I was so happy to get up this morning and hear rain! It didn’t change my plans but was definitely needed!
I have to admit to feeling pudgy lately. Some is due to the dairy attack, but a lot is due to my time in Robert’s Creek. This morning started off on a good note to change that feeling- a nice hike with my friend Sarah and Kula.
He did spend a lot of time waiting for us at the top of hills and at the bottom of hills. It really does look like he is saying, “geez can’t you two keep up?”
It was a great 5.8km walk and is definitely how I like to spend my days off!
This evening, I really didn’t want to go out, but knew I had to in order to make progress on the 15km mission. I gave myself permission to take it easy and slow and just do a short run as it’s been over a week since I ran. The rain had stopped and I enjoyed my 3.35km run.
This is a start back into my healthy lifestyle. I figure I had better get back into my habits this week so that they are established before we add in kids and work!
I finished my NetGalley book today, Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery.
This is the third story in the Happily Inc series. I greatly enjoyed it.
Natalie is the main heroine and I lover her optimism. She brings fun and positivity to every situation and yet she’s not an unrealistic Pollyanna. She has confidence in herself and I love her self-assured statement. Yet she has hidden depths as you can see she sometimes doubts she can be loved as it hasn’t worked out for her in the past.
Ronan is the Moody artist. I have to admit this isn’t my ideal man and much of his struggle just annoyed me. I very much agreed with Natalie that he was still incredibly lucky with his life and why he was pouting, was beyond me.
I enjoyed how Ronan became closer to his brothers and that brought the rest of the family into the book.
I also liked how the book didn’t go as I thought it would. At one point I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was completely wrong. I am so happy that I was!
The book celebrates art which is great and would be of interest to anyone who is artistic or enjoys art. It definitely gave me inspiration to create!
Thank you to NetGalley, Susan Mallery and the publisher for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I of course have started another book that has to be returned Monday instead of doing any of the projects that I really need to get done:(
With the rain, it felt like the perfect day to do some cooking and it would help with getting me back on track to healthy!
I started with making the pesto pasta salad. It was super easy as I just cooked up some shell pasta, added quartered cherry tomatoes, minced garlic and pesto. I had it for lunch and am very happy with the results. Even better I have four servings in my fridge and whatever doesn’t get eaten will get frozen:)
I also cooked up some chicken and made up some chicken Caesar salads as there was Earth Island Parmesan cheese (fake) on sale this week. I had this for dinner and was super happy with it too! I don’t normally like Daiya anything, but I don’t mind the Caesar dressing.
Finally I tried a recipe from me newest cookbook, Deliciously Ella Everyday by Ella Woodward.
I made the Zucchini Banana Bread and am not very happy with it. I have high expectations for my baking now and this is very dense and heavy and didn’t cook nicely at all:(. I will give the book a few more chances, but so far I’m not impressed:(
Well I’m off to do more reading.