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Friday recap

I got highlights and a haircut at a new salon. I loved my stylist and I’ll be back to see her.

I enjoyed some Aveda comforting tea while I waited.


The end result–a lot shorter (I think I got about two or three inches off) and a little darker, with warmer highlights like I asked for. This will be much easier to dry in the morning! As an added bonus, my husband prefers my hair shorter and he was ecstatic to see that I got so much off the ends.


I checked out the Outpost in Bayview after. It was my first time to that location and it was such a nice store. I liked the layout better than the Tosa one for some reason. I wish we had an Outpost on my side of town!


I liked how this church in Bayview said “kirche,” the German word for church.


After finishing one of the worst movies we have seen in a while, J. Edgar, we headed over to New Berlin. We split a chicken burrito for lunch and enjoyed some chips and salsa.

I like my husband’s happy Qdoba face here (he was brushing the salt from the chips off of his hands I think).


And yet another hubby shot–us reading magazines at the library. I felt like we were a retired couple just hanging out at the library on a Friday afternoon. ūüôā


Then it was time for Starbucks’ frappucino happy hour! I had the new Mocha Cookie Crumble flavor to satisfy my chocolate cravings. I liked this drink because despite what you may think from the name, it didn’t taste overly sweet.


I liked the chocolate flavored whip cream too.


We ran a bunch of errands and then hit the gym to burn off those frappucinos!

Today flew by with a trip to the New Berlin Farmer’s market (opening weekend = a very small market) and more errands. We’re on the hunt for a filing cabinet for me and it’s not been easy to find one I/we like.

I’ve been eating a lot of junk today and we’re having salads for dinner to balance things out. It’s a miracle that my husband will eat salad because he never does. He liked the smell of the salad dressing I made in the shaker the other day and he just needed some “normal” lettuce instead of my regular spinach to convince him to eat a salad this weekend.

Time to go be productive and clean the house!


Highlights of my Saturday included…

Getting a lovely package from Sarah.


I won her one year blogiversary giveaway and the main prize was this adorable camera strap for my DSLR!

Oh and another good part of my day was getting my hair brightened up with some highlights, which are somewhat visible in the photo below.


Sarah included all sorts of other treats that made it feel like she knew me, even though we’ve never met in person. Chia seeds (white ones, which I have never tried and am super excited about), a larabar, a Clif kids bar, a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar, mighty leaf teas (totally new to me) and a Luna bar in a flavor I love, lemon zest. Thanks so much Sarah!


Hand written notes are always so nice to receive. I’ve been trying to send more out to people as I know how nice it is to receive them vs. e-mails these days.


Another wonderful mail piece that showed up today was the latest free spice from Penzey’s.


I asked my husband out on date to his favorite fast food restaurant, Qdoba, and he accepted. I went light with a naked burrito bowl and chicken tortilla soup. The chicken was not so great this time, so that was sort of a bummer.


We walked around the mall a bit after and buying something so simple made me happy. Does this show my age of 31? I have been wanting this Oxo Good Grips sink strainer for a while because I hate our kitchen sink strainer and cleaning it. This one pops out and seems like it will be so easy to clean.


I am ending my evening by having a comforting cup of Trader Joe’s peppermint hot cocoa while watching part of The Debt.


Time to watch the movie before it gets too late!

Lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market

I was so excited when I woke up this morning and realized it was my Friday since I am off for the next four days! I have a huge list of various things I want to do over the long weekend, but I also want to build in some relaxation time.

Breakfast this morning was my usual yogurt and coffee. All week, I have been eating Chobani with the strawberry rhubarb crisp and it’s been great to look forward to and has filled me up. Today was the first day I didn’t eat that combination. I guess I don’t easily get sick of certain foods.

yogurt, coffee

Even though it was super gloomy and windy out today, I decided to head over to the Milwaukee Public Market for lunch. It was jam packed in there, which was great to see!

Milwaukee Public Market

I picked up a Turkey, Apple, Brie panini at the West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe.

West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe

Turkey, Apple, brie panini

It was pretty good–I liked the flavor combination, but I could see adding mustard and arugula too.

This was my view during lunch.

Milwaukee Public Market interior

I didn’t people watch because I read Water for Elephants instead. I am 70% through and I hope to finish it tomorrow!

I also dropped off a cooking class registration at the main office of the market. I signed up for the June and July Summer Harvest classes. The recipes sounded really delicious! We’ll learn how to cook recipes with “vegetables, herbs and fruits grown in Wisconsin at the peak of their flavors.” There are three total classes, but I didn’t want to sign up for August until I really know if I like the teacher. I’ll risk it being sold out by the time I decide to sign up. The only other cooking class I took at the Market was a couple of years ago and it really inspired me to think about what I was putting in my body. The teacher was excellent and I loved the recipes. That class was where I first learned about quinoa!

