last front porch supper + neighbors!

Probably one of our last front porch dinners of the year…

I sent Kevin to the store for dog food, and he came back with everything for a grill night! Side note: did you know Whole Foods is a great place to buy affordable dog food? It’s true! Our last cashier even comment on what a good deal it was. Good to know now that we have two!

I had this guacamole on my burger:

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but it was one of those totally frivolous things I bought while Kevin was out of town on business. And now I want it on hand… at all times. The little packets are almost $1 a piece, but that’s how much you always pay to add avocado at places like Subway and Qdoba. I would know. Haha. It just needs a little salt added.

Just hanging out on the porch. Our dogs have to sit inside behind the screen door. And whine. And cry. I think they’re just afraid they’re missing out on food.

Earlier...

Pippa following her daily routine of yelping and jumping in between me and my computer if I haven’t taken her for a run yet. I had a mid-morning parent meeting so it had to wait! I wish my bed head was more like Pippa’s. Maybe it’d be less noticeable to my morning piano students… :)

THAT is how I inevitably find my floor 5 minutes before I have a parent meeting. That’s just from Boyd sitting there DROOLING for a few minutes.

Another lunch without sweet potato fries.

I was forced to make waffles again with Atkins baking mix. I basically followed this recipe, but swapped out the pumpkin for fresh blueberries!

We are so awesome. We end up being the cool kids at the gym at 8PM almost every Friday night. Since I don’t take students on Fridays, I generally kind of take the day for myself  and put my workout off until Kevin gets home.


HOT!

I did this workout from GPP because it looked fun:

Row/KB, Run/Jack

3 rounds for time:

500m row
25 KB swings 25/35
400m run
25 press Jacks 15/20 ea.

I finished sweaty & proud in 23:28. Those press jacks were no joke! I also managed all of the KB swings unbroken! That’s impressive for me. I have a bad habit of taking little breathers. I was also doing Zuzana breathing if you know what I mean. Good thing there weren’t too many people around!

Kevin also bought me sweet potato chips! They’re the same brand as our beloved Red Hot Blues, and they are awesome. I had to keep putting them away so I’d stop eating them before dinner.

Doesn’t Boyd look like a little old grandmother.

The big news of the day?

OUR NEW NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS ARE FINALLY MOVING IN. They’ve been doing construction on the house since we moved in, and I’ve been dying to have a neighbor. Our spying has revealed that they are a couple around our age…. and guess what? They have a dog! A little one. We think it might be a Westie! Our dogs are going to be bffs too. I think we’re maybe a little too excited about it. We have to tone it down so they don’t think we’re crazy.

Haha. I just busted Kevin eating my leftover birthday frosting out of the can. What a great husband! :) And while he was up, Pippa stole his spot on the couch. Hehehe. That’s what he gets!

Are you friends with your neighbors? We’ve met the neighbors two doors down a few times, and they are sweet and friendly with two kids. On the other side, we have an eccentric older gentleman. Before this, we didn’t really have many neighbors since we were in apartments.

Do you ever hit the gym on Friday nights? It actually really rules since no one is there. Except our gym is below a trendy little restaurant so there’s not a lot of parking!

WOD Genius + My Dogs’ Favorite Foods

Well, I should probably be fixing my blog.

Switching up my blog is basically like making bread pudding. I always lose steam half way through (or 1/4!). If only my mama was here to finish things up! :)

Isn’t this puppy sweet? Pippa and I see him nearly every day when we walk around the corner. He’s just small enough that he can peek out us while barking and wagging his tail frantically. Pippa kisses his little nose! Isn’t that sweet. She’s super gentle with smaller dogs… even the dachshund down the other street who attacks her!

Today’s WOD:

I didn’t feel like working out today. Pippa and I waited alllll day to go running after my last piano student. And it started raining. And it was cold. And we were just not fans of that.

So we went home. I did a round of the FitMixer boot camp….  I liked the Everest climbers, but I have a thing for timed workouts or challenges.

