Jealousy Pasta

Monday mornings are typically run mornings for me, but after my 8:00 mile stint on a Woodway Friday compounded by my 9-mile long run on Saturday- my hip was so tight it was shooting pain through my quad and knee.  I sat out this morning; I don’t want injury!  I hate rest days that I don’t plan, but they are necessary sometimes. 

This morning’s breakfast was a concoction of oatmeal, banana, cinnamon, and chocolate mocha meal replacement.  

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I think the vanilla meal replacement would have been better in the oatmeal…

I struggled with my hip all day at work (hello grandma status!). Could barely walk! Around 3:00, our physical therapist noticed I was in some pain and offered to look at it.  An evaluation and a hip ultrasound later, I felt better.  Thank you, Tyressa 🙂

Ate lunch with my colleagues today (which I don’t always get to do, but loveee doing).  Today 4 of us wore the exact same color without calling each other this morning (I swear).

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I was SO JEALOUS today- they all had baked pasta or veggie lasagna and I ate a super boring salad for lunch.  Which inspired tonight’s recipe for baked pasta (which I named “Jealousy Pasta”- I know, I’m so clever).

The ingredients:

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And the highlight- Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo (amazing- hurry up Tallahassee and get your Trader Joes!)

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Step 1:  Heat soy chorizo over low heat, add onions and saute.  Boil pasta until tender.

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Step 2: Spread pasta noodles in baking dish

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Step 3: Add chorizo/onion mix 

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Step 4:  Add chopped, frozen spinach (10 oz-defrosted) and handful of sweet peppers, chopped

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Step 5: Add marinara sauce and mix together

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Bake at 350 for 40 minutes and viola!

PS- always cook with a glass of cab 🙂

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While the pasta is baking, I’m sipping wine and going through photos from this summer.  I’m desperately missing my adventure in Mexico- I need to do something fun, adventurous and crazy again soon!  

Background for those who read that aren’t FB friends- I presented an opening session at Mexico’s first annual national student affairs conference in Monterrey and led various workshops throughout the course of a week in Guadalajara in June of this year.  It was the time of my life…

View from my hotel in Monterrey:

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View from Cerro de la Silla (one of the toughest hikes I’ve ever been on)

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In Guadalajara:

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At a church outside of Guadalajara- in Tequila, Mexico.  During a baptism, children wait outside the church and it is customary for the father of the baptized child to throw coins to the crowd outside

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Also in Tequila- one of my good friends, Tom (also a conference speaker) and I toured the Jose Cuervo factory (yes, the tequila- yes, we tequila-tasted!). Tom shares his drink 😉

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That’s it for tonight- more reminiscing to come (and along with it, some adventure-planning probably…)

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Highlights!

I know, I haven’t posted in a week… I’ve been too crazy this week to even breathe. Catching up after a conference can be difficult- I’m not looking forward to March when I travel almost back-to-back.  I’ll just catch up with week highlights:

Monday

Got rear-ended- Happy Monday to me!  The Nissan was just scratched up a bit, but the 4-runner that hit me wasn’t in great shape.

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Tuesday:

Was a sickly girl.  Did end up booking my plane tickets to Portland for January. Found out if I want to have a “comfort seat” in economy (i.e. a seat in the first 3 rows), it’ll cost me an extra $80.  Really, Delta? Really.

It was also the only day I skipped my #RWRunStreak 1-mile.  I just couldn’t get myself out the door with the way I felt. Luckily my coordinator picked up my slack, so I counted it!

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Wednesday:

Felt so much better Wednesday morning, and wanted to make up for missing my mile the day before.  I rocked out 5 like a champ, and set a new PR:

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At work, one of my staffers brought me a soy latte- Jordan, you’re the best!! 

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That night, my “work wife” and I had our weekly wife date (for the first time in 3 weeks…).  We made great friends with the bartender too, which definitely has its perks!

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Thursday:

I broke into my new flavor of Spark- Mango strawberry.  Delicousness in powder-form.

