just making mussels, being basic, courting Brookside

Get ready for a random post. But isn’t that what Fridays are for? This is my “leftover thoughts from the week” post so YOU’RE WELCOME 🙂

First of all, how about some music to get your Friday going? Let’s pretend this is my Myspace circa 2004 and you can listen to music while you scroll through all my thoughts.

Remember how we just talked about how basic, white and suburban I am? I have proof. I read this whole Buzzfeed post and got increasingly excited by what I get to look forward to this fall.

25 Things All Basic White Girls Do During the Fall

sdafBonfires, Autumn Candles, Pumpkin Spice, oh my!

Speaking of that, I just made my first fall fashion purchase. Here’s to hoping they fit my giant flippers!


Last night I hung out with Monica and at first we were just drinking water and watching TV. It only took about thirty minutes before we realized how silly that was. Snacking and wine ensued.

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Speaking of snacks, I know I’ve shared my love for Brookside Chocolate before but I wonder how many times I have to type the words Brookside before the PR people at Brookside pick up on my love for Brookside and send me some free Brookside. Brookside.

136518213416Both my parents have just started Weight Watchers. Not only am I so excited for them to jump on the healthy food train with me but I love all the beautiful ingredients we suddenly have in our fridge! So many colors! I could have cried, last night’s dinner was so gorgeous:

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I finally used the purple cauliflower I posted about on Instagram a week ago! Thanks, Arman, for the idea to roast it. It was perfect. Olive oil, salt and pepper could make a brick taste good. (PS are you following me on Instagram yet?)

Now that summer is wrapping up it’s going to be really tough saying goodbye to the grill. Fortunately I’m equally obsessed with crockpot recipes so that should heal my pain. But there’s something great about grilled vegetables that’s lost in winter cooking, amiright?

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Flashback to the Luke Bryan concert this past weekend because we didn’t talk much about it afterwards. It just reminded me how much I love country music in the summer, and being outdoors at Soldier Field was blast. I’m an embarrassingly emotional person so whenever I go see live music I am overwhelmed by the happiness and joy I’m surrounded by. I think music brings out the best in people so there were times during the show when I just stood there and looked around soaking it all in. I may have gotten misty eyed. He also played one of my favorite songs by Eli Young Band (“Crazy Girl”) and it was BEAUTIFUL. I tried to upload it and share with you all but figuring out Windows 8 is like asking a chimp to drive an ATV on an ice rink. Technology and I DO NOT get along.

Another great moment from the night was when Dierks Bentley shared the story behind his song “I Hold On.”

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He talked about he still drives the same car that he did back in the 90s when he first drove to Nashville with his dad, and he still plays the same guitar as well. To quote the song, “It’s the miles that make the man.” I thought that was incredibly poignant and it has stuck with me since the concert.

Have you ever tried Jillian Michaels’ yoga dvd? I’ve had it for a few years and always dust it off when I’m in the mood for yoga AND a good sweat session. Yesterday was one of those days.

unnamed (6)Leave it to Jillian Michaels to turn an otherwise peaceful practice into a major calorie-burner. But it was exactly what I needed now that I’m trying to run every other day.

I spent the rest of the afternoon yesterday FINALLY diving into my NASM materials. I know, I know, it’s been over a month since I signed up, but I have until mid-January so I know I’m good on time. I just hope the Christmas season doesn’t get away from me and I’m left cramming days before the exam.

unnamed (4)Aside from my end-of-year goal to have my personal training certification, I’ve come up with a few more personal/professional/fitness goals for the next 365 days.

  • Learn how to make Provencal mussels by November 2014
  • Take a knife skills class by March 2015
  • Re-learn conversational French by August 2015 (I used to be good and I let myself lose it! Still kicking myself for that…)
  • Go to one concert a month for the next year

Have a great weekend, people! Can’t wait to hear all about it on Monday 🙂


  • Do you have any goals for the next month, year?
  • Are you more excited for grilling season or crockpot season?
  • Are you a Jillian Michaels fan?


  1. Ahhh I saw that Basic post on Buzz Feed. I was surprised I didn’t tick off more of the boxes. I lost all my weight on WW and have been doing it for a bajillion years so I’m excited for your parents! I hope it works for them 🙂

    I’m thinking of taking the NASM so I’m curious to hear what you think of it so far.

    1. Oh that’s awesome about WW! And I’ll keep you updated on how NASM is…I can already tell it’s like taking an anatomy course so it’s going to be tough stuff butI’d rather it be thorough and then I’ll feel more prepared as a trainer.

  2. Ohhh boy, so much good stuff in here!! Yaaay, I LOVE Jillian Michaels yoga DVD!!! I’m totally looking at it right now because I just did it the other day!! I’m like you, I get in these moods where I feel like doing it, dust it off, and DO IT!! So much fun and yep, a great sweat!! I’m also an equally emotional person!! I get sentimental in a sec!! 😉 😉 I would love to re-learn conversational French. Totally took French from 8th grade all the way through college because I loved it but have forgotten lots! Have a fabulous day!! So cool you’re getting personal training certified. I have been studying here and there but I decided to get certified in yoga first. You’re going to rock the test!! Have fun studying!! XOXO!!

  3. Ooh I like the idea of a knife skills course – would find that so helpful!

    I know of Luke Bryan but that’s only from reading US blogs and news. Not known at all over here! Isn’t that crazy seen as how big he is stateside!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. I should make some goals. That sounds like it’d be a healthy thing to do. Hahaha.

    Sooo here’s my thing on Luke Bryan and last weekend’s concert. I feel like he’s gotten a smidge too ~mainstream~ for me, if you will. Or too bro country, perhaps. I used to be like the BIGGEST Luke Bryan fan, but lately I’ve become disenchanted. But then this concert rolled around and I was honestly really annoyed with myself for not even trying to go. Because LUKE BRYAN. Alas. Now, if Eric Church had been playing Soldier Field, I would’ve been there in half a heartbeat 🙂

    1. He was definitely there to throw a party, that’s for sure. The nice part was that he played tons of his music but also brought out other singers and played other people’s music, which made it so fun. There were only a few slow songs which made for a really fun night overall! Dierks stole the show though, for sure!

  5. Grilled veggies are the best and I find it perplexing when people write the next day -‘i ate leftover grilled veggies.’

    My sister and I last weekend were watching TV and drinking water too….we rectified that by eating a sampler box of jelly belly beans and apple cider. #iswearwearenotlame.

    …..knife skills course? I hope to do some epic chopping- of food!

    1. Leftover grilled veggies … not only are they too good to have leftovers but they lose all their crunchiness and deliciousness if you put them in the fridge overnight. And I want to take a knife skills course so I can chop like they do on Iron Chef or something haha it’s so skillful!

  6. Those boots tho!! haha… I actually just got a pair just like em, except mine are suede! …also, congrats to your parents on weight watchers!! EXCITING!!

  7. Umm…I love Jillian. HAHA. I’ve done a few of her DVD’s and I love them. I also love me some Dierks, he’s too legit to quit. BOOYA for your parents new food/life adventures.

  8. cuuuute boots, girl. hope they fit well! i’ve never even thought about owning/using/pretending to know what to do with a crockpot. but i love grilling…as in, prepping the food for my dad and bro. 🙂

  9. Okay, so I’m right in the middle of all of the anatomy studying for my fitness certification and PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who finds it ridiculously difficult to retain all the info they expect you to learn? I have no clue how I”m going to remember all of this!

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