Trumping for Charity


The weekend is once again coming to an end. Right before I started writing this post, I was thinking back to Friday afternoon before I left work. I said, “at least it’s Friday!!” to a co-worker when he said he was feeling kind of grumpy. And you know what he replied to me? “Yeah…two days closer to Monday.” At the time it made me frown upon his pessimism, but right about now, I’m starting to agree with him! haha – I kid, I kid 🙂

Seemed like this weekend went by in a fury, though! That tends to happen when they’re full of plans:) At least our Friday night plans got cancelled and we got to stay in and be lame relax 😀

Saturday after my lovely six miler I ran at the gym, I stopped by the local healthy food joint (Naturally Yours) and the big corporation taking over food joint (Wal-Mart) for the groceries for the week. Was stoked to see that Kombucha was still 2 for 5 at Natty Yours!



When I got home, I was about to chew my arm off from hunger, but decided on this instead:




A baked sweet potato and some lentils?? Well…kind of, but in wrap form!



I sautéed the lentils in maple syrup, tamari, and rice vinegar before smashing everything in a Flat Out wrap.

After wolfing my lunch down, I scrambled into the shower as the hubski was telling me we were going to be late for the euchre tourney we were in that day.

Got there to see there was tons of food and drinks to be served up!




I eventually had both, but stuck to my Kombucha until about the fourth game before popping open a brewski. I learned my lesson from starting too early during the last tournament 😉 Plus, apparently I had to be sober to serve up my mad skills, because I ended up getting third place! Not the big winner like last time, but ah well. Besides, this time, half the proceeds went to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a charity that I used to be a part of, and about which I’m very passionate.

Shane and I ended up staying and hanging out after the tournament ended. While the Euchre tournament started at 1:00, we didn’t end up leaving until almost 11:00! We were having too much fun playing drinking jenga:



And Rock band:IMG_1087      IMG_1085 



Love Rock Band 🙂

Anyway, we finally made it home and instantly crashed.


I woke up this morning having good intentions of making it a super productive day, but some things happened, and I didn’t get out of the house and to the gym until 11:00 (about 2.5 hrs later than I usually do.) I had a scheduled 3 mile recovery run, and I also did a quick run through of a training plan for a new client I’m meeting with tomorrow, and got out of there in a little over an hour.

Lunch was an exact replica on Saturday’s lunch, just not in wrap form, but equally delicious. It was also eaten in a fury, because I had plans of driving into my hometown today to visit family and friends. Unfortunately, I only got a little less than halfway before I decided the snow/ice/rain mixture wasn’t worth the risk of driving on the highway and turned around. That’s all right though – I had plenty to fill my day!!

So instead, I came home and worked on some paper work, got some training forms created, and procrastinated on Twitter, Facebook, and reading your blogs 🙂

Snacks a long the way:



Juicy Bartlett pear with cinnamon


crack in a container



Kashi and granola w/ coconut milk

Plus some pictured kale chips. It’s no2 7:00 p.m., and my appetite has yet to make another appearance, so those snacks just may have melded over into dinner territory.

Kitty Clarabelle joined me in feeding her face:



(We have to put her bowl on a chair when it’s time to eat, otherwise Niko steals it. She loves cat food!)

While Niko Kept up with the Kardashians.



(Second cushion to the left)

And the hubski worked on scripting and coding on his work laptop in the basement. I think in the past three days he’s put in 35 hours. Yikeesss.

Speaking of Shane, he just called up to me to see if I was ready to watch some 24 and I think I just may be. My brain needs a break. Feels like it’s friieeed. Ever have those days where something else is in the back of your mind, nagging at you, thus not allowing you to fully concentrate on anything else? *Raises hand* It’s one of those days.

Don’t forget to enter my THRIVE Fitness book and Banana Keeper giveaway! It ends tomorrow night!

What charities do you volunteer at or have volunteered/donated to in the past? If you don’t currently, what charities might you consider helping out in the future? I volunteered as a “big” for BBBS for a few years until it got to be too time-consuming, and unfortunately, I had to bow out. It was a tough decision, but the right one for me. Now I just volunteer/donate to the local humane society consistently, and inconsistently for other random charities throughout the year (St. Jude, BBBS, Haiti, etc)


14 Responses

  1. Looks like an awesome weekend!
    Don’t you just love sweet potatoes in wraps / burritos? The texture just hits the spot.
    I currently volunteer as the marketing manager for the non-profit, all volunteer produced Lakefront Marathon here in Milwaukee. It’s a ton of work but a great race. I helped produce a benefit concert for AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin last year… Other than that, I’d love to get involved with some other charities.

  2. I give quite a bit to my church. We don’t have a large congregation, so it takes a lot from each of us to keep it going, and all of us still donate to local charities like House of Hope, CCO etc. also. The sermon yesterday was worth it, very enlightening.
    So, no big win at euchre, eh? (I spent many summers in Gladstone, Upper Michigan, so the Canadian “eh” comes naturally.)

  3. I love game nights!! As for charities, I usually just sign up for races that go to good causes. Since I don’t have much spare cash or time as a college student, that is the best way for me to get involved.

  4. Dark chocolate edamame seems like a DREAM to me! 😉
    Game nights are so much fun but I don’t do them often enough. Need to change that asap!

  5. I spy a big jug of Captain Morgan in that picture:) Captain Morgan is my go to drink. I have never seem synergy drinks that cheap before, Wow!

    Looks like you had a really fun weekend.

  6. What a FUN weekend…i love Jenga!

  7. jenga was always so fun! we used to play it and make it a drinking game in college haha..ohh college!

    oh and kombucha? LOVE the stufffff I just wish it was nearly 4 bucks a bottle!!

  8. looks like you had so much fun! jenga is a classic. i have got to try that flavor kombucha. maybe i can take out a loan to get a bottle. my dogs love cat food too! and my old dog loved what was in cat box.. eh.. yuck. haha. hope you are having a great day!! xoxo

  9. Love your blog theme I use the same one! Unfortunately I do not volunteer. Lame excuse but I am a school teacher and feel I put so much energy into my job…….Maybe I should squeeze some in anyway!

  10. Omg dark chocolate Edamame? YUM!

  11. AHH your wrap is making me drool.. seriously what a fabulous combo.. YUM!!

    I tutor (for free) after school at the place I teach at.. so I suppose that could be considered volunteer work! I wish I could give more time, but now Im at 2 days a week!

    Your game night looks awesome.. I heart!!

  12. I’ve never tried sweet potatoes in a wrap before. Yum! The only place I volunteer right now is the preschool.

  13. That chocolate-covered edamame IS crack! Mmmm.

    I volunteer for the CF Foundation for obvious reasons. But aside from my personal connections it’s a truly GREAT charity – 90 cents of every dollar goes to research, which is SO important. Due to the small population of people with CF, there isn’t any government funding – it’s all raised by people like YOU and ME and anyone else that wants to donate. 🙂

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