Where Did You Go, Weekend??

How is it Monday already?

No seriously, which one of you is responsible for this giant hole in the space/time continuum. WHERE DID THE WEEKEND GO???

I was so happy to make it to Friday last week, but I ended up crapping out early on Friday night, which as it turns out was the theme of my whole weekend. :) It may have had something to do with the heat + some serious workouts!

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I’m so glad that it is going to to cool down this week…although luckily I get to workout 3 mornings this week, instead of in the afternoon.
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I know people think I am crazy for looking forward to 5 am workouts, but when those temps hit triple digits all summer long, I’m GRATEFUL when my alarm goes off at 3:45!

Saturday I got together with my mama to celebrate Mother’s Day a bit early. She works on Sundays so we met up at the mall that is located halfway between our two houses for some lunch (Tri-Tip!) and some shopping on Saturday morning. I found this old pic of us this weekend while cleaning up some things in my office and I just LOVE it! But it totally blows my mind that my mom had a 2 year old when she was only 26…NUTS!!!

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We found some GREAT deals at the mall (probably because we looked inside every. single. store. HA!) but my favorite score was this cross-body bag I nabbed at H&M for $20. First off — OMG THERE IS FINALLY AN H&M in my area! Yessssssssssss! Second, Garrett has been hounding me about “the gym bag that I carry around and call a purse” and nudging me to find something smaller and less shoulder-pain inducing, so I finally took the plunge and bought something “practical.”

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But I still think it’s cute! Maybe it’s my impending middle age, but the practicality of it makes me so happy. I kept walking around this weekend and yelling “I have two hands to carry things with!” It’s really a game changer. :)

Ok ok, I also bought a couple pairs of new shoes including these babies. But they were $17 at the Gap, so how could I say no? They practically jumped on my feet in the store!
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And I’m totally wearing them today too…like a kid who walks out of the shoe store unwrapping their new toy! I have no patience when it comes to new things. Plus, I love them!

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Sunday I did my grocery shopping in the morning and hit up the Farmer’s Market. That was enough, frankly, but when I got home it was time to tackle the garden beds in the backyard. I have had Garden Drama this year, which I’ll probably tell you about in another post since it is gardening blog post season (ha!) but the short story is: we were SUPER behind on planting and it had to be taken care of on Sunday, or else. So I did just that.

Garden Intervention.

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And do you want to hear something silly? I totally gardened in my bathing suit! It felt really efficient, actually, since I wanted to get some sun. But it also felt COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS, but what the hell — it’s my backyard! I can do what I want! You’re not getting a picture of THAT though. :)

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Then I prepped some food for the week including breakfast packs and salads for our lunches. Is it just me or do salads get prettier in the summer?

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For dinner I grilled up a couple of pork loins as part of my “Clean Out All The Questionable Meat in My Freezer” project. I want to tell you they tasted bad, since this is totally not fancy-schmancy pork, but they were pretty bomb! I had marinated them with Olive Oil, Champagne Vinegar and tons of salt, pepper, onions and garlic and man did they come out RIGHT!

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Also I made what is sure to be my Favorite Summer Cocktail. Recipe coming to the blog this week. AH-MAZING!

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So refreshing, and so dangerously devoid of any indication that it is alcoholic! Is it any wonder I was crapped out on the couch by 8pm last night?

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How was your weekend, friends? Do you prefer a busy, activity filled weekend or a more restful relaxing one? For me it depends on the week!

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10 comments to Where Did You Go, Weekend??

  • TenaciousCleo
    May 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Love the prepacked salad ideas! Query: do you find the veggies wilt at all when in the container by the end of the week? Presuming that you do your dressing in separate containers and apply at time of eating. I MUST try this…..and yay for getting your garden in. We did ours here in Chicago this weekend and it just made me happy to go outside and see it yesterday and today:)

  • Holly
    May 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

    The veggies don’t get wilty at all, but I do only do about 3 days worth at a time. But honestly, sometimes we don’t get to them until Thursday or Friday and even then they are still crisp.

    I think it’s because I don’t put a lot of watery produce in there…just romaine, peppers, grape tomatoes, broccoli slaw, cabbage. Actually that’s not totally true, sometimes I put cucumbers in there and those are watery…but it holds up. Magic, I guess. :)

    I add dressing, avocado and meat at the time I eat it. It saves TONS of time not chopping vegetables for each singular meal!

  • Meg
    May 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I have girls’ night coming up on Thursday and NEED that drink concoction to make & take!

  • serrorserror
    May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I really need to do the salad for a couple days prep. I always forget! And your salads are so pretty!

    Love grilling pork tenderloin, it is just so darn good that way!

    We did a bunch of veggie planting this weekend, but up here in the NW it is just barely time to start planting. Hoping temps don’t drop below 40’s overnight again this Spring. Can’t wait for your garden details and summer drink recipe!

  • San
    May 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Wait, wait, wait – which mall did you go to? I need to go to H&M!!!!!!!! I didn’t know there was finally one in the area!

    Also, you get up at 3:45? Do you go to bed at 8? I don’t know if I could get up THAT early.

    I love when I have alternating weekends of busy and restful. That’s my favorite :)

    • Holly
      May 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      So the H&M is out at the Galleria in Roseville and IT’S AMAAAAAAAAZING. I mean, fully of cheapy stuff, but still THAT’S AMAZING! i only get up at 3:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays, the rest of the days I get up around 5. It’s early, and yeah, sometimes I am in bed by 8:30, but that is more because I love sleep than anything :)

      Busy//Restful//Busy is a must! I’m hoping for a little bit of rest this weekend!

  • anne h
    May 15, 2012 at 6:59 am

    LOVE the rowing machine!

    • Holly
      May 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Me too! Someone once told me it’s a great piece of equipment to invest in because it does so much more than just a treadmill or anything else. I was kind of leery, but man — it’s SUCH A GOOD WORKOUT!

  • Erica
    May 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

    So here’s why I think you count as a “lifestyle blogger”: after reading this post, I feel strongly that I need to work out, make some colorful salad, do some gardening, and buy some new shoes. (I already felt strongly that I needed a cocktail.) Your life’s got style!

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