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Good Morning, Everyone!
I hope you all had a great weekend. It feels good to be back into my normal routine, especially back to writing my recap posts. I will be sharing my Hawaii adventures with you each week as well, so don’t worry! There was just too much going on in Hawaii to shove it all into a normal recap post. Before I try to tackle emails and other work tasks, I want to catch you all up on my week.
I’ve spent most of the week trying to ease back into the normal routine.
I spent my last evening and last morning in Hawaii doing one thing I love most, playing tennis.
I joined an amazing tennis group out in Hawaii, and I’ve been having serious withdrawals since being back. I will write all about the group and “Tennicize” soon. If you love tennis and are planning a trip to the Big Island, it’s a must. It’s one of the most fun workouts, and I feel like my tennis increasingly improved each day.
After playing tennis, I headed back to the house to pack up my bags, shower, and get ready for a super long trip back to the East Coast. I was sad about leaving Kona and O.J. They are the cutest duo ever, and I had so much fun with these two! If Grumples was better with cats, I’d have one (or two) by now.
After slowly drinking my LAST Kona coffee, I headed to the airport around 11 am. I love the Kona airport because you don’t have to spend your last hour looking out the window at the palm trees. The airport is outside with the palm trees.
My flight was a little delayed (45-minutes.) It was 1:30 by the time we took off. I planned on sleeping for the 5 1/2 hour flight to San Fransisco, but I got sucked into B.A. Paris’s book, The Break Down. Reading usually rests my eyes and allows me to sleep, but this book sucked me in, just like her last book! I’m counting down the days until June because her new book will be released.
We landed in San Fransisco at 9:45 pm (west coast time.) I had one of the quinoa salads I had brought, and then bought a bag of popcorn for the plane. Instead of finishing the book, I thought it would be smart to try to get some sleep. Sleeping would help me get back to the east coast time zone. I turned on the new Jumanji, and that didn’t help me sleep at all. It was hilarious, so I ended up watching the whole thing. After that movie, I turned on Notting Hill, one of my favorite classics, and that helped me finally fall asleep.
I landed in D.C. at 7:00 am (east coast time.) It felt good to be on the East coast, but man was I tired! My final plane took off at 8:30 a.m. I had a cup of coffee, read a couple more chapters of my book, and then fell right back asleep. An hour later, I landed in Charlotte! Even though it was a really long travel time, I felt like it flew by because I watched movies, read, and slept most of the time.
I was looking like a real struggle.
The first thing I did when I got off the plane was grabbing a green juice. I needed all the ginger in the world!
My juice had kale, celery, spinach, one green apple, ginger, lemon, and lime. Whenever I have a fresh juice made, I always ask if they can just do one apple instead of the two or three that they normally do.
I was SO excited to see my dogs. We spent about twenty minutes just sitting in the driveway cuddling. I missed them like crazy! They spent the weekdays out at my parent’s house, and Kyle picked them up on the weekends. They played outside all week while my dad worked on the backyard fireplace that he’s building.
My mom is the best.
She made my gluten free & vegan carrot cake recipe for one of her work meetings. She saved me a piece for when I got back. Reliving this cake again was pure heaven. I made some Sunshower Farm’s coffee from our coffee tour (details coming soon) and had a slice of carrot cake for breakfast. Don’t try to tell you can’t have cake for breakfast 😉
I hate admitting to this, but I sat on the couch after getting some work done on Wednesday morning, and instantly fell asleep. I took about three naps on Wednesday, and could not keep my eyes open for the life of me.
I ended up taking a cold shower, having another cup of coffee, and going for a walk to wake up a bit.
I made a trip to the grocery store to pick up some salad and salmon for dinner.
I seasoned my salmon with sesame oil, garlic, black pepper, lime, chopped onion, and sesame seeds. I baked the fillet at 375 for 13 minutes. I tossed my arugula salad in a lemon vinaigrette dressing and added avocado on top.
A healthy meal can always help jetlag.
I don’t know what the crazy is going on here, but this was all before 6 am.
I think my dad pulled his phone out because he wanted to take a photo of my mom in her new shirt I bought for her in Kona, and then we turned it into a circus scene.
When I got home, I had my favorite go-to! Coconut Milk yogurt mixed with Orgain Protein Powder.
I had ordered all new dishes from Pottery Barn about three months ago.
It was all on backorder, but it arrived when I was away! Kyle unpackaged them all for me and ran them through the dishwasher so I wouldn’t have to do it when I got back. I was so excited to get rid of the other mismatched plates and replace them with these dishes.
I had a lot of people asking about them on my Insta Story.
And I know, my wall is still not fixed ;/ But on a side note, my herbs are HUGE! I’ll do an update on those later. I had to take them all outside.
After putting the dishes away, I made a grocery list and headed out to the store. I obviously had to live off more than just mustard and sparkling water all week.
I decided to get ingredients for a crockpot soup, smoothies, and salads. Eating healthy always helps reset the body after a long trip.
I chopped up watermelon, put grapes, kale, and cherries in containers, cooked up butternut squash, hardboiled eggs, chopped celery, and added a ton of ingredients to the crockpot for soup.
