This Week’s Workouts and Hold My Calls

I almost missed posting today. For a good reason.

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It’s here! My “Food Freedom Forever” book arrived yesterday, and I’ve been curled up with a mug of tea devouring – nay, savoring – it the moment I had all of the Life Responsibility stuff tucked away. Which means I blasted home from work, threw pizza at the kids, told Hulk to pretend I’m not home, and locked myself in my room. Obviously.

Last week I was feeling run down, so I took it easy, sleeping in a little and going a little lighter on workouts. I had anticipated to hit it hard this week, but what is it with me and taking a week off where I have the hardest time firing up the motivation engine again? I know I love to go to CrossFit, I feel fabulous when I’m there, but getting the shoes on and getting out the door. I’d rather stay home and read in bed. So this week has seen more general lifting and hiking and less CrossFit.

Friday – rest day, I think. I can’t remember

Saturday – Saturday WOD:

  • Partner WOD for time,
    • Complete 300 double-unders,
    • THEN:
  • Complete the following in sets of 21 – 15 – 9 -15 – 21:
    • Pull-ups (I did ring rows)
    • Dumbbell Squat Cleans (I used 20# dumbbells)

Hulk and I took the kids to the gym together, so we partnered up for the WOD, which was great for me because I love double under practice and he’s really been nailing the kipping pull-ups lately. We cranked through the full workout in about 20 minutes, but I was getting a bit … “wifey” with Hulk. I was trying to be all focused and super serious, while he was just there to get a sweat on and have a good time. He would be, “what rep are we on?” and I would scold him back, “We’re on 8 of 15! You need to keep track on this!” What didn’t help is Buttercup’s cries from the kids’ area, where I could only see from my vantage point that she wasn’t wearing pants. I couldn’t tell if the diaper was off as well or not, so my only focus was to get the workout done so I could run over there and check to make sure she didn’t discard a poopy diaper in the play area (as she sometimes does if we don’t catch a dirty diaper fast enough for her comfort). Note to self: next time, put Buttercup in a dress. There are no pants to take off when you’re wearing a dress.

Sunday – home gym workout:

  • “Death by weight” back squats at 5 reps per set:
    • Start with the bar and increase 10 lbs per set

I made it to 125 lbs and only squeaked out 3 reps, so that was 10 sets total. And now the garage is clean enough to work out in again!

Monday – Strength class:

  • Anderson back squats, 5×3 at 60-70% max (I used 35kg)
  • Russian kettlebell swings, 5×8 (I used 53 lbs kettlebells)
  • Weighted belt squats, 4×15 (I used 53 lbs kettlebells)
  • Farmers’ carry, 5×200 yd resting every 1 min between sets (I used 53 lb kettlebells)

I’ve been wanting to try some of the strength and oly lifting classes at the gym, and Monday was a good opportunity for me to finally get to one. Hulk wanted to do the WOD at the same time, so we packed up the kiddos, he did the CrossFit class and I took the strength class. Mostly I wanted to check out the class format so I can do more stuff at home.

The Anderson back squats were a trip. They’re designed to help you work out of “the hole”, so you rack the bar at the bottom of your squat, using arms or other props. Then you get under the bar, position yourself in your squat, then stand up and bring it back down, sort of the reverse of a standing squat where you go down and come back up. I thought they were really fun, and can’t wait to try this at home.

The weighted belts were fun too, I’ve never used one before. It’s a weightlifting belt with a long chain in the front so you can clip weights (we used kettlebells) to it to add bodyweight. We then stood on boxes to provide clearance for the weight when we squatted, and cranked them out. It’s supposed to work your core and stability, because as you move the kettlebell starts to swing and you have to keep yourself tight to not fall over. I’m filing this one in “stupid human tricks.”

Tuesday – hike with Olive

Olive and I set out on the ridge trail at like 5:30 in the morning, so it was dark the whole time. I forgot my headlamp, but the trail is on an open ridge, and there was plenty ambient city lights to see. Olive loved it.

Wednesday – hike with Squish

I started to get ready to go to CrossFit when I went to pick up Squish from preschool, but on my way there I felt like I’d rather be out in nature with trees instead of the gym. So I asked Squish if he would prefer going to the gym with me or going on the ridge trail for a hike. He choose hike, and I was glad. When we got there, they had a huge herd of goats grazing the dry grass.

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I’d seen them from afar working on the other hills, but this time they were right over the trail. I delighted in being so close to them, watching them munch the grass and casually saunter away from us. Squish wanted to pet them (of course) but I told them that the goats were working and couldn’t be disturbed. So he settled on talking to them. It was a delightful walk to remember. Oh, and he also found a stick.

