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WIAW #23 – A “Cheat” Day

Ello, loves. Welcome to another lovely edition of What I Ate Wednesday – brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week I’m sharing everything I ate yesterday, which ultimately turned into a kind of “cheat” day and proves that I actually eat like a real person sometimes!! Onward!!

Breakfast: I had my 32 week checkup yesterday morning which meant that we were stopping for bagels before I dropped Johnny off at our friend Nicole’s so she could drive him to work. Typically, I say no to a bagel. Yesterday  was super rainy and dreary, though, so I decided it was time to join in on the fun! I had a garlic bagel toasted with butter!!! Most people I know are everything bagel with cream cheese kind of people. Sure, they’re delicious, too, but for me there’s nothing like a toasty warm garlic bagel dripping with melty butter. Yummmmmm and a half!!
bagelI didn’t have to kill too much time between dropping Johnny off and my appointment, but I still had about 20 minutes before I needed to head to the office, so I stopped at Panera and grabbed a decaf English Breakfast Tea and started perusing my latest issue of Women’s Health!!

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Luckily my doctor’s appointment was earlier yesterday and went swiftly! All is well with baby and I, and I discussed “birth plans” with my doctor (and we both agreed they’re just plain silly!). I managed to make it to work at 9:20, but by 10:00 I was ready for a snack, so I grabbed the last few pieces of cantaloupe we had hanging out from my baby shower!!
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Lunch: Lunch was simple yesterday, and I tried to keep it a little lighter since I knew I was having a bagel for breakfast. What we have here is some leftover fajita filling (chicken, black beans, peppers, and onions) with a wee bit of cheese and avocado on top. Ugly, but delicious.
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Tea Time: I am such a happy camper because I have sooooooooooooooo much leftover tea from my shower!! This one right here happens to be my favorite!! It’s The Republic of Teas Decaf Ginger Peach. The regular Ginger Peach is delightful, too, but ya know…preggers. With a little drizzle of honey it’s pretty much impossible to be in a bad mood while you drink this stuff. It’s the best!!
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Snack: I had a marathon meeting yesterday afternoon that usually only lasts about 30 minutes but lasted nearly 2 hours! As such, my snack time was a little thrown off. I just nommed a hard boiled egg to hold me over until dinner.
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Dinner:Last night, Johnny and I had dinner with Melinda and Kyle before FINALLY going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier!! There are a few pretty decent mexican places by us, but we frequent El Rodeo this most. We all pretty much always get the same thing every time. Johnny and Kyle both get the Sante Fe Nachos (nachos with beans, cheese, steak, and chicken) – Johnny with no sour cream but with guacamole, and Kyle with sour cream but with no guacamole (but he is kind enough to order it on the side so that I can have it!!), Melinda sometimes gets a veggie quesadilla or the nachos, too. Last night she got a steak quesadilla. Me? I have tried a few things on their menu – but I have gotten to the point where I always order their Carne Asada Tacos. I. Love. Them. So. Much. They’re the perfect portion of steak in three little corn tortillas with loads of tomatoes, onions, and fresh cilantro to devour along with it!! They also come with a side of beans, which I never finish but always smear a bit to my tacos,  and a really spicy homemade hot sauce. All of that, plus some guac. Heaven.
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At the Movies: Let’s all be honest, does anyone actually buy their snacks IN the movie theater anymore? They’re so expensive!!! And sure, the popcorn always SMELLS great, but it never tastes as good as it smells. I’ve pretty much stopped bothering with popcorn at the movies all together. Plus, I always wind up with a kernel stuck in my teeth before the movie even starts so then I spend the whole movie sitting there being annoyed by it the whole time. *END MOVIE RANT* Anywho, after dinner we stopped at the grocery store and grabbed a few movie snacks. My husband is a Raisinettes kind of guy. They’re his favorite! I always struggle picking my movie candy. Peanut M&Ms, Goobers, or Reese’s Pieces are usually my chocoaltey go-tos, but I wasn’t feeling chocolaty. So I went with Sour Patch Kids!! Am I the only person who’s favorite are the green ones?! I feel like I am. Captain America was awesome!! And I didn’t eat the WHOLE bag, I promise! 😉
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What’s your favorite movie theater snack?
What’s your favorite dish when you get Mexican food?
What’s your favorite bagel??

