Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Our First Overnight Guest

Hello! How’s your weekend so far? Even though yesterday was fairly grey and it rained most of the day, overall it was pretty good. Right now the sun is shining so I have my fingers crossed it’ll stay out for a while. Have a great day πŸ™‚

On Saturdays, I have an alarm set for 6 am so I can get up an run. Apparently my body was done sleeping at 5:38 am since that’s when I woke up. I laid in bed a bit before deciding to just get up and run. It was raining again so I made sure to grab a hat and I’m so glad I did! For some reason, my watch said my first mile was a 7:58 which made no sense since I don’t think it was even a mile and I definitely wasn’t going that fast. The rest of the run was pretty good despite being wet. I ended up with 4 miles at a 9:09 average pace.


When I got home, I quickly turned on the Royal Wedding coverage to watch while I stretched and foam rolled. What did you guys think of Meghan’s dress? To be honest, I thought it was too simple! Now I know there are most likely rules regarding what they can wearing but Kate’s dress had lace when she married William. While watching, I was texting my mom all of my thoughts because I figured she was watching as well. We chatted back and forth. My baking skills need some work though because did you see the cake? Can you say gorgeous?

Chinese Takeout

For whatever reason, I wasn’t really hungry so I didn’t eat breakfast. It’s not worth it to make yourself eat if you aren’t hungry in my opinion. I ran a few errands before coming home to shower. Since it was raining still, I didn’t want to get dry and warm before heading back out so why not rock the post run look out haha. By the time I was home and showered though I was hungry so leftover Chinese for lunch was perfect.


I spent most of the afternoon reading on the couch. I feel like I’m at this really juicy part in the book now. If you enjoy historical fiction and novels that involve telling two different stories then you need to pick up Cathy Gohlke’s Secrets She Kept.


In the late afternoon, we ended to Alex’s parents house to pick up his twin sister Tory. She was coming to spend the night and is actually the first person we’ve had stay the night since we’ve been in this apartment! When we were driving back, I asked if she wanted to bake and she agreed. Tory picked a brownie recipe out and we got to work. The brownies smelled so good while they cooked and it was hard to not cut into them straight from the oven but we waited until after dinner.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

For dinner, we made spaghetti and meatballs. I use the frozen meatballs from Trader Joe’s and they are so good. I pop them right into the oven while frozen and let them bake for 30 minutes. While those were heating up, I made the noodles for us. In my bowl, I added marinara sauce, some cheese and fresh basil to it. Dinner was so tasty and perfect for a grey day!

After dinner, we all cleaned up and decided to watch a movie. We all decided on the recent Jungle Book movie. While it started, we all had some dessert. They turned out delicious and we all ended up having two. It was pretty good but I felt like little kids would find it kind of scary since the animals are more realistic than a carton. Overall it was good but I can’t compare to the original since I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it. Once the movie was over, we all got ready for bed.

Question of the day: Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

Books, Daily Happenings

A Great New Book Plus Takeout

Happy Royal Wedding day! Are you watching? I’m typing up this post while I watch. Kate looks amazing and she had a baby 25 days ago…goals my friends. GOALS. Meghan is going to get out of the car at any second so I’m going to try and get this typed up and ready to go. Have a great day πŸ™‚


Friday started out with some puppy cuddles before I hopped in the shower. Thank goodness it was a Friday since the weather was a tad chilly. Well high 50s/low 60s but after some 80+ degrees days that felt cold! Company sweatshirt for the outfit win. For breakfast, I scrambled some eggs and had an oatmeal muffin on the side.


During lunch at work, I started a new book.Β Secrets She KeptΒ by Cathy Gohlke is a historical fiction novel. The one part is about Lieselotte, a German living in Berlin during World War II, whose father rises in the ranks of the Nazi party. Fast forward thirty years, and her daughter, Hannah, discovers upon her mother’s death that she actually has family in Germany. Hannah heads to Berlin to learn more about her mother. It’s a great book so far. There’s lot of twists and turns and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

After work, I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the week before heading home. Alex and I leashed Bailey up for a walk and to try some obedience training outside. The dang wind ruined that plan but we got a little bit of training in and she’s getting better. When we got home, I read some more on the couch while Alex worked a bit.

Chinese Takeout

For dinner, we ordered in Chinese food. We got some pork fried rice, cold sesame noodles, pork dumplings, and chicken with hot pepper sauce and peanuts. We probably could have ordered half of it and been totally satisfied but oh well. Leftovers are always delicious! After dinner, we hung out on the couch and watched The Office before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What did you have for dinner last night?

Books, Daily Happenings

Do I Like Or Dislike This Book?

Hello friends! I woke up to a steady rain this morning and it was honestly really nice. Am I the only one who enjoys laying in bed listening to rain? I laid in bed a bit to enjoy the rain before getting up. It’s supposed to rain most of the day but I have my fingers crossed it’ll stop before I get off work so I can get a good run in. Have a great day πŸ™‚

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Wednesday started out similar to Monday. We made bacon and eggs again for breakfast. There’s something about bacon on a weekday that feels like a luxury in a sense. Growing up I used to only have bacon on weekends if my Dad would make a big breakfast so having it during the week feels like fun. Plus it’s halfway through the week so why not celebrate it with bacon πŸ˜‰

Work was pretty good! It was one of those days where I felt like I kept crossing thing off my to do list even though I was adding things to it as well. During lunch, I kept reading Ten Thousand Saints. I made good progress and was kind of glad it was grey and raining on and off so I had an excuse to be able to sit and read after work.

