I feel like a broken record on Mondays, but here I am again, ready to tell you about another fabulous (and way-too-short) weekend.
This one was highlighted by dates with two of my closest girlfriends. (Many, many thanks to the hubby for running Daddy Daycare for a big chunk of the weekend!)
On Saturday morning, I met up with my friend Jenny for a spin around the Farmer’s Market.
Every time I’m downtown, I try to make a point of stopping to take in this beauty:
It’s easy to take capitol buildings for granted when you live near them, but every now and then, you have to remind yourself: “Dang. That thing IS cool.”
We also stopped by an eclectic little corner bar called Genna’s, which hosts an amazing DIY Bloody Mary bar every Saturday.
I mean, ah-maze-ing.
Garnishes included pickles, lemons and limes, asparagus, pickled brussels sprouts and mushrooms, pepperjack cheese, and approximately 1.2 zillion other things, plus spices and sauces.
Jenny’s one of the few friends I have who likes a good bloody as much as I do, and I love her for that.
Well, that and a thousand other things. :) Thanks for the date, Jenny!
(P.S. That picture turned out almost black, thanks to the sunlight pouring in behind us, so I tried to doctor it up…and then just slapped an Instagram filter on it to make it look like I was purposefully being artsy. Did you buy it?)
The rest of the day was spent hanging with the fam, doing typical weekendy things. Mase rocked the new checked shorts I got on sale at Carter’s, in a desperate attempt to accumulate clothes that actually fit him. (Lesson learned: do not try to guess an infant’s size the year before so you can buy things on clearance. I bought piles of 24-month summer stuff last year on super-sale, thinking I was a complete genius…and, well, it’s July and the kid’s still in 12’s. Even most 18-month stuff looks ridiculous on him.)
On Sunday, I went on date #2 with my gorgeous momma-to-be friend, Ashley. We had brunch at Graze, a gastropub-style restaurant that prides itself on serving locally-grown produce and grass-fed meats.
The food was delicious (we both had egg scrambles with gruyere cheese and fresh veggies), but kind of light, which meant we had plenty of room for fro-yo.
Guys: this was, by far, my most successful creation to date. Usually, there are so many flavor/topping options that I go into a frenzy and make all kinds of poor choices. Most problematic: my fro-yo to topping ratio is generally way out of whack (super topping heavy).
This time, I held back, going for just 2 basic kinds of fro-yo (cookies & cream and coconut) with a light-for-me sprinkling of toppings. It was perfection.
And as if that wasn’t treat enough, look where we got to eat it:
So dreamy. And to think I walked by this every single day in college.
When I got home, I did something kind of crazy.
Yep. I signed up to begin training to become a certified personal trainer through NASM!!
I’ve been thinking about this for quite awhile now, and when I saw the INSANE deals NASM is offering for the 4th of July, it put me over the edge. With the promotion, plus an extra 5% off I got by referencing Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers and setting up my training with Mike (see the last paragraph in Julie’s post about NASM), I was able to get $200 off the self-study package!
So if any of you are considering CPT training through NASM, now is a great time to go for it!
I’m not 100% sure where I’m going to take the certification once I get it, but I have a few ideas. Right now, I’m particularly interested in corporate wellness—working within a large, established business to help promote the health and wellness of its employees. This is an area that I think will continue to blow up as more and more companies recognize the value of strong on-site wellness programs in retaining happy, healthy employees. I might also consider regular, gym-based personal training and/or online training.
(In case you’re reading between the lines: yes, this means I’m planning to go back to work and hang up my stay-at-home-mom hat for now. I’ll talk more about all that soon!)
I’m really nervous about taking this step, and really, really praying that it’s the right one. I guess there’s only one way to find out!
Do you like Bloody Mary’s?
What are your favorite fro-yo flavors and toppings?
I’m not going to bother asking if you like fro-yo.
CPTs! What advice do you have for me??