Mid-week vacation days are the best

It feels weird that it’s Thursday right now! I love taking a day off in the middle of the week because it makes the work days seem so short. Yesterday was filled with a lot of fun and I’m so glad I took the vacation time.

The first half of the day was spent with Riley on our mini day-date. We recently found out that Bonefish Grill now serves lunch, so we headed over to check it out. It didn’t disappoint! I ordered grilled salmon topped with spinach, goat cheese, and artichoke hearts. On the side I had a couscous salad that was delicious. The whole meal hit the spot and was just the right amount of food!

Salmon from Bonefish

After lunch we went to see Neighbors, which was really funny! I don’t think I laughed as much as I was expecting to, but it was really entertaining and I definitely don’t regret seeing it.

Yesterday evening, my friend Danielle came over so we could catch up on the first episode of the Bachelorette. While I got dinner ready, we chatted and sipped wine. Meanwhile, Coco enjoyed the great outdoors on the back deck. It’s almost impossible to keep her inside once the weather warms up!

Patio and Coco

For our appetizer I set out some delicious crackers and gorgonzola cheese from Trader Joe’s that I couldn’t stop eating!

cheese and crackers

Dinner was a delicious salad that was inspired by a menu item I saw on the Bonefish Grill menu. I’ll tell you all about it with the recipe tomorrow. I’m really glad I have leftovers so I can enjoy it again today for lunch.

Girls night table

We watched the Bachelorette, a couple episodes of Vampire Diaries (Don’t judge me for my tv choices…..I get enough judgement of my teenager shows from Riley) and did our nails before calling it a night. I’m totally OK with a girl’s night that involves yoga pants, couch time, wine, and going to bed by 10:00.

Workout & Breakfast

Despite getting to bed a bit later than I normally would, I was determined to get to the gym this morning. Could have something to do with the fact that I ate everything in sight for dinner last night. It’s fine….I arrived at the gym right at 5:00 and hopped on a treadmill for a run. After 30 minutes, I’d planned to do a leg workout, but I was enjoying my run so much I decided to just go with it. I finished after 50 minutes to stretch a bit before heading home.

I was craving something savory for breakfast today, which hasn’t happened in a while. I scrambled up some eggs with turkey sausage, spinach, and feta cheese. On the side I had a slice of toast with avocado on top.

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So good! I have a feeling this will keep me full right up to lunch.

I loved having my mini break during the week. The best part is now I only have a day and a half standing between me and Memorial Day Weekend.

Hope you all have a good one!

What’s for breakfast today?

Do you stick to a set plan for your workouts or do you like to go with the flow?

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My favorite things about May

Hey, friends! Today promises to be another gorgeous day. I started out my morning with a nice workout consisting of cardio on the adaptive motion trainer, some ab work, and stretching.

Breakfast today is a Greek yogurt bowl topped with nuts and dried fruit, chia seeds, and a drizzle of honey.

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I’ve been in the best mood lately. I think it has to do with the fact that May is one of my absolute favorite months! While I love the fall with it’s cooler temps, football season, and holidays, I really think that spring is my favorite season. Something about the promise of longer days, warm weather, and vacation just makes everything better.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share my favorite parts about this glorious month.

1) The sun is up early! This is a big one for me because I’m such a morning person. I love going to the gym and seeing the sun when I get out. All the birds are chirping and waking up and it’s such a great way to start the day.

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2) The days are getting longer. This is awesome because I like to enjoy some daylight after the work day is over. In the winter, it’s always dark by the time I make it home from work, which makes me feel like I need to immediately go to bed. Having a few hours to enjoy the back deck is my absolute favorite.

3) The gardens! I shared my garden updates yesterday, but the whole town is in bloom it seems. Colonial Williamsburg has a bunch of public gardens that are so much fun to walk around. All the deadness of winter depresses the hell out of me, so it makes me happy to see everything come back to life.

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4) Time off! This one is a big one. From September-May 1st I feel like my life belongs to work. I love my job, but by the end of the work cycle I’m totally drained. May marks the beginning of vacation season. I have so much vacation time to use I’m making it my goal this year to not work more than 4 days each week. We’ll see how it goes!

5) Warmer weather. I swear I will never move north of Virginia. Ever. I am not cut out for cold and this past winter definitely confirmed that. I love being able to take walks around campus to break up my work day and not have to wear a jacket. This time of year I’m a big fan of scheduling “walking meetings,” which is just an excuse to take a 10 minute walk and talk about work things at the same time.

In the spirit of not working full work weeks, I’m taking tomorrow off to spend the day with Riley. We’re going to see Neighbors, which I’ve heard it hilarious. Anyone seen it? Anyway, I’d better run, so I’ll catch up with you later!

What’s your favorite month and why?

Weekend recap: prepping for summer

I can’t believe it’s Monday already! This weekend flew by and I hope you had a great one! I got a lot of stuff done and enjoyed what was basically perfect spring weather!

Friday night Riley and I went out to a birthday dinner for his boss. The food was amazing and we had a really great time! I completely forgot to take pics, so no visuals, unfortunately. I did indulge in a fabulous filet mignon, plenty of red wine, and bread/butter, though.  Saturday was pretty uneventful. I had to work for a few hours and I mostly relaxed the rest of the day afterwards. After some homemade steak Caesar salads Saturday night (with leftover steak from Friday’s dinner), Riley and I both went to bed pretty early.

