Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday wishing me safe travels! I made it home on an extremely early flight and was home just in time for a lovely flu shot.
Thanks mom, don’t even let me go home first; send me straight to the doctor’s office… that’s fine. Don’t worry, though. I outsmarted the system and immediately asked if I could have the nasal spray. I made a few awkward faces but it was much better than having a needle stuck into my arm. Wouldn’t want limited movement for ZUMBA!
After my flu shot I went to get my new sneakers. Thanks to all of you (especially Alex, shoe guru) who gave me advice in deciding between sticking with my usual Mizuno Wave Inspires or switching it up with Wave Riders. I went to Runners Alley, our local running store, and they watched me run up and down the middle of the store a thousand times. They determined that I would be okay with the Wave Riders, which THRILLED me because who wouldn’t want bright and colorful shoes?
My ProCompression socks came in the mail too, courtesy of Skinny Runner’s discount! Love them already!
Then it was off for a nice 3-mile walk with MOM and Chloe (my beagle) before ZUMBA :)
Clearly I’m a big fan of Zumba. I love shaking it with all of the 60-year-old women (and some men!). I get such a good workout and it is by far my favorite alternative to running. I’ve tried going to other people but I’m faithful to Caroline Tuesday nights at 5:30 and have been for 4 years now. She has the best mix of hip hop and latin songs. It felt so good to be back in the front of the room where I always stand and I’m already counting down the weeks until I’m back for Christmas break. Side note: I am that girl that creepily follows my instructor to all of the gyms she teaches at and memorizes the routine so I look really good… awkward.
Then we had a delicious dinner of steak, potatoes, and green beans before we headed off to watch a ski movie for a fundraiser to get free lift tickets. No way was I going to make it through the whole thing so late at night without some Orange Leaf Froyo :)
Now onto everyone’s favorite: WIAW. Thanks to Jenn for hosting this wonderful way to get to know other bloggers and share something we all have in common: a passion for good food!
I’ve mentioned before that I have a raging sweet tooth. I thought it might be fun to share some of the craziest desserts that I’m obsessed with. And when I say obsessed, it’s actually embarrassing. My friends want to shoot me half the time because it’s all I talk about. I may or may not be guilty of planning which restaurants we’re going to go to based on the dessert menu…
If you’re wondering why I don’t post a typical WIAW with what I’m actually eating in a day, it’s because a) I always forget to take pictures and b) I eat the same thing every day so I just don’t see the point. It would completely bore you. Or at least I’d get bored seeing the exact same post every Wednesday…But by all means, if you’re really wondering what my daily eats are, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just comment asking and I’ll gladly do one for next week!
Have any of you ever heard of Berger cookies? I hadn’t until I came to school in Maryland. You all need to come here and try them because they’re literally the best thing I’ve ever had in my entire life. I don’t even know how to describe them except that they’re a shortbread type of soft cookie on the bottom and then an EXTREMELY thick layer of fudge on top. I could eat a whole box. Or maybe not, I’d probably get sick. They’re pretty decadent.
I’m also a big fan of toasted marshmallow anything. Except I haven’t eaten a marshmallow since I found out how they make them. But I am still obsessed with the idea of them and actually really love the taste of them when they’re roasted. I’m definitely guilty of eating almost a whole bag of marshmallows when used to make s’mores…When I turn 21 in March, my first drink is going to be a spiked toasted marshmallow milkshake. It’s the only way you’ll ever get me to put alcohol into my system. By tricking me into drinking my favorite dessert ever.
I’m also a big fan of giant slabs of chocolate cake from Stoney River. Every time I go with one other person, the manager (who I’m friends with at this point and talked about a few weeks ago) is amazed that we’re able to finish the cake, which is usually split between at least four people. Clearly he doesn’t know me well enough yet. I don’t mess with sugar.
Obviously I don’t eat these every night. They aren’t healthy and I’m not going to try and pretend that they are. I’m well aware of that. I eat them as special treats. Everyone deserves a treat now and then. My treats are usually related to sugar. I don’t see a problem with that, especially given how much I exercise. But I do eat some form of dessert every night. My typical go-to dessert is either an ice cream sandwich, or Dove chocolate squares.
We all need a little chocolate and inspirational pick-me-up once in awhile! :)
And because it’s almost Thanksgiving, I thought I’d show you what my mom and I are baking up for the big day (recipes to follow later in the week):
What are your splurges?
What are you baking for Thanksgiving dinner?
Catch you all tomorrow for a special tribute that will explain why I don’t race on Turkey Day! (or if you’re signing off… Friday :) )