The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

18 Miles Later… August 30, 2009

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...this is what I looked like.

It ain’t pretty, but it’s real.

18.15 miles.  2 hours 55 minutes. 9:30 minutes/mile.  Booyah.

A high protein, carbful post-run snack made me look feel slightly better…

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Janetha C.C. Ranch Mix, beets + farmer's market plums

Actually, if I am going to be honest with y’all, the run was awesome.  Long, but awesome.  Honestly.  I think since I work out best in the afternoon; going to the farmer’s market in the morning, eating breakfast and then heading out at 1:30pm was like the miracle formula.  The 6 Cran-Razz Clif Shot Bloks I took throughout the run probably helped too.

(P.S. I LOVE how everyone thought the banana was an ice cream cone…ice cream in the mornin’? Heck yah.)

snacks at the grocery store (which were BOTH free - all hail coupon cutting!)

snacks at the grocery store (which were BOTH free - all hail coupon cutting!)

After the run, I tried to eat intuitively; not shove down massive calories because I could (which, don’t get me wrong, was reallllyyyy tempting…).  And it worked!  I would eat, usually feel full for an hour or two then was massively hungry again. Vroom, vroom metabolism!

For dindin, I whipped up a lil’ somethang with my farmer’s market finds

bed of mixed greens
zucchini + roma tomato (sauteed in EVOO + garlic)
lemon basil
lotsa parmigiano reggiano goodness
a side of 7-grain Kashi crackers

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grilled veggie salad with Kashis

Plus, a post-dinner handful of Kashis.  Those things are ridiculously good.

And a dessert a la this girl and that girl

85% dark choc + AB

85% dark choc + AB

Then, being the wild n’ crazy grandma I am, I met up with my fabulous friend Brett for dranks (two Spotted Cow beers to be exact) then went dancing (and played wingwoman for him) at the local gay bar.  I<3 gay men.  Ummm…best. time. in a long time.  If you say dancing after running 18 miles, I am still there.  Good times were had, and I was in bed by 1am.  Perf.

This morning, I had breakfast in bed…

1 cup Stonyfield BaNilla yog
sprinkle o’ flax
sprinkle o’ almond meal
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon cereal

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refreshing + delicious

Now I am sitting at a local coffeeshop, swiggin’ my cuppa joe and enjoying the gorgey day.  Happy Sunday 🙂

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Change of Plans August 28, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 19:39
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The original plan to run 18 miles tonight and head MN for the State Fair tomorrow? Scrapped.

New plan? Save money by chillin’ in Madtown, cross thangs off my to-do list, peruse the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morn and run 18 miles in the 60 degree weather in the afternoon.

Perhaps, not overly exciting, but my wallet is bowing down to me in thanks.  He couldn’t take much more abuse.

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Sprouted spelt toast, mushed banana, AB + cinnamon and a glass o' skim milk

snackin' on strawbs

snackin' on strawbs

Friday also means “Fun Lunch Friday” a.k.a. we hummed and hawed before finally decided on a cute lil’ spot called Hawk’s on La Calle de Estado. Think yummy bar + grill food.

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Veggie Portabella Mushroom Sandwich + Spicy Chipotle Corn Chowder (with an uber-classy Saltine cracker garnish)

Then, we all decided we were still hungry.  Enter in one of my fave ice cream shops ever:

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they don't mess around.

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Coconut Almond Breeze (coconut ice cream, chocolate chunks, almonds)

Drool. How I managed to go back to the office after that dish of heaven is beyond me – I was even uber-productive.  And it’s Friday.  That’s not normal.

At 5pm, I skedaddled home, ate a small bowl of cereal to tide me over and went to Tarjay for the 2nd Friday night in a row.  My coolness factor is skyrocketing by the minute.  However, I stuck to my list (shocking, I know!) and had to grab some goods to make this:

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cottage cheese, garbanzos, Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (very important - MUST be Hidden Valley) + sunflower seeds

Ever since I saw this protein-loaded concoction on my gal Janetha’s blog, I’ve been meaning to try it!  Shooo…that girl knows what is up – it was delish!  I happen to ❤ ranch dressing with a yearning, burning passion so this was right up my alley.  Next time, I think I will throw some veg in.  Mad props Queen of Meals and Moves.  Mad props.

