Daily Happenings, Running

Bacon Makes Monday Better

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Waking up to a grey sky on Monday morning after going to bed late was rough. Rough as in, I didn’t even get out of bed until 5:40/5:45. Not every morning is a good one and I was slow moving for a while. Alex started breakfast and I walked out to the kitchen to see bacon going into a pan. Bacon and eggs on a Monday morning is a motivator to start the day off on a good note.

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At work, I started to get really hungry and was so glad I last minute threw an oatmeal muffin into my bag to have with my fruit as a midmorning snack. The fresh strawberries and muffin were perfect to hold me over until lunch. Luckily the day went by pretty quickly so I could get home.

After work, I said hello to Bailey and quickly changed to head out to run.ย  Right when I started I saw Alex finishing up his run ahead of me. Naturally I decided to try to scare him since he had no clue I was behind him. Let’s just say he was not thrilled at me…don’t worry though he loves me anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰ An easy 3 miles and then a little family walk for the day. Not too bad at all! On the walk, we brought a ton of treats along and trained Bailey outside. In our apartment, she’s great at commands but outside is way to distracting. She did a pretty good job once the smell of treats hit her.

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When we got home, I got on the couch to read. I decided to stick it out with Ten Thousand Saints since the story is interesting. Plus it’s different from my typical thriller or super easy beach read so I thought it deserved a shot. The story is about two boys, Jude and Teddy, who live in Vermont. Teddy dies of a drug overdose on the last day of 1987 and Jude is left to deal with the aftermath. His relationship with drugs and his parents are sent to extremes. It’s interesting but I can’t decide if it’ll be a book I recommend once I finish. Does that make sense?

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For dinner, we had chicken breasts marinating for about 24 hours and threw them on the grill. I branched out when I was at the grocery store over the weekend and bought cauliflower. Cauliflower is a vegetable I enjoy but never go out of my way to purchase. I ended up roasting in the same manner I roast broccoli. Both Alex and I enjoyed it a lot and I think I’ll be picking more up. We also had roasted potatoes to round out the meal.

Once dinner was finished and everything was cleaned up, we settled in on the couch to finish Dunkirk. We started it Saturday night but then someone stopped by so we paused it for another night. Man it got me going this movie! It’s based on actual events in World War II and I know exactly what happens in the end. Christopher Nolan did a phenomenal job writing, directing, and producing the film. I highly recommend if you enjoy historical movies!

When the movie ended, I read a bit before heading to bed. Alex suggested watching an episode of The Office which felt like a great way to round out the night.

Question of the day: What’s one thing that made your Monday better?

Daily Happenings, Holiday, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 31

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. If you’re a mother, I hope you got spoiled by your children. Even though it was a grey and rainy weekend, we made the most of it by spring cleaning on Saturday and some time outside yesterday. This week it looks like it might rain most of it but I’m actually okay with it. The rain is washing away all the pollen that’s been killing me – I didn’t even take an allergy pill yesterday! We’ll ignore the fact that I woke up at 1:13 am in order to take on though… Hopefully the sun will shine for you this week. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

Strawberries

Alex slept much later than Bailey and I so while we played, Iย  snacked on some strawberries.

Blueberry Waffle

For breakfast, we had waffles and bacon (not pictured).

Piping

I finally worked on my piping skills with the set Alex gave me for Valentine’s Day. Spoil alert – it was AMAZING. I kept commenting on how amazing and awesome it was lol.

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Called my mom to chat a bit and to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. This was from exactly a year ago today at my graduation from Rutgers. Time flies you guys…

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I made a tortilla pizza and paired it with a big salad for lunch.

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We attempted some obedience training outside… It’s a work in progress but she’s got it in the apartment.

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I made a key lime pie (from a mix )with whipped cream for dessert. The piping needs a little work but not too bad for a second try!

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We went to Alex’s parents house for dinner. Steak, roasted potatoes and some asparagus for dinner before dessert and his mom opened gifts.

Question of the day: What’s one highlight from your weekend?

Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Spring Cleaning Day 2

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. Happy Mother’s Day to any mom’s out there. Hopefully you all get to spend the day with people you love and are pampered just like you deserve. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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When my alarm went off for my run yesterday morning I heard the rain outside. I desperately just wanted to stay in bed but I told myself that I had to run at least one mile. If the weather got worse or I just wasn’t feeling it after a mile I would come home. The rain was awful! By the end of the first mile my shorts were soaking wet. Soaking as in it felt like I peed my pants. I was so glad I threw on a rain coat before leaving to keep my shirt dry-ish. 5 miles for the day and I was very happy to come home to peel off all my wet layers.

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Of course when I got home the rain stopped *eye roll*. I wasn’t going to trust that the rain would hold off so I threw on dry clothes and then drove right to the grocery store to get food for the week. Once everything was unloaded and put away, Alex and I headed out for breakfast sandwiches. He asked if I wanted a roll or bagel so I said surprise me. I got a bacon, egg and cheese with ketchup, hot sauce, salt and pepper on a roll. It was such a tasty breakfast for a rainy day.

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When we got home it was time to get back to spring cleaning. This time we tackled the kitchen. I got to work on organizing all of the cabinets. I didn’t realize how much stuff got in them over the past year! After empty each cabinet, the counters were absolutely filled with stuff but I went through and got rid fo old food. All of the cabinets look so much nicer now that they’re cleaned out and organized.

