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Weird Wednesday August 26, 2009

So if yesterday’s word of the day was “iffy,” today’s is “weird.”

I don’t know what’s going on peeps – has the sinus infection gone to my brain and is secretly screwing with the world? Today was plain and simply…weird. I felt weird, feel weird and work today, well…we acted like total weird-os (including a rendition of the Cha-Cha Slide in our office a.k.a. the classic wedding dance song).

Brekkie today was a new cereal I bought. Barbara (creator of our fave PB Puffins) has these Vanilla Almond Shredded Oat Squares and well, they tasted kinda weird.  Not bad, just weird.

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Barbara's Vanilla Almond Shredded Oats, skim milk + naner

Sarah’s Breakfast Challenge? Check.

Thursday: Oikos Strawberry Greek Yogurt + strawberries & AB+J sammie

Friday: Overnight Oats

Saturday: Plain bagel + bit o’ buttah

Sunday: Classic Bowl of Hot Oatmeal

Monday: Surprisingly Delicious Savory Oats

Tuesday: Breakfast Cookie a la Fitnessista

Shoutout to Sarah for coming up with a challenge to make us all step outside the box (or bowl, whichever you prefer). The biggest surprise? The savory oats – I was totes scared to try them, but they were delish!

Snackage included an Apple Cinnamon PURE Bar (my fave flav so far) while lunch included more wrappage…

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Hummus Avocado Ezekiel Wrap, kohlrabi + applesauce

A couple of you dudes asked what the heck kohlrabi is. Well, technically our friend kohlrabi is in the cabbage family and looks something like this…

Jellyfish?  Sprouted brain?  Paper weight?

Jellyfish? Sprouted brain? Paper weight?

When you trim off the tops and outside skin, the inside looks like somewhat like a radish – white, translucent and uber-crunchy.  It’s the perfect (weird) snack food!

Mid-afternoon snack was the usual, plus a DC to try and get me out of this funk.  Yeah, the DC didn’t work.  I only felt nauseous after drinking it.

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Pomegranate Chobs + strawberries (and Diet Coke)

On the way homesky from worksky, I mapped out my weekly running sched.  Since I will be back in Minnesota this weekend, I think I am going to change my long 18 mile run (eeeeek, 18 friggin’ miles!) to Friday so I can have all day on Saturday to go to the MN State Fair (2nd largest in the country) and chow down on my top 3 fair foods: cheese curds, corn on the cob and Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Yeah, it’s definitely going to be a greasefest, in which I will love every minute.

So, back to the story, I needed to run 9 miles tonight but instead, I am going to run 4.  That’s if I can get my butt out the door because this weirdness has me all up in a funk.  I know running will help, but tell that to my body who might need to be shoved, kicked and thrown out the door for encouragement.

When I got home, I should have just gone right away and ran but instead, I started dinner.  Shoutout to my girl April – the purple pepper is for you!

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cut-up veggies ready for some red curry love

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Veggie Red Thai Curry over brown rice

Ooh, before I forget, Michelle asked if there was a reason I bought expeller-pressed canola oil instead of just plain ol’ canola.  Always a reason, and here it is: expeller-pressed means there are no chemicals used in extraction.  This often results in a lower percentage of oil than using other methods requiring chemicals (which is why many companies DON’T do it).

Enough of my procrastinating and complaining right?  Weird is no excuse to skip marathon training!

Help! How do YOU get out of a funk? Usually I work out, but you know how that is going right now…

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Handsomely Rewarded August 19, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,giveaway,lunch — Holly @ 21:33
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Yes, that is today’s theme.

Confused?  As always, let’s just jump right in!  Although I wouldn’t say breakfast was necessarily handsome, but it sure was gosh darn rewarding (for my stomach, that is).

Barbie's Peanut Butter Puffins, skim milk + naner

Barbie's Peanut Butter Puffins, skim milk + naner

After a two-hour meeting, my stomach hated me.  In turn, I rewarded it for its patience by channeling Cleopatra once again and eating my organic red grapes sans handsome banana leaf wielding men to fan me.

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just call me Cleopatra

black beans masquerading as poop is not handsome

black beans masquerading as poop is not handsome

However, the avocado remained both handsome and rewarding :).