Topped off with some of Wisconsin’s finest…

...corn on the cob that is!

...corn on the cob that is!

My to-do list for this rockin’ Friday evening:

  • Paint bathroom mirror trim
  • Clean the oven
  • Wrap up the rest of the giveaway packages to send out
  • Bloggy thangs (let’s just say it involves technology, and me and technology don’t always get along)
  • Read “Time Traveler’s Wife”

Alright Holly, let’s try and actually be productive tonight…

P.S. It’s a sad day for all us Jim Halpert/John Krasinski lovers…he’s officially off the market.  I also now officially hate Emily Blunt.

 

Close-Ups August 23, 2009

Dudes…Sunday night, again?  Suriously.

Well, let’s see in the last 24 hours, I’ve really been diggin’ the extremo close-up food shots (hence post title).  When I left y’all last night, I was just about to make this fabulous dinner…

1 handful mixed greens
2 leeks, 1/4 green pep, 1/4 onion + 2 kale leaves
(sauteed in EVOO, balsamic + garlic)
1/2 grilled zucchini
1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
drizzle of balsamic vinegar 

grilled veggie salad

grilled balsamic veggie salad

Do grill marks make anyone else happy? And, is anyone else’s salad not complete without sunflower seeds?

Topped off with this showstopper…

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AB frosting atop a German Chocolate Lara (which tastes A LOT like the Chocolate Coconut one)

Lara has a tendency to steal the spotlight.

After dindin, I fell asleep from 7:30 to 11:30pm  got on my clubbin’ gear (fishnets + flourescent pink butt dress) and booty-danced the night away until 2am.

Yeah, that’s right.  Between the 15 mile run + allergies, I was toast.  I slept for 4 hours, woke up at 11:30pm to find 1 missed call + 2 text messages (this never happens), watched 4 episodes of Arrested Development free on MSN and ate a bowl of PB Puffins + skim milk before calling it a night for the 2nd time.

At 8am this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to dive in for a classic bowl of oats…

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 mashed naner
buttloads of cinnamon
hunk(s) o’ almond buttah 

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day 4 of Sarah's breakfast challenge? check.

I devoured this baby alongside another large mug of green tea + Emergen-C packet.  Allergies…you will NOT win!

Then I walked to a 9:30am 75-minute Go With the Flow Yoga class.  Holy standing splits.  It was just was just what my muscles, brain and body needed.  I need to get back on the yoga train…it always feels soooo good! (TWSS?)

I munched on a Blueberry PURE Bar + POMx Wildberry White Tea when I got home.  Many of you have asked how I liked both products.  I LIKE both, but I have two mayjuh issues: (1) PURE bars = small – sometimes I need a bit o’ quantity.  (2) I mentioned this in the last post, the tea is erythritol + fructose sweetened – read to find out what that’s all about.

Then I went to 3 (yes, 3) grocery stores to stock up on the goods…

First stop, Trader Joe’s.  Key purchases include:

  • TJ’s raw almond butter
  • Thai Red Curry sauce
  • 3-grain tempeh
  • almond meal

Next stop on the train…Whole Foods!

  • expeller-pressed canola oil
  • 5 for $5.00 Chobani Greek yogurt (that’s highway robbery!)
  • lunchtime sushi
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my fave tuna avocado brown rice roll

Last stop, I walked to my local co-op where I purchased ALL locally-grown, organic produce (minus the avocados + bananas).

  • mixed greens
  • zucchini
  • kohlrabi
  • cucumber
  • organic skim milk

Damn Gina, I spent too much money!  However, a lot of stuff was stock-up thangs (I purchased more than outlined above) that I will eventually need.  End of story.

