Daily Archives: September 29, 2012

Reunion with the Best Friend: Shopping Style!

This morning I woke up to a wet cat crawling over my face and a dog breathing heavily near my ear. Even when there isn’t a phone alarm set, my house is never short of an “animal” alarm. I can’t figure out which was worse. A wet cat or a panting dog. I’m leaning towards wet cat, only since it was cold in my room.

I was able to lounge around in my sweats for a little bit before I called Apple support and got my iTunes fixed. Needless to say, I can FINALLY buy music again! You see, when you set up your iTunes with a college email address, and then 4 years later upon graduation they tell you it’s deactivated a year after graduating, you kind of get screwed when your “lost password” attempts get sent to an email you no longer have access to.

I really want to cruise down the streets blasting Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me,” so I finally had the motivation to call Apple. Mission accomplished. Time to spend $$$$ on the Biebs!

After that success I hit up the gym for a shorter than planned gym session. I completed a 4 mile run and finished with 10 minutes of additional cardio before I started feeling sick and left. All along I felt like I was getting better this week but of course my cold really had to come back full force for the weekend.

I polished off half a batch of Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oats in my favorite jar, and am now off to the Merrimack Outlets to do a little shopping with my best friend Lisha!

Hope your Saturday isn’t as rainy and cold as mine!

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Rainy Day Won’t Get Me Down!

Last night’s little “feel bad for myself” episode is long over, thank the lord! Actually, it’s more like “thanks to my best friends Lindsay and Allie, my coworker Jen, and bloggers Alaine and Amanda. You girls gave me great encouragement and made me snap out of my “I’m done with love funk.”

My girls Allie and Lindsay are seriously ALWAYS there for me when I need them, and I cannot imagine living a life without them by my side. I love how all my relationships with my closest friends are so different but so fulfilling.

Allie and I take each other to York Beach in Maine or to Livingston Park and go for long walks to talk and clear our heads. Long drives are also one of our “things” we do when the other needs advice or a shoulder to lean on. It’s how we get each other through the hardships we face in life.

Lindsay and I have a slightly different approach to helping each other through bad days. We have two go-to choices. Numero uno is go to Shorty’s, get beer and feast on the free chips & salsa. BEST chips & salsa we’ve found. We  I typically go through 2 baskets of the greasy chips while we bitch about men and how they constantly fail us in relationships. Yup, it’s always the man’s fault.  Option two is to jam our break-up tunes which consist of Aly & AJ and Keri Hilson (a tradition we’ve held since being college roommates sophomore year), and also shopping, preferably at Marshall’s. Whoever said retail therapy was the cure for everything deserves a wet smooch from me, but only if he’s a sexy man.

Do you and your girlfriends have a go-to plan when one of you guys are hurting or having a rough day?

Needless to say, I didn’t get the best quality of sleep last night so when my alarm went off at 5:34, I had no problem snoozing twice. My run suffered from the lack of sleep, less time and difficulty breathing, so I was content when I managed to make it 3 miles before the clock struck “strength” time.

I actually didn’t do much strength, it more so consisted of me lying on the floor looking like I was murdered.

Morning Workout

  • 3 mile run
  • 15 stair push-ups
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • Stretching

Breakfast was the highlight of my day, as I was FINALLY able to find chia seeds for overnight oats! I made the Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oats from The Yummy Life, and boy were they yummy! Not only did the overnight oats keep me full for the first half of my day, but I also was able to eat half in the early morning and then the rest in the late morning. It was nice to not rush myself through a meal and enjoy it over several hours.

Do you guys enjoy overnight oats? If so, do you have a favorite recipe?

It’s been raining buckets and buckets of rain all day so I opted not to make the 3 minute walk to the gym on my lunch hour. I didn’t have a spare pair of shoes so I really wasn’t in the mood to workout in sopping shoes.

Have you guys tried this cottage cheese/fruit blend? Jen raved about it the other day so I picked a blueberry and apple cinnamon package up the other night. Sadly, I was disappointed in the blueberry. I think if I dipped the cottage cheese into the blueberries it would have been better, but by mixing the two, the taste of sweet blueberries wasn’t even noticeable. Talk about a complete fail!

My coworker Jen and I hit the gym after work and took a kickboxing class at 5:30. Before the class we had 10 minutes to kill so I ran a quick mile and chatted with her while she walked. We then hit the class, which started with 15 minutes of abs and then our kickboxing boot camp class started. The class was nonstop. Literally, nonstop. The instructor was an adorable little firecracker of an ex-Army man.

I ate a bunch of leftovers for dinner and am just about to put the season premiere of CSI:NY on.  Hope you all had a great Friday!

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