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

ONLY ONE MORE DAY TILL SOUTH CAROLINA!!!
WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!

Heh – can you tell I’m excited? I decided that this week, since I didn’t cook anything new/noteworthy and I don’t have a recipe to share I would join in the fun Thinking out Loud party – brought to you by Amanda at Running with Spoons!! Here’s just a miscellaneous array of things that I’ve been thinking these days. And really, by “miscellaneous array of things” I think what I really meant to say was mushy, gooey, hormone-y things that have everything to do with baby. You have been warned! 

I’m sure a lot of married women think that they have the best husband ever, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I really think I win. No one is perfect, of course, but I am so effing happy that Johnny and I together (for 7 years this month!) and I am so effing happy that he has discovered that no matter what mood I am in or how crazy I’m feeling all he needs to do is rub my belly and I instantly feel better and I can’t believe that in 10 short weeks we’re going to be parents. And he’s going to rock.

me and the hubs

Also, some of ya’ll may think that you’ve got the best friends ever….but againnnn…and I hate to break it to you…I’m pretty sure I win there, too. My baby shower is a week from Saturday and I know that my beautifuuuul sister-in-law Melinda and my gorrrrrgeous bff Susan have been planning their faces off to make sure it’s perfect. My girl, Ashley, has been helping, too…and dealing with my crazy and accompanying me to farmers markets whenever I need it! I haven’t even had my shower yet and I’m already so grateful to have such a tremendous support system. Sometimes there really just aren’t words to show true love and appreciation. So instead, here’s an adorable photo we took over the weekend.

my galsAlthough I enjoy all of the time I spend with the hubs and my dear friends, I have really come to discover lately that I enjoy some solid “me” time, too. Of course I would really start to enjoy it right before my baby is born, but c’est la vie. I’ll take what I can get for now. Prior to my last doctor’s appointment, I dropped Johnny off at our friend’s place so they could get to work together, and I sat at Panera for an hour enjoying a breakfast powder sandwich (with spinach added to it, because spinach), some decaf english breakfast tea, and a nice book (has anyone else out there read all of the Southern Vampire Mysteries aka the “True Blood” books? I’ve read ALL of them and I’m currently reading one of the companion guides a friend lent me). There was definitely a time in my life where I wouldn’t be caught dead eating anywhere alone. I’m not sure when it happened, but now I feel like if I could start every morning this relaxed I totally would.

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You know how I’ve mentioned before that I miiiiiiiiiight have a small problem when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter?? Well over the weekend, we grabbed some frozen yogurt, annnnnnnd this problem really came to a head!! Usually when I get froyo I’m all “yay yay healthy treat” and I’ll get a tiny plop of strawberry and a tiny plop of cheesecake flavor and I’ll cover it in fresh fruit and graham cracker crumbles. Not this time. This time my problem reared its ugly head… and I had half a cup filled with chocolate and peanut butter flavored froyo… and topped with peanut butter chips, peanut butter cups, peanut m&ms, and drizzled it with peanut butter…and it was perfect.
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Finally, I’m just soooo excited to get the nursery together. We have all of the furniture sitting in the garage waiting to be put together. Johnny is just about done painting it, too. Here’s a little sneak peak.
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Yuppers! It’s baby blue for my baby girl. Some folks are all like “but bluuuue is for booooysssss” annnnnnnnnd I want to kick them in the shin.  I, personally, think that this particular shade of blue is just so perfect and pretty and feminine without being too over the top girly and, most importantly, it’s relaxing. Also,  I plan on decorating the nursery with lots of white and subtle baby pink. The bedding we registered for looks like this:

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aaaaaand all of the furniture is a pretty espresso colored wood. I’m going crazy waiting to see what it all looks like put together…with a baby in it. Lol. Now I have my fingers crossed, of course, that Miss Emma Grace is going to love to sleep as much as her parents do, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

I think that just about covers everything for today, folks. I’ll be back next week!!!

