A Few Good Books and Post Workout Salad

When I got home on Friday I was excited to find my photo album from Amazon had arrived. I have about 500 prints waiting to be put into albums, so I dove right in.

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The album itself is just average:( The cover seems sturdy, and the look is pretty basic (just what I wanted), but only two photos fit on each page. I guess it’s not too much to complain about, but with 500 photos, i’m going to need way more albums than I originally expected. On the plus side, the magnetic pages really help to secure the photos in place, which is exactly what I was looking for when I bought the thing. It’s going to be a work in progress for a long time. I think I managed to label and place only about 50 pictures in the album so far.

When Saturday rolled around, Jason and I got ready to head to the Leesburg Premium Outlets. We took the scenic route which was a nice change from all the traffic were accustomed to. The trip was a success and we ended up getting a John Boos cutting board for half off at William-Sonoma, and I bought a few tops at The Loft. Gotta love a good deal!

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We made a few pit stops at HomeGoods and World Market before heading over to Genghis Grill (a mongolian BBQ restaurant) for dinner. There was a large selection of protein, veggies, and sauces to put into our bowls before we handed it to off to be cooked with our choice of “starch”. I choose the udon noodles while Jason opted for brown rice. We had fun playing around with the new touch screen systems they had at each table while we waited for our meals to arrive.

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Leftovers!

Our meals were great as expected… I mean, you can’t go wrong when you ‘create’ it yourself, right? I would definitely suggest mongolian BBQ for anyone with a more picky appetite like myself. Since i’m a vegetarian, I sometimes have to get creative with my orders when eating out (“umm, can I have the chicken salad without the chicken please?”).  Genghis Grill was the perfect choice for us. I was able to have tons of veggies, while Jason got to fill up on meat.

A Few Good Books

Today I also wanted to share a few of the books I’ve recently read. I’m not going to lie, I hated reading up until I discovered the Kindle and Nook apps on my iPad. Then I transitioned to the Nook simple touch and turned into a reading machine. I may be one of the very few people who actually doesn’t enjoy reading hard copy books. I just don’t like the smell and can’t stand turning pages. I think it’s the rough feel of the paper that turns me off. The Nook turned out to be pretty perfect. I can chug right through novels on my nook in about a day and a half, whereas the same book would take me at least a week if it were a hardcopy. Weird, I know… But here are a few of my favorites from this past month in no particular order.

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1. Gingerbread Man – I read this book last month when I was searching for Halloween themed books, and it did not dissapoint. Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne, not to be confused with the children’s book,  was a quick and easy read. It’s a murder/kidnap mystery that had me guessing the whole way through. The characters are likable, but you never know who to trust, which makes it that much more of a page turner.   Although the topic may be sensitive for some readers likes, I was satisfied with the ending and felt that all loose ends were tied up without leaving any questions unanswered.

2. All The Way Home – Another page turner! All The Way Home, by Wendy Corsi Staub, was suspense, thriller, mystery all rolled into one novel that I could not put down. All of the characters were well developed and each added more and more suspense to the storyline. I found this book at Barnes&Noble.com in their Halloween themed section last month, which turned out to be another winner.

3. Pretty Little Liars – Basically any of these books are great reads. I’ve read every single one and can’t wait for the 14th volume to come out in December. Every book has a new mystery thats all leading up to one big mystery that the characters have been trying to solve throughout the series. I’ve been a huge fan of the ABC Family show based on the same books, so it was fun to see how the TV version would differ from the books. I’m definitely older than the targeted demographic for these books, but if your looking for a fun mystery series, they’re perfect.

And now I leave you with this…

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Jason and I have been doing the BeachBody Insanity program for about two weeks now. I plan on doing a post about how it’s been going after we really make some headway into the 60 day program. This post workout salad was just the right size to zap a bit of energy back into me after our  “insane” workout. And since we ended up working out pretty late (uh, 10pm) I didn’t want anything too heavy sitting in my stomach right before bed.  This salad was pretty basic, and the prep was quick and easy.

Post Workout Salad

1 cup greens

3 tbs shaved carrots

3-4 artichoke hearts

1/2 of a medium tomato

1 sprinkling of parmesan cheese

Oil and Vinegar to taste

I tossed all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl to make sure everything was incorporated well, then transferred it to a regular dinner bowl.

Enjoy!

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