Virtual Drinks

If we were meeting for drinks, I’d tell you the weather in Michigan has been glorious all week! We got a nice round of snow last week and then this week it’s been in the 50s/60s and even up to 71° one day this week. And it’s supposed to be rather warm next week as well. We do have some rain, don’t get me wrong, but I welcome this breezy, mild weather with open arms.

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I’m sure we’ll get a snowstorm in April before winter is really done, but I’ll enjoy this weather while I can! We MIchiganians joke that if you’re ever pissed about the weather, just wait five minutes – it’s true.

If we were meeting for drinks, I’d tell you that my current snack obsession are Quest Protein Chips.

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You guys, these chips are so, so good!** I’ve been trying to eat lower carb for the past few weeks and I’m totally tracking my macros in MyFitnesssPal trying to stay around 100g carbs daily. Let me tell you, it is not easy. I know carbs are in, like, everything, but I quickly learned to make smart choices about what carbs I do want to eat. I’m happy to say that these chips totally fill my salty-snack craving. They’re only 120 calories per bag, 21g protein and only 5g carbs! I bought a variety pack from Amazon that had two bags of all 5 flavors so I was able to try all of them, but the cheddar and sour cream flavor are by far the favorite and tastiest. Now, you have to take them for what they are. They aren’t Lays Potato Chips or anything, but I think they taste great, are crunchy and like I said, they satiate my salty-snack craving and keeps me within my macros!

If we were meeting for drinks, I’d tell you that I am blown away by the photos my coworker/friend took of me recently. I hired him to take new professional head shots for me and also take a new photo for the “About Me” section of my photography website/photo Facebook page.

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Photo by Dane Hillard Photography

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Photo by Dane Hillard Photography

We took the photos at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and I loved his idea to do the photos here! He has a very creative/editorial edge and I got exactly what I wanted: urban, edgy but still me. A big thank you, again, to Dane for taking some time to do this for me!

If we were meeting for drinks, I’d tell you how much I’m loving spinning. My gym offers the class once a week now (the owner’s wife is also a certified trainer and used to teach years ago). It was really hard the first two weeks, but now doing the up/downs and springs and jobs are getting much easier! My balance has gotten easier and better too. Considering the other classes I attend incorporate cardio, but aren’t strict-straight-up cardio, it’s nice to have a dedicated class for this! Plus burning between 500-700 calories in an hour doesn’t suck ;)

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My partner-in-crime at most of the classes at my gym

If we were meeting for drinks, I’d tell you that we got a bit of sad news last week that REB”s maternal grandmother passed away, and we’re attending her service this weekend. It’s the thing that was “bothering me” last week for anyone who might have noticed, and it hit me kind of hard. She’s not even my grandmother, but she always treated me like family and despite having some conservative views, she never once judged REB and I for living together before our marriage, for him marrying an Indian girl or anything like that. She welcomed me with open arms, took an interest in my family and culture and was one of the most genuine, sweetest people ever.

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One of the only photos from our wedding of REB, his brother and their grandmother

She was quite elderly – 91..! – so she had an incredible life. We did know this was going to happen this year, but you can never prepare yourself emotionally for something like this. It will be sad to finally say goodbye to her on Saturday. I am just so grateful and thankful for the time we were able to have with her. For those I have told in person about this, thanks for the hugs, condolences and good thoughts! <3 xo

On a happier note, if we were meeting for drinks, I’d tell you that while the weekend might start sad or somber, it will end on a happy note. Amber and I are going to see Carly Rae Jepsen in Detroit Sunday night and I can. not. WAIT! IMG_9664

Unrelated side note…Amber – is this really the last picture we took together? This was New Years Eve. For shame.
I am almost positive that we will be Snapchatting and Instagramming photos from the concert all night long, so watch for those. I hope you all have a fun weekend!

What’s been happening for you lately?

**I was not compensated for giving this opinion or review for Quest. I bought them on my own and tried all the flavors! 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Virtual Drinks

  1. Parita @ myinnershakti

    I’m so sorry about REB’s grandmother. Sounds like she lived a really full and happy life.

    Your professional photos are gorgeous – love the bright colors!

    If we were having drinks today, I’d tell you all about some major changes happening at work, my sister’s wedding planning, and how I’m a tiny bit sad to be moving out of Florida soon.

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