Best is just too good to resist, especially because they definitely do not skimp on the cherries.

6. Thankfully, a cup of warm tea works wonders in warming one up. I’m up to 6 mugs so far.

7. Kombucha makes my stomach do somersaults but I drink it anyways because I figure my stomach could use the workout to stay in shape.

8. While I was out shopping for groceries this afternoon, some guy came up to me while I was restocking on my favorite fruit [read: bananas] and said with gusto: “Aren’t these bananas absolutely amazing?” Uhm. I don’t know? Yes? I have to admit that I was kind of caught off guard. Did he expect a legitimate answer or a phone number?

9. I’m thinking NYX has to get their eyes checked, because this does not look like beige to me.

10. I miss being a kid because not only was taking afternoon naps acceptable, but encouraged! I really needed one today.

11. I also miss baking. All the time spent cooking for Thanksgiving took away any desire I had to try out more new recipes, but I’m starting to feel the itch again so I should be back in there this weekend…

Fig and Date Oatmeal Bars

12. And speaking of [not] baking, why don’t I ever make these anymore? I love them!

13. I’m currently sitting in Starbucks sipping on a cappuccino that isn’t really a cappuccino – it’s a latte. The foam to milk ratio is way off and I’m none too impressed. That’s it… I’ve officially become a coffee snob.

14. These posts are kind of fun. If no one objects, I think I’ll be doing them more often.

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Tell me something random :)

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chelsea@Ahintofhealthy October 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Haha 6 cups of tea?! I thought I drank a lot! Haha that is awesome :) Also those frozen berries look delicious :)


2 sarah October 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Nope, no objections from me, I really enjoyed this post:).
Are you unable to eat all oats, even the gluten free ones? I definitley think its worth keeping experimenting with the different grains though, buckwheat pudding is pretty good( not sure if you’ve tried that).
And what…You stopped making cookie dough balls( traitor!)! I for one, never stopped, and I’m still obsessesed with their yumminess. Thankfully I’m not going through a batch a day anymore, it is a pain in the beehind making them that often:p. Did you still use the oats in them?
And although it’s 100% possible that the shop assistent was trying to pick you up, I whole heartedly agree ,bananas are absolutely amazing & I share his ethusiasm for the fruit.


3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I haven’t tried gluten free oats, but I don’t have a problem with gluten in things like bread, pizza, waffles, etc. so I can’t imagine it would make a difference in oats either :( And I didn’t actually make any cookie dough balls; I was just looking through some old posts and it just hit me that I haven’t made them in forever. The small amount of oats probably wouldn’t matter though, seeing as I can eat those oat bars without a problem. Maybe it’s just bigger quantities of oats on a daily basis that I have problems with? Who knows. The body always gives me more questions than answers…


4 Dione October 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I am a total tea granny too. I need at least 2 or 3 huge mugs a day. My current love is glitter and gold from David’s. Do you ever go there or have a favourite from there? Forever nuts and the detox tea is also amazing.


5 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I’ve actually only started going not too long ago, and their selection is so massive that I seriously get overwhelmed 😆 The only ones I bought so far are Cinnamon Heart and Coffee Pu’erh, and I love both. I’m kind of a sucker for black tea, and when I want something without caffeine then I love anything with cinnamon, apple, lemon, or ginger.


6 Lisa October 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Have you thought about quinoa porridge for a warm breakfast? Not quite oats, but warm and gooey and pretty darn good in its own right.


7 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Is it made with any kind of special flaked quinoa? Because I’ve had regular quinoa for breakfast before and didn’t really enjoy the flavor of it as a sweet dish. I think I may have gone with the wrong flavors though, because I’d imagine something like apples, cinnamon, and raisins would go better than chocolate did 😆


8 Lisa October 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Not with flakes. Something like this: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quinoa-porridge/

Cinnamon goes well with just about everything 😉


9 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Kombucha upsets your stomach? It does the opposite for me! Love the stuff.


10 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Nooo not upsets… it actually helped me with a lot of issues. Just right after I drink it, my stomach feels all squirmy for a while 😆 That’s really the best way I can describe it. Squirmy.


11 Cait October 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love list posts…and plus you reminded me it was 10-11-12! :)

Also, just pinned those chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls…totally need to make those soon myself!


