Friday, August 29, 2014

Random Fact Friday - Labor Day Weekend Style

Hey there!  It’s Friday?!?  OK!

- I have been so off this week because I worked from home Monday and Tuesday and then Thursday.  Usually I only work from home Tuesday and Thursday but Jillian had a mid-day pediatrician appointment on Monday so I just stayed home that day.  Anyway, as a result I have been so off since Monday.  Tuesday I thought it was Thursday since it was my second day working at home, and Thursday morning I woke up and thought it was the weekend.  It’s just been weird.  Whatever, it’s Friday. 

- I have a 4-day weekend this weekend and I couldn’t be happier!  My aunt is coming in from Chicago, so we have some fun planned, including some Disney action, so it’s guaranteed to be fun.  It’s the freakin’ weekend!

Long that song!   (I now have it stuck in my head, toot toot, beep beep)

- So I went a full week without T25.  Hmph.  When I’m on, I’m really on.  When I’m off, I’m really off.  Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  (Mmm cookies…)  I’m kind of mad at myself for this because I was thisclose to finishing T25.  Now I have another 2 weeks.  It’s OK, I’ll get back on it. 

- Hubs and I made a pact last night after eating pizza for dinner.  Our pact:  no more pizza.  We even shook on it.  We have both been feeling a little “eh” about our eating lately.  And by “eh” I mean sort of disgusted.  We make poor food choices more often than we make good ones and we need to stop that.  So we’re going to focus on eating better, putting healthy things into our bodies, trying to eliminate some bad stuff … try being the operative word.  (hee)  We are good at committing to something for a period of time (a la 24 day challenge, or Insanity)  but normally when the time period is over we go right back to our crappy ways of eating.  We need to just make a change.  So we’re going to try and do that. 

- I am NOT a Taylor Swift fan.  I find her so annoying that I just can’t even handle it. (I’m sorry, I know that makes me evil to some)  However … this song and video make me like her a wee little bit.  The song is catchy and video is so fun.  I still can’t get on board with her, but I can get on board with this song.  And, um, this isn’t country music now, is it? 

- My Stitch Fix box should be at my house now as we speak.  I cannot wait to get home and rip into it!  I hope there’s good stuff in there.  I built a gigantic “Closet” board on Pinterest so that they could get ideas.  Fingers crossed I get some good pieces.

- Jillian is having way more fun than I am right now.  She’s chillin’ at the kiddie pool with my in-laws.  Wish I was there!!

And on that note, I’m outta here.  My afternoon meetings just got cancelled, so maybe I can start my weekend early… ?

How about you … Do you have any plans for the long holiday weekend?  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Turf Club bar and Grill

On Saturday night we put our Tables in Wonderland membership to use again and visited Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. 

Saratoga Springs has a couple of eateries on property – The Artist’s Palette, which is a quick service restaurant, and Turf Club Bar and Grill, which is where we ate. Turf Club was located near the golf club and had that “country club” kind of vibe. 

The menu offered classic American cuisine and had items such as free range chicken, root beer brined pork chops and a selection of steak and fish dishes as well.  Good menu!  We decided to start our meal with an appetizer.  I have not yet learned that you should never order an appetizer, because I always eat way too much and end up feeling sick at the end of the meal.  No good.  But… they had a buffalo chicken dip on the menu that sounded really yummy, so we got that.  And it did not disappoint.  Until later than night when I was miserable because I ate too much.

After that, we ordered our entrees.  I stuck with the Crispy Free Range Chicken, which was a bone-in chicken (it was huge).  It was good, but lacked salt which made it taste a little blah.  Hubs ordered the interesting sounding Root Beer Brined Pork Chop and it was really good.

Overall the restaurant was just okay.  The food was good and the service was good, but the ambiance just wasn’t really there.  I didn’t really feel like I was at a “Disney restaurant,” which I know you’re not always supposed to notice the pixie dust, but still, it was just okay.

After dinner we walked around the common areas of Saratoga Springs and checked out the pool. 

They had a great pool that made me want to go on vacation! Or at least jump in!

