Random Bits of Holiday Fun!

22 Dec

I’d say that I’ve had just the right amount of holiday shindigs to go to and a good amount of treats this holiday season. I figured I could recap some of the fun stuff that’s gone on over the past month, so here’s a look at some of my holiday fun!

Food. There is some treat at work everyday! One manager has a habit of coming over before his meetings to offer me my choice of donut. Now, these aren’t Dunkin Donuts (although those are pretty good) or just some generic fried dough, they are Nicolas Donuts and they are SO.GOOD. You just can’t say no. A few weeks ago was icing filled. This week I chose Red Velvet.

Red Velvet Nicolas Donut

COOKIE DAY! Everyone brings in cookies and they are set out on tables (yes, plural) for people to graze on throughout the day. I seriously ate nothing but cookies ALL.DAY. At lunch I had eggs and broccoli for nutrients and told myself no more cookies after lunch. Ya, right. The day was pretty much a wash nutritionally, but hey, whatever, it’s not like I eat like that ever!

CookieDay.jpg

I tried to be a bit festive with my green and red that day, haha. I always write something fun on my board and I couldn’t resist the Elf quote about sugar on cookie day, haha. Speaking of festive…

Ugly SweaterWe had an Ugly Sweater Day (that I started, Thank You very much!) at work last week and I was happy with the turnout. I was worried that in a building with a ton of male engineers a lot of them wouldn’t play along, but they did and that made me super happy!

HolidayTreats.jpgSo. Many. Treats! Like I mentioned before, everyday, someone brought in something. The holiday owl container was filled with fudge. Fudge! Don’t these people know I have an issue with portion control? And you’re going to leave something like that on my desk?! Just kidding. It was very kind/yummy of them. Then we had a hot cocoa day- again, my idea ;) It was really cold here for a few days, and by cold I mean like 45 degrees, haha, and I thought it would be fun to warm everyone up with hot cocoa and marshmallows. It was a hit!

The NutcrackerMy mom and I went to see The Nutcracker. It was good, but hard for me to sit through the whole thing. I know, I’m like a kid. Actually there were a lot of kids and they all behaved very well! I thought the ballet was beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I need some words if I’m going to be sitting there for 2ish hours. It was a nice mother daughter outing, either way :) Just wish we would’ve taken a picture.

Me and MomThe pic above is from last year some time, but it’ll do :) And again, like the week before at our company holiday party, I finished off a night of “partying” (read: hanging out at a friends and having a few several drinks) drinking some Nuun and playing with Riley on the floor.

Riley Nuun

I just have to mention, that I’m pretty sure I’ve drank more in the past two weeks than I have all year, so please don’t judge, haha.

Snowman Cookie I hope everyone is having a great Monday! I’ll be working right on up until Christmas Eve… for now, I’m going to polish off this snowman sugar cookie and get back to work ;)

What have you done that’s festive this year?

 

 

 

HRF Baby Making

19 Dec

* WARNING: There will be random pictures throughout this post that don’t apply to the content, but I feel you need them to break up all the words.*

Remember this one?Hopefully soon!

Remember this one?Hopefully soon!

We had another appointment yesterday with the specialist and have come up with a baby making plan. Possible TMI to follow, so read at your own will… To recap a bit, Todd has a semen analysis done and, as the doc put it, Todd’s THE MAN (like I didn’t already know that ;) ). He said that all his numbers came back great. This is a VERY good thing because had they come back low/slow then no matter what my egg/follicle ultra sound results were we’d have to do IVF. My results also came back great. Woo Hoo! The normal amount of eggs in a woman is about 10 and I had 22!!! My hormone levels are still really low, so the doc doesn’t think I’ll get my period on my own, even with the weight gain and low exercise… booo.

Riley's Easter Egg Hunt... I figured it's relevant because of the eggs?!

Riley’s Easter Egg Hunt… I figured it’s relevant because of the eggs?!

All that being said, the plan is to do Injections for the hormones and then Intro Uterine Inception (IUI). He said the probability of me getting pregnant this way is very high, but obviously he can’t be 100%. He also said that while my high number of eggs is good, it can also be a problem when it comes to IUI because if I drop too many eggs then we’ll have to cancel that cycle of hormones (~3k down the drain) and try again the next month (unless we want quadruplets). Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Typical tourist photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Typical tourist photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

If it was up to me, we’d be starting all this yesterday, but with the holidays, the docs schedule is all over the place. I’ll have to go in several times during this process and not knowing the exact times makes it difficult to start now. On top of that, Todd will be doing some work travel in January and February, so looks like we won’t be starting it all until March.

My Baby Daddy

My Baby Daddy

So I guess, all in all, the appointment went as good as it could have gone. Could we still end up having to do IVF? Possibly. But our chances as of now are low. We’re going into the Christmas season with a positive outlook and trying not to think about babiness that much, which is unavoidable with social media and family, but we’ll try. I’m going to focus on spending time with family and friends, eating delicious food and running easy in the cooler weather- all things that should be done regardless of baby making.

New Years Eve Fun 2012

New Years Eve Fun 2012

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend :)

WIAW: A WHOLE Chicken in the Crock Pot

17 Dec

I’m linking up with Jenn and Peas And Crayons for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! Are you guys still enjoying theses posts? Or should I do the bi-weekly? Be honest.

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6:30 AM First cup of coffee of the morning at home with this delicious Califia Farms Almond Milk Holiday Nog find as the creamer…

Calafia Farms Holiday Nog

It’s definitely thinner than regular egg nog, but is also only 50 calories and 8g sugar for 1/4 cup instead of 150. I’ve been enjoying it in my coffee in the mornings and at night with my nut butter :)

7:30 AM A new to me flavor of greek yogurt. Not too shabby, but I like my mom’s cranberry sauce in Fage 2% better. Not to self (or mom) make more cranberry sauce!

