A Nice Little Saturday

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Hi, friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!

Murphy and I started our day with a trip to the dog park.

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The weather was cool and crisp, but sunny and breezy at the same time– pretty much the perfect fall day.

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Murphy met a bunch of dog friends and spent a ton of time (more than usual) sniffing things.

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Murphy and I wandered around the park for well over an hour before heading home. I love spending time with my favorite pug. It always makes me happy. (Umm, that pug lip in the above photo is ridiculous.)

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The weather was so beautiful this morning, it motivated me to go for a run when I got home. I ran 4 miles around my neighborhood, and it was glorious.

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I haven’t run since the marathon, so I wasn’t sure how my body would feel, but, overall, it felt pretty good. Surprisingly, my hip didn’t hurt, but my knees started to bug me. WTF?! I don’t understand my body at all. Maybe I just need to take it easy with the running for a little while longer.

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After my run, I showered up and threw together a quick lunch of scrambled egg whites mixed with roasted Brussels sprouts and Parmesan cheese.

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Once I finished eating, I headed out to run a bunch of errands, which included a trip to the dry cleaner, Kmart, Pet Smart, Best Buy, and Bed, Bath, Beyond, where I stumbled upon these adorable dog shoes:

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How cute!!

Murphy would never wear them (he’s not into trends), but I couldn’t resist snapping a photo. I mean, they’re called Pugz. How could I not love them? Will someone buy these for their dog and then send me a photo? Pretty please?

The last of my afternoon errands included buying a bottle of wine for this evening. When I stopped by Curtis Liquors, I saw they were hosting their 15th Annual Grand Wine Tasting. Impromptu wine tasting? Sign me up!

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I was alone and needed to drive home, so I only tasted a few different wines, but I found a great one at a great price: Wither Hill Sauvignon Blanc for just $12.99! Score!

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I was pretty hungry when I got home, so I whipped up a batch of homemade granola, which I added to some Greek yogurt. So delicious, so satisfying.

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Coconut Cherry Granola


  • 1.25 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp canola oil


  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well.
  • Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray, and then spread the oat mixture evenly on it.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until oats start to lightly brown.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

I’m off to walk Murphy and then drink wine.

Happy Saturday to all!



  1. I’m going to a wine and cheese tasting in early December – does it get any better?!! I can’t wait. Only trouble is deciding who will be driving between me and the husband.
    Actually, tasting cheese all night won’t be a problem – bring on the nightmares!

    I bought some flowers from the market today and the colours really match all your lovely photo’s – I love Autumn πŸ™‚

  2. It sure does look like a nice little Saturday for you! I love a mix of relaxing, productive, and enjoyable things throughout the day. That granola you made looks so good and one that’s different than I’ve seen before. I need to try it! Enjoy your wine this evening! πŸ˜‰

  3. We (my two corgi mixes and myself) went to the dog park the day before yesterday in the pouring rain. Because of the rain we had all 22 acres to ourselves to run around and play in mud puddles. Afterwards we came home and all got warm baths. We love the dog park in our house!

  4. That granola looks and sounds incredible. Two of the things I love most in life…cherries and coconut! Been trying to get my hands on some dried cherries for ages with no joy, I stumbled upon fresh ones today though! Lovely fall pics πŸ™‚

  5. I just learned from my chiro that when your hips are misaligned or one leg is shorter than the other it can cause knee problems – which might be why yours hurts. I have a “short leg” (it’s like the short bus – ha ha) and he offered to give me an insert (for my shoe) to make my legs the same length. If you think you have a similar issue, it’s worth checking out!

  6. I like those shoes for dogs! When our golden had a bad hot spot, we had to prevent him from scratching it with his nails. So we got socks and used athletic tape to hold them on. And when he went outside.. we put plastic baggies with rubberbands over the socks. It was quite the site. Shoes would have been easier.

  7. Those pugz are too cute! My dog also wouldn’t wear them, although we do put those rubber balloon looking paw covers on her in the winter when there’s salt everywhere. It’s hilarious watching her walk around in them after we first put them on, especially on hardwood floors because they kind of act like little suction cups. I need to get that on video!

  8. my sister’s pug wears clothes sometimes…i wonder if he’ll wear those!

    that dog park looks amazing. i wish there were parks like that near me. my teeny tiny dog only gets to go to the “small dog parks” which are just small little patches of grass…so boring.

  9. Those shoes are so freaking cute!! I keep trying to get my puppy to wear sweaters, but she’s totally against it. I think they’re practical in the cold but guess she’s just not thinking logically πŸ˜‰

  10. Those boots are hysterical! I bought boots for my dog once because there was so much dry ice on the sidewalks, but he HATED them. He actually found someway to get them off in a big snow bank, so I couldn’t retrieve them until weeks later when it melted away hahaha.

  11. Looks like a great day! So glad fall’s here… such a great season. Your pictures are great. and those dog boots are too funny. My puppy would probably take them off, or find a way to get them stuck on his head or ears. A little sad, but oh so cute.

  12. Murphy was trying to make your knees feel better!
    I LOVE Autumn! I have to remind myself of that every year as Summer winds down. I get depressed, and then feel the crips air and see the colors, and I’m happy again, lol!

  13. I just got those Pugz as a present from a friend over the weekend and tried to get Clyde to wear them, but every time he moved they came off! I will try to get them on and get a picture! They are too funny!

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