Mid-Week Music: Girl by Beck

circa 2007

Portland is currently stormy and gray. And all I want is sunshine!

This song was one of my favorites in high school. It’s quirky, fun, and just happy. It’s also super weird, but what Beck song isn’t?

I loved it so much, I even got a Neighborhoodie with the lyric “sun- eyed girl” on the back. Now I’m all nostalgic for high school…

Mid-Week Music: Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye

 

We love music (and each other)

94.7 FM has been playing this song non stop! And really, I can’t blame them! This is the first song I have heard from Gotye and I am already addicted.

I just had lunch with Danielle and she just raved about him and his album “Making Mirrors.” And trust me, my girl Danielle has wonderful taste in music! She promised to burn me the CD…I am so excited to get my little hands on it!

 

(Small confession: Initially, Steven and I always heard the word “bunnies” instead of “somebody” during the last part of the song. So silly.)

The video actually made me love the song even more.

 

And you HAVE to check out a cover of this song by Walk off the Earth. One guitar for five people? Check it out, it’s definitely worth your while!

The wondrous world of the Google search

First off, I love love love having people visit my blog! But I also have a fascination of finding out how they got here. It’s a strange sort of curiosity that all bloggers have, I am not ashamed to admit that it is a fun little game! From my blog dashboard (doesn’t that sound exciting?!) I can see the search terms readers use to find my blog.

At first I didn’t think it would be that cool. I of course have the usual search terms that you would expect…. “Roya Ghorbani” and “Life of Roya.”

And with the popularity of my Freshly Pressed Mad Men post, I have a lot of searches about Mad Men. “picture of attractive man 1960″ “men from the 1960″ “Mad Men Secretary.”

But some of these search terms for “Life of Roya” are just…strange! They are so random and hilarious and are just too good not to share! I kind of just want to meet these people, I hope they eventually found what they were looking for. As long as Google keeps driving traffic to my site, I don’t care what they are searching for! Thanks Google!

Here’s a peek of how some readers found my blog…

ghorbani mozzarella

happy people pictures from iran

front restaurant window

yoga is awesome

röya fan kulb

twilight breaking down smile

babe tehran

california drinking 1970

ray ghorbani

the book name roya…

fat kids eating iranian food

iran trip friendly

frozen yogurt business cards

starbucks red cups 2011

And my all time favorite…

y did u lied to girl love pictures

Best Lasagna You Will Ever Have (I promise)

So I was recently introduced (well, more like discovered…) The Pioneer Woman. And let me tell you, SHE ROCKS! She has the best blog I have ever seen and her recipes are to die for! I have spent hours just looking through her posts and recipes.

And one definitely caught my eye… The Best Lasagna. Ever

I made it for Bridgette a couple weeks ago (she of course supplied the wine!) and I made it for Steven earlier this week. They both were happy campers with their dinner! It was cheesy, filling, and really flavorful.

What more could you want in lasagna?!

This lasagna recipe is super easy to make and it is absolutely delicious! It is a pretty big batch, which is perfect for next day leftovers and lunches!

I tweaked the recipe slightly just based on the ingredients I had in my kitchen (check the original recipe). And don’t let the cottage cheese deter you, I promise promise promise it is a great addition to lasagna!

Also, my lasagna(s) were not nearly as pretty as The Pioneer Woman’s, so I will add her beautiful photo, which will give you an idea of this amazing dinner!

The Pioneer Woman’s The Best Lasagna. Ever (Roya version)

courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese with Green Onions
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

In a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat.

Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons oregano, basil and salt. After adding the tomatoes, the sauce mixture should simmer for 20 minutes while you are working on the other steps.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside.

Cook lasagna until “al dente.”

Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.

Bake 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes

Eat and Enjoy!

Lessons Learned Through Running

It all started with a very bad, no good, rotten run.

And a card given to me by my wonderful friend Erica

I was planning on doing a 3 mile run. I was excited, ready to run. And I start…and everything just felt wrong. My legs, the music, my breathing, the way my foot was hitting the ground. 1.5 miles later and I just couldn’t go on, I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m the kind of (stubborn) person who when I put my mind to something, I’m going to do it. And last night I just didn’t do it.

I of course felt like a failure. Angry, hurt, frustrated, depressed. You name it, I felt it.

Afterwards, I internally berated myself for hours about my less than stellar performance.

But why? Why do we do this to ourselves?

And then I read the card. Yesterday Erica gave me a little care package for my office, complete with nutrition bars and a nalgene for the “gnarly runner goddess” in me. There was homemade card that read “you inspire me.”

Instead of thinking of what I have accomplished, of how proud people are of me (and how proud I am of myself,) I dwell on the “bad,” internally scolding and reprimanding myself for failures and mistakes.

That horrible run and that beautiful card made me realize that this bad thinking has to stop. And it has to stop today.

I need to stop and realize that I have accomplished a lot. At the end of October, I decided I wanted to become a runner. And I did just that. 122 miles, 15 pounds lost, 9:55 pace.

But truthfully, it’s not even about the running.

It’s really about proving to myself what I can do. And acknowledging how far I have gone to reaching my goals.  
And we all need to start acknowledging that in ourselves. 
 
“I am not built like a runner.

My bones aren’t weightless.

My legs aren’t gazelle-like.

As a child, no one ever said, “Now that one…she’s going to be a runner.”

I am not a marathon runner.

But, I know that no one is a marathon runner until they actually run one.” – Nike ad