This weekend my aunt will be here from Chicago, so my parents are coming up and we are all going to Whispering Canyon, a restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  It’s actually a favorite among our family – we celebrated my high school graduation dinner there way back in the 90s!  Fun times!

How about you … Ever been to Whispering Canyon?  How about Turf Club? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Walking to Lunch

Ever since I moved to a new office, there has been a plethora of new lunch options within walking distance.  Unfrotuantely I am extreme creature of habit and the only place I ever go is Subway because it’s really quick to get in and out and it’s the best fast food place ever.  Have I ever talked about my extreme love for Subway?  It’s my absolute favorite restaurant.  I love sandwiches.  But anyway.

I have always known that it probably takes less time to walk there and back than it does to walk to my car, turn it on, drive, park, walk into the Subway and then drive back, park and walk back into the building.  So today I decided to test it.  I have refrained from this mainly because it’s HOT outside.  Like 95 degrees and humid hot.  And I’m a big time sweater, so I wasn’t keen on being sweaty at work.  I was planning to try the whole “walk to lunch” thing once it got cooler … in December. 

Well, I’m happy to report it took me less than one song length (dc Talk’s “Say the Words,” which is 4 minutes and 41 seconds) to walk there.  And apparently that’s not long enough for me to work up a good sweat, so yay.  Luckily today is a little overcast and, dare I say, a little cooler than normal.  It’s only 90 today with a breeze.  The whole trip took me 17 minutes total.  Nice.

I’m now going to have to make this a thing when I work in the office.  I enjoy getting out and getting in a short walk during the workday.  It sure beats getting into my 150 degree car and driving 12 seconds to Subway.  And it gets me a little exercise (considering I didn’t work out again today, ugh!!).  Win win all around.  It’ll be even more win win when it’s cool outside and I can thoroughly enjoy being outside.  But that won’t be until like December.  For real.

Other random thoughts:
- I get my next Stitch Fix on Friday!  I cannot wait!!  
- Watched the season finale of The Last Ship last night - it got super creepy, and now it's not going to come back until next summer.  GRR!!  
- I have a four-day weekend coming up - yeeee!!!  

How about you … Are you able to walk to lunch?  Do you ever get some exercise during the workday?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random Fact Tuesday

Hello!  Yesterday was one of those days where it just went by in a blur and at the end of the day I said “oh, I forgot to blog.”  It happens.  (a lot)

Since I skipped my random fact Friday last week in lieu of my Disney Dining Review, I thought I’d throw some randomness at you today.  Lucky, huh?

- My hair is getting better, but not much.  Every time I look in the mirror I go “ooof.”  I cannot have short bangs, it’s just not right.  Long bangs, sure, I’ve had them for years, but short?  No.  No no no.  Here are a couple of pics I snapped of it today, one wearing my bangs straight down (a look I can’t embrace for myself)

And one where I desperately try to swoosh them over to the side to mask the fact that they are way too short.

 Yeah, it doesn’t work too well.  Argh.  They actually don't look so bad when I have my hair pulled back.  I should try that more often.  The good thing is they will grow fast and be the perfect length soon.  I hope…

- This week marks the second to last week of T25!  And guess how many workouts I have done this week?  None.  Blerg.

- This weekend Hubs and I went to see a play at our church.  Every summer our church puts on an amazing Broadway style musical in conjunction with the Orlando Rep, so it’s like top notch and always blows me away.  A couple of years ago they put on Hairspray and it was just as good as the Broadway show (and the movie).  This year was the new Broadway musical Big Fish.  I had seen the movie Big Fish a million years ago and had no idea that it was a musical now, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Oh.  My.  Freakin.  Goodness.  It was amazing.  Great story, great music, amazing talent (I wish I could sing) , it was just great.  I was openly weeping at the end.  Highlight of our weekend.

- Did anyone watch the VMAs?  I haven’t yet.  It’s on the DVR.  Did anyone watch the Emmys?  I did.  The whole thing.  Live.  I love award shows.  Best dressed of the night.

- My friend sent over a couple of pictures of her daughter and Jillian.  It’s amazing how fast kids grow and change.  Amazing!! 

On that note, I need to jet.  Lots to do.  Have a terrific Tuesday!

