The New Norm

And just like that, two days have passed since we talked last.  Where does the time go, my friends?  Sadly I am still trying to figure out a new schedule, and am really trying to focus on prioritizing my time, so lately that has meant a little less time for writing.  That makes me sad, but know that I still love you all, still take lots of random iPhone photos, and will still check in when I can :).  So let’s get down to business…



This pile of beauty and pure love was our Sunday morning brunch al fresco.  Chocolate chip pancakes for the win, every single time.


And because I was all about Fall Sunday, I discovered a new favorite drink.  Yes it makes me sound like a difficult yuppie, but trust me it’s amazing.

Iced Americano.  2 pumps of pumpkin.  Splash of almond milk.  #tryitandthankmelater


Apparently I didn’t stop at the pumpkin thanks to the brutal Bronco’s game us Denver folk had to deal with . . . White wine for the win.


And because my life’s mission lately is to eat all the sushi, I continued to conquer my life goals and ate some Sprout’s goodness.


But the REAL highlight of the week (and cause of my consistent stomach ache, #worthit) was anniversary cake.  Yup, as a part of our wedding cake contract we got a “free” cake to celebrate for our one year.  And boy did we take advantage of it.  This puppy was in no way, shape, or form Gluten free. And yup, I have felt it.  But like I said, totally worth it.  Thankfully, we finished that puppy off last night, and I think I’ve had my gluten fill for AWHILE.



I was crunched for time Monday night for my workout because we were going over to our friends for cocktails and snacks, so I worked on speed work to maximize the time.  1 mile easy pace (930) six 400 repeats with 60 seconds recovery in between, 1 mile easy pace, and walk it out until I got to 40 minutes.  Done.And.Done


Tuesday I had about 60 minutes so I started with a 30 minute hill session on the bike for 8.5 miles


Then did this Crossfit style work out.  Don’t be fooled by the small number of reps.  My legs were hurtin’ by the 4th and 5th round.

And then because it was right there, I did 25 superman’s on a medicine ball.  Yeah.


 there hasn’t been much to report.   Zach and I finished Parenthood over the weekend (very sad day) and have started Orange is the New Black, so expect a whole new obsession (PS:  a little too much for me in the first few episodes.  But I’ve been able to look past it).


Last night’s dinner was just a small quesadilla split between Zach and I, because we ate a ton of snacks at our friends, and really just wanted cake at that point.  #adultproblems.

Yeah, so really life as normal.  Long hours at work, but I’ve been making it work.  Zach and I are both settling in to the week MUCH more smoothly than the previous week, so we are thankful for that.

Talk to Me:  Cake or real food for dinner?  Adult problem?

Last Day of Wedding Vacation

Good morning and Happy Wednesday All!

It’s my last day of what I have been lovingly referring to as Wedding Vacation.  What an amazing vacation it’s been :).  While I don’t necessarily want to go back to work, I am OK returning to a bit of schedule and normalcy.  Knowing that Zach and I still have our honeymoon to look forward to in February also REALLY helps with taking the edge off as well ;).

There isn’t much planned for today, but since yesterday was our first day without guests, we were sure to be productive and get things done.

I left you yesterday morning after my workout enjoying my delicious breakfast from the hubby :).



(Man, I really want another one of those crumble cakes. . . I may need to make a run to the coffee shop!).

Once we finished breakfast, Zach and I showered up and headed back up to Boettcher to close out our storage unit and finalize any details.

It was really nice to chat on our drive up and reminisce about the  amazing event we had just gone through.  We honesty hadn’t had time to just sit with one another and talk about it, so driving back up to the location made it easy to dejavu :).

Boettcher and Lookout mountain were exceptionally cool yesterday morning thanks to heavy fog and cloud cover that it was sitting in.



Thank goodness Zach was driving, because I don’t think I would have enjoyed the switchbacks in those conditions!

The only things really left in our storage unit were beer, wine, and OUR WEDDING CAKES.

Yes. . . our wedding cakes were left in the storage unit.  Needless to say there were a few calls made yesterday, and maybe even a tear or two because we never got to see our sweetheart cake or eat any the night of.  BUT, with that said, we both realized quickly that the night was perfect, and if this is the worst thing that happens, we’re doing pretty darn well.

(Come to find out, the cakes weren’t so bad. . . but we’ll get to that later ;).

Once we left Boettcher, we made a stop by CostCo and Sprouts for food for the week.

Let me tell you, I wish I had gotten a picture of our car because it was CRAZY.  We had cases or beer, CostCo size packages of food, and a full weeks worth of groceries.  It was PACKED!

By the time we got home and unloaded, both Zach and I were exhausted!

I settled in with  my new book while Zach went to work for a few hours.



With some snacks and Kambocha, I was settled in and got through about 100 pages.


Insurgent leaves off just where Divergent ends and let me tell you, so far it’s JUST as good.

Around 530ish Zach and I decided to be productive and begin tackling Thank Yous. . . so for a few hours, our evening looked like this:



We’ve actually made quite a bit of progress already and plan to get through quite a few more today.

Once our hands were officially screaming that they were done with trying to write pretty, we moved onto dinner for the evening.

Can you guess what our first dinner as a married couple at home was?



Oh yeah!  Homemade pizza!  Last night’s pizza included:

  • golden beats
  • red and green pepper
  • bacon
  • broccoli
  • mozzarella cheese

Can you tell which side was Zach’s and which side was mine?


Pre cooking. Man I wish I had his metabolism.

Zach likes cheese. . .

We enjoyed our pizza with a movie.



The movie was very different than I anticipated, but I LOVED it.   All of the acting is spectacular, and the cinematography was absolutely beautiful.

I mean honestly, anything with Leonardo is good in my book.  Especially in high def.


We also broke out a little risky snack by the end of the movie (hey it’s 2 hours 20 minutes long, dinner isn’t gonna cut it for this girl!).



The sweetheart cake that had been left in a shed. . .

Looks pretty good for 2 days in cardboard, right?

Zach and I are actually getting a new cake sent to us because of the caterers mistake, but once we saw it yesterday we KNEW we were going to risk food poisoning and give the cake a shot.

Well, it’s 12 hours later and neither of us are feeling sick, so I think we’re safe :).  THANK GOD.

The sweetheart cake was a white chocolate base with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting.

I’ll try and get a good picture of it tonight, because the inside really is beautiful as well.

The wedding cake was a PERFECT ending to the day. I already can’t wait to eat some more tonight!


This Morning

Woke up this morning and went straight to the gym for a quick sweat session:

Workout of the Day:  30 minutes stationary bike + 30 minutes weights

I kept the bike ride fairly easy, with only 5 minutes of tough intervals mixed in.  I primarily read an old Runner’s Magazine and picked out a quick weights routine I wanted to do in my Women’s Health Training Guide.

I did four reps of the “Four Corners Farmer’s Walk” Routine in Women’s Health March 2013



This involved setting two cones or stations up 10 yards apart.  Then doing one of the four reps, while walking to the opposite cone between each move.

The four moves included:

  • Bent over rows
  • Bicep curls
  • Squats with weights
  • Overhead presses

I did four sets of these reps, and finished off my workout with 50 incline sit ups.

And now, I’m here with you all getting ready to try and make the most of my last day of wedding vacation 🙂

Question of the Day:  Have you ever eaten anything risky or that maybe you shouldn’t have?

Let me tell you, the risky cake is totally worth it in my book!