Monday, March 28, 2011

Girls Weekend

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had fantastic, relaxing, and fun weekends!

I had a GREAT time up in Michigan with my mom, grandma, and rosie (the pretty puppy).

Part of me really did not want to leave.  It was so relaxing, great to be with my family, and I got to sleep in a big princess bed all weekend! :)

Thursday night, as you all know, my mom & I went out to get our sushi fix.  We each had a little salad with ginger dressing (party in my mouth!), then shared 4 rolls.  The bunch included my favorite, the spicy tuna roll, which even had a little avocado in it, and a delicious crunchy spider roll.

Friday I did a little shopping while my mom worked.  I wanted to get some longer pants to run in since it was brr brr freezing there (and still is in Chicago too), so I picked up some longer grey leggings thinking they'd do the trick.  Not so much.  The leggings are super cute and comfy, but the waist is not tight enough for running long distances.  I was yanking them up the whole time I ran that afternoon to avoid a wardrobe malfunction... pain in the booty, literally ;)

Friday night we got into the deep dish pizza I brought up from Chicago.  My mom & grandma LOVE Lou Malnati's, so I surprised them with a 1/2 pepperoni, 1/2 cheese pie! We went to Costco after dinner to pick up some essentials (thanks, Mom!) and renew my membership.  Love that store, but it can be dangerous! We ended the night with some fro yo from Bloomberry and a little NetFlix! :)

Saturday was the best day.  I was so excited to spend the whole day with my mom! We went on a what I will call a "grocery" crawl.  First, we ventured our way down to Detroit (which can be an interesting enough experience in itself) to go to an Arabic grocery store (great spices, olive oils, & some falafel!) and a Mexican grocery store (picked up some pico de gallo, guacamole, and freshly made tortilla chips).

After that adventure, we went to the Eastern Market:

I picked up a some great items for the week, and had about a MILLION free samples.  I was a happy happy girl.

Just when I thought the day couldn't get much better...


I was like a kid (mouse) in a candy (cheese) store!

This little store in the market has a HUGE cheese selection (we're talking a 4 page, double-sided list-o-fun), and they let you have free samples of whatever kind you want before you buy! We picked up a blue cheese, Havarti (my favorite), and some creamy Gorgonzola.  Need I say more??

We were pretty tired after the market, but made a couple more stops before making our way home to devour some of our goodies from the day.

Saturday night was some more Netflix and snuggling with Rosie :)

Sunday I made the a little-bit-too-long drive home, and went to lululemon to solve the running pantalones problem.  I needed to get my 5-mile run in and I was determined to cover my ankles and avoid the yankage.  I tried to get my favorite wunder under in the full length, but they were WAY too long on me (I'm kinda a shrimp... 5 foot 3ish).  The lady at the store kindly told me they hem for free (which is amazing!), but I needed these pants pronto! Then she showed me these guys...

The Lululemon run inspire Tight.  They didn't have my size in this cool-as-a-cucumber color I opted for classic black.  I did end up getting my run in last night (5 miles woo hooo!), and these new running "tights" were a life saver.  I was able to zip my house keys in the back pocket, they stayed up the whole time (hallelujah!), they kept my legs, all the way down to my socks, warm, and I felt very sporty-cute! :) Good purchase.

I've got a busy day of class & homework ahead of me (only a little over a month left of school! cray-zay), but don't worry, I didn't forget your Monday pick-me-up...

As I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee (I got some Cinnamon-flavored coffee up in Michigan, it is incredible!) on the couch with the sun shining through my window (even though it is frigid out there!), I was thinking that it is sometimes the littlest things that make me feel happy. A warm cup of coffee, sleeping in a comfy bed with nice sheets, getting that adorable look (the one that says "pet me!!") from a doggie like rosie, singing along to some tunes on a sunny Sunday drive, I could go on.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things." -- Robert Brault.

For some great tips on being more present so you can savor the little things, head on over to this article on Zen Habits.

Talking Point: What "little thing" makes you smile each day? Any tips to add to the ones on Zen Habits?

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See ya all tomorrow!



1 comment:

  1. Jessica,
    A little bird told me I should read your blog! lol Well I liked it, and I'm not much of a reader either! It's really amazing, and great to see someone juggle so much in life while still enjoying the small things! Like cinnamon coffee, mmmmmm :) I have to admit, I have been stuck with crappy airline coffee, and badly made cafeteria coffee mostly in the past few months! I'm not sure when your next blog/post is, but I will gladly read it! It helps shine a little happiness and joy in my own life :)I don't know how you can do it in the big city, I'm not sure how well I could handle all of it!

    P.S. Excuse me if this makes no sense! haha First time blogging to admit...