It’s been a week filled with ups and downs. As I sit and write this post, I don’t even know if I’m going to make it to the end. I’m hoping you’re reading this on February 4th. If so, I managed to pull through. I’m on multiple medications so if my blog is more incoherent than usual, I apologize. I’m not feeling myself today, but after getting numerous comments and private messages from people telling me that they missed my recap posts, I felt the urge and motivation to get one up.
I’m taking back to last weekend. Becca and I got together to coffee and a bite to eat at one of our new favorites spots, Lights Juicery & Cafe. I ordered their cashew coconut cappuccino, avocado toast, and their kale caesar salad. Note to self, next time order like ten of these salads for the week! The kale salad was unbelievable. If I could taste my food right now, I’d probably have Kyle pick me up one on his way home from work, but since I can’t taste anything at the moment, I’ll stick to Airborne and peanut butter toast.
While Becca and I were at lunch, we went over the timeline for our podcast that we’re launching in the spring. We planned a few things to get ready for it! We finally came up with a name, which was probably the hardest part. We are super excited to get things rolling. After podcast talk, we talked about some of her wedding plans and all about her big day! She also got me the cutest bag filled with meaningful gifts for my birthday 😊 Such a great afternoon!
When I got home, I finished laundry and putting the sheets back on the bed, but Leo had his own plans for the sheets.
Kyle and I made Hawaiian pizza with Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust, which I wasn’t a big fan of. I felt like it had a super cauliflower taste/texture, but I could have cooked it wrong! The toppings and sauce were tasty, so it was all worth it. While we ate dinner, we watched a couple of the Fyre Festival documentaries and then caught up on True Detective! Both great 😃
Kyle surprised me with a new juicer for my birthday. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but when I came home Saturday evening, he was setting it up. It’s a pretty badass juicer! I’ve been a juicing machine this past week. The first juice I made had celery, cucumber, ginger, apple, lemon, apple, melon, and kale. I wanted to make this one a little sweeter just to get Kyle to drink it. I can drink mine without the fruit, but it’s hard to get him to drink juice even if it’s straight up fruit. He’s not a big fan of vegetables unless it’s peppers and onions mixed with chicken inside a tortilla with extra sour cream.
A little later in the afternoon, I met up with Caitlin and another friend to have a drink and some food at Suffolk Punch. Suffolk Punch is such a cool spot in Southend. They have really good coffee drinks and if it weren’t past five, I probably would have had one! I also brought Caitlin a container of the cookies I made on Sunday because I didn’t want to keep so many in the house! Kyle and I couldn’t stop eating them.
I ended Sunday night with a hot bubble bath and went to bed early!
I started my Monday morning off with a dog walk and a green juice! I’m putting this juicer to work. This one had lime, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, and a small apple. Yum!
I made a big batch of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi and rainbow carrots to keep in the fridge for meals. I like adding it to my salad or eating it as a side. I can’t wait to go back this week and restock!
After the gym on Monday night, I made a salad topped with the cauliflower knocci and carrots! I had the sweet potato crackers on the side because those are also a great Trader Joe’s find. I’m going to be doing another meal prep video for my YouTube channel, and I’m thinking of having all the ingredients come from Trader Joes! Do you guys have one near you?
And like most Mondays, I spent the evening on the couch with a facemask watching The Bachelor while working on emails.
On Tuesday morning, I had a mango, kale, apple, cucumber, lemon, celery, ginger, and carrot juice! This one was by far my favorite 😊
After finishing a few projects I was working on, I decided to put together my little Valentine’s day wreath. I had this wreath leftover and sitting in the craft closet for over a year! I glued on the poms (combed out with a cat brush) and tied a bow with the letover ribbon from my Fall DIY wreath! I think it turned out pretty stinkin’ cute!
I also made some banana oat muffins that turned out incredible! That recipe will be going up soon.
When I got home from the gym on Tuesday, Kyle and I had some Daiya pizza, which is surprisingly his favorite, and some butternut squash crinkled fries.
Wednesday went by so fast. I made coffee and then got to work on shooting some recipes and products.
For breakfast, I had a smoothie bowl. It had a banana, almond milk, ice, protein powder, and topped with cacao nibs, fig, and peanuts.
For dinner, I had more leftover Daiya pizza and this side salad. The salad had avocado, sweet potato crackers, spring mix, and balsamic dressing.
I had plans to get my hair cut on Thursday (my birthday) but thirty minutes before my appointment, I couldn’t find my keys. I had left them at the gym the night before! I brought them with me because they have my gym pass attached, but Kyle drove, so I walked out without them. I was so sad because I had to cancel my appointment, but luckily, I get to do it this week!
Apparently, it was NOT my week last week.
Kyle came home early from work and brought me this gorgeous bouquet for my birthday, which brightened up my day!
We headed out to my parent’s house because my parents wanted to make me dinner. My mom said that my dad hung up the decorations and I thought that was so cute and special. We had the best night ever! We grilled veggies and played with the dogs in the yard. They made my 28th birthday special!
I was starting to feel a bit under the weather when Friday rolled around.
I was supposed to hop on a plane and head to L.A. in the afternoon, but my flight got canceled because of the weather in Chicago. Instead of re-booking, I decided just to cancel the trip because I wasn’t feeling too well. This trip was planned months ago, but since I just saw my brother in Colorado, I didn’t feel too bad about staying behind. Plus, it was the best decision because I had no idea what was yet to come…
Kyle and I had leftover vegetables from my birthday dinner and Carla Lee’s Nut Tacos for dinner! I was not expecting these tacos to be so dang good, but now they are all I want! We spent Friday night watching True Detective and then went to bed early because we planned on waking up and taking Leo for a hike at Crowder’s mountain.
The hiking plans went out the window when I realized that it was more than “not feeling good” on Friday night. I couldn’t breathe out of either nostril, my head was pounding, my throat was on fire, I was weak, and on top of all of that, I started my period. I was starting to doubt “28.”
I tried to get in tons of nutrients for breakfast. I had a kale, turmeric, carrot, papaya, ginger, cucumber, lemon, and celery juice for breakfast. That didn’t help. Juice wasn’t going to help this.
I spent the entire weekend resting, which is so hard for me to do! I love to be on the go or do things around the house. When I’m capable of just sitting in one place, you know something wrong.
I finally felt a little better on Sunday and had some protein oats to get some food in me. I was honestly feeling so much better!
We decided that we’d go to my parent’s house to watch the Super Bowl game. They ordered pizza hut, made wings, and I made some Vietnamese spring rolls! These were delicious. Some had smoked salmon in them and some made without the salmon. The dipping sauce was gluten-free Thai peanut sauce, which was great with these. These would be great for meal prep!
That window of feeling better was just a tease because by the time Sunday night rolled around I was getting sicker and sicker. Today has been the worst, and I’m hoping this is the finale! If it gets any worse, I’ll be going straight to the doctor tomorrow. It’s going to be in the upper 70’s tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed that I feel better! I’d love to get out of this house and walk a trail. Now, it’s time for me to get back to my tissues and cough syrup!
Questions for you!
- Did you do anything for the Superbowl?
- Do you live near a Trader Joe’s?
- Now that I’m 28, what kind of blogs would you like to see from me? (I feel like I’m at such a weird and confusing age, but maybe we all feel like that.)