Books, Daily Happenings

It’s The Little Wins In Life

Hello and happy Saturday! I have no idea what I’ll be doing today but it’s supposed to rain so I have a feeling I’ll be in doors. Oh well, what can you do. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Friday started off with a yummy breakfast. I had scrambled eggs and an oatmeal muffin with breakfast. The muffins are so good at keeping me full until lunch and I love that I get a little fruit with them since I added strawberries and blueberries to it. Plus the recipe makes 12 so I don’t have to make them for another 2 weeks which is a win in my book.

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On my lunch break, I got started on my next book.Β Before the FallΒ by Noah Hawley is about a private plane crash that leaves two survivors: Scott Burroughs, a painter, and JJ, a four year old boy and the only survivor from a powerful and wealthy family. It tries to find out what exactly happened on the plane that caused a crash since so many influential people died as a result. Some say it’s an accident while others say foul play is involved. It’s a good read and definitely caught my attention from the start!

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My company is awesome in that we get to have 4 hours each quarter that we can use to leave early and it doesn’t count against vacation times. I ended up taking 2 hours last night and was able to get a grocery store trip and 4 recovery miles in before I typically leave work, another win for my Friday! Now 2 hours isn’t a ton but mentally it’s amazing and it’s basically free time to do whatever I want with. After my run I snacked on my last kiwi, pretzels and cashew butter.

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When I was at Aldi’s earlier this week to grab cashew butter, I stumbled upon frozen meat that was for Philly cheesesteaks. Cheesesteaks are a go to take out option for Alex and I so I immediately grabbed the box when I saw it. Personally I think they underestimate how much meat should be on a sandwich but otherwise it was extremely easy to cook and tasty. The cheesesteak along with roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts was a solid dinner to kick off the weekend.

Once dinner was all cleaned up, I read a little on the couch while Alex played the guitar. Then we turned on the second half of Field of Dreams. It was definitely enjoyable and I liked it! Once that was done, I headed to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last little win you had?

Daily Happenings

Movie Night

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I’m checking in after a relaxing night in with Alex last night. Poor guy wasn’t feeling too good so he ended up moving a late meeting. I won’t complain though since I got him to myself al night hehe. I hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

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We woke up and the weather was once again amazing! It was close to 55 at 5 am. Somehow Alex and I woke up and managed to get ready with enough time to have a treat of a breakfast during the week. We enjoyed some bacon and eggs. Warm weather in February and bacon and eggs on a Wednesday? Heck yes!

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At work, I startedΒ Another BrooklynΒ by Jacqueline Woodson. The writing style is really unique and it honestly took me some getting used to. It’s almost as though it’s written in a mix between poems and normal paragraphs. Once I got used to it, it was really easy to read. Due to the writing style, it was incredibly quick to read! I read 129 of 170 pages in my lunch break.

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When I got off of work, I made a quick pit stop to pick soup up from the store for Alex then met him at home. I prepped out lunches for the next day then made some more oatmeal muffins. I’ve found that these fill me up more than toast does but I’ve been too busy to make another batch. This is the recipe I loosely followed. I omit bananas, add chia seeds, frozen blueberries and frozen strawberries.

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For dinner, I made another quesadilla to use up leftover black beans that we in the fridge. I also put a bowl of Caesar salad together and used half of the avocado into it. The other half topped my quesadilla. Such an easy and delicious dinner!

We got everything from dinner cleaned up and then settled in on the couch to watch a movie. We originally planned on watching the first Guardians of the Galaxy but it wasn’t anywhere to be found to stream. Netflix had the second film so we turned that on instead. I hadn’t seen the first one and had no problems picking up on anything in the movie. There were some really funny lines when you least expect it.

Since I’m stubborn, I had to finish the book once the movie was over since I was so close to being done. I actually read when we paused the movie to use the bathroom and get drinks so I had maybe 30 pages left at that point. Luckily the pages are short so I finished it rather quickly. Overall I really enjoyed the story. It is about how your friendships change as you grow during your teenage years. It’s an easy read for sure but not mindless in anyway due to the writing style. Once I finished reading, I closed the book and headed off to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last movie you watched?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Another February Run In Shorts

Happy Wednesday! This week seems to be flying by for me. Does anyone else feel this way? It’s currently foggy out here in Jersey but the thermometer is supposed to go over 70 degrees so I’ll take the fog! Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Tuesday started out pretty typical with a nice early alarm before getting ready for work. For breakfast, I had scrambled eggs and toast once again. When I checked the weather and the temperature was in the lower 50s before 7 am. That meant no coat for me! It was amazing to not need a coat in February.

