I’m a bad blogger

Thankfully I’m not alone in this as I’ve been seeing many other blogs apologizing for their lack of posts.

Work has been BUSY and life has been busy (although uneventful).  I guess now that it’s officially “holiday season” this is par for the course.

I just figured I’d write a quick post though and let you know that I’m still kicking.

Should actually be a fun weekend.  We’re headed into the city to go to Bryant Park.  If you’ve never been there around the holidays, I highly recommend it.  I know most people head to Rockefeller Center to see the tree and the ice rink, but personally I think Bryant Park is a better option.  Bryant Park has a lots of little shops through out the park, an ice rink, and a beautiful blue tree.  In addition there’s a restaurant called Celsius (I’ve never been though and think it might be pricey), and a bar called the Southwest Porch.  We usually hit up the Porch.  It’s outdoors but they have heaters and a fire pit.  Last year they sold spiked apple cider.  Yum!

I will try to take a bunch of pictures and get this blog in to a holiday frame of mind.

Have a wonderful (and safe) weekend and I’ll try to get back to normal blogging next week.

Happy early December!!

The 2 hour ride

Don’t have much time today, but did want to post the playlist from Sunday.

While I did give ride descriptions, they’re kind of vague and I may not have followed them exactly.  I also used This is How We Do It as a break song as it was just after the one hour mark.  I also didn’t use Sweet Nothing because we started a few minutes late and I didn’t want to run past 1:30p.

Enjoy!

Back to the grind

It was so lovely being away from work for the past 4 days.  Plus we closed early  on Wednesday so it felt like found time.  I won’t go in to detail about the fact that no one official told me we were closing early, but thankfully I do talk to my co-workers so they told me.  But anyway…

My Thanksgiving was lovely and low-key.  For the past few years it has been just my immediate family and it’s lovely.  We ate dinner at the kitchen table with football on the tv.  The lack of formality was great!  After dinner we played a few rounds of the game sequence and then called it an early night.

Miss Minnie loved being home.  I think she loved the space of the house, the presence of 4 people who love her, and the fenced in backyard.  Not to mention the fact that my sister lets her climb on to her bed. 🙂

Here are a few pictures from Thursday.  I missed out on 23 paws but these pictures should make up for it.

It’s an M&M although to me it looks like a Syracuse Orangeman.
Minnie’s favorite position. I think she looks like a pig.
Finally, a decent picture of the two of us.

Sorry, no food pictures.

On Friday morning I hit up Kohl’s with my sister and then in the afternoon the fam saw Lincoln.  I got back to CT Friday night.  I taught my usual class on Saturday which was packed, which surprised me.

Saturday after class I had to drop off all the pet supplies/toys we collected during community service week and then DJ and I went to look at the possibility of a new car for me.  Let’s just say I loved the car but refuse to pay a lot for a lease.  Back to the drawing board.

Sunday was my 2 hour Red Cross ride, and while the group was small, the ride was good and the cause was even better.  I used a “decades” theme and will post it later today or tomorrow.

Met a couple of friends out after and was home by 5:30 in comfy clothes.  My body was a bit sore from the ride so the night was low-key.  Go Giants!

And now it’s back to the grind.  I hope you all had wonderful holidays!

Pseudo Friday

It’s Wednesday but it’s just like a Friday.  Love it!

I left work yesterday and headed to the gym to teach my 6:30p class.  I expected it to be empty.

The gym was odd overall.  It was pretty empty.  Then when I made my way back to the spin room there was an odor in the back half of the gym.  Skunk.  And it was strong.  This was particularly odd because the gym is on the 3rd floor of a building.  We joked that maybe a skunk had gotten in to the elevator.  It was pungent and definitely present in the spin room.  Yuck!

Class had 2 people, both regulars in the Saturday class.   However it was a funny pairing because one person is pregnant, so she had to get up mid-class to use the restroom, and the other guy has bad hearing, so while I wear my mic and speak, he only hears a little of what I say and uses the rest of the class to determine what we’re doing.  So when the woman went to the bathroom I was teaching to one guy who couldn’t hear me.  At least I knew them. 🙂

Speaking of spin…I need to come up with some new music ideas for my 2 hour ride on Sunday.  Any thoughts regarding themes?  If you’ve taken a great themed class, please let me know what the theme was.  Just know that I refuse to do a ride of all one artist.

