I’m Free!

Hello from bright and sunny Iowa!

So, Neal and I totally went to bed at 2AM last night and woke up at 4AM this morning to go to the airport.  2 hours of sleep is no bueno!  I got my hair done last night and didn’t start packing until 11PM, oops!  Neal was cracking me up this morning though as he literally couldn’t function off of the 2 hours of sleep he had gotten.  It was hysterical.  We were out of bed and out the door in 15 minutes though, so we were champs!

I knocked out on our first 1 hour flight and was totally out of it when we got to Detroit.  Neal was a total trooper, as he didn’t sleep a wink on flight number 1.  On the second flight be both knocked out and have been go, go, go ever since.  I am running off of 4 hours of sleep and Neal is running off of 3 hours….craziness.

I have also been a really good girl today eating wise.  I brought some granola with me to the airport, so as to bi-pass the breakfast sandwiches and high calories treats that line the airport halls.  Neal and I were also very good and stopped by subway for lunch instead of trying a butter burger from Culvers.  Supposedly these are amazing, but we were rock stars and went to subway instead!

We’re in Iowa this week visiting family and will be going to the opening Iowa football game on Saturday, but we’re also here so that Neal can do some research for his next Iowa football book!  Today we’ve driven all over doing research on a particular football player and are now at another library and should be here until they close at 8PM tonight (It’s 4PM now).  Long day, but I know Neal will be thrilled to have this research done!  At this point, I think my Wednesday run is not going to happen, but an early morning run would be fantastic tomorrow morning!

So…. here’s the big news for today…

I just paid off my credit card!!  I made a lot of big purchases on that card… laptop, couch, and practically a new car after all of the service I’ve had done on my baby.  I’m grateful to have had the card for emergencies, but it feels so good to have it paid off!  Of course, times will come up when using a credit card is a necessity, but I’m just so thrilled to have it paid off.

I wrote a post a few months back about saving money and I truly believe that these steps helped me to pay off my credit cards (minus getting a part time job).  The truth is, we all know the steps we should take to save money and to pay off our debt, it’s just a matter of doing it.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve created a gazillion budgets but have a hard time sticking to them for a whole month.  I’m good for a week or two and then I go back to old habits.

Using Mint has really helped me, not only with budgeting but also with knowing where my money is going.  After paying all of my bills, I tend to spend money on the following things:

  • Groceries
  • Gas
  • Dining out
  • Buying gifts for others (friends, family, Neal)
  • Travel
  • Random crap that I don’t need to buy at Target (anything from candles to CDs to clothes)

My new meal planning calendar should help me a lot with my grocery budget and I just need to flat out be better about not spending money on others too often, on travel, and on other random crap.  I know I can do great…I just have to do it!

What helps you to stay financially disciplined?  Anyone else out there ready for College football to start this week?

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Date Nights: A Must For Anyone!

I wrote this guest post for Katie on Sunny Side Up a while back and thought it was worth sharing with y’all!

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So who doesn’t love a good date night?  Whether it’s a night out on the town with a loved one or an afternoon out with friends, dates are great way to connect with people and to release some of the day’s stresses.  My boyfriend Neal and I love to go out on dates, but sometimes a date night at home is just what the doctor ordered.

Date nights at home are great because…

  1. You can save money
  2. If you’re a parent, you don’t have to hire a babysitter
  3. You can get creative
  4. You can wear your pajamas and watch a movie or you can dress up and have a candle light dinner for 2 at home
  5. You can try out one of the recipes you’ve seen on Sunny Side Up or Coffee Cake and Cardio

Date nights are important for any relationship, both in romantic relationships and with friends (obviously non romantic dates).  A number of my friends are married with children and often share about how difficult it is to go out on dates with their significant other.  I know I can’t relate to being married and having kids, but I try to help my friends see how easy it is to have a great night with their husband/wife and how they can rekindle those hot date nights from their past.  Even the littlest thing, like a surprise dessert for your loved one can prompt a mini date.