How about you … Did you watch the VMAs?  Emmys?  What did you do this weekend?  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Kouzzina by Cat Cora

Last Saturday night we went out to a Disney sit down restaurant for the fifth week in a row. We are on a roll, and definitely making the most of our Tables in  Wonderland membership! 

Our destination: Kouzzina by (celeb chef) Cat Cora at Disney's Boardwalk. 

We go to Boardwalk a lot to walk around and we've passed by Kouzzina about a thousand times and never thought to go since we are not really huge fans of Greek food. However, we heard earlier this year that Kouzzina would be closing it's doors at the end of September so we figured we should probably go before it's gone for good. 

Kouzzina is a beautiful restaurant inside.

It's very open and has a huge show kitchen so you can see them cook everything. Throughout our meal we would see giant flames out of the corner of our eye from them making saganaki. The flame was always accompanied by a big "OPA!!"  By he end of the meal we had Jillian saying "OPA!!" 

Hmm, what should I get?
Since Hubs and I are not super familiar with Greek cuisine, we had a hard time deciding what to get. But one thing was certain, I knew I wanted saganaki. For those unfamiliar, saganaki is a traditional Greek dish of Haloumi cheese, oil and spices fried, flambeyed, extinguished with lemon juice and served with bread. Or fried cheese if you're classy like me. I never pass on fried cheese.

I've had saganaki one other time at a tapas restaurant and it blew my socks off, so I knew I wanted to try it at a true Greek restaurant like Kouzzina. And to be honest, it didn't live up to my first saganaki experience. Kind of a bummer, but still tasty. 

For our entrees, I decided on oak fired pork tenderloin served with Feta-zucchini spoon bread and green beans.  And Hubs went with the Pastitsio, which is a Greek style lasagna made with cinnamon-stewed beef and Greek cheeses.

It was good! The pork was tender and delicious, but I wasn't crazy about the spoon bread. It had Feta in it and I'm not a huge fan if strong cheeses like that (believe it or not). Hubs wasn't crazy about his, not because it was bad but just because he wasn't into the different Greek flavors. I think he was expecting it to taste like regular Italian lasagna. 

Overall I liked Kouzzina. I didn't love it since I'm not big on Greek food, but that's okay. This whole experience is about trying new places and new foods, right?  

Afterwards we took a stroll around the Boardwalk, even though it was like 400 degrees and it had just rained so it was like pea-soup humid.  Ugh.  My hair at the end of the walk was ... interesting.  

Oh, and I decided after looking at this picture  that I really need to retire my favorite "maternity" flowy tank.  It's not a maternity top, but I wore it throughout my 9 months of pregnancy.  I like to wear it sometimes when I want something big and flowy.  Didn't realize it still made me look 9 months pregnant.  Sheesh.  Burning it.

This Saturday:  Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.  Yeah, I had never heard of it either.  It was Hubs' choice - the menu looks tasty though! 

How about you ... Have you been to Kouzzina?  Are you a fan of Greek food?  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Hair, New Shoes

I got new hair!  But I’m not sure I'm really happy about it. 

 I’m not sure what possessed me to go with the blunt, straight across bang look. I never knew if I could get away with it, and now I know I can’t. (I know this pic doesn't really depict the "blunt, straight across" style, because it looks ridiculous)

Yesterday when I was in the chair, my stylist cut my bangs the same way she always does and I found myself wanting something different and heard myself say “shorter, shorter.”  What is wrong with me?  You should never urge someone to cut your bangs shorter.  And then when they were pretty short already I was like “what if you did the blunt, straight across bang” and SNIP it was done.  Right after we were both like “ooh I love it!” and then I looked in the mirror when I got home and I was like “what did I do?!” 

The good thing is that I can pin them back or swoosh them to the side and they’ll grow back pretty fast.  The bad thing is that I kind of look like I am wearing a bad wig.  Oy.  I said I wanted something different, right?  Well, I got it.  Sheesh.