12 Gloria October 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I love kombucha, but why does it have to be expensive?! :/ And yes, I think he wanted your number 😀


13 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Yeah the price is ridiculous. But I try to make mine last for a while and only drink 1/2 or 1/3 of a bottle at a time. Helps a little :)


14 Alex @ therunwithin October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

i am all about random posts do, I need a haircut as well. my thing with all kinds of ‘blends’ in foods is that they always skimp out on one. if you are lucky, it is the one you like the least but lets be real. that never happens.


15 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

They skimped on blueberries, and I love those a lot. The cherries made up for it, but just barely…


16 Natasha October 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I love to eat ice – nervous habit. Except it is soo flippin cold here in Michigan, so I always have to have either coffee or tea after to warm up! lol


17 Hannah October 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I’m sorry if I missed this — but why aren’t you able to eat oats?
love your blog – such an inspiration :)


18 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I think I was just eating way too much of them and my body developed an intolerance or something. I just started noticing that every day after breakfast, my heart would start to race, I’d get lightheaded, and I’d start feeling like I was having a full blown panic attack or something. When I changed up my breakfast, it stopped happening, and when I had oats again, it came back. Sad times :(


19 kris October 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

i love random posts!
– a frozen fruit mix that doesn’t skimp on cherries sounds awesome! – cherries are thee best! yum!
– haha if the guy at the grocery store was expecting a phone number, i suggest he try a different pick up line.. 😛
– hmm, something random: i miss the good ole middle school days when the biggest thing i had to stress about was keeping the grades up or what to wear to school the next day… ;P


20 Alexandra October 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

haahahha this post brought the biggest smile to my face! Lovin all the randomness 😀
hmmmm random thoughts from me:
1. today I caught 6 hermit crabs in invertebrate lab and named one jimmy
2. I went through a 3 lb bag of baby carrots today… I think I need an intervention for my addiction haha
3. I’ve been dying to color in my coloring book all week. I know what I’ll be doing to procrastinate studying this weekend mwahaha
Have a great night!!


21 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

!!!! I have a coloring book of my own! Wax or pencil crayons? 8)


22 Lauren October 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Gah, I hated making cappuccinos because I was not good at steaming enough foam. Once a lady ordered a dry cap and yelled at me when it wasn’t foamy enough. And I’ve been traumatized ever since.


23 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Love random, list-y posts.

I need a haircut too…and a manicure…le sigh. I’ve never tried kombucha! It’s on the pricy side and I’m afraid to buy it and realize I don’t like it.

P.S. that might be the best pick-up line I’ve ever heard – buddy was totally after your number. :-p


24 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I would keep trying out different at alternatives like barley, amaranth, etc. maybe you will find one you like!


25 Jessie October 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Love these kind of posts! I can’t believe you’ve had 6 cups? Girlll I don’t know how you do it lol


26 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I make a lot of trips to the bathroom 😉


27 kelsey October 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

These posts are totally fun! There’s something for everyone!

I just started a barista job, and I have to say, it’s really difficult to make the perfect cappuccino! I’m going to make one, though, eventually!


28 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie October 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I still haven’t tried kombucha and I really want to, but I want some kind of free sample first so I don’t waste a couple bucks on something I end up throwing out. Cappuccinos, though, are definitely a drink I can get behind! I haven’t had one in a long time, but I love their foaminess and I’m thinking I’ll have to order a soy cappuccino soon.


29 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish October 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Your grocery store story made me laugh out loud! Even though I’ve never had a guy pull a banana line on me (how awkward!), I’ve heard some great one liners at Whole Foods . My store is nicknamed the “meet market” because about 90% of the shoppers are young 20/30-somethings who apparently are so career driven, they only take time to “shop around” when they’re at the bar….or the grocery store. It’s pretty crazy how many times I’ve been approached there!

I know I mentioned this on Instagram, but have you tried the Synergy Guava Goddess? It’s amazing stuff. I have to be careful with kombucha too, though. A half a bottle is waaay more than enough to awaken my stomach. 😉

Your doll tea set is adorable. And this post was fun. :) Happy Friday, Amanda! xoxo <3


30 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

Grocery stores just feel like such an awkward place to get hit on, though! At least he kept it PG 😆 And I have tried the Guava Goddess kombucha when I was down in the States, but we don’t get that flavor up here so I just roll with Trilogy or grape.


