refreshed.

by Holly on March 13, 2011

in blog stuff,breakfast,dinner,eating out,friends,happiness,Italian,lunch,rambling

I love daylight savings time.

I did not love losing that hour of glorious Sunday sleep this morning, which I am sure is going to be even more apparent tomorrow when my alarm goes off at 6:00am, and I want to cry because it feels like the ungodly hour of 5:00am. I will, however, love leaving work after 5pm and knowing I still have time to go home and run OUTSIDE during daylight. Eeep, daylight!!

Can you sense my excitement?

Daylight, daylight, daylight, dayyyliighhhttt!!!

You see, February was a bit of a off month for me. Every year without fail, I get in a hard-to-break, call-me-Cruella-DeVille-because-I-am-a-crabby-biatch funk. I get sick of being cooped up indoors. I get sick of running on the dreadmill at the gym. I get sick of the bone-chilling cold permanently seeped in my bones. I get sick of root vegetables and yes – gasp! – sweet potatoes.

1 steamed sweet potato
1 t Earth Balance spread
veggie scramble (eggs, spinach + green onion)
parmesan cheese
salt + peppah

When March finally arrives and along with it, longer days, warmer weather and the anticipation of summer; my normal happy self returns. This March however, my normal happy self took a bit longer seeing as Mama Nature decided to dump us Madisonians with six inches of unwelcome snow last week.

That’s when I knew I just needed a bit of a break.

I took a couple days off blogging.

I amped up my workouts (increased half-marathon mileage = increased endorphins).

I went out to eat a lot (ahem, lemongrass ginger martinis, seaweed salad + sushi, Greek pizza, BBQ Chicken pizza + beer included).

I got lots of sleep.

I ate many a runny eggs.

And I feel good.

So good, in fact, that I busted out my 9-mile run today in just over 80 minutes. I came home, stretched, refueled my fatigued muscles, belted it out to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” and potentially scared my neighbor out of ever saying hi to me again.

1 cup Stonfield Farms strawberry yogurt
1/4 cup Cranberry Orange Galaxy Granola
1/2 sliced naner
1/2 sliced naner + 1 T almond butter
GT Trilogy Kombucha (my fave flavor!)

Then, in a surprise bout of productivity, I showered, deep conditioned my curly locks, organized my finances, grocery shopped and cleaned my apartment for the first time in weeks (including a complete reorganization + cleanse of my closet), which could only be accomplished with two slices of cold pizza in hand. Obvs.

Ummm, has anybody ever studied the link between increased productivity + eating cold pizza?

I think there’s something there.

Then, it was time for a special date.

Brett {!!!}

He was driving through town, so I met him at a super classy, upscale joint called Olive Garden out by the highway. When yours truly goes to Olive Garden (which hasn’t happened in at least five years), there is one thing and one thing only I order: soup, salad and UNLIMITED breadsticks.

So bad, and yet, so good.

We talked about which flat panel TV stands he wanted to buy for his new apartment, about our upcoming half-marathon race plans and then both ate way too much.

By the way, did you know running 9 miles can be negated simply by eating six breadsticks? Sad.

Anyways, I also stayed busy this weekend with blog updates!

Did you notice…

More updates + changes to be unveiled this week.

Thanks to all my readers and my slew of NEW readers for hanging with me through the funk! Now, if you’ll excuse me, if I go to bed now, I just may be able to trick myself into waking up at 5:00am after all…or was it 6:00am?

{ 31 comments }

Amy B @ Second City Randomness March 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Ahahaha… Olive Garden. It’s like me and Red Lobster. I don’t really enjoy going, but when I do (bc my mom loves it), the cheesy biscuits get INHALED!

I’m nervous how tonight’s sleep is going to go… but yes- daylight after I get out of work? Bring it!

Have a wonderful week, Holly!!!! :)

Matt March 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Olive Garden breadsticks have crack in them!

Amanda (Eating Up) March 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I got out of work at 7 today and I could still see light. It was glorious!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

you have been a blog makeover machine. LOVE THE CHANGES!!!!

it all takes SO MUCH TIME that only another blogger can truly appreciate.

the egg in that pic…it’s so perfect and round. you must cook it that way in order to get it to be so…”together”. Secret? I have cooked eggs in the micro before in a dish and that’s the only way i can get the uniform roundness.