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During the day, the sun was shining and all I wanted to do was see if my laptop could get wifi outside so I could enjoy the amazing weather. After work, I practically ran to my car so that I could get home and run. It was another February run in shorts! 4 easy miles before doing an arms and abs Blogilates video. These are fantastic if you want some shorter videos. Each on was about 10 minutes and the burn is real.

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Alex had a late meeting so it was just me at home. I turned on a podcast while I got some things crossed off my to do list. When it came time for dinner, I wasn’t starving (probably because I had a spoon or two of peanut butter while making my lunch…) so I ended up just roasting some potatoes to enjoy. This time I topped them with some nutritional yeast and my usual ketchup and hot sauce. The yeast didn’t have a huge cheese flavor but that could definitely be because I had condiments on top of it. While I ate, I turned on Chicken Little because I’m clearly a mature 22 year old.

When Alex got home, we hung out a bit and then I finished Before I Go to SleepΒ by S.J. Watson. The entire time, my thoughts kept switching on how I thought the book would end. It kept me interested the entire time which was amazing. If you are looking for a thriller then check out this book. It’s also a movie so now I want to get my hands on it to compare the two. Once that was finished, I headed to bed.

Question of the day: Is the weather unusually nice by you for February.

Books, Daily Happenings, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 19

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It was a good one for me and I’m feeling ready to take on the week! Is your office closed today? Alex’s office in the city is closed for President’s Day so I may have a mid day trip home in store. I haven’t decided yet so we shall see! Before that though, let’s review my Sunday in pictures in typical Monday fashion. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Pancakes and bacon for breakfast because it’s Sunday so start with something yummy.

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My reward for laundry and cleaning the bathroom was sitting down to read the spring issue of Magnolia Journal.

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Leftover pasta from our Valentine’s Day date for lunch.

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Reading my latest book on the couch while Alex studied.

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A mid afternoon break for kiwi. These were definitely an impulse buy at the grocery store, at least it’s healthy!

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Queso crockpot chicken chili from Pinch of Yum for dinner! I made it on the stove top and it was so good! The only change I made was adding in two small chipotle peppers with adobo since they were in my fridge and I didn’t want them to go bad.

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Reading (and falling asleep on the couch πŸ˜‰ in front of the fire to end the night.

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

 

Books, Daily Happenings

Oldies But Goodies

Happy Saturday! What’s on your agenda for today? I have an 8 mile run, haircut and late Valentine’s Day celebration on the agenda. It’ll be a full day but a fun one and I can’t wait for it. I hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

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Friday started out with an oldie but a goodie. For breakfast I opted for an old favorite and had toast and scrambled eggs. This was in full force this week and I am not complaining one bit. I love the creaminess of the cream cheese on the toast.

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At work, I started a new book.Β Everything I Never Told YouΒ by Celeste Ng follows the story of a family after the death of their middle child. The narrator is an outside which I like. I’m really interested to see how the child’s death affects the family’s dynamic. So far so good in my opinion!

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It was kind of raining when I left work which was annoying but it was still warm enough for shorts so I can’t complain. It ended up not raining on my 3 mile easy run but wasn’t raining so that’s a win. This past week, I’ve realized I’ve been pretty hungry on my easy run days. Instead of eating everything I own, I opted for a smoothie last night. After not having one in months, it was amazing! I blended frozen strawberries, blueberries and bananas with chia seeds, peanut butter, water and a tiny splash of milk. It filled me up and hit the spot.

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While I enjoyed the smoothie, I meal planned for next week. I have a new recipe I’m trying out that I can’t wait for. Plus it’ll give leftovers so I always appreciate a recipe like that. Both Alex and I started getting hungry so we heated up leftover meat and black beans for tacos. I swear there was more than just lettuce on the tortilla ha.

Once dinner was all cleaned up, Alex and I cuddled up on the couch to watch an episode of The Crown. We have been slacking with this show! There’s only 10 episodes in the season and we have 3 left to watch. It’s just so good that a part of me doesn’t want it to end though. When the episode ended I foam rolled, read a bit and headed to bed.

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