My Bowl Full of Jelly & WIAW #7

Happy Wednesday, everyone!! It’s almost the weekend!!

I am particularly excited for this weekend! Friday Johnny and I will be heading into NYC to see the tree (which we haven’t done in years!) with Susan, Bill, my Papa Bear, and his lady friend.  Saturday we’ll get to catch up with an old friend I haven’t seen in quite some time and we’re meeting up with all of my extended family for dinner, which is the first time I’ll be seeing everyone since announcing that I’m pregnant, which is super exciting! And Suuuunday we’ll be meeting up with Johnny’s family and our good friend Sue and her husband Matt. We’ll also finally get to meet their little munchkin who’s already 7 months old!! EEEEE. I can’t wait to squeeze him!! It’s going to be a fabulous weekend! Do you have any great weekend plans??

Anywho, it’s What I Ate Wednesday! Check out the link up at Peas and Crayons and see what some other chicas ate today!! Here are my noms:

Breakfast: Small and simple today. Just a cup of peanut butter muligrain cheerios with nonfat milk and some chai tea.

cheeriosSnack: There were some holiday pecans up for grabs in the office kitchen today and I was the first to snag some!! I love pecans! I mixed a few halves and a handful of pomegranate  into my black cherry chobani around 10 am and it was delicious! Then, at 11, my belly started to rumble. Curse my tiny breakfast! I swear if I don’t eat a minimum of 300 calories at breakfast I’m ravenous for the rest of the day. So I munched on some triscuits and a laughing cow cheese wedge to hold me over until lunch time!chobani

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Lunch: Johnny and I had lunch with our friend Nicole at Panera today! We had a Panera problem for a while, and were probbbbbbably going there like once a week. We’ve cut back to just once a month now, haha. I’m always torn with what to get, as I enjoy so many things on their menu (Big Kid Grilled Cheese, anyone?). Today I went with my standard You-Pick-Two: Thai Chicken Salad (my favorite salad on their menu) without the crispy wontons and Broccoli Cheddar soup – because it’s so snowy and cold out and it’s soooooo warm and delicious. I had a whole grain baguette on the side, but I always share a bit of it with Johnny. He’s a bread monster.

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Snack: I took my vitamins after lunch but figured you guys don’t need to see those again. I also had 3 Hershey Kisses around 2:oo for a sweet little pick-me-up. Come 4:45 pm it’s serious snack time again. Today I enjoyed a pear…in the dark…because I hate the overhead lights in my office.

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Today I had a pretty great arm and shoulder workout at the gym! I’m still lifting and I feel great! I also walked on the treadmill at a 15% incline for 15 minutes and I swear I sweat more doing that than I have on any run in a long time!! I’m definitely starting to feel like this baby bump is for reals now though. I can’t wait for it to be firmer…right now I’m feeling a little too much like Twas The Night Before Christmas and that I’ve got a little bowl full of jelly.  Et voila!

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Dinner: Tacos for the hubs, taco salad for me! This is one of my favorite post workout meals actually! A bed of spinach topped with chopped bell pepper, black olives, onion, hot salsa, avocado, a little cheese, about 1/2 cup lean ground beef, and a taco shell!! Delicious!tacosalad

Dessert: I still have a huge bag of cookies left from our cookie bake last Saturday, so I nommed on one of the ridiculous S’Mores cookies that Susan made. Behold. They really are glorious!

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And there we have it, folks! Make sure to stop by again soon for my Five Cheese Pancetta Mac & Cheese Recipe!! XX/OO