It's The Watermelon's Fault

Dear Body Pump,

Thank you for killing my legs and making it so I couldn’t walk when I woke up this morning. I love you. I hate you. I’ll see you again sometime this week.



I haven’t been this sore in a while. This may sound weird but I love it! I love feeling a workout the next day.

Anyway, this post is going to be loaded with pictures because as I mentioned last night, my mom and I threw a baby shower for a close family friend today.

Blogland, meet Dana. Isn’t she beautiful!? She’s due in two weeks!! I have known Dana for a realllly LONG time. She and my oldest brother, Adam, used to date, and she babysat me when I was little. She’s like my sister. Even though she and my brother are no longer together, she and my family are still very close. My parents treat her like a second daughter. Since no one was planning a baby shower for her, my mom and I took it upon ourselves to plan one for her.

Let’s rewind a bit. I rolled out of bed this morning at 5:00. I’m not used to sleeping at my parents’ house in my old bed. I took advantage of the early morning quiet and caught up on my google reader. Oh, how I’ve missed reading blogs!

Breakfast came in two parts:

Part one included blueberries and a banana.

Part two included a not-so-pretty bowl of shredded wheat and more blueberries.

Plus life coffee…

In a Pepe’s Pizzeria mug. I know you’ve seen Pepe’s on the show Pizza Paradise on the Travel Channel. Haven’t you? Go there. You won’t be disappointed.

After breakfast, I headed out on baby shower errands AKA buying balloons and printing out baby shower games. When I got home, I inhaled a gigantic hunk of watermelon.

At 2 p.m. guests started to arrive. Check out the appetizer spread:

Chips, Homemade Guac, and Newman's Own Mango Salsa

Not going to lie- I ate my weight in fruit, chips, and guac. I had a couple pieces of cheese but wasn’t really feeling it. Today was all about the fruit.

Just look at this huge fruit bowl my mom made to go with lunch:

Watermelon, Blueberries, and Honey Dew

My mom ordered sandwiches from a local deli.

My plate:

She ordered a veggie sub just for me! It was stuffed with roasted eggplant, red pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce and mushrooms. I had pasta salad and more fruit on the side. Yum!

Dana’s husband, Don, stuck around for the shower. Dana thought it was silly for him to leave since it’s his baby, too.  Don was a good sport and played baby bingo with us. I think he actually enjoyed it.

Next, Dana and Don opened their presents:

And then it was time for CAKE!

Don’s mom got a beautiful blueberry-filled cake.

That’s right- I said BLUEBERRY-FILLED. *Dies*

So delicious.

Confession: I ate more watermelon after I ate this slice of cake. I couldn’t control myself. It’s the melon’s fault.

The baby shower wrapped up at around 6:00, but the day wasn’t over just yet.

My parents and I had plans tonight to take my little cousins out to dinner. They are here  from Florida visiting their grandparents.

Aren’t they cute?  Danny, Jared, and Brandon used to live in NY but moved to Florida around seven years ago. I only see them once every few years. I can’t believe how much they’ve grown since the last time I saw them!

We went to Woody’s All Natural for dinner.

Woody’s All Natural  “supports the Hudson Valley agricultural economy” by “sourcing its ingredients from local area farms.” Read more about the restaurant here. I reviewed Woody’s burgers once before I was a vegetarian.

I know what you’re thinking. A burger joint?? But you’re a vegetarian!!

That’s why I was happy to see this on the menu:

Sunshine Burger! Score! Actually, Woody’s had a handful of great vegetarian options. I could have ordered a grilled veggie or falafel wrap.  I was in the mood for a “burger” though.

My veggie burger was served with lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a whole wheat bun.  Delicious, as always.

We ordered fries and onion hay for the table.

I stole a few fries. I didn’t get a picture of them but they were awesome! They were fresh and not greasy at all. They tasted like they were just sliced from a potato.

I drank a New Leaf Unsweetened Black Tea with dinner.

Now I’m home and ready for bed. I had a great day! Tomorrow I’m going to a father’s day BBQ at my brother’s house with my parents, then heading back to Albany.

How did you spend your Saturday?

Have a great Sunday!

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Blue Bears and Body Pump

This post is  late tonight because of this:

I am at my parents’ house in Rockland County. My mom and I are throwing a baby shower tomorrow for a close family friend. Blue bear lollipops are obviously necessary. We made dark chocolate ones, too. I had one of the dark chocolates for dessert tonight. The blue ones scared me a little. I noticed blue #354588775 on the ingredient list and decided to pass.

Today was a lonnnnggg day.

I checked my gym’s class schedule when I woke up this morning and spontaneously decided that today was going to be the day I would try a Body Pump class. Once I decided-that was it. No turning back.

So, I fueled:

Whole Wheat Toast with PB

Then, I died…

Just Kidding. I actually really enjoyed the class. It kicked my butt and I’m already sore but I can’t wait to go back.

When I got home from the gym, I made an 2-egg red onion and cheddar omelet.

I poured a sea of salsa on the side.  It was a yummy combination.

I had a lot to get done this morning. I had a phone interview and a story I needed to write for the paper at 12.  I showered, and then prepped for the interview while eating a bowl of cheerios (sans milk).

I had leftover chili for lunch.

After I submitted my story, I packed three million dresses for my weekend trip to my parents’ house (I can never decide what to pack!) Then I hit the road.

The trail mix I made and didn’t eat yesterday came in handy. It was a great road trip snack.

The chocolate chips melted in my 600 degree car but made the mix even better. 🙂

I made a pit stop at starbucks for a Venti Unsweetened Green Iced Tea.

When I arrived at my parents’ house, my mom and I went out to dinner at a my favorite local diner. The waiter immeditaly brought out a basket of warm challah bread.

I ordered a Small Greek Salad with the dressing on the side.

The salad was piled high with feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and stuffed grape leaves. Not too bad for a diner salad. I didn’t end up using the dressing.

My mom and I went grocery shopping after dinner for party essentials. We bought watermelon, blueberries, chips and avocados so I can make guacamole. I’m super excited!

Now, it’s 12:45 a.m. and I’m up way too late. So, I’m off to bed!

What is your favorite road trip snack?

Have a great Saturday! <3

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