Seriously, Monday…get a life. I don’t know about you but as the days stay lighter longer and it warms up (I’ve heard it will one day anyway), the weekends get shorter. I’ve always enjoyed my weekends but since the fella and I started dating over a year ago, I live for my weekends, particularly my Saturdays. He works on Sundays so Saturday is the one day we can have together all day. This past Saturday we definitely had one to remember! K’s birthday is right around the corner and as my gift I bought Capitals hockey tickets for Saturday’s game. I also promised a dinner out at Paladar. So Saturday morning we woke up and had a little lazy time breakfast before heading downtown (in the drizzly rain) to the Caps game. We had a great time, even though they lost. The seats were great and you make your own fun when your team is losing, right? And at least it wasn’t a shutout. Back home to relax for a bit before dressing up and heading out to dinner.
Well, little did K know but I invited about 12 others to join us for dinner. Not only did we surprise him with a large birthday dinner but I managed to get some friends come out who he hadn’t seen in quite some time and I’d never actually met (partial thank you to Facebook). It’s not easy for me to surprise K. He gets a little suspicious but mainly because I’m HORRIBLE at keeping secrets from him. I get excited and I want to share everything with him. But we managed to completely surprise him and had one of the best evenings we’ve had in a while. It was full of friends, family, good food and drinks, and lots and lots of laughter.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my fella smile and my heart just felt full watching him interact with his closest friends. I loved seeing our different walks of life friends interact and get along really well. (But I won’t lie…I’m glad it’s over because I was about to burst with that secret!)
Today the sun is shining after 3 days of rain here in Maryland and a weird freak snow “storm” yesterday afternoon. Honestly, y’all, while nothing stuck, the Facebook posts were hilarious yesterday once everyone started seeing the white stuff fall out of the sky. March has been awful around these parts and I think even the snow lovers are just over it. So the sun is shining and there is promise of temps in the 60s this week. I’m not believing it sticks until I see it.
Happy week ahead!
It’s finally Friday. It’s seemed like a very long week, yet a short one all at the same time. I was stuck inside most of Sunday and didn’t emerge into the outside world again until Thursday morning. All due to a sprained ankle. I was getting a little stir crazy, even though I knew it was cold outside but we’ve had some sunny skies, despite a little snow. So yesterday, K drove me to work before he went to work, which meant I was in the office by 6:15a. Yeah. I didn’t leave work until about 4:30 since I had a meeting I really wanted to do in person. Fortunately, there was iced Dunkin coffee for me and a dinner date at Chick-fil-A. But that meant we weren’t home until almost 6:30p. Long day for someone who hasn’t been out of the house in days. I “quickly” showered and then propped myself up on the couch with the fella to watch Capitals hockey. I made it through the first 2 periods before I just had to lie down. My foot/ankle was throbbing and I just couldn’t get the right angle to prop it up. So I went to lie down and read Jen Lancaster’s Twisted Sisters. (It’s only $2.99 on Kindle for the next week or so. Go buy it!)
I love Jen Lancaster’s books and Twisted Sisters is the only one I haven’t read. I didn’t realize it at the time of purchase but a character in this book connects to one in Here I Go Again. So…I will say, if you didn’t care for that book, you probably won’t like Twisted Sisters. But this is a good fluffy read. I’ve been reading a lot of books lately so I know I’m due for a review of them. I don’t think I’ve reviewed anything I’ve read since September! So I’ll get on that. To preview what I’ve read since the new year:
So I’ve been delving into different genres but they’ve all been good. I should finish Twisted Sisters this weekend and I’ll likely start up Insurgent this weekend as someone is loaning the hard copy to me and well, it’s not like I can go do a whole lot…like run the 5K I had planned for tomorrow. Bummer. But I’m going to cheer on friends who are doing it in the cold without me tomorrow…and by cheer on I mean from my couch with my foot propped up. I’m not feeling crazy enough to go in person. 😉
I hope you all have happy Fridays and happy weekends!
Y’all. It’s 3 months until my half marathon. On one hand that seems so far away still but on the other it seems way too close. Last week I had a stomach bug and there were snow days and I just slacked off the running. I got back to it yesterday and took advantage of the fact that my training plan has 2 weeks that are practically identical. So I ran 5 miles yesterday (indoors) and I got up and ran 3 miles this morning (indoors). I’m hoping to be outdoors by week’s end as tomorrow it should be warming up to near 50 and staying that way for the rest of the week. But the good news is I figured out a rhythm with the treadmill that doesn’t make me want to stab myself in the eye…at least on shorter distances.