10 ideas for a great date night at home

  1. Choose a theme and roll with it!  Maybe it’s an Italian night, filled with vegetable lasagna and Roman Holiday or a game night filled with your favorite board games and that new recipe you’ve been meaning to try.
  2. Make your night together a priority.  Put the laundry to the side, silence your phone, shut off your computer and focus on your loved one.
  3. Take turns planning date night.  Husband one month, wife the next month.  This is a great way to bring excitement into the date planning.  It may take a few months to catch on, but it will become something you both look forward to.
  4. Create traditions together!  Neal and I love to watch the Charlie Brown movies that correspond with each holiday for example.
  5. Watch a sporting event and make stadium food (hotdogs, nachos, etc.).
  6. Take a look at AFI’s Top 100 Movie list and begin cross them off the list.  Netflix is a great way to get movies without having to leave the house.
  7. Go for a walk together
  8. Plan an indoor picnic
  9. Plan a future vacation together and brainstorm ways to save money together (keeping spare change, saving all single dollars you get back in change, etc).
  10. Go to bed early together

You deserve a date night!  If you’re single, plan a fun date with friends and/or try out online dating like match.com or eharmony (I highly recommend it).

Do you plan date nights at home?  What’s ideas do you have?

Now That’s a Lot of Beef!

Last night’s dining experience had to of been one of the funniest things I’ve been through in a long time.  I bought a Groupon to Texas De Brazil: Brazilian Steakhouse a few month back and had to use it by the 31st.  As I have plans tonight and tomorrow night, Sunday night was the only night that was really going to work for both Neal and I.

When we arrived at the steakhouse there was an hour long wait, so we headed over to Barnes and Noble for a little perusing before we got our dining on.  40 minutes later, Neal’s phone rang and our table was ready (how cool is that that they called us?  I though that was pretty sweet!).

We sat down to our table and quickly told the waitress that it was our first time dining at Texas De Brazil.  Within 30 seconds, the waitress spit out our instructions but all I caught was “salad bar” and “meat”.  Neal was far more confused than me, so we sat there and laughed for a good minute before we decided to take some action.

I grabbed my purse, we both put our napkins on our chairs (this is an important part of the story), and we headed off to the salad bar.

Now this salad bar was just about the most intense salad bar I’ve ever seen.  There was a plethora of sliced meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, various sauces of all different colors (bright teal– RANDOM), pasta salads, rice, beans, soup, and oh yes, romaine lettuce.  Neal turned to me and said “what is this place?”.  It was the funniest thing!

We both made our “salads” and headed back to our seats.  When we got back to our seats both of our napkins were back on the table and perfectly folded… it was the oddest thing.  We both laughed and laughed because we both could have sworn we placed our napkins on our chairs before going to the salad bar.

Now the next step was to enjoy our salad and when we were done we had to turn these little cards over from “red” to “green” to indicate that we were ready for meat.  I felt insecure about turning the card over, so when the waitress stopped by I asked her for some reassurance.  She said, “yes, just turn over the card and people will know that it is time to come to your table”.  My heart rate shot up immediately… how does the turning of a piece of paper trigger them to approach our table?  Neal and I sat there in fear.

A few minutes later, men began arriving at our table with long swords of meat.  Medium steak, well done steak, filet minion, ribs, leg of lamb, lamb chops, chicken wrapped in bacon, Parmesan crusted pork chops, sausages… IT WAS INTENSE.

hahaha! This picture is so funny!

We both asked for a few cuts of meat and enjoyed our dinner.  I was quickly “meated out”.  It was just too much.  Although I am not a vegetarian (or a variation of it), I don’t enjoy meat all that much.  I enjoy ground turkey, the occasional beef burger (when I need some iron), and chicken breasts.  I guess it’s more that I enjoy meat in different dishes but rarely enjoy eating meat by itself.  I really left thinking, that was too much meat, I didn’t enjoy that.  (please note that I truly respect individuals who don’t eat meat for different reasons.  I am in no way looking to offend anyone).

I was glad to have stopped myself when I did because it can be so easy to keep eating when someone keeps bringing you more and more food.  I didn’t care for any dessert, but my sweet toothed sweetheart jumped on the opportunity to order banana cream pie.  He loved it.

All in all we had a really great time.  It was a interesting restaurant to say the least, but we’re both glad we had the experience.  I don’t think we’ll ever go again though.