After my appointment I decided to take a stroll through DSW, because it is right next door to my salon and I am in desperate need of some shoes that I can wear with work pants (ie, closed toed, fancy-ish shoes).  I have a devil of a time finding shoes that fit me because one foot is a full half size smaller than the other.  Because of this, I have a wardrobe of open toed, backless shoes where I don’t have to worry about my two different sized feet.  I’m always on the lookout for a particular style of shoe that offers a slingback, but also a buckle to keep the shoe on my small foot. I know this sounds weird and slightly old lady-ish, but it’s the style that works for me.

Anyway, I hit the jackpot at DSW.  I found the precise pair I was looking for.  Thank you Life Stride for making shoes for me.

This is the Life Stride Klassy Pump and it’s my savior.  I actually bought this same shoe (in both black and nude) like 8 years ago, and I wore them completely out and had to get rid of them.  Since then I haven’t been able to find a pair like this and have always been on the lookout.  I found them in nude at DSW, but they didn’t have black (which is the color I really needed).  So I asked the girl who worked there and she said, “I can order them for you on my handy dandy iPad and have them shipped to you.”  Um, awesome.  So within a few seconds they were ordered, paid for and on their way to my door.  How’s that for service?  I also bought the nude pair, which they did have in my size in the store.

After I crossed that “to do” off my shoe list, I was on the lookout for a new pair of everyday sandals in black and tan.  Because I need more sandals like I need a hole in the head.  But, I wear sandals year round, so they are worth the investment.  In the deep discount section of DSW I found these.

Bandolino Kara Wedges. They were 40% off and fit like a glove.  I found them in both black and tan in the discount section (that never happens) so I had to get them both. 

And then, just to round things out I bought a pair of New Balance Cross Trainers that were too cute to pass up. They will be my new “walk around Disney” shoes.  Hey, Food and Wine is coming so I’ll be wearing them a bunch.  I couldn’t find the color I bought online, but here they are in white.  The ones I got are silvery gray and a minty green/blue.  Pretty! 

DSW is hit or miss for me.  I either walk in and walk out with nothing.  Or I walk in and walk out with 5 pairs of shoes, which is what I did yesterday.  My wallet isn’t so happy, but I sure am.  I’m a firm believer in “if you find a shoe that fits, buy them in every color.”   I only buy shoes every so often, so I think it’s okay.  It made up for the travesty of my horrible bangs.

How about you … Are you a fan of the DSW?  Have you ever gotten a bad haircut where you were like “what was I thinking!?!?”  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Hair and What We're Watching

I'm getting new hair today!  I can't wait.  I've been dying for a haircut for weeks now, and today was the only time my stylist could fit me in, so I am super excited about leaving early today to get my hair "did."  Here's my before pic...

How come every time I decide to get a new 'do, the day of my appointment I end up having a good hair day?  It almost always makes me rethink my decision to cut my hair, but I always still do.  And, believe it or not, I haven't washed my hair since Monday and it still looks decent.  Anyway...

So as we all know, it's summer and "regular TV" has been off the air since May.  But that hasn't slowed down TV watching in our house.  I thought for fun I'd highlight a couple of shows that are playing on our TVs in our house - you know, to see if you guys watch as much TV as I do.  (hee, so bad, I know) 

Big Brother (CBS)
I LOVE BIG BROTHER!  It makes me sad that it's only on during the summer months.  Every September when it ends I go into a depression that I won't get to see it again until July.  Well, not really, but I am always sad to see it end because this show is awesome. Big Brother was always show I didn't want to like.  It's on three days a week, which is a huge commitment, but it’s so worth it.  This year’s cast is awesome and I just love the larger than life Frankie – who is actually Ariana Grande’s brother.  (I know I’m not a tween, but I kind of love her music)

Bachelor in Paradise (ABC)
Ugh, why!?!?  I’m a huge Bachelor/Bachelorette fan, so when I saw the dramatic previews for Bachelor in Paradise, I was like “hell yeah!”  It’s basically a bunch of the cast offs from previous Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons all together on a desert island trying to find love with each other.  There’s drama, there’s fighting, there’s people stealing other people’s love interests, it’s quality TV.  It is a little boring at times, but there are some good love triangles, crazy people and cat fights, which is what keeps me tuning in. 