I had a lovely weekend full of love. Friday night, the fella brought home take-out from our favorite local Italian place and we had a romantic dinner in before heading out to a comedy club to see Ralphie May. It was a great night and these happened:
They’re perfect, right? Yeah, I think so. 🙂
Saturday was a day spent entirely in the house. We didn’t go outside for anything. We watched movies, napped, watched some tv, and just had time together. Sunday evening we went out to dinner and hit up the grocery store because we’re super exciting like that. But we ended the night on the couch with the newest episode of Walking Dead. Do any of you watch that? You should. So intense and such a well done show.
How was your weekend?
Yesterday after our ice storm it was supposed to warm up to 50 degrees. We didn’t quite make it up that high, but I still managed to get in a run outdoors after work. I had 3 miles to do and my fella had told me when I got back, there would be dinner waiting on me. OK! It was a slow 3 miles but I did it. Not only did I do it, but I pushed myself to actually run the last .9 miles without a break. They say the first mile is the hardest and they aren’t joking! I finally got my body on board that this was happening whether it liked it or not and I ran. I kept seeing that I was close to another round milestone.
“C’mon, you’ve run to 1.20, you can run to 1.25.”
“C’mon, there’s a hill, you can run DOWN hill.”
“C’mon, run to 1.75 and you can walk .1 mile.”
So I ran much of mile 2 and almost all of mile 3. Some of what helped me push even though I knew I was slow? I was one of the few people outside actually exercising. There were a few little old ladies walking their dogs, there were some people walking home from work, but I was out there for fitness. So yeah, I was slow, but I was out there working on it!
And, as promised, when I got home K had a small appetizer just for me! Multigrain Tostitos with goat cheese and guac. (Just a few.) Then it was time for dinner. He made me a PSPSP–Pesto Shrimp Provolone Spinach Pizza. Does this guy know me or what? Those are like all my favorite things and it was a relatively healthy meal. I think he loves me and I think I’ll keep him around.
It’s finally Friday! I don’t know about y’all but this has been a LONG week. I started my half marathon training and I’ve done 9 miles thus far. On Sunday I’ll run 4…ok, I’ll run/walk 4. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather stays warm(er) and dry so I can run outside. Running in the gym is for the birds. But enough about that, let’s get to what you should make this weekend or next week for a fast after work dinner.
Roasted Southwest Veggies (with Butternut Squash)
5 cups fresh butternut squash, cubed
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp Cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine butternut squash, peppers, and onions in a large bowl. Add olive oil and toss/stir to coat veggies. Mix seasonings in a small bowl and add to the veggie mixture. Toss/stir to coat evenly. Pour veggies in one even layer onto a greased baking sheet. Bake 30-35 minutes until squash is fork tender.
Now…the good part? You can eat those just as they are. Add a little guacamole and sour cream for extra deliciousness. But I took the veggies one step further. I put a couple of spoonfuls and some shredded cheese onto a tortilla, rolled them into burritos and baked them in the oven for 5 minutes so the cheese would melt. I’ll be honest, at first bite, I didn’t love it but the more I ate, the more I liked it. Even my meat loving fella liked them. While they may not be a weekly appearance in our kitchen, I do think they’ll show up from time to time when we’re wanting something a little different and really easy.
Enjoy the weekend!
Since I posted last week a lot has been happening so I’m doing a bulleted/picture update. First the pictures and then the bullets to explain and some extras (without pics).
- I got beautiful roses from my special guy.
- October night skies are one of the most gorgeous things nature can show us.
- I burned a lot of calories for my last workout last week. I had training followed by Spin. It does a body good.
- I made delicious healthy pizzas for 2. Flat out bread, pasta sauce, cheese, sliced chicken sausages. Bake. Eat ’em up!
- Deciding to leave work early on Wednesday and start my vacation was the best idea ever. I treated myself to a mani/pedi. I do pedicures often but I never get manicures. I use my hands too much and I just don’t see the point in spending the money. But I had a special event for the weekend so I figured, why not? That’s OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. It’s also still holding up really well!
- Beautiful wedding for my dear friend! It rained “liquid sunshine” but it stopped just in time for the actual ceremony and it was perfect in every way.
