White Castle Giveaway!

Oh hey there.

I’ve been absent. Which makes me feel bad (sorta).

And since I feel bad, I’m going to try and make up for it. Give me a minute and I’ll get to it…

Just so you know- I have an excuse! Our company holiday party happened and, not only do I participate, but I also help plan.

This year involved a dinner cruise. Insert any one of the following responses:

“I’m on a boat!”
“I”m king of the world!”
Hum the theme of Gilligan’s Island.

As can be expected. We were on a boat. And I AM pretty much king of the world. So yeah.

Cheesy? Maybe a little. But I didn’t mind. I find anything acceptable if you wave free food and drinks in front of my face.

This girl can be easy to please.

We didn’t dock and leave the boat until about 10:00 pm. In which we immediately hit a bar at Navy Pier until it was clear we would all be a wreck at work the next day due to sheer exhaustion. 

Clearly my regular routine was disturbed. Clearly I opted to sleep in instead of go to the gym. And clearly I wasn’t about to deal with making  breakfast.

But it’s ok. Because White Castle sent me a few awesome coupons for when they rolled out their breakfast menu.

Do you know all the things you can get with a $5 off coupon?Holla’.

Breakfast sandwich sliders? Are you kidding me?!?! I opted to try the sausage one and offered my roommate the bacon one because I didn’t want to seem obnoxious with all the food.I’m a little sad that my roommate accepted the offer. Because I could have easily eaten two.

The french toast sticks? They were sort of lackluster. I didn’t mind offering the last one to my roommate nearly as much. Maybe they forgot to give me something like syrup to dip them in. Or at least that’s what I would have done.

Sure, it’s not the most healthy breakfast in the world. And I’m sure I could have made something similar on my own. However, sometimes time is short and fast food just seems like the perfect thing to fix a craving. It’s all about balance, ya’ll.

Either way, I’m glad there are a few more coupons for coffee and sliders for when I’m running a little later than usual to or from the office.

Which will be nice. Because I’ve also been spending time offline to visit Little Miss Mon. She recently found herself in an emergency surgery situation and is spending a few days in the ol’ hospital. No worries- everything is fine. I just took it upon myself to visit her and fill the “sarcasm from Amy” quota she needs to live her life properly.

I also got a scary look into what my life will be like in 60 years when we’re carting IV stands for each other to the bathroom. The Golden Girls have got NOTHIN’ on us.

Anyhoo, because White Castle hooked me up, I am going to hook YOU up.Oh boy….

Look at all the fun stuff they sent!I’ve had more than one house guest attempt to steal the shirt. It’s a hot item, my friends. But I saved it. Just for you.

May I suggest you wear it when you go see the third Harold and Kumar movie? Maybe with your free sliders hidden in your purse as a movie snack?

Just a thought…

To enter, all you need to do is tell me if you’ve had White Castle or not. Or what your favorite fast food breakfast is. Or any comment at all, really. I’m not picky.

For a second entry, tweet about it and let me know you did so! Twitterific!

I’ll pick a winner next Monday so that SOMEONE gets a neat pre-Christmas present. You know you want it.

Happy Thursday!

Manna Giveaway!

Thank you for all the congrats on finishing the 15k this weekend! You guys are the bestest of the bestest!

And because you are the bestest of the bestest and I just really like you guys in general, why not have a sweet giveaway?

Do you all remember when I got this in the mail from Manna Organics?

Four whole loves of the good stuff. ;)

I started out by trying the sunseed and the sourdough and just recently took down the whole wheat sprouted bread that was chillin’ in the freezer.It was my breakfast all last week.

The thing I really like about the sprouted bread is that it’s so soft and cake-like. It’s addicting stuff. This is a warning.

And it also goes extremely well with coffee. Which, with me, is a non-negotiable in the morning. Obviously.

Three loaves down. Only one more in my possession. Sadness.

But lucky for you, the folks at Manna Organics contacted me once again and thought it’d be fun to do a giveaway!

I agreed. Because free food is always a good thing.

So, if you want to receive the same package of goods I did, you have three different ways to enter:

1. Tell me something new you tried this weekend.
2. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment saying you did.
3. Go on facebook and “like” Manna Organics. Then comment and let me know you did.

You’ve got until I pick a winner next Monday morning. Aaaaannnnndddd GO!

