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Today is my Thursday

Short weeks make me smile, even if it really doesn’t even seem that much shorter.  Today is like my Thursday since I have off Friday.  I’m headed back up to NYC tomorrow after work so that Alex and I can fly out bright and early (our flight is at 6:45) Friday morning for Iowa.  Alex’s brother is getting hitched on Saturday, and he is the best man so we have tons of fun wedding adventures on the schedule for this weekend.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of freaking out about our flights.  We couldn’t find an affordable direct flight so we have layovers both going there and coming home, with only like 45 minutes between one flight landing and the other taking off.  Please keep your fingers crossed that none of our flights are delayed and we don’t miss our connections!  Oh, and can you still check in online if you don’t have a printer to print your boarding pass?

After skipping yoga last week, I really didn’t want to go last night but I made myself and I’m glad I did.  It felt really great to get in the stretching and body weight work, although the room was absolutely freeeeeeeezing.  I had on a long sleeve shirt and pants for the first five minutes or so.  That’s what I hate about cool days during a summer that has been hotter than hell, the ac still pumps full blast even though it was only 65 out.  Anyway, definitely feeling it in the muscles today that I took a week off.

After yoga I came home and made dinner for me and my mom.  We had some peppers in the fridge that needed to get used, so I made my Zucchini Pepper Basil Pasta.

  • 1 zucchini
  • 3/4 – 1/2 of red, yellow, and green pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • big handful of spinach
  • handful of basil
  • 1 jar of Vodka sauce
  • Topped with Parmesan

I used a whole 16 oz bag of Organic Whole Wheat Penne pasta and a jar of organic Vodka sauce, and it was delicious.  I wanted to make enough to enjoy leftovers for the rest of the week, and was quite successful.  So yeah, you already know what I’m having for dinner tonight :).

Tonight I have to pack, and you all know how much I enjoy that.  I’m trying to avoid the overpacking this trip since not only will I be lugging crap on a train, in a subway, and through the streets of NYC but also into a cab, through an airport, and then back home again.  Good thing I’ve been doing all this yoga to strengthen my arms.  I’m actually making a list of things I need, this is what I’ve got so far.  Anything stand out that I might be missing?

Something comfy and warm for the plane
Rehearsal dinner outfit (BCBG skirt and J Crew t-shirt)
Gold flat sandals

Clothes for running
Shorts and a top for the day
Dress for wedding (BCBG dress)
Clean unmentionables (something I always seem to forget for some reason)
Shoes that I’m still trying to decide on

Something comfy for the plane ride home
More clean unmentionables

Other essentials
Contact case/Solution
Hair Dryer
Curling Iron
Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash, toothbrush
Hair Brush (oddly enough the thing I forget to pack the most)
Hair Spray

Ok, so what am I forgetting?  I always, always forget something.

Sibling Rivalry

This week there is some intense sibling rivalry going on in my house.  The Phillies are up in New York playing the Yankees for a 3 game series, hopefully my sister and I will still be friends when it’s over.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the Phils and will cheer for them any other time when they are not playing the Yankees, but I’m a true Yankee fan at heart.

This was my first Yankees game, my Uncle took me for my birthday when they came to Citizens Bank Park and played the Phillies (Yanks won).  June 2006.

This was my first game at Yankee Stadium on the day I turned 22, July 18, 2007.  They played Toronto and won this night also.

First trip to the new stadium last summer for the Yankees/Phils series, May 2009.  Yup, they won this game too.

This is August 2009 Yankees/White Sox and mine and the bf’s first official date.  They won this one in true Yankee style with a walk-off in extra innings.  Hopefully my good luck streak for the Yankees continues and they’ll come away with another win tomorrow night when I’m at the game!

Alright moving on to fitness and food.  My sis and I went out for a 1 mile warm-up run yesterday when I got home from work.  Sidenote, why does 1 mile sometimes seem harder than 3?  Anyway, 1 mile in 9:07 and then we moved on to Yoga Meltdown.  This was my sisters first experience with it, and I think she liked it as much as I do.  I think the dolphin poses at the end are my favorite.  I really feel it working so many different muscles, core, shoulders, back, arms.  Love!  We both collapsed into sweaty heaps on our yoga mats when it was over.

Dinner was grilled chicken marinated in my fav marinade, and grilled peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, and brown rice.

And if you are keeping count, I finished bottle number two of the marinade.  Time to stock up, haha!  I realized I eat a lot of peppers and zucchini in the summer, good thing they are delicious.

After dinner, my sister and I sat on the couch watching the game, and the Yankees won, wooo!  She was not as excited as I was, naturally.  Well happy Wednesday, this time tomorrow I will be 2.5 hours away from the start of my weekend!

Caribbean Jerk

Ahh summer Friday’s in the office, what a treat.  Our office does summer hours (work an extra hour Mon-Thurs and take a half day or half day plus vacation day on Friday’s), so half the people aren’t here and the other half only work a half day.  Unless of course you are me and have the distinct treat of not being able to participate in summer hours because you’re not a permanent employee, no matter that I’ve worked here for 2.5 years.  Not that I’m bitter or anything.  Anyway moving on.

Last night I did the Brooklyn Decker workout video on exercise TV again, and I’m really liking it.  I wore my Garmin so that I could try to gauge my heart rate and calories burned, the calorie counter didn’t work but my heart rate ranged from about 138-156 for the 30 minute workout so I’m guess anywhere from 220-270ish calories.

After my workout, I moved on to preparing dinner.  I had chicken marinading in my new favorite, Lawrys Caribbean Jerk and chopped up some peppers and onions to also marinade.  Then it was onto the grill for kabobs.

With some Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese on the side.  Seriously this marinade is to die for.  As my sister put it, “I want to swim in this marinade.”  I’ve made chicken kabobs twice so far this summer and am already through a whole bottle.  Ya out there Lawrys?!?! Send me some coupons or some free Caribbean Jerk marinade, pleeeeasse.

Dessert was a glass (or three) of red wine and a chocolate covered strawberry, all while enjoying 3 hours of Grey’s Anatomy on Lifetime and then too many hours of the Real Housewives of NYC.  I think I need a TV intervention.

Today after work, my sister and I have “reservations’ at Chick-Fil-A to try their new spicy chicken sandwich for free.  Not going to lie, I’m pretty excited about this.  You can go to their website and search for a location near you, and make a reservation anytime between now and June 5.  The sandwich will be added to the menu on Monday.  I’ll be sure to let you all know how it is, haha.

Tomorrow I have a date with my BFF and old college roomie who I haven’t seen since Christmas of 2008!  So sad, we used to share a house and a wall and now we never see each other :(.  We’re going to get our nails did, have lunch, and do some shopping at King of Prussia Mall.  I am beyond excited.  Jilly I’m pretty much treating this like a date and plan on getting all dolled up for you ;).

That’s about it as far as plans for the weekend go, what are you all up to this weekend?  Have a great Friday!