Archive for June, 2012

June 6, 2012

HMT: Day 56… I am a creeper.

Day: 56

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 66 minutes (I walked/jogged just wasn’t feeling a straight up 4 just wanted to be on the treadmill for awhile so I did intervals)

Temperature: On the treadmill at my new gym:)

Injuries: None!

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday given some new motivation I joined a gym WITH fitness classes so I am super excited about this.  Today I wanted to head over and check it out, none of the classes met at the time I could go so I just got some cardio in but I really think I’m going to like it there!

I started out creeping on the treadmill, the nice man next to me was watching me so I couldn’t get a good picture of the whole thing.

I then did some intense creeping on the facility… this woman and her personal trainer were a little caught off guard. I should get a t-shirt that says “I have a blog, don’t mind the photos”

After the facility creep, I did some locker room creeping… post shower ready to go and feeling like a rockstar if I must be so bold;)

Finally, I creeped on my Starbucks treat post work out.

Now I am off to go meet a friend who is brand new to this little corner of the world called Vermont  for dinner and our first shows of the Jazz Fest!   Hopefully she doesn’t mind my photo taking…

❤ Kari

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June 5, 2012

Updates and Rambles

I don’t have any real goal for this post so we are just rolling with it today, how exciting right?

Update Number One: I updated my about me pages… nothing major just made it more relevant and changed around a few things.

Update Number Two: I got a twitter for this lovely blog o’ mine!  Follow me and I will promise to blow your mind daily with witty tand insightful thoughts… just kidding… I’m still learning but if you are willing to watch me try I would very much appreciate it and maybe ONE day blow your minds. 

Update Number Three: I ran 7 miles over the weekend which was a very exciting accomplishment! I did not post about it because I used my garmin and got all distracted but it happened and this week when I move up in mileage I promise to actually post about it… I mean the Mad Marathon is just over a month away… gotta keep it up!

Update Number Four: I am down 7lbs since I moved home and thanks to my new found motivation (cough* cough* running in to the ex-boyfriend with a new girlfriend cough* cough*) I joined a gym close by work to take part in group exercise classes and use the scary-ass fun weight machines.  Judge me as needed for this girly admission, motivation is motivation however you slice it right?

Update Number Five: I crossed off something SUPER fun on my summer bucket list over the weekend. I practiced for hours and think I have finally got it down to where I have myself convinced I look damn good doing it… if you read the list I think you will be able to tell you what I did but I’m going to make a completely separate post about it this week (maybe even a video… hello youtube fame) so hold on to your hats!

Update Number Six: I have spent the last four days watching the first season of House online.  I have seen House randomly and always loved it and now that I know it ended I want to watch all of the seasons so that is what I am working on.  I love it, I am a big fan of crime shows but the more I watch the less sleep I get.  House gives me that same drama of what is going to happen next except I’m just not thinking I’ll develop lepracy tomorrow… fingers crossed anyway!

Update Number Seven: I am joining the Foodie Penpals army! It is so exciting! Basically I’m going to be sending a food filled care package to a random blogger/reader ($15 max) and another blogger/reader will be sending me one as well.  June 30th is the reveal day of what we got and I am so pumped! I of course will cover more of the details when reveal day comes around but if you are interested definitely click on the link!  I hope the people I send boxes to like maple… gotta represent Vermont;)

Update Number Eight: It is the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival this week! This is such a cool event put on by so many different vendors and local businesses to showcase some AMAZING talent from around the world.  I think I’m going to at least one show four out of the ten days it is put on so that in itself will be a really fun distraction.  I will probably be overposting about it so you have been warned!  You know I love me some people watching and music;)

Alright folks, I think you’ve had enough of my rambles now I am busting out my first “questions” that I see everyone else post on their blogs (genious really) you guys are such trend setters. 

Have you done anything or looking forward to anything new and exciting lately? 

Is anyone else TERRIFIED of weight machines at the gym?

❤ Kari

 

June 4, 2012

My 365 Project: Week Five

Week 5

May 29th-June 4th

May 29: Bought wine at the grocery store and got this sweet wine tote bag.  It is like they are thanking me for being a wine-o.

May 30: Had time to paint my nails, naturally they had to be fire engine red:)

May 31: The hamburger cupcakes for my BBQ, so fun!

June 1: Baby sister hates photos but I got her in one anyway!

June 2: Grocery shopping at the local Co-op.

June 3: One of the hotels I work at is near Texas Roadhouse so they periodically drop off lunches for employees as incentives for sending guests their way… I did not mind this at all as Sunday is my “diet” cheat day.

 

June 4: My co-worker does AMAZING chalk drawings every week with new events going on.  How talented is this???

I have successfully completed a month in my 365 challenge and it has been so fun! I like to think I’ve busted out a fairly entertaining variety as well… I promise to keep getting better as the weeks go on:)

❤ Kari

 

June 3, 2012

HMT: Day 53

This weekend has been all about recharging my batteries and it feels great!