The mid-afternoon munchies were everything a gal could ask for.  I like to call it (d) all of the above.  Salty, sweet, handsome + rewarding.  Does it get any better than that?

honey braided twist pretzels

honey braided twist pretzels

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more pretzels dipped in my new fave applesauce

Before I knew it, I was handsomely rewarded.  The past couple weeks, my days have absolutely FLOWN by, and before I knew it, twas’ the end of the day.  I walked my mile home, threw on some running gear, popped two Black Cherry Clif Shot Bloks (great for peeps who don’t like the goos or jellybeans) and cranked out 7 miles.

When I got home, I rewarded myself with this handsome dinner…

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garlic zucchini omelet atop a bed of sauteed kale

up close and personal

up close and personal

Luna & Larry's Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Luna & Larry's Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

As if that dinner wasn’t enough of a reward, I decided to bebop over to Whole Foods for some mysterious ingredients for a certain dinner party I shall be attending tomorrow night.  I enter those fateful doors and what do I see…

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the THREE flavors of yogurt I had been dying to try!

…oh my children, it gets better!!!

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you know what these babers are

Does it get any more handsome or rewarding than this?  I mean…Jake Gyllenhaal or the Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar? Okay, I would still pick Jake, but you get my point.

Soooo…you are probably thinking, but Holly – that’s great you had a handsomely rewarding day, but what about the rest of us?  I am one step ahead of you.  I know some of you are still trying to find the elusive Laras (it took me awhile too!) so I thought why not share the love with a GIVEAWAY!

That’s right…the best part?  There is not one set of the new Laras but THREE sets to giveaway!

Jocalat German Chocolate Cake
Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar
Peanut Butter and Jenny Jelly Larabar 

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it is your turn to be handsomely rewarded

Here’s whatcha gotta do:

(1) Write me a limerick about your favorite Larabar flavor or the flavor you would most like to try
(doesn’t even have to be a new one!) in the comments section.

For a limericks refresher, click here.
(***Hint: 5 lines, rhyming pattern AABBA)

(2) Link back to this post on your blog and leave a 2nd comment with the link.  If you don’t
have a blog, just write me a 2nd comment about something random.  It don’t matter.

 

There will be three winners who will each receive the three new Laras.  The giveaway ends on Sunday night at 10pm CST, and winners will be announced Monday morning!  

That will give you something to look forward to for that icky Monday morn :).  Now I need to get to bed before I eat all the Larabars currently in sight.

 

Walkin’ On August 17, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner — Holly @ 20:44
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I can’t believe I forgot to tell you all about the best part of my new job – I GET TO WALK TO WORK! Yep, that’s right.  I am exactly 1 mile from the ol’ workplace which means I get to save gas, avoid traffic and get a solid 2-mile walk in everyday.  It’s the little things that bring a smile to my face :).

New products also bring a smile to my face.  Since I joined our local co-op, I was given a bomb diggity coupon book full of awesome deals including this baber…

seriously, i think it tastes like sourdough bread.  anybody else agree?

seriously, i think it tastes like sourdough bread. anybody else agree?

A FREE loaf of French Meadow Sprouted Spelt Bread.  Retail value: $6.59. I also got a FREE bottle of organic agave syrup.  Retail value: $6.89.  Score and score.

Obv, I had to use this newfound bread at breakfast, so I concocted Ol’ Faithful:

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AB+B toast and a glass o' skim milk

Mid-morning brought along a snack attack so I channeled Cleopatra and ate my grapes straight off the vine. Unfortunately, I had no man servants to fan me with banana leaves while doing so.

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organic red jewels

I met up with a dear, old friend for lunch who I hadn’t seen in awhile.  Unfortunately for you guys, it was one of those times when photographing your food isn’t really appropriate or important.  However, we went to a bomb diggity Costa Rican restaurant called (what else?), Cafe Costa Rica.

I had a ginormous vegetarian plate of rice, beans, plaintains, cilantro and tomato. Twas’ bomb diggity.

When I arrived back at work, I found out my presh co-worker baked a plethora of yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles with a welcome reception para moi today!  So of course, my boss and I had a little fun with them before the guests arrived…

smile.

smile.

…and then I promptly devoured one.  Yellow cupcakes + chocolate frosting = classic bomb diggityness. 

The day flew by like whoa, and before I knew it, I was walking the 1 mile home.  Then I had a tough decision to make: go to yoga at 7:30pm or attack the pile of laundry sitting in my closet.  Unfortunately, the laundry won out.  In fact, I am actually blogging right now from the laundromat (thanks to some covert Wi-Fi stealing).

