October 20, 2011
My Good Karma Day
Wednesday started rather uneventfully. Did some school work, made MR's dinner in advance (a collection of leftovers from Canadian Thanksgiving plus a cabbage and mustard green salad with Italian seasonings) since it was class night. Went to work... things are extremely busy, but I did manage to get in a noon yoga class before heading downtown to stop by the National Labor Relations Board and file a card before my class.
Or so I thought.
Packed my things, walked to the train. Waited.
It was raining. We were cold. There were about fifteen of us standing there and as always happens in trench warfare, we rapidly became a band of brothers (or sisters) as we waited for the train that never came.
After about an hour and fifteen minutes of this (while there were no announcements and the website said nothing informative) someone called SEPTA and they said no, there would be no train. A tractor trailer somehow impaled itself on the tracks somewhere along the line.
Some people had cars and decided to drive, but several of my would-be train-mates were stranded. One woman was trying to catch an Amtrak train to Florida, from whence she would leave on a cruise with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandkids. If she didn't catch her train, she's miss her cruise.
"Okay guys," I said, "I'll go home and get my car and be back to pick you up in fifteen minutes."
Sandy had the train to catch. Diane worked out near me but lived in West Philly. Dave was an independent contractor who lived in Manyunk but was doing some contract work in Conshy. All were cold, wet and stranded.
I didn't tell MR that I was taking three strangers into town because he would have been worried, but I figured that random people waiting for a train weren't likely to be serial killers. I mean, serial killers have cars, right?
We also picked up Claire who had taken the train to work and would have been stuck. So we all piled into my tiny Geo Prizm, and off we went.
Dave passed out granola bars as in-ride snacks. Sandy told us about her upcoming cruise. Diane just made sure we didn't take Kelly Drive, which to her credit is notoriously dangerous.
Dave was dropped in Manyunk, the traffic gods smiled upon us, and Sandy made her train in plenty of time. Diane got out to help Sandy with her luggage and make sure she boarded safely before hopping a subway for the thirteen blocks home. Claire hopped a seven minute train ride to her usual stop.
They tried to give me some cash but I refused, and just asked them to send me good thoughts for my upcoming union election. Karma beats cash any day.
Earlier that day I had loaned a pair of yoga pants to a fellow yogini who had forgotten hers. If that's not good karma, I don't know what is.
I had enough time before class to treat myself to a salad at my favorite salad spot, the Marathon Grill. My Control Freak salad (yes, that's what they really call it): romaine, free range turkey, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled onions, kalamata olives, goat cheese, blue cheese dressing on the side (I just use a few dabs) and red wine vinegar on the side.
Class was awesome, as always, and then I worked for two hours with my group mates on a group project, thinking the entire time that none of them had to get up at 5 am to meet a nurse at 6:45 to get flyers into the hospital. Well, the ER resident in the group could definitely give me some competition in the busy-ness arena.
It was a good karma day, all around.
What I ate yesterday:
2 hard boiled eggs
1 Chicken Parmesean Lean Cuisine
1 giant Marathon Grill salad
2 pieces of string cheese
1 glass of wine when I got home from class
Happy Karma to all!
Not sure on the calories though it was 440 before the salad,
Posted by april at October 20, 2011 9:33 AM
You're right, you're building up some awesome karma. That is one of the nicest things I've heard of someone doing. Kudos to you.
That salad sounds amazing. I like that you use a few dabs of bleu cheese dressing. That's my favorite dressing, and I usually dip the corners of lettuce leaves and other veggies into it for that zip of flavor without having it drip in dressing. I'd rather eat a little bit of a dressing I love as opposed to tons of something like fat-free Italian, which is just too sugary for me. Otherwise, I opt for good old olive oil, vinegar, pepper and a splash of lemon.
Posted by: Jessica at October 20, 2011 4:44 PM
Absolutely LOVED reading this. YOU GO GIRL.
I am microwaving squash (inspired by you!!! love some of your recipes) and mixing then will be mixing it with avocado right now (that's just my own silly creativity)!!!! I find avocado actually fits into my cronometer quite nicely and I still have 100 percent nutrition and calories to spare! :) Course I keep a higher one than most adults because well...I lose weight pretty quickly if I eat lower than 1500 per day. Still a growing gal.
Posted by: L. at October 21, 2011 9:36 AM