Books, Daily Happenings, Running

A Taste Of Fall

Happy Fri-yay everyone! I hope the workday goes by quickly. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Unfortunately I woke up 2 or 3 times on Wednesday night for some reason. This made getting out of bed a little difficult but I got up and showered. When I got ready for work, I went and scrambled an egg for breakfast. We’re still eating the pumpkin bread from Alex’s mom so I had a piece of that as well.

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My office had an environmental inspection so my boss brought in sandwiches for lunch. Just to be safe, I packed my lunch and I was glad I did. There was nothing wrong with the lunch that was brought in but I knew it wouldn’t keep me full since I would have to pull certain items off of it. I opted to stick with my lunch and was happy so that I knew I would be full for the afternoon.

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When I left the office, dare I say I felt cold. Is that allowed for fall lol. After a few days of 80 degree weather, a day with temperatures near 65 degrees was quite a difference. I’m not complaining though! It made my 4 mile run so much nicer. It actually felt like fall when I was running which I loved. Felt like fall yes, but there’s still too many green leaves on the trees in my opinion.

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After my shower, I made lunches for work the next day and picked up around the apartment. Alex had a work event in the city so it was just me for most of the night.ย I put a potato in the oven to bake and turned on the sixth episode of “Big Little Lies”. When the potato was done, I topped it with some salt, pepper, garlic powder, a tiny bit of butter, cheese and leftover barbecue chicken from earlier in the week. So good! I love taken leftover shredded meat and adding it to a baked potato. It’s a nice way to use up leftovers without repeating the exact same meal.

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Once I had cleaned up from dinner, I pulled out myย clay maskย to use.ย I clearly live an exciting life and had a wild Thirsty Thursday ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Please don’t judge me for that reference, I still have the college lingo down. I bought the tub back in June and have been neglecting it for some reason. I’m glad I pulled it out because it makes my skin feel so good. As it dries, I feel it tighten on my face. While it dried I pulled out my book to read on the couch.

Question of the day: Tell me something about your Thursday!

Books, Daily Happenings

That Was A Fail

Hello and happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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I woke up to Alex’s alarm and felt so well rested. No idea why but I’ll take it. I got ready for work and went to get breakfast. Remember how I made a big thing of baked oatmeal on Sunday and left it on the counter for days? Apparently I was supposed to refrigerate it to keep it as leftovers. I discovered this because it tasted funky after I heated it up. Oops! Lesson learned. I quickly scrambled an egg and had it with a piece of pumpkin bread for breakfast.

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I started my newest book while eating my lunch at work. Sandra Brown is one of my go to thriller writers. Whenever I want a book I know I’ll enjoy I will grab one by her or Harlan Coben.ย “Play Dirty”ย is about Griff Burkett who spent the last five years in prison. He has no job outlooks but before his release, gets an invitation from the owner and CEO of an airline, Foster Speakman. Foster and his wife, Laura, want Griff to impregnate Laura in the natural way and not go the typical donor route. I’m so excited to see where this story goes because I was taken about when I found out about the job offer.

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After work, I ran an errand before heading home. I tend to leave all of the breakfast dishes for the afternoon so I cleaned those up. Alex had an early night last night so instead of getting home after 7:30, he was home before 5:30! It’s the little things like that which make my day ๐Ÿ™‚ He poured us some wine and we hung out on our porch since it wasn’t hot or humid finally.

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With Alex working in the city and having a few hours of commuting every day, I’ve picked up some more of the household chores. It totally comes with the category of living with your boyfriend so I don’t mind. Instead of having me heat up leftovers, he decided to let me have a break from cooking and ordered us takeout as a treat. I thought it was super sweet of him and I definitely enjoyed the break. I had a cheesesteak and some cheese fries.

After dinner, we started an episode of “Burn Notice” but turned it off about halfway through so we could just hang out and chat. We headed to bed pretty early (9:15 lol) but we were both so tired. I think our 5:15 wakeup is catching up to us and our bodies are finally tired earlier.

Question of the day: Do you have any kitchen fails you can tell me about so I feel better about mine?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

True Life: I Love Carbs

It’s hump day! Half way through the week, woohoo! Have a great day friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tuesday started off like most and I got ready for work. I heated up another piece of my baked oatmeal. Pairing it with a glass of milk is the perfect breakfast for me. So good and filling!

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During lunch, I finishedย “Sanctum”. I can’t wait to see if my library has the third on in the series! It’s the perfectly slightly creepy book for this time of year. Also, did you know that if you fold the closure part of a plastic bag over then it stands up and stays open?! I forget where I saw this but I’ve been doing it ever since and it’s such a simple hack and I love it. Since I’m not sure if I’m late to the game on this or if no one else knows about it and wanted to share ๐Ÿ™‚

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After work, I went for a 3 mile run. The felt like temperature was 81 degrees when I finished around 5:15. How?! It’s October and supposed to be in the mid-60s. What is going on with the weather right now. Luckily the humidity wasn’t too high but it made this easy one feel hard.

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I showered once I got home and foam rolled then grabbed a post run snack. I sliced a small piece of bread and put some olive oil, parmesan cheese, and pepper into a dish. It was the perfect meal with some carbs and healthy fats to hold me over until dinner when Alex got home.

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Alex texted me that his train was about to get in and I started cooking the tacos for dinner. I cooked ground beef, heated up rice, black beans and corn, cut up some lettuce and pulled out all of our toppings. I had two tacos with some rice and they filled me up.

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We cleaned up from dinner and cuddled on the couch to hang out for a bit. I lit this apple strudel candle fromย Milkbottle Candle Co. to try and pretend that it’s fall. The scent is amazing! I will say it’s now extremely hard to light due to the shape of the bottle. I absolutely love it though and will spend the extra time lighting it. The candle has lasted forever too! I bought this last year and used it a ton and still have so a lot left.