And then I remembered I had downloaded the WOD Genius app the other day on a whim. You can input the equipment you have on hand, and it will generate a random workout for you.

Best parts? It comes with a timer, and there are video demonstrations of each exercise without having to YouTube every little thing!

I did 4.5 rounds + 2 Supermans. It was fun! And harder than you think when you’re doing AMRAP!

I would say the app is definitely worth $1.99 (especially if you have gifts cards from buying a new Mac!). It is a little buggy and closed down on me a few times, but not during a workout or anything like that. Just if I was switching screens a ton.

Ohhhh! Check out Boyd’s James Bond bowtie tag! The dogs hate it when I workout at home. They can hear me jumping around in the next room, and it just kills them that they’re in there. I have to chase them around the house for a while afterwards to make up for it.

I also like to tease Boyd with his #1 favorite “food” — SWEATY SOCKS!!! I can’t help it. It’s just so funny. But I have to be careful. Boyd waits for Pippa to distract me before making his move!!!

I also had something else the dogs were extremely interested in — can you guess what it is?

This is the one food that they chase me around the kitchen for.

They will do anything to get it. They will follow it wherever it goes.

I’m surprised I didn’t get my finger snapped off!

It was the BACON — of course! Yeah. My dogs are not vegetarians. Actually, I think Pippa would do well on Paleo. :)

(If you haven’t seen the Boykin Bacon picture… you really need to!)

I whipped up a batch of pumpkin pasta similar to Janetha’s recipe, but subbed bacon for sausage since I didn’t have any on hand.

Boyd’s top favorite foods:

  1. Sweaty socks
  2. Bacon
  3. Sweet potato SKINS (if I’m peeling baked sweet potatoes)
  4. Dirty paper towels
  5. His own hair balls
  6. Tennis  balls (he really tries)
  7. Peanut butter jars

Pippa Cordelia’s favorite foods:

  1. Bacon
  2. Peanut butter
  3. Dog treats
  4. Bread crusts
  5. Dog food

They certainly don’t take after their mama. Sorry, but bacon and peanut butter would be nowhere to be found. Here’s my list…

Corrie Anne:

  1. Diet Coke
  2. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
  3. French fries
  4. Frosting
  5. Avocado
  6. Bread/toast/English muffins
  7. Pancakes

I’m not saying I try to partake of those things… but if I was dog — those would be my top scraps. Lol.

Time to hang out with the little nerds.

What’s is your dog/pet’s favorite food? I really don’t try to feed them human food that often. I’m just a super messy cook.

If you have a blog, do you DIY it or do you have  help? Totally DIY… unless I need a spreadsheet. Then I can get a little help from the household COO.

P.S. Thanks friends, for the positive response on yesterday’s post on prayer. I always hold my breath for a bit after I post something like that, but I just felt strongly that I should share. You can expect similar “thoughts” posts in the future. :)

Red Hot Ranch Slaw & 2×2

Here’s a fun salad idea I came up with the other day!

Red Hot Ranch Slaw (for 1!)

  • 1 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1 cup spinach (chopped)
  • 8 red hot blue chips (crushed)
  • 8 cherub tomatoes (quartered)
  • 2 TBSP Bolthouse Farms yogurt salsa ranch
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Shake it!

MyFitness Pal says 178 calories, 7 protein, 7 fat

Great snack/side!

Earlier…

I KNEW running to the gym would be just as fast as biking!!

My bike tire is a little low on air… I don’t really excel in the skill set required for remedying that. So I ran to the gym! I KNEW I could run there almost as fast as a I bike. I think it takes me at least 12 minutes to bike!! Haha. But that tacked on an additional 3.78 miles to my day! Oh well. I took it pretty easy since I had already run a 5k with Pippa C.

At the gym — today I swapped out my boot camp workout to do a little GPP.

