A Little of This, A Little of That…

Happy Friday!

Unlike recent weeks, I wasn’t SUPER OMG DESPERATE for this week to be over. It’s been a relatively quiet week at work (busy for sure, but not OMG-wanna-rip-my-hair-out stressful) and I have kept it similarly quiet at home — I’ve been laying low and been in bed by 10:30 every night!

I decided on Monday to give myself a little detox, so I’ve not only abstained from alcohol for the past 5 days, but I’ve also limited my handfuls of cashews at work, and spoonfuls of Nutella at home 😉

In addition to the detox and walking/biking to work every day, I ran twice (3 miles on Tues & 5 miles on Thurs) and did strength building exercises twice (on Weds and this morning):

Wednesday’s workout has been my tried & true upper body workout for almost a year now. It was pretty much the only strength training I did (1x per week) while training for my half…It gets in some good upper body work, but the better benefit may be the core strengthening that comes from all those planks! If I have time, I also finish up with V-ups and regular ol’ crunches for good measure.

 

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Because I’m not doing Thursday dodgeball this season, I enjoyed an early bedtime last night and a rare 6:30am Friday morning wake up call! I’ve been doing the above workout for so long that I decided to look for a new GPP Fitness workout to switch things up. I did 2 rounds of Cross Sectional, and I did the V-ups, Stab Situps and high windmills from t-AB-ata. My legs are burrrrning from Cross Sectional!

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ANYWAY, I digress. This totally wasn’t meant to be a Fitness post! I just wanted to pop in and share a few things I’ve enjoyed this week, and even a fun HANDWRITTEN quiz that I yanked from Christina at Hungry Meets Healthy. Enjoy!

 

75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run

LOVE. IT. My favorite is the thoughts that go through your head when you jump over puddles. Also, all the thoughts that go on in the last mile of your run.

 

AdvoCare Spark

My Blend-turned-Real-life friend Becky has been pumping up Advocare products for the past few months…I texted her yesterday that I ran out of my beloved pre-workout supplement (fitmixer Clean Energy) and she happened to have just gotten a bunch of variety packs of Spark, AdvoCare’s energy drink mix. I ordered some and can’t wait to try it! I’m not big on supplements, but I do like using a pre-workout drink before my long runs. I’ll be sure to report back on how I like it! If you’re interested, be sure to visit Becky’s blog or click one of the above links to be taken to her store!

 

The 10 Most Important Things We Learned from How I Met Your Mother

As you all probably know, How I Met Your Mother ended this week. Sadface. While I can’t say I’ve watched since the start of the show, I did start watching from the beginning about 4-5 years ago and have been hooked ever since. I love the writing, I love how they’ve kept us guessing about the Mother, and I lovelovelove the characters. I definitely cried multiple times during the series finale, and I have mixed feelings about how it ended, but I largely agree with this article about what went down. {spoiler alert in the article, obviously!}

 

And last but not least… you know those handwritten quizzes they have celebs fill out in Cosmo? Welp, I found one for bloggers! If you’re interested in filling it out, you can print out the blank template here. Enjoy!

SBIZHUBC28014040412060Before you say anything about liking my handwriting, please take note that I toootally spent 5x longer than usual writing out every single word to make sure it was legible. HA.

Have a great weekend!

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39 Questions…Ready, go!

About a week ago, the lovely and hilarious Ashley over at Miles on Oats posted this survey and I IMMEDIATELY copped it. With work being busy, I knew I would need some easy peasy blog posts and this definitely delivered! Read on to find out 39 random facts about me!

1. Were you named after anyone? I am named after my mom’s grandma Catherine and my dad’s grandma Rose. Grandma Kitty (Catherine) was known for her cooking (she was born in Italy and has passed down some awesome recipes!) and everyone in my dad’s family has nothing but amazing things to say about my great grandma Rose. I am never called Katherine, but everyone in my dad’s family calls me Katie Rose 🙂

2. When was the last time you cried? I actually don’t remember! I did almost cry laughing the other day when I read a hilarious message I got on Tinder out loud… Bahahaha. 

3. Do you like your handwriting? Actually, I do! However, I’m left handed and it’s usually pretty sloppy.

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see what i mean? also this is basically a notepad i scribble on at work to keep track of my time…

4. What is your favorite lunch meat? I’m not really big on lunch meat, but if I had to choose I’d go with turkey. Typical “healthy” option right? Though I don’t mind the occasional salami/saucisson/prosciutto! With some cheez, please!

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or, you know, you can just give me cheese. hold the meat!

