MIMM: Comfort & Joy

Nope, I totally didn’t plan on titling this post after a Christmas song but it’s the first Marvelous Monday of December so I think it’s kinda suiting, don’t you?  Thank you Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

99% of the time I’m go-go-go but since Ryan’s surgery I’ve taken it down a notch and surprisingly I’ve been enjoying the slower pace…  I guess you could say that I’m living more in the moment and less thinking about the past and planning the future.  It’s different and it’s new but I like it, evidenced by this weekend’s marvelous happenings :)

 a crackling fire & chicken veggie dumplings for dinner #simpleyetsatisfying

chauffeuring while sipping a Starbucks #illdoanythingforyou

my momma’s birthday book #illagreewiththat

an afternoon snack while watching our latest addiction, Friday Night Lights #sorryimnotsorry

ceriously, I think we’ve got a cerious cereal problem here #cerealpartymyplace

I’m proud new purchaser of Earth Balance’s Soy Nog #justbuyit

Sunday morning buckwheat eggnog pancakes #pancakepuddle

a so-so sweat session Saturday & a successful sweat session Sunday #runningitchisback

some quick fuel before catching an afternoon movie #timetounwind

it beeped when it backed up, sorry to embarass you Ry #couldnotstoplaughing

all toys must be in biting distance #theyaremineallmine

 my love for pumpkin is still going strong, eggnog coffee & pumpkin pie pancakes #pumpkinobsessed

 my surprise delivery on Friday is blooming beautifully #imarriedakeeper

P.S.  I loved this slide show of quotes, 15 Reasons to Accept [and Love!] Exactly Who You Are


Today…  #elf4Health 12/3 Day 8:  Track your fiber intake today!  Shoot for 25-30 grams and show us your favorite high-fiber foods.  I ate 17.5 grams of fiber for breakfast, holy cow!  I haven’t kept track of exact numbers this afternoon, but I imagine that I’ve already exceeded 30 grams with my lunch and snack…  An apple, a pear, snap peas, yellow squash, bombay potatoes, a bit of dark chocolate, and a yogurt + cereal + walnut mixture.

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 12/4 Day 9:  Have a salad today and make your own dressing.  I eat at least 1 salad a day, gotta feed the veggie monster in me!

Question:  Eggnog- yay or nay?  My momma used to make homemade eggnog for all of the winter parties my parents would host.  This was my first time buying a boxed variety but I say yay!

Question:  What do you think about when you run?  Running is the one time when I can completely tune out from the world around me…

— Allison


Weekend Happenings 11.18.12

Registering for races.  Couch sitting.  Sweaty workouts.  Tasty food.  Spending time with my boys.  Ryan’s birthday.  Champagne flights.  Laughing with friends.  Shopping for clothes and new reads.

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Question:  What’s your favorite seafood?  Shrimp cocktail is always a fave but I also love most anything grilled!  I’m not too big on clams, muscles, or oysters but I’ll also admit I haven’t given them a fair chance…

Question:  Red, sparkly, or white wine?

— Allison


Weekend Happenings: Naked & Skyfall


cinnamon raisin pancakes topped with Chobani + peanut butter frosting + shredded unsweetened coconut

discovered the office gym during lunch

pink pedi

first time trying Naked Pizza = YUM!

artichokes + jalapenos + mushrooms + olives + roasted red peppers + spinach

snap, crackle, pop


turkey bacon, mushroom + spinach scramble topped with salsa, & Van’s waffles topped with banana + feta + pistachios + shredded unsweetened coconut

45 minutes spinning & 45 minutes TNT training

 kamut cereal + Banana Choco Chip VitaTop + banana + shredded unsweetened coconut + Silk Light Vanilla soymilk


cinnamon pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + peanut butter frosting + apple butter + fresh sweetened cranberries

ruby red grapefruit

Jame Bond Skyfall [it. was. awesome!]

such a sweepy buddy

Unpictured weekend happenings: watching Life As We Know It, a piping hot bowl of chocolate chip peanut butter banana oats for breakfast, a massage, a new iPhone, apartment cleaning, and grocery shopping…


…and tomorrow is a holiday [in honor of Veteran’s Day today].  In the morning I’m meeting a girlfriend for a walk but I’m not sure what Ryan and I will do in the afternoon.  Peanut Butter Cereal Brownies sound enticing 😉  Hip, hip, hooray for 3-day weekends!



Question:  Do you have a 3-day weekend?

Question:  Are you a Bond fan?  I am all about chicky flicky movies but I also enjoy a good action movie [with cute actors] now and then!

— Life's a Bowl