Joe and Lizz got stuck in Atlanta on Tuesday night – their flight was delayed from Austin, so they didn’t get to Chicago until yesterday morning.  I knew we were going to be meeting them out to for dinner to meet her parents, but I didn’t know where we were going so I decided to make my breakfast and lunch as healthy as possible.

I wanted to make a smoothie for breakfast, but my blender is so old and loud, and it was early and Tony was still sleeping.  I decided to blend it outside!  Yep, I am a hillbilly like that. Open-mouthed smile

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  • 1.5 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1/2 a cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

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While I know it doesn’t look pretty, this tasted really good.  I sipped it on my way to work.

I had to do a Sam’s Club run for work to stock up our beverage fridge.  I stopped at Mariano’s to hit up their salad bar to accessorize my lunch.  This whole container was $4, which I don’t think is too bad.  I had fat free ranch dressing at work.

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I also had a cup of my Cincinnati chili with jalapenos – wish they were spicier!

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We ended up meeting them at Nick’s Pizza.  We got there before them so we sat at the bar.  Love a bar that has good beer on tap!  I got a Fat Tire.  Tony?  A fucking Miller Lite.  Always Miller Lite – gah!  And peanuts are everywhere – you just throw the shells on the floor!


We ended up eating chicken wings as appetizers (I had 4) and then a double decker pizza, which is dough, sauce, cheese, more dough, sauce and toppings, then cheese.  I didn’t take any pictures at dinner – we were enjoying getting to know Lizz’s parents.

They are wonderful.  Very down to earth, they love Joe and welcome him into their family.  Lizz’s parents were both born in Mexico and didn’t come to the states until their teenage years.  Lizz’s Mom was so apologetic about her English, but she was just fine.  Lizz’s brother was also with us – he’s in 8th grade. Open-mouthed smile

After dinner we headed back to her parents house.  I felt right at home as soon as I walked in.  Want to know why? 

There were snowmen everywhere!!

She has my dream Christmas tree – every single ornament is a snowman!!  Skippy, you would have loved to see this tree!

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Yep, I was in snowman heaven!  If I could decorate today, I would, but Tony doesn’t like the decorations up for very long – I think after December 10 he’s okay, but literally by New Year’s Day he wants everything gone.  Bah humbug!

We ended up talking for hours and didn’t get home until nearly 1:30 a.m. last night!  Needless to say, I didn’t wake up until 10:15 this morning. Flirt male

So we have plans to meet the kids for lunch today, not sure where yet.  I had a piece of toast to tied me over until then.  And I have to get to the gym at some point today.  I took a rest day yesterday and I am so glad I did – I was so sore from that exercise class on Tuesday night!

So thank you to Maria and Arturo for a wonderful dinner and evening!

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So how many points did I earn on my Snowman Challenge yesterday?  35 points

  • 10 points for having veggies at breakfast and lunch
  • 10 points for logging my food
  • 10 points for getting my water in
  • 5 points for 5 positives for the day
  1. Thankful that Joe and Lizz got here safely
  2. meeting Lizz’s parents
  3. taking a rest day from working out Open-mouthed smile
  4. double decker pizza – it’s amazeballs
  5. sleeping in today

Off to jump in the shower and I’ll see where the day takes me – make it a great day!