Have I mentioned I’m totally digging these Week In Review posts? Not only do I get to write in bullet points, but I get to highlight what I did do versus what still needs to be done. So without any more blather and hopefully no blubber, let’s get listing (I’ve got goose bumps).
Over the course of the past seven days, beginning on Monday and running through Sunday, I managed to do the following:
- Wrote and published three blog posts. (Side note: I have no idea why I haven’t been including blog posts on prior Week in Reviews because these babies take time and effort, dammit!)
- Worked an obscene amount of hours at the real job. Like I have bags under my eyes obscene. Don’t feel too badly for me though because I’m off work today (hence the late publication of this post) and have a one hour massage scheduled for this afternoon (Come to mama!).
- Celebrated the Hubby’s birthday, sadly not with a trip to Mexico, but the next best thing: authentic Mexican food and margaritas. Over the course of two sittings, I dined on veggie burritos and rice and beans.
- I managed to complete three fitness classes: Spinning, Mixed Martial Arts, and Pilates (appearing in the order they were taken, which trumps alpha today) and did an at home leg and ab workout. There is no truth to the rumor the ab workout completely crushed me.
- Shopped for a new fireplace facade. Say good-bye to brassy brass and hello to a mighty fine charcoal finish. The new facade will actually take weeks to arrive, so salutations will have to be suspended for a bit, which is cool because patience is totally my strong suit (snort). I figured it’d be out of line to bellow Veruca Salt style, “I want it now Daddy!, ” and really weird since I was with the Hubby and not my pops.
- Finished not one, but two People magazines. It’s good to know I’m getting caught up on my intellectual reading, and perhaps even more important, I learned to loosen the OCD a wee bit and didn’t read every single article, even the ones I have no interest in, from start to finish. Score one for sanity.
- Hosted a Super Bowl party, which is pretty ironic since I only learned who was playing in it mere days ago. Now as a result of said Super Bowl party, I did a little baking, some cooking, a dash of dicing and bit of mixing, which I shall happily list out for you below. Talk about exciting; we’re breaking into subset lists now.
1.) Peanut Butter Swirl and Chocolate Fudge Brownies. I found them on Pinterest and minimally adapted them to suit my needs. I used Greek yogurt, subbed some of the sugar with Erythritol, which sounds scary, but is actually a natural, almost zero calorie sweetener (an oxymoron, yes). I also added some non-dairy mini-chocolate chips because do you really need a reason to add more chocolate? I think not. They were ooey-gooey good and flourless.
2.) Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie made with oats and garbanzo beans because I am shady like that. Have no worries, my friends didn’t even notice and who knows, maybe I even helped them with their digestion. Cackle, cackle.
3.) Veggie Platter to rival all veggie platters with a homemade Onion Dip. I actually made two dips, but one didn’t turn out as expected, so thankfully I had a backup plan. Side bar: I can’t believe I have a rogue piece of celery in my picture, all touching up on the dip bowl, getting inappropriate. Crap, how did I miss that?!
4.) Cheesy artichoke spread, which was a “healthified” version and tasted like it. Blech. Artichoke dip fail. I won’t even share the picture because it makes it look better than it actually was, and I don’t agree with the false advertising (ignoring the obvious cookie pie reference above).
5) Ginormous fruit bowl because no party at my house is complete without a big old fruit bowl, and you know what made me the happiest? The veggie platter and the fruit bowl went like hot cakes, except they are both significantly healthier than hot cakes. Well unless you make Heather’s hot cakes. They’re in a whole different ball park.
- I learned how to operate the snow blower and as a result snow blowed our entire driveway. There’s a variety of reasons it was high time for me to learn, but the main one is you should always be able to take care of yourself. I am fiercely independent and a big believer of knowing how to do things on your own, so this weekend the Hubby taught me how to operate this mammoth of a machine, and it was a total blast. Literally, you get blasted in the face with snow, but I still had a great time and even made snow angels when I was all done.
Sometimes the snow sucks, and sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches (not literally this time, because if somebody is throwing punches, you should duck).
Snow angels seems like an appropriate ending to today’s post, and I’m pretty sure that’s all I did, so it’s time to wrap it up, in an awkward and abrupt fashion. Sorry, I’m just not feeling a smooth and fancy finish to today’s blog. Peace out.
What did you get done in the past seven days? Do you know how to operate a snow blower? Do you sneak healthy snacks onto your friends, and don’t tell them?