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12 Aug

Well, I am not going to lie and say I am not disappointed that I am not attending this year’s Healthy Living Summit.

It was actually around this time last year that I started reading blogs, and all of the bloggers were talking about the first HLS. I told myself I would be attending this year, and it just didn’t happen.

I actually got put on the waiting list to get a ticket, and when I was contacted to see if I wanted a ticket, I just could not make it work. Oh well, at least I will be able to read about all the fun everyone is having. I just can’t help but think about all the blogging opportunities I am missing. I really would like to make my blog become something other people would like to read, I just don’t know how to get in that direction…

My bike 🙂

At any rate, instead of getting ready to hop on a plane to Chicago, my day started off with a 45 minute bike ride.

After my ride, I met up with TP and her mom, who are actually heading to Maryland for the next couple of days. I was invited to join them, but JP and I have tickets to a baseball game tonight and a concert tomorrow, so I declined. I think TP needs some alone time with her mom anyway, so it’s for the best.

After a delicious breakfast, I stopped at the local Amish market, where I picked up some dried fruit and nuts. Then it was off to Kohl’s, where I made some minor purchases, but nothing too exciting.

Then I stopped to get some coffee before heading to the library, where I currently sit in a bit of a slump.

The doctor’s office called while I was here and said the blood work I had done on Monday came back normal, so I am still trying to figure out why I feel so wonky. Maybe the tests I have scheduled for next week will tell us something?

At any rate, I have a baseball game to get ready for, so I better get going.

Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain!

Talk to you soon.

Keep smiling!

Do you have a favorite MLB team? I love the Red Sox, but since I live near Philly, I pull for them, too. Well, up until playoffs anyway 🙂


Thirsty Tuesday?

10 Aug

I know it’s supposed to be Thirsty Thursday, but after the day I had, I was so happy to indulge in a margarita at happy hour today. Don’t you think Thirsty Tuesday could catch on?

But let’s back up. I know I haven’t been here for a few days.

A re-cap:

Saturday: 8 mile run, followed by playing nurse to JP, who had a swollen eye, then down to TP’s to help her for the pig roast. We didn’t get home til 11:30. Let’s just say it was a looong day.

Sunday: slept in, had some Dunkin Donuts (love!), then headed down to JP’s uncle’s for the afternoon. It was so nice to spend such a lazy day by the pool after Saturday’s craziness.

Monday: down to the shore with TP

Tuesday: got up to go for a run this morning and could barely move, so I went to the doctor’s. I had some blood drawn and need to have some other tests. I’ll keep you posted on how it all goes, but after such a crappy morning, I needed some retail therapy, so TP and I drove to Philly to visit Whole Foods. The plan was also to get Phileo, but one of our friends called to invite us to happy hour, so we opted for that instead. Good choice.

So that’s my weekend, and the past two days in a nutshell. Sorry it’s so quick, but I’m obviously not feeling so great, and I’m really just ready for bed.

I hope everyone else is having a great week so far.

Keep smiling!

Do you prefer Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? I am a Dunk girl all.the.way.

Shop-aholic I am not… except for the past two days

3 Aug


Pretty, Pretty Dresses 🙂

I have a confession to make.

In a move very unlike me, I have spent the last two days shopping.

One very important thing you should know about me is that I do not like to spend money, and when I do, it is only on items I feel I truly need.

Something else you should know about me is that I really do no like to shop (Well, I guess I need to clarify that and say “shop for clothes,” because I do love food shopping, and can spend hours at the grocery store. Which I did today). I do not have the patience to go through rack after rack of clothes, so really the only time I clothes shop is when I absolutely need something.

Having said all that, yesterday I visited Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s with my best friend, TP, and enjoyed every minute of it. I think I looked at every article of clothing that I could fit into, and then some.

Then today, TP and I ventured to Big Lots, Family Dollar and Aldi (not really clothes shopping, but not really food shopping, either).

I didn’t really buy too much today at those three stores, but yesterday I bought three dresses at Ross. I think they are all super cute, and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to wear them!

After hanging out with Tara this afternoon, I came home and went to the grocery store, where I did spend an hour and a half going up and down every isle. I spent $40, and considering I went there without really knowing what I needed, I’d say that was a splurge. I bought some fun items though, including a few I have never purchased before: tofu, sparkling seltzer and these energy bites.

Hmmmm, I wonder how good these will be?

I am super excited to try the energy bites, since I am currently looking for ways to fuel on my long runs. Has anyone tried them? Does anyone have any fuel recommendations?

