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I’m all prepared for my trip tomorrow. I’ll be in Vegas for seven days next week, and my parents agreed to watch Mr. Grumples. They usually beg me to bring him home. My mom pays more attention to him than to me. I’m the type of person that can’t take my dog to a doggy hotel or kennel when I’m gone. Not that there is anything wrong with them, I just worry too much and feel bad. What if he thinks I left him or what if he gets sick? I just get separation anxiety. I feel so comfortable when he is at my parents. I know he loves it there, too.
My goal is to make it home without unnecessary stops! I don’t want to add time by browsing the gas station for food, going through a drive thru, or pulling over to eat. I only want to stop for gas, Grumples breaks, and bathroom breaks. If I leave by 7am and make it home by 5pm, I’ll be a happy camper.
I packed all of my snacks for the day in an insulated lunchbox. I know my mom will be cooking up something delicious for dinner (Mom, if you read my blog post…this is a hint) I chose easy to eat foods that won’t make a mess and that only require one hand. Before I forget, my cooler is Nicole Miller.
I packed blueberries, sliced strawberries, carrots, ginger snaps, banana, hummus, Quest Bars, rice cakes, yogurt, and yogurt. I also packed bottles of water in a separate cooler. Oh, and Altoids just incase you get pulled over. You gotta slim the chances of a ticket!
Traveling for a long time with your pup can either be good or bad depending on the type of dog and their personality.
Grumples actually loves car rides and gets excited to go on trips. To make it comfortable for him, I make a giant bed in the car with his dog bed and comfortable blankets. I dress warmer and keep the tempurature nice and cool for him. I make sure there is fresh water and food in the car. I also get him out to stretch and move around every time I stop. He usually sleeps the entire trip or chews on his bone. Before we go on long trips, I try to walk him a couple miles around the block to make him sleep better. When we get to our destination, I run him around and let him get more energy out.
I was supposed to be on the road by now, but the snow storm put my trip on hold. Imagine that! I’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning to leave. I want to leave in the morning because I don’t like driving at night. I think of the worse. What if something happened to my car and I had to sit on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere in the dark, or what if I took the wrong turn into a scary town? I watch too many crime shows that freak me out. When I’m by myself, I play it safe and stick to daytime travel.
I’m all ready for my trip, my bags are packed, and I have everything ready to load into the car. Hopefully the weather clears up by morning! Before getting ready for my trip yesterday morning, I had a quick fix for breakfast.
I love simple breakfasts. A breakfast that involves zero clean up is a win for me! Sometimes I like to make big breakfast that involves some work, but yesterday wasn’t one of those days !I filled a bowl with 1 cup of strawberry yogurt, 1 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries topped with 3/4 cup of cereal. The cereal is just Kroger’s brand strawberry and flakes. This breakfast only keeps me full for a couple hours, so I typically have a protein shake or a couple hard boiled eggs with it or an hour later. After getting my laundry, cleaning, packing, and errands finished, I went to the gym to fit in a run. I’m kind of glad I’m not traveling today because now I can go to spin class tonight!
*Mile 1, 10:10 *Mile 2, 9:55 *Mile 3, 9: 44 *Mile 4, 9:33 *Mile 5, walked. 14 min on an incline.
I only dealt with a couple of knee aches, but I think the extra strength training and spin classes are helping. I know my time’s aren’t the best, but it’s all about finishing.
Eating healthy isn’t easy when you’re busy. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and prepare your meals in advance if you can. I am leaving town in the morning for a 12 hour road trip. I usually make Jeremy’s lunch everyday before work. He gets sick of fast food and would rather eat healthy. He asked if I’d make a couple salads for his work fridge before I left and recommended southwest salads. I don’t mind preparing food for Jeremy because I have a more flexible schedule, and he works 7am to 7pm or longer most days. I’m all about helping him eat healthier if that’s what he wants. Preparing meals also saves money. He used to spend about $12 a day on fast food lunches and overtime, that’s a lot!This was the easiest food prep I’ve done! (Not that I food prep a lot)
I filled up our lettuce container with chopped romaine lettuce. I would have chose a spring mix or spinach, but Jeremy only likes romaine. I filled the other little containers with toppings. The chips are crushed Tostitos Artisan Fire Roasted tortillas. After slicing the avocados, I tossed them in fresh lime juice to keep them from browning. The corn and beans are drained from a can with taco seasoning mixed in. The Southwest grilled chicken is from Nino Salvaggios.
