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Take a Turn About the Room

Happy Tuesday, all!  Did you have a nice Columbus Day?  I spent my Monday running a ton of apartment-related errands, and finally, I have some pictures to share!  Welcome, and let us take a turn about the room. (Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice, anyone?) First, let’s start with the entrance.

The kitchen is to the left, bathroom and closets to the right, and the dining/living area straight ahead.  I’m totally in love with the kitchen—very modern.

(Go Yankees!)

And I’m really pleased with how the bathroom turned out.

Alrighty, onto the dining/living area.

This section needs some work.  I’m still waiting for a floor rug to arrive, and I also need to track down end tables and wall décor; it feels comfortable, but not yet homey, know what I mean?  Last but not least, my bedroom.

Like the dining/living area, I need to spruce up this room, too.  Although I did manage to put together a bag rack.

And my bike adds some character to the room.

Much like my triathlon swim, my apartment is still a work in progress–ha!  But working toward improvement, whether it’s in the open-water or in your home, makes the process more rewarding and worthwhile.  At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m making my third trip in two days to Bed Bath and Beyond.

Do you live in a house, apartment, or condo?  What’s your favorite room?  What are some of your favorite home goods stores?

Shopping for New York City—Complete!

Hey, everyone!  How’s your Tuesday so far?  I have some great news to share—this pile o’ stuff marks the end of apartment home goods shopping!

Woohoo!  My mom and I picked up bedding, pillows, and blankets this morning, which comprises the last of the “big stuff” (bulky and heavy items) I’m bring to New York City.  It feels great to finish shopping, but I have a feeling this is the calm before the storm—packing starts tomorrow.  Oh boy.

Dinner

Keeping with last night’s Meatless Monday theme, I prepared blackened grilled tofu.

Holy cow—talk about taste heaven.  This mixture included eight different spices like paprika, lemon pepper, and ground red pepper, and it packed flavor and heat; my spice-loving taste buds were super happy.  I’ll share its exact contents next week.

Breakfast

With a morning of shopping looming overhead, I made a veggie-packed meal.

There were a ton of roasted vegetables leftover from last night, so I added those to a one-egg, one-egg-white base.  For a little extra staying power, I ate a sliver of protein-packed pumpkin bread.  I have a feeling this loaf will be gone very soon.

Workout – Biking

Once NYC shopping was complete, I set out on a celebratory bike ride.  Even though I battled powerful headwinds, I covered the 14.5 miles pretty easily by reminding myself that I won’t be biking around Central New York much longer; it bittersweet to think I have one ride remaining.

Lunch

A blustery ride called for a warm midday meal, and black bean soup fit the bill.

Black bean is easily my favorite soup of all-time, followed by Italian wedding and chicken noodle.

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

One Long Day

Happy October, everyone!  Today has been the longest day ever.  Hopefully, I can string together complete thoughts for this post.  Just to give you a sense of my current state, I’m blogging in my PJ’s.  It’s 6 p.m.

Workout – Running

Thirty minutes on the pavement plus body-weight exercises like push-ups squats, and single-leg squats.

Breakfast

In addition to the protein-packed pumpkin bread I baked yesterday, I also made a batch of pumpkin crunch granola.  Meghan posted her recipe a few days ago, which I altered a bit, and this stuff tastes great.  It’s dangerously good. (I’ll post my version soon!) It needed to be incorporated into this morning’s meal, so a yogurt parfait proved perfect.

Frozen strawberries and blueberries comprised the fruit layers.  Then came plain Greek yogurt and a generous sprinkle of the granola.  For good measure, I also drizzled some almond butter on top.

Success!

Lunch

My mom and I shopped away the morning and took a lunch break around 1:30 p.m.  For Meatless Monday, I made a salad with scrambled eggs, red and green peppers, celery, and apple slices.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a salad, so it totally hit the spot.  I satisfied my sweet tooth with a slice of pumpkin bread.

To use a sports metaphor, lunch served as halftime of today’s shopping spree.  Following lunch, more of the same ensued.  Basically, this is what I wanted to buy.

And this is what I ended up buying.

