What I Wish I Was Eating–Independence Day Version

Ahh! It’s a holiday! I *may* have prepped this post on the plane last night so I could sleep in today. Wait, no I didn’t. That would be planning ahead and stuff, and since I was on a plane until 1:00 am this morning, well, things just didn’t happen. So I slept in. That’s what holidays are for, right? Well, except for Christmas. You have to wake up early to greet the Santa presents for Christmas. But all other holidays, snooze away.

Anyway, I’m still not sure what our plans for the day’s festivities are. At least, I don’t know, but Hulk does. He is our social engagement coordinator, after all. So at some point I’m sure we shall be whisked off to a barbecue or backyard party or maybe a boat ride or something. In the meantime, Pinterest shall help me dream of what we’ll eat today! That sounds like fun, too!

Here’s all the food porn I’ve pinned for the day’s dietary dreaming:

Starting with some fine, tasty beverages,

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Can’t go wrong with bubbles. And the little star toppers are a festive touch.

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Not quite 4th of July, but still looks refreshing for a summer picnic.

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There we go! I’m loving the “layered” look.

Then we move on to the pre-meal time snackies. Because you need to eat something first to make you more hungry to eat more.

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A festive fruit plate. Even I think I could do this one and not screw it up!

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Fruit kebabs! Argh, too much cute!

And then, let the grilling begin. I love me a good barbecue!

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Ribs! Oh, yes. That has to happen.

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We used to grill shrimp all the time in a brandy-sugar marinade. Maybe we need to bring this tradition back this year?

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And the classics. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Can’t go wrong with that.

And don’t forget the sides!

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Citrus-fennel cole slaw! I love slaw, especially with fun, new ingredients.

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Grilled avocado! Um, yes, please!

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And of course grilled corn on the cob. It just wouldn’t be summer without it.

Still have room left? No? Ah, well, jump up and down a few times, because here comes dessert:

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Are these the cutest or what? I think they’re either tarts or cheesecake. Either way, I love the layers and the blueberry garnish.

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Some decorated rice krispie treats on a stick, for the kiddos (and when I say kiddos, I mean me).

Finally, what is an American holiday without some American pie?

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Even better when they’re hand pies! Perfect, saves on cutting, and I don’t have to share!

Enjoy your day, I hope it’s not too foggy to see fireworks where you’re at, and if you’re not celebrating the 4th, have a most wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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We are now back to mobile blogging! I don’t love using the WordPress app on my iPhone to blog, but since I’ve been driving to work more than taking the train I’ve lost my prime blogging time. So, we do what we can with what we have, to paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt, I think.

So, yeah, I’ve sort of given up on the train for now. Turns out that adding a half hour to my commute each way turned it from totally do-able to totally exhausting. Even though I dislike driving, at least I know it shouldn’t take more than an hour to get home, as long as there’s no major traffic issues. Plus, it’s kind of nice to wear what I want and leave when I want.

We had a super nice weekend and Mother’s Day over here. San Francisco weather was very cooperative. Saturday I got a sorta-Mother’s Day gift: a new bed! Hulk and I have been going back and forth forever about upgrading to a king-sized mattress, and finally decided to pull the trigger last week. We found our exact same bed frame in a king size on Amazon, and that was just a cherry on top. The mattress came over the weekend. Squish was very excited to “help” set everything up.

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Don’t mind the disaster of a desk back there. I’ve kind of giving up on keeping things picked up anymore.

The best part? My leg has been relatively pain-free since we started sleeping on the mattress. At PT yesterday my therapist said that my muscles were so relaxed, it was a huge gain from last week. Months of pain, and all I needed is some routine self-massage and a new mattress. At least I know now, right?

Sunday some friends came over to celebrate Mother’s Day. Their daughter is Squish’s age, so the dads took the kiddos to the park and pool while my mom friend and I treated ourselves to mani-pedis and some swimsuit shopping. Then we ordered pizza and watched movies for dinner. Definitely the best Mother’s Day I’ve celebrated for myself yet.

Make it a great week, I hope I can check in a bit more often as time allows!

Uh-Mazing Monday

Despite St. Patty’s Day’s best attempts to demolish my weekend, I still made it out for a 4-miler this morning. Longest run since 2011, I think.

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Oh, it wasn’t foggy. My lens was steamed up from riding in my pocket. Eww.

Anyway, it’s a good start to the week.

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Hope you had a happy & safe “holiday” weekend.

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“I did NOT get pinched. Well, I did; but its not because I didn’t wear green. It’s because my cheeks are too irresistibly squishy.”