Vitamix Pipe Dreams and an Anniversary Giveaway

Afternoon!

Thanks for all the anniversary wishes 😀 I have to admit, I felt a little vulnerable posting all of those wedding pictures. But…then I figured they’re posted elsewhere on the internet (with our permission) for the public to see, so why not?

I woke up this morning and deemed it only appropriate to bring out my anniversary present to make an anniversary breakfast:

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For those of you who guessed a Vitamix, you guessed right.

 

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I may or may not have done a happy dance…

 

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However, the trickster got me at first. A box filled with a cook book…cotton balls…and bricks? “Well cotton balls represent the 2nd year anniversary,” he said. By this time, I knew he was joking 😉

 

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 See what he did for the first traditional anniversary gift here.

The real deal.

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Obviously, I began filling it up and blending my little heart frozen bananas out:

 

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Let it be known that I thought owning a Vitamix was among the wishes of finally finding “a spot” for my keys, leaving the house on time for work, and dating Justin Timberlake. You know, a pipedream.

 

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smoothest smoothie evaa.

Shane’s response to my Vitamix pleas were along the line of "you’re out of your freaking mind.” 

 

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Needless to say, it was a very pleasant surprise 😀

 

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the vortex I’d only heard about in story books Vitamix reviews.

I immediately put it to the test.

What used to take around 5 MINUTES of me looking like I was dirty dancing with my old blender (it took constant shaking in order for it to get what I was blending smooth) took the Vitamix not even 30 seconds.

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I was amazed. And I obviously have a slight obsession with pumpkin pie smoothies in a bowl with crumbled whole wheat pumpkin bread on top 😉

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ok, ok – now on to the Anniversary Giveaway!

My friend Debby from Sahale Snacks is offering ONE reader TWO Sahale Snack gifts!

 

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Sing Buri Cashews

aaand

 

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The classic and delicious Valdosta pecans.

Read my review of Sahale snacks waaayyyyy back in this post. If you don’t feel like reading, I liked ‘em – very delicious glazed nuts!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about a dream that you once thought was a pipe dream, but has since come true! It can be silly like owning a Vitamix (actually…that’s very serious business) or serious like a huge life change.

Comment away – and I’ll pick a winner at random and in Thursday morning’s post 😀

Have a fabulous end to your Monday, friends! I’m off to do a wee bit more work, and then Shane and I are going to celebrate the anniversary a little more 🙂

The Most Perfect Day: 09-27-2008

Good morning! How’s everyone today so far?

Not too shabby here. Because two years ago today (9-27-2008) is the day I married the love of my life.

 

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It was the most perfect day.

From getting ready in the afternoon…

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to setting up the ceremony details…

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From walking down the aisle…

 

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and saying our “I do’s”

 

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to our first sunset walk as a married couple…

 

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from our first dance…

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to partying it up with our very closest friends

 

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…yes, it was the perfect day 😀

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I treated yesterday as a work day because today I have lots of fun stuff to do! Starting out with a run – and then a trip to the salon. I haven’t gotten my hair cut or highlighted since MAY! That’s waaayyyy too long for this girl.

I’ll be back this afternoon with a more typical post- and a sweet (and salty!) giveaway in honor or our anniversary 😀

Hope you guys all have a great Monday!

Anniversary Weekend

G’moooooorning! Thanks for all the anniversary wishes, guys. It’s not until Monday but who doesn’t love celebrating early ?? 🙂

I loved reading all of your Friday fill in the blank anticipations!! I hope everyone’s Fridays lived up to your standards 😉

Mine did! By the end of the day, I was RELIEVED. All of the sudden, I was tackling my to-do list, and I even fit in an hour during breakfast and lunch to watch Glee (SO GOOD!!! Can’t wait for next week’s episode :D)

Once the stores were open, I booked it to PetCo to save my cat who was about to die of starvation (remember the tidbid about dramatics?)

And then I saw this… IMG_0394

 

*the clouds parted and sun shown down right after I took this picture*

I walked in, walked around. And around. And walked out. That’s pretty crazy coming from a girl who used to be obsessed with makeup. I think I kept MAC, NARS, and Chanel in business one summer. Obviously, I’ve learned to tame myself. The husband was pretty proud 😉

The rest of the day consisted of a quick four mile run + full body weights, cleaning, writing, putting up a Fitconomy post about low back pain, and training a client. Let me say, that I ran my four mile run at noon and the weather was absolutely perfect. I aimed for an easy four miles, and wound up running 4.14 in 35:57 – average pace of 8:41. All I have to say is that speed work WORKS, guys. I know this isn’t fast for a lot of people, but it’s dang fast for me!

Anyway, so after training a client, when I got home, I walked in to this:

 

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Um, Hiiiii big presents addressed to Paige!

Apparently the husband bought it when I told him we should exchange presents early so we could enjoy them over the weekend 😀

One of the gifts was something totally unexpected, a wine decanter!

 

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I’ve been wanting one of these things ever since our wine tasting 101 class, and was very psyched.

Thus, the bottle  of wine went down.