31 Khushboo October 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

Haha random posts are the best…to both write and read! I am all for more brain vomit every so often on the blog ;)! As a coffee snob, I am rather surprised you like Starbucks coffee! Iced, it’s fine but I just can’t get the hot stuff down! Something random from me: Kombucha is one of those healthy things (along with green monsters) which I just can’t get on board with…for now I’ll stick with water, thank you very much!


32 Caitlin October 12, 2012 at 12:10 am

I had to re-read your post because I was distracted the whole time by thinking “Oh dear, it’s only October; shall I break the news to her that it wasn’t a very special day after all?” (tbh a little bit of panic thinking that it was November already and I hadn’t noticed, too!). I finally realised that the northern hemisphere tends to write dates using the month/day/year format; DOH. It’s already the 12th of October here in NZ so that made me even more confused. It was a lovely post though hahaha, I love the more personal ones detailing the little parts of your days!


33 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hehe to be honest, I’m actually not even entirely sure how to write it properly because I’ve seen it both ways, even up here.


34 C October 12, 2012 at 1:28 am

You should try Millet flake porridge – it’s really good. Especially made with sweetened rice milk.
I was put off loads of foods for a while to try and work out what my intolerances were and this was one of the things I was allowed and have kept it up since!
You can also get quinoa flakes which are pretty good.


35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’d like to do more experimenting, but I’m afraid to end up with more flakey cereals that I don’t like :( Does millet have a strong, distinct taste? Or is it pretty mild?


36 C December 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

its mild tasting and has a creamy texture. Its yum! do try it!


37 Floey October 12, 2012 at 4:31 am

Throughout the entire day I’m probably up to 8 cups of hot tea in the winter. haha. Have a happy friday :) any plans?


38 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

Not for today! It’ll probably be an early night because I’m hoping to drive up to the mountains tomorrow so I’d like to pack and get some rest.


39 Sara @my less serious life October 12, 2012 at 4:47 am

i hate when i order a cappuccino and they give me latte. i find this happens WAY to often so now i order my cappuccino – extra dry. this usually works.


40 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

I’ve tried that a few times and basically gotten nothing but espresso shots and foam. I just can’t seem to hit that sweet spot in between.


41 Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle) October 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

Fun post! I’m a bit of a coffee snob as well 😉


42 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

I drink tea non-stop in the fall and winter too! What are your favourite kinds?

Also that’s such a bummer that your stomach can’t handle oats anymore! :( Have you tried any of the Go Go Quinoa products? I have a 4 cereal blend with quinoa flakes in it from that brand and it’s an awesome substitute for oatmeal. I found it at HomeSense… I love the food section of that store! 😀

Something random: I found fuzzy mold on the side of my open pumpkin can today. I still ate it anyways haha.


43 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

My absolute favorite tea is Harney & Sons hot cinnamon spice, but it’s kind of a pain because I have to order it from NY, so lately I’ve been looking into David’s Tea and their cinnamon heart comes in pretty close. Do you have any favorites from them?

And Homesense rocks my socks off! I think I’ve seen those quinoa flakes there, so I might pick some up the next time I visit.


44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’ll have to try that one from David’s Tea! I’m a newbie to their teas, but so far I really like their pumpkin chai and mint chocolate rooibos!


45 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness October 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

Love the random posts!!! I always find them interesting! I’m really missing the sun too! I just want summer to come back!


46 Kat October 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

I love this post :)
And we had rain yesterday, for all of 10 minutes. This weekend is supposed to be back up in the 80s. I mean really?! How am I supposed to wear all my cute scarves and sweaters when its 80???!


47 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

You can always pack a suitcase and come visit 😀


48 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love writing random posts like this! Feels good to just get out all your thoughts sometimes!


49 Meg October 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

Woah, color fail on that gloss, haha! That made me giggle.

Post like this are awesome – speaking whatever is on your mind because you’ve got writers block IS the cure for the block :) Love it.

p.s. wanna cut my bangs too?


50 Linz @ Itz Linz October 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

Random posts are fun! Random fact: I tried pumpkin cream cheese for the first time this morning!


