Monthly Archives: July 2010

Sushi is Back, and did I break something?!

Hey guys, happy Friday! TGIF!!!!

Wow, it’s been a doozy of a week, so, SO busy with this family day event that I had at work today. I ended up working all day today, as well as Wednesday and Thursday, worked twenty four hours this week, so four more than usual, but can’t complain, especially when I get my paycheck! πŸ˜‰ Will be nice to have the weekend off and relax though! I just got back from Sushiland with my sushi buddy which was great, we haven’t been in weeks, had to change that tonight!! πŸ˜€

Backing up to Wednesday night, I ended up going home randomly, which was a nice change. It included this,

Sushi takeout!

and this,

Kayak ride on the water!

This week has also involved a couple of these,

Bonfires! The other night, with my house at a local beach, was SO fun!

I love bonfires.

Tonight we have a “Pink” themed party, so I bought this lil number to wear, cause that’s pretty much all the pink I can rep, lol! ;P

Cause I wear my heart on my sleeve chest and all…

So, the other day at work, I had a minor accident. I was turning a corner and kind of ran into a railing and hit my hip. Hard. I heard a snapping crunch. It was painful. But more than that, it was embarrassing, so I kind of shrugged it off. Well, today, it’s really been hurting, and my back has been hurting too. I’m thinking maybe I should go in and have it x-rayed tomorrow, but I don’t know if there’s even anything they can do if it is fractured?? Idk, thoughts?

Okay, well I’m off to sleep drink rest the pain away seize the fact that I don’t have work at 8 in the morning, and hangout with friends who I haven’t seen lately because of that fact! I hope you all have great nights, what are your weekend plans?

Ever broken anything?

❀ J.

Look at this sweet zucchini bread my little sister made for me when I was home the other night! I was joking to her and I said, “Hayley, where are the staple baked goods you always have for me on the counter?!” because there weren’t any–well she got to work and made this and the next morning had wrapped it up and put it in the front seat of my car so I wouldn’t forget it, so sweet and thoughtful!

Zucchini bread just fo me!!!!

The Best Kind of Getting Lost…

Is when you have no where to be! When it is gorgeous out, when you’re with your best friend and when you are on a horse.

Hi guys!!

Gaston says “hi” too!

Gaston loves apples.

I went riding with my friend yesterday morning, and yes, we got lost on the trails. It was excellent πŸ˜‰

Me and Gaston!

Actually, that’s kind of the theme of the last twenty four hours of my life.. I had such a good weekend! After my sister left Saturday morning, I was here that night, but went home Sunday afternoon, to attend yet another party–this time, my little sister’s, her two best friends from middle school and their parents. We’ve all basically grown up together.

The Drive Downtown, SO many people out boating!

I love our house for outdoor entertaining in the summer! Lawn chairs, an outdoor patio, a grill, the beach and water and a fire pit… beach bonfires are the best!!


My mom made an amazing eggplant and polenta parmesan dish that I definitely enjoyed made a huge dent in and my sister made a phenomenal strawberry rhubarb pie. I helped by setting out some apps,

Carbalicious dippers for the guac, salsa and humus, along with unpictured veg crudites, blue corn chips, shrimp cocktail and drinks!

I also made a pretty tasty Mediterranean orzo salad with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, olives and grilled peppers and onions that I will post the recipe for soon!

It was a fun party and cool for the girls to bring their families together–they have known each other since middle school, crazy to think they are all leaving this fall for college!

Yesterday morning, I met my friend early to ride. Riding Gaston makes me miss riding Gaston! :/

After we rode, I had to catch a ferry to get home so I could work at the yoga studio this afternoon. We got new hardwood floors this weekend, so the studio has been closed. I cleaned, worked at the computer a while and took a class–my body needed it after a few days off! It was definitely an intense class, especially the first hour, with the hot hot heat we’ve been having. I think that somewhat helped me get further into the poses, and I know I’ll be glad I did it today!

While entering computer data, I munched this new-to-me bar that I wanted to review; Crunch peanut butter Cliff I typically don’t really like Clif bars because I think they are too…sticky??, but I liked this one a lot! It was crunchy but kind of tasted like a mushy peanut butter and honey sandwich. Sounds gross, but it worked! πŸ˜‰

Crunch peanut butter Cliff


I also went grocery shopping and found some fun new finds!!!

Kale Chips, have seen these all over the blog world, will review soon!


Soysations faux cheese blend, hearts of palm, Corn thins, rythm chips, kammut puffs cereal, kashi honey sesame crackers

*not a very produce-filled shop πŸ˜‰

Today I have another day off and I plan to make good use of it! My boss is out of town this week so I am working tomorrow through Friday instead of my usual Mon-Wednesday. We are also having a huge family day event Friday that should be a lot of work fun, can’t wait to recap that!

