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From bird poop to a lucky Friday

My morning started out kind of bad, well shitty (literally).

As I went out to my car, I noticed lots of bird poop and then a bunch of flies on the bird poop on my door handle. Lovely, huh? I had to go back inside to get a paper towel and clean it all off so I could even get in my car. As I left, Craig mentioned something about that being a bad omen for the day. Boy was he wrong because my day ended up being a great one (thankfully).

Before discovering the mess that was my car, I had cereal, which is all I am craving for breakfast lately. Last night, I set out the thin bagels, a banana, pb, and chia seeds to make a nice little breakfast with, but I didn’t feel like those items, so I went with Raisin Bran instead.

raisin bran, coffee

While taking a break to eat lunch before leaving work, I was reading my personal e-mail and saw that I won a giveaway on Anne’s blog for cloth napkins! Except for the crap incident, my day had been going good up until this point, but this made it even better.

I chose these cute “Make Every Day Earth Day” ones!

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Lunch was the other half of the Subway footlong I got yesterday and a vanilla activia yogurt.

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I left work early after getting good 5 hours in. I headed north of downtown Milwaukee and went to Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood to pick up my 10k race packet. I still plan on walk/running it and I hope I can make the requirements for the timing with that plan.

Performance Running Outfitters Shorewood

As I drove there, I fantasized about living in one of these gorgeous mansions on Lake Drive. See, the stupid bird poop even got in my picture!

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Actually, I later decided that I’d settle for a cute house in Shorewood. I just love the walkability of that area of town. I wish our current neighborhood had decent restaurants, coffee shops, and a grocery store to walk to. You know you are a food blogger/foodie when you drool at every adorable cafe you pass and mentally note the location so you can go back there someday.

Back to the 10k packet–the race swag was pretty nice. Here is some of what I got!

Rock 'No Sole race shirt, bib, etc.

Is it wrong that I am so excited about the free massage that I already booked it for the morning of my birthday at the end of August?!

free massage coupon!

I originally had plans to go to Whole Foods this afternoon, but decided that I can go there in a couple of weeks after a dermatologist appointment that is right near there. So, I went to Sendik’s for some produce.

Sendik's Shorewood

While there, I saw this sign and knew I had to take a picture of it for Karis.

High Cross Farm sign

Pretty cool that High Cross Farm is selling to Sendik’s and the grocery store advertises farmer Steve and his farm.

High Cross Farm Sign Sendik's Shorewood

high cross farm veggies

I even spoke to a lady that was nearby and explained why I was taking pictures (Karis, I used you as an excuse instead of the blog). I am sure most bloggers can relate that I sometimes feel like I have to justify why I am whipping out my camera to take pictures of somewhat odd things like vegetables in a grocery store. :) Unfortunately, I didn’t really need any of the veggies they had featured, so I left without anything from farmer Steve.

I had a good workout session this afternoon. It was empty at the Y and I had lots of energy. I went on the Cybex Arc Trainer for 15 minutes, ran on the track for 10 and walked some too, lifted a full circuit of weights, lifted free weights, and did squats on the bosu. I added more weight to most of my arm exercises and had no problem doing them. I am glad to see some progress in my strength.

Another thing that made my day was that I found out I will be trying out some new products and hosting two giveaways in the next couple of weeks. Not sure when exactly, but stay tuned and keep reading! They are good ones too!

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! We’re just hanging around the house and relaxing, which is fine by me.

Americans are Overeating

A common theme has popped up in the news, in my e-mail, and on my kindle this week: Americans are overeating. You’re saying to yourself, “DUH.” But, in all seriousness, I am glad this keeps coming up in the news to remind Americans of our bad habits.

Check out this article I found today in a SmartBrief for Nutritionists newsletter. An interesting quote is this, “People aren’t sitting down to three meals anymore. We sort of think about eating all through the day.” I know I tend to do this because I always figure snacking is better than eating three huge meals.

And this image says it all, which reminded me of the sample book I was reading before bed last night, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of Our Insatiable Appetite by David A. Kessler.

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In Kessler’s book, he mentioned similar statistics to those that are pictured above in terms of average weight having gone up in the last fifty years.

On that note, it’s lunch time and I am going to try not to overeat a footlong Subway sandwich!

Cranky Friday

Sure, I am happy it’s Friday like everyone who works full time is, but I have to admit that I was just plain cranky today. I went to work and it was uncomfortable to sit at my desk with my ankle. My foot would fall asleep, so I would prop up it up and ice it once in a while. I stayed most of the day, but headed out around 3 p.m. because I couldn’t take anymore. I am ready for this injury to be over with. I guess that’s the other reason I was cranky. Setbacks like this make me angry. I’ll try to keep my head up though and know that I will heal and this pain will disappear soon.

