Weekend in Photos

Good afternoon, blog land!

I am currently coming to you in between coffee jitters. For some reason I’ve been craving hot (and iced) coffee lately, even though it gives me stomachaches and makes me tweak out. I generally drink tea, but I love the taste of coffee. I also just love having a hot drink with me in the morning…it was 45 degrees outside when I woke up this morning! So I had 2 cups of coffee and have switched to decaf so I don’t completely crash before lunchtime ๐Ÿ˜‰

On to the weekend!


I took a short (not even half) day at work on Friday and started it off right – got a pumpkin latte from Peets (actually probably better than S*bucks if you ask me!), bought a pumpkin, and since they don’t have pumpkin kombucha I settled for the also very fall-like cranberry flavor. It wasn’t my favorite, but it’s good to add another flavor into my not-very-expansive kombucha repertoire.


I took the short day at work because my dad and I decided to go to the Bay Area to hang out with my grandma, as it was the 1st anniversary of my Papa’s death. Some of you may remember my Papa passing suddenly last year (see that post here) and that my dad and I went to be with family that day. I baked pumpkin bread for everyone who was mourning with us that day, and decided to keep up the tradition this year, roasting up the pumpkin I bought that morning and making it into pumpkin bread (it totally stuck in the pan, so Grandma and I went at it with a fork! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

I also made us a simple little ravioli & tomato sauce dinner. I had a great time catching up with my grandma, and especially enjoyed our obligatory Happy Hour where we talked about life and boys while watching her favorite Westerns on TV ๐Ÿ™‚


My dad and I made it back that evening, so I called it an early night. I woke up well-rested, knowing I wanted to run at least 5.5 miles…after 3, I was feeling fantastic and decided to go for it- I ran another 10k! I also beat my race time by a whopping 3 minutes — I attribute this to the fact that I a) have been keeping up with my long runs and b) ran on my regular completely flat running path. Afterwards, I went to the Farmer’s Market for and picked up just a couple of things. (Flowers, brussels sprouts, greens, and my favorite salsa)


After my run, I refueled by making a smoothie with my new NINJA ULTIMA BLENDER!!! Thanks to Becky, who tagged me in an Instagram contest at the Healthy Living Summit, I won this beaut! It created probably one of the smoothest smoothies I’ve ever made, and the single serve cups are awesome. I loaded it up with frozen bananas, plain greek yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and some almond milk.


Not so smooth…. was my phone falling out of my pocket while biking on Saturday night. No insurance + no AppleCare = looks like Katie’s gonna be payin at least $140 to get it fixed! Anyone have an old AT&T iPhone they don’t need? ๐Ÿ˜‰


After less than 5 hours of sleep, I woke up bright and early on Sunday morning (7:30am!) stressed out about life and my phone and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I did the only thing I was sure would make me feel better – went to the gym and watched Food Network! I was the only one at the gym at 9:30am on Sunday morning….ย quelle surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰


I had a few hours to kill before our first Sunday dodgeball game of the season, so I did some food prep! Not much, but it is enough to keep me eating clean for at least a few days. I thawed a chicken breast, made roasted tomato salsa (also with my new Ninja!), chopped up veggies for stir frying throughout the week (um, shredding brussels sprouts with a mandolin is amazing!), and made a pot of brown rice. Easy peasy!

I’m pretty proud of myself for exercising a fair amount of moderation and working out both days this weekend, especially after the debauchery of last weekend. To be honest, I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress at work and in some aspects of my personal life, so it’s nice to know that there’s something I can control that makes me feel good!

What’s your favorite smoothie combo?

Any advice on the shattered iPhone screen?

Did you food prep this week?

17 thoughts on “Weekend in Photos

  1. Such a sweet blender!! That’s neat that you actually roasted the pumpkin to use for bread. I did it once in 10th grade cooking, but never have attempted again. Maybe it’s time to test it out again. I agree on the coffee front. It usually throws me into a tizzy, but I love the flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jealous of your blender! Mind conked out last night, so I’m in the market for a new one. Urgh.

    So glad you had a great weekend with the fam ;). Grandma sounds like a hoot. Gotta love sassy grandmas, right?

  3. Damn I’m jealous becky tagged you for that blender win!! SO COOL! I also watch the food network while doing cardio at the gym…nevermind the looks of death I get from other people who view it as torturous ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Oh man, am I jealous of your Ninja! My usual go-to smoothies is mixed berries, spinach, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder, but that combo you blended up sounds might tasty! As far as the cracked iPhone screen goes, I had to cough up $150 to get mine fixed….ugh so annoying!

  5. No I have done no food prep this week at all and in fact have not even done any food shopping, oops!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will have to try that brussel sprout trick it sounds genius. Not good on your phone, I stuffed my screen earlier in the year and had to pay a similar price. Apparently you can buy a screen off ebay and replace it yourself but because mine was an iphone 5 it was only going to cost $20 more to have someone do it for me so I figured I might as well pay. Worth looking into though if yours is less than a 5.

  6. olivesanwine says:

    Wahoo for new blenders!! Can’t wait to try mine out… I’m feeling a smoothie for breakie tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ It was great to catch up via text this weekend! Can’t wait to see you soon!!!

    • Hello neighbor! Glad you stopped by! And um, right?! The guy I’m seeing said I should have sold the blender- I don’t think he knows the value of having a really great kitchen appliance!

  7. That was so sweet of you to spend time with your grandma that day. My grandfather, who we also called Papa, passed five years ago on Oct 15th.

    Great job on improving your 10k time! And that’s sweet that you won that Ninja blender! That looks like a really nice one.

    So sorry about the phone…damn, that sucks. At least you can still use it?

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