♫ I’m leavin’ on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh baby, I hate to go. ♫
I’m in a bad way. I leave for Belgium in roughly twenty-four hours, and I don’t have my shit together. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Having back to back jam-packed social weekends does not make for good vacation planning. I just started making my many travel lists last night, along with doing mounds of laundry; how is it I have no clean underwear? I’m also trying to cook and/or eat my way through all the veggies, eggs and other perishables in the kitchen. In the past three days, I’ve put down a boatload of asparagus, crazy ridiculous amounts of kale, a litany of eggs, and I have an “everything must go” salad packed for lunch today. Good times, or at the very least good eats.
I figure I’m going to be one hell of a cleaned out beefcake by the time I get to Belgium. So long as the cleaning out doesn’t happen on the plane, I’ll be cool. Or as cool as any self-diagnosed OCD list lover can be when she has no plan, which truthfully means I’m starting to freak out just a little. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m close to basket case status, but my sanity, while tenuous at best, knows in twenty-four hours, I will be relaxing on a plane and completely checked out from work for a solid nine days.
Despite my soon to be international woman of mystery status, I will be hosting the Week In Review link up on Monday because I dig it the most. Plus, we just had our best attendance yet (happy dance ensues), and I don’t want to mess with that mojo. Keep it coming ladies and gents because I love hearing about your productiveness and seeing your egos swell. Matter of fact, I’m a fan of all things swelling, unless of course it’s my own limbs.
After Monday’s Week In Review post, I really have no idea whether I’ll be blogging or not. I didn’t schedule any guest writers or pre-write any posts, so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll pop in for a quickie (there’s something to be said for the quickie), but before I bid you adieu for an unknown period of time (aside from Monday’s WIR), I thought it’d be fun to share some confessions, so I effectively haunt your dreams while I’m away. I’m thoughtful like that.
- I drink my smoothies in the shower. It should be noted, I keep my beverage away from the direct spray, but standing under hot water makes it easier to ingest extremely cold liquids, especially in the winter. Apparently no space is sacred when it comes to me and food.
Yep, this bad boy showered with me, and he liked it.
- More water works…while taking a bath last week, I noticed an entire section of hair on my left leg, which I had obviously missed shaving….many, many times. It was like a rampant Sasquatch patch. I’m so embarrassed, but not enough to keep it to myself.
- I have fifteen pairs of shoes stashed under my desk at work, five of which are some type of animal print.
- I don’t think I’m done with meat. I’m not ready to eat it again either, but after two years without, I’m starting to have real cravings (yes there is a difference between real cravings, and I want all the cookies now). I don’t like to deny or restrict myself, but mentally I’m not ready to move past the ideology and eat my furry friends. Awkward right? I guess time will tell.
- They say things have to get worse before they get better, and this is certainly true of my teeth. Prior to getting braces, I had two teeth which were starting to overlap slightly, emphasis on the word slightly. After two months of metal, they are no longer overlapped. In fact, they are no longer in the same vicinity of each other. Basically, if my teeth were a picket fence, I got one board in the neighbor’s yard. Grumble, grumble.
- I have an incredibly small bladder and a fear of public restrooms. They two do not play well together.
- Today’s post was going to be about my newest pizza, but I couldn’t muster the words and decided to go full on confession instead. Here’s a little pizza preview; I call it The Mexicali Blues, because it will cure the blues, and I like The Grateful Dead, along with some Miley Cyrus, Green Day, Frank Sinatra, Outkast…clearly I’ve got musical issues.
- A hectic schedule does not allow much time or energy for mad monkey love and reading through this post it shows. I plan to change that on vacation. Perhaps I’ll even join the mile high club, except that fear of public restrooms is going to get in the way (sorry Hubby; didn’t mean to get your hopes up).
- I forgot to announce the winners of my granola giveaway on Wednesday. Oops, my bad. And the granola goes to Fran at Broken Cookies Don’t Count (although they totally do) and Heather at Kiss My Broccoli. I’ll be emailing you ladies for your personal information. I promise I’m not a stalker, and I won’t show up on your doorstep, although if you fail to give up your info, I will keep and devour all the blueberry almond granola I made. Fair is fair. 😉
Bon Voyage Peeps.
