Sushi Place, Euchre Face

Hi guys!

Having an awesome Sunday so far? I sure hope so 🙂

Yesterday morning I met my friend, Missy, at her gym for a 4.5 mile run and some legs. I was pretty happy I was easily able to finish the run, because I haven’t really been doing many runs over 3.5 miles lately. However, my training schedule for the half marathon starts calling for long runs every Saturday, so I better get used to that again 🙂

Around 11:00, I met another friend out for coffee, chit chat, and a little shopping, per our usual weekend tradition. I got there a little early, so I munched on half of a vegan oatmeal raisin cookie:


Which was consumed in its entirety by the day’s end. Yum!

Got home, cleaned, and just piddled around the house until it was time for some lunch 😀



Just a simple lunch of TJ’s Organic tomato soup and some kale chips


Mmm crunchy goodness.

Did a wee bit of laundry, and then when the hubski announced it was happy hour time, I certainly didn’t oblige.




It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, baby! Ok…maybe it was 5 o’clock here 😉

We had plans to go out to eat and play some euchre with another couple tonight, so when they got to our house, we all went out to Hyashi – a Japanese/sushi restaurant here in town.


I started out with some Plum wine, while everyone else ordered Japanese beer.


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And for dinner, I got…



Seaweed salad!… which was all right..


Miso soup, which was bomb, and a mushroom vegetable roll, which was also bomb!

Also had a second glass of plum while I watched the chef grill it up for the men at the table:IMG_1594



Bunk volcano..which apparently turns into a choo choo train when it moves? Choo choo!!

They also served us each a complimentary dessert of coffee ice cream, which was delicious!

It was around 9 or so when we got back to the crib, so we got out euchre faces on. The girls let the boys win (poor boy egos ;)) and it was tons of fun! Another couple ended up coming over to join in the fun, too. We stayed up past 2:00, so I needed another meal. Clearly.

I destroyed this new-that-day salsa and some organic blue chips.




Best salsa EVER, by the way 🙂

So glad I only had one drink when we got back to the house, though. I knew I didn’t want to be hungover today, so I sipped on water the rest of the night. Good call!

Kim and Jason stayed the night, and after some reminiscing and chattin’ it up, it was time for some breakfast! My stomach was a-growlin’ and I knew just what to give it:



Oats and coffee! If there ever were a perfect pair…


The ushe – banana blueberry flax oats.

Now I’m on my second cup of coffee since the husband didn’t want any, and am about to go hit up the gym. Arms today! Then hopefully convincing the husband or some friends to go see Avatar. I still haven’t seen it and really just want to know what it’s all about.

If you stay up later than usual, do you typically feel the need to have a big snack or 4th meal? (whether accompanied by drinking or not;)) If I’ve been drinking, I’ll typically have a junky food (aka chips and salsa) before I go to bed, but if there’s no drinking involved, that fourth meal tends to be in the form of  a dessert 🙂

Have you seen Avatar? What’dya think?


Fruits and Veggies In, Toxins OUT!

Hey, hey, hey! Happy it’s still the weekend for those who had Thanksgiving off, and happy now it’s the weekend for those who didn’t 😀

I had quite the productive Friday yesterday. After a week full of coughing, hacking, being immobile, and sniffling, in addition to consuming copious amounts of yummy food, and champagne on Thanksgiving, I was definitely ready for a get my bod back in healthy mode. I hadn’t actually sweat (due to a workout, not a fever) since Sunday, and I was just feeling icky and congested with nastiness. Cute, heh?;-)

Naturally, the first step to this remedy is a Green Monster breakfast. Upon waking up, and after chugging some coffee for the first time in a week (coffee and wine, my two loves, repulse me when I’m ill) I threw 1 frozen banana, 2 cups of kale, 1 chopped carrot, 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Powder, and some chocolate Almond Milk, and 1 T of dark chocolate Maranatha’s almond butter into the blender, and whipped up this glorious concoction:


I swear, this combination keeps me FULL for days. Or at least until noon.

Shane had to head out to Chicago to a datacenter to the ball rolling on a project he and his business partner are working on, and he’d be gone all day long, so I decided to make it a productivo day. After whittling down my huge pile o’ laundry, I started to whittle my middle and twerk it out. It was this first workout since Sunday since I was a sweaty beast afterward, and I welcomed it with (sweaty) open arms 😀

I deed:

  • 10 minute warm up on the elliptical
  • Upper body: chest, shoulders, tri’s
    • overhead press
    • lateral raise
    • supine longarm pullover (haven’t done these in a while – helllooo upper triceps burn! 🙂
    • chest press on stability ball
    • triceps dips
    • pushups
  • 30 minutes on elliptical
  • stretch it out

Speaking of stretching it out, I’ll have to either do a post or finally make a fitness tab and show you my go-to stretches that I do after every. single. cardio. workout. By now it’s just habit, but it’s my tried and true post-workout stretching exercises!

After working out, I felt energized and ready to take on the day, so I got started on my first task: preparing for the new LG front-loading washer and dryer. We are changing which room our laundry room will be when they arrive (on Friday EEEP!!!) so I had to clear out that room for the big arrival. Then I kinda got on a kick and just decided to give the basement a good deep cleaning for old time sake.

After all this work, I was haaangry. I knew just what I wanted: a Hugh Jass salad, baby.


You’re looking at the base of the salad rightchyeah – spinach, kale, button mushrooms, tomato, and red, yellow, and orange bell pepper.

