Five for Friday XXIII

1. Although I am exhausted and super excited that it’s Friday, I had one of those work weeks that just makes me LOVE what I do!  Waking up every day excited to go to work and crashing in bed each night feeling fulfilled…it doesn’t get any better than that!



2. Have I told you that I’m going to San Francisco???  I can’t even remember if I shared the exciting news.  Post Bar, the BOY and I will be spending an entire week in San Fran, Napa, and Sonoma!  I’m counting down the days!





3. Guess who stole my breakfast right off my plate this week??? Yup…this guy!





4. I feel like my blogging has been a little lame lately.  The good news (that was the bad news) is that my life has been anything but lame!  I’m going to work on the blogging part but thought I would leave you with a few exciting pics from the past two weeks…


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5. BTW, I joined Instagram (in case you couldn’t tell)!

Back to the Normal Routine



After a weekend of indulgences, I was ready to get back to my normal routine.  It started with a Monday morning sweat session where I hit the weights hard!  Thanks to my trainer not because I am that self motivated.




I was also craving some greens, so stocked up on tons (possibly too many) veggies and salad stuff at the grocery store.  After my workout, I immediately made myself some green juice.

Also on my catch up list…cuddle and play time with Cooper!




This little guy just cracks me up!  With less than 6 weeks until the Bar and me trying to slip back into the work week, I thought it would be best to keep our meal planning simple this week.


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In Clockwise order, you’ve got Monday’s stirfy, Tuesday’s shrimp, and this week’s lunch.  Already we have strayed from the original plan and got Portillo’s for dinner tonight.  I didn’t really follow any of the recipes exactly, but everything turned out awesome!  Especially the casserole!  On a funny note…turns out the BOY used the entire jar of pesto on our shrimp.  They were strong, but still delicious!



Meal Planning 6/16/14

Monday: Chicken Stirfry


Tuesday: Pesto Grilled Shrimp


Wednesday: Portillo’s Chop Salad


Thursday: Pork Tenderloin and Veggies


Lunch: Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole



How do you get back to normal after vacation?

It Feels Good to be Home {Stories of a Wild Weekend}

Over the last two weeks, I have spent every day either working long hours or traveling.  So having a day off today feels good…REAL GOOD!  Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to catch up on, so today will involve more doing than relaxing.  But sleeping in was a much needed start to the week, followed by extra love and purring from Cooper (he’s just so sweet and cute), and then on to some healthy eggs for breakfast and delicious flavored black tea (often difficult to find on the road).



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I scheduled a 10am training session to get myself back on the wagon and then have a long list of the usual weekend stuff (laundry, grocery store, meal planning) and an even longer list of the other things that I haven’t attended to in the past two weeks.  Although this wasn’t the case, I do feel like I’ve been on a 2 week vacation, so the caffeine from my new Teavanna tea is helping wake me up get me focused for the week ahead!




After my trip to NYC (yoga post to come), I headed off to the great state of Ohio to celebrate my future SIL’s bachelorette party.  17 girls rented a house for 3 nights on Put-In-Bay, an island in Lake Erie only reachable by ferry.



The weekend involved wine tasting, dancing, shots, pool parties, and a whole lot of other shenanigans I promised I wouldn’t share on my blog…although some of which are captured on Instagram : )




I had a blast getting to know my brother and SIL’s friends and I know that everyone is looking forward to their wedding, which is now less than 4 weeks away!  I find it so special when your family (and future family) also become your friends!




BTW, I should also confess that in the process of this weekend, I seem to have lost my voice so you have to imagine me sharing all of this with you through the raspy voice of a 55 year old chain smoking truck driver!


Happy Marvelous Monday!

#I Miss NYC!

I am back, exhausted, and already missing my long weekend in NYC!




I flew home late last night and worked all day today, so I’ll just give you a quick recap.  I was in downtown Manhattan before 11am on Thursday morning.  I walked down to the Met.  Despite all of my trips to New York, I have never been to the museum before.




It was incredible and because I was traveling by myself, it was a selfie kind of day.


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All of the art work and antiques were gorgeous, but the most breath taking view was from the rooftop garden.




