The “BAST” Job + WIAW

Remember last week when I said I was really busy?

Yeah. I didn’t even know what was coming. For example, on Monday I babysat for 14 hours, almost straight (minus driving time). Don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining in any way. Just merely making an excuse as to why I haven’t been posting, commenting, and doing other blog things as much as I previously was.

However, it’s things like this…


(I took this through Instagram, which is why it’s cut off. There are a whole bunch of hearts on the bottom.)

…that make everything worth it. So I’m serious when I say I’m not complaining. I have the “bast” job.

Before I move on to WIAW and some of my favorite eats of the week, let me just say that I haven’t been taking a whole lot of food pictures lately. I’ve learned in the past that the kids just totally don’t understand why I would want to take a picture of my grilled cheese or tuna salad, so it’s just easier for me not to do it than get into that conversation. 😉 Sooooo this WIAW is going to be a bit sparse. Bear with me, please!


WIAW LogoHosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. Click on over to her site for more delicious food talk and pictures!


Nothing too extraordinary here. Lots more Greek yogurt. I did, however, step out of the ordinary and make a big ol’ smoothie on Sunday morning!


Chock full of spinach and berries. Yum. (Recycled pic. Hence the autumnal leaves.)


My favorite (or at the very least, most exciting) lunch recently was the one we had during my parents’ surprise party. So much good food.


Though I’d be lying if I said I had more veggies than I did chips. People I should never put an open bag of chips in front of myself.


Allllllrighty. I’m going to breeze past this delicious and healthy dinner that we had on Friday night…


…in favor of this fat-filled, incredible, dangerously unhealthy dinner I enjoyed on Thursday night.


A Cornish pasty!! (How do you like my attempt at trying to healthify my plate with loads of peas?) My mom and aunt were up in Traverse City last week, and they stopped at a pasty shop to pick some up for us. Northern Michigan is sort of known for their pasties, so how could they not? This one was filled with chicken, veggies, and cheese, all wrapped in a gloriously flaky dough. Ohmygosh. I think the second best part – other than the taste – of these pasties is that I didn’t have to slave over them all day. I just got to sit down and really enjoy it.


I called the shop to make sure they didn’t put any egg in their dough, and sure enough, they stuck with tradition and didn’t. Hooray for allergy-friendly pasties!


There were lots of desserts for my parents’ party. My grandma bought a cake (which I couldn’t have), my other grandma made different kinds of jell-o, and I made some chocolate chip cookies.


Of which I had a lot. They’rejusttoogood!!!


Workouts June 23-29


A beautiful sunrise I witnessed on my way home from the gym. Totally unedited.

Sunday: off
Monday: 25 minutes elliptical + 20 minutes spinning*
Tuesday: circuit/strength training
Wednesday: 25 minutes walking + 25 minutes running on treadmill
Thursday: TurboKick
Friday: rest
Saturday: see Wednesday

*Snap Fitness has a smaller exercise room within the gym, and in that room there’s a projector and a ton of exercise videos you can choose from. I had never tried spinning (actually, I never really had an interest in it), but once I saw they had a 50 minute spinning video that takes a “tour” of Ireland, I was definitely on board! On Monday my mom and I went, but were unable to do the full thing because someone was in there for the first half hour we were there. Anyway, I loved it. The “tour” was really interesting and made the time fly, but it was also cool because the “instructor” gave tips and “how-tos” along the way that made it seem like I really was taking an exercise class.

I didn’t really have much resistance just because it was my first time, but I wasn’t too sore yesterday so I think I’ll increase it the next time I do it. I just loved that it was a different way to work out. Definitely a fan!


In other news, I’ve started learning French! For those of you with iPhones, there’s a free app called “Duolingo“, and you can choose to learn languages like French, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, or German. It is super cool! Very accessible and simple to figure out. Even with my limited time, I’m already past the third level, and I just got it the other day!

Picture 5

Typically, this section ends with an adorable photo of Ella, but I’ve been so busy (and not at home) lately that I don’t have any new pictures of her! I’m such a horrible person. So how about a picture of baby Ella? 🙂


Now that is the way to start a day off right: puppy cuteness. 🙂

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

Questions of the day:

Which is your busiest season? Normally I would have said fall, because of school, but this summer is definitely proving to be good competition!

Do you ever get weird looks/awkward conversations when people spot you taking photos of random things?

Have you ever tried spinning?

How many languages do you know?


  1. That picture is so adorable. I kept all of the little drawings and letters from the kids that I babysat too. Great memories!