51 HollieisFueledByLOLZ October 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

I love random posts and learning more about bloggers. It is so much more interesting then…today I did this, this and this. Or writing a research post about things I could have looked up online LOL. Random for me is that it’s currently hailing outside and I’m not a winter lover LOL.


52 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hailing!? 😯 Okay, I won’t complain about our weather anymore…


53 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

I love these posts. The random lets you get to know the blogger so much more!

P.S. I love Sudoku.


54 Ellie@Fit for the Soul October 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

Oddly enough, I found out that I kind of enjoy these posts too! Like the few I had several weeks ago. 😀 And oh mannn I’m sorry you went through that awkward moment with the banana guy! haha. And I can relate to you on the coffee snob department! I guess I can get VERY disappointed if my coffee doesn’t turn out the way it’s SUPPOSED to. hah!


55 Miss Polkadot October 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Aw, this post made me smile and relate in many parts. Hello, afternoon naps? My cousin was over for to visit for a couple of days and we were SO ready for naps after lunch combined with dreary weather outside.

As for tea: Have you tried Yogi teas? Their Sweet Chili and Mayan Cocoa Spice are lovely.

Thanks for this post and I wouldn’t mind more of them!


56 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I’ve tried a few Yogi teas, but never the Sweet Chili or Mayan Cocoa Spice. They sound delicious [and warming] but I’ve never seen them around here :(


57 Miss Polkadot October 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Oh, too bad, I wish I could send you some.


58 Missy October 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I will randomly tell you that 99.99% of what I write on my blog is “nothing more than a numbered collection of random thoughts ”

And we love yours so…you can always think out loud here.

Thanks for number 2! I usually always realize things like that but today has been super busy at work.

And lol #8….I mean…that’s just off. If you were getting peaches or grapes…something like that it would be different (I am oft known to share my produce enthusiasm with fellow shoppers #THATgirl).


59 Shira October 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I am also a 6 cups a day (minimum) tea drinker. Have you ever seen Yogi brand tea Green Kombucha? It’s so good.. kinda fruity/minty.. much cheaper than kombucha drinks and its hot :) I love it!


60 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I have! I actually love the taste of that one and I think I’ll have to pick up another box the next time I see it 😀


61 Lisa October 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I like these posts:)
Oh yes, I think I’m quite the coffee snob now…oops. I feel kind of bad about that. ha ha.
I totally wish naps were acceptable, I kind of get groggy out of them, but some days I just need a nap to stay sane!
I wonder if you could try buckwheat cereal (from bob’s red mill) instead of oats? They taste pretty similar. Does oat bran bother you as well? I’m trying to think of other oat options for you ha ha.
Tea is my lover during the fall as well! It warms me right up. Do you ever go to David’s Tea? That place is all great things tea!


62 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I haven’t tried the buckwheat cereal, but I guess I could give it a shot as long as it doesn’t have too strong of a flavor. And I’ve only been to David’s Tea a handful of times… I bought Cinnamon Heart and Coffee Pu’erh and love them both, but I definitely want to try out some more. Any that you can recommend?


63 Andrea October 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I totally second you trying the Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat hot cereal. It is SO good. I make it sometimes just to switch it up from oats. The taste is not strong at all.. but very tasty! It does taste like buckwheat, but not that really earthy taste that is usually associated with buckwheat… I’m really bad at describing things ha!


64 Irina @ Chocolatea Time October 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

:( still no luck with oatmeal? When (if ever) do you plan on re-introducing it back into your diet? 6 cups of tea is usually my daily average. It’s nice to meet someone else as addicted as me! All those trips to the bathroom are super annoying though…

Haha and #8 – why is the male species so weird?


65 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I definitely want to try it again, but I’ll probably give it another few more months before introducing it slowly. I really hope that it works!


66 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Haha! Yeah, I’ve definitely been drinking tea like it’s my job lately…and it hasn’t even got NEAR as cold here as it is for you up there! I’m never gonna make it this winter! :-O

Too funny about banana boy, but hey, would that not make like the cutest story to tell your grandkids…yeah, grandpa totally picked me up over a display of bananas! Lol

I STILL need to make your fig bars!!!


67 James@ENetHealth October 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I’ve never heard of that tea before. I’m currently drinking 3 cups of Quebra Pedra tea a day because it’s supposed to help dissolve gallstones, but it’s causing a lot of discomfort in my stomach just like your Kombucha tea.


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