Puppy Loving

I had a fairly productive and personally gratifying day yesterday.

It started with a quick 2700 yard swim workout done coachless and in 50 minutes.

  • 1200 swim
  • 500 kick
  • 500 pull
  • 500 swim

Wham, bam.  Done working out by 6:30 am.

From there, I headed back home, read some of my book, and then decided to finally head to the Humane Society as I had been pondering for a few days.  Man, am I glad I went.  Just look at these guys:


Top left: Larry, a 3 month old lab mix.  Top right: Batman, a 5 month old Terrier with adorable mismatched eyes. Bottom left: Abacus, a super hyper and fun pitbull.  And last but not least, bottom right: Swish, the only girl in the group, and was sweet as any girl should be Smile.

I soooo wanted to take out my credit card and buy Larry on the spot.  So cute.  He didn’t quite understand how a leash works yet, wish made me laugh and smile and want to love him even more.  I don’t think this will be a one and done affair.  I think I fell in love at the animal shelter.  And I walked about 2 miles, which is never a bad thing.

Once I got home, I got to making this fabulous Dirty Monkey cake as suggested by Lauren.  Wow was it tasty.  Thankfully we are going to watch the Pens game at a friend’s today (hooray, hockey!)  so I can pass some off to others or else it could be dangerous.  I ended up making 1.5 times the recipe in order to fill my bigger cakepan.  And I am glad that I did!


I think this is now a favorite of Trav’s.  And it was enjoyed both before and after this yummy dinner:


Roasted (on 375) some red-skinned potatoes and peppers in olive oil, garlic salt, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and then after fifteen minutes added in some chicken sausage until it was all a little brown and fully cooked.  Delicious.

The night was spent sobbing over the ending of my book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  This book was everything I expected from the fabulous writer.  The story is depressing and uplifting all at the same time.  And there were tears, lots of tears. 


Off to swim practice I go! Two days in a row Smile 

Do you have a workout on the agenda today?



Filed under Book, Food, Swimming

Funny GIF Friday!

Sometimes I spend too much time looking at silly things.  Here are some for you to enjoy Smile

How to get a swim workout in the winter:


How dads do their daughters’ hair:


Just your average swim practice:



6836781568 Cat Saturday (26 Photos)

Cruising with my frands:

Uhh…I think you’re doing it wrong:

Those poor, adorable kittens:

I feel bad for the bottom guy:

Hope that made your Friday a little better! Smile


Filed under Life

Bragging about Nothing

Well, this whole week can be wrapped into one word: nothingness.  I have done tiny things here and there, but mostly, this week has started with Live with Kelly and Michael in the morning, blogging and working out, followed by Ellen until dinner and nighttime spent with Trav.  There was a little bit of excitement today, though, when Geno decided to climb around in the kitchen and get stuck in a garbage can.  This can deters him from climbing on top of the cabinets, but he managed to get inside.  And luckily he’s not any heavier because I had to rescue him.


During this overly boring time, I looked to my friends on Facebook for ideas on how to pass the time.  Some suggestions include:

  • Private tutoring

  • Substitute teaching (which I should be able to do shortly….just waiting on paperwork)

  • Pinterest.com (definitely have done my fair share of that)

  • Go explore your new town on your own

  • A few suggestions to read (and I have started reading The Fault in Our Stars, which I’ve been dying to get around to for months.  I’ve read all of John Green’s other books, and needed the time to get around to this one!)

  • Volunteer somewhere was suggested a few times

  • Come take care of your doggie nephew (I wonder who might have sent that…)

  • Plan your wedding! (did look into a few things and print a wedding guide)

  • Find a cute local yarn shop or knitting group (sometimes held at libraries or churches) and learn to knit – it will come in handy as a stress reliever as your wedding day approaches (plus it makes for inexpensive but adorable holiday gifts for family and friends or charitable groups that need baby or cancer hats, etc.) – (which I am TOTALLY looking into…thanks, Marcie Winking smile).

I love all of the suggestions.  And now I’m going to relate all of this free time to my weekly PMBs, thanks to Hollie.

My physical brag is that I have worked out EVERY day this week, even if it was just yoga.  I joined the local master’s program and started swimming again, which is great for my upcoming triathlon adventures. To check my workouts, you can always look at my Daily Mile.  I even post the swim sets I do if any of you who swim on your own are looking for something to keep you going!

Mentally, I’m going to brag about the fact that I have been remaining as positive as possible during this down time.  I’m sure many people would be overjoyed to have at least 2 weeks off.  But for me, I like business.  I like having a schedule and the like.  I like having an INCOME! But as my dear cousin mentioned, I have the rest of my life to work, so enjoy this time!

My life brag? I have made dinner every day for two days but today.  I had dinner planned for tonight but had really bad cramps (TMI?…nah…) and had Trav throw some spaghetti and meatballs together, which was on the agenda for tomorrow.  I made lots of Crock Pot meals, but I also made Sweet Potato Crust Pizza, thanks to Tina.  I loved it and have been really enjoying the leftovers for lunch.



Travis is all about the plain pizza, which I’m totally ok with Smile.

My intention was to volunteer at the animal shelter today, but as I mentioned, strike of the cramps and freezing rain kind of changed my mind.  But I do plan on going tomorrow, and I am excited!

Do you enjoy doing nothing, or are you one that have to be constantly going?

Any other suggestions on how to spend my time?


Filed under Life, PMB

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