Soaking Up the Last of 2019

I get so nostalgic during the holidays and reflective at New Years. I just can’t help it! This being my last post of the year feels so bittersweet. It’s been a great year overall, but it most definitely had it’s difficult times. Grateful for all that I learned and overcame.

Matt is so dang sweet and surprised me with this belated Christmas gift! I mean, come on. How precious is it? I cannot wait to finish it together and frame it!



Breakfast was ah-mazing. Fluffy cheesy scrambled eggs over wilted greens with two mini gf buttermilk biscuits with strawberry mango jam.


I finally rocked my Oleg Cassini blazer again! Sadly, one of the buttons came off, so I’ll have to get it threaded back on, which is no biggie.


I put up my new box from Diane and the cat sign from my friend at work who chose my name in the gift exchange. They are at my second clinic, and they put such a big smile on my face!

Sadly, my throat started to feel really scratchy but that was the only symptom I had. I decided to try Starbucks’ “Medicine Ball” tea, and it helped a lot!


I stopped by Marshall’s briefly, and I *loved* these trees. So cute!


After going by Target, I came home and put together a quick meal that turned out very well. We split a baked sweet potato and topped it with seasoned roasted red cabbage, ham, melted Swiss, and avocado. Seems weird, but it tasted great!


For a snack while we watched The Grand Tour, I enjoyed shredded wheat with pb, almond milk, an apple, and my herbal tea. This show is hilarious! I highly recommend it. I’m almost in tears sometimes. I love the three hosts.



So I got up earlier than I had expected and then when I took a bite of my oatmeal, it was terrible. Even though the date on my milk is well into January, it must be bad. It sucked to dump out my bowl including my pb and j. I remade a bowl with almond milk.


After I got ready, Matt and I went to Haw Ridge Park to hike. It was a gorgeous day! Ever since 2006 when we discovered a gall at the arboretum, we’ve had fun spotting them. Had to get a selfie.


We spotted my car from up on the trail. Haha



Made it to the top of the ridge! It wasn’t a particularly hard hike, but there were some steep trails that definitely increased our heart rate.


I love this! It was really bright if you can’t tell. πŸ˜‰




Being all artistic and stuff.


After we got back to the house, Matt went to work on his race car, and I went to get a late lunch at Broadway Market.



They just recently moved locations and reopened, and it’s so lovely!



I ordered their chicken quesadilla with a side of vegetable soup, and it was huge! So. Good. I ate until I felt satisfied then packed up the rest.



I couldn’t get enough of these arrangements. The cafΓ© is owned by a husband and wife, and their daughter made these. They’re gorgeous!



After I took another quick shower and cleaned our place a little bit. I sipped on some green tea and relaxed. Once Matt got home, I got started on dinner. I found these fries while at Target, and they are wonderful. Highly recommend them.


Diane gave me this water, and while some carbonated waters can mess with my stomach, this was great!


Dinner was made from “processed” foods, but it was still balanced. Processed shouldn’t be a word we fear. Beyond Meat burger with delish pickles, mayo, and mustard / vegetable fries with ketchup / salad kit with a creamy pepita dressing. This meal wasn’t homemade per se, but boy was it perfect!


I had a slice of our TJ’s fudge loaf cake with yogurt mixed with beet powder and pb powder. Beets and chocolate were made for each other! We watched another episode of the Grand Tour. I know I sound like a broken record, but we typically just follow one show at a time plus it’s so good.



We slept well and late, and then I made a stellar breakfast. Part of my leftover lunch (I got three servings out of it, and it’s was priced so well!), wilted spinach, and an apple with sunflower chia seed butter. Love sweet and savory combos!


I started coloring my Lil Bub Coloring Book. Isn’t she adorable?


I committed to cleaning and organizing our place from the kitchen to the bathrooms, dusted, vacuumed, did some laundry. The whole bit. It feels so good to be clean and organized as we enter the new year!

Lunch was leftover salad with a mug of shredded wheat with butter toffee pecans.

I used the self-clean setting on the oven, which worked wonders. You can see it glowing in the photo below. However, our place smells awful. I’ll need to open the windows.

Snackage included chips, carrots, and hummus.


Then for dinner I made Alexis’ Vegan Lasagna Soup. Five stars! I couldn’t find the pasta sauce she called for, so I used a jar of Otamot that I gave to Matt in his stocking. πŸ˜‰ I met the founder at FNCE, and I thought it was a great tasting sauce.


Tada! Freshly shredded parmesan on top. Matt went back for seconds – big compliment. πŸ™‚


I didn’t take a before because it was atrocious. But on the left was after the clean cycle, and on the right is after I wiped it with a wet rag. So much better!

Our babies couldn’t be any cuter!



I had a mug of yogurt with cinnamon, banana, Multigrain Cheerios, and pb. Classic combo that will never get old.


I hung my new Lil Bub 2020 calendar in the office of my home/main clinic, and I just love seeing her face!


One of my coworkers and sweet friends surprised me with this lip balm. How fun is it?! I’ll take everything avocado, thankyouverymuch.


We had to exchange my Heidi Hull necklace because it had a nick in it, but Barre3 customer service is the best! They got this replacement to me quickly, and isn’t it gorgeous?


I adore my necklaces and more importantly, I appreciate Matt giving serious thought to them. He knows me so well!


I truly wish you all the very best as we leave 2019 and enter 2020! May you know that you are enough just as you and do not owe anyone weight loss or manipulation of your body. Instead of a resolution, try coming up with one word or phrase that you would like to work towards in the coming year. ❀

6 thoughts on “Soaking Up the Last of 2019

  1. Loved this all from start to finish! πŸ™‚ You have such a fun, conversational writing style; and I enjoy seeing what foods you’re enjoying. (You seem to be a fellow peanut butter addict. HA!).
    Happy New Year! Here’s to a wonderful, happy year ahead!! πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! I appreciate you saying that, & I’m grateful my posts read in a conversational manner. That’s what I hope for! πŸ™‚ I LOVE peanut butter! You are absolutely right.

      Happy New Year to you too! 2020 is going to be amazing for us both! ❀️


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