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At work: Present from my doggie-sitter:  cookie butter!  My extreme weakness

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Lunch was outstanding- Syd and I went to Salad Creations- they make amazing chopped salads.  

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That night, we had a dinner with the construction crew that built our building.  It was so much fun, and we enjoyed conversation, wine, and great food at Mozaik.  Highly recommend this restaurant- it does have veggie and vegan options too!

Friday: 

By far my busiest work day.  I barely had time to squeeze in my mile and a quick TRX circuit in between meetings. 

After work, some of the staff headed out to check out one of my Building Supervisors’ art work. Demi is very talented and I’m so proud that they put her piece on display during the First Friday event.  The pro staff all met at Fermentation Lounge for a quick drink before we went to check out the art.  Kellie brought angel paws with:

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Afterwards, Demi with her artwork:

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Saturday:

Kellie and I met for a distance run.  We started off with the two of us and the two Lauren’s, but they were both going to a class at 11 and only did the first few miles with us.  Kellie and I knocked out 9- it was a PR for me, but with the hills, the pace, and a few other elements like my left quad hurting and the onset of congestion, the run was one of the worst ones I’ve done in awhile.  Kellie too- she rubbed her ankle so raw she was bleeding when we were done.  

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Now I’m just being lazy, sitting on my couch, really not moving- yet.  I need to bake my green beans and get into an ugly sweater before my staff holiday party tonight.  I’m sure that’ll happen- eventually.  🙂

The Big Easy

Was soooo much fun.  I loved Athletic Business.  And there were more Campus Rec colleagues there than I anticipated.  Here’s the recap:

We left Wednesday morning and got into New Orleans that afternoon.  It was strange to have to drive so far to get to NOLA- I’m used to a 3.5 hour trip and voila!  There.  Not so much in this case. 

Our hotel was beautiful- I’ve been to NOLA quite a bit and never stayed at the Renaissance

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That night we went to dinner with Precor Vendor.  Bill Martin is our rep for FSU- he is one of my fav vendor reps as he checks in often, takes care of any issues that come up almost immediately and clues me into new opportunities with equipment, technology, etc.  He definitely takes care of us!  The blondies get in a pic with Bill:

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LT, Lo and I got a lot of “are you 3 sisters??” the entire time we were in NOLA.  Nope, just work together and  play together! We did have a lot of fun in that city together and with the rest of our crew.  I feel like I got to know the FSU staff much better and we all had such a great time!

Later that night I NEEDED to take a picture with this chicken.  It was clearly a matter of life or death. 

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Many of my breakfasts were meal replacement shakes and apples- I didn’t want to pay the buffet price ($17 breakfast) or deal with the calories buffets bring. 

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Lo and I went to our first session together- on Charismatic Leadership.  The session was an hour and a half and was so amazing- we were both iPad typing like maniacs the whole time!  By the end of the session I had to pee so bad but didn’t want to miss a thing he said!  We’re going to take the information we got from that presentation and adapt it into our own to submit for FSU’s spring staff training. 

Went to a few more sessions and then met my old UWF crew for lunch.  We picked up quite a few alums to join us and we all had a blast catching up!  Miss them!  

Lunch was at a restaurant in the garden district that has amazing po-boys.  I got a fried green tomato with remoulade – very Big Easy-ish. It was the size of my arm.  I ate half then had to stop.

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That afternoon I got all spandexed-up and got ready for the Trade Show.  It was actually pretty comparable to what I’ve seen at NIRSA conferences.  

The Expo Halls are fun- got to test out new equipment and products and connect with all of our vendors.  My first stop was precor and I got to see the new technology they’re featuring for all of the pieces we already have.  THAT’S exciting- we will already be getting upgrades.  I ran through the demos to learn the user and admin sides, then talked to consultants about when we could schedule our upgrades.  

