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I'm a 29 year old woman who is finally figuring out the hang-ups to being happy.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saying good-bye and new beginnings

After a lot of thought, I've decided to start a new blog and no longer update on this one. I still want this blog to be available because there are a lot of things I accomplished here that I don't want to throw away. I lost focus on this blog and I wasn't happy with it anymore.

So I've started a new blog called Snickerdoodle State of Mind.

You can find me at http://snickerdoodlestateofmind.wordpress.com/.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer food

I don't know about y'all but I could not be more excited about it being summer because all these wonderful summer seasonal foods peak. As you can tell from above I'm really excited about those strawberries. They tasted so sweet. Please ignore what appears to be bags under my eyes at like 3:00 in the afternoon. I have no idea what's going on there.

Some of my favorite summer foods:
  • Berries (particularly strawberries and blueberries and blackberries...and well, all of them)
  • Corn. I spent a summer creaming corn at a small grocery store I worked for. I shucked many an ear.
  • Peas. I also prepared millions of peas for blanching and freezing.
  • Watermelon. It's starting to taste really good but it's still a little off from prime.
  • Burgers and steak and hot dogs. Yes, I know those aren't seasonal summer peaking foods but they taste better in the summer.
  • Fro yo. Shh.
What are your favorite seasonal foods?

Pineapple: Peeled

So remember me getting my Foodzie Tasting Box? Well, I've been enjoying some of the products and I actually ordered more of the biscotti. I tried the Peeled Snacks dried pineapple.
Gotta say I didn't love it. I don't think it's the fault of the product, I honestly didn't think I'd love it, which is why I was putting off trying it. I can eat an entire fresh pineapple in one sitting but I'm not a fan of dried fruits in general. The sugars come out too much I think. With pineapple being so tart and sweet to begin with, concentrating it doesn't appeal to me. Now if you're a dried fruit lover I think you'd like it. The only ingredient is pineapple, which is awesome!

Do you like dried fruit? If so, what do you do with it? Eat it solo or mixed into things?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Update on working out

I know when I workout 4-6 days a week I have trouble with my knee but I miss my intense schedule. I miss the sweat and the high I get after a good workout. Sure, I still workout regularly but I like that feeling daily. So this week my work schedule is allowing for daily workouts and I think I'm going to do it. Sunday and Tuesday I had Curves workouts, Monday I had a walking workout, and I think today through Saturday will be Curves workouts with CCZ thrown in. However, I was playing around on ExerciseTV last night and ran across the 10lb Slimdown. Remember when I did that a lot? Following that schedule was killer on my knee but I loved those workouts. I think I want to go back to at least doing the arm and core workouts once a week. So maybe I'll figure out how to incorporate those in to my schedule this week or next.

I have a very busy summer coming up and I know I need to sit down now and plan out my workouts. I also need to figure out the right motivator to stick to the plan. Expect updates on that soon!

Wednesday Wishes

I wish I could eat this cookie now. I picked it up from Touche Touchet this morning but I also bought an almond croissant for breakfast. So a cookie now wouldn't be smart. I have to wait until this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wacky Nails

Monday I went and spent a little time at Ulta. I purchased some nail polish for the color only. Then I painted my nails. I kind of dig it. It's called Mint Condition.
Outside of what I normally do, but I like it. I think once my feet are a little tanner I can really rock it on my toes. Normally any "out of the box" colors (e.g., pink, red) go on my toes only. However, I have worn dark blues, grays, and gray-browns on my fingernails. My favorite color is actually OPI's You Don't Know Jaques!

Painting my nails a little wacky makes me think of one of my favorite blogs, All Lacquered Up. I always get the up and coming nail trends and find colors I love through this site.

What do you think?
Do you wear "out of the box" nail colors on your fingernails? Only on your toes? Both? Never?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Holiday Fun

We went to see Bridesmaids this afternoon. If you haven't already, go see it. Now. It's so funny. There's a lot of humor you don't expect from a cast of women but honestly, it's a relatively real way of displaying women. So sure it's a little over the top but that's what makes it funny. But it comes from a real place if you know women and it's so funny.

Now I'm home and chilling out on the couch with a little wine realizing I have to go back to work tomorrow. Sad.

Tomorrow I'm working at Curves and I plan to get a good workout in while doing so. I need it after the eating from the weekend.

