Archive | July, 2012

He’s a keeper

31 Jul

First of all, let me just say that I found the US Men’s Gymnastics to be really sad yesterday. What was even worse was that after things started going downhill, NBC just decided to stop showing anything about them anymore! Jeez people, even on their worst day, they are still amazing!

Ok, now that I got that out of my system, let’s move on to other things, shall we?


Today was a pretty long and paperwork filled day at work, so I was definitely ready to leave at the end of the day to head to the gym. Sometimes when I’ve had a long day of sitting, I’m just antsy to get my legs moving.

I started off today with 30 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical. I’ve been so focused on running lately that I really haven’t done a whole lot of other forms of cardio. So I decided to mix it up today and say Hi to my old friend, the elliptical. It was actually kind of nice to be able to read a magazine (since I definitely can’t do that while running) and relax a little. It was also nice from a mental standpoint to take a break from running a little before I get burned out!

After 30 minutes of the elliptical, I completed MOST of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp legs workout. Unfortunately towards the end I could feel a little pain in my… gluteus maximus (I almost said tush… I’m awkward). So I decided not to push it too much and called it a win a little early. Still a solid workout though.

On my drive home, I was greeted with this…


If that’s not ominous… I don’t know what is. I started to get worried about being able to walk Laney!

Except when I got home, I was greeted instead with this guy.


That would be my fiance who lives an hour away. He drove all the way to Culpeper after work to cook me dinner because he felt so bad that I’ve been so busy and stressed that I haven’t been eating dinner until like 9pm. So he decided to come surprise me with dinner.

Seriously, this guy is a keeper.


That would be cheesy mint zucchini risotto, with lemon mint grilled chicken. Amazing!



Seriously, it was awesome. So light and summery. And the best part is that I didn’t have to cook it at all!

Well that’s all I’ve got today… as per usual I’m off to go watch the Olympics! Go Team USA Women’s Gymnastics!!

So tell me: What is the best meal that you’ve ever had cooked for you?


If I only had a porch…

30 Jul

…I could wile away the hours, Conferrin’ with the flowers… if I only had a porch.

Ok, now you all can fully realize what a dork I am in real life. These are the kinds of songs I sing to myself when I’m home alone.

But it IS true – I seriously wish I had some kind of porch, because it would have been perfect with tonight’s summery dinner and the summer evening weather. But more on that later!


So last night was a super late night because I could NOT tear my eyes away from the Olympics. It was a little ridiculous. Midnight came and went, and I was still watching! But I did get to see Ali Raisman beat out Jordyn Wieber, which was both sad and happy at the same time. It’s great to have so many good gymnasts on the US team, but so sad that one had to get left out of the all-around thanks to some stupid rule.


Laney, however, was not entertained by the Olympics and passed out around 11pm. Silly puppy!

Needless-to-say, getting up this morning was a LITTLE rough. I may or may not have hit my snooze button a few times… whoops. Which meant that I had to scarf down my breakfast to make it to work on time. Oh the sacrifices we make for the Olympics!


Today was kind of a typical Monday: Lots of work, little motivation. But I did manage to check a bunch of things off my to-do list, so I’ll count that as a success!

Lunch, however, was pretty pathetic. I didn’t really have a whole lot in my fridge, so I had to go with PB&J. Boring, but got the job done. Paired with some pineapple.


After work I headed to the gym for Week 2, Day 1 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp!

Today called for an upper body workout, plus some interval cardio. I decided to change things up this week and START with my cardio, since I had such an “I can’t” moment last week. And I have to say – I ROCKED it today!

Even though the workout only called for 20 minutes, I decided to amp it up a little just to get some more cardio in. I created an interval that included 2 minutes of fast running, followed by 1 minute of recovery speed walking. I looked something like this:

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Phew, I was a sweaty mess after this! But it was a great run, and I covered a little over 4 miles. Definitely a success.

I followed it up with the killer arm workout from Tina, which was pretty hardcore. I have a feeling I’m going to be seriously hurting in the morning. Hurting in an awesome way, of course.

After a few short errands, I came home and took Laney for a walk before starting my totally summery dinner!


Italian marinated grilled chicken (grilled on my George Forman), roasted squash/zucchini, and a small baked potato that one of my families pulled from their garden. So simple, yet so delicious. I really was wishing I had a porch to enjoy it on!

Well now I’m off to watch more Olympics. Because that’s what I plan on doing every night for the next few weeks. What can I say, I love me some Olympics!!

So tell me: What is your favorite summer meal? Are you watching the Olympics?

