• Ice Ice Baby

    February 4, 2011

    Look at that pug face! Murphy seems so concerned!

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    I still have no idea why Murphy was freaked out. Maybe he was just in a mood? Or maybe it’s all of the icicles hanging off our front porch?

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    They’re quite ominous, especially for a little dog. Plus, they drip water on his back when he goes outside, so he already doesn’t like them.ย 

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    But, they are kind of pretty, right?

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    Pretty enough for me to whip-out my camera and snap fifteen shots of them!

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    I’m so weird.


    Before I left for the gym this morning, I snacked on half of an English muffin. I’m not sure I was really hungry, but I felt like I needed fuel to lift weights.

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    At the gym, I met Julie for Body Pump. Julie and I first met back in April at the Body Pump 73 launch. Now, we’re internet friendsย and real lifeย friends!

    After class, we stopped by Marylou’s for coffee and catching up. I had a Sugar Cookie iced coffee with milk. I worried that it might be too sweet, but it was just right. Sometimes, the coffee from Marylou’s is insanely sweet! I swear that place is for sugar addicts.



    As soon as I got home, I broke into a package of Livin’ Spoonful Crackers. Remember my obsession with them? Well, I’m still obsessed with them, but Livin’ Spoonful sent me their newest flavor to try: PIZZA! It’s so deliciousโ€”packed with flavor and tastes just like pizza.

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    Lunch also included a Gingerbread Smoothie.

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    Best smoothie ever.

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    Off to celebrate Cookie Friday!!! Did you celebrate today?

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    { 42 comments… read them below or add one }

    Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Aww Murphy does look really concerned! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I sort of celebrated Cookie Friday! I didn’t exactly make cookies, but I just made the Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus that you posted about recently. It is AMAZING!


    Katie @ peacebeme February 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Love the ponytail hat!


    Christie February 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    LOVE that picture of Murphy. I read your blog everyday and almost always send pass on the pics of Murphy to my friends while we are chatting online at work… he’s become famous among my friends and really brightens up the workday ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks for sharing!


    Lauren February 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Be careful of ice dams on your roof, they can cause water to leak into your house.


    Kristina February 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    That’s what I was going to say!! Ice is pretty on other peoples houses. We’ve already had some water dripping on our windows on the ice dam side of the house. Scary!


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I just had a cookie! Mmmmm!


    Kristin February 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I love Mary Lou’s! They need to come to the North Shore!


    Alaina February 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I didn’t celebrate cookie friday; it was brownie friday for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beautiful (yet dangerous) icicles!


    Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews February 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I love icicles! So pretty!


    Gill (snaxandthecity) February 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    bahahaha i LOVE that photo of Murphy. he is SO cute!! Im going to try and convince M to get a pug ๐Ÿ™‚


    Kiran February 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, poor Murphy! But look at its expressions! Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just be careful of the icicles – It can be dangerous!!!!


    Joanne February 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    What an adorable pup! My German Shepherd could care less whats hanging, dripping or pouring from above. He just wants outside ALL THE TIME to play frisbee. He has no limits, not even -12 degrees. Crazy dogs but we love them.
    Murphy has the most hugable face!

    The pony tail hat is pretty cool. I tried one before but I guess I wear my pt too high.


    Christine (The Raw Project) February 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Cute Murphy pic, my dog gets freaked out by unknown forces too. ๐Ÿ™‚ The icicles are gorgeous … as long as I don’t have to walk under them! I’d take tons of pictures of them too. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I probably won’t be celebrating Cookie Friday today – I’m feeling a little under the weather and not up to baking. I did pick up a dark chocolate bar on my way home – so I declare today Chocolate Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Jess (Sweet Potato) February 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I did celebrate cookie friday by eating 3 chocolate chip cookies (although I usually do this everyday if there are cookies around, not just cookie friday!). I’ll probably have at least 2 more after dinner as well.


    Stephanie February 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    OH MY! My heart just stopped from the cuteness of that little face!

    And you’re not weird, I took a billion pictures of the icicles on our patio when we got snowed in last month. Some of them were over a foot long! lol http://bit.ly/gid6Vu


    annie February 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    icicles are so pretty!


