Ridin’ Solo

by Holly on July 18, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,meet-up,reviews,silliness,Wisconsin

What up homies?!?!

Get ready for some tried and true white girl wannabe rap speak, because yours truly has indeed been ridin’ solo this weekend. That means I spent a lot of quality time with myself and did not socialize with real human beings for a solid 36 hours.

You’ve been warned.

After a month’s worth of crazy biznass, my stress levels were definitely more than elevated this past week. Luckily, this weekend (and next weekend!) are completely devoid of plans and the perfect time to do some major catch-up on R&R – reflecting on and rejoicing life. Obvs.

I threw in a pedicure and a trip to Target for help in achieving the reflecting (pedicures provide a solid 40 minutes to be grateful there are people in the world willing to beautify your horrendous feet) and the rejoicing (1/2 gallon of organic milk on sale for under $3!).

Because when my life be stressin’ me, my remedy is bringing back sweet memories…

Like cooking.

I am sure Talib would agree it is the epitome of bringing back said memories.

In the midst of an intense 3 1/2-hour long apartment cleaning spree on Saturday morning, which involved paper towls, Windex cleaner, Lysol disinfecting wipes and one crazy biatch determined to leave no spiderweb or crumb uncleaned, I found a box of tabbouli hiding in the back of my pantry.

Add boiling water, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, a couple shakes of all-purpose seasoning + a drizzle of olive oil, and you have yourself this delight…

Fresh, flavorful and no ovens were turned on in the process.

Because y’all had some stellar ideas for using up my stash of Pomi tomatoes, I wound up with a a serious craving for gazpacho. Luckily, with the help of my homegirl Terry Walters, I found the perfect recipe in my Clean Food cookbook…

Two boxes of tomatoes down, 46 more to go…

This was the cool, refreshing and delicious result…

Because I told you all “Pair it with a carb!” is my new mantra, I enjoyed a side of Fritos along with this bowl of antioxidant goodness.

I believe my boo Nelly said it best: it’s gettin’ hot in herre.

Yes, 88 degrees…in my apartment.

No good.

No good at all.

I tucked my tummy tight and did my crunches like that doing 60 minutes of an elliptical + running hybrid at the gym then grabbed my lightest sundress, camera and headed out into the great wide world of Madison, Wisconsin…

Clearly, there had to be a reward at the end of the 4-mile walking sojourn.

Yes, Key Lime Pie froyo.

Topped with raspberries, coconut and flax granola…

Yes, yes and yes.

The fun didn’t stop there.

I clearly ain’t no golddigger. I read magazines at drug stores because I am too cheap to buy them.

Apparently, I’m not too much of a broke a$$ hoe however because I still managed to find some dolla dolla bills y’all to purchase these two lovelies from Urban Outfitters…

Stripes are my jam.

I ended the night by FINALLY finishing An Education.

It was so good – lovely and inspiring. I also now have a girl crush on Carey Mulligan.

This morning, Kristie and I met up for a 3-mile run at 7:30am.

Yes, seven-thirty in the morning.

You can do those things when you get to bed at 10:30pm on a Saturday night, yo.

Plus, when you have decided on getting the BEST scones in the world post-run, the motivation is definitely there to pound out those miles for one of these…

In the words of one of rap’s biggest creepers, it was the world’s greatest.

Now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of Sunday hopefully not solo but nonetheless filled with yoga, laying out at the park, reading, watching more of The Tudors: Season 1 and making homemade pizza.

With that, we out, we out.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a faboosh giveaway!


Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks July 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

Those scones look worth the 7:30 run indeed! Diggin’ your hip-hop references — this opera girl has a secret love of all things hip and hoppin’ . . .

Mama Pea July 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

I think I just found a scone recipe to makeovah. YUM! I love that gray stripey shirt you bought. I love pedicures. I love phone chats. I’ll talk to you soon!

Crunchy Granola Gal July 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

the ghetto fabulousness of this post is unbeatable. aaand i’ve always wanted to hit up tha streets of madison, key lime froyo in hand. glad you got your alone time in – totally necessary for sanity.

happy sunday chica!

Erica July 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Alone time is such bliss sometimes. You have totally been go go go, so I’m glad you found some time to relax. Key lime yogurt? So jealous. I’m sure Josh is too because Key lime pie is his favorite dessert. The gazpacho looks like it turned out really well. I love magazines- rarely can justify spending $5 to buy one though. I browsed while we were out yesterday as well. And now its Sunday. Ugh…I’m so not up for Monday tomorrow

Lauren July 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I dream of being able to take a trip by myself someday. How entirely good for your own soul would it be to just spend a few days with nothing to think about but yourself. Entirely self focused but I think we all need this! It’s so good to remember to devote time and energy to ourselves after spending countless hours on others. Glad you had a great weekend! :)

Evan Thomas July 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I need that froyo in my life

Jenna July 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Sometimes a girl just needs a weekend of ridin’ solo. It can be good for the soul and the mind. :) Key Lime froyo sounds pretty fabulous and I am still trying to find a great froyo place in Minneapolis with no luck. Boo. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Carbzilla July 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I could eat Tabbouleh every day. Definitely love the idea of adding the chickpeas.

