Weekend Thoughts

  • Crucify me if you must, but I’m just gonna say it: The PSL has been replaced in my life. Dunkin Donuts has better pumpkin coffee than Starbucks. It’s fact.

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  • There are few things more frustrating than having to learn the layout of a new-to-me grocery store. Yesterday, I found myself identifying with a toddler throwing a temper tantrum in isle 7. I was so frustrated over not being able to find the fucking international isle that I, too, wanted to fall on the floor and thrash about. I JUST NEEDED REFRIED BEANNNNSSSS. 

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  • Like dangerous animals, children can sense my fear.
  • Last night, Cory’s grandpa had his first experience with Sweet Frog. I was glad to be there to help him learn the ropes. It’s so tragic to think that he had to wait 80+ years to taste the glory that is Sweet Frog.

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  • I entertain myself in odd ways when I’m out alone. For instance, when I go to Starbucks and they ask for my name, I always make one up. I giggle every time.

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  • Hey, I hope you had a great weekend! :)

Highlight Reel

Oh, it’s Monday again. This weekend was quite the blur for me. You know, one those weekends that go by so quickly that around 8:00 on Sunday night you’re like, Shit tomorrow’s Monday. 

Cory was away a bachelor party this weekend, but I had my own drunken plans to keep me occupied. It’s always a bummer when one spouse is out throwin’ back shots with friends while the other is at home knitting on the couch.

Not that that’s ever happened to me. I cross stitch.

On Saturday, a few of us went out to celebrate Emily’s birthday! Her’s fell on a Tuesday (lame) so we saw Pitch Perfect that evening and decided to save the debauchery for the weekend.

(Side note: Have you SEEN Pitch Perfect?! It was HILARIOUS. My life would be made if I could be friends with Fat Amy.)

I digress.

While I did most of my errand-running on Saturday morning to avoid doing them while vominous on Sunday, it was after dinner last night that I realized I needed to print about 50 pages of work for my Monday night class.

I also realized that we only had bright orange card stock in our possession. With that, I drove to Target in my sweat pants and paid for computer paper with a Happy Birthday gift card.

The cashier said, Wow – you’re using your birthday gift card to buy printer paper? 

I punched her in the face with my nasty glare. I’m in grad school. My life is pathetic. By the way, fuck you. 

After that, I ate Sweet Frog alone in my car.

There you have it, folks. The highlight reel of my weekend ;) Have a great Monday!

 

Thursday Thoughts

1. I received a sample NatureBox in the mail yesterday! I have been looking forward to it for weeks now, and I’m pretty excited about all it’s contents. But the winner so far? The dried pear slices.

2. For the past two weeks, Cory has been enthusiastically involved with X-Team Fitness, a bootcamp style class. Every morning at 6:00, 60 – 85 people meet up at a designated spot, and they do all kinds of crazy shit.

Well, today I did all kinds of crazy shit. Like trail running while it’s still dark out. Like sit-ups and push-ups on the ground that is still soaked from yesterday’s rain. I have scratches all up and down my legs, and I think I almost fell to my death three times.

All I’ve got to say is: Get ready for BodyPUMP on Saturday morning, Cory! ;)

3. I believe Casey Anthony has found The Lunchbox Diaries via Google search.

I know the exact post that led that psycho search term to my blog – but I’m betting the premeditating murderer individual was deeply disappointed. Seriously? Who searches body in a suitcase? That’ll come back to bite him/her in the ass during the trial.

4. Last week Cory and I went to Sweet Frog, and I almost stormed out in a fit of rage because there were no rainbow sprinkles.

All of my postings on Facebook are extremely mature and serious, I know. But don’t fret about my rainbow sprinkle withdrawal – I got a fix last night ;)

5. Speaking of lashing out in a fit of rage – my allergies are INSANE right now. Can anyone else commiserate with me on this one? Also – the vision in my right eye is constantly blurry. Has anyone else had that happen with their allergies? 

I’ll try my best not to WebMD it. I’m not trying to plan my own funeral today.

Let’s chat – Have you ever WebMD’d an ailment, only to realize you have 27.5 hours to live? Yeah, me too. Twice. 

Cake Pop Giveaway!

Last week, some of you noticed the outstandingly adorable cake pops that the lovely ladies at Alexandria Cake Pop Co. sent me.

personalized blog cake pops?! yes, please!

Just so you know, 12 cake pops were gone in two days (well, three because I promised Jamie I’d save her one.) Emily came over that night to claim hers. I ate two right out of the box. The yellow cake was to die for. Perfectly sweet, insanely moist, and perfectly portioned. Three bites of heaven and I was left completely satisfied.