However, I did need some dinner sustenance beforehand.  No need to always go to a Chipotle for a burrito dudes and dudettes, the homemade kind is just as tasty…

sprouted whole wheat tortilla
1/4 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 avocado
lettuce
fajita veggies (peppers, onions & tomatoes sauteed in EVOO)

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what a beautious burrito

It was the definition of a hot mess.

Apparently this also made it in my mouth after dinner…

yep, more pineapple coconut milk ice cream goodness

yep, more pineapple coconut milk ice cream goodness

Tasks for the evening:

  • Fold laundry
  • Put together IKEA kitchen storage (which knowing IKEA, could take 5 minutes or 5 hours)
  • Read blogs
  • Figure out which health insurance I want
  • Organize finances/make a budget

Yep, I’m officially a grown-up.

Apparently, I try to sidestep this fact by repeatedly using the word “bomb diggity,” hoping it will prolong my youth.

 

Running Well, Wedding Bells + Internet Hell August 16, 2009

Yep, that pretty much sums up my weekend.

Let’s start with the good stuff – I got up at 7am bright n’ early on Saturday morning and ate a nice carb-heavy pre-run meal consisting of a 1/2 cup Special K with 1/2 cup skim milk and a chocolate chip granola bar.  There is no better running fuel than pure white carbs.

Then, yours truly did what she has NEVER done before – run 16 miles!

The first 9 miles went well despite the Minnesota heat and humidity.  I made sure to make frequent water stops (also stopping to splash water on my head to cool down) before returning back to my friend Ashley’s where I popped 3 Clif Black Cherry Shot Bloks and some Diet Cherry Pepsi (don’t judge).  Then Ashley headed out with me to finish the last 7 miles, and my other friend Megan joined us for the last 3 miles.  My friends are seriously the best :).

In the end? The run went AWESOME.  I finished in my marathon pace of just under 10:00 minutes/mile, equaling about 2 hours and 40 minutes.  I seriously think I could have gone even further. It was that kind of glorious running day.

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

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Indian buffet of love from Whole Foods...with a Cilantro Chutney Samosa!

Seriously…if I could marry Indian food I would.  Shhhhh, don’t tell McMac I am cheating on him ;).

After lunchie, it was off to IKEA –  ummm, holy anxiety!  Soooo many people, soooo many things to look at and tooooo little time.  Luckily, I had my trusted Meggy Moo in tow.  If this isn’t a friend, I don’t know what is:

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

Then, I gussied myself up and headed off to my girl Charlotte’s wedding!  Charlotte and I studied abroad together in college in London, and we’ve pretty much been soulmates ever since.  LOVE that girl.  I also got to see Brittany (who also studied abroad with us) for the first time in years.  LOVE that girl too.

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Hobag, CharChar Binks and Brittho (our nicknames)

started with a red vino...

started with a red vino...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

Yeah, that’s right.  My girl Char had a plethora of CHEESECAKES at her wedding instead of regular ol’ wedding cake.  That is reason #4,276 that we are friends.  Brittho and I may have split an additional piece of Key Lime Cheesecake.  Just sayin…

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

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fabulousness all around

Did I mention Charlotte also had a photo booth AND late-night pizza?  Reasons #3,231 and #6,121,989 we are friends.

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

When I got home, I crashed harder than Lindsey Lohan’s career.

After almost 10 hours of glorious sleep, I woke up to coffee and a lovely chat with Ashley.  Then, right as I started contemplating eating Ash’s carpet, it was 10:30am and time for me to meet another fabulous lady you all know – Ms. Angharad!

We met at the Uptown Diner…looks like a total dive from the outside, but inside you will find such fabulous delicacies such as this…

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tex-mex breakfast burrito (Angharad)

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french toast kamikaze-style (aka with bananas, blueberries & pecans) para moi

After brekkie, I skedaddled back on the road (wasn’t I just driving?) back to Madison.  Five LONG hours later, I arrived safely.  After successful shopping trip #2 at the co-op (including a free coupon for a French Meadow bread product and a bottle of organic agave syrup – score!), I made it back to my apartment to find the Internet still not working.

WTF?!?!?!?!

I can’t handle this.  ATT is apparently coming on Tuesday to fix it, but that means another two days of paying for coffee at the cute coffeeshop for free Wi-Fi.  I guess there could be worse thangs…

green ap + peppahjack stick

green ap + peppahjack stick

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

Ah, home sweet home.