Contents of this organized chaos include (but aren’t limited to) plates, bowls, wine glasses, plus a duvet and shower curtain.  And we’re going shopping again tomorrow.

To end this post on a positive note, how about some Ryan Gosling?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which Ryan took the liberty of reminding us.  I saw this graphic on Facebook (thanks, Annie and Michele!), and since I love Ryan Gosling, I thought I’d pass it around.

How was your Monday?  Do you love Ryan Gosling as much as I do?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Sept. 30

Wait, how is tomorrow October 1?  September sure flew by!  And so did this weekend.  Yesterday, my mom and I shopped for more NYC apartment staples.  I almost bought this mug; it screams Fitness and Frozen Grapes.

In all seriousness, though, I found my bedding set; it’s a purple duvet, and it looks much prettier out of the packaging.

My family and I went to my cousin’s football game last night, and after a bike ride this morning, I did some baking.

Protein-packed pumpkin bread—yum-ola.  Recipe coming soon!

Anyway, onto this week’s workouts.  Since I’m moving into my big-girl apartment in less than one week—yikes!—I’m banking my rest days for Saturday and Sunday.  It’s sad to think this will be my last few times biking and running around my tiny town until Thanksgiving, but I’m more than ready to hit the big city.  It’s time for Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I’ll post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – 30-minute run; strength training

Tuesday – 60-minute bike

Wednesday – 45-minute run; strength training

Thursday – bike (I’m riding with MB, and she’s planning the route.)

Friday – 50-minute run; strength training

Saturday – off

Sunday – off

What are your October fitness goals?

Shopping for Apartment Necessities

Hey, everyone!  Just popping in quickly to share today’s eats and adventures—it was another busy day over here.

After eating a two-ingredient pancake for breakfast, my mom and I headed to Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target for big-girl apartment necessities.  Well, our stop at B&N didn’t involve home goods; I wanted to pick up the books for Jamie’s virtual book club!

For November, we’re reading The Courage to Start:  A Guide to Running for Your Life by John “The Penguin” Bingham; we’re taking December off because of the holidays, and January’s book is You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steinberg.  Both look like great reads, so I’m excited to dig in.  I also picked up a copy of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. (And, a Starbucks soy latte.  They are addicting!)

I first spotted this memoir in The Strand during my not one, but two-part adventure to New York City.  When I brought the books to the checkout, the cashier asked if I was planning to do an Ironman.  Thanks for the compliment, but I think I need to complete a 70.3 first. (Maybe in 2014?) Also, for fellow Downton Abbey fans, I nearly died when I saw this cookbook.

After B&N, my mom and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond to look at bedspreads and dining sets.  For now, we’re just browsing, and we would like to purchase bedding and plates, bowls, etc. before the move; bringing bulkier and heavier items to the city would be easier than buying them there and lugging them from the store to my apartment.  Anyway, I really liked these plates, but the pattern might be a distraction in food photos—what do you think?

I have to think like a blogger now, right?  However, I really like pairing patterned cups and bowls with solid plates.

We’ll see.  I also found two bedding options.  The first was set up in the store, which took the guesswork out of picturing the entire set.

The second choice was unfortunately in a plastic bag.

But it’s called “Chelsea Paisley”—that has to be a sign, right?  Finally, we went to Target and bought a toaster, crock pot, and handheld blender; pretty standard appliances, so no pictures.

Lunch
When we arrived home, I used a ton of leftovers to make an egg scramble.

In addition to a two-egg base, I tossed in roasted zucchini, a handful of tofu cubes, and fresh green pepper slices.  I rounded out my meal with a slice of Ezekiel bread slathered with almond butter.  Breakfast for lunch never fails.

While I snacked on an apple, I made some apple cinnamon spice chips.

Although their texture isn’t exactly chip-y, these good-for-you slices were tasty; I’ll share the recipe tomorrow!  And now, I’m off to give my healthy curried chicken salad recipe another shot.  Fingers crossed it’s sharable this time!

Fall face-off:  Do you prefer apple or pumpkin?  I’m trying to get myself to appreciate pumpkin, and I love anything apple-flavored.