Major fail with the picture taking today. Check out the only photo that I snapped all day long: My lunch: peanut butter and banana on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin, carrot sticks, an apple, and H20. After breakfast, I had a dentist appointment and then drove straight to NuVal for a few hours. When I got home, I went for a 4-mile run, walked Murphy, and then sat down to blog, only to realize that…

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this tweet from me last Friday afternoon: I bought my foam roller a little over a year ago, and I have since used it incorrectly. Great job with that foam roller, Tina. As you probably remember, I spent last Friday and Saturday at a live workshop with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to get some hands-on experience in preparation for taking the personal trainer…

Hi, friends! Murphy and I just returned from a lovely walk around the neighborhood in the rain.  Usually, I need to draggg Murphy outside into the rain for our walks, but he was fairly willing this afternoon. I guess he really needed to potty? (Murphy only likes water when it’s hot outside as seen here and here. He enjoys cooling off his pug butt!) When we got home, Murphy dried himself off on the carpet”¦…

Good morning and happy Sunday! 😎 This morning, Mal offered to buy me breakfast, so I suggested a new diner (for us) called for Uncle Charlies. The vibe and food at Uncle Charlies were pretty standard of a diner in the area– homey, cozy, and a little old-fashioned. It was no Wheelhouse, but Mal and I were very happy with our experience. As always, we started with a round of iced coffees with milk. (Please note Mal’s…

Murphy seems to be adjusting quite well to his new home. Well, he sure has made himself comfortable! The first couple of days after we moved, Murphy acted a little weird, but probably because we weren’t paying much attention to him. We were too busy unpacking and organizing our lives! Here’s something that you might not know about pugs: they are attention whores. If Mal and I don’t pay attention to Murphy, he finds something…

There’s a TJ Maxx right down the street from my gym. Most days, I drive right by it without a second thought. This morning, however, I was easily distracted by it. I guess the rainy weather put me in a shopping mood today! 😉 I love discount stores like TJMaxx, including Marshall’s, Kmart, Ocean State Job Lot, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright, Christmas Tree Shop… honestly, I love ’em all! 😀 When it comes to shopping, I…

The first Friday of October, one year ago, was a regular ol’ day. I woke up, went to my job at Harvard– at the time, I worked as the Executive Assistant to the Dean– and anxiously awaited the start of the weekend. Being Friday and all, I celebrated Cookie Friday with a new friend, a Harvard undergrad and CNC reader. We enjoyed cookies from Hi Rise Bakery. I don’t remember the rest of the afternoon,…

I receive all kinds of questions from readers. Most of them are about about recipes, Body Pump, and pugs, but others range from career and relationship advice to hip injuries and money matters. They’re typically all over the place, but I’m more than happy to help in anyway that I can! 🙂 Recently, I’ve received a number of questions about my skincare routine. I’ve struggled with breakouts for as long as I can remember, so…

I love my husband. But, this morning, when he told me that he ran 4 miles in 30:22, I sort of hated him. That’s a 7:35 pace! Who is this freak of nature!?! He doesn’t even like running!! Not fair. Mal headed out the door for his run as soon as he woke up, but I dilly-dallied around the house and took Murphy for a walk before I went for my run. I finished in…

Tonight was one of those nights. It called for wine. When Mal got home from work, we took Murphy for his long walk of the day. While walking along and chatting, he (Mal, not Murphy) announced that it was a “wine night.” I’m not one to turn down a glass, so I agreed to open a bottle. Our stash of wine from Bin Ends is quickly running out! 😯 Ahh… wine. Sometimes, it makes everything…

Hello!!! I changed-up my workout routine this morning and hit the gym before working at NuVal today. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I decided to shower at the gym instead of trekking home. I’m speedy when it comes to getting ready, so I’m typically in and out of the locker room in 20 minutes or less, which includes showering, dressing, putting on make-up, and blow drying… well, partially blow drying. It takes me…

Eating breakfast so late this morning totally messed up my lunch-making mojo. When I went to pack my lunch to take with me to NuVal, I wasn’t very hungry at all. Nothing seemed appetizing with a recently-filled belly. 😕 But, I knew that I would want something to eat while there, so I packed a light lunch. (Apparently, I already used this post title back in October 2008, which is why this one is called…

Did anyone else take advantage of Free Pastry Day at Starbucks this morning? I sure did! I love free stuff! 😉 On my drive into NuVal this morning, I stopped by Starbucks to get my “handcrafted” beverage and free pastry. Since I already drank a 2-shot iced latte with breakfast, I opted for a decaf, soy milk latte. I didn’t need that much caffeine to get my day going! 😯 My latte was really foamy!…

Yikes!!! It’s raining cats and dogs out there! It’s actually raining so hard, I left work an hour early because the parking lot was flooding and my car needed to be moved! 😯 Lunch I ate lunch at my desk at NuVal today. I started with a homemade arugula salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, sprouts, chick peas, and leftover barley salad. It was delicious. I also enjoyed some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that I baked…

Happy Tuesday! 😎 Guess who is working from home today?!? This girl! The nice folks at NuVal let me rearrange my work schedule so I can finish my book without losing my mind! So, now I’ll be in the office 3 days a week instead of 4, which essentially gives me a whole extra day to write. Yay!!! I have a feeling that this arrangement will finally help me achieve a true work-life balance! 😀 Breakfast…