Breakfast was banana oatmeal and coffee. I said I wouldn’t use half and half anymore, but I need to go back to it. I will just buy a couple of cartons from Trader Joe’s because the ingredients are better in TJ’s than others. I miss the creamy flavor, which skim and almond milk don’t provide.

coffee, banana oatmeal

Lunch was the rest of the whole wheat gnocchi, lots of carrots and a Stonyfield Black Cherry yogurt. Dessert was a very delicious Chocolatemint Vita Top. Loved this flavor!

vita top chocolatemint; stonyfield black cherry, gnocchi, carrots

After waking up from a nap, I craved Subway for dinner, so off we went to get subs. I also wanted to have half of a sandwich to grab on my way to work tomorrow so I didn’t have to think about what to make for lunch.

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Yes, it’s Friday and I have to work tomorrow. It will only be for about 5-6 hours and then I can go to Trader Joe’s after! I have a huge list of things to get so it will be an expensive trip! TJ’s is my favorite grocery store to shop at and I really look forward to going there more than anywhere else. Woodman’s probably comes in second place now.

Have a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend everyone!

Missing in action…

…but now I have returned. Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of days.

Here’s what’s been happening in my world.

Thursday–we spent the day at Universal Orlando and had a lot of fun. I still prefer the Islands of Adventure and mainly the Wizarding World of Harry Potter from that park. More on that later. I’ll do a top 5 or 10 recap of Universal, etc. for those of you who are interested in traveling to Orlando sometime in the future.

Jaws at Universal

Lunch was a chicken panini with fruit and potato salad. I also had an iced coffee from Starbucks.

lunch at Universal studios florida

After Universal, we headed to Menchie’s for the last time and I had a cake batter, cookies n’ creme combo with lots of pb and chocolate on top.

Menchies

Then it was time to pack up our hotel room and get ready to leave early the next morning.

Friday–we ate breakfast, checked out of the hotel, returned our rental car and got to the airport early. Our flight on Southwest was good.

It felt weird to be home again. Once back at our house, it was so nice to see our cats. We missed them a ton and it’s still been fun to spoil them with pets and kisses over the last couple of days.

My parents had picked us up at the airport and before leaving our house, my dad threw the local section of Friday’s newspaper at me and told me not to tell Craig until later. I knew right away what news was contained in that paper. I looked at the obituary section and saw Craig’s grandma’s name listed. She got sick right before we left on our trip and had been in the hospital. She passed away on Wednesday morning and his parents and sister didn’t want to tell us while we were on our trip, because we would have been sad and thinking about it.

Needless to say, it was a sad day yesterday with getting that news. I didn’t really feel like blogging because I was tired, did endless loads of laundry and unpacked in general.

Today–we slept in a little and I woke up craving oatmeal and peanut butter, like I had been having at the hotel. I think this is going to be my new “go to” breakfast before work. The protein in the peanut butter might be perfect to prevent my stomach from grumbling at work mid-morning.

oatmeal with peanut butter, coffee

Craig had to get new lenses in his eyeglasses again, so we were off to the mall and then the grocery store for a huge stock up.

I snacked on half of a Luna White Chocolate Macadamia bar while we were out.

Luna White Chocolate Macadamia bar

We also went to the library and I picked up a few food oriented magazines and the Skinny Bitch cookbook. I have seen it on a few blogs and the recipes inside looked good.

Skinny Bitch cookbook

A 6 inch Subway ham and cheese sandwich was my lunch.

Subway ham sandwich

Dessert was a few mint oreos. See, normally I would never buy those at the store and my husband did. This is why he shouldn’t go grocery shopping with me because he just picks up bad food and I want to eat it!

mint oreo

I relaxed this afternoon, took a nap with the sunshine beating down on me (to remind me of Florida), and then headed to the gym.

I biked for 18 minutes, did the elliptical for 15 and lifted a full circuit of weights. I checked out the Fitlinxx top gym members list for the month of January and guess who made the list? I did! Granted I was 25 on the list of 25 women, but I was still so psyched to see my name up there! One of my goals for the gym was to make that list and I did it! Now my new goal will be to move up a lot and earn more points in a future month. I don’t think that will happen this month because of our vacation. The Fitlinxx program gives you points for the cardio and weight activities you do at the gym or outside of it. I guess I was pretty active in January!

Dinner was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a tangelo.

peanut butter and jelly sandwich, tangelo

Oh and while we were gone, I received the new flavors of Chobani in the mail! I tried Strawberry Banana yesterday and it was so good. I am looking forward to trying Lemon and Black Cherry too. Thanks Chobani!