PS- This giveaway is only open to US Residents. My apologies go out to our friendly neighbors to the north.

Oh and look at the flowers Miss Annie got for me last Tuesday- they’ve bloomed like craaaaazy!She had called after seeing my first picture and was rather upset with how they looked. I assured her the directions in the box said they’d start blooming in the first 24 hours of being in water, and they weren’t kidding!

Happy Monday!

Announcements

Thursday!  It’s here already!

I celebrated by another morning workout.  I know- kinda lame.  But that’s sometimes how I roll in the middle (ish) of the week.  Just go with it.  :)

Yesterday I did elliptical, but I wanted to get one more decent run in before Saturday’s race. So today, I strolled into the workout room and it was empty.  Again.  I sort of love it.  The only other people I’d ever see in the morning is the woman who refused to acknowledge my existence and the old man running around in his super tiny swimming trunks after chillin’ in the hot tub (I’m still weirded out at why he’s doing this at 5 in the morning?).  So I welcome the alone time.

I did 4 miles at almost exactly an 8:30 pace.  I’m not wearing anything to track mileage for Saturday’s race, so I’m hoping this is my natural pace that I’ll fall into (considering I’ve been hovering around it for the last month).  I’ve worn my Nike+ for a couple races, but end up just driving myself mad by looking at it over and over.  I’m sure they’ll have clocks at the mile markers.  That’s all I need.

Now for a few announcement of sorts…

I got a haircut last night!  It’s like I’m a new woman.  :)

Actually, it was just a trim.  And that’s a lame announcement.

Surely I can think of something better?

I am signed up to do the Hustle Up the Hancock!

For all of ya’ll who have been reading for a while (seriously- I can’t believe you’ve made it this far!), I went to support my friend Mon as she attempted it.  That didn’t work out so well- but I’m going to let her tell you that story in her words eventually.  ;)  Anyways, Mon refuses to do it this year, so when her friend started to get the team together, she asked if I’d consider it.

Heck yes I will! 

At first I wanted time to think about it (it’s a bit pricey for me when it comes to events), but it was sort of a “need to know in less than a week” sort of thing.  For the last couple of years it has sold out within an hour or two of registration opening.  For real- I had to double check that I wasn’t accidentally signing up for the Boston Marathon or something… it’s crazy how many people want to do this!

So on February 27th, yours truly will be climbing the 94-floor stairwell of the John Hancock Building.  I even have a partner in crime to participate in the insanity…  I bribed convinced asked Megan if she’d want to do it, too. 

I’m not sure, but she may be just as crazy as I am- because she totally said she would!  So watch out friends- there’s training that will need to go down and we may be coming to a stairwell near you!

That did not sound creepy in the slightest.

I’m hoping that training for this will be just the thing I need to change up my workout routine.  Not gonna lie- I’m on the brink of running burn out.  Some serious cross training will do me good.  :)

And finally… I guess it’s time I tell you about who won the Adora Giveaway, huh?

Congrats Lindsey!

Please email me your mailing address so I can pass the info along and get your chocolate to you!  :)

Oh and thanks for all the comments on my random things.  I can’t believe how many of us loved Doug!!!  Hilarious.  And the getting kicked out of band story isn’t nearly as cool as I wish it were.  The new teacher didn’t really care for my friend and I (probably because the old teacher loved us).  As soon as he found an excuse to get rid of us, he did.  We were late.  Once.  Got the boot.  Lame.

I’d like to think I’m over it and moved on, though. And it’s just fun to say it happened.  :)

Ok kids, it’s time to get to work. Later!

Tuesday Giveaway!

Because seriously… Tuesday needs help in the “fun” department.  Don’t you agree?

Well even if you don’t, I’m giving away stuff.  Woot woot!

I was contacted by Jennifer from Adora a few weeks ago.  After going back and forth and a little mailing mishap (stupid apartment complex), I got a package of two kinds of Adora calcium and vitamin D supplements- milk and dark chocolate.They had given away bags of the dark chocolate at Healthy Living Summit back in August, and I was excited to try the milk chocolate variety.  Not kidding- excited.  Because it tastes so much like candy, it’s not even right.  I had a couple of my friends hooked on them after I gave them a few to try.

According to the package and web site, each individual disk contains half of your recommended daily value of cacium, along with vitamin D and magnesium that help you to absorb it better.  Fabulous!

