Tuesday, March 29, 2011

If only I could use fruit to tempt summer to show up.

It's still fairly cold here in the Midwest.  I'm hoping the warm weather will make a much awaited with the much awaited arrival of April.  Well maybe I am the only one who is much awaiting April, but I know several people who are so so sick of the snow and scrapping car windows and wearing winter coats looking forward to warm and toasty weather.  
One of the things I love about summer is all the wonderful fruits and veggies that are in season.  I do like oranges, bananas, and apples but it just makes me so excited to think about all the other delicious produce I will be chowing and stuffing my face with snacking and cooking with.  So sometimes I buy myself a little treat when it's all cold to remind me of summer.
This time I really wanted to try something new.  
Mango
And let me tell you, it was everything I hoped it would be.  
Seriously if you have not tried one of these you should try it because it is sweet and juicy and yummy.  
For a second while I was eating it, I was even imaging the warm sunshine on my skin and a tan and shorts.
It was so good the next night I went to the grocery store a bought a pineapple.

Hurry up summer or I might buy out the grocery store of all tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Maybe no one noticed...and maybe not

I have another funny story for you today bloggy friends.
This morning on the way to work my low fuel light beeped on at me. When that happens I still have at least 20 miles driving so I wasn't really worried so I figured I would just get it after work, no prob.  Then the thought crossed my mind that last night I put my wallet in my gym bag.  A quick check of my purse confirmed that I was right.  Thank goodness I had my checkbook with an emergency cash fund so I could get gas.
After work I went to get gas.  And I pulled in with the driver side to the gas pump, completing forgetting that my gas tank is on the OTHER SIDE of the car.  I am so used to it being on that side but ever since my mom decided that I was buying their car and they were taking back my prized '96 Monte Carlo, I have been very confused.  To go on a bit of a tangent, my car hasn't had any real major problems in the last 3 and a half or so years I've been driving it, except for that one small problem with the back brake staying stuck on and the wheel not moving...at all.  Anyways, like I said, it was minor and now it's fixed.  But my mom didn't think my car was reliable enough to take to Chicago with me so instead they decided they would force me to buy their car and they would buy a new car.  Wow, what a great deal for me. NOT! It's not that I don't want a new car but I would have kept my old car for a while longer till I have some money saved up.  And I wouldn't buy that car because it doesn't have anti-lock brakes. You know, ABS, the thing the keeps you from crashing in the wintry weather.  I'm a little bitter.  But I do like the car.  And I am just praying I don't crash.  And it's going to be a cheap loan, I decided that.
So, where was I?
Oh yeah, I pulled up on the wrong side. Got out.  Crap.  Got back in and drove around to the other side.  I felt like a fool.  Then I had to laugh at myself.  I am sure the other people getting gas were like "What is that girl doing?!" I would have.
Then I had to pre-pay inside because I only had cash.  I've never experienced that before but it's kind of nice.  Mostly because I always like to end my gas on an round dollar amount and that way it did it for me.  But it didn't get all the way full so that's too bad.  I guess next time I won't forget my wallet.

As a side note tonight I made this for myself.
Fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
I had some left over heavy cream from a meal I made last week.  
And it needed to be used up.
So I whipped it.
I"m not supposed to be eating sweets/desserts because I gave them up for Lent.
I figured this wasn't really a sweet.  
Because it's fruit.
And homemade whipped cream.
So it doesn't really count.
And I hate throwing food out, it's too wasteful.
Yes, I feel the need to justify myself. 
Then my bowl looked like this. 


Glorious.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Glimpse

I believe life is about finding the joy in the simple everyday things in life.  I also think that means finding small laughs in your day.  I decided I am going to share some glimpses into my everyday life and the joy I find there.  
To start this off I have this to show you.   
 I bought baby carrots.  Or so I thought.  Does this look like a baby carrot to you?  If so, it is a giant baby carrot.  
Don't worry I still ate it.  And it was still delicious.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Workin' on my fitness

So since I have moved to Chicagoland, I haven't yet found a gym to join.  That's quite the change for me considering in Iowa City I went at least 5 times a week.  Give or take.  Maybe take.  Sometimes I would skip.  But the point is I went several times a week.
It was nice.  It was a routine for me.  I would get off work and on the walk home I would stop by the gym.  I walked right past it and so it was hard to avoid.  So now that I don't have that, I have to force myself to work out more because I haven't found a routine yet.
My apartment complex has this "fitness center".  And by fitness center I mean a small room with 3 treadmills, 2 ellipticals, a stairstepper, a bike and one of those 4 weight machine things.  Like the ancient one that was in my high school weight room.  I tried going to that for awhile.  But let's be hones, it only lasted a week.  I couldn't help it, it was just so boring in there.  I was often the only person in there and I would mostly just go to watch the t.v. because I didn't have cable or a t.v. yet.
So then I decided I would take up a new workout routine right out of my living room.  The workout regimen is called Beachbody Insanity.  And let me tell you, IT'S INSANE!  Really it's difficult.  Actually when I first started I couldn't even get through the whole warm-up.  It's a 60-day program and I have been kind of following along but I also mix in some other things so I am not exactly on schedule.  But I feel like it is getting a little easier.  Maybe just a smidge.  I still cannot get through a whole workout but neither can the trainers on the video, so that makes me feel not so bad.  It makes my calves, my lungs, my arms, and everything else burn.  I thought I was in shape before this but apparently I was wrong!
I am surprised with myself for actually keeping up with the workouts fairly well.  That fact alone is exciting to me.  Hopefully I can look like the rest of the before and after pictures, well the after pictures that is,  when I am done.  Those things are quite amazing.  I have read a lot of good reviews too and I believe them..
So if you are looking for a new, difficult workout to kick your butt into shape you should try Beachbody Insanity.
As for me I am going to keep spacing out my workout and I am looking to join a new gym.  I am also starting to train for a half marathon that is going down June 4.  I am excited and these workouts are certainly helping with my training.  I can't wait for the nice weather so I can workout outdoors in the sunshine.  This cold, rainy thing we have going on here is getting old.
Anybody else have really good workouts they want to recommend to me?
Or want to run a half marathon wiht me :)
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