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Virtual Drinks

My friend Dixya over at Food Pleasure Health does a weekly “virtual coffee date” post and I thought I’d join in on the fun and share what’s been happening with me lately.

So if we were meeting over coffee, tea (or maybe an old fashioned? ;)), I’d tell you that I’ve been cooking more!

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At least, I’ve been trying to! Aside from the chicken curry I posted about recently, I’ve been trying to make something at least 2-3 times a week. It isn’t easy. Most of the time I get home from the gym around 7:30 or 8 and REB is still working out in the basement, so we just do our own thing. And by that, I mean I make egg whites and eggs, a sweet potato and some kind of vegetable and call it good. However, this week alone I made a quick Harissa “chicken”, ramen from Pinch of Yum blog and a crustless quiche from Cookin’ Canuck.

If we were meeting over drinks, I’d tell you that REB and I have been eating our way through Detroit. We don’t usually do anything for Valentine’s Day, but since it fell on a weekend this year, and we love weekend brunch, we decided to take our food adventures down to Detroit for the day.


We finally tried The Hudson Cafe in the heart of Midtown in Detroit. The wait was almost an hour, but due to a mishap I encountered from the day before, the owner was there and had us seated immediately upon arriving. It was such a delicious meal and incredibly fast! I could see the appeal and the reason for the wait!
After brunch we headed to a a little more sketchy of an area in Detroit for what else than Valentine’s Day PIE! You all know me and my love for pie.

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I had been wanting to try Sister Pie for almost a year, but due to conflict of hours and the fact Detroit is about 45 minutes away from Ann Arbor, I hadn’t made it out there yet. I was so glad we finally stopped in.


It’s an incredibly cute shop with rotating pies each month. I will definitely be back!

If we were meeting over drinks, I’d tell you I created a new Instagram account and you all should follow it.

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I realized I might have been cluttering my Instagram account with a lot of food pictures, so I decided to separate it out! Follow along if you want to food at restaurants visited or even recipe I’ve made.

If we were meeting over drinks, I’d tell you how obsessed I’ve become with Spinning. The studio I’m a member of, that offers all the group classes I’m sure you’ve see photos from, has started a new spinning class. Before this class, I had never taken a single class. I was a road cyclist with REB mostly, so doing the continuous pedaling thing was not a natural thing for me.


I have an incredible community with the people I work out with and the instructor (who is the gym owner’s wife – that gorgeous lady next to me in the pic) is an incredible teacher. I think that and the music totally helps and in the past few weeks, things have definitely gotten easier – especially the jumps and sprints. Given I don’t do enough straight up cardio on my own, adding this once a week is a blessing. On top of the spinning and the usual classes I take there, I’ve been doing personal training with one of the trainers. It was a Christmas gift to myself and REB helped pay for it and It has been incredible! While I don’t know that i’ve lost a single pound or even inches, I know I am infinitely stronger, can push more weight and do more reps without getting tired. I’ve also noticed an improvement in my form and technique so that’s a nice takeaway for sure.

And finally if we were meeting over drinks, I’d tell you that I finished one book and started a new book! I’m slowly but surely making it towards my yearly reading goal.

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My department had to read this book as one of our yearly goals and I actually kind of liked it. It wasn’t as dry as some text books tend to be, and it really has made me think differently about my role in our organization and our department’s role. I may write a review on here about it for anyone interested in reading this for your personal or professional growth!


I am so excited to read this! Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my all-time favorite authors. I own all her books and I have loved every single one of them. My friend who works in publishing in NYC posted a picture of this book late last year before it was released and I immediately requested it at my library. I love being one of the first people to check out a new book at the library! This book is a book of essays about her life, and it was originally written in Italian, but then translated to English. I’ll be sure to update you all on how it is!

So there’s a little look at what’s been happening with me lately. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

What’s been happening with you lately?



…keeping fit with Running + Yoga + Bootcamp = Beast Mode 4-5 days a week.


Photo courtesy of Amber

…running to
I’ve been on the treadmill in our basement (which has been working out beautifully!) and it faces the TV we have down there. Except the TV is not hooked up to cable; REB is using it as a gigantic monitor for his computer (Did I mention we have like 6 different laptops or computing devices in our house already? I married a compunerd!). While I run, I stream my Vevo playlist which has become my go-to running playlist! I’ve become accustomed to knowing when a certain song starts, I should be speeding up, slowing down, sprinting, etc. It’s been great!

  • Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous
  • Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
  • Duke Durmont – Need U 100%
  • Big Sean feat. Nicky Minaj – Dance (Ass) Remix
  • Disclosure – Voices
  • Britney Spears – Work B***h
  • Disclosure – F For You
  • Britney Spears – Womanizer
  • Afrojack feat. Spree Wilson – The Spark
  • Britney Spears – Toxic

…feeling motivated!
11 down, 9 more to go! I’ve been at the “10 pounds left” spot twice before and never accomplished it. I am determined more than ever to try to get there this time. Third time’s a charm, right?

…planning a mini vacay with REB out west this summer!
It took us a while to figure out where to go. We tackled with going back to Vermont, visiting Arches Nat’l Park (but doing that in October), San Fransisco (on my list, not so much his) or doing our big Seattle/Vancouver trip. But I think we just want a quick getaway and we’ve decided on Portland, OR! I’m pretty stoked.

…realizing I’ve had a total of four drinks since Jan 1. Whoa.

…in home improvement mode and happy because our master bedroom is almost finished!

…loving March Madness! Who’s with me? Go Green!

…obsessed with my new loose leaf tea travel mug

…still going strong with the 100 Happy Days project.

…loving my new haircut courtesy of my awesome stylist

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…proud of myself to finally be able to run continuously for 30 minutes and taking 30 seconds off my pace. 

…gearing up and putting ideas together for upcoming photo sessions with new and returning clients. I seriously can’t wait!

…more than halfway done with my reading goal for the year.

…looking forward to a weekend of fun and family.

What’s going on in your world?