Yoga at Columbus Commons

Yoga is one of those things that I occasionally do, am glad I did, swear I will do a lot more, and then forget about for a couple of months. Shame on me. But when my friend Annie asked me to do yoga at the Commons over the weekend, I was like, YEAH! And it was really fun! Something about being outside made me feel less self-conscious than I usually do in a studio. It was a leeeettle sticky outside, but by the end there was a nice breeze and an overcast sky.

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The Spelling Bee!

Nerd Alert! The hubs and I watched a few pieces of the National Spelling Bee Championship yesterday, and it was seriously so entertaining. Seeing all these little personalities and how freaking SMART these kids are was incredible, and their little mannerisms and reactions to things were beyond endearing. It wasn’t as boring as this yawn indicates…

I think this article from CNN really sums up the top five moments. Dev was our favorite…Click this tweet to see how proudly he went out!

I was NEVER good enough at spelling to get past our middle school’s spelling bee, but I did know a girl who went to DC once, so that’s cool, right? However, watching the BEE did sort of takes me back to my days of pretending to be a ridiculous spelling be contestant in our performance of “25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee” with my college’s musical theater review group…

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Me, circa 2006, as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre aka Schwarzy.

It was also a little bit crazy to see how many of these kids REALLY HAD THE QUIRKS that this zaney group of college kids embodied on stage that year. So thank you, spelling bee, for stirring up memories that have nothing to do at all with a REAL spelling bee, but have everything to do with awesome friends and an awesome time in my life.

And if you’re bored, you may recognize Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this video from his Broadway days… Enjoy your musical theater Friday!! You’re welcome.

Watermelon Margaritas + Memorial Day

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a great weekend with my dad. And then on Monday, after he left, I spent the afternoon with some friends grilling out and enjoying the weather. I brought Ryman over as well, since one of my friends had his two Dauchshunds. Meeting each other was a little iffy, but once everyone settled in, I think they had a fun day playing! And Ryman has pretty much been out cold ever since…

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Also, as promised, I have a DELICIOUS margarita recipe for you. In fact, it is a WATERMELON MARAGARITA. HELLO. I know it’s not the prettiest picture, but that’s life, guys.

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Watermelon Margaritas

3 cups watermelon

2 cups tequila

1/2 cup lime juice

1/2 cup orange juice

3 tablespoons sugar

large pinch of salt

Blend it all up, and pour it over ice!! You could also blend it with ice, however watermelon has so much water in it, that even blending it with ice doesn’t make it very “slushy,” so I recommend just skipping the blended ice and serving it on the rocks. Garnish with a lime and/or watermelon wedge!

Happy Short-Week Tuesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful, long weekend. My hubs was out of town, so my papa came to visit me from Wisconsin for a M-A-D weekend (Meghan and Dad). We didn’t do anything overly exciting – ran errands, made a few repairs, watched a movie, did some cooking. Sunday night we went out for pizza with a few friends, mostly so he knows that I have friends :) But overall, it is always so nice to just hang out with my parents without an agenda!

Of course, we made a costco trip, where we bought some delicious scallops. Seriously, SO GOOD! Dad cooked them up for us with “fried spaghetti,” and although I don’t want to know how much butter he put it in it, it was entirely delicious.

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For another meal, we picked up sausages from Schmidts, and cooked them at home…with our favorite beverage, champagne. This is sadly awesomely pretty typical for us…

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Ryman LOOOVVVED my dad, and was constantly snuggling up to him on the couch. Sorry for the fuzzy iPhone photo.

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All in all, it was a relaxing and productive weekend, with beautiful weather. After he left on Monday morning to drive home, I spent the afternoon at a friends…More on that, plus a delicious margarita recipe, tomorrow!

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Rowing HIIT Workout

It should be news to no one that running is NOT my favorite form of workout. I like exercise, and I don’t even hate cardio…I just have to find ways to keep it more interesting. Tell me I’m not alone in this.

So this weekend, I made up this little workout, and it definitely kicked my booty a bit. I highly recommend it for a little cardio variety, with the added bonus of some shoulder and leg work. Let me know how you like it!

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Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins

Happy Monday, and happy “I took all my photos on my phone” day…sorry about the lack of prettiness!

Super easy and super clean, these little muffins will probably become your go to when you want a little baked good. It’s as easy as blending a few ingredients, throwing in any extras you want to have, and baking them up!

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Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
optional mix-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, raisins, dried fruit
optional topping: equal parts oats, unsweetened coconut, and brown sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. Blend all ingredients together, and then stir in any extras you’d like. Divvy the batter up among your muffin tins. It should fill about 36 of them. If you want to add a topping, just sprinkle a little on each one and gently press down.

3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through. Enjoy!

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The Book Loft

Over the weekend, I FINALLY made it to The Book Loft – a Columbus must. It boasts 32 endless rooms of books, and is one of the largest independent book stores in the country. I’m seriously going to back sometime by myself and just get lost in some corner reading about some random thing I know nothing about. If you love books, you MUST make this place a destination…

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