5. Do you have kids? I have 12 10 9 goldfish. The struggle to keep them alive is real. Some days, I’m not even sure how I keep myself alive. What I’m saying is…I’m not quite ready for that stage in my life yet 😉

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6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Absolutely. I actually think it’s an acceptable goal in life to be the kind of person you’d want to be friends with. Self love is important.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Actually not a ton! Of course the only time I do is inevitably via text message, where it’s super hard to convey!

8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yep.

9. Would you bungee jump? Probably. I definitely want to go sky diving…But for some reason, bungee jumping feels scarier to me. Apparently, I have more trust in a parachute than an elastic band!

10. What is your favorite cereal? I actually can’t remember the last time I had cereal! If I had to go to the grocery store and pick out a box, it would probably be either Honey Nut Cheerios or some kind of granola clusters. I am so boring and adult now!

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? I try to! Mostly because I always regret it later when I go to put them on and I’m like “awww damnit I don’t have time to untie and retie these suckers!!” I wear a lot of boots/heels though, which conveniently either don’t have laces, or have zippers instead 😉

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i always tie and untie these babies! the most expensive shoes i own!

12. Do you think you are strong? Whoa, loaded question. I used to be literally strong, but I have swapped my weight training for half marathon training. Different kind of strength, I guess? Figuratively speaking…the last 1-2 years of my life have been extremely trying. Starting with summer 2012: 2 broken bones, the passing of my grandpa, health/digestive/anxiety issues, ending a long term relationship, losing my job… Getting through all of that has definitely made me stronger.

13. What is your favorite ice cream? Basically anything with fudge swirls or chocolate covered anything inside of it. PB cups? Even better!

14. What is the first thing you notice about other people? Usually their smile! And whether or not they have Bitchy Resting Face.

15. Red or pink? Purple <– I’m sticking with Ashley’s answer here! I am a purple lover all the way. I wouldn’t let my mom buy me pink clothes as a kid.

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Is this like in job interviews where you’re supposed to say that your biggest weakness is that you work too hard? Haha. I’m really not sure.. I try not to think about what I don’t like about myself. I guess one thing I’ve been trying to work on is not overindulging too much, and thinking through the consequences of things before just doing something for kicks & giggles.

17. Any tattoos? No but I’ve always wanted to get a quote from Le Petit Prince in French… It would look somethin like this:

18. Do you have any hobbies? Um, I’m pretty sure this blog counts! Otherwise, I spend my free time watching TV, practicing the piano/keyboard, reading Women’s Health & Cooking Light (lol), and of course running and playing dodgeball!

19. What color shoes are you wearing? Black socks!

20. What was the last thing you ate? A bunch of Valentines chocolate after dinner… Oops 🙂

21. What are you listening to right now? My ‘recently added’ playlist, which consists mostly of Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars…I have no shame.

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Blue or green! Those are my colooooors.

23. Favorite smells? The smell of onions and garlic sauteing. Coffee. After-the-rain smell. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh (too bad I’m too cheap to buy real perfume!). Men’s cologne.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My friend Roger and I had a few late night phone convos this weekend — he’s the only person I know who still prefers talking on the phone to texting!

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house? I love both, but I’ve gotta go with beach house! 4 years of college in Santa Barbara made me a lifelong beach junkie!

seriously, this picture was taken 1 block away from my apartment senior year…

26. Favorite sport to watch? I love watching basketball. I also love the Olympics and World Cup!

27. Hair color? Blonde through and through! I’ve always been terrified to dye my hair and lose my natural color.

cute, right? a little blonde baaabyyyy

28. Eye colors? Colors? More than one? Haha…They are [both] blue, sometimes they look grey.

29. Do you wear contacts? Nope. I always joke that I have super human eyesight…20/20 and I can read signs from dozens of yards away. Watching people touch their eyes and put on their contacts actually seriously irks me!

30. Scary movies or happy endings? Depends on my mood, but usually happy endings.

31. Last movie you watched? Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain…. AKA Amelie 🙂

32. What color shirt are you wearing? White tank top, and a new grey zip up that I splurged on when I went crazy at Target this weekend ;P 

33. Summer or winter? Summer, summer, SUMMER! I am a sun baby all the way.

34. Hugs or kisses? Both are great, but I am a serious sucker for a good smackeroo.

35. Computer or television? Being that I spend most of my time on the computer and don’t own a TV…Take a guess!

36. What book are you reading right now?  I started “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed at least 6 months ago…I only get time to read one chapter at a time maybe once a week, so I’m only halfway through…but it’s quite good!