Plans for today include a possible Target run and sushi date, probable Whole Foods, yoga and definite beach adventure with my house! I have missed most of the beach outings because of work so I am so excited to go today!!

What did you do this weekend? Do you like Clif bars, favorite one? Do you prefer entertaining or going to parties?

Also, the jury’s totally out. Okay, leftover’s don’t taste better lol πŸ˜›

❀ you,


My new buddha key chain I bought on a whim yesterday, I love it! It's purple and so cute and I love to see it and think "yogi breath" lol, also love to add fun things to my key chain, haven't done that in too long!

Leftovers taste better!

Don’t they?

Especially when you combine ’em!

Enter leftover portobello mushroom thai lettuce wraps from Cheesecake Factory, and leftover Tofu drunken noodles from a lunch with friends at a thai restaurant the other day…

Lettuce wraps and thai foooooooooood

"all the way wraaaaaaaaped up..."


Do you like/eat/get leftovers? and… Best random food combination that just worked??

Yellow is the Color of your energy,


Yes, that’s right!

Drunken inspired blogging!!

Okay I may be Am drogging, drunken inspired blogging!

Went to a “birthday triad” tonight, then visiting friends, another party, back here, drank some leftover punch from last night, watched some boys dancing together πŸ˜‰ talked to strangers, partying on the roof, played cornhole, now eating cereal dipped in humus on my floor πŸ˜‰ oh my……..

How was your night, what did you do??????

Some recents:

Thanks to my new job, $6 movie ticket, we saw Despicable Me last night!! IT was so cute, definitely see it!

My little sister came out to party, hang and stay with me last night! We had so much fun, wish she couldhave stayed longer but she had to leave early this morning to work lifeguarding all day! :/

Found this note left on my whiteboard late last night, thank you! πŸ˜‰

Poppyseed chocolate cherry roll sample from Whole Foods, a la blog reading!

*Katie, recognize your ear lol!?

Had a great day today! I just slept, said g’bye to my sister, went to the farmers markets, lunch with friends at a Thai restauruant!! (more on that tomorrow,) shopping *more on that too :D, hanging out, then went out tonight. It was so nice out today too, v. warm and sunny! Tomorrow will be another fun one I think! Off to get some sleep, much needed, g’night loves!!!!!!!!


Target finds and smoothie concoctions!!!

Hey guys, TGIF!!!!!

Big plans for the weekend? My little sister is coming over to stay at the frat with me tonight, and go to our retirement home themed party, should be fun! It works out well too, because my roommate is home for the weekend to attend her friends wedding! (<-we are way too young for our friends to be getting married πŸ˜‰ )

Yesterday I had off work, first day off all week, so I took advantage of it and slept in! When I finally did pull myself out of bed get up, I met a friend who called me up for coffee, then ran errands, Target, Forever 21 and the mall, made some returns, groceries, and hot yoga last night! Our studio is closing for the weekend to do a remodel for new floors so it was nice to get one last practice in!

Why, oh why, does Target always steal our money on random purchases that are totally unnecessary necessary?!!! I feel like every time I go in there, I could spend hours trolling the aisles, always buy things that *jump into my cart, but never really leave with anything significant..

Anyway yesterday I got some good stuff, three tumblers that were on sale for 19 cents each (!), a floral shirt to wear tonight to the retirement party, some wine stoppers, a box of ten different mini cereals (hello, impulse buy!), a mini silicone baking thing…

Target finds!

Also found a scrapbook for pictures from Boston I had printed yesterday, (weekend project!!), sanitizing wipes, three-pack of gum, a candle, two new luna bar flavors…

The Goods

Good loot, if I do say so myself! πŸ˜‰

This morning I woke up early to get to an appointment, which was a little er challenging after a late night last night. When I got home from the appointment, I concocted a smoothie! It’s a hot day here and a smoothie sounded yum! Into the blender went frozen mango, cherries and a few random slices of strawberry and pineapple, plus some hemp protein powder, xantham gum (still haven’t tried guar gum, is there a big difference?) and almond milk,

Smoothie making on my floor πŸ˜‰

Of course no smoothie is complete without the topping, so I turned it into….

Smoothie a la mode!

Topped with fiber one and kashi good friends

Funny, as I was catching up on blogs this morning and drinking this smoothie, I saw Katie had made a similar one today! Great minds bloggers think alike!!!!

Also recently tried this new bar that I think I got from Target on a trip there, their brand Chocolate peanut butter protein:

Protein bar.

Really good! Resembled a Reese’s peanut butter cup in a crunchy, crispy bar form, which is okay by me!! πŸ˜‰

I like the thick peanut butter layer!

Well, I’m off, I’m meeting my little sis downtown today, may stop by Pike Place Market (!), bring my Rebella along, take some fun pictures!! It’s a gorgeous day out there, need to get out and enjoy it!

