by Sara on August 26, 2010

Guess where I chilled a few nights ago!


If you guessed that I was pimpin' with Chingy, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg at the Holiday Inn…

You'd be wrong. :-(

But the Towne Place Suites was almost as exciting.

I mean, check out da crib!

(Oh, hi Mom!)

Ghetto beautiful green walls, accented by maple wood bed frames and tasteful multi-colored bed spreads.

Flat screen TV? Yes please.

But this was the real deal maker:

A fully stocked kitchen!

All of that for under $100. Not too shabby.

But WHY was I at a hotel? 

I wish I could tell you that my mom and I hopped a plane to pull slot machines in Vegas, but not so.

After a late dinner (at none other than P.F.
Chang's, of course!–quick pause for pic!),


Salmon Steamed with Garlic and Ginger–one of my usuals!

…my mom and I returned home to a DARK house. We learned, through a
note scribbled on a piece of binder paper and taped to our door, that our power
had been disconnected while we were gone

A power box on the side of our house fell in a
huge wind storm a few nights ago, and the power company
made it out to our house last
night to check on it. 

Well, it turns out that, since the power box is
our property, it was responsibility to call an electrician to replace it. The
problem was, that at 10pm, no electrician could come to our house

We were POWERless.

Having spent 24 hours without power a few nights
ago, and not knowing when an electrician would be able to get to our house, my
mom threw up her arms and declared we were going to a hotel.

We fumbled around in the dark and threw random
things into our suitcases. Of course I forgot underwear…and toothpaste…and my
makeup remover
. But I did manage to toss in some eggs, cheese, veggies and
, which became breakfast in the morning.

 The stove never heated up, so I had to utilize the microwave. 


Egg puff (2 eggs whisked together, nuked for 1.5 minutes), red onion, zucchini, mushrooms, blue cheese Laughing Cow, WCM Luna

I'm glad I brought a a few kitchen sink food items with me because the complimentary breakfast in the lobby ended at 9:00 am, which is when I rolled out of bed.

The reason I'm dedicating a post to this hotel chill time fiasco is not to show off my stellar eats, but because it really wasn't a fiasco. A few years ago, however, it would have been. I would have panicked about needing to go to a hotel on such short notice. I would have worried about not having access to all my "necessities" (i.e. safe comfort foods). A change in routine was once a recipe for disaster.

However, during the past few weeks, I've realized how much I've changed this year

While I was in DC I was able to go out to eat and enjoy every aspect of my meal, without feeling a smidgen of guilt afterward. I was able to sleep on the floor, go days without internet, and, (this is the real kicker), skip the gym for more than three days. I know that for many people these events sound normal, but I was so tightly wound up for so long, that rigidity became MY normal. I wouldn't go anywhere unless I knew I could eat the foods I wanted and workout to my heart's content.

Now, I am at peace with being powerless.

And damn, it feels good!

Life is more exciting, more satisfying, more invigorating when you live buoyantly. In other words, when you accept that you can't control life's curve balls, the struggle is over. There is no struggle because you KNOW that there is a greater plan. There is NOTHING to worry about. 

You know what else feels good? Progress. *Update*: I've managed to put on some healthy weight and am pretty excited about it! The hard work is beginning to pay off. :-)

Anywho…Long story short, it took  20 hours for Idaho Power to turn our power back on.  

My mom and I celebrated our home's re-electricification with a delicious take-out meal from Mazzah, a small Mediterranean restaurant five minutes from our house.

I ordered the chicken kabob platter: a skewer of veggies and a skewer of chicken, served with basmati rice, pita bread and a choice of two sides. 

My sides were Dolmas (grape leaves stuffed with rice and veggies then cooked in lemon juice and olive oil) and hummus (garbanzo beans ground to a smooth texture and mixed with lemon juice, fresh garlic and tahini). 

The best part may have been the creamy tzatziki sauce–mmm!

I plowed my way through this meal! So tasty and filling. In fact, I was a little uncomfortably full afterward.

Last night, I met my gal pal Meg for more fantastic food. We ate dinner at Pho Nouveau, a relatively new Vietnamese place in downtown Boise.

I typically order Pho (pronounced FUH) when I go to Vietnamese restaurants, but it was scorching out, so I went with something a bit more refreshing.


Banh Hoi: Banh hoi trays are served with lettuce wraps, steamed rice noodles, herbs, and Vietnamese dipping sauce, along with your choice of meats, shrimp, or combination, grilled to perfection for you to wrap with your hands.

What a feast! The plate above contained lettuce, cucumbers, mint leaves, basil leaves, carrots and cilantro. I enjoyed wrapping the shrimp, noodles, herbs, and veggies together!

It was so nice to catch up with Meg! We're both beginning new chapters in our lives, which meant there was a lot to chat about. We've been friends since high school, however our friendship has grown tremendously since I moved back to Boise last January. I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to get to know her better, and am most definitely going to miss meeting her for dinner each week.

Dessert was four of these:

IMG_0447Hershey's Macadamia Nut Kisses! 

My mom recently took a trip to Maui and brought back a bag of these only-available-in-Hawaii-and-online chocolate delights. I LOVE macadamia nuts. I LOVE chocolate. I LOVE the ALOHA message inside. 😀

I'm not so sure I'm going to love these though…


Another gift from Mom. This can has been sitting on the kitchen counter for a week, daring me to pop it open. 

I'm pretty much opposed to all things SPAM. 