When I got home, I grabbed a Runner’s World mag my mom gave me and a Whole Foods mag to snuggle in my bed and read while I ate this:

Chobani plain Greek yog + PB Puffins + 1 mashed naner

Chobani plain Greek yog + PB Puffins + 1 mashed naner

Then I took an hour long nap.  You know I am sick if I take a nap.  I NEVER take naps.

Sometimes I consider myself more of a “slapdash cook” – one who throws random ingredients together hoping it will turn out because they don’t really know real technique.  Then there are days I just surprise myself by creating things like Coconut-Crusted Tempeh Island Salad.

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stellar.

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more stellarness.

Enough of the food close-ups, I’m ready for MY close-up Mr. DeMille…

 

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 🙂

 

Red Red Wine July 28, 2009

…you make me feel so fine.  You keep me rockin’, all of da time.

Ub40, anybody?

Not going to lie, I may have perhaps just slightly have drank too much red wine at dinner.  Mmmmmm…red red wine you give me whole heap of zing, whole heap of zing make me do my own thing.  Oops…more on that in a bit…

1/3 cup oat bran
1 (4-oz) container YoBaby peach yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup skim milk 

~ soaked overnight ~

1/2 cup strawbs
1 heaping tbsp. raw almond butter 

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Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oat Bran

Thank you Snackface :).

So dudes, my tumtum has been in absolutely rollercoaster butterfly fluttering mode all day.  I’ve been waiting to hear back from another job and wait which job to take.  This gal is rarely ever NOT HUNGRY and all day food did not sound good. Suriously dudes, this is a rarity.  I literally had to force this down…

organic rasps.  yes, i ate the whole thing.

organic rasps. yes, i ate the whole thing.

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una ensalada grande

mixed greens
cucumber
1 hardboiled egg
beets
tomatoes
carrots
cauliflower
dried cranberries
sunflower seeds
mango pineapple vinaigrette

 

Ummm…I’m watching the post-Bachelorette show, and can I date Reid please?  Soooo cute.  Okay, rando side note.  Did anyone see the lady hysterically crying in the audience when they re-played Jillian & Ed’s engagement? HILAR.

Also, sorry to anybody who may have had the Bach ending spoiled by my big mouth!  I promise a warning next time I give out spoilers on the blog!


After lunch, I got the job answer I had been waiting for!  I decided to take the job offer I got this last week!  Woowoo!  The only slightly sad part is that the job is back in Madison, Wisc. (my ol’ college stompin’ grounds), which means I have to leave Minnesota, which is so sad.  I have to leave new friends, like my fabulous new bloggy bud Angharad as well as my besties and family.  However, I am firm believer that everything happens for a reason – so I look forward to seeing what the future holds!

Suddenly, after I had made the decision, I was hungry again (haha!), hence this lovely…

PB+E (peanut butter on Ezekiel bread)...chompchompchomp

PB+E (peanut butter on Ezekiel bread)...chompchompchomp

After work (in which I could not concentrate the rest of the day – my mind was swinging from limb to limb thinking of the bajillion things I need to do), I ran home quickly then met my friend Brad for dinner.  He’s leaving in two days for Michigan (hollllaaaa Miss K!) for grad school, so we had one last get together at Azia Restaurant, a delicious restaurant which prides itself on “Asian spice meets Minnesota nice,” love it!

a bottle of vino...the beginning of the buzz...

a bottle of vino...the beginning of the buzz...

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Vietnamese Tofu Pho...soooo good!

Brad's eats: Chicken Pad Thai

Brad's eats: Chicken Pad Thai

Brad = suriously one of the funniest peeps ever.  Hence why, two hours later I found myself laughing hysterically, tearing up in laughter and definitely drunkity drunk drunk drunk on red wine.  He also pointed out that yesterday, I accidentally wrote I was meeting up with people from my, pubic relations internship” instead of what it should have been – “public relations internship.”  Just a slight difference between the two – he referred to it as a “hairy” situation ;).

