Towel Off

“Rain, rain go away…”

It’s still rainy in Orlando today. I really don’t mind rainy days, but they sure make it hard to feel motivated! Rainy days are meant for cuddling up on the couch and reading a book or watching a movie.

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens..."

Do you like the rain?

Princess Sadie does not like the rain. I call her “Princess” because she becomes quite diva-licious when it’s wet outside.

If it’s raining when I open the back door for her to go out to relieve herself, she looks up at me as if to say, “Woman, you’re crazy. Go fetch an umbrella and escort me outside if you want me to pee so badly.” Of course this look is followed by a hardy gentle shove out the door. 😉

Despite the rain, I took Sadie on a short walk around the block this morning. She looked up at me every 2.5 seconds, which is exactly what she does when it’s freezing outside. I just know she’s thinking, “What exactly are we dooooing out here, Crazy Lady?”

One thing Sadie does like about the rain is what happens when we arrive home after a wet walk. She gets toweled off.

Sadie + Towel + Dead Stuffed Goose

This dog loves to be toweled off. She get really into it, rubbing her head all over the towel and jumping into my arms so I can dry off every square inch of her body (Except the inside of her ears… Don’t mess with those!).

"I ❤ a Good Toweling!"

Workout

Though the rain made me want to stay curled up in bed, I knew I’d feel much better and more awake after a good workout.

Ryan and I headed to the gym and while he went off to workout his legs, I headed to BodyPump.

The class was lead by a substitute instructor who did a great job! I love our usual teacher (She’s getting married today!), so I was a bit nervous for a sub. The substitute instructor was a stickler for form, which I enjoyed because it made me concentrate on doing every move correctly rather than the muscle fatigue I was feeling.

Post-Pump I hopped on the elliptical for 25 minutes of light cardio with Parenting magazine (Slim pickings on the magazine rack today 😉 ). Truth be told, I actually enjoy this magazine, but I’m always embarrassed to read it because it feel like those around me will think I have a bun in the oven. (Mom and Diane, I do not. 😀 )

The magazine has the cutest craft ideas, and as a craft-lover, I am always inspired to do fun, crafty projects after reading this magazine (Wanna make goggles out of egg cartons, anyone???).

Breakfast

When I was tossing around ideas for dinner last night, breakfast for dinner was at the top of my list. It was narrowly edged out by the mac and cheese, but the idea left me cravin’ eggs.

This morning I made a breakfast bagelwich on a Thomas’ whole wheat bagel thin with two egg whites, Canadian bacon and a wedge of Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese.

Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich

Bagelwich

It hit zee spot! 😀

I also sipped on a hot tumbler full of my gym’s free coffee (a mix of Barnie’s cinnamon butter cookie coffee and decaf coffee).

Friday's Breakfast

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Hooooray for Friday! Even though it’s raining buckets, it’s almost the weekend and that’s somethin’ to smile about!

Old Standby

Lunch today was the old standby: a ham ‘n’ swiss sandwich.

Ham + Swiss Bagelwich

Thursday's Lunch

I melted a slice of Alpine Lace Swiss cheese on a whole wheat Thomas’ bagel thin before adding honey roasted ham and romaine lettuce to the mix.

Open-Faced Sandwich

On the side I enjoyed beets and carrot sticks. An odd combination, I’ll admit, but it was tasty!

Beets & Carrots

Tomorrow’s Lunch Plans

Tomorrow I’m hoping to meet up with Ryan for a hot lunch date.

We’re debating between the following lunch hot-spots:

Where should we go?

Right now I’m really craving Chipotle… but that restaurant is the farthest from my work. It may be a game time decision. Feel free to weigh in and offer menu suggestions!

Feeling Poofy

I woke up this morning feeling poofy.

Poofified

I blame the numerous bowls of ice cream I ate over the weekend and the goodies I consumed yesterday at my friends’ Super Bowl party. All were delicious, but I am ready to introduce vegetables back into my life. 😉

What are your favorite Super Bowl party eats?

Yesterday I enjoyed lots of Parmesan cheese artichoke dip and the cream cheese apple dip that I brought to the party.

Cream Cheese Apple Dip

Cream Cheese Apple Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. light cream cheese
  • 8 oz. fat free cream cheese
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Peanuts (honey roasted work well)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until combined, but small chunks of peanut remain.

This dip is so easy and a nice alternative to the typical chips and dip appetizer fare. Yum!

Today

My body is cravin’ some nutritious food!

I started off the morning with a yummy breakfast bagelwich.

I melted a big slice of Swiss cheese on one half of a Thomas’ Bagel Thin and topped the other with Canadian bacon.

Swiss Cheese + Canadian Bacon Bagelwich

I bought a pack of Thomas’ whole wheat bagel thins at the grocery store yesterday. I had never seen them before and they caught my eye. I really enjoyed my bagelwich on the bagel thin, but if I was really craving a bagel, I think the thin version would have come up a lil’ short.

Fortunately I typically use bagels in breakfast sandwiches and have never really been a bagel and cream cheese kind of girl, so the bagel thins suit me perfectly.

I also sipped on a hot mug of sugar cookie tea.

Monday's Breakfast

My belly is warm. 🙂

Opossum Question

Last night on the way to our friends’ Super Bowl party, a little opossum was trying to cross the street. It was moving really slowly and hobbling a bit. The back, right leg of the opossum was injured, though it wasn’t bleeding.  I slowed down and Ryan got out to help the lil’ guy over the curb. He clearly was hurt and both of us felt a little helpless since he wasn’t in an area near a field or anything.

When we were driving home from the party, we saw him trying to cross the street again. Someone else was helping him along this time. It was really hard for us to drive away thinking that he might attempt to cross the street yet again.

Is there a place where you can take injured animals that many consider “pests” like raccoons or opossums?

Ryan and I both wanted to take the little guy to get some medical help, but didn’t know where we could take an injured opossum. Any insight is appreciated! 🙂