What are your plans for the weekend? What was the last vacation you took, and what was your favorite part of it? Ever been to Belgium? Any travel advice for me?
Ah have the best time in Belgium! I went a while ago on a school trip and let’s just say, I hope you’re ready to eat some of the best chocolate EVER- no joke :)! Hope your braces are becoming more manageable- I can’t believe it’s already been 2 months since you put them on- time is flying and they’ll be off before you know it!!
You weren’t kidding. I am tearing through some delicious chocolate, cheese, bread, beer, pretty much everything. I think it’s awesome you got to go on a school trip to Belgium. What did you see when you were here?
Jealous! I used to live near Belgium and go antiquing I think around Malmedy. Drink lots of LAMBIC (autocorrect wants me to go all limbic on ya) and if you’re meat-curious, maybe some mussels in garlic? Or just the bread, soaked with the mussel/butter/garlic/wine juice. Yum! Drooling here.
I am drinking lots of lambic for you and me both. It’s delicious. 🙂
I’ve done regular, peach, raspberry and even had a cherry last night, although I still need to post that on FB.
I am meat curious, but still not ready yet, although I prepped the Hubby’s chicken yesterday.
Olivia @ Liv Lives Life says
Wow, have a great time in Belgium! I never made it there, but I was in Europe about two years ago and looooooved it.
That’s hilarious that you drink your smoothies in the shower. I guess why not? Probably saves on sacred morning time…
That picture of the duckling (or is it a chick?) is heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time. But I totally know what you mean about those cravings, though more often than not mine come in the “I want all the cookies now” form.
That pizza looks just incredible. Oh my goodness.
I’d say my travel advice would be to pack light, no matter how long your stay. I had to pay 60 pounds at the airport in England because my suitcase was too heavy…needless to say, I was not a happy camper.
Have a great trip!
I’ve never been much of a meat eater so it was easy to give it up, although I’m not sure now. I suspect if I’m really craving it; there’s a reason although I’m not ready to acknowledge it.
We packed super light: just a carry on since the Belgium luggage folks were on strike and we didn’t want to have to deal with missing bags.
Alex @ Brain, Body, Because says
OH MY GOD THAT PIZZA IS INSANE. I will be over right away, thank you.
Smoothies in the shower?? I have never heard of this before. I have drank beer in the bathtub, but never smoothies in the shower. I would like to try this!
Have so, so, so much fun on your trip! Don’t forget to stay hydrated on the plane and enjoy yourself 😀
You certainly live close enough that you could come right away or within a couple hours. For that reason alone, we should do pizza sometime.
I swear by smoothies in the shower, especially in the wintertime, but then again, they need to be drinkable smoothies…so many people eat them with a spoon and that wouldn’t work here. 😉
Eating 4 Balance says
So now I have that song “Airplanes” by BOB stuck in my head. I know that’s not the song you alluded to but.. 🙂
I’m counting on you to take fantastic pictures that make me extremely jealous of your trip and want to go to Belgium like… Yesterday. Haha.
Hope you have a great time. Looking forward to WIR on Monday!
We’re having a great time so far. We’ve walked for miles and miles and miles (another song to get stuck in your head) so are having a rest day today, where we play with my nephew and cook dinner. I’m looking forward to it.
the meat issue is always hard. I’ve fallen on and off that bandwagon a few times. Now I just do fish (which is meat, albeit not fury meat). If you decided to head to the dark side (ha ha), you could compromise by eating ethical stuff. Check out eatwild.com for a local list of grass fed, humane-raised meats.
BTW – I’m impressed with your shower/smoothie multitasking. that’s commendable.
That’s a great website and I’m all about the ethical stuff. In fact, since the Hubby eats meat in small quantities that’s what we usually buy. We even get his ground beef and soon to be our eggs through the same farm share as our produce.
So the Hubby didn’t realize I drink my smoothies in the shower, and now I have freaked him out. Oops. Ha, ha.
Melanie Bowen says
I have a question about your blog, could you email me please? Thanks!!
Have a Wonderful trip! Can’t wait to hear all about it! I’ll be here on Monday but where will You be?! I can’t wait to get my granola!! Travel Safe!!
