Jetsetter

I’m Baaack!

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But I’m leaving again…

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Off to Nashville on Friday for a girl’s weekend!  Can’t wait!

In between – It’s super busy! 

Let’s see…there’s unpacking, Cooper loving, laundry, a 5 mile run (yesterday), paperwork, tea drinking, wine drinking, free latte drinking, cleaning, repacking, hot yoga (this morning), and OH YEA, celebrating my #34thBirthday TODAY!

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I can’t believe it’s been one year since I wrote my 33 Things to do While I’m 33 post.  Rereading it now, it does seem rather ambitious, but it warms my heart to see all that I’ve done this year that’s on the list.  What an incredible 365 days!  I’m looking forward to another exciting and special year ahead!

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Until then…enjoy an early #tbt pic from my quick cruise to CocoCay this past weekend!

See you next week!

Packed Monday

Monday was one BUSY day!  It seems that there have been a lot of those recently : )

I woke up and got right to work with some cleaning and house chores.  Then it was off to the gym for a brutal (but much appreciated) pre-vacation workout.

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#NeverMissAMonday

I went straight from there to Whole Foods for a few vacation snacks.  Then to the bike shop to finally pick up my bike. I can’t wait to take it out for a ride SOON!  Just sad that I’m traveling the next few weekends so it might not be that soon.  I had a few more errands to run, including the grocery store before coming home to clean (some more).  I fueled with a PB Chocolate Banana Shake.  Yum!

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When I got home, I put dinner in the crockpot.  I feel like I’ve made this recipe before, but couldn’t find it on the blog so decided to share it with you (again?).

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It’s an easy and tasty curry recipe that you can make in your crockpot.

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I used some of my favorite spices!

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My next task was to load up our new dishes (that we just got at our shower) to wash and move into the cabinet.

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We’ve had so many amazing meals and memories with our old hand me down dishes, and I am excited to pass them along to someone new.  I was even more ecstatic to enjoy my first meal on our gorgeous new dishes!  And my first ever non-hand-me-down, I picked them myself (with the BOY’s approval, of course), fancy new dishes!

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They are a grey ombre that look even cooler in person.   You’ll have to come over for dinner and check them out.  I ate leftovers for lunch all week and each day my coworkers commented on how good lunch smelled.  It looked like a mish mash but tasted delish!

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The other big agenda item of Monday was packing.  The BOY and I are going on a weekend cruise with his family, and I wasn’t sure when I was going to have time to throw everything together, especially since I am carrying on…always so tough for me! 

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I’m sure we know where Cooper will be hanging out all weekend while we’re gone : )

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Meal Planning 8/17/15

Monday: Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

Tuesday: BBQ Pork Chops and Veggies

Wednesday: Salmon and Steak Night

Thursday: Something from the Freezer : )

 

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

From Sweet Treats & More

Ingredients

2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, cut into cubes

5 large carrots, peeled and diced

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

2 cloves garlic, peeled

1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a green pepper)

1 (5 oz ) can tomato paste

1 (14 oz) can coconut milk

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp garam masala

1 jalapeno, seeded and halved OR 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 tbsp water

1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

Directions

  1. Grease your slow cooker with Pam. Place the chicken, red pepper, and carrots on the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients (except water and corn starch) in a food processor and process together until mixture is mostly smooth. Pour the sauce over the chicken, peppers, and carrots, mix well, then cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.  ***My recipe only needed to cook 4 hours!
  3. An hour or so before serving, mix cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until cornstarch is dissolved. Pour mixture into the slow cooker, stir to combine, and continue cooking for another hour. **This will thicken up the sauce. When the sauce is to your desired thickness, turn slow cooker to warm setting until ready to serve.
  4. Serve over rice, with Naan, and garnish with cilantro.

Big Hats – Big Weekend

Last weekend was amazing and busy and then this week just flew by.  I blinked and it was the weekend.  Hooray!  One confession…I stayed out too late Thursday night hanging out with my coworkers.  It was totally worth it for the tacos and laughs!

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Friday night, it was off to bed early. I am still working my way through Big Little Lies and it was an early morning wake up on Saturday.  My alarm went off while I was dreaming that the photographer didn’t show up for our wedding.  Amazingly, I handled it rather calmly (in my dreams).

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The BOY and I each worked out with our trainers and finished together with abs.  He’s getting good with his boxing gloves!  We had a bit of down time before it was off to the races.

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We met our dads at the race track for the Arlington Million.

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#bighatsandbowties

It stated off as a super hot day, but it was still fun to bet and watch the ponies.  Then the storms rolled in, the rain came, and there were a few muddy races.  Our seats were great because we didn’t get wet, but the rain cooled everything down.

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The sun was back out for the last race…an exciting 33rd running of the Arlington Million!

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We didn’t win, but we had a blast!

