I awoke to a gorgeous morning, but the day went differently than I expected!

Exercise:

I had talked with a colleague about going for a run this morning, but I didn’t hear from her. I was having a tough time getting up and out the door, so I texted S my occasional running buddy. She couldn’t run but was taking her dogs on a hike and invited me along. It was a gorgeous, cold, sunny day so I joined her.

It was exactly what I needed- fresh air, Sunshine, the forest, cute pups and a good friend. I greatly enjoyed myself and it even counted for my Squad Runner mission!

I also got a workout in when I got home. It was three sets of 12,16 and then 20 reps of squats, plank punches, bicycles, skaters, plank ski hops with two minutes of skipping in between each set. It was quick, but at least it was something!

Eating:

Today was the Halo Top ice cream testing. I started with the Birthday Cake flavor. I have to admit the colouring wasn’t as vibrant as I was expecting. It has a very sweet flavor. It reminds me of a white cake, very light in flavor, just sweet. It’s like those mini cupcakes with the pile of icing on them that you can get at the grocery store. I’m not sure I like having to chew my ice cream.

I next moved onto the Peanut Butter Swirl. I love peanut butter so I had high hopes! You can see the strands of peanut butter in the ice cream, however I was unable to really identify a flavor in the rest of the ice cream. It doesn’t really seem to be chocolate or vanilla, just some light brown cold substance. I guess it’s the definition of eating beige food. There was just not enough peanut butter flavor for me in this one:(

The final flavor I tried was Toasted Coconut. This had a bit of a peach colored hue to it with little dark caramel coloured bits in it. There was a strong toasted coconut flavor in this ice cream. The flavor was really good! My only complaint is that the coconut bits could have been a bit bigger as they kept getting stuck in my teeth.

I did notice that all three flavors seemed to melt very quickly. Thankfully I like my ice cream however I get it:)

And the winner is…Toasted Coconut! It had the most flavor and so will be the one I buy in the future. I’m glad I had the chance to try them all:).

Reading:

I know I should be cleaning or doing laundry, but instead I’m reading. I finished my next NetGalley book, I’ll Always Love You by Ella Quinn.

This is the next story in Ella Quinn’s current Worthington series. It features the eldest daughter, Lucinda and Earl Elliot, the brother’s best friend. I always like romances featuring the brother’s friend, even though they always make me wonder why my brother’s friends didn’t work out that way!

I liked the premise of the meeting between these characters. Lucinda has come to London for her first season and her brother asks his friend Gerald Elliot to help keep an eye out for her. Through random meetings they come to find they have great conversations and lots in common.

The characters themselves were interesting and realistic. I especially liked how Earl Elliot questions how he knows Lucinda is the right one. It seems the opposite to the usual storyline, but I liked the guy being shown as unsure.

This was a short read, but definitely worth your time. I really enjoyed it and thank Ella Quinn, the publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

socializing:

After a quick nap, I met up with two friends and headed out for some fun! We got foot reflexology which was super lovely, though I really hurt everywhere. The girl said I’m not drinking enough water and the lactic acid is building up in me.

We stopped in at Bath and Body Works and Lululemon as we walked through the mall. I almost bought a dress, but managed to restrain myself:)

We then had dinner at a local pub as that is somewhere my friend normally wouldn’t get to go when she has her son. We shared dry ribs, nachos and yam fries. They were all really good or else I was super hungry!

This evening has just made me grateful I met these two women as I always have such a good time with them and they have become really good friends:) I’m lucky to have them in my life.

Right now though, I’m exhausted so it’s off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

32 thoughts on “Fun,Fun, Fun

  1. Oh we have different flavours of the ice cream here – the pb one yes, but then we have a salted caramel, which is lovely if not as salty as some things of that flavour, and mint choc chip. I wouldn’t fancy the coconut one, however. I’m sure they’re all dairy and gluten free. The texture feels more like frozen yoghurt to me but I do like them. Well, not the pb one.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing the picture from your hike – lovely! I have tried Halo Top but didn’t enjoy it too much, so I know what you meant with the flavors. But it’s good that you found one you like!

      1. Ya I’ll try to plan to not have to do errands. For some reason I don’t like having to get in and out of the car in the rain

      2. My walk was trashed this morning – we had freezing fog and there were accidents galore … one fatality as it was black ice and people were sliding all over and the fog was thick. I had planned to go to the Park with the car and drive to the allergist for my shots. Not in that weather – so my boss left the office this afternoon so I went for two hours and did errands, no walk though, and came back as he returned at 6:30 – ugh (with some work – double ugh) … but I got it done. I was due today but have wiggle room, but due to to the American Thanksgiving and they are closed Friday and we are getting an inch of snow tonight and tomorrow night – maybe would have been too slick to walk to allergist. This 41 miles seems so easy, but the weather must cooperate – thank goodness for Thursday and Friday as they say next weekend may be crummy too.

      3. 41 miles – oh I hope you get 8 nice days over the next month so you can get there!
        That weather sounds horrible!

      4. Black bean brownies are good the day they are made and when they’re warm. I find they have an odd texture the next day.

      5. I’ve never tried anything like that before – guess it would be better for you than chocolate … hard to wrap my head around the concept though. 🙂

      6. I suppose it is but I figure if I’m eating brownies I should just enjoy a small piece of the real thing and get it over with

      7. I agree – just a taste of the “real deal” is so much better. Although … ahem … I bought a box of white cheddar Cheez-its for the holidays. My mouth was bored the other night and I ate them – it was not a full-sized box, as I knew I’d eat the whole box. They were wonderful and much better than the tasteless, low-salt or low-fat cheddar ones … if you’re going to be bad, might as well enjoy what you’re eating and go big.

      8. Yes, I did fulfill that craving and now am afraid to get more of them. I gave up sweets and salty snacks 7 years ago and 6 years ago respectively. I got those Cheez-its and some cookies for Christmas this year – hope I don’t get all crazy but I just had to have something different and had restricted myself for too long!

  3. Thanks for sharing your review of Halo Top!! I haven’t tried the toasted coconut yet- so I definitely will be after reading this. You were pretty spot on with the birthday cake flavor review- totally agree. I don’t know that I’ve tried pb yet—I think I may have, but not sure (shows how memorable it was lol!).

    Also sounds like such a fun time with your friends! I have never done reflexology before- sounds so nice!!! xo

  4. I’ll have to try the halo top toasted coconut flavor! Had been wanting to try these since they came out with the dairy-free options but haven’t been courageous enough haha

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