We are having a wonderful trip so far. We’ve been all over Brussels (literally on a bus tour) and even to Amsterdam for two days. It’s been wonderful, and I hope you are enjoying the granola and maybe even sharing a little with Ralph.
Pack me in your suitcase PLEASEEEEE! I waNNNTT to go!! I am so jealous/excited for you! I think I will start taking my smoothies in the shower with me too. I know guys that have brought beer into the shower, why not a smoothie!! I have a tiny bladder too, but I have thighs of steel that allow me to squat over any toilet anywhere!
Thighs of steel come in handy when you are scared of public restrooms. 😉
You would love it here; so beautiful and the scenery on our runs/walks is amazing.
Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear says
omg I am cracking up at the fact you drink smoothies in the shower. That actually sounds so pleasant, but still hilarious!
The Hubby didn’t realize I drank them in the shower (??) until now, and he’s a little freaked out by it. Ha, ha.
So jealous! Have some moules for me!
I don’t eat mussels but I bet I can convince the Hubby to try a batch for you. I do plan on trying the frites though. 😉
Belgium Belgium Belgium! I can’t wait to hear all about this trip–There better be a vacation-in-review involved 😉 Have a grand ol’ time!
Whoopie. Whoopie. Whoopie.
We are having a wonderful time and there will definitely be a vacation in review. See, this WIR idea sort of fits everything… Farmers market in review, public banana eating in review, shopping in review, baby shower planning in review, week in preview….
Luv What You Do says
Yay for Belgium!
What an exciting trip! I can’t wait to hear about it!
Thanks, we are having a blast.
Sarah Pie says
Enjoy your vacation (and all the mad monkey love that comes with that sort of thing)! I never thought about taking smoothies in the shower but now that you say that it makes so much sense (usually I just crank the heat/leave the AC off in my car until I stop shivering). And speaking of haunting my thoughts… that pizza?! I want some (actually I could probably eat the whole thing) and I think it is terribly cruel to leave me hanging like that!
See I thought it was incredible rational and logical too. Cold smoothies + warm shower = smoothie enjoyment. I will share the pizza when I’m back; it was super easy and one of those things that came together out of leftovers no less.
um…. whore! kiddin kiddin!! Have fun in Belgium my dear 🙂 (CONFESSION: I just wrote door first.. don’t ask me why?)
Maybe you need some more zzz’s.
We are having a great time in Belgium and Amsterdam because why not.
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says
Aww, I hope you have a fantastical trip with tons and TONS of relaxation time! You definitely deserve it…ESPECIALLY after slaving away on that granola! It came in the mail JUST as I was leaving for work last night…OMG WOMAN!!! It’s amazing! The flavor is SO CLOSE to the one I described to you…I swear, it’s like you’re in my head! Lol Now I just have to do my best not to polish it off as quickly as I did your pumpkin cranberry crunch!
Gorgeous pizza, ouch for the teefies (good vibes coming to you on that one), and hmm, smoothies in the shower…now that’s a thought! Ohhhh I almost forgot! You’d be so proud of me…I went all night at Blend in my new heels and didn’t have ONE slip/trip/stumble! Of course I woke up the next morning with some KILLER achin’ calves! 😉
Portion control is important. I usually get out a serving at a time and then put it all away so that’s all I end up eating in one sitting. I have to do the same for the Hubby too because he will eat it all, if left to his own devices.
I am super impressed because those heels were high and hot. Every woman should own a pair of nude pumps, and I bet you rocked them and toned your calves at the same time.
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says
WHY is it that we always have to consume boatloads of produce right before getting into a high pressure (or I guess low pressure?) situation like flying, which screws up your GI tract as it is. Pack the ginger tea.
Meat. Let’s discuss. Or you can wait for me to discuss in a blog post. Which I have been thinking about but never seem to write. The same cane be said for many other blog posts swirling around in my head, actually.
I wish I was better about keeping up with blogs so you’d send me some granola. Want to trade for some nut butter?
I want that pizza. Thanks.
I would absolutely trade you a nut butter for some granola. I could also use the same nut butter to make said granola. We could have an empire on our hands. Think about it.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on meat. I’m still not ready but I’ve been having weird cravings for a steak or a big burger (and I never crave those things), so I’m wondering if there’s some nutrient/vitamin in there my body wants.