Question of the day: What are you looking forward to? I always like to have *something* to look forward to in life, keep it from becoming monotonous ya know? Travel, a fun dinner out, a birthday party… all good answers! Me, I’m really looking forward to next month’s Healthy living summit. I can’t wait to room with some great blog friends, explore Chicago (haven’t been there in years), eat some great food, hear some great speakers and get the chance to just do. something. really. fun. πŸ˜€

Bye loves, have an AMAZING weekend!!!!!! ❀ J!!!!


Last night, I had a shopping destiny of sorts. I have somewhat of an obsession with Whole Foods and Trader Joes, that I know some of you can back me on ;), so I was definitely excited with my discoveries!
I really like my new job, but I don’t like the recent construction traffic that has come with it! Yesterday after work, I decided to take an alternate route home to try and avoid the mess…


I got lost on an alternate route and ended up in a part of town I had not been to before. I wasn’t really complaining though, especially when I randomly came across this Wonder Land…

Upon closer inspection,

Whole Foods?!


Whole Foods!! One I’ve never been to? How does that happen?!

why yes, yes it is!


What did I do? Pulled over and went in, of course!!!!!!!!!

Ah, Whole Paycheck!! πŸ˜€

It was smaller than my regular one, but still glorious nonetheless!

And of course, due to the delicious sweets they were sampling, trail mix, the cherry products (it’s cherry month!) and tofu… I ruined my dinner πŸ˜‰ but hey, sometimes you need to roll with free chocolate brownie bites and chocolate cake! πŸ˜€

I continued on my way home to get further lost in Seattle, and came across another gem. Two new finds in one night? Who am I?

Brand new Trader Joes!!


Of course, I had to check it out πŸ˜‰

Eventually, I did make it home. Crashed out on my bed for a little, and then pulled myself together, and went to my friends house, where she is house-sitting. After little sleep and a full day of work, I was in need of some of this…

and some of this…

Trashy reality TV πŸ˜‰

great to see her and catch up, of course! And this morning, I was half way to work :D, always a plus!

Currently sitting at my desk, at work. Just finished this,

Chopped pear w/ pb, dry cereal and trail mix!


rememberingΒ this,

Missin my family reunion and Boston!!!!


and wanting this tonight,

Conveyor belt sushi!


However, I have big plans tonight! A friend has a bunch of passes for a premier screening of Salt, so some guys and girls from my house are going to see it! Stoked for a free movie premier! πŸ˜‰

Have a great day loves!


❀ J

Boston Recap!

Hey, sorry I have been so MIA–since getting back from Boston I feel like I have been non-stop: working, babysitting, plans with *new friends this weekend, a party Friday night, yoga, family plans… you get the idea πŸ˜‰ Anyway, it took me a few days of putting this post together, then adding the pictures last night, but I hope you enjoy!Β  Have a great day loves, < JΒ 


My family reunion last week was so much fun, I’ve just been looking at the pictures I took while there, and it makes me miss them all! We have this family reunion once a year–my mom’s side–and it’s really the only time to get the aunts, uncles and cousins together! This year was in the Boston area, where two of my aunts and a bunch of cousins live.Β 

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Β We spent the week hanging out, swimming, sunning, going in to Boston and riding the ferry one day, doing Hampton Beach another day…

Family kareoke after...

What led to the kareoke...

πŸ˜‰ Heh, heh.Β 

My aunts FAMOUS carrot cake, I had to fight for a piece (actually, it ran out but my uncle so kindly gifted me his!), this year it was a wedding cake for another aunt who just got married!!

Bride and groom cutting the cake! My little second cousin and I πŸ™‚

The drive into Boston


Boston by boat
Quincey Market!




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My mom, sister and I were also assigned a night to cook for the crowd, about twenty five people! We made a great Spanish-style feast of fajitas (meat and veggie,) beans, rice and my sister made two amazing strawberry rhubarb pies! I normally detest Β rhubarb but these wereΒ amazing! I was also in charge of an important component of the meal, making a batch of sangria! Β 



Pies!!! My sister is an amazing baker!

Getting to see all my cousins was great, especially my cousins two daughters who have grown up so much since last time (two years ago?) that I’d seen them! This picture was taken on the day we went into Boston, after escaping the random downpour rainstorm!Β 


Hampton Beach!

Beach lovin!

Afternoon at Hampton beach!

Later, there was a lot of laughing, and reminising…Β 

Cannot. even. explain this moment πŸ˜‰

This was taken on my last day there

*So many people take family for ranted,Β  but because mine is so far away, I never do. I think it is so important to nmake time for family, because it is so easy to not make time for them, and to let those relationships fall by the wayside. * How often do you see your extended family, do you have a good relationship with them? Are you *friends* with your cousins?–I know I would hang out with some of my cousins my age, if we lived closer, We have so much fun together!

All in all, a great trip. Family, food, exploring, sun, beach… what more could you ask for? Okay, maybe another week πŸ˜‰