Shake What Yo Mama Gave Ya

After work we made Sadie smile!

Smiley Girl

Trips to the dog park are her favorite afternoon activity.

When we round the corner to pull into the parking lot at the dog park, she practically hyperventilates because she’s so excited.

Lion in the Grass

She knows she’s about to enjoy an hour of fetching, sniffing, swimming and exploring.

I’m not gonna lie, I get a little excited, too. 😉

Adoring Dog

Happy Sadie

"Just Trrrrry To Get It..."

The lake took precedence for Sadie this evening, and we threw ball after ball into the water for her to retrieve.


After each romp in the lake, Sadie took a minute to shake what her mama gave her.

Shake, Shake, Shake

Sadie shakes even when there’s no water on her. I’m not kidding when I say she probably shakes 30+ times a day.

Our trip to the park lasted for about an hour until our tummies told us it was  time for dinner.


Since trips to the dog park usually last longer than a post-work walk with Sadie, we wanted to keep dinner quick and opted for Monterey Pasta Company spinach ricotta ravioli with steamed broccoli, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Bowl o' Tastiness

Pasta + Broc + Parm

I stirred everything up to distribute the sauce among the pasta poofs and the broccoli.

Thursday Night Dinner

Easy and delicious. That’s all I ask. 😉

Now I’m off to see if I can download all the stuff from my computer to an external hard drive. I am terrified of losing everything and my lap top is being very finicky lately.

(I should also mention that I am beyond thrilled that LeBron will be making his decision in less than 15 minutes. Hallelujah! Now I can have 75 percent of my conversations with Ryan back! 😉 )

Good to Know

It’s good to know 95 percent of you side with Ryan on the Swamp Beast debate. 🙂

Apparently those of us who enjoy splashing around in the bathroom are a rare breed. We’ve got to stick together, Beasts! 😉


Hello, loverrr (said in Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe-loving voice).

Noodle Bowl

What is it about a big bowl of pasta that makes me swoon?

I’m going to chalk my love for noodles up to their doughy texture. I just love slurpin’ them up.

Today’s big ol’ bowl o’ pasta included:

Carba Nada Basil Fettuccine

Come in Close for the Good Stuff

So satisfying!

I usually take my calcium supplement with breakfast, but I forgot this morning, so I got to enjoy a little sweet treat in the form of VitaFusion calcium gummy vitamins after lunch today.

Gummies for Grown Ups

These things are like candy.

Throw a wrapper on each individual piece and they could rival Starbursts! 😀

Question of the Afternoon

Which do you prefer, Skittles or Starbursts?

I love pink Starbursts, but I also love red, orange and purple Skittles… so I guess my answer would have to be Skittles since I like more of ’em.

Swamp Beast

Let’s fly through breakfast because we have more important things to discuss this morning.

Simple Yogurt Bowl

This morning my breakfast bowl contained:

  • 1 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. cottage cheese
  • 1 white nectarine, chopped
  • Sweetener to taste

Protein-packed, nutrient-rich and completely uncomplicated.

Those of you crunched on time in the morning might enjoy this lil’ baby because it can be assembled in less than two minutes. Lightning fast!


I was craving a cold and creamy breakfast after my five-mile run with Sadie.

5 Mile Stats

We flew through our run this morning!

I blame the cupcake (or two) that I had after dinner last night for the extra energy. 😉

When we got home, I rolled out my yoga mat for some stretching…


…Which didn’t last too long because I had some uninvited company show up.

Attack of the Vizsla

"Stretching is stooopid. Play with me, Mama!"

Since a five mile run is clearly a walk in the park for Sadie, I let her out back to play around for a while and expend some more of her never-ending energy while I assembled my breakfast and lunch.

More Playtime!

Swamp Beast

Okay, now it’s time for a serious discussion. 😉

For the past week, every time I’ve gone into our bathroom to  take a shower in the morning, I’ve noticed that my towel has been removed from the towel rack and thrown over the shower curtain. I’ve been a little confused, but assumed Ryan used my towel to wash his face or something and hung it over the shower curtain to dry instead of placing it back in its proper place.

Before stepping into the shower, I would hang my towel back up on the towel rack and shower as usual.

Towel Rack

Last night as Ryan and I were going to sleep he asked me if I’ve been enjoying the new location of my towel.

I started laughing and  told him I had no idea why he’s been taking it off the towel rack putting it over the shower curtain. I told him I’ve hung it back up every day before showering, to which he said I was thwarting his plan!

Apparently Ryan has been moving my towel in an effort to prevent my inner “Swamp Beast” from coming out.

Here’s the thing: When I’m done showering, I step out of the shower and walk across the bathroom to get my towel off the towel rack.

Ryan feels that I trek too much water across the bathroom when I do this, causing our bathroom to look like a swamp (Hence his new nickname for me: Swamp Beast).

I don’t like drying off in the shower because I feel like it’s muggy and not as clean as the soft rugs in our bathroom. I like to jump right out when my shower is done, pump my fists in the air, proclaim “I’m clean!” and watch Sadie stare at her naked mama in confusion. (Totally kidding, but I do jump out of the shower right away.)

Ryan thinks I should fold my towel and set it on top of the toilet before I shower, since this would allow me to reach my towel from the shower. I prefer walking the two teeny steps to grab my towel off the towel rack because toilets (even when closed and covered with a toilet seat cover) are just plain gross.

We were laughing pretty hard before going to sleep last night about Ryan’s passive little plan to tame my inner Swamp Beast, which I clearly didn’t catch on to at all.

So, now I have a question for you:

Do you dry off in the shower, or do dry off once you get out of the shower?

I know I can’t be the only Swamp Beast out there…