Weekly Plan: August 29 – September 4

This is a very short week for Neal and I as we’re traveling to Iowa to see his parents and to attend Fry Fest, Neal’s book signing, and the opening Iowa game.  We’re both really looking forward to this trip!  I haven’t been back to Iowa since March and haven’t been to an Iowa game in 2 years…so it’s long over due.  I’ve planned out my meals for Monday and Tuesday, though they’re really hodge podge.  I didn’t go to the grocery store this weekend, so I’m just looking to use up what I have.  Wednesday-Sunday are up in the air as well, as I never really know what we’ll be eating while we’re there.  We usually eat out a lot, so I need to be prepared to make wise choices.

Neal and I had a great first run this morning and we’re both looking to finish out our first week strong.  Running on Wednesday may be challenging, as we’re flying that day, but we’ll try our hardest to get all of our runs in!

Last week was pretty eventful; earthquake, aftershocks, and a hurricane, so hopefully this week will be mellow and relaxing!

Workout Breakfast Lunch Dinner Plans
Monday 20 min. E run before work with Neal (burned 312 calories) and Ball & Bar class after work Homemade tropical smoothie Oatmeal, apple, peanut butter, dried kiwi Pasta and asparagus Game night with Neal and Matt
Tuesday Spin Homemade tropical smoothie before spin, oatmeal post workout Leftover pasta and asparagus Whatever is left in the house, no grocery shopping this week Getting my hair done!! YAY
Wednesday 2 mile E run Granola bar and fruit Dinner with Neal’s parents Travel to Iowa
Thursday Looking into some spin classes in Iowa Relax in Iowa
Friday 20 min E run Fry Fest in Iowa City
Saturday Off University of Iowa football game!!! Go Hawkeyes
Sunday 3 mile run Relax in Iowa

What is the weirdest dining experience you’ve ever had?  Doesn’t have to have been at a restaurant…

Hot Off The Press: 15K Training Program!!

I feel fantastic today!  I slept in this morning, waking up naturally at 7:30AM and then went back to sleep until 9:30AM.  After brushing my teeth and snuggling up on the couch, I poured myself a small bowl of Uncle Sam Strawberry cereal (thank you HLS Swag Bag!).  This cereal is very filling as it contains 8 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.

After breakfast I checked out some of my favorite blogs and hyped myself up for my run.  I absolutely love the weather post hurricane.  It’s still really windy but the clouds have moved out and there’s no rain.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  Today I ran for 30 minutes, just around the neighborhood and burned 303 calories.  I think I ran around 2.5 miles, but I’m not 100% sure.  It was a nice easy run and a great way to start my Sunday.

15K Training Program

September 2011

Week of

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T

W

Th

F

S

Sn

Aug 29

20 min. E

Spin

2 miles E

Spin

20 min. E

Off

3 miles

Sept 5

20 min. E

Spin

2 miles E

Spin

20 min. E

Off

3 miles

Sept 12

20 min. E

Spin

2 miles E

Spin

25 min. E

Off

4 miles

Sept 19

20 min. E

Spin

3 miles T

Spin

30 min. E

Off

4 miles

Sept 26

20 min. E

Spin

3 miles H

Spin

30 min. E

Off

5 miles

October 2011

Week of

M

T

W

Th

F

S

Sn

Oct 3

20 min. E

Spin

3 miles P

Spin

35 min. H

Off

6 miles

Oct 10

30 min. E

Spin

4 miles T

Spin

35 min. E

Off

6 miles

Oct 17

30 min. E

Spin

4 miles H

Spin

40 min. E

Off

8 miles

Oct 24

30 min. E

Spin

3 miles P

Spin

30 min. H

Off

6 miles

Oct 31

30 min. E

Spin

4 miles T

Spin

40 min. E

Off

8 miles

 November 2011

Week of

M

T

W

Th

F

S

Sn

Nov 7

30 min. E

Spin

4 miles T

Spin

40 min. E

Off

10 miles

Nov 14

30 min. E

Spin

5 miles H

Spin

45 min. E

Off

10K Cranberry Crawl      6.2 miles

Nov 21

30 min. E

Spin

Off

Turkey Trot

5 miles

30 min. H

Off

8 miles

Nov 28

30 min. E

Spin

4 miles T

Spin

40 min. E

Off

15 K        Hot Choc. 9.3 miles

 December 2011

Week of

M

T

W

Th

F

S

Sn

Dec 5

30 min. E

Off

4 miles H

X-Train

50 min. E

Off

10 miles

Dec 12

30 min. E

Off

5 miles P

X-Train

45 min. H

Off

12 miles

Dec 19

30 min. E

Off

4 miles T

X-Train

50 min. E

Off

8 miles

Dec 26

30 min. E

Off

5 miles H

X-Train

30 min. E

Off

13 miles

Jan 2

30 min. E

Off

4 miles P

X-Train

40 min. H

Off

10 miles

 Run Legend


E:  Easy Run (30 sec. to 1 min. slower than goal pace)
P:  Pace Run (half marathon goal pace)
H:  Hill Run
T:  Tempo Run (15 to 30 seconds faster than goal pace)

