Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Return of the Pub Run

I went back to Pub Run tonight for the first time in several weeks. It was raining and cool and a great run. I didn't stay long at the pub afterwards, because apparently I start turning into a pumpkin aroun 9:30PM. but whatever. It was a good night and now there's only one more morning until a nice long weekend.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Best Laid Plans

Do you believe in signs? In the universe or God trying to make you see something? I definitely do.

We must let go of the life we have planned, 
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. 
-Joseph Campbell

For the past few weeks, this quote has been following me around. In TV shows, on the radio, it just seems to pop up every couple of days. In a literal sense I understand what it's saying, but I'm not sure how it applies to me yet. I'll have to keep thinking about it, but either way it's good advice. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day

Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 220
Weight This Week: 217

I finally reached my 30lb goal. It feels like the last five pounds have taken for-ev-ver and to be honest I've been having trouble staying motivated. Last week was especially hard and I just could not find the energy to plan my meals or my grocery shopping. Thank heavens for Publix Rotisserie Chicken.

Monday, June 27, 2011

I went with a few friends to try and catch the preview of Transformers 3 tonight, but it was already full when we got there. So we saw Bad Teacher instead, it was mildly funny with a cute ending. Also, my next library book is in so I'm excited for that.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Fun

Today was another fun mostly productive day. I got a haircut, went accessory shopping with BFFMandy at Charming Charlie an interesting new store near our house, went grocery shopping, and made my dinners for the week. I am still super sore from bootcamp yesterday and apparently I'm crazy because I'm planning on going back tomorrow after work. Let's home I can move by then.

Good Day, Long Day

It's almost 3:30AM and I'm just writing my post for June 25. I'm writing so late because I was having a night out with the girls. I hope Sasha, Christina, and Vicky all had a wonderful birthday celebration! More on today's happenings after I've had some sleep.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Finds

1. Cheerios is celebrating it's 70th Birthday this year; they've been General Mills top-seller since 1951. Go figure.
2. There are 185 Days till Christmas. Just an FYI.
3. New Harry Potter stuff!!! Check out!
4. True Blood is back on Sunday. I won't be able to watch it because I don't have HBO, but I'm excited anyway.
5. I'm going to a bootcamp class with a friend tomorrow. I think I might actually be crazy.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Today was a pretty good day. My head finally seems to have moved from roaring pain to a dull ache, but I'm still pretty tired. Going ot bed a little early tonight and hoping I'm back to normal in the morning.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tales of a Grocery Store Chicken: Pesto Chicken Salad

I love being in the kitchen. I love trying out new things and testing new recipes. but sometimes after a long day at work I don't want to spend 45 minutes prepping ingredients or an hour cooking. I just want something healthy (and hopefully points-plus friendly) on the table fast. So I'd like you to meet my long day dinner BFF. The grocery store chicken. Now I know I could roast a chicken myself, but that takes more pre-planning skill than I generally have. This sucker is four meals easy or more depending how you fix him up. So don't judge and try this quick yummy chicken salad.

Pesto Chicken Salad
Serves: 4
8oz Chicken Breast, removed from bones and chopped
2 Tbsp Pesto Sauce, use your favorite jarred or homemade
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup

8oz chicken breast
2 Tbsp pesto sauce, use your favorite jarred or homemade
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
4oz non-fat Greek yogurt
Sal and pepper, to taste

1. Remove chicken breast meat from whole chicken. Chop or shred; reserve thighs and wings for another use.
2. Combine chicken, pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, yogurt, salt, and pepper.
3. Serve on the bread of your choice or on a bed of lettuce. 

Points+:  6 (for chicken salad only)

First Day or Summer

I didn't post last night, because I was in bed at just about 6PM. Even though it's felt hot, humid, and sticky for three weeks here yesterday was the the first official day of summer. We had our first official summer rain storm and I had my first storm induced migraine....color me not surprised. At least this morning I feel marginally better.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Relaxing a Little

I was feeling fairly stressed and generally grouchy when I got home from work today, but after a glass of wine and finally cooling off I'm feeling much better. I know that my posts have gotten shorter and shorter the last few weeks and I attribute that mostly to stress. I'm aiming to do better.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

About my Dad...

I wrote on Mother’s Day how grateful I am for my Mom and how much I’ve learned from her. I am one of those people who is lucky enough to be incredibly close to both of my parents. My Dad is also a pretty amazing guy. 
Me, Dad, YoungerBrotherGreg; Circa1988
My Dad was my softball coach, my Algebra champion, and my Indian Princess partner.
He’s my fellow ice cream lover, football fan, and Star Trek aficionado.
He taught me how to use a kazoo and listen to *NSYNC on tape every morning for a whole school year; he also took me to see *NSYNC in concert and did not complain once.  
Me, BFFMandy, Dad; Seattle 2009
He taught me to shoot a three pointer, grill a hamburger, and build a sandcastle (even though he's a sand architect and I am really really not). He taught me to always have respect for myself.
He came to every concert, half-time show, and marching band parade; and always made sure I could hear him above the crowd.
He always lets me know how proud I make, but he also pushes me to be better, try harder, and never give up. And he catches me when I fall.
He taught me to be adventurous, silly, respectful, perseverant, and kind. 
Dad and LittleMe; 1985
My Dad has done hundred (probably thousands)of things for me through the years, some big and some small, and they’ve all shaped me into the person I am today. My Dad is an amazing person who for my whole life has shown me what a father really is. Thank you Dad for always being there to teach me and help me along the way. I love you.
Happy Father’s Day!