After dindin, I may just have had a couple spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream to seal the deal for the night.

 

Now, I am feeling excited, overwhelmed and nervous for all the changes ahead.  I start my new job August 10th – eeeeeekkkk, that’s like less than a couple weeks!  So much to do, so little time.  I didn’t run 3 miles today like planned – I figured another day off to celebrate wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world :).

Gotta runsky, but I hope y’all had a fab day!

 

What’s your fave 80’s tune?  Red Red Wine most def ranks high on the list!

 

Eat, Shop, Run + Wed, Part 1 July 26, 2009

Here we go, here we go, kick it!

Dudes….get ready for a serious two-part MONSTER of a weekend post! 

 

***FRIDAY***

Last time I left you all, the weekend had just begun!  I raced out of work and straight home to take care of the beast (1st priority) and then make some dindin (2nd priority).  The beast?  Check.  Dinner? Cheeccckkkk.

Appetizer: celery + almond buttah

Appetizer: celery + almond buttah

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Main Course: Amy's Green Tamale frozen meal

Verdict?  Delish, as always.

Verdict? Delish, as always.

After dinner, I met up with my friend Meggy Moo for some Friday night shopping.  Does anybody else LOVE going to the mall on Friday nights?  Less crowds, more relaxed and better deals!  We hit up the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, but naturally, even though so many things were on sale, they were still way too expensive for moi.  Ugh.

However, we did hit up Nordstrom’s Rack (like an outlet version of Nordstrom’s), where we found KILLER deals.  Two pairs of Hue tights in black and brown for $5 and a Trina Turk orange-striped cardigan for $40.  A girl just can’t resist a good bargain…

 

***SATURDAY***

I fell asleep Friday night knowing it was the big 1-3 mile run in the morn.  I got up and carb-loaded like a champ with about 7 cups of Banana Nut Cheerios and 1/2 cup skim milk (all I had left)…

Maybe not 7 cups...but definitely 2 or 3...

Maybe not 7 cups...but definitely 2 or 3...

My sister Alli, who is also running the marathon, came up to my neck of the woods to run with me.  What a difference!  Seriously, does anyone else find it way uber-easier to run with somebody else than just by themselves?  Mama Everythingtarian ran the first 6 miles with us, then went to meet up with my dad and younger sister while we completed the 13.  We walked warmed-up for the first 1/2 mile, ran 12 around the lakes, then took her easy and walked the last 1/2 mile.  Barbie, Ken and sissy #3 were waiting for us with water and bagels when we were done – hallelujah, I love you family!

PB + Whole Wheat Bagel + loads of H2O

PB + Whole Wheat Bagel + loads of H2O

a cuppa orange mango juice may have also happened somewhere along the lines

a cuppa orange mango juice may have also happened somewhere along the lines

After blasting through the awesome run, which took us about 2 hours (roughly 10 minute miles), I got back to la casa de mi prima and showered up to meet Angharad for lunch at the fabulous, organic, seasonal and locally-grown Birchwood Cafe!

Seriously, the is the 2nd time me and Miss Eating for England have met up, and it gets creepier and creepier each time with the number of things we have in common.  From traveling to jobs to loving Cher’s “Believe,” the blog heavens clearly knew we were meant to be friends.  Also, she had just run a 10K so we talked LOTS of running over a Green Goddess Salad for me…

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locally-grown lettuce, English hollow aged cheddar, sunflower seeds, carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, kohlrabi, scallion + green goddess dressing

That hunk o’ bread with a pat of butter on the side was pretty dang good too.  Angharad had the Cilantro Lime-Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich, which also looks divine!  I totes forgot to take a pic, so head over to her blog and check that outtttt!

After lunch, it was wedding time!

pre-ceremony snack

pre-ceremony snack

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The reception was at an old theater in a historic small town - how cute is that?