Work is closing at 3 today so I’ve got lots to get done (if I can find my motivation).  I likely will not post again until next week, so have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.  Take a few minutes to be thankful for what you have, whatever it is.  xo

This makes me smile

On Saturday DJ and I were at Costco and somehow we wandered in to the holiday section.

We admired some lit up trees and other stuff and then boom!, we were captivated by these.

Costco had a display case which showed all the lights and had them on a setting that showed all the different functions.  We honestly just stood there and stared.

DJ said “We’re getting them”.  I looked at the price tag and said “No we’re not”.  He said “We could split them”.  I stood my ground for a bit longer and then gave in.  We threw them in the cart and continued with our shopping.

When we got home he took them out of the box to see that a few of them weren’t working.  THankfully our neighbors just happened to be heading to Costco so we gave them the box and our receipt and they exchanged them for us.

THe new box worked perfectly and I got to work hanging them in the windows.  Mind you, we had no supplies so I got creative and used packing tape.  (the packing tape held them for about a day or two but is starting to falter)

We are so obsessed with these lights that a) they’re up and it isn’t even Thanksgiving but b) I took a video to share with my parents and to post on Facebook.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a not so great video of our lights. (hopefully this works)

Do you decorate?  What’s your favorite type of light?

I am thankful

Happy Tuesday!  The week is moving along at an OK rate.

Last night I was so excited to leave work right at 5.  Thing was, DJ had my car and when I called him a little before 5, he was still at home.  He said he wanted to give me time.  I appreciate the thought but had figured that not having a car was the perfect excuse to leave early.  Not to mention that as of late, this place clears out pretty quickly.

I left around 5:15 or so, so not too bad.  We then hit a couple of supermarkets, not so fun.  DJ can’t say no to people when it comes to cooking.  Last week he brought in some left over ribs for them to snack on which turned in to them deciding they should do a pot luck thanksgiving today.  Which turned in to him offering to make ribs, stuffing, mac and cheese, and collard greens (and me making apple pie).  How does that happen?  So he needed ingredients and I did as well.  He also decided that I should make cake pops, but as it got later in the evening, he conceded and went with just the pies.

I finished my pies last night, two apple crumb pies in pre-made crusts.  He started last night and then woke up around 6a to get back to cooking.  Crazy.

But anyway…I can’t remember where I was going with that story.  Maybe just that he’s nuts.

Thanksgiving is two days away and all over Facebook people are giving thanks.  I don’t do much on facebook but figured it would be nice to take a few minutes and be thankful here, especially since I feel like I’ve been a bit more negative (about work) than I’d like lately.

I’m thankful for…
My family – I honestly couldn’t live without them.
My friends .
The fact that even though it drives me crazy, I have a job and can afford to do the things I love.
DJ – he makes me crazy but I can’t imagine things without him.
Minnie – I love that pup so darn much.  Coming home to her everyday makes me smile, even when she gives me the cold shoulder.
The fact that while my hometown was decimated by the storm, my parents were fine.
Freedom.
Spin and my awesome members.
My health.

And of course I’m thankful that people read my ramblings, but that’s just a small one. 🙂

What are you most thankful for this year?

Weekend recap

Happy Monday!  I’m OK with today being Monday since it’s a short week.  I NEED a short week.  Did I mention need?  🙂

Thankfully it was a great weekend and up until yesterday around 5pm, it felt like a long weekend.  Then at 5 I realized it was ending and would have to go back to work in a little over 12 hours.  No fun!