Chobani Strawberry Banana

Aaah, I feel better now that I am all caught up!

Not sure if/when I’ll post tomorrow because we are going to the funeral. I have to take Monday off of work too because the burial is then. I guess I’ll just work from home a bit on Monday afternoon. I already took a peek at my work e-mail and I have a lot of stuff to go through.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Florida makes me happy

As we were driving this afternoon, I was so excited to be in Florida. My husband said, “you’re so happy, it’s sickening.” Florida–you make this girl happy. I think the sunshine and warm temps are definitely the key. Plus, being on vacation is great too. I have honestly been pretty cranky this winter and do find myself cheerier in the spring and summer.

We got up at 4:30 this morning and took off at 7. I ate overnight oats with chia seeds, almond milk, dates, maple syrup and honey for breakfast this morning.

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We had a smooth flight, except for the guy next to Craig who snored the ENTIRE time. And it wasn’t a quiet snore.

snoring guy on plane, argh

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I read Glamour magazine and snacked on peanuts, prezels and orange juice (still need my vitamin C). I really wanted to start The Omnivore’s Dilemma but couldn’t because I left my book in the overhead compartment and the snoring would have distracted me anyway.

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I also had a coffee. Love the “lift” on the Southwest cups and the heart stir stick.

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Once in Orlando, we got our rental car and we were off to find our hotel. I am driving the rental car this week and enjoying trying out a new car model–a Kia Forte. It’s pretty nice so far.

kia forte

We were able to check-in early at the hotel and even scored an upgrade of a refrigerator and microwave in our room! Sweet.

We got acquanited with our hotel, rested, snacked and unpacked a bit and then we went to the outlets.

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premium outlets Orlando

We shared a footlong ham sub from Subway.

Subway

I was so excited for the Lululemon Athletica outlet, but like Une Vie Saine said when she visited this same store a couple of weeks ago, their selection wasn’t as expansive as I had hoped it would be. I may be back there later this week to get a top and some pants.

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lululemon outlet Orlando

After the outlets, we drove north to find Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

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menchie's

It certainly did not disappoint! As Craig said when he took this picture–I look like a happy little kid. More like a happy little food blogger.

me at Menchie's

Craig was also happy. He loved his strawberry and georgia peach combination.

Craig and Menchie's Strawberry and Peach yogurt

I topped my cake batter flavored frozen yogurt with blackberries, strawberries and mochi. Oh my gosh the mochi was the best part. Next time we go back, I am getting more of those on top!

my menchie's cake batter with strawberries, blackberries, mochi

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And finally, after Menchie’s, we went to Whole Foods where I got dinner from the salad and hot bar, we picked up a few drinks and Craig got some chips.

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Can I just say how good it is to wear flip flops?

fiip flops pedicure

Seriously, why can’t we just move to Florida? I don’t even care if they have hurricanes and the summers are hot.

Off to the hotel gym and then to eat a late dinner.

Zumbathon

It’s late and I just got home from a Zumbathon in downtown Milwaukee, which was sponsored by Lululemon. There were probably 100 plus women and men there tonight! Crazy!

My friends Kim (who is a Zumba instructor) and Jenny (middle) joined me (on the right).

Kim, Jenny, Lisa Zumbathon

We danced in the Astor Hotel ballroom for an hour and fifteen minutes. Jenny is new to Zumba too. Even though I probably have done it 7 or 8 times now, I had trouble keeping up because there were so many new songs they played. It was fun, put a smile on my face and great to workout with friends.

Astor Hotel Zumbathon

Before picking Jenny up for the Zumbathon, I headed to the Milwaukee Public Market for the second day in a row. This time I got dinner there at The Green Kitchen.

The Green Kitchen

Rye bread (so delicious) with avocado, carrots, sprouts, tomato, and two types of cheese.

The Green Kitchen sandwich

Rewind to lunch…I didn’t take a photo, but it was the rest of my Subway footlong from yesterday, a bunch of carrots and a Dannon Activia vanilla dessert yogurt. Later in the afternoon, I snacked on a pink lady apple and a mint chocolate attune bar.

Breakfast today was fresh blueberries & Jessica’s Gluten Free Granola in Almond Cherry. I think I liked the Vanilla Maple flavor better, but this was still really good.

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That’s all folks. It’s time to relax a little and then get to bed. I can’t believe how quickly this week has gone by. I guess it’s because I have been working weird hours and been doing stuff after work a couple of days this week.

