I’m not dead.
I didn’t stop blogging.
I’ve been insanely busy yet at the same time bored. Let me explain—last month was quarter end at work and while that’s usually a crazy time for me-it was even crazier with three people out of the office. I worked a ton of overtime, almost left the office crying many nights doubting myself and my abilities and basically stressed to the max. But once quarter end cooled off, it’s been back to utter boredom at the office. I’m talking so bored that I’m tempted to bring in toothpicks to hold my eyes open and forming a bad habit of having 2+ cups of coffee and 2+ cups green tea a day. On the flipside, I have a second job as of last week and it’s something big and exciting y’all (whoa, I guess I’m channeling Britney Spears right now). I’m a Brand Ambassador for DRY Soda here in the Denver area! I’ve been working at events in the area and doing demos, telling people about the all natural drink with only four ingredients and less sweet than other sodas out there. Plus they have tantalizing flavors such as Rhubarb, Vanilla Bean, Lavender, Juniper Berry and more!
I first came across DRY last year at the Blend Retreat when they graciously provided a bottle of the good stuff for all. They’re a fabulous company and it’s something fun to do on the weekend plus it lets my personality shine…..as opposed to sitting in a cubicle all day while my soul slowly dies. So for all you Denver-ites, I’ll be posting pics on Instagram and Twitter when I’m doing tastings in the area, feel free to come out and try a tasting of DRY Soda!
With that, here’s some things that I’ve been enjoying and loving lately:
*The Mindy Project
How have I not watched this show from the beginning? It’s amazing—so witty, funny and addictive! I randomly DVR’ed it one night after New Girl one night and can’t get enough of it. I heard through the grapevine that Netflix has it so I may have to cough up the $8 a month for that reason alone.
Alright, even though we are having insane weather as of late (one day it will be sunny and mild out then the next it’s snowing 6 to 12 inches), salads are still my go for at least one meal a deal. I’ve been having my traditional salad with tomatoes, cucumber and peppers with various proteins like Jenny-O Turkey Ham (I was totally skeptical of this but it is a fantastic substitute for real ham!)
And mixing it up with hot toppings when it’s cold out such as grilled mushrooms, peppers and zucchini with grilled chicken.
*I’m officially a Denver resident now that I own a bike
Sigh, I totally want this shirt from the I Heart Denver Store. I took advantage of REI’s member sale this past year and bought a bike with an extra 20% off! However, I worked the system and instead of buying it in the store went onto Ebates (hint, if you click on my link you get a $10 gift card to Target, Kohl’s and other stores just for signing up!) I ordered it through Ebatesand got $9 cash back for doing so! My bike was ready about a week later and I went to REI to pick it up and now I’m a proud owner of a hybrid.
Thanks to our weird weather I’ve only had a chance to take it out for a ride once but it was a nice, leisurely ride. It felt amazing to be on a new bike that it functions as it should be and also was invigorating to see my neighborhood from a different perspective. I can’t wait for it to get nicer out so I can ride it on the regular and I just may start to take it to the light rail then to work (how badass would I be??!).
I love food trucks so much but I don’t get to experience them as much as I would like. Even though I work in a huge business park there are none there and I think that needs to change stat because mama needs some creative, innovative food from a truck! I got my fix recently at Hey PB&J, a peanut butter and jelly food truck conveniently parked outside the flagship REI store and it was absolutely delightful.
As you can see they have both savory and sweet with a few options featuring the hot gift from the gods—bacon! That being said I got the Figgy Piggy with almond butter, fig jam, applewood bacon, rosemary honey ans *gasp* goat cheese. It’s a personal rule of mine that if I see an item with goat cheese on a menu, I have to order it. Figgy Piggy did not disappoint but it was so rich and savory that one half was enough to satisfy my needs, wants, hunger and everything in between. Next time I’m going to go the sweet route and get the Cookies and Cream. A Cookies and Cream sandwich??? I never!
Ok, I love it and hate it. I love it because instead of being a credit card with a ridiculous interest rate, The Target RedCard to your checking account so you can’t spend money you don’t have (unless I decide not to pay rent one of these months). Plus you get 5% off of purchases in store and online with free shipping so there’s no reason not to get it. Unfortunately I’ve been doing a little retail therapy online which has lead me to some awesome clothes and accessories for pretty cheap.
I haven’t bought anything new since 2012 so I was stoked to have some new clothes in my closet. Along with items I really don’t need but they were too cute to pass up such as Muppets bowls and drink jugs ($.88 and $2.99 respectively thank you very much).
Hopes of vacation that is. This past year I traveled to Chicago, Dallas and back home to Florida but nowhere really for a vacation. In a couple of weeks I’m going to Vegas! I haven’t been to Vegas since I lived in Phoenix which seems like another life ago. My boo and some of his friends found a great deal from Southwest Air Vacations for airfare plus four days/three nights at the MGM Grand for only $340! I can’t wait to have some time off work, re-discover Vegas and have a real vacation!
Thanks to having a Sprouts so close to me, my cooking mojo finally came back and I’ am no longer bored with mundane meals! Recently I went to Sprouts and saw they not only have sliced gyro meat but also fresh tsatziki sauce.
Once I saw that I was inspired to make a big fat Greek meal—lamb gyro with tsatziki, spinach, tomatoes and feta with a side lemon roasted asparagus. I almost went for seconds but luckily I didn’t make seconds so that was a win just like the meal. I can’t wait to make this again!
Plus a whole slew of cooking like breakfast burritos, Greek pasta salad, jambalaya and more.
And last but not least-the love of my life—Lincoln—whether sleeping or awake, this pup has my heart. He brings a smile to my face every day and is my little cuddle bug, dogs truly are man’s best friend.
So much more has been going on but these are the highlights. I miss blogging and the comfort that it brings to me along with reading blogs but I just haven’t had the time. I know a lot of people blog on the daily and that’s their life and while that used to be the case for me, not so much anymore. I prefer to go out live, enjoy the moment then follow up with the blog when I have a moment. I guess this is what change is all about huh?