Posts Tagged ‘Roadie’
October 21, 2013
I was just thinking to myself yesterday how much I love Sunday afternoons.
While Scott and I’s schedule is anything but “normal” and rarely do we have a full weekend free, we almost always at least have Sunday afternoons together. By this point, we both get home from a morning practice and always want to hang low and get ready for the week ahead.
Lately, we have been catching up on college football since Scott insists on recording his Hogs games. I always start off watching them with him, but am notorious for snoozing before the first quarter is over. Ahhh, weekend naps are the best!
This past weekend was one of my favorites we’ve spent together in a while. There wasn’t anything crazy going on, but just enough activity and quality family time to make it memorable. Oh, and then there was this.
Saturday: Spontaneous Shopping + Date Night
You already know how we spent our Friday night. Freezing and mostly terrified on my first Haunted Hayride!
I woke up Saturday with a sniffle and spent the morning and some of the afternoon wrapped up like a pig in a blanket. It was cold and dreary out too, which didn’t make getting motivated to do anything any easier.
Although I wasn’t feeling my best, my appetite was still in full force and I enjoyed a good two and a half servings of this light turkey chili from the crockpot.
(I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you tomorrow!)
Around 2 p.m. Scott suggested we go see a movie and that sounded perfect. We caught a matinee showing of Gravity in 3D, and it was really good. It left me wanting to see more and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, which is pretty impressive.
Plus, we got to rock these stellar shades.
Okay fine, we recycled them after, but the excitement kept on rolling when we conveniently realized we were already at a huge outlet mall and needed to start stocking up on winter apparel.
(To my Florida friends, yes, it is already that cold out up here.)
We both left feeling like we spent too much money, but justified every single purchase with the standard “it’s going to be freezing out and I could wear this anywhere” approach. I’ll be sure to share some of my favorite pieces with you later this week!
Before we knew it, our tummies were rumbling and we were both craving Italian for dinner. Shocker. We tried to get into a few restaurants around the mall, but with an incredible wait ahead made our way over to Downtown Rochester instead. Finally, we stumbled upon Georgio’s Pizza and Pasta, a casual dinner spot on Main Street.
Not holding anything back, we split a Caprese salad (yum) and a basket of garlic knots (YUM) to start.
Craving a little spice, I made up my own pasta with angel hair, fra diavolo sauce and added Italian sausage to it.
Everything was delicious and I may have enjoyed the leftovers for dinner last night as well.
Sunday at the Bark Park
I can never really read what we will be doing on Sundays. Lately, Scott and I have been extra loungy and don’t do too much outside of the house once we get home after morning practice.
More Sundays than not, I also have a fresh coat of spray tan to set too. Ha!
(Don’t worry, the weird grey tint and patchiness washes off!)
Still feeling a bit under the weather, we kept it low key and stayed indoors until we noticed all three pets staring out the window. It’s so beautiful outside right now, and I know it’s not going to last too much longer before the breeze turns from nice to freezing!
I quickly put together a monster salad for us to pull from for the next few days.
Lunch was a base of this salad (spring mix and organic power greens, tomatoes, orange peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, green olives, carrots, and fresh cilantro) topped with the last of my Mediterranean Chick Pea MorningStar Veggie Burgers.
(I have decided not to make any future MorningStar Farms purchases, based on GMO concerns.)
(My heart is still breaking a little over it).
After lunch, our mission was to enjoy the outdoors and finally take our pup to a dog park. Poor Roadie hadn’t been to one in over a year, and we know how much he loves them.
After a quick google search, we were on our way to one that was supposed to be huge and stopped for gas and refreshments on the way.
This was the first time I have ever seen Argo Tea. With it’s fancy glass bottle packaging, it is a little on the pricey side at 2 for $4.
For what it’s worth, I was happy to find out all of the ingredients are natural and both flavors were really really good.
Actually, I finished the entire thing before we even arrived.
We pulled up to Orion Oaks Park with two hours to spare before closing time. It cost $5 for the day, and I am almost positive we will be getting the annual pass for $30.
The property is huge with tons of hiking and walking trails, and we only got to experience the “small” dog park portion of it.
Since Roadie is considered to be a bigger dog (although he seems to always be the smallest of the bigger dogs), we were guided to the bark park area that included a trail and woods!