2×2 - via GPP

Complete as many reps as possible in 2 mins of:

squats (backside must touch 15 inch target)
kettlebell swings 25/35
bench dips
biceps curls 15/20
burpees 

REPEAT (once)

My results:

Overheard at the gym: “Does ANYONE like burpees?”

Haha. Yes! Although maybe not at the end of that list. And prior to another 1.68 mile run home!

Blueberry snack!

And almond butter snack for the dogs! I felt bad because the jar was glass so I couldn’t give it to them to play with!

Oh Boyd got a turn too!

I knew you guys would think I was ripping him off! :)

Coconut-Almond Chicken Stew with Cilantro – minus the fish sauce (yuck)! I used unsweetened almond milk instead of chicken broth and a teaspoon of coconut oil to replace the olive oil. I also reduced the almond butter a little bit.

It was the perfect dinner. Until Pippa started puking. I think she’s adjusting to her new dog food. :( Stew isn’t too appetizing after cleaning that up! Okay. I still ate it. And I have to say that it was super fillingI wasn’t hungry for a bedtime snack! That never happens.

The Boykin just wants to go to bed. He’s just like his father. Come 10PM, and he’s scratching at the bedroom door, wanting to hop in bed!

What’s your bedtime? I’m always curious about this. I’ve never been able to sleep much before midnight. No matter what time I have to get up for work! Even when it’s before 6! Night owl. Kevin has been known to start yawning at 8:15! Pippa falls asleep at around 9, but has a second wind if Boyd is traipsing about. Boyd stays awake a little bit later, but gets cranky!

Four more days of summer!

Late Birthday Mail Rules!

For once, the UPS ring at the door wasn’t music books for my piano students!

It was a belated birthday gift from my sweet parents!!!!

Cute workout tank!! I put it to work almost immediately!!! Late birthday mail is always so exciting… and on-time birthday mail is so nice because you know people have been thinking of you! WIN-WIN! Although, I almost always send gifts late, and that just means I was thinking about you LONGER. :)

After a leisurely morning, Kevin wanted to hit the gym since he hasn’t been able to bike to work recently. I can never say no to the gym!! Ever. I even talked him into doing a mini strength workout with me. I saw this WOD over on blondeponytail.

21-15-9 reps for time of:

  • Dumbbell Squat Jumps (15 lbs. dumb bells)
  • Kettlebell Swings (1 pood or 32 lbs)

I was going to say RX!! But I guess my kb was only 30 measly pounds. Kevin and I finished in 4:34. I am not good at guessing how long workouts are going to take!! I promised Kevin it would be less than 15 minutes! Haha. I still felt like it was a tough workout! I did all the kb swings unbroken, which is good for me when I’m working with 30lbs. I tend to wimp out and start doing lame sets of 10-12! I don’t want to put it through the mirror after all!! :)

Lately Kevin has been motivated to do some of his own weightlifting. I think it’s because his legs are getting so ripped from biking. He wants to make sure his upper body matches. Awwaa… we mostly had the gym to ourselves because most people actually do something on Saturday afternoons. So we had a blast!

I rode the spin bike for 4 miles. I am the worst biker ever. Maybe if I practice in the gym, I won’t be so whiny when I’m biking with Kevin James. I also randomly did a mile of stairs, practiced my high box jumps, and did a few burpees and lunges with a 25lb plate. Just kind of casually. It’s my day off from boot camp workouts so I didn’t want to get too crazy. It’s just always fun to play around when the gym is super empty!

I was out of chip’ns. And somebody was taunting me on Instagram… so I had to get more.

2-for-1 at Sprouts!! Hooray!! I got those and Kevin got Red Hot Blues (also 2-for-1). BEST DAY EVER!! I was in such a better mood after I workout. Today, I realized that Saturday afternoons is always when I feel a little “blue.” Saturday is the day I usually put of my workout….  It all makes sense now. Haha.

