Do you see it??? The double rainbow?
It rained this afternoon, which kind of mirrored my mood as I headed out after an entire day of sending my resume and carefully crafted cover letters into the vacuum of cyberspace. I’ve probably already mentioned this, but unemployment is a full time job. I said yesterday that I was planning on hitting it hard today, and I think I did just that. I worked for seven hours straight, and broke long enough to get dressed to go to a marketing event, where I networked for another hour and a half. (Incidentally, this is what my host does for HER JOB. Nearly every day. It’s draining just thinking about.)
So unfortunately I have nothing interesting to show you today. Just breakfast.
Strawberry, blueberry, spinach, cottage cheese, almond milk and protein powder smoothie with granola and some decaf coffee. Sidenote: I haven’t had leaded coffee since…Thursday? This is good, I’m kind of detoxing (I hope). I know, I know, another boring smoothie. In my defense, I bought an economy-sized box of spinach, and now I’m playing race-against-the-rotting with it. A common game us impulse-purchasing single ladies play. Single ladies? Care to confirm? (Oh, and speaking OF!!!)
After two applications were completed, which unfortunately takes a long time (writing a good cover letter is no joke!), I broke for a quick but tasty lunch.
Broccoli, onion, and swiss omelet (omelette?) with a side of grapes. Don’t let the size of the plate deceive you – this thing was big. This used to be one of my favorite dinners in high school when my mom still cooked for me, and I think of her every time I make it. Oh, and it’s super tasty.
Unfortunately, I think my brain must have been consuming calories like a crazy (right, blame it on your BRAIN, Pamela), because I was hungry not two hours later. I staved it off with more water before caving.
Sunflower butter toast with an EXCELLENT peach. Allow me to just note the fact that this peach was purchased from Target in some random ‘burb of Denver. And it was WAY better than the three I bought from Whole Foods in the city center last week. Big Ag, what have you done to these peaches to make them so good? I never thought I’d say this, but I think I need to hit up Target again before peach season is over!
And then the networking event happened at the Tech Center Hyatt, where I nibbled on far too many tasty treats for my own good (this girl cannot say no to a buffet spread, particularly when there’s a gourmet dessert table) and hoarded business cards, ideally for my own good. I have some major follow up on my agenda tomorrow!
Dinner took place at a cute spot in the Denver University area called Little India.
Our waiter was totally adorbs, likely a DU student, and the food and atmosphere were both spot on. We sat on the patio, and reveled in the sunset and the associated temperature drop. Not to brag, but the summer evenings here are the best I’ve experienced – bugless, humidity-less (despite the rain!), and heat-wave-less. Weather perfection.
We had those little cracker/chip thingies on the table with the tamarind and mint chutneys I love so much, and despite my munchies at the event earlier, I dove right in.
Unfortunately, then the sun set. My camera is REALLY struggling to take low-light photos, and my editing capabilities are limited to iPhoto, so these next pictures suck. I really don’t know what to do, but I think some more camera research is necessary. This is two nights in a row I’ve essentially been foiled by dim, but not DARK, conditions, and it’s frustrating to tote around a baller camera if it doesn’t actually take the shot.
Rant aside, the food was tasty tasty. Fresh, well-seasoned, and nourishing.
I ordered the vegetable curry, which was packed with carrots, peas, potatoes, green beans, and other goodies in a spiced sauce, alongside delicious Basmati rice, and two kinds of naan. Now, we all know naan is like crack and probably one of the more tasty breadstuffs I’ve ever consumed, but have you heard of Kalbi Naan? I cannot find a Google link to further information about this dish, but let me just tell you about its utter delightfulness. Imagine naan, in all its soft chewiness, smothered in butter or oil, and stuffed with a sweet paste made from cherries, raisins, and nuts. RIGHT??? OMG it was so amazing I will absolutely be back just to order it again. Forget the veggies – bring on the sweetened carbs! No but seriously.
As we were busy enjoying the tasty food, a line from a friend of my hosts came up at the dinner table. Apparently one night, the aforementioned friend said, “There is no forward movement in complacency.” I’ve been thinking about that idea a lot. It’s essentially what brought me out West, a decision I hope never to regret. I don’t think I will, but at this point, as I’m anxious about a job, apartment, and social life, it certainly reminds that I have indeed made the right decision. I don’t ever want to become complacent – I seek forward movement always. And I don’t want that to change. So while I take a breather between jobs, I stand by my convictions and shall continue to seek a role that suits my need for ever-evolving challenges. Complacency will not take root in my life, not while I have the means to encourage growth.
So here I am.