We were on the news!! I could see the helicopters above our house. No, there was not a major crime or startling discovery. At least not by most standards. What did we have?
SNOW in the Valley of the Sun! It came very suddenly at about 3:30 this afternoon. My family looked out the window and gasped – I shrieked (not a pretty sound). For my family, it was not the first Arizona snow experience since they live here all year long, but it was for me! I thought that kind of stuff only happened in Chicago 😉 Kidding! But I was seriously jumping up and down because we managed a White Christmas after all.
Then I became a little freaked out because of this startling contrast between the dark clouds and the sun, which busted through the clouds after about 45 minutes of non-stop snow:
Please tell me you agree that is a little eerie?! The snow was so bright against the sun, but the clouds were still so dark! Cuh-razy.
Anyway, that was my big adventure for the day. I’m easily amused.
After sleeping in this morning until 10:00 am (there are some days where I am so not a morning person), I woke up craving normal food. I decided on something I haven’t made in way too long: whipped banana oatmeal!
I combined 1/3 cup oatmeal with 1 cup water and 1 large banana. I stirred everything together until the banana turned into it’s unmistakable marshmallow consistency. I’ve really missed this combination, especially with a big ol’ spoonful of natural peanut butter.
And a mug of Coffee Cocoa…
Truly described how I was feeling when I drank it!
After breakfast, I got started on my re-read of New Moon (finished Twilight last night!) for about an hour or so. Then my brother, dad and I headed to the gym. After a day of feasting, I was in the mood for a good cardio session, so I did 60 minutes on the elliptical machine while reading my new SHAPE magazine. It is so easy to stay on the cardio machines when you read a magazine – I highly recommend it!
We got back and showered just before it began snowing! Once I saw the snow outside, I knew I needed a hot lunch. I decided to incorporate some of our ham leftovers. I cooked up 2 scrambled whole eggs with 1/4 cup Mexican cheese blend and about 1 oz. of leftover ham. So savory and good!
I also had another mug of Coffee Cocoa with a peppermint biscotti. It’s so much fun to dip biscotti into coffee! I’d honestly never done it before yesterday. I have a feeling that biscotti may become more of a mainstay in my diet in the future.
We also got the mail, and I discovered a fun package! The folks over at You Bar sent me some goooooodies!
This is a great company – you can actually custom design your own nutrition bars and protein shakes! The bars are fresh and handmade while the shakes are hand mixed, flavored by freeze dried fruit and packaged in individual serving sizes. They sent me some samples to try out and I’m looking forward to reviewing them. Thanks, You Bar!
Since we were snowed in for the rest of the day (haha, sad what a tiny bit of snow can do here!), I took advantage of the time to read more of my book. My dad made a fire and I sat by it with my pillow and blanket – so cozy! I can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon. While reading, I snacked on more of my favorite candy ever:
And had about a 1/2 serving each of these two Target brand trail mixes: Monster and S’mores. Holy yum! These are highly addicting – it’s all chocolate all the time. Sheesh!
Dinner tonight – if you hadn’t guessed the Friday night pattern already – was from Bad Donkey. I decided to switch it up a bit tonight and got their Brix salad.
Not only did it feature that incredible cheesy garlic bread, but it also had fresh raspberries, slivered almonds, and gorgonzola on a bed of spinach greens. I topped it with my own miso vinaigrette and was totally sold. It was a great combination.
On the side, I had a glass of red wine.
And I ended the night with another big piece of VeggieGirl’s vegan fudge.
No, not the whole thing, I swear 😉 I just thought you’d like to see it in all of its glory!
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Ok, it’s random question time!
Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
This is a good one! I always love hearing what people use to smell good I am currently wearing Amazing Grace from Philosophy. I just got it for Christmas from my aunt, and I can’t get enough – it’s amazing!