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37. What’s on your mouse pad? Nada

38. What color is your house?
 Good question! I think it’s like tan with orange-ish trim…You’d think I’d know this since I see it every day. Haha

39. What color is your car? I don’t have one, but I do have a rad electric blue beach cruiser! It does the job just fine!

Tell me a fun fact about you! Pick a question and answer it in the comments 🙂

Cast Off + Sunshine Award

Today is a good day in my world, because today I get my cast off!

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Today is also a good day because I’m finally sharing that I was nominated (several times…aww you guys) for the Sunshine Award! I decided to do the questions that one of my best blends Becky over at Olives n’ Wine picked out for me. Thank you for nominating me, Becky, and more importantly thank you for being a great friend!

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The Rules:

  1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog.
  2. Link to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award.

Onward!

1. What is your first memory in life?

The first thing I can remember is living in Washington. We moved there when my mom was pregnant with my brother and stayed until we moved to Sacramento and I started Kindergarten at age 5. I don’t remember much of anything before Andrew was born, since I wasn’t even 2 when he showed up :-P. Some vivid memories that stick out are Christmas morning in our living room when I got my first bike, playing toy guitars in the basement, and barfing on the floor in my parent’s room. Haha. Sorry, parents!

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i totally remember this favorite activity 😉

2. What has been the best vacation you have ever been on and what vacation are you looking forward to in the future?

I don’t know if it counts since I technically lived there, but studying abroad in France was the best decision I ever made and probably made me feel more “me” than anything else I’ve ever done. My favorite cities I visited that year were Barcelona, Prague, and Marseille. I don’t have any vacations planned, but I’m hoping to visit Becky sometime this year in Chicago, her new home!!

me at Chateau d’If in Marseille

3. What is your preferred type/brand of coffee?

No coffee for me! Even though I actually do love the taste, my stomach can’t handle the acidity of coffee, so I usually drink green tea. If I’m out at a coffee shop, I’ll sometimes get flavored iced coffee or a chai latte. I also really like Starbucks tea+lemonade drinks, and their Refreshers!

4. Flowers or chocolate?

Chocolate, hands down. Can I eat flowers? NO! That being said, I do like to buy myself flowers because they really help brighten up my apartment 🙂

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5. What is your normal bedtime and wake up time?

Generally, I try to be in bed before 11:30 and I set my alarm for 7:30. On the weekend, I will sleep for 9-10 hours if I have nothing scheduled to wake up for 😀 I love sleep!!!

6. When going out, do you wear your hair up in a pony tail or down?

Don’t have much of a choice, since my hair is pretty short- down! Even when I had long hair, though, it was always down…I think I was brainwashed by my mom, who has total blonde hair envy, and has always ordered me to “Wear your hair down! I don’t know why you’d hide it, it’s so pretty!”

7. Favorite form of exercise?

Gawd I never thought I’d say this, but running! You can do it anywhere, and it makes you feel awesome afterward. I also find it really encouraging to regularly engage in an activity that forces me to say “You can do this. You’re strong. You got this!” over and over in my head.

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8. Favorite place to shop?

I love H&M, but there are none close by.. So probably Macy’s? I also get a lot of work clothes from Express.

9. Do you have a favorite cuisine to eat when dining out? What is it?

Anything that is considered foodie-approved, I would probably like haha. I also love all kinds of ethnic food. So the short answer is: no. I don’t have a favorite!

10. Broccoli. Yay or nay?

Generally yay. Though soggy frozen broccoli is not the business 😦

My 10 questions:

  1. What 3 items are must-haves in your grocery cart every week?
  2. If you could live in any city, no questions asked, which one would you choose?
  3. Do you spend more money on food or clothes?
  4. Have you ever broken any bones?
  5. Fad diets: yay or nay?
  6. Knowing what you know now, what is one piece of advice you’d give to 18-year old you?
  7. What is your dream career? (Props if you currently have it :-P)
  8. If you could choose one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  9. What is your favorite part of your body?
  10. What is the “signature dish” that you cook best?

My nominees: (I’m pretty sure a bunch of you were already nominated- oops! Just know I think you’re fabulous!)

  1. Emily at Have Your Cake And…
  2. Sara at Fitcupcaker
  3. Alisha at Alisha’s Appetite
  4. Courtney at Courtney Em
  5. Deb at It’s All About Me Fitness
  6. Kate at Quarter Century Southern Living
  7. Julianne at Life Off Leash
  8. Kelli at Made in Sonoma
  9. Carly at Snack Therapy
  10. Arlene at Adventures in Cooking, Weight Loss & Life

Wish me luck at the Orthopedics department today! I don’t exactly have the best track record there… 😛

Healthy Living Survey

I’m totally copping out today. I saw this survey a couple of weeks ago on Christina’s blog and thought it looked interesting since all the questions have to do with healthy living! Enjoy.