Friday I went out for drinks with a friend.  For some reason whenever we hang out, we start out good but end up feeling tired and calling it a night on the early side.  Without fail this has happened the past few times we’ve hung out.  Therefore we decided the next time we go out it has to be earlier, so maybe a football Sunday or just a late afternoon get together.  Anyone else have this problem?  I’m getting old 😦

Saturday we had a little pizza party.  My friend and her bf came to visit and DJ of course went to town.  I took a few pictures on my phone but periodically my phone decides to eat those pictures for a few days and then they’ll magically come back.  We had some shrimp tempura as an appetizer, then some roasted brined pork ribs as a second appetizer, and then the pizza fest started.  DJ typically makes one pie at a time, we eat it, and then he makes another.  We must have been eating for several hours on and off on Saturday.  It was lovely.

In addition, my friend brought some wonderful cookies!!  She just sent me a link to the recipe and it’s too good not to share.

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They’re S’mores Cookies!!

I’ve transcribed the recipe here but you can also click on the picture to go right to the source.  If you like chocolate chip cookies and s’mores, you will love these!

1 package graham crackers (9 full-sized graham crackers)
6 T butter, melted
1 T sugar
dash salt
1 C butter, softened
2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 T milk
2 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3 1/2 C flour
2 1/2 C milk chocolate chips
24 large marshmallows
4 small 1.55 oz Hershey bars

Break the graham crackers into pieces. Place them in a small food processor and grind them into crumbs.

To your crumbs add 6 T melted butter, 1 T sugar, and a dash of salt. Use food processor to mix all together and then set aside.

Place your softened butter and brown sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until the ingredients are nicely creamed together, about 2 minutes.  Add your eggs, milk and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes. In a separate bowl combine your baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Add it to your creamed mixture and mix until combined.  Toss in your chocolate chips and mix yet again, just until the chips are evenly distributed.

Grab your graham cracker crumbs and pour them into the cookie dough. Using a wooden spoon, or your hands :)  smash them into the cookie dough.  (You don’t want to mix them in too much.)

Roll the dough into 2 inch balls, place them on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 6 minutes, or just until the cookies begin to crack.

While your cookies are in the oven, cut the large marshmallows in half.

Press a marshmallow piece into the center of each hot cookie. Return the sheet to the oven and bake for about 1 1/2 more minutes allowing the marshmallows to puff up.

Remove the sheet from the oven. Let the cookies sit for about 2 minutes, then press one Hershey bar piece into the center of the marshmallow.

Remove the cookies from the sheet and allow them to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

When these arrived at my house they were obviously cool. We found that throwing one in the microwave for 10 seconds warmed them just enough to make the marshmallow gooey and melt the chocolate a bit.

Seriously so good.

As a footnote, definitely not much on the “Fit” side of this blog lately with all these decadent recipes.  Oops!

Yesterday the Minnie had a doggie playdate that succeeded in totally wiping her out.  Score!  Poor girl was even hobbling around like a 90-year-old last night.  Guess the 9 month old 90 pound puppy wore her out. 🙂

And last, Fantasy Football.  This is my first year participating and while I’m not loving it, it does make Sundays a bit more interesting.  I have the Giants defense.  The Giants had a Bye this week, so in a last-minute rush, I picked up the Bills defense.  They scored 19 points on Thrsday night which is awesome.  However I never actually put them in as a started.  So they sat nicely on my bench and earned me 19 points.  DUH!!  SOmehow though I’m only 4 points behind with one player to go.  Fingers crossed!

Have a great Monday!!!

 

Yes yes yes!

I’m kind of excited.  Because…

Sorry that the quality of the graphic is just eh.  But the message is what is important!!

This week has been long and stressful and I’m SO SO SO happy that it’s almost done with.  Plus, next week is a holiday and a short week.  I’d jump up and down if I could.  Although I realize it’s early and a lot can happen in a day (i.e. work piss me off massively), but right now, I’m encouraged!

It’s still community service week here and we’re doing something for an organization called Give 2 The Troops today.  We are having a stocking stuffer donation drive and then at lunch time we’re all decorating stockings and signing a thank you banner to send over.  Love it!  I’ll try to take some pictures to share.

