It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .
Ever heard that quote? It’s from A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens. Well, we’re not talking about Dickens or his two cities today. Instead, I figured I’d add some humor to your Friday by sharing a quick Tale of Two Treats!
Yesterday after work, I went to my friend (and incredible mentor/mother figure) Kathy’s house and while we were gabbing away in her kitchen, she remembered that she had a gift for me. Now, let me just say, Kathy is an ultimate gift giver! She puts so much thought and care into her gifts. For instance, she made these for me a while back and they’re my FAVORITE accessories!! . . . says the accessory hoarder 😉
So I waited anxiously, ready to be blown away by her generosity once again. She came into the kitchen holding a beautiful pink package for me!
As I ripped open the package, my eyes widened and my smile grew—she got me THE SKINNY RULES!!!!
What’s The Skinny Rules? Oh you know, just a new book by the hottest trainer—Bob Harper! (That’s right, I said it!) Okay, so I must admit, I have a mega crush on Bob Harper. I mean, c’mon, those BEAUTIFUL blue eyes, his strong physique, sassy attitude, and hipster persona are just soooo overwhelming . . . *ahem* is it getting warm in here or is that just me?!? What do you mean you don’t see it?
Alright, alright, I could post pics of Bob all day and be perfectly happy, but we need to move on. He’s just supa fine, okay? Okay. This gift was perfect—not only do I get to look at Bob any time I want, but I’ve actually been interested in picking up the book to read all of his hot tips and gain some more fitness insight. I hadn’t had much opportunity to pick it up at the store, so getting it as a present is just wonderful. I mean, I’m only into the 1st chapter and I’m already totally diggin’ it. We had the biggest “Holy moly!!!” laughing (because we totally get it) moment when I read this part from his intro on “A New Way To Think About Dieting” section out loud:
YOU SAY: “All I have to do is exercise a lot, and the weight will come off.”
I SAY: Well yes—if you’ve got about five hours to spare every day. That four-mile walk you take every morning? It burns about 350 calories—not even a small bag of fries at McDonald’s. That hour of Pilates or yoga? Ditto—not even equal to a large chai latte at Starbucks.
What I love is that he’s offering practical insight, and then breaks it down to include a menu plan and recipes! Now that I’m making more meals at home, I’m super excited to try some of the new recipes in Bob’s book! THANK YOU, KATHY FOR THIS AWESOME GIFT!!
Now, onto . . .
After I got home, I went up to the kitchen to get some things ready for the today’s breakfast, and noticed another little surprise! I live in a house with 5 other girls, so we utilize a community white board in our kitchen to share notes/updates on what’s going on around the house. As i looked at the board, I found a note from my friend who had stopped by earlier, saying that she had dropped off some bags of food for me! That’s right, I almost forgot—it’s Thursday—it’s gleaning day! My friend works with a gleaning co-op every Thursday and on her way home, drops off some extra bags of fruits, veggies, etc. for me to use in my meals in the next week. These are foods that are nearing the end of their shelf life, so the stores can’t sell them, but they are still ripe for use so they give them to the gleaning co-op free for the taking. So anyone who is part of the co-op gets to go on certain days to pick out whatever and however much they want from the bins to take home. I was so EXCITED to see the 2 bags full of mushrooms, oranges, corn on the cob, cucumbers, lettuce, and spelt flour bread!!
As my curiosity about the CAKE that was mentioned began to pique, I walked into the main kitchen area and saw exactly what she had done. She had left me a GIGANTIC cake on my counter.
You guys, I have a GINORMOUS cake sitting on my counter!!! hahahhahahhahaha!!! All I could do was laugh super hard. I took a closer look and was so disgusted. In fact, I actually looked at it and said, “Sick.” out loud. Yeah, no thanks. There’s NO WAY I’m putting that sugarfied over-processed junk in my body! hahaha! So I did the only think I could think of . . . and mind you, I’m not proud of this . . . I offered it up to my housemates. This morning, I noticed a big piece missing from the corner and I felt terrible. For all my healthy eating and focusing on encouraging the same in my housemates, I just set them up for failure. So, when I get home, whatever isn’t eaten is going in the dumpster. So, dear friend that drops off my yummy produce with love, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FRUITS AND VEGGIES AND SPELT BREAD!!! . . . And thank you for the laugh with the cake! 😉
I went to bed smiling at the SWEET* irony of getting THE SKINNY RULES and then heading home to this behemoth slab ‘o’ nast! hahaha!