Flipping The Block (HGTV)
You know we love a good HGTV home renovation show in our house, so when we saw that Josh Temple from House Crashers was hosting a new competition style “crasher” show, we were sold.  This show is so good!  Four teams have to renovate a run-down condo building one room at a time with a total budget of $37,500.  The winner is determined by how much their condo sells for at auction.  It’s interesting and makes me want to demo something! 

The Last Ship (TNT)
My parents got us hooked on this show.  A crazy virus has wiped out 80% of the earth’s population while a Navy ship, helmed by Eric Dane (who looks weird without facial hair), is out on a 4 month mission.  When they go to break their 4-month radio silence they realize that 80% of the world is dead.  What the crew didn’t realize was that the two virologists on the ship knew all about it and were doing research on the virus.  This show is grim, and sort of terrifying to think that this could actually maybe possibly happen (hello Ebola), but it’s really really good.  I’m happy that it was picked up for a second season already.  You should check it out.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (CMT)

I have been watching this show now for 9 seasons.  Yes, 9.  There is just something so intriguing about watching girls the size of my left thigh dancing, strutting and doing those crazy Dallas Cowboy jump splits.  The show chronicles the audition process and training camp for the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders – and it’s tough.  It’s like boot camp.  The ladies who run the team are tough and mean and I would totally cry if I was in these girls’ shoes.   But I love watching this show because I am so intrigued by how these girls can dance like they do (because I cannot dance) and how the heck they can jump up in the air and land in a full split.  How does one do that?  

How about you ... What are you watching right now?  Do you watch any of these shows?  Do tell!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Getting Back To It

Hey there! I meant to write yesterday and then the day just got away from me. Hate that. 

Today marked my triumphant return back to T25 after a long week off. Getting back on the horse is always so hard. I tried yesterday but it didn't happen so I had to make it happen today. I embarked on day one of week 3 of the Beta series. This means that I am three weeks away from finishing T25. Yeah there was that week off in the middle but hey, I'm back full force for the next three weeks. And then I'm going to try the hybrid InsaniT25 - half Insanity, half T25, all good! 


Remember my obsession with Goldfish crackers? I found a solution. Buy a Costco sized box of the "whole grain" cheddar goldfish. They are not as good as the regular ones which means mommy doesn't eat so many. Hooray! I probably shouldn't bad mouth anything whole grain because it's good for you, but they really aren't as good. Just sayin. 

I am trying really hard to get back on board with some healthier eating this week. Lately I've been abandoning all of my rules - not drinking water (and drinking too much Diet Coke), snacking way too much, eating out a lot... no bueno. I bought a big bag of salad to celebrate. Yay. 

Our weekend was a good one. It included a much needed mani/pedi for me, Greek food (Disney dining recap coming soon!) and lots of relaxation. I love weekends like that. 

Here's to a good, healthy(ish) week!!

How about you ... How do you get back on a healthier track after indulging a little too much? 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Random Fact Friday - Vacay Edition

It’s rando-fact Friday – vacation style!

Our mini vacay to my parents’ house in Clearwater this week was a great one.  We had a nice time and did lots of fun stuff.  Jillian was exhausted from all the fun and slept all the way home on Wednesday and then slept in until 9:30 on Thursday morning – craziness!  Here’s what we did.

The Mall
We went to the mall on Monday so that Jillian could get her year and a half pictures taken at Picture People.  I have a love/hate relationship with Picture People.  It is always crowded, they are always running like an hour behind and it’s just a frustrating process altogether.  BUT, they take a good picture, and at the end of the day, when you have a picture like this, you just can’t be mad.

This is a picture of a picture that we purchased.

We got some really good ones of Jillian this go round, so it was all worth it in the end.  I always say I’m never going back there, but I’m sure I will for her 2 year photos.

While we were at the mall Jillian got to hang out with her friend Emma!  Her and her dad showed up at the mall because they knew we’d be there, so we had a blast hanging out with them. She even helped Jillian during her photo shoot. 

Jillian and Emma = BFFs

SO cute!

The Pool
Jillian has grown to love the pool.  We spent a lot of time outside while we were home and she had a blast playing in the water. 