Speaking of long runs, I ran 55 minutes this morning, which totalled about 6.6 miles. I had to use an application I found on my Droid to keep track of my run, since my Garmin is still acting up. I tried calling the company today, but was not able to speak to anyone before I gave up on the 30 minute wait time. I will be emailing them this evening to see if I can get any help that way.

Yesterday was a cross training day, so I rode 45 minutes on my bike, then did 20 minutes of toning.

Currently, I am sitting in my kitchen listening to the washer whirl, and impatiently waiting for the apple sauce cake I just threw in the oven to bake. It smells suuuper yummy, and if it tastes good, I will be sure to post the recipe for you.

I know I have promised you a recap of the concert we went to Saturday night. I assure you, I will get my butt in gear and have it up for you to enjoy, soon!

In the mean time, keep smiling!

Do you have your own washer and dryer at home, or do you have to take yours to a laundry mat?  When I lived in my apartment I had a washer and dryer in the basement, which cost $1.75 to wash and $2.00 to dry. It was a pain in the butt to have to lug everything up and down stairs, in addition to having to pay for it, so I am so happy I now have the luxury of my own washer and dryer.

A little of this, a little of that

8 Jul


I hope you are enjoying your day.

I have had a pretty eventful one since this morning, and I have a lot of exciting things to share with you.

(photo courtesy of Anne's blog)

First, I wanted to direct you to Anne P.’s blog, where she is hosting an almond butter giveaway. I love nut butters, as will be evidenced later in this post, but I really have never been a huge fan of almond butter. Of couse, I’ve only tried it once, so I guess I really didn’t give it a chance. I hear Barney Butter is FABULOUS though, (just like Anne, who I actually had a chance to meet in Philadelphia during a meet up. Maybe I’ll write about that tomorrow!), and I would love the opportunity to try it again.

(my purchases for the day, minus a mocha bubble tea)

Second, I wanted to show you what I purchased while out with my BF, TP. Those would be pants from New York and Company, and a bathing suit cover-up, binder, and gummy bears, all from Wal-Mart. Yes, all of these were things I probably didn’t need to purchase, but I did anyway for the sake of feeling productive: the pants and binder are for teaching, the bathing suit cover-up is for my trip in a week, and the gummy bears, well, they’re just always necessary, don’t you think?


Third, I wanted to show you the possible dinner I just whipped up for JP and I. I’m not sure if we’re going to eat it tonight or not – it’s kind of hot out for a pasta dish, and JP has been wanting to go out to dinner for a while, but I had some chicken sausage in the fridge that needed to be used, so I decided to throw this together.

Side note, the last time I made this, JP told me, “You could definitely make this again. It was really good.” The only problem is, I rarely ever pay attention to what I throw together, so I don’t usually make the same things twice. And when I do, they never taste the same. After a review like that, though, I immediately ran to my computer and typed out the ingredients, so I could have some idea for the next time.

In my haste to get it on paper, I named the recipe “Junk Pasta” and left it at that. Call it what you will.

Junk Pasta


1 package jalapeno chicken sausage ( I used Al Fresco All Natural, yum!)
1 cup dry wheat pasta
1 can italian stewed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 bag frozen mixed veggies -I used a mix with broc, corn, peppers
handful spinach (I omitted this today, since I didn’t have any)
pepper and italian seasoning

cut up sausage and brown in pan
cook frozen veggies in microwave and add to sausage
add stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce to sausage
sprinkle in pepper and seasoning
cook pasta
add pasta to sausage and stir
add spinach to mixture and allow to wilt



Finally, I figured I’d show you what I had for a snack after TP and I had unpictured bubble tea at the mall (I had mocha, she had blueberry. Incase you’re not aware, I have a huge coffee fetish!)

The above shot was actually taken after I enjoyed the Naturally More PB with an apple, and then the Clif bar. If I had to choose a favorite PB, I would have to say Natrually More is it. I love the texture and the fact that it has flax in it. While visiting my parents in Maine, though, I discovered the Teddy brand PB, which I also enjoyed. I like PB that has crunchy things in it, and both these brands do a great job of keeping things interesting.

I also love these mini Clif bars. I know some people go back an forth about energy bars, but when I need a quick snack, I always turn to these. I prefer the mini ones because sometimes the regular size ones are too much for me to handle. Does anyone else have that issue?

Well, I think that was a pretty jam-packed post, just like my afternoon. Let’s see if my night goes the same way!

Have a great evening!