Wake up in the morning

This morning I woke up wanting a walk. So I laced up my tennis shoes and off I went. I walked down to my neighborhood's village center, which is about .75 miles from my house. I grabbed a cold drink and then walked back. So about 30 minutes later I had 2.5 miles under my belt and I feel ready to start my day. It's sticky hot outside already. Unfortunately it's going to be the prettiest day of the 3 day weekend but also the hottest. I'd love to get a little pool time but I don't think I'll get that opportunity. I've got lunch and movie plans. But perhaps I'll convince someone to spend a little time outside with a cold beverage by the end of the day. We're going to see Bridesmaids, which I'm really excited to see. I'll recap my day later. But I leave you with the tree I saw outside on my walk this morning:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday

XOXO. Gossip Girl. Today after a good workout at Curves with a friend we went back to her house to catch up on the last 3 episodes of the Gossip Girl season. I should be ashamed of my addiction to this show and I am a little bit. But I'm also kind of not. It's a totally ridiculous show but I'm hooked and don't really care. Who can resist the Chuck/Blair dynamic? And all the crazy surrounding the Upper East Side.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alfajores anyone?

Last night after getting home I wanted something sweet. I remembered I had these little babies in my Foodzie tasting box. They were pretty busted up when they got to me as you can probably tell. It didn't deter me, much, but I was a little bummed they weren't more together. Anyway...taste...they were just ok. I liked the subtle sweetness but I think I would've liked a little more sweet. The cookie wasn't sweet (to this sweet tooth) but the caramel was perfect. Maybe with a cup of coffee I'd enjoy them more. For now I'll just stick to the almond biscotti.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Wishes

I wish we had forks at work. A while back our company took on the "green" idea of not providing anymore forks, spoons, or knives once they ran out. Well, we already had pretty ridiculous plastic utensils because they were from recycled materials so they basically melted/warped in hot food. Well, as you can imagine we ran out of forks and spoons way sooner than knives. Normally, I keep a set of silverware here but I took it home to wash and forgot to bring it back today. I thought I had a spare fork but I didn't. Luckily there were knives...but unluckily I look like a freak stabbing a melon before shoving it in my mouth.

I understand the initiative but I don't entirely agree with it. What if we have visitors/clients and haven't necessarily prepared to have them eat here. Just seems like we could be "green" elsewhere.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday: Cookie Edition

After seeing these cute cookies, I had to try them. I haven't tried the recipe yet because I was at Wine in the Woods most of the day but I did decorate basic sugar cookies like them. 

That extra dough went in my belly. Yes, that would be my cookie cutter to the left. 
It's a Wine in the Woods tasting glass but not today's...it's from 2009. That, my friends, is how you marry 2 things you love.

Some are cuter than others but they all taste delicious.

Now I'm off to take it easy on a Sunday (and eat too many cookies).

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finally the Weekend

My knee has been bothering me again. I think it's because I kicked up my workouts in the last couple of weeks and not just in intensity but I was doing them almost daily, which doesn't give my knee the rest I've found it needs. This week I only worked out Wednesday, Thursday, and this morning but I worked out hard and/or long each time. So as far as formal exercise goes I'm done until Wednesday. Part of that is because I have work engagements on Monday and Tuesday nights but part of it needs to be so to let my knee rest. I say formal exercise because if the weather cooperates I plan to attend Wine in the Woods and that will require lots of walking...ok, maybe sauntering. Whatever.

This week was a busy one with my "real" job and my Curves job. So I'm happy to say that it's finally the weekend and nothing is hanging over my head this weekend for the first time in a while. I can just enjoy it.

Last night coworkers and I took another coworker and her fiancee out to celebrate their upcoming weekend. We went to Divino Lounge where I had one of the best steaks I've ever had in my life. It was also perfect because even though we had a table of 10 the space was intimate enough and it was quiet enough that we could all easily talk to each other, which is often hard with a large group. It was nice to get out and truly enjoy each other's company. I truly love those I work with and times like that remind me how well meshed we are. Very lucky girl.

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow to talk about my wine adventures!

Biscotti Review

Yesterday morning I tried the Bari biscotti that came in my Foodzie Tasting Box. I had the pleasure of tasting the Lemon Poppyseed and the Authentic Almond. The Lemon Poppyseed had a nice lemon flavor that I really enjoyed but the Authentic Almond was by far my favorite. Now, if you know me, this probably doesn't surprise you. It may have been though that the almond biscotti wasn't as hard, it was crispier but it was likely that I just love almond and this was some of the best almond biscotti I've ever had. I'm definitely thinking I'll be purchasing a full bag and I think I want to try the Pistachio Chocolate Chunk flavor as well.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I ordered a free tasting box from Foodzie. It arrived today and I can hardly wait to dig into the goodies. Each month for $19.99 they'll send you a tasting box full of random goodies in sample size. Then you can go back to their site and order full size versions of what was in the box. I received a promotion to get my first box free. This is what came to me today:
 All the goods!