And with the flowers.  That's her new favorite word, but she pronounces it "flow-wow."

The Beach
Jillian was introduced to the beach on our trip to Sanibel back in June, so we figured it was time for her to get back to the beach.  We went out to Honeymoon Island and let her roam free.  It was so cute watching her run around, but it was the most stressful outing ever because she literally just wanted to take off into the water.  The horror. 

When she wasn’t taking off towards the surf she was either saying “Hiiiii!” to passersby or running towards the dunes. 

Stressful, but adorable.

Mom and Dad LOVED having her at their house

Me Time
I had had grand plans to have a little “me time” while there.  That didn’t happen and that’s okay.  I really wanted to get out and go for a walk/run while I was home to compensate for the fact that I was missing T25, however that didn’t happen.  Jillian wasn’t too keen on the sleeping situation at Grandma and Grandpa’s – she woke up at 5am on Monday (she never does that, usually sleeps til 7:30 at least) and on Monday night she would not go into her pack n play to save her soul.  So she slept in my bed.  Oy.  

We have never ever let Jillian sleep in our bed before.  I don’t even know how people do that.  She moved, she kicked, she snored, I literally had to sleep horizontally on the bed, at the foot of the bed, so that she had room to roll around.  It was not good.  Same routine on Tuesday night.  For real.  Needless to say I got little sleep and never had the opportunity to get up and get in a morning workout.  Ah well, it’s vacation right?  I never workout on vacay anyway.

And that’s it.  We had an awesome time, if you can’t tell from the pics. 

How about you ... How was your week?  Any good plans for the weekend?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness

This past Saturday night we enjoyed another Disney dining experience with our Tables in Wonderland membership, this time out at Fort Wilderness.  Fort Wilderness, for those who don’t know, is actually a campground on Disney property where people can bring their RVs, campers, etc. and stay.  They also have cabins that can be rented.  It’s a neat little area and there is a really nice common area where all of the restaurants, water sports and recreation areas are.  It’s pretty cool and makes you feel like you are at a resort in the Catskills and not at Disney World.

yeah we weren't ready for the picture

We dined at the Trail’s End Restaurant which is an all you care to eat buffet that featured all kinds of “homestyle” dishes like fried chicken, BBQ pork, brisket, cornbread, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, etc etc.  It was all sorts of delicious and we ate way too much.  Even Jillian sampled some of the deliciousness.

The restaurant itself was really small and there wasn’t much to it.  The buffet was also pretty small, so there was oftentimes a line for food, but the yumminess of the food made up for that.  I tried pretty much everything and decided that my favorite was a baked mac n cheese, which I ate a lot of.  Hubs’ favorite was the chili, which was delish too, and I’m not even a big chili fan. 

They also had some awesome desserts – also all you care to eat.  They had apple cobbler, bread pudding, banana pudding, cakes and cookies and then to top it off, DIY soft serve ice cream.  Wowee.  I didn’t even know what to do with myself there was so much deliciousness.  I tried it all.  Hence the reason they had to roll me out of there.  Yum. 

Afterwards we walked around the beautiful grounds and Jillian met a horse!

She also got to play on the playground for a little bit. 

All in all, we had a great experience at Trail’s End.  We would definitely go back because the food was great.

This weekend:  Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s Boardwalk.  Apparently it is closing soon, so we wanted to get in there before it did.

How about you ... Anyone ever been to Trail's End?  Kouzzina?  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Having Fun

We are on our little mini vacation having a good time. Here are a couple of pics from the last couple days... 

Lunch with Jillian's friend Emma

A trip to Picture People for a photo shoot. We had to wait (forever) so Jillian played with some of the props. 

A ride on grandpa's shoulders through the mall.

Pool time! 

Taking time away from T25 while I'm here. Thought I'd walk or run instead but that hasn't happened yet. Oh well, I'll get back to it on Thursday when I get home. 

Hope your week is going well! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Random Fact Friday

Happy Friday!  It’s time for some Friday randomness.  Eh, who am I kidding, this blog is always pretty random. 