Our goal is that everyone in the office participate in one way or another this week.  At stake is free soda/water for a month, which to me is awesome since I hate having to bring my own water.  What I don’t get is that there are a couple of people who refuse to participate in anything.  I overheard one of them saying that he has his reasons and will gladly discuss them offline.  Really, what can your reasons be?  I can understand not liking the mandatory piece of it, but you can honestly bring in a pack of gum to donate and you are done.  Knowing there’s a “reward” tied to it, I think he’s being selfish.  I just don’t get it.  Plus, it’s all for a good cause.  What’s weird is that initially he was ready to bake something for the bake sale, so something changed in the past two weeks to make him not want to be a part.

I guess there’s no sense in writing more on it since it’s not like I will all of a sudden understand his actions.

What are your thoughts on “mandatory” community service?

This weekend should be a fun one for me.  I’m having drinks with a girlfriend tonight.  Then tomorrow is class (as usual) and then in the evening my friend and her sig other are coming to town for a pizza party.  She lives quite a distance away but is staying in the area so I’m excited that we won’t have to part ways early.  Then Sunday I have a people and pup playdate with another friend who I haven’t seen in a while.

So happy to be seeing friends, especially since I’ve been pretty anti-social the past few weeks. 🙂

Have an easy Friday and a fabulous weekend!!

Stomach follow up

Warning:  boring post ahead (at least the first part)

I was looking back on my old posts and remembered that I had done a whole post about my very limited diet due to my attempt to figure out what the ?#@$ is wrong with my stomach.

I had a gastro appointment last Friday and the good news is that of the possible causes he proposed, NONE of them have anything to do with food.  Hooray!  I had hoped that was the case since just about every food has bothered me at one point or another.  Although he did mention celiac which I think I’ve been tested before, but we’ll see.

I’m not going to go in to detail, but he suggested 4 possibilities.  In the haste of the past few weeks, I forgot to get my old charts so he was going blindly on a few items.  Therefore he’s getting my charts and then I’ll go back so we can review.  One of the possibilities may require surgery though, so while not serious, it’s the most difficult to treat of the 4.  Fingers crossed!  But hooray for a normal diet!!

This is so me!
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In other areas, as part of our community service days, we played two games yesterday (tied to the charities of the day).  Match the pet to the owner and match the employee to their favorite childhood toy.  As I mentioned, the ages in this office vary greatly, so it was interesting to see the toys that people loved.

This of course was my favorite.

My parents bought me one at a flea market (in the past few years) and I have it on my shelf in my closet-office.  It was definitely one of my favorites.

Some others that I loved…LiteBrite!!  One of my coworkers chose that and it brought back such memories.

So….what was your favorite childhood toy?

I also loved my cabbage patch doll and pound puppy.  Popples, blocks….I could go on.

 

Heavy on the music

Happy hump day!  Mentally I’m all done with today, so on to tomorrow! 🙂

I finally have spin rides for the past two classes I’ve taught.  I was well prepared for Saturday and loaded up a playlist on to DJs ipod since I haven’t yet found mine or replaced it.  Yesterday however, I totally forgot that the ipod isn’t mine and therefore doesn’t have a ton of playlists on it.  Ooops.  So I had to go in to the vault (aka my CDs).

Here’s Saturday’s ride.

I haven’t done this ride in AGES, so it was time.  I tweaked some of the music and overall was very happy with it.  It’s not the most exciting ride, but it’s tough and everyone seemed to really like it.  On my old blog I had posted that I taught it for a Monday 6a class and they didn’t like it, but different strokes for different folks.  This class loved it!

Last night’s ride was from September 2009.  Nice, right?

Thankfully the songs didn’t seem too dated.  Granted I probably wouldn’t use that Jay Z song for my warmup now, but it worked out alright.  The ride was also very basic, one song seated, one standing, one flat/jumps.  Nothing crazy but somehow it was still a good ride and we worked hard.

I will definitely be more organized for class on Saturday.

I just agreed to teach a fundraiser ride the Sunday after Thanksgiving to benefit the Red Cross for Sandy victims.  I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s two hours and right now it’s me for the whole two hours.  May try to come up with some sort of theme for each of the hours, have to keep it fun.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

And now, I must run.  I hope you have a great day!!