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Weekend Update

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy – but packed full of so many fun things! Friday night I had a sushi date with a good friend and her brother and it was so nice to catch up and share our favorite food. I’m a big sushi fan and haven’t had any in a while so we stuffed ourselves. Delicious.

On Saturday I did my usual Saturday morning Body Pump class and then ran some errands – first to GNC for some protein powder and a blender bottle and then to Michael’s for some craft supplies. Lately, I’ve been picking up protein shakes at the grocery store to drink after Body Pump and they were really starting to add up. Having some protein powder of my own will help cut costs, as well as help my muscles recover after I put them through the wringer in class. At Michael’s, I picked up some quilting pins to use as a part of my latest craft project.


I’m a big fan of wine, and especially Virginia wineries. Since before I could even drink wine, I’ve traveled around with my mom to local wineries for a tasting and to enjoy the views. Back in the day, some of the winery staff would even give me juice in my own wine glass so I could “play along.” I’ve continued this hobby as an adult, both with my parents and on my own and I’ve built up quite a wine collection, and been to numerous Virginia wineries. A few weekends ago, I modge-podged the 2013 Virginia wine map onto a canvas and this weekend I picked up the pins to mark the wineries that I’ve been to. I’ll Instagram a picture of the finished project, the pictures above are pre-pins! I think it’s a good addition to my very wine-themed dining room.

Saturday afternoon I went with Heather to the Shirlington dog park so her dog Kyleigh could run around. It was a gorgeous day, warm without being too hot, so I knew I had to find something to do outside. Plus, I’m a HUGE dog lover and I can’t have one of my own so I love hanging out with other people’s dogs. We also discovered that there’s a great fitness running/biking trail right next to the park that has various workout stations spread along it. We’re already planning a return trip to run and try it out! Update: I still cannot do a pull up/chin up (can’t cross that off the fitness bucket list just yet).

Kyleigh having a grand ole time

While at the dog park we also spotted this guy who I couldn’t help but photograph and turn into a Meme. He just looked so serious!


On Sunday night I fulfilled a childhood dream – I went to the Backstreet Boys concert in Bristow, VA. Technically, I’ve seen them once before (a few years ago when they did a joint tour with New Kids on the Block) but this was a full-fledged BSB concert. Amazing. They did a great mix of their classics with their new material. I have to confess, before the concert I didn’t download their newest CD but now I definitely have. Their energy on stage was infectious, and they truly seemed to be having the time of their lives. Especially Nick Carter, who was dancing like a mad man. His dancing reminded me of the kind of dancing you do when you’re alone in your house and just absolutely jamming to the music. I couldn’t help but smile watching him.

In my spare time this weekend, I worked on cleaning up and reorganizing my house. I’ve realized lately that I have way too much stuff, and I have a strong urge to cut down on my material possessions. First up: my stereo/CD collection. I’m pretty sure I haven’t turned on that stereo in over 2 years – and I mostly listen to music on my iPhone rather than CDs. So I’m currently sorting through my CDs to determine what’s already on my computer, burning the rest to iTunes, and then donating the hard copies. Clutter – be gone!


My planned workouts for this week look pretty similar to last week. This is one of my last weeks before I officially start training for the 10k in November – meaning I have to return to running. Ugh. I’m so nervous to get back into it because I’ve been loving my current schedule. But for now I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts…

Monday: Cycling
Tuesday: Body Pump
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: Rest day – hair cut appointment.
Friday: Short run, 3 miles
Saturday: Body Pump
Sunday: Yoga

Finally, here’s a little something to brighten up your Monday…

20 Fittest Male Celebrities (Women’s Health) – I mean, you’re welcome.


Recipe Organization


So I have a lot of magazine subscriptions. I’m not sure when it got to this point, but I know get Real Simple (my all-time favorite), Rachael Ray, Food Network, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. And those are just the food and home related magazines, I also get Entertainment Weekly and Time which are weekly magazines – boy those ones can really build up if I don’t keep up with them. Thankfully the entertainment magazines don’t usually have recipes in them or my collection of ripped-out magazine pages would be even more out of control than it already is. But, thanks to my mom, I came up with a solution!

I used to keep my favorite cooking magazines stacked on my counter like cookbooks, with pages flagged for recipes I wanted to try – boy did that take up at lot of space! I don’t know what I was ever thinking with that method. Then my mom started organizing her recipes in a binder filled with those plastic sleeves – genius! So I took that idea and ran with it. I bought a binder at my local office supply store as well as a few packets of the aforementioned plastic sleeves – and set to work organizing my recipes. Personally, I have my binder split up by plastic tabs into Breakfast; Soups, Stews and Chili, Entrees, Appetizers/Drinks and Sweets. Check it out below:


Also, I rip out A LOT of recipes so I set up a secondary system of folders, to use for recipes that I haven’t tried yet. That way, a recipe only makes it into the binder when it’s a tried and true favorite. Here are my folders below, I have two folders, so that’s four pockets that are labeled for Sides, Burgers/Sandwiches, Entrees and Pastas/Soups. At least now my recipe collection is closer to controlled chaos!


I hope this organization idea helps! Any other suggestions on organizing recipes?