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super fun news

What a day!  I have got some super fun news.

We’re going to Paris!

Jon and I have been working on planning our summer vacation for awhile.  Remember this post?  Well, Jon has been spending a lot of time researching flights and hotels, trying to get us a good deal.  We really haven’t been picky about where to go…we just knew we wanted to go overseas because we haven’t been outside the U.S. since Tokyo almost 2 years ago!

Anyway, we were looking more into South America because the flights are much more affordable than Europe.  On a whim the other night, Jon typed in the information to find out how much a flight to Barcelona would cost, and in another instant a round trip flight from Dallas to Barcelona to Paris and back to Dallas popped up.  Whoohoo!  I’m so excited.  I’ve never been to Europe, but have always wanted to go.  We leave just a few days after I get out of school.  It’s already almost time to start packing, ha!

Now I just have to survive four more weeks of madness and we’ll be on our way!

I’ve been bursting at the seams all day, but now on to breakfast.

I had an Ezekiel English muffin with almond butter and 1/2 a sliced banana.  One of my favorite breakies.  Gotta love the fine paper dishware as well.  Great for on-the-go!

Lunch today was Pita Pit, and unfortunately I didn’t get a picture.  It was delicious as always, though!

Later I had a snack of Whole Soy vanilla yogurt and raw oatmeal.  And some carrots for later on.

Raw oatmeal is SO good in yogurt!  I used to eat it in Greek yogurt a long time ago, and I hadn’t had it in awhile.  The other day I ran out of granola, and decided to throw in some oats instead, and I fell in love all over again!  You MUST try it.

I had a meeting after school today that lasted until 5, which means I didn’t get home until 6.  As soon as I walked in the door, Jon had some casual clothes laid out for me and said “get dressed, we’re goin’ out!”  What a guy!

Needless to say, it’s been a busy evening, and I’m about to peace out and get some sleep.  This is really Thursday night for me because I took off work Friday.  The plan is to stay home and grade essays all day, and then head south to hit up the Train concert!  We’re staying in a hotel Friday night, stopping in the city to see the inlaws on Saturday and then heading home!  Blogging may be a bit “hit and miss” this weekend, but I’ll def. be around.

Hope you’re all having a great night!

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weekend highlights

Hi!  Tonight is going to have to be a quickie.  I’m going to try to work out before I go to work in the morning, which means getting up at 4:30am…eek!  It’s just not working for me – this “working out when I get home from work” thing.  I’ve tried and tried, but it is just brutal, and I miss morning workouts so much!  We’ll see how it goes:)

I did want to wrap up events from this past weekend.  We had such a great time with our friends who were in town, and we did end up going to see my cousin finish his marathon.  A couple things about it: A. I have been kicking myself for not running at least the half marathon this year.  B.  It was so fun just to be a part of it and see all the runners finish their races.  It totally made my day!

Here he is finishing the race.  His race time was approx 3 hours and 44 minutes.  And it was his first time!  I thought he did awesome.

Proud finisher:)

The marathoners in our family:)

After the race, Jonathan and I met my grandma and my aunt for lunch.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic (shoot!), but I had a “vegetable plate,” which consisted of a house salad with honey mustard dressing on the side, corn, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots and a plain baked potato with a side of salsa.  It was delish!

We finished off our time in the city with a trip to Target and Marshall’s.  I got some new workout capris, which I’ve been wearing pretty much constantly since yesterday afternoon.  They are so comfy!

Anyway, I got all excited there for a minute and jumped ahead a bit.  Let me back up and show some weekend fun in pictures

Baby Kate – Our friend’s Jason and Emily stayed with us Saturday night.  This is their adorable little one

After dinner at our Thai Restaurant in town.  Also, the same restaurant where Jon took me to tell me he wanted to be “more than friends.” :)

Cashews and Veggies with a Chili ginger sauce.  Seriously to die for.  Literally and figuratively if you consider the amount of sodium in it.  o’well.  Can’t win ‘em all, can we?

served with brown rice.  mmm.

Well, that’s it from the weekend, and I’m off to hit the sack!  Only 4 weeks and 3 days until I have much more time for exercising, blogging, cooking and eating!

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party’in it up!

sidenote:  I wrote this post Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t publish.  So, I’m actually posting it Sunday night instead.  Can’t let a post go to waste!! Recap of the rest of the weekend to come on Monday.

I have been having a serious itch to go biking lately.  The problem is that I don’t own a bike.  boo!  So, I opted for the next best thing this morning and went to an 8am spin class.  It was not fun dragging myself out of bed on the one morning I get to sleep in a little, but it was so worth it!  I knew it would be – it always is, right?  Anyway, I realy enjoyed spinning, and I’m definitely planning on hitting up another class this week.  If you’ve never been before, I have to warn you – it is tough stuff!  I went to my first spin class soon after we ran our marathon last year, and I thought it’d be a piece of cake.  Boy, was I in for a suprise!

Speaking of our marathon, this weekend is the one year anniversary.  I cannot believe it has been that long!  My little cousin is running it this year, and we’re contemplating going to see him tomorrow.  As you know, we have friends staying with us this weekend, though, so I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it!

Ironically, the friends who stayed with us last night are the same friends that ran the half marathon last year.  We met up with them before the race.

before the race last year

After spin this morning, we had a green monster partay!

The goods.  You’ve gotta give people options!  Everyone ended up going with my recommendation: cocoa bliss and frozen cherries…with the other usual staples of course.  I loved getting to make gms for everyone…so fun!

