Hello from a week that is picking up speed like a boulder rolling down a hill! I am eyeballs deep in STUFF, not to mention completely unable to shampoo my hair comfortably thanks to a couple of beastly workouts already this week, so I only have time for some bullets. But I am overflowing with things to say though so there was no way I couldn’t post, so you’ll have to forgive this mess of jumbled thoughts with absolutely no rhyme or reason.
*Through a mix of mistakes on my part and internet shadiness I purchased a FAKE CLARISONIC from Amazon of all places. WHAT? No one is more pissed than I am, let me tell you. I have jumped through about 900 hoops and it looks like I will get some of my money back but I am waiting for the whole situation to resolve itself before I blog about it. It’s coming though because I have A LOT to say. In the meantime though, if you are not buying DIRECTLY FROM CLARISONIC: Caveat Emptor. It’s not worth the $15 you are saving. Trust me. It’s a $100 face brush: pay the extra cash to ensure yours is legit.
*I think my friends at CrossFit Estes Park kicked off their Whole 30 yesterday – HOORAY! Good luck to all of you. I think of you every time single time I do burpees in a wod at my gym (and lately that’s like EVERYDAY.) When I’m huffing and puffing and hating every inch of that movement, I say to myself “At least I’m not a mile above sea level!” haha Just kidding. Sort of. You guys are rockstars, best of luck on the Whole 30!
*The other day A’Dell talked me into making a super exciting impulse purchase online (well, really she didn’t have to twist my arm that hard, but still.) Anyway, it’s a STEAM MOP! I had planned to buy a Shark at Costco because it was on coupon, but she told me all sorts of horror stories (that aligned with many of the reviews I had read online) and so I ended up going with this one. (Which was cheaper that the discount one at Costco anyway) And I’m over the moon about it. Now she has convinced me I want dryer balls! Next thing you know I’m going to be impulse buying Metamucil and inviting my knitting circle over for dinner at 3pm. My 20 year old self is horrified. Thank god I’m now 34 and DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE THINKS ABOUT MY SMALL BORING STEAM MOPPED LIFE!!!
*So I’ve been forced to take my own advice lately. Man, isn’t that a pisser. Mostly in relation to not focusing on where you think you *should* be fitness-wise, and man is that such a tough pill to swallow. Recently our CrossFit box posted its 2012 wrap up video and it reminded me that I am significantly less fit than I was a year ago. (Speaking of, I wrote this on my facebook wall the other day, but it’s worth repeating – if your gym experience is not full of laughs and good times — IT CAN BE!) Anyway, I mean, it’s not dire, but the truth is you DO get out what you put in, and I put more cookies in my mouth than workouts towards the end of the year, and them’s the facts. And those facts have consequences which mean I can no longer snatch a 100lb bar over my head with ease. Lame. Just knowing that I have to WORK to get back to a place I was a year ago is frustrating. But also? It’s life. Things meander and it’s not always a straight line from A to B so I’m just humbling myself, starting back at square one and busting my ass. I know I’ll get back there, but in the meantime: GRUMBLEGRUMBLEGRUMBLE.
*Garrett and I went to the library after the gym the other night like we do just about every week (See above re: I don’t care what anyone thinks about my library and steam mop filled life! ) and I had a stack of books to donate so I gave them to him and asked him if he would pass them on to the librarian. Only as I passed them did I realize it was a stack containing 50 Shades of Grey and other such sundry romance type novels. I wish I could have seen the librarians face.
*Speaking of the library, I picked up the Carly Rae Jepson cd at the library, and I understand that 2012 killed everyone’s love for Call Me Maybe (well, not mine, because my love was fierce) but you guys it is SUCH A GOOD CHEESY POP CD. Like, literally every song. Even the duet she does with that guy who is clearly just a Postal Service rip-off. Pop Goldmine, I tell you! And if you need some of that in your life I highly recommend it without shame.
*I want to give you two non-recipe Whole 30 recipes that I’ve enjoyed over the last week. Recipe one involves a banana. I was jonesing for a little something fun this weekend because this bottle of wine was staring at me menacingly and I need a delineation between the workweek and the weekend. So I took a banana, sliced it and fried it in a pan in some ghee. Then I sprinkled cinnamon on it. Then I threw its caramelized goodness into a bowl, plopped a scoop of sunbutter on it, and sprinkled on some coconut flakes that had been dry toasted, salted and sprinkled with cinnamon. IT WAS THE BOMB.
*Recipe two I made on Sunday when I was doing food prep because I was hungry but didn’t want to cook stuff to eat right then. I threw a bag of pre-chopped trader joe’s kale on a pan, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and brewer’s yeast and baked at 400 for 20 minutes. In the meantime I browned up some crumbled chorizo in a pan. when the kale was done I had put too much on the pan for all of it to get crispy so I tossed the still soggy kale in the pan with my chorizo and mixed it together. Then I threw it all in a bowl and topped it with my crispy kale. Then I died and went to heaven. I will do this again, just on purpose this time.
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW! I think that’s everything! What’s new with you???