Temporary Shutdown

This weekend was certainly a whirlwind, with the first half moving at hyper-speed, filled with driving back and forth across the state, some last minute cramming for my exam, and a few errands sprinkled in.  Luckily, the second half was spent in a state of total relaxation, doing all kinds of fun things with some of my favorite people.

My mom is wonderful and came with me to Massachusetts for my exam, and I loved having the moral support.  After I passed (!!), we celebrated by hitting up Trader Joe’s (what else would we want to do?) and spent the afternoon relaxing.  My brain needed a serious break, and it was nice to not have to think about much for a little while.

When I was ready to head back home, I snacked my way through the car wash and then hit the road.

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I baked up these delicious little babies for dinner, and although I generally don’t like stuffing, TJ’s does stuffing right.  The cranberries were an awesome addition, and alongside some green beans, this chicken made an absolutely delicious celebratory meal. 

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I planned on spending Sunday laying low, and that’s exactly what I did.  In general, I love having things to do and a to-do list to focus on, but now that my exam’s over, I’m definitely going to enjoy a little downtime.  For breakfast, I had a TJ’s cinnamon raisin bagel with whipped cream cheese and grapes before parking myself on the couch for a movie. 

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And then: this happened. 

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My friend just built a gym in his new house, and I have a feeling I am going to develop a love-hate relationship with it very quickly.  We did a (seemingly simple but really not) workout that consisted of a warm up (running, stretching, and some light squats), five rounds of {5 thrusters @ 65lbs, 10 med ball slams @ 30lbs, and 25 jump ropes}, plus some pull-up work at the end.  I really struggle with pull-ups (like, really), so getting better at those is a serious goal of mine and luckily he’s willing to help. 

After the workout, we hit up Panera for a light lunch.  Their chicken noodle soup is pretty good, but their bread is where it’s at

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The rest of the afternoon was spent riding bikes around the lake and just relaxing, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  I’m one of those people who’s brain in constantly on overdrive – brainstorming my next blog post, compiling my to-do list, studying, planning, thinking random and totally unnecessary thoughts, etc. – so it’s nice to just shut it off and enjoy life from time to time.  I’m sure I’ll be bored within a couple of weeks and start thinking about the next project I want to tackle, but for right now, I’m going to just sit back and enjoy it!

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Dinner came in the form of this frozen pizza; I’d never had this version at all, but I haven’t had frozen pizza in general in longer than I can remember.  Surprisingly though, the ingredients list wasn’t all that bad, and the taste was pretty great. 

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Salad on the side rounded things out, nutritionally. 

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And for dessert: one of my all-time favorite flavors of ice cream.  What better to celebrate an accomplishment with?!

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Finally, when it was time to refocus and get back into work-week mode, I decided to do a bit of meal prep for the week.  I cooked red and green peppers with chicken, olive oil, cumin, crushed red pepper, chili powder, and cilantro on the stove top and let it simmer for a bit. 

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And I baked up chicken and sliced zucchini and roma tomatoes with Italian seasonings and crushed red pepper for about 30-40 minutes. 

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It only took me about a half hour to prepare everything (minus cooking time) but now I’ve got four out of five lunches done for the week! 

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It was definitely a fabulous weekend all around! 

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3 Comments on “Temporary Shutdown”

  1. Kellie says:

    The Trader Joe stuffed chicken looked delicious !! I will be picking up some for this weekend.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Trader Joe stuffed chicken looked delicious !! I will be picking up some for this weekend.


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