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Excuses, Excuses.

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I know I haven’t blogged since Thursday…but I promise, I have some good excuses…

Excuse #1: Christmas play with the boy, the surrogates, and the middle sister.

Every year, Christian Life Assemby puts on a Winter Wonderland play around Christmas time…Last year, A Little Boy’s Christmas Prayer, this year…The Gospel According to Scrooge.

I begged Jarid to get his picture with the characters posing at intermission…they were actually singing as I took it!

Don’t worry, we got a nice one together, too 😉

The set was beautiful…just like you’d imagine the streets of London.

They did a nice job with the production…we were impressed!

 Excuse #2:  Absolute Wellness Group’s Jingle Bell Jam

My friend, Toni invited me to this event, and I’m so glad she did!  I had no idea this little studio existed!

The event was free!  All that they asked was that you bring a toy to donate for a needy child. 

The place was stocked full of goodies (mats, weights, kettleballs, etc.) and for two hours (10am-12pm), we did 20 minute classes of each kickboxing, abs, cardio jam, body sculpt, & pilates)

It was a great workout, and as you can see, we were sweaty messes when we were finished…but we had a lunch date, so we headed downtown (just 2 minutes away).  I promised to introduce her to the goodness of the Pita Pit.

This place seriously puts Subway to shame…they’ve got sprouts, roasted red peppers, black beans, hummus, avocado, you name it!

I always end up with the same thing because I love it SOOO DARN much.  It makes my mouth water.

Another reason I love it so much, is that they actually grill the deli turkey, so it’s nice, warm, and moist when you chomp into it.  

They even wrap it up all nice and neatly for you, too, which is definitely a feat in itself when it comes to mine.  I get turkey, black olives, spinach, lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, cucumbers, mushroom, green pepper, pickles, banana peppers, oregano and roasted red pepper hummus on the side for dippage. PHENOM.

Excuse #3Jarid’s Company Christmas Party

When we arrived on Saturday night, we were greeted by the owners of the company, me with a kiss, Jarid with a handshake.

The crowd was quite diverse, to say the least, but everyone was very warm and welcoming.  They had a DJ and a high school chorus group for entertainment, followed by a buffet dinner.

I was pleased to find a pretty decent looking salad bar, grilled chicken, and green beans!  I told Jarid I would split a baked potato with him, too, but was full by the time I got around to it…I think I filled up on too much coffee!

He’s pretty new to the company, but it’s clear that everyone loves working with him…who wouldn’t? 

Excuse #4:  Sunday Festivities

First, there was church…they still had two more products left, so the set was still up!

I think you can see more of the detail from this angle, anyway!

We changed outfits in the car, to be more comfortable and got our weekly Wegman’s fix for lunch.

This was my favorite box by FAR.  It had alllll of my favorites:  Kung Pao Shrimp over wokery seared vegetables (squash, mushrooms, onion, and red peppers w/ a simple balsamic marinade), blanched broccoli florets, and baby spinach.  On the side, some three bean chickpea salad (mmmm!).  I could eat this everyday, all day.  Again, we shared fruit & Jarid gave me some of his roasted butternut squash medley

After lunch, we went to a sports bar to watch the football games with some of Jarid’s friends.  We came home from lunch and Momma FF wanted to do Christmas pictures… aka Excuse #5.

Take One

As you can see, this year’s theme was a comfy, cozy Christmas.  Normally, we get all dolled up, but my idea this year (after being asked to get creative by Moma FF), was to sport PJs & bean bags.

Take Two

Help us decide which one will go on the Christmas card by voting, please!

Take Three

Take Four

Take Five

 

So, whatcha think?  Take One, Two, Three, Four, or Five? Let me know in the comments section!  Thanks for your help! 😉

XOXO.

 

 

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My God>Murphy & his law :)

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Today’s chosen chapter for my Bible Challenge comes from Galatians 6.  I read the entire chapter on biblegateway.com, which is an excellent resource, but the specific verses that hit home for me were 9-10.

9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

These verses also brought to light that we shouldn’t be “doing good” as a means of reaping harvest, but because we LOVE God and want to do things to please Him.  It’s all about where your heart is.

I’ll tell you one thing that makes my heart flutter, are these delicious Raw Blonde Macaroons from Hail Merry that I was sent to review.  Who says dessert can’t be part of breakfast?  Of course, two of these babies were just enough to hold me over until I arrived at work, where I enjoyed part II at my desk, aka the pomegranate Chobani.