    That pasty looks so so amazing. I’ve seen something like that before but never knew what it was called. That’s great that it was egg-free too, although that stinks that you had to call. Did your mom make a comment that she didn’t know if it had egg in it, or do you just automatically assume? I think I’ve gotten to the point where I just always assume that I can’t eat something, and say as much, until I’m able to check it out further.

    1. I have so many from over the years, but I just can’t bring myself to throw any of them away. 🙂
      Because I’ve always had the egg allergy, I always just assume it is in things. It’s easier than getting my hopes up! Like I mentioned though, traditional dough isn’t made with it, but I think it’s easier to put egg in the dough to hold it together, so I know a lot of companies do it.

  2. ELLA IS SO CUTE! I love her fuzzy little face!

    I don’t think I have ever had a Cornish pasty before, but it looks amazing! Is the shell kind of bready like pizza? Or more like a biscuit? It reminds me of chicken pot pie, but with a better bread-to-filling ratio 🙂

    Thanks for the tip about Duolingo! My commute actually just doubled from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, so I’ll definitely have a little more time to practice Spanish on the subway.

    1. Thanks!
      The dough is more like a biscuit. The kind we make from an old family recipe uses just flour, water, and shortening, so the dough is really flaky. Haha I agree, this bread-to-filling ratio is much more my style! 😉
      Oh good! I hope you like Duolingo. I’m obsessed right now!

  3. That photo of Ella is just too cute for words. She looks so innocent, and ah I just love puppies Ha Ha!

    Such sweet little kids you babysit! You must be one nice babysitter, Ha Ha! Isn’t it just wonderful the type of relationships you form with kids & their families? That was always my favorite part of babysitting. Such a rewarding job in love!

    1. Puppies really are the best!
      Haha I sure do hope so! I try to be, at least! You’re absolutely right, it is so rewarding. The relationships I’ve built will always stick with me, and I hope it’ll be the same for the kids and their families. Very rewarding. 🙂

  4. That pastry looks amaaazing. and that first picture is toooooo cute!

    1. It really was. I know, too cute! 🙂

  5. Your. Cookies look amazing! 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  6. aw so cute, I was wondering where you were going with the ‘bast’ job title

    1. Haha yeahhh I get so bored with my usual titles…I decided to throw a curveball in there. 😉

  7. That sunrise is absolutely beautiful!

    I know some french. I’m pretty sure I took it every year but in grade 12. It’s come in amazingly useful whenever I’m in France!

    1. Isn’t it? Such a good way to start the day.
      Wow, that’s really cool! I took Spanish all the way through grade 11, but hardly remember it. I was never interested in it, but always wanted to learn French!

  8. Ooh, I love the color of that smoothie! And the sunrise picture is gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to get up earlier lately, but it only happens once in awhile.
    People DO give me strange looks when photographing things, especially in the street, or of seemingly innocuous things. If they ask, I just say “I have a blog” 🙂

    1. Thanks! Haha yes, unfortunately my early rising isn’t by choice. 😉 I guess seeing the sunrise is a positive from it, though!
      That’s usually the response I give people, too. Most of them still don’t understand, or they want to get into an in-depth conversation about it…but then still don’t understand. Blogger problems! 😛

  9. aneastcoastlife · · Reply

    Oh my gosh our pups do look alike! What breed is he/she????????

    1. Ella is a cockapoo. 🙂 My first dog, Abby, was a poodle/bichon/shihtzu mix!

      1. aneastcoastlife · ·

        ahhh it’s the bichon that they have in common. In the pic in your header the similarity is crazy!

  10. Wow that cornish pastry looks perfect. All your other eats look fantastic too. What an adorable dog, that picture should be in a magazine!

    1. It was! Aw, thanks. 🙂

  11. Awe that is the most adorable note!! 🙂
    Mmm that cornish pasty look so good. My mom makes cornish pasties and while I haven’t had one since going vegetarian, I remember them being amazing!
    And Ella is so, so cute!

    1. They are just so good! In England I had a vegan kind…it was simply full of veggies and didn’t contain any meat. It was really good! Have you considered trying that kind?
      And thanks. 🙂

  12. Baby Ella is adorable. I’m glad to hear you’re having a good summer babysitting. Your eats look great and the color on your smoothie is beautiful (even if it is from the fall). Sometimes my favorite dinners are the ones I don’t have to cook myself or clean up after so your dinner pastries sound great. Thanks for the info on the language app; that’s pretty cool. I’ll have to check it out.
    Oh and spinning used to be my one true love so I’m glad you really liked it.

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