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I spent 4 hours in the Expo Hall trying out equipment. Billy, one of my fav Woodway reps and I decided to race each other on their new biking system.  The system is an advanced trainer for those that are cyclists but I thought it was a pretty cool system (and I’m not a cyclist).  It showed exertion for each leg, heart rate, power, and much more…

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Later that night we went to dinner with Life Fitness vendors- to a place called Mannings that had pretty good food but was booked.  We sat outside and that night was pretty cold.  We all huddled under heaters for dinner then decided to hit up the Athletic Business’ social and dance ourselves warm again!  

The next morning, LT, Lo and I made a quick trip to Cafe du Monde.  Lo had never been before but we never thought about the fact that she has a gluten free diet and couldn’t eat the beignets!  She didn’t care though, and we got in our “touristy” NOLA Cafe du Monde trip.

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When we got back to the Conference Center, we stopped for Starbucks and I got a free vanilla latte!  It reminded me of the principle of Surprise and Delight that Starbucks employs and that my former supervisor, Christine, loves so much!

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We hit up the Expo Hall again that afternoon to try out Octane’s lateral trainer.  The lateral trainer is like an elliptical but the legs go out side to side instead of front-to-back.  We all tried it out- it definitely works out your outer thighs and glutes!  Lo gets a demo from an Octane rep:

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After conference and before dinner that night, Lo, LT, and I decided we wanted to run by the river – it was supposedly a great running route and very scenic.  We should have known we were going to have a very strange run when on the elevator on the way down to the hotel lobby, a European gentleman was dressed EXACTLY like LT and I- in white tank tops and black cropped pants, and asked us if we had on singlets. Things just went south from there.  

I almost got ran over by a vehicle that blew through a stop sign going at least 45mph.  I should have been scared for my life, but those things just make me mad and push me harder.  We kept going- trying to access the riverwalk by the conference center.  We went up the stairs, into the mall, back out of the mall, back down the same stairs, took another wrong turn and just didn’t know where to go.  The whole time Santa Claus in coveralls was watching the three blondes laughing and running in circles.  We finally found our way to the french quarter and the riverwalk.  NOLA was definitely not ready for 3 blondes to be running throughout downtown.  We got strange looks, lots of comments, and made a group of small schoolchildren scream when we passed by them.  By the time we got back to the hotel we were laughing so hard it prompted a gentleman getting on the elevator with us to ask: “Is it safe to get on this elevator?” (which made us laugh harder).  Quite the run, I’m telling you. 

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After dinner that night, the FSU crew decided to try our luck at Harrah’s.  I’m not a big gambler, but I do view casino’s as cost of entertainments and decided to spend a little.  It was really fun.  I played some roulette by myself for awhile.  I ended up losing $60 at the table but met some guys from Texas that were keeping me laughing the whole time.  I walked away and found a couple of our crew to play blackjack with.  Mike Collins and I tag-teamed it and I ended up making back about $40 that I lost at roulette.  We had a blast.

Crazy EMT Situation:

On our way out of the casino for the night, I ran into the restroom, and noticed a lady that was passed out inside her stall.  No one seemed to care that she was down, but CPR training kicked in immediately and I began care for her while I yelled at the custodian to call 911.  Luckily, she was breathing but she was in and out of consciousness so I stayed with her.  Another lady came up to me and asked if she could assist.  I asked if she was CPR certified- she was so we tag-teamed medical care for the woman on the floor.  However, when the “EMT” got there (aka, most likely casino staff with the letters E, M, T on his shirt), I was miffed that he didn’t have any medical supplies with him, and his “care” was to ask if she was ok (she was mumbling by this time), and yanking her by her arms into a standing position.  Then I got really angry and asked him over and over if he was “really an EMT” while the lady assisting me kept saying “I don’t think you are!!”  There was nothing we could really do about the situation though, and the woman was conscious.  The lady assisting me I talked to for a bit and found out she also worked in Campus Rec at University of Illinois- Chicago.  We are both instructor certified, and were both upset at the way the situation was handled, but we did get to bond over that experience.  Always look for the silver lining.  

The next day, we set back for Tallahassee.  We’d had a blast, bonded as a team, gotten some good sessions in, and been able to have fun demoing in the Expo Hall.  ABC = success! 

