walking a fine line

I have a confession to make.  You see, Todd and I gave up ice cream for Lent.  This is a huge struggle for me because I love ice cream.  It’s also a huge challenge for me because ice cream seems to be taunting me.  Last weekend in Chicago, the restaurant my sister and I had dinner at had a dessert that included  salted caramel ice cream, I couldn’t wait to try it…until I realized I’d have to wait until Easter.  The next day, we went to a grocery store that was giving away free samples of the most amazing sounding Nice Cream.

Lavender Vanilla AND  Carrot Cake!?  Oh my gosh, they all sounded amazing, but I resisted.

And then at brunch the next morning, a case of Palazzolo’s Gelato – my favorite!

All of those beautiful gelatos and still I resisted.

Then, today at work, my friend Mary brought me a cup of pomegranate frozen yogurt.  With sprinkles.

Frozen yogurt isn’t technically ice cream, right?  Yes.  I ate this.  Every last spoonful.  Todd told me it was okay but that I was walking a fine line – I’m so dangerous!  Thank you, Mary, for the fro yo and for never making me feel guilty when I’m in the mood to push the limits.

As soon as I left work, I headed to the jeweler to pick…(drum roll please!)…Todd’s wedding band!  That’s right, I got his and mine will be ready to pick up on Saturday so we’re almost as good as man and wife.  What a crazy feeling!  Todd tried it on when I got home and we both had a moment of mild freak out because it is weird to see a ring on a finger that has never worn one before.  A good kind of weird though, only 38 days until that ring will become a permanent fixture on Todd’s left hand.

While I was at the mall I did a little browsing for myself and, even though I tried to resist, I ended up at J. Crew.  I can’t help myself, I love their clothes and almost always walk away with something new.  Today was no different, I found a cute little sundress that I can wear on our Mexican honeymoon.

¿Te gusta? (Notice my new bag in the corner, fun!)

After the mall, I rushed over to the Funky Buddha for a Shake your Asana class.  I love this class!  They play music the whole time and Cindy, the instructor, really gets us sweating and does a great job of keeping it interesting and stretching us out.

I dragged my sweaty self home after class and made a quick dinner.  Just a can of soup, bagel crisps and some cheese.  Nothing fancy but I was loving my Chicken Tuscany soup!

After a day of work, running some errands and powering through a Shake your Asana class I am one tired girl.  Thank goodness that the Top Chef: All Stars season finale is on right now.  I love this show!  It’s the perfect way to relax on a Wednesday night.

Did you give anything up for Lent?

Have you had any moments of weakness if you did?

change of plans

When I left the office today my phone told me that it was 56 degrees out, 56!  In Michigan, in March, that is the most amazing feeling and as a bonus the sun was shining bright.  I love the first days of spring, they are so promising and people tend to really appreciate the simple pleasure of not being cold and the whole just starts to wake up.

Well, all of that sun made me sleepy as I was driving home to pick up my yoga gear and I laid down for a quick cat nap… then I woke up too late to go to yoga, oopsy.  Todd and I decided to make the best of the unplanned time together and went to Reds on the River in Rockford for dinner.  We made a meal out of appetizers (baked goat cheese and chicken emapanadas), soup and this:

 

Cranberry-walnut bread, wow.  It provides the perfect amount of sweet but is definitively not a dessert bread like banana or pumpkin bread.  I ate all four slices, sorry Todd!  I’ll have to find a recipe so I can make this at home.

 

We’re back home and watching Top Chef: All Stars.  I’ve loved Top Chef since the first season and wish I could produce dishes like they do!  I love watching the creative process and I’d love to try each and every one of their dishes.  Actually, Todd and I had the chance to last May when the Top Chef tour came to Grand Rapids and yes, every bite was delicious.  I hope they come back again this year.

 

I need to start packing my suitcase tonight too.  I’m flying to Chattanooga this Saturday for my friend Jen’s wedding.  I’m so excited to celebrate her marriage to her fiance Evan and spend time with some good friends, especially my friend Sarah who lives far, far away in New York City now.  Todd can’t make it to the wedding and Sarah’s husband can’t either so we’re looking forward to a girls’ weekend together.  I can’t wait to celebrate your big day, Jen!

 

What are your big plans for this weekend?