Posts Tagged ‘Roadie’
December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas Eve! I hope the majority of you reading this are enjoying a day off to relax (or last minute holiday shop…) with (or for…) loved ones.
Today we are up and at ‘em extra early trying to get on Paris time, which is six hours ahead. We fly out this evening and are doing our best to get a head start on the whole time difference thing. We are scheduled to arrive early Christmas morning, so our master plan is to sleep on the plane the majority of the way over. Let’s just hope that doesn’t backfire!
To keep me occupied, I am working on a series of posts to keep you entertained while we are away. I believe we will have Internet access once we get to our hotel, so I’ll try to keep you updated and sneak in photos of what we are up to as much as I can while we’re there!
Candlelight Christmas Show
Scott and I met a few friends last night for a candlelight service at the church we have been attending since moving up here a year ago. Since we started dating back in 2008, Scott and I have always gone to a Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Last year we ended up taking a spontaneous trip over to Chicago, so this year we were hoping to get back into the tradition.
Coincidentally, Alex – a friend and teammate of mine – invited us to a Christmas show that included one on Christmas Eve Eve.
I loved the performance and it reminded me of when I used to be a part of a production at our church back home in Orlando called The Singing Christmas Trees.
After the opening singing and dancing portion, the show went on to a creative drama scene and message from the pastor, closing with a candlelight singing of In Excelsis Gloria. It was beautiful.
After the show, we gathered in the church lobby and took advantage of their set up trees and props photo area. Because really… why wouldn’t you?
That extra long Santa hat Scott is sporting is ridiculous and I am kind of jealous he got to wear it. (Says the girl wearing a white fuzzy beard.)
We all parted ways soon after and Alex met us at our house along with a few other close friends for dinner. Scott had something delicious on the menu!
(Caprese salad + Pesto Pasta)
(Recipe will be coming to you soon!)
We also devoured a few platefuls of warm brie and crackers, salsa and chips, and baby carrots dipped in hummus. I have come to the conclusion that snacking might actually be a hidden talent of mine, and I’m at peace with it.
As the night went on, we somehow ended up getting the idea to open all of our Christmas presents under the tree since I had a feeling we might want a few of them for the trip. (Santa just so happened to come early this year. He’s good like that.)
Scott and I took turns opening the small stack of presents we had wrapped for each other, but I found the greatest joy watching Roadie and the kitties “open” theirs.
Roadie loved and may have already destroyed most of his presents. Anddd the cats’ presents too. I swear he thinks he is the only child around here. When he stole the cat nip play ball away from Aspen, we had to put him in check by only letting him have one toy and one treat for the rest of the night.
It reminded me of what my parents used to do with me and Halloween candy. Do you remember how hard it was to ration that out? I always made piles and saved my favorites for last.
Just for fun, we took bets on which cookie treat Roadie would go for first: the gingerbread man, the Christmas tree, or the bone. Any guesses which one he picks?
I picked the gingerbread. Eh, you win some you lose some.
We ended up chatting the night away and didn’t say our goodbyes until the wee early hours of the morning. I guess that’s what happens around the holidays… catching up on quality time with those you love.
We are missing getting to spend this time with our families, but are making the best of it with our “Michigan family” up here. We are very thankful for them!
Here’s hoping you have a great rest of your day. Time to get moving and pack already… Au revior!
Questions of the Day
• Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions with your family?
• If you aren’t celebrating, what holiday or plans are you looking forward to?
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.
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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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