Weekend in Review 4 | March 2015

Last weekend of March!  Where the heck does the time go and why must it go so fast?

I took care of the Friday recap already, which you can find here.

Saturday started off with a killer Insanity workout at 24 Hour Fitness.   I had a couple newbies and they said they LOVED class, so here’s hoping they come back next time!   Afterwards I came home to madness in the backyard!

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Clint, Kyle, Gary, J and Ryan worked hard getting our new sidewalk and part of our patio down.   We fell a little short on the concrete so will have to finish the rest of the patio later, but so far it looks great!   This area of the backyard never received sunlight so it was a constant mud hole.   It will be nice to bypass that mess!

I fed lunch to the boys, complete with fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies…

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And then Jessica and I ran a few errands and followed it up with some driveway beers to soak up the warm sun.

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Then it was time for Ashley’s Bachelorette party.  Ashley is one of my biker b!tches and is CUTE as a button.

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Ashley and I

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Ashley and Tyree

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We did the bar scene downtown Old Market until about 11:30 and decided it was time to bounce.   Let’s just say the scene is NOT for me anymore.  I will take a small dive bar off the beaten path any day over that scene.

The pickup lines were quite priceless though.   Cue the guy who walked by Tyree’s friend Ashley (not the bachelorette) and without saying a word pointed to his eye, his heart and then pointed right at her.

Really, bud?

Find a new one because that didn’t get you sh!t with us.

Sunday

Sunday started off super lazy for me.   Little sleep thanks to the mix of vodka, late night, dogs who have to pee and an internal alarm clock that fails me on the weekends.   But, my day lightened up at noon as I was able to help celebrate Briton’s 5th Birthday!

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How CUTE is this little guy!?

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And his mama.  ❤

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Briton is going to be tearing up his neighborhood in no time!

The rest of Sunday has consisted of a little cleaning, yard work for Clint, meal prep (Sweet potato cubes baked with coconut oil and cinnamon made my house smell so darn delicous) and now iHeart Radio Music Awards.    ❤

Cheers to a fabulous week!

Ridiculously Awesome Friday

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This morning started much like any other day.  Up early, ready to get my workout done and a FB post ready to go up for my private challenge group.  I started off by hitting the hotel gym, which ended up being an 8×8 box with a treadmill and an elliptical, so I took it to the outdoors.   24 degrees and a few miles was a great wake-up call.

Once back in my room I started working on my post for my challengers when I felt the urge to take it in a new direction.   Instead of just focusing on our physical health and wellness, I decided to expand it to our overall wellness and challenge them to pay it forward.  I didn’t tell them how or what to do, but to just find a way to make someone else’s day a little better.  Anytime you can bring a smile to someone’s day results in a win-win situation.  I actually even shared the idea, along with the above photo, on both my personal and blog FB pages as well.

Little did I know how ridiculously amazing my Friday would become.

My meetings wrapped up around 11am so I took the extra free time and traveled to Jordan Creek Mall for a little me time.   One of my first stops ended up being Starbucks with the idea to pay it forward by purchasing coffee for the person standing behind me.   While in line I noticed the gal immediately behind me had a gift card so I decided to hold off on purchasing hers and instead picked up a $5 card to pass on to someone else.  While waiting for my order several other folks got in line, but no one that I seemed drawn to.  It was only when I was walking out that a mother pushing a stroller with her little baby caught my eye.  Her stroller actually got nudged in my way a bit as I was making my way out of the store and she immediately apologized.  I stopped and asked if she was heading into Starbucks, to which she answered yes.  I then told her I wanted to pay it forward to someone that day and that I was choosing her.  She looked at me in astonishment and said “Really? Oh, thank you.”.

Her smile and that moment totally made my day.

I passed the card over, told her to enjoy her coffee and turned to go on my way.

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Thanks Starbucks for helping me pass on a smile.

After I left Starbucks, I made my way over to Express to browse and of course found a portfolio dress and a couple pairs of earrings right off the bat. (Express never fails me)

The dress alone was tagged at $88.   All of my items should have added up to $140ish after taxes.

Want to know what I paid?

$35

The dress was on clearance (no tags indicating that) as was one of the pairs of earrings.  Didn’t have any idea until at the register.   Seriously.  Did that just happen?   I also had just returned a pair of running shoes for a different pair and saved $90 on those.  This day was turning out to be pretty darn spectacular if you ask me!

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I called my day a success and headed back towards Homaha.   A good 2 hours of loud music, open road and sunny skies.  It was perfect.