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It’s his “special stick”. I’m sure Olive will find it special to chew on at some point.

That’s all from me for now. How did you move this week?

Go make it a great day!

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Happy 4th Birthday, Squish!

My little man is now 4 years old! We had a big birthday bash at our home with lots of out-of-town family and friends to celebrate.

As usual, I wasn’t able to take too many good pictures since I was running around setting out napkins and such. But there were gifts, and there was cake. A very specific Thomas cake. It was a thing.
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Squish also shares his birthday with his grandpa, and since everyone lives in the Bay Area now it was an extra-special celebration!

I continue to be amazed at how awesome and special Squish is. I’m sure every parent is just a little bit biased, but Jared has such a sweet and joyful energy about him, and he gets along so well with everyone and everything. Going into his fourth year, his favorites include the color red, playing with his trains and cars, running around the house with Olive, making his little sister laugh, and hamburgers with french fries (as we say around here, “burger on top with fries” where I think “on top” means including a bun).

Happiest of birthdays to my Squish-Monster! I have a feeling that four will be a fantastic year for you.

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Some Randoms: Back to Life, Play date Ideas, and Fleet Week

Bah! This morning totally escaped me. I made my train but then got totally sidetracked my shiny work things, and before I knew it, it’s lunch already. Busy days that whiz by are the best, really.

My due date is 6 weeks away. I’m freaking out now. And achy. Very achy.

Speaking of achy, we spent the weekend at some hot springs in Calistoga. It was glorious! I floated in mineral pools all day, and got a water massage. My belly was very happy with me.

Some work breakfast of yogurt, granola, and grapefruit. All the grapefruit.

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Also, I’ve been a good girl and have been remembering my reusable coffee cup. It’s silly how I never have it on me. It’s one of those Contigo cups that seal great and don’t spill in your purse, even if they’re sideways and you’re flopping back and forth on the bus. If you are a hard-core commuter, it’s the only travel mug I’d recommend.

I went for a walk after lunch yesterday. I was sort of dreading it since it’s been so hot lately, but in the shade it was a quite pleasant 72 degrees. Look, flowers!

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And I’ve missed my Squishy-man. Now that I’m grounded from travel with no more trips or weekend getaways planned for a while I might be able to hang out with him a bit before baby comes and destroys his happy little only child life. On my list of mommy-son experiences is a visit to the pumpkin patch and checking out some train museum that is somewhere in the city. I can’t remember the name of it. But, TRAINS!!

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Is Fleet Week soon? Because we passed by an aircraft carrier just chilling on the bay this morning. Complete with planes.

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Maybe I’ll add Fleet Week to the play date list. Everyone could use some Blue Angels in their life.

Go make it a great day (afternoon)!

A Day in the Life

I’ve been meaning to do one of these day-in-the-life posts for a while now, and I finally got around to a “normal” day to break one out. As if there is a normal, you know?

5:50 Alarm goes off. I jump out of bed and go to the bathroom to get ready for the day. I only have about 20 min to make it to my train on time, so the extra “I’m already late” charge of adrenaline helps get me out of bed.

6:13 Hit up Starbucks on the way to Muni. The guy in front of me is taking a ridiculously long time ordering his plain black coffee. I’m sweating it thinking I’ll miss my bus again for the third time this week and have to take the later train.

6:32 Success! Made the bus and should consequentially make my train. Plus, I didn’t spill my latte all over my shirt like I do 99% of the time, so it’s already looking like a good day.

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6:37 Woot! Made my train. Time to sit back and get a little work done while I commute.

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On the train I answer emails and put together my to-do list for the day. My brain usually zings at the speed of light in the morning (even without caffeine!) so it’s the best time for me to brainstorm, jot down ideas, and plan out big tasks.

7:16 Arrive at my station. Take the shuttle bus to the business park where my office is located.

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7:28 Arrive at my desk.

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Log in. Get set up. Rummage up breakfast in the break room.

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This morning is grapefruit and a bagel thin with peanut butter and cream cheese, because I couldn’t make up my mind which spread I wanted.

9:15 Coffee break. The Costco order came in the other day so the break room is fully stocked again, including the Nonni’s biscotti! It’s a nice compliment to a coffee.

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12:11 Finish up the morning’s conference calls and carpool with coworkers to Chipotle to grab lunch. Bring it back to my desk so I can be back in time for a 1:00 call.

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4:25 Head back to the shuttle to catch my train.

5:04 Train’s on time today! Yay!

