Monday, February 16, 2015

Alone Time...

Like I said on Friday, Ella was at her Grandma Nancy's this weekend, leaving Eric & I with lots of alone time. In this time, we discovered that we suck at life without Ella. Ok, maybe that's an overstatement, but we consistently found ourselves with periods of downtime that were just so foreign to us we didn't know what to do.

This resulted in me reading two books & Eric watching half a season of MadMen. But in between our down time, we actually did a ton of fun stuff. 

Saturday morning I woke up & got ready to go to Zumba Toning with my sister & our friend Kelly. I texted them both & told them to wear Valentine's colors to work out with every intention of taking a picture of us, then totally forgot because I was so sore from the million lunges we did during class. If you've never done Zumba Toning - it's all of the fun of normal Zumba, with body weight exercises thrown in to tone you up - hence the lunges. You also get to use these fun hand weights that shake like maracas. #bonus 

After class, we got bundled up & stopped at Starbucks to pick up a hot beverage to take with us to the Public Market. The plan was to walk around & get some fresh produce, but somehow I ended up with a warm apple cider donut instead... 

If you don't know, apple cider donuts are my absolute favorite & I smelled them as soon as I got out of the car. My sister knows my weakness & bought me one since it was Valentine's Day. She's just the best. We did buy some produce, as well as real maple syrup, farm raised steak, and cheese curd. 

Once we were sufficiently frozen, we headed to lunch at Magnolia's. They have the best paninis, soups, and desserts! I ended up with a turkey, bacon, cheese panini with Russian dressing on sourdough - but no dessert since I'd just had a donut. 

Then I headed home to my Valentine, so we could take on the ever so romantic task of grocery shopping. Wegmans was crazy between men who'd forgotten to buy presents & people stocking up for the storm that was called for Saturday night. It was one of the few times this weekend I was glad that Ella wasn't with us - no truck cart makes for a much speedier trip. 

Finally, we came home & made our own Valentine's dinner of steak, baked potatoes, and green beans. I meant to take a picture, but I was too busy eating. 

Sunday morning, we woke up to lots of snow. As in a foot of fresh snow. For a point of reference, this is the snow bank at our house next to my Nissan Rogue. 

Eric spent about an hour shoveling & snowblowing, while I got ready for brunch. Since this was my only request for Valentine's Day, I felt like I should get dressed in real clothes. I opted for my favorite sweater with two layers underneath and a scarf on top. It was the perfect cozy brunch outfit, even though Eric found it ironic that I wore a sweater with my maiden name on it for our Valentine's brunch. #whoops #illalwaysbeabliss 

The drive to brunch was slow, but thankfully uneventful. I was thinking, oh maybe it'll be quiet since we're probably the only idiots out in this weather. Nope, lots of idiots out & brunch was packed as always. We coincidentally got sat at our favorite table though & I had mini muffins in front of me in no time! 

Since I couldn't drink my complimentary mimosas, Eric took one for the team & drank for both of us. He's just a nice guy like that. Then our food came out... 

Eric had the fritata & I had a breakfast combo of eggs, bacon, home fries, and pancakes. I didn't eat all of it, but I came pretty close. Which is why I decided I'd drop Eric off at home & head straight to the gym to walk on the treadmill for an hour. 

I was feeling really good, so I decided to do arms too & it felt so good. It didn't hurt that I pretty much had the gym to myself either. 

I capped off the night watching #SNL40. I'd heard rumblings of an 'NSync reunion, so I was a little disappointed, but the show itself was hysterical! We were laughing through it all & of course I loved that my main man opened it up... 

from Justin's Instagram

Here's to a Week Off! 

1 comment :

  1. How much fun!! I know when we don't have our little girl we don't know what to do.. We are like what was our life before out little one, what did we do?? It's so funny how that works!!
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