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(don’t mind the half nude Calvin Klein model…cotton is the traditional gift for second anniversaries 😉 ha!)

 

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Luckily, Shane’s friend Jason stopped by to help us celebrate the second bottle.

The second, larger present bestowed even more excitement. Much, much more excitement.

 

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Hint: It made this morning’s breakfast possible

 

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in less than 30 seconds. And I never knew a smoothie could be soooo smooth

 

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CUBS GAME TODAY!! Going with our friends, Kevin and Carmody, and hoping to see one of my fave Chicago blogging girls while I’m up there even if she is a Cardinals fan 😉

Have a fantastic Saturday, everyone!!!

Bloom Where You Re-Pot Yourself

Hey party people! How’d you Tuesday go? Swell? Faaantastic.

Sorry for being MIA last night. I was just too pooped to blog. And I got home for the day around 8:00 p.m., and just wanted to spend a little QT with the fam.

Sounds like you all have awesome attitudes when it comes to missing a workout. No sense in fretting, right? That seems to be the consensus 🙂

Yesterday was actually a special day for me! Seven years ago on March 2nd, I met my future husband. I don’t think either of us knew it then, but now this day will always hold a special place in our hearts! Can I brag for a second? I came home to this:

 

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I lurve him. And yes, even though we’re married now, and have a real anniversary, it’s still fun to celebrate important days in small ways 😀

Anyway, I woke up yesterday morning and per the ushe, met my girl Heidi at the gym. It was Tempo Tuesday! Did a 3.75 mile tempo run like this:

Mile 0-.5: 6.1

Mile .5-1: 6.2

Mile 1-1.5: 6.4

Mile 1.5-2: 6.5

Mile 2-3: 6.6

Mile 3-3.75: 6.3        

It was a fun run, but I don’t think I fueled properly. Instead of having my usual smushed nanner + almond butter + maca combo, I just downed half a banana, and around mile 2 I felt a little woozy and light headed. Doh!

Came back and instantly made a Green Monster after showering:

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1/2 frozen nanner, 3 c. spinach, 1 scoop Amazing Grass SuperFood, 1 T. hemp protein powder, almond milk

And then after getting ready for work had a freaking amazing breakfast cookie.

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Dry ingredients: 1/3 c. oats, 1 T. chia, 1 packet stevia, 1 T. flax meal, 1 T. carob powder, 1 T. protein powder; Wet ingredients smushed in: half a nanner, 1/4 c. almond milk, 1 T. raw almond butter.

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Gah…perfect amount of everything!

Yesterday was a very productive day at work! Around lunch, I snuck out and FINALLY gave my car a bath across the street. It’s been needing a good cleaning for quite some time, and I got both the inside and outside done in under a half hour. So shiny 😀

Bloom Where You Re-Pot Yourself.”

I also took a quick break to run to credit union in between meetings. When I was waiting in line, when my eyes wandered upon an interesting poster. It was of a beautiful blossoming flower, and below the flower, it read this:

“Bloom Where You are Planted”

Now I can see the meaning of this quote… I guess one can interpret it as saying, no matter where you are, live up to your highest potential. However, it also says, this is where you are and where you’re gonna be, better make the best of it. It implies limitations.

That just doesn’t align with my way of thinking, clearly.

Actually, instead of using the metaphor of a beautiful flower that gets planted (which implies someone else did the planting, and it’s not even up to the flower where it gets to bloom) I’d rather be a weed! Yep, a weed. A dandelion to be exact. A dandelion starts where it was ”planted” but then moves onward and upward.

So if I were to create a waiting line poster at the bank, mine would say this:

“Bloom Where You Re-Pot Yourself”

heheh

K I better stop comparing ourselves to weeds before I scare everyone off 😉

After work I came home starving, even though I had plenty of snacks at work. Tempo and interval runs really get my appetite going:)

I had some strawberries while I started up on dinner.

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On tonight’s menu…Spinach and Goat cheese “Pizza”

 

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First I toasted an Ezekiel tortilla at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then spread some tomato paste. Next, I chopped up some raw goat cheddar, and finally topped it with spinach leaves.

While the pizza was cooking, I also cooked some meatless balls, and when everything was done, I topped it all off with sliced meatless balls:

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The result? Fan-freaking-tastic.

Then I was off to a training appointment to train a new client! This woman is a hoot! She’s so much fun, and some pretty funny stuff comes out of her mouth.

When I finally got home for the night, I went straight downstairs to join the hubski in some more 24 watching with a fine glass of wine in tote 😀 Ahhh…best part of the day right there, folks.

Today I’m doin’ it all over again! Except instead of being at the gym right now, I’m blogging and sipping on some delicious organic coffee. That’s because it’s finally warm enough to run outside after work! I’m going to get one last out door run in before the 5K on Saturday. So excited!!! 😀

 

Do you agree with what the poster in the lobby says? Or do you think we should find our niche, and then blossom to our fullest potential? I say find your calling. What you were meant to do on this earth, and then do the best you can do! Not to say we shouldn’t live up to our fullest potential in every thing we do, but it’s so cool to find out what your dreams are, and then just go (all out) for them 🙂