The preparation took about fifteen minutes!
Oh! I can’t forget the dressing.
I used 2 containers of nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tbsps organic taco seasoning, 1 tsp of siracha, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder!
If you are not a fan of salads, you can use this same concept to make southwest chicken wraps!
Why am I not surprised that it’s snowing again? Vacation can’t come soon enough. I’m hoping this is the last winter I see for a very long time. When I first moved to Michigan, I heard over and over again how mild the winter was last year. Well, I guess Michigan was due for a heavy one. They have reached record snow! I hope the weather clears up before I head to Iowa. Mr. Grumples is staying with my parents while I’m away. He loves hanging out at their house. They have a huge backyard for him to run around in and my mom spoils him rotten.
I have some preparing and work to do to get ready for my trip. In order to do that, I need a healthy breakfast!
I scrambled up 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup turkey sausage, 1/2 large diced zucchini, 2 tbsps GoVeggie cheese and 2 tbsps of almond milk in a greased frying pan.
I paired my scramble with a medium blood orange and half an English muffin with cream cheese and avocados.
You either love it or hate it.
I don’t think I’ve ever hated Valentines day. Actually, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Even during my single years, I loved it. I didn’t drown myself in wine crying over how single I was. I usually went out with my friends or parents. Valentines day always excited me as a kid. I remember making my own cards for our elementary school parties. I always added extra glitter on the boy’s cards. I was a “boy crazy” little girl. Most little girls run around screaming “boys have cooties”, but not me! I just wanted to catch their cooties. Did I ever tell you that my first kiss was in kindergarten? Yup! With a boy named, Max. I’m just lucky that the “boy crazy” phase stopped by middle school. It’s not as cute when you’re that age.
One thing I didn’t grow out of? Making Valentines day cards!
I made one for Jeremy yesterday. I only spent five minutes on it, but the cheesy poem inside made it better.
After finishing up some work, I went out to pick up Jeremy something for Valentines day. I even had a personal driver.
When I got back from gift shopping, I made a protein smoothie!
-1 Medium Banana, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Packet Stevia, 1 Cup Frozen Rasberries, 1 Cup Frozen Kale, 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1 Cup Ice, and 1/2 Tsp Vanilla.
I had a little bowl of yogurt and cereal with my smoothie, too.
Before Jeremy got home, I set his gifts on the counter. I bought him the new Crown Royal XO. Jeremy collects whiskey and the XO has only been out for about a month and I was excited to get it for him. My grandpa was a whiskey drinker. He used to always say “I love you more than whisky” which must have been a lot
Before I get all of the “SMOKING IS SO BAD FOR YOU”, I’m aware. Everything is bad for your these days, but Jeremy enjoys a cigar every now and then. He smokes maybe a total of 10 a year and doesn’t inhale. I still understand it’s unhealthy, but who am I to tell him he can’t do something he enjoys? And I don’t have a problem with it. Now, if he was a cigarette smoker, I’d have a problem.
I bought Jeremy a customized humidor for Christmas a couple years ago and I like to buy him cigars for it every now and then. It’s an awesome guy gift and they love it. I picked him up some new ones for Valentines day yesterday.
I also bought him a bouquet of balloons.
After setting up his gifts, I got ready for our date. He told me we were going somewhere, but wouldn’t tell me where. I hate when that happens because I don’t know what to wear! I decided to go with the dark black skinny jeans and a pale pink laced shirt. I have more lace in my closet than anyone I know. If I were to turn all my laced clothes into a tablecloth, It could be used at the royal family’s Christmas party.
