The Fish Distribution Theory…

Hey guys. Just checking in. It’s been over a month since I’ve written here. I still exist, I promise. I’ve been swamped, what with the new job, traveling for training, taking MBA prerequisites, and marathon training. When I’m not doing one of those things, I’m probably asleep or eating.

Only if rave = math

So let me summarize my life recently.

I started my new job toward the end of June, and it’s been a whirlwind of learning and training. Last week, I traveled to Canada for the latter days. I went to the company’s corporate office and learned all the procedures, programs, and all that jazz. I also got a chance to check out Toronto a little bit during the evenings. Have you guys had poutine? It’s French fries with cheese curds and gravy. How are Canadians not all mega fat?


I’ve also been taking MBA prereqs EVERY day of my life. I get home from work, and take some lessons. I wake up on weekends and finish as many as I can. I’ve managed to pass finance and accounting (who knows how), and I’m currently mucking my way through statistics. These types of classes might be easy, but I’m taking the equivalent of about 3 class sessions per night every night with quizzes, tests, and assignments. I’m completely lost and have no idea what I’m doing.

I cannot wait until I have actual class where there are teachers teaching me things instead of lame slide shows with voice overs. The worst part is that the voice over for statistics has a HORRIBLE case of dry mouth for every single video. That poor woman. But seriously, listening to her mouth sounds is so distracting when I’m trying to learn about the Poisson Distribution (guys, that’s Fish Distribution, let’s not act like it’s not).

In the time I’m carving out and calling “free time,” I’m either sleeping, eating, playing soccer, running, or going to the gym. Now, please don’t be confused and think that I do all these things in one day. I don’t (except sleep and eat, I do that every night and day). On weekdays I go to the gym every morning (hellooooo, 4:30am!). Saturdays I play 1 game of soccer, and Sundays I do marathon training long-runs. Poor Sean has to put up with me being a completely useless human being in our household. He is the best human who ever existed, and I know you’re all jealous haters that someone who doesn’t even drink coffee made me the best cup I’ve had this morning.

Ok, just kidding about the jealous hater part. :) Who am I? Nicki Minaj?

So, this is why I haven’t existed on my blog recently. And, honestly, it’s killing meeeeeee. I miss writing non-work, non-math stuff so much. I could have written so much about the World Cup. Or my cats. Or other things…. Maybe? See? I have so much to talk about…

Anyway, that’s the State of the Carolyn.

Looks like Boehner’s my only real hater…

Recent Eats, Recent Deets

The first three days of semi-paleo eating have gone well. I don’t feel insanely hungry like I did in the first days of my sugar detox. I don’t have the “deficit rage”that I did in the past. The chicken & sausage jambalaya was great the first night (though a little spicy) and the crock pot steakhouse beef & onions was mostly a success (except for me not realizing that my slowcooker didn’t have a “5 hours on low” setting… whoops!). Last night we had talapia and salads. Tonight it’s the slowcooker salsa chicken.

I love food

We made the paleo banana bread over the weekend and mixed up some of the paleo cookies Tuesday night. For someone who’s pretty anti-paleo, Sean is not minding the dinners & sweets (which I normally DO NOT make). In fact, he ate most of the cookies already. I got home from work last night, and they were mostly gone.

Cookie Monster

Working at my new job is going great. I’m trying to familiarize myself with Marketo, SalesForce, and the inner workings of insurance companies this week. I feel very behind. I know it’ll take time to learn the jargon and the industry, but I hate this “semi-knowing” phase that comes with a new job. But, there are tons of opportunities to do what I’m really good at here. So I’m definitely excited about that.


I also got the email with my required prerequisite courses to start the MBA program in August. So I have a month (or less-ish) to take accounting, finance, and statistics (even though I’m pretty sure I took that for my psych minor…).


I believe that we will win

Semi-Paleo Meal Planning

After I kicked butt at the 21-Day Sugar Detox Challenge where you eat minimal sugars (both processed and natural) for almost a month, it was like my body rebelled against healthy foods. For some odd reason, I could no longer stomach the green veggies I’d survived on for a month. Salads became something I’d have to force myself to eat, and my body craved massive amount of bread and processed sugar products. It was like my body revolted after that.

Gimmie Pizza You Old Troll

My friend Kristin told me she had a similar experience after that challenge, so we tried to get ourselves back on track with a more paleo-centric challenge. The paleo-focused approach lets you have more fruit than the restrictive 21-Day Sugar Detox, and paleo treats that include sweeteners like honey and stevia. I’m also going to let myself have dairy since I live off whole milk when I feel like I’m starving or going to die without something that’s similar to ice cream. She is way better at paleo than I am, and managed to follow that style of eating for a long time. Then, I think she fell off the wagon when we became good friends and I peer-pressured her into eating junk food again. #badfriend

Peer Pressure

Anyway, the whole point of this was that I wanted to get back on a healthier track (one should probably not eat 2 pieces of toast and call it dinner). So I planned this week’s meals with that fancy meal-planning service I bought a while back and barely used. That, plus a combination of things we had in the fridge and freezer. This is what I’ve got planned.


Monday: Sausage & Chicken Jambalaya with Broccoli Slaw

Paleo Sausage & Chicken Jambalaya


Tuesday: Steakhouse Slowcooker Beef & Onions with Salad

Paleo Steakhouse Slowcooker Beef & Onions


Wednesday: Lemon Pepper Talapia with Broccoli


Thursday: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Spanish Cauli-Rice

Paleo Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Spanish Cauli-Rice


Friday: Almond-Encrusted Chicken Fingers with Whatever Green Veggie is Left ;)


Paleo Desserts:


Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Paleo Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread


Soft & Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Paleo Soft & Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Hopefully this menu can hold us over for the week. I’m expecting that dinners will have enough leftover for lunches. We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll definitely report back on progress. Happy Monday! I’m mega excited to start my new job today. #adulthood