Saturday after work I hit up City Market in Burlington and got some grocery shopping in, Vermont doesn’t have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (though they are always talking about them) so City Market is the closest version that I’ve really fallen in love with.

Came in $6 under my budget too, Woot! Woot!

After I got home I immediately got on the treadmill, I am one of those people who has to keep myself busy or else I will sit on the couch and NEVER move again.  So I set up a goal to run for 25 minutes, no matter the distance, thanks to a certain show I like to call Gossip Girl and a complete season I have yet to watch (guilty pleasure) 25 minutes became 45 and I honestly couldn’t even tell you the distance I ran but it felt awesome.  Then I did a 10 minute ab workout and felt pretty much exhausted.

Thank you Tone It Up Girls!

Next up, a lovely dinner made with the produce I just got at the market… I had my heart set on the mexi-potato skins and had convinced myself I had an extra can of black beans until I removed every can from the pantry and realized I was mistaken.  Holy terrible feeling.  I got out a pot to boil some water and try a new spaghetti recipe but my heart was set on something Mexican so I bailed on that mission for another day.

Instead I diced up a red and yellow bell pepper, threw it in a pan with some olive oil and roasted them up with some chili powder.  I heated up some refried beans and spread it over 3 small whole grain tortillas, once the peppers were roasted I put them on the top of the beans and sprinkled some mexi-blend cheese over the tops.  In to the oven they went to broil up for about 5 minutes (on low) and boom… dinner was served.

Not bad on the fly but I should have crisped up the tortillas first because they got a little soggy. 

I then let myself relax with the first 125 pages of Fifty Shades of Grey.  I don’t mean to offend anyone and I am totally interested if you have any thoughts on the book but as of right now… not a fan.  I can’t stand either of  the characters, not even a little bit.

Final thought for this morning’s post.  I will be honest and say I don’t know much about pageants but I have definitely watched a few and I think it is a cool way to represent your state.  I don’t think there is a year that goes by that I don’t check out who is that year’s Miss. Vermont (small state guys, I usually know them in some capacity).

In 2010 Miss. Vermont for the Miss. America pageant is Caroline Bright.  A very intelligent, spunky, and personable girl that I had the pleasure to briefly meet while she was the reigning “Governor” at the 2007 Green Mountain Girl’s State.  I was always amazed with how she carried herself and managed to be so witty yet serious and engaging in every speech.  At 22 (I believe) she is currently running for the Vermont State Senate and I wish her all the best.

 Next up, tonight is the Miss. USA pageant and this year’s Miss. Vermont is a girl named Jamie Dragon.  Jamie happens to be from my small town of Milton, VT… small meaning one stop light and 10,000 people… practically family haha;)  Though I do not know her personally I do know from everyone who went to school with her and from her family in the town she is a great candidate for the state.  Genuine, kind, passionate and down to earth, basically everything a good rep should be! I hope for the best as she competes tonight!

Thanks for listening guys! Bring on Sunday Fun-day:)

❤ Kari

June 2, 2012

Vegetarian Friendly Hamburger Cupcakes;)

Happy weekend friends!

I hope the beginning of your June (okay, two days of it) have been as productive as mine, let us start with a BBQ that my friends and I put together so we could see each other now that we have all moved home for the summer.  This being the last summer the majority of us will be here we fully intend to make it count, starting with this BBQ.

I made a whopping FOUR pinterest worthy (and stolen from) dishes… be proud, I know you are.

1. Taco Salad inspired by (thus tweaked) Noel’s Kitchen Tips

2. Buffalo Chicken Dip from Frank’s Red Hot

3. Sarasota Lemonade inspired by The Pampered Jes

AND my favorite/the only one I took pictures of…

4. Hamburger Cupcakes inspired by Rock Ur Party by Tablespoon

I’m super excited about these… basically I bought almost all  of the ingredients to do it the way that they have laid out THEN I got called in to work for 8 hours that morning which meant I had to make them on the fly with less supplies.

So here is my super simple Hamburger Cupcake photo tutorial, enjoy:)

Step One: Bake vanilla cupcakes, let them cool completely and then slice them in half.

Step Two: Pipe on chocolate frosting with a thick tip so that it really stands out, then take a blurry iPhone photo;)

Step Three: With a medium tip pipe on green frosting for the lettuce, the most important part is the outside for show so I did a squiggly circle around the edges and filled in with the leftover frosting, didn’t want any to go to waste! Note: You could do coconut in green food  coloring  I just really don’t like coconut so I opted out. Then with a fine tip add the ketchup and mustard colored frosting.

 

Step Four: Put the “buns” together with a fun toothpick, I thought this made them look like little burger sliders, how fun!

Step Five-Seven: Take lots of adorable pictures of your masterpieces because you are a rock star and everyone on Facebook should know it;)

And there you have it, a quick fix to getting called in to work but still being more creative (thanks to the blogs I mentioned before and Duncan Hines) than most of your friends… no joke they will be super impressed!

I just love June.

❤ Kari