Should I woman-up and give them a try?  


  • http://lifeisbetterthanfiction.blogspot.com Meg

    Ahhh! My power was out Sat night through Sun afternoon too! Not fun! It’s humbling to realize how much we depend on technology!

  • Julie

    Hey girl! Oh my goodness, how frustrating about the power! But it looks like you had fun in the hotel! haha
    I love what you saw about giving up control…”when you accept that you can’t control life’s curve balls, the struggle is over. There is no struggle because you KNOW that there is a greater plan. There is NOTHING to worry about.” AMEN!
    Those kisses look yummy! And SPAM! ewww!

  • http://www.hungrymeetshealthy.com christina

    that’s crazy about your house but at least you got to play in a fun hotel! with a kitchen! OMG i LOVE those hershey kisses. i had them when i was in oahu a couple years ago. ewwwww to the spam nuts!!!

  • Anna

    Try the spam macadamias! (I wrote “spam nuts”, but that sounded horrible..)
    Anyway, I’m a Maui local & grew up with that lovely square meat, and it’s basically just a brick of bologna with a gross stigma. DO it do it do it!

  • http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)

    I’m against all things SPAM too 😛
    I feel ya girl, I am constantly learning to let things go when they are beyond my control… I use the classic “take a deep breath!” :)

  • http://fitnfreshblog.com Alycia [Fit n Fresh]

    Yeah I would be tossing that SPAM first chance I got! And I love that you didn’t let this powerless thing affect you. It feels so freeing to be dependent on yourself for happiness, you know? :)

  • http://www.homecookedem.wordpress.com homecookedem

    OMG! Those hershey kisses are calling my name!! :) That meal you ordered from Mazzah looks AMAZING!! :) Yall sure did make lemonade out of lemons!! :)
    So proud of you for making progress and putting on healthy weight!! YAY!! You are so fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • http://foodfunfabulous.blogspot.com Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous

    I’m wary of the Spam but the hershey kisses look great! I visited Hawaii for a tennis tournament in high school and want to go back!

  • http://ieatasphalt.com Alex @ IEatAsphalt

    I had to giggle just a little bit that you forgot toothpaste but managed to grab eggs. I think any sort of food items would be the last thing I’d think to grab.

  • Sally

    Isn’t it amazing how much we take electricity for granted. I’ve always thought it’s good for us to be thrown the powerless curve ball now and then…just to make us stop and give thanks that we have electricity in our homes. Not everyone in this world is so fortunate. I’m a macademia ‘nut’ too! Eat one for me. :)

  • Sally

    oops…forgot to say congrats on the healthy weight gain! You GO GIRL!!

  • http://www.missymiller.wordpress.com Melissa Miller

    Reasons why I LOVED that post:
    1. The Holiday Inn song makes me laugh. Never gets old.
    2. That hotel room is TO DIE FOR.
    3. I LOVE reading that you have so much freedom now… dealing with food and exercise obsession is so exhausting! Your in shackles. SO COOL you can just drop everything and GO…wait. Make that drop everything and LIVE!
    4. I have shrimp defrosting in my fridge for Din and wasn’t feeling it …. until…holy yum those look good!
    5. The macadamia kisses…never heard of them. AWESOME gift idea.
    6. I SOOOOOO want you to try the nuts. I actually enjoyed dill pickle flavored cashews lately. Ya never know! Just make sure you document it. We wanna see your face. (0:
    Have a great POWER-FULL weekend.
    Yes double entendre fully intended.

  • http://bitesandbliss.com Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    That’s an awesome little unexpected adventure! You’re right- living buoyantly is key to happiness. There’s so many people out there that get freaked out of the smallest things! I mean, c’mon people..chill out. If we just take things as they come, there’s so many amazing memories and experiences that can come from it! Everything happens for a reason..so why shut them out just cause they go against “your plan” for the day?

  • http://mutritiousnuffins.blogspot.com/ Meagan @ Mutritious Nuffins

    I used to love Luna bars, until I found out about the horrors of soy and it’s affects on your health (especially on your thyroid) and so I stopped eating it (especially after it killed my thyroid) and then I found out I was allergic and so now I NEVER ever eat soy and avoid it like the plague. Phew!
    Here’s a link if I’ve peaked your interest:
    It’s a VERY important topic I am quite passionate about.

  • http://she-fit.com SheFit

    Awh, sorry your power went out, but what a perfect excuse to have a little get away with your mom! Sounds like a great hotel

  • http://burpandslurp.com sophia

    Why are you against SPAM?! It’s AWESOME! So good fried with kimchi and rice. :-)
    Ah, that sucks that the power went out, I hate being powerless more than anything. In VA, that happened a lot esp when there are storms and it felt like years before the power came back again.

  • http://www.runsongreen.com Danielle

    Girl, we are so similar. A few years ago, I would have panicked at the thought of going to a hotel too. I’m a type-A, planner, control-freak by nature but we can choose how we let it affect our lives! So glad you’re finding peace :)
    SPAM nuts hahaha well, one wouldn’t kill ya

  • http://www.snackingsquirrel.com kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com

    dont do it!! dont do the spam!! haha .. thats one thing i never ever wanna know what it tastes like 😉 haha.. just know that if u do try it u cant say i didnt warn ya hehe 😉
    wow a fully stocked kitchen at that price!?!? .. dont u love when good luck (and good prices) come your way!! :)

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