Greek yogurt

9:00 AM After a meeting from 8-9, I was MORE than ready for my zoatmeal in a pb jar. 1/2 c old fashioned oats, 1/3ish cup grated zucchini, shake of stevia, 1 c almond milk, dash of pumpkin pie spice. Microwave for 5 minutes on 50% power in a bowl, transfer to pb jar and take to work.

ZoatmealPBjar

12:45 PM Romaine lettuce and spinach salad with a can of tuna, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, olives, cucumbers and Bolthouse Farms Cilantro and Avocado Yogurt dressing. I’ve been digging their new line of yogurt dressings! The Blue Cheese one is really good, too!

TunaSalad

And a sweet potato on the side for good measure.

Sweet Potato

3:30 PM Peanuts and more water.

Peanuts

4:30 PM An apple on the car ride home as my pre run fuel.

Car Apple

The weather was pretty cool last week and it made for some GREAT running! It’s not very often in Florida that one can get off of work and the weather be so nice that they WANT to run outside. I mean, it was cool with no humidity. I can NEVER run outside and my hair still end up straight and not in a huge rats nest mess. It’s amazing at what cooler running can do to your paces, too…

StraightHair.jpg

6:30 PM Dinner was a whole chicken that I made in the crockpot using THIS RECIPE. It was so darn easy and delicious! Left us with plenty of left overs and Riley enjoyed it, too!

WholeChickenCrockPot.jpg

With our chicken, we had rice, green beans and tomatoes topped with Parmesan cheese then broiled. After a run in the evening, I like to make sure I have a good mix of carbs, protein and veggies.

chicken dinner

8:00 PM Nut butter time! This was another combo glass with TJ’s almond and cashew butters, along with my homemade AB.

nut butter combo

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*My/Our Company Holiday Party*

13 Dec

Last weekend was Todd and I’s company (it never gets old) Holiday party. The theme was fire and ice, so they had a flame thrower during cocktail hour and then dry ice on the dinner tables. There wasn’t too much that actually went on with the theme, but that’s OK.

We arrived half way through the cocktail hour because we had to make a pit stop at Target to get a KEY accessory for the night. Once we arrived, we took some pictures with friends, grabbed some drinks, found seats and listened to our President give a little speech.

Party Friends

Todd was sleepy

Then it was time for dinner. No, I didn’t whip out my phone to take a pic, haha, but we had salmon, steak, salad, rolls, and some other random sides. Dessert was a buffet. Todd and I split one of everything… we’re fatties like that ;) My excuse was that I had to have something to soak up all the alcohol I’d be drinking, haha.

XMas Party

Getting back to the “accessory”… You see, each employee was given 2 drink tickets, but after that, you had to purchase your own drinks. Rumor had it that several people were bringing their own libations, so I followed suit :)

Santa Flask

I was up talking to everyone, dancing and having a good time. I even schmoozed a bit with my boss and his wife. They are good people, so it was no biggie. There was a photo booth and I took full advantage of that. I’ll only post one strip from that, as to not bore you, haha.

Photo Booth

The company took a really nice picture of Todd and I in front of the Christmas tree, but that won’t be published for a while and I wanted to get this post up before then, so maybe you’ll see that by next year, haha. Instead, I’ll show you what I look like when I’ve reached my happy drinking place…

Big Smile

We had a blast and ended up leaving around 11:30 PM. Late for us, normal for most and early for some. OF COURSE I capped the night off with a NUUN tab. Those electrolytes came in handy the next morning. Fo Real!

Nuun Cocktail

Yaaaa… that face needed some Nuun

 Does your work have a holiday party?

WIAW: Just a Typical Day at the Office

10 Dec

Here’s another day in the life of HRF’s tummy! Thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

 Peas and Crayons

8:00 AM: I brought zoatmeal, but ended up having this…

Nicolas Donut

A frosting filled chocolate glazed huge donut from Nicolas- the best donut place around. So sweet and the perfect pairing to my Starbucks Anniversary Blend coffee :)

9:00 AM: Fage 2% Greek yogurt with left over homemade cranberry relish. So.Good. I didn’t get a pic, which is surprising, since I ate this every day last week as part of my breakfast.

12:30 PM: I had to run some errands during my lunch hour, so I ate lunch at my desk.

Lentils Chicken Green Beans

Lentils mixed with chicken and green beans on the side. Simple, yet so good!

3:30 PM: Snack time! A PB&J on a sandwich thin for the win!

PB&J

I really like making my PB&J’s on thin bread so that I can taste both the PB and the J without having to use a ton of both to overpower the bread flavor. Does that make sense? That way I can keep it around a 250 calorie snack, instead of a 450 calorie meal.

5:45 PM: I ran at home on the treadmill and immediately finished off the rest of the stuffing. Yes, it was cold, right out of the fridge. I’m a sucker for left overs, even cold… I’m definitely my father’s daughter.

Stuffing

6:45 PM: I finished sweating, stretched and cooked dinner.

Fajita Salad

Fajitas for Todd and fajita salad for me! I’ve been using the chop sticks Todd brought back from Taiwan :)

8:00 PM: Youuuuuu guessed it! My shot glass!

3 Butters

This time I had 3 butters. TJ’s almond and cashew and my homemade almond butter. I love the combo. So. Good.

Are you a fan of left overs? Do you eat them cold?

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