Spreading the GM love totally made my day:)

Our friends, Jason and Emily, and their baby Kate are coming in this afternoon as well.  We’ll be spending time with them this afternoon, and then we’re all slated to go to a friend’s wedding tonight.  It’s an outdoor wedding on our university campus, so it should be fun!

I hope you all are having a great Saturday!

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earth day fun

I slowly come to consiousness as a faint glint of light peeks through my bedroom window.  I think to myself that something just doesn’t seem right.  Rubbing my eyes, I sit up and look over at the clock.  The moment of panic hits me like a ton of bricks…it’s 6:21am.  I was supposed to leave for work 21 minutes ago.  Whoopsie!

Needless to say my morning was a little crazy!  I got ready in record time (15 minutes) and only ended being about 15 minutes late for work.  On the way, I nervously gulped down my newest version of a green smoothie.

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop Amazing Grass
15 frozen cherries
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 big handfuls of spinach
1 tbsp Artisana cocoa bliss coconut butter – the star of the show!

Yesterday Jon even crumbled up a tiny bit of coconut butter and sprinkled it on top.  As I sipped away, I would get an occasional chunk through my straw.  They don’t call it cocoa bliss for nothing!

Lunch today was leftover chili, Ryvita crackers and a pear.

On my way home from work I snacked on this Clif bar, while listening to a Jillian Michaels podcast.  I had heard about her podcasts for awhile, but had yet to listen to one.  It was ironically appropriate for the things that are going on in my life right now.  She talked about how being empowered means you have to have a dream, then overcome your fears to make that dream your reality.  Usually the fear is rooted in being afraid of failure.  Also in order to reach you dreams, you must first believe that you can actually do it.  Sounds cliche, but it’s so true.

After I got home from work, I decided to “kill two birds with one stone” by getting in a mowing workout.  Our yard was in serious need of a trim, and I knew that Jon had a million things on his to do list for this evening, so it was me versus the yard.  I just barely won:)  I have a feeling I’m going to be quite sore tomorrow, and to be honest I think I pulled something in my left leg.  Hopefully it’s all in my imagination and will be back to normal by the morning.  We’ll see. While cleaning up our front porch, we decided it was high time we take care of this:

A few weeks ago we noticed that a bird had made its nest in the wreath on our front door.  It was quite dangerous, really, because there were many times that I or Jon almost got decapitated by the mama as we tried to go in or out of our front door.  Unfortunately, she must have given up on this little one, because we have not seen her in days.  So, sadly, we decided that because it was past due time to switch from our Christmas wreath to our Spring wreath, we had to do away with the little nest as well.  I know this seems tragic, especially considering it’s Earth Day and all, but the mother had abandoned it anyway, so it really had no chance:(

After finishing up with the yard, we headed out to get a quick bite to eat, run an errand and race back home to get some cleaning done.  As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve got company coming for the next few days, so the house needed some major work.  First, we had a second round of this

In the interest of the blog, I have to apologize for getting the same exact sandwich I got last Saturday.  I tried to convince myself to switch it up, but I just couldn’t do it.  It was too good!  However, surprise! this time it came with cheese on it, which I happily removed.  The other slight tweak from last Saturday’s meal:

I do realize this is not the healthiest choice, but by gosh, I just had to do it tonight!  When we went to this restaurant on Saturday, I lusted after this guy, so I decided I’d just cure my lusting by indulging a little bit tonight.  It was ice cold and  worth every sip!

We’ve spent the rest of the evening cleaning like mad.  Bring on the company!

I better get to bed if I want to avoid another incident like this morning.  Can you believe it’s already Friday again??  I’m so glad!

Have a great night, and Happy Earth Day!

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spicy vegan chili

Another crazy day of testing at school.  There are only 27 days of school left…not that I’m counting or anything.

Have you ever been at a point in your life when you are at the brink of some big changes and you want to make them happen, but something (out of your control) is holding you back?  Yeah, me neither;)

I’ve been a bit “out of whack” lately, and I’m ready to be “in whack” again.  It’s all a matter of attitude and perspective, and I need to whip both into shape!

As promised, tonight I have a new recipe from Saturday’s fun in the kitchen.

Enter Spicy Vegan Chili. You guys know I’m a huge fan of meals that are delicious, fast, easy, vegan and of course healthy!  Also, husband’s enjoyment is a key.  This recipe most def. falls in those categories.  YOU should try it!

Ingredients

1 can light red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can organic lentils
1 can low sodium corn
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 onion, chopped
5 or 6 mushrooms, chopped
1-2 whole carrots, chopped
4 tbsp chili powder
ground red pepper to taste
2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt

Directions
Chop fresh veggies
Dump all ingredients into a large crock pot, set on low, and forget it!

If you don’t have a crock pot, you could also use a large stock pot.  You just won’t have quite the same effect of “fix it and forget it.”  This meal is great served with whole wheat crackers, blue corn chips or served over whole wheat pasta!  I made this recipe for just the husband and I because I love having leftovers.  This makes enough for an entire week of random lunches and dinners when you need something quick.  Another option would be to freeze a portion of it to have a couple of weeks later when you’re in a pinch.  Let me know if you try it!

I rushed home from work today to make it to a hair appointment.  Nothing too exciting…just a trim.  Obvs.  Because I couldn’t possibly go any shorter;)  Needless to say, I skipped out on my workout today, but I’m back at it tomorrow!

I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!  We will be having company all weekend starting Friday, so tomorrow night I’ll be super busy getting our house in tip top shape!  I’ll check in at some point though.

G’night!

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