    Lizzy February 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I took the same pictures of my house yesterday! I was like obsessed!!!
    And I’m so jealous you have a MaryLous near you. I’m craving an Almond Joy!


    lynn @ the actor's diet February 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    you should submit your winter pix – my husband’s photo of some icicles he snapped at a rest stop in CT made it onto the ny times reader pix today:



    Erica W February 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    oh my goodness! Murphy is making me fall in love with pugs! I love that pug face!


    Leah @ alilofthisalilofthat February 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I would be scared to walk underneath those icicles too!


    Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    It was years before I saw icicles hanging froma roof until this past winter! Before that, it’d only get cold enough for little baby ones to hang off of cars. Poor Murph looks so scared! And you’re definitely not weird to take 15 pictures of them..I took that many of a windchime today! haha


    Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Opensky doesn’t ship to Canada *tear* ๐Ÿ™

    But I found that jacket on another website that does ship to Canada so itll definitly be something I’ll get once I reach a milestone that deserves a reward!


    Danielle February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t want to sound like a dork…but please be careful with those icicles. They are beautiful but very dangerous!


    Sarah February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Poor puppy! He does look freaked out! All the pics of your dog make me want a pug even more than I already do! He’s so cute.


    Alex @ Healing Beauty February 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Your dog is absolutely adorable! I really enjoy your blog by the way ๐Ÿ™‚


    Parita@myinnershakti February 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Murphy is so cute! And I love that beanie…perfect for those of us with long hair!


    Hannah February 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Amazing photos!! I had four of my vegan cookie dough truffles yesterday (my Friday) – does that count?


    Katherine: Unemployed February 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    cookie friday sounds wonderful! I would have a sad face like murphy too if there was so much ice everywhere


    stacey-healthylife February 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The ice is pretty, but can be kinda dangerous. Hope the weather gets better for ya soon.


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Those icicles remind me of an episoode of Bones where the victim was killed by a falling icicle. BE CAREFUL! ๐Ÿ˜›


    Daisey February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    OMG, I love the beanie! I’ve never seen anything like that before. I hope I win!!


    LauraJayne February 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Those icicles look dangerous! I’d be afraid too!


    Mari February 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    wow Murphy is so cute!!! that’s definitely a picture worth printing and putting into a frame for display in your house!!


    Sarah Louise February 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I thought icicles were pretty too until after Christmas when I came home to find water leaking into four rooms in my house because of ice dams, and had to pay $1,250 to get them removed. Be careful! Those things can be vicious!


    Jodie February 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Firstly, I am based in Australia and found your blog recently and read it now everyday.
    I am envious of your cold winter right now (i like the cold), we are sweltering under 42 degrees celcius heat today and have been for the last week. This morning we decided to do one of our regular boot camp classes, outside, wow it was hot!!!
    If you love your running gear, we have a great shop in Australia called Lorna Jane, its all inspirational sporting gear and super comfy…i am addicted. The flashdance pants are fabulous! http://www.lornajane.com.au
    Hope Murphy keeps warm, trying to keep my labrador cool in this hot weather. Love your blog.


    Tiffany February 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I do believe that my Pug, Flora, needs Murphy as her boyfriend. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She’s been quite freaked out by all things winter-related lately, so she comprehends Murphy’s concern. Oh, those crazy Pugs of ours!
    And yes, we in Western Mass. can relate to those behemoth house icicles!!
    P.S. I concur that Marylou’s coffee is overly sweet at times, but dang, it’s tasty.


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I most certainly DID celebrate cookie Friday – Happy Friday!

    Murphy seriously cracks me up.


    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking? February 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    murphy looks soooooooo cute! he looks so worried. he’s such a cute dog!


    cher February 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

    i received my giveaway today! I LOVE everything. the colors and sizes are perfect!


    Kelsey February 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Those icicles are crazy! I would be worried that my dog would get hurt.


    maria February 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    be careful!! Those icicles can be deadly! All around Chicago there are caution signs about falling ice.


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