Guess What Starts Today???

The Tour de France!

I am so excited that I am bouncing on my couch watching the first day of this epic race!

 

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By 9am, I had already been awake for 3 hours, gotten in an intense strength training session with my trainer, picked up pre studying bagels for the BOY, and attempted to go back to sleep.    When that didn’t work, I ate breakfast and then remembered what an exciting day it was and immediately turned the TV on to NBC Sports.  This is Cooper’s first tour in our house and you can see that he was extremely engaged in the action.

 

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After the tour, I drove out to Geneva to do some errands.  I desperately needed to go to the Spice House and am pleased to have a restocked spice cabinet.  After lunch, I found myself napping on the couch with Cooper back on the purple blanket snuggled between my legs.  When I woke up, my brother had called to say that he and his fiancé were in the neighborhood.

 

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I had stopped by the farmer’s market earlier in the day and invited them to come over for shrimp on the barbie with pineapple and mango salsa.

 

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The BOY had reminded me to use our salsa maker before he left for the library…like I was going to chop everything by hand?!  Ha ha!  I used an online recipe as my guide, but didn’t really measure anything out and added in some mango with my pineapple.  I’ve never made a fruit salsa before and I was pleased with how delicious this one turned out!  This could be a fantastic appetizer, and I know that it will be a beautiful topping to our BBQed shrimp.

 

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Our game plan is to serve cilantro rice, shrimp, and salsa for tonight’s dinner…with bubbly and beer of course!  I’m looking forward to spending tonight with my bro and future SIL just 1 week before their exciting wedding day!

 

Ps Just in case you were wondering…dessert is left over Red, White, and Blue Trifle!

 

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Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Based on this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod

 

Ingredients

2 cups diced fresh pineapple and mango

1 cup diced red pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of 1 large lime

 

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, red pepper, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Finding Balance

I think that we are all striving to find some balance in our lives.  Each day deciding between the things that you have to do and those that you want to do.  Balancing friends and family, work and social lives.  Every day is a challenge to find the perfect balance that keeps each of us sane and in a good place.  For everybody this is different.  I have found that time outside of work to exercise, bake, socialize, etc. keeps me passionate and focused while I am at work.  For this reason, I make time for ‘ME’ activities and with my 4 day work schedule, it usually leaves one day during the week to play and focus on myself (and then blog about it).

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Over the summer, my work/play scale typically gets shifted in the direction of work.  We have a lot of fun programs (aquatic therapy and a sports/fitness group) that keep me busy and require extra time. I love these activities and am thrilled to participate, but it makes carving out time for tri training or friends a little more challenging. Because of that, I was happy to discover this morning that my office was closed another day since we are still without power, although equally saddened for those families that have not yet had their power restored.

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With a WHOLE DAY of ‘found time’, I knew exactly what I needed to kick start my day.  So after a slightly chaotic morning of touching base with coworkers and calling families, plus getting the BOY out the door for work, I grabbed my yoga mat, new awesome yoga towel and headed to a HOT YOGA class at Tribalance Yoga.  I was pleased to find that Joy was teaching this morning’s class and knew that I was in for a killer workout.

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We began the class seated and Joy encouraged us to take the next 90 minutes to focus on ourselves…to leave other obligations outside of the room.  I set the intention for my practice towards inner strength and balance and allowed only positive thoughts throughout the class.  I sometimes find myself comparing or criticizing my body in the mirror instead of praising it for its physical and emotional strength and flexibility.  What I like about HOT YOGA and specifically Joy’s class is that she focuses a lot on core work.  I sweat like crazy and worked deep into the poses.  I left feeling great about myself and thrilled to know that the entire day was ahead of me.

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Feeling super healthy, I was craving a green smoothie.  At home, I found that my greens were getting slightly wilted.  I washed them off and used some Chard (stems and all) as the base of my smoothie.  I added mixed berries, Greek yogurt for protein, skim milk, and mango.  I really do think I am getting better at cutting mangos!

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With the fear of wilted greens,  I think I got a little carried away and used too much Chard.  After a taste test, I added in ice and some more mango making a wonderfully refreshing, although completely odd sounding, FRUITY GREEN MONSTER. 

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With an overcast day and the threat of rain, I am now ready to tackle the upstairs post-carpet disaster. 

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Only one question…Where do I begin???