Once home I was greeted with this cute fella and a backyard ready for cement.  I love the formation he chose to do.  Sometimes he has a pretty cool vision that I don’t understand until laid out in front of me.  I dig it!

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Then the mail came!  GUESS WHAT GOT DELIVERED?!

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My soon to be new saddlebags!  Hell yes!!   Now for it to warm up a bit so Clint can get these suckers painted. 🙂

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Also in the mail….this.

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Hands down the greatest, most heartfelt gift I’ve received in a while.   Of course from my bestie, Kayla.  She knew how nervous I was and how much self-doubt I was pumping myself full of before my audition. (<– link)  But, she, in return, pumped me full of positive chats and encouragement.   That phone call to Kayla the night I auditioned was hands down the most exciting phone call to make.   She shared that excitement right along with me.  Very cool moment.  This gift is absolutely perfect.  Thank you, Kayla.  Thank you. ❤

Again… I had no idea just how freaking awesome this Friday was going to be.

So, moving on with the day, Clint and I decided on taco’s for dinner, so a quick trip to the grocery store turned out to be an entertaining one.  You guys… I might seriously start a new feature on the blog showcasing the conversations I have when I wear my Insanity Instructor jacket.

Yep… you remember the first conversation, right?  (Find it here).  Well, tonight’s story led to a fun conversation with a fella named Shawn.   Shawn stopped me in the popcorn aisle with the line:

“Excuse me, but, I just have to say that you are absolutely striking.”

I graciously thanked him, shook his hand and thus began the Q&A session of what Insanity is, how I became an instructor, where I teach, etc.  And then this question happened…

Are you single?

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<Cue awkward moment for poor Shawn>

 No, my friend I am not.

He then congratulated the lucky fella (who was at home) and told me to have a wonderful evening.

Likewise, my new friend.  

And kuddos to you for having the guts to ask.

This jacket.   It really does bring out some fabulous conversations.  .

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The Friday just keeps getting better because as I was making dinner my mom and step-dad walk in the door!  SURPRISE!  They had a few minutes to kill before attending the Omaha Symphony, so they just decided to swing by and say hello. I love visitors! 🙂

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You can’t tell Clint’s been playing in the mud all day at all!

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And then it was time for a delicious dinner, chats with my hubby and now sweet sweet bed.

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Who knew my Friday would actually turn into a ridiculously amazing day?  I mean, I knew it was going to be a good one.  Most days are what you make of them, right?   But this day.  THIS FRIDAY, just turned into a straight up spectacular one.

Cheers.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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I’ve had folks asking me for this recipe since I made it.  Nearly two weeks ago.  OOPSIE!  Sorry. 🙂

Here it is!   Here it is!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Desired Pizza Toppings!

Step One : Process cauliflower until fine “powdery” texture.

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Step 2: Put cauliflower in microwave safe bowl, cover, microwave for 4 minutes.   Dump cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and let cool for a few.  Once cool enough to handle, wrap side of tea towel around veggie, twist and SQUEEZE!  Keep squeezing until you can’t squeeze a single drop more.  You want to squeeze out as much water as possible in order for the pizza crust to hold together.

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Step 3:   Mix the rest of ingredients in a bowl and add cauliflower.  Press mixture on oiled parchment paper on either a pizza stone or pan of your choice.

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Step 4: Bake at 350 from 15-30 minutes.  Seriously.  Just watch it and remove once it hits the color and crispness you want.  The longer the better, but totally your call.

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Step 5: Top with desired pizza toppings, put back in oven until cheese is melted and enjoy!

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Enjoy!

The Weekend in Review 3 | March 2015

Well hello there, friends.   Another beautiful spring weekend here in Nebraska!

Let’s get to the recap, shall we?

Friday

Sweet, sweet Friday.  I had the day off (thanks to Spring Break) and I had all intentions of getting a bunch of housework completed.   Did it happen?  Nope!  Instead I spent what I considered a much deserved lazy morning of TV watching before I went out for a 7 miler.

That 7 miles?  Basically. Sucked.   My time was terrible!   I like to keep myself at around the 9:30 pace mark for distance runs.  It was a real life struggle keeping that up, but I didn’t stop and I kept pushing as much as my burning legs would allow.

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So irritating, but whatever.  Better luck next distance run!

Following my run I pampered myself to my bi-weekly eyelash fill.  Yes, I get eyelash extensions and I absolutely love them.  Some girls get manicures, some pedicures…me, eyelashes.   I go to Jessica at Living Beautifully and you gals should too!  She does beautiful work and will cater to your requests (full, long, short, natural, dramatic, etc).