After getting really frustrated and angry speaking calmly with the Internet peeps, I needed a snackie.  Enter in perhaps, my other new love (sorry McMac AND Indian food :()

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

Ingredients: organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, organic pineapple, organic pineapple juice concentrate, organic coconut extract, organic rum extract

One word: AMAZING.

look at those pineapple chunks of love

look at those pineapple chunks of love

After dessert, I had dinner…

mixed greens
cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado
1/3 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/3 cup mild salsa
1/4 cup sliced green pepper
crushed blue corn chips 

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Mexican Fiesta Salad

And a lil’ calcium for (more) dessert…

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

I just scrolled through the post and realized it’s practically a marathon long, which by the way, the Twin Cities Marathon is in T-minus 49 days.  Eeeeeeek!

Bloggy thangs I still have planned (even if they are taking uber-longer than I expected):

  • Marathon training post
  • Holly Investigates… post (It’s been 75% done for like three weeks now!)
  • Two exciting announcements
  • Updates

Hang in there my children…mama WILL eventually get there!

Now, I am downing the rest of my drank and gettin’ down to read some bloggy love!  Say a prayer for my Internet por favor and have a relaxing Sunday night!

 

Highlight of the weekend?  Put it out there peeps!  Mine was probably the amazing run on Saturday morning and the pictures Char, Britt and I took in the photo booth.  They were epic.

 

Fun Lunch Friday August 15, 2009

Good morning dudes…I don’t think I’ve ever blogged this late.  Being a g’ma, it’s often hard enough just to find me up past midnight :).

Brekkie was especially delish this morning thanks to the tag team of champions: yogurt mess + Heart Thrive:

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nonfat plain yogurt + ground flaxseed + shredded coconut + strawberries + dollop o' raspberry jam (straight-up Smuckers - the good stuff)

Cranberry Heart Thrive Vegan Energy Bar

Cranberry Heart Thrive Vegan Energy Bar

Sorry Heart Thrive peeps…the Cranberry is BY FAR my least favorite.

However, my snack more than made up for it.  A homemade concoction of Banana Nut Cheerios + sunflower seeds a.k.a the ying (sweet) and the yang (salty).  Makes for maximum satisfaction.

mid-morning munchies

mid-morning munchies

I can’t believe I have totally forgotten to tell you how WELL my first week at the new job went.  My boss is fantastic.  My co-workers are incredibly helpful and funny.  And there is minimal scanning involved in the job.  Give it up!

Yesterday, we instituted Three Question Thursday at work a la Kristin, and today we proclaimed Fridays as “Fun Lunch Friday!”  Where is the most obviously funnest place to go ever?  Chipotle, obv!

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burrito bol: rice, black beans, mild salsa, fajita veggies, truckload of guac and lettuce

Shoutout to my homegirl Alison who recently had her first Chipotle and obv, loved it!

Friday flew by and before I knew it, I was done with my first week of work.  Woowoo!  Then, I skedaddled on to my new flat (yes, I want to be British so I am calling it “my flat”) to whip up a quick dindin before hitting the road BACK across the border to Minnesota for a wedding.

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black bean burger kale wrap

This bugger was delish!  Also quite easy to make: I sauteed lots of kale in EVOO + garlic (ends up tasting a lot like Kath’s “Kale Chips” – which if you haven’t tried, you must!) then stufffed it in an Ezekiel tortilla and topped with a Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burger. Voila!  Dinner is served.

Not without some frozen applesauce for dessert of course…

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Applesauce

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Applesauce

Insert 4-hr. car ride here, including snacks:

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zucchini slices + almond buttah

I had maybe 1/2 the zucchini and 2-3 tbsp. of the AB…about?

After I finally arrived back in the Minneapolis, I met up with my besties for some drinks at the bar where our other bestie works.  Quite vague details, I know.  However, I had a slight headache and was uber-tired from the drive (anybody else MORE tired from driving than actually working out and doing something active?), so I munched on some bar popcorn (a couple cups?) and just chatted.  Drinks before a 16-mile run doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.

Tomorrow’s agenda: run, shower, IKEA run and then wedding time!  Woowoo!

Good night y’all and again, it’s good to be back 🙂

 

Signs August 10, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 19:00
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In the words of Justin Timberlake, yes, I am telling you all these things are signs.  Confused? Well, let me begin.