The things i notice. I am weird, yes :)

Lauren http://theclimbingchef.blogspot.com/ March 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Good job, my dear! You deserved the break and all of your changes on your blog are great :)
I agree that it’s sad that a 9mile run is cancelled out by 6 bread sticks… but they are such good bread sticks!! I think it might be worth it :)

Danielle March 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Sooo happy you’re feeling fab! Glad you were able to enjoy the weekend in every which way. Love ya, girlfriend!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I had a long run yesterday that I negated in about two minutes with a slice of cake- and then I had two more slices!

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I seriously love your header the more I look at it! I’m glad you’re feeling de-funked and hahahah to upscale olive garden off the highway!

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

As I said before, your header is so you! :) Love it more each time I look at it… :)

I, too, love that it’ll be light out longer – more time for the toddler to run around outside and (hopefully) not tear apart the house… :)

Sounds like you’ve been doing well. I’m glad! :)

Have a great week!

sarah (sarah learns) March 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

your blog is looking great! are you the talent behind all of these updates?!? i really need a technology lesson so i can fix up my bloggie!

i’m with on the lovin’ the daylight and the possibility of outside afternoon runs!!! hooray!

sofia March 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

sounds like my kinda weekend, pizza, unlimited breadsticks and all. I always knew you were a champ.

…oh, and nice run? haha. :)

Lauren March 14, 2011 at 5:34 am

That sweet potato is the best thing I’ve seen all weekend.

Glad you are feeling refreshed and fabulous! :)

Erica March 14, 2011 at 6:15 am

Glad you’re feeling good! Daylight savings time…meh. It made teaching my 5:45 AM Body Pump class fun this morning haha. That egg scramble on top of the potato looks so good. And what a great date :)

Katie March 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

Just have to say cold pizza is the BEST! I think I love cold pizza better than warm ; )

Im glad you took a some time from no blogging and relaxed, had some yummy food, saw Brett, and got a good run in!!! Have a great day love! xoxoxo <3

Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

I feel like I’m missing that hour of sleep, even though I slept in on Sunday! But I agree–the daylight is pretty fabulous!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 14, 2011 at 7:53 am

Thank you for reminding me to take my Kombucha to work today. And for making me crave lemongrass ginger martinis at 9am. :)

Congrats on busting out the 9 mi run – that’s awesome!

brandi March 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

I hear ya, girl. February always seems to just kick me when I’m down, but March is when things start to look up again.

SO happy for longer days, even if it means a few more dark mornings for a while :)

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport March 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

I am constantly fighting some funk. I blame it on being hungry. Spain’s national dinner time – 9 PM or later. Unacceptable. I am learning how to manage … slowly. :)

Oh, and daylight savings here means in the summer it won’t be dark until 10 pm. I think I am in the minority but I hate daylight savings!

Chloe@321delish March 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

Eggs added to any dish totally enhance the food! I randomly stuck a fried egg on my turkey and swiss wrap the other day and it was a completely different meal!

ALSO- The new header is great :) Definitely gives the blog more character!

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

ADORE the new header and layout of things! Seriously…adore!

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

I haven’t been to the Olive Garden since my freshman year of college, but I miss those breadsticks. Screw the soup and salad, just give me the carbs!!

Katie March 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hooray for Happy-Holly! I’m also in love with daylight savings…although that extra hour of sleep was missed, for sure. Also, I love Olive Garden. I think that salad has crack in it.

emily (a nutritionist eats) March 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Ugh, winter blues get me every year…it’s like I can’t put my finger on why I’m not feeling like myself and then it hits me: WINTER!
PS. I’ve totally been craving Olive Garden lately, not sure what it is!

janetha @ meals and moves March 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

i am so glad you love the light. i am the same way. naturally.

Megan (Braise the Roof) March 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Girl, I feel ya. It was rough waking up this morning! It’s supposed to get to 60 in Chicago this week- we’re turning the corner!! :)

Jen March 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

LOVE Daylight savings time!!! It makes my heart happy :)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I don’t think there is anything more addicting than those breadsticks!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I love your new header! And I hear ya on the February (err…early March) funk, been there. Spring is in sight though! Nice job on the 9-miler, btw :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Gotta love those breadsticks!

I love the way it feels outside right now. It feels all fresh and delicious (?!?!). I hate February.

T March 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Loove olive garden breadsticks! I just like bread. with butter. and garlic. lol ooh and cheese. yummy.

Jessica March 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

This morning was a serious biatch, but I too am happy to have more daylight hours! And you can never go wrong with Olive Garden breadsticks. Yum.

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