By the way, the white cheddar Chip’ins pair well with SALSA!! Especially the good salsa we got last week at Whole Foods. Yum!

We also dropped by Petco to pick up a crate for pooooor Pippa. She needs it for while I’m teaching piano as well as to help her with some of her bathroom issues whenever we’re not home. But while we were there, I found something else perfect for her:

A pink dog vest with a furry hood.

Don’t worry, there was something for Boyd too:

I’ve said in the past, that a perk of being a mom someday will be the jogging stroller workout. Now I don’t need to wait! And Boyd’s a little chunk! :)

When we got home from the store, a GENIUS SALAD IDEA occurred to me. Kevin grilled some burgers, and I made this salad on the side. I’m going to perfect that recipe and share next week, my friends. It is wonderful. And Kevin loved it! And not even in the – okay, I’ll eat my vegetables first to get them out of way- way!

Time to go make some tea! I finally convinced Kevin that I will like tea (he says “you’ll have to drink it either way – ha ha) and bought some chai. That’s good beginner tea, right? I’ll let you know…

Are you a tea drinker? Give me your best tea suggestions! I went past ModesTea today — maybe I’ll need to drop in!

How shall Boyd & Pippa dress for Halloween? We don’t typically “celebrate”, but I need an excuse for the dogs to dress up. Wouldn’t Pippa be a killer ballerina??? Although it’d be fun to dress them as a famous couple too.

Do you send birthday cards/gifts on time? Not as often as I’d like!!! :)

Waiting for Our New Life to Begin (No More Homework!)

As I write this, Kevin James is finishing up his very last homework assignments!

When he is done, it will be the FIRST TIME EVER since we’ve known each other that one of us hasn’t been working on a graduate degree. Isn’t that crazy?? I had already started mine when we met, and he has been plugging away on is MBA for the past 2 years! Who will be the first one to start another class/degree/certification? Who knows? You know I think that you can never be overdressed or overeducated!

Yesterday was our 14-month wedding anniversary. Yeah. We mini celebrate every 24th. Always looking for a reason to celebrate. I made up this little poster to hang in the garage for Kevin to see when he got home from work. It was a painstaking effort. I printed those letters out and cut them out. I’m FAR from being able to sketch out letters so it was really my only legible option. Then I washi taped those letters on with some tape we had leftover from our wedding invitations.

The moment was kind of ruined by the dogs escaping, but it’s still up. And I make Kevin comment on how cute it is every time we pull into the garage.

Thank you to Di for correctly guessing the movie quote (“you gave me a fright!”). It’s from The Parent Trap! The Lindsay Lohan version. One of the very first movies I ever remember going to!!! We’re not a really a movie/tv family. The first movie I ever saw was The Jungle Book with my aunt and uncle. The Parent Trap is the first movie I ever remember seeing with friends. In Winona!! Little did I know my future husband was living there!!!!!

I had a few old bananas hanging out on my counter so I decided to make Tina’s OMG Pancakes for breakfast.

Love the way the house smells all morning after I make pancakes.

We decided to go to the REI Starbucks today. It’s probably the second closest Starbucks to us. The closest one is more devoted to the drive-through and doesn’t have much seating. REI people are so outdoorsy. It’s a little much for me. I was wishing they had a Starbucks in Lululemon instead!! Much more practical. :)

I tried to keep myself out of the house this afternoon so I wouldn’t bug Kevin. I ran the dogs (Pippa-3, Boyd .36) and hit up the gym for a WOD.

(sumo dead lift high pulls, situps, walking lunges, burpees)

Do you get that? The EMOM burpee is going on at the same time as 40-30-20-10 reps! So the faster you go — the less burpees you have to do! That’s some powerful motivation. I finished in 18:34. I loved that workout! It was so much less tempting to take breaks knowing that it would just cause me work so I was pushing myself!! Super fun!!! Now that Kevin is done with the MBA, maybe I can coerce him into doing some more WODs with me!