Of course, while at the market, one must pick up dessert from one of the various yummy bakeries. I chose a Peanut Butter Buddy from the C. Adams bakery.


peanut butter buddy

I left work early today and picked up these books from the library. I want to buy the weight lifting book, but I like to preview books from libraries before I fully commit. The cookbooks were recently featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Food section, so I figured they would be great to put on reserve and check out. I’ll let you know how all three are, because I hope to look through them all this weekend.

books from library

Dinner was just a vegetarian Qdoba burrito. I only ate half and then I didn’t feel so good from it, so I ended up skipping yoga. Boo. Need to get to the gym tomorrow because I miss it!

Time to go read some other blog posts–I have way too many blogs in my google reader. Isn’t it hard to keep up if you follow a lot of bloggers?

Speaking of bloggers–most of you will probably be very interested in this NY Times article. It’s titled, “My Blog Is Also Paying My Bills.” It features Molly Wizenberg who wrote A Homemade Life, which I am currently reading in between Water for Elephants. The best quote from the article is “I tell people if they want to start a blog just to make money, they should quit right now. You have to love it and be passionate about your topic.‚ÄĚ

Afternoon at the museum

I am behind on posts because I didn’t have time to blog last night–so here is my Thursday recap and then I’ll move onto today’s.

Breakfast was a big bowl of vanilla Dannon yogurt and chobani plain non-fat with a combo of the rest of the Bonne Maman preserves and some Hero (German) preserves. I really do prefer Bonne Maman.

yogurt, preserves, coffee

I tried So Delicious Hazelnut coconut milk creamer for the first time and it was really good!

So Delicious Coconut Milk creamer

Lunch was the rest of my Qdoba vegetarian burrito from dinner last night, a Strawberry Chobani yogurt and a big chocolate chip cookie that I baked on Wednesday night. They turned out really good!

cookie, chobani, burrito

Baking photo from Wednesday night. I really love to bake and need to do it more often.

baking, kitchen aid

After lunch, I went to the art museum to see the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit.

Milwaukee Art Museum ticket

I am cheap and I wanted some exercise, so I parked by Veteran’s park and walked to the museum. It was nice and foggy out along the pond.


I enjoyed seeing the drawings and architectural models in the exhibit. I would love to live in one of his houses! Definitely inspired wanting to take a trip out to Tallesin this summer.


I looked around in the gift shop and liked these pouches.

MAM store items

I think food bloggers would like the one that says “I Eat Art For Breakfast.”

I Eat Art For Breakfast

I went to the permanent collection and ran into some old co-workers, so it was fun to catch up with them for a bit.

Love this Theibaud picture and any by him.

Thiebaud pies MAM

Then I ran home and got to the gym because I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to go after dinner. I ran/walked 2.20 miles on the treadmill and lifted weights at a few stations. I pushed myself to run fast on the treadmill and I was sure sweaty by the end of my workout! I think I need to running shoes soon though because the cushion in mine seem to be non-existent now.

Dinner was pizza at my in-laws as we were celebrating my father-in-law’s birthday last night. I had two pieces of pizza, a few breadsticks and a small piece of yummy cheesecake with strawberries on top.

Here is my father-in-law opening his presents. My silly husband wrapped up some candy in a Victoria’s Secret bag just to tease his dad.

A busy day and we didn’t get home until almost 9 last night. Now onto Friday’s post.

Rainy day=comfort coffee

It’s slowly getting warmer here, but the rainy weather today made me crave comfort food again. I can’t wait until it’s in the 70’s this weekend!

Breakfast was grape nuts and strawberries. I have determined I don’t really like grape nuts, but the fiber is good for me. I would rather use them in granola bars and other recipes than eat the cereal for breakfast.

grape nuts, strawberries; coffee

Snack at work was an almond latte, halva and half of a KIND bar. This rainy weather we are having is making me crave lattes.

Lunch was a wrap with ham, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, spinach and mayo. I paired it with a Chobani pomegranate yogurt. Dessert was the other half of the KIND peanut butter and dark chocolate bar.

pomegranate chobani yogurt; hamd and cheese wrap

Dinner was half of a vegetarian burrito from Qdoba. I didn’t feel like making anything at home, plus I wanted to go to the store for some fresh produce, so off we went to Qdoba.

qdoba vegetarian burrito

Because I wanted to run to the grocery store after work, I decided to take off from the gym tonight. I didn’t want to feel rushed like I always do and besides, a rest day will do me some good. I need to catch up on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle since the book discussion at the library is in a week! Oh and I want to bake the ultimate comfort food–chocolate chip cookies!

I am excited because I only have about a half day of work tomorrow! The art museum is free on the first Thursday of the month, so I am going there to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit in the afternoon. I love his designs and I am hoping it’s a great exhibit. I am rarely disappointed by any exhibits the museum puts together though.

Stress, stress go away

I can’t believe the weekend is over. Here’s what we’ve been up to.

Yesterday, I woke up in a fog of thoughts and heart palpitations. We’ll leave it at that. This cannot be a healthy living blog if I cannot get past one particular aspect of stress that keeps haunting my life. Let’s just say Friday was my lucky day until about 11:15 p.m. and then all hell broke loose.

I woke up and had this for breakfast:


Craig and I were going to see The King’s Speech yesterday, but decided to save it for today instead.