6:07 Home! Squish greets me with running up to me with a hug shouting, “Mom’s home!” Easily the best part of my day. Wiped from the day, I go lay down in bed. Squish brings me a couple of books and I read to him. Then he gets out the iPad and watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while I relax and chat with Hulk.

6:45 We have dinner plans with friends, so I rally and change out of my work clothes. We get the car to drive to 4505 Meats for some barbecue!

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Review to come! OMG, brisket. That is all.

8:38 Come home. Barely awake. Cuddle with Squish for a bit until Hulk comes in to get him ready for bed. Squish and I both get ready for bed at the same time these days, around 9:00. I think about maybe doing a quick load of laundry, but bed seems like a better idea.

9:10 Hulk and I relax and chat about the day. Mostly about the house we just put an offer on. Then Hulk heads to our neighbor friend Phillip’s for a nightcap and I pass out. Good night!

What’s the best part about your day?

Side note: Happy birthday to my mommy! Who knew 40 looked so good? 🙂

Weekend Recap: Not Bad

Hello and good morning! I trust your weekend was an appropriate blend of refreshing and productive. I enjoyed some family time being back at home for a change.

We started Saturday out with lunch at La Boulange. I grabbed my latte to go so we could let Squish run around Yerba Buena Gardens for a bit.

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It’s impossible to get a good picture of Squish these days.

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This was what I got when I asked him to “smile!”

Then we lounged around all afternoon. I was feeling really out of it. I had trouble sleeping Friday night, so I decided to pop a Unisom. Then I woke up with the biggest “Unisom hangover,” where I’m done sleeping but my brain is incredibly foggy and all my muscles are noodle-y. So I was pretty much useless. Fortunately, Amanda came over to visit and put the new window markers Squish received as a gift to good use.

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We had a super early dinner at Super Duper Burger.

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And then we watched Disney movies. This is how we roll in the big city, I tell you.

Sunday I went to the San Francisco Women’s Expo with my friend Katie, and scored a skincare assessment and massage at the Massage Envy booth! More on that in another post, I’m still putting together my review! But spoiler alert: it was awesome and I absolutely want to go back next year!

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Chaos at the Expo!

Then we went house hunting all afternoon. We saw six houses (!!) and even found a couple of winners! We might put an offer on one this week, but there’s another showing Tuesday for another house that we are interested in. Hulk’s going to catch that one while I’m at work, and we’ll see what comes of that. House hunting = a roller coaster of excitement.

After all that excitement, we checked out a new-to-me restaurant in Bernal Heights, Precia Park Cafe.

I ordered some appetizer I can’t remember the name of. Brosecca? It was layers of mozzarella, pesto, figs, some other really good stuff, and arugula that you spread on dark, crusty bread. Mmm.

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I also had a small mixed greens salad.

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And the main point of awesomeness, margarita pizza!

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Not a bad weekend.

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That’s all for now. I’ll be back later with my review of the San Francisco Women’s Expo. Go make it a great day!

It’s Friday!

Good Morning! It’s Friday! Yay! I have nothing special planned today, just a bunch of random ramblings and latest happenings.

I worked from home yesterday because I had a doctor appointment in the afternoon. Apparently I am a total creature of habit because I never think to blog when I’m at home, only when I’m on the train. So if I’m not on the train, I guess I forget to blog? Weird. Anyway, I’m off to wrap this week up, and then I’m in Pittsburg again for the next two weeks which are my last travel weeks until after the little miss is born. On one hand I’m kind of bummed. I love traveling, and it’s going to be soooooo boring! 😉 But I will enjoy being at home for a while to establish a “new normal” and get some nesting out of the way before life dumps a huge load of change on us in November.

Squish don’t care. Gramma ‘Nise sent him this really cool Thomas the Train interactive book that is totally preoccupying his time these days. It has a million buttons that all make noises, which is the best when it’s 6:30 in the morning. Thank you, Gramma! 🙂

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Aside from that, we have quite a few things on deck for the weekend:

  • Still have our college buddy visiting us for the weekend. The boys have plans to go out about every night, so I’m expecting some mimosa- or bloody mary-infused brunches followed by lots of naps during the day. I’m totally down with that.
  • I NEED to make a hair appointment before I take off for Pittsburgh. I hate it when my hair is in my eyes #shorthairproblems
  • Hulk found a couple more open houses to tour. As always, they look totally promising on paper. Still, I love house hunting. It’s fun to dream. I say only two weeks into serious house hunting. Let’s see where I’m at in six months!