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photo shoot! sissy #3, #2, yours truly + daddy everythingtarian

inside the gorgeous venue

inside the gorgeous venue

thank the sweet Lord for snacks...

thank the sweet Lord for snacks......and red wine (oops, unpictured)!

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berry orange salad with poppyseed dressing

bread + buttah

bread + buttah

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break for photo shoot #2

a cool, refreshing dinner beer

a cool, refreshing dinner beer

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veggie lasagna + carrots/beants + slice o' pineapple

a cake + champagne toast!

a cake + champagne toast!

The dinner was really good – loved the veggie lasagna and side veggies.  The cake wasn’t so bad either :).

After dinner, obv DANCING TIME!  I may need to post more dancing pics…they are that good.

first dance

first dance

and yep, that's my mom dippin' it low.  work it out Barbie!

and yep, that's my mom dippin' it low. work it out Barbie!

Needless to say, it was an extremely fun night, and this gal was pooped.  I fell asleep on my sister’s shoulder on the car ride home, nuff’ said.

Stay tuned for Parte Numero Dos later tonight….now I have to skedaddle off to a wedding shower!  Hope you are all having a FABULOUSLY FUN WEEKEND – can’t wait to read and hear about what you all are up to!

Happy Sunday :).

 

Right or Left-Brained? July 19, 2009

Filed under: dinner — Holly @ 22:17
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If you have to ask yourself this question, you are most likely right-brained (like me!).

This gal is back from Chitown and ready to get back in a routine!  Honestly, I never thought I would enjoy routine.  I always thought my  mind was too right-brained to ever think I would like such a thing.  (BTW…you know you are right-brained when you have to Google right vs. left brain because you can’t remember which one you are :))

I made up for the lack of veggies this weekend by having a ginormous salad for dindin…

spinach + mixed greens
green peas
beets
cauliflower
carrots
peppers
cucumbers
tomatoes
1/2 hard-boiled egg
chickpeas
sunflower seeds
Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
drizzle balsamic + EVOO 

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1.1 lbs. of the ultimate junk salad

Ummm…I think the fact that Kowalski’s had Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies on their salad bar pretty much made my day.

After dinner, I ran a couple errands then headed home where I hung all my new purchases in the closet.  Does anybody else absolutely love putting away their new clothes and color coordinating their closet?  Oh my gosh, I just realized maybe I do have some left-brained in me, haha!

Then it was grocery shopping time…I ran about 2.5 miles then looped perfect back around to the grocery store so I would only have to walk about 1/2 mile home with all my goods.  It felt soooo good to get my legs moving (especially after spending 6 hours in a car…ugh!) and refill my kitch with some essentials…

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The spread

  • Naners
  • Dominex Eggplant Cutlets (a product I first saw from Miss Chocolate Covered Katie)
  • 3 Stonyfield Organic Nonfat yogurts (French Vanilla, Lemon & Peach)
  • Bag of mixed veggies
  • Yellow onion
  • Bag of spinach
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Bluebs
  • Avocado 

Taking a cue from my bloggy bud Angharad of Eating for England, I showed ya all my goods and now here is le grand total…

That would be $20.84 my friends

That would be $20.84 my friends

Click here to take the grocery challenge!  I usually budget about $50 on food – groceries + eating out included.  Therefore, I gots about another $30 to work with this week. We’ll see where it takes us!

This week promises to be another busy one.  I am taking care of my cousin’s dog this week along with…

 

Tuesday: 12-mile run (make-up from this weekend)
Wednesday: Last beach volleyball game before play-offs
Thursday: Hang with my London mate/bestie Charlotte
Friday: Possible shopping excursion for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale (CANNOT miss this!)
Saturday: Wedding time for my mom’s best friend’s son + 13-mile run

 

Whew…I’m tired already. I’ve got to get some sleep to read all your lovely comments and catch-up on blog reading tomorrow – night y’all!

Are you right-or left-brained?  I am totally interested to see where people fall on the spectrum!