To Shore or Not To Shore?

30 Aug

Today was a Summer Bank Holiday in the UK which apparently affected a huge portion of my work. It was completely slow today and I found myself with extra time to surf the web, read, talk walks, etc. This was nice but I can’t roll like this every day, I need some kind of work to keep me occupied.

I had leftover taco casserole from the other night. I added some extra cheese (since cheese makes everything better) and salsa to thin it up a bit. I am all for the spice but this had me fanning myself for a half hour afterwards. Not so much my mouth but just my body, I just wanted to cool down and be at a normal temperature again. I have one more left and froze another portion for a later date and am anxious to see how it froze. I love making batches of meals then having it a few times and freezing the rest. I don’t understand why more people don’t eat leftovers or take it for lunch, I think it’s usually better the second time around!

I was blissfully full but an ugh was about to hit. I had some dude from the past start IMing me at work. Really? We went our separate ways last year but he just started with my company last week and felt compelled to IM me. That’s a tad annoying. I mean, I understand why he would want to IM me but still, let it go. Plus, isn’t it a tad inappropriate and unprofessional to be doing that?

The lack of work today had me questioning things in life….what am I doing career wise? Am I going to stay in Charlotte? Why has this year gone by so quickly? Should I  start watching the Jersey Shore or not?

Unfortunately, I focused on the last question the most. I’ve never seen an episode however I know who all the key players are and know they like the GTL and like to get drunk. Besides that, I think they may work? I am just confused what they do all day and what the hype is. What also confuses me is how some of them make so much money when they seem like idiots who just get drunk and party? I will surely become an idiot if someone would pay me that much. Desperate times call for desperate measures and I can be very dramatic if the mood calls for it and if the money is talking. I love reality tv but think if I start watching, I will become hooked. I don’t want to be that girl who goes onto The Jersey Shore bulletin boards to read what the spoilers are and start following these people. Plus I have so many questions-Why is their hair so big? Why do they tan so much? Do they know the dangers of tanning?  Why are they all from places except Jersey? Why are they in Miami and what are they doing there? I never see them smile with their teeth, do they have any?  I am very intrigued but kind of believe The Jersey Shore is like Pringles-once you pop you can’t stop.

Perplexed by all things Jersey Shore, I made an Italian dish for dinner-Balsamic Chicken over pesto spaghetti with green onions and fresh tomatoes

Yay for the colors of Italy–represent!

Feeling uninspired from my strength training workouts lately, I did just a kettlebell and kettlebell only session

Kettlebell-20 lbs

Side Bends (20 reps, 2 sets)

Halos (13 reps, 3 sets)

Swings (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shrugs (13 reps, 2 sets)

Step Ups (25 reps, 3 sets)

Upright Deltoid Row (13 reps, 3 sets)

*Bentover Row  (13 reps, 3 sets)

Paired with a whole bunch of jumping jacks, planks and dancing in between sets, this workout kicked my butt. I was dripping by the end and felt like I was pushing myself more than my normal workouts when I incorporate a 10 and 15 lb dumbbell. I had an awesome calorie burn and my heart rate really got up there. It was interesting to see what a difference it brought from workout out along with my dumbbells and want to start incorporating kettlebell only workouts in my routine.

I refueled with a pomegranate smoothie with Chobani Pom Greek Yogurt, Pom Wonderful, Flax,Almond Milk and Vanilla Whey-delish

I am excited for tonight. I have absolutely no plans and the highlights will be washing my hair, doing the dishes and catching up on blogs. This past week was a bad one for me. I just felt off and not as happy as I usually am. I am going to blame it on coming back from Phoenix but I was really in a bum mood most of the week and just not feeling anything. I feel myself again and happy I am out of my funk!

12 Responses to “To Shore or Not To Shore?”

  1. Katie August 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Wow that dinner looks AMAZING! Such great colors incorporated in there. Do you have the recipe for the balsamic chicken? I would love to cook that soon!
    PS: Hahaha gotta love Jersey Shore

  2. Laury @thefitnessdish August 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Soooo…..If you’re going to watch Jersey shore…You NEED to watch last season, because this season stinks. Last season it was more “real”…after my sis was on MTV, they taped the show, and it was ALL staged, it ruined it for me…but I can kinda tell that this season seems staged , but last season seems like it was the raw deal! If yyou start watching now you’re gonna be like “ummm, whats they big deal” or maybe not, idk…just know its like the best train wreck of all time to watch!!

    The casserole looks SO good!

  3. Nicole August 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    I thought, “Jersey Shore!” when I read the title..I was right. You lose a few brain cells just watching, but it’s HILARIOUS, in a really lame way. The show is very addicting, beware! I even have my husband watching…love it!

  4. April August 31, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    I watched the last season but will probably not what this one. It’s like a train wreck though so anything could happen 🙂

  5. dianacheung August 31, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    you know what will get you out of your funk? ME! hhahahaa. Anyways, I can NOT believe an ex (I am assuming) works in your office…AWKWARD alert. And Iming you? Alert him to your boss..haha. I’m evil. Anyways, I love leftovers!! They “marinate” in the fridge and when you reheat them, viola! Enjoy your no plans night lady!

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 31, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Yea for balsamic chicken all around! lol

    And I got sucked into The Shore. Ugh… But I have one of the same questions that you do- what the hell are they doing during the day? Seriously… 90% of the show is spent drinking. I have concerns this show is having a negative impact on our youth, but I’m too obsessed to complain.

  7. Naomi(onefitfoodie) August 31, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    hahaah i love your Questions for the jersey shore crew! man, that show is so bad but so addicting! i love it! and now Mike “the situation” is going to be on dancing with the stars! hahah i cant wait to see that!

  8. christina August 31, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    love your italian dish! just move to charleston. BEACH!!!

  9. genesis August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    i have the same questions about those ‘tards. i saw a marathon on tv once and almost clicked OK to watch, but then stopped myself because i knew that by the end of the show, id want to scratch my eyes out.

  10. Mo Diva August 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    im gonna tell you right now. Jersey Shore is addiction. Watching it is addicting. I cant tell you why, thats just the way it is. Now. watch ONE episode and if your GTLing or Fist Pumping or saying Bro alot, it isnt for you.
    On another note you dish- WHOA mad delish yo! lol

    and i bought a shake weight.

    My arms are killing me from that lameass Piece of crap.

  11. Ashleigh August 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    This post had me cracking up. The jersey shore is hilarious, but they don’t really do anything, except for be ridiculous and it’s fun to watch. I agree though still can’t figure out why they filmed in Miami!

  12. Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt August 31, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    No lie…the Jersey Shore is KILLER. I can’t stop watching it over and over and over.

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