When we got back, I was due for a long run.  I had been very good about continuing my #RWRunningStreak while in NOLA, but they had mainly been short runs due to time constraint.  It felt good to get in some distance.  And the holiday lights were breathtaking in my neighborhood.  I did miss running with my blondie friends though!

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Last night I slept like the dead and I have almost no motivation today.  I did get to pick up my “Pup-Chow” (that nickname is going to stick) from her dog sitter (aka, adopted daddy).  She absolutely loves David.  

Time to switch laundry over, go grocery shopping, and bake some cookies! 

“Stop Being So Dramatic”

Said my personal trainer to me this morning….and I looked at him and burst out laughing.  He’s so freaking awesome.  And doesn’t put up with my BS.  Props to my trainer… he is definitely what I need for early morning workouts!

That workout felt like eons ago. I’m so tired, it’s been a long day. To be fair, I had a tough workout this morning:

1 mile progressive treadmill run #RWRunStreak (and through downtown Chicago on the Woodway)

Band-assisted pull ups- 3 sets to exhaustion (this was the “warmup”- and also where I began to get a little dramatic…)

Incline bench

Shoulder press

Tricep extensions

Bicep curls

Powerplate crunches

And then, I died.  

After I died, came back to life, and attempted to lift my arms to wash my hair; I shook up Meal Replacement shakes.  Love them, they’re filling and taste great. 

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This morning I sat in on fitness instructor auditions (so fun to watch- and I definitely admire people who teach group fitness, I have zero coordination), then went to sweepings presentations to SGA to support our Recreation initiatives and present healthy campus initiatives.  

Lunch was steamed veggies:

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…and an apple. 

I spent the afternoon in meetings, catching up with vendors that were passing through on their way to New Orleans, and taking care of projects that needed done before I leave tomorrow. 

Headed to the Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans tomorrow.  I’m excited- I’ve never been to this one, I hear it’s a great professional development conference, and I’m super excited about the fitness equipment expo to check out all the new trends!  Should be a good time – although I definitely can’t promise blogging everyday while I’m there.  I’ll do one “super blog” on Sunday recapping NOLA. 

I dropped Laney off with her dog-sitter, one of my students, David.  He’s already calling her “Pup-Chow”- a term of endearment- and she was best friends with him after 3 minutes.  I think when I get back this weekend she won’t want to come back home! 

Dinner when I got home was a tortilla-bean-tomato bake that I totally made up.  It turned out ok, but I was too tired to really try to care. 

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Afterwards got to packing.  I’m terrible at that.  I tend to just not care and everything gets thrown into a duffel bag- then I hope and pray when I get there that I have what I need.  It tends to workout (usually).  At least I’m not the only one stressing about packing… Lo at least has me covered if I need it!

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One more shoutout tonight- one of my former students and brilliant friends helped with my published article by combing through for grammar.  VERY appreciated- thanks so much Gabriel!  

And on that note, I’m exhausted… I’ll take plenty of pictures and do a recap this weekend, but looking forward to New Orleans and seeing good friends! 

My Legs Hate Me.

2 days after a long run is always the worst in terms of soreness- I’m not sure what compelled me to run Doak Stadiums today, but I sure did.  And my legs definitely hate me for it.  

I had trouble getting time or motivation to eat lunch today for some reason.  I got caught up in work, Supervisor evals, etc and just wasn’t motivated to hunt/gather food :).  I ended up with an apple before stadiums for energy and an apple after.

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I got to experience the cleaning of the stadium after a huge game- it took a 11-man team.  So crazy.

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Had to check in on Dave today- he had lost a bet with some friends at UF and sure enough… he wasn’t thrilled about his attire today. I had to see for myself.  Good sport!

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I finally got home today and couldn’t bring myself for another mile- too tired and not enough energy.  I headed straight for food.  Dinner was a steam-in-bag meal: Couscous with spinach and lemon/olive oil light sauce.  I added avocado and egg because I was craving calories, fat, and protein. 

