Category Archives: Cycling

It’s BACK!

Yesterday was a good day.  No, a GREAT day.  A great day for what? A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY! 


Ok, ok.  Sorry.  I am not a big fan of football or baseball or basketball.  But hockey, that’s a different story.


And my team WON against their biggest rival in the first game back after a longggggg lockout.


Add on top a great swim practice, a great ride, a great dinner at Olive Garden, and an amazing movie (Silver Linings Playbook), and it was a super great day.


Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, please do.  Especially if you have any background in special education or counseling or mental health.  If it wasn’t a good movie to begin with, seeing that perspective of things really made me fall in love with it.  And looking at Bradley Cooper can’t ever be a bad thing…

Hoping to carry yesterday’s greatness into today, starting with a run.  And hopefully ending with another win today! Winking smile Let’s go Pens!

Are you a hockey fan?? If so, who is your team? I can’t promise I’ll still be your friend once you tell, but I’ll consider!



Filed under Cycling, Exercise, Life

Cat Approved

Earlier in the week, I got so bored that I decided to go shopping instead of sit at home for longer and watch another movie.  I made it as far as one store: Old Navy.  But I think my shopping was approved by the Geno-man.

First up:

A purse/camera bag.  A perk of now living with a bird enthusiast is that he happens to have a nice DSLR that I am allowed to use. Smile I found this bag (for a mere $15, no less!) and honestly could NOT say no.


Immediately, Geno took the bag and claimed it for his own.  Apparently, he’s really into cycling these days.



The bag is now out of his reach so that it doesn’t turn black with cat fur before it even gets used.

Next up:

A workout outfit!  Well, not really an outfit since they don’t match that well.  But a t-shirt and capris: $5 and 6$ respectively! Winking smile Don’t mind my mirror photo shoots hehe


I LOVE purple.  Just saying.

Lastly, a comfy long sleeve striped $7 dress.  Heck yes. I plan on busting that sucker out this weekend.   Pictures to follow, if I leave the house that is.

I do have pictures of last night’s dinner, which as I mentioned, was another Crock Pot meal.

Caesar Crock Pot Chicken

(recipe here)


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of your favorite Caesar dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley (if you don’t have fresh use around 2 teaspoons of dried parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 12 slider buns or 4-6 regular sized hamburger buns
  1. Place chicken in a 3-4 quart slow cooker with 1-2 cups of water, cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from cooker using a slotted spoon and drain the water from the slow cooker. Place chicken on a cutting board and pull chicken into shreds, discarding any fat.
  3. Place chicken back in the cooker and pour dressing, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and pepper over the top. I really make sure that I discard any fat pieces so by the time I was done I only used about 1/2 cup of dressing but you make need more if you have more chicken. Stir until mixed evenly. Cover and cook on high heat for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot.
  4. Spoon 1/4 cup mixture onto each slider bun if you are making sliders or more for regular sized buns. Top with extra shredded Parmesan cheese and lettuce to serve.


I opted to go bunless, and instead made it into a salad.  Didn’t need dressing thanks to the chicken!  Almond slivers, cukes, olives, and romaine.  Hit. The. Spot.

I am adoring the Crock Pot Challenge, can you tell? It’s not even a challenge!

I’m off to be productive! I see a trip to the post office and a potential trip to the animal shelter to walk some doggies.  That is all dependent upon whether I can navigate the area or not.  Fingers crossed!

Do you prefer shorts, capris, long pants, spanx, etc. while working out?


Filed under Cycling, Food, Life, Recipes

Decorating the Place

Happy Monday to you! How were your weekends? Mine was pretty great: spent a lot of time decorating the apartment, eating, and exercising.  Travis and I went on a 20 mile ride to Delaware and back yesterday (disclaimer: I live about 2 miles from Delaware…). It was nice and felt like I was back in my old stomping grounds.  Not only where there cornfields, but there were cows, too! It was practically totally flat, though, which I could get used to.


We also spent some time this weekend making bread and spinach artichoke dip.  I just so happened to have this bread kit in my pantry, and the dip mix thanks to the Tastefully Simple party I went to.  Honestly, the bread was from a Foodie Pen Pal a while back and was the simplest thing I’ve ever made.  I didn’t use beer (as was advertised) and used Diet Dr. Pepper instead.  No beer here.  Mix in the soda, and bake! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.


The dip was super easy as well in my Little Dipper Crock Pot! So perfect together.


After we fueled up, we got down to business finally hanging our pictures and decorations.  The place feels much more like home!


We hung some pictures in one of the hallways as shown above.



Remember that one from the fundraising Travis and I did for the CF Cycle for Life event? Still one of my proudest moments.

We also found this cute little thing for hallway in the entry way.  If you didn’t know, Travis kind of loves birds so that really made him happy to find!


Lastly, we found another thing perfect for us.


In. Love.

Speaking of love….anyone else as obsessed with  Girls as I am and watch the Season 2 premiere last night???

Okey dokey, time to be productive some more.  I better not get used to not having work.  Time to get as much accomplished as humanly possible!

Have a great day!

Do you have a favorite decoration where you live??


Filed under Cycling, Food, Life

Gratitude and Gingerbread

I had a pretty great and relaxing Christmas yesterday.  My immediate family woke up, opened presents, and headed to brunch at my uncle’s before just chilling out together at home the rest of the day.


My mom made my stocking for me when I was little.  Isn’t it awesome?!


Santa was good to me.  Between my mom, dad, and sister, I think I got everything I wanted and more.

I got


Aero bars to get serious about triathlons!


An ADORABLE Coach wristlet!


A drawer for my Kcups!


My yearly ornament – Penguin and Tuxedo.  This year was the 12th in the series, and I have them all!


An amazing Pittsburgh decoration from my cousins! Love it!

And then, things got GINGERBREADY!  Which is totally alright in my book! Winking smile


A gingerbread Pandora charm! And two heart charms beside it.


Gingerbread mix! YUM!


Even Geno will be a gingerbread head when he gets this gift!


And then, of course, this guy.  My godmother makes the most amazing gingerbread men (and women!) in the world.

I am so thankful for everything and everyone in my life.  Christmas is so special, and I can’t wait to spend it with Travis and his family, too!

How was your holiday?

P.S. My college roommate and teammate just started blogging! Yay! Anna is an AWESOME athlete, teacher, writer, etc., and you should definitely check her out! Smile

Have a wonderful day!


Filed under Cycling, Family, Life