I also had a Blue Apron show up, so I knew what Kyle and I would be eating all weekend.
For lunch, I had a chocolate coffee smoothie.
It had one cup of cold brew coffee (frozen into ice cubes), one cup of cashew
For dinner, I had my homemade spicy chicken and vegetable soup and a side salad. I posted the recipe for the soup on my blog Monday! You can find that recipe here. My salad had arugula tossed in Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado.
I have been so attached to the dogs since being back. After our Thursday evening walk, we camped out in the living room and watched Southern Charm before bed.
I woke up at 5:30 am on Friday morning so I could take my dad to the V.A. for his appointments. I was exhausted!
When we got back, I took the boys for a quick walk and then headed to Waxhaw to go see Becca. My heart has been heavy for her because she lost her amazing little pup, Zade. I’m sure you guys have seen Zade on the blog before because he and Grumples used to play together. Zade passed away peacefully in Becca’s arms, and I couldn’t imagine the feelings she’s dealing with right now.
I just needed to go see her and try to take her out of the house to get her mind off the emptiness for a bit.
We stopped in Monroe to have coffee at Alice Jules Coffeehouse. It’s connected to an antique shop, and we browsed around a bit. I ordered an almond milk latte with an extra shot of espresso. It tasted really good!
I’m sure eating is the last thing you want to do when you’re sad and grieving, but I wanted to make sure she got some food in her, so we went to Rippingtons in Waxhaw for lunch. It’s one of my favorite spots, and their salads are the best. I ordered a grilled salmon salad with lime vinaigrette dressing. Becca ordered the pecan-crusted chicken, and I had that last time and can confirm it’s delicious.
After running some errands together, I dropped her off and gave her the biggest hug. We both cried a bit. Whenever I’d pull into her driveway, Zade used to put his paws up on my door because he wanted me to get out so he could say hello. He loved everyone. Losing a pet is the worst feeling.
Kyle and I headed to the tennis courts on Friday evening. I was excited to put all my hard work to the test! Sorry Kyle (I know you’re reading this.) But I beat him! Donnia, the tennis coach in Hawaii, was excited to hear the news!
Kyle and I caught up on The Handmaids Tale while having dinner. I didn’t dare and he didn’t dare watch it while I was away.
I had my delicious soup, ginger lemon tea, and a salad for dinner.
I woke up at 6 am on Saturday morning to get ready for a tennis clinic in Charlotte. It started pouring at 7 am, so it was canceled. I was a bit bummed, but I also needed to take some time to just relax. I had been go go go for a couple days.
I had a bowl of oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. Kyle and I headed to Home Depot later in the afternoon, and Leo came with us. Kyle likes to meal prep his chicken out on the patio, and we ran out of gas for the grill. We are trying to introduce him to all kinds of new places and people. He was so good, and everyone stopped to pet him! I think he loved it.
Kyle was wearing the tank top I got him from Hawaii 🙂
When I got back, I had fresh watermelon and eggs for lunch. The farmer’s market watermelon is so good right now!
Around three, we headed to the tennis courts to play again. We had some time to spare before my parents got there, so Kyle and I played first one to four. I won again…(sorry Kyle.)
My parent’s brought the rain with them when they arrived…
Kyle and I headed to Southpark Mall, later on, to look at some tennis shoes for him. I had a coconut milk latte while he browsed.
For dinner on Saturday night, we made Blue Apron’s Shanghai Kung Pao Chicken but added a pound of ground turkey and two extra bell peppers. The sauces were so good, so we wanted the dish to last longer. I had a tossed salad and rice on the side with my chicken dish.
Kyle and I started watching Thirteen Reasons Why but hated the new season so stopped watching it and switched to Safe. It’s really good so far! If you’re looking for a new binge watch, that show is it!
Early on Sunday morning, we met my parents at the court to try again. It was sunny and perfect!
We played for about two and a half hours, and Kyle and I came out as winners.
Before we left, my dad challenged me to a singles match. We were tied 2/2, but he got me on the last game. My next goal is to beat my dad! He’s really good.
My parents invited us over for barbeque after tennis. We picked up some burgers and headed that way! The pool sounded so good after playing for hours on the court.
After eating my weight in chips and salsa, I had a turkey burger wrapped in lettuce with watermelon and baked beans on the side!
Leo and Grumples played in the sprinkle for about thirty minutes. It was the FUNNIEST thing I’ve ever seen! Leo was LOVING it. I’ll have to upload the video soon.
When we got home, we took them on a mile walk, and then came in to watch our show and the basketball game!
I had to screenshot this off Kyle’s snap! I love these dogs.
On Monday morning, I met Meighan at the mall so we could walk. It was raining, so we decided to walk the mall to get our steps in.
On the way home, I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some essentials.
For dinner, I had a tossed arugula salad, fresh fruit, paleo fried rice, and a chicken breast from whole foods that didn’t make the picture!
I also cooked up the seared steak Blue Apron for Kyle, and put my half in the fridge for tonight’s dinner!
Questions for you!
- How was your weekend?
- What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
- What vegetable have you been eating on repeat lately?