When I was growing up, my doctor actually had me start taking calcium supplements because I took after my mother and wasn’t a huge fan of milk.  Yes, there are other ways to get calcium- but I was picky.  It was lacking.  I’m positive I would have much preferred these over the huge horse pill I took back then.  Instead of chalky pills, these are all-natural premium chocolate!  And you can have two a day!  What’s not to love?

Anyhoo, when getting ready to send the samples, Jen asked if I’d also like to do a giveaway of a sample package that they’d get together for one of my readers.  Um… why yes, yes I would!

So, here’s the deal-io.  You have until the end of Wednesday at midnight.  There are a few ways to enter:

1. Comment on this post of if you’ve tried Adora or if you want to try it, which flavor would you try?

2. Tweet or post about the giveaway on your blog.  Come back here and let me know you did!  :)

3. Give me good ideas for my race playlist for the weekend.  I’m looking for random- not top 40.  I’ve already got plenty of that on my ipod that I’ve horribly overplayed.  Help!

Thanks and good luck!  :)

Toffee Madness

You guys did an awesome job at guessing (I giggled at the Blago guesses- you can’t even believe how many people dressed like him last year)!  And a lot of you knew exactly what kind of costumes we were making:Us chicks are paying tribute to our favorite local band- Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press!!!  I could start discussing how awesome they are- but I’ll wait until after we see them play over the weekend.  :)  You’re spared.  For now.

And as promised, for those of you who guessed correctly, I decided to pick TWO (not just one) random winners:

Krista and Beth (Beth’s Journey)!  Please ladies, send your addresses so I can make sure you get your sugar fix for the week!

What kind of cookies am I sending, you ask?Chocolate chip toffee oatmeal cookies!  Say that 5 times fast.

Toffee has been my obsession as of late.  I love it.  LOVE it.  And my heart was set on oatmeal cookies- they are the best when they’re thick and chewy.  The. Best.  So I found a way to mix the two!

I based the cookie on Smitten Kitchen’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ( did a recipe and a half).  But I don’t like raisins.  So I skipped them and added all this:I really like the Heath toffee baking bits.  But I wanted to make sure there were some really big chunks of toffee in there, too.  So I bought 2 Heath bars to go along with the 1/4 cup of heath baking bits.  And then a 1/2 cup of white and semi-sweet chocolate.

And as I always say, if you feel like adding more/less- do it to it.

After mixing it all together, I made sure to chill the dough.  It’s mentioned in the recipe post and I’ve also read it on other sites. I never did it growing up, but it seems to make sense as a way to keep the cookie thick, versus quickly thinning out if it hadn’t chilled/hardened beforehand. Even just chilling it an hour seems to make all the difference! I absolutely adore how the toffee melts into them… swoon…

Another trick when baking?  Have a friend over while doing so.  It’ll keep you from throwing your face in the bowl.  Or sneaking back into the refrigerator for a swipe of it every 5 minutes (been there, done that).  Mon came over and kept me company, ultimately distracting me from being overcome with cookie dough madness.  Besides, what friends do you know wouldn’t come over when they hear you’re baking? 

Unless you sort of suck at baking. Then I understand the need to distance themselves from the situation.

Not only was Mon nice enough to come over, she also reluctantly volunteered to be a taste tester.

Life is hard.

But with her approval, these cookies are sealed up and ready to go!

Well, that’s all for me.  I’m off to enjoy my DAY OFF!  Or at least I will eventually- I’ve got cleaning and a trip to the gym to fit in before I’m supposed to be off to the beautiful, yet VERY windy, city of Chicago!

Did I not mention that before?  Yeah… well I have a friend who’s staying in the city for a few days and decided it may be a good excuse to take a nice mental health day.  Plus, I may or may not have a few other plans… but we’re keeping those under wraps for now.  ;)

I’m so mysterious these days.  Muhahahaha.

Adventurous

Sometimes I like to try new things.  I do.  Seriously- I stray from routine on occasion.  Please don’t be so surprised. 

Like yesterday when I did The Shred in the morning (made me feel awesome all day, by the way…) or when I had scrambled eggs instead of my usual loaded up oatmeal (a little more substance would probably be necessary- it lacked the staying power and I broke into some snackage later in the morning).

