4 May

The past two days have been absolutely lovely.

I haven’t been sleeping in or taking naps like I thought I would. Quite the contrary, I’ve been really productive!

On Tuesday morning, I went to FABO (Fabulous Art Buying Opportunity) for a cup of coffee after seeing they were giving away 12 oz coffees all day on Tuesday.

I love FABO because not only is it a coffee house, it’s also an art gallery! They have art displayed all throughout the place—paintings, jewelry, furniture, edible art and more.

Their Wi-Fi wasn’t working which bummed me out a bit so I came home and one of my friends called to see if I wanted to do an impromptu lunch at Savor Café. Savor is a newer restaurant and is very funky, lovely and eclectic. When I walked in, I should have been overwhelmed by the abundance of colors, exposed brick walls and cute art but I felt totally at home!

I’ve heard only good things about Savor so I was excited to see if it would live up to it’s hype or not.

I had the Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich with a side of fruit—look at me being all good with not getting fries!

I am in love with their pesto chicken salad sandwich! It wasn’t drenched in mayo which was a welcome change and the pesto flavor wasn’t too overpowering. It was just perfect. The fruit is cut fresh each morning and I wanted another bowl of it. Even though, I got the fruit what did we have after?

Thank you savor for the artwork that was out dessert. We split a piece of Betty Lou’s Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake. I’m not a huge chocolate cake girl but if it has Cocoa Cola in the name, I must try it!

Looks amazing right? Not so much, it tasted very processed and was too rich for me. We couldn’t even finish the second piece and neither of us wanted to take it home.

I went to the gym shortly after and did 35 minutes on the elliptical then worked on my upper body. I hung out in the sauna for 20 minutes afterward. It was so nice to take my time with everything and unwind. Plus no fighting or waiting for a machine, woo hoo!

I went to a BBQ on Tuesday night for one of my sorority sisters birthdays. She is a nurse and works the night shift so Tuesday was really the only day where her and her fiancée would both be there to celebrate with everything.Totally ok with me since I have nothing else to do! I got to see two other of my sorority sisters as well. We all live in Charlotte but I rarely get to see them since they have kids and their schedules are way busier than mine. It was a lovely evening and great to see them before I leave Charlotte for good!

I’ve also been getting some major quality time in with Lincoln. He is such a cuddle bug and happy that I’ve been waking up around the same time I used to wake up. We’ve been going for 20 minute walks in the morning then I will do some work on my laptop after breakfast and he is so snuggly!

Can someone tell me why he likes to sleep under the pillow? Such a wacky dog.

Today hasn’t been too exciting but it was lovely to go to the gym for two hours, enjoying all of the amenities. I did 17 minutes on the treadmill walking at an incline ranging from 4 to 7 and was rockin it out! My heart rate was up, music was jammin and sweating out everything in my body! Then, I swung my arm and pulled the string to the stop button and halt, I was done. Why is that stupid stop button right there in the front? I always have to watch my arms with not touching it and the second I don’t think about it, I hit it. I was annoyed by that point so I went over to the Precor crossramp and did 17 minutes. I had some lovely entertainment: Millionaire Matchmaker and big daddy in front of me.

OMG, this man? Gorgeous but not in a pretty boy way. He had piercing and tats out the wazoo and I just sat there licking my lips watching him on the AMT. He was just too hot, even if he was covered in freckles (I’ve never been attracted to freckle covered men)

Anyways, back to the workout: I did lower body strength training afterwards :

*leg press (240 lbs 13 reps x 3 sets)

*hamstring curls (65 lbs 13 reps x 3 sets)

*leg extensions (80 lbs 13 reps x 4 sets)

*calf press (120 lbs 13 reps x 3 sets)

*hip adductors ( 95 lbx 15 reps x 2 sets)

*hip abductors (115 lbx 15 reps x 2 sets)

Killer workout!

Afterwards, I rested in the sauna then the jacuzzi. It felt so good to soak my knee since I no longer have a bathtub at home. I will definitely be using the jacuzzi more often.

I went to DD after the gym to get some java in my system

There’s nothing in the world an iced coconut coffee can’t cure.

But while I was paying, I saw something magical.

A picture of their ice cream cake bites.