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We were supposed to grill dinner, but instead drove over to a local sushi restaurant for a delicious dinner.

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Sunday, I had the day all to myself, so I filled it with a few of my favorite things…yoga, Starbucks, shopping, and nails.

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I had gifts to buy and prep to do before our weekend vacation.  I also had a bunch of house cleaning to do.  The BOY returned home and we hung out together eating dinner and watching a bit of TV.  I stayed up WAY too late working on some wedding stuff, and was beyond happy to have another day off today before heading back to work.

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What did you do this weekend?

Grateful for 4 Days of Fun!

Friday morning, I drove myself to the gym thinking…the sun is shining, I have a 4 day weekend, and damn, I feel HAPPY!

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And the happiness only continued throughout the weekend!!!

Friday, I drove straight from the gym to my parents for a quick shower.  I bumped into my old next door neighbor which was a pleasure.  Then, my mom, aunt, and I went to my very first dress fitting.  I brought like 8 pairs of shoes to try, no joke!  Afterwards, we had lunch and then went to the mall to shop (and buy more shoes!).

Friday night, the BOY and I had dinner in and I crashed EARLY.   I’m reading Big Little Lies and was happy to have time to dive in to it!  Saturday morning, we were up super early (for the second weekend in a row) for a gym workout.

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The BOY has been joining me for my Saturday morning strength sessions and I love it.  He looks GREAT with his boxing gloves!

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After the gym, we both enjoyed protein shakes before my mom, her BFF of 30+ years, and my aunt picked me up for a nail appointments.  Blue seemed to be the theme of the day.  Then we went into downtown Geneva for a day of shopping.

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It was the perfect day to explore, lunch, and shop!

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That night, the BOY and I hosted a super fun dinner!  He grilled up an amazing meal and we all had a fantastic evening, complete with homemade cookies and cream ice cream.  Yum!

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Sunday morning, I woke up for the 8am yoga class.  The teacher is one of my faves and as she encouraged us to think about what we were grateful for, my mom, aunt, and favorite aunt (LOL!) came to mind. I felt so grateful for the fun and laughter of Saturday but I was also extremely grateful for the friends hosting my shower and celebrating this special day with me!

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Sunday’s shower was special for so many reasons.  It was hosted by my (and my mom’s) friends of 30 years who have supported me and watched me grow.  It was unique and personal and full of selfies…ha ha!

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And it was a wonderful reason to bring two families together to share in the excitement of our upcoming wedding (#61days to go)!

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And I haven’t even mentioned the incredible food and desert.  For long time listeners readers, here’s your first peak at the BOY’s name : )

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After all the weekend excitement, I decided I needed a quiet and easy Monday morning.  I cancelled my training session and slept in without an alarm.  I only made it until 8:30, but it was still nice.  Cooper joined me for some sweet cuddles before I climbed out of bed for breakfast and tea.  I fit in a quick 30 minute jog and then loaded up my bike for it’s appointment at the shop.  Then, I met my mom and favorite aunts for more shopping at the Home Goods.

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Followed by lunch…

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After that, it was back to my real life duties as I needed to hit up Costco and the grocery store for the week ahead.  Even getting stuck in the rain couldn’t ruin my good mood.  When I got back home, I had some cleaning, cooking, and thank you’s to do.  As I was sitting on the couch, I started to feel overheated.  When the BOY walked in, I had him confirm that the house did feel hot…REALLY HOT!  Turns out our air conditioner was broken.  Ugh!

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Instead of cooking dinner, we decided to order Thai (the best!) and try to stay cool while watching the season finale of Orange is the New Black.  We got great news late when the fix it guy was able to easily get our air conditioner working again…at least for now.  I had the most wonderful few days full of excitement, love, and laughter!  Cheers to making more great memories in the weeks to come!

Eats and Exercise {Lately}

I warned you that you may not see much of me this month.  August is one of my favorite months, but it is also a crazy busy one.  Here is a little bit of what I’ve been up to on the eats and exercise front…

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EATS

I had a cool week of patients bringing in food.  One patient went apple picking, another brought me eggs from their chickens, and a third brought me two huge bags of veggies from his unbelievable garden.  The BOY bought a baby charcoal grill this week (men and their meat…sigh!), and was excited to grill up sausages for Monday night’s German Night themed dinner.  My patient had given me cabbage and onions which he also roasted with potatoes.

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The entire meal was AWESOME. I ate until I was stuffed which is not my usual dinner eating style : )  But it was worth it.  And the left over cabbage and potatoes made a great second meal for lunch the next day.

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What I haven’t been eating is the meatloaf that I was supposed to make two weeks in a row. Oops!  Instead, the BOY made us tacos last night, which was much easier while I baked my coworker a cookie cake for her birthday.

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It’s been a latte kind of week and I have had my fair share of Starbucks/Dunkin’ runs.  Today, the guy in front of me paid for my office run of iced tea at Dunkin’.  Thank you kind stranger and I can’t wait to pay it forward!