Seasoned sea salt. I'm super excited about this.

These look amazing. It took all the willpower I have not to rip into them once I saw them.

I've heard so many good things about seaweed snacks so I'm excited to have an opportunity to try some.

So keep watching the ol' blog for reviews of each product.


Baking happened today. Those are my Snickerdoodle cupcakes making their second appearance in just under a month. Next time it's cupcake time I think I'm doing something chocolate.

Aren't the wrappers/holders adorable? I got them from Save-On Crafts.

Wednesday Wishes

I'm working at home this morning but before I logged in I ran out to Harris Teeter for a few items. I bought Starbucks before leaving. I think I said Skinny Caramel Macchiato and I think they said it back but on my cup it only says "CM" not "SCM." Well, it's not skinny. It's regular. And well, it tastes delicious.
I wish I could order them like this all the time but not with these stats!

Yeah. Well, at least this can serve as breakfast with all the protein and fat in it. Ah, well, I'm always good about how I order so I assume an occasional mishap won't hurt me.

What's your Wednesday wish?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Need a little Iron (Bridge) in my diet

Remember last week when I said I wanted Iron Bridge? Well, Linda and I went and got it tonight. It started with our favorite calamari and we each got a steak. We ordered dessert and mine looked like this:
It's cranberry almond biscotti with caramel sauce. In the adorable little cup is a chocolate Bailey's mousse topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Um...divine.

Now after a meal like that, it's a good thing I'm working at Curves the next 2 nights so I can get in good workouts. Totally worth it though.

Off to watch the rest of the DWTS results show.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday

Sunday began with coffee.

Well, not really. C (roommate) left really early to get to the airport. He's gone to Orlando until Tuesday. I woke up to say bye and then couldn't go back to sleep. So I made coffee and biscuits.

Then I made hot chocolate...I don't know if you can see the steam coming off it or not but it steamed for quite a while.

Now I'm curled up on the couch catching up on the girly shows I feel bad watching when C is around.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday Wishes

I'm wishing for the finer things in life today.
Things like:

I'm also wishing for good summer wedges that are more casual than what I currently own. Maybe something like this:

I also wish I could afford this:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Working Out a Slump

The past couple of weeks I've been in a workout slump. I've gone to Zumba but that's about it. I've been busy with work and the last thing I've wanted to do at the end of my work day is go workout. It's felt like another obligation and I just don't want to take on another obligation. I've been rather down about a lot of things and taking care of myself and enjoying my workouts hasn't been happening. But I worked at Curves for the first time in 2 weeks on Saturday and it felt good. I got good Zumba workouts on Thursday and Saturday. It finally feels like I'm working my way out of the slump.

As much as I enjoy my workout time, sometimes it does feel like an obligation. Does this happen to you? When it's an obligation I'm less likely to follow through.

In better news, it's a beautiful weekend. I throughly enjoyed myself yesterday. I went out to breakfast at the Silver Diner this morning. I'm hoping the weather holds out so we can go out and enjoy the sun and blue skies.

Happy Sunday!

Simple Pleasures Sunday: Mother Edition

Happy Mother's Day
Today's simple pleasure is my mama! I can't spend today with her but I've already called her and wished her happy mother's day. This picture was taken last year when we were down in DC looking at cherry blossoms. I can't wait until she's here to visit in June!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesday Wishes

Adam's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake. I met friends at Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I brought home that for later. Truth be told I wish I had room in my stomach for it now but I just can't right now. I may have to have a bite before bedtime though...it's good for sweet dreams.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday

I went for a pedicure today and I thought about making that my simple pleasure.
I took a nap today and I thought about making that my simple pleasure.
Instead I decided to make gorgeous cakes my simple pleasure. I've been sitting on the couch for the last 30 minutes looking at beautiful cakes through Google Images. This one I love:

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Smoothie Time

Last night I went to Target and found a new wallet. I hated the one I just bought. It was cute enough but the inside was annoying and not functional for me. So I found this one:
I love it so hard. When I switched all my stuff over last night everything fit perfect and it's not bulky.

I'm headed to Zumba this morning so while I'm waiting I whipped up a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana smoothie (with almond milk). I sucked it down in no time flat.

Class doesn't start until 9:30 but I think I'm going to head in around 8:45 and get in a good long workout before it starts. I've been slack this week and I'm feeling the need to really work out.

After a good workout (and a shower) it's off to IKEA to browse my little heart out.