Steak caesar salads

Going to bed early on Saturday meant that I woke up with Riley around 6:00 on Sunday. I got into one of those moods where I wanted to do EVERYTHING in one day, so that’s what I did!

First, I got Bella into the car and we drove over to Colonial Williamsburg to enjoy the sights and walk around. Williamsburg is gloriously empty at 7 AM and the weather was absolutely perfect for an early walk!

Empty CW

This time of year the public gardens in CW are in bloom and it’s so fun to walk around and check out all the gorgeous flowers.

CW gardens

Bella got herself right into the middle of the gardens and was having an absolute blast!

Bella in the CW gardens

After our long walk, I got changed and headed to a hot Vinyasa flow class at Studio South. It was a 90 minute class, which was the longest I’ve ever spent doing yoga in 105 degree heat. Let’s just say the class kicked my butt in an awesome way and I was completely drenched in sweat by the time it was over!

After yoga, I decided to get started on our patio/garden overhaul and got to work. After a couple hours of pulling weeds, cleaning up beds, and shopping for plants, our little garden is off to a great start!

Veggie garden before and after:

Garden before and after

Between our little veggie garden and some pots, I planted:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Beefsteak tomatoes
  • Banana peppers
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley

I still have some room, so I’m hoping to track down some cucumber plants, jalapenos, and a couple more herbs.

I’m loving how great our back deck smells! I also got some new pillows for our deck chairs and some hanging petunias. Outdoor pillows at Target are on sale for $8 and buy-one-get-one-50% off so I got four deck pillows for $24. Score!

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Coco was more than happy to help me garden.

Coco on the deck

And because I hadn’t done enough, I decided to whip up a batch of brownies too. They actually got whipped up pretty quickly cause I used a box mix from Trader Joe’s. Totally fine, because they tasted deliciously homemade 🙂

Brownie pan

Once Riley got home it was cocktail time! He’d bought a bunch of fresh lemons, limes, and oranges and made us some citrus-y vodka tonics. I spent my early evening unwinding on the patio with my drink and a magazine. Perfect weekend activity in my opinion!

Vodka tonic on patio

I’m a bit sore this morning, so I’ll probably take it easy in the workout department today. Now I’m off to grab some breakfast and get ready for work.

Have a great day!

What did you do this weekend?

Do you have a garden? What do you plant?

 

 

What I ate in Mexico

Good morning! I’m back into the swing of things here at home (despite it being hotter in VA than it was in Mexico), and life has quieted down a lot. Now that all the students are gone, work is weirdly quiet, though I’m loving the business casual dress code and open parking!

If you missed my Mexico recaps you can catch up on Part One and Part Two. Today, though, is all about the food. I had a ton of great meals in Mexico that I wanted to share with you. Given the fact that it’s Wednesday, I’m linking up with Jenn for a little WIAW action!

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Breakfasts

I tried to have a strategy in Mexico- to eat healthy for breakfast and lunch, then have whatever I wanted for dinner. With all-inclusive resorts it’s easy to get carried away and I wanted to keep things mostly healthy! It worked out really well, especially since our resort buffets had a ton of great healthy options to choose from. Most mornings I had fresh fruit, yogurt topped with granola/fruit/coconut/nuts, and a green juice. The resort made their green juice with apple, celery, spinach, and pineapple and was a very addictive combo. Who knew celery would taste so good in juice?

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Lunch

Lunches were also pretty healthy, thanks to a giant salad bar. Again, everything was really fresh so I had a ton to choose from. In addition to the salad bar, they had a bunch of pre-made salad options (Caribbean salad, Italian salad, etc.) that were fun to sample. A few days I tried the featured dishes being cooked on the grill. I also helped myself to chips and guacamole more than a few times!

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Dinner

Dinners were varied every night. One of my favorites was the Mediterranean seafood night, where I ordered a pesto fish (don’t remember what kind of fish) as my entree that was to die for!

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The resort’s Mexican restaurants had some great food too- tostadas, a chorizo & cheese dish that I thought would be the death of me (Riley’s selection, of course, always ordering the best dish), and some mole enchiladas.

Mexican resort food collage

French night was a delicious night as well- I ordered a crab meat appetizer and rack of lamb that was cooked perfectly!

French restaurant in Mexico

Finally, our anniversary dinner was amazing. The highlight was definitely the ceviche, but the quesadillas were pretty awesome as well.

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Drinks

A trip to Mexico isn’t complete with a lot of beverages! I had spa smoothies from the healthy beach bar, mudslides, wine, green juice, and of course, lots of margaritas. By the end of the week, I mainly stuck to wine for alcohol because I couldn’t handle all the sugary drinks anymore! One of my favorite spots was the healthy beach bar, which made tons of healthy smoothies. I got one every day when we were at the beach.

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And that’s about it! I didn’t eat a lot of sweets because I’m not really a big fan of Mexican desserts. I think flan is completely disgusting and most of the stuff I tried just wasn’t sweet enough for me. I never felt like I was deprived or over-doing it at any point. I loved that the resort had enough healthy and delicious options that I could stay balanced throughout the week.

I’ll see you all tomorrow with a workout, but for now have a good one!

What’s your favorite Mexican dish?