It was so picture perfect with the clear blue sky and famous skyline…no editing was needed!




I spent my first night in Manhattan with family and then took the train down to Brooklyn on Friday morning for my first day of Rainbow Kids Yoga Training.





My Rainbow Kids Yoga Training was nothing shy of incredible!  I feel like it may deserve a post of it’s own, but here are a few highlights…


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Spending time in Brooklyn, commuting by foot, and eating well just completed my experience.







I was super sad to say goodbye to all my new friends and leave this eclectic city!

But I know that I will be back REAL soon!



What is your favorite part of NYC?

If We Were Having a Cocktail Right Now…

So I’ve seen a bunch of posts titled If We Were Having Coffee Right Now…and I love the concept.  However, it’s way too late for me to drink caffeine (I’m just old like that), but if we were having a cocktail right now, I’d probably confess to you that…


I lost my record locator for my trip to New York and had no idea what time my flight was all week.  Good thing that I found it because it’s 6:40am, not 9:40am tomorrow morning.


I just bought new glasses that are way trendier than I am.


I am craving an NYC street pretzel.




I have not been getting my usual 8 hours of sleep per night.


I booked a cheap flight to Memphis today!


Sometimes I forget to do my side planks at night per the LC Challenge.


I did buy my cat a kong (to fill with almond butter) so that I can eat my dinner in peace.


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I am not even close to packed for my trip tomorrow (but do have 3 cute yoga outfits picked out).


I’m addicted to the Billy Joel station on Sirius Radio.


I should be doing paperwork right now.


I have awesome friends in Australia!




I already did have a few drinks tonight : )


And Dairy Queen!




And really do need to get packing…



What is your midweek confession?

June is ALL About the Yoga



I mentioned last month that I was trying to do a unique yoga workshop every month this year.  I did well January through April, but didn’t find anything that fit into my busy schedule in May.  Although my mom and I did do an Intro to Aerial Class last week…


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JanuaryDemystifying Sun Salutations

FebruaryChakra’s Mudras & Bandhas

March-Meridian’s Workshop

AprilAerial Yoga


I hinted that June was going to be exciting…and now I’ve added some extra fun.  On Wednesday, I am taking a yoga continuing education course.  A coworker and I will spend the day learning about how yoga can help our peds and adult patients and how to market a yoga practice in the clinic. Then…Thursday, I fly out to NYC!  Which is exciting enough.  But, even more fun because I am taking the Rainbow Kids Yoga 3 Day Teacher Training Course!  I am psyched because I will be flying out Thursday morning and will have the entire day to play in the city and meet up with some family members for lunch before spending Friday-Sunday in the training class.  I have arranged to ‘teach’ 3 different age group classes at work this summer and the response has been overwhelming!  So the fact that I am traveling to one of my favorite cities and will learn tons of fun stuff to share with the kids and teens this summer has me dancing in my seat!




On top of all of that, my mom and I have signed up for an Aerial Yoga and Meditation workshop at the end of the month.  Like I said…June will be all about the yoga.  I will be SO Zen by July!



May Goals

1. Cook from cookbooks one recipe a week

     -Not quite met, but I did make this Easy Orange Chicken one week!

2. Go for a bike ride

     -Woo hoo!  I did a warm up bike ride followed by 30 miles on Lake Shore Drive!

3. Register for a fall race

     -I was all set to do this, but then changed my mind on which race I wanted to run.

4. Stay present and enjoy the little moments

     -I have to say that this is where I put my energy this month and it paid off.  Typically, spending 3 straight weekends downtown bouncing from one fun family event to another would have me a little stressed out.  Instead of staying two steps ahead and planning for the next week or weekend, I kept myself in the moment and enjoyed the ride.  I had to make a few compromises to do this…I slept a little less, spent way less time on the computer, haven’t watched a TV show other than the Hawk’s game in weeks and dug into the freezer for some stews and chili for lunch.  But it all worked out tremendously well!  And I learned a lot in the process : )


June Goals

1. Stay healthy and active on vacation (I’m traveling the first two weeks of June)

2. Cook with farmer’s market produce

3. Do some ab exercise daily (I’m working on the LC challenge)

4. Keep strength training