I am extremely excited about this training program and about the two races I have on the agenda for November: the Cranberry Crawl and the Turkey Trot! I think I’m just really excited about the t-shirts… is that bad?

Running can be very challenging for me, so I like to do run/walk intervals when I am training for a long race.  When I ran the half marathon in 2010 I ran the entire race running 3 minutes and walking 1 minute.  One of my favorite running gadgets is the Gymboss ratio timer.  You can set this timer up to beep and/or vibrate on different intervals.  This helps me a lot mentally as I’m not looking at my watch every 30 seconds to see when I have to start running or walking.

If I am training on a 3:1 ratio, the Gymboss will buzz after 3 minutes and again after 1 minute.  I hope to extend my ratio this time around, maybe running on a 5:1 ratio for my long runs on Sunday.  I just ordered a new Gymboss as they now make them with a soft shell, and I bought pink of course!  I highly recommend this piece of equipment.

The rest of today looks to be rather mellow.  I need to do some more graduate work and could stand to clean my apartment a little.  Tonight, Neal and I are using a groupon we have for a Brazilian steakhouse!  I’m really excited.

Enjoy the last bit of your weekend and please stay safe if you’re in the path of Hurricane Irene!

The Blustery Day

I can not begin to tell you how much I love this episode of Winnie the Pooh!  I thought about it all day today as hurricane Irene approached Washington, DC.  The rain started around 9:30AM and the wind quickly followed!  If preparation for today’s weather, I made a Mediterranean pasta salad.

I began by cutting up an English cucumber and halving a pint of cherry tomatoes.  I then rinsed a can of chickpeas and a can of artichoke hearts.  I left the chickpeas whole but cut up the artichoke heart into small pieces.  I then placed all of the ingredients into a large bowl and added a container of Mediterranean seasoned feta cheese (from Trader Joe’s).

While I cut up the vegetables, I sauteed a new batch of pesto marinated chicken from Trader Joe’s and a bag of vegetable pasta.  I LOVE this chicken!

After the chicken was done I allowed it to cool and drained the pasta.  I then cut the chicken into cubs and put it in the refrigerator to cool.

With all of the ingredients ready, I added the chicken and pasta to the vegetables and added some fat free balsamic dressing, also from Trader Joe’s.

This pasta salad is fantastic!  It’s light and fresh and totally hits the spot.  It was also really easy to make and should last me a good 4-5 days.

I didn’t think Neal would be open to trying it, but after a few tastes he served up a whole bowl of it!!  I was shocked.  I failed to tell him about the artichoke hearts but after he finished the bowl of pasta salad I let him in on the secret ingredient!

After Neal and I finished our second fantasy draft today, we faced the blustery weather and got out of the house for a few hours.  I don’t mind sitting at home for a bit, but I get cabin fever way too easily!  A little rain never hurt anybody, at least I hope it didn’t, so we headed out to Grounded Coffee!

This coffee shop is awesome and it makes me want to open up my own shop.  I daydream about opening a coffee shop all the time but seeing a place like this makes it seem like more of a reality.

After I finished some graduate work, Neal bought a piece of raspberry cheesecake and I bought a bottle of GT’s Kombucha!!

I’ve been wanting to try this drink for some time and was so excited to see it at Grounded Coffee.  Although I haven’t opened it yet, I’m thinking it’ll go well with breakfast tomorrow morning.  It also has only 60 calories in the entire bottle, woop woop!

After Neal finished his rockin’ cheesecake, which I tried (social sweet only), we stopped by Kohl’s.  We had NO reason to go to Kohl’s, but sometimes it’s fun to just walk around!  I can’t wait to show y’all what we bought… but that’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

The rest of the day was spent working on graduate work and Neal worked on his 3rd book.  In between work, Neal took a nap…

and I made a batch of cookies…

Ashley’s Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter softened (2 sticks)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 bag chocolate chips

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup raisins

1 tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Combine four, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a separate large bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips, oatmeal, raisins, and cinnamon.

