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The Week Ahead

17 Nov
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It’s here!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday!! I’ve been trying to get things ready for working from home and winter at the same time!! ย The big job that I’ve been avoiding is raking up the leaves. It’s not something I hate doing, I just really haven’t felt up to the job! But it’ll get done soon!

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I am also getting ready for winter. I’ve got piles of firewood out on my patio and yesterday I moved a lot of it into the garage where I won’t have to dig it out of a ton of snow (A girl can dream right?!) to use it! I do love fires in the fireplace when it gets cold outside!

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I have been waiting a few days now to start my new job — supposedly it’s happening tomorrow…we’ll see about that!! I’m really looking forward to jumping into something new. And working again. That part will really be nice. Especially the paycheck part ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So my week ahead is going to be spent doing as much organizing as I can stand! And getting into a routine – I’m hoping that without a commute I’ll be able to get back into some consistent training. And once I have steady income I’ll be getting back into the Bikram routine!

Have a great week!!

Sunday Funday!!

27 Oct

I do love the weekends! Especially in the Fall โ€“ everything seems a little easier.

Spent most of Saturday hanging out with my dog, Phred. A little laundry, a little guest room bed-making, a lot of thinking about getting a lot done! I did manage to make some headway on a craft project I am pulling together for Wine and Dine weekend

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On Sunday, I hit the ground running! Literally ๐Ÿ™‚ It seems like all of my pains are definitely going away so I wasn’t terribly concerned about my 5K, The Pumpkin Run, this morning..or rather, this afternoon! A 1 pm start meant I could get some things done BEFORE the run and then come home and putter.

I overestimated my lack of pain, however, so it was a slow 3.1. But I got it done! The weather was beautiful, clear blue skies and the trees are still in the last stages of changing and losing leaves. Lots of folks in costumes so there is definitely some Halloween spirit(s) in the air!!

Before the race, I hit up Target โ€“ using their new Cartwheel app on my phone I saved a buck and change. Once I figure it out I am hoping the savings will add up!! Had to get laundry supplies and got some percentage off of those items so Yay! Also got some supplies for making macaroni and cheese in the crockpot! I made this last winter and it is really, surprisingly good! Made the mac and cheese and stuck it in a dish to do the final hour of cooking with melty cheese and crunchy potato chips on top. Tomorrow is gonna be SWELL!!

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Yeah, it doesn’t look like much here…but just you wait!

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Tomorrow, this will be all brown and bubbly on top!!

Then, since I was apparently in some kind of nesting mood, I baked up my mom’s Apple Cake. I used to bake this ALL THE TIME when I was growing up and when I found the recipe again and made it the first time again, it really brought back some great memories. I don’t know why, but I added some glaze to it this time โ€“ it’s nice, but really not necessary at all!

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Before the oven….

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And after. With some lumpy glaze. NOMS!!

THEN…I had some thawed chicken breasts and had figured I’d just throw them in the oven and bake them but then was struck with the desire to make chicken piccata โ€“which I have NEVER made before but I just love! Turned out pretty amazing if I say so myself! Cooked up some noodles and broccoli and had an actual proper dinner tonight!

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I may always saute chicken from now on…even without the sauce it was pretty tasty!! Butter does that!

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Full of lemon-y caper-y goodness!!

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A grown-up dinner. It happens every now and then!

So, if you know me โ€“ and even if you know me you might not know this โ€“ Useless Fact #23432: I don’t like when my house smells like food. I don’t care what kind of food, unless it’s baked goods made with lots of butter โ€“ that smell I don’t mind! So, I needed to do something to clear out the chicken smell.

Since I had some leftover pumpkin in the fridge to use up I whipped up a batch of really great pumpkin cookies. Another something that I used to bake all the time growing up. Me and mom would bake hundreds of these it seemed! Her original recipe calls for dates but I could never get into that, so I use raisins!!

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Fluffy sweet cookie batter

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Finished and frosted. Most of them anyway…ran out of frosting!

Now, who’s hungry? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday Mom!

26 Oct

Today my mom would have been 86 years old.

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My mom when I was 5

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My mom when I was older than 5 ๐Ÿ™‚ This was when we were on a cruise about 10 years ago.

I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it a million times again — I miss her every single day

And PS…that black bag my mom is holding on to for me? I still use it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankful Thursday

15 Aug

First off, imagine my surprise to learn that I was NOT the first to come up with the catchy, alliterative Thursday blog name!! Shocked I say!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yes, one can be sarcastic AND Thankful at the same time

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Today, as I was walking my pal, Phred, I realized that I am very thankful I chose this neighborhood to live in. My neighbors are great โ€“ and not just the ones on my street (who are some of the most helpful people EVER!) but most of the people I encounter when we’re out walking โ€“ or if I’m out running.

Friendly for sure. And just nice people!

It could be such a different situation….

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Hope you’re feeling thankful for something today โ€“ no matter how small!

Not Quite Whole30

4 Jun

What is that they say the road to Hell is paved with? Oh yeah…

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To be honest, I knew the first few days were not going to be good — not because I don’t want to do this (I do, I really do!) but because I was going to be out of my home and kitchen. I have been on vacation which to my dad means making sure I “eat enough”…and we don’t do a whole lot of cooking. It’s been a round of restaurant eating and beach parties!

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On the bright side, I do think I’m at least making better choices when I am out. Mostly. Shared my hot dog(s) with the dog on Saturday, limited buns. Had chicken instead of pasta at lunch on Sunday. I did eat a couple of fries last night. And there was the egg sandwich for lunch yesterday. But I skipped the bread on my BBQ sandwich last night – I’m taking the little wins!

Who knows what today brings but I am constantly thinking about what I can make when I’m back home and start my Whole30 in earnest on Thursday.

No, not this Earnest….

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My SweatPink Ambassador Friends are on this journey too — How are they doing?ย 

Jacki at Dare 2 Dream – Dare 2 Do (ย http://www.dare2dream-dare2do.com/ย ) has done this before! So how did her first few days go? Have a look here!

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