Yesterday, we went shopping for organizational items for our house!

Before our big shopping trip, we fueled up at Qdoba. I had a small chicken tortilla soup and a naked burrito.

I was like a kid in a candy store shopping for organizational items, especially since all of the things we purchased should end up being free through his work. We ended up at Target, Home Depot and Office Max. We got a few things at Home Depot and most items at Target. We came away with a nice 5 prong hook to hang in our staircase for our keys, my purse, our coats, scarves, etc.; a big plastic tote for storage; huggable hangers; a three tiered shelf for the kitchen cabinet; a three drawer cabinet for our hallway closet (we put medicine in it); four plastic containers with lids; and a shelf for the garage. It will feel good to have our small house a bit more organized with these items!

I also was like a kid in a candy store when I went to Sentry grocery store and found Chobani for $1.00 each, thanks to a tip from Karis at Karis’ Kitchen. Thanks Karis! The weird thing was that I must have looked like I found the best thing ever because the lady handing out samples next to the yogurt section said to me, “what’s with greek yogurt anyway?” She basically wanted to know if it was a “gimmick” and I explained why greek yogurt is superior to regular yogurt, in my opinion of course. I told her that for me, as someone who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, it is great to eat a yogurt that has 14-17 g of protein every day. I also explained that the ingredients were ones I was comfortable putting in my body every day. By the end, I had convinced her to buy a couple of Chobani yogurts and try them for herself. Made me wish I was a registered dietitian as I walked away because my true passion comes out when I talk about nutrition.

I lounged around at night, had a big salad for dinner.


A Fit & Active (Aldi) mint ice cream sandwich was my dessert.

I had a glass of wine later on. Because it makes me tired, I didn’t have it until close to bedtime and then I was tired when we played Wii play right before bed. Oh well!

This is the Three Wishes wine from Whole Foods. It is their “two buck chuck” and I found it to be ok, not the best flavor, so just ok. What do you expect for $2.99 though!?


Now onto blog about today while I watch the Oscars. Inception is winning a lot of awards at this moment! Are you watching the Oscars?


I unplugged from the world yesterday and didn’t boot up my iBook, so I didn’t blog and now I am catching up. Sometimes it just feels good not to be plugged into a computer for a day, don’t you agree? It’s funny because I still did go on my iPod touch and looked a few blogs, but it seemed like a lot of bloggers were doing what I did and didn’t post on Saturday.

I am still on the fence about whether or not I will blog while we are in Florida. I don’t really want to lug my laptop along and I am not sure if our hotel room has a safe or not. I hate worrying about something happening to it while we are on vacation.

I woke up early yesterday and got to the beauty school for my 8 a.m. appointment. Two hours and lots of talking with my really nice stylist later…I was a bright blonde again!



I came home and Craig said, “hello Marilyn Monroe!”

My hair is naturally blonde, it’s just that dirty blonde as my dad always called it. It seems dull and boring, especially when I have been inside all winter and there is no sun to lighten my strands. It feels good to be a bit brighter again! I feel so sunny.

After running an errand and doing some stuff around the house, I was ready for a nap. Had this for lunch first.

white cheese and noodles

And then took an hour and a half nap on the couch!

When I woke up, I was hungry again and snacked on an attune mint chocolate bar.

attune mint chocolate probiotic bar

Craig and I went eyeglass shopping for him. We technically can get free glasses every year with our vision plan and he never takes advantage of it.

He found a pair he liked and surprisingly, I also really liked them.

Craig and glasses

We ran to a few more eye places because like me, my husband likes to research and explore all of his options before settling on something. We treated ourselves to dinner at Qdoba. I had the chicken tortilla soup and a naked burrito with no meat.


At night, we watched The Kids are All Right. It was a really good movie–different than we both thought it would be. I would recommend it, but maybe my parents’ generation wouldn’t like it?

The Kids Are All Right movie

Onto blogging about my Sunday.

Happy first day of winter!

For this first day of winter, we appropriately got hit with icy, snowy roads to drive on. I had to haul a 50 lb. bag of salt into trunk of my car to weigh it down before heading to work.

On the radio this morning, one of my favorite morning shows was talking to former Olympic sprinter and gold medalist Carl Lewis, who now runs a website called “Fit Forever.” http://fitforever.com/ I haven’t been able to check it out in detail yet, but I like his mission of “helping people around the world energize their lives.”

It will be a pictureless (I originally wrote wordless, oops, I was so tired when I finished this post) Tuesday because I fell asleep on the couch tonight. I have been so tired the last two nights. Usually that means I am fighting an illness, but maybe it is the winter blues.

Breakfast today was Kashi Go Crisp! cereal, which I still just find kind of bland.

At work, I snacked on some dark chocolate Hershey’s kisses given to me by a co-worker and some raw almonds.

Lunch was Amy’s vegetable pot pie, a blueberry Chobani yogurt and a clementine.

And for dinner, we went to Qdoba and I ate more than half of a vegetarian burrito. The rest is for lunch tomorrow!

Time for bed, even though I fell asleep on the couch for a good portion of the night! Hopefully I will be able to sleep!