Without a Face on Day 21

27 Jun

I read somewhere today that if you dread Mondays, then you spend 1/7 of your life wasted on dreading one day a week.  I am guilty for the occasional Monday dread, but I definitely don’t want to waste 1/7 of my life on it!  So, I woke up bright and early this morning to hit the gym for a sweaty cardio workout.

I have decided to plan out my weekly gym sessions as follows:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: cardio workout that I will mix up between the treadmill, running outside, elliptical and stairmaster
Tuesday: BodyPump
Thursday: 24 S.E.T. (I am trying the class for the first time this week, so I will see how it goes)
Saturday: Light Cardio with weight training/circuits or Rest Day
Sunday: Rest Day

*My rest days typically consist of a couple long dog walks as well as being out and about, so I guess it could be considered active rest?!

It felt great to start the week off with a morning workout and I am feeling good about the early morning wake up!  It is so true (at least for me) that early morning gym workouts are the best way to be consistent with a gym routine.

My breakfast was a delicious bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and some of these guys:

get in my tummy!

4 lbs of strawberries for $7.99?!  Don’t mind if I do!  Obviously, Michael and I will be feasting on these through the week so this probably won’t be the first time you see them! 🙂  Work today was super busy and I felt like I looked at the clock at 10am, then again at 4:45 when it was almost time to go home.  I love those days!  But, only when I am productive as well, which I was. 🙂

I made a pretty tasty dinner tonight, and if you like bruschetta, then I suggest checking back in tomorrow!!

As a parting gift (and so that the title of this post makes sense, here is today’s picture – a faceless self-portrait:

 I’m getting my hair done on Wednesday – I think it is time to take an inch or two off…what do you think?!


Day 20: Bo-what?!

26 Jun

When I first looked at the theme for today’s picture, I thought there was a typo – bokeh?  What the heck is that?!  Well, I still can’t even describe it, but I looked at some examples and ran with it.  Here is my picture of bokeh:

This is a page from one of my favorite kids book, “You Are Special” by Max Lucado.  I love this book’s message and I plan on reading it to my future children every night.  The toy maker teaches one of his toys that he is special, no matter what the other toys may think or say.  Obviously a message that we each can be reminded of every day.

Weekday Lunch

26 Jun

For my lunches during the week, I typically will either take leftovers, make a salad the night before, or make a batch of something on Sunday and then eat that throughout the week.  The best part is that I take the time to do all the prep only once, and most of the assembly depending on what it is, and then I can enjoy it through the week.

Today at the grocery store, there was a great sale on cucumbers (2 for $1) and vine ripe tomatoes (99 cents/lb), so I decided to incorporate that as part of my lunch.  I chopped up 4 cucumbers, and 4 tomatoes, as well as 1/2 of a red onion to create a simple salad to use as a base for my lunch.  I also made a vinaigrette of red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and extra virgin olive oil that was poured over it for added flavor.  This will also get more flavorful as it sits and marinades.  Bonus!!

I will most likely pair this with tofu that I am marinating right now, leftovers from dinner or some other snacks to create a complete lunch.  I just love going into the week knowing that I have something healthy ready for me to eat in the fridge.  I think that this is half of the battle to make sure that you are incorporating fruits and veggies into each meal.  I often cut up celery, carrots, and other veggies that I can grab and go throughout the week as well.  I can also chop them up further when I want to add them into a salad.

Now to enjoy what is left of Sunday 🙂

Oysters & Orange

25 Jun

I love Saturdays, don’t you? After a brief 6:15am wake up courtesy of Delilah for a morning potty break and meal, I went back to sleep and woke up at 8am.  We went for a shorter than normal morning walk because we had fun plans for today that were sure to wear Delilah out.

I headed to the gym and did 15 minutes on the stair-master (man, that thing kills me) before going upstairs to do some weights.  With no set plan, I did a mish mash of squats with bicep curls, 45-second planks, jumping lunges, tricep extensions, squats, and overhead presses.  After getting nice and sweaty, I headed next door to Safeway to grab some baking ingredients.

I had to make some tasty treats – chocolate chip peanut butter M&M cookies and chocolate chip oreo cookies – because we were heading to Tomales Bay for a going away party for my lovely friend Debbie!

Me, Debbie and Lauren

I went to college with Debbie and we both moved up to San Francisco around the same time.  She came up for school and has 1 more year left – but her last year consists of an internship located in Southern California.  I am so excited for her, but sad she is leaving me!!  She had a bunch of friends gather at this fun place, Tomales Bay Oyster Company, for a day full of oysters, friends and sun.

We had a picnic table full of goodies, my cookies included, and then bought a bunch of oysters, clams and mussels fresh from Tomales Bay that you could BBQ or slurp down raw.  Check out this set up:

Oysters by the bag full!

