Sick.

I’m falling behind on my daily posts! I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather these past couple of days, so I’m sorry for the lack of posts. Here’s a little picture recap of what we’ve been doing.

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  •  We bought the new version of The Game of Life.  I like the older version better, but it’s still fun!

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  •  Mom and I went to the market and bought all of these veggies for 1 euro, plus 4 peaches for 50 cents.  Can’t beat those prices, and everything is so fresh! These guys were roasted up with olive oil and Italian spices as a side dish one night.

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  •  I hope we ate these before ‘End of Dluo’. Whatever that means…

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  •  We took a tour of the Bourbon Tunnels. Really, really interesting, the tour company offers three different experiences: the basic walk-through tour, an adventure tour complete with rafting down a part of the aqueduct and zip lining, and a ‘spelunking’ adventure where you are given hard hats, flashlights, and a suit and you can crawl through some of the narrowest parts of the aqueduct.  We only did the basic, but I reaally want to go back and try the adventure tour.

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  •  That, ladies and gents, is a Reese’s ice cream sandwich.  Soooo good, especially when you hit a chunk of peanut butter. love it.

And that pretty much catches us up! For the rest of the day I plan on being parked on the couch with a box of Kleenex next to me, trying to watch America’s Next Top Model.  Jealous?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Mall Experience

The United States could learn a very important lesson from Italian malls: dogs make great shoppers! Me, Mom, Quin, and a friend went to the mall today and my shopping experience was seriously enhanced by so many furry shoppers.  Apparently it’s no problem to take them in the building, and we even saw some off-leash.  C-c-crazy!

“Do you have this is a size 6?” source

My brother won the jackpot today and essentially completed his ‘back to school’ shopping, while I chose a little more conservatively so I can take out my shopping frenzy out on Target and Tj Maxx 😉

My favorite find of the day was a swimsuit from Yamamay; the bottoms are boy shorts, which I loove. Tomorrow we’re spending the afternoon at the pool and I can’t wait to test ’em out!

Competition at the Gym

Mom and I were ready for a workout yesterday so we headed to the gym to take the 8:30 spinning class followed by the 9:30 ab class.  My legs were still feeling my workout from Sunday and the spinning class did nothing to ease the pain! It was really fun though and I enjoyed the music a lot more this time compared to the last class we took. Even though I picked a bike near the fan, I was still drenched by the end of the hour.

ready for our workouts!

ready for our workouts!

I only have one complaint about that class: I felt like my bike neighbor kept watching me spin. I could just be paranoid, but I reaally don’t enjoy it when I feel that a fellow gym member is comparing my performance to theirs. I usually try to ignore it, but with all the mirrors in the spinning room there was pretty much no where to look without realizing she was watching me. Staring back seemed to nip it in the bud though 😛

How do you handle uncomfortable situations at the gym?

The class ended just before 9:30 and we quickly cleaned off our bikes before heading to our next class.  When we walked in, the instructor was telling everyone to “go get steps” and mom and I realized this miiight not be an ab class.  Turns out, it was like a step aerobic/full body workout class.  It was a lot of fun, but we did squats on the steps and lots of glute exercises and my tush and legs were screaming by the end. The instructor was really fun, though, and we had a lot of helpful classmates who assisted us when we got confused 🙂

We came home and pretty much took it easy, although I did crank out a batch of peanut butter oatmeal cookies! I didn’t realize how many it made (6 dozen!) so we have cookies for days.  The fam gives them a 6 so they aren’t amazing, but they’re pretty good.

Yumm :)

Yumm 🙂

Boredom Bustin’

I’m a fan of Louis C.K, and I find myself thinking about one of his ‘skits’ quite often. In it, his young daughters complain of being bored and he responds with this:

and I think it’s a really great way to look at things! Buut I’m struggling with that right now.  Before you call me a spoiled brat for living in Italy and being bored, sometimes I just want to catch a movie with friends or ride my bike around the neighborhood.  Seeing that the majority of my friends live on a separate continent and I’m scared to drive here, not to mention ride a bike on the street, I’ve been scrambling for new ways to keep myself entertained. Today I decided to start Jess’s Summer Shape Up plan and I’m sooo glad I did. 

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The workouts are laid out very clearly with video examples and it gives me a solid goal to work towards, which is something I thrive off of.  And the “hard core” workout was killer! I love being challenged in new ways. Hopefully this will help stave off the boredom until our next big adventure!

What are some of your favorite boredom busters? I’m working on a cross stitch piece right now, but needlework requires a certain amount of calm that is hard to come by sometimes!

 

The Best Laid Plans

Yesterday turned out not to be the ultimate day of relaxation. Quite the opposite actually.  I noticed a spot on my tooth about a week ago and wanted to get it checked out at the dentist’s ASAP to avoid anything unpleasant. That involved getting up at 8 yesterday and driving into base for ‘sick call’, which is a two hour window where you can walk in to a department and ask to be seen. My walk-in appointment confirmed my worst fear: the spot was a cavity.

I was told to come back at 1 o’clock to have the cavity filled, so we killed some time while my upcoming fate loomed in my mind. I bought a copy of The Happiness Project to try and cheer me up before my appointment since I heard it was a good book from a few people.  I’m enjoying it so far, but I think only a happy puppy in my lap would have really done the trick.

Happy dog!! Source.

I had a nice technician and a friendly dentist, but 3 and a half hours after my filling my face was still numb from the Novocain. Ugh. I found a recipe on pbfingers.com for a super simple 3-ingredient peanut butter cookie, so I threw together a batch to take my mind off my mouth.

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It was super simple!

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Mix the ingredients together, spoon out onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350. That’s it! I thought they were delicious, but my dad didn’t believe they had been baked when he saw them sitting on the cookie sheet since they don’t flatten out like normal cookies.

What’s your favorite simple recipe? I think this is the quickest cookie I’ve ever made, but I really liked the instant gratification! Feel free to share one of your favorite quick recipes, I’d love to try them 🙂