July Blog-A-Day #25: A Day in the Life

I love a good schedule and routine in my daily life. Like everyone else, each day slightly varies day to day, but it usually looks something very similar to this…
Alarm goes off. I think, “Nooooo.” And hit snooze once, sometimes twice. I roll out of bed, get dressed for a workout, and head downstairs. By this time Zoey has heard me moving about and is ready to get out of her crate. We go outside to ‘go potty’ then come back inside to feed her breakfast. I take Zoey upstairs to take a nap with Greg while I go get my workout on. Sometimes this done in our condo’s fitness center, sometimes outside. 
Back home, I shower and get ready for work. Greg and I take a few minutes to give Zoey some attention before we have to leave. Sometimes I eat breakfast before I leave, sometimes I bring it with me to eat at my desk. 
Time to work away! With a hot mug of coffee nearby, the first hour or so of work flies by. 

I leave the office to go home for my lunch break. I go home every day to take care of Zoey. Between letting her outside, walking around for a few minutes, making and feeding myself lunch, this break goes way too quickly. 
Back to work for the rest of the day. 
Leave work and head home to my little family. 
Greg and I walk Zoey to the park. Unfortunately, this has been eliminated from my routine this past week while Zoey recovers from her surgery. 
Home and hungry! Sometimes we cook a real meal, sometimes we throw together an assortment of random things. Occasionally we go out to eat, but it’s rare for a weekday. Thankfully, Friday evening counts as the weekend where eating out is much more common. Chipotle here we come!
The thing I have been thinking about all day has arrived. Dessert. Publix frozen yogurt to be exact. Duh. Tonight I came up with a fantastic combination. One scoop of the Roadrunner Raspberry and one scoop of the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, topped with whipped cream. And red wine 😉 I usually enjoy my dessert in front of the TV with Greg. This is where we hang for the rest of the night. 
I love a (relatively) early bedtime. Staying up too much later than this on a weeknight is not my thing. I can be a big girl on the weekends and stay up later, but even then midnight is typically my limit. I’m an old married woman now. Ha. 

What’s the highlight of your daily routine?

July Blog-A-Day #13: Issue a Public Apology

Day 13: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or serious as you want it to be. 

I apologize to you for spending yet another blog post raving about my (and it will be yours too) next new favorite Publix frozen yogurt flavor. Chocolate Cookie Quarry. Brooke told me I had to try it and boyyyy am I thanking her now. This stuff is amazing. 
I also must apologize to my future doctors who will first tell me I have eaten too much frozen yogurt in my lifetime. Whoops. And they will probably give me hard time for my somewhatttt excessive salt intake. Like a shake of salt on top of my chocolate fro yo is excessive or something???

Yes, you read that correctly. Call me weird, but I promise it’s delicious. Just a small sprinkle though, not even a full shake of the salt shaker. Chocolate fro yo with a hint of saltiness…oh my goodness. My life is complete.

Just a Glimpse of Yesterday

Vegetable wrap.

From the Whole Foods Cafe, this wrap is stuffed with lettuce, tomato, spring mix, spinach, onion, roasted red peppers, black olives, carrots, hummus, avocado and cucumber. It’s named: The Johnny Mack. You can always create your own sandwich/wrap, but why mess with this one? 
Frozen yogurt.
I am officially obsessed with Publix brand frozen yogurt. I know I’ve said it before, but I really just can’t get enough. I am always pleasantly surprised by not only their flavor choices, but also by the creaminess of their yogurt. They make a wide variety of ice cream flavors too. I haven’t tried any of those yet, mostly because I love that their frozen yogurt only has 100-130 calories per serving.
This week I tried a new-for-me flavor, Peanut Butter Cup. I topped my bowl off with caramel sauce and chocolate sprinkles. I died at first bite. But don’t worry. I came back to life and finished off the bowl. Cereals? Delicious. 
Today I am continuing my streak of deliciousness and going downtown to grab a doughnut to eat while I stroll through the Farmers Market. It’s supposed to be crazy hot here today so I’m hoping an early start will help. I’m sure I’ll be ready to hit the pool by 10:30!
Have a good one everyone. And, before I go, I have to give a special shout out to Christina. Happy birthday!!!!!

How to Avoid Madness with Yogurt and Sushi

Ohhhhh Bridge Run weekend. There are times when I miss living downtown, but this weekend is not one of them.

While more than 50,000 people woke up extra early this morning to push their way through crowds of people to find their place in line, then run a 10K over the Cooper River Bridge, I opted out of the madness this year. A solo run through the quiet trails and neighborhoods of Daniel Island sounded much better (although they are not as quiet as normal this weekend on the island, because the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament is taking place right next door).

Even though I didn’t run the race, I still got one perk from the event. Lindsay, a Chobani rep from NYC, was in town for the expo and other race festivities. She met some other local food bloggers and me for breakfast at Charleston’s Cafe.

I was so excited, because this was my first blogger meet-up! It was so much fun to meet Erica, Amy (and their adorable babies!) and Lindsay.

Erica has had plenty of experience at this restaurant and only had good things to say about all of the food, which didn’t help my indecisiveness one bit. I intended to keep my breakfast relatively light, so I ordered the Blueberry Breakfast Parfait and a sweet potato biscuit (!!!!!!!!).

Both were sooo good and filled me up much more than I was expecting. Everyone else’s food- pancakes, french toast, and oatmeal – looked delicious as well. I can’t wait to go back to try more!
Here’s the group afterwards. It was a great way to start the day!
The end of the day wasn’t too bad either. I was on my own for dinner and spontaneously decided to make the short drive to Publix to see what pre-made food I could quickly find. The big sign for sushi outside of the entrance made my shopping easy.

California Roll. Don’t mind if I do.
Today I’m hoping to soak up some sun and relax, because by 9pm I won’t be so relaxed! I’ll be watching the Ohio State game with Greg and some friends and it’s not going to be an easy game. It is most likely going to be a stressful couple of hours, but I’m hoping we pull off the win. Go Bucks!