I must say, my Tuesday did NOT start out so smoothly…I felt cursed by Murphy’s Law in the beginning of the day.  First, my alarm hadn’t gone off for the set time, putting me behind schedule, then I was putting things away before I left for work and my cottage cheese container spilt allll over the inside drawer and leaked down the front of the fridge, when I got in my car, I realized I needed gas, and was ALREADY going to be late.  I had plans to go to the HACC open gym after work to play basketball for the first time in ages, and was already nervous as all get out.  When I got to work, I realized I had forgotten my HACC ID, which is needed to get into the phys. ed. center, along with my basketball sneakers.  Running home on my lunch break, I felt like a chicken with my head cut off.  Luckily, my boss is totally amazing and told me to take my time and relax.  One thing after another, I swear!

Kale salad massaged in avocado hummus with cauliflower, chickpeas, frozen peas, chopped carrots, and cherry tomatoes.

At least I had a delicious, nutritious lunch to look forward to, right?  My thoughts, exactly.

1 La Tortilla Factory ww wrap slathered in 2 tbsp. fat free strawberry cream cheese

Oh yeah, there was lunch dessert, alright…HOLY YUM.  I forgot how delicious cream cheese was…fat free tastes NO different!  They need to come out with a fat free pineapple version!

After work, I left for the basketball open gym.  I had been in contact with the coach of the college team, and she let me know all the dates that I could come and play.  She mentioned that I wouldn’t be eligible for the team because I am not a full time student (BUMMER), but that I was welcome at the open gym. 

  It was supposed to start at 4:30, but they boys took over the gym until 5PM, so I went for a 2 1/2 mile jog before it started up.  As I laced up my sneakers, my stomach was in knots.   I had no idea why I was so nervous…I had nothing to lose, right?? 

I munched on an apple for a little pre-basketball fuel.  I prayed, and prayed, and prayed some more with each step I took closer to the gym just the God would be with me, calm my nerves, and let me shine for Him…It went PERFECTLY.  I felt like I never stopped playing.

Check out the HR monitor stats!  I forgot to stop the clock when I took off the band around my chest, so no, I did not workout for 6 hr. and 9 min…:)  BUT look at my max heart rate!?  195

Although open gym wasn’t over until 6:30, I had to leave an hour early because I had my first History exam!  It was a geography test on the Western Hemisphere.

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I showered up, ate my packed dinner in my car and studied my map…ahhh the life of a full-time worker, part-time student, and athlete.

Roasted vegetable dish: kale, cauliflower, onion, broccoli, and one green pepper stuffed with Cedar’s Tabouli salad.

But my favorite part of the meal came last and was inspired by Mrs. Janetha G. 🙂  I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try it, actually!

1 microwaved sweet tater with cottage cheese & Better N’ PB

Foodgasm, I tell you.  With all this brain fuel, I was amped and ready to go for my exam!  Again, praying as I entered the testing room, I was super nervous, but I’ve come to the conclusion (not like I didn’t know already) that my GOD is so much greater than that stupid Murphy and his law 😉

I was also thrilled because after class (Herb audited the class so he doesn’t take the tests, but he waited around for me to finish!) I got to show Herb the card I made for him!  We chatted after class and walked to his car so he could drive me to mine.  A hug and a kiss on the palm & cheek, and I was headed for home.

I guess that 730 calorie burn had my metabolism pretty revv’d, so when I got home, I snacked on some protein while I packed up my lunch for the next day.

Meatless Veggie Patch Meatballs with marinara sauce

The little sister was eating some Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream out of the Turkey Hill container, and she made it look so good that I was glad I had my own stash of froyo in the freezer.

3/4 C. Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Yogurt Blend

She’d hate me if she saw this picture, but in my defense, I found THIS picture that she snagged of me on my phone, so I think we’re even.

It was a perfect way to end my night…enjoying ice cream with the little sister 🙂  She said to me the other day…”we live in the house and I feel like I never see or talk to you“…I don’t think she had ANY idea how much joy it brought to my heart that she actually NOTICED and CARED.  Its something I think about ALL the time…I wish we were closer…we’re both VERY busy, and I realize that, but I want to become best friends.  Isn’t that what sisters are for?

God is so good, He’s so good to me.

 If you’re doing the Bible Challenge with me, what is God showing YOU!?  Sharing is caring 😀

PS- Don’t forget to check out this awesome album by The Upwelling in support of the New York Police and Fire widow’s and childrens benefit fund….AND enter my Zevia giveaway!

XOXO.