What I’ve Been Waiting For

The minute my butt hit the lounge chair by the pool this afternoon, I proclaimed, “This is what I’ve been waiting for all week.”

Pool Time!

There’s something about kicking back by the pool with a magazine (or five) that just relaxes me. I love taking time to simply do nothing and just be. It feels pretty good. 🙂

Pool Buddies

It was really hot outside and Ryan and I both took several dips in the pool to cool off. Splish, splash!

After soakin’ up some sun, we came home to scoop up Sadie to head out to get her some dog food.

On the way home we made a little detour to McDonald’s to pick up a medium strawberry shake to share. I didn’t have my camera with me, so it went unphotographed, but it was oh-so-tasty.


Before splitting the strawberry shake with Ryan, I assumed I’d be making myself a large smoothie for lunch. After the shake, however, I knew a smoothie wouldn’t taste quite as tasty. For me, a smoothie just doesn’t compare to a rich, indulgent milkshake.

Instead I got to work making a big bowl of basil-flavored pasta with steamed cauliflower and fresh spinach.

I topped the noodles and veggies with Ragu marinara meat sauce and Parmesan cheese, stirred it all up and dug in.

Noodles on a Bed of Veggies


Stirred Up

It is now time for a much-needed shower.

Nine-mile run + Pool time = One gross girl 

I gotta get pretty for date night tonight! Ryan and I have plans to go to my faaavorite restaurant for dinner. 🙂

23 Responses

  1. I have never been a girl to want to get very much sun, but I am so addicted to pool time this summer! I can’t get enough of it! Reading a mag at the pool = the best.

  2. Ooh have fun tonight pretty lady! 🙂

  3. Have fun tonight!! 🙂

  4. Sitting poolside with a stack of magazines is my favorite! It comes only 2nd to beach side with a stack of magazines:)

  5. i love the beach but sometimes i really just want to lay in a pool chair!!

    will you be going to….52 seasons? 🙂

  6. soaking up some sun really does hit the spot! After the World Cup game and US track and field championships are off TV I’m headed out to even out some tan lines

  7. My plan today also involved mags by the pool. However, at the moment I’m watching the US play soccer. I may get an hour in poolside post futbol, but tomorrow its on for sure! Sun-day Sunday here I come!

  8. I wish I had access to a pool! It looks lovely. Have fun on your date tonight!

  9. Have a great dinner! You deserve it after that killer run!!! 🙂

  10. Nothing like a great workout and some pool time to make a great day!

  11. Pool time is the best!! And so is a great bowl of noodles!

  12. have fun at seasons 52!

  13. I’m guessing that’s Seasons 52 ?! Hope you’re having a great night!

  14. As much as I love smoothies, they’re definitely no comparison to a milkshake 🙂 Hope you enjoy your date night!

  15. I’ve never thought of putting noodles and spaghetti sauce right on top of veggies. I see you do it all the time and it looks pretty yummy! I’ll have to try it for lunch this week!


  16. hey! i just came across your blog and gah that pasta dish looks delish! what brand is your basil flavored pasta and where do you buy it?

  17. that looks delicious! i never thought to actually have pasta with sauce ON top of vegetables or salad! good idea! 🙂
    plus, that can be a way to flavor the salad without using extra salad dressing !

  18. Perfect day! Exercise, lots of vitamin D and a tasy dinner!

  19. where’d you get the basil-flavored pasta? that sounds incredible!

  20. Sadly, if I laid out by the pool for any extended period of time, I would turn into a lobster! But I do love reading a good (or five) magazines, too!

  21. Ryan is such a good sport about photos/blogging =)

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