1. What did you eat for breakfast? overnight oats. Muesli Fusion, almond milk, & chia seeds!

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2. How much water do you drink a day? Probably not enough. On a regular day, I’d say abouuuut 60 oz? I drink more now that it’s hot, and on dodgeball nights (mostly to avoid hangovers the next day)

3. What is your current favorite workout? I like running because it makes me feel really strong and capable.. but since it’s been too hot to run lately, I’m getting into upper body stuff…I LOVE triceps kickbacks! Burns soo good.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? Definitely mixed nuts. Or anything dipped in hummus.

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6. What do you usually eat for lunch? Usually some kind of veggie and protein mix with a tortilla or side of toast. If I eat out, I get a salad or sandwich.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train? Arms, abs/obliques

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train? Probably lower body. I figure my legs get enough exercise biking every day and running!

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? Chocolate, wine and cheese. Hands down. I also justify eating too much of things like almond butter and avocado because it’s “healthy”, but the ungodly amounts I eat probably cancel out any health benefits!

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10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? Like Christina, I buy a ton and forget to take them. I have Calcium/Vitamin D, B6 Vitamelts, and a women’s multi vitamin that I actually sometimes take. We got tons of swag at Blend, and of all the products we got I have started taking Fitmixer Clean Energy before workouts, and I have tried Onnit’s New Mood supplement.

11. How often do you eat out? 1-2 times per week tops! I go out for drinks w/o food more often.

12. Do you eat fast food? Pretty much, no. I’ve had Chipotle 3 times since we moved into our apartment that’s 1 block away from one… I do occasionally frequent food trucks 🙂 And In-N-Out on road trips!

13. Who is your biggest supporter? My parents and my best girl friends from high school and college.

14. Do you have a gym membership? Kinda- we get free access to the [pretty low maintenance] gym in my office building!

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cool exposed brick, amiright?

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 7-8 on weeknights. And if I’m lucky, 9-10 on weekends haha. I really love sleep.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? No. I cheat every day. <– Word.

17. Do you drink alcohol? Yes. In fact, the only beverages I drink regularly are water, tea, beer and wine. And the occasional whiskey. Is that bad?

18. Do you have a workout buddy? Not really. I have suckered my friend Lisa into working out with me before dodgeball a few times, though 🙂 Who wants to start running at Capitol Park with me??

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? I feel more confident about my physical appearance, and more confident in general about what I am capable of physically. Life becomes a lot less complicated when you feel good about what you see in the mirror.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? I worked out on Monday and Tuesday, and I played kickball on Wednesday and dodgeball on Thursday. Even though kickball and dodgeball are usually followed by several beers, I feel like it’s still healthy 😉

Have a great weekend!

Lazy Friday A-Z Survey

Thanks for all the comments on my last two entries! We had a great, albeit short, trip to New York. I got to see lots of family (and T-Man got to meet them ;-)), a few friends, and show T-Man some of my favorite sights in the city. In the two days we had in the city, we went to the Museum of Natural History and the Tenement Museum, saw a taping of the Daily Show, and went to the World Trade Center Memorial, Katz’s Deli, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center. I will likely post a more comprehensive entry about a couple of the things we saw (any requests?) with photos from my new camera…

But until then, because I am feeling lazy (and because I left no groceries in my home before we left….meaning there are still none there, AKA no fun meals to share), I have a survey that I spotted on both Kaitlyn and Emily’s blogs. This totally reminds me of back when I had a Xanga, or LiveJournal, and posted surveys all the time…mwuahaha. OK I’ll stop now.

A is for age: Newly 24 🙂

B is for breakfast today: Apples & Cinnamon Quaker oatmeal…pretty much my standard when I a) don’t have groceries or b) don’t have time/forget to pack breakfast. Costco-sized box of oatmeal in the breakroom to the rescue!

C is for currently craving: I would have rather had a toasted whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, but alas. I prefer sleeping in to eating fancy breakfasts. Not that an english muffin is fancy…but it’s definitely fancier than instant oatmeal!

D is for dinner tonight: Depends on whether I can convince my loving boyfriend to take me to the grocery store tonight 🙂 If so, we’ll I’ll make something. If not, maybe we’ll go out to dinner! It has been so long since we’ve gone to a nice dinner since he had his campaign. (!!! Click the link! AP called the race for our guy last night! HOORAY!)

E is for favorite type of exercise: most of my exercise these days comes from jogging or walking to/from work.. However, I love me a good 8 Minute Abs workout and I try to lift weights when I get to the gym (lat pull downs are my fave!)