When I was driving home, apparently Alex passed me and decided we were going to race. Well I didn’t know that until I was on my normal route so I couldn’t even try to beat him. Spoiler alert: Alex won. Bailey and I played while Alex finished up a work call then we went for a little walk. Walk may be generous since it was still kind of drizzling so we went outside to have her go to the bathroom, said hello to the kids playing near the park who were pumped to see her then walked to the dumpster to throw a bag away. At least we got outside in between the rain!


Once we got inside, I grabbed my Nook and water bottle then settled in on the couch. I was determined to finish the book since I had under 100 pages left. This book is one I can’t decide if I like or dislike. As weird as that may sound, I think it was the plot. Jude and Teddy are best friends in 1987 and Teddy dies of an overdoes on New Year’s Eve. Jude goes from one extreme of drinking and drugs to the other in the span of a few months. Then Teddy gets someone pregnant even though they just met and were alone for an hour so there’s that part of the plot. It was good, don’t get me wrong I just don’t know if I’ll run around recommending it to people.


Since I accomplished my goal for the night, I was ready to get dinner started. Tacos was an Alex requested meal and I’ll never say no to a taco. Funny story though, a few weeks ago I bought what I thought was a pack of ground turkey but may have actually been ground pork. I know that sounds ridiculous because how could you not know but I think they were right next to each other and I wasn’t paying attention. So we don’t actually know what meat we had last night but it was good none the less! I loaded up my tacos and was shocked they didn’t fall apart when I tried to eat them.

We watched an episode of Billions after dinner. If you have access to Showtime then I highly recommend this show. It’s drama but not unrealistic drama. Okay maybe it’s a little unrealistic but I’m not worth $10 billion dollars like one of the characters in the show. A girl can dream right?! After the episode we read a bit before getting ready for bed.

Question of the day: Have you ever read a book and not been able to decide if you liked or disliked it?

Books, Daily Happenings

All I Wanted To Do Was Read

Hi friends! It’s a foggy Thursday morning here in New Jersey and I’m actually hoping the thunderstorms in the forecast today happen to get rid of all of the pollen in the trees. We shall just wait to see what happens though! Have a great day πŸ™‚

Scrambled eggs, toast with cream cheese and chia seeds

On Wednesday we woke up to the sun shining and it was so nice. Now that the sun is up when we get up, it’s infinitely easier to get up early. Once I was ready for work, it was time to make breakfast. I whipped up scrambled eggs and toast. A few months ago I was on a toast and cream cheese so now I’m back to it but will add chia seeds to for a little something else.


Alex was working from home so I stayed at work during lunch to read. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is such a good read! It’s the story told back during 1917 in France during World War I and the present day, well 2006 but 12 year is close enough to be considered present day πŸ˜‰ When my lunch break ended, I was so sad I had to put away my Nook.

After work, I got home and played with Bailey while waiting for Alex to finish his run. He’s doing the Couch 2 5k app and almost done with it! Once we was home, we leashed up Bailey and went for a short family walk. She’s still not very good at walking on a leash and wants to sniff every blade of grass, stick, peddle, dirt speck imaginable… Walks take forever and don’t get us very far. It’s still some movement though so I’ll consider it a win.

Once we were all back from the walk, I settled on the couch to read even more. I was trying so hard to see what happened because I was so interested in the story. While dinner cooked, I would walk around with my Nook while pulling things out of the cabinets and fridge. Clearly it’s a good read!

Cheeseburger, roasted potatoes and broccoli

For dinner, I roasted some potatoes and broccoli while Alex worked on some burgers for us. It was quite tasty and really hit the spot. We ate and watched an episode of Billions. When the show was over, we cleaned up. I tried so hard to finish my book but I have under 20 or so pages left but decided to head to bed instead of finishing.

Question of the day: Have you read any good books lately?

Books, Daily Happenings

A Little Family Dinner

Hi friends and happy Saturday! I hope you have something fun on the agenda for the day and that the weather is going to be nice for you. Have a great day πŸ™‚


Friday morning started with the typical breakfast that I’ve been having recently fried eggs and my oatmeal muffin.


The bananas I had bought as some fruit for the week started to get too mushy so I was out of my typical midmorning snack. Luckily I had some roasted chickpeas leftover from Sunday so I brought the rest to work with me. They were the perfect boost of energy to get my through until lunch.


After work I came home and took a short walk with Bailey and Alex. Since allergies have really knocked me down this week, I haven’t run at all. I told Alex that I probably could have yesterday but one more day to rest was better to play it safe than sorry. When we got home from our short walk, I settled in on the couch to finish Where They Found Her. It’s not really a suspense novel but it has a suspense feel to it haha. I recommend it for sure!


Alex’s parents had the family over for dinner last night. Bailey loved running around with the other dogs even though they didn’t play with her as much as she thought they should, aka the entire time without any stopping lol. For dinner, we had grilled chicken, potatoes and asparagus. I don’t know what they did to the chicken but it was delicious.

We said out goodbyes and headed home. To round out our Friday, we watched a few episodes of The Office and headed to bed!

Question of the day: What did you have for dinner last night?