Haircut & lunch with mom

I started my Wednesday with a mini bagel and strawberry cream cheese, with a side of cantaloupe.

cantaloupe, mini bagel w/ strawberry cream cheese

Instead of going to work at my usual time, I got my haircut at 8 a.m.

Before leaving the house, Craig took a picture of my “before” hair.

before haircut

Here is my after.

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haircut

I really liked the new stylist I went to this morning. She gave me more face framing layers, even though she could tell I was scared of getting them back again because I have had very short layers around my face before and they didn’t look good.

In order to get free parking at the Milwaukee Public Market while I got my haircut nearby, I bought this delicious Door County Cherry scone at C. Adams bakery and had my parking ticket validated.

door county cherry scone from C. Adams bakery

Love anything with Door County cherries in it! I snacked on it at work, because the cup of coffee I had while getting my haircut made me a bit shaky. I can’t wait to eat the other half tomorrow.

Lunch was with mom. She came to my workplace and then we walked to Subway for sandwiches.

I had half (and a few bites of the other half) a ham and provolone on 9-grain honey oat.

subway ham and cheese sandwich

I am not a huge fan of black licorice, so I brought my mom the package I received from Newman’s Own Organics. I did try a few bites and it was really good.

Mom was in black licorice heaven.

mom with licorice

black licorce Newman's Own Organics

Mom is a great quilter and sewer, so I asked her to make me a yoga mat strap. She brought it along today and here is the end result.

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If you want to make your own, go here.

Since I went into work late, I had to stay late. I had some hot chocolate and an attune probiotic mint chocolate bar to perk me up.

hot chocolate, attune mint chocolate

attune bars

Yum! I really enjoyed the attune bar. I will be trying them for the next two weeks straight, so you’ll see a bar on the blog every day now. I hope it helps my tummy! I wrote attune when I heard about them through Meals and Miles and they sent me a week of raspberry dark chocolate and a week of mint chocolate probiotic bars.

I haven’t revealed this on the blog before–I have Ulcerative Colitis. I need all of the probiotics I can get. Having Irritable Bowel Disease is one of the other reasons I wanted to start this blog. Since eating healthier and exercising more in the last year or so, I have noticed a difference in how I feel with IBD. I am glad I can track what I eat every day and how I feel in general through writing this blog.

Dinner tonight was a falafel sandwich.

falafel sandwich

Dessert was a tofutti mint chip sandwich and some cantaloupe.

cantaloupe and tofutti mint chocolate

American Idol is airing their Milwaukee episode and I have to go watch it now! No sighting of me in the background of any shots yet. Bummer. :(

Dinner with the girls

I was out late last night, so I am catching up on Wednesday’s post.

I felt a lot better on Wednesday. I am so happy that illness passed. I had so much more energy at work, luckily, since we were cleaning again and I pretty much got my workout in by walking a lot and lifting boxes.

Breakfast was Kashi Autumn Wheat and coffee.

Autumn Wheat and coffee

Morning snack was coffee, raw almonds and Newman’s Own Organics Berry Blend.

raw almonds, Newman's Own Organics Berry Blend, Jonathan Adler cup Starbucks

Lunch was the rest of my Subway sandwich, a berry applesauce, Stonyfield honey oikos yogurt (really not loving this flavor now) and two clementines. I am still eating more calories to make up for Monday.

applesauce, clementines, subway sandwich, Oikos, kisses

After work, I had dinner at the Wicked Hop restaurant in Milwaukee’s Third Ward with my friends. We finally celebrated Christmas together by eating out.

Our friend Jenny arrived last and had wonderful news! She got engaged on Christmas eve! She has been dating her now fiance Tim for about 10 years plus. We were all so happy for her that we squealed with excitement, were ooing and aawing over her ring and loved hearing about how the proposal happened.

engaged Jenny with her gorgeous ring

My dinner was a Tequila Chicken Wrap with fruit on the side. I also enjoyed a Strongbow. I am definitely a cider or wine girl vs. beer.

tequila chicken wrap with fruit

Me, Loni and Kim

me, Loni and Kim

Laurie, Jenny and Kelly

Laurie, Jenny and Kelly

We had to celebrate Jenny’s engagement with some dessert! It was delicious Red Velvet Cake that the Wicked Hop gets from the C. Adams bakery at the Milwaukee Public Market.

red velvet cake, yum

What a fun evening spent with the girls! Congrats to Jenny and Tim on their big news!

Practicing my Thanksgiving dish

Hooray! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means I have a four day weekend! Can’t wait for Pumpkin Pie, Green Bean casserole and Sweet Potato casserole tomorrow. Oh and a few glasses of wine. ;)

Breakfast today was Total Blueberry and Pomegranate cereal with some POM arils on top.