You know it’s a sign that…

…you have become a true blue food blogger when you take multiple pictures of your food at multiple angles to show your breakfast parfait a la K in all it’s glory.

vanilla yogurt + Dylan's chia granola + berries + cherries + sprinkle of almonds/walnuts

vanilla yogurt + Dylan's chia granola + berries + cherries + sprinkle of almonds/walnuts

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from the top

a close-up of the nutty chia goodness

a close-up of the nutty chia goodness

…a higher power WANTS you to eat ice cream when you head off to take a walk by the lake and you are mysteriously drawn towards the ice cream stand.

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chocolate peanut butter ice cream

…that you can have your greens and eat your chocolate too when you take a chomp outta this guy.

Pro Bar Superfood Slam

Pro Bar Superfood Slam

“It’s not where you live, it’s how you live,” when your eccentrically wonderful uncle leaves a message on your blog.

…wraps are indeed the 8th wonder of the world when you can concoct a yummy mess a la Jess like this one (grill pans may also be the 8th wonder of the world, but we will save that for a later post).

spicy black bean burger + spinach + salsa wrap and grilled zucchini

spicy black bean burger + spinach + salsa wrap and grilled zucchini

…the world sometimes is out to torture you when you are forced to move into your apartment on a 90 degree, 90% humidity day all by yourself up three flights of stairs.

…it may not be easy being green, but surely being green ensures ultimate deliciousness.

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kale sauteed in garlic + olive oil

…I have become obsessed with tortillas when I cannot wait to eat them in new and exciting (and obv yummy) ways.

banana PB quesadilla

banana PB quesadilla

…POM juice was actually made to be put in oats when you concoct something like this:

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup POM juice
1/4 cup nonfat yogurt
2 tbsp. coconut
1/2 cup strawbs
chunk o’ almond buttah

overnight oats love

overnight oats love

…everything is going to be alright when you find a HOLLY-PRINTED TEA POT on the top shelf, right back corner of your otherwise bare bones apartment.  Coincidence?  I think not.

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no joke, this is a sign.

…sometimes things need to be more difficult than they are when the public library only allows you 30 minutes of Internet access before kicking you off.  Ugh.

Bear with me.

 

Chipotle, Chobani + Chilled Mango July 24, 2009

Filed under: eating out,lunch — Holly @ 17:00
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Nothing like the three C’s to get you through the last day of the work week :).

Unfortunately, breakfast went unphotographed this morning for two reasons: (1) I was uber-late and ran out the door, very similarly to the way I bolted out of our living room growing up when my sisters forced me to watch E.T. (my least favorite movie ever), and (2) it wasn’t that pretty – simply a bowl of Banana Nut Cheerios + skim milk alongside a pack of Mrs. May’s Cran-Blueberry Crunch.

Lunch was a whole lot better, thanks to Senor Chipotle

1 scoop rice
fajita veggies
black beans
mild salsa
lettuce
lotsa guacamole

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veggie burrito bol love

A couple exciting things actually happened on this funny lil’ Friday – first, I got a job offer!  However, I have another interview for a job on Monday and am waiting to hear back on another job.  Sooo…I haven’t made up my mind yet, but after searching for a full-time, permanent job for more than a year, it finally happened!  Hallelujah, for reals.

Not to get too deep here, but let’s just say I have been working my tail off the past year to try and find a job since returning back from Thailand.  It’s been frustrating, confusing, annoying, hopeful, joyful, angry and a test of my patience the whole time – it just goes to show perseverance does pay off my friends.  Yay!

The other exciting thing?  I won a giveaway – thanks to Ms. Erin from I Walk in this World!  Both things are definitely a good way to start off the freakin’ weekend.  However, so is this…

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Peach Chobs + Zoe's Honey Almond granol

And this…

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chilled mangoliciousness

I was gettin’ my Snackface on today :).

 

A special Friday happy birthday shout-out to Traci, a fabulous Healthy Everythingtarian reader, who has a big birthday this weekend!  Also, head on over to Eating for England and wish Angharad good luck on her 10k race tomorrow!

 

What are your plans for the weekend?  I’ve gots a 13-mile marathon training run in the morning with my sister, grabbing lunch with Angharad then off to a wedding tomorrow night.  Sunday is more wedding shenanigans with a wedding shower, then I am heading off to Wisconsin for another job interview on Monday.  It’s gonna be a busy one!

Woowoo for the weekend!