Safe and Sound

Technically this is my post for Saturday because I have not been to sleep yet. Everyone is home from their travels safe and sound. I had dinner with Mom, Dad, and Greg, then finished a batch of Bananas Foster Cupcakes (more on that later...promise), and spent awhile talking and catching up on family news. Now I'm going to sleep so I can be ready for tomorrow's Father's Day excitement.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Finds

1. I'm so glad it's the weekend. I pretty sure this is a given, but I needed to say it anyway.
2. How cute is this? I'm not really a pie baker, but if I was I'd totally buy this.
3. Did you know there was a lunar eclipse this week? It was visible in Australia, parts of Asia, Europe, and South America. So basically everywhare in the world but here.
4. I saw this cute vintage tee online the other day. Love me some old school Disney.
5. Macarons last week were a total bust. Lame.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm so glad it's almost the weekend. I definitely need the break even if it is brief.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's raining, It's pouring

I love falling asleep to the sound of the rain. It's super relaxing. I'm going back to sleep.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day

Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 219.6
Weight This Week: 220

I'm up a little this week. I'm mostly chalking this up to that time of the month and water weight. I did make some not so great eating choices this week (I'm looking at you totally tasty friend fish tacos). I also have been sort of lax with my tracking. I finally, finally, finally made it back to my meeting though so hopefully I will be back on track this week.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reading Room: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I just finished The Lost Symbol at lunch today. In the third installment of the Robert Langdon series, the Harvard professor is called to Washington D.C. by his good friend Peter Solomon to give a speech at a high society gala. When this turns out to be a ruse the mystery, clue-producing, adventure ensues. Let me just be honest, as much as I really like both Angles and Demons and The DaVinci Code I was not really a fan of this book. The clues and the mystery weren't as crisp or as fun, the book took too long to get going (almost ten chapters), and the plot got muddled by too many chapters about nothing. Also, it seems like Brown got very wrapped up in his own mythology; there were whole passages and half chapters of historical info that did nothing to advance the plot and only slowed down the story. I did learn some interesting trivia (which anyone who knows me knows I love). Overall I'd give this book a C-.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Today was a nice relaxing day. I did some chores, ran some errands, read a little, watched some mid-90s TV (thanks internet), made a super yummy dinner on the grill, and now I'm headed to bed.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super 8

I went to see Super 8 this evening. I am mostly definitely a JJ Abrams fan and overall I enjoyed it. The story was good, more character driven, than mythology/sci-fi driven. I expected more sci-fi/monsters/aliens, the alien story was actually bordering on lame; the kids were funny though and I can always use an extra dose of Kyle Chandler in my life. Overall I'd give the movie a solid B+

Friday Finds

1. Today is National Herbs and Spices Day.
2. I'm about halfway through Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol it took for-ev-ver to get going (seriously like ten chapters), but it's getting pretty good now.
3. I have a bunch of egg whites leftover from making ice cream earlier this week; I think going to try making Macarons tomorrow.
4. If you live in Tampa and you haven't been to California Tacos go. Seriously. Amazing!
5. A special thanks to my officemates (I'm actually not sure they read this). You ladies are wonderful and amazingly supportive. I appreciate you all so much.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Run Around

The pub run was tonight; only seven more runs till I get my pub run t-shirt. It's always fun (or at least the pub after the run is fun) and I'm always super zonked afterwards. I should plan better so I still have something substantial to post. Also, the Oldsmar Tap House run is tomorrow another night of running and should be fun.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weight Watchers Day

Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 223.2
Weight This Week: 219.6

Yes, I am a slacker and I did not post yesterday. I was making ice cream and I fell asleep. Anyway...I lost 3.6 pounds this week, well technically it was over two weeks. I feel like I'm entering the looooong stretch of few goals, also I think this sounds like it could be the title of a Harry Potter book. I guess I sort of feel like I'm not celebrating the losses as much, but I'm still beating myself up over even the smallest gains. My next goal is another 10% of my starting weight so at least I have something to work towards.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I seriously need to learn to follow directions. Life would be sooo much easier that way.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Next Food Network Star

Next Food Network Star is back on TV tonight. I wonder if this will be a season of super awesome folks like Aarti or reeeealy irritating ones like Melissa D'Arabian. We'll see I guess.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Family Fun

I'm visiting my parents this weekend. Today was fun and super relaxing; despite waking up at 6AM. I had lunch with my Mom and the ladies, then a quick nap, and a movie with the family. We saw X-Men: First Class; it was a little slow in the beginning, but overall it was pretty good. As sort of a casual X-Men fan I enjoyed the origins stories for some of the more well known characters. Then we watched Due Date, from Netflix, when we got home. It was funny-ish, but all I could think the entire time was that the Zach Galifinakis character was basically Alan from The Hangover all over again. So as much as I love Robert Downey Jr. it was hard to get into the movie (I kept expect to hear "Three Best Friends" at any second.)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Finds

I really love short weeks; when Friday basically comes on Thursday. I've skipped Things I Love Thursday for the last few weeks for several reasons, but I thought I'd try out a new-ish version this week. Welcome to the first ever Friday Finds; where I share with you five interesting and cool things I have seen, experienced, or learned this week.
1. This pretty awesome lipdub. I actually just saw this on the news tonight. It's a little long, but very cute. Although I'm not sure how successful it is at making me want to travel to Grand Rapids.
2. Did you know...that cheetahs have twice has many vertebrae as humans? I learned that at Busch Gardens on Sunday.
3. Love this post from Jessica over at The Novice Chef. I share her Diet Cherry Limeade obsession.
4.My current netflix obsessions are: this & this
5. I need new book recommendations, preferably fiction or biography. Go!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Terrible headache tonight. Skipping my run to go to bed early...this has been a lame blog week.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rain...Rain...Don't Go Away

Yay! It finally rained here today after weeks of dryness. The storm gave me a headache though, so I'm going to be early. Hopefully I'll feel better in the AM.