Weekend randoms and dog costumes

Happy football Sunday errbody.   Hope you all had a spectacular weekend!

My weekend was pretty random.  I didn’t do anything special but it was nice 🙂

I took a long walk on Friday and thought to myself how it really hasn’t felt like fall here (it’s been abnormally hot) but it sure is starting to look like fall here!

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Then on Saturday we had to run a few errands before the weather turned to shit.  Before we ran said errands, we had to pick up some lunch and stumbled upon this!!!!

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HELLLOOO!  How awesome is this?!?!  It seriously made my day.  I have also come to the conclusion that when Scooby kicks the bucket, I am buying a Pug as a replacement and I am going to name him Pig.  It’s going to be great.

Then today, I ventured out for lunch and more errands and stumbled upon this sign next to the train station.  

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I’m not sure what a “Donet” is but it sure looks as tasty as a donut!

And then this happened:

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Poor Susan, she never knew what she had coming, ha!

Now I am just sitting here looking for dog costumes to throw my money away purchase for my dogs and I thought I would share my favorites.

I actually already have this one and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

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Found here, it’s only $15…what a steal!

For the future Mr. Pig, the Pug:

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This little guy looks like my Scoob:

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Apparently, he was the “Wile E. Coyote“?  I don’t care what he was, he is freaking awesome!

Or perhaps if you have a larger dog…

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All right, I’ll stop wasting your time, have a great weekend!

 

Oh you fancy, huh?

Sun-daaay FUN-daaay = Miserable Monday

Happy Sunday, ‘errbody!  I hope you all are having the type of awesome Sunday that makes for a miserable Monday.  As for me, I’ve got a rough week at work ahead of me so I took it easy and rearranged/added some things around the house.  Whenever I do the decorating thing, I feel super fancy (because I’m totally not).  I thought I would share because you know, the internet.

My bar cart didn’t have any fun decorations on it so I made a quick run to Pier One to sass it up a bit

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Here’s a closer look at the top & bottom shelves.  The top shelf has the frog and candle combo that I picked up from Pier One (the bottom shelf consists of items I scrounged from around the house).

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RIBBET!

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I just realized that it might have been helpful to include the “before” photos…but I’m an amateur so I’m sure you forgive me.

Anyway, after tackling the bar cart, I moved onto the coffee table.  All that was there before was a little tray for the remotes and the books.  I left the books and bought a new tray plus the vase and the bird.  In case you didn’t notice, I am very festive which explains the little pumpkins in the vase.

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And finally, I am going to eventually frame this picture that I took to hang up in my bedroom.  We’ve got a couple of black and white photos of Chicago already hanging up so this will fit in perfectly!

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That’s all folks!!!

Any home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to tackle?

-I’ve got a ton of empty frames that I’ve been meaning to fill and hang up but ugh, that takes too much energy.

 

My weekend in pictures

I thought I would kick off this post by sharing my workout from yesterday.

It started off with 20 minutes on the elliptical (I started with the resistance at level 9 and kicked it up a notch every 5 minutes).  Then I moved along to this quick little leg workout:

ImageI was pressed for time so I didn’t really work on my abs.  The whole workout (including the elliptical) took me about 55 minutes.  It was a pretty good little workout!

This past weekend, the weather was unbelievable.  I mean, now I remember why I live in this city after all!  Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Since strawberry season is in full swing, I picked up a whole bunch of them and made a little salad with a side of chicken for lunch before heading out for the day.

Look at these things!

ImageThen it was time to take a cab over to Mayfest but look what I saw on the way there…A squirrel in a dress!!! HA!

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ImageSaturday, we played our kickball game (and lost again) and then headed over to the lakefront to play some croquet.

ImageWell, the boys played croquet…This is what the girls did…

ImageNOTHING!  It was awesome!

This is probably one of my most favorite spots in the entire city (when it’s warm, of course) because the view is just awesome.  Here’s a better picture of said view:

ImageAfter croquet, we got home and the dogs were all like “excuse me, WHERE have you been all day?!?!!?”

ImageDoes anyone have any plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend?

-I’m not sure what we are planning because it is supposed to be quite chilly here in Chi so we shall see.

Hope you guys have a great rest of your week!!!

I run for the champagne

Ahhhh, Monday, how I loathe thee.

This Monday was especially painful because of how tired I was from this crazy weekend.  I swear, I feel like I hardly took a break at all the last 2 days.  So, here is a little recap…

Friday night I just went out to dinner with the hubby because I knew the rest of the weekend was going to be jam-packed.

