Friday Faves

Another week gone…thank goodness! I’ve gotta say though, it really does feel like the week flies by when you’re busy at work.

I did a lot better this week about eating healthily (thanks to my Sunday Food Prep, my only meal that wasn’t homemade this week was dinner last night at the dodgeball bar {pizza and beer FTW!}) and I continued my pretty good exercise streak. Last night before dodgeball, my friend Lisa and I did this quick upper-body workout from Women’s Health — perfect for easing my way into pumping iron again. I feel like I have the opposite problem as this guy: muscular legs, noodley arms.

Anyway, here’s what I’m lovin today:

1) This story about the “inventor” of Sriracha

It makes me love sriracha 20x more knowing that the product is made by a guy who really loves what he does.

2) Alexia products

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I know I’ve shown pictures of my dinners with fries on the side, but I’ve never explained where those come from…I have Alexia brand fries or potatoes a minimum of 2 nights per week! So so good. I am sad that it’s going to be too hot soon to use my oven, because they’ve really become a staple in my diet, and a key factor in making easy quick weeknight meals!

3) The Kings are (most likely) Staying in Sacramento!

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Crappy picture, but after the NBA Relocation Committee recommended to block our team’s move to Seattle, there was a HUGE crowd gathered at a bar/restaurant near my office for the mayor’s press conference. It was a happy day in my Facebook and Twitter feeds! #HereWeStay was trending NATIONALLY! YES! {not to mention it was the same day that Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to publicly come out of the closet. Great day for the NBA if you ask me!}

It’s still up in the air who the team will be sold to, but for now we know that they’re here for at least another season.

4) The Kentucky Derby

Is anyone else really into horse races? It’s totally in my genes: my grandpa on the East Coast started taking us to the races (dogs, horses, you name it) since we were little, and when I started dating T-Man I was delighted to learn that he loves it too! We have gone to Golden Gate Fields (as pictured above) quite a few times over the past couple of years for Dollar Days.

I’m putting together a Derby pool for our gambling-loving friends, and will TOTALLY be living vicariously through my future Blend Roomie, Becky, who is there and has already posted pictures of her first fabulous outfit + hat on Instagram!!!

5) Gradual Tanning lotion WITH SUNSCREEN from Jergens

THIS IS BIG, PEOPLE. Do you understand what a big deal it is for a pale chica like me to have discovered a lotion that safely (artificially) tans you WHILE PROTECTING YOUR SKIN?!

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Ready for these pale legs to get some color! Let’s call this my ‘before’ picture 🙂

I’ve always struggled with accepting my fair skin – especially when I attended college at a school right on the beach where everyone’s tan. Even at my tannest (summer after sophomore year) I was pretty pale according to normal standards! I’ve always been pretty good about applying sunscreen though, and after having a cancerous mole removed in January, I’m not taking chances anymore. I’ve used Jergen’s before and I like it…the smell didn’t seem to be as bad with this one at first, but it definitely lingers.

6) Rose gardens!

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McKinley Park Rose Garden

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Capitol Park Rose Garden

The rose gardens in Sacramento have been pretty epic lately. Last Saturday, T-Man and I had a picnic at McKinley Park and took a few minutes to walk around the epic rose garden there. This morning, I walked to work for the first time since Winter and got a chance to walk through the rose garden at Capitol Park! Loving springtime…even if it already feels like summer 🙂 (94 degrees today!)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Do you like horse races?

How do you maintain your skin’s natural (or in my case, not so natural) glow?

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Weekend in Photos

It’s Election Week! It’s Election Week! Election Day is tomorrow!

Now I’m sure most of you are just as ecstatic as me, but probably for different reasons. You’re probably all excited for it to be over with, sick of hearing your friends complaining on Facebook, posting long tirades, and the like. That actually doesn’t bother me too much…I’m known to share news articles and add a couple of comments myself from time to time. Plus, my life is basically all politics all the time anyway. (I work at a lobbying firm, my roommate works at the State Capitol, my boyfriend works on campaigns…) I’m even considering getting a masters degree in Political Communication some time in the next couple of years.

But the reason I’m excited is two-fold. First, I am also excited for it to be friggin’ over with, but that’s because T-Man has been working on a seriously close congressional campaign since the beginning of June. Long hours, stressful days, late nights working at home after he gets off…I knew campaign jobs were tough, but I’ve really been seeing it first hand now.

The other reason I’m excited is because the presidential race is super close and I LOVE watching election results. (Nerdy, I know) This time four years ago, I was living in France, had already sent in my absentee ballot, and was getting ready to stream election results all night long on my laptop. And I did. (And I wrote an article about it that was published in the UCSB newspaper!) It was such an interesting experience to see how French attitudes toward me and my American friends changed after Obama’s election in 2008. Can’t wait to see what happens this time.

I truly believe that everyone should at least take a minor interest in politics and how their government works. What happens at the polls affects us in so many ways that a lot of people don’t think about. Especially us in California, with all of our voter-created propositions. Get out and vote tomorrow if you haven’t already!

Even my grandpa’s vote got counted (via absentee ballot) just days before he passed away. And that leads me to my weekend. I took Friday off to unwind a little and help my parents prepare for my Papa’s service the next day…and the rest of the weekend was spent celebrating him! (I swear you guys will get to stop hearing about this sad stuff soon!)

Cozy Thursday night with T-Man celebrating our early weekend — Next day, picked up posters of Papa for the service and painted a paper plate (each of the grandkids did this, it was something he used to always do with us when we did arts and crafts while camping)

Papa’s t-shirts and YMCA/family memorabilia — more T-shirts — the stage and projection screen — My cousin Neal, cousin Evan, and Evan’s wife Ashley helping to take down decorations afterward haha!

Flowers from the service back at Grandma’s house for the after party — We donated a tree in Papa’s name to the YMCA and had people write wishes on little cards and tie them to the branches. This one was my Grandma’s — Before leaving yesterday morning, we all gathered around the oak tree behind my grandparents’ house and said a few prayers for Papa.

When I came home last night, the flowers T-Man bought me (he couldn’t come to the service) had finally bloomed! — When I came back to work this morning, I had this awaiting me 😦

Back to the grind, but not for long! T-Man and I are leaving on vacation Saturday morning! We have had a visit planned to New York for a couple of months now to see friends and my family. Luckily, my aunt who is hosting us finally got her power back last night! Now send your good vibes to my best friend and her roommate (another close friend) that they’ll be allowed back into their downtown Manhattan apartment soon so we can all take a break from the craziness and have a fun time Saturday night!

In the meantime, I’m going to put the bottle of champagne T-Man’s mom got me for my birthday in the fridge to chill…even if his candidate doesn’t win, his campaign finally being over is reason enough to celebrate!

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