London Calling

29 Jul

(Today’s post could also be called “The time that Costco made my bank account cry” or “House Hunters Fredericksburg”)

First of all, who else is LOVING the Olympics right now?!?! Seriously – I wish I didn’t need to sleep, because I could just watch the Olympics 24 hours a day. I love the sports, the back stories, the teamwork… all of it. It’s like the world puts aside all of their differences for 2 weeks and we focus on the bonding spirit of sports. Hands down, one of my favorite things to watch every 2 years!

That being said, I apologize in advance if all I talk about for the next 2 weeks involves the Olympics. It’s basically taken over my life.

So this weekend has been a little bit insane (I say that like most of my weekends are calm… definitely not). It has basically been a whirlwind of food, house hunting, wedding planning, and Olympics. At least they are all fun things, right? Let’s recap, shall we?


Because we’ve been SO busy with wedding planning, and now house hunting as well, Chris and I haven’t had a whole lot of time recently to just have a calm date night. Seeing as our 3.5 year anniversary was a few weeks ago, we decided to go out to dinner to celebrate. And yes, we still celebrate half-year-iversaries. Don’t judge us.


We decided to head out to Melting Pot for a nice romantic evening. Which of course involved a LOT of delicious fondue. We went with one of the summer specials which involved a cheese course (we chose spinach and artichoke), a salad (California Salad for both of us), a mixed meat course, and then a chocolate course (we picked chocolate turtle). Plus a bottle of wine.





I left pretty full, but luckily not overly stuffed. I did my best to make smart decisions and remember that this meal was a marathon, not a sprint. Because I totally could have stuffed myself on the cheese course alone. haha.

Then we came home and watched the Olympic Opening Ceremony until about 1:30am. Yea, I’m that dedicated.  haha.


We were up super early Saturday morning to hit up the farmer’s market. There was a ton of great produce, but because I was on a bit of a time crunch, I only ended up picking up some squash and zucchini. I’ve basically decided that these are my favorite summer veggies. So delicious!

From there we headed up to Springfield to get some wedding projects done. We started off at the hair salon, where I officially booked our wedding hair appointments, as well as a trial in a couple of weeks. Then we stopped by Men’s Wearhouse to pick up Chris’ suit and get everything fitted. I have to say, he looks pretty great in his suit! It’s starting to all feel a lot more real!!

We then spent the next 2 HOURS in traffic trying to go about 30 miles. It was all kinds of ridiculous. We didn’t even get to eat lunch like we had lunch, because we were running so incredibly late. So we passed up lunch in order to meet up with our realtor to look at houses!

OMG, I have to say – looking for houses as the most exciting and terrifying thing that I have ever done! There are so many things to think about when buying a house. And just the knowledge that once we sign on the dotted line, it is OURS to do with what we want… scary stuff! I feel like such a grown up! haha.

We did see some good houses today, and we’re hoping to see a few more this week. Cross your fingers, we might find our house in the next week! AHH!!

Saturday night was spent with some of Chris’ extended family. And by that, I mean most of the evening was spent sitting in front of TV with Chris’ extended family watching the Olympics. At least some people like the Olympics as much as I do!!


Chris and I were up fairly early on Sunday morning was well so that we could get a nice run in before the weather got too insane. I had to re-arrange the plan for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp due to the insanity of this weekend – so I decided to make today my cardio run of choice. Chris and I took a new route today and it ended up being a SUPER HILLY 3.5 miles. Those darn hill kill me every time!

From there we headed to Fredericksburg to hit up Michaels for some necessary wedding craft supplies, and then to Costco for some serious shopping.

I LOVE Costco… but it is also very dangerous to my bank account. I know that in the grand scheme of things, I’m getting a terrific deal when I shop there – but spending $15 on a giant bag of rice kind of makes my head spin.


For a little under $100, I came out with a HUGE bag of organic short grain brown rice, a giant double box of granola, a huge thing of cinnamon (I go through this stuff like crazy), a jar of multivitamin gummies, a 6 pack of organic chicken broth, a GIGANTOID bag of steam-in-a-bag edamame, a 12 pack of chicken breasts, a giant bag of mixed berries, and some extra virgin olive oil.

Phew! I swear, some of this stuff is going to last me like 6 months. haha.


Which is probably good, considering that I don’t know if I could fit much more in my freezer…

The rest of the afternoon was spent working on a DIY wedding project that has been on my list for awhile. I enlisted the help of Chris’ sister and step-sister to help out, which was good because it made the project a lot more fun!


It’s a little hard to see, but they are sheet music flowers! We have some roses and some dahlia looking ones. Once I perfect this process, I promise that I will share.

3 down, about 100 more to go! haha.

Now I’m off to go watch more Olympics. I know, I live an exciting life!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Are you as obsessed in love with the Olympics as I am?