Hi friends! How was your weekend?
Mine was great and much needed after a busy week of traveling for work. James was out of town, so it was a girls weekend. Just me and Phoebe! We spent each morning like this:
There’s nothing better than starting the day with a book, a warm cup of coffee and a kitty.
On Saturday morning, after reading a few chapters in my book, I decided to make some banana bread. The last few recipes I’ve tried have been duds, but this one I tried courtesy of another blogger was fantastic! I’m ashamed to say I put some Christmas music on while I was baking. I normally like to wait until after Thanksgiving, but I was feeling all warm and fuzzy after being curled up with a blanket, book and coffee, so I lit some candles and filled the apartment with the sweet smells of baking and some a cappella music (thank you, Pentatonix).
Following the mini baking session, I headed out for an all-out girls day of shopping. I’ve got a few Christmas parties coming up (and, my year-end review lunch at work, eek!), so I went in search of a little something dressy for these occasions. After trying on a few dresses and pencil skirts and getting fed up that none of them worked because of my height (sigh, whats new?), I ended up going with a pair of skinny black pants, a blush sweater, chunky necklace and heels. And, thanks to a ton of Friendsgiving sales, I didn’t totally break the bank.
Speaking of Friendsgiving, after shopping I wanted to just go home and throw myself on the couch, but instead I had to get back in the kitchen and prep some mashed potatoes for a Friendsgiving I was attending. Immediately when I was assigned the mashed potatoes, one of the most boring but necessary Thanksgiving dishes, I knew I had to do something different or unique with them. So, I threw in few secret ingredients, bacon included, and they ended up being a hit.
Friendsgiving turned out to be a really great evening complete with good company and good food. Even the turkey, which I don’t normally eat, was well worth the wait.
After stuffing myself at Friendsgiving and a week of traveling with limited workouts and countless meals eaten out, I was feeling a little blah. So, I decided to get right back into the fitness groove with some mix-it up motivation. On Sunday, my mom and I met at a Pure Barre studio for our first class. Holy cow it burns! I’m so glad I finally decided to jump on this train so many fitnessistas have already been on for a while. I loved the focused attention on each muscle group in my arms, legs, butt, and abs. It was such a different workout from anything I’ve tried before – working one set of muscles to fatigue and learning to appreciate the burn.
I think I’ll definitely be going back. This will be a nice way to mix up my workouts, especially as it’s getting colder and the holidays are coming up. I followed my workout with a small cup of kale turkey sausage soup and some muscle milk.
I spent the rest of the evening relaxing with James and a glass of wine. We put together our Christmas wish list for the family. Can you believe we asked for a sander, a stud finder and a shop vac? Yep, we just bought a fixer-upper home and we’re really excited about getting started! When we got hungry, I quickly threw together some dinner using what we had available – turkey sausage, asparagus, onion, gluten-free pasta and pumpkin sauce! Yum.
We then capped the night with some cheesy christmas movies and warm cups of decaf coffee for me and hot chocolate loaded with mini marshmallows for James. Weekend perfection.
How was your weekend? Are you listening to Christmas music yet?