Then a crumbled veggie burger, Goddess dressing, goat cheese, and a hummus glob was piled on:


Served up in a medium-sized Pyrex bowl:


Oh yes. Scrumptious it was. Afterward I may or may not have had some juicy delicious pineapple and a couple raw chocolate chip balls.

A little more cleaning was done, and then some indecisive texting back and forth with one of my friends about whether we wanted to brave the crowds or not and finally, we decided to get our crowd-pushing, deal-snatching faces on:


OK, I actually don’t shop like that, so I’m not sure what that face is, but holy pale face! I gave up tanning after my second year in college, and my skin’s been awesome to me since, but I still have to get used to the paleness from time to time.

So, I jumped in my car, and realized Shane wasn’t kidding when he said I needed gas last night. He drove my car home from my parents’ and alerted me that my gas light was on, but he’s “seen the needle lower before.”


Um yeah, husband. Not so much. I think I drove to the gas station on fumes!

I also got my shopping fuel:


and prepared to power through the ultimate Black Friday nightmare: Tarrrggeeetttt (said in scary voice.) I should have taken a picture of the parking lot, although I’m sure you have all seen the crazy town that is Target. Apparently, we’re not really meant for Black Friday crowds, and called it quits after that LOL. I did manage to make it to Fresh Market, and picked up a selection of new and interesting additions to the RAN pantry:





Most exciting score? Chocolate-covered banana chips!!!


Foodgasms R Us. My friend Kristin mentioned these suckers were in the bulk bins there, and I knew I had to get my hands on em. You know what’s super sweet about the Fresh? They have these aisles of bins filled with different trail mixes, veggie chips, fruit chips, nuts, etc… and you can try before you buy! It’s about the best thing ever.

The husband and I had gran plans of going to a hocky game and playing poker with a few other couples, but he didn’t get done with his datacenter…ing until about 8:30, which meant he was home at 11:00, which did not = a night out. Instead, I decided to live on the edge and have a wild night of spice cabinet organizing. Yes, my friends, sometimes you just have to live on the edge.

Before, a cluttered, I-can’t-find-tumeric-I-could-have-swear-I-bought-tumeric mess:


And after, alphabetized, and in rows, so I know I can find tumeric in the T secion:

IMG_2344which will stay like that for approximately one week.

To round out my getting-back-my-health Friday, I did some detoxyfying assisted back bends:


IMG_2353 my slippers? Hmm…apparently I need to work on getting that left arm in closer to the ball. The stability ball is a great tool for the back bend. It’s so beneficial and feels sooo good. If you’re like me, you’re hunched over 90% of the day either at work, over the stove, etc, and a nice back bend stretch and do wonders for stretching out the chest and shoulders.

Finally, I finished off the night with some vino and blog reading:


The blog reading didn’t last very long though. Clarabelle has been in such a needy/lovey-dovey mood with me lately, and fights for my attention and follows me everywhere! Including the computer room. Last night as I was sitting and the computer, she continuously strutted back and forth across the key board, just to get in my way of the computer, letting her huge puffy tail whap me on her way through:

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You try ignoring this tail!



Well I’m off a yoga class (if I can get out of here on time!) and then do some core work and cardio. Today the husband and I are putting up the tree!! I’m SO excited 😀

Do you feel the need to get back to your healthy ways after a bout of sickness or after a couple days of eating way too much?  I typically feel a nice, long sweat session will do the trick!

Have a wonderful Saturday, everybody!!

Can You Clone Me?

Is this week done yet? I swear, the level of hectic-ness is through the week this week. I’m sure I created some of it on my own, but MAN time goes so fast when you have a lot of things to do. Sometimes I feel like I need to be two people to do it all on my own.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday! We’re through the hump! Yippee!

I was very good at the purse party last night and only bought two pairs of earrings. One pair for myself, and one for my BFF, whose birthday is next Friday 😀 Oh, an I also had this:

Twas very good.

It wasn’t until around 7:00 that I left Missy’s house, and I know I didn’t feel like coming home to spend an hour cooking a meal. Shane’s been working alllll week at night, so I didn’t expect him to cook either. His hours are crazy lately. So I did the only thing left to do, and picked up sushi!

Mmm I had tuna, salmon, shrimp, and a california roll.

I swear I gobbled it up in 2 minutes.

After showering and cleaning up the house a bit, I was itching for some ice cream, but knew I’d probably already indulged in enough fat grams for the day, so I bet you can guess what I had insteaaaddd.

That’s right! Banana Icecream!

With some banana protein powder.

Soon I’m going to make a post about protein powders. I don’t include powders in my diet as much as I used to, but still do to some extent, and would like to know your thoughts, but I digress.

And you know I topped it with raw chocolate syrup.

It was soooo good.


My run was awesome. It included lots of hills, so it was nice for me to get a little bit more used to that. I did about 4 miles all together, with a half mile warm up job, 3 mile tempo run, and half mile cool down. It was hard, but I’m glad I finished.

I’m excited today because not only is it a rest day, but it’s also go shopping day! I’m hitting up the shops with my girl Heidi. Even though we’re mostly going maternity clothes shopping (it’s her first time, and she needs moral support,) I always have a good time with Heidi! And I’m so going to try on some pregnant bellies and take a picture. Then I’ll show the picture to Shane and freak him out. Muahahaha.

But speaking of rest days, I’m thinking about increasing them to two days a week. I know almost everyone works 40 hrs/wk, but I just can’t seem to find the time to get everything done. Maybe that extra 1-2 hours can help me find balance. Gotta do what ya gotta do.

What do you do to make sure you have balance in your life? How do you manage to get the day to day tasks of life checked off the to-do list?