“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”
– Mark Haddon
It has been a rainy couple of days here. And I love it. I’ve woken up to darkness and storms for the last three mornings, and it has remained that way throughout the days. After I get my morning workouts done, or whatever else I need to get done for the days, I curl up with Ella and listen to the sheets of rain pour down on the roof. It is so relaxing.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to stay inside for most of the last couple of days, but that said, I don’t have much to talk about. Soooo this post is kind of all over the place topic wise…I guess I’ll get right into the foodie business!
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I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture of the amazing food spread we had at my brother’s open house. I guess I was too busy visiting and entertaining, but I do wish I could have shown you what we had. There was a ginormous vat of baked beans (my grandma is famous for them), quite a few pounds of BBQ pulled pork, pretzel buns (OMG), a veggie tray with hummus, deli meats and cheeses, a beautiful fruit salad, different kinds of chips, garden salad, Greek salad, pasta salad, potato salad, five kinds of cookies, and two cakes. Our extended family pitched in and brought most of that amazing food, and I have to tell you, by the end of the day, I was stuffed. It was so worth it though – why is it that visiting and eating go hand-in-hand? :-)
As I don’t have a picture of those goodies, so I guess I’ll move on to my regular WIAW…
Boring…I have no new pictures for you. Nor do I have a new breakfast to tell you about. I’ve just been enjoying Greek yogurt over and over again. Like I said, boring.
Leftover pulled pork inside a piece of whole wheat bread. We didn’t have any leftover pretzel buns. Sad.
After all that partying (read: horrible eating) that I did, I really wanted to start the week off fresh. So for lunch yesterday I had a plate of veggies and hummus. My dad bought two enormous tubs of hummus for the party, but we only went through half of one…so I will be eating hummus for the rest of my life. There could be worse things. :-)
About a week ago, I made some Skinny Chicken Parmesan. Recently, I’ve been making it without putting the sauce on top, because I like the way the chicken crisps up in the oven without it. I just put it on the side now. I also made this batch with “real” Parmesan (meaning not pre-grated/out of a plastic container). Sooooo goooooood.
The other dinners I had throughout the week weren’t very noteworthy. That or they were just leftovers. :-)
So, like I mentioned yesterday, I baked up two batches of cookies for the party. I’ve been snacking on those, as well as some of the three batches my aunt made, over the last week-ish.
I also have been enjoying Chobani as a dessert. It’s super good with chocolate chips mixed in. (Well, duh…) And finally, I had some chocolate frozen yogurt the other day – in a recycled Chobani cup. :-)
In addition to those desserts (I’m telling you, I was bad this week), I baked up two kinds of cupcakes. The first, Pina Colada Cupcakes, were made for my friend Sarah and her mom. If you click over to this post, you’ll see that the last time I made them, I frosted them with cream cheese frosting. This time, though, I made a simple icing from powdered sugar and milk, then topped it with toasted coconut. I liked this version much better.
The other kind of cupcakes I made were my Amazing Chocolate cupcakes. I made these for one of the families I babysit, in honor of the little girl and her mom’s birthdays. :-)
Last week was definitely not one of my best nutrition wise…but honestly, I had a lot of fun and enjoyed myself. I’m just getting myself back on track this week, and am trying not to regret anything. :-)
Workouts May 26 – June 1 (what?? June??)
Sunday: Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred, Level 2
Tuesday: 40 minutes walking + 20 minutes jogging on treadmill
Wednesday: TBD – something at the gym
Friday: Kenpo X
Saturday: 30 minutes walking + 30 minutes jogging on treadmill
In other news, my mom found a couple of Groupon deals for our local Snap Fitness: $30 for the entire summer! I am super pumped – I’ve been trying to run on our treadmill at home, but that baby is definitely not made for running and I felt like I was going to break it with every step. After being spoiled with the treadmills at my apartment this past year, and not being able to run outside (allergies), I was not sure what I was going to do. Well, problem solved! The gym also has a little room with On Demand exercises, so I’m very excited to check those out, too. I’m also looking forward to getting into a bit more weight training. Maybe. Any suggestions for a beginner?
Because a few of you brought it up in response to my post yesterday, here is the picture of that Luke Danes doppleganger I saw at the graduation the other day:
I get a kick out of how similar they look! I tried to blur out random guy’s face enough so that it’s not too creepy, but even his face looks like Luke’s! So weird.
I think my grandma thought I was crazy for taking a picture of a random person, but I knew that some of you and some of my friends would get a kick out of the similarity – especially those of you that love Gilmore Girls as much as I do! :-)
Oh, the things bloggers do…Am I right?
Questions for the day:
Are you a fan of rain?
What’s your favorite flavor cupcake?
Do you have any strength training suggestions, tips, or advice?
Have you ever seen a doppleganger?
I’m off to go cuddle with this cutie:
Thanks for stopping by – have a great day! :-)