A staycation is where you are off of work, but you stay at home.  Love it!  I have a ton of stuff I want to do while I am off.  I have lots of new recipes to try, one day I am going out to lunch with my Mom and going to a movie, then the day after Thanksgiving, Hannah and I are going to take the train downtown Chicago and see all the Christmas lights!  And lots of fitness center time! 😀

I am glad I am not alone in grabbing the Christmas spirit too early!  My blog friend (even though I am old enough to be her Mutti!)  K and I are on the same page – Christmas music on the radio!!  Um, since I have new readers this year, I have a confession to make.  I like snowmen.  Um, I may have about 300+ snowman of all shapes and sizes, not including the snowmen ornaments I have!  It is my goal, to one year have an all snowman Christmas tree! 😀

Okay, back to today!  I had no clue what to make for breakfast, so I stopped by Panera Bread.  I called ahead, hoping my Power Breakfast Sandwich and Small Fruit Cup would be ready by the time I got there.  Um, not so much!  Now I have had issues with this Panera Bread before – they seem to have tons of people working, but its so f’ing slow!  I get there, give them my name and he says it will be right up.  Mind you, this is 10 minutes after I called in the order!  I sit back, I wait.  They said “we ran out of eggs so we are making more – it will be just a couple minutes.”  Try 10 minutes later! So it took them 20 minutes to make a breakfast sandwich and fruit cup?

Once Tony has been to a place that has slow service, bad food, he won’t go back.  Me, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.  But I am seriously thinking I may just drive past this place!  That being said, the Power Breakfast Sammie was. . . delicious! It has this sharp Vermont cheddar cheese that just pulled the whole thing together for me.  So my thought is next time I order it 20 minutes before I want it! 😀



It was a very filling breakfast!  I eat this around 8:45 and didn’t fix my lunch until 1:30! I took the rest of my Chinese food from last night and just rinsed it under cold water.  I was left with 2 ounces of shrimp and 4 ounces of broccoli.  I added carrot, bean sprouts and water chestnuts, and used my Korean bbq sauce at 20 calories a tablespoon for the seasoning.


Reason # 1,202 that I love my husband!  He bought me these chips!


Yep – Habanero lime potato chips – so good!  I had 1/2 a bag while the grill was getting to temperature.

Reason number #1,203 that I love my husband?  He made dinner!  I hog the kitchen all the time, but it is nice to sit back and get served dinner! 😀  On the menu?  Man Food! Beef roast on the grill with salt and pepper baked potatoes.  Heaven on a Plate!


Rare meat is at 140 degrees, so well pull our meat off at about 125 degrees, since it still cooks while resting.  Perfect!



My plate: 6 ounces of potato, 1 pat of butter, 5 ounces of beef and 1 tablespoon of horseradish sauce.


Dinner was: 482 calories, 36 carbs, 16 fat and 47 protein

It was so nice out tonight that we sat outside and had a glass of wine while Tony was grilling.  Thank you Tony for a great start to my relaxing staycation! I love you!  😀

Soon these days will be gone when our yard is filled with snow!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1480 calories
  • 44 fat
  • 172 carbs
  • 107 protein
  • 18 fiber
  • 50 minute walk at lunch
  • 90 ounces of water – nice! 😀

Off to snuggle with Tony!  See you tomorrow night! 😀