Friday, July 20, 2012


Excited: We leave on Saturday for our 10-day tour of the West coast! We're flying to San Diego, CA, then hitting up the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park (complete with a 14 mile hike to Half Dome) and then San Francisco. Duuude.

Reading: About eight things. So far this summer I've gobbled up The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates, Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner, An Amateur Marriage by Ann Tyler, and The Last Symbol by Dan Brown. Still working on Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, and then on to Maggie Now by Betty Smith (one of my favorite authors).

Wishing: To try this. Would it not be the coolest thing ever to make caprese salad with my own basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese?! Incidentally, I have several homegrown tomatoes ready for use and my basil is going crazy. Maybe it's time for bruschetta while I consider the mozzarella.

Courtesy of The Kitchn. As I said, I've not yet attempted this. 

Drinking: My new favorite smoothie--half a banana, 4-6 oz of almond milk, peanut butter and a smidge of nutella. So sweet, but low calorie and with just the right punch of protein. Yum.

Losing: Down almost 15 pounds this summer!! Super excited to look the way I did on my wedding day, and hoping that maybe I can keep up the momentum.