In other updates, my back feels much better now from straining it the other night while cleaning. I iced it a few times and just took it easy. I still feel it twinge, but I’m able to stand up and sit down without much difficulty. Needless to say, I am not too keen on any heavy-duty housework in the near future.

Finally, kombucha.

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All the kombucha ❤ If we do move into a house with a normal-sized kitchen, I am totally brewing it at home. Until then, my Starbucks budget is now making way for my GT’s Kombucha budget.

That’s it for now. Have a most wonderful weekend, and make it a great day!

Over the Weekend

Good morning!

I prepared a baby update over the weekend, but I haven’t finished it yet. I hope I can knock it off before the baby comes. Ha.

Over the weekend, Squish learned how to steam milk with the frother. We now have another latte addict in the family.

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Bringing back the milk ‘stache.

Over the weekend Hulk and I went to some open houses to start getting a feel for the housing market in SF. We saw a couple of cute ones, but none that won us over. I remember that house hunting took nearly a year the first time we bought a house, so I’m just enjoying the process of looking and dreaming. Our lease is up in December, so we’ll probably move to a cheaper apartment in the city while we continue to house hunt. Of course, the lease is up AFTER my due date. You know, because nothing is more practical or fun than moving with an infant.

Over the weekend we went to a cool new brunch spot that just opened in SOMA called The Pink Elephant. Their deal is a do-it-yourself bottomless mimosa bar. They had an assortment of freshly squeezed juices like watermelon, mango, honeydew, and raspberry lemonade. The food was pretty good and the service really friendly and accommodating. The best part was the ambiance and vibe. It had a real hipster-y, alternative feel with great music and decor, fitting to start off some Sunday Funday action. The pricing was a bit more than I would be comfortable with to go there as a habit ($15 for entrees, $19 for the mimosa bar) but I can see us going back with friends visiting from out of town or special occasions that require more than one mimosa.

Over the weekend, I also took naps. All the naps #bringingnapback. Hulk would bring Squish down to the pool and I would pass out in the sweet relief of having the apartment to myself for a couple hours. Pregnancy + full time job with commute + toddler mommy is exhausting.

What did you do over the weekend?

As of Lately

As of lately, I feel on some strange “survival mode” holding pattern. I’ve pretty much abandoned my paleo lifestyle for “convenience” foods – lots of restaurant take-out and coffee shop breakfasts. I just don’t want to cook. I don’t want to stand, really. When I get home, all I want to do is lay down. As a result, I feel like life hasn’t been very blog-worthy lately. But over the long weekend I told myself that I wouldn’t be doing my blog justice by only writing about what I think is “good” content. Life isn’t always rainbows, responsible choices, and freshly prepared kale salad. Sometimes there’s moo-shu pork and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies along with binge-watching Season 5 of “Archer.” Which is pretty much how my weekend went.

Saturday morning I got up early to head to Napa and help my sister and her boyfriend with their post-earthquake cleanup efforts. They’re fine and their house wasn’t damaged from the 6.0 earthquake last weekend, but pretty much all of their possessions ended up on the floor. They had most of it under control, but it’s hard to really get things done during the week when one has to go to work and stuff. We unearthed the last of the living room and repaired some bookshelves, and a good time was had by all. Plus, Amanda gave me a bag of hand-me-down baby girl clothes she got from a friend for me. Score. Then I went home and slept the rest of the afternoon away.

Sunday I had a strange possession to go for a walk as soon as I awoke. So I went on a nice hour-long jaunt around my old running route to AT&T park and back. Then I decided to honor my wild nesting craving top clean and organize Squish’s room, so I went through all of his clothes, toys, and books to comb out all the too small and too broken stuff. I also figured out where to stash all the baby stuff until the Little Miss comes.

Squish helped.

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Then we hit the pool to enjoy the super unusually warm SF weather. Squish swam in circles for over an hour, he absolutely loves the pool. Once the sun hid behind the tall buildings we headed back in for some Chinese take-out and to watch all of Season 1 of “You’re the Worst,” which is a hilarious adult comedy on FX I highly recommend. Sort of “New Girl” meets “Friends with Benefits.”

Monday was Labor Day, so we all slept in and I made bacon and eggs for breakfast. Then my friend and I met to grab coffee and peruse the bookstore at the Ferry building. At home everyone else napped while I got caught up re-reading “The Golden Compass.” I love that series. We found out some friends were having a pool party, so we hit up the pool again for the weekend, and Squish once again spent a happy hour swimming in circles and charming all the ladies. Then we and a huge seafood dinner at our neighbor’s apartment. Seared scallops, shrimp, and mussels in white wine sauce. I gorged and fell asleep happy.