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Got to work writing a publication for one of the organization’s I hold a leadership role in.  My best work is done 1) with candlelight and 2) with a glass of wine.  True story.  And the candle smells like christmas cookie.  Lovely! 

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All finished with my first draft, completely exhausted, and trying to mentally prepare myself for early-morning training sesh tomorrow (first one after Thanksgiving is going to be ridiculous I’m sure- and… my personal trainer told me that on my way out of the gym today). Time for bed! 

 

Proof: Why I Avoid Black Friday Shopping Like the Plague

I really didn’t feel like blogging about my life yesterday.  Just one of those days, so I’ll do a quick recap:

Took off early to meet a friend in Gainesville for breakfast.  We ate at the Flying Biscuit Cafe and I ate like it was my last meal.  Seriously.  Omelette, pumpkin pancake and their famous biscuits.  Worth it.  And it was the only meal I ate yesterday.  It was also wonderful to catch up with a good friend.

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I got back on the road and made it back to get laundry done (I leave for a conference on Wednesday) and set up my own Christmas decorations. 

I got in my quick #RWRunStreak run last night:

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Afterwards, set about decorating.  I have angel decorations that my mom and grandma made and gave to me, so angel tree it was.  Had to have a glass of wine while decorating- although I ended up forgetting about it often…

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As a wine conneiuseur, I keep my corks but never really have anything to do with them.  I decided ot make ornaments out of the ones that were still pliable enough.  Crafty, eh?  Sometimes I can be.

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The afterproduct:

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My morning has been uneventful- an apple for breakfast (wasn’t that hungry for some reason), got to work and had yoga mats in!  We keep adding equipment, love it.  I need to push out an article for one of the organizations I’m part of… I just need to find that motivation today! 

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And saw this video online- just a reminder to myself why I typically steer clear of malls, Walmarts, Targets, etc on Black Friday:

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Sports Fandom is a Tough Road…

Sports rivalries can help make friends or split them; and it seems this complete devotion to sports (specifically college football, and mostly in the south…) is even worse Thanksgiving (rivalry) weekend.  Crazy some of the things I’ve seen on facebook.  Anyway, we had a house divided today.   OK, not even divided- I was a lone wolf, a one-man wolfpack.  Which made it worse when we lost, but I’m still proud of the Noles 🙂

Kellie checks on my attire from afar.  Glad I have a friend with a similar sense of humor as me!

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Even the puppies get in on the rivalry action…

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This morning felt like a long run day, and what a beautiful place to do that.  While I did have to dodge golf carts for 10 miles, the scenery was breathtaking along the golf courses this morning.

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Breakfast afterwards was hearty- oatmeal, banana, peanut butter, honey.

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Before we could go watch the game, we had to decorate for Christmas:

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Chan, Dad and I decorate with champagne:

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Some of our decorations:

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I’m excited to get Laney and I a tree tomorrow when we get home.  Usually I don’t decorate or want to decorate but I had some good ideas for a tree…we’ll have to try them tomorrow!

Black Friday: #thanksgivinginthevillages

Happy Black Friday from the villages.

This morning marked the 2nd day of the Running Streak Challenge.  Laney and I whipped out 3 miles around the golf course.

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Breakfast was oatmeal, apples, pie spice (very holiday-ish), honey and protein flakes.

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Mom and I made a quick run to use one of her discounts to the village stores.  They were busy, but I’m sure not even close to what the malls, etc outside “The Bubble” were today.  I scored $130 Bass boots for $30.  And they are cuteness.

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Mom, Dad, Justin and I continued our holiday golf theme with our 11:30 tee time this morning.

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I cracked open a La Croix sparkling water for refreshment- still not a huge fan of soda water but I’m getting more used to it.

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Afterwards we went to the Havana Country Club (beautiful by the way) for beer and pizza. 

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Ran back to the house to grab Chan and then went to play bocce ball and cornhole.  We’re a pretty competitive family, but Chantel is the one who really doesn’t like to lose…

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Don’t make her mad!  🙂 These two are my heart. 