I loved The Education, as heartbreaking as it was. I definitely need to wear dresses more.

Awesome days, m’dear!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I love solo days. Of course, I deal with people all day at work, so I like my “Maddie” time on my days off! Still haven’t heard about the job and I found out it could be another WEEK before I know! Needless to say, I’m going craaaazy. So when are we going to Argentina?

Laura July 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Everyone needs a bit of alone time sometimes! i love it!! that really does look like an amazing scone! x

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries July 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Loove that song. Every time it comes on in the car I blast it and I love singing that one “solo” part super high! Haha but anyway your tabbouleh looks amazing, that’s been on my to-make list for ages now. Also.. key lime pie froyo? With all my fave toppings?! YUM. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, it sounds fab!

Rosey Rebecca July 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I love R&R and pedicures and organic milk are certainly reasons to rejoice! Glad you have some time to de-stress. That scone sounds delicious times 55.

Rachael July 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I feel you with the solo thing – I’m on the road for three months with my partner, and as adorable/wonderful/smelly as he is, the whole attached-at-the-hip-sleeping-in-the-car-hour-upon-hour-of-driving thing has me craving my own company. Frequently. Today I disappeared into the woods for four hours, ’cause I’m in New Hampshire and shit, there’s a lot of woods around.
When I am alone (and finding myself living in an actual house) cleaning provides me with hours of endless pleasure. There’s something to be said for shiny surfaces and neatly made beds – order in a chaotic world?
I really want to visit Madison. I’ve been told it’s a place where my inner freak would be satisfied and not glanced twice at. I think we’re touring the Midwest come spring. Wisconsin’s gonna happen, I can feel it.

Angharad July 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I am SO excited to do NOTHING this week and next weekend – it’s my first glimmer of nothingness for weeks and I intend to do a lot of that stuff: painting nails, maybe clothes shopping, running, maybe some beach and swim action. Ahhh. Sounds like bliss.
I am also dying to see An Education! AND I have a Gazpacho recipe up my sleeve that I’ve been wanting to bust out so….we twins :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Oh I love your steals from Urban Outfitters!! Especially the striped one on the left. Adorable!

And that scone, by the way, looks to die for amazing. :D

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover July 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hahahaha – loved this post, Holly!
Delicious eats and amazing pics, as always.
I love this song, btw!
Jason Derulo rocks :D

Kate July 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm

ahahaha! love this post! i honestly get excited every time i see a new post from you in my google reader. you are a hoot!

and i would like to nominate terry walters for some kind of genious award. seriously.

Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Sometimes you just need a little alone time! That scone looks AWESOME!!

You must tell about all fabulous things to do in Madison as I have only been once, but live close now and have no idea what it has to do!!!

Brynne July 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

Yay gazpacho!

Ridin’ Solo is my jam lately. A. It is amazing. B. It makes me feel amazing.

Also, I love The Tudors and I swear it’s not ONLY because of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Why must you live so far away??

Kate July 19, 2010 at 7:54 am

I had a po’ , plan-less, and less people filled wkend too, and how great they can be! I also stumbled upon this new trailer- yes!!! http://www.letyourselfgo.com/
And your gazpacho looks amazing! Way better than the one I had out at a restaurant on Sat.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 19, 2010 at 8:11 am

cleaning, gazpacho, target, urban outfitters, working out, magazines, and movies. you just described my perfect weekend :)

Maura July 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

i loooove the r. kelly reference!! i have to admit sometimes I listen to that song on repeat. and by sometimes, I mean once a week. ha

Emily Lou July 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

Love the rap references. They are artists, after all, so why not borrow a phrase or two every now and then? So jealous of the fro-yo. I’m studying in Germany and apparently this country has something against low-fat anything, even if it’s low-fat deliciousness!

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

Haha, the freestyling is awesome. Way to kick it, white girl!

I want that froyo. :)

Leanne July 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

It is so amazing to find a Madison-based blogger!! I’ve been an avid follower of foodie/fitness blogs for about a year and just started my own. I’ve been dying to try Lazy Jane’s and those scones look amazing.

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) July 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

your weekend sound AMAZING! I want one! :)

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Gazpacho! Yum! Recipe?? And PS. A blog with rap and hip hop references is held in high regard in my mind. You got skillz. PSS. Shout out to a fellow Midwesterner. I’m from Minneapolis!

Bekah July 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Pretty sure I spent my childhood going to Walgreens to read magazines while my mom grocery shopped. True story. In fact, I still do this.

Love your outfit, your recipe, your scone (eek! you weren’t the only one to post a “best scone ever” in their blog this week!) and your post, as usual.

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Sooo I know I’m about a week late with this comment (ahhh, Google reader – you’re killin’ me), but I love, love, love your use of hip hop references. Jay Z’s “Brush you shoulders off” is a big time pump up song for me =)

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