- My calves are finally not sore this morning after a night full of dancing on Friday. Shennanigans ensued the more the liquor flowed.
- Having white wine and Doritos when one is intoxicated is rather delicious (and classy).
- We found a great little lunch spot that was actually a dairy farm. We stopped there on Thursday and had ice cream. The very small was anything but. I had chocolate red velvet ice cream. I know!! On Saturday as we were leaving the area, we stopped back for lunch. I got a bowl of fresh fruit, cornbread, a sampling of cheeses, a bowl of soup (half cream of crab, half Maryland crab), and a “very small” ice cream that was half peanut butter and half cookies ‘n’ cream. All of that for less than $9. Steal!
And not pictured.
- Amish country on Saturday with the fella was a perfect cap to the weekend. Beautiful scenery, delicious snacks, excitement over seeing Amish buggies and a 2-buggy garage. Seriously, the scenery driving up there was gorgeous but my camera just wasn’t doing it justice. We definitely have plans to go back to certain spots after getting such a great preview.
- I signed up for a half marathon yesterday. It’s not until May so I have plenty of training time and I should be able to train in less harsh weather months. (I’m still processing my craziness.)
I had quite the birthday week last week! It was also a very special week for me and my fella so there was a lot of fun had and it was full of love!
There was a baseball game, a surprise birthday dinner from my friends (organized by my fella), a winery visit, an overnight trip, a downtown DC afternoon, complete with cupcakes! You can see some of the other highlights via my camera phone above. I loved my week and I couldn’t think of a better way to enter my new year!
I noticed after the last week that my body just doesn’t respond well to sugar anymore. At least, super sweet sugar. I can’t eat chocolate the same way for sure. This isn’t a bad thing. I just have to cut back how much I eat and the type I eat I think. It’s good that I noticed it though because it means I’m starting to listen to my body. See, a couple of times last week I had sugar and then just felt ill. Kinda queasy but not really, you know? But after I ate real food, I felt better. After this happening a couple of times, I looked at my eating patterns and realized sugar was the common denominator. So this week I’m starting to cut back on the sugar, which after last week…needs to happen anyway!
After a glorious long weekend with my fella, it’s back to the grind this week. And boy is the week grinding (on my nerves)!
Kev and I went down to TN to visit my brother’s family this past weekend. It was a successful first meeting. Everyone loved each other and it made me that much more excited to have more family get togethers with my fella involved. We also had a nice long road trip to be silly, have great talks, and have great jam/dance sessions. I love that guy!
Tuesday I hit the ground running at work. It’s a stressful week around these parts but at least things are going smoothly…they’re just keeping me busy busy. Long hours are being put in but that makes the weekend that much sweeter!
Tuesday night my back was feeling healthy again so the trainer hit me hard with some upper body circuit training. My arms were like jelly when I was done with my half hour! I’m still a little sore today! I was planning to go to Spin last night for some high intensity cardio but it was an unseasonably nice evening yesterday. So my plans changed and I went to have a nice evening with Kev. We had dinner and then took a nice walk down to the park. I wish one of us brought our phone only to take a picture of how awesome the clouds looked at sunset last night. They were pink and the sky looked like a watercolor painting. But, you know, just enjoying life without documenting everything through a camera lens is how it should be done. On our way back home, I was feeling so happy and elated, I did some Prancercising. That lady has a new video, don’t ya know? It came out yesterday or the day before so I was feeling inspired. Until I almost knocked Kev out with my Prancercise box. 🙂
Tomorrow morning I’ll be back at the gym for Spin and training. Rumor has it I’ll be outdoors with the tires and the sled. Oof. Wish me luck!
When I made the quick and easy Cilantro Brushed Tilapias last Sunday, I also made some Spicy Honey Tilapia to enjoy during the week as well.
Spicy Honey Tilapia
24 oz. tilapia filets
1/2 c honey
4 tsp chili pepper paste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Rinse tilapia filets (if frozen) in cool water and set aside.
Mix honey and chili pepper paste until well blended. Place fish on foil lined and sprayed baking sheet. Brush tops of fish with honey mixture so that the tops are completely covered.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes.
Serves: 5 (serving size should be approximately 4 oz.)
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories – 238
Fat – 2g
Carbs – 29g
Protein – 29g
Sodium – 145mg
Sugar – 29g