Monday, Monday… I don’t know the words to that song, actually, but happy Monday nonetheless.   I hope you all had a great weekend!  My weekend was super eventful. I ate some nice food, traveled up to the Scottish Highlands, and oh yeah, said yes after my boyfriend asked me to marry him!

 

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Exciting stuff, huh?  Yeppers.  We spent the weekend at my future parent-in-laws’ house near Loch Ness, and it was really a wonderful time – you know, after the initial anxiety wore off.  Oh, yeah, did I mention it was our first time meeting?  Nerves.  However, the weekend was wonderful, and as it turns out the nicest man in the World also has the nicest folks; who knew?

Friday we left in the afternoon from Glasgow and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful drive.  In some ways Scotland looks much like New England, but then you see the terrain and the hills and you can see how it’s very different.  I had to laugh, because I always take the beautiful parts of my neck of the woods for granted, and my fiance, Luke, feels the same about growing up in the Highlands of Scotland.  #Soulmates . We stopped at famous roadside attraction called The Green Welly Stop (so cute) for a toastie and a Cadbury hot chocolate.  Yumz!

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Saturday and Sunday we spent most of our time on long walks along Loch Ness in Fort Augustus as well as a trip to Inverness.   Northern Scotland is absolutely beautiful.  It is such a peaceful and mystical place – staring at Loch Ness almost places you in a trance.

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no local magicians were trying to blow ‘nessie’ out of the water.

Of course there was more eating…

Chips Ahoy! Cadbury

it’s cookie DOUGH inside, btw…

 

So, naturally, after a weekend of eating and touristy, romantic strolls I was happy to be able to fit in a run this morning.  Glasgow is a really lovely city; it’s full of culture and art and it has amazing parks.  We are located by Pollok Country Park, which literally feels like a C.S. Lewis story every time you enter it.  I’m not kidding, you go from city streets into fields with Highland Cattle, horses, beautiful flowers, and waterfalls.  I enjoyed a nice run this morning while taking in the amazingness of this magical city park.

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Pollok Country Park

so cute.

Pollok Country Park

...and a sky full of balloons.

…and a sky full of balloons.

Hope your weekend was great and that your Monday is treating you kindly (and going by fast.)

xoxo

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Happy (belated) 4th of July!  Hope your holiday weekend has been filled with good times and excellent weather!  I have been house/dog sitting in a beautiful, mountain house, enjoying the peace and quiet; it’s been a very nice time.  I was able to catch up on sleep, reading, Golden Girls dvds, and discovering the wonderment that is pistachio ice cream – believe it or not, I had never tried the stuff before in my life.  I’m going to be 34 in a few weeks; that’s a very long time to not have known how delicious pistachio ice cream is.  We all experience these moments though, don’t we?  Trying something for the first time and that incredible realization of the “OMG how have I lived?!” first bite.  Remarkably, I haven’t eaten an entire pint to make up for lost time …yet!

I know we just met ...but I think I love you.

I know we’ve just met, but
 …I think I love you.

Let’s touch more on the joy of getting away from it all.   I have been away from my phone signal, a (decent) Internet connection, and pretty much another human being for at least a few miles, and it’s been pretty fantastic!  I think it was just what I needed after the last month or so – just to have a mini hiatus.  Not that I don’t love my friends and family, but I think we all require some time on our own to reflect on things …or to look at pretty mountains and gardens with cute dogs running through them.

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Sadly, this will all be over tomorrow when it’s back to work, but for now I am enjoying the serenity.  I took a little break from my normal workout schedule as well, however I did do a hill sprint workout yesterday, which left my right hip a bit sore.  A fellow fitness instructor at the gym sent me this workout from the youtubes (sorry, I have to call it that, because it makes me laugh) and I think it is a really great post-run and basic Yoga workout, check it out!

I really must get more into Yoga.  I definitely need something to help calm me and help me work on my flexibility.  Flexibility is a very important factor when performing any exercise as it it increases your coordination and perfects your overall form.

So, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday afternoon in captivity.  Hope the rest of your holiday weekend is fantastic!

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Veggetti Review

The other day while getting some essentials at Walmart (always SO fun, eh?) I stumbled across this (strategically placed) impulse item.  The Veggetti!

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The Veggetti turns vegetables into linguini and spaghetti sized pieces.  I will admit, I am a sucker for an “As Seen On TV” buy as much as the next …well, sucker.  However, unlike my Pajama Jeans or Shake Weight this little guy is actually pretty awesome.

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On my first attempt, I made what I called, “pesto squashta” – which was summer squash steamed and then baked with reduced-fat pesto sauce.  It was pretty good, but my only complaint was that it did get cold rather quickly.

squashtaI didn’t want to toss my Veggetti into my “pile of misfit As Seen On TV items” heap, so I decided to use my veggettables (really, Erin? ) in a stir fry rather than steaming or baking them.  I used zucchini and summer squash as my key ingredients and sauteed them in a tiny bit (less than 1 tbsp) of olive oil, garlic, and grape tomatoes.  I also added a little salt and black pepper and garnished it with a dollop of goat cheese.  It was REALLY delicious!  While I don’t think the Veggetti is the perfect substitute for pasta-holics, it is a really inexpensive and easy tool to create some healthy meals with.  My  next experiment will be to grill the vegetables and use them on a nice salad.  Wow, hungry already!  So, in conclusion, while the Veggetti is no Kitchenaid appliance,  for $15.00 you certainly can make some good stuff.

 

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