- I did another mid-afternoon workout yesterday.  Took Jillian for a walk and then conquered the Rip't Circuit T25 DVD. I'm liking the mid-afternoon workouts on days I work at home.  It might have to become a long as work stays slow.  Ha.

- Have I ever mentioned that I have a love/hate relationship with Costco?  I love the idea of Costco – bulk food, cheap prices, the ability to buy 62 Pop Tarts at once – it’s kind of a dream.  But I hate how crowded Costco always is.  I get so annoyed by the people moseying around with their giant carts not having a clue when I just want to get in and get out.  It drives me bonkers. So I have vowed to never ever ever go on a weekend again, and it made me love Costco again.  Hubs and I now only go to Costco on weekday nights and it’s a dream come true.  We went on Tuesday night after work and there were maybe 10 other people in the entire place.  Paradise.  We walked up and down every single aisle, moseyed at our own pace, and bought a bunch of crap we didn’t need.  It was fabulous. 

Jillian loves her mac n cheese.  She doesn't look excited in this pic, but she was.  Look at that empty aisle!

- I bought a Clarisonic!  (you’d know this if you followed me on Instagram – kerrys99) I have been eyeing a Clarisonic for a while now, but was hung up on the price tag.  After doing extensive research (I always have to research something for like 6 months before I make a decision to spend the money - because I’m weird, and cheap), I decided that it was time for me to splurge and just buy it.  I got the Mia2.  For those who don’t know, a Clarisonic is a facial brush that cleanses your skin so squeaky clean and eliminates all of the makeup, dirt, dead skills cells, etc so that your facial products work better.  It sounds dumb, but it’s really fabulous.  I read dozens of reviews and everyone says it’s a life changer and well worth the money.  So I bought it and used it on Wednesday night and yeah, it’s definitely awesome.  My skin has never felt cleaner or softer.  Seriously. 

- While I was in Ulta shopping for my new toy, a woman came up to me holding a Clarisonic saying that she saw me with one and decided she had to get one too.  Aw that was nice.  She then asked me if I had my knees replaced.  Which was extremely bizarre.  She said she noticed that I was walking with a slight limp and that I had a similar gait to hers, and she had had both of her knees replaced and was wondering if I had had mine done.  I told her no and then explained my situation with my accident, physical therapy, etc.  (click here if you’re like “what is she talking about?”)  She was extremely nice and we had a lovely conversation, but it made me angry at myself for letting my physical therapy slip so far away that my limp was that noticeable.  I know it’s something I am going to deal with for the rest of my life, but still, I have exercises and things I can do to strengthen my left hip/leg so that my limp isn’t as noticeable, so why not just do it? 

- Wednesday night I met up with Amanda for dinner.  We started talking about the brand new Trader Joes that opened up in town.  Yes, Orlando just now got their first Trader Joes, kind of crazy it took this long.  They built it in a weird spot that doesn’t have a ton of parking, and apparently it is so busy that there is usually a line just to get into the parking lot.  So, like Costco, we decided to hit it up on a weeknight.  We parked with no problems and the store wasn’t that crowded. 

It was my very first time in a Trader Joes and I have to say, I was just kind of “meh” about it.  It’s a grocery store, a small little grocery store.  I read about all of the fabulous things you can buy there, but nothing really jumped off the shelf at me saying “buy me!”  Maybe if I went another time and was in the mood to shop for food I would be excited, but overall I was just kind of like “is this it?”  However, there was one item that did sing to me a little bit and that was the Cookie Butter.

The "Crunchy" is superior to the "Creamy"

We had a sample, and oh my goodness, it was delicious.  I asked the person giving samples what you put it on and he said, you just eat it.  That just signaled total danger in my mind.  I could just see myself taking a spoon to the jar and eating it all in one sitting.  So I didn’t buy any.  Although, it was incredibly delicious.  I think it would be killer on a graham cracker.  Again, dangerous.

- On Sunday Jillian and I am embarking on a mini-vacation down to my parents’ house for a few days.  I had some vacation time to burn, so I thought it would be fun to go down to Clearwater and do fun things like the beach, the pool, the zoo and spend time with grandma and grandpa.  I am looking forward to it, we’ll be having some fun!