Now I used a LARGE scoop and pushed each dough ball down slightly before putting the tray into the oven.  Because the cookies were so large, I baked them for 15 minutes.  It was also important to allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from the tray.  The oatmeal makes them very chewy, so you have to allow them to cool before moving them.

Tonight Neal and I are enjoying a night in, shocker, and are planning to watch Win Win!  I’m hoping to drink my dinner tonight, an ice cold corona with lime, but I’m sure a little pasta salad will make its way into my belly.

I hope everyone in Irene’s path is safe and that everyone is enjoying their Saturday!

Binge Eating Confession

I have been nervous all day about writing about this post, but my journey is as much about the bad times as it is about the good times.  I hope that y’all can relate to my experience and that my openness will help someone, someway.

-Ashley-

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I have to confess, Thursday was a horrible day health/fitness wise for me.  It all started when my alarm clock went off at 5AM for spin class.  Instead of turning it off and leaving my bedroom as I’ve done the past two weeks, I instantly convinced myself that sleeping until 7AM was a much better idea.  When my alarm clock went off at 7AM, I once again talked myself back into bed and reset my alarm for 7:45AM.  Had I followed my plan, I would have been finishing up spin right around the time that I actually woke up, 7:50AM.

For whatever reason I wasn’t all that hungry Thursday morning, so around 8AM I made myself a cup of hot coffee and ate the piece of biscotti I had purchased while at HLS last weekend.  But by the time I got to work I was starving!

One of the downsides to my job is that there is always free food around the office.  Thursday morning there happened to be a bagel breakfast with lots of leftovers so around 10:30AM I snagged a bagel thin (thank God they had these) and 2 big scoops of cream cheese.  By 11:30AM, I was ready to gnaw my hand off… the processed foods and carbs had not tied me over.

At 12PM, I was thrilled to be heading over to a working lunch.  The lunch was catered by Qdoba, a Mexican food restaurant similar to Chipotle.  I was a good girl and made 2 tacos with corn tortillas instead of flour, skipped the chips, and went light on the cheese.  I also added a half a scoop of rice to my plate and a full scoop of black beans.  As I reached the end of the buffet, there was a plethora of baked goods; cookies, brownies, and more cookies.  I picked up a large chocolate chip cookie and passed on the fruit tray on my way back to my seat (big mistake).

My tacos were super yummy and although I was completely satisfied, I went up for seconds.  I had another taco and grabbed a handful of chips, topped with steak and salsa.  After I finished my plate I ate my cookie and about 15 minutes later I went up for ANOTHER cookie!  I was out of control. I was so full but I just kept eating.

At 2PM I returned to my office, feeling incredibly guilty about my breakfast, lunch, and choice to skip spin this morning.  After work I went to target, which I talked about yesterday, but what I didn’t share was that I bought a jar of Nutella.

Now Nutella is one of the foods on my naughty list.  Do you have foods that are just never good to bring home because you have a tendency to overdo it when you have them?  I mean come on, who overdoes it with oatmeal or fruit? Nutella, Mint chocolate chip ice cream (specifically the keeblers grasshopper version by Turkey Hill), and Tostitos Lime Chips are just a few of my “no-no” foods.

When I got home Thursday night, around 7PM, I wasn’t hungry at all.  I was still full from lunch and even thought, “I don’t need dinner tonight” but then I though “I could use a little dessert”.  Ashley!  You totally had 2 desserts over lunch and a piece of biscotti for breakfast!  Do you really need dessert?

Why yes, yes I do I thought to myself…. I cracked open the jar of Nutella and had a few spoonfuls… and then I had a few more spoonfuls.

At 9PM my stomach started to growl, for who know what reason, so I heated up a piece of naan bread and gobbled that down.  With a dirty dish in hand I headed back into the kitchen to clean up my dinner… but couldn’t get my mind off of the Nutella hidden behind door number 3.  5 spoonfuls later, and by spoonfuls I mean heaping spoonfuls, I had reached the bottom of the jar.

