Back on the Wagon

I’d like to flatter myself and say that I’m sure you all missed me while I was away, but I’m not going to get a big head here. 🙂

In truth, I had a great time in Seattle (the wedding was really fun!) and got back yesterday morning, but I was too tired to put a post up last night.  I blame the children that screamed the entire time on my red eye back to Chicago.  I apologize for being away, but as Susan would say, I was out living my life so that I could come back with some great experiences to talk about!

On Saturday before the wedding, the guys went paintballing (I know- what??) so my friend Sarah and I went hiking!  We drove out to Ebey’s Landing for a quick hike and beautful views after our thwarted attempt to find something to pick. On the drive onto the island (the wedding was on Whidbey Island- north of Seattle) Sarah and I spotted some signs for raspberry/blackberry/strawberry picking and we wanted in.  Unfortunately, this was the only blackberry bush we could find:

Not exactly pick-worthy.   We DID stop at a lavender farm that had advertised a labyrinth (which made me think of Harry Potter so I of course needed to check it out).  While the labyrinth was kind of a bust, it was gorgeous!

While those pretty pictures are all well and good, the very best part about the random lavender farm was: ICE CREAM!

Chocolate-orange-lavender ice cream, to be exact.  It was ridiculous.  I almost crashed the car when Sarah broke into it and gave me a bite.  Ok, I have to stop talking about it because I really want another one and I might do something rash.

The wedding was lots of fun and the food was great!

This bread basket was insane.  First of all, it was bottomless.  Second, there was cheese in most of the varieties.  I was eating so many of the mini rolls that the server started putting them directly onto my plate when she was refilling it.  I’d pretend to be embarrassed by this, but you’d all know I was lying so why waste my energy?

The hors d’oeuvres were also really good.  My favorite was a citrus watermelon bite.

Dinner was served family style.  Here’s my plate:

And the cake was so cool and unique!

The setting could not have been prettier (and no one seemed to be too put off by the rain!)

This was all followed by drinks and dancing.  I certainly enjoyed myself!

Needless to say, I was definitely due to get back on my healthy wagon today.  I made a massive trip to Trader Joes yesterday and cooked up a great meal for dinner.  Turkey meatballs (with spinach, sundried tomatoes, parmesan and some other schtuff) alongside Jessica’s parmesan zucchini and brown rice pasta.

The zucchini weren’t very photogenic but they were very delicious and old school!  I’m so excited to have leftovers to pack in my lunch!!  (it’s the little things, everyone.  Yes, I really like leftovers and no, it doesn’t take much to make me excited about food.)

Speaking of leftovers, stay tuned for an upcoming post I’ve got in the works about making your groceries work for you.  Brace yourselves, it’s gonna be a good one.

HLS in three days! Woot woot!

Do you have any good wedding adventure stories?  Is everyone in your life and their dog getting married this summer??

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Aaaaaand…

…I’m back!

The past week has been a whirlwind of moving, sporting events and festivities.

And maybe a few beers.  How better to celebrate the birth of our nation, right??

I attended the aforementioned Cubs game on Wednesday.

The seats were great- but we lost.  Oh well, it was still a great day!  I mean, how bad could it possibly be when there are nachos involved?

Ok, so maybe they’re not “healthy”.  Jalapenos count as a vegetable, right? 😉

I was given some lovely gifts from a nice man who happened to be in Italy (he’s also known as my thoughtful boyfriend).

How pretty are they?? I love the stone mortal and pestle!  I can’t wait to buy some avocados and make guacamole.

The major development over the past week is that I officially have an apartment again!!  (there will be pictures to come once the place is totally decorated)  Thanks to my awesome parents and friends, I got all my junk moved in record time.  I then proceeded to do some more of this:

When the Bud Light is on special, what’s a girl to do but order one?

And owing to the fact that I didn’t get my butt to the grocery store, I obviously had to order out every meal, right?

Grilled buffalo chicken sammie.

Grilled chicken wrap.  Ok, so I like grilled chicken.  Did you notice?

I managed to eat some yogurt, fruit and Ezekial bread toast for breakfast most days, though, which I feel pretty darned good about.  Gets things rollin’, if you know what I mean.

I headed up to Milwaukee on the 4th for Summerfest.  If you live in the midwest and haven’t hit up Summerfest, you need to go next year.  I have to hand it to you, Milwaukeeans, you’ve got yourselves one awesome summer festival.  I highly appreciate the permanent festival grounds with REAL LIVE bathrooms and many food options.  And the fact that I found a tube of sunscreen for only $3 at the fest made my cheapskate consumer side feel nice and respected.

That’s a Lakefront Brewery Wheat Monkey Ale, a local brew.  It was lovely.  Sara P and I had an awesome time listening to the bands and people-watching (one of my all time favorite passtimes).

Yes, you’re seeing that right.  There’s a green man in that photo.  The band kept talking to him, referring to him as “hey, green man!”  I’m still not sure exactly what was going on, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.

I also watched a little soccer (when in Rome, right?) and took in some fireworks.

From my friend Sarah S’s awesome rooftop deck.

I wrapped up the weekend with a little beach-going (I didn’t bring my camera because I am clumsy and am 100% sure that I would have gotten sunscreen all over it and/or dropped it in the sand).  I’m ready for a little detoxing now!  I think some of these are in my near future:

On that note, I’m off to bed to dream of salads and large glasses of water…