Trying to figure out dinner and when we can go into the villages for drinks 😉 Adios! 

 

This Ain’t NASCAR…Who Explodes the Champagne?

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving day!

Chan made cute little breakfast this morning (she’s so “Martha Stewart”).  Pumpkin and leaf doughnuts (yummy!)

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We all watched more of the Macy’s Day parade, then the dog show. Laney and I took naps throughout the dog competition…although I think she was more interested in it than I was…

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We had a family tee time at 1:20 and had a blast trying to outdo each other in golf.  

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There were 5 of us so mom and Chan switched playing holes.  Chantel reverted back to her cheerleading days on the holes she didn’t play.

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My bro showing off his golf moves (he used to be on his HS golf team)

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I actually had a pretty good 8 holes out of 9- and the shot below I hit out of the water and right onto the green for par!

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We got back from golf to finish up cooking Thanksgiving dinner and pop open mimosa’s… only mom decided she should shake the champagne (ai yi…no bueno).  Poor Chantel and the fridge got blasted with champagne….

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Fresh market sells pre-made mimosas that are actually pretty good:

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Dinner was next (yes, yes that is a little bit of turkey on my plate- I mean, it IS Thanksgiving!). I also took Carb-Ease beforehand to alleviate some of the damage the indulgence of the day is having on my bod.

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After dinner, we made a golf cart caravan to go listen to a band in the heart of the villages and have some wine.  It was fun!

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Back at home, mom gave all her kids advent calendars- I haven’t had one since I was really little!  How fun! 

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And I’m off to help the girls with dessert!  Hope everyone has had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  

Happy Turkey Day! (Villages Style…)

Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m so thankful for all my friends and family.  It’s been an interesting year but I’ve always had great support from so many people. 

I was traveling yesterday and had a difficult time posting, so recap:

Tuesday night I drove to Jacksonville to stay with Syd’s family.  We rushed to make it in time to yoga- which was awesome.  And I’m definitely out of yoga-shape. But the instructor helped push us into poses and used eucalyptus oil to massage our necks and backs.  Heaven.  Afterwards, Sydney, her dad and I went to grab a flight of beer at a local brewery.

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Syd’s family is awesome- they’re so nice and her mom is my new idol.  She runs a food bank- and uses the govn’t My Plate to assist people who can come in to “shop” with a volunteer.  They make sure that people are taking food based on the recommendations from My Plate, and color-code their food that way.  They are also in the process of building a garden to help produce fresh fruits/veggies for the food bank.  What an amazing job!

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Sydney and I then went to meet some friends and tour University of North Florida’s new Wellness Center

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It’s a beautiful building and it was nice to see Justin again. We all went to lunch afterwards (I’ve been terrible about photographing my meals while away…) – and I got a veggie burger and tomato bisque soup (delicious!).  Then it was time to hit the road again and battle traffic all the way to the Villages. 

It’s nice to be around my family again.  Mom, Dad, Chantel and I went to the square for live band and drinks last night.

Chantel finds all the unique architecture features of the Villages…

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When we got home, we decided we needed to watch “Honey Boo Boo Child”- we were discussing this show in the car and I’ve never seen it before.  My dad wasn’t thrilled with this choice (but Chan and I thought it was highly entertaining).

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Needed some fuel this morning:

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This morning I wanted to do a family turkey trot, but everyone bailed on me after I took Laney on her “attempt to expend energy” run (which doesn’t work like I wish it would- homegirl has SO. MUCH. ENERGY). 

This was also the first day of the Runners World Running Streak- holiday edition!  Don’t forget to play along and track your 1+ miles every day now through New Year’s Day! 

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When I got back in from my run, I found my adorable bro snoozin away…

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…and my sis making Thanksgiving breakfast (something pumpkin shaped…we’ll find out soon!).

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Currently watching Macy’s Day parade with the dogs and my brother and THIS is in my future for later today (before the food coma of course):

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I’ll take pics of all the wonderful food (promise) 🙂