The Art of Racing Through the Week

It’s Friday? Already?

How the HELL did that happen?? Now it wouldn’t be too bad if I worked Monday – Friday, but the fact that I’m sitting here only moments before having to jump in the shower and ready myself for the next three nights of zombie walking, has me looking back over the last five days, recognizing the bittersweet ticking of the clock of life. There’s a reason that John Burrough’s famous quote is one of my favorites…

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”

Though I have to say, I did think a lot of thoughts, walk a lot of walks WHILE reading a book, and while I didn’t see many friends, I did spend a few special hours with two of my favorite little family members. And I was also able to indulge my foodie side on more than a few occasions, but don’t let me get ahead of myself. 😉

Gym Selfie

I found it amusing the other day when, while doing laundry, I noticed over half the clothes I was washing were my workout clothes. I have been to the gym nearly every day since Monday…logging in a LOT of hours. No, I’m not on some crazy new diet plan. I’m just flexing my little book-worm muscles…pretty soon, I’m sure I’ll evolve into some sort of creature not of this world and take over New York City…storming the Barnes & Noble for all its newest releases…or something like that. You’ve been warned.

The Art of Racing in the Rain Book - Treadmill - Gym

After finally checking out the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, I began reading on Monday in thirty-minute increments while walking on the treadmill at the gym. Well, as of today, I’m up to TWO HOURS and I only have a few chapters left! Ha. Thank you Amanda…from food to cosmetics, to literary recommendations, you’ve never steered me wrong. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book…from the sarcastic humor to “make you think” life lessons that pop up every few chapters, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! And it also doesn’t hurt that it embraces my alliteration-loving self. 🙂

Other things that were scattered about my week…

A trip to a new-to-me sushi place in town called Shogun. I’ve been there before for the hibachi grill, but after hearing from more than a few coworkers that their sushi was phenomenal, I had to go check it out for myself!

Sushi - Shogun - Monkey Brain

Behold the Monkey Brain! Crab-stuffed mushrooms battered and deep-fried and then drizzled with an artsy tie-dye mix of lick-the-plate-clean sauces!

Sushi - Shogun - Red Bull RollAnd the Red Bull: A crab and avocado roll, topped with seared beef, BBQ sauce, and scallions. It may not have given me wings, but I do think I got a glimpse of Heaven after the first bite. 😉


Midway through the week, I knocked off another of “my list” items on Netflix…Chef! Seriously? So cute. Just a word to the wise…don’t watch it while hungry…you’ll end up ransacking your kitchen! Lol

Foodie Goodies - Salted Caramel JIF Whips Peanut Butter

Yesterday, while traveling out of town to visit family, I stopped in at a Super Target (because well, duh) and finally…excuse me, FINALLY found the salted caramel Jif Whips that I’ve been tracking for months now. I got two just in case…and now I wished I had grabbed twelve!

Foodie Goodies - Big Lots - Strawberry Bread & Root Beer

I also got a chance to run in a Big Lots (know, what foodie luck?!) and had to pat myself on the back for only spending $10! I’m sorry, but after spotting that strawberry bread at TWO other grocery stores this week AND seeing it for only a buck fifty…I had to take it as a sign. And damn, what a tasty sign it was!

PB & Banana Jelly Toast

FYI: Strawberry bread toast + salted caramel Jif whips + banana = Mouthgasm! I’m pretty sure this loaf will barely last me through to next week!

Ok, now seriously…I gotta run! I maybe kinda sorta only have twenty minutes to get my ass in gear and out the door! Sorry again to be flying by the seat of my pants this week, but I guess this month has just got me a little twitterpated! 😉

Later ‘gators!

What have you been up to this week?

Any amazing foodie goodie discoveries?

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16 Responses to The Art of Racing Through the Week

  1. That book is nothing short of amazing. I picked it up waaay back upon Amanda’s recommendation, too, and I never thought I’d like it -this- much. Told from a dog’s perspective? Are you suuure?
    I’m also glad to hear I’m not the only one who mostly goes to the gym to flex those bookworm muscles. Ahem … but hey, I’m paying for my membership like everybody else does and nobody instructed me on how exactly to use the elliptical, no 😉 ?!
    We need to talk again. Soon. Just saying.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Might as well multitask where you can! 😉 I know exactly what you mean…I was really skeptical about the book at first, but then it turned out to take the place at the top of my favorite books list! And ha, I was just about to say we DO need to talk…and then I looked at my phone and saw your text! 🙂

  2. cat says:

    Yes to that book! I was hoping you were referencing it when I saw the post title 😉 Why aren’t more books written from a dog’s pov? I also need to teach myself to read and workout… I’m such a crappy multitasker!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I used to see people on the ellipticals with books and wonder how in the world they did it…honestly, I can’t handle the up and down motion while trying to focus on a book, but the treadmill is a lot easier than it looks. Just make sure you hold the book instead of trying to prop it up on the shelf…that can lead to walking off the side. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. 😉 Lol

  3. Emily says:

    1. OMG that sushi. Dying here.
    2. I confess, I go to the gym to put the kids in childcare and then I just sit on a bike with a book and peddle slowly.

  4. I’ll have to add that book to my ‘to-read’ list! And Chef was such a fantastic movie. After I watched it, I told chef-friend that he needs to open a food truck.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      That WOULD be awesome! I went to a food truck festival in Nashville a couple of years ago and it was so much fun! So amazing how they can make gourmet food in such a tiny work space! …makes me feel bad for the times I’ve complained about my kitchen being too small. Lol

  5. I am loving what you did to that bread. Talk about food porn.

    Also, I need to read more. I do it at night when I’m in bed nestled under the covers and I get three sentences in before I’m out cold and snoring like a truck driver. It’s a problem. The no reading part, the truck driver thing is fine. 🙂

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Nothing like a little melty peanut butter on some crispy toast to get you drooling in the morning. 😉

      Haha! I wish I could be out that easily once I get in bed. BUT I did just find some Melatonin that may be my new lifesaver. I’ve tried it before, but it was a different brand/dose and never worked. I took some last night and I SWEAR I was in a coma for at least 7 hours. Yay!

  6. I loved that book! I thought it would be weird reading a book in the perspective of a dog, but it was seriously so cute. Also Chef? Best movie ever! I watched it for the first time in the fall and then watched it again the next morning haha.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yeah, I thought so too, but it was funny…at times I almost FORGOT it wasn’t a real dog narrating the story. I got sucked in that much! Lol

      I love that you watched the movie again the next day. That made me smile. 🙂

  7. I neeeeeed that PB. I actually told Vegas that I didn’t want to go to Target this weekend when we were out running errands because I feared for my wallet. Hahaha!

  8. I’ve been looking for those flavored Jif Whips EVERYWHERE! Now I know to try Target… I don’t get there very often since there’s only one near my parents’ house and not in the city where I live, but I’m headed there for the weekend.

    Also, that book looks great – and so apropos of what I’ve been writing about lately myself!
    Although, it probably has better overall-life tips.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yes, it’s definitely worth a trip. Hope you found it…and bought more than one because yeah, you’re gonna wanna hoard that shit! Haha!

      Cute post! I love the commandment speak of the rules. Made me laugh. I used to run a lot a few years ago, but I was always a fair weather runner when I was into it. First sight of rain or any temperature under like ummm 70? and I was done! Lol

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