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For lunch, I made a ham and cheese sandwich and cut up a bunch of celery to have with hummus. The skies were grey but it wasn’t raining so we decided to take Bailey to the tennis courts to run around. She actually got fetch outside which was good! We’ll throe a ball in the apartment and she’ll play fetch but once we’re outside she’s normally way to distracted. Obviously sniffing every blade of grass near her is much more fun than playing fetch ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once we were home from playing outside, we headed back in to tackle the fridge and freezer. It’s crazy what random things you’ll find in the very back of your freezer! We had hot dogs that I honestly forgot that we put in there. Now that it’s cleaned out and organized I think we will be much better at using everything.

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Alex met a friend at a driving range to hit some balls so Bailey and I hung out at home for a while. Unfortunately it started to rain so they had to finish early but that just meant I got dinner earlier ๐Ÿ˜‰ As an incentive to clean, we decided that we would get Mexican food from a place that recently opened in Princeton. Tacoria actually started at Rutgers in New Brunswick and has expanded to two other colleges in New Jersey. I always get the chorizo nachos and it’s amazing. The chips are covered in black beans, chorizo, cheese, a drizzle of crema (what they call sour cream), pickled jalepenos, and a little salsa.

After dinner, we decided to whip up some fun drinks. Alex had a pina colada and I had a margarita. We bought mixes at Target and for our first try it was pretty good! Our friend ended up coming over for a while and he was pretty impressed with our margarita skills too. It’s fun catching up with him since he grew up 10 houses away from Alex and now lives in New York City. When he left, we watched an episode of The Office before heading to bed.

Question of the day: Did you finish spring cleaning?

Daily Happenings, Running

The First Hot Dog Of Summer

Happy Saturday! It’s going to rain all day but I’m not complaining. First I really hope this rain washes away all the tree pollen causing allergies and secondly it’s actually warm rain instead of freezing rain that we have in winter. I hope it’s much sunnier by you today. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

Scrambled eggs, toast with cream cheese and chia seeds

Friday started off pretty good for us. Bailey and I went out before getting ready for the day. I made scrambled eggs and paired it with toast topped with cream cheese and chia seeds. Cream cheese and chia seeds may sounds like a weird combo but trust me and try it.

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At work, there was randomly hot dogs and burgers that the building manager grilled. Honestly I have no idea why this happened since we have another barbecue in a few weeks but no complaints here. I opted for a hot dog since I saw one that was fairly charred which is the best in my opinion. Alright I know I’m from Chicago so I shouldn’t put ketchup on a hot dog but I did and I added some mustard too. The rest of my lunch consisted of carrots, pretzels and hummus to keep the balance.

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Once I got home from work, I quickly changed and headed out for a run. The workout was 4 x 800m at 5k pace with 400m recovery followed by 4 x 100m strides with 1 minutes rest. It was toasty out there but I got it done. A little over 5 miles to kick off the weekend. When I got home, I was rolling and Alex came back from his run too. Somehow he beat me to the shower so Bailey and I hung out before I rinsed off.

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The rest of the night was pretty relaxing! I read a little bit of my new book calledย Ten Thousand Saintsย by Eleanor Henderson. I’m not positive what I think of it yet but I’ll report back once I’m a little farther int. For dinner, we kept it simple with tortellini and pesto plus some garlic bread on the side. We watched an episode of Billions before taking a family walk to round out the night. After an episode of The Office, I headed off to bed.

Question of the day: What do you put on a hot dog?

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XVI

Hello and happy Friday! How are you all doing today? It’s Friday so I’m feeling pretty good myself. The past week has been pretty good but there’s nothing like the weekend.

I’m kicking off the last few hours of work by sharing a few items I’ve been obsessed with this week. Have a great Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

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If you saw yesterday’s post then you probably aren’t surprised that this showed up on the list this week! The novel is about a painting that was done by a French artist of his wife, Sophie. She brings the painting from Paris to her hometown in France during World War I. The town ends up being occupied by Germans. Fast forward to 2006 and a widow, Liv, has the painting in her house. The artist’s family wants the painting back and goes through an organization that specializes in the requisition of stolen or lost works of art.

One of the biggest reasons that I liked this story is because I feel like you mostly hear about stolen works of art form World War II but it happened during WWI as well. Historical fiction is a genre that I love and when the story is interwoven between two time periods I can’t get enough. Jojo Moyes is also the author of Me Before You so if you enjoyed that popular book then I recommend checking this one out as well!

Strawberries

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A week or so ago, I noticed strawberries were on sale at the grocery store so I picked them up just hoping they would be ripe. I have no idea when strawberry season is but I think it’s now because the berries I’ve been buying are delicious! For a midmorning snack at work, I’ve been cutting up a few strawberries and putting them in a container.

Spring Plants

Pink Tree At Tamarron

I have no idea what type of tree this is to be honest but I love the pop of pink it adds to everything! These trees are all over our apartment complex which makes walks and runs fun. It’s not just these trees though, when I drive I see other flowers blooming. It’s been putting a big smile on my face because it means spring is officially here!

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?