The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


I’m heeeere!

Well…the events of my day can pretty much be categorized as good, bad and downright ugly!

The good: I decided to postpone my workout to this afternoon and got to sleep in this morning!

The bad: I broke a mirror getting ready. ‘Nuff said. :(


The good: I wore my favorite sweater today, making me feel like I was wrapped up in a big blanket all day. :)

The bad: The snow plows came around last night and created a 3 foot drift at the end of my driveway. I didn’t see it backing out, slammed into it, and got stuck.

The good: My neighbor was already outside shoveling his driveway, so he freed me!

The good: I left early enough to beat the majority of traffic into work. The commute, while slow because of slick roads, was basically a breeze.

The UGLY: I got to my desk and realized I left my work laptop on the kitchen table at home.

The bad: I had to go and get it. 30 minutes away…

The good: While I was out I decided the situation called for a special breakfast. A Cinnamon Crunch Bagel and Latte from Panera was just what the doctor ordered!

panera cinnamon-crunch-bagel panera-cream-cheese

The bad: When I got back on the freeway, the traffic I had beat the first time around was out in full force and I was going nowhere fast.

The good: I spotted an out and got off at the next exit, deciding to take the back roads to work.

The UGLY: The street I picked to exit on was at a standstill because of a stalled car. I sat for 20 minutes in the car, in park.

The good: At least I had a latte!


The good: I completed an awesome interval run after work. It was so much easier than last time! :D

The bad: I had to clean up the shattered mirror on the bathroom floor from this morning before I could take a shower. Darned morning self!

The good: Dinner was 90% ready for me – frozen Butternut Squash Ravioli!!


I pulled out the leftover butternut squash ravioli that I had froze after I made a big batch a couple weeks ago.


I pan fried them in some sesame and extra virgin olive oil until the bottoms were golden brown.




Then I poured 1/2 cup of water in the skillet, put on a lid and let them steam for ~2 minutes. Then I took off the lid and let them crisp back up for a minute or so.


After I removed the raviolis from the pan, I created a quick sauce of:

  • ~2 teaspoons butter
  • splash of chicken broth
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • walnut pieces

I poured the sauce over the ravioli and topped with freshly cracked pepper.


Voila! Chewy, savory, a hint of sweet – and ready in 10 minutes!


I literally gobbled these up! Well, I started gobbling, reminded myself to slow down and savor (which I did for a few) and then resumed gobbling. ;)


Love these tender ravioli!


The good: The Office and 30 Rock are on tonight!


2 ugly situations

5 bad situations

10 good situations


All of the "bad" and "ugly" things listed above are trivial and, in the grand scheme of things, are not that bad! In the moment they seemed like just the worst, but in actuality, I have it so GOOD. I just need to remember that in the moment!

Tune in tomorrow morning  for giveaway #3 of the Month of Holiday Giveaways!!


How did your day tally up?

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  1. Evan Thomas 12.10.2009

    I like the positive thinking! You guys in the midwest are getting Hammered. I’m sure I’ll hear about it more on the treadmill tomorrow

  2. VeggieGirl 12.10.2009

    I was worried about you! Usually you post in the morning, haha :-D Hang in there and I hope that there’s only “goods” for you tomorrow!

  3. Very cute post! Looks like there were more goods than “Bad” and “ugly”
    Have a great evening :)

  4. Lindsey 12.10.2009

    Bad and good! Woke up at 5 to work at 6, until I realized too late that I wasn’t supposed to show up until 7! Luckily I could entertain myself on the laptop and enjoy some coffee and a lovely sunrise :D

    I like this post! and will definitely be trying some treadmill intervals and b.nut squash ravioli!

  5. Yasmin 12.10.2009

    What a crazy day for you! Mine wasn’t nearly as exciting that’s for sure but all in all ended up good.

  6. That’s the worst, leaving something at home after a hellish commute… that panera breakfast looked like just what the doctor ordered!

  7. Good news about the run! I had a good run tonight, too…and I, too, slept in and worked out after work. Amen to that! And I didn’t FORGET my laptop…I just dropped it. THANK GOD it didn’t end up like your mirror. If it were my personal computer, that’d be sucky…but it was my work computer and that would be bad, bad, bad! Ugly, even! : )

  8. Molly 12.10.2009

    looks AWESOME!
    sorry about the mirror…i broke 3 mirrors in the course of one summer once. Im pretty much cursed for life :(

  9. Meg 12.10.2009

    Love the tally at the end! I’m glad you turned a bad day into a good one overall!

  10. Holly 12.10.2009

    gah, this is totally a time where i am so thankful i walk to work. the traffic in madison was HORRIFIC downtown. glad the good things outnumbered the bad – kick back and enjoy your night lady!

  11. Julia 12.11.2009

    I love cinnamon crunch bagels with hazelnut cream cheese…so yummy!
    Have a great Friday!

  12. Leianna 12.11.2009

    Your “good” things today add up to be great! I don’t miss Minneapolis traffic in my commute, but Panera could solve that!

  13. Lauren 12.11.2009

    Oh no! Your bads and uglys totally stink! :( But I love all of the goods! Cinnamon Crunch Bagels from Panera ROCK!!!! I can’t think of anything that would bring more cheer to my crummy day.

    And that ravioli is making me drool. I need to make some! :)

  14. Michelle 12.11.2009

    I love your favorite sweater! Where did you get it? Sorry you had such a bad day!

  15. Hunni and I love to talk at the end of the day about what went well and what didn’t. Helps us both to put it in perspective.

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