I was disgusted with myself.   I had just eaten 8-9 servings of Nutella!  At least I saved the 10 serving though right?  With 200 calories per serving, I was looking at having just consumed 1600-1800 calories and 88-99 grams of fat.  Man, just writing that makes me sick!

What makes me binge eat like that?  Why didn’t I stop?  Was it stress? Hormones? My dreaded taste buds? or just bad habits?

When I add up my breakfast, lunch, and “dinner” from Thursday, I probably consumed 4500 calories… and as I failed to exercise, I had no calories to dock from that grand total.

Today I felt horrible.  I felt bloated, discourage, disgusted, unhealthy… you name it, I felt it!  So what can I do?  How can I move on from Thursday’s day o’ eating?  Well I definitely felt down but I took a few steps to swung the pendulum to the other side.  I finished creating my 15K training program, registered for 2 races, and attempted to eat healthy.  The ultimate goal will be to create a balanced lifestyle, one that never swings me to one extreme or to another.  It’s definitely something I struggle with from time to time, but I’m working on it and I truly feel that being open and honest about it is the best thing I can do.

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Glad to get that off my chest!!

Hurricane Prep!

I love weather.  I mean, I seriously love weather.

When I was a kid I use to get so excited when we’d have a serve thunderstorm warning.  When the storm either missed us or it was weak, I would get so upset.  My poor parents, they would actually send me to my room because I would get so frustrated by the inaccurate forecasting.

My dream was to become a meteorologist, so I applied to my dream schools, The University of Oklahoma and The University of Nebraska.  I didn’t get into OU but I did get into Nebraska!!  Although it was my dream to go to school for meteorology, a NCAA track and field scholarship to the University of Texas- San Antonio kept me in Texas.  I think it turned out for the better as I don’t know how well I would have done in atmospheric physics classes.

(source)

Although I didn’t become a meteorologist, I still follow weather closely and am obsessed with it.  Secretly, I AM THRILLED THAT IRENE IS HEADED THIS WAY.  Now I do respect that it’s a powerful storm and can cause a lot of damage, which I do not want!  For those who haven’t been though a hurricane, it is important to do a little preparation.  I have been in hurricanes where the power goes out for a day or two and we lose water, so here are some of my recommendations.

Hurricane Supply List

  • Flashlights and/or batteries for your flashlights
  • 2-3 gallons of water
  • Non perishable healthy snack foods
  • Fresh fruit
  • Board games! These will save your life if you’re anything like me.  I get so incredibly bored when the power goes out.
  • Battery operated radio
  • And according to my Mom, peanut butter!!

To Do List

  • Have a little cash on hand
  • Fill your gas tank
  • Move your car way from any trees!! Trust me, this is really important.
  • Make sure all of your electronics are charged!!  Cell phones, laptop, portable DVD player, camera, etc.
  • Put important documents into a waterproof bag or container in case of flooding

After work on Thursday I went to Target to pick up some hurricane supplies.  I haven’t shopped at Target in ages, so I was totally like a kid in a candy store!

I don’t know if it’s because graduate school just started, but I was immediately sucked into the office supplies, organizational, and day planner isles.  While wondering the isles, I found this awesome meal plan dry erase chart which can be posted on the refrigerator.  The planner is by Mead as part of their Organizher line.

The 3 columns are for Lunch, Dinner, and Notes.  The 7 rows are for each day of the week (Monday-Sunday).  I am incredibly excited to use this as another tool for meal planning and grocery shopping prep.  The planner came with a grocery list pad too!

I eventually made my way back to the grocery section of Target to pick up some water…

but the shelves were EMPTY!! I guess I’ll be going to the grocery store Saturday morning with the rest of the world.  While I was there, a girl saw a few bottles of Perrier water and said “this will work”… ummm, clearly you’ve never had your water go out or been in a hurricane!  I’d love to see her when she goes to brush her teeth or wash her hair and all she has is Perrier.  Priceless!

Eventually I made by way back to the electronics section to buy batteries but I completely forgot about my battery mission when I saw the movie section.  I always stop by the movies when I’m at Target as they tend to have lots of movies on sale from $3-$7.50.  You really can’t beat that!  Although I didn’t get any movies on sale, I did buy Win Win!

I had heard that this was an amazing movie but I never made it to the theater when it was here in DC.  Although the movie was full price, I think it’s the perfect movie to watch on a crazy weather weekend, electricity permitting.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?