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Friday evening Clint and I decided to lay low and not do a whole lot, so I took the downtime and ran to Target to finally buy myself some wireless Dr. Beats thanks to my Beachbody coaching paycheck (we get paid weekly as coaches…. this week I made a little more then expected = winning!)

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Yep!  In LOVE with these little babies.  Now, to NOT lose them!  Yikes.

I guess I was feeling in the spendy mood because Friday night I also committed to a saddlebag purchase for my Harley.  I have never liked saddlebags.  They always took away from the look of the bike in my opinion.  However, after traveling to a few rallys in my first years of riding I realized how desperate I was for some storage.  It wasn’t until my third bike that I reluctantly agreed to put saddle bags on.

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The bags that come with a Deluxe model are just super lame, are they not?  They look ridiculous.   Bad ass bike and then… the bags.     I can fit my leather coat in one.  That is IT.  Period.  Pretty useless if you ask me.

I’ve been wanting to get larger bags for a couple years, but they are just so darn pricey, especially with the hard bags that Clint was trying to convince me of.  I just wasn’t sold on the idea, nor did/do I have the cash laying around to purchase new bags.   Well, last month Clint googled a few photos of the Deluxe model with hard bags for me to look at and I was smitten.

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Of course, mine will look even cooler since I have dual exhaust with the fishtails.   mmmhmmm.   And, more room to store my crap you say?  YES, YES and YES!

…then came the price shopping.

Sorry, Harley Davidson, but this is where you took a long freaking hike.  I know that with Harley you are paying for the name…  and 99% of the time I will gladly pay it.   I like the history of Harley, the story of it’s origination and the overall meaningfulness HD is to ME and my upbringing.

But, when I was quoted $1800 for the bags, brackets and paint to match my bike, I laughed.

Ya… not happening.

So, we found some knock-off saddlebags online for less then 1/3 of that cost and Friday night, I sealed the deal.   Delivery date:  March 30th.

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The only problem?   The custom paint to match my two-toned baby.   That was Saturday’s plan to figure out…

Saturday

I made it a point to get up at 6:30 to hit the gym for my own weight training session prior to teaching Insanity at 8:15.   Goals, yo.  Goals.   Staying focused!

After the gym, I made a quick change in clothing (dry and layers) and hit the road on our bikes to run some errands.  It wasn’t 50 degrees yet, so while the cool air was refreshing after kicking the gyms ass, it was a wee bit of a shock to the ol’ system.   Whew!

We first hit up the D&R Auto Paint & Supply to check about accessibility to Harley’s paint colors.  Most Auto companies create their own paint colors and Harley keeps hold of their paint colors pretty tightly.   D&R told me they’d most likely be able to find the color, but we’d need the exact names of the paint they used for my model and year, so off to Holstein’s we went.   Stopping into that store is never a quick trip.  We know too many people!   Thanks to the service folks I found out the true name for my paint scheme

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White Gold Pearl and Deep Cobalt Pearl.     Ahem… Gold and pearl.

I knew my expensive taste ran deep. 😉

Back to the paint store to get the paint (which is NOT cheap, by the way, but still far cheaper then Harley ever thought to be).  Clint has mad skills and is going to be able to paint the blue and white on my saddlebags, no problem.  What a handy feller.

Then we rode to lunch and then back home for Clint to do THIS:

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Yep.  He tore out a portion of our backyard.  I guess he was serious when he said he was going to put in a 6ft wide sidealk/patio slab.  HA!

Well, ok then….

And soon after we found ourselves heading to Clarinda for a wedding reception.  I was shooting for a dressy yet biker look for the evening.   Pencil skirt, red lace top, leather jacket and heels.  I dug it.

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First, we stopped at Troy and Sara’s for a little baby snuggle time and small talk.

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Nothing cuter then a good looking man holding an absolutely adorable baby.   Little Ady is just a beauty. ❤

Next stop J. Bruner’s for a little shrimp, steak and salads before hitting up the wedding reception for a few beers and mingling.

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And, before we knew it, we were headed right back to the city and in bed by midnight.

Sunday

Laundry.  I haven’t put away ANY laundry since we went to Colorado end of February.   Three large baskets overflowing with clean clothes and a spare bed covered.   I HATE laundry.   Clint continued to work on the yard, hauled away dirt, I did the Sunday duties and worked on some new fitness routines.

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I even completed my FIRST assignment for my Master Trainer Ambassadorship!   I wanted to go ride today, but I have goals to achieve and things had to get done around the house since I am traveling three days this week.  😦

Plenty more days ahead to ride… plus, my soul still feels warm from my all day Saturday solo ride last weekend.  😉

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Cheers to a GREAT week!