Lunch was the rest of my Subway sandwich, baby carrots, red peppers, Newman’s Own Organic pretzels and Newman’s Own Organic chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

This was my first time trying the pretzels. I asked Newman’s Own Organics if I could review some of their food and they sent me a huge package of various items. I’ll be reviewing them over the next week/weeks. The pretzels were hot as they say on the package, but they weren’t overwhelmingly hot. The heat reminded me of jalapenos or Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

I was tired after work and took a little nap. Then, I got to work in the kitchen. I wanted to try out the recipe I am making for Thanksgiving tomorrow to make sure it was ok. I am making Oh She Glow’s recipe Mandarin and Maple Spiced Quinoa.

The recipe calls for toasted almonds and pecans. Until about a year ago, I wasn’t really much of a cook or baker. Reading food blogs has helped me with my confidence in the kitchen and I guess writing my own blog also has done the same. I confess that I hadn’t toasted nuts in my life until tonight. My co-worker scared me a bit today, saying that it was hard to do. I just tried it anyway and set the oven for 350 degrees, coated the pan with cooking spray and then coated the sliced almonds and pecans too. They were in the oven for about 10 minutes and I flipped them over a couple of times. They turned out perfect! I am going to toast nuts for recipes more often. It’s so easy. I put the heated oven to good use and baked some brownies too.

I measured out the ingredients, followed Oh She Glows’ recipe on my iPod touch and it was really easy to make!

I think (hope) it will be a hit tomorrow. Except for my mom and Craig, all of the guests attending Thanksgiving lunch have never tried Quinoa before.

It’s a great dish for fall. I had commented to Craig that it would be good for breakfast and then I reread Oh She Glows’ post and she said the same thing.

Mandarin & Maple Spiced Quinoa with Cranberries, Apricots and Almonds

Chewy, crunchy, and subtly sweet, this dish captures Autumn all in one delicious spot.

Adapted from ED&BV.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 & 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp mandarin juice
  • 1/2 cup mandarin slices, from can or fresh
  • 1-2 tbsp pecans, chopped & toasted
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • Cinnamon + maple syrup + sea salt, to garnish before serving

Directions: Add your quinoa, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and mandarin juice. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce to low and simmer for about 12-13 minutes. Now stir in your chopped dried apricots and cranberries. Cook on low, covered, for another 5 minutes. Stir in your oil, almonds, and maple syrup. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Stir in the mandarin oranges very gently. Pour into a bowl and garnish with chopped pecans, a drizzle of maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. Makes about 2.5-3 cups.

What are you making for Thanksgiving?

Have a great holiday!

Brainwashed by Subway

Craig and I seem to be addicted to the TV show Undercover Boss. We always say we are not going to watch it, but I see the previews while I watch The Amazing Race and can’t help but leave Undercover Boss on. This past Sunday, they featured Subway and both Craig and I found ourselves craving a Subway sandwich. We fulfilled that craving tonight by having it for dinner. We had a buy one footlong, get one free coupon and then we always have another half for lunch the next day.

I got the “usual”–nine grain honey oat with ham and provolone, spinach, black olives, green peppers, tomatoes, pickles and a little bit of jalapenos.

After Subway, we went to the library. We are geeks, I know this and it’s ok. Craig and I love libraries.

I read Self magazine while Craig picked out a huge stack of DVDs to watch over the four day weekend.

I picked out two books–Conscious Kitchen by Alexandra Zissu and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

I hope I don’t slack off over the weekend and find some time to read these. I have high hopes for that and for cooking & baking.

Rewind to my other meals of the day.

Lunch was an Arnold’s Thin with Muenster cheese, spinach, cucumbers, red peppers, & Frank’s Red hot sauce; a Strawberry Chobani and three Chocolate Chocolate Chip Newman’s Own Organic cookies for dessert. I know it’s not the healthiest, but I eat lunch at my desk every day during the winter. I like to read blogs, check my e-mail and read books. I am not much of a social person when it comes to lunch. To relax, I prefer my routine. In the summer, I take walks and eat outside.

Breakfast was Honey Nut Cheerios with skim milk and coffee with Pumpkin Spice creamer.

Tuesday is usually my rest day from the gym, but I went because the YMCA will be closed on Thanksgiving. I also went because I was not sore at all from Boot Camp yesterday. I just biked for 15 minutes to get my legs moving and did 8 of the weight machine circuit stations. It was super busy, so I had trouble getting on all of the machines. That’s ok though, I mostly wanted to cover my legs to strength train for my ankle injuries and I accomplished that goal.

Off to work on my “Why I love the Y” post! I started writing it at lunch today and hope I can finish it tonight.