So when I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up a bag of salad and some wraps (both so typical), I thought I’d get a little crazy and try something new.  Because these caught my eye:I’ve always been curious as to how “chickenless chicken” tastes.  Why not?  I reached for the shredded BBQ chicken, but then I thought about the giveaway I won a few weeks ago from Bobbi and her hubby over at NHerShoes and figured I could save the two quarters and make my own.  The BBQ sauce was intensely good.  They know their stuff in Memphis.  Spicy perfection.  I wouldn’t know a reason why I would ever have a meal without this stuff if I lived there.  I’d be that girl who was consistently walking around with a bbq stain on my tshirt.  But wouldn’t care.  Because it would be worth it.

Now that I’m done with my ode to Corky’s BBQ Sauce, let’s talk about the chicken (errr… chickenless strips).  Eh.  I was actually surprised how close it came to the same texture as regular chicken.  But it still doesn’t compare.  In all honesty, I think it just tasted like crappy chicken.  But I can see how if you were trying to go vegan or vegetarian, this wouldn’t be a bad alternative if you ever had the craving.  I’d try it again, but probably not this kind.  Sorry there are no pics- it was just a bbq wrap with black beans and spinach on the side. As mentioned earlier, there’s usually nothing pretty about me and my bbq, so I skipped it.  The spinach was also lackluster.  *sigh*

Thank goodness for the bbq sauce.  :)  But do any of you guys regularly eat the soy “meat”?  Any tricks to preparing it? I’ve still got some left to work with…

This was all for a late dinner.  I didn’t run last night- I switched it to cross training in the workout room.  Which was cool.  Because for one, raindrops were in the air.  Secondly, I’m trying something new.  I was discussing running things and such with Phampants and we decided to do a little run together tonight.  Pham brings up a good point- it could be very helpful for both of us.  I’m faster than him and he can run longer than I can.  So in theory, we’ll both be pushing each other.  Which is good.  Or will kill us both.  Either/or.

So I crosstrained with Mon instead in our apartment workout room.  Now I would love to belong to a gym.  And LOVED my trip to Annie’s gym on Friday.  But one good thing about our cozy little excuse for a fitness center?  It was just me and her.  And we got to chit chat on and off the whole time.  About whatever we wanted.   And shouted it all across the room.  Without feeling bad.

So I guess sometimes my workout room has its benefits.  We like to think it’s our own private room.  Don’t tell me it isn’t. 

This morning was day #2 of trying new things for breakfast.  I know, I know.  Whhhhhaaaaatttttt???  I got really serious with some oatmeal pancakes today!  (Really it’s Trader Joe Multi-grain pancake mix with a scoopful of oatmeal- pretty simple stuff) 

So yum.  For reals. It’s like carb loading for my run tonight…. right?  :)  I think I’m going to continue the new breakfast idea another day.  If anything, I’ll appreciate my oatmeal more when I go back to it.  Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

So what’s a new thing you’ve done this week?

Oh crap… I just realized it was Tuesday. Ewwww.

A Whirlwind

Yesterday was just that.  I feel like it all went by so fast!  I swear we filled all the seats.  It turned out well.  Whew…

One event down, one more to go.  Then sanity can re-enter my life.  And I will welcome it.  With open arms. 

Because of the early morning, I did get to head home a little earlier than usual.  And got a little face time in at the pool!  It was a rest day (thank goodness, because I was dragging), so a lazy late afternoon was lovely.  There was sunscreen involved- no worries.  :)

Today I was very excited to receive a package in the mail from the lovely Leah at Why Deprieve?!I originally won the book.  But she sent me a few extra goodies from Canada for fun.  :)  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t break into the candy almost immediately…  Yummm…. thanks Leah!  Now I have a new lunch-time read!Aaaahhhh Friday morning.  You got here quickly and I am happy about that!  You also started a little later than yesterday, which is greatly appreciated.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying the dressing up part of work this week.  I’m sure it would get old fast, but for now it’s kinda fun.  Today is just helping out with some registration stuff, but I’m still hoping to score free lunch.  Cross your fingers… ;)

I’ve still got the ghetto phone.  It takes me five minutes to send a quick text.  Awesome.  I’m calling the repair store today, though.  This is out of control.

Does anyone feel like the spring/summer months are flying by?  I can’t believe July is next week already…

Sorry for a short and uninteresting post- gotta go!  Have a good weekend and stay cool!  (In more ways than one…)

Holla’…

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