Snacks Galore!!

Dan manning the grill

This place was packed with people and I can see why.  It was a gorgeous day and such a fun idea.  They have tons of picnic tables set up with small BBQs and you bring food, snacks, drinks, etc and then buy oysters and other shellfish there.  I had never tried oysters before, and I got gutsy and tried a BBQed one (it was ok) and a fresh slimy one with lime juice (I was a fan), as well as a clam (yuck) and a mussel (suprisingly salty and delicious!!).

We heard the place was dog friendly, so we brought Delilah along as well.  After being super timid and nervous – which she always is – she seemed to warm up and have a good time.

This is the life...

Tomales Bay was such a fun experience – I definitely need to go back again!  I was proud of myself for trying the shellfish since the whole idea of oysters kind of makes me squirm!  Since Tomales Bay is located north of San Francisco, I had a great opportunity to capture my picture of the day – something orange!  I am pretty excited to live by one of the most iconic orange items ever…

Golden Gate Bridge

OMG Shoes

24 Jun

Day 18 – My Shoes.  Shoes. Now, this is a picture that I can get excited about 🙂  And it just so happens that I even have a shoe related store from today to go with the picture! (Side note, I just typed today as “to day” – um, long week?!)

Here is a picture of my cute Sam Edelman Cork Platform Peep toe heels that I absolutely adore!  Cute and summery, but a bit dressier than wedges:

jealous cat

Obviously Elle is jealous that she doesn’t have two kitty sized pairs to wear like her mom.  So sad for her!

Now, my shoe related story – and bare with me, this is an awkward one.  One that I probably shouldn’t put on the internet, but it isn’t that embarrassing – and I am sure some of you have had a similar situation.  This morning, while I was getting dressed, I grabbed a pair of underwear to wear (obviously) and while going to put them on, I made sure I was putting them on right side out.  Now, this might seem like, “duh Kelsey, who doesn’t do that” but I didn’t sleep very well last night, and I made the conscious effort to put them on correctly.  Fast forward a few hours to when I walk into the restroom at work to go to the restroom (duh).  I realize that I put my underwear on inside out…go figure.  AND, since I was wearing jeans with these shoes, I didn’t want to make the effort to take everything off to put them on the correct way.  So, I went the whole day with inside out underwear.  And now, we are all that much closer since I shared that with you.

Happy Friday Friends!

Recipe Challenge – Caprese Pasta

24 Jun

Hey there! I’ve got a new recipe from my weekly challenge with Brooke.  This week I chose a recipe I have actually made before that I found from Jessica at How Sweet It Is.  The first time I saw this recipe, I knew that I would have to make it and that it would be a hit.  I also knew that I would make some adjustments so that I would not have to buy ingredients that I don’t normally.

I know present, the recipe of the week!

Not as Creamy, but Just as Tasty Caprese Pasta, adapted from Creamy Caprese Pasta

serves 4-6 (or two people with some leftovers for lunch…)

1 box pasta (I used Cavatappi)
2 cups of pasta sauce (jarred is just fine)
1/3 cup non fat milk
1/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish
8 ounces mozzarella, cut into cubes ( I didn’t use fresh, but I did last time and it was much cheesier)
1 pint of grape tomatoes (I cut them al in half and used yellow sunburst ones this time – they were on sale)
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves (just roll them up and cut them in ribbons)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil water and cook pasta according to directions.

While pasta is cooking, heat tomato sauce over low heat in a large saucepan. Once warm, stir in non fat milk and greek yogurt. Once pasta is done cooking, drain and dump into the sauce, mixing to coat and turning off heat. Fold in mozzarella cubes and tomatoes, then chop 1/2 of the basil bunch and add them in too. Once combined, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the entire pasta mixture into the dish. Top with grated mozzarella. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Top with additional fresh basil and grated cheese.

Serve yourself a huge bowl, and be ready to go back for seconds…

This recipe is so good!  It is super cheesy and makes great leftovers.

I also sent Brooke a recipe for Taco Pasta salad, but I got home late one night and Michael made it – so….there aren’t any pictures.  I guess it just means I will have to make it again because it is too good not to share.  I am sure he won’t complain!








Can’t live without it

23 Jun

Technology – when it’s good, it’s great.  And when it’s bad, it makes me want to murder it!  Since today’s picture is technology, obviously I had a ton of options for subjects.  I was going to be a booger and take a picture of a candle, but obviously I am a little bit more up to date then that.

As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t live without my computer.  It is sad, but not a day goes by that I don’t access the world-wide web.  Some people can watch TV for hours, but not me.  I can sit on the computer and read blogs, look at websites, etc FOREVER.  Pick and choose, right?!  I love my laptop, although I think I am in need of an external hard drive to store all these pictures I am taking.

What is your favorite piece of technology?