Friday<<This weekend!

Those are less than signs.. or greater than I suppose, depending on how you read it.. But I read the traditional left to right, so out loud it says, “Friday less than This weekend!”… SO why is this weekend so awesome?! WELL, despite the fact that I don’t get to see my boyfriend (he’s hanging out with a friend at his cottage for this friend’s birthday) I’m going home today after work!

HOME! I haven’t been home in some time! So I’m going to go home to swim my parent’s lake (it’s 17acres in total), then we’re going to my nephew’s birthday party (he’s 3!), and then on Sunday we’re watching my little sister in a parade! OH, and on top of that we (my parents and I) are going to see Despicable Me 2 tonight! YAY!
So… My weekend will be awesome! PLUS I’m going to be making these Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (Nut Free) from PaleOMG! I figured if I’m going to a birthday party it was only right to make sure I made something ‘birthday’ approved.. And I’m pretty sure those will do it! Not sure if anyone but me will eat them.. but oh well, that means more for me! =D





And now onto some other fun stuff… Or rather some fun facts!


1. I’ve decided to start incorporating group training in my training plan.. Monday I got in an almost 21mile ride out of the shop I race for, Level Multisport! THEN, Thursday I went to the group run and they were having a Saucony demo.. Well I already run in Saucony so I just ran the 5.36 miles in my own shoes.. THEN upon returning to the shop they did a drawing for a new pair of Saucony’s.. and guess who won?! THIS GIRL!!! So I’m getting a pair of these beauties soon! (Same shoe that I already have, just the new model!) Yes.. I was STOKED!

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2. Sometimes you have to treat yourself… I’ve been trying to get back down to race weight (put on a few pounds over 4th of July), so I’ve been trying to stay away from anything too sweet.. But after the group ride, and run, there’s a conveniently placed Starbucks on my way home.. So I decided that on those days I’m allowed to have a treat.. Hot Americano with a splash of cold heavy whipping cream.

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3.. So I told you on Wednesday that I was going to the Farmer’s Market again.. So check out all of this awesome local food I got.. Peaches, cherries, peppers, & romaine lettuce! All of this for $9.50!

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4. So I finally joined a new gym! I’ve joined the YMCA in my area… It’s not that I don’t have access to a gym, it’s just that I don’t like having to go to the gym RIGHT before or after work.. So the YMCA has a pool with good lap swim hours, a decent cardio/weights area, and some group exercise classes.. I’m excited to try out kickboxing sometime soon!!

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5. I mentioned that my little sister is in a parade this weekend! Well that’s because the fair in the county I grew up in is starting this weekend! It makes me sad that I’m too old to hang out there all week, but at the same time it’s probably a good thing because I can’t handle all of that sugary/greasy/non-paleo food.. My body really doesn’t like it when I shock it like that! BUT I’m excited to at least be at the fair for awhile on Sunday!

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You know.. when I wrote the title I was definitely thinking of it spoken like those Monster Truck commercials.. You know.. like these ones!

Well, in Friday fashion.. let us start with a delicious cupcake to drool all over our keyboard for!! Look at those beauties! Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts from Danielle over at Against All Grain! Make sure to head over to her website to show her some love.. NOT TO MENTION that her new cookbook is coming out soon! You can pre-order it on Amazon!

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Now onto the random things that have been circling my mind all week..

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1. I eat WAY too much nut butter! Yes, it’s true! I got some awesome NuttZo from a giveaway and I had to toss the last third of the jar because I was eating WAYY too much with a spoon.. Normally I’d just go with it, but I’ve noticed that lately I haven’t been feeling 100% (headaches for dayyysss!) and I honestly think that nuts might be playing some part in it..



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2. I went on my first nature run in FOREVER last weekend! Since I raced on Sunday, when I headed to my sister’s house on Saturday I decided to stop off at a Michigan State Park to do a nice nature jog.. Just 20 minutes, but it was beautiful… I parked by the lake and ran away from it (up the dirt road) then back to it.. it was breathtaking!



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3. I FINALLY found farm fresh eggs! I’m sure they were at the farmer’s market last week, but I didn’t see them.. So I was ecstatic to find them this week! You can’t find a better deal, $3 for a dozen eggs that are FARM FRESH! I was paying about $6.50 for two dozen organic eggs at CostCo, but Farm Fresh>>>>>Organic anyday!



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4. Thursday was spent waiting on a reaction and looking through YouTube videos to see what country sounds I need to DL.. I made a pretty decent list!



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5. I LOVE BRUSSELS!! I got a two pound bag from CostCo for $3.99 a week back and finally made some Thursday night.. DELICIOUS! Just brussels, cooked in coconut oil, drenched in balsamic vinegar! YUM YUM YUM!!

Oh.. and I know this goes against the “five facts Friday”.. But I’m heading to a race track (horses) with my boyfriend and some of our friends tonight! I cannot wait! $1 hotdogs, $2 beers, and $2 minimum bets! I probably won’t bet, because I’m not a big gambler (my mom and I can use the ‘free money’ at the casino and play for hours.. which we’ve done on many occasions), but the cheap food & beer will be nice.. Well, minus the stomach ache afterwards.. but we’ll try not to think about that right now!


Friday Funday!

So this week has been interesting for my! Essentially my whole lab is at a conference which means that I’ve been working by myself.. So I’ve finally felt like a real graduate student.. and that’s scary!

But we’ll get to that in a second.. First lets check out a DELICIOUS looking paleo cupcake! This one compliments to Clean Eating With A Dirty Mind! Beautiful German Chocolate Cupcakes!


Seriously, if someone wants to make me some of these I will NOT say no!

Alright.. now onto Friday Funday! Also know as, five things that have had my interest/are interesting to me, as of late.

1. I made my own salsa before I went up north of the 4th of July.. Sadly it wasn’t spicy enough.. So when I returned home I had about 10 more ripe jalapeƱos, so I took the salsa I had left and added about 7 of them.. yea.. not to toot my own horn, but it’s DELICIOUS!!

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2. THE POOL AT MY SCHOOL IS CLOSED UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST!! I seriously about died when I read the sign.. and cried.. it didn’t help that that was a rough day for me anyways, but seriously, NO POOL?!?! UGH! Guess that means more open water practice for me!

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3. My lab space at work is beautiful.. I’m a bit OCD! My lab mates are alway jealous of how clean my space is, but I keep trying to tell them that having OCD (even if just a little bit) isn’t always the best thing… oh well, at least everything is clean and pretty!

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4. I made some DELICIOUS ‘pork and vegetable’ soup on Tuesday! I was pretty proud of myself, mostly because it meant that I had food for days! Not to mention that I did it all in the crockpot which means that I didn’t need to slave over the stove, and in this hot Michigan weather, that’s always a good thing!

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5. I FINALLY went to the farmer’s market that my school has on campus and scored four zucchini’s and a small cabbage for $3!! Yes, you read that right.. THREE DOLLARS!! Now I know that every Wednesday I need to have about $10 in cash on me so that I can go grocery shopping!! BOOM!

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Well, that’s that! This weekend I’ll be going to my nephew’s birthday party on Saturday then racing on Sunday! Be sure to stop by on Sunday to read about the race!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!