Saturday is our day to eat up random odds & ends. So after the gym I had a very late lunch of a sandwich and homemade sweet potato wedges. I used up my supply of Alexia fries for the week!! Lol.

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

What’s the first movie you remember seeing in theaters? Jungle Book. :)

Do you prefer going to Starbucks or a more local coffee shop? I do really love Starbucks. Plus the last time I went to a different coffee shop, I got so flustered about not remembering how to order a “medium” rather than a “grande.” Haha.

I Found A Pull-Up Bar + Thanks!

Whoa! Hello! First, I have to say thanks for the overwhelming support on my big, sole-baring post. Don’t expect me to get so personal TOO often, but your thoughts and encouragement were wholeheartedly appreciated. Even my father-in-law chimed in. How sweet is that??  For some reason I was afraid to hit “publish” because I thought I might get some negativity. Nope. Thanks for keeping my corner of the internet a positive space!!!

Guess what? Kevin finally made it to work on his bike! With his MBA wrapping up, he had a little time this weekend to put the bike together:

How hot is he in THOSE SILVER SHOES!!!! Hahahaha. If I was a biker, I’d glitter them!!! He left a bit earlier, but it really doesn’t take him much longer than it does fighting traffic (it’s only 15 miles, but that can be a lot during rush hour)!

After Kevin left, it was time to get the dogs up!

Notice how one is horizontal and one is vertical in the mornings?!? That says something about their personalities!! Haha. Boyd used to routinely lie in bed until 10AM or later. He’s been getting up a bit earlier with Pippa C. around because he’s afraid he’s going to miss something!

I was so proud of Pippa because this morning when I went to put on her gentle leader, she literally slipped her own nose right into it! We are not accustomed to cooperative canines!

We ran about 4 miles together before stopping at home for some water. Why? Because I found pullup bars at a park nearby!! Hooray!!! That calls for a WOD! I made Pippa go back with me and hang out by the bench because every time I leave her home alone she has an accident. Worked like a charm!

Today’s WOD:

(burpee broad jumps, jumping pull-ups, air squats)

I did have to pause once to get Pippa to chill out after a dog went past, but it was all good. I felt like a total nerd doing jumping pull-ups… but who will the nerd be when I can do REAL ONES?!?!? Plus GPP says it’s the way to go, so I believe it. Haha.

In between workouts, I grabbed one of my favorite Fages.

Mmm Mmm… and trust me. I made lunch ASAP when I got home. But I haven’t been bothering to take pictures of my sweet potatoes & leftovers lately.

Tonight’s dinner was an effort towards PaleOMG’s Sweet Potato Enchiladas. I did kind of a sketchy job preparing the sweet potatoes, but it still turned out fabulously. But it got really hot in the kitchen with two burners, two dogs, and the oven going!!!

Uh oh… I have a little complaint to make….

Does this shoe look pink to you!?!?!

I see pink edges… They definitely sent me the condensed grey when I ordered condensed pink/white. It even says so in my confirmation email AND on the packing slip. The packing slip has some blurb about part of my order being out of stock but says nothing about grey shoes?? That was the only thing I ordered. Sigh. Yes, I buy shoes almost completely based on looks. That’s why I was afraid to stray from my beloved Nike. And this is how they repay me??? Lol.

I know this is not a REAL problem, but I don’t know what to do. I know if I try to exchange, it’s going to take weeks! And I’m already seriously overdue for new shoes. My current ones have many holes. But I don’t want to spend the next three months looking at my feet and hating on them. I will totally do that. I don’t doubt it for one second. Haha. If they were going to mess up, at least they could have sent me green. Grey?!?! Boo.

Let’s stop complaining and have a picture of a puppy:


What a sweetie pie!!

If you’re a blogger, what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever posted about? Stay-at-home-wifery. Moving to Denver. NOT moving to Mexico.

What would you do it my shoe situation? Cry me a river, right? But running shoes are important!!!