~side note~ remember how I asked you all if you thought I could run a 5K on Thanksgiving? I’m happy to report that, when I set out to increase from 2.5 to 2.75 miles on Friday, I caught a burst of energy and ended up logging a 3 mile run! I ran once on vacation, and we’ll see how I feel after a jog this weekend about being able to run the 5K on Thursday 🙂 Thank you THANK YOU for all your support!

F is for fast food choice: I stay away from fast food…However, if I must go, I am happy to choose Chipotle. But I’m proud to say during almost 6 months of living one block away from Chipotle, I’ve only indulged once!

G is for gross food: I’ve never liked raisins, and I am still iffy on a lot of cooked fruit (sorry, pie lovers!)

H is for hometown: Born in San Francisco, but we lived there less than a year and a half before living in Federal Way, WA for a couple of years and eventually settling in Sacramento when I started Kindergarten! I have also called Santa Barbara, CA and Lyon, France my ~temporary~ homes 🙂

I is for something important: Listening to your body and getting regular checkups if you are on your own diet and exercise regimen. Self-diagnosing = no bueno. Learning that the hard way this year.

J is for current favorite jam: I can’t even remember the last song I bought/downloaded… Except my current alarm song- “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates… You know, the song in every single commercial and movie trailer ever?? It’s the perfect waking up song!

K is for kids: Funny story, I had an ultrasound yesterday to get to the bottom of my stomach issues (see “something important” answer)- the whole time I was like “please don’t hear a heartbeat, please don’t hear a heartbeat”…..Clearly I’m not in that mindset at the moment, but someday I hope to be!

L is for favorite legume: Black beans! Love them. T-Man not liking hating beans is the worst thing ever.. I want to cook them in everything!

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Well, I bought an expensive camera and took a 5 day trip to New York. So…’nuff said.

N is for something you need: Haha, extra money to pay for the above things? I dunno. I am starting to think I need a big change in my life. I’ve been thinking about grad school, or a new job. But the thought of leaving my job is scary, because I do really like parts of it. And it’s a JOB!!!

O is for occupation: I am a receptionist and administrative assistant to 2 lobbyists who lobby at the CA State Capitol. The law firm I work for rules.

P is for pet peeve: You know, I used to have a lot. But I can’t seem to think of any right now. Normal things like leaving the faucet running when you’re not using it, toilet seat being left up, yadda yadda.

Q is for a quote: Most of my favorite (humorous) quotes come from NBC sitcoms. This one is no exception – “Guess who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn’t cried once today?! This MOI!” Liz Lemon just gets me, y’all.

OK OK, you want a classic, meaningful one too? Another favorite – “There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

R is for random fact about you: I have all my family’s current and former license plates memorized, I’m addicted to filing and/or painting my nails, and I enjoy trivia. Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, pub trivia…I love it all.

S is for favorite healthy snack: any kind of nuts really. I forget that nuts in excess are actually not great for you (high fat content and whatnot) but I love em! Cashews, almonds, pecans, alsooo I recently toasted walnuts and omagawwww so good.

T is for favorite treat: Anything CHOCOLATE. This girl is a true chocoholic!

U is for something that makes you unique: I’m left handed. Holler. It is definitely one of my favorite traits!

V is for favorite vegetable: I really love vegetables, but I’d have to say bell peppers. They’re the one veggie I seem to always have on hand, year round.

W is for today’s workout: Probably not going to work out today (it’s raining and T-Man has my NY suitcase held hostage!), but I am wearing 3 inch heeled boots and will probably walk to and from lunch with my roommate, so…that counts, right?

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Where should I begin? My wrist in middle school (broken), my ankle in high school (badly sprained), my lungs in college (required by France to get a student Visa), and lets not forget the broken hand saga of the summer of 2012!

Y is for yesterday’s highlights: You know, it was kind of a bummer of a day…we drove back from the Bay Area (we flew in to SFO yesterday) and T-Man dropped me off at Kaiser, where I spent most of the morning. Then I returned to work for the first time since vacation, and in true Katie fashion, I felt sick most of the night. Womp womp.

Z is for hours of zzz’s you need: I always shoot for 8 hours (or more lol). I aim to lie (or is it lay? GAH) down by 11:30, and I wake up between 7:50-8am. I can usually function with 6-7 hours, but any fewer and I’m a wreck. I need my sleep!

Have a great weekend, and for those of you who haven’t yet, go LIKE my blog’s page on Facebook! A few photos have been making it onto my FB page that I don’t always post on the blog, so you don’t want to miss out on my fun foodie finds 🙂