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I found out about Alexandria Cake Pop Co. because one of the co-owners, Emily Baird, I went to grade school and college together. I had been seeing her post on Facebook about her new company, and I was totally amazed.

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I got in touch with Emily to find out more about the company that she and Tamara Wilson started. Come to find out, they both made the gutsy decision to quit their jobs in December and dedicate themselves to their new company.

most requested – color themed!

I was also presently surprised that these girls aren’t just pretty bakers. Both girls come from military families, and Alexandria Cake Pop Co. donates 5% of all their proceeds to Operation Second Chance, an organization that serves wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

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Well, Emily and Tamara are nice enough to spread some springtime wealth to one lucky reader! One reader will be mailed one dozen cake pops! Head over to Alexandria Cake Pop Co. and look at all the flavors they offer.

**To enter – simply leave a comment telling me what flavor you’d like your lucky dozen to be.** I’ll randomly pick a winner on Thursday morning!

A Great Day in Richmond

Good morning! Yesterday was great day here in Richmond. Why? A couple of reasons.

1. Emily took the day off of work so we could frolic around town on a perfectly sunny 80 degree day. We went to Star-Lite for lunch and enjoyed sitting on their open patio chatting over afternoon cocktails and sandwiches. And those fries? Heaven.

2. The Cake Pop Girls sent me a dozen of their cake pops. Ohmygaahhhd. Seriously? These are real life? The Lunchbox Diaries cake pops!? I ate two of them as soon as I open the box and I’m not even ashamed about it. I’ve been kind and have shared a few since then – but only a few ;)

The CP Girls took this picture.

3. Cory came home last night after being away all week! I had missed him terribly. It was so weird being in our new place alone. I desperately wanted him to come home so we could go explore our new town together!

And that’s what we did last night. We went to Europa, a tapas bar that was just too cute to ignore. We ordered some white sangria along with four small plates. A little pricey for the amount of food we got, but totally worth the experience and our “Welcome to Richmond” date.

Now we’re off to enjoy our long weekend! Have a happy, healthy weekend my friends!

Let’s chat – Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Oh me? In a word – YES.

Scenes from the Weekend

The weekend started off in Richmond with searching for a place to live. You know, because we’re moving in 12 days.

Saturday was spent in Georgetown at CB2 (I’m obsessed. Find one near you!) and Sprinkles.

I ended up with the Salty Caramel cupcake. I was quite pleased with my decision.

We’re on a roll with places we want to eat at before we leave, so that night we hopped over to Thai Basil. The owner, at this location, beat Bobby Flay in a throw down :) I can’t even tell you what I got, as I couldn’t pronounce 90% of the menu – but it was delicious!

We have a Sunday tradition of going to Mass and then grabbing some breakfast. Yesterday we ended up at Manhattan Bagel and I ordered an egg and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel. SO GOOD!

Sunday dinner was a homemade recipe that one of my classmates gave me. It was a Rosemary Lemon Chicken dish that was really good! I’ll have the recipe up for you all shortly! :)

And of course, Campbell was trying to send me the message that I should not go to the gym – rather, I should sit on the floor and pet him all day.

Now I’m off to start my last week at work! So strange. Have a great Monday, my friends!

Let’s chat – What was the best thing you ate all weekend? I’ve got to say I loved every bite of that Salty Caramel cupcake from Sprinkles, even if I did have a sugar headache afterwards ;)

DOHmestic: I’m Getting the Hang of This

Last night I had what felt like a million things going on at once – in a really tight space. I was baking cupcakes, putting away clean dishes, and taking care of laundry.

Okay, not a million things, but you catch my drift.

After I successfully iced my cupcakes, cleaned up the kitchen and folded all the laundry without one tear shed or obscenity yelled, I couldn’t help but have an ‘aha!’ moment. Like, holy shit – I’m kind of getting the hang of things. 

After we got married and I did our laundry for the first time, I cried when I tried to fold Cory’s undershirts. I had never tried to fold anything so big.

I tried so hard to make them neat and tidy like my little shirts, but it was messy. I calculated how expensive it would be to buy new undershirts every week and just adopt a disposable system – but unless I wanted to pick up a second job, that wasn’t happening.

And the first time I tried to bake cookies in college, they were cookies from a bag. You know, you have to add an egg, roll them into balls and put them in the oven. The cookie bag read Ready in 20 minutes! Perfect.

I didn’t realize that 20 minutes included prep time. Let’s just say, I wept over black rocks that were meant to be chocolate chip cookies.

What I’m trying to say is, last night I stopped for a minute to cut myself some slack and realized that I’m not half bad. And that’s a good thing to feel sometimes! You should try it, too!