While we were hanging out, I cut a piece of pumpkin bread and ate half of it. Apparently I was all about the carbs yesterday and hopefully won’t eat as many today! But carbs and bread is just so good!! I blame it on the fact that there’s homemade bread and pumpkin bread on the counter so I see it a lot.

Question of the day: What was a high from your Tuesday?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

132% Humidity

Happy Tuesday? I hope you had a good Monday and are ready for today. Have a great one ๐Ÿ™‚

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Monday morning was surprising easy to wake up and get out of bed. I feel like Mondays are hit or miss with ease of getting out of bed, anyone else? Once I was ready for work, I cut myself a square of baked oatmeal and put it in the oven to heat up for a few minutes. Since I’m so picky, I was pretty nervous to eat it. My nerves were unnecessary because it was delicious! I had it with a glass of milk while I watched the news.

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For lunch I got back to reading my newest book, “Sanctum”ย by Madeline Roux which is the second book in the Asylum series. I didn’t know it was a series until I read the first book a few months ago. It’s got a slightly creepy feel to it since it uses real pictures from old carnivals. Work was going well until people came to test our fire alarms ๐Ÿ˜ I totally understand that these need to be tested for safety but do they have to do it while we’re there? My boss made an announcement to everyone that it was happening but I still jumped a little every time it went off!

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Yes it is October and I’m still running without sleeves…I want fall weather!

The entire day was raining on and off so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get my run in. I’m used to running in rain but if it’s really pouring or thundering/lightening I won’t go. Safety first, right?! It was misting on my drive home but by the time I changed and was heading out the door the sun was out and shining. So weird! The humidity was terrible you guys. I don’t know the exact amount but based on my braid’s frizziness and how it felt, I think the humidity was about 132% ๐Ÿ˜‰ I got my tempo run done though. 5.5 miles including a warm up and cool down.

After my workout, I quickly showered and got into pajamas. I got comfy on the couch and continued to do research. For Alex’s birthday and our anniversary, I booked us tickets to fly to Knoxville, Tennessee to see his best friend. We are both so excited! I know his friend will have ideas for things to do but I like doing research too. That’s my Type A personality coming out. If you have ever been there (or know someone who has) please tell me any recommendations you have! I would love to hear them ๐Ÿ™‚

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When Alex texted me saying he was on the train, I chopped up some potatoes and broccoli and put them in the oven to roast. Before I left for work, I put some frozen chicken breasts and barbecue sauce into the crock pot for an easy dinner. I shredded the chicken once the veggies were in the oven so that the sauce could coat all of the pieces. Instead of a bun, I cut myself a few pieces of the bread I made to enjoy with everything. Dinner was delicious and filling!

We cleaned up and then finished the first part of the Frank Sinatra documentary before heading to bed. It wasn’t even 9:30 so it was clear Alex and I were both exhausted from the day.

Question of the day: Have you ever had baked oatmeal? Now I want to look into more recipes!

Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes, Weekend

Fresh Baked Bread

Hello and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

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When I woke up Sunday, I was so happy to see it was raining. It’s funny because a few weeks ago, I complained about how it was constantly raining. We haven’t gotten rain in so long so it was nice to have kind of a gross day. Alex made us some pancakes to enjoy for breakfast. I paired mine with a glass of cranberry green tea.

After breakfast, I lounged around on the couch and finishedย “The Reason You’re Alive”. Just go get a copy of this book from your library, it’s so good! There were quotes that made me laugh out loud. I loved it so much and the message is amazing. It’s a book you don’t even realize has a message until the end, at least that’s how I felt. I loved it and will be recommending it anytime anyone asks me for a book to read.

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It was time for lunch so I made half a sandwich. We only had three slices of bread so I looked in the fridge and found leftover broccoli and roasted potatoes so I cute a piece in half to enjoy with the veggies. I wasn’t too sure if it would fill me up but it did for sure.

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I planned on baking a loaf of pumpkin bread but Alex’s mom called to say she baked a loaf for us. I didn’t think we needed two loaves so I opted to make baked oatmeal instead. I used this recipe and I’m hoping it’ll be a good and filling breakfast for the week. The mornings are in the awkward phase where it’s too cold for smoothies but too warm for oatmeal. I’ll report back on how this recipe turned out once I eat it.

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Yes it’s October and I’m wearing Shamrock socks…they were at the top of my drawer

A few weeks ago, Janaeย posted about making bread and the recipe had been bookmarked. I figured fresh baked bread would go really well with our leftover pasta for dinner so I gave it a try. It was actually super easy to make! Although, the mixer I was using did start to smoke…so let’s all send some positive thoughts that I didn’t break it :/ The bread was so good! The only thing I would change next time I make it is to take it out once it turns golden brown and then brush a little butter and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Otherwise it is SO good!

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For dinner, we heated up our leftovers from dinner the night before. I personally think pasta is one of the hardest dishes to reheat as leftovers but after trail and error, I’ve found the best way to do it. I turn my oven to 350 degrees and place the pasta cold into an oven safe dish. After a few minutes, I stir the pasta up so evenly heats evenly and repeat until everything is hot enough (max 20 minutes). Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top and you’re all set!

After dinner, we got comfy on the couch. I started a new book and Alex did some stuff on the computer. When we’re hanging around our apartment, we always have music on in the background. Last night, Alex chose the “Crooners and Cocktails” Pandora radio station. After a bit, he asked if I would watch the Frank Sinatra documentary that HBO made. It’s a two part movie with each part being 2 hours long. We’re about an hour and thirty minutes into the first part and it’s really good. We only stopped because it was getting late and we needed to head to bed.

Question of the day: Have you ever made homemade bread?