It was absolutely gorgeous!
As soon as we let him off the leash, he went nuts and ran circles around every one and every dog. He got so excited!
The only downfall of all of the space was him being able to run off with his four-legged friends into the woods and trails. We quickly chased after him but couldn’t see a fence in sight.
The views were stunning but I would have enjoyed them more if I had Roadie on a leash and was prepared for having to keep an extra eye on him. This for sure wasn’t the type of dog park we were used to in Florida!
We finally got him back and made sure to keep his focus on the large grass area filled with other dogs. That seemed to do the trick until he finally tuckered out an hour later.
We made our way back to the house, the boys took showers (I just love when Roadie smells clean!) and we spent the rest of our evening watching more football (Scott), doing laundry (me), and out like a light (Roadie).
It was a pretty wonderful way to spend the weekend!
Now it’s time to get my week started. We’ve got a busy one ahead with two home games and a lot of practices. See ya tomorrow!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever tried “the spicy” fra diavalo spaghetti sauce?
• Are you a fan of dog parks?
I love taking Roadie to dog parks, but at the same time it gives me a lot of anxiety. At larger spaces like this one, I feel like I can’t control everywhere he goes which makes both Scott and I very nervous. We love letting him run free, but at the same time have to chase him around, call his name, and make sure he stays out of trouble. Occasionally, he doesn’t mix well with who seems to be the dominant dog of the dog park and we spend the entire time trying to keep them a part. Kinda stressful.
At the end of the day, however, taking him to parks and watching him play with other dogs makes my heart smile. He gets so happy, which makes me really happy. Totally worth it!
August 31, 2013
Happy Saturday! I have just a few minutes to chat before I have to head back upstairs and get ready for the day, so let’s get right down to business.
First thing’s first, I have a giveaway winner to announce! Thank you to all who entered and shared the Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 Giveaway! I loved reading which shoes each one of you would pick out.
• Entry #80: Rebecca Pytell - You won by following @Reebok on Twitter!
Please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address, shoe size, and Nano style/color of choice to claim your prize!
*Offer excludes Reebok CrossFit items (yes, that means the Nanos – sad face – sorry guys).
Dinner & A Movie Date
I can’t tell you the last time Scott and I went on a dinner and a movie date. Probably months! With an itch to get out but still stay in our casual clothes, we figured a rainy Friday night was the perfect excuse to go.
We drove around for a while before deciding on trying a new (for us) Italian place called Pasquale’s.
The place has been around since 1954 and has some crazy history. I will for sure have to share some stories with you another time…
For now, I will share that I for sure took advantage of this date night and allowed myself to “let loose” a little on the dinner front. First came a Michigan Cherry Wine Sangria.
Then Scott and I split an Anitpasto Salad.
And then dove right into the main attraction, (what we have heard people rave about), their Deep Dish Pizza!
OH. MY. YUM.
I don’t know if it was amazing because it was deep dish (which I haven’t had in ages) or if it was because it was truly that delicious. Either way, I was a fan!
Just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more, the waitress asked if we wanted to see the dessert tray. Whenever we try a new Italian restaurant, Scott has to try their tiramisu and I may or may not have given him the look of death when he ordered one.
My “just one bite” turned into eating at least half of it, and I must admit that it was pretty darn tasty.
After dinner, we checked out some movie times and were excited to finally go see “We’re The Millers”. I didn’t know much about it going into it, but I knew it was supposed to be funny.
We were both laughing out loud within a few minutes time. The comedy was great and I loved it!!
Three cheers for a casual rainy Friday night!
Family Trail Run
A night of indulgence usual equals a long run the next morning, just to get things movin’ and get me back in the swing of a normal routine.
This morning we wanted to bring Roadie along, so we settled on a 4 mile loop that included our favorite neighborhood trail!
The idea for a trail run on a Saturday morning is quite popular amongst our neighbors. We crossed paths with several runners, walkers, and bike riders!
We made it home without any troubles and I was so proud of Roadie for keeping up the whole time. Four miles is a new Roadie distance record!
As soon as we got home, Scott gave him a bath to help cool him down and we made sure to give him a lot of love afterwards.
I just love when he’s so fresh and so clean, clean!
Well, I’m off to get ready to work a festival in downtown Royal Oak called Arts Beats and Eats. Can’t wait to see how it is and tell you all about it.
Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
August 28, 2013
As promised earlier, it’s time to cover another What I Ate Wednesday!
I don’t have much time to chat before I need to hop in the shower and get ready for an appearance, followed by practice directly after (oh, hey deja vu from Monday!), so I’m going to get right to it.
If you’re like… what the heck is WIAW? Let me fill you in. Okay… ready?
(PS: huge shout out to Jenn, as always, for hosting!)
What I Ate
Yesterday’s eats involved strawberries at every opportunity. I didn’t realize it until the end of the day when I got to the bottom of my prepped container of them, and Scott goes “that’s all the strawberries we have?” Ummm…. yes. Because apparently I have a problem. My name is Heather, and I’m a strawberry-aholic. It’s fine.
I completely skipped lunch and had a series of snacks throughout the afternoon instead. Occasionally, I prefer to eat that way.
(Organic baby carrots, grape tomatoes and wheat thins dipped in Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Blackberry Non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt with Bear Naked granola and strawberries (duh), and a Double Dark Chocolate Zone Perfect protein bar!)
Scott got home about 7 p.m. and I prepped a salad to have later with him for dinner upon his return for the gym.
(Organic spring mix + baby spinach, golden tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, banana peppers, broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds.)
I didn’t join his trip to the gym because I had other plans on my mind that involved running outside with Roadie.
Then it started raining.
Instead of giving up on my plan to work out, I finally tried out a coached workout on an iPhone app called PEAR Sports!
The workout switched from cardio (running, sprints, stairs) to core exercises every few minutes and included moves like mountain climbers, bicycle crunches and corkscrews. I loved it!
It was just a little over a half hour and by the time I was done, I was one sweaty girl. Roadie even joined in the majority of the cardio blasts.
He’s crazy… but the best.
Dinner came directly after a shower and I had worked up quite the appetite. Since trying to ween myself off of soy-based products, I have kept my eye out for other kinds of meat substitutions like this Qrunch Quinoa Burger.
I topped it with salsa and a little bit of shredded cheese and really, really liked it. I love quinoa. On the side, I heated up the rest of my leftover organic lentil soup (thanks Amy’s Kitchen!) and drizzled oil and vinegar over my already prepped salad.
Both Scott and I enjoyed the rest of our strawberries for dessert aside a Fiber One brownie.
I decided to get fancy by heating the brownie up first and topping it with whipped cream. It was a yummy treat for sure!
Well, friends… I guess that just about wraps it up. Hope you all have a great rest of your Wednesday. Off to get ready. Happy WIAW!
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August 23, 2013
I just love Starbucks.
Not only do they satisfy my cravings for fancy coffee drinks and somewhat healthy breakfast wraps, but they also think about the other riders going through the Drive Thru with their coffee lovin’ customers. Like Roadie!
I am probably one of the last people to find out about this, but did you know they offer four legged friends a “Puppy Cup” free of charge when they see one riding through?
It’s just a tiny plastic shot glass filled with whip cream, but sounds a million times more adorable when they call it a “Puppy Cup.”
While running some errands after the gym this afternoon, I decided to let Roadie go for a ride with me. We ended up passing a Starbucks Drive Thru and I couldn’t resist.
Apparently, I wasn’t alone. What a sweet surprise!
NEW Yes To Blueberries Giveaway Winners
Once again, a big thank you going out to all who entered the Yes To Blueberries Giveaway! As most of you know, I announced the 3 winners of the skincare line on Monday… but still have yet to hear from them. I meant to re-draw and announce new winners on Wednesday, but the day passed by without me even thinking about it. Now that it’s Friday and I think it’s more than fair to move on. (Sorry guys!)
a NEW CONGRATULATIONS to…
• Entry #34: Kaitlyn Evans - You won by tweeting about the Giveaway!
• Entry #105: Tara @ WorkFitOut - You won by following @hwglamour on Twitter!
• Entry #82: Dana Jones - You won by liking Yes To Carrots on Facebook!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address to claim your prizes.
You have 48 hours to do so!
Sorry to make it extremely short today, but I have a husband grab from the airport and better be on my way before I’m late. Yayyyyy for Friday evening rush hour on the way! Don’t worry… I’ll be rockin’ out the whole time.
Have a great night, and catch ya tomorrow!