Weekend in Review 2 | March 2015

Oh, man.  This warm weather makes a girl HAPPY!

But also makes me want more weekend.

Let’s get started.

Friday

My hair was sending out an SOS, so early afternoon I took off for Clarinda to see Kayla.   I haven’t had a trim or color since January.   YIKES!  My hair was very very happy to see her.  After she was done working her magic, I popped on over to my mom’s to see her pup and hangout for an hour.

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Lucy was playing bashful.

Mom was actually on her way to the grocery store when I stopped by, so we loaded up in the Jeep and made our way across the big city.

Ahem, big city complete with ONE stoplight, on the square, y’all.

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I am posting this photo to show my hand on the steering wheel.  The one she took directly before this I was steering with my knee.  Which happens, a LOT.   Oopsie.   We deleted the evidence.  haha

A trip to the grocery store took well over 30 minutes.  I kept running into folks I knew so of course had to chat!  Was a lot of fun seeing folks I only normally see on Facebook.  ha

I dropped her back off at home and headed down to J. Bruner’s for some appetizers and cocktails with Kayla, Nicole and Tina (mom stopped by later, too).   I planned on two hours.   I should know better…. I didn’t leave town until after 10pm.   😉    I would have stuck around since Clint was also in Clarinda for the weekend, but I teach Insanity at 24 Hour Fitness on Saturday mornings and I would have been sad to miss my peeps.  So, late night travel back to the city, which is not uncommon with me.  It just is usually even later then that.

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Saturday

Rise and Shine!   Insanity at 8:15am and then I had this BRILLIANT idea to get in a run afterwards.   Uh… Dude.  Just, no.   My legs promptly reminded me that I just got done killing them in the gym with Round 11.

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1 mile.  9:17 pace.   I thought I was going to die.

Moving on….

Home for a morning marathon TV session of Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman.  I am obsessed.  It’s my Saturday/Sunday morning ritual.  She’s just so gosh darn cute.

Champ also has a ritual on weekend mornings… Sunbathing.

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I had all intentions to get a giant to-do list done after lunch but the open road was calling me for some solo wind therapy.   Clint was gone for a guys weekend that he had been planning for a few weeks (which ended up not being a guys weekend due to others misunderstanding, but I still didn’t want to impose.  Sometimes you just need to chill with your buddies, ya?).

So, I leathered up and took my girl to Southwest Iowa.

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Made my way through the Loess Hills, back roads, wherever my beauty decided to take me is where we went.

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Early afternoon I found myself in Silver City, so I stopped into The Hood (great little bar in that quaint town) and had a Miller Lite while I made friends with another biker couple and the bartender.  We chatted a lot about Sturgis.  Super stoked about heading back there this year.  🙂  After about an hour, I bid farewell and decided Emerson would be the next stop to see Sara, Troy & kids.

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I love that little town of Emerson.   Actually, I love most little SW Iowa towns.   Quiet, cozy, peaceful, relaxing.   It’s nice to get away from the crazy that is Omaha.  I love my neighborhood and the folks we live around and definitely appreciate living in the city, but, getting away is welcomed.   I can’t wait for the day when we finally get to move just outside the city limits back to the country.

After a few beers with Troy, good chats with Sara and gummy worm sharing with little Ms. Kaeleen, I headed back to the city just as the sun was going down.   My favorite time to ride.

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Dusk means the world is just starting to slow down, the chill in the air starts to settle in and the traffic begins to calm.  Peace, serenity and a great time to be alone with your thoughts.   I love riding after nightfall as well, but knew that I needed to get home just prior to that otherwise chaps would have been necessary.  And, if you know me, you know I hate putting those things on.  🙂

Sunday

After some early morning cleaning, I met up with Blair to get in a 7 mile run.  She has her first half-marathon coming up, so I love that she has asked me to join her on a few of her distance weekends.  Super stoked for her to experience her first 13.1!

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After our WINDY as hell run, I came home to find my hubster back.  So, a trip to Subway for a little lunch and catching up was in order.  The rest of the day included running errands, a Goodwill drop-off, grocery store and Champ shenanigans.

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Showing us his best Stevie Wonder moves… or he’s just not impressed.

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Mean-mugging

For dinner I decided to try out the cauliflower pizza crust that I’ve seen floating around the Pinterest/FB world for months.   Wasn’t too shabby.   A few tweaks and I think it will be even better!  Recipe to come soon.

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And, THAT, wraps up my little weekend.   Far too quick, as always.   I strongly believe in four day work weeks in the spring and summer.   Wonder where I can find one of those gigs?

Cheers!