 

EXERCISE

Last weekend, it was all about the yoga.  I went to classes Friday, Sunday, and Monday (where I met my Mom for the 6am class) and truly felt amazing!  Squeezed in between was a strength session. 

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Tuesday morning, I went for a 5 mile run, Wednesday was a rest day, and this  morning I HIIT the train (LOL!).   My trainer encouraged me to increase my interval time (and here I was just being proud that I was doing intervals).  This morning was a 5 minute warm up, 30 seconds on/30 seconds recovery x20 minutes, followed by a 5 minute cool down.  It went well until my last sprint which ended up being uphill…I have one word for you…brutal!

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#tbt to another tough run

This upcoming weekend includes a lot more strength training (starting bright and early tomorrow morning) and of course some yoga!

As for what I’m eating drinking now…wine!  Because it’s my weekend!

 

What are you recent eats and exercise?

August is my Favorite Month!

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Hey!  Let’s talk weekend!  Because mine was fun and quick (yup…working again on Monday this week, but for a good reason!)

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Friday was the last kids yoga class of summer. I have another great group of kiddos and it was a BLAST! 

Friday night, the BOY and I took it easy because he was accompanying me to the gym early Saturday morning.  Yes, folks…you heard that correctly.  The BOY was interested in trying some boxing, so he got his first lesson while I worked every one of my muscles from head to toe with the trainer.

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I recouped with a protein smoothie while working out some wedding stuff.  And then, we had a quick stop at the mall before going to my parents for more wedding work.  And then swung by the BOY’s sister’s house for a BBQ.  We arrived back home to a gorgeous Saturday evening that just begged to be enjoyed with backyard dinner and wine.

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And some cuddles from kitten!

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Sunday morning, I planned to do an outdoor yoga class that just happens to be at the same park where we play tennis.  The game plan was to yoga and then meet the BOY for a game of tennis.  The yoga class got moved indoors, but I was still able to fit both in before our lunch plans with friends.  Sadly, I don’t have any pictures (except for this colorful one their adorable daughter drew me) because I left my phone at home.

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Sunday night was the usual laundry, dinner, paperwork, crash!

Just like that…my weekend was over!

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Just like July…you blink and then it’s over!

Okay…so now let’s talk goals because somehow it is August.  August?!

 

July Goals

Strength Train 2x Each Week– Believe it or not, I have actually enjoyed adding the extra day of strength.  My muscles look better, and I am getting stronger.  I can’t wait to keep it up through the fall!

Keep it Clean, Add in Green– I have been pretty good about cleaning up my diet.  My stomach is feeling better, which has been awesome and I bought a new bathing suit : )

Stay the Course with Wedding Planning (and Stay Calm!)– Invites are out and on we go!

Have the Best Bachelorette Weekend!- It was AMAZING!!!

 

So August is one of those months that is so busy, you may not hear from me. I have a wedding shower, two vacations, the busiest work schedule I’ve ever seen amongst everything else, and let’ s not forget my birthday : )  Historically speaking, busy months lead to me stressing like crazy which often leads to illness.  So this months goals are geared towards keeping me from losing my mind and staying healthy!

August Goals

Sleep More (get back up to 8 hours)

Slow Down (and breathe)

Keep it Clean (especially on vacation)

Find Wedding Shoes

Balance Work/Life

 

What are your August goals?

Weekend Highs and Weekday Lows

I had the MOST AMAZING WEEKEND!

High: Bachelorette Party in Michigan

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Including…best friends, tasty wine, funny stories, yoga, delicious treats, lazy beach days, cheese plates, continuous laughter, (too much) tequila, meaningful conversations, and more! 

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I seriously could not have asked for a better group of women to share this memorable weekend with!  I returned home on the highest HIGH!  I mean, there is love, which is amazing, but true friendship is priceless.  My heart was so full of gratitude and appreciation when I returned home!  I mean, they went to a yoga class with me on Saturday morning…love this crew!

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My HIGH lasted throughout my Monday off…which included a strength session, trip to the dentist, shopping, rehydrating, and living in the moment.

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And then my work week began…

LOW: World’s Busiest Work Week

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(recycled picture…but I look official)

Consisting of…multiple evaluations, exhaustive paperwork, emails, and more.

The week continued with a mix of HIGHs and LOWs.

High: Awesome Dinner (and leftovers)

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Low: Running in Humidity

High: Hump Day Packages (wedding shoes!)

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Low: Missing the Last Day of the Tour de France (darn DVR)

High: Wedding Invites were Mailed Today!

All of these ups and downs and it’s only hump day : )  My last low is that I am exhausted and going to crash…or maybe try on all of those shoes, so let’s count this as a HIGH!

What are you HIGHs and LOWs this week?