We have had so much rain the past month that I think it’s going to take until August before our basement dries out 😦

A little depressing, but I’ve been at the office so much I haven’t really noticed. 

Found an interesting article on Ms.JD discussing how to manage stress long term.  I tend to think my job is a little like an attorney’s – as a consultant, I work every day with clients, juggle multiple projects, and have an unlimited number of ways to get myself over-committed.   The toughest part of my job right now isn’t necessarily working with my clients, but helping other consultants work with their clients!  An entire group of people who are equally (if not more) neurotic than me!

Right now, I’m more interested in thinking about WHY I try to do so many things to the point where my mind runs non-stop.  I know and practice all of the day to day coping strategies, but what I’m trying to figure out is how you balance your professional and personal life long-term to balance the up and down cycle so that the potential for burn-out is limited.

Currently, my progress is an epic fail. I’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, a stressed-out girl has to eat something other than chocolate and wine (they really don’t approve of wine during the workday).  This was a simple salad I was able to make quickly for lunch during the week and it was lovely.  

Nothing fancy, but vastly superior to take-out

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
2 cups of low-salt vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tbsp canola oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 tsp cumin and 1 TBSP olive oil for dressing

Bring veggie broth to a boil in a saucepan.  Add quinoa, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid.  Limit the urge to peek!

Heat the canola oil and cook the onion  for 5 – 7 minutes, until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 second.  Stir in all the ingredients in a bowl – will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Off to get some work done, of course just as the sun is coming out.  Blah.