I had my floral pants on all day long to put myself in the Valentines day mood, but couldn’t wear them to dinner. Jeremy makes fun of them. Calls them my “grandma” pants. Why do guys think anything floral is considered “grandma.” Then again, he thinks everything I wear reminds him of his grandma. But, this is coming from the guy who wears white socks with dress pants.
When Jeremy got home, he walked into the living room with this 4ft Tall bouquet of flowers. I was in shock. I expected a gas station flower. When we were living in Chicago, he picked me up flowers and a stuffed animal at the ghetto gas station in Garfield park. The roses had money signs and bling. They were kind of cool. It’s the thought that counts, right?
I was confused as to how he fit them into his convertible. He said he road home with the top down. Jeremy is nuts; it was 20 degrees last night! This was a nice surprise and a great start to our Valentines day. I couldn’t even count the amount of roses! The teddy at the bottom of the vase made me laugh, but it was still cute.
Our night was going as planned. We headed out the door to make our 8 o’clock reservations. We finally pulled up to Buca Di Beppo. I was so excited! Jeremy and I have heard so many great things about the food and restaurant. I was super hungry and ready to order some delicious Italian food. I had been craving garlic bread all day!
When we entered, we could hardly get through the door. The vestibule was packed. We finally made our way up to the host and let her know we were here for our reservation at 8. The host told us we’d be seated shortly. Buca had overbooked terribly and failed to inform anyone. They just left everyone who had made reservations hanging. Jeremy is a very impatient person and hates waiting longer than 15 minutes to be seated. He was being so patient and I could tell he was frustrated because he had made a reservation and wanted the night to be perfect. An entire hour and a half had passed and we were STILL standing their waiting for a table we reserved. Jeremy walked up to the host to ask how much longer the wait would be and she said there were three people ahead of us. We waited fifteen more minutes, no one was seated, so we left. At that point, we didn’t want to give them our business. When I worked at the country club, only a certain amount of people could be reserved per hour, and we made sure that table was actually reserved. This was just horrible management. We were out of luck because it was Valentines day and we’d have to wait if we went anywhere else, so we just gave up and decided to eat at a fast food place.
We decided that next week when we are in Vegas, we’ll make up the Valentine’s dinner.
But, on the upside, Qdoba had a Valentines BOGO special going on. All you had to do was kiss your Valentine and you got your second meal free. So instead of spending over $100 on a fancy dinner, we only spent $14.00 for our Valentines day dinner. The employees working there were the bubbliest and super fun!
I ordered the chicken salad with black beans, brown rice, cheese, black bean corn salsa, pico de gallo, grilled vegetables, fajita vegetables and a side of picante ranch! Jeremy and I split chips and salsa, too.
After dinner, we picked up a Redbox, some chocolates, a bottle of wine, and enjoyed the rest of our evening.
Even though our fancy dinner didn’t work out, we had a really good Valentines day together. It just goes to show that you don’t need anything to prove your love to each other.
But you do need chocolate.
I love Saturday mornings. Even though it’s cold here, the sun is still shining. My coffee is brewed, the dog is walked, and I slept in past nine. I was going to do a spin class this morning, but I couldn’t get myself to wake up. That’s okay because I felt like running today anyways. I’ll fit that one in later today.
I know my blog has been pretty empty and boring lately, but I’ve been working on something that I hope will be ready to share in a week or so! It’ll be worth all the emptiness. I promise.
Last night, I had a great Valentines date with Jeremy. I’ll post about it later today. He is one special Valentine. I hope you all had a great Valentines day with the ones you love!
For breakfast this morning, I made an omelet, turkey sausage, a peanut butter english muffin, and avocado strips.
My omelet had 1/2 a large zucchini diced, 1/4 cup of GoVeggie Mozzarella cheese, garlic seasoning, 1 egg yolk and 4 egg whites.