Saturday morning started off with a trip to the gym.  Since I was going to be running an 8k on Sunday, I took it somewhat easy: 20 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes stair-stepper followed by back/abs strength session.  After the gym, I headed over to Michael’s for this little DIY project that was inspired by my friend, Leslie.

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After Michael’s I picked up my race packet and got my teeth whitened, sexy right?

My husband and I got so tired that this had to happen:

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Note the straw.  Apparently, according to the teeth whitening people (what else would you have me call them?), we had to avoid pretty much all alcoholic drinks for 3 days but that using a straw makes it okay (thank GOODNESS!!!).

Race day gear ready to go…

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Sunday started off like-so:

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Soooo many people, holy moly.  I thought it was really cool that the winner of The Biggest Loser 2013 was there.

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The actual race could have been better.  I had an unpleasant bout of diarrhea right before the race (too much?) so I was really dehydrated and felt like crap for most of the time.

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After the race was over, I had a nice little brunch with my friend, Indira (she ran too!) then met up with my husband for some bike riding on the lakefront.  Aaaand then, THIS happened!

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What can I say, I run for the champagne!

Money shot:

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Random question: If you saw a meetup group in your city named Bitches, Booze and Books, would you consider joining?

 

 

 

Treadmill workout, total body circuit and my favorite salad

Guys, I am soooo happy about the long weekend.  My job has been kicking my butt lately with these crazy hours so an extra day off is ALWAYS welcome 🙂

This weekend I got in a couple of really sweet workouts and made a yummy yet easy dinner. SO…

I am going to move it along in chronological order so let’s start off with Friday.  I didn’t really feel like braving the cold so I made this balsamic onion, bacon and goat cheese pizza recipe that I found on Pinterest + my favorite salad [aside: For the pizza, I bought a pre-made wheat crust and used turkey bacon instead, it was still delicious!]

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My favorite salad is so simple yet so delicious, I can honestly tell you that I eat this thing AT LEAST once a day.  To make it, all you need is: Arugula (or some other super green mix, spinach, bok choy, etc), goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, liquid agave and olive oil.  Just toss all the ingredients in a bowl and ENJOY!  You’ll thank me in the morning.

Saturday morning got started off on the wrong foot, to say the least.  I was signed up to do my very first Bar Method class with my friend Leslie.  Well, for some reason, I thought the studio was a lot closer to my apartment so I wounded up full-on sprinting to the place.  WELL, I got there TWO WHOLE MINUTES late and they wouldn’t let me take the class!!!  OMG, to say I was pissed would be the understatement of the year.  So instead, I pouted walked my booty home and did this awesome treadmill workout instead:

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Guys, this thing kicked ASS (for me, anyway)!

Today was nothing special, I didn’t feel like doing much in terms of working out but I’ve been taking a lot of cheat days so I thought it best to drag myself to the gym.  I ended up doing 15 minutes on the elliptical + 10 minutes on the stair climber (the one that rotates) + this awesome circuit workout that I found on Peanut Butter Fingers <— If you’ve never been to her website, check it out ASAP, it’s awesome!  Oh yea, the workout!…

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The workout only took about 20 minutes so I was on my way back to the couch in no time!

As for the rest of my day, I am going to fart around with my camera and take random pictures of Chicago like a total tourist.  Then tonight, I’m off to see Identity Thief and then to grab some dinner.

Hope you all have an awesome Monday off!!!!

 

Weekend Goals

With the weekend upon us plus being in the throes of football season, it can be VERY difficult to avoid over-indulging in extra calories (namely, alcohol).  SO, for this weekend, my goal is to keep up with my workouts and avoid drinking too much beer.

I’ve got an added temptation because today, the finance department (which includes yours truely) is doing a bowling/social event starting at 2:00.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE leaving the office early BUT, I really don’t want to drink that beer!  On the other hand, I don’t want my co-workers to think I’m prego.  Aaah, the joys of being a woman, right?  So, I’ll probably just have one beer, problem solved.

Yesterday I did 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill + glutes and core.

Today is my off day so I opted for a lighter lunch.

I basically just threw a bunch of crap (spinach, chick peas, pickles, olives, lunch meat) together that was laying around the house.  I must admit, it was pretty good and was probably right around 250 calories, not too shabby!

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Happy Friday!