That’s my weekend recap. I hope you also had a relaxing long weekend, or at least a relaxing weekend if it wasn’t a long one for you.

Writing Through the Funk

Hey gang,

I’ve been having some trouble coming up with writing lately. It’s not for lack of content or time. I’ve just been going in and out of this funk I can shake, and when I’m not in a chipper mood, I don’t like to write because I feel the depression leak out into my post, and I like to keep blogging a happy place. But if everything was always roses and ponies and freshly baked bread, it wouldn’t be real. So my cranky-pants and I are plowing through a post today.

Whole30 Day 3 today. I did off-road last night. We had friends over for dinner, and Hulk ordered our favorite Indian. I was planning on having the curry on top of a salad, but once we started dishing up I found my hand dishing a small serving of rice and naan on my plate. I was just mentally weak and didn’t make the choice I should have made. It’s done, moving on with life. The mistake I’ve made in the past is when I off-road, I give up and go back to my old habits. This time I’m just going to brush myself off and make sure my next meal is complaint. Take it one meal at a time. Otherwise I go nuts.

The weather was beautiful for our dinner party.

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I was feeling rather sick yesterday morning. I was just completely fatigued and had a horrible headache I couldn’t shake. I tried to sleep it off, but it didn’t seem to work. So I went to the gym to get some blood moving to see if that would help.

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It woke me up, but my head and stomach still feel crappy. Not sure if it’s psychosomatic symptoms from Whole30, stress, or what. I’m just not feeling 100% myself today.

I can’t end this on a downer. So here’s a goofy kid picture. Snoogle attacks are really fun.

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Thursday Thoughts [Whole30 Day 4]

Hello, and welcome to Thursday. Or Friday. It depends on how soon I have uploaded this post, I guess.

I didn’t intend to take so much time off this week, but it sort of ended up that way. Part of it was my travel schedule, and the other part, well, I just couldn’t find myself able to write. I guess it was writer’s block, but whenever I sat down I just couldn’t think of anything better to say than, “Hey, for lunch I ate a burger without the bun. That was awesome,” and I just wasn’t okay with that.

I guess I’m kind of bored. I guess I think I’m boring. I’m always toeing the line between how much I want to share. I can share food and workouts, but that just doesn’t even hold my attention for very long. But I feel weird talking about friends and family here, since this is a little public space on my own corner of the inter-webs for all to see (who can actually find it and choose to see, I suppose). I know I read a lot of blogs that keep it strictly professional with recipes and workouts and stuff. That’s cool. I also enjoy those that post about all the regular daily life stuff. That’s cool too. I guess I’m still trying to figure out where I’m comfortable between the two.

Anyway, I’m sitting at the airport, waiting for my connection and almost home! I miss home. Back-to-back travel weeks are rough, even if we did get a 3-day weekend in between. And Hulk and I are headed to Tahoe tomorrow and leaving Squish behind with the sitter (another real-life thing; we have an au pair that lives with us, but I don’t mention them because it feels to weird and personal. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if I talked about them here, but it still feels weird) because the trip we’re going on is adults only. So I’ll get to see Squish a few hours this week, total. That’s just so weird to think about.

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Honestly, I think he has more fun when Mom & Dad aren’t around anyway. What kid doesn’t? Fortunately, I don’t have any more travel scheduled for a while since our project is almost wrapped up, so, as my dad said, it’s time to hit it hard, get it done then go have a baby.

Oh yeah, that. She started all kicking and stuff last week, which has been fun and sort of reassuring. It’s always a weird experience, being pregnant. You know you are, but besides the puking and feeling tired you still feel like your normal self. And then your pants don’t fit, but you still feel normal and not like you’re, you know, pregnant. The kicking is sort of like, “Yeah, Mom, it’s real. I’m coming. Get ready,” reminder. And as long as she’s not kicking my bladder, I’m cool with it. Bladder kicks suck.

I’m resetting my Whole30 when I get home tomorrow. I did well with my food choices, but I know there was little stuff here and there (sweet potato fries that I’m sure had sugar sprinkled on them, meat fried in who knows what) that merit a reset. But my food was a million times better than it’s been lately. And I’m glad to reset, if it means I don’t have to have another sausage-fake egg-fruit hotel breakfast ever again.

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We are done, hotel breakfast. And your too-salty sausage patties, too. Those fake eggs alone deserve a reset.

Ooh, this post sort of turned into a random brain dump pretty quick. Too much airport travel does that to you, I guess.

I am looking forward to relaxing on the lake this weekend, then coming back with renewed energy next week. But for now, I’m done. Make it a great day, everyone!