I stared it at with my mouth agape and asked the cashier if they were amazing. He said they were pretty great and asked if I wanted one. I told him no but then came around and said one can’t hurt so and I quote…..”bring it on, badboy” I got one mint chocolate ice cream cake bite.

I now present……the cake bite!

I let it thaw for 10 minutes and it was still a bit rough to cut into but I finally sawed off a piece.

A little messy as you can see. But worth the mess… was absolutely lovely!!! Mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream so this was such a wonderful treat. I sliced off a little piece and saved the rest for later.

Who am I kidding?

The cake bite is gone!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Are there hotties at your gym?

15 Responses to “Lovely”

  1. Vixter2010 May 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    You have some great hang out places near you, fab and yum to the treats! I like mint choc ice cream best 🙂

  2. Carly May 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Girl, I am jealous of your life right now! Looks like you are having a blast – you deserve it!

    My fave ice cream flavor is Black Cherry from Graeter’s in Cincinnati, so so good!

  3. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl May 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Sounds like you are having a great time!

    Mint chocolate chip and strawberry are definitely tied as my favorite ice cream flavors!

  4. Rach @ This Italian Family May 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    That cake bite looks great! Glad it was better than the other cake (which also looks amazing, but I guess looks can be very deceiving!).

    Also I totally love the “biscuit; the rest is gravy” art! 🙂

  5. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident. May 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    My favorite ice cream flavor is… Ice cream, haha. I guess I’m partial to peanut butter & chocolate or cookies ‘n’ cream, but honestly, I’ve yet to find a bowl of ice cream I didn’t like.

    There are a few hotties at my gym, but they’re mostly over-the-top hot, at which point I can’t quite comprehend their hotness and am no longer attracted to them, heh.

    • simplyshaka May 5, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      I’m the same way with the hotties-there is a fine line between attractive and too hot. And like you, once they are too hot I can’t comprehend how one could be so hot!

  6. Ashleigh May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    All of the places you go in charlotte look so cute! You are a calorie burning machine these days, good for you.

    I like any ice cream that has chocolate or pb in it

  7. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle May 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    There is NO eye candy at my gym AT ALL. It’s tragic really. I mean, that’s half the reason to go to the gym, right? To see hot guys lift things up and put them down? So sad.

    My favorite ice cream flavor is peppermint stick, but I also love me a chocolate vanilla soft serve twist in a huge ass waffle cone. Dipped in chocolate. With jimmies.

  8. According to Gus May 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I’m trying soooo hard not to have a snack tonight, but your cake bite looks amazing. Dang! I guess I’m off to have a bowl of cereal. 😉

    Lincoln is adorbs all snuggly wuggly!

    P.S. Did you know you can paste in the link to your tweet in your post. I’m not link baiting here, but it’s the coolest thing!

  9. Heather (All Sizzle) May 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Sounds like a rad couple of days! My fave icecream is cookie dough for sure!

  10. fitinthemidwest May 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Since I discovered pumpkin ice cream last fall, that definitely is my favorite flavor! I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

    Your post made me so hungry. I want a pesto chicken salad sandwich now.

    Glad you are enjoying your week and also have been quite productive.

  11. Miriam May 5, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Yay for being able to relax and have some quality *you* time – such a great feeling!
    So funny you tried the Coca Cola cake – I was intrigued by it on the recipe board you posted. Now I know. That place looks super cute – like the kind of restaurant/bar/cafe thingy I’d want to open if I had the money!

  12. Abby May 5, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I’m pretty sure you could put pesto on a shingle and it would be delicious, and I agree that you seem to have had an awesome couple of days.

    As for Lincoln sleeping under the pillow, Chauncey actually likes to sleep under the sheets/blanket. If he’s on the couch and in “cuddle” mode, he wants the blanket over his head. In bed (with my mom, as I don’t live with him), he actually sleeps under the covers like a person. Must be a cute dog thing…

  13. Erin May 5, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    What cute little spots you hit up. I love the decor.

    My Korky is a directly on my pillow sleeper. I would prefer he go under instead of right on top most of the time. 😉

    Favorite ice cream flavor? Used to be Pralines n’ Cream but definitely pistachio now!


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