Let’s chat – What’s something you’ve gotten better at that seemed “hopeless” at first glance? 

I’ll Be Honest with You

I’ve got to be honest with you.

Over the past week, my main source of exercise has been walking from the kitchen to the couch.

I’ve been successful at sneaking bites of cake and pie when no one was looking and sampling “just a bite” of a brownie from four different family members at the same party.

Because if I don’t put it on a plate, it doesn’t have calories. Right?

I’ve consumed amounts of alcohol, sugar, and fat that make me so glad I don’t have to report to a physical trainer on Monday.

I’ve kid myself and allowed vacuuming, a random 20 minute jog, and peeling an orange count as physical exersion.

I’ve thanked God that winter calls for sweaters, jeans, and leggings because if I had to wear something revealing, I might just cry.

But now those days are over. I think that because my lifestyle is normally active and healthy, I haven’t gained any weight (praise JESUS!) but I’d almost take two or three pounds over this gross, bloated, barfy feeling. Hopefully those feelings will subside after a few days of normal food and exercise.

But just so you know, I took a hiatus from the Healthy Living Bandwagon. But now I’m back – and I’ll be feelin’ good in no time! :)

Does anyone else feel sick/gross when they let exercise and nutritious food fall by the wayside?

Who else does the “just a bite!” trick? Only me?

 

A Little Overboard

My motto in life is: “Everything in moderation.”

But sometimes, just sometimes, I feel like I throw moderation to the wind and dive into a huge pool of gluttony.

Oy.

This weekend was one of those gluttonous dives. Cory and I had a great time in Virginia Beach celebrating at the engagement party of our two close friends, Patrick and Ashley.

On Saturday, the college friends got to Patrick’s house early and the boys spent time prepping in the kitchen…

…While the girls immediately found the wine.

And it wasn’t just the wine that got me, my friends. I normally have self-control when it comes to snacking, but when you add alcohol and friends to the mix, I CAN’T STOP EATING. And when I have access to a million different cheeses and crackers, what I am to do?

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And it wasn’t just the wine and cheese and crackers that got to me, either. My friend Stephanie channeled her inner Martha Stewart and made the most delicious (and equally adorable!) cake pops.

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Of which I could not resist.

Even though I feel a little bit sluggish and bloated and head achy today – I wouldn’t change a thing. In my opinion, if you’re lucky enough to have people and events in your life worth celebrating – celebrate! You’ll forever remember the laughs, the good food and the fun times – not how many calories you saved by turning down a cake pop :)

And don’t ever, ever turn down a cake pop.

Let”s chat

Do you find that you indulge more on the weekends/when you’re with friends? Nothin’ wrong with that!

Kind of random – but what is one motto you like to live by? “Everything in moderation.” and “Always be a first rate version of yourself, rather than a second rate version of someone else.”

Easter Recap

Happy belated Easter, my friends! Whether you celebrate the day or not, I hope you had a great weekend :)

Mine was fantastic. It was filled with family, relaxation and a whole lotta food. It was wonderful! I think it’s perfectly acceptable to loosen the belt buckle and throw caution to the wind every now and then and just enjoy food. And that’s exactly what happened this weekend ;)

Don’t mind me. I’m a 23-year-old who still enjoys coloring eggs…

I’m also a 23-year-old who still gets excited about an Easter basket! :)

So.much.candy.

Money shot.

I think the Easter Bunny reads this blog and knows that I’m learning to bake ;)

Let me tell you something. Cory’s mom is the Hostess with the Mostest. She is the Detail Queen and I love it! I mean seriously. Look at the table settings she created.

Too cute right?

And the food was fabulous. I pulled the I’ll try a little bit of everything that’s on the table card.

Looking at this picture, I realize that this serving makes me seems quite anal. I’m swear I’m not a 5-year-old. I really don’t mind if my foods touch ;)

I also went to town on desserts. But let me just highlight my favorite. Enter: a ball of red velvet cake that was rolled in cheesecake, that was then rolled in graham cracker crumbs, that was then dipped in white chocolate. Heaven on a stick? I think so.

I’m certain I will be dreaming of these.

Cory didn’t want to keep a lot of the candy in our Easter basket, so guess who it came home with? This girl. Who has sticky fingers around sweets. I have to take precautionary measures when left alone with bags of candy.

I measure out serving sizes and put them in separate baggies so when I do want a little treat, I can grab and go.

Otherwise I will devour an entire bag of Starburst jellybeans in one sitting. And then I’ll try to convince myself that because they’re so